Water supply still a big issue for Newhall Ranch: Guest commentary |Sep 14, 2017

The City of Los Angeles is spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to revitalize the Los Angeles River, a river that in the 1930s looked much like our Santa Clara River looks today, until it was straight-jacketed into a concrete box.

Prop. 66 could turn out to slow death penalty cases |Sep 5, 2017

The California Supreme Court has upheld most of Proposition 66, the initiative to speed up the death penalty, but in doing so may have made an even more tangled mess of it. Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, writing for the majority, said voters were presented with ballot materials promising a five-year time limit on death penalty appeals in state courts, but there is “no workable means of enforcing the five-year review limit.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Sep 5, 2017

Trump right to save Arpaio from overactive judiciary: Letters |Sep 5, 2017

Trump right to save Arpaio from overactive judiciary Re “Was President Trump right to pardon Joe Arpaio?” (Question of the Week, Aug.

Gov. Brown should block stormwater-fee bill |Sep 5, 2017

A bill that would allow local governments to impose fees for stormwater projects without voter approval passed the Assembly by one vote and is now on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. He should veto it.

Congress must act to replace DACA program |Sep 5, 2017

The Trump administration’s announcement that the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program will be rescinded should prompt needed congressional action to protect young immigrants whose sole offense was being brought here by their parents.

Will Trump really do Harvey recovery right? Guest commentary |Sep 5, 2017

During his first Texas trip to bring assurance to residents and government officials that the federal government was ready to offer whatever assistance was needed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the disastrous flooding that followed, President Donald Trump was confident that the crisis would be met.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Sep 4, 2017

Was Trump right to pardon Arpaio? Readers respond to our question: Letters |Sep 4, 2017

Our Question of the Week asked readers, Was Trump right to pardon Joe Arpaio? Un-American policies shouldn’t be condoned I am outraged by the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Gig economy gives middle class little to celebrate on Labor Day: Guest commentary |Sep 4, 2017

The gig economy is killing the American middle class. The benefits of Uber, Lyft and other app-based companies were sold as a win-win for consumers and workers alike. Need a cheap ride somewhere? Uber can take you from here to there with a click of an app, and for less than the cost of a taxi.

On Labor Day, come meet the workers who make America great: Guest commentary |Sep 3, 2017

I plan to spend this Labor Day with my family, and I encourage you to find a Labor Day celebration near you. And when you do, you’ll find the Californians who are making America great. Teachers, emergency first-responders, nurses and all working people are the backbone of our nation and deserve to be recognized, as such, both in word and deed.

Millennials fail to rise to challenge of Baby Boomers: James Poulos |Sep 2, 2017

The Baby Boomer generation has become a magnet for a certain kind of potent political criticism. By some accounts, as youthful revolutionaries, they ruined the 1960s; as the “Me Generation,” they wrecked the ’70s; in yet another incarnation, as yuppies, they trashed the ’80s; careening into their reckless and naïve later years, they created unfulfillable social and economic expectations in the late ’90s that led to a crash and protracted hangover in the 2000s; and this decade, unwilling to relinquish center stage in American life, they gave us a Clinton-versus-Trump matchup that left many voters wishing it could all have been at least a little different.

Politicizing Charlottesville and Hurricane Harvey: Carl M. Cannon |Sep 2, 2017

How did we go, less than a week after racist violence in Charlottesville, Va., from removing statues of Robert E. Lee to talking about obliterating edifices honoring Ulysses S. Grant and Christopher Columbus? The short answer is: “It’s human nature.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Sep 1, 2017

Pasadena police erred in case of USC dean: Guest commentary |Sep 1, 2017

This newspaper editorialized recently that the community should exercise restraint in judging the events involving USC Medical School’s former dean, a Pasadena resident, because of California’s “Good Samaritan” law.

Fired Centinela Valley superintendent’s arrest a new step to accountability |Sep 1, 2017

In 2015, our colleagues in the Daily Breeze newsroom won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for an investigation that exposed the excessive salary and unusual perks of the chief of a school district serving Hawthorne and Lawndale.

