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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.