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  • LAUSD Supt. John Deasy's resignation is no cause for celebration

    LAUSD Supt. John Deasy's resignation is no cause for celebration
    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...
  • L.A. Unified sees a familiar face in Ramon Cortines

    L.A. Unified sees a familiar face in Ramon Cortines
    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...
  • Round-Up: Elgin marbles, art and money, getting over David Byrne

    Round-Up: Elgin marbles, art and money, getting over David Byrne
    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...
  • L.A. doesn't need a football team or a fancy convention center

    L.A. doesn't need a football team or a fancy convention center
    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....
  • Psst ... wanna buy a parking spot?

    Psst ... wanna buy a parking spot?
    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...
  • 'L.A. Plays Itself,' but do films get it right?

    'L.A. Plays Itself,' but do films get it right?
    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...
  • Without mandatory helipads, L.A. skyline can take off

    Without mandatory helipads, L.A. skyline can take off
    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...
  • $25 million lawsuit in death of TSA officer shot 12 times at LAX

    $25 million lawsuit in death of TSA officer shot 12 times at LAX
    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. The lawsuit...
  • Did Occupy L.A. leave a legacy? Just look beyond the City Hall lawn

    Did Occupy L.A. leave a legacy? Just look beyond the City Hall lawn
    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...
  • Mayor Garcetti's 'back to basics' approach is working

    Mayor Garcetti's 'back to basics' approach is working
    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...
  • Gift limits vetoed by Gov. Brown would have affected him little

    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...