Historian and Environmental Writer
FROM Dan Flores
Living among the coyotes in LA If you’ve lived in Southern California for long, you’ve likely encountered at least one on a hike in Griffith Park or driving to work in the wee hours of the morning. Coyotes – they’re a fact of life in SoCal, where human development continues to expand into the wilderness and the wild keeps popping up on our streets. Case in point: A park in urban Montebello recently closed temporarily after coyotes bit three people in three separate attacks. But Americans have a long and complicated relationship with coyotes, and cities like New York and Chicago might learn a lesson or two from how Angelenos have come, for the most part, to coexist with them.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."