Stockton’s young mayor has bold turnaround plan: Basic income and stipends for potential shooters

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs says that for way too long, his city has been known for headlines about bankruptcy, violent crime and the housing collapse. In the future, he wants it to be known as a place willing to test bold solutions. Bold, and a little controversial. Tubbs, a Stockton…

Alan Bean, fourth astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 86

Astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died. A statement released by NASA and family members says Bean died Saturday in Houston after a short illness. He was 86. Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, which made the second moon…

Costa Mesa drops plan for mobile restrooms for homeless people based on business survey

An Orange County agency has dropped a long-discussed proposal to develop new public restrooms aimed at serving the local homeless population. Though Costa Mesa Sanitary District board members didn’t take an official action at their meeting Thursday, they appeared in agreement that there isn’t enough…

Westwood students, community leaders vote to create new neighborhood council after heated debate

Student and community leaders voted this week to create a second neighborhood council for Westwood, the neighborhood around UCLA, promising to support revitalized nightlife and housing development and to be more inclusive to students and renters. More than 2,000 students, residents, business owners…

USC had lost its moral compass. Changes at the top were long overdue

He’s out. It looked for a while as though USC President C.L. Max Nikias might survive a series of headline-making scandals that have rocked his prestigious university, which draws students from around the world. He took shots the last two years from editorial writers, columnists and other critics…

Nikias’ tenure as USC president was marked by growth and scandal

Just as C.L. Max Nikias was about to assume the responsibilities as the University of Southern California’s president in 2010, the university was reeling from NCAA sanctions levied against its athletic program. Citing a lack of institutional control and unethical conduct, the NCAA erased the accomplishments…

These fifth-graders start out dance-shy, but then they start to shimmy

Maria Nava took a deep breath and looked at her partner one last time before stepping onto the dance floor. “Remember,” she told him. “Slow down.” “OK,” Eugene Figueroa said. Moments later, the crowd roared as the two 10-year-olds from Estrella Elementary School joined about 170 other fifth-graders…

A scandal-plagued president steps down, and USC aims to restore the trust it has lost

Technically speaking, it was a coincidence that USC President C.L. Max Nikias agreed to step down on the same day that disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein surrendered himself to a courtroom in lower Manhattan. In the greater scheme of things, however, it was a bicoastal convergence of karmic…

Ex-inmate Susan Burton goes back to prison to lead out women she left behind

Susan Burton took the bus home from prison six times, with “a buck-fifty left in my pocket,” she said, no ID and her worldly possessions in a box. In the two decades since her last Greyhound lap, Burton and her Watts-based group, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, have…

Fontana man sent to prison for posing as an immigration officer

Last year, Matthew Johnston logged on to his Facebook account to vent. Going to be deleting a lot of people off of Facebook. Just realized how many fake people I have on here, he wrote. But at the time Johnston might have been the biggest faker on his own Facebook…

Woman charged in Leimert Park triple killing

A 55-year-old woman who was previously described as a person of interest in the slayings of three people in Leimert Park has been charged with murder, authorities said Friday. Nancy Jackson was taken into custody Tuesday in the Culver City area, said Los Angeles Police Capt. Petter Whittingham….

As more women file lawsuits against USC, gynecologist defends himself in letter to The Times

Fourteen more women have sued USC alleging that a campus gynecologist sexually abused them during medical exams and that the university failed to take action when patients and clinic staff complained about his behavior. The new filings brought the total number of women suing the university by Friday…

Nikias is out as USC president: A timeline of his troubled tenure

A timeline of scandals during the tenure of C.L. Max Nikias, who is stepping down as USC’s president.

