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sues to
Trump administration
addition of citizenship
question will lead to
undercount and hurt
California, critics say.
By Evan Halper
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
RESIDENTS of Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel protest outside an Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
By Anh Do,
Cindy Carcamo
and Joseph Serna
Anaheim removed bus
benches near Disneyland in
response to complaints
about homeless people
sleeping on them and loitering nearby.
Then Orange County
pushed hundreds out of an
encampment along the
Santa Ana River trail. Officials have also vowed to remove the tent city that has
taken root at the Santa Ana
Civic Center.
But as the county and
some of its cities take steps
to push out homeless people, the problem of where
they should go remains unsolved. And it became abundantly clear Tuesday that
finding places willing to host
new homeless shelters is going to be a huge political
More than 1,000 people
converged on the Orange
County Board of Supervisors meeting to protest a
plan to relocate those removed from the river encampment to temporary
shelters in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna
The large protest concluded with a 4-0 vote to
scrap what had been the
center of an ambitious plan,
leaving the affluent county
at Square One as it faces a
[See Homeless, A11]
O.C’s conservative
side is alive and well
County is center of ‘sanctuary state’ defiance
By Cindy Carcamo,
Hailey Branson-Potts
and Alene Tchekmedyian
For years, Democrats have
dreamed of turning Orange County,
the birthplace of Richard Nixon, blue.
Or at least some shade of purple.
The county — once such a GOP
stronghold that Ronald Reagan
dubbed it the place where “all the
good Republicans go to die” — is
changing demographically and,
therefore, politically.
Growing Latino and Asian populations have placed whites in the minority. Hillary Clinton in 2016 became
the first Democratic presidential candidate to win there since the Great
Depression. And the party is hoping
to flip several Republican-held congressional districts that voted for
Still, Orange County proved again
over the last few weeks that its conservative side is alive and well, especially when it comes to illegal immigration. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors added a powerful voice to a
growing backlash against California’s
pro-immigrant policies when it voted
to fight the state’s so-called sanctuary laws.
In doing so, the county has become
an epicenter of the resistance to the
anti-Trump movement that has
dominated left-leaning California
politics since the president took office. The stance against efforts to protect people in this country illegally
comes a generation after Orange
County became the birthplace of Proposition 187, the divisive 1994 ballot
[See Sanctuary, A11]
His first
deal is
By Christi Parsons
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
FOES OF SB 54 cheer after Orange County supervisors vote to fight the state’s so-called sanctuary laws.
Easter bunny translates to money
State steps in
to investigate
police killing
Yiwu, China, is the birthplace of many spring holiday trinkets
As protests mount
in Sacramento,
California’s Department of Justice will
oversee the city’s
police inquiry into the
shooting of Stephon
By Jonathan Kaiman
YIWU, China — You’ll
find Easter one floor up from
the fidget spinners, around
the corner from the saxplaying Santas, past the “I
love Croatia” shot glasses
and iPhone-shaped ashtrays, and across from the
statuettes of Jamaican men
smoking marijuana.
There, Yang Wei, 30,
maintains a child’s bedroom-sized world of Easter
wonders. She sits amid
shelves overflowing with
stuffed rabbits, plastic eggs
with glued-on bunny ears,
and countless fuzzy chicks,
like nonedible marshmallow
Peeps. Most of it is bound for
plan to ask everyone in
America whether they are
U.S. citizens as part of the
2020 census could cost California billions of dollars and
a seat in Congress, state officials warn.
Whether California and
other states with big urban
areas that face similar effects can do anything about
the change remains to be
seen. They are rushing to
court to challenge the administration’s authority to
tack onto the survey a question that hasn’t been tested
in decades.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra warned that the
addition of the question
“could translate into several
million people not being
counted.” Legal scholars say
California and its allies face
a tough fight.
The decision to add a single question on the census,
which the administration
announced late Monday
night, may seem an obscure
matter, but it could give the
Trump administration another lever to shift power
and federal resources away
from blue states toward red
ones, much as happened
with the recent tax law
changes that disproportionately favored voters in Republican regions.
The move was met with
[See Census, A10]
Matjaz Tancic For The Times
“I THINK Easter is for Jesus, like how Christmas is
for Santa,” says Yang Wei at her stall in Yiwu, China.
the U.S., delivered by the
“We have toy designers
who go to the U.S. or Europe
to do research,” said Yang,
manager of the Jiangsu
Taizhou City Wenhao Handicraft Product Factory.
“Then they come back and
come up with toys that will
suit the market.”
Chances are, if you’ve experienced Easter in any form
— a gift basket, a storefront
display — you’ve seen a
product that, at some point,
passed through the International Trade City in Yiwu, a
city of 1.5 million people
about 160 miles south of
Shanghai. It’s the largest
wholesale market in the
[See China, A4]
Facebook CEO
may testify
Three congressional
committees have
invited Mark Zuckerberg to speak about
the social network’s
handling of user
data. BUSINESS, C1
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U.S. and South Korea have
reached an agreement in
principle to amend a decade-old free-trade pact that
President Trump used to
call “horrible” and a “disaster” — his first such deal and
a victory, albeit a modest
one, for his toughened approach to America’s economic partners.
Under the deal, South
Korea agreed to limit its
steel exports to the U.S. and
made concessions on auto
imports. In return, the U.S.
agreed to exempt South Korea from the 25% tariff on
steel that Trump announced this month.
The deal removes a major
point of friction between the
two allies at a moment when
they’re preparing for negotiations with North Korea
about its nuclear program.
Relations between the U.S.
and South Korea have been
strained at several points in
the last year as Trump has
railed against an $18-billion
trade deficit and denounced
the U.S.-Korea Free Trade
Agreement, known as Korus.
Trump has called Korus
a “horrible” agreement that
“destroyed” U.S. industry. A
year ago, he threatened to
terminate the whole agree[See Trade, A8]
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 28, 2018
Photographs by AFP/Getty Images
A ROCKET CARRYING the Tiangong-1 space station blasts off from the Jiuquan launch center in China’s
north-central province of Gansu in September 2011. The space station’s name means “heavenly palace.”
A Chinese space station
is about to fall to Earth
‘It should be magnificent,’ an expert says of Tiangong-1’s reentry
By Deborah Netburn
Thursday and the middle of
next week, the Chinese
space station known as
Tiangong-1 is expected to fall
out of the sky.
Most of the 18,740-pound
space lab probably will burn
up in the atmosphere, experts said.
But not all of it.
Between 10% and 40% of
the station’s mass probably
will land somewhere on the
As of now, nobody knows
Even predictions made
24 hours in advance about
where the space station debris might wind up could be
off by thousands of miles,
said William Ailor, a researcher at the Center for
Orbital and Reentry Debris
Studies at the Aerospace
Corp. in El Segundo.
