The Times Editorial Board

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The Times' editorial board, in consultation with the publisher, determines the editorial positions of the organization. The editorial board opines on the important issues of the day – exhorting, explaining, deploring, mourning, applauding or championing, as the case may be. The board, which operates separately from the newsroom, proceeds on the presumption that serious, non-partisan, intellectually honest engagement with the world is a requirement of good citizenship.  

Recent Articles

  • Supervisors try a new twist on a perpetual problem

    Supervisors try a new twist on a perpetual problem

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has tried many ways to govern, having at times a weak chief administrator, a strong one, direct board control over all 30-plus departments, or indirect control for some and direct for others. On Tuesday, the supervisors are expected to adopt a new plan...

  • Earthquakes are equal-opportunity destroyers

    Earthquakes are equal-opportunity destroyers

    The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook San Francisco in 1906 killed an estimated 3,000 people, destroyed 80% of the city and turned the West Coast’s largest and most sophisticated community into a virtual shanty town of tents and camps for the 225,000 left homeless. The city was rebuilt, but people...

  • Undermining free speech on campus

    Undermining free speech on campus

    The U.S. Senate last week approved a bill that was advertised as a way to help  the federal government combat harassment against Jewish students on college campuses. But the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act is both unnecessary to achieve its stated goal and fraught with 1st Amendment problems. If it...

  • California's legislature should use its supermajority power judiciously

    California's legislature should use its supermajority power judiciously

    When Democratic state legislators return to Sacramento on Monday for the first day of the new two-year session, it will be in greater numbers than the previous session. Significantly greater. With 55 members in the Assembly and 27 in the Senate, Democrats have reached the rare and almost-magical...

  • Are we entering new era for L.A. County, or merely putting new faces on old problems?

    Are we entering new era for L.A. County, or merely putting new faces on old problems?

    For most of the century and a half since its formation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has been exclusively the province of white males. As of Monday, for the first time in its history,  it will have none. The board in fact will be composed of a supermajority of women, with newcomers...

  • With Trump's victory, the NRA takes aim at public safety

    With Trump's victory, the NRA takes aim at public safety

    The extremely powerful but highly irresponsible National Rifle Assn. spent $30 million this year helping elect Donald J. Trump and $10 million more backing six pro-gun Senate candidates (five of whom won). Trump, in turn, said during the campaign that he was proud of the organization’s endorsement,...

  • AT&T's data-free TV offer poses a net neutrality problem

    AT&T's data-free TV offer poses a net neutrality problem

    AT&T Wireless recently offered its customers a compelling freebie: If they subscribe to DirecTV, the satellite TV service that AT&T acquired in 2015, or DirecTV's new slimmed-down online offering, they can watch an unlimited amount of TV on their mobile devices without using up any of their monthly...

  • Texas requiring aborted fetuses to be buried is plain ridiculous

    Texas requiring aborted fetuses to be buried is plain ridiculous

    Anti-abortion lawmakers and state officials across the country have gone to unusual lengths since the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe vs. Wade to deter women from exercising that particular constitutional right. Lately, however, a handful of states have taken the effort to a bizarre extreme. Following...

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