| May 19, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The architect of AT&T's takeover of DirecTV is an Oklahoma native who first joined Ma Bell two years before the federal government broke up the telephone giant's monopoly in 1984.
AT&T chairman-CEO Randall Stephenson is routinely described in press...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 8:35 PM
Taking a page from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor Eric Garcetti urged CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves to consider Los Angeles as the new home for its next late-night comedy show.
"As a longtime fan, I was saddened to hear of David...
| Feb 4, 2014
New York and Los Angeles have a lot in common. Each city suffers from income polarization, a shrinking middle class and a vast low-wage service sector. Each is heavily Democratic and is home to an effective labor-liberal political alliance. Each elected a...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 2:41 PM
For the past two years, a well-funded and largely below-the-radar effort has been playing out across Illinois aimed at trying to curb the influence of politicians in perhaps the most political of all games: the once-a-decade redrawing of the state House...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 12:29 PM
New York City has a new film commissioner.
Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Cynthia Lopez as the new head of the city's Office of Media and Entertainment.
Lopez, formerly an executive vice president of PBS' award-winning "POV" (Point of View)...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 2:30 PM
It's tempting to view Wednesday's announcement that Disney will film its four Marvel series projects for Netflix in Gotham as a bit of pre-campaign campaigning on the part of Mouse House chief Bob Iger.
After all, there's been plenty of media speculation...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:47 PM
SACRAMENTO--Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) was at the White House on Thursday for the unveiling of President Obama's new program to help young men of color.
The initiative, called "My Brother's Keeper," brings together government agencies,...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:54 PM
Last week I wrote on how to rid Laguna of traffic and make downtown more livable. Most of it will take years to realize. But some of it — the most transformational ideas — can be done now. And cheaply.
Since I arrived in Laguna 15 years ago,...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 9:30 AM
My congratulations to Bridget Kustin, founder of the Johns Hopkins University Human Rights Working Group, on her commentary ("JHU's academic 'freedom,' Feb. 25). It took courage to write that op-ed while still a student at Hopkins. While sincerely...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 5:48 PM
Los Angeles on Tuesday joined a growing list of cities that are treating e-cigarettes like traditional tobacco-based products, banning their use in parks, restaurants and in most workplaces.
The decision, which came after an impassioned and at times...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:30 PM
With no New York City film czar yet appointed some three months into Mayor Bill de Blasio's term, the local entertainment industry's backchannel lobbying has grown increasingly heated -- a mark of the growing apprehension of an industry that has not yet...