FROM Dennis Hathaway
LA's Mural Ordinance Murals are so much a part of LA’s cultural tradition that it’s called itself the Mural Capital of the World.” But murals have been banned in the city for more than a decade. On Friday, the City Council will consider two proposals to make them legal again. Version A would allow murals on single family houses, with a provision for neighborhood groups to ask their council member to opt out. Version B would not allow murals on single family houses at all.
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.
Outcry Grows Over LA’s Digital Billboards Two years ago the Los Angeles city attorney signed a truce with billboard companies in the battle over the spread of their signs. The companies agreed to remove some of their big signs but in return they got permission to put up nearly 900 powerful new digitally illuminated billboards. Some neighborhoods are fighting back against what they call eyesores and safety hazards. City officials have reversed course and now say they want a halt, but can they force the advertising companies to pull them down?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.