FROM Greg Lindsay
LAX, Finally — New and Improved Readers of Travel and Leisure magazine ranked LAX America's second-worst airport after New York's LaGuardia. At today's opening of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, designed to compete with some of the best airports in the world, Mayor Eric Garcetti observed, "Now more than 8 million international travelers a year will have the best first and last impression we can give of our city: stunning synchronized video, last-minute shopping that rivals Rodeo Drive, and the best food of our city, right here." One of today's visitors to the new terminal is Frances Anderton, host of KCRW's Design and Architecture.
Engineering Serendipity If creativity could be bottled it would be bestseller. And that’s exactly what companies are trying to do – use data analysis and workspace planning to enable the serendipitous encounters that result in the Eureka moments that create bonanzas for company. But is creativity something that can be contrived by design or by algorithm? Greg Lindsay says maybe.
Santa Monica Airport Endangering Residents Last week, the FAA told LAX to clean up its act and get on with expanding its northern runway. Tomorrow , residents near the Santa Monica Airport will be telling the FAA to clean up its act. They claim the agency has waived its own rules by allowing more and more bigger executive jets to takeoff and land within two-hundred and fifty feet of homes.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
The airline electronics ban and what it means President Trump's Department of Homeland Security has banned all electronic devices larger than cell phones on some foreign airlines flying direct to the US. It's causing confusion as well as inconvenience. Is the motive really just increased security?