FROM Mike Eng
How community colleges help students struggling with housing and food A new survey of students at LA’s Community Colleges finds that one in five is homeless, and two-thirds are food insecure. Meanwhile, a leader from Santa Barbara City College launched a tuition-free program last year. Is it enough to help the neediest. Do community colleges need to start building housing for homeless students?
Save the Sharks, Ban the Soup? In May of this year, by a vote of 62 to 8, the State Assembly agreed to ban the sale of the fins used to make shark fin soup. Today, the State Senate held a crowded hearing with witnesses on both sides. One supporter was Michael Sutton, Vice President of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, who helped write the legislation.
California Aims to Crack Down on Smog Testing Stations California's dirty air cost $193 million in medical care from 2005 until 2007. The State Air Resources Board has released a finding that 70 tons of pollutants are released every day from older cars that supposedly passed their smog tests.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.