FROM Dan Weikel
Municipal Warfare in Santa Monica Tuesday’s election isn’t creating a lot of interest in much of Southern California, but in Santa Monica, it’s a different story. One ballot measure could effectively shut down the historic airport, and the other could keep it open. The Santa Monica City Council put Measure LC on the ballot. LC stands for Local Control. Aviation interests raised enough signatures to put Measure D on the ballot. In a town of 92,000 people, they’ve contributed more than $800,000 to get it passed. We get some background and hear arguments from both.
Will New Concourse Make LAX Easier to Navigate? At LAX, the Tom Bradley International Terminal is already being expanded. This week, Airport Commissioners approved plans for a new concourse to make way for wide-bodied aircraft, including the Airbus A380. Dan Weikel covers transportation for the LA Times.
Mismanagement Blamed for Asiana Flight 214 Crash at SFO There are new findings today about what caused Asiana Flight 214 to crash into a sea wall at San Francisco airport last summer. The crash killed three people and injured more than 180. This morning the National Transportation Safety Board announced that the crash was caused by pilot error. Investigators have said the pilots came in too low and too slow to land safely. Dan Weikel, Transportation Reporter with the LA Times, joins us.
LA Carpool Lanes to Take a Toll The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has voted unanimously to open carpool lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways to solo drivers willing to pay tolls, 25¢ a mile when traffic is light and $1.40 during rush hours. Dan Weikel reports for the LA Times .
LA County's Half-Cent Sales Tax Takes Effect Last November, more than two thirds of Los Angeles County voters approved a sales tax increase , which went into effect today. The total is now 9.75% on every dollar. Dan Weikel, who covers transportation for the LA Times , says the additional money is supposed to help fund transportation projects.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.