FROM Guillermo Cespedes
Federal Gun Control and Gun Violence Here in LA… Gun violence is down in Los Angeles—but it still takes a heavy toll. Would today’s proposals by President Obama help to reduce it more? At Scripps College in Claremont today, sheriff’s deputies, local police and other first responders conducted drills on how to cope with a potential mass shooting. KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez was there.
Mayor Appoints Night Lights Director to Gang Czar Last week, Mayor Villaraigosa’s first so-called Gang Czar was elevated to Chief of Staff . Now, Reverend Jeff Carr has been replaced by Guillermo Cespedes, who has been heading up the Summer Night Lights program. He’ll be the Director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.