FROM Ben Poston
One Year In, Has Prop 47 Made California Less Safe? Since California voters passed Prop 47 less than a year ago, some crimes are on the increase while arrests are on the decline. Is that a consequence of reducing some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors in order to curb the high cost of over-crowded prisons? Cops and prosecutors are divided. Should Prop 47 be amended or is it too early to tell?
LAPD Fudging Crime Stats Los Angeles has been held up as a paragon of data-driven policing—using data to deploy officers and set targets for crime reduction. But a series of Los Angeles Times investigations has found that the LAPD has consistently misclassified violent crimes as less-serious offenses for years.
Taxation without Equal Sanitation Mayor Garcetti promised to fight illegal dumping and clean up Los Angeles' dirty streets, but according to a pair of recent media investigations he isn't delivering on that promise in the city's poorest neighborhoods where sanitation workers reportedly ignore at least 15 percent of all requests to clear abandoned refuse from sidewalks and alleys. What does it take to get clean streets across all of Los Angeles -- not just in Venice and Encino.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.