FROM Jack Foley
City Prepares to Cut Budget for Recreation and Parks The City of Los Angeles has a $49 million deficit this year alone. Next year it'll be $400 million, and Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana has recommended a hiring freeze for the LAPD. Mayor Villaraigosa won't go for that, but is willing to make a run around the city charter to cut parks and recreation. We hear more from Jack Foley, Emeritus Professor of Urban Recreation at Cal State Northridge, and Noreen McClendon, Executive Director of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.