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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
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.