FROM Bill Hanway
Olympics officials to visit Los Angeles It's now down to two cities, Los Angeles and Paris, competing to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. A final decision is coming in September. But next week, 13 officials with the International Olympic Committee will visit Los Angeles for three days to learn more about our city's bid. So how does LA compete with the City of Lights? Bill Hanway, Global Sports Leader at AECOM, speaks to KCRW's Frances Anderton Photo by Avishay Artsy Bill Hanway is AECOM's global sports leader and is helping to run the LA 2024 campaign. He talks about LA's plan for a low-cost “sustainable” Olympics that will recycle and reuse rather than build white elephants, what kind of sand qualifies for beach volleyball events, and why they are ignoring hints that Paris will get the 2024 games and LA will host in 2028.
Building the Olympics With days left before the 2016 Summer Olympics kick off, the city of Rio de Janeiro is in a last-minute scramble. Bill Hanway, who lead the master planning for construction and architecture at Rio 2016 and London 2012, gives DnA an inside scoop on the design and development that went into this year's global event – and a taste of their work on LA's 2024 Olympics bid.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.