FROM Bill Rosendahl
Bill Rosendahl Back in the Saddle Sixty-seven year old Bill Rosendahl had plans to run for a third term on the LA City Council next March. But two months ago, a tumor was found on his ureter, the tube connecting his kidney and bladder. Yesterday, after 13 radiation treatments and two bouts with chemotherapy, he was back in the Council chambers — 45 pounds lighter and using a walker.
In Different Cities, Different Styles of Protest On the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, protesters tried — unsuccessfully — to shut down the New York Stock Exchange . There were clashes with the police who arrested at least 177 people. Here in Los Angeles, there were some 23 arrests by the LAPD, which said the action was "orchestrated" and "choreographed." KCRW's Saul Gonzalez followed the march from the Bank of America on Hope Street, downtown, to 4th and Figueroa. Photos of today's demonstration in Los Angeles, courtesy of Saul Gonzalez
The Political Food Fight at LAX JD Power says Los Angeles International Airport is 18th out of 19 major American airports when it comes to passenger satisfaction. One of the complaints is the food . Airport officials have been hearing that message for years so, in April, they set up a bidding process for food concessions. HMS Host , which has been feeding LAX travelers since 1965, came in last among four bidders. The winner was an outfit called SSP , which included well-known Los Angeles chefs. The City Council will make the final decision and, with some $600 million at stake, HMS Host is not going away quietly. We hear from Host, council members, random travelers, and chefs working with SSP, who showed their stuff at today’s "eat in" in downtown LA.
Has the Federal Consent Decree Improved the LAPD? After the Rodney King beating in 1991 and the Rampart corruption scandal of 1999, the federal Department of Justice threatened to sue the Los Angeles Police Department over a pattern and practice of misconduct. The compromise was a “ consent decree ,” which gave a federal court the authority to monitor reforms. Chief Bill Bratton would like that to come to an end.
Shining Some Sunlight on Measure B Measure B on next week's Los Angeles City ballot would authorize the publicly owned Department of Water and Power to build 400 megawatts worth of photovoltaics on warehouse rooftops, parking lots and unused rights of way. That's enough solar energy for 240,000 homes. We hear a debate.
Can Public Access Television Survive the Telecom Revolution? Public access channels on Cable TV provide access to city council meetings and other official events, and to anyone else who can figure out how to produce a program. They were a quid pro quo in the days when cities had the power to grant monopoly franchises to cable operators. Now the state performs that function and, in the City of Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable has decided to eliminate all four public access channels. We get several perspectives from public policy analysts, telecommunications officials and current and former public access hosts, including City Councilman Bill Rosendahl.
Cycling in Los Angeles The LAPD says a Brentwood doctor has been involved in two incidents of “road rage” with cyclists on Mandeville Canyon Road. That’s a regular uphill challenge for recreational cyclists who like to coast back down when they’re done. Dr. Christopher Thompson is accused of slamming his car brakes on in front of two cyclists July 4th, causing one to go through his car window while the other crashed to the ground. The police say Thompson was involved in a similar crash in March.
A Second Look at Neighborhood Councils Created by charter reform eight years ago, eighty-nine neighborhood councils have been formed to encourage participation in civic affairs. Without any authority to make policy, they’ve fought a losing battle against bureaucratic inertia and struggled to make any impact on the fifteen members of the City Council. One very basic issue is who gets to sit on neighborhood councils. Last week, the Council began looking at the recommendations of a Review Commission.
Court Puts the Breaks on Phase Two of Playa Vista The massive Playa Vista development on LA’s West Side already has 5,000 residents and hundreds of office workers. The second phase calls for 2,600 new housing units and more retail and office space, on 111 acres. Last Friday, a three-judge appeals court ordered a halt to all construction on Phase Two.
Cable TV, Competition and Community Service Twenty years ago, cable companies promised to wire libraries, schools and hospitals as part of their public service. Community groups would be connected to local government, senior citizens could talk directly to city hall and politicians would be called to account on programs focusing on politics and government--all in exchange for monopoly franchise agreements with local cities and counties. Although most of those promises have not been kept, many of the franchise agreements remain. Now, even the public service programming may be at risk. In Sacramento, it's a bill to promote "competition" that's racing through the Legislature. Locally, it's Time-Warner , which is taking over from Adelphia and Comcast to become the biggest cable operator in LA and Orange Counties. We hear about the fate of public service on cable TV from local and state officials, and a former cable TV host.
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.
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?