FROM Elizabeth Blaney
Artwashing and Gentrification in Boyle Heights The East LA neighborhood of Boyle Heights has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over gentrification and rising home prices. Activists are targeting art galleries for catalyzing gentrification and displacement of long-time tenants, to be replaced by folks from other parts of the Southland who are being priced out of their neighborhoods. DnA's Avishay Artsy reports from Boyle Heights.
In Boyle Heights, Gentrification is Coming Fast The East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights has all the ingredients of a neighborhood undergoing gentrification: new first time homeowners, a bunch of art galleries, complaints of rapacious landlords kicking out low income tenants, and activists fighting back. Madeleine and Press Play producer Anna Scott recently spent time there to find out what the change looks like up close.
It's Time for Los Angeles to Clean Up Its Act Los Angeles has 1000 trashcans to cover 502 square miles. San Francisco has three times as many receptacles for one-tenth the space. Maybe that's one reason LA is getting an international image for "a constant state of uncleanliness." City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana commissioned a 47-page study he wants to result in a sweeping overhaul of efforts to combat illegal dumping — from litter to furniture to construction waste. You can share your photos of how trashed — or how tidy — your neighborhood is using the hashtag " Curb Trash LA ."
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.
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.”
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.