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  • Stumbles in L.A. institutions did lead to some leaps forward

    Stumbles in L.A. institutions did lead to some leaps forward
    Scandals, screw-ups and secret deals made 2014 a tumultuous year for some of the region's most important institutions. But those stumbles may pay dividends in 2015 because they sparked improvements: leadership changes, new rules and court decrees aimed at providing more oversight and better scrutiny.
  • Thanks to the election, big opportunities arise for L.A.

    Thanks to the election, big opportunities arise for L.A.
    In the aftermath of last week's elections, most commentary naturally focused on the changing balance in the U.S. Senate. But the effect of that shift on the lives of most people is likely to be negligible: A body where a minority of Republicans could...

    Newton: Creating a Latino district

    Newton: Creating a Latino district
    There are two conversations going on inside the L.A. County Hall of Administration about the delicate matter of redrawing maps for the supervisorial districts. Both will come to a head Tuesday, but only one will be publicly acknowledged. The surface...

    Sheriff Lee Baca: Right your ship

    Sheriff Lee Baca: Right your ship
    Thousands of felons who would be sentenced to state prison are about to be funneled into county jails — a money-saving measure for cash-starved California, and a headache for local law enforcement agencies. But not here in Los Angeles County, where...

    Newton: A sheriff who does what he likes

    Newton: A sheriff who does what he likes
    It's understandable that the Los Angeles County supervisors, confronted with a series of troubling reports of violence against inmates by sheriff's deputies in the county jails, are appointing a special commission to investigate the department and...