FROM Holly Mitchell
California state senators determined to reform juvenile justice Two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.
El Niño Storms Are Finally Arriving, Is Los Angeles Ready? This afternoon, as El Niño storms are finally arriving, LA County’s civil grand jury issued a report on preparations to protect some 29,000 homeless people. Based on surveys of 16 of the largest cities, including Los Angeles, it determined that “just a fraction” will be housed. It called preparations "unconscionable and grossly inadequate." By airtime, we were not able to contact any county officials.
Grand Juries and Police Shootings The police have a dangerous job. And when they kill a suspect, we tend to give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s rare that officers are prosecuted for killing or harming a suspect. Just yesterday, Los Angeles’ district attorney refused to indict three officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man who lead them on a high speed chase. And of course there’s Ferguson and Staten Island: no indictments in those cases either. In those two, it was a grand jury’s decision not to indict. Now, California state senator Holly Mitchell has proposed a new law that would ban grand juries from hearing cases against officers accused of using excessive force. We hear from Mitchell and others with different takes on the issue.
California Out of the Red, How Will New-Found Riches Be Spent? Last year, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst projected that new growth in California's economy might lead to a state surplus — if the Assembly, the Senate and Governor Brown were restrained about this year's budget. They were, and the forecast for next year is even more promising. How should it be spent? We hear different opinions.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."