FROM Curren Price, Jr.
Will LA Increase the Minimum Wage to a Record Level? The federal minimum wage is still $7.25 an hour, and Republicans in Congress want to keep it right there. California's is now $8 an hour, with an increase to $9 scheduled for this coming July and a bump to $10 in January of 2016. Now the LA City Council will decide whether to study the impact if hotels near LAX with more than 100 rooms had to pay workers $15.37 an hour.
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.
Are Californians Safe from Their Doctors? The Los Angeles Times has reported that drugs prescribed by doctors played a role in almost half Southern California's deaths from prescription-drug overdoses over a five-year span. At least 30 patients in Southern California died of overdoses while the State Medical Board was conducting investigations. One investigation took four years, during which eight of the doctor's patients died of overdoses or related causes. That's led Democratic State Senator Curren Price of Los Angeles to co-sponsor a bill that would transfer the Board's investigative authority to the Attorney General.
Digital License Plates The State Senate has unanimously passed a bill to investigate digital advertising on automobile license plates. They'd look like regular license plates while vehicles were in motion but, when the vehicles stopped for four seconds, other drivers would see electronic messages. Los Angeles Democrat Curren Price sponsored the legislation.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?