How Neighborhood Councils Could Save Los Angeles

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Image-for-WWLA.jpgAfter almost eight years in office, what does Antonio Villaraigosa regard as his main achievements?  Where, in his own opinion, did he fail?  What are the major challenges he predicts for whoever survives both today's primary and the runoff in May?  We talk with Villaraigosa himself and get some other assessments. Also, in sprawling Los Angeles, neighbors are strangers and voting participation is shamefully low. Two law students from different parts of LA never met until they moved someplace else. We hear about their proposal to enhance civic involvement by empowering neighborhood councils. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Keystone XL Pipeline has the President caught in the middle.

Banner image: Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board President Antonio Villaraigosa (2nd L) with Metro Board Member Richard Katz; LA County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky; City Councilman and Metro Board Member Mark Ridley-Thomas; State Assemblyman Mike Feuer; Metro Board Member Pam O'Connor at the opening of the Expo Line Phase I, April 28-29, 2012. Photo: Metro Transportation Library and Archive




Warren Olney