- Newsmaker: Former Police Commissioner Seeks Consultant Post - Former Police Commissioner Gerry Chaleff has decided not to challenge his recent firing by Mayor Richard Riordan. While the mayor maintains that his action was prompted by the need for new leadership, the head of LA's Public Safety Committee disagrees. Today Cindy Miscikowski introduced a motion to hire Chaleff as a consultant.
- Reporter's Notebook: Another View of Mexico - President Bush travels to Mexico this week for his first official foreign visit and a meeting with Vicente Fox, Mexico's first democratically elected president. Immigration, trade, and the drug war will be high on the agenda. Freelance writer Sam Qui-ones says developing a plan to strengthen weak local Mexican governments will serve both countries well.
Nuclear Sub Incident
The Navy has admitted that a civilian was at the helm when the USS Greeneville split a Japanese fishing trawler in half. As the search continues for nine Japanese still missing, the Navy and NTSB pursue independent inquiries. To be addressed are whether the sixteen visitors on the "orientation tour" posed a distraction the crew, whether the crew followed standard visual and sonar procedures, and what sort of image problem the Navy faces as a result of the crash. We get perspectives from William Booth of The Washington Post, and John Peters, a retired nuclear submarine captain. Both join us from Hawaii. (Kyle McKinnon guest hosts on this half-hour edition of WWLA.)