FROM Jackie Goldberg
Why Has Los Angeles Unified Been So Bad for So Long? When David Brewer became Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District , he ordered a study of what works and what doesn't. The Florida-based consulting firm he hired didn't have to look far. Evergreen Solutions spoke with more than 100 people who work for the district and reviewed reports on LAUSD going back five to ten years. Findings include reform efforts being discarded or put on hold by senior managers, out-of-date policies or administrators ill-informed of newer policies, disconnect between planning and budgeting, a lack of urgency in responding to priorities and deadlines, and a lack of accountability at all levels. Superintendent Brewer promises to change all that, just as past superintendents have. But the question remains: how did things stay so bad for so long?
LA County's Declining Quality of Life On a scale of 10, the State of California ranks 8.08. Los Angeles County lags behind at 7.32. That’s according to the United Way's first Quality of Life Index , measuring public safety, economic status, education and health. We hear more about why the quality of life in LA County lags behind the rest of the state, in a conversation with the United Way's Elise Buik, former Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, and economist and political analyst Joel Kotkin.
Props 1A and 1B: Big Money for Transportation? Governor Schwarzenegger spent last week signing bills with George Clooney by his side and Tony Blair appearing by video linkup. Today and tomorrow he'll be putting partisanship aside as he tours the state with top Democrats, advocating a package of propositions on next month's ballot. Phil Angelides won't be going along, even though he backs the same measures. We look at the first two, Proposition 1A and 1B , which deal with the gasoline tax and a bond issue worth $20 billion--all for roads, freeways and public transit. It would be the biggest transportation investment in 50 years.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?