Thursday, March 31, 2011

Patt Morrison for Friday, April 1, 2011


Friday, April 1, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19

Mr. Independence:  inside Obama’s quest to be energy independent

On Wednesday President Obama made a speech on the goal of energy independence, calling for a one-third cut in oil imports by 2025 to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign petroleum.  It would seem counterintuitive to ask for a decrease in foreign oil supplies at the very time that oil is pushing $110/barrel, driving up the prices of gasoline and all kinds of consumer goods.  But the president has a long view of energy production and argues that forced rationing of foreign oil will spur development of domestic energy sources, from natural gas to solar and wind power.  How realistic is the goal of reducing foreign oil and the dramatic ramping up of domestic energy production?  The president himself said “there are no easy fixes,” and of course every American president for the past 40 years has called upon Americans to conserve energy and seek alternatives to oil.  Can President Obama pull off the, up-until-now, impossible?



Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy & Climate Change




1:21 – 1:39

New leadership, tough times and difficult choices at UTLA

It’s a tough time to be a teacher—sympathize or not with the plight of public school teachers, the perpetual threat of being laid off, the budget cuts, the increased class sizes and the pay scale being stuck at the mid-level make the teaching profession less than ideal.  So a change in leadership at UTLA, the 40,000-member-strong teachers union, coming at a time when shared sacrifice has become a necessity in the face of sustained budget cuts, is significant both for L.A.’s teachers and L.A.’s students.  Enter Warren Fletcher, the upset winner of UTLA’s presidency who cobbled together a coalition of teachers unhappy with the union’s direction, displaced school nurses and substitute nurses to defeat the hand-picked successor of outgoing president A.J. Duffy.  Fletcher promised to defend the rights of teachers while working with LAUSD on school reform.  The L.A. Times quotes Fletcher as saying, “"If when I say I'm going to focus on pay and benefits, you think that means UTLA would be opposed to education reform? That's a nonsensical statement. The fact that I like pizza doesn't mean I'm opposed to spaghetti.”  Meet the man who will guide L.A.’s teachers into uncertain times. 



Warren Fletcher, newly elected president of United Teachers Los Angeles; teacher at City of Angels school in Highland Park, a K-12 LAUSD alternative school





1:41 – 1:58:30

Fashion fur pause—PETA calls a truce with the fashion industry, for now

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been famous for making a scene at runway shows from New York and Milan. However, the amount of fur on the runways has been increasing recently. Rather than protest the fur picket-style, PETA activists are moving their efforts to the inside of the fashion industry. Instead of storming runways and throwing tofu at uncooperative designers, they are holding informational sessions with fashion students, and throwing parties. Will this strategy work, or is PETA losing its activist roots?




Representative of PETA


Tim Gunn, judge on Lifetime’s Project Runway, former teacher and administrator at Parsons the New School for Design in New York; creative director and "brand ambassador" for the Liz Claiborne company and his new book is Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work




2:06 – 2:58:30

Confronting the challenges to Boyle Heights: health care, housing & harmony

Walk through the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, and you see the history of the city unfold before your eyes. From the Boyle Hotel built in 1889 to historic synagogues and Mariachi Plaza. The cultural, religious and ethnic melting pot that is Los Angeles starts in Boyle Heights and emanates outward.  The challenges facing the residents of Boyle Heights are familiar: access to affordable housing and high-quality health care, but some are unique.  Boyle Heights has a disproportionate share of public housing developments, some of which were at one time the largest west of the Mississippi.  The conversion of those units to private ownership threatens the low-income residents who inhabit the decades-old buildings adorned with vibrant murals. Boyle Heights is faced with mitigating the environmental health impacts of its surroundings—freeways and rail lines that run next to children’s playgrounds, housing and schools and diminishing the influence of gangs and helping to heal the psychological wounds of violence.  But the promise of Boyle Heights is unmistakable and hopes are high as crime is down, education reform comes into focus, middle class families work to gain prominence and economic and cultural development begins to blossom.  Join us as we talk about the health, housing and planning issues of Boyle Heights.


HEALTH Guests:

Dr. Astrid Heger, executive director, Violence Intervention Program (VIP)  

Dr. Albert Pacheco, executive director, Clinica Monsenor Oscar A. Romero

Dr. Paul Giboney, medical director, Clinica Monsenor Oscar A. Romero 




Elizabeth Blaney, co-director, Union de Vecinos


Maria Cabildo, co-founder, East LA Community Corporation (ELACC)


Jose Huizar, Los Angeles City Councilman representing Boyle Heights


Faisal Roble, senior city planner, Los Angeles City Planning Department




Faisal Roble, senior city planner, Los Angeles City Planning Department


Jose Huizar, Los Angeles City Councilman representing Boyle Heights


Cynthia Sanchez, executive director, Proyecto Pastoral


Maria Brenes, executive director, InnerCity Struggle




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