FROM Sam Allen
All Staff and Teachers Removed at Miramonte Elementary The entire faculty and staff of LA Unified's Miramonte Elementary School have been removed while accusations of bizarre sex-abuse are fully investigated. They'll be replaced by others specially trained to take over a school facing outraged parents and an avalanche of bad publicity. Superintendent John Deasy met with parents last night and emphasized to reporters that the actions being taken should not be seen "as a condemnation of an entire staff," but an attempt to "support staff, and simultaneously determine if there are individuals who have done something wrong."
State Assembly Votes to Dissolve Vernon The State Assembly today passed a bill that would dissolve the City of Vernon , the Los Angeles suburb with less than 100 residents and 1800 businesses. The vote was 60 to seven, with the minority warning about a loss of jobs. Sam Allen reports for the LA Times .
Storm Passes and the Grapevine Is Open Again Interstate 5 from between Castaic and Kern County was closed by yesterday's heavy snow and thousands of travelers were stranded all night. It's open now, but a lot of people won't forget what they went through. Sam Allen has been up on the Grapevine for the LA Times .
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.