But Ailor urges you not to
worry. The chances of Tiangong-1 causing serious injury
to anyone on Earth are extremely small, he said.
In the 60 years that humans have been sending objects into space, only one
person has reported being
hit by a piece of space debris.
It was a small part of a Delta
II rocket, and the victim
from Tulsa, Okla., was not
It also may be a comfort
to know that man-made objects fall from space quite
“At least once a month,
something of reasonable
size comes down,” Ailor said.
“You just don’t normally
hear about it because they
come down in some remote
place in the ocean.”
(Remember, water covers 70% of our planet.)
Indeed, in the last couple
of years, a few other objects
in the same size range as
Tiangong-1 — rocket bodies
and other hardware associated with launching satellites — have fallen out of the
Tiangong translates to
“heavenly palace” in Chinese. It is relatively small for
a space station, weighing in
at just under 20,000 pounds.
The International Space
Station, in comparison,
Tiangong-1 launched in
2011 and was visited twice by
Chinese astronauts — once
in 2012 and again in 2013.
Chinese officials have not
communicated with it since
December 2015, perhaps because of a malfunction with
its power supply. Experts
think that the space station’s reentry will not be controlled, although China has
not said that explicitly.
Ailor is part of a team at
the Aerospace Corp. that
THE SHENZHOU-9 spacecraft approaches the Tiangong-1 space station for
automatic docking in July 2012 as seen on a screen at the Jiuquan launch center.
has been tracking Tiangong-1 since 2016. He spoke
with The Times about why
the space station is destined
to fall, why it’s so hard to predict where it will land and
why its reentry should be a
pretty spectacular sight.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
I thought objects in orbit
remain in orbit. Why is
Tiangong-1 coming down?
Tiangong-1 is at a fairly
low altitude of about 300
kilometers [186 miles] or so.
It’s about where the ISS
[International Space Station] is in low Earth orbit.
There’s not much air up
there, but there’s some. The
ISS actually has to be
boosted every now and then
because the atmosphere is
slowly dragging it down.
That’s what happened to
Why is it so hard to predict
when it will fall to Earth?
The basic uncertainty is
what the atmosphere is
doing. For example, if the
sun has an event and spews
material toward us, it could
increase the amount of drag
in low Earth orbit and cause
the space station to fall
Even slight variations in
density at these altitudes
affect the drag on a satellite
traveling at about 4 miles
per second and can make
the decay rate somewhat
Will you know more as we
get closer to the day it
Even if we had a prediction that was made one day
ahead of time, we would
have an accuracy of plus or
minus 20%. That’s about
plus or minus 4 hours or so
in time. This thing makes
one orbit around Earth
every 90 minutes, so you can
see that we can’t do too
good a job of predicting
where it will land, even a day
What happens to space
junk when it enters the
These items are traveling
at 4 miles a second. When
they hit the Earth’s heavy
atmosphere, the temperature goes up and drag gets
increased. That causes the
temperature to go up even
Things like aluminum
and some of the other materials that spacecraft are
made of melt away pretty
quickly. If the aluminum is
holding something like solar
panels, those will break off.
How much of it will survive
Things that survive are
usually relatively lightweight. We estimate 10% to
40% of the mass on orbit will
come down and fall somewhere.
But it won’t all land in one
spot, right?
These pieces will be
spread out over a footprint
that can be as wide as 400
We have a 500-pound
chunk of a stainless steel
propellant tank that fell 50
yards from a farmer’s house
in mid-Texas in 1997. It was
part of the same Delta II
rocket that brushed a woman walking in Oklahoma.
From Tulsa, Okla., to midTexas is a fairly long distance, and there were frag-
ments spread all along that
I’ve read that some people
think we should shoot
Tiangong-1 down before it
crashes to Earth. Is that
You have to be careful
when it comes to shooting
an object down. If you try to
hit something in space, you
can create a lot of debris,
and we don’t want that
because it increases the risk
of debris hitting another
object. There’s a real tradeoff there.
What’s the biggest thing to
have fallen from orbit?
The biggest object we
had come down uncontrolled was NASA’s Skylab
in 1979. It weighed about
150,000 pounds. That’s a big
object. Parts of it landed in
Australia, but nobody was
Objects such as the
space shuttles and [the
space station] Mir were
bigger but were under control and deorbited into
specified locations.
So, we really don’t need to
worry about this?
It’s not a huge threat.
These things come down
occasionally, and we haven’t
had a problem with them.
Will it be possible to see the
space station when it falls?
Yes, and it should be
magnificent. It will be like a
fireworks show with one
object breaking into a lot of
smaller objects. And you’ll
see streams of light going
across the sky.
Beijing confirms Kim paid a visit
In his first known trip
abroad as leader,
North Korea’s ruler
met with Xi Jinping.
By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met
with Chinese President Xi
Jinping in Beijing this week,
his first known trip abroad
since he assumed control of
the isolated state in 2011 and
his first meeting with another head of state.
Chinese state media reported Wednesday that Kim
made the visit, which was
not announced publicly, in
advance of planned meetings with South Korean and
American leaders, including
President Trump.
Kim, 34, said he is “willing
to hold dialogue with the
United States and hold summits between North Korea
and the United States,” according to the official New
China News Agency.
He also said denuclearization is possible if “South
Korea and the United States
respond to our efforts in
good faith [and] create a
peaceful and stable atmosphere,” and if “the current
situation on the Korean
peninsula has begun to develop in the positive direction,” the news agency reported.
The agency published
photos of Kim and Xi shaking hands against a backdrop of North Korean and
Chinese flags; posing with
their wives, Ri Sol-ju and
Peng Liyuan; and speaking
with other officials at the
Great Hall of the People in
Several other Chinese officials were in attendance,
including Premier Li Keqiang and Politburo Standing Committee member
Wang Huning.
Ju Peng New China News Agency
THE VISIT with China’s Xi Jinping, right, was Kim
Jong Un’s first meeting with another head of state.
The meetings unfolded in
absolute secrecy. Speculation had swirled that Kim
was in Beijing on Monday
night, when a mysterious,
armored North Korean train
was spotted in the Chinese
China is North Korea’s
only major ally and trading
partner. Yet the two countries’ relations have soured
in recent years — Beijing has
chafed against Pyongyang’s
nuclear and missile development and bellicose rhetoric, and North Korea has asserted its independence
from its neighbor. China has
backed a raft of tough U.N.
sanctions that have sharply
limited exports of North Korean goods to China.
Yet Kim has made several gestures in recent
months to defuse long-simmering tensions between his
country and the U.S., South
Korea and China. Last
month, North Korea sent a
delegation, led by Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong, to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The charm offensive
paved the way for talks with
South Korean officials and,
later, a historic offer to meet
Trump, who quickly accepted.
