FROM Kraig Kojian
Are Business Improvement Districts on the Way Out? Many artists moved into the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles because of cheap rents for available space in warehouses and lofts. Homeless people were left alone. Then landlords agreed to pay fees for a Business Improvement District , or BID, that provided security, trash removal and marketing to lure investors. The district, one of nine in downtown alone, is now a hot real-estate market. Was the BID responsible for gentrification? For the past two years there's been dispute over whether it should continue. Recently, a judge settled the issue by ordering the BID to disband, as KCRW producer Evan George reports.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
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.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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.