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.
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.