FROM Juan Devis
Los Angeles: Eastside versus Westside Remember " Carmaggedon ?" That's when the 405 Freeway was shut down completely for entire weekends for replacement of the Mulholland Drive bridge. There were predictions that the entire Westside would be unavailable to the rest of the city. There now exists between people in Los Angeles a kind of rivalry — like the one between LA and San Francisco, or between New York and LA. To get a sense of how and why, we reached out on line, using the Public Insight Network and Facebook to contact our audience. We asked a series of questions. Which side do you prefer? Where's the boundary? Which is the "real LA?" We received hundreds of answers.
CicLAvia and the Rise of Bicycle Culture in Los Angeles It's estimated that more than 100,000 people turned out yesterday to bike, skate, run or meander through seven and a half miles of streets closed to motorized vehicles from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights. CicLAvia was enthusiastically backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who rode with Lance Armstrong. Frances Anderton, host of KCRW's DnA program and a producer for WWLA? interviewed participants along the route. Her six-year-old daughter Summer rode her scooter.
Bright Spots in a Bad Year Even if 2010 was tough on the design and construction industry in LA there were still some—even surprising—bright spots. DnA asked some design and architecture experts to offer their choice of the best thing to happen to the built environment in the past year, and found that creating community was a dominant theme. Hear Juan Devis, Christopher Hawthorne, Linda Dishman, Sam Lubell, Rochelle Mills, Guy Horton and Katherine Perez on such highlights as connecting neighborhoods with the Expo Line , taking back the streets with CicLAvia and bringing fine architecture to Skid Row .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.