| Jul 30, 2013
I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got. But reasonable people can disagree about that. What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 4:13 PM
Rocco Bersane died in March at the age of 56 after being hospitalized for a gallbladder infection and liver failure.
At the time of his death, Bersane had about $1,175 in a Bank of America checking account. His disability-related Social Security...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 5:22 PM
I've been out of town this week, and watching from afar the machinations of our county government surprised and mystified me.
It took just two months to decide to fire four social workers involved in the case of an 8-year-old boy who was beaten to death...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 5:59 PM
You could say that Gov. Jerry Brown treats Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom like a dog. But that wouldn't be accurate.
Brown's Pembroke Welsh corgi gets invited into the governor's office practically every day. Sutter gets lots of petting. He regularly walks...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 5:38 PM
SACRAMENTO — You don't need to be a Nobel economist to understand that dollars today aren't anything close to their worth four decades ago.
Gasoline, real estate, medical care—they've all skyrocketed in cost.
Everything's gone up, that is,...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 7:43 PM
Next to our medical records, our most closely guarded secrets probably involve our household finances.
So it's understandable that many of the half-million retirees currently receiving a public pension from California were freaked out recently when...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:00 AM
If you routinely hear voices, hallucinate, sink into suicidal depression or suffer inescapable torment, Los Angeles has a place for you.
The county jail.
On Monday, the jail held 3,200 inmates diagnosed with a mental illness and accused of a crime....
| Jul 13, 2013
| 12:12 AM
Urban F. Emme, chief clerk of City Marshal's office, welds sledge hammer on confiscated pinball and other marble machines ordered destroyed by Municipal Court judges....
| Jul 5, 2013
| 8:44 PM
All things considered, Craig Lewis should be spending his days alongside a jury box, not a racing rail. He should be doing battle with Mark Geragos, not Bob Baffert.
Lewis is much happier in boots and jeans than coat and tie. As a student at Cal, he did...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 5:06 PM
Life is all about collisions. Having them, avoiding them, learning from them.
A recent day brought one between Jim Brown and Buddy Miley. The former is famous and the latter is not. That added to the fascination.
Brown is one the better football...