FROM John Jerabek
Municipal Warfare in Santa Monica Tuesday’s election isn’t creating a lot of interest in much of Southern California, but in Santa Monica, it’s a different story. One ballot measure could effectively shut down the historic airport, and the other could keep it open. The Santa Monica City Council put Measure LC on the ballot. LC stands for Local Control. Aviation interests raised enough signatures to put Measure D on the ballot. In a town of 92,000 people, they’ve contributed more than $800,000 to get it passed. We get some background and hear arguments from both.
Aviation Groups Fight Effort to Close Santa Monica Airport One hundred years ago, the Santa Monica Airport was Clover Field, where Douglas Aircraft pioneered aviation. It was used by the Army Air Corps during World War II, and then turned back to the City, which agreed to keep it running. As residential neighborhoods developed nearby, there’s been increasing concern about noise and air pollution, potential accidents—and property values. Now the City Council wants to close it down in July of next year.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
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?