| Aug 19, 2007
This is the fourth in an occasional series of conversations with Southern California activists and intellectuals.
The evolving place of African Americans in Los Angeles culture and politics is a topic much discussed in the corridors of city...
| Jun 15, 2008
It is both difficult and easy to imagine how Gov. Earl Warren would address California's present budget troubles -- difficult because Warren governed in a period of extraordinary growth, allowing him to preside over a vast expansion of state services...
| Oct 16, 2007
If you happen to have been a reader of The Times in 1918, you'd probably be terrified to see the German-speaking Arnold Schwarzenegger linked to anything having to do with healthcare reform. Of course, times change, and so has the paper's editorial stance...
| Jul 2, 2007
THE SUPREME COURT has obligations both to society and to the law. In its end-of-term rush last week, it served neither well, shirking its duties in rulings that undermined free speech, made it easier for a president to violate the Constitution's...
| Nov 16, 2008
In a swiftly moving catastrophe that seemed as familiar as it was shocking, Southern California once again was besieged by flame Saturday, from Orange County to Santa Barbara, with hundreds of homes consumed by three major wind-driven fires, including one...
| Jul 27, 2008
It was Day 42 of the Zaca Fire. A tower of white smoke reached miles into the blue sky above the undulating ridges of Santa Barbara's backcountry.
Helicopters ferried firefighters across the saw-toothed terrain and bombed fiery ridges with water. Long...
| Dec 7, 2009
Within a few weeks, the embattled and belittled California Legislature will take one of two actions:
* Approve state Sen. Abel Maldonado's nomination by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to be lieutenant governor because that's the smart and right thing to do....
| Sep 18, 2008
Today's question: How successful or unsuccessful has Arnold Schwarzenegger's brand of "post-partisanship" been? Has Schwarzenegger been able to translate his popularity into effectiveness? Previously, Boyarsky and Bradley discussed the governor's budget...
| Jan 6, 2009
Like it or not, Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich has the legal authority to appoint Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, and Burris, the state's former attorney general, should be allowed to take the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Senate...
| Mar 22, 2007
A First Amendment argument in the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday was memorable not only because it involved the trippy slogan "Bong Hits 4 Jesus," nor because it exposed differences between President Bush's two appointees to the court.
In probing whether...
| Mar 8, 2009
Last month, former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth W. Starr sent out a warning to President Obama: GOP senators won't readily forgive the president for his Senate votes against Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr....