FROM J.R. DeShazo
Going Solar Still Isn’t Easy in LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to speed up the process of making Los Angeles go green. He’s announced that permits for solar power on private homes are now available on line. Does he need to do more?
The Red Tape Required to Go Green It's state policy that, by 2020, 33 percent of California electricity will be generated by renewable power. Lots of Southern California homeowners want to go solar, and installation companies have workers ready to go. But going green and saving money is not so easy. That's according to Shan Li of the LA Times .
LA's Financial Reputation: Saved at the Bell? During this week's dispute over rate hikes demanded for the Department of Water and Power, City Council members compared Mayor Mayor Villaraigosa to Alice in Wonderland. Today, Councilman Paul Koretz said, "We're crawling out of the rabbit hole." That was after Interim City Administrator Ray Ciranna found $30 million in unexpected revenue.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.