Xi appeared welcoming
of the thaw.
The New China News
Agency reported that Xi, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea,
said, “China is willing to continue to play a constructive
role in the issue of the peninsula and work together with
all parties including the
DPRK to jointly promote the
relaxation of the situation
on the peninsula.”
“I think [the meeting]
shows some sense of urgency
on both sides,” said Go
Myung-Hyun, a research fellow at the Asan Institute for
Policy Studies in Seoul. “I
think Xi Jinping now understands that China was being
sidelined in these discussions that were taking place
between North Korea, the
U.S. and South Korea.
“I think the motivation
for Kim is more important,”
he continued. “Kim was definitely worried about the
prospect of the U.S. imposing strong preconditions on
North Korea [for talks] ...
and I think some of the leverage has gone to China.”
The Chinese government
did not confirm Kim’s visit
until after his train had left
He turned
his back on
Actor Diego Luna ‘felt
an urgency’ to return
to his native Mexico
and its many dramas.
By Kate Linthicum
years ago, actor Diego Luna
was living the Hollywood
dream. A house by the
beach, a production company with his best friend and
a glut of good parts in great
But there was something
missing from his life.
Luna, 38, who first gained
international acclaim for his
role as a sex-crazed teen in
the 2001 Mexican road trip
movie “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” and who went on to
star in “Rogue One: A Star
Wars Story,” was watching
developments back in his
native country with a sense
of longing but also unease.
He was thrilled by exciting
experiments in culture —
the world-renowned chefs,
musicians and fashion designers who found inspiration in the streets and Mexico’s indigenous past. And he
was infuriated by the politics
— the brazen corruption,
mass disappearances and
seemingly unending drug
war violence.
Modern Mexico was rife
with contradictions, and
Luna wanted to be a part of
it. So he did the thing you’re
not supposed to do when
Hollywood has embraced
you, when you’ve been given
a golden ticket most people
will only dream about.
He left.
“I felt an urgency to be a
part of what was happening
in my country,” Luna said on
a recent morning, sipping
green tea at home in a quiet
neighborhood on the south
side of Mexico City. “I don’t
want my kids to see me looking at the news from my living room in L.A., complaining about what’s happening
in Mexico. I want them to see
me here, fighting for something I love.”
Since Luna returned, he
has kept a toe in the Hollywood waters. This year, he
has small parts in Woody Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New
York” and a film by Barry
Jenkins, the director of Oscar-winning “Moonlight,”
called “If Beale Street Could
But he has overwhelmingly focused his energy on
projects here. He helps run a
popular documentary film
festival and is currently
shooting the fourth season
of the Netflix hit “Narcos,”
which is set in Mexico. Four
days a week he stars in “Privacidad,” or “Privacy,” a play
about internet surveillance
that has resonated deeply in
Mexico, where last year it
was revealed that the government was spying on several prominent journalists
and human rights defenders.
In a widely covered event
after the play’s 100th show
last month, Luna screened a
video interview he conducted with Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor
who revealed the details of
U.S. electronic surveillance
programs. He invited some
of the victims of Mexico’s
spying scandal onstage, and
dedicated a plaque to them
and to “the indirect” victims
of the Mexican government’s
“We’re all victims,” Luna
said, to robust applause. “We
live in a country where those
on the right side of history
are persecuted and spied on,
and there aren’t the conditions to freely exercise the
journalism that we citizens
Luna’s evolution into an
outspoken political activist
and critic of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has
included public opposition
to legislation that would further
where more than 238,332
people have been killed since
soldiers were first sent into
the streets to fight the drug
war about a decade ago. He
also has repeatedly called
for justice in the disappearance of 43 students at a college in Ayotzinapa in central
Mexico in 2014.
After twin earthquakes
struck the country in September, killing hundreds,
Luna and his childhood
friend and frequent collaborator Gael Garcia Bernal
started a nonprofit that
raised $1.5 million for relief
efforts, a strategic move in a
country where many citizens don’t trust their leaders
not to steal aid money.
Ahead of this summer’s
presidential election, Luna
has been courted by several
opposition parties, including one that he said offered
him the position of a senator
(in Mexico, some members
of Congress are chosen by
political parties). But he
says he’d rather maintain
his role as a critic from outside the system. He says he
may not endorse a candidate in the election.
Though some Mexican
actors have been known to
weigh in on elections and
dabble in activism, it’s much
less common in Mexico than
in the U.S. Luna links his
passion for politics in part to
the era in which he grew up,
when the autocratic sevendecade rule of the Institutional Revolutionary Party,
or the PRI, was beginning to
come to an end.
He still remembers the
outrage that gripped his leftleaning father and nanny
Photographs by
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
DIEGO LUNA in Mexico City. “I don’t want my kids to see me looking at the news from my living room in
L.A., complaining about what’s happening in Mexico. I want them to see me here, fighting for something.”
IN MEXICO, Luna helps run a popular documentary film festival and is starring
in the play “Privacidad.” He has also become an outspoken political activist.
when opposition leader
Cuauhtemoc Cardenas lost
to the PRI candidate in the
rigged 1988 presidential election. He remembers the tumultuous events of the
1990s, including a devastating financial crisis, the assassination of a presidential
candidate, the Zapatista indigenous uprising and the
PRI’s eventual loss of the
presidency in 2000.
Luna’s activism matters
because he is one of the
country’s biggest stars. Everywhere he goes, he is
mobbed by fans, mostly
women, who approach with
cellphones outstretched. He
typically obliges selfies,
flashing his famous boyish
With his shaggy hair and
thin frame, Luna still looks a
lot like the kid from “Y Tu
Mama Tambien.”
His role in that film as
Tenoch Iturbide, the potsmoking son of a wealthy
Mexican politician who
shares a memorable menage
a trois with an older woman
and his best friend, played
by Garcia Bernal, catapulted him to worldwide
stardom. But Luna had already been famous in Mexico for years. He was just 7
when he starred in his first
play, in part to be closer to
his father, a prominent set
designer who raised Luna
after his mother died in a car
“When other kids were
being just kids, I was already
trying to be an adult,” Luna
By age 15, Luna had acted
in a string of popular telenovelas and no longer relied
on his father financially. By
18, he was working at Mexico’s national theater company and had his own apart-
“I had a fantastic life,” he
said. “I was very, very happy.
It couldn’t be better.”
In 2008, he married actress and singer Camila Sodi
and they decided to move to
Los Angeles, where they had
their first child. At first, he
was most often recognized
by Mexican immigrant
valets. The stint in L.A.
helped Luna’s career, but he
felt a coldness. He missed
the forced intimacy of a
crowded metropolis like
Mexico City.
“We were invited to
events many times, but it
was difficult to get into
someone else’s intimate
world, which is kind of the
point,” he said.
