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 .
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?
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.