| Sep 17, 2011
The first California election that Kim Alexander cast a ballot in was a pip; voters decided 16 state propositions -- on creating a state lottery, capping welfare, limiting campaign contributions -- and gave their former governor, Ronald Reagan, a second...
| Oct 12, 2011
I pitched a tent Monday night in a neighborhood of the angry, the disaffected and the disillusioned.
"Are you aware that the sprinklers come on at night?" a fellow camper asked as I drove my tent stakes into the ground.
I wasn't, but hey, a little...
| Oct 12, 2011
How do you know when a protest movement is starting to scare the pants off the establishment?
One clue is when the protesters are casually dismissed as hippies or rabble, or their principles redefined as class envy or as (that all-purpose insult) "un-...
| May 14, 2011
I could just see the eyebrows rising around the room. I was moderating a panel on philanthropy not long ago, and on my left, Premal Shah, the president of Kiva.org, was talking animatedly about how much fun Kiva donors had, competing with each other, in...
| Jul 28, 2011
Something strange is happening: a California state agency is developing an innovative, user-friendly idea that can be implemented easily and quickly.
It's creative and, so far, non-controversial.
And it can become a reality without the governor or...
| Jul 30, 2011
Seriously? Someone in L.A. who doesn't want to show up on TV?
One of the city's foremost divorce attorneys won't say word one about her client Maria Shriver's divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is probably Laura Wasser's highest-profile case, which...
| Oct 30, 2012
The envelope looked official enough. "Confidential materials enclosed," it said on the outside. "Unauthorized use strictly prohibited."
Evelyn Potter, 81, could feel something the size of a credit card within. Opening the envelope, she found a plastic...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 4:45 PM
The identifying characteristic of progressives' syndrome, which I believe psychiatrists have been following since the Truman administration, is their defensiveness about their own policies when they're challenged by Big Business and other stalwarts of the...
| Nov 4, 2012
Dear Liz: I am the single mother of four daughters, including one who has a serious heart condition that causes $10,000 to $30,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses each year. These medical bills have caused me to file bankruptcy twice, but the...
| Nov 11, 2012
Dear Liz: I am increasingly annoyed by the entitlement attitude of today's students. Why should the taxpayers (me) pay to educate somebody else's children? I remember when there was no such thing as a student loan. If I wanted to go to college and didn'...
| Oct 14, 2012
Dear Liz: I have a friend who owes $30,000 in credit card debt. I suggested he see a financial advisor who can help him to get out of this situation, but he never finds the time to do it. He pays all his bills on time, but only the minimum required, and...