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  • Why can't college athletes unionize?

    Why can't college athletes unionize?

    Five yards forward, five yards back, thank to the National Labor Relations Board.

  • A rule for online news: Errors are inevitable; lack of transparency is not

    A rule for online news: Errors are inevitable; lack of transparency is not

    In the digital realm, there are no hard deadlines. Editors can tweak a story and reporters can update it at any moment. The ability to revise without limit — virtually instantaneously — has, of course, revolutionized journalism. But most publications still haven't figured out a good way to alert...

  • The shameful campaign against birthright citizenship

    The shameful campaign against birthright citizenship

    It wasn't surprising when Donald Trump — who had already branded Mexican immigrants as rapists — released an immigration plan that attacked the longstanding principle that anyone born in this country is automatically a U.S. citizen. Unfortunately, Trump isn't alone in the 2016 Republican presidential...

  • Why Clinton's email problem won't go away

    Why Clinton's email problem won't go away

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's effort to quash the rising scandal over her misuse of email when she was secretary of State has so far backfired spectacularly. Instead of cutting the story short, she has fanned the flames, and now even some of her backers in the Democratic Party are worried about the...

  • Welcome back, gray wolf

    Welcome back, gray wolf

    Well, hello there, Shasta Pack.

  • Uber and Lyft should be able to operate at LAX — but it isn't that simple

    Uber and Lyft should be able to operate at LAX — but it isn't that simple

    Los Angeles International Airport has become the latest battleground in the war between taxi drivers and app-based ride services like Uber and Lyft. At stake is one of the most lucrative driver-for-hire markets in L.A. The taxi industry has strenuously lobbied the City Council to reject a plan...

  • Autism Speaks needs to do a lot more listening

    Autism Speaks needs to do a lot more listening

    For a couple of decades now, Americans have been engaged in a wide-ranging and often heated conversation about autism. About what causes it, whether there's more of it than there used to be, and whether it can be cured. About whether autism is a disorder, a disability or a different way of being....

  • Abortion and the myth of 'protecting' women

    Abortion and the myth of 'protecting' women

    It's been a month since the antiabortion group Center for Medical Progress released an undercover video purporting to prove that Planned Parenthood is illegally selling fetal parts. The charge was complete nonsense, and mainstream media sources quickly debunked it. Planned Parenthood donates the...

  • Why it's OK for taxpayers to 'snoop' on scientists

    Why it's OK for taxpayers to 'snoop' on scientists

    If the public pays your salary, citizens have the right — within limits — to see what you're doing. That's the principle at the core of the federal Freedom of Information Act and of the many similar state freedom of information laws.

  • Is L.A. in another real estate bubble?

    Is L.A. in another real estate bubble?

    As home prices rise ever higher in Los Angeles, some are beginning to wonder if the region is in another housing bubble, one that's ready to burst. Real estate blogs add to the hysteria by pointing to the most ridiculous listings, the million-dollar bungalows in need of a complete renovation, the...

  • Should students be allowed to wear Confederate flag clothing?

    Should students be allowed to wear Confederate flag clothing?

    Defenders of the Confederate battle flag insist that it symbolizes heritage, not hate, but many other Americans understandably see it as an emblem of white supremacy. That's why South Carolina legislators were right to remove the flag from the grounds of the state Capitol after Dylann Roof, who...

  • How to pay the bill for hepatitis C

    How to pay the bill for hepatitis C

    How long should you wait to treat a possibly fatal but curable disease?

  • A public trust problem for L.A. County supervisors

    A public trust problem for L.A. County supervisors

    Good for Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, who called out the Board of Supervisors for breaking public meeting laws last week. And, having stumbled over their own 10 feet, good for the supervisors for agreeing to undo their misdeed as best they can. They have likely gotten themselves...

  • State by state, the death penalty is losing ground

    State by state, the death penalty is losing ground

    When the Connecticut Legislature abolished the state's death penalty three years ago, it explicitly left in place the death sentences of those who committed their crimes before the repeal. Abolition for future crimes, said the Legislature, not for past crimes.

  • Mr. Mayor, L.A. is not Stockholm

    Mr. Mayor, L.A. is not Stockholm

    Dear Mayor Garcetti:

  • DWP customers get some good news

    DWP customers get some good news

    Nearly two years after the Department of Water and Power rolled out a flawed computer system that produced wildly inaccurate bills and cost ratepayers tens of millions of dollars in overcharges and unmerited penalties, the utility agreed this week to settle several class-action lawsuits by paying...

  • Why the absence of oversight on California's clean energy job fund?

    Why the absence of oversight on California's clean energy job fund?

    When voters endorsed Proposition 39 in 2012, they did so with the best of intentions. The measure closed a corporate tax loophole that had deprived the general fund of desperately needed cash — an estimated $1 billion a year — and had encouraged multistate companies to locate jobs outside of California.

