FROM Ari Bloomekatz
Expo Line Starts Its Journey to Santa Monica Phase II of Metro's Expo Line brought Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Santa Monica today. He showed up for the groundbreaking ceremony at 4th Street and Colorado, where the tracks will end. When it came to politicians, Villaraigosa was not alone, according to Ari Bloomekatz with the LA Times .
Preparing to Flip the Off Switch on Red Light Cameras Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Gruel says LA's red-light cameras are a waste of money. But the City Council's Chief Legislative Analyst says just shutting the program down would mean less revenue. A Council committee has now split the baby by saying the program will be gradually phased out. In the meantime, drivers who get those tickets — pictures and all — should just throw them out. Ari Bloomekatz covers transportation for the Los Angeles Times .
Los Angeles Celebrates the Lakers The world champion Los Angeles Lakers paraded down Figueroa today from Staples Center to the Coliseum. The crowd was estimated to be 150,000. Mayor Villaraigosa provided a welcome, but the big cheers were for the players, especially Kobe Bryant , the MVP of the final series that earned the team their championship rings. Ari Bloomekatz was there for the Los Angeles Times .
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.