FROM Chico Harlan
Inside the no-bid deal to detain Central American asylum seekers Between July 2015 and June 2016, more than sixty-six thousand parents and children came across the US border from Central America to escape violence in their home countries. Many of those families were detained at the border and when the deluge of asylum-seekers kicked off in 2014, authorities quickly came under pressure to do something with all those people. Enter the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private, for-profit prison company in the US. The CCA scored a billion-dollar contract to construct an enormous facility for women and children near the border, and that deal is coming under new scrutiny now.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”