FROM Zach Seward
Netflix's New, Generous Parental Leave Policy Netflix has a new parental leave policy that’s generous even by cushy Silicon Valley standards. New moms and dads at the streaming video service now get up to a year of unlimited, paid time off. Most American workers get only three months of unpaid family leave. Is the company leading the way to better work-life balance? Or can unlimited time off backfire?
Internet TV Is Coming Soon, but Is Everyone Ready? Despite development of new technology, television broadcasters fought long and hard against the introduction of cable. Now, there's competition to deliver TV service directly using the Internet. Will cable companies be fighting back? Sony, Verizon, Apple and Amazon are all working on TV services that would take advantage of the Internet. One might actually launch this year. That's according to Zach Seward, senior editor of the online news service Quartz .
California congressmen clash over Russian meddling Two California congressmen are at the center of the investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Republican Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is a Central Valley dairy farmer. His Democratic counterpart is Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles former prosecutor.
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.
Building homes near freeways, 'Rick Owens: Furniture' The White House wants to roll back fuel economy standards. Could that mean more air pollutants coming out of car tailpipes -- just as LA is seeing a surge of home construction along freeways? And a fashion world provocateur, Rick Owens, talks about designing furniture inspired by land art and brutalist architecture, and raising existential questions on the runway.