FROM Kent Smith
Dov Charney’s Demise and the Future of LA’s Garment District The highly controversial and scrutinized lifestyle of Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, has cost him the top job at the company he founded. Unlike most apparel companies, American Apparel does not outsource its labor. The majority of its manufacturing is done in a seven-story factory in downtown Los Angeles, where workers make an average of twelve dollars an hour and often more than $100 a day.
Downtown LA Tests Adjustable Rate Parking Donald Shoup is a Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA and author of The High Cost of Free Parking . One thousand other city planners have started a Facebook group in his honor called the Shoupistas . Now Los Angeles has launched a pilot program for on-street parking based on his concept of 'variable rate meters." It's already well under way in San Francisco .
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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.
"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."