Profiles and Columns

1979 L.A. True-Crime In Song


It was the faces that slayed you that year, when the only reason for a belly-laugh was a Robin Williams standup act. The expressions remain amber in memory ...

A Strong Signal on Global Warming

New York Times

Despite the drumbeat of grim economic news up and down the state, Californians today no doubt...


Pasadena Weekly

Are cellular memories of past lives imprinted on our genetic scaffolding?

California’s Solar Scorecard

New York Times

Despite living in America’s premier green state, most of the state’s homeowners continue to rebuff solar power...

Cap and Trade and The Smog Ripoff

Now that Senators have reconvened from summer hiatus, one of their first tasks will be to contemplate...

Does the Climate Bill Have a Chance?

New York Times

In the toxic air of Los Angeles is a primer on human nature as we debate a national cap-and-trade for greenhouse gases.

Gone Baby, Gone

LA CityBeat

The maddening, populist, civil libertarian, deal-making, district-loving and just plain weird career of City Councilman Nate Holden ends on July 1, leaving behind a new political scene that can’t tolerate his brand of bullish boosterism.

Governor Jerry Brown Can Do More To Green Up California

Bloomberg View

Anyone following the listing giant we call California might have noticed that the Chicken Littles...

His Way (Part II)

Pasadena Weekly

Pasadena’s Danny Bakewell, ‘The Godfather of South Central,’ always wanted to be rich, no matter what (Part II)

Justice: Swift and Righteous

Pasadena Weekly

Remembering a relative’s murder and the gas chamber execution of his unrepentant killer

Killing Machines: How Car Culture in 1970s Los Angeles Fueled a Terrifying String of Murders


During the late-1960s, with Los Angeles’ skies still blotted by poisonous smog, an angry mother fastened a sign in her station wagon ... “This GM" ... “is a killing machine.” ... By the end of the next decade carried a more diabolical meaning

MTA Watchdog Makes Inroads On Money Train

Los Angeles Daily News

Arthur Sinai has seen the look before, that wide-eyed expression new acquaintances flash him after learning he’s the man behind the Super Bowl...

My brother’s mystery photos of RFK before his murder

Vicodin Thieves

Arthur Sinai has seen the look before, that wide-eyed expression new acquaintances flash him after learning he’s the man behind the Super Bowl...

My Fantastic Place

Squeeze was the sound I’d been waiting for from the black hole left by John Lennon’s murder and the shallow onslaught of hair-metal...Speedy guitar paired with mordant lyrics ... ignited something in me.

New Dad: Everyone’s A Critic

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Odd Man In

Pasadena Weekly

Outsider Turned Coalition Builder Turned Political Pariah, Daniel Arguello Finds Himself at the Center of Alhambra’s Most Explosive Scandal

Return Of The Native

L.A. CityBeat

From barrio golden boy to bad example and halfway back again: the terrible rise, fall, and slow resurrection of onetime Latino power broker Richard Alatorre

She Speaks Loudly And Carries A Big Stick- Glendale Mayor Virginia Bremberg

Los Angeles Business Journal

Fiery Glendale Mayor Virginia Bremberg even speaks of buying Burbank and turning it into a ‘parking lot’

The Accidental True Crime Writer

The Los Angeles Review of Books

WHEN MY CITY EDITOR yelled out that she needed someone to help cover a shooting at the County General Hospital in East Los Angeles, I sunk low behind my computer, trying to be invisible.

The Boom that Blew the Petals off the Rose City

South Pasadena Review

Square-jawed and persuasive, developer E.C. Webster, it was said, could’ve sold plots on Mars for a profit. Luckily there was Pasadena of the late-1880s

The Man In The Light


The baseball cracked off the bat, vanishing into the smoggy, gray sky over east Pasadena’s Eugene Field Elementary School.

The Man Who Would Be King (Part I)

Pasadena Weekly

He’s been called everything from civil rights crusader to shameless ‘poverty pimp.’ Chip Jacobs goes in search of the real Danny Bakewell (Part I of II)

What Does (Fidel Vargas) Want?

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

At 26, the nation’s youngest big-city mayor has assembled the beginnings of a formidable power base, hut he has left political observers and constituents alike wondering about his next move.

What if Republicans Closed the E.P.A.?

New York Times

In national politics, California may be seen as Exhibit A for over-regulating the environment.

Who’s Been Using My Bin?

Los Angeles Times

Few things unite a neighborhood like an open dumpster...

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