Susan Shelley


Susan Shelley

Susan Shelley is a columnist for the Southern California News Group. Reach her at and follow her on Twitter: @Susan_Shelley.

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  • Columns

    Federal workers delivered for Hillary Clinton: Susan Shelley

    If TV news reporters from Mars arrived on Earth to investigate what’s heating things up, their instruments would immediately detect the radiation emanating from the special counsel in Washington, D.C.The Martians would be here just in time to read the newly issued report from the special counsel and the inspector general for the U.S. Postal Service detailing the violations of law.That’s right. The Postal Service.This story begins in Marshfield, Wisconsin,...

  • Local governments

    Out-of-control panhandling needs a national solution: Susan Shelley

    In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a local sign ordinance in the town of Gilbert, Arizona, and last week on the Tampa Avenue off-ramp of the 101 Freeway, a panhandler punched a car window when the driver wouldn’t give him money.Those two things may not seem related, but the first holds the key to understanding how we got to the point where the second could occur, and what we can do about it.A group of Woodland Hills residents is organizing a march to raise...

  • Columns

    Push for cap-and-trade extension is about money, not the climate: Susan Shelley

    There is one thing that is not up for discussion as Gov. Jerry Brown battles to win support for the extension of California’s cap-and-trade program: the flow of cap-and-trade funds to the bullet train.“If that’s a killer for you, then you have a dead body,” Brown told this newspaper’s editorial board.The governor is urgently pressing the Legislature to pass Assembly Bills

  • Education

    Alarm bells are sounding about community college board leader: Susan Shelley

    Unless you’re a community college student or there’s one in your family, it’s likely that the only contact you have with the L.A. Community College District is in the voting booth.Last July, the district’s Board of Trustees voted to put a $3.3 billion bond measure on the ballot to fund the construction of buildings and facilities. The board wanted the money because, to be frank, they’d blown through the roughly $6 billion that voters had approved for...

  • Columns

    Blame the North Korea threat on Carter, Clinton: Susan Shelley

    Former President Jimmy Carter has a website on which he tells self-congratulatory stories of his foreign policy exploits. If you go to, you can read all about how he negotiated a deal with North Korea that stopped its development of nuclear weapons.“In 1994, the United States and South Korea were on the brink of war with North Korea, convinced that the North was moving to develop nuclear weapons,”...

  • Fourth of July

    On the Fourth of July, a how-to guide for building a free country: Susan Shelley

    July 4th is the day we celebrate the birth of the first and only nation ever founded on the idea that individuals have rights, given to them by their Creator, and that governments are established for the purpose of protecting those rights. On Independence Day, we celebrate freedom.But it’s easier to celebrate freedom than to understand how to establish it, and just as importantly, how to keep it.So here’s your clip-and-save guide to building a free country and...

  • Columns

    State couldn’t pull health-care funding out of a hat: Susan Shelley

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could have anything you wanted just by painting it on a sign followed by the words, “IS A HUMAN RIGHT”?In the 1960s, that would have been a great plot for an episode of “Bewitched.”“Housing is a human right!” Samantha the suburban witch twitches her nose — twinkle-tinkle-tink — and a beautiful home appears.“Vacations are a human right!” Twinkle-tinkle-tink. A chaise...

  • Local governments

    Will outrageous DWP pay hikes ignite anti-union firestorm in California?: Susan Shelley

    One day, when California is a right-to-work state, and paying dues to a union is entirely optional, someone may ask you how the voters of a state with some of the most powerful labor unions on the planet ever adopted a right-to-work law.Save a copy of this week’s newspapers to show them how our freshly re-elected city officials rushed to approve a massively generous pay raise for the already overpaid employees of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.Back in...

  • Columns

    Don’t stop worrying about our elections just yet: Susan Shelley

    Exactly what did the Russians do to interfere in the 2016 election, and what should we do about it?The House and Senate Intelligence committees held separate hearings last week to consider those questions, and the answers were unsettling.Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House committee that the Russian government orchestrated cyber attacks on the U.S. “for the purpose of influencing our election.”Over on the Senate side, witnesses...

  • Homelessness

    LA should revisit lawsuit settlement that allowed Skid Row conditions everywhere: Susan Shelley

    Why is homelessness increasing in Los Angeles?According to a count taken in January, homelessness is up 23 percent across L.A. County over 2016, a total of more than 55,000 people.News stories round up the usual suspects: high rents, low-paying jobs, drugs, alcohol, mental illness, domestic violence, and the release of prison or jail inmates without rehabilitation programs.But one reason for the exponential increase in homeless encampments is rarely mentioned: In 2007,...