International Institute of Los Angeles
FROM Lilian Alba
Why has LA resettled only 136 Syrian refugees? Millions of Syrians have been displaced since the civil war began there more than five years ago, and what to do with them has been at the top of the list for policymakers. The Obama Administration has achieved its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. They’re living in cities big and small across the country, but only 136 have resettled in the Los Angeles area. Lack of affordable housing is part of the problem.
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.
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.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?