FROM Andy Lipkis
One Million Trees and the 54 Ficus More than a year ago, Mayor Villaraigosa announced his plan for a million new trees in Los Angeles. But nobody knows how many have been planted, where, or what kind they are. Meanwhile there’s a media circus over fifty-four ficus trees in downtown Santa Monica that the City Council has voted to cut down. Activists call it a “Chainsaw Massacre.” A court has issued a restraining order and tomorrow night, activists plan to show up the City Council’s regular meeting.
America Abroad: Fighting Zika and Future epidemics According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been more than 4,000 cases of Zika reported in the continental US and almost 30,000 in US territories.