Not so fast with plan to add L.A. County supervisors |Sep 19, 2017

Last month, we warned Los Angeles County residents about a proposal zooming down Interstate 5 from Sacramento, a county government reform measure of dubious merit and motivation. The proposed Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, by Sen.

The human reasons why pets end up at the Pasadena Humane Society’s shelter |Sep 19, 2017

Last week, I sat next to a woman at a meeting who worked at an organization that helped homeless families. We struck up a conversation and realized pretty quickly that our work was quite similar. Although we serve different populations, homelessness was homelessness.

Air traffic delays costly to California industry, consumers; Congress can help: Guest commentary |Sep 19, 2017

Southern California has long been a center of aviation and aerospace technology. So it’s painfully ironic that our region has been harmed more than most by the federal government’s failure to upgrade the air traffic control system.

Nearing 100, Rose Bowl and Pasadena Playhouse lead full lives: Larry Wilson |Sep 19, 2017

Two of Pasadena’s most iconic landmarks, the Rose Bowl and the Pasadena Playhouse, are approaching their hundredth anniversaries. And they are both doing what you would do if you ran venerable nonprofits approaching the century mark — you’d launch fundraising campaigns to shore up both their aging bricks and mortar and their incredible programming.

Horseback riding is part of the Arroyo Seco scene: Letters |Sep 19, 2017

Horses in the Arroyo In reporter Steve Scauzillo’s story Sunday (Sept.

Let Dreamers stay in only country they know: Letters |Sep 18, 2017

American Dreamers Regarding your Question of the Week, “Should ‘Dreamers’ be allowed to stay?” (Sept.

Disdain for experts could bring more disasters |Sep 18, 2017

No one in American public life has more disdain for experts and their expertise than President Donald Trump. And yet, there he was in late August, on the south portico of the White House (a “dump,” he had called it a week earlier) eyeing a near-total eclipse of the sun without special glasses.

Should Manson follower Van Houten be paroled? Question of the Week |Sep 18, 2017

Leslie Van Houten, convicted of murder as a member of the Charles Manson “family” cult, has been recommended for parole by a state panel.

Congress needs to pass new war authorizations |Sep 18, 2017

As Americans observed the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. military action continued across the greater Mideast under the same old authorizations that lawmakers passed into law in 2001 and 2002.

An age of disasters — and how to deal with it: Joel Kotkin |Sep 17, 2017

HOUSTON — When Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, followed by a strong hurricane in Florida, much of the media response indicated that the severe weather was a sign of catastrophic climate change, payback for mass suburbanization — and even a backlash by Mother Nature against the election of President Donald Trump.

Rebelling against our parents’ casual bigotry: Guest commentary |Sep 17, 2017

Stephen Sondheim has given the world many unforgettable lyrics in musical theater. One that has been coming to mind lately is from “Into the Woods,” in his song “Children Will Listen.

Diagnosing Trump — an unhinged case study |Sep 16, 2017

Only seven months into his puzzling presidency, Donald Trump has accomplished an odd achievement: He’s made Sigmund Freud relevant again. Although the father of psychoanalysis is no longer fashionable, the Freudian concept of psychological projection is alive and well.

The column where we blow up the myth that electric cars are too expensive |Sep 16, 2017

There’s this myth that grew up around electric cars that they are too expensive. It’s all Elon Musk’s fault for creating a sleek, lightning-fast and amazingly efficient electric vehicle recognized as the gold standard in the industry.

Hollywood Bowl, a unique part of Southern California’s economy |Sep 16, 2017

When you’re talking economy — at least in terms of Southern California’s economy — most people envision our iconic film and TV industry, our expanding tech sector, our massive manufacturing plants and the bustling activity at our twin ports.

As our appliances go high-tech, internet privacy concerns really hit home: Susan Shelley |Sep 15, 2017

The chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Cybersecurity Caucus is concerned about coffee pots. And he’s not alone. A bipartisan group of senators is worried about coffee makers, as well as toasters, refrigerators, thermostats, DVRs and security cameras.

How L.A. sheriff’s bodycam policies can be improved |Sep 15, 2017

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has developed a plan to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cameras and policies for their use, according to Southern California Public Radio. Under the plan, the first year would be devoted to identifying a body camera vendor and get necessary infrastructure in place.

Eugenics proponent is falsely demonized: Letters |Sep 15, 2017

Sanger and racism Re: “Selective racism charges” (Letters, Sept.

‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’ is the story of our real culture: Larry Wilson |Sep 15, 2017

Is L.A. really in L.A.? That is the fundamental question of the newest iteration of Pacific Standard Time, the Getty-led initiative exploding across 70 Southern California cultural institutions through next January: Is Los Angeles, nominally a Yanqui town, in fact a part of Latin America? The answer, of course, is sí, and now more than ever, and thank goodness for that.

Rent control defies basic economics |Sep 15, 2017

Despite all the housing-related proposals in Sacramento, lawmakers have apparently yet to learn that more government involvement, making housing more expensive and less profitable, is never going to solve the state’s housing affordability problems.

Mi Poco LA adds hipper, Latino twist to LA County Fair |Sep 15, 2017

In the midst of the usual rides, food, farm animals and more that you expect from the LA County Fair, there’s something unexpected. A coffee vendor, a street food stand, working artists and live music are all on the enclosed patio of the Millard Sheets Art Center, with tables, chairs and benches plentiful.

Invest cap-and-trade funds in Gold Line light-rail extension: Guest commentary |Sep 14, 2017

California lawmakers should support the recent request made by state Senators Anthony Portantino and Connie Leyva and Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez to utilize cap-and-trade program funds to complete the Foothill Gold Line light-rail project from Glendora to Montclair.

In what way was President Obama successful with North Korea?: Letters |Sep 14, 2017

In what way was Obama successful with Korea? I made a valiant attempt to follow up on letter writer Richard Dorsey’s claim that the Obama administration was highly successful in its “carrot and stick” approach with North Korea.

The last days of JPL’s magnificent Cassini |Sep 14, 2017

Seven-year spans play greatly into the life of JPL’s Cassini probe to Saturn. Launched in 1997, it took seven years to get to the ringed planet. That gas giant rotates on its axis so slowly that each of its seasons lasts seven Earth years.

Campus sexual assault policies need revision |Sep 14, 2017

Rape is a serious crime, but too often federal policies have forced colleges tododge basic legal protections for the accused. Like many overzealous state interventions, the federal government’s actions were well-intentioned.

Houston’s ‘Dunkirk moment’ a reminder of what unites Americans |Sep 14, 2017

Dunkirk, as memorialized in arguably the best movie of the summer, foreshadowed the catastrophic events wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The Christopher Nolan masterpiece recounted the heroic events in May of 1940, when at the outset of World War II, the English citizenry rallied to the rescue of more than 330,000 British and French troops who were trapped on a beach in northern France.

City of Industry’s secrecy deserves challenges |Sep 13, 2017

We’re pleased to see Chino Hills and Diamond Bar petition the state to block City of Industry’s purchase of 2,450 acres of ranchland. It’s not that we necessarily think the sale should not go through.

On California farms, marijuana legalization brings unintended changes: Guest commentary |Sep 13, 2017

SALINAS — The irony is rich. To weaken one mind-altering leaf crop 4,000 miles away, the feds inadvertently crushed California’s cut-flower crop, setting the stage for another mind-altering leaf crop to flourish here decades later.

Plan to create STEM-focused school in L.A. County deserves support |Sep 13, 2017

Despite the objections of the state’s education establishment, low-income and underrepresented students in Los Angeles County stand to benefit from an innovative proposal to create a state-sponsored science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum for middle and high school.

Hillary Clinton knows all too well ‘What Happened’: Letters |Sep 13, 2017

We know ‘What Happened’ There is another book with the same title as the new release from Hillary Clinton, “What Happened.” It was written by Scott McClellan, published in 2008, and is about the presidential administration of George W.

Stormwater-fee bill affirms voters’ intent: Letters |Sep 12, 2017

Stormwater-fee bill affirms voters’ intent Re: “Gov. Brown should block stormwater-fee bill” (editorial, Sept.

Opening up the gate to the Mount Wilson Toll Road: Larry Wilson |Sep 12, 2017

For years — for decades — access to one of the great hikes in the San Gabriels, the Mount Wilson Toll Road to Henninger Flats and beyond to the peak of Wilson itself, has been complicated by a frequently locked gate in the fence at the principal trailhead.

How your dog can get the wiggles out and raise money for the Pasadena Humane Society |Sep 12, 2017

This week’s column is dedicated to all of the participants who come out and show their support during the Pasadena Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Walk, an annual community event to support the animals.

California should eliminate cash bail: Gavin Newsom |Sep 12, 2017

Today in America, people are in jail solely because they don’t have enough money. They haven’t been convicted of anything — they simply can’t afford to pay pre-trial bail.