He was doing more directing, including the 2014
biopic “Cesar Chavez,”
which he filmed in northern
Mexico, and had noticed
how much easier it was
working at home, where government funding for movies
means directors are less
constrained by commercial
limitations, and where filmmakers generally face less
red tape.
“It’s hard to find someone
who will tell you no here, versus in the States, where it’s
no after no after no after no,”
he said.
Luna separated from
Sodi in 2013. He came back to
Mexico around the same
time, returning to the same
modernist house he had
purchased when he was 21.
Set behind high walls on a
narrow cobblestone street,
it’s a haven of tranquility in a
chaotic city. Art books are
haphazardly stacked on tables and Polaroid photographs of Luna’s friends and
family adorn the walls. Out
back, a lush garden is
shaded by a majestic, ivycovered tree.
One reason Luna wanted
to return was so his kids
could grow up in Mexico, and
at a slower pace than his own
frenetic childhood. He said
he and Sodi had adopted a
mantra: “Let’s let them be
kids for as long as they can.”
On a recent late morning,
his 9-year-old son, Jeronimo,
ran around the house in
underwear and a T-shirt.
When he asked Luna if he
could go down the street to
buy a treat at the corner
store, Luna nodded, but suggested he put on clothes and
shoes first.
Luna thinks he’s probably missed some good opportunities in Hollywood,
but he doesn’t care. “If they
really need me, they’ll come
to me,” he said in English,
smiling. His Spanish accent
had gotten thicker.
W E D N E S DAY, M A R C H 28, 2018
Chinese city thrived during recession
[China, from A1]
world — five stadium-sized
malls, home to tens of thousands of tiny stalls arranged
in a labyrinth of fluorescent
lights and beige linoleum.
Yang, like other Easter
wholesalers, professed to
know little about the holiday’s traditions. Easter, for
her, is simply business.
“I think Easter is for Jesus, like how Christmas is for
Santa,” she said. “Right?”
Yiwu thrived during the
global recession, as customers opted for generic, lowcost toys, trinkets and jewelry over more expensive
name-brand goods. A 2016
documentary, “Bulkland,”
referred to Yiwu as “the city
the dollar store built.”
During the run-up to
Easter, the colorful plastic
eggs, tiny stuffed bunnies
and baskets suitable for eggs
hunts — many passing
through Yiwu — fill up the
shelves of retailers across
America. Whether any of
these goods will be touched
by the tariffs on Chinese
products that President
Trump has ordered is still
days, and perhaps weeks,
from being clear. But regardless, times in the trinket trade are already changing.
China, in its attempt to
become a high-tech powerhouse, is shifting away from
the low-cost manufacturing
that enabled its rise. Its cities are growing ever more developed, and ever more ex-
Matjaz Tancic For The Times
AN ESTIMATED 60% of the world’s Christmas decorations are produced in Yiwu, China, including saxo-
phone-playing Santas, ornaments and inflatable reindeer. Unlike Easter, Christmas is big business in China.
pensive; costs are rising for
everything from machine
parts to migrant labor. Factories are moving elsewhere
Bangladesh, Africa — to escape the crunch, and online
shopping has leveled the re-
maining playing field.
“For the Easter business,
2008 to 2012 was the best
time. Now business has declined,” said Tang Jian, 31, director of Jiangsu Province
Tiangong Gifts, which exports Easter trinkets to Rus-
sia, Serbia, Chile and Italy.
He inherited the business
from his father 20 years ago
— it once made feathery
rooster dolls only — and first
heard of Easter at a trade exhibition.
Like many of Yiwu’s
Easter trinket vendors,
Tang’s factory manufactures Christmas decorations for half of the year,
when demand for eggs and
bunnies wanes. Yiwu produces an estimated 60% of
the world’s Christmas deco-
rations: tree ornaments, inflatable reindeer, batterypowered Santas riding
motorcycles and bursting
from little pine tree houses.
“The competition for
companies focusing on
Christmas stuff is much
higher — 95% of factories
here focus on Christmas,” he
said. “Only 5% do Easter. It’s
a small holiday after all.”
China is home to millions
of Christians, many of whom
celebrate Easter with the
same rituals as the West —
eggs are considered symbols
of Jesus’ empty tomb, and
rabbits, with their early
spring proclivities, were
once considered a fertility
symbol. (During the Middle
Ages, many believed that
hares could give birth without sex, drawing parallels to
the Virgin Mary.)
Yet while Christmas is
big business in China —
Santa hats and Christmas
trees proliferate here every
December — Easter wholesalers find most of their
business abroad.
“It’s a foreign holiday,”
said Yu Liying, 51, the owner
of another Yiwu wholesaler.
“It’s like how we have the
Dragon Boat Festival and
Tomb Sweeping Festival.
Foreigners have Easter.”
Twitter: @JRKaiman
Gaochao Zhang in The
Times’ Beijing bureau
contributed to this report.
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NATO joins nations in
kicking out diplomats
over the use of a
nerve agent in Britain.
associated press
LONDON — Australia,
Ireland, NATO and Moldova
on Tuesday joined the wave
of nations and groups expelling Russian diplomats over
the nerve agent poisoning of
a former Russian spy in Britain. Russia denounced the
actions as “boorish” and
pledged to retaliate.
The mass expulsions
were a show of solidarity for
Britain, which blames Russia for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei
Skripal and his visiting
daughter, Yulia. Moscow vehemently denies responsibility and has vowed a
“tough response” to the expulsions.
More than 20 countries
on Monday announced that
they were expelling a total of
more than 130 Russian diplomats, including 60 kicked
out by the United States.
On Tuesday, Australian
Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull said his country
was expelling two Russian
diplomats whom he described as undeclared intelligence officers. They have
been given seven days to
leave Australia. Turnbull denounced Russia for “reckless and deliberate” conduct
that he said harms global security and violates rules
against the use of chemical
The Russian Embassy in
Canberra said the decision
was regrettable and jeopardized bilateral relationships.
“It is astonishing how
easily the allies of Great
Britain follow it blindly contrary to the norms of civilized bilateral dialogue and
international relations, and
against ... common sense,” it
Ireland also announced it
was ordering one Russian
diplomat to leave. Foreign
Minister Simon Coveney
called the nerve agent attack on Skripal and his
daughter a “shocking and
abhorrent” use of chemical
North Atlantic Treaty
Organization chief Jens
Stoltenberg said the alliance
would expel seven staffers
from the Russian mission
and deny the pending accreditation requests of three
other workers.
“We will continue to work
for meaningful dialogue”
with Russia, Stoltenberg
said, but added that the
measures announced Tuesday should “send a very clear
message to Russia that it
has costs.
“I actually think that
Russia has underestimated
the unity of NATO allies,” he
Moldova, whose proWestern government is seeking closer ties with the West,
on Tuesday also ordered
three Russian diplomats to
Putin blames ‘criminal
negligence’ for blaze
at a mall. Protesters
criticize city officials.