Racism? We don’t see it in hurricane response: Letters |Sep 1, 2017

Racism? We don’t see it in hurricane response It is time for us to choose what kind of country we are living in. It is time to choose whether to focus on our vices or our virtues.

Operation Choke Point is finally suffocated |Sep 1, 2017

The Trump administration deserves great praise for ending Operation Choke Point, the controversial, and often tyrannical, program that harmed many legitimate businesses. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation set the stage for the discriminatory treatment of businesses when it declared certain industries to be engaged in “high-risk” activities, sending a strong signal to the banks it regulates that they should steer clear of doing business with these entities.

Trump’s presidency has been good for Brad Sherman: Guest commentary |Aug 31, 2017

The first time I met Congressman Brad Sherman, it was a frustrating encounter. Soon after President Trump’s inauguration, Sherman invited a group of leaders from brand-new Indivisible groups to his favorite Sherman Oaks diner, Corky’s, for coffee and a chat.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 31, 2017

Success of L.A. school bond offers a lesson for nation’s politicians: Guest commentary |Aug 31, 2017

At a time of toxic national polarization, a Los Angeles success story 20 years in the making was recently completed, because people with different political perspectives worked together to accomplish a goal — repair schools and build new schools efficiently and cost-effectively for L.

Children’s Hospital L.A. would be hampered by AB1250: Guest commentary |Aug 31, 2017

Two years ago, Monique Saldaña became a mother at age 16. Lost and unsure, she dropped out of high school. She credits the support system she built with her case manager and other teen mothers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) for helping her navigate this confusing time.

LAUSD should discuss changing grad requirements |Aug 31, 2017

In 2005, the Los Angeles Unified School District school board set the ambitious target of requiring all students to graduate eligible to attend a four-year college. The board gave the district a decade to fully implement the plan.

Less talk, more action needed to help homeless: Letters |Aug 31, 2017

Less talk, more action needed to help homeless Re “Make things better for homeless, neighborhoods” (Nury Martinez, Aug.

Watch out for state’s not-so-affordable housing plans |Aug 31, 2017

The housing package recently announced by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders in the Legislature will fail to make much of a dent in the problem, and exhibits a shocking disregard for basic economics.

UC’s minimum-wage policy flunks the fairness test: Guest commentary |Aug 30, 2017

Marisol Ramirez is one of more than 80 full-time hospital valet drivers at UCLA Medical Center, most of whom are about to lose their jobs just months after reporting that the low-wage private contractor employing them was paying less than required by university policy.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 30, 2017

Unions’ anti-charter-school rhetoric is wrong but effective |Aug 30, 2017

Amid a concerted campaign by teachers unions to undermine school choice, national support for charter schools has taken a hit. According to the results of an annual survey by the K-12 education journal Education Next, only

California’s most vulnerable could lose vital services; AB279 can help: Chris Holden and Kathryn Barger |Aug 30, 2017

With the passage of local minimum-wage laws, organizations serving people with developmental disabilities are strained to continue their vital work as the reimbursement rates for those services are set and controlled by the state of California.

We all can help Houston storm victims — here’s how |Aug 30, 2017

In times of crisis, Americans must set aside geographic and political differences and unite to help their fellow human beings. Hurricane Harvey, the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the United States in more than a decade, has devastated communities across southeast Texas.

Both parties can support reform of bail system: Letters |Aug 30, 2017

Both parties can support reform of bail system Re “Bipartisanship to end unjust pretrial jailing” (Aug.

Was President Trump right to pardon Joe Arpaio? Question of the Week |Aug 29, 2017

President Trump granted a pardon on Friday to Joe Arpaio, the former and longtime sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz. It wasn’t much of a surprise. The president had signaled his intent to pardon the controversial 85-year-old lawman in a campaign rally three days earlier in Phoenix, the seat of Maricopa County.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 29, 2017

Porn producers should be heard by L.A. County officials |Aug 29, 2017

By The Editorial Board Five years ago, Los Angeles County voters decided it was necessary to require the use of condoms in adult film productions by passing Measure B. The only real winners since the passage of Measure B have been lawyers and moralists.

