SB 50 would allow more housing near public transit in LA. Why is it controversial?
Senate Bill 50 would force LA to allow more housing near public transit. It cleared a committee hearing in Sacramento on Tuesday. Last year, a different version of the bill was killed before it got this far. State Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco made changes, brought it back, and now it’s going through the legislature again.
Violence spikes at California jails after release of prison inmates
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to downsize its prisons because of overcrowding. State officials released some prisoners, but also redistributed inmates from state prisons to county jails. Violence spiked in some county jails as a result.
ISIS claims responsibility for bombings in Sri Lanka
More than 300 people died in a series of bombings at churches and high-end hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility today, and if true, this would cast more doubt on the Trump administration’s insistence that ISIS has been completely defeated.
Should citizenship be on the 2020 Census? The Supreme Court will decide
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in one of the biggest cases of the year. It’s about whether the Trump administration can add a question about citizenship to next year’s census. There are big stakes, including the number of seats each state gets in Congress.
A backlash as philanthropists fund Notre Dame’s restoration
Since the Notre Dame fire, many large corporations and philanthropic French families have made hefty donations to the cathedral’s restoration. There may be several factors that played into their decisions to donate, such as tax breaks, naming rights, and political access to French president Emmanuel Macron.