FROM Robert Greene
You Be the Judge More than 400 judges sit on the bench in the Los Angeles County Superior Court system. Most are initially appointed by the Governor and stay until retirement unless someone runs against them. Then it's up to voters. We explore the effects on justice.
LA Gets a New Police Chief To succeed Bill Bratton , Mayor Antonio Villagraigosa has picked Charlie Beck as the next Chief of the LAPD. He's 56 and currently Deputy Chief in charge of Detectives. Beck's father served the LAPD for 30 years and retired as a deputy chief, an experience he says has enabled him to see both the "ghosts and the glory." Villaraigosa praised the 32-year veteran of the LAPD for his "reputation as a progressive police reformer…a leader with a deep respect and understanding of the police officers under his command and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve."
State and Local Election Results Proposition 8 appears to have passed, but same-sex marriage is already making its way back to the courts. Governor Schwarzenegger says Prop 11 passed, too, but others insist it's still too close to call. Statewide bond issues passed, too, but it may be a long time before anyone sees any money. On the local ballots, bond measures also did fine, despite economic troubles for city and county governments. We review the election results and talk with Los Angeles County's newest elected supervisor. Former Police Chief Bernard Parks is still on the LA City Council, but State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas has a new job.
Making Sense of California's Bewildering Ballot There's no question that Barack Obama is largely responsible for what's expected to be a record turnout all over the country. In California, same-sex marriage is also a big attraction. But what about all that other stuff? California voters are faced with dozens of choices—on the presidency, the congress, the state legislature, county and city offices--even judgeships. There are ballot measures to raise money, change government policies and cope with social issues. If you can't keep track of it all, you're not alone. How do you find out what you need to know, and what do you do if you can't?
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?
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.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.