FROM Eddie North-Hager
Westside Drivers Prevail over Buses while Leimert Park (Sorta) Gets a Rail Station LA’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been working on big decisions today: for the cultural center of South Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard on the West Side and cuts in services. They have been wrangling over a Crenshaw subway stop at Leimert Park, a bus-only lane on Wilshire Boulevard out to the west side, and a budget cutting 72,000 hours of service.
Supervisor's Race Goes Unnoticed There are more than 10 million people in Los Angeles County but just five elected Supervisors . With both legislative and executive responsibilities, they're some of California's most powerful elected officials. It's so difficult and expensive to run countywide that election is almost a lifetime job. Now 2nd District Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke is stepping down, and two political veterans -- LA City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas -- are in a tight race to replace her. We get an update on the race from Eddie Hager, creator of LeimertParkBeat.com .
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?