The Summer Games add urgency to LA's plans for the future Local leaders in Los Angeles see light rail as fundamental to the future of the city. Voters do to. They have signed off on new taxes to fund more than two dozen new projects. But ideas such as a rail line through the Sepulveda Pass, or one from downtown to Artesia, have always seemed like pie in the sky - until Los Angeles was promised the Olympics in 2028.
How will Los Angeles house its homeless? There is no easy fix. Mayor Garcetti and the LA City Council are pushing for permanent housing and emergency shelters in each district. But neighborhoods like Koreatown and Venice have pushed back. Despite support from residents and an increase in taxes to support this effort, too many don't want to see their neighborhood changed.
Brown water, murky oversight If you sit down with residents who live in the south L.A. communities of Compton and Willowbrook, there is a good chance clean water would be a topic of conversation. Many are complaining about brown-colored water coming out of their taps and a foul odor. The water in that area is overseen by a relatively unknown agency, which maintains the water is safe to drink. But not everyone is buying that, including one local member of Congress.
Garcetti calls on state to use surplus to help homeless Governor Jerry Brown says the state has a nearly $9 billion surplus. He has recommended that California save that money for a rainy day. But here in Los Angeles, city leaders think a good chunk of that money should be used immediately to help stem the rise in homelessness.
USC leadership stands behind President Nikias, despite scandal The USC Board of Trustees says it still supports embattled university President Max Nikias, despite a letter from some 200 professors calling for his resignation. It is all tied to a series of stories in the Los Angeles Times, which detail decades of sexual harassment and abuse by a former university gynecologist.
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