FROM Mitch Englander
LA's Mural Ordinance Murals are so much a part of LA’s cultural tradition that it’s called itself the Mural Capital of the World.” But murals have been banned in the city for more than a decade. On Friday, the City Council will consider two proposals to make them legal again. Version A would allow murals on single family houses, with a provision for neighborhood groups to ask their council member to opt out. Version B would not allow murals on single family houses at all.
Can LA Get a Handle on Medical Marijuana? Measures D , E and F on this month’s Los Angeles City ballot all deal with medical marijuana dispensaries. None of them is a ban, although the City Council tried that once and then back away due to public opposition. Instead, they all provide different arrangements for regulation. Saul Gonzalez, who has been out visiting dispensaries and/or clinics, has some history about medical marijuana.
The Debate Over Group Housing in LA Neighborhoods After 5 years of wrangling, the LA City Council is scheduled to vote soon on a proposed crack down against overcrowded group homes in single-family neighborhoods. In December, four people were murdered in a Northridge home where almost 20 had been living in squalid conditions. That’s given new life to a much-debated LA City Council proposal to crack down on unsafe, overcrowded group homes in residential neighborhoods. More than 40 homeowner groups and associations are supportive… but opponents say it will throw needy people into the street. Last month’s quadruple murder in Northridge may put it over the top. But critics call that a smokescreen for NIMBY homeowner groups that will close down legitimate, well-run facilities for the old, sick and disabled as well as parolees and recovering addicts.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.