LA's Department of Water and Power considered another rate increase proposed by Mayor Villaraigosa today to create jobs and shift to "clean energy." Is it the same plan turned down by voters last year? Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon now has 25,000 entrants, a new route and a new name. Will all that make a difference? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the obesity epidemic may be old news, but it's still a major public health threat in the United States, especially to children. Are the beverage industry's changing practices more than public relations? Is First Lady Michelle Obama having an impact?
FROM THIS EPISODE
The First Lady and the Surgeon General have joined the Centers for Disease Control in the campaign against obesity, especially among children. One-third of young people are so overweight they’re at risk of Type-2 Diabetes. Ten percent of infants and toddlers are dangerously heavy. The food industry is under pressure to cut back on fat and calories. What about the soft-drink business?
Barry Popkin, Nutrition Epidemiologist, University of North Carolina's Interdisciplinary Obesity Center
Kevin Keane, Senior VP of Public Affairs, American Beverage Association
Claudia Kalb, Senior Writer, Newsweek
Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post
Sean Kershaw, Executive Director, Citizens' League
Last year, Los Angeles voters turned down Measure B, Mayor Villaraigosa's plan to raise rates charged by the Department of Water and Power to create jobs and increase the use of solar energy. Today, the DWP Board took up the Mayor's latest proposal, which sounds much the same. The DWP has been taking heat because its workers are getting increases in pay while other city employees suffer pay cuts and lay-offs. It also makes so much money it contributes a surplus to the City's General Fund.
The LA Marathon is now sponsored by Honda, and the date has been moved back from May to this coming Sunday. The race, from Dodger Stadium to the Sea, is sold out with 25,000 entrants (including KCRW's own Steve Herbert). Peter Abraham is called the “creative director” of the Honda Los Angeles Marathon.
Peter Abraham, Creative Director, Honda Los Angeles Marathon
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