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.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?