By Sabra Ayres
MOSCOW — As Russian
President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kemerovo early
Tuesday, thousands gathered in the Siberian city to
demand answers from their
government about a shopping mall fire that killed 64
people, many of them children celebrating the beginning of spring break.
Putin, who met with local
officials and visited a hospital treating some of the dozens who were injured, was
sharply critical in his public
remarks, blaming the fire on
“criminal negligence, sloppiness.” He also declared
Wednesday a day of national
The fire swept through
the Winter Cherry shopping
and entertainment complex
quickly Sunday afternoon,
when thousands of families
were enjoying the first weekend of spring break. An estimated 41 of those killed were
children trapped in a locked
movie theater on the fourth
floor of the mall, adjacent to
the area where the fire is believed to have started.
Family members reported that several dozen
people were still unaccounted for, and some accused the government of
hiding the fire’s true death
toll. Firefighters were finally
able to extinguish the last
embers of the blaze Monday.
Putin did not visit dem-
Sergei Gavrilenko Associated Press
IGOR VOSTRIKOV, who lost his children, wife and
sister in the fire, demanded justice in Kemerovo.
onstrators at Kemerovo’s
central square, where thousands angrily rallied in front
of a statue of Soviet founder
Vladimir Lenin. Many were
relatives of victims, including parents who had received desperate phone calls
from their children inside
the cinema as it began to fill
with smoke.
Protesters pointed the
finger at their local government and accused the mall’s
management of disregarding basic fire and safety
regulations. Survivors reported that many fire exits
were locked and that the fire
alarm did not sound when
the flames broke out. Some
speculated openly about
corruption and criminality.
In one heated exchange
shared widely on social media, Sergey Tsivilyev, a vice
governor for the region, accused demonstrator Igor
Vostrikov of trying to “make
PR out of the tragedy.”
Grabbing a microphone,
Vostrikov said that the protest wasn’t a public relations
stunt and that he had lost
his three young children, his
wife and his sister in the fire.
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No charges in 2016 police shooting
Family and activists
denounce Louisiana
for clearing officers in
Alton Sterling’s death.
By Jaweed Kaleem
More than 20 months after the fatal police shooting
of a black man outside a
Baton Rouge mini-mart touched off protests nationwide
over police treatment of African Americans, Louisiana’s attorney general said
Tuesday that he would not
charge two white officers in
the death.
The decision from Atty.
Gen. Jeff Landry’s office
brought strong condemnation from Alton Sterling’s
family and civil rights activists, and closed the possibility of criminal charges in one
of the most prominent police
shootings in recent years.
Landry’s announcement
came close to 11 months after
the U.S. Justice Department
similarly ruled out federal
charges against the officers,
Blane Salamoni and Howie
Lake II.
Violent protests in Baton
Rouge after Sterling’s death
led to nearly 200 arrests. His
killing and several other fatal police shootings — along
with retaliatory attacks on
police in the summer of 2016
— became a campaign issue
in the presidential election.
Landry on Tuesday, Sterling’s family members said
they were angry but not surprised at the news.
“They’re not going to
bring charges on anybody.
Why would they do that?
This is white America,” Sterling’s aunt Veda Washington-Abusaleh told reporters
after the meeting.
“The system failed us,”
said Sandra Sterling, another aunt. “He was not a monster.… This was a family
man. A family man.”
Travis Spradling The Advocate
LOUISIANA ATTY. GEN. Jeff Landry said Alton Sterling had drugs in his system when Baton Rouge police
shot him. It was one of several police killings of African Americans that sparked protests and retaliation.
Sterling, 37, was shot
dead on July 5, 2016, after police responded to a 911 call
reporting a man making a
threat with a gun in front of
the Triple S Food Mart. Sterling was known for selling
CDs in the area.
Bystander videos that
went viral showed officers
holding Sterling down, and
at one point yelling, “He’s got
a gun! Gun!” before gunshots are heard.
Landry said Tuesday
that his investigation found
that the officers “attempted
to make a lawful arrest of Alton Sterling based upon
probable cause,” and that
the officers believed Sterling
was armed as he resisted arrest.
Witness and police accounts differed at the time
on whether Sterling threatened officers and whether
he reached for a gun. In a report also released Tuesday,
Landry’s office said that
Lake found a .38-caliber pistol in Sterling’s right front
pocket, and that Sterling
was shot six times, each bullet from Salamoni’s gun. The
encounter lasted less than
90 seconds.
Landry also said in the
report that Sterling had
Landry’s office said those
drugs included opioids and
“It is reasonable that Mr.
Sterling was under the influence and that contributed to
his noncompliance,” Landry
Landry’s office were similar
to those of the Justice Department, which sought to
determine whether officers
had violated Sterling’s civil
rights and whether the
shooting was justified. It
was the first investigation
into a high-profile police
shooting completed during
the Trump administration,
under Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.
“Given the totality of the
circumstances — that the officers had been fighting with
Sterling and had attempted
less-than-lethal methods of
control; that they knew Sterling had a weapon; that Sterling had reportedly brandished a gun at another person; and that Sterling was
much larger and stronger
than either officer, the department cannot prove either that the shots were unconstitutional or that they
were willful,” the department said last year in a
At the time of that announcement, Sterling family
attorney Chris Stewart said
Justice Department officials
told the family that the investigation found that Salamoni had pointed a gun at
Sterling’s head and said, “I’ll
kill you, bitch.”
Sterling family members
said Tuesday that they
would continue arguing
their case through a wrongful-death civil lawsuit filed
last year against the two officers, the Police Department
and the city of Baton Rouge.
The suit says poor training and improper police
practices left the officers illequipped to respond to the
911 call and that the shooting
was part of a racist pattern
of excessive use of force. The
officers have been on paid
leave since the shooting.
Leaders of the Black
Lives Matter movement,
which has focused on the
Sterling case, said they also
were disappointed in the decision.
“We continue to mourn
the brutal murder of Alton
Sterling,” Patrisse KhanCullors, a co-founder of the
Black Lives Matter Global
Network, said in a statement. “Black people continue to be betrayed by this
country, a country that
claims liberty and freedom
for all, yet continues to allow
for the murders of black people with impunity.”
The shooting was among
a string of fatal incidents involving police in July 2016.
The day after Sterling
was shot, the police shooting
in Minnesota of Philando
Castile set off protests after
his girlfriend streamed a live
broadcast on Facebook of
Castile bleeding to death in
the front seat of his car.
Castile, who was 32 and
black, was pulled over by an
officer outside St. Paul.
Castile told the officer he
had a weapon that he was licensed to carry. The officer
opened fire, and testified later that he thought Castile
was reaching for the gun.
