FROM Jeff Rabin
Coastal Commission's Peter Douglas Retires after 26 Years Peter Douglas helped write the laws that established the California Coastal Commission . For 26 years as executive director, he made it one of the most powerful, most revered and reviled regulatory agencies of its kind. He survived several attempts by developers and private property owners to oust him. But now, lung cancer has forced his retirement at age 68. We hear from his fans and his critics.
How Should California Prep for a Population Surge? The California Department of Finance issued it's new population projections earlier this week, predicting not just an increase to sixty million residents but major changes in the makeup of the state. California is projected to become a majority Hispanic state by 2042, the San Francisco bay area will be home to even larger concentrations of Asian-Americans, and Riverside County will leap ahead of its neighbors in size. The projections make Los Angeles’ longstanding nemesis – traffic – even more daunting. Can the region build enough mass transit or freeways to cope? Where are all these new residents going to be housed, or go to school?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.