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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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  • Editorials

    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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  • Opinion

    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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  • Opinion

    The last days of JPL’s magnificent Cassini

    Seven-year spans play greatly into the life of JPL’s Cassini probe to Saturn. Launched in 1997, it took seven years to get to the ringed planet. That gas giant rotates on its axis so slowly that each of its seasons lasts seven Earth years. Cassini has seven telemetry modes by which it sends data back to the scientists and engineers in La Canada Flintridge — infrared mapping, analysis of cosmic dust, magnetosphere readings and photos — oh, those amazing photos that...

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