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 .
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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