Friday, July 8, 2011

Patt Morrison for Monday, July 11, 2011


Monday, July 11, 2011

1-3 p.m.






1:06 – 1:39





1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Abolishing California’s death penalty moves one step closer to the 2012 ballot

Polling data from the last 50 years suggests that California voters would reject a measure abolishing the state death penalty if it ever came to the ballot, and yet Senate Bill 490 is proposing just that. On Thursday, the bill cleared its first legislative hearing, and if passed in the Senate, voters may be able to decide the issue in the November 2012 elections. The U.S. 9th Court of Appeals estimated that an end to capital punishment could save California $5 billion over a 20 year period by substituting life sentences for state execution. The figure seems attractive to many in light of the $4 billion that have been spent on administering the death penalty here since 1978, as well as the difficulties of the current fiscal climate. Supporters say also that official revenge through capital punishment neither makes the state safer nor provides much comfort to victims’ families. Opponents of the measure vociferously dispute these points, and argue that criminals will be less inclined to avoid shooting cops and others if they know they cannot be executed for their actions. Governor Jerry Brown, who has long opposed the death penalty, has not yet announced whether he will sign such a bill if it reaches his desk. State politicians too are weighing the risks of supporting such a controversial measure, since elections are approaching, and they are expected to be highly competitive. Why or why not should we ban capital punishment here? And can life sentencing provide the same degree of punishment that execution can?



Sen. Loni Hancock, (D-Berkeley) sponsor of SB 490




Cory Salzillo, legislative director for the California District Attorneys Association





2:06 – 2:30

“Stay the heck on the East Side”: bracing for the closure of the 405 and the coming of CAR-MAGEDDON

With the closure of the 405 just 5 days away, commuters are bracing for record congestion and annoyance, though L.A. city, Metro and Caltrans officials are urging early preparation for the upcoming weekend from Hell. Ramps on the 10-mile stretch between the 101 and the 10 will begin closing as early as 7 pm this Friday, July 15th, and construction on half of the Mulholland Drive Bridge will continue until 5 am on the morning of the 18th, when the freeway will reopen. The demolition of the north half of the bridge is expected to cause a similar closure and will follow the completion of construction on the south half, which is slated to take 11 months. Caltrans has taken a variety of steps to limit the inevitable traffic jams, among them posting electronic freeway signs, informing GPS companies and arranging alternate routes for truckers, while Metro will expand bus services and allow people to ride the Red, Purple and Orange lines for free that weekend. However, they advise that everyone stay home, shop nearby and seek emergency assistance locally, while L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky urges Angelinos to "stay the heck out of here." Who will be most adversely affected by the closure? And how will emergency medics, firefighters and police officers get around? Join Patt for a discussion with “Dr. Roadmap,” David Rizzo, and find out how you can comfortably survive the closure.



David Rizzo, known as Dr. Roadmap; author, Survive the Drive! How to Beat Freeway Traffic in Southern California. In his book, he helps daily commuters, business travelers, visitors and tourists navigate Southern California's freeways, deal with road rage and help to plan commutes to save travel time.





2:30 – 2:39





2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse, by Annette Fuentes

Since the Columbine shootings of 1999, educational institutions across the country have worked to reduce campus violence by introducing school site police officers, surveillance systems, drug testing and zero-tolerance policies. Many agree that the intention behind these measures is laudable, but extreme cases of rule enforcement—like the 2010 arrest of a twelve-year-old for doodling on her desk in class–have caused some to reappraise the educational system’s approach to safety. After visiting schools across the nation, journalist Annette Fuentes discovered the prevalence of prison-like security measures, harsh zero-tolerance policies, and the network of school officials interested in their perpetuation. In her new book, Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse, Fuentes describes the effect of this police atmosphere on children, especially those of ethnic minorities, while offering hopeful suggestions for change. But can conflict resolution programs and peer intervention really alleviate school problems? And are violent kids actually the foremost threat to children’s safety in a place more sheltered than some homes or neighborhoods?



Annette Fuentes, journalist at the internet news service The Bay Citizen and author of Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse.




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