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 .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?