FROM Dan Weikel
Municipal Warfare in Santa Monica Tuesday’s election isn’t creating a lot of interest in much of Southern California, but in Santa Monica, it’s a different story. One ballot measure could effectively shut down the historic airport, and the other could keep it open. The Santa Monica City Council put Measure LC on the ballot. LC stands for Local Control. Aviation interests raised enough signatures to put Measure D on the ballot. In a town of 92,000 people, they’ve contributed more than $800,000 to get it passed. We get some background and hear arguments from both.
Will New Concourse Make LAX Easier to Navigate? At LAX, the Tom Bradley International Terminal is already being expanded. This week, Airport Commissioners approved plans for a new concourse to make way for wide-bodied aircraft, including the Airbus A380. Dan Weikel covers transportation for the LA Times.
Mismanagement Blamed for Asiana Flight 214 Crash at SFO There are new findings today about what caused Asiana Flight 214 to crash into a sea wall at San Francisco airport last summer. The crash killed three people and injured more than 180. This morning the National Transportation Safety Board announced that the crash was caused by pilot error. Investigators have said the pilots came in too low and too slow to land safely. Dan Weikel, Transportation Reporter with the LA Times, joins us.
LA Carpool Lanes to Take a Toll The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has voted unanimously to open carpool lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways to solo drivers willing to pay tolls, 25¢ a mile when traffic is light and $1.40 during rush hours. Dan Weikel reports for the LA Times .
LA County's Half-Cent Sales Tax Takes Effect Last November, more than two thirds of Los Angeles County voters approved a sales tax increase , which went into effect today. The total is now 9.75% on every dollar. Dan Weikel, who covers transportation for the LA Times , says the additional money is supposed to help fund transportation projects.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
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.