| 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 13, 2013
| 5:11 PM
As a developer of shopping malls, including 22 in California, Westfield Group clearly takes its responsibilities to the consumer economy seriously.
The Australian company's malls are typically well-designed and anchored by the finest department stores,...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 10:18 PM
You may not have noticed, but the entire United States Congress sleazed out of town at the beginning of August for a five-week vacation, leaving much of the economy in a shambles.
Let's take stock. The economy grew in the second quarter at a pitiful...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 7:44 PM
It’s back to the drawing board as Congress voted against its farm bill Thursday in an unexpected defeat for legislation relied upon to set U.S. food policy. Some conservative Republicans thought the bill didn't curtail enough spending, while many...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 11:56 AM
The real-life people depicted in “Nickel and Dimed” at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre aren’t this docudrama’s target audience — those people couldn’t afford even the modest $25 ticket. Rather, Joan Holden’s stage...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 5:01 PM
I realize that members of Congress have to suspend their sense of irony just to get through the day, but I'm still having trouble understanding how the House could consider cutting food stamps in the name of personal responsibility while creating new...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
SACRAMENTO — After months of public hearings and backroom negotiations, the state budget will be up for a vote in the Legislature on Friday.
Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers reached a deal on the budget earlier this week, and staff have been...
| Apr 2, 2013
The government in Britain recently did something interesting.
It asked everyone receiving an "incapacity benefit" — a disability program slowly being phased out under new reforms — to submit to a medical test to confirm they were too...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 2:32 PM
CARACAS, Venezuela —Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the charismatic socialist whose Bolivarian Revolution reduced poverty and galvanized anti-American sentiment across Latin America but left his nation deeply polarized and ever more dependent on...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 1:26 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Democrats in Sacramento are celebrating their new budget accord as a fiscally austere plan for a state in the midst of a gradual economic recovery.
Although the deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders in the Legislature...
| Feb 14, 2013
The City Council member representing the 5th District must serve as a strong voice for preserving the quality of life of his constituents but must also be a vocal advocate for the greater needs of a city facing chronic fiscal shortfalls. The incumbent,...