FROM Greg Nelson
AEG Pushes Downtown Football Stadium, Majestic Punts for Irwindale When the Super Bowl game starts Sunday in Dallas, it will have been 16 years since Los Angeles last saw the National Football League. The Rams and the Raiders left in 1994. Now, AEG, developer of the highly successful Staples Center and LA Live, has put on a full-court press for a new stadium downtown, with $700 million in naming rights already guaranteed by Farmers Insurance. Mayor Villaraigosa , Councilwoman Janice Hahn and other officials took part this week in the announcement, which was compared to a pep rally and aired live by Fox Sports TV. The AEG proposal for downtown LA isn't the only one being made to lure the NFL back into the region. Billionaire developer Ed Roski is even further ahead on a stadium in City of Industry. Since the Rams and the Raiders left 16 years ago, there have been plans and discussions about the Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, Anaheim and Irwindale.
NFL Rumors Swirl Again in Los Angeles Former LA Lakers player and part-owner Magic Johnson says he’s joining an effort to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles, and that’s not the only such plan. Sports writer Sam Farmer is chasing the story for the Los Angeles Times . Former City Hall staffer Greg Nelson says that talk gives him “ a queasy feeling .”
Will LA's Neighborhood Councils Ever Work? LA's Neighborhood Councils were established seven years ago with the promise of more grassroots participation in civic affairs. They were part of the new, reformed City Charter, designed to keep the San Fernando Valley from breaking away. Valley secession was defeated, and the Neighborhood Councils are now being studied by a special Review Commission that will make recommendations for new laws or charter amendments before the end of this year. Meantime, there's been a recent audit by City Controller Laura Chick and a study by the Civic Engagement Initiative at USC.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.