| Sep 13, 2013
A last-minute compromise between state legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown has cleared the way for a bill that would significantly increase the minimum wage in California over the next 2 1/2 years. Not surprisingly, the California Chamber of Commerce...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 5:05 AM
The fight for higher fast-food wages is coming to Los Angeles.
Just a few days before Labor Day, restaurant workers plan to walk off the job at big-name chains around Southern California to demand $15-an-hour pay, according to organizers.
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:45 PM
In June, The Times editorialized in favor of a bill to make simple possession of most illegal drugs in California a “wobbler” -- punishable as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Currently, prosecutors can charge possession of cocaine, heroin...
| Sep 19, 2013
Re "Playing politics with hunger," Opinion, Sept. 16
I read former Sens. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and Tom Daschle's (D-S.D.) Op-Ed article with great interest. This summer I traveled to Washington and met with a local member of Congress who expressed his...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Tried to watch “Wrath of the Titans” the other night on cable. Just couldn’t do it. But now I’m finding out that maybe this mythology thing is making a real-life comeback.
First, up north in Portlandia -- or just Portland, if you...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
On a recent day at work in a San Francisco loft, Moncef Belyamani was sporting a hipster "LOVE" T-shirt and riffing, with obsessive detail, on the evolution of vinyl record production.
The Android coder and sometime dance-club DJ wrapped up by...
| Aug 22, 2013
Contrary to stereotypes, there is no evidence that people on welfare are lazy. Indeed, surveys of welfare recipients consistently show their desire for a job. But there is also evidence that many are reluctant to accept available employment opportunities....
| Aug 21, 2013
| 12:14 PM
Where will you be buying your lunch on Aug. 29?
Not at a fast-food place, its workers ask. Employees at three big national fast-food chain outlets -- including those in Los Angeles -- will be putting down their deep-fat fryers and picking up picket...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 2:49 PM
California does its best to keep plenty of distance between food stamps and the people who need them and qualify for them, as The Times’ Evan Halper’s detailed Saturday.
That story reminded us on The Times' editorial board of the many...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 4:49 PM
WASHINGTON — It was not surprising that Texas held out.
For years, Texas was among a handful of states that required every resident seeking help with grocery bills to first be fingerprinted, an exercise typically associated with criminals....
| Aug 20, 2013
Re “California no friend to food stamps,” Aug. 18
This sentence from the article: “It also has two clear consequences: Millions of Californians don't get help, and the state leaves hundreds of millions of dollars of federal money on the...