- Newsmaker: LA May Have to Raise Vehicle Licensing Fees
Mayors, sheriffs, police and fire chiefs say they-ll have to lay off cops and other public safety workers if the vehicle license fee isn-t restored to what it was five years ago. Governor Davis hasn-t promised a veto, but he-d rather raise the sales tax by 1 cent and increase the income tax on the wealthy. Dan Morain, who covers Sacramento for the LA Times, says local officials are in a tight spot because the state is giving with one hand, taking away with the other.
Thirty Years after Roe v. Wade
In 1973, the US Supreme Court changed all that in Roe v. Wade, a decision that legalized a woman-s right to choose. Recently, in California, Governor Gray Davis had signed a host of bills on reproductive rights. But with Republicans running the White House and Congress, abortion could again become an issue in next year-s elections. Is Roe v. Wade in danger? Would it make any difference in California, where women-s rights have recently been increased by state law? We get very different views on America-s most controversial operation from a woman whose experience made her a supporter of legal abortions and another whose reaction was just the opposite, and examine the state of abortion rights in California with two activists with opposing views.