| Sep 3, 2013
| 5:15 PM
She sent San Diego's departing Mayor Bob Filner some resignation "gifts" last week, among them a mirror, so he could see who was to blame for his downfall. This sort of made-for-TV event has been S.O.P. for lawyer Gloria Allred for more than 30 years....
| Feb 25, 2014
| 7:22 AM
There are real-life newspaper editors like the ones you see in the movies, the ones who swagger and swashbuckle and cuss and scrap.
Bill Thomas was not one of those editors.
He was urbane, dapper, cool and collected, an editor to match the...
| Feb 26, 2014
Ron Unz knows his way around the California ballot. He ran for governor against Pete Wilson in the GOP primary 20 years ago. He lost big, but four years later he won with his Proposition 227, which altered California schools by effectively ending...
| Mar 5, 2014
It's not like the days when a Willie Brown or a Jesse Unruh could all but take out a lease on the Assembly speaker's offices in Sacramento. Term limits mean Toni Atkins will have to vacate the premises not much more than two years after she takes over the...
| Feb 19, 2014
If there are stars among the state's water experts, Jay Famiglietti is one, with titles too long for a marquee: a UC Irvine professor of earth system science and head of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, and a new member of the Santa Ana Regional...
| Feb 5, 2014
When you've been working since you were 8, as Alyssa Milano has, it takes a special kind of role to get you really excited. Using your birthday to raise money for clean water in Ethiopia, for instance. Or hunkering down with the beleaguered in Kosovo...
| Feb 12, 2014
I overheard this outside the L.A. County sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park. "So, how's he doing?"
"He seems good so far. Everybody's just wait and see."
"He" is the interim sheriff, John L. Scott, chosen to replace Lee Baca, who retired as...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 6:16 PM
Which is the frying pan and which is the fire? Janet Napolitano resigned as head of Homeland Security to head the University of California. At DHS, keeping the U.S. safe meant she was sometimes under attack. UC, of course, is its own kind of minefield....
| Apr 15, 2014
| 5:41 PM
George Steffes was a boy standing on Wilshire Boulevard when Dwight D. Eisenhower rolled by in a motorcade, and he was mightily impressed. But that's not what got him into politics. He went to 5 o'clock Mass one day in 1966 and ran into an acquaintance...
| Jan 29, 2014
The month that a TV game show called "Wheel of Fortune" made its debut, a 29-year-old Californian named George Miller was taking his new seat in Congress. Both the show and the congressman are still around, but Miller has decided that he's taken his final...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:09 PM
If you're expecting a new bicycle alongside the Christmas tree, or just rolling out your old one, Michelle Mowery is on your side of the street. The city of four wheels is turning a corner on two wheels. Nearly 350 miles of new bike lanes, out of a...