FROM Paul Habibi
From a Concrete Ditch to a Real Estate Boom After the concrete was poured in the 1930's to make it a flood-control channel, nobody thought much about the LA River. But new events and amenities are attracting visitors, and a $1.3 billion plan for cleanup and restoration took a step forward last month. There's now such a boom in real estate speculation that long-time residents are worried about being priced out. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez went down to the river. You can learn more and see additional photos of gentrification along the LA River on the WWLA blog .
Should Santa Monica Grow Up or Maintain a Low Profile? If you've been to the beach in Santa Monica or sampled the shopping or nightlife lately, you've driven around the traffic cones and seen scaffolding around new buildings. But the City Council has refused to consider raising the height limit above 84 feet without making developers jump through hoops — with no guarantees of the outcome. KCRW producer Evan George visited the city's new beach-side Tongva Park , where he talked with Mayor Pro-Tem Terry O'Day. Be Excited! Be Prepared! Looking out through one of the sculptures at Tongva Park
Growing Up and Growing Small KCRW's continuing series, LA Grows Up has focused on high-rise residential buildings to accommodate increasing urban density. But the process also includes growing small. New micro-apartments have roughly 300 square feet. Is that enough space for single young professionals or retirees? What about parking?
"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."
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.