FROM Laura Lake
3 Solutions to L.A.'s Housing Crisis A lot of people in and around Los Angeles are currently struggling to pay high rents. One Harvard Study ranked L.A. as the least affordable rental market in the country. A housing shortage is pushing rents up, but there’s a lot of disagreement over how L.A. should increase its supply. Should the city build up and become more dense like Manhattan, or stick with sprawl and backyards? We’ll hear three different perspectives on how L.A. can fix its housing crisis.
Will the Car Capital of the World Make Way for Bikes and Buses? There's going to be more congestion during the evening rush hour — especially on the Westside — but that didn't stop the LA City Council from endorsing what's called "Mobility Plan 2035." That's the year when hundreds of miles of new bike and bus lanes are scheduled to be completed — in the interests of the environment, public transit and pedestrian safety.
The Pros and Cons of Hotel Subsidies in LA Today the LA City Council took another step in approving subsidies for a major hotel development project downtown. The Frank Gehry designed Grand Avenue Project will bring housing restaurants and a 4 star hotel to a site across from the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The developer would be allowed to pocket at least $140 million in hotel tax revenues over the next 25 years, and the Council could pave the way for future hotels to keep millions in tax revenue as well. Dave Zahniser is a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times.
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.
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.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.