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  • Hurricane Katrina and the tyranny of magical thinking

    Hurricane Katrina and the tyranny of magical thinking

    Floodwater was everywhere — muddy-brown and streaked in pockets by an oily film. It covered the streets. It covered the lawns. It covered plazas and parking lots. And it lapped softly up against my porch, threatening to crest the lip and continue on through my front door.

  • Respecting the rights of the homeless

    Respecting the rights of the homeless

    A Los Angeles City Council committee took the smart step this week of removing criminal penalties and fines from a controversial new law involving the treatment of homeless people's possessions. While it's true that city officials have a responsibility to keep the streets safe and clean, they must...

  • It's the 10th anniversary of Katrina, and I don't know how to feel

    It's the 10th anniversary of Katrina, and I don't know how to feel

    Last month, my mother mentioned that she would be out of town on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. When my sister admonished her to stay home, my mother replied, "Why? I wasn't here when it hit."

  • A smaller, better L.A. County jail?

    A smaller, better L.A. County jail?

    A majority of the Board of Supervisors wants a smaller jail. Numerous reform advocates and thinkers want a smaller jail. The Times wants a smaller jail — because for too many years the county has squandered one opportunity after another to provide more humane and effective treatment to accused...

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