FROM Jackie Goldberg
Why Has Los Angeles Unified Been So Bad for So Long? When David Brewer became Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District , he ordered a study of what works and what doesn't. The Florida-based consulting firm he hired didn't have to look far. Evergreen Solutions spoke with more than 100 people who work for the district and reviewed reports on LAUSD going back five to ten years. Findings include reform efforts being discarded or put on hold by senior managers, out-of-date policies or administrators ill-informed of newer policies, disconnect between planning and budgeting, a lack of urgency in responding to priorities and deadlines, and a lack of accountability at all levels. Superintendent Brewer promises to change all that, just as past superintendents have. But the question remains: how did things stay so bad for so long?
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.
Props 1A and 1B: Big Money for Transportation? Governor Schwarzenegger spent last week signing bills with George Clooney by his side and Tony Blair appearing by video linkup. Today and tomorrow he'll be putting partisanship aside as he tours the state with top Democrats, advocating a package of propositions on next month's ballot. Phil Angelides won't be going along, even though he backs the same measures. We look at the first two, Proposition 1A and 1B , which deal with the gasoline tax and a bond issue worth $20 billion--all for roads, freeways and public transit. It would be the biggest transportation investment in 50 years.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.