FROM Chris Tilly
American Apparel and Manufacturing in L.A. Dov Charney, the founder and former CEO of American Apparel, built a brand partly around the fact that his clothes were made here in L.A. It was a great idea. But these days, American Apparel is in trouble. It emerged from bankruptcy in February but its stock is still trading for about a dime. Last week, the company laid off 500 workers. It says it will improve its manufacturing process and maybe even outsource making some of its hipster wear. Is American Apparel a cautionary tale for other companies that want to manufacture products locally and pay the people who make them a living wage? Or a story of bad management?
Could LA's 'Promise Zones' Spur Gentrification? During last week's 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, the Obama White House announced what it calls " Promise Zones " in five American cities, including Los Angeles. Zones include Pico-Union, Westlake, Koreatown, East Hollywood and Hollywood. But there's concern that they could do harm than good for poor people.
What do Trump's new emissions standards mean for fuel efficient cars? With President Trump unveiling lower fuel economy standards, will carmakers build more gas guzzlers? Also, an investigation looks into the risks of shipping nuclear warheads across the country on old 18 wheelers, driven by underpaid and overworked drivers. And, six years after Fukushima, nuclear waste has reached parts of the U.S. west coast.
Building homes near freeways, 'Rick Owens: Furniture' The White House wants to roll back fuel economy standards. Could that mean more air pollutants coming out of car tailpipes -- just as LA is seeing a surge of home construction along freeways? And a fashion world provocateur, Rick Owens, talks about designing furniture inspired by land art and brutalist architecture, and raising existential questions on the runway.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.