FROM Maeve Reston
Will a New Mayor Address the Housing Affordability Gap? Los Angeles faces a shortage of affordable housing, and not enough is being constructed to meet increasing demand. That’s created a problem with “workforce housing”—which allows people to live close to their jobs. It all adds up to a real threat to economic recovery. A recent study shows that the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in LA County is almost 1800 dollars—300 dollars more than the median household can afford. With the average cost of a house still 335,000, many families are still priced out of the market. Comparisons with other cities show that’s preventing economic recovery and driving some businesses out of town. But that’s not the only problem. When people can’t live close enough to their jobs, they’re driven to desperate solutions. Candidates for Mayor claim they’re up on the problem, but how would they solve it? Could changing Proposition 13 be part of the answer?
LA Times Reporter Recalls Romney Message to Donors During the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney told high-level donors his job would be "not to worry" about the "47 percent" of Americans who depended on government. When he found that he'd been recorded, he told interviewers he'd been clumsy and that, "I really care about the 100 percent." He said similar things during all three debates. But now there's another recording, this time of yesterday's conference call to donors when Romney blamed his loss on what he called President Obama's "gifts" to blacks, Latinos and women. Maeve Reston of the Los Angeles Times has more.
Veterans and the VA: Worst Backlog in Washington Here's the kind of decision required of the Veterans Administration: is that traumatic brain injury from high school football or a roadside bomb in Iraq? Questions like that are just one reason the VA is so far behind in processing claims. While President Obama, Mitt Romney and politicians on both sides of the aisle agree that American veterans should get the benefits they deserve, many veterans are frustrated.
The Worst Backlog in Washington Despite all the issues that keep them apart, President Obama, Mitt Romney and every other American politician agree that American veterans should get the lifetime benefits they deserve. But the Veterans Administration has been infamous for its "backlog" in processing claims, going back to before September 11. Despite 4000 new workers since 2008, less than 80 percent of the work has been done, frustrating veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea -- even World War II. Are still more workers needed? How about shifting from paper files to computers? We look at the problem and some proposed solutions. This story was informed in part from sources in the Public Insight Network. You can find out more at www.kcrw.com/insight .
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.