FROM Damien Newton
Los Angeles DA Won't Prosecute in Distracted Driving Case Late last year, LA Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Wood was driving along Mullhand Drive, returning from a fire call in Calabasas. Milton Olin was on his bike in the bicycle lane. Wood was typing on his mobile computer, and his car struck Olin from behind and killed him. Last week, the DA said there won’t be any prosecution. Since Wood was responding to another deputy’s call when he was distracted, he was acting in the course of his duties. Today, cyclists are taking to the streets in protest.
Football and Freeways AEG, developer of Staples Center and LA Live, released a 10,000-page environmental impact report today on Farmers' Field , its proposed NFL stadium near the intersection of the 10 and 101 freeways in downtown LA. Before the City Council takes it up, there will be 45 days for public comment, if anybody can read it that fast. AEG concedes that 20,000 cars on game days alone will mean "significant and unavoidable" impacts on traffic.
With the Big Delay Almost with Us, Is It Time to Panic? If you love to hate the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass, try living without it. That's what the Westside of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley will have to do from 7pm tomorrow, when the ramps shut down between the 10 and the 101, until 5am Monday morning. What does the frenzy over " Carmageddon " say about transportation planning past, present and future?
Westside Drivers Prevail over Buses while Leimert Park (Sorta) Gets a Rail Station LA’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been working on big decisions today: for the cultural center of South Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard on the West Side and cuts in services. They have been wrangling over a Crenshaw subway stop at Leimert Park, a bus-only lane on Wilshire Boulevard out to the west side, and a budget cutting 72,000 hours of service.
When It Comes to Infrastructure, You Get What You Pay For LA City Council President Eric Garcetti announced today a "Garcetti 311" iPhone application. He wants to make it easy for his constituents to report dead animals, overgrown trees and potholes so his staff can relay the information to the appropriate agencies. But Mayor Villaraigosa said recently that cuts and layoffs will reduce city services, specifically including "potholes and the trimming of trees."
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.