It’s our season finale! Or at least it feels like it with all the recurring stories that we have updates on this week.
First up, we talk about Elon Musk’s now canceled Sepulveda Pass tunnel. While Los Angeles city councilmembers were falling all over themselves to exempt the Boring Company’s tunneling plans from environmental review, one of Los Angeles’s many entrenched NIMBY (which is NOT THE N WORD) groups was less enthusiastic. The Brentwood Homeowners Association sued and now Musk is saying he never intended to have it be part of the actual transit network. Scott isn’t buying it, and Hayes thinks they might be transitioning away from their grandiose LA network altogether. Alissa thinks someone is going to hit the Dodger Stadium part of their plan – which is still intact for now – with the same type of lawsuit.
Laura Nelson with the LA Times reports that Los Angeles is going to consider raising speed limits on yet another 100 miles of city streets, even though faster cars means more dead pedestrians. The City is bound by a terrible state law that requires speed limits be set based on “prevailing speed” and prohibits them from enforcing vehicle speed if they do not perform speed surveys. Alissa talks about the increased likelihood of a collision being deadly at speeds like 45mph, especially given that Americans are transitioning to only buying SUVs. We talk about how this system will just lead to us just gradually raising the speed limit forever.
The family of Melyda Corado is suing the Los Angeles Police Department for damages and in order to find out what actually happened leading up to Mely’s death at the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s this summer. They say that police have not been forthcoming with answers or video from the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and they believe that the officers involved were out of compliance with department policy. Scott and Hayes talk about Chief Moore’s forceful defense of the officers at a time when he couldn’t possibly have had all the facts about what happened.
Say it ain’t so! Yep, the Huizars are back again in their very own segment. José Huizar personally asked lobbyists and companies doing business with the city to donate money to his alma mater, Bishop Salesian High School, where his wife, Richelle, was working as a fundraiser. Alissa and Hayes talk about whether or not this is what the FBI is really after, but Hayes thinks we’re not there yet. The LA Times lays out a variety of instances where major contractors donated to Salesian immediately before receiving city approvals. More to come!
Elsewhere on city council, president Herb Wesson is thinking about installing former CD12 councilmember Greig Smith to fill the vacancy left by Mitch Englander, who is responding to his vocation, which is lobbying. Greig Smith represented the district before Englander and was Mitch’s boss back in the day. Hayes looked into Smith and found out that he is basically Bosch. He remained on the police force while he was a councilmember, and then left council so he could pursue his passion: cold cases. Now Wesson is calling him back to politics for one last job.
Alissa talks about a new LAPD campaign that will see officers give high visibility vests to pedestrians who are ticketed for jaywalking. Chief Moore says that we should have “defensive walking” like we have “defensive driving,” but we’re not really having that.
Newly sworn-in sheriff Alex Villanueva has fired a bunch of people at the top of the Sheriff’s Department, showing, at least in this regard, he is really willing to take radical change that others in the LASD were not. Among the changes though was the termination of the new Constitutional Policy Advisor position. These positions were put in place by previous sheriff Jim McDonnell and their first task was to look into racial profiling in drug busts on the 5. Hayes thinks that this is Villanueva making good on his closeness with the deputy union. Scott points out that the federal government is not going to come bail us out anymore where constitutional policing is concerned.
The City Council unanimously approved new rules for legalizing street vending, which is GOOD. It’s only taken several decades, and required a new state law to give them a nudge, but it is definitely GOOD. We talk about the plans, and Alissa mentions that there are still further steps before permits actually start making their way into the hands of vendors.