Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Patt Morrison for Thurs, May 7


Thursday, May 7, 2009

1-3 p.m.


1:00 – 1:30

The Economics of Legalizing Marijuana

On Tuesday, Governor Schwarzenegger opened the door to debate over legalizing marijuana in California as a way to increase revenue in the state. A Field Poll released last week found for the first time that a majority of California voters supported legalizing and taxing marijuana. But exactly how much money would be generated by such an idea? One economist estimates nationwide revenues of $6.7 billion annually and savings of almost 13 billion in law enforcement expenses. We crunch the numbers for California.



Jeffrey Miron, senior lecturer & director of undergraduate studies at Harvard University’s Department of Economics



Other guests TBD



1:30 – 2:00

Listing L.A.’s Sporting Highs & Lows

When you discuss the history of professional and college sports in Southern California you will inevitably go beyond just the results on the field and into the psychology of Los Angeles.  KLAC & Fox Sports Radio host Matt “Money” Smith covers the history, the highlights and the lowlights of sports in Los Angeles in his new book The Great Book of Los Angeles Sports Lists, which includes guest lists from Kobe Bryant, Jimmie Kimmel, former Dodger Eric Karros and more.  Everything sports in L.A. is covered, from the top 10 reasons why Wayne Gretzky killed the L.A. Kings to the top 10 phrases coined by Chick Hearn.  What are your top 10 L.A. sports moments?



Matt “Money” Smith, author of The Great Book of Los Angeles Sports Lists; host of “The Petros & Money Show” on Fox Sports Radio, heard in L.A. on AM570 KLAC






2:00 – 2:30

Waiting in Limbo, Costing the State a Fortune

160 employees remain on LAUSD's payroll doing nothing while their fitness is evaluated or their dismissals move through a bureaucratic due process, often stretching on for years and costing the district about $10 million a year, which amounts to a lot as the officials desperately scramble to cut costs and avoid teacher layoffs. According to LAUSD Superintendent Ray Cortines, “If I had my way, I would fire all 150, and they would not get another damned penny.” So what’s the holdup? We look further into an LA Times investigation on the matter.



Jason Song, investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times

CALL HIM:  213-237-6311-O

Backup:  310-386-1737-mobile,


  • Patt - don't ask him where the idea for the project came from in the first place.


A. J. Duffy, president of the United Teachers of LA




Ray Cortines, Superintendent of the LAUSD




2:30 – 3:00




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