BTS 5/16/2005 - Los Angeles Mayoral Election

Tomorrow Los Angeles voters elect a mayor, possibly the first Latino mayor since the 1870s, more than 130 years ago. Should Antonio Villaraigosa, the front-runner, defeat incumbent James Hahn, will it confirm a social, demographic and cultural shift in big city politics nationwide? What difference will it make for the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles: housing, transportation, immigrant and low wage labor, lack of health care, and education in trouble?

We’ll spend the hour going beneath the surface on these issues on tonight’s program, first with Fernando Guerra from Loyola’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles, then with Angelica Salas, Liberty Hill's 2004 Change Maker Award recipient and director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) to talk about the challenging issues of illegal and exploitative workplace conditions, and at the end of the hour, Jan Breidenbach, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing and Housing L.A. joins us to discuss the intersections of housing, transportation, health and jobs – focusing on the out of reach, elusive affordable LA house on an LA income.