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Roseanne Barr for president

Roseanne Barr for president

Comedian Roseanne Barr speaks at the Beverly Hilton on July 27, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images California voters will see a familiar household name on the June ballot for the state presidential primary – Roseanne Barr – according to state election officials. Barr, better known as a comedian than a [...]

Is there a better way to give work permits to immigrants?

Is there a better way to give work permits to immigrants?

A stack of work visas await processing. Credit: Ahmed AB/Flickr Currently, work visas are obtained using a waiting list and a lottery system. UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri is proposing an auction system in which U.S companies would bid electronically for permits to hire immigrant workers. Because these permits would be market based, government would [...]

On happiness and being human, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and author Robert V. Taylor

On happiness and being human, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and author Robert V. Taylor

Chairman of the Elders archbishop Desmond Tutu, gestures during a joint press conference with other members of the Elders in New Delhi on February 9, 2012. The visit was part of the Elders’ work to promote equality for girls and women worldwide. Credit: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images “How to be happy, change the world and embrace [...]

LA Coliseum panel approves deal to transfer control of venue to USC

LA Coliseum panel approves deal to transfer control of venue to USC

The exterior of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Credit: Photo by Rick Samuelson via Flickr Creative Commons The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission on Monday voted 8-to-1 to give day-to-day control of the Coliseum to the University of Southern California, thus essentially ending the public’s stewardship of the historic venue. The vote is considered controversial [...]

Santa Monica’s new parking meters absorb left over money when cars leave

Santa Monica’s new parking meters absorb left over money when cars leave

It wasn’t so long ago that the city of Los Angeles installed parking meters that take credit cards. Is the next step so-called “smart meters” that reset after your car has driven away? For Santa Monica, it is. Credit: Corey Moore/KPCC If you live in the Los Angeles area, you know how thrilling it is [...]

Eli Broad and the art of being unreasonable

Eli Broad and the art of being unreasonable

The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking Credit: nwehrkamp As one of the most well known philanthropists and entrepreneurs nationwide, Eli Broad has worked with U.S. presidents and world leaders. His new book “The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking,” written with former Los Angeles Times staffer Swati Pandey, explores his [...]

Why does Gov. Brown’s May budget revise feel like déjà vu all over again?

Why does Gov. Brown’s May budget revise feel like déjà vu all over again?

Gov. Jerry Brown deliver his State of the State address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP It sounds a lot like California 4 years ago: Governor Jerry Brown this morning announced plans to plug a nearly $16-billion gap in the state [...]

The science of good and evil

The science of good and evil

The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity What if there was a substance that could make us generous and loving, without which we become cruel and greedy? In his new book “The Moral Molecule,” neuroeconomist Paul Zak introduces us to oxytocin, a brain chemical that triggers compassion. With a team of researchers, Zak [...]

You can’t fight city hall, but can you sue the federal government?

You can’t fight city hall, but can you sue the federal government?

The future health of our environment is being taken to court. Credit: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images Alec Loorz is a regular kid about to graduate from high school. He’ s studying for final exams, playing Ultimate Frisbee on the weekends and, oh yeah, suing the federal government. Loorz, along with four other juveniles (he’s turning 18 [...]

James Franco offers a new spin on “Rebel Without a Cause”

James Franco offers a new spin on “Rebel Without a Cause”

Ed Ruscha, Rebel, 2011, acrylic on canvas, courtesy of the artist Credit: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. When filming began on “Rebel Without a Cause,” Warner Brothers considered it nothing more than a B-movie about delinquent teenagers, allotting it the usual black-and-white stock. But along the way someone made the realization that the film’s [...]