FROM Dennis Kato
How community policing is changing South LA The Los Angeles Police Department realized five months ago that it had a problem: violent crime was up, and half of the city’s shootings and murders were happening in just four of the LAPD’s 21 divisions -- all of them in South LA. So the LAPD came up with the Community Safety Operations Center. It’s a temporary command center set up in a conference room at LAPD headquarters. It’s staffed with about a half dozen officers almost 24 hours a day. Rows of computers are lined up on a couple of long tables; one huge screen displays a color-shifting map of the city. All day and night, the rotating team tracks crime in South LA and communicates with captains on the ground. It’s a way to focus resources on a part of the city that’s normally divided into separate police precincts that don’t communicate much with each other. Now that it’s in place, is it working to tamp down violent crime?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
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?