Opinion L.A.

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion Staff
It's not the government's role to say if 'Slants' is offensive

You may not have heard of the Slants, an Asian American rock band from Portland, Ore., whose name was chosen as an ironic comment on an ethnic slur.

But the Supreme Court’s announcement Thursday that it will consider a case involving the group’s quest for federal trademark protection is big news.

First, it could affect a far better known (or more notorious) name in entertainment: the Washington Redskins.

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Despite the controversy, Silver Lake’s ‘road diet’ worked

In 2013, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation rather famously installed a safety improvement project on Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake, with the goal of saving lives by reducing deadly collisions.

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Clinton winning the post-debate as Trump sweats in his own spotlight

It turns out Hillary Clinton not only won Monday’s debate, she’s winning the post-debate too. And she’s doing it without really doing much — letting Donald J. Trump have the spotlight is working for her, and here’s why.

Just about every event Trump is involved in seems eventually to be about him, and so it was with the debate Monday.

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If Trump paid no federal income taxes, would that inspire more resentment than admiration?

My former boss Michael Kinsley defines a gaffe by a politician as a moment when he or she blurts out the truth. By that standard, Donald Trump had what seemed to be an epic one during Monday night’s debate when commenting about his tax returns.

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Audit? No, Trump hides tax returns as a political calculation

About those tax returns.

We heard yet again during Monday’s presidential debate that Donald Trump can’t release his tax returns because he is under audit by the Internal Revenue Service. Actually, in Trump’s words, “I've been under audit almost for 15 years. … in a way, I should be complaining. I'm not even complaining. I don't mind it. It's almost become a way of life.”

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President Obama cares about L.A.'s housing crisis too

The slow-growth, anti-development sentiment sweeping Los Angeles isn’t just a problem for struggling renters and wannabe homeowners. It’s a threat to the national economy. 

So says the Obama administration, which released a paper Monday calling on cities to loosen restrictions on new development.

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