Governor Jerry Brown called it “war” after the Department of Justice sued California over sanctuary laws. Many in California see it as the epicenter of the Trump resistance. Next week, the president is coming here for the first time since his election. He’s going to look at border wall prototypes in San Diego, and attend a Republican National Committee fundraiser in Beverly Hills. How will he be received?
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President Trump hosted a meeting today about the link between video games and violence. Two people from the gaming industry had seats at the table, including an executive from the company behind Grand Theft Auto. The rest of the group was made up of people who link gaming to aggression and violence, including members of parental watch groups and politicians. This conversation seems to pop up every time there’s a school shooting. But researchers haven’t found conclusive links between video games and acts of violence in real life.
We dig in again on rent control. Yesterday we heard about Santa Monica, which passed tough rent control laws in 1979. The city is basically a case study in what happens when you restrict how much landlords can raise rents. Today, we look at the newly energized campaigns to bring rent control to more cities.
California lawmakers passed a $2 billion bond two years ago that was supposed to be spent on building housing for the homeless. So far, not one cent of that money has been spent.
"Falling Down” hit theaters around this time 25 years ago. Michael Douglas plays an unemployed worker who angrily gets out of his car during a downtown traffic jam. He walks to Venice for his daughter’s birthday party, at the home of his estranged wife. Along the way, there are violent run-ins with a Korean store owner, gang members, a Nazi sympathizer, construction workers and golfers.
Screenwriter Ebbe Roe Smith courtesy of Smith
Ebbe Roe Smith, writer of “Falling Down” movie and “Pro Bono” novel
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