FROM Kate Linthicum
Hard hats, hope and heartbreak in Mexico City As we go to air, it's been roughly 48 hours since Mexico City was hit by a massive earthquake -- 32 years to the day since a previous tremor destroyed much of the city. At least 230 people have died. Rescue workers search through the rubble for students at Enrique Rebsamen school after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico, September 20, 2017 Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters Kate Linthicum, who is in Mexico City for the Los Angeles Times has reported on a "gesture of hope, solidarity and resilience" during the effort to locate survivors. We hear from her and from former Mexican congressman Carlos Heredia, now a professor at CIDE in Mexico City.
Southern Mexico hit by largest earthquake in 100 years An 8.1 magnitude quake struck the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca in southern Mexico. It was the most powerful quake to hit the region in a century -- stronger than the 1985 quake that left thousands dead.
I.C.E. Agents in L.A. County Jails The L.A. County Board of Supervisors votes today on whether or not to continue their partnership with immigration officials at county jails. As it is, federal immigration agents in jails train county employees on how to question inmates convicted of certain felonies to determine whether they may be in the country illegally. But some argue that law enforcement and immigration don’t mix.
There's the Mayor's Race and then There's the City Council There are 15 members on the Los Angeles City Council, currently 14 men and one woman. Four seats are still undecided, and run-off elections are on the ballot next week. We speak with three journalist who are following the races. 1st District Jose Gardea Gil Cedillo 13th District Mitch O'Farrell John Choi 6th District Nury Martinez Cindy Montañez 9th District Ana Cubas Curren Price
Medical Marijuana and Legal Confusion President Obama recently asked the following question on ABC New: "How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that it's legal?" In California, other questions arise. Why do different cities regulate medical marijuana in different ways? Why will the City of Los Angeles very likely have three, competing medical marijuana measures on the ballot in May?
Cities Losing Patience with Occupy Protesters It began as Occupy Wall Street and spread to other American cities. In Lower Manhattan, the Occupy movement defeated an effort to move protesters out of Zuccotti Park, and it's not yet succumbed to the beginning of winter. In temperate Los Angeles, California, the Mayor provided ponchos during a brief rainstorm, but has since said the protests "cannot continue indefinitely." In Oakland, it's been a different story, with a backlash against arrests leading to tear gas and rubber bullets. We get updates from Kate Linthicum of the Los Angeles Times and Justin Elliott of Salon.com .
Villaraigosa Named to Head US Conference of Mayors Los Angeles Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa was sworn in today as the new president of the US Conference of Mayors . The mayor used the platform to criticize Congress, calling for the expedited withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and a greater investment in domestic spending. On MSNBC's Morning Joe he said, "There needs to be an acknowledgement in the Beltway bubble that cities are suffering right now…that we need to make investments in infrastructure, in transportation." Kate Linthicum is the metro reporter at the LA Times .
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.