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  • Newton: Mayoral candidates, show us the money

    Newton: Mayoral candidates, show us the money
    The complaint I hear most often about this race for mayor of Los Angeles is that the candidates, Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti, spend too much time talking in generalities without providing details about what they'd do. But when...
  • Newton: The city that could be

    Newton: The city that could be
    Over the last couple of weeks, I've spent considerable time with the leading candidates for mayor, asking them about their approach to governance, watching them campaign and trying to get a feel for what distinguishes each from the others. Specifically,...
  • Newton: Jan Perry, L.A.'s refreshingly candid mayoral candidate

    Newton: Jan Perry, L.A.'s refreshingly candid mayoral candidate
    Los Angeles city and county governments are full of officials who profess to be candid but who are, in fact, evasive or even deceptive. City Councilwoman Jan Perry is not one of them. She is refreshingly open, even blunt. She's affable, but she takes...
  • McManus: Bin Laden and ballots

    McManus: Bin Laden and ballots
    We're far enough away from it now that we can probably all agree: It was a mistake for George W. Bushto land on that aircraft carrier in a flight suit to proclaim "Mission Accomplished." And not just because the war in Iraq was far from over at that...
  • McManus: Romney's arithmetic problem

    McManus: Romney's arithmetic problem
    Here's an issue that hasn't been debated much in the presidential campaign but ought to be: How much should we spend on defense? President Obama has proposed keeping the Pentagon budget essentially flat for the next 10 years. Mitt Romney, by contrast,...
  • Newton: Getting L.A. growing again

    Newton: Getting L.A. growing again
    There is no more consistent refrain among elected officials and candidates these days than that they will do everything they can to create jobs. It's a worthy goal given the sluggish state of the economy, and it's particularly crucial in California, which...
  • The Magic Castle's Milt Larsen: Why humans need magic

    The Magic Castle's Milt Larsen: Why humans need magic
    Milt Larsen is a master of two kinds of magic. There's the abracadabra kind that his magician parents brought him up on, and the sort he began practicing with his late brother, Bill — the magic of preserving buildings, including the Variety Arts...
  • McManus: A campaign bombshell

    McManus: A campaign bombshell
    The Supreme Court is about to toss a judicial bomb into the middle of the presidential campaign, and nobody knows what impact it will have. The bomb, of course, is the court's ruling on President Obama's healthcare law, which is expected next month....
  • Daum: Under Nora's wing

    Daum: Under Nora's wing
    If you're a particular kind of writer, the kind with a taste for "social observation" and a belief in the divine partnership of unbridled humor and unapologetic honesty, Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday, almost certainly fell into the category of Central...
  • Newton: Targeting an L.A. judge

    Newton: Targeting an L.A. judge
    Last week, when a boy in Los Angeles foster care appeared before Judge Amy Pellman, she welcomed him warmly and clearly knew his history. Pellman asked how his martial-arts class was going, complimented him on his grades and urged him to enroll in a...
  • Steve Lopez: It's too late for Cardinal Roger Mahony's apologies

    Cardinal Roger M. Mahony doesn't appear to have changed much in retirement. He and his legal protectors have continued to fight the release of damning documents every step of the way. When that fails, and his role in the cover-up......