USC President C.L. Max Nikias to step down

USC President C.L. Max Nikias, whose tenure was marked by a significant boost in the university’s prestige and fundraising prowess but tarnished by a series of damaging scandals, is stepping down from his post, the university’s Board of Trustees announced Friday. The move comes after more than…

North Korean refugees in L.A. on the canceled U.S.-North Korea summit: We never got our hopes up

When the 34-year-old woman saw the news Thursday morning, she couldn’t help but smirk. The world had been holding its breath for the unprecedented summit between a sitting U.S. president and North Korea’s leader, but she knew better than to get her hopes up. Many were caught off guard when…

Laszlo Tabori, coach and runner who broke 4-minute mile, dies at 86

Laszlo Tabori, who in 1955 became the third man to break the four-minute barrier in the mile and later coached distance runners at USC, died Wednesday. He was 86. The school said the Hungarian-born Tabori died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. No cause was given. Tabori joined Roger Bannister and…

Weinstein surrenders to New York authorities in sex assault case

In a milestone for the #metoo movement, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York authorities Friday morning to face sexual assault charges. Weinstein was taken into custody as prosecutors prepared to file criminal charges against him, the first in what has been months…

There’s Koreatown. There’s Little Tokyo. So why can’t Leimert Park be Africa Town? Or Wakanda?

Bee Hall remembers when Leimert Park was the heart and soul of a vibrant black Los Angeles. The blare of the horns and the beat of the drums filled the streets. Freshly brewed coffee wafted out of Fifth Street Dick’s cafe. Artists and art lovers perused galleries adorned with black…

From the Archives: The battleship Missouri returns to Long Beach

Images of the battleship USS Missouri.

UC regents approve leaner budget for Janet Napolitano

University of California regents on Thursday unanimously approved a leaner, more transparent budget for President Janet Napolitano, moving to address political criticism over the system’s central office operations. The $876.4-million budget for 2018-19 reflects spending cuts of 2%, including reductions…

Hundreds protest against planned temporary homeless shelter in Koreatown

Hundreds of protesters staged a midday sit-in and march in Koreatown against a planned temporary homeless shelter. The march and rally by 300 protesters began at 11:30 a.m. at Vermont Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard and continued to Normandie Avenue. The Wilshire Community Coalition says the city…

Pressure grows on Board of Trustees amid USC gynecologist scandal

USC’s large and powerful Board of Trustees is coming under growing pressure to provide a stronger hand as the university faces a crisis over misconduct allegations against the campus’ longtime gynecologist that has prompted calls for President C.L. Max Nikias to step down. Allegations that Dr….

For new L.A. schools chief Austin Beutner, some key unions are giving no honeymoon period

In the less than two weeks since Austin Beutner took charge of Los Angeles schools, unions representing teachers and administrators have staged a job action and a protest. They’ve made it clear that they will not give the new superintendent the traditional honeymoon period, and are bashing him…

Harvey Weinstein to surrender, face criminal charges, sources say

Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to face charges in New York related to allegations of sexual assault, in what would mark the first criminal charges faced by the disgraced former movie mogul, sources familar with the case said Thursday. The sources said the case involves actress…

Sheriff inherited a department rotted by corruption. His reform effort is a work in progress

Jim McDonnell was in his first year as Los Angeles County sheriff, leading the agency after a highly publicized jail abuse scandal, when he charged his staff with an unusual request. He wanted his department to have a theme song, like in the U.S. military, where each branch has an…

From the Archives: Ansel Adams gets cheeky when asked about his nose

Ansel Adams, in the midst of a three-week promotional tour for his book “Yosemite and the Range of Light,” broke into laughter over a question about his famous nose. Former Los Angeles Times staff photographer Martha Harnett explained an unpublished caption on the back of the print: Photographer…

A Federal Court Just Ruled Trump Can’t Block People On Twitter

A judge found that it is unconstitutional for the president to block people from his @realDonaldTrump account. View Entire Post ›

The Techie Town Of San Francisco Gets A New Tower As Houses Remain Scarce

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But mostly the worst. View Entire Post ›

A Texas Driver Was Caught On Video Yelling “This Ain’t Pakistan, Bitch” During A Road Rage Incident

The local police chief told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday that the driver was facing a charge of disorderly conduct. View Entire Post ›