| Feb 9, 2013
| 5:10 PM
You're six months behind on the mortgage. Your credit cards are maxed out. Your small business is treading water.
Meanwhile, a tree has fallen on the roof of the office, the parking lot is full of potholes, and you've promised raises to employees, along...
| Jan 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Since my knee replacement surgery less than two weeks ago, I've been popping narcotic painkillers that come with long lists of potential side effects.
Among them are vomiting, hallucinating and impaired thinking.
It is perhaps that third one that made...
| May 18, 2013
| 4:10 PM
No, wait, don't turn the page.
Yes, I'll admit it. This is yet another column on Tuesday's election in Los Angeles, the race half the city doesn't care about and the other half hasn't heard about, but DO NOT turn the page.
OK, I'll give you $5 to read...
| May 4, 2013
| 1:14 AM
It's beginning to look like there's nothing Wendy Greuel wouldn't do to become the next mayor of Los Angeles.
Her boatload of big-money backers seems fond of trash-talking gibes so slimy, they're apt to backfire and turn voters off.
| Mar 6, 2013
| 6:45 PM
Mark the date, remember the day.
On March 5, 2013, Los Angeles redefined apathy.
A measly 16% of the city's registered voters — or perhaps around 20% once all the mail-in ballots are counted — turned out in an election with the following...
| Sep 23, 2012
Having been told by healthcare professionals to take it easy after recent medical challenges, is it safe for me to continue following the local news?
It's not easy to keep your blood pressure under control while reading that former Bell Police Chief...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 11:30 PM
You know you live in a wild news town when a massive manhunt for an ex-cop leads to a dramatic shootout and inferno on a snow-covered mountain, the mayor pitches a tax increase that's beginning to look like attempted extortion, and the rebuked local...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 8:33 PM
You can add the Los Angeles County district attorney's office to the long list of agencies and public officials going after one of the most powerful political players in the city.
A D.A. source told me Tuesday that prosecutors have renewed their...
| Sep 25, 2013
Steve Soboroff has rounded the bases in L.A. government, from the Harbor Commission to rec and parks, even a run for mayor. He's "Uncle Steve," the booster who practically drove the Endeavour space shuttle to its new home, a businessman who drove the...
| Jan 31, 2013
Money is a measure of political viability. Those candidates seen as having potential attract it; those seen as long shots struggle to fill their campaign coffers. And with money, once you've raised some, it's a lot easier to raise more. In the money...
| Feb 11, 2013
The most remarkable proposal of the mayor's race to date took most of the field by surprise last week. On Tuesday, Controller Wendy Greuel announced that, if elected, she intends to add 2,000 officers to the ranks of the LAPD and 800 firefighters to the...