Jon Stewart’s comedy news program "The Daily Show" popped in on a Hacienda La Puente Unified School District board meeting recently. Stewart’s crew filmed the meeting and a few locals who are concerned that a proposed Confucius Classroom Chinese-language program funded by the Chinese government would spread communism.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that people are concerned about how Stewart’s program will portray the issue. (No kidding!):
In January, four school board members voted to approve the agreement between the district and the Chinese Language Council International, or Hanban Organization. The agreement will provide $30,000 a year for an instructor and materials for Cedarlane Middle School beginning in the 2010-11 school year.
Also, here’s a Times story on the issue.
Here are some other goings-on around Web L.A.:
Bullet train under Dodger Stadium: The Eastsider LA is reporting that a proposed bullet train could run under Dodger Stadium:
The plans to build a high-speed rail line near the Los Angeles River and through Cypress and Glassell Park has drawn opposition from river advocates, including Councilman Ed Reyes. So, after several years of lobbying federal officials and state railway builders, engineers involved in with the California High-Speed Rail Authority Line are looking at possibly shifting the rail line away from the river.
Here’s your YouTube of the day — a video reenactment of the first chapter of Michael Connelly’s novel "Echo Park":
Look for a profile of Connelly on the Times’ front page Saturday.
– Anthony Pesce
Photo: "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Credit: Associated Press
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