FROM Paul Taylor
Anti-Gridlock Group Urges Speeding Up 405 Improvements The new HOV lane from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley is supposed to speed up commuter traffic on the 405 when it's finally complete. In the meantime, it seems like it'll never be done. The original deadline — Spring of 2013 — has been pushed back until December. Now a group called Angelenos against Gridlock has formed a subsidiary, the Faster 405 campaign.
Beijing-LA Alliance to Fight Traffic GM's Urban Luxury Concept makes the case that the solution to congested city living is to drive smaller cars. But officials in choking cities believe the answer lies in getting people out of their cars, period. In an unusual alliance, the transportation agencies of Los Angeles and Beijing have come together to swap ideas on how best to get people walking, biking and riding public transit. We hear more from Paul Taylor, Deputy CEO of the MTA .
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.