| Dec 3, 2011
Along the 405 is L.A.'s version of a shining city on the hill -- a castle of culture in all its incarnations. The Getty Trust is more than its collections and museums; it's about worldwide research, preservation and philanthropy. Its new chief, James...
| Jun 27, 2012
You can take Walter Mosley out of Los Angeles — in fact, Mosley did so himself, moving to New York decades ago — but you can't take L.A. out of Walter Mosley. The master of several genres keeps the city present, from his Easy Rawlins detective...
| May 31, 2011
Princeton's Cornel West, one of the most famous black intellectuals in America, says that President Obama is afraid of "free black men." Because of Obama's atypical upbringing, West says, "when he meets these independent black folk who have a history of...
| Apr 30, 2012
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks likes to describe Los Angeles' budget woes as the consequence of an untreated addiction — the city's habit of adding workers in good times and then being unwilling to let them go in bad times. The result is ever-...
| Jan 9, 2012
Two weeks ago, I wrote about a lawsuit working its way through the state courts that poses a novel and fundamental challenge to Proposition 13, the tax initiative approved by California voters in 1978. According to the lawsuit, brought by former UCLA...
| Aug 10, 2013
The "Arab Spring" may not have succeeded in bringing democracy to the Middle East. But it has provided powerful evidence of a different phenomenon: the illusion of U.S. influence over governments we once considered our clients.
Take Egypt. Before 2011,...
| Jul 28, 2013
President Obama sounds like a man back on the offensive.
The president is reprising his core message that what the economy needs is more federal spending on popular priorities such as infrastructure and education, not less.
And his stump speeches last...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 5:01 PM
There's a short piece of Bay Area freeway, Interstate 380, named for Quentin Kopp, which is ironic considering that he's beaten the drum for public transit — specifically bullet trains — for years. But then again, he's always been a...
| Jun 14, 2012
Milan, Italy — From the American side of the Atlantic, the debate over Europe's economic future often sounds like a bloodless, mind-numbing discussion of currency zones, bank recapitalization and interest rates. But in countries with fragile...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 7:26 PM
SACRAMENTO — California's economy is crawling back, but the state still suffers from a national reputation for being anti-business.
It's a high-tax state. But even worse for entrepreneurs and investors, California is known as a "no build" zone...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 2:20 PM
I have a confession to make: I am a homeowner.
That's a dangerous thing to say. We homeowners are getting blamed for a lot of today's economic ills, and labeled dupes besides.
It's said that we profiteer from an undeserved tax break. That our...