| Dec 3, 2013
| 6:19 PM
The visits were two weeks apart. First, I toured the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. And then, on a family trip to San Francisco last week, I visited Alcatraz, which is now a national park.
One of the two old pens is hopelessly decrepit,...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 5:35 PM
SACRAMENTO — Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he has seen enough. He wants to rid California of incessant special elections to fill vacancies in the Legislature.
The elections interrupt the legislative process, he asserts, and they bleed local...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The opportunity to be reborn is a rare gift indeed, granted to few beyond the mythical phoenix and some adherents of the Baptist faith. Them — and the Affordable Care Act, which this week will undergo what its supporters hope will be a second launch...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:10 PM
SACRAMENTO — Judging from the emails, many readers think that eliminating special elections to fill vacant legislative seats and simply allowing the governor to choose replacements would be dangerously un-American.
"Oh, sure," has been the...
| Nov 24, 2013
Remember Edward Snowden? For a while, the National Security Agency's renegade contractor seemed like the most influential man in American intelligence, even though he's been hiding out in Moscow. Snowden's disclosures touched off a wave of enthusiasm in...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:30 PM
The Rubik's Cube that is healthcare reform might have become even more puzzling for some people Thursday after the operator of California's online insurance exchange rejected President Obama's call for extending the life of canceled policies.
| Nov 19, 2013
| 5:11 PM
He might have become a doctor like his father, but a grad school (Harvard) summer job researching health policy changed all that. Now as the head of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Drew Altman deals not with lab numbers for a few patients but with...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:33 PM
I keep waiting for the news that prosecutors in Pennsylvania have come to their senses and dropped criminal charges against Barbara Mancini.
But so far, that hasn't happened, which means the Philadelphia resident, an emergency room nurse, may soon be on...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 6:44 PM
SACRAMENTO — It just can't be, what they're saying about state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon — that he took $60,000 in bribes during an FBI sting operation. Nobody these days could be that stupid.
Pocketing the money from essentially a...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 9:20 PM
Dear Liz: If your in-laws promised you and their son their house, and have for over 20 years, and the whole family is aware that was the plan — your mother-in-law even had a will and a deed made up — do you think the executor of the estate has...
| Oct 27, 2013
One of these weeks, now that the Obama administration has recruited a SWAT team of computer whizzes, Healthcare.gov will recover from its shambolic debut and turn into, well, just another website. After all, it's only a website, and websites can be fixed....