FROM Bernard Parks
Is There a Cure for LA’s Flaky Voters? The turnout in LA City elections is falling fast—and next month might see the worst ever. You might not have known, but there’s an election next month—with two Charter amendments designed to increase local turnout. Why is there so little interest in who runs the second largest city and school district in the United States?
Can LA Survive the Next Big Earthquake? Despite the Big One certainly being on the way, California has fallen way behind on the mapping of earthquake faults to prevent new building in the wrong places. But what about the buildings we already have? The LA Times has reported that more than 1000 old concrete buildings all over the city are at risk of collapse.
Can Guerilla Gardeners Transform Food Deserts? Two years ago, LA Times columnist Steve Lopez reported on Ron Finley, a resident of South Los Angeles. In what’s often called a healthy-food “desert,” Finley had planted a vegetable garden for himself and his hungry neighbors. But the food was growing on the city-owned strip of land between the street and the sidewalk, and Finley was ordered to cease and desist. City Council President Herb Wesson promised to change the anti-food law. Now—two years later—Lopez finds that nothing has changed.
Jerry Brown Presents a Gloomy Budget With a $25 billion budget gap between spending and income, Governor Jerry Brown proposes $12 billion in cuts and will ask voters for $12.5 billion in extended tax hikes. He says there's no other choice. If the budget passes, the state won't be funding local redevelopment agencies. What will be left of the "safety net" for the aged, the disabled and the poor?
Council Tries Spreading Pain of Tough Times to Homeowners and Landlords The Los Angeles City Council is trying to spread the pain of economic hard times to homeowners and landlords. Who should pay for sidewalk repairs? Should owners of rent-controlled apartments have to freeze increases for tenants?
City of LA on Brink of Bankruptcy, in Conflict with DWP Mayor Villaraigosa has threatened to implement a plan to close down all Los Angeles City departments except police and fire for two days a week, starting next Monday. It's all part of his dispute with the City Council over raising rates for the Department of Water and Power. This, after the DWP announced yesterday it would not contribute $73 million to the general fund.
Second District County Supervisor Candidates Debate LA County Supervisors are seldom challenged for re-election. Kenneth Hahn held the 2nd district seat from 1952 until he died 40 years later. Since then, the incumbent has been Yvonne Burke who is stepping down this year. The 2nd District stretches from Koreatown to Culver City, including Inglewood, Watts, Compton and Carson. Historically it’s been a predominantly black district, but 25% of the voters are now Latinos. Leading the race to succeed Yvonne Burke are two familiar public figures who’ve joined us tonight. Bernard Parks served the LA Police Department for 38 years, retiring after 5 years as Chief and he’s now on the LA City Council. Mark Ridley-Thomas headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for 10 years. He was an LA City Councilman for 10 years, served 4 years in the State Assembly, and has been a State Senator since 2006.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.