FROM Julie Spezia
Proposition 1C: Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006 More and more Californians can't afford to live here any more, but there's heated debate about what to do. Affordable housing bonds on next month's State and Los Angeles City ballots are aimed at the elderly, low-income families, the homeless and battered women. Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature want approval of $2.8 billion in bonds to provide affordable housing for seniors and low-income families, as well as shelters for homeless people and battered women. Can California afford the new debt and the money to pay it off?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.