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What aging millennials mean for downtown development As millennials get older and look to move out of small apartments, what does that mean for construction in downtown LA and elsewhere with housing shortages?
Mayor Villaraigosa Takes On Prop 13 The Mayor of Los Angeles is stepping all over what's long been called "the third rail of California politics," Proposition 13, which passed in 1978. Property taxes were on the rise, and people on fixed incomes were being taxed out of their homes. But Prop 13 didn't limit increases just for homeowners. It did so for business as well. Yesterday at the Sacramento Press Club, Antonio Villaraigosa called for change , a "split" tax roll, with different rules for homeowners than for business.
Census Figures Indicate Shift in the Political Landscape Since it became a state in 1850, California grew so fast that it gained congressional seats after every census. Not this time around. Growth just isn't the story any more, but the way the population is shifting. One major impact of census data will be on the reapportionment of legislative and congressional districts.
Voters May Change, but Prop 13 Remains the Same Today's electorate is very different from the one that passed Proposition 13 in 1978. But even though the voters have changed, it's still called the "third rail" of state politics, the one that means political death to any politician foolish enough to touch it.
California's Shifting Demography For 30 years, the United States has seen the rapid growth of immigration from foreign countries. Now, the US Census Bureau says the increase has come to an end . In California, immigration actually declined last year by almost 2%. Apparently it's all about the economy.
Are Immigrants The Cornerstone of the Housing Market? The slump in the housing market is a threat to the economy as a whole. What’s keeping the bottom from falling out is the increased purchasing power of immigrants. That’s according to a study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, which says both legal and illegal immigrants are buying the low cost homes that keep values up, even in places like Beverly Hills.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?