FROM Catherine Saillant
Candidates Vie to Fill Bernard Parks' Seat Since he won election to the LA City Council, former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks has been a lonely voice as a fiscal watchdog, often opposed to powerful labor unions. Now he's termed out and — ironically — unions may have a major role in determining his replacement. Catherine Saillant is covering the 8th District contest for the LA Times . The four main contenders to replace Parks are: Forescee Hogan-Rowles Marqueece Harris-Dawson Bobbie Jean Anderson Robert Cole
Shriver Gets Key Endorsement in Supervisor’s Race In the primary for termed-out Zev Yaroslavsky on the LA Board of Supervisors, Sheila Keuhl got 36% of the vote, Bobby Shriver 29%, and West Hollywood Councilman John Duran got a surprising 16%. Today, Duran endorsed Shriver for the November final election. Catherine Saillant covers politics for the LA Times.
Los Angeles City Councilman Charged with Felony Crimes As superior court judge ruled today there's "more than substantial evidence" that Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcón and his wife, Flora Montes, committed both perjury and voter fraud. He'll be tried on 17 felony counts. She faces six.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.