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The Los Angeles City Council today approved plans for a new stadium in downtown LA.  AEG, the owner of LA Live and the Staples Center, can now begin to negotiate financial details. But Ed Roski's Majestic Reality says he can build a better one faster in the City of Industry.  The National Football League will make all the difference, but it's not talking yet. We get the details of today's deal and tomorrow's possibilities. Also, LA Supervisors and new district boundaries: traditional politics and ethnic reality. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, public spending cuts, private charities, and the "truly needy."

Banner image: Artist's rendering on AEG's proposed stadium, Farmer's Field

Main Topic One NFL Stadium…or Two? 18 MIN, 49 SEC

With applause from downtown business leaders and union officials, the LA City Council today approved what's called a "non-binding" memorandum of understanding -- 12 votes to zero. AEG, which owns Staples Center and LA Live, can now begin to arrange financing for a football stadium next to them near the intersection of westbound Interstate 10 and the northbound Interstate 110 freeways. It's already been named Farmers' Field for Farmers' Insurance.

Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News (@Rickorlov)
Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Council (@JanPerry)
Taylor Talt, Majestic Realty
Ron Kaye, RonKayeLA.com

Reporter's Notebook Split Board Considers Changes to Supervisorial Districts 7 MIN, 45 SEC

A new, independent citizens committee is re-drawing boundaries for California's legislative and congressional districts to accommodate the 2010 census. LA County Supervisors still reapportion their own. In 1990, reapportionment created the majority Latino district won the next year by Gloria Molina. This year, the Board appointed a Boundary Review Committee, which recommended that districts stay pretty much as they are.  But Molina and her colleague, Mark Ridley Thomas, say it's time for a second Latino-majority district. Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich like the Committee plan, and Zev Yaroslavsky is leaning that way. That's a 3-to-2 majority. But it takes four votes for a final decision.  Author, historian and long-time Lakewood official D. J. Waldie is a senior authority on County politics and blogger for KCET.

D.J. Waldie, KCET (@djwaldie)

Main Topic Public Spending Cuts, Private Charities and the 'Truly Needy' 26 MIN, 38 SEC

Public Spending Cuts the Expanding Role of PhilanthropiesWhen George H.W. Bush was President during tough economic times, he said public money for what Ronald Reagan had called the "safety net" could be replaced, in part, by a "new activism" from "a thousand points of light, community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good." Now those stars may be losing their sparkle. Washington is looking for cuts in programs serving millions of Americans who are poor, sick and hungry. Private nonprofits and charities won't be able to make up the difference. We look at the prospects for people in need.

Stacey Palmer, Chronicle of Philanthropy
Dan Hawkins, National Association of Community Health Centers
Eric Teetsel, American Enterprise Institute
James Herbert Nelson, Presbytarian Church USA


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