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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."