FROM Sam Yebri
LA Responds to the Iran Nuclear Deal After 20 months of negotiations, Iran and six nations led by the United States reached a historic deal to curb Iran’s nuclear capability. Iran has agreed to a number of concessions, including getting rid of 98% of its enriched uranium and allowing the International Atomic Energy Agency access to certain facilities. In exchange, sanctions will eventually be lifted. President Obama said the agreement is “not built on trust, it is built on verification.” There’s been strong reactions both for and against the deal, which still needs to be ratified by Congress. The deal has Los Angeles’ large Iranian community talking, too. Sam Yebri, an attorney and president of 30 Years After, an Iranian-American Jewish civic organization, shares some of the thoughts and feelings of local Iranian-Americans.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?