FROM Guillermo Cespedes
Federal Gun Control and Gun Violence Here in LA… Gun violence is down in Los Angeles—but it still takes a heavy toll. Would today’s proposals by President Obama help to reduce it more? At Scripps College in Claremont today, sheriff’s deputies, local police and other first responders conducted drills on how to cope with a potential mass shooting. KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez was there.
Mayor Appoints Night Lights Director to Gang Czar Last week, Mayor Villaraigosa’s first so-called Gang Czar was elevated to Chief of Staff . Now, Reverend Jeff Carr has been replaced by Guillermo Cespedes, who has been heading up the Summer Night Lights program. He’ll be the Director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development .
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
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.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.