FROM Mitch O’Farrell
Can the LA River Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis? The Army Corps of Engineers has authority over the LA River, and it says cleaning up just 11 miles of the 52-mile long channel will cost a billion dollars. Nobody knows where the money will come from. Nevertheless, the Los Angeles Business Council has issued a report calling the river LA's "Next Frontier ."
City on the Hook for LA River Revival Last year, the Army Corps of Engineers decided to recommend a one-billion dollar restoration plan for the cement flood control channel known as the LA River. The proposal said the city would pay half and the feds would pay half. The plan would restore habitat, widen the river, create wetlands, and provide access points and bike trails along an 11-mile stretch north of downtown. But since then, the pricetag for the plan has gone up and the Army Corps now says the city will be on the hook for most it. We speak with a city official who’s been involved in the development of the LA River restoration plan for many years.
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.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.