FROM Ari Bloomekatz
Expo Line Starts Its Journey to Santa Monica Phase II of Metro's Expo Line brought Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Santa Monica today. He showed up for the groundbreaking ceremony at 4th Street and Colorado, where the tracks will end. When it came to politicians, Villaraigosa was not alone, according to Ari Bloomekatz with the LA Times .
Preparing to Flip the Off Switch on Red Light Cameras Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Gruel says LA's red-light cameras are a waste of money. But the City Council's Chief Legislative Analyst says just shutting the program down would mean less revenue. A Council committee has now split the baby by saying the program will be gradually phased out. In the meantime, drivers who get those tickets — pictures and all — should just throw them out. Ari Bloomekatz covers transportation for the Los Angeles Times .
Los Angeles Celebrates the Lakers The world champion Los Angeles Lakers paraded down Figueroa today from Staples Center to the Coliseum. The crowd was estimated to be 150,000. Mayor Villaraigosa provided a welcome, but the big cheers were for the players, especially Kobe Bryant , the MVP of the final series that earned the team their championship rings. Ari Bloomekatz was there for the Los Angeles Times .
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?