FROM Carla Hall
19th Century Remains Remind LA of Its History It took 15 years to resolve the conflict over remains of a thousand Native Americans discovered during construction of the massive Playa Vista development on LA's Westside. They were stored in cardboard boxes in a trailer parked on the site, until 2007, when they were removed, covered with white seashells and buried again during a sacred ceremony. Two and a half weeks ago, the remains of a hundred people stopped construction of a Mexican-American cultural center in downtown Los Angeles. The downtown site isn't the only ancient cemetery that's aroused local passions and possible legal action. The City of LA has designated as "extremely historic" land in Santa Monica Canyon surrounding the Marquez Family Cemetery , which holds the remains dating back to the early 1900's.
Billy the Elephant Gets Government Housing The Los Angeles City Council stopped construction on the $42-million Pachyderm Forest at the Los Angeles Zoo. Animal advocates said it was too expensive and too small, even for Billy, the only elephant left. But after months of passionate public debate, that same City Council voted today, 11-to-4, to continue the project, as we hear from Carla Hall, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times .
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.