FROM Rusty Hicks
Build Better LA The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is a proposed ballot measure that would stop construction of large-scale residential projects requiring a planning amendment or variance. Now there's a competing measure, The Build Better LA initiative, currently in the signature gathering phase. But the proponents of NII call BBLA a "wolf in sheep's clothing." What's going on and why has housing become a ballot box battle?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Its Impact on California After almost eight years of negotiations, the US and 11 other nations have agreed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest international trade deal in history. What will it mean for business in California? Why are organized labor and environmentalists so unhappy?
America's Largest County Considers Raising the Minimum Wage At LA County's Hall of Administration today, public comment was limited to just one minute after hundreds signed up to testify about a proposed increase in the minimum wage. The Board was considering a measure much like one signed into law last month by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. The increase would be phased in over the next five years from $9 an hour to $15.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.