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Trump ignites consciousness of black professional athletes: Guest commentary

By Renford R. Reese|

Gov. Brown must prove he’s a friend to transparency: Thomas Elias

Most attention given putative new laws passed in the waning moments of this year’s legislative session in Sacramento has gone to items like a “sanctuary state” compromise making California safer for non-criminal undocumented immig...

By Thomas D. Elias|


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    Keep calm: Torrance refinery safety is improving under new owner: Guest commentary

    It is understandable that Torrance residents are concerned about a massive refinery in their midst. That is especially true because when ExxonMobil owned the facility, an explosion showered debris on neighborhoods, followed in the ensuing months of 2015 by a fire and leak of deadly hydrofluoric acid. The plant’s workers, who are the first affected by such incidents, were worried as well. Four sustained minor injuries in the explosion, though none was injured in the other...

    By David W. Campbell, Kim Nibarger and Mike Wright|

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

    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. The problem is not a lack of investment in airport improvements. It’s petty Washington politics combined with an overly bureaucratic agency, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), that has systematically failed to make upgrades...

    By David Fleming|

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    Disdain for experts could bring more disasters

    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. Similarly, there was Trump four days after Hurricane Harvey deluged Houston with unprecedented (for that city) flooding, seeking photo opportunities where he could find them. The...

    Thomas D. Elias

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    Campus sexual-violence policies need reform in California: Guest commentary

    U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ announcement that the agency will act to replace the broad social intervention launched with its “Dear Colleague” letter of 2011 is a welcome correction. The letter is technically non-binding guidance to schools and universities, but is really an administrative shortcut that created rules without the period of notice and comment otherwise required. Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, universities receiving...

    By James E. Moore II|

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    An age of disasters — and how to deal with it: Joel Kotkin

    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. Yet, these assumptions are often exaggerated. Although climate change could well worsen these incidents, this recent surge of hurricanes followed a decade of...

    By Joel Kotkin|

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    Diagnosing Trump — an unhinged case study

    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. “I think he’s crazy,” said Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, speaking into an open microphone about Trump. J. Brien Comey, father of fired FBI director Jim Comey, thinks Trump belongs...

    By Carl M. Cannon|

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    ‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’ is the story of our real culture: Larry Wilson

    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. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA was in planning years before last fall’s election, but the politics of...

    Larry Wilson

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

    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. “These are things that can be hacked into,” said Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado. Gardner and other members of the caucus are sponsoring legislation that would require improved security on any internet-connected...

    Susan Shelley

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    Gov. Brown can take step toward juvenile justice reform: Holly Mitchell and Alex Johnson

    When a child commits a crime, we cannot give up on him or her. Our laws, our morality, demand that we respond in a manner that will help the child grow into a productive member of our community. As a California state senator and president of the Los Angeles County Board of Education, respectively, we have spoken to youth who have been detained and placed on juvenile probation. We have met with families whose children have gone through the system. We have visited juvenile facilities...

    By Holly J. Mitchell and Alex Johnson|

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    Ugly truth behind attacks on Inglewood’s hope for Clippers arena: Steven Bradford

    Our community is buzzing with excitement. The entertainment industry has a longstanding tradition in Los Angeles. Now, as the sports world doubles down on the area, it’s Inglewood’s turn to reap the benefits. We will be more than just the future home of the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. We will provide a welcoming community for these teams and a stimulating environment for fans of all ages to enjoy the captivating world of...

    By Steve Bradford|

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