Are LA's Poorest Left Out of the President's 'Promise Zone?'

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Los Angeles will be one of the first five of President Obama's Promise Zones, which make up his key anti-poverty program. It could get $500 million over the next 10 years.  But why are Koreatown, Hollywood and Los Feliz included — and not Watts or other neighborhoods South of the 10 Freeway? What standards were used to determine need? Is politics part of the answer? Also, LA has Chinatown, Thai Town and Little Tokyo. Now there's a move to designate neighborhoods for Latinos. We already have the 'El Salvador Corridor.' Is it time for 'Peru Village' and 'Little Venezuela?'

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, last month, for the first time since 2003, US casualties from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dropped to zero. But American soldiers have been dying at the rate of 22 every day — from suicide. What's the Pentagon doing to cope with mental illness — after combat and before enlistment?


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