FROM Damien Newton
Los Angeles DA Won't Prosecute in Distracted Driving Case Late last year, LA Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Wood was driving along Mullhand Drive, returning from a fire call in Calabasas. Milton Olin was on his bike in the bicycle lane. Wood was typing on his mobile computer, and his car struck Olin from behind and killed him. Last week, the DA said there won’t be any prosecution. Since Wood was responding to another deputy’s call when he was distracted, he was acting in the course of his duties. Today, cyclists are taking to the streets in protest.
Football and Freeways AEG, developer of Staples Center and LA Live, released a 10,000-page environmental impact report today on Farmers' Field , its proposed NFL stadium near the intersection of the 10 and 101 freeways in downtown LA. Before the City Council takes it up, there will be 45 days for public comment, if anybody can read it that fast. AEG concedes that 20,000 cars on game days alone will mean "significant and unavoidable" impacts on traffic.
With the Big Delay Almost with Us, Is It Time to Panic? If you love to hate the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass, try living without it. That's what the Westside of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley will have to do from 7pm tomorrow, when the ramps shut down between the 10 and the 101, until 5am Monday morning. What does the frenzy over " Carmageddon " say about transportation planning past, present and future?
Westside Drivers Prevail over Buses while Leimert Park (Sorta) Gets a Rail Station LA’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been working on big decisions today: for the cultural center of South Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard on the West Side and cuts in services. They have been wrangling over a Crenshaw subway stop at Leimert Park, a bus-only lane on Wilshire Boulevard out to the west side, and a budget cutting 72,000 hours of service.
When It Comes to Infrastructure, You Get What You Pay For LA City Council President Eric Garcetti announced today a "Garcetti 311" iPhone application. He wants to make it easy for his constituents to report dead animals, overgrown trees and potholes so his staff can relay the information to the appropriate agencies. But Mayor Villaraigosa said recently that cuts and layoffs will reduce city services, specifically including "potholes and the trimming of trees."
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.