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?
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?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.