FROM Judy Lin
Redevelopment Agencies Lose Big in State Court California's redevelopment agencies lost big in court today. The state Supreme Court ruled that Governor Jerry Brown can eliminate the local agencies and use their $1.7 billion to close the state budget gap. The court also blocked a safety net measure that would have allowed the agencies to stay open with smaller budgets. Judy Lin is State Capitol reporter for the Associated Press .
Brown Drops Plan to Sell Government Buildings Jerry Brown said today he's canceling former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to raise money by selling state buildings in Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Governor Tries to Impose Minimum Wage on State Workers For the past 20 years, the state legislature has met the June 15 constitutional deadline for passing a budget just once. But this time, Governor Schwarzenegger says 200,000 state workers will have to pay a high price. He insists that, starting on August 1, they'll all be paid the federal minimum wage, $7.25. We hear from a reporter following the budget, the Governor's Deputy Finance Director and the State Controller.
Does the Governor Walk the Green Talk? At the United Nations conference on climate change today, Governor Schwarzenegger said it’s time for rich and poor nations to resolve their differences, get beyond the Kyoto protocols and take action to solve global warming. He said that California is “on the cutting edge of what is to come,” with efforts that are “revolutionary… historic and transformative.” He said the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards are “beyond anyone else’s dreams.”
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.