FROM Angelo Bellomo
County Steps in to Speed Exide Clean-up In Boyle Heights, East LA and other neighborhoods, a company called Exide recycled lead batteries without a full permit from the State Department of Toxic Substances Control. That went on for three decades until last year, when federal officials forced Exide to admit it committed environmental crimes. The plant has been shut down, but toxic contamination is still widespread and the DTSC is not showing the urgency needed to clean it up. That's according to Supervisor Hilda Solis, who represents the area.
Food Truck Safety: Public Health Problem or False Alarm? Gourmet food trucks are the toast of neighborhoods all over Los Angeles, from Venice to downtown's Grand Park. But only 60% have those signs with letter grades from food inspectors, and the ones that do may not have received them recently. LA Times consumer columnist David Lazarus followed up on a complaint from a reader who said she and her husband got sick after heating hot dogs from a cart in West LA.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?