FROM Ted Balaker
You Can't Get There from Here Anymore Local planners say that Southern California will grow by 5 million people in the next 20 years, but past predictions of gridlock already are coming true on our streets and freeways. LA Times columnist Steve Lopez wrote about traffic "insanity" on the Westside of Los Angeles. The result was what he calls a "traffic jam of angst" in the form of reader response, not just from LA, but from Orange, Ventura and San Bernardino Counties. If you're stuck in freeway traffic, what would you pay to cut into an open lane and be on your way? Should the passengers required for carpool lanes be licensed drivers, who at least might have left their cars at home? Should Southern California finally have a real plan for growth, rather than helter-skelter development without regard to increased congestion? We look for solutions to LA’s most infuriating problem with public policy and transportation experts, and the man whose column created the bottleneck blog .
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.