FROM Shelby Grad
Corruption and Corrosion: News in LA That Stinks Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty this week to lying to federal investigators about their ongoing probe of corruption at the department. Did the buck stop there? Meanwhile, Southern California Gas Company says it’s temporarily stopped the leaking gas from one of its wells at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas storage facility. A good start, sure. But what about the rest of the wells?
Eight Officials in Bell Arrested as LA DA Prepares Charges The blue-collar City of Bell in Los Angeles County has become a poster-child for municipal corruption in the United States. Today, District Attorney Steve Cooley announced the arrests of at least eight former officials, including one-time city manager Robert Rizzo, whose compensation totaled $1.5 million. Shelby Grad is city editor of the Los Angeles Times .
More Smoke, More Fire in Los Angeles Speaking this morning at a command center East of Los Angeles, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger observed, "We have a lot of fires all over the state of California. We have fires from the northern border all the way south and from the Pacific to the Sierra Nevada – fires, fires, fires." The largest of these, the Station Fire , has taken out more than 50 structures, killed two firefighters and caused thousands to be evacuated from their homes. Shelby Grad is City Editor of the Los Angeles Times .
Freeways Expand in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire State Highway 138 is the old road connecting the booming communities of Palmdale and Lancaster with the booming high desert. Because of the number of accidents, it’s known as “Blood Alley,” and road workers finally are trying to widen it. Motorists angry at construction delays have threatened the workers and damaged equipment so Cal-Trans intermittently shuts part of it down .
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.