  • State schools chief flunks on exit exam

    State schools chief flunks on exit exam

    State schools chief Tom Torlakson is bemoaning an unfair situation that threatens the diplomas of thousands of students. He's pledged to do something about it. What the superintendent of public instruction hasn't done is acknowledge his own culpability in creating it in the first place.

  • How to get more affordable housing in Los Angeles

    How to get more affordable housing in Los Angeles

    Los Angeles has an affordable housing crisis. Housing prices in Los Angeles have grown four times faster than incomes since 2000. And half of all households in the region spend more than the recommended 30% of their income on rent or mortgage payments, leaving less money for food, healthcare, transportation...

  • Bill McKibben: Being carbon-foolish cost CalPERS and CalSTRS $5 billion

    Bill McKibben: Being carbon-foolish cost CalPERS and CalSTRS $5 billion

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, and then they lose a truckload of money.

  • Lena Dunham: Sandra Bland had big plans to help women before she died

    Lena Dunham: Sandra Bland had big plans to help women before she died

    On July 13, #BlackLivesMatter activist Sandra Bland was found dead in a police holding cell, three days after being arrested by a Texas state trooper during a routine traffic stop. Her death led to calls for an investigation and protests across the country.

  • Arne Duncan: Where California schools need to put their money

    Arne Duncan: Where California schools need to put their money

    On the Westside of Los Angeles, there's a school where eighth-graders code and build websites, develop entrepreneurial ventures and use gaming software to design solutions for saving local endangered species. At the Incubator School, teachers leverage technology to individually tailor student learning...

  • The Supreme Court could use some fixing

    The Supreme Court could use some fixing

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says that the Supreme Court is "not the Supreme Being," and that if elected president, he would unilaterally act to ban abortion notwithstanding the court's decision in Roe vs. Wade. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a onetime Supreme Court law clerk, has accused his former...

  • Donald Trump: Like Ross Perot, but worse for the GOP

    Donald Trump: Like Ross Perot, but worse for the GOP

    2016 looks remarkably like 1992: an election with a Bush, a Clinton and an uncontrollable billionaire. The last time around the unscripted business mogul changed the nature of the campaign; this time he could cost the Republican Party the presidency.

  • Get ready for the new normal: dry and drier

    Get ready for the new normal: dry and drier

    California in the Great Drought is a living diorama of how the future is going to look across much of the United States as climate change sets in. Like hippies and "dude," wine bars and hot tubs, mega-churches and gay rights, what gets big in California goes national soon enough. Now, the large...

  • Building a better Jordan Downs

    Building a better Jordan Downs

    Jordan Downs, one of four federally subsidized housing projects squeezed into Watts, predates by a decade the riots that ravaged that part of Los Angeles in 1965. Since then, as schools and hospitals and community centers have been born and reborn, the housing projects have remained — resilient...

  • A city transformed — for better and worse — by influx of Chinese wealth

    A city transformed — for better and worse — by influx of Chinese wealth

    Once a British outpost on the far side of the New World, later a countercultural mecca known for its pot-infused vibe, Vancouver, Canada, is entering a new phase, transformed by immigration from across the Pacific. Greater Vancouver's population of approximately 2.5 million is now 16% of Chinese...

  • Can L.A. afford the Olympics?

    Can L.A. afford the Olympics?

    After months of plunging public support, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in July abruptly pulled the plug on his city's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The deal breaker? He didn't want to sign the host city contract, putting his 650,000 constituents on the hook if the Games ran a deficit.

  • Memories of a thirsty childhood

    Memories of a thirsty childhood

    Drought-shaming could become a popular pastime in California's driest summer. Egregious water wasters, especially the ones with massive lawns and high public profiles, are getting called out by reporters and humbled on social media. There's something to be said for bringing the heedless well-to-do...

  • Let there be (less) light

    Let there be (less) light

    Looking out across Los Angeles from Mt. Wilson Observatory at night, the hills and mountains look like islands in a sea of light. It was here that Edwin Hubble first proved our universe was expanding at a rapid pace. From this vantage point you can still make out the major constellations, but drive...

  • U.S. needs an anti-SLAPP law like California's

    U.S. needs an anti-SLAPP law like California's

    It's a sadly familiar sight in courthouses around the country: A deep-pocketed corporation, developer or government official files a lawsuit whose real purpose is to silence a critic, punish a whistleblower or win a commercial dispute. That's why California enacted a law in 1992 to give people...

  • Watts 1965: Riot or revolt?

    Watts 1965: Riot or revolt?

    "The rioters were burning the city now, as the insane sometimes mutilate themselves," wrote a Los Angeles Times reporter on Aug. 15, 1965.

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