FROM Marc Littman
Is LA Too Complacent about Carmageddon 2? Despite months of warnings before July of last year, there was no Carmageddon when Metro closed down the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass from Friday night until Monday morning. Workers took down half of the drive that crossed the freeway on Mulholland Drive, and LA drivers took it in stride. It went almost too smoothly, and now Metro's having a hard time drumming up public concern about Carmageddon II this coming weekend.
Public Transportation in a Time of Budget Cuts Los Angeles Times business columnist David Lazarus doesn't ride public transit to work every day but, in today's paper, he wrote that he would — if it were more "user-friendly." After a week of trying it while his car was in the shop, he says, "it's almost as if dozens of entities" in the regional network "are conspiring to make the system as unwelcoming as possible."
'Green' Governor's Budget Cuts Threaten Public Transit Since last year, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been getting international news coverage as America's number one warrior in the fight against global warming . Today Mayor Villaraigosa announced what he called "the most ambitious climate change plan by a major American city." Both want to reduce greenhouse gases by getting drivers out of their cars, but the Governor's latest budget cuts funding for public transportation, and the MTA is about to raise fares significantly on buses and subways. Aslo, whatever happened to statewide high-speed rail?
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?
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?