FROM Tim Logan
The City of Inglewood Tackles a Tough Problem If voters in Inglewood support an NFL stadium, the developers of Hollywood Park Tomorrow won't have to go through the normal planning process or submit to an environmental review. Now, they've gathered more than twice the signatures needed for a ballot measure, and it might qualify for an election in June. Hollywood Park development site Note: Inglewood Mayor James Butts and Hollywood Park executive Gerard McCallum agreed to appear on our program, but when they heard that stadium opponents would also be on the program, they both dropped out.
A Football Stadium to Bring Home the Rams, at What Cost to Taxpayers? The plan to transform Hollywood Park into an NFL stadium runs to 187 pages. Developers and officials in Inglewood say it won't cost taxpayers a dime. As Inglewood assesses a possible deal, St. Louis is not giving up easily. Last week, civic leaders promised no less than $400 million in state bonds and tax credits to keep the Rams there.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.
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?