FROM Elise Buik
Big Money Floods LA School Board Race New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has contributed $1 million to three candidates for the Los Angeles Unified School Board. A total of $3.2 million is being spent on behalf of Board President Monica Garcia, Antonio Sanchez, who's running for an open seat, and Kate Anderson, who's challenging incumbent Steve Zimmer on the Westside.
Counting the Homeless in LA County Despite the economic recession, the number of homeless people in LA County has dropped by 38%. In 2007, the count was 68,000; this year it's put at 43,000 . That's according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, or LHASA, which took its latest census in January.
The United Way Walks For the Homeless In a Gallup Poll commissioned in part by the United Way , half the people in Los Angeles said they have taken in friends or relatives who otherwise would have been homeless. To build public support for strategies to get people off the streets, the group will sponsor a 5K called HomeWalk this coming Saturday. Three thousand people have already signed up.
LA County's Declining Quality of Life On a scale of 10, the State of California ranks 8.08. Los Angeles County lags behind at 7.32. That’s according to the United Way's first Quality of Life Index , measuring public safety, economic status, education and health. We hear more about why the quality of life in LA County lags behind the rest of the state, in a conversation with the United Way's Elise Buik, former Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, and economist and political analyst Joel Kotkin.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.