FROM Joseph Mailander
Does Mayor Villaraigosa Deserve Re-election? LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appears headed for re-election, opposed by nine virtual unknowns , none of whom can raise enough money to mount an effective campaign. But one resident of the San Fernando Valley says he's " at best a mediocre mayor " presiding over a city "fading rapidly toward irrelevancy." The Los Angeles Times has endorsed the Mayor's re-election , but only after remarking that Villaraigosa is "presiding over a city that, even before the recession hit, lacked the buoyant civic spirit that so many voters expected the new mayor to spark."
Closing The Budget Deficit By Touching The Public’s Nerve The City of Los Angeles has to find a way to cover a $406 Million dollar budget deficit. Today, we are going to look at two ways the city will attack the problem. One is by slashing the city library budget, cutting $2 Million dollars from it's book buying funds and eliminating jobs. Another solution is to sell naming rights to everything from small parks to golf courses to the Greek Theatre and even the L.A. Zoo .
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.