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Rubén Martínez is a professor in the English department at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of "Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail."AS A CHILD, I often sat with my grandmother in the living room for the afternoon ritual of reading the papers. Every day, two of them smacked the sidewalk outside the house in Silver Lake — La Opinion and the Herald Examiner. Through thick bifocals,...
Tags: Demographics, Migration, Politics, Iran, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterFew of the primary contests that voters will decide Tuesday are as rancorous as the one between two Republicans who once served together in the Legislature. The fight between John Benoit and Russ Bogh, who once sat a few feet apart in the Assembly and...
It took decades for the Los Angeles Times to come to its current position on marijuana, supporting its medical use and advocating lenient enforcement and penalties for small-scale possession. Barring a 1914 editorial suggesting the legalization of opium...
California's 51-day budget stalemate kept Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers from focusing on such pressing issues as healthcare reform and water-storage policy. With a spending plan now in place, it still won't be easy to make progress on...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt all started 10 years ago when middle school student Helen Camarillo walked up to music executive Tom Sturges at a Christmas party for youths and adults interested in mentoring. She told him that she planned to be president of the United States one day....
THE DEMISE of the Senate immigration reform bill Thursday was a grim reminder of how much easier it is to block legislation on controversial issues than to pass it. Although the provisions were worked out by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, and...
The defining issue of the 2003 recall was Gov. Gray Davis' tripling of the car tax, more officially known as the Vehicle License Fee. The defining issue of Arnold Schwarzenegger's successful campaign to unseat Davis was his promised rollback of said car...
Just when the University of California Board of Regents finally saw one of its most scandal-dogged figures, UC President Robert Dynes, ride off into the sunset, another UC bigwig has put the board in the hot seat again. Erwin Chemerinsky, a professor from...
CHANNEL ISLANDTo: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Re: Screen Actors Guild talks GOVERNOR, YOU were so inspiring when talking about the American dream back in 2004. Remember? At the Republican convention, you told everyone what a great place this country is. You...
This next winter weather system to hit Western Washington is bringing lots of snow to the mountains and causing delays and closures on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass. The Washington State Department of Transportation closed I-90 in both...
In 1987, then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein set off a civic soap opera in San Francisco, performing a public Hamlet act in weighing whether to seek the congressional seat made vacant by the death of Rep. Sala Burton, widow of legendary congressman Phil Burton....
Tags: Georgetown, Regional Authority, San Jose, Sacramento, Politics
Nearly two years before we learn the results of the 2010 governor's race, the identity of the likely winner is clear: Northern California. More than half of California's population may live south of the Tehachapi Mountains, but the state -- in matters of...
Tags: Sacramento, Politics, Gray Davis, Los Angeles, West Hollywood
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