FROM George Kieffer
Has Governor Brown Declared War on the University of California? As a regent of the University of California, Governor Brown voted "No" in November, when President Janet Napolitano proposed increased tuition . She calls that the only alternative to more state money. Last week, Brown revealed a state budget that increases UC funding. But, it's not as much as Napolitano says she needs — and Brown says she won't even get that if tuition is increased.
UC and Governor Brown: the Battle Continues While student protesters were shouting, the UC Board of Regents today confirmed yesterday’s committee vote, approving tuition hikes of as much as five percent a year for the next five years. The vote was 14 to seven, with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Assembly Speaker and Superintendent of Public Instruction — all elected officials — voting “no.”
Will the LA Times Be Sold or Allowed to Just Fade Away? Five and a half years, the Chicago Tribune Company has cut more than 200 newsroom jobs from the Los Angeles Times , reducing the staff to about 900 people. Now Tribune wants to cut more. Last week, Times editor Dean Baquet went public with his refusal in an article in the paper itself. More remarkably, he was joined by publisher Jeff Johnson, who supposedly was sent out from Chicago to keep things in line. At the same time, a group of 20 prominent civic leaders have asked Tribune to beef up the staff or sell the paper. Is the Times uniquely important to Southern California’s culture and its sense of itself or just another assent in an faltering business?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Janesville and the 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. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.