Winners and Losers in California-s 2002 Election

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Los Angeles will stay together, but the state may be falling apart. Yesterday, secession was soundly defeated in Hollywood and it lost big city-wide, but in the San Fernando Valley it won by a slim margin. What does that portend for local government? We hear from Mayor Jim Hahn, who led the campaign to hold LA together, Richard Close, a veteran leader of Valley secession, and Raphe Sonenshein, who led a city commission on charter reform.

Meanwhile, Democrats swept all eight statewide races, but Governor Davis won small after the lowest turnout in state history. Now he faces a record-breaking deficit. We look back at the Davis-Simon race and ahead to California-s political and financial future with former senior Democratic advisor Bill Bradley and Republican political strategist Arnold Steinberg.

  • Newsmaker: LA Voters Approve Funding for Hospitals
    LA County voters have voted to increase property taxes to pay for trauma centers. The 73% approval, far more than the two-thirds required, is sure to please Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the major supporter of Measure B. Charles Ornstein, who covers health policy for the LA Times, considers how the decision will affect plans to close Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center and other public medical facilities.
  • Reporter's Notebook: The Voice of the Voters
    The previous low turnout for a California election was in 1998, when 58% of registered voters went to the polls. Yesterday, that figure fell to 45%. While there are many reasons why people stayed away, KCRW producer Gisele Regatao visited several polling places in the LA area to find out why people did vote. (Originally broadcast Tuesday, November 5, but pre-empted by election coverage.)

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