FROM Jon Lauritzen
Money and Politics in Public Education After March primaries that drew less than 10 percent of the vote, two LA School Board run-off elections are scheduled for May 15. Mayor Villaraigosa and the LA Teachers' Union say they want to work together, but they're spending big money on different candidates. The current board has opposed the Mayor's effort at partial control of public education . He's backing 37-year old newcomer Tamar Galatzan , a deputy district attorney, against 68-year incumbent Jon Lauritzen , a retired teacher. Both the candidates he supports must win for him to get a more sympathetic majority. We hear from both candidates about charter schools, drop-out rates and education reform.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."