Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Patt Morrison for Wed 4/29/09

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
1-3 p.m.

1:00 – 1:30

1:30 - 2:00
Henry Waxman Champions Alternative Energy
A small wind generator on your roof catching the breezes or one at the side of the freeway catching the wind from passing cars? These are just two ideas for alternative energy that have caught the attention of Rep. Henry Waxman, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. A longtime champion of environmental protection, Waxman introduced the first bill in Congress to stabilize the climate in 1992.  He sat down with Patt to talk about how his new cap and trade bill will work and what he can do to bring Republicans and Democrats from the coal states together to support this legislation. 

Congressman Henry Waxman, Democrat from the 30th District, representing western Los Angeles County.  He is chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.


2:00 – 2:30
Un-Happy Landings: Trainees Directing Planes in Southern California
A report from the Transportation Department inspector general indicates that some 32 percent of the workforce at Southern California's Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility near San Diego is composed of trainees. This is the facility that guides planes to and from airports throughout Southern California. When more controllers retire later this year, that percentage could go up to 40 percent. The FAA is offering bonuses, attempting to get controllers to delay retirement. Does the high percentage of trainees endanger flights? And what else can be done to assure an adequate number of experienced controllers are guiding our planes?

Ian Gregor, spokesman for the FAA
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Mike Foote, President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association at LAX Tower
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2:30 – 2:40

2:40 – 3:00
Shooting Star Leads Sacramento
Elected in November of 2008 as Sacramento's first African-American mayor, Kevin Johnson, a three-time NBA All-Star, has received much praise for the way he's handled his new job and faced controversy over the use of federal funds by his nonprofit St. HOPE Academy.  Johnson talks with Patt about the challenges facing California cities in bad economic times, and his future as a rising star in state politics.

Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento and former three-time NBA All-Star


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