| Aug 9, 2013
| 10:36 PM
Dear Liz: Our son went to an expensive private school and ended up with more than $100,000 in federal and private loans by the time he graduated. My wife cosigned a private loan for $25,000 for the first year, and that was the last we heard of any loans...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 8:19 PM
Eggplant gardens, at least for now, are officially protected in Los Angeles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti told me Tuesday that he has instructed city staff to "cool their jets" after learning from this column about two citizens who'd been ordered to remove...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 8:56 PM
As if you haven't been scared enough by the projections that most Americans haven't saved enough to maintain their lifestyles as they enter retirement, here's something even more terrifying:
Nearly half of all Americans will outlive their assets,...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 7:37 PM
San Francisco dodged a bullet with Gov. Jerry Brown's deadline maneuver to block a strike by BART employees that would have left hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters and tourists stranded and scrambling.
But the temporary delay won't resolve an...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 6:49 PM
The woman in the TV commercial is identified as Julie, a mother of two. She's sitting on a bench in a nice yard containing a kids' play structure. A little boy swings in the background.
"Two years ago," Julie says, "my son Caleb began having seizures....
| Jul 31, 2013
| 5:52 PM
Comic-Con International hosted its share of crowded red-carpet events filled with A-list stars talking up a raft of new projects, […]...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 11:12 PM
Dear Liz: Everyone talks about Roth IRAs and how beneficial they are. But I am self-employed, my husband contributes 16% toward his 401(k), our house is paid off, and we no longer have dependents to deduct on our 1040 tax return. My contribution to my...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 8:32 PM
SACRAMENTO--This is the 50th anniversary year of arguably the biggest, bitterest brawl ever in California's Capitol. And looking back today, it seems almost inconceivable what the fracas was all about.
It was waged over whether homeowners and...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 1:00 PM
The bold, broad daylight burglaries in and around Cheviot Hills started in May and have come in clusters since then. About a dozen homes were hit in one day alone, and roughly 50 in a month.
"They were breaking windows, coming through doors," said...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 7:25 PM
Dear Liz: None of the Web-based tools I've seen really get at the heart of the problem of how much I really need in retirement. For example, if I am diligent and save 20% of my income (I earn over $150,000), why would I need to replace 95% or even 80%...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 5:59 PM
You could say that Gov. Jerry Brown treats Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom like a dog. But that wouldn't be accurate.
Brown's Pembroke Welsh corgi gets invited into the governor's office practically every day. Sutter gets lots of petting. He regularly walks...