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 ."
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
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.