The officer who shot
Castile, Jeronimo Yanez,
who is Latino, was acquitted
last June of second-degree
murder and other charges in
the shooting.
The day after Castile’s
shooting, five police officers
in Dallas were fatally shot by
an Army-trained sniper during a protest over police
The 25-year-old shooter,
Micah Xavier Johnson, was
black. Police said he left a
trail of evidence that indicated he wanted to kill white
officers in retaliation for police shootings of black men.
Officers responding to the
shooting killed Johnson.
Ten days later, three officers were shot dead in Baton
Rouge by Gavin Long, 29.
The black former Marine
had a history of online ramblings in which he described
violence as the solution to
the oppression of black
Americans. He was also
killed by responding officers.
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 28, 2018
IPhone fight offers a window into FBI
Report says internal
problem delayed hack
of San Bernardino
shooter’s device.
By Joseph Tanfani
FBI’s race to hack into the
cellphone of slain San Bernardino
Rizwan Farook was hindered by poor internal communication, but officials did
not mislead Congress about
their technological capabilities, according to an inspector general’s report released Tuesday.
After the December 2015
terrorist attack, the FBI
waged a high-profile public
fight to force Apple Inc. to
unlock the iPhone, even going to court in a case that pitted national security against
digital privacy.
The watchdog report
opens a window into the
shadowy units in the FBI
that try to hack into computers, and the internal tension
between technicians engaged in national security investigations and those working on criminal cases.
One official was unhappy
after the bureau hired an
outside technology company to help it unlock the
phone, the report said, because that undercut the legal battle against Apple.
“Why did you do that
for?” the report quotes the
official as saying.
More than two years after
the struggle over Farook’s
phone, the FBI says the
problem of encrypted devices is more difficult than ever.
The method used to hack
Farook’s iPhone 5c — which
cost the FBI more than
$1 million — quit working as
soon as Apple updated the
In 2017, the FBI was unable to access data on 7,775
devices seized in investigations, according to Director
Christopher A. Wray.
“This problem impacts
our investigations across
the board,” Wray said in January at a speech at a cybersecurity conference, calling
it “an urgent public safety
Jim Lo Scalzo European Pressphoto Agency
THEN-FBI Director James B. Comey told a House panel in 2016 that the bureau was unable to get into the
San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help, but one of its units was actually close to unlocking it.
On Dec. 2, 2015, Farook, a
health department worker
for San Bernardino County,
and his wife, Tashfeen Malik,
attacked a holiday party for
Farook’s co-workers, killing
14 people and injuring many
others. The couple were
killed in a shootout with police.
The FBI, trying to figure
out whether anyone else was
involved in the plot, thought
that Farook’s governmentissued cellphone might have
the answer. In February, the
bureau announced that its
technicians were unable to
get into the iPhone, which
they feared had been set up
with a security feature by Farook that would permanently destroy encrypted
data after 10 unsuccessful login attempts.
The bureau asked Apple
to write software that would
disarm that security feature,
enabling agents to keep
trying codes until one
worked, but the company refused. Tim Cook, the company’s chief executive, said
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
THE PHONE of Syed Rizwan Farook, shown with his
wife, was found to contain nothing about the attack.
such a back door could compromise security for customers.
“[T]he U.S. government
has asked us for something
we simply do not have, and
something we consider too
dangerous to create,” he said
in a statement at the time.
The dispute ended up in
federal court as the govern-
ment sought an order forcing Apple to comply.
James B. Comey, in testimony to Congress on Feb. 9
and March 1, 2016, said the
bureau was unable to get
into the phone without Apple’s help. Amy Hess, then
the FBI’s executive assistant director in charge of
the technology division, said
the same thing in her testimony.
But inside the bureau,
even though top officials had
ordered a “full-court press,”
not everybody was working
on the problem, the inspector general found.
The digital forensic experts at the bureau’s
Cryptographic and Electronic Analysis Unit had
tried and failed to get into
the phone. But the leader of
another squad, the Remote
Operations Unit, said he never learned about the issue
until a staff meeting in February. He started contacting
the unit’s stable of hackers
to see whether anybody had
a solution.
That supervisor said he
believed he wasn’t asked for
help sooner because the FBI
had “a line in the sand” that
blocked the unit’s classified
hacking techniques from being used in domestic criminal cases.
“He said this dividing line
between criminal and national security became part
of the culture in [the
technology division] and inhibited
the report says. Other officials told the inspector general that no such line existed.
As it happened, the report found, one of the bureau’s hacking outfits had
been working on cracking
the iPhone for months and
was close to a solution.
The FBI called off the
court fight March 28, saying
it no longer needed Apple’s
The FBI eventually found
that Farook’s phone had information only about work
and revealed nothing about
the plot.
After the outside vendor
surfaced, the cryptographic
unit chief “became frustrated that the case against
Apple could no longer go forward,” the report says. Hess
said the bureau had viewed
the Farook phone as “the
poster child case” that could
help it win the larger political struggle to access encrypted devices.
The inspector general’s
inquiry began after Hess reported concerns about the
internal conflicts and said
she was worried that FBI
staff had deliberately kept
quiet about their capabilities and allowed Comey
and her to give false testimony to Congress.
That wasn’t the case, the
inspector general found, because the bureau hadn’t figured out how to crack the
phone at the time of those
hearings. Through a spokesman, Hess, now special
agent in charge of the FBI’s
Louisville, Ky., office, declined to comment.
The FBI said that it
agreed with the recommendations in the report
and that it is setting up a new
unit to consolidate resources and improve communication between people
problems also were addressed through “a change
in leadership” of the units involved, the bureau said.
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W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 28, 2018
U.S., South Korea
amend trade pact
[Trade, from A1]
ment, which was negotiated
under President George W.
Bush in 2007 but not ratified
until five years later under
President Obama.
The new amendments to
the trade deal will mark
modest concessions by a
trading partner that is a
relatively small player behind the European Union,
China and Canada.
The amendments do not
directly address some major
trade issues between the two
countries, including agriculture.
But Trump administration officials boasted of it
as a major victory, one
that “validates President
approach,” as a senior administration official told reporters Tuesday. The agreement
is an example of “the president fulfilling promises he
made during the campaign,”
said one senior advisor, adding that it amounts to economic “success across the
Earlier, a statement from
the Blue House, the home of
the South Korean president,
called the deal a “win-win,”
echoing a phrase used over
the weekend by Treasury
Administration officials,
briefing reporters on condition that they not be named,
specifically predicted that
the agreement would increase the number of American automobiles and auto
parts sold in South Korea.
The trade deficit in autos accounts for the lion’s share of
the overall deficit with
South Korea.
In addition to the agreement on autos, the South
Korean trade ministry announced Monday that it
would accept a new quota on
steel shipped to the U.S. that
equaled about 70% of its annual average over the last
three years.
