FROM Steve Lopez
Why is California's Coastal Commission Under Threat? In 1972 California voters got on board with Proposition 20, which created the California Coastal Commission. The Coastal Commission's primary duty is to control construction and development along the coast. Now that legacy is under threat all up and down the state coastline.
Tracking the Wet Prince of Bel Air There is someone in Bel Air using 1,300 gallons of water an hour. Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez is on the case . He comes armed with a posse of drought shamers with too much time on their hands, Google Earth and a Prius, all in an effort to expose the person some are calling the Wet Prince of Bel Air.
Undercover Uber If you rode in an Uber last Wednesday, you might’ve seen your name in the Los Angeles Times over the weekend. Times columnist Steve Lopez spent a day as an Uber driver and wrote about it in his latest piece .
Los Angeles DWP Drama And, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has been in hot water recently. It’s had massive billing errors. A union official blocked access to financial records of non-profits he controls. And meanwhile, now it’s asking for a rate increase.
Is LA Criminalizing Homelessness? The Los Angeles City Council this week gave the city more power to dismantle homeless encampments. That’s despite the loud objections of homeless advocates. About a dozen protesters disrupted Tuesday’s City Council meeting, calling the rules “criminal” until security officers escorted them out.
LA DWP Proposes Rate Hike amid Billing Issues In the next five years Los Angeles will have to start repairing its crumbling infrastructure by raising utility rates. The DWP has a history of reckless spending and customer billing scandals. Can ratepayers trust it to do the billion-dollar-plus job? How much would you pay to improve LA's aging infrastructure?
Jaywalking Outrage It’s not only hard to find a parking spot in Downtown L.A. It’s also becoming hard for pedestrians crossing the street. Police there have been cracking down on jaywalkers. If the light isn’t green, you can get a nearly $200 dollar ticket, even if you cross while the red hand is flashing. This has provoked outrage among residents, and now city council members and one state legislator are considering an intervention. We hear from Steve Lopez, who’s been covering story.
Skid Row Millionaire Despite the new crime statistics, there’s also good news from Skid Row today. About 30 organizations in the area found out they will each be receiving $100,000 from one generous donor. It’s not Oprah. It’s not David Geffen. It’s a previously unheard-of recluse named Delmer Clarence Kallberg. We learn more about Kallberg, his life, and why he made this gift.
Would Black Gold Tarnish a Local Beach Town? In less than two months, Hermosa Beach will hold an election that could lead to big change on the shores of Santa Monica Bay. Voters can decide to pay an oil company $17 million. The option is approving 34 new oil wells to be drilled close to surf shops and other local business -- and 98 steps from the home of one lifelong resident. That's according to Sunday's column by Steve Lopez in the LA Times .
Deasy Resigns from LA Unified In today’s letter of resignation as Superintendent of LA Schools, John Deasy says, “I am overwhelmed with pride in what this administration has accomplished for the youth of Los Angeles.” In announcing Deasy’s departure, the elected school board said “academic achievement rose substantially despite severe economic hardships” during Deasy’s tenure. Deasy’s resignation was accepted by a vote of 6 to 1, with Monica Ratliff voting no. The vote for Ramon Cortines as his interim replacement was unanimous.
How Did Donald Sterling Last So Long? There seems to be a consensus in Los Angeles that Clippers owner Donald Sterling is finally getting what he richly deserves: a ban from association with his own professional basketball team, and fellow team owners may demand that he sell. LA Times columnist Steve Lopez calls the city's unified condemnation of racism a "bright moment" after a long time of darkness.
Nathaniel Ayers and the Issue of Forced Medication Nathaniel Ayers is the brilliant, mentally ill musician who was living on the streets in L.A. for many years. L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez has been writing about him for years, including in his book The Soloist , which was turned into a movie starring Jamie Foxx as Ayers. For Ayers, there was a once promising career as a classical musician, then came a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, then electro-shock therapy. He eventually ended up on Skid Row, and now there’s a new development in Ayers’ story.
State of the Garcetti Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will give his "State of the City" address tonight. Before he does that, we're going to offer a "State of the Garcetti" segment. We take a look at the mayor's first nine months in office. What's he's accomplished, what he hasn't, and what's on his agenda going forward.
Trouble at the L.A. Fire Department It’s been a bad week for the Los Angeles Fire Department. A report says the department needs nothing short of a cultural and technological overhaul to fix problems with its emergency responses. And that news came out just days after the LA Times reported on problems with the department’s hiring process.
Water Money Standoff LA officials want to know what happened to $40 million that went to the largest DWP union over the last decade. And a union boss at the center of this investigation has so far been able to avoid answering any hard questions on where that money went.
Emil Ferris: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Emil Ferris' debut graphic novel, is the diary of a ten-year-old girl obsessed with monsters who also believes she herself is a werewolf.
Ryan Murphy on how his Half Foundation led to 'Feud' Ryan Murphy oversees a small TV empire on FX, with series including American Horror Story, American Crime Story and his latest effort, Feud. The first cycle of that show focuses on the rivalry between movie icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. On all his shows, Murphy now has a strict rule: at least half of the directors and crew members must be women or minorities.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.
Are President Trump's global business dealings illegal? We look at President Trump’s new potential business interests in China, and whether they violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Also, a Washington DC wine bar has sued the president, saying the Trump Hotel has an unfair advantage because of its tie to the president.