Opinion L.A.

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion Staff
Hollywood goes from snarky to classy in one botched Oscars moment

On Oscar night, it was “Moonlight,” the antithesis of a stock Hollywood movie, that turned out to have a stock Hollywood ending — the disappointing loss, the sudden twist of fate, the happy ever after in La La Land ending of winning the best picture Oscar. And yet, the classic Hollywood ending was one of the most extraordinary, unexpected moments ever at the usually predictable Oscar show.

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We're seeing the results of Trump's new border enforcement system. They aren't pretty

It’s been five weeks since Donald J. Trump took the oath of office after waging a campaign of fear, and the nation is seeing the results.

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Watch what Trump does about the media, not what he says

He hates us, he really hates us!

With apologies to Sally Field, that’s the news media’s takeaway from President Trump’s speech Friday to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Trump wasted little time in lambasting the “fake news,” which, in his view, takes in a lot of the mainstream media.

“A few days ago, I called the fake news the enemy of the people,” he told the group. "And they are.

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Arizona Republicans want to apply racketeering law to protests. Can someone introduce them to the 1st Amendment?

How’s this for a laughable — were it not so serious — proposed law? Arizona legislators want to make organizers and participants in planned peaceful protests subject to racketeering laws if violence erupts during the event.

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L.A. has seen too much talk and not enough action from Mayor Eric Garcetti on making our streets safer

It’s no secret that Los Angeles has some of the most dangerous streets in America. More than 200 people die in traffic crashes each year in L.A., which has one of the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities among major U.S. cities. Overall traffic fatalities are on the rise, with pedestrians and cyclists disproportionately representing 53% of those killed.

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In the big, dumb age of Trump, thank god for outer space

When NASA announced the discovery of TRAPPIST-1 yesterday, I felt like running down the street, swinging a wicker basket full of flares and singing show tunes about aliens.

At least three of the seven new planets NASA discovered are the right temperature to sustain life. They’re rocky and could have oceans. They’re about the same size as Earth.

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