FROM Jon Christensen
A New Reality for an Old California California's growth and development have been tremendous in the 20th century. But is the 21st century version of California ready or does the Golden State need a re-coding of sorts?
Did LA Pass Its First Big El Niño Test? The first of this year's El Niño storms were only a test, and Southern California is braced for another onslaught of mudslides, potholes, flooded freeways and basements and mountains of trash swept out into the ocean. We get updates and look at what's next.
Ringing in the Changes in Los Angeles This year on DnA you heard about new developments at the LA River, the opening of The Broad and the Petersen Automotive Museum... the launch of a new e-car company, and Santa Monica's new bike share program... changing attitudes to water capture. . .global money flowing into expensive, empty houses... and, possibly, the birth of a new Pershing Square. In this look-back at the changes in Los Angeles, we also hear about the good and the bad of continued growth; the significance of the demise of Kitson and the rise of private clubs; and, post-Paris, the "genius" of Governor Jerry Brown at communicating climate change.
Governor Brown: On His Way to Paris On his way to the Climate Summit in Paris, Governor Jerry Brown spoke to reporters and radio hosts today. I asked him what he hopes to accomplish since California has no official role. He says California's a "catalyst" for change in the fight against greenhouse emissions. Is that's consistent with his support for fracking, diverting cap-and-trade fees to high-speed rail and watching the oil industry score a big victory in Sacramento?
Should Water-Loving LA Allow Slide The City? Slide the City, a pop-up slip n slide planned to hit downtown LA in late September, has ignited drought shaming and a petition. But how much water does a one-time slip n slide consume compared with other water-based leisure activities?
Is LA Now on the Cutting Edge of Sustainability? Environmentalist and UCLA sustainability researcher Jon Christensen is impressed with LA’s new commitment to sustainability and sees the city as a model for the rest of the country. Water resources watchdog Emily Green couldn’t disagree more .
"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."
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
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.