FROM Mariel Garza
Is the LAPD Over-Reacting to a Hostile Atmosphere? Last Saturday night, two officers of the LAPD shot and killed a man in Van Nuys after the back window of their patrol car was broken out by a beer bottle. The man was unarmed, but has not been identified. The officers’ attorney says they rightfully feared for their lives because of a video they were shown at roll call. Chief Charlie Beck initially said the video represented a possible threat. Now he says that it did not. The editorial board of the LA Times says a lot of questions still need to be answered.
As Los Angeles Votes for a New Mayor, We Talk to the Old One For Antonio Villaraigosa, the days as Mayor of Los Angeles are dwindling down to a precious few. He'll be out of office on the first of July. Eight years ago, he became the first Latino to lead the city since 1872 and expectations were high for a man the national media were calling the "rock star" Mayor of LA. He joins us as voters are still casting ballots for someone to replace him.
Trutanich, the Candidate Who Promised Not to Run In next month's election, Carmen Trutanich is considered the front-runner among six candidates for LA County District Attorney — even though he promised to serve two terms as City Attorney. He hasn't even finished his first. Incumbent DA Steve Cooley supported Trutanich for that office, but has opposed to Trutanich replacing him when he steps down. (Since his mother was hospitalized early this week, Trutanich is not accepting requests for media interviews.) We get an update on the campaign.
Is Villaraigosa Going AWOL on the Job? The Daily News, which circulates mainly in the San Fernando Valley, has declared that Mayor Villaraigosa has " checked out ." In yesterday’s front-page editorial, Marielle Garza writes, "Just one year into his second term…Villaraigosa seems to have run out of steam." We speak with Garza and others close to the Mayor.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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?