FROM Ben Poston
One Year In, Has Prop 47 Made California Less Safe? Since California voters passed Prop 47 less than a year ago, some crimes are on the increase while arrests are on the decline. Is that a consequence of reducing some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors in order to curb the high cost of over-crowded prisons? Cops and prosecutors are divided. Should Prop 47 be amended or is it too early to tell?
LAPD Fudging Crime Stats Los Angeles has been held up as a paragon of data-driven policing—using data to deploy officers and set targets for crime reduction. But a series of Los Angeles Times investigations has found that the LAPD has consistently misclassified violent crimes as less-serious offenses for years.
Taxation without Equal Sanitation Mayor Garcetti promised to fight illegal dumping and clean up Los Angeles' dirty streets, but according to a pair of recent media investigations he isn't delivering on that promise in the city's poorest neighborhoods where sanitation workers reportedly ignore at least 15 percent of all requests to clear abandoned refuse from sidewalks and alleys. What does it take to get clean streets across all of Los Angeles -- not just in Venice and Encino.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?