FROM Joe Edmiston
A Rarity: A New Park in Downtown Los Angeles Two years ago, City Controller Laura Chick audited the Department of Parks and Recreation and found there was no way to assess the need for new parks in Los Angeles. That's a reflection of the way LA has developed over the years. We hear about efforts to put together a master plan, and about the first new park in downtown Los Angeles since 1895. It's called Vista Hermosa , or "beautiful view," and it's on 10.5 acres across the freeway from the urban skyline.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?