| Apr 21, 2013
| 6:38 PM
SACRAMENTO — "Living in parallel universes," is how Senate leader Darrell Steinberg describes it. Gun control and gun rights advocates "talking past each other."
Emanating from different cultures, incapable of agreeing on how to make us all...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Mack Brown and Bo Pelini can tell you no season ever goes exactly the way you planned.
Here's a look at a few of the early surprises in this one:
This could be the year the league surpasses the Southeastern Conference and wins the...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 4:56 PM
I couldn't have imagined saying this a few years ago, but I wish Antonio Villaraigosa could run again for mayor of Los Angeles.
You can look at broken promises and judge the mayor a flop: too many potholes, and not enough cops.
But I think his...
| May 6, 2013
SACRAMENTO — Speaker John Pérez wants voters to know something: Cash may be cascading into state coffers as it hasn't for years. Democrats may totally control the Assembly with a new supermajority. But they're not going to be drunken sailors....
| Jun 23, 2013
| 7:20 PM
SACRAMENTO —You don't normally see politicians who are firmly planted in their positions suddenly do acrobatic 180-degree turns.
But last week was very abnormal in California's Capitol. Odds are what happened won't be repeated for a long while....
| May 4, 2013
| 8:28 AM
President Obama sounded genuinely outraged last week when he talked about the Kafkaesque situation at the Guantanamo prison camp, where the United States has been holding 166 men without trial for terms that are, at this point, officially endless.
| Jun 16, 2013
| 7:15 PM
From what I've been reading, the Santa Monica killer was packing an illegal assault rifle and 40 high-capacity ammunition magazines. He sprayed 100 bullets and had access to 1,300.
And, oh yes, he was a mental case.
The guy's exact background and...
| Aug 14, 2013
It's not a typo: The South Central L.A. Tea Party exists, and Jesse Lee Peterson takes a bow for founding it. He's also president and founder of the 23-year-old black bootstraps group Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and serves as...
| May 22, 2013
| 4:45 PM
SACRAMENTO — State Capitol politicians may have an extra $3.2 billion to play with. Or they may not.
It depends on whose figures you believe: nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor's or contrarian Gov. Jerry Brown's.
I tend to have more...
| May 19, 2013
| 6:45 PM
SACRAMENTO — It seemed like a fairly good idea at the time — the idea of Abel Maldonado running for governor.
He wasn't going to win. But neither would he be a Republican embarrassment.
There was no Republican in sight with even a faint...
| May 15, 2013
| 4:49 PM
SACRAMENTO — Dynamics have shifted dramatically in California's Capitol since Gov. Jerry Brown returned two years ago—both fiscal and political dynamics.
The two are intertwined. And Brown is the beneficiary.
In short, because the state'...