FROM Genevieve Giuliano
Metro Expo Line Doesn't Alleviate Traffic, but Is That the Point? LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Mike Bonin and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas have all said at some point this year that the Expo light-rail line from downtown to the Westside would "decrease traffic" and "reduce congestion." They're elected officials promoting a $930 million project. Now some data is coming in, and although it turns out that gridlock remains on streets and freeways, ridership is a pleasant surprise: it's already what was expected for 2025. Professor Genevieve Giuliano is director of the METRANS Transportation Center at USC.
Transportation Projects: Big and Small The LA Metropolitan region faces " Bumpy Roads Ahead ," according to a think tank based in Washington, DC. No less than 73% of our roads and freeways are in "poor" condition — and every year, that costs the average driver more than a thousand dollars in extra fuel, repairs and maintenance.
The Expo Line Draws A Gold Rush Metro’s Expo Line is on its way from Culver City to Santa Monica and other parts of the West Side—with the goal of reducing regional traffic congestion. But new train stations are creating gold mines for developers of mixed-use, retail-and-residential complexes—bringing more congestion to places that are already developed. Is “enlightened planning” leading to real-estate profiteering? Should elected officials put on the brakes?
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.