FROM Richard Alarcon
One Card to Serve Them All Undocumented residents can't get bank accounts, so they often have to carry all their cash in their pockets. That makes them vulnerable to muggings. Now the City of Los Angeles is about to join Oakland and San Francisco in issuing ID cards that provide access to city services, serve as debit cards and might lead to opening bank accounts. Councilman Richard Alarcón, who wrote the bill, says it's a way for poor people who live in the shadows to come out into the light.
Proposed 'Luxury Tax' on Houses over 5000 Square Feet The Los Angeles City Council is thinking about next year's budget shortfalls from the slumping economy. One councilman already has a proposal for the municipal election , next March. Richard Alarcón has proposed a "luxury tax" on houses larger than 5000 square feet.
LA City Council Race for the 7th District Richard Alarcón was an LA City Councilman until he ran for the State Senate in 1999. While serving in the Senate, he ran unsuccessfully for Mayor. Last November, less than four months ago, he was elected to the State Assembly. But in tomorrow's election, he's up for another job. He's running again--for the City Council . In a political mailer picked up by this morning's Los Angeles Times his opponent, Monica Rodriguez, put Alarcon's head on the body of a frog. We hear from them both.
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.
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.
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.
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.