| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
President Obama had a dinner date Wednesday night with a dozen of his worst enemies, thus proving that the governmental stalemate in Washington, D.C., is driving him to unusual acts of political creativity -- or desperation.
The president personally...
| Feb 18, 2013
SACRAMENTO — "There's no place to go but up," asserted Jim Brulte, whose mission is to save the California Republican Party. "We're on the way back."
Brulte told me that in 2000 at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. He was the...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 8:00 PM
MEXICO CITY — You might be hard-pressed to find the word "Mexico" in some of the advertising for tourist resorts in Mexico.
Brands like "Riviera Maya" often eclipse the name of the country where those lush beaches are located.
As deadly violence...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 1:05 PM
Hundreds of mourners gathered Wednesday for the funeral of a father and daughter slain during a gunman’s rampage through Santa Monica earlier this month.
Friends and family filed into St. Monica Catholic Church behind two caskets – one...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 6:10 PM
SACRAMENTO — Given half a chance — any rationale at all — governments invariably will try to restrict the citizenry's access to public information. Especially if it might shine the light on official stupidity or misbehavior.
| Jun 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Even when it was just an architectural glimmer in the eye of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the desert estate where President Barack Obama will greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday was never in danger of being confused with a mere vacation house....
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:10 PM
It is no wonder Florida Sen. Marco Rubio needed to grab a bottle of water in the middle of delivering the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. The speech he was given to recite was like a hunk of stale, dry...
| Jan 28, 2013
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown spoke only two sentences about streamlining environmental regulations in his State of the State address. But they inspired reformers to cheer.
Could have fooled me. I was ready to pounce on him last week for scanty...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 1:23 PM
Future historians of the Barack Obama presidency, where would you rather travel? To that perpetually sunny corner of Polynesia where our 44th president was born? Or to the windy city on Lake Michigan he most recently called home?
| Jun 8, 2013
| 5:36 PM
Carlos Franco, a groundskeeper at Santa Monica College, had planned to spend Friday afternoon in his red Ford Explorer, running errands for his daughters.
His daughter Marcela, 26, rode along so she could buy textbooks for summer school at Cal State...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 1:44 PM
Actor-turned-restaurateur Harry Lewis -- he founded the Hamburger Hamlet chain of restaurants, and later Kate Mantilini -- has died. He was 93.
Lewis starred alongside the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson in 1948's "Key Largo" and had a...