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.
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.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.