November 28, 2012 |
After decades of prison planning work in California and across the country, I've seen two prevailing assumptions about crime and punishment finally begin to crack amid years of real-world testing. The first is that prisons are the primary way to reduce crime. The second is that law enforcement will not support changes that reduce incarceration. Both of these changing perceptions are converging now in California, just when the state must make major changes to protect its public safety and fiscal security.
November 13, 2012 |
Alvin Roth earned his 2012 Nobel Prize in economics for market design and matching theory - creating ways to pair "buyers" and "sellers" happily and fairly when price isn't a primary consideration. For instance? Kidney exchanges, in which cost can't legally play a role but donors and recipients with just the right assets and needs still must find each other. Roth's algorithms can be used to make good matches in even the thorniest situations: bringing the lovelorn together with potential mates, and bringing together the right charter and public schools with the right students.
November 13, 2012 |
The United States will need an additional 52,000 primary care doctors to cope with population growth, newly insured people and an aging population, a group of researchers has forecast. The researchers -- from several institutions including Georgetown University and the Robert Graham Center, Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, Washington, D.C. - looked at several factors to come up with their total. Others have projected different numbers but agree that there will be a shortage of doctors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - The next class of the Legislature will be stocked with a new variety of lawmaker, the product of a new political order intended to foster moderation, compromise and foresight in an institution not known for such things. Able to serve longer in one house under revamped term limits, the newly elected will have time to develop expertise. They may well be more accountable to voters because their seats will no longer be safe as they were when districts were gerrymandered to maintain the status quo. And their moderation, born of more balanced districts and nonpartisan primaries, can serve as a check on Democrats' emerging supermajorities in both houses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - City Councilman Carl DeMaio, a conservative Republican, held a slim edge Tuesday over Rep. Bob Filner, a liberal Democrat, in early vote totals in the race to succeed termed-out Mayor Jerry Sanders, a moderate Republican. The race was expensive and bitter, with the two candidates holding strongly opposing views on key issues, including the outsourcing of city jobs and the upcoming contract negotiations with city workers over salaries and pensions. The two emerged as the top vote-getters in the June primary by edging out San Diego County Dist.
November 5, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 4 - 10 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Chef Race: U.K. vs U.S.: This new episode features the challenge of pizza trucks with wood-burning ovens on board (7 and 10 p.m. BBC America). Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition: After winning the right to pick all the dance assignments a mom makes her choices based on the other dancers' weaknesses, which has the other moms feeling betrayed in this new episode (9 p.m. Lifetime)
October 31, 2012 |
Coach Mike Brown seems to have his initial rotation set at shooting guard for the Lakers this season. Kobe Bryant, naturally, is the starter. In the opener, Bryant played 35 minutes. While that will fluctuate, if that's the guide, the Lakers have 13 minutes open for subs. Technically, Bryant can move up to small forward in a smaller lineup, but that's not something Brown has gone to just yet (preseason or post) for any significant time. Jodie Meeks relieved Bryant for exactly 13 minutes in the team's loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Meeks scored three points on three attempts from behind the arc. Over the preseason Meeks struggled to hit shots within the paint but was strong from the outside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2012 |
Willie D. Smith broke into a wide grin when he spotted Rep. Laura Richardson campaigning in his Carson neighborhood one recent Saturday. "This is so cool!" Smith, 43, exclaimed as he greeted the congresswoman, who was walking door-to-door along a well-tended stretch of Gladwick Street. "I'm telling my people to vote for you. " That's the kind of response Richardson is counting on in her tough reelection battle with a fellow Democrat, Rep. Janice Hahn of San Pedro. The two congresswomen are vying for the same seat in the wake of last year's redistricting and new primary election rules that allowed members of the same party to advance to November.
October 24, 2012 |
Two and a quarter centuries after America's founders devised what was then a unique approach to government - a nation in which people would be citizens, not subjects - the country is in the midst of a struggle to determine whether that system can survive. And California, as is so often the case, is in the vanguard. If other states ignore California's rebellion against party-centric politics, the dysfunction that plagues Washington will continue and the United States will become increasingly unable to deal with pressing national problems.
October 19, 2012 |
FAIRFAX, Va. - Pressing his case that his Republican challenger is untrustworthy, President Obama diagnosed him with a case of "Romnesia" on Friday but pledged to stop it from spreading by reminding voters of Mitt Romney's past conservative positions. The jocular argument had a serious intent: convincing voters in this key state - particularly women - that Romney's effort to move from the positions he took in the GOP primaries to those with appeal to the more moderate general election audience represented "backtracking and sidestepping.