| Jan 23, 2013
| 9:20 PM
SACRAMENTO — Imagine a lawmaker being allowed to read a proposed law before voting on it.
For that matter — and this seems like a stretch — try to envision the public being offered an opportunity to express its view on a bill before...
| Jan 9, 2013
We're watching the BCS championship game together Monday night in Lane Kiffin's USC office — you know, the game the Trojans were going to be playing in Miami.
It sounds silly, if not ridiculous, after the kind of season the Trojans have just...
| Nov 4, 2012
No one today can overlook that it's California's self-indulgent initiative process that's attracting the big political bucks into the state, the way a magnet attracts scrap iron. Year in, year out, the torrent of spending on initiative campaigns swamps...
| Nov 3, 2012
She seemed embarrassed to tell me that she's voting for Mitt Romney, as if the admission might suggest that she'd been hiding racist leanings during our long friendship.
Four years ago, she voted for Barack Obama and made sure then that I knew it. She...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 10:41 PM
SACRAMENTO — If you're still scratching your head over the long list of state ballot propositions, here's a voter's guide.
It's not to be confused with those slick home mailers, often produced by political profiteers masquerading under some phony...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 7:38 PM
It's the kind of education news that never makes headlines: Dozens of teachers and principals from both charter and district-run schools across the Southland gathered last weekend at Loyola Marymount University to talk about what's working in their...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 6:38 PM
I knew I'd be navigating a minefield in my Saturday column, which dealt with two combustible topics: race and politics.
I said that the Republican campaign, in the run-up to Tuesday's presidential vote, has resorted to a not-so-subtle nativist appeal...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 4:24 PM
SACRAMENTO — The year shouldn't slip by without giving Gov. Jerry Brown his annual report card.
And that's tough. Not the grading: He obviously deserves high marks if the yardstick is effectiveness. And that's my yardstick.
The only decision...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 5:11 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown and fellow Democrats have scored a stunning, historic victory in California. But they should have been careful what they wished for.
Brown sold his Proposition 30 tax increase largely on the premise that it would...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 3:19 PM
While most of us face uncertainty with the rollout of healthcare reform, some insurance companies in California have been feeling their oats lately. Here's how they're responding to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' warnings that their latest rate...
| Mar 9, 2013
| 4:50 PM
When I scolded deadbeat Angelenos for blowing off Tuesday's election, some of them had just enough energy to return fire.
"I chose not to spit into the wind anymore," wrote Lou.
"It is not an embarrassment to shun an embarrassment like L.A....