| Jul 21, 2010
In the newspaper business, when editors are asked what kinds of stories they want to go after, there's a popular two-word answer. The first word is "holy" and the second word is unprintable.
Well, friends, my Times colleagues Ruben Vives and Jeff...
| Jul 30, 2009
Who are the winners of the California budget battle? Yes, there are some, even though there are many more losers.
Set aside individuals for a moment and assess victory and defeat by political ideology. Distinguish between short term and long term.
| Aug 6, 2009
Republican politicians want to drill offshore. Democrats want to tax oil onshore. Both sides are right.
And both sides are wrong because they basically oppose each other's position, especially in the state Assembly.
In the Senate, there was enough...
| Aug 5, 2009
Maybe it's the summer heat. Or maybe, like a lot of people, I've given up all hope of any bold leadership in California when it comes to the budget.
Whatever the reason, I'm getting more comfortable with the idea of a beer company sponsoring a state...
| Aug 22, 2009
Ronald Perkins and his neighbors were nearly outnumbered by the consultants and architects who showed up at the Jordan Downs community center.
For three hours, they listened as a procession of planners depicted their home as an "island of poverty," and...
| Aug 27, 2009
Here's a way to start fixing the state Capitol. Maybe also repair some city halls and county courthouses.
The bipartisan reform group California Forward has proposed a modest, reasonable and doable set of significant changes in how state and local...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 7:26 PM
SACRAMENTO — Bill Lockyer should have been governor. He would have been good for California — and great for people in my line of work.
The state treasurer — who announced Monday that he'll retire next year from elective office after...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 7:40 PM
You've paid your taxes for decades, but your crumbling street hasn't been repaved since the Eisenhower administration. So you ask City Hall to step up, and the response goes something like this:
Sure, we'll fix the street. But only if,...
| Dec 23, 2009
Just so you know, it's not easy for me to refer to U2 guitarist David Evans as "The Edge." Sure, there was a time when I referred to myself as S. Lo. But I quickly realized that once you've gone gray, it's hard to get away with anything other than what'...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 6:40 PM
SACRAMENTO — July 4th. American democracy. Majority rule.
That's my cheap way of getting into a column about making approval of local public works projects more democratic.
For a very long time in California, a small minority of voters —...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 5:12 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown wants to help inner-city schools at the expense of suburbanites. But there must be a better way to assist the disadvantaged than to trigger class warfare.
And there is. It is to give school districts a better...