FROM Greg Nelson
AEG Pushes Downtown Football Stadium, Majestic Punts for Irwindale When the Super Bowl game starts Sunday in Dallas, it will have been 16 years since Los Angeles last saw the National Football League. The Rams and the Raiders left in 1994. Now, AEG, developer of the highly successful Staples Center and LA Live, has put on a full-court press for a new stadium downtown, with $700 million in naming rights already guaranteed by Farmers Insurance. Mayor Villaraigosa , Councilwoman Janice Hahn and other officials took part this week in the announcement, which was compared to a pep rally and aired live by Fox Sports TV. The AEG proposal for downtown LA isn't the only one being made to lure the NFL back into the region. Billionaire developer Ed Roski is even further ahead on a stadium in City of Industry. Since the Rams and the Raiders left 16 years ago, there have been plans and discussions about the Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, Anaheim and Irwindale.
NFL Rumors Swirl Again in Los Angeles Former LA Lakers player and part-owner Magic Johnson says he’s joining an effort to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles, and that’s not the only such plan. Sports writer Sam Farmer is chasing the story for the Los Angeles Times . Former City Hall staffer Greg Nelson says that talk gives him “ a queasy feeling .”
Will LA's Neighborhood Councils Ever Work? LA's Neighborhood Councils were established seven years ago with the promise of more grassroots participation in civic affairs. They were part of the new, reformed City Charter, designed to keep the San Fernando Valley from breaking away. Valley secession was defeated, and the Neighborhood Councils are now being studied by a special Review Commission that will make recommendations for new laws or charter amendments before the end of this year. Meantime, there's been a recent audit by City Controller Laura Chick and a study by the Civic Engagement Initiative at USC.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.