FROM Vince Gonzales
LA County Supervisor's Family Ties Questioned Don Knabe has been a Los Angeles County Supervisor since 1996, and his son Matt is a registered lobbyist with the firm Englander, Knabe and Allen. Tonight on KCET's SoCal Connected , correspondent Vince Gonzales reports that the Supervisor often introduces — and votes on — measures that favor his son's clients. (Supervisor Knabe declined to appear on this program, saying he hadn't yet seen KCET's story. He did say that he wouldn't vote for anything if it weren't "a good deal for the city.")
Outcry Grows Over LA’s Digital Billboards Two years ago the Los Angeles city attorney signed a truce with billboard companies in the battle over the spread of their signs. The companies agreed to remove some of their big signs but in return they got permission to put up nearly 900 powerful new digitally illuminated billboards. Some neighborhoods are fighting back against what they call eyesores and safety hazards. City officials have reversed course and now say they want a halt, but can they force the advertising companies to pull them down?
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.
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.