This is a warning to L.A. community college trustee |Sep 12, 2017

The Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees last week slapped down member Scott Svonkin over fellow member Andra Hoffman’s allegation that Svonkin was bullying her. In a Sept.

Equifax profits by selling your personal data to marketers |Sep 12, 2017

The House Financial Services Committee will hold hearings into the massive data security breach at Equifax, but some lawmakers are not waiting to demand answers. The credit-reporting company disclosed last week that “criminals exploited a U.

SoCal economy will benefit from 100 percent renewable energy: Guest commentary |Sep 12, 2017

California’s fast-growing advanced energy economy is good for business and the economy. The industry is a source of more than 500,000 jobs across the state, and a bill now before the Legislature would make things even better.

New EPA threat to fuel efficiency, smog standards: Thomas Elias |Sep 11, 2017

Californians interested in keeping this state’s toughest-in-the-world standards for automotive pollution heaved a sigh of relief when the federal Environmental Protection Agency in early August reversed an earlier decision to delay imposition of new national ozone standards for at least a year.

California’s high cost of living hampers the state’s growth |Sep 11, 2017

On paper, California has done well during the economic recovery, but the high cost of living still makes it a difficult place in which to live and work. The Golden State’s economy is poised to surpass the United Kingdom’s as the fifth-largest in the world, but that prosperity is tenuous and rather unevenly distributed.

U.S. Postal Service must be bailed out: Letters |Sep 11, 2017

Who’s got mail? An article in the Sept. 7 paper reported that the U.

Should DACA policy on young immigrants be saved? Question of the Week |Sep 11, 2017

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the immigration policy called DACA — unless Congress saves it — has renewed debate about the status of young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

As technology evolves, privacy laws must keep up: Guest commentary |Sep 10, 2017

I often have to remind myself that being on the internet is like being at a huge house party. Everyone is gathered in one big venue. You might huddle up with a few other people in the corner to have what you consider to be an intimate conversation, but there’s always the possibility someone else in the room will overhear what you’re saying.

California politicians are not serious about addressing affordable housing: Joel Kotkin |Sep 10, 2017

California’s political leaders, having ignored and even abetted our housing shortage, now pretend that they will “solve it.” Don’t bet on it. Their big ideas include a $4 billion housing subsidy bond and the stripping away of local control over zoning, and mandating densification of already developed areas.

How Airbnb is generating hefty tax revenues for the LA-area |Sep 10, 2017

This sharing economy seems to be panning out. A new report from Airbnb shows that the home-sharing service has collected and remitted nearly $40 million in taxes to the city of Los Angeles since reaching a voluntary tax collection agreement with the city last year.

On The Town: Ringing in a new opera season |Sep 10, 2017

As a prelude to last Saturday’s launch of the opera season, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Carol and Warner Henry opened their beautiful gardens overlooking the west bank of the Arroyo, for their annual Labor Day bash to fete the L.

Democrats’ DACA dishonesty: Carl M. Cannon |Sep 9, 2017

Fulfilling his role as the titular head of “The Resistance,” Barack Obama took to Facebook Tuesday to snipe at the Trump administration’s announcement that it was rescinding the 44th president’s 2012 executive action called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Are we being softened up for AI? James Poulos |Sep 9, 2017

Social media is yesterday. AI is tomorrow. What does that tell us about today? These kinds of thoughts are on the minds of some of the most powerful and consequential people in the world, although not, by a big stretch, all of them.

Congress needs to step up, do its work |Sep 9, 2017

In one of our era’s most dramatic moments on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. John McCain — fresh from brain surgery — delivered his colleagues a stark warning. Without a willingness to get their hands dirty, they’ll fail to do their duty as legislators, over and over again.

Riders finding out its getting easier to take Metro to UCLA, USC games, but Chargers games, LA County Fair still not convenient |Sep 9, 2017

The Gold Line train glided into the station at Del Mar in Pasadena as usual, only this time I noticed something different. The sky blue and gold — UCLA colors — that adorned the rippled steel cars created a colorful strobe that bounced off the sound walls.

A curious case with local ties |Sep 9, 2017

Hero or villain, the 19th century outlaw Tiburcio Vásquez has many connections to our very own San Gabriel Valley. Vásquez was 39 when he was hanged near Los Angeles in 1875, brought to justice by men whose names grace our streets and schools, like Rowland and Temple.

A tree falls in Pasadena, and lessons are heard: Guest commentary |Sep 8, 2017

I was saddened to learn of the injury of three small children, one of them critically, by a falling 20-foot eucalyptus branch at the Linda Vista Children’s Center, a daycare facility, in Pasadena late last month.