| Aug 16, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Director Werner Herzog's sobering new documentary short, "From One Second to the Next," is a hit on the Internet.
The 35-minute film, a cautionary look at the dangers of texting while driving, has racked up nearly 1.75 million views on YouTube since...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
There's a scene in the movie version of "The Grapes of Wrath" that's stuck in my head. It's where a guy in a suit drives out to tell Muley the sharecropper that he and his family have to get off the land they've been farming for three generations....
| Jul 24, 2013
A dozen years after he left the Los Angeles City Council, Mike Feuer is back in L.A.'s civic life, this time in City Hall East, as the newly elected city attorney. His several careers are all of a piece: running the low-income legal service group Bet...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:20 AM
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Amid the news coverage of Detroit's recent bankruptcy filing, Michael thought he heard something about public-sector workers there not paying Social Security taxes.
What's up with that? Aren't all...
| 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 26, 2013
| 4:48 PM
Good news for city dwellers. According to a study published this week, we are 20% less likely to die from serious injury than our counterparts in rural America. Sure, homicide rates are higher in cities. But in rural areas, access to trauma and...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 5:00 AM
When Detroit filed for bankruptcy last month, it wasn’t much of a surprise. With its boarded-up houses, abandoned schools, declining public services and shrinking population, it had become the country’s most depressing city. At least, that&...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 3:25 PM
The twin plagues of economic hardship and low academic attainment turn out to be an inflammatory problem, not just for society but for the human bodies beset by them. And for many, including those in minority groups who disproportionately experience...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 1:03 PM
If I were a government employee in California, I'd cringe anytime I heard the name Bruce Malkenhorst.
Malkenhorst worked for the tiny city of Vernon for 29 years, culminating with his tenure as city manager. He somehow persuaded his employer to pay...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 7:43 PM
Next to our medical records, our most closely guarded secrets probably involve our household finances.
So it's understandable that many of the half-million retirees currently receiving a public pension from California were freaked out recently when...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:12 PM
ATHENS – Bowing to pressure from international lenders, Greece on Wednesday moved to put more than 25,000 state workers on notice for dismissal by the end of the year in the first official winnowing of its costly civil sector.