FROM Jeff Jacobberger
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.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
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?