FROM Melody Kanschat
Rescuing the Watts Towers LA's budget crisis has reached into the LAPD and the DWP. Now it's threatening one of the city's cultural treasures. Deferred maintenance on the Watts Towers has been estimated at $5 million, and the city can barely come up with $200,000. But the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has offered expert help and the promise to raise private money . Melody Kanschat is President of LACMA.
BCAM Comes to Town BCAM east façade, Installation of Urban Light Chris Burden, December, 2007 BCAM detail of glass core, north façade January, 2008, © Weldon Brewster BCAM southeast façade, BCAM Born scrim John Baldessari, January 2008 Installation of Urban Light Chris Burden, January, 2008 All images 2008 © Museum Associates, LACMA unless otherwise noted
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.
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.
"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."