Monday, August 15, 2011

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19





1:21:30 – 1:39

Is Los Angeles becoming a Third World city? How Farmers Field might widen downtown’s wealth gap

Los Angeles Times columnist Hector Tobar went on a “walking tour of L.A.’s class divide,” starting out at the crown achievement of the downtown redevelopment effort, L.A. Live and the massive JW Marriot / Ritz-Carlton hotel & condominiums.  Take a stroll across to the other side of the 110 Harbor freeway and you will truly see how the other half live.  In view of the $450/night Ritz-Carlton are dilapidated apartment buildings, abandoned warehouses and plenty of street vendors trying to make ends meet.  As the city council, the mayor and media get increasingly excited about the prospects of bringing a new NFL football team to play in a glamorous new billion-dollar stadium, the claims of shared economic benefits must be asked.  Have the investments in Staples Center, L.A. Live and other downtown development created an economic tide that has raised all ships or have the expensive projects just increased a stubborn wealth gap between the haves and have-nots?  Tobar questions the justification for any public expenditures for the forthcoming Farmers Field or revamped convention center, especially in an era of budget cut backs that mean scaled back public assistance programs like education and health care.  When L.A.’s rich can look, on high, down on the impoverished masses from their new downtown luxury skyscrapers, is our city starting to feel more like the Third World?




Hector Tobar, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; author of the column, “Los Angeles helps the wealthy but not the little guy”


Jan Perry, L.A. City Council President Pro Tem representing the 9th District




1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Bus benches disappear in your neighborhood – why and will they be back?

Are you a bus rider without a bench to sit on while you wait for the next city transport to round the corner? After criticism for withholding information about how many benches are actually installed at Los Angeles bus stops and how much money it makes from ads, Norman Bench Advertising recently lost its exclusive contract with the city for managing the 6,000 benches, and has begun removing them in at least three City Council districts around town. Today [Tuesday] the Council is considering a contract with Martin Outdoor Media, and if approved, the new vendor may be asked to install temporary wood-and-concrete benches to replace those that are missing. A small matter, you say? The Bus Riders Union points out that people are often forced to wait a long time for the next bus – and that includes not just workers – but the elderly, students, and mothers with children. Are you a regular rider who depends on a place to sit down and pull out your laptop, hold your kid, or rest out of the sun while you wait?



Andrea Alarcon, commissioner, City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works



Esperanza Martinez, lead organizer, Bus Riders Union





2:06 – 2:30





2:30 – 2:58:30

Is “Anonymous” behavior justified? Are they modern day Robin Hoods or thrill seeking vigilantes?  

In recent weeks, a hacker group called “Anonymous” has gained national attention by publicizing sensitive police information, organizing a protest against the BART’s disruption of cell phone service, and calling for the resignation of Fullerton’s Police Chief after the police shooting of a local homeless man. A hacking threat against Facebook has also been made by an organization of the same name, accompanied by a video accusing the social networking giant of selling its users private information to government agencies around the world. Facebook’s security breach is scheduled for November 5th, which coincides with “Guy Fawkes Day,” a British holiday created in 1605 to celebrate the King’s escape from assassination by Guy Fawkes and other members of the infamous “Gunpowder Plot.” Fawkes’s visage, emblazoned on Anonymous’s website and worn on paper masks at demonstrations, has become the symbol of a group that claims to fight for the vigilant protection of web users’ privacy and rights. But many have questioned the morality of Anonymous’s methods and censured the public release of the personal information of people affiliated with organizations that become the object of the group’s ire. Is it ethical to sacrifice the private information of a relative few in the name of defending the general public’s online privacy? Cyber attacks may well cause the victims to shore up their own security, but is it likely that they will cause improvements in online security across the country? Or is Anonymous doing us a favor by forcing the companies that handle our credit card and passport information to do so more carefully? And can one really trust threats from an anonymous source anyway? Is Anonymous a modern day, high tech, kind of Robin Hood or scofflaw vigilantes?



Nick Bilton, lead technology writer on the Bits Blog for the New York Times. He is also a technology and business reporter for the New York Times.  He writes about Anonymous.



Hemu Nigam, CEO SSP Blue, an internet security consulting company


  • Former clients NewsCorps, MySpace, Microsoft, Justice Department Prosecutor against computer crimes


Karen North, director of the online communities program at USC’s Annenberg school of Communications and Journalism, she teaches and studies social media and is an expert in online communities.



·        She worked in the Science and Technology Office of the White House during Clinton Administration just as they were introducing the www.




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