FROM Michael Weinstein
LA to Revise Its Community Plans There are widespread tensions surrounding the runaway construction of large-scale residential developments in Los Angeles, many marketed as luxury projects. Many are built after developers receive zoning variances and planning amendments, a process critics describe as "spot zoning." Now the Mayor's office is vowing to revise the city's 35 community plans in the next decade. Will this be enough to stop a proposed moratorium on some development?
Does Luxury Housing Trickle Down to Affordable Apartments? Can you create affordable housing by building luxury towers? A boom in development of large apartment towers has prompted a fight for a two-year moratorium on new projects that don't comply with the city's general plan. But planners say this moratorium will stymie efforts to create much-needed affordable housing. We visit the people at the heart of a development fight.
Communities Seek to Stem Mega-Development The Millennium project and a new Target store, both in Hollywood, have been stalled by neighborhood opposition. Now there's a new plan, the Palladium project : a tower with 731 new housing units. Activists claim that Hollywood isn't the only place where what they call "mega-development" is a threat, and now they're proposing a city-wide ballot measure called the " Neighborhood Integrity Initiative ." Michael Weinstein is president of the AIDS Healthcare Initiative Foundation — with headquarters next to the Palladium project.
Should LA County Require Condoms for Porn? Measure B on next month's LA County ballot would require all male performers in pornographic films to wear condoms. Producers would need to acquire permits, and the fees would be used to finance enforcement. But the performers are divided. You can see all of our state and local campaign coverage at KCRW.com/californiaelections .
30 Years of AIDS in Los Angeles The first cases of HIV/AIDs were reported 30 years ago this coming Sunday. That's the day some 2500 bicyclists and 600 volunteers will set off from San Francisco on a fundraising ride to Los Angeles, where those first reports of the disease occurred. Michael Weinstein is President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation . Before founding what's now the nation's largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the nation, he was coordinator of the Stop the AIDS Quarantine Committee.
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.
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.
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.