FROM Gray Davis
Downtown Stadium Faces a Hard Sell Developers who want the National Football League in downtown LA "guarantee" it won't cost taxpayer money. To make sure that taxpayers won’t be left holding the bag, Mayor Villaraigosa, who favors a $1 billion stadium, has appointed a group of local leaders to analyze the plan. But the Associated Press has reported that all of them have ties with the developer, AEG. The group includes former Governor Gray Davis, who got $93,000 from AEG and affiliated companies during his re-election campaign in 2002. We talk with former Governor Gray Davis and others about real conflict and the appearance of conflict.
Who Will Rescue California from Its Sad Fiscal Shape? A think-tank with ties to President Obama estimates that California will get about $63 billion from his stimulus package; $19 billion would go for individual tax cuts and the rest would fund infrastructure projects, healthcare, schools and unemployment benefits. Ten billion of that would help reduce the $42 billion budget shortfall, not enough to avoid big tax increases and major cuts in spending. Are Californians ready for what lies in store?
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?' A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."