FROM Bill Bogaard
Santa Ana Winds and Cuts to Tree-trimming Budgets Thousands of trees have fallen since those high Santa Ana winds began last Wednesday night. Many still haven't been cleaned up. In the City of Los Angeles, the Urban Forestry staff was reduced last year from 230 to less than 100. That left every inspector responsible for 150,000 trees, and even in normal times it takes 24 to 48 hours to deal with just one fallen tree limb.
Jerry Brown and Proposition 13 Governor Brown says next week's budget proposal will help meet his campaign promise to move government "closer to the people." He wants to reverse the effects of Proposition 13, which cut the property taxes cities and counties could raise and made them dependent on money from Sacramento. We hear from civic leaders and others.
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?
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?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.