FROM George Wolfe
Taking a Ride Down the LA River In August, Governor Brown signed a bill that "fundamentally establishes that in the eyes of the State of California, the Los Angeles River is a river, not just a flood control channel; and must be treated that way by Los Angeles County." That's after years of effort by Friends of the Los Angeles River and others. When George Wolfe determined to kayak all 51 miles of the flood control channel, his wife figured he might get arrested. He didn't. But Thea Mercouffer spent four years documenting negotiations with the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA, which resulted in the documentary, Rock the Boat : Saving America's Wildest River.
Navigating the Los Angeles River Last month, the federal EPA declared the Los Angeles River a " traditional navigable waterway ." That has opened the way to plans for reviving the river that have pending in recent years. The river runs through the district represented by City Councilman Ed Reyes, who has a lot of plans. We hear from the Councilman, WWLA? producer Darrell Satzman and George Wolfe, a man who's kayaked the river from end to end.
The River That Navigation Forgot The Army Corps of Engineers says the Los Angeles River is not "traditionally navigable." That may not surprise those who see it as a concrete flood control ditch. But to those who want to restore the river, it's an outrage. Other critics say the Corps' decision could lead to uncontrolled development as far upstream as Ventura County . North of Chatsworth, a rancher wanted to pave over some dry stream beds to build a road and control erosion. When there is water, the streams flow into the LA River, where the Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act . When the rancher asked the Corps for guidance, it turned to a recent decision by the US Supreme Court.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
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.