FROM Phil Brock
The pros and cons of Measure LV There’s a battle raging over development in and around Los Angeles. On one side, people say we need to slow things down and stop the spread of high-rise and luxury buildings. The other side says we need more development to meet demand and stop housing prices from soaring even higher. In Santa Monica, this fight is playing out over a ballot initiative called Measure LV , known as Measure “LUVE.” It would force nearly all new projects higher than two stories to pass a citywide vote.
Santa Monica: To Grow or Not to Grow? How much should a city grow to prosper but also remain livable? That’s the central question for Santa Monica, also known as a key part of Silicon Beach, the tech-heavy oceanside business corridor. Now, some of those tech companies are getting frustrated by the city’s low-growth rules that result in relatively few new developments, either housing or commercial. It was a hot topic at Santa Monica’s recent “state of the city” event, and we get perspectives from both sides.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?