FROM Gail Goldberg
Condo Conversions and Relocation Fees LA's population growth has outstripped affordable housing, even for the middle class. The owners of rent-controlled apartments are limited to increases of 4% every year. So, many convert their buildings--or tear them down--to replace apartments with condos, which bring in a lot more money. Currently, tenants get relocation fees of $3500, $8500 if they're over 62, disabled or have minor dependent children. Yesterday, in chambers packed with tenants, landlords and developers, a majority of the Los Angeles City Council raised those fees and adopted a sliding scale, based in part on the tenant's income. The majority wasn't big enough to pass what the city's own planning director calls a mess in the making, so another vote will be taken next week. We join housing advocates and organizers, developers and city planners for an exploration of a dispute that dramatizes one of LA's most difficult problems, the shortage of affordable housing.
Los Angeles, 2106, and the Holiday Season 2006 At this year's end it's time for reflection. But some architects are looking ahead--way ahead--to Los Angeles, 2106. We’ll also hear from designers about artful books, "limited edition" gifts and an all-American holiday tradition. Also discussed on today's show: Chlorofilia: A fictional documentary about the self-sustaining, living jungle that has taken the place of LA in 2106, created by the team of Xefirotarch and Imaginary Forces . The team won the IBM Engineering Innovation Award. The History Channel's The City of the Future competition will begin online voting on January 2. Read this LA Times article about the Los Angeles competition. Christina Patoski's decorated house pick: 1077 East Gran Via Valmonte, Palm Springs, CA 92262; designed by Kenny Irwin. Jenna Didier's favorite building: AES Redondo Power Station, 1100 Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. The building, which is not open to the public, can be booked for special occasions. Didier and her partner Oliver Hess, did an art installation at the station for the Redondo Beach Art Group, and the Group will host another event there.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.