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.

Will lawsuits, high costs frustrate Brown’s water tunnels plan? Thomas Elias |Sep 5, 2017

The first time Jerry Brown was governor of California, his greatest policy defeat came when resentful Northern Californians voted almost unanimously in 1982 to reverse a legislative vote authorizing a massive ditch around the delta of the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Sep 5, 2017

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

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.

On Angels Flight, a one-way trip into L.A. history: Larry Wilson |Sep 1, 2017

Here in the Golden State of train-hating, where every other letter-to-the-editor writer rails against conductor Jerry Brown’s “bullet train to nowhere,” I set out Thursday on two trains to somewhere and then the world’s shortest railway 298 feet to Bunker Hill.

Sewer-fee bill could leave us up to our necks in tax hikes: Susan Shelley |Sep 1, 2017

Sometimes, California’s laws are like a guillotine on a timer. By the time the blade drops, everybody who set it up has made a safe getaway. To illustrate, consider four different laws that did their damage long after the perpetrators moved on, and a brand new one that’s likely to raise rents and perhaps tax Californians right out of their own homes.

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.

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

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.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 29, 2017

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.

Speeding up CSU graduations must not dumb down degrees: Thomas Elias |Aug 28, 2017

The 23-campus California State University system knows it must somehow speed up graduation beyond today’s pace, which sees just 19 percent of entering freshmen graduate within four years. The low rate is at least partly because more than a third of frosh need some remedial work.

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.

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.

Keeping the arts in secondary education: Larry Wilson |Aug 25, 2017

All this emphasis on STEM — science, technology, engineering, math — education comes out of the relentless that’s-where-the-jobs-are approach. But notice how even the practical people want to leaven that potentially narrow-minded dough with culture? And thus the rise of STEAM curriculums: They throw some art in.

It’s not easy to choose among statues: Susan Shelley |Aug 25, 2017

The year before he was elected president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln gave a speech in Columbus, Ohio, in which he complained that the local newspaper had falsely reported he was in favor of allowing black people to have the right to vote.

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.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 23, 2017

Feinstein still effective, so why should she quit? Thomas Elias |Aug 21, 2017

None of the host of ultra-liberal Democrats who would love to succeed her makes the direct argument that at 84 — she’ll be one year older by next November’s election — fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein is too aged to be one of California’s two U.

How anti-immigrant fervor harms domestic-violence victims: Guest commentary |Aug 20, 2017

Less than a year into the Trump administration, immigrant survivors of domestic violence are facing a growing crisis in California and across the nation. As the administration pressures local governments to help deport millions of people, many survivors are declining to seek the help and support they need.

In defense of American nationalism: Joel Kotkin |Aug 20, 2017

President Donald Trump’s policy agenda may seem somewhat incoherent, but his underlying approach — developed, in large part, by now-departed chief strategist Steve Bannon — can be best summarized in one word: nationalism.

GOP leadership requires principles and winning elections: Melissa Melendez |Aug 20, 2017

I am proud to pen this commentary from my new office space, referred to around the state Capitol as “the Dog House.” The Dog House is where you get sent as punishment when you draw the ire of the leaders for standing up to them on principle.

The challenge ahead for California Republicans: Chad Mayes |Aug 20, 2017

A decade ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warned California Republicans that “we’re dying at the box office,” and that we must change to stay relevant. While many criticized and disregarded his message, including me, history has proven him correct.

Think big, act boldly to solve housing crisis: John Chiang |Aug 20, 2017

Consider these startling and deeply disturbing facts. One-third of renters in California spend more than half of their monthly wages on housing. California accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s homeless, while 40 percent of the state’s voters have a close friend or family member who is, or has been, homeless.

Building sustainably to solve the housing crisis: Brian Calle |Aug 20, 2017

There are innumerable perks to living in California, but modestly priced housing is certainly not one of them. It’s undeniable that housing in the Golden State is expensive, and that we have a significant housing shortage.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 18, 2017

Lesson from the London fire: Sometimes, more regulation is good: Larry Wilson |Aug 18, 2017

I get it that government regulations can be ridiculous. More than that: awful. I’ll even spell it guv’mint to show my distaste. I’ll recall that poster in the barber shop of my youth, where I’d go monthly for the “regular boy’s” cut: The picture of the goateed old Sam, father of our country, with the caption, “He’s your uncle, not your dad.

Constitutional convention is one way to amend a broken system: Susan Shelley |Aug 18, 2017

What exactly is a “convention of the states,” and should anyone be losing sleep over it? In September, state lawmakers from around the country will gather at the Arizona capitol to draw up rules for a future convention that will attempt to propose amendments to the U.

‘Rain tax’ is back, and L.A. County residents could get soaked: Guest commentary |Aug 18, 2017

In a stealth maneuver seven weeks ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors persuaded Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, to “gut and amend”

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 17, 2017

Shrink San Gabriel Mountains National Monument? Public tells Trump ‘no’: Judy Chu |Aug 17, 2017

Right now, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, at the behest of President Trump, is considering reducing the size of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument because of claims that the local community never had the chance to weigh in.

Much room for missteps in U.S. response to Venezuela: James Poulos |Aug 17, 2017

As if the United States didn’t have enough on its plate, the risk of a bungled response to the terrible situation in Venezuela is on course to rise considerably. At a time when political debates are increasingly nationalized and national debates are waged on the basis of abstract principle, it will be hard to muster the careful, prudential judgment needed to react wisely.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 16, 2017

State meddles in L.A. County affairs with push to add supervisors: Guest commentary |Aug 16, 2017

Every political leader in California pays great homage to democracy, to serving as the people’s voice, and to local autonomy. Each government body has its jurisdiction and power — federal, state, city, county — and no one would want to step on toes.

Editorial cartoon of the day |Aug 15, 2017

Going back to school, LAUSD learns the value of collaboration: Michelle King and Nick Melvoin |Aug 15, 2017

As we embark on a new school year after a contentious election, we — the Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent, a new L.A. school board member and four principals of three different school models housed on a single campus — feel like a reality check is in order.