FROM Joseph Mailander
Does Mayor Villaraigosa Deserve Re-election? LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appears headed for re-election, opposed by nine virtual unknowns , none of whom can raise enough money to mount an effective campaign. But one resident of the San Fernando Valley says he's " at best a mediocre mayor " presiding over a city "fading rapidly toward irrelevancy." The Los Angeles Times has endorsed the Mayor's re-election , but only after remarking that Villaraigosa is "presiding over a city that, even before the recession hit, lacked the buoyant civic spirit that so many voters expected the new mayor to spark."
Closing The Budget Deficit By Touching The Public’s Nerve The City of Los Angeles has to find a way to cover a $406 Million dollar budget deficit. Today, we are going to look at two ways the city will attack the problem. One is by slashing the city library budget, cutting $2 Million dollars from it's book buying funds and eliminating jobs. Another solution is to sell naming rights to everything from small parks to golf courses to the Greek Theatre and even the L.A. Zoo .
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
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.
"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."
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.