The quota, the administration officials said, was a
key part of the agreement to
exempt South Korea from
the steel tariff. It’s designed
to eliminate the problem of
“transshipment”: South Korean companies buying steel
from elsewhere, especially
China, and sending it to the
U.S. South Korea is the
third-largest exporter of
steel to the U.S.
Under the agreement,
South Korea will begin to
recognize U.S. standards for
auto parts and reduce other
requirements that raised
the cost of U.S. cars. The
changes will “make it easier
for our American companies
to compete on a level playing
field,” one senior administration official said.
Whether the deal will live
up to that promise is uncertain, however. Currently,
U.S. automakers in effect
face a cap on the number of
vehicles they can sell in
South Korea. The deal raises
that cap by requiring the
South Koreans to accept
U.S. safety standards rather
than impose their own. But
U.S. vehicle sales have run
far below the existing limit,
so it’s unclear whether raising the cap will greatly
change the picture.
Kim Yong-tae Yonhap
THE DEAL extends a tariff on pickups from South Korea, but its automakers are
not big exporters of such vehicles. Above, Hyundai’s export yard in South Korea.
The deal also extends until 2041 a U.S. tariff on pickups. The old trade agreement called for that tariff to
be phased out in 2021.
Extending the tariff reflects Trump’s preference
for protecting U.S. industries rather than lowering
overall trade barriers. The
extra 20 years of protection
for U.S. manufacturers will
preserve American jobs, the
But there too the exact
impact is unclear. South Korea’s big automakers, Kia
and Hyundai, are not major
exporters of trucks to the
U.S. The tariff, however,
would give the two compa-
nies a powerful incentive to
base production in the U.S.
rather than South Korea if
they decide to expand in the
U.S. truck market.
Trump bolstered his
threat to upend trade deals
early on by withdrawing the
U.S. from the Trans-Pacific
Partnership that Obama negotiated with 11 Asian and
Latin American nations.
Trump said he would turn
his attention to crafting bilateral deals.
As part of those negotiations, he has used the steel
and aluminum tariffs, which
he announced with considerable fanfare in early
March, as bargaining chips.
He early on said Canada
Michigan State official faces sex charges
associated press
LANSING, Mich. — A
Michigan State University
official who oversaw a clinic
that employed Larry Nassar
was charged Tuesday with
sexually propositioning female medical students and
compiling nude student
“selfies” on his work computer, in the first charges to
spring from an investigation
into how complaints against
the disgraced former sports
doctor were handled.
William Strampel, who
until December was dean of
the College of Osteopathic
Medicine, also was charged
with failing to enforce or
monitor protocols set for
Nassar after a female patient complained of inappropriate sexual contact.
The 70-year-old Strampel is in jail. His attorney,
John Dakmak, declined to
The complaint, which alleges Strampel solicited
nude photos from at least
one female medical student,
said he used his office to “harass, discriminate, demean,
sexually proposition and
sexually assault female students in violation of his
statutory duty as a public officer.”
His computer contained
approximately 50 photos of
female genitalia, nude and
semi-nude women, sex toys
and pornography.
“Many of these photos
are of what appear to be
‘selfies’ of female MSU students, as evidence by the
MSU clothing and piercings
featured in multiple photos,” according to the complaint.
He is also accused of
grabbing students’ buttocks
on the dance floor at the college’s annual ball and at a
scholarship dinner.
The maximum penalty
for the charges ranges from
one year in jail to five years in
Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty
to molesting patients and
possessing child pornogra-
phy and is expected to spend
the rest of his life in prison.
Strampel is accused of
letting Nassar continue to
treat patients unchecked by
protocols that were supposedly put in place, thus allowing Nassar to “commit a host
of sexual assaults against
new victims until, following
news reports of additional
allegations against Nassar,
MSU finally terminated his
employment over two years
later,” the complaint says.
Strampel announced his
leave of absence as college
dean — for medical reasons
— in December.
Strampel told police last
year that he never followed
up after ordering Nassar in
2014 to have a third person
present when providing
treatment to “anything close
to a sensitive area,” and that
any skin-to-skin contact
should be minimal and explained in detail.
Nassar was fired in 2016
for violating that rule.
His dismissal came less
than a month after former
gymnast Rachael Denhollander filed a criminal complaint saying Nassar had
sexually assaulted her with
his hands while treating her
for back pain years earlier.
More than 250 girls and
women have sued Michigan
State, Strampel, USA Gymnastics — where Nassar also
worked — and others.
and Mexico would be exempt while the U.S. negotiates with them to revise
the North American Free
Trade Agreement. More recently, administration officials have said that in addition to those two countries
and South Korea, they
would also exempt the members of the European Union,
Argentina, Australia and
Brazil. What concessions, if
any, those countries will
make in exchange remains
The result has been to
leave well over half of U.S.
imports of both steel and
aluminum clear of the new
tariffs. Administration officials said South Korea
would be exempt from the
steel tariff, but not the new
levy on aluminum. South
Korea, however, is not a major exporter of aluminum to
the U.S.
The two countries also
are closing in on a deal to
limit currency manipulation, the practice of a country deliberately reducing the
value of its currency to improve its trade performance.
Under the agreement, being negotiated by the Treasury Department and the
South Korean finance ministry, the South Koreans
would commit to new rules
on transparency. But the administration officials acknowledged that because
the currency agreement
would be a side deal, not part
of the actual trade agreement, it has no real means of
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Christine Willmsen Seattle Times
THE EVERETT, Wash., home where law enforcement officials arrested Thanh
Cong Phan on Monday. Nobody has been injured by the homemade devices.
Man charged in mailing
of suspicious packages
Rambling notes help
link Washington state
man to explosives at
11 federal facilities in
D.C., authorities say.
By Michael Livingston
A man suspected of sending homemade explosive devices to 11 government facilities in the Washington, D.C.,
area has been charged in the
Thanh Cong Phan, 43,
was arrested Monday evening at his home in Everett,
Wash., about 30 miles north
of Seattle, by local and federal law enforcement agencies. He appeared Tuesday
in a federal courtroom in Seattle, charged with one
count of shipment of explosive materials.
The criminal complaint
alleges that he sent them
through the U.S. mail on
March 16 from Mill Creek, a
Seattle suburb.
Phan’s next scheduled
court appointment is a detention hearing Friday.
Several of the suspicious
packages arrived Monday
morning at government installations in and around
the nation’s capital, including Ft. Lesley J. McNair,
Bolling, Ft. Belvoir, the
Naval Surface Warfare Center, FBI headquarters and
CIA headquarters.
