| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:42 PM
For years before John Deasy took over as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, administrators there agonized about high truancy rates and large numbers of dropouts. But the problems seemed close to intractable; change, for the most...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 6:15 PM
In 1999, the L.A. school system was in disarray amid internal political conflicts and a disastrous high school building project.
School board members turned to Ramon C. Cortines to take control.
On Thursday, they once again turned to Cortines to...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 9:12 AM
The Elgin Marbles debate and too many stories about art and money, including a $26-million painting by Christopher Wool, expensive art-dealer sushi, black dancers and ballet, plus the gruesome aesthetic possibilities of a Marina Abramovic/Lars Von Trier...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 2:10 PM
Mayor Eric Garcetti says it’s “highly likely” that a National Football League team will move to Los Angeles next year, that the league is “finally interested” in our fair city again. Oh really?
This sounds familiar....
| Oct 13, 2014
| 5:00 AM
In Los Angeles, parking your car on the street can be almost as stressful as driving it in traffic. Day after day, motorists repeat the same drill in the congested neighborhoods of the city: They weave up and down the streets, eyes peeled for an empty...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 10:00 AM
After years as an influential but rarely screen cult classic, Thom Andersen's 2003 documentary, "Los Angeles Plays Itself," will finally be released on DVD this week. Andersen, a professor of film studies at the California Institute of the Arts in...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 8:40 PM
For four decades, the Los Angeles skyline has been shaped by one rule: Every tall building must have an emergency helicopter landing pad on its roof.
As a result, downtown became a thicket of flat-topped skyscrapers, to the chagrin of architects who...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 5:59 PM
The family of a federal passenger screener who was shot to death at Los Angeles International Airport last November sued the city of Los Angeles for $25 million this week, alleging security lapses and unreasonable delays in medical care.
| Oct 9, 2014
| 11:22 AM
Remember this moment? Eric Garcetti (when he was L.A. City Council president) walked out to the lawn in front of City Hall and proclaimed to a sea of tent dwellers: “Stay as long as you need, we’re here to support you.”
It was three...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 4:00 PM
There was a little snickering when Mayor Eric Garcetti framed his ambition as getting Los Angeles government “back to basics.” It seemed to some — including me — that this approach, while important, also allowed him to duck...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 1:42 PM
In vetoing a bill restricting gifts to elected officials, Gov. Jerry Brown was acting on a measure that would have affected his own practice of accepting perks, but not by much.
Like most elected officials, the governor accepts gifts, but few of the...