FROM Jessica Meaney
Metro's Transit Funds Would you like to see better sidewalks or fixed lanes for autonomous cars? As Metro's Board prepares for a vote on a new transportation sales tax, Measure R2, we hear from two Angelenos on the future of our city's transportation: Jessica Meaney, managing director of Investing in Place, and Patrick Atwater, civic data scientist for ARGO Labs, about the future of LA transportation.
A New Plan for Fixing LA’s Broken Sidewalks “Nobody walks in L.A.” is a truism immortalized in song. The big reason for this, of course, is L.A’.s car culture. Another? Our city’s sidewalks are terrible. So bad, in fact, that conditions violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Last year the city settled a lawsuit and agreed to fix our sidewalks. This week, the city approved its plan. It’s called “Fix and Release,” and under this plan the city will pay for initial sidewalk repairs. After that, responsibility for maintaining sidewalks will fall to homeowners and businesses. What’s the thinking behind this?
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?