FROM Jessie Kornberg
Seniors evicted in Westwood Many renters in LA fear eviction, as landlords increasingly use the Ellis Act to turn affordable apartments into more profitable homes. But did Watermark Retirement Communities go too far, when they posted eviction notices on the doors of almost 200 seniors, many in their 90s, in an independent living facility in Westwood Village? Their goal: to get the prime property out from under rent control and turn it into a luxury assisted living facility. Residents and their boomer children are not going without a fight, and have enlisted support from local politicians and media. Does Watermark care? DnA talks to residents, their children and public interest lawyers about a story that has put a human face on the housing crisis in LA.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
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."
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.