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Sadly, patriotism becomes a political football

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Puerto Rico requires relief and rebuilding

Puerto Rico is in crisis. Hurricane Maria wiped out the U.S. territory’s agriculture, its infrastructure and its power. Medical care and even food is running out in some areas. Although FEMA’s response to date has been laudable, m...

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    Weigh other options on LB hotel-workers ordinance

    After almost four hours of emotional discussion Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council made the right decision on a proposal to regulate working conditions for housekeepers at local hotels. By a 5-4 vote, council members rejected the proposed ordinance and replaced it with a call for a less stringent resolution to protect worker safety. Advocates for the tougher law were so dismayed by the vote, which came close to midnight, that many stood up from their seats in a packed council...

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    Not so fast with plan to add L.A. County supervisors

    Last month, we warned Los Angeles County residents about a proposal zooming down Interstate 5 from Sacramento, a county government reform measure of dubious merit and motivation. The proposed Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, by Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Cerritos, would have required Los Angeles County to enlarge its Board of Supervisors from five to seven members and elect a county executive. Some things have changed since then. The call for an elected county executive has been...

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    Congress needs to pass new war authorizations

    As Americans observed the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. military action continued across the greater Mideast under the same old authorizations that lawmakers passed into law in 2001 and 2002. Far too much time has passed since those congressional authorizations for use of military force, or AUMFs. The world has changed. The battlefields have expanded. New enemies have arisen. It’s time to bring the AUMFs to an official end and vote on what to replace them with.

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    Should Manson follower Van Houten be paroled? Question of the Week

    Leslie Van Houten, convicted of murder as a member of the Charles Manson “family” cult, has been recommended for parole by a state panel. The decision must be reviewed by the Parole Board and Gov. Jerry Brown. Last year, Brown said no to releasing Van Houten. Is it time to parole Leslie Van Houten? That’s our Question of the Week for...

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    Rent control defies basic economics

    Despite all the housing-related proposals in Sacramento, lawmakers have apparently yet to learn that more government involvement, making housing more expensive and less profitable, is never going to solve the state’s housing affordability problems. Discussions of housing oftentimes tend to focus on single-family developments or other types of housing for purchase, and neglect rental properties, which is unfortunate, since rentals make up nearly half of the housing stock in...

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    How L.A. sheriff’s bodycam policies can be improved

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has developed a plan to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cameras and policies for their use, according to Southern California Public Radio. Under the plan, the first year would be devoted to identifying a body camera vendor and get necessary infrastructure in place. In the second year, body cameras would be deployed at a half-dozen sheriff’s stations, with high-crime areas getting priority. For the nation’s...

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    No easy cures for Long Beach Freeway woes

    The Long Beach Freeway has had many names in its storied history. It started out as the Los Angeles River Freeway decades ago before finally being designated as the 710 and Long Beach Freeway. But the clogged freeway also has more notorious names, like “Diesel Death Zone” and “Asthma Alley.” And for more than 20 years there have been futile attempts to find a solution to this nightmarish, 19-mile corridor on Long Beach’s...

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    Equifax profits by selling your personal data to marketers

    The House Financial Services Committee will hold hearings into the massive data security breach at Equifax, but some lawmakers are not waiting to demand answers. The credit-reporting company disclosed last week that “criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability” to gain access to the personal details of 143 million Americans. The information accessed included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses. That’s enough information...

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    Patience rewarded with Long Beach eastside plan

    After years of controversy and frustration, it looks as if Long Beach has finally come up with a plan to revitalize a prime piece of property on the city’s eastside. An area that some critics have called an eyesore would be transformed into an appealing, high-end retail shopping center. The run-down SeaPort Marina Hotel, sitting near the intersection of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway, would be torn down and replaced by a two-story shopping center. In an...

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    California’s high cost of living hampers the state’s growth

    On paper, California has done well during the economic recovery, but the high cost of living still makes it a difficult place in which to live and work. The Golden State’s economy is poised to surpass the United Kingdom’s as the fifth-largest in the world, but that prosperity is tenuous and rather unevenly distributed. Like so many of its residents, it seems the state is rich, but not wealthy, generating high incomes that are mostly squandered to pay for the...

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