FROM Tom Hogen-Esch
Handicapping LA's Off-Cycle Election Since California's progressive reform movement 100 years ago, LA City elections have been held in odd-numbered years, like this one. The idea was to separate them from the partisanship of state and federal politics. Tomorrow, LA voters have a chance to change that, not just for the City but for the LA Unified School District's governing board as well. Term limits are ending the City Council careers of Tom LaBonge and Bernard Parks, and there are lively contests to replace them. Two other sitting incumbents face challenges. Results of the two Charter Amendments could impact the terms of their replacements.
With the Election over, What's Next at Los Angeles City Hall? Despite big money from the unions thought to dominate the politics of Los Angeles, or perhaps because of it, LA City Councilman Eric Garcetti will be the next Mayor of Los Angeles. Garcetti’s unofficial margin was 54 percent to 46 percent for Controller Wendy Greuel — with a turnout estimated at less than 20 percent.
What's in a Name? Van Nuys Neighborhood Wants to Opt Out For the past 20 years, neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley have been changing their names. West Hills split from Canoga Park; Valley Village left North Hollywood. Lake Balboa and Valley Glen said goodbye to Van Nuys. Now another community wants to leave Van Nuys and become part of Sherman Oaks. It’s an area of 1800 homes, bounded by Sepulveda and Hazeltine on the east and west and by Burbank and Oxnard on the north and south.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?