FROM Mitch O’Farrell
Can the LA River Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis? The Army Corps of Engineers has authority over the LA River, and it says cleaning up just 11 miles of the 52-mile long channel will cost a billion dollars. Nobody knows where the money will come from. Nevertheless, the Los Angeles Business Council has issued a report calling the river LA's "Next Frontier ."
City on the Hook for LA River Revival Last year, the Army Corps of Engineers decided to recommend a one-billion dollar restoration plan for the cement flood control channel known as the LA River. The proposal said the city would pay half and the feds would pay half. The plan would restore habitat, widen the river, create wetlands, and provide access points and bike trails along an 11-mile stretch north of downtown. But since then, the pricetag for the plan has gone up and the Army Corps now says the city will be on the hook for most it. We speak with a city official who’s been involved in the development of the LA River restoration plan for many years.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.