FROM Shelby Grad
Corruption and Corrosion: News in LA That Stinks Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty this week to lying to federal investigators about their ongoing probe of corruption at the department. Did the buck stop there? Meanwhile, Southern California Gas Company says it’s temporarily stopped the leaking gas from one of its wells at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas storage facility. A good start, sure. But what about the rest of the wells?
Eight Officials in Bell Arrested as LA DA Prepares Charges The blue-collar City of Bell in Los Angeles County has become a poster-child for municipal corruption in the United States. Today, District Attorney Steve Cooley announced the arrests of at least eight former officials, including one-time city manager Robert Rizzo, whose compensation totaled $1.5 million. Shelby Grad is city editor of the Los Angeles Times .
More Smoke, More Fire in Los Angeles Speaking this morning at a command center East of Los Angeles, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger observed, "We have a lot of fires all over the state of California. We have fires from the northern border all the way south and from the Pacific to the Sierra Nevada – fires, fires, fires." The largest of these, the Station Fire , has taken out more than 50 structures, killed two firefighters and caused thousands to be evacuated from their homes. Shelby Grad is City Editor of the Los Angeles Times .
Freeways Expand in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire State Highway 138 is the old road connecting the booming communities of Palmdale and Lancaster with the booming high desert. Because of the number of accidents, it’s known as “Blood Alley,” and road workers finally are trying to widen it. Motorists angry at construction delays have threatened the workers and damaged equipment so Cal-Trans intermittently shuts part of it down .
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.