Friday, March 2, 2012

RE: Patt Morrison for Monday, March 5, 2012




Monday, March 5, 2012

1-3 p.m.





1:06 –1:39 OPEN



1:41:30 – 1:58:30
Super Tuesday preview 2012 – the quest for a frontrunner
Super Tuesday is the portentous day when a large number of U.S. states hold their contests for the presidential primary season, and the day when a clear party frontrunner sometimes emerges. This year, the Republican field has seen numerous frontrunners catch fire and slowly fizzle - and at least one of the remaining candidates has openly stated that regardless of what happens on Super Tuesday they will carry their campaign through to the Republican National Convention in August in Tampa, Florida. Ten states will hold their primaries or caucuses on this year’s Super Tuesday, down from 24 in 2008, as several states opted to move their contest forward in hopes to have more influence on the overall process. Further complicating the issue is that eight of the ten states voting tomorrow (TUESDAY) will award their votes proportionally, meaning that even if a candidate “wins” a state, the other candidates may receive a share of the delegates. The four candidates still in the race, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul each have their own Super Tuesday strategy and objectives. Experts say that Romney is hoping to engage the Republican base and use his perceived electability factor to solidify his presumptive frontrunner status, and many polls indicate that he is likely to win the most delegates on Super Tuesday. Santorum is trying to recover from some missteps that have seen him recently sink in the polls and he needs to make a big showing in order to stay close to Romney. To remain viable, Newt Gingrich likely needs to pull out his “comeback kid” playbook and revitalize his candidacy once again. And Ron Paul, polling last and holding only 18 delegates - according to the Associated Press count, simply needs to win some of the 437 delegates at stake tomorrow (TUESDAY). Will Super Tuesday 2012 deliver a clear Republican frontrunner? Can the hometown candidates (Gingrich is from Georgia and Santorum is polling strongly in Ohio, which shares a border with his home state of Pennsylvania) get traction with their home state voters? What can Ron Paul do to remain in the race?

Mike Memoli, “MEHM-oh-lee” politics reporter for the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau

2:06 – 2:39

The economy is a little better; time to pay more rent!

Housing prices are down, mortgage holders are underwater, construction is slow – this is the standard set of facts when it comes to reporting on housing in the United States post-2008. What isn’t talked about as often is the flip side: rents are up. Even in the best of economies, there are risks to buying: you’re responsible for the maintenance, and if the value on your house goes down – as it has for many in the last few years – you eat the losses. Plus, as the nation’s population goes up and both credit and jobs remain difficult to obtain, more of that population is finding itself unable to finance starting their own households, and thus stuck either living with family or renting.  Meanwhile, fewer apartment complexes are being built and vacancy rates for rental properties are the lowest they’ve been since the 1990s.  According to a recent article in Slate, the United States is facing a “perfect storm” when it comes to resources versus demand in the rental market, with costs threatening to keep on rising. Have you had difficulty renting here in Los Angeles? If you recently relocated, how long did it take you to find an apartment? Does rent control help or hurt?




Larry Gross, executive director, The Coalition for Economic Survival (tenants group)



Ryan Minniear, executive director, California Apartment Association of Los Angeles (represents landlords)



2:41:30 – 2:58:30

Ommmmmm-lympics! Competitive yoga’s on the rise. Say wha??

Yoga. So relaxing. So inner-directed. So competitive? At this year’s national USA Yoga Asana Championship over the weekend, men and women with the kind of glistening, well-toned bodies people envy came to compete, doing yoga asana (yoga postures) in New York City. They had three minutes to perform seven difficult, athletic poses and hold them. The top two finishers in each group – men’s, women’s and a youth division – will go on to compete in international finals the Bishnu Charan Ghosh Cup, held in Los Angeles in June. Spiritually-minded yoga as a judged sport, really?? Non-profit organization the United States Yoga Federation not only sponsors the national competition, but wants to see competitive yoga at the 2016 Olympics. It’s already applied to the United States Olympic Committee to be recognized as the national governing body for the sport. To be considered for the Olympics, yoga asana must be practiced in 75 countries. So far, there are yoga asana competitions in 15 countries. Supporters say the meets promote health and fitness. Critics say the subtle effects of yoga can’t be experienced within a competitive setting. People all over the world practice yoga as a form of breathing-based meditation, yet there are yoga studios that promote power yoga, with an emphasis on twisty poses and high-octane sweat. Do you support competitive yoga and it being considered a sport? Would you watch yoga asana if it qualified for the Olympics? Is competitive yoga just a fancier form of gymnastics? Get ready for Ommmmmm-lympics!




Bel Carpenter (m), 39-year-old Colorado-based yoga teacher and competitive yoga practitioner who ranked in the top 10 of the men’s division at last year’s international yoga asana championship, and participated in this weekend’s USA Yoga Asana Championship in New York City.



Ganga White (GAHN-guh – WITH A HARD G), founder of yoga training center and retreat the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, and a yoga practitioner and teacher since the 1960s.







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