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Patt Morrison

Columnist Patt Morrison Asks

Patt Morrison is a longtime Times writer and columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. Her broadcasting work has won six Emmys and 11 Golden Mikes. Her book about the Los Angeles River was a bestseller, and she was the first woman in nearly 25 years to be honored with the L.A. Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its veggie dog after her.

Recent Articles

  • Sean Woods, the man who's helping make L.A. a park place

    Sean Woods, the man who's helping make L.A. a park place

    The city of Los Angeles devotes a sorry 10% of its space to parks, and if it weren't for honking-big Griffith Park, that figure would be 25% worse. Happily for Angelenos, the state of California nearly doubles the city's figures with its $150-million investment in three historically and culturally...

  • Will 'San Andreas' movie scare us into preparing?

    Will 'San Andreas' movie scare us into preparing?

    Another summer, another blockbuster disaster movie that levels Los Angeles. What’ll destroy us this time? Volcanoes? Mayan apocalypse? Zombies? Aliens? Zombie aliens? I get pretty peeved at the ridiculous death-dealing modes movie makers have been choosing for L.A.’s demise, and you can add sharknados,...

  • California's anti-lynch law -- the word is there for a reason

    California's anti-lynch law -- the word is there for a reason

    You have to wonder what upset Maile Mae Hampton more: being arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest in Sacramento in January or the charge she faced -- lynching. This week, Sacramento prosecutors dropped the felony lynching charge against the young activist, leaving a misdemeanor charge of...

  • John Perry, San Juan Capistrano's water watcher

    John Perry, San Juan Capistrano's water watcher

    It started with a few ticked-off residents of the Orange County town of San Juan Capistrano. The city was charging them too much for water, they argued, in violation of the California Constitution, courtesy of Proposition 218, a taxpayer-revolt law passed in 1996. A state court of appeal agreed...

  • Sea lion selfies and other crummy human misconduct

    Sea lion selfies and other crummy human misconduct

    They’re two-time victims: first of the climate change that’s damaging their food supplies, and  now of cruel humans. Thousands of sea lions have been struggling ashore in Southern California, sick and starving. Yet what they have found onshore has been unspeakable and illegal. Seventeen sea lions...

  • Stanford's Jon Krosnick: On climate change, most Americans want action

    Stanford's Jon Krosnick: On climate change, most Americans want action

    Another presidential election, another chance for Republican candidates to step out of the denial zone and deal with climate change. That would put them on the same side as a large majority of Americans, if you ask Jon A. Krosnick. He's a Stanford University professor who directs the Political...

  • State by state, abortion laws control women in the guise of protecting them

    State by state, abortion laws control women in the guise of protecting them

    It’s become a tiresome, fill-in-the-blank news story: “The conservative-dominated state legislature in                      voted to restrict women’s access to abortion by doing                      , insisting it’s for women’s safety and health.” The North Carolina Legislature’s lower house just...

  • 'How Doctors Die' author isn't sold on California's End of Life Option Act

    'How Doctors Die' author isn't sold on California's End of Life Option Act

    For decades, Californians have resisted making assisted suicide legal for the terminally ill. Now another try, the End of Life Option Act, is making its way through the Legislature. It has passed one committee, been endorsed by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and was buoyed by the attention paid to...

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