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Sandy Banks

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During more than three decades at the Los Angeles Times, Sandy Banks has served as reporter, editor, editorial writer and internship director. But she’s best known for her twice-weekly personal columns, which focused on private lives, public policy and people who inspire and infuriate us. Banks, a native of Cleveland, has three grown daughters, lives in Northridge and loves anything that gets and keeps her outdoors. She left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • The German emigres behind a fabled black L.A. nightspot

    The German emigres behind a fabled black L.A. nightspot

    The meals were down-home soul food: black-eyed peas, short ribs, collard greens. The rules were old-school and inviolable: no drugs, no groping the ladies, no casual clothes. The cook and the enforcer at black Los Angeles' legacy nightspot were its owners, a pair of German emigres who treated everyone...

  • Police got it right in San Bernardino; not so in other deadly cases

    Police got it right in San Bernardino; not so in other deadly cases

    If there was any bright spot in the circumstances surrounding last week's massacre in San Bernardino, it was the performance of law enforcement officers. Police officers, sheriff's deputies and federal agents worked together to stop the killers, search the area and investigate the circumstances....

  • Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik's inexplicable path toward violence

    Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik's inexplicable path toward violence

    Was it radical religious terrorism or murderous workplace revenge? Are guns the problem or would more guns have been the solution? Do we close our borders to people whose religion we don't trust, or treat them with compassion and tolerance? Those questions are bound to keep swirling around an investigation...

  • Developer's offer doesn't add up for mobile home holdouts

    Developer's offer doesn't add up for mobile home holdouts

    The Grand View Development company has spent more than a year trying to clear out the residents of a mobile home park in Culver City to make way for upscale apartments. But Ischar Zuker won't leave. The 62-year-old Israeli Army veteran has been living in the trailer park for more than 20 years....

  • Six children are dead. Could these needless deaths have been prevented?

    Six children are dead. Could these needless deaths have been prevented?

    A woman accused of stabbing her three young daughters is on trial in Compton on murder charges. Carol Coronado's husband testified that she'd been "acting weird" before allegedly killing the girls and then stabbing herself May 20, 2014, in the bedroom of their West Carson home. In the hours leading...

  • The joy (or is it the hilarity?) of translation in our emoji world

    The joy (or is it the hilarity?) of translation in our emoji world

    It's the year of the emoji. Or at least that's what the Oxford Dictionary would have us believe. That venerable arbiter of language usage has selected the "face with tears of joy" emoji as the "word" that "best reflected the ethos, mood and preoccupations of 2015." Which means I am, once again,...

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