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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.