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The worse the way of the world, the more desperate the need to empower ourselves by laughing at them. Iranian-American wit Maz Jobrani analyzes political comedy.
When you grow up as Maz Jobrani did, as one of the few Iranian American kids in the rich Bay Area town of Tiburon, a kid embarrassed when his dad drove him to school in a Rolls-Royce instead of a Volvo like the other parents — comedy might come naturally. His family moved here from Tehran when he was 6. Out of a culture not known for stand-up, he found his calling, as he details in his book, "I'm Not a Terrorist but I've Played One on TV: Memoi...
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The "broken windows'" policing/community tactic, from its co-creator. The catchphrase "broken windows" is often misused, he says, to describe things that aren't "broken windows" at all.
It was a simple, potent idea: a broken window, left unrepaired, invites disorder. Criminologist George L. Kelling and the late James Q. Wilson published their “broken windows” theory 33 years ago. It was taken up by major police departments, including the LAPD , as part of community policing. It called for police and community engagement to prevent local crime, down to petty offenses, and to create order as an end in itself. The mechanism was in...
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The far-sighted Frank Gehry, on architecture in LA, the world, and the world's denialism about the humble, ubiquitous chain-link fencing.
He's an architect, not a psychic, but Frank Gehry can see into the future in part because he's the one creating it. Fresh off the opening of his floating glass ship of a museum in Paris, the indefatigable Gehry is at work on the Grand Avenue project across from his signature Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A., an arts education program for California schoolchildren, cooperating on an authorized biography, and — well, just look at the f...
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Apologies; the word is, of course, "since."
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Don't click on the celeb nude photos, don't watch the beheading videos. You're supporting theft in the first instance, and providing an audience to murderers in the second.
Maybe you couldn’t resist. After all, what would it hurt? And who would know?
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How about a little "broken windows" enforcement for building codes and zoning?
First, it was something I wrote. Then, it was something I read.
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What are YOU glad to see the last of in 2014? Here are my nominees.
Sometimes, you just cannot ditch the year fast enough. It’s a relief to bid "adieu" to some of 2014’s miserably low moments and people and things, and because I can, I’m throwing in a few others that I’d like to nudge closer to oblivion. Adios, and good riddance.
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Seven-plus-billion dollars in water bond money -- where will it flow? What will $2.7 billion in "water storage" look like? And when might we be seeing results?  
Californians, you just voted yourselves a $7-billion-plus water bond measure. What happens now? Lester Snow can draw you the map of water needs and detail the money being spent. He's navigated state waters for years in a multitude of jobs, among them head of the state's Department of Water Resources and other agencies. He's spent more time on water than Duke Kahanamoku. Today he heads the private California Water Foundation, which supported the b...
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On the morning after the major national midterm election, political journalist and author Matt Bai looks back at an election that never happened--Gary Hart for president in 1988--and how the confluence of journalism and politics sinice then devolved into scandalmongering, and may have cost the nation some excellent leaders in the process.
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Chief Charlie Beck reflects on the process that got him a second term as police chief and his promises to "do better."
That TV-friendly phrase "top cop"? It doesn't begin to describe Charlie Beck's job as the chief of the LAPD. Just how much the job entails became clear during the application process for his second five-year term. He's a lawman, yes, but also a diplomat, civic preacher, technologist, budgeter, psychologist, disciplinarian, politician — you get the idea. A department that's spent 20 years trying to remake itself still must prove itself on the stre...
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