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If Metro can't make our exisiting public transit sytem run smoothly, voters will reject a 'no sunset' tax

To the editor: At the end of his opinion piece, Mayor Eric Garcetti writes, “We can create a new transportation system that integrates public transit lines, freeways and local streets to get all of us where we want to go, when we want to get there, however we chose to move.” (Re “Money for Metro,...

Essential California: Fire forces Kern County residents to flee their homes

Good morning. It is Saturday, June 25. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Dangerous fire: For Kern County residents forced to flee for their lives, the Erskine fire felt like it appeared out of nowhere. Drought conditions, heat and strong winds gave the fire enough fuel...

Why spend $57 million on police body cameras if the footage won't be available to the public?

To the editor: This week, the L.A. City Council’s Public Safety Committee voted in favor of a plan to buy body cameras to outfit more than 7,000 officers. In urging a yes vote, Councilman Joe Buscaino stated that officers want the cameras “so they can show the public the professionalism, the courtesy...

Fires, drought, animal die-offs: Warning signs, or are we too late to save the planet?

To the editor: On the front page, we learn that our forests are a “catastrophic” fire risk because of massive tree die-off. (Re “A ‘catastrophic fire risk’ ’’ June 23)   The editorial page politely warns us that we still need to conserve our water. The last few years have seen record rises in...

Why are Trump's blasts of hot air more newsworthy than gun control?

A gun control protest or a publicity stunt? Background checks or “cowardly” actions? Standing up on Capitol Hill by sitting down? Democrats in Congress on Thursday staged a sit-in, protesting the refusal by Republicans to allow a vote on gun legislation. With The Times’ coverage of the live action...

Power, white privilege and the police

To the editor: As a white male, why would I feel privileged when I’ve been stopped, and cited, by a police officer for minor infractions, such as not wearing a seat belt or jaywalking? (Re “My white privilege,” Opinion, June 23) Meghan Daum construes that her encounter with the police officer was...

Opinion: Did 'Brexit' voters just walk Britain off a cliff?

Happy Saturday, everyone. This is Matthew Fleischer, digital editor of The Times' Opinion section, filling in for Paul Thornton. Subscribe to the newsletter Notice your 401(k) take a precipitous dip overnight? You are not alone. We can all thank Britain for voting Thursday to "Brexit" the European...

In the search for better graduation rates, schools are fudging the numbers

In 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced a spectacular improvement in its graduation rate: Fully 77% of students who had come in as 9th graders four years earlier were now going to graduate as seniors. But there was a bit of a trick behind the number: It included only students...

The madness of daylight savings time. And how not to fix it.

Twice a year most Americans do some minor time traveling – suddenly losing an hour in the spring, and then repeating the same hour twice in the fall. Somehow we survive this biannual ritual of daylight saving time, though it throws off our circadian rhythms, causes confusion and missed appointments...

Maywood is saddled with financial problems. So it hired someone with no municipal experience to run the city

Maywood was $16 million in debt and under the magnifying glass of the state auditor, who found the small southeast L.A. County city riddled with financial problems. Councilman Ramon Medina had an idea for a new city manager — someone with not so many political ties: one of the customers at his...

This time it's Sparks who hand Lynx first loss, 94-76

Kristi Toliver tied a career high with seven three-pointers and scored a season high 25 points to help the Sparks defeat Minnesota, 94-76, on Friday night, ending the defending champion Lynx’s record season-opening winning streak at 13 games.  Toliver sank a three-pointer with 4:22 left and Candace...

Upcoming NASCAR races could cause chaos

Welcome to the 2016 Wild Card Chase Scramble. Sonoma Raceway on Sunday. Daytona International Speedway the following Saturday night. A road-course race and a restrictor-plate race, two juicy elements that can shake up the predictable grid of 16 drivers who will qualify for the postseason to make...

Orgullo: Mexico City Pride

By Jesús Canchola Sánchez June 25 marks the 38th Pride march in Mexico City. “It is the most important space for the LGBT movement each year. It is a space of dissidence and celebration. It represents for many the only … Please continue reading.

Pujols, Trout not just playing out the string with Angels

No one would have blamed Albert Pujols for taking himself out of the Angels lineup Friday. The same left hamstring that forced him to miss to two games earlier in the week was still bothering him. The Angels started the day 16 games out of first place in the American League West and their rotation...

Dodgers can't dig out of early hole in 8-6 loss

In his first, and perhaps only start as a Dodger, Nick Tepesch dumped his team into a four-run hole and exited after only four innings, exposing his bullpen to the bats of the Pirates in an 8-6 loss. Tepesch gave up five runs during his time on the mound. But the relievers could not hold the line...

Ducks take Max Jones with 24th pick in NHL entry draft

The Ducks chose left wing Max Jones from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League with the 24th pick in the NHL draft Friday, the first of two selections they held in the first round. They also have the 30th pick in the draft, which began Friday at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center and will...

Angels activate right-hander Nick Tropeano, option him to triple A

Nick Tropeano was activated off the disabled list and optioned to triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, a move that did not sit well with the 25-year-old right-hander. “I’m not too happy right now,” said Tropeano, sidelined by shoulder tightness since June 4. “I’m not sure what it means.” Tropeano felt...

Joe Nathan, 41, to try comeback

Joe Nathan is attempting to come back from a second Tommy John surgery at the age of 41 to pursue the biggest item missing from his resume.  “A world championship,” Nathan said Friday while sitting in the dugout of the Tennessee Smokies, the Chicago Cubs’ double-A affiliate. “World Series — the...

Poland blasts European bureaucrats, calls out Planned Parenthood

The Polish government snapped back at European bureaucrats in a scathing response to a report published by the Council of Europe criticizing Poland’s restrictive abortion law and treatment of women.

Big rig overturns on northbound 710 Freeway and backs up traffic

A big rig overturned late Friday afternoon on the northbound 710 Freeway in Bell, prompting officials to close all but one lane and snarling traffic during the evening rush hour. The overturned truck was reported just before 5 p.m. south of Atlantic Boulevard, according to Officer Michele Bond...

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