FROM Miguel Angel Corzo
Los Angeles Celebrates Its Mexican-American Heritage Cal-State Northridge Chicano Studies Professor Rudy Acuña calls the Mexican-American influence in Los Angeles a historical "afterthought," despite its importance to the city's founding and subsequent history. As to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes he says, "It's about time." Cal-State Northridge Chicano Studies Professor Rudy Acuña calls the Mexican-American influence in Los Angeles a historical "afterthought," despite its importance to the city's founding and subsequent history. As to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes he says, "It's about time." After years of delay and controversy, the $54 million cultural center will open on Saturday near Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. It will be an exhibit space, an interactive school, a place for live performances and a gathering place. We speak with La Plaza President and CEO Miguel Angel Corzo, and hear from urban planner James Rojas and museum curator Ken Luftig Viste, both of whom spoke with KCRW's Frances Anderton.
19th Century Remains Remind LA of Its History It took 15 years to resolve the conflict over remains of a thousand Native Americans discovered during construction of the massive Playa Vista development on LA's Westside. They were stored in cardboard boxes in a trailer parked on the site, until 2007, when they were removed, covered with white seashells and buried again during a sacred ceremony. Two and a half weeks ago, the remains of a hundred people stopped construction of a Mexican-American cultural center in downtown Los Angeles. The downtown site isn't the only ancient cemetery that's aroused local passions and possible legal action. The City of LA has designated as "extremely historic" land in Santa Monica Canyon surrounding the Marquez Family Cemetery , which holds the remains dating back to the early 1900's.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
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?