FROM Michael Barbour
Traffic Snarls without Warning There's more trouble ahead for traffic in Westwood and the Sepulveda Pass. Metro's weeks of warning about "Carmageddon" gave drivers plenty of time to plan alternatives to using the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass for one weekend this past July. But this morning, Metro started three months of reduced lanes on Sepulveda Boulevard without any public notice until last Friday. It waited until then to issue a press release advising motorists to "plan ahead and allow additional time to reach their destinations."
'Rampture' on the 405 at Wilshire Boulevard There are eight on-and-off ramps where the 405 Freeway meets Wilshire Boulevard on the West side of Los Angeles. Built for a different era, they are notorious for dangerous and time-consuming congestion. In the next few months, all of them are going to be closed for reconstruction — two at a time. It's all part of the commuter-lane addition that brought us three days of Carmageddon . The "Rampture" will go on a lot longer.
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.
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?