FROM Stuart Gabriel
Will a New Mayor Address the Housing Affordability Gap? Los Angeles faces a shortage of affordable housing, and not enough is being constructed to meet increasing demand. That’s created a problem with “workforce housing”—which allows people to live close to their jobs. It all adds up to a real threat to economic recovery. A recent study shows that the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in LA County is almost 1800 dollars—300 dollars more than the median household can afford. With the average cost of a house still 335,000, many families are still priced out of the market. Comparisons with other cities show that’s preventing economic recovery and driving some businesses out of town. But that’s not the only problem. When people can’t live close enough to their jobs, they’re driven to desperate solutions. Candidates for Mayor claim they’re up on the problem, but how would they solve it? Could changing Proposition 13 be part of the answer?
Banks Pay for Blight Caused by Foreclosures? Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has filed a second lawsuit against a major bank for consequences of the foreclosure crisis. First it was Deutsche Bank of Germany; now it's US Bank of Minneapolis , a major player here in LA. US Bank is accused of letting 150 foreclosed homes to fall into disrepair, creating blight in their neighborhoods, including drug dealing and prostitution.
The Foreclosure Crisis Continues in Southern California Some 50,000 Southern Californians have been at the LA Convention Center over the past six days, looking for help from the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America , a Boston nonprofit that offers free help in mortgage modification. Our Christian Bordal went there yesterday, and he's with me tonight in the studio.
Federal Plan to Freeze Mortgage Rates—Will It Help California’s Foreclosure Crisis? Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger made a deal with four lenders to temporarily freeze monthly payments after interest rates rise on some sub-prime mortgates. Tomorrow, President Bush is expected to announce a similar program.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.