No debate needed about how police use drones: Letters |Aug 29, 2017

No debate needed about how police use drones Re “How should LAPD use drones? Tell them tonight” (Aug.

Remilitarizing police is not the way to be tough on crime |Aug 29, 2017

On Monday, President Trump lifted Obama-era restrictions on the federal 1033 Program that distributes surplus military equipment to local police departments. Trump’s executive order speciously characterizes the move as merely “restoring state, tribal, and local law enforcement’s access to life-saving equipment and resources.

Californians should support the Cadiz Water Project: Tony Cardenas and Paul Cook |Aug 29, 2017

California is home to amazing natural resources, a diverse economy and a hard-working population eager to flourish. However, we don’t have sufficient water to meet the needs of all who call California home.

No new taxes to pay for water treatment plants: Letters |Aug 28, 2017

No new taxes to pay for water treatment plants Re “Is safe drinking water fee all wet?” (Question of the Week, Aug.

In attacking Columbus, Serra, activists push Anglo-biased history: Guest commentary |Aug 28, 2017

As the Los Angeles City Council prepares to vote this week to erase Columbus Day, they are contemplating the very thing the Ku Klux Klan called for just under a century ago. The movement to purge public spaces of certain historical figures and icons has reached a fever pitch.

Trump’s infrastructure council crumbles; we need a new approach |Aug 28, 2017

The one thing most everyone expected from the White House this year — a big new infrastructure deal — now looks dead in the water. How bad a setback is it? “Infrastructure Week” wrapped up with President Donald Trump pulling the plug on his own Advisory Council on Infrastructure.

The great transit rip-off: Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox |Aug 27, 2017

Over the past decade, there has been a growing fixation among planners and developers alike for a return to the last century’s monocentric cities served by large-scale train systems. And, to be sure, in a handful of older urban regions, mass transit continues to play an important — and even vital — role in getting commuters to downtown jobs.

Trump’s successor may be a giant: Carl M. Cannon |Aug 26, 2017

Has President Trump been in office for only seven months? It’s been enough drama for seven years — with no letup in sight. So, as beach vacations wind to a close and Congress prepares to return to Washington, let’s get a jump on contemplating the qualities Americans will want in their 46th president.

Make things better for homeless, neighborhoods: Nury Martinez |Aug 26, 2017

By now it is almost trite to say that Los Angeles has a serious problem with homelessness. We do. While we’ve taken great steps forward in approving Measure H and Proposition HHH, those are long-term solutions and do little to address the concerns Los Angeles residents have today.

U.S.-Russian cooperation working on ground in Syria: James Poulos |Aug 26, 2017

As the multi-sided war in Syria grinds on, cynicism about the future is more than justified. Arguably, America has failed time and again to secure its objectives and follow through on its intentions in its halting, lurching, incomplete intervention.

Raising property taxes for public pensions |Aug 26, 2017

California’s iconic 1978 tax cutting measure, Proposition 13, was motivated by a desire to, first and foremost, limit out of control property taxes. To that end, the measure has been a remarkable success saving California property owners more than half a trillion dollars in its 39 year history.

Record household debt levels are an ominous sign |Aug 26, 2017

The United States’ lengthy economic recovery and low unemployment rate seem to be promising signs, but cracks in the foundation reveal some concerns for the future.

Big public pensions keep piling up |Aug 25, 2017

While politicians across California seem content to ignore the problem, both the cost and excesses of public sector pensions continue to grow. Last year, nearly 23,000 retired government workers receiving a pension through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System collected pensions of at least $100,000, according to watchdog group Transparent California.

Billboard policy is ground zero in fight for L.A.’s future: Guest commentary |Aug 25, 2017

The more than 100,000 skilled local men and women powering the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council have long been at the forefront of our city’s modernization.

‘Whose UC is it?’ is a valid question: Letters |Aug 25, 2017

‘Whose UC is it?’ is still a valid California question Re “Whose UC is it? — still a valid question” (Thomas Elias, Aug.

Work on reducing use-of-force incidents |Aug 24, 2017

Police officers in California killed 157 people in 2016, according to a recently released report from the state Attorney General’s Office, with one-third of fatal incidents occurring in Los Angeles County.