Each package contained
what appeared to be a homemade device built from a
glass vial or bottle, an explosive powder, a fuse and a
small GPS unit, according to
the complaint. The FBI said
in a statement the packages
were “potential destructive
The National Defense
University, located at Ft. McNair, was evacuated after a
suspicious package arrived
there about 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to a statement from Army spokesman
Michael Howard.
Attached to the packages
were incoherent notes that
resembled writings Phan
had mailed in the past, authorities said.
The packages contained
typewritten letters “with
ramblings about neuropsychology, mind control and
other subjects including terrorism,” the complaint said.
No injuries or explosions
were reported. A motive for
the incident has not been
disclosed, though officials
ruled out any connection to
terrorism. The packages
were recovered and taken to
the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Va.
“It is possible that further packages were mailed
to additional mail processing facilities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan
area,” said a statement from
the FBI, which is continuing
its investigation with the
U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Defense Secretary James
N. Mattis said Tuesday:
“We’ve had nobody injured
and all those packages and
all the evidence is accessible
and in the hands of the FBI
right now.”
The suspicious packages
arrived a week after Hafiz
Kazi, an immigrant and
longtime legal U.S. resident
who lived in the Bay Area,
drove a burning minivan
with tanks of propane and
cans of gasoline through the
gates of Travis Air Force
Base in Fairfield, Calif. He
died in the van, and his motive remains a mystery.
The swiftness of Phan’s
arrest stood in sharp contrast to the three-week hunt
for a serial bomber who terrorized the Austin, Texas,
area this month, killing two
people and injuring five others.
The suspect in that case,
Mark Anthony Conditt, 23,
killed himself with an explosive device March 21 as he
evaded police in a car pursuit.
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Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
THE CITIZENSHIP question could discourage even some citizens from being counted, critics say. Here, immigrants are nationalized in Los Angeles in December.
Experts criticize new census question
[Census, from A1]
anger and protest from
Democratic lawmakers and
civil rights groups. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein
called it “designed to depress participation in certain communities” and “an
assault on the foundations
of this country.”
Wilbur Ross, whose department oversees the census,
made the decision despite a
warning from six former
Census Bureau directors,
representing both Republican and Democratic administrations, that the citizenship question could
undermine the credibility of
the count and discourage
The census, which takes
place every 10 years, hasn’t
asked every person living in
America about citizenship
since 1950. That’s in large
part because of concern that
asking the question would
discourage not just noncitizens from participating, but
Rich Pedroncelli AP
Gen. Xavier Becerra says
“several million people”
could go uncounted.
also their families.
The result of adding the
question could be a significant undercount of the
population in states with
large numbers of immigrants, such as California.
Most of those states have
Democratic majorities. Although some Republican
states, such as Texas, have
large immigrant populations and could be hurt by an
undercount, most majorityRepublican states have few
immigrants compared with
the rest of the nation.
The main purpose of the
$12.5-billion census effort is
to get an accurate population count for divvying up
House seats among the
states. The count also drives
how the federal government
distributes money from
some of its biggest programs, such as Medicaid.
The Constitution calls for
an “actual enumeration” of
population every 10 years
and says, “Representatives
shall be apportioned among
the several states according
to their respective numbers,
counting the whole number
of persons in each state.”
That clause has been interpreted throughout U.S.
history as referring to a
state’s entire population, including both citizens and
noncitizens, although some
conservatives have challenged that in recent years.
California filed its lawsuit
“The state of California,
in particular, stands to lose if
the citizenship question is
included,” said the complaint filed by Becerra late
Monday in federal district
court in San Francisco.
“Undercounting the sizable
number of Californian noncitizens and their citizen
relatives will imperil the
state’s fair share of congressional seats and Electoral
College electors and will cost
the state billions of dollars in
federal funding over the next
“It is long settled that all
persons residing in the
United States — citizens and
noncitizens alike — must be
counted to fulfill the Constitution’s ‘actual Enumeration’ mandate,” the complaint said.
The state’s prospects for
success could hinge not on
the broad constitutional
question, but on whether
courts agree that the new
question was added so haphazardly that it threatens to
undermine the entire count,
legal experts said.
“It is unprecedented to
include a major change in
the census this close to when
the forms are going to go
out,” said Nathaniel Persily,
a Stanford University law
professor and census scholar. The question would not
get the years of vetting that
typically go into the survey.
“This is a pretty radical
change at a pretty late date,”
he said.
Kenneth Prewitt, who
ran the Census Bureau from
1998 to 2001 and now teaches
at Columbia University,
agreed. “We have all kinds of
agreements and law about
pre-testing questions and
submitting them for public
comment,” he said. “This is
just being added without all
Making the case that the
question is unconstitutional, by contrast, could be
tough. UC Irvine law professor Richard L. Hasen said
the state would be hardpressed to prove a citizenship question makes an
accurate count of all people
in the country impossible.
President Trump’s Justice Department had asked
to have the citizenship question included, saying the information was crucial to its
enforcement of the Voting
Rights Act. The agency said
the information was needed
to get an accurate tally of the
voting populations in re-
gions where violations of the
law were alleged.
Democrats challenged
that rationale.
“Asking the citizenship
question on the census is not
critical to enforcing the Voting Rights Act,” former U.S.
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.
said in a statement. “Make
no mistake — this decision is
motivated purely by politics.”
Ross wrote in a letter to
his agency Monday that
adding the question would
enable the federal government to get more accurate
data, “which is of greater importance than any adverse
effect that may result from
people violating their legal
duty to respond.”
He added that there was
no “definitive, empirical
support” for the belief that
asking about citizenship
would discourage people
from responding.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders told reporters — inaccurately — that the citizenship question had been
part of every census since
1965 and only got removed in
the last survey, during the
While citizenship questions
have been included in other
Census Bureau surveys
since 1950, they have not
been in the full census.
If the question does lead
to an undercount, the effects
could be profound. The census is used to allocate nearly
$700 billion in federal money.
As many as 16 states are positioned to either lose or gain
a congressional seat, depending on the census results. California could lose
more than one seat if all the
immigrants in the state illegally opt out of the census.
California has 53 seats in
the House, the largest delegation of any state. But it is
already at risk of losing one
of them, as some other
states’ populations have
grown faster over the last
The census results also
factor into how political districts are drawn within California. The state’s population is already one of the
hardest to count, according
to the Public Policy Institute
of California. About 75% of
groups that the census historically has undercounted,
including Latinos, African
Americans and renters.
As lawmakers battled
over the plan and lawsuits
were filed, longtime stewards of the census were disheartened to see the count
suddenly engulfed by so
much partisanship.
“It has always been above
that kind of polarization,”
Prewitt said. “I worry the
census will suffer long-term
Times staff writers Patrick
McGreevy in Sacramento
and Sarah D. Wire in Los
Angeles contributed to this
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Where will O.C. homeless go?
[Homeless, from A1]
federal lawsuit aimed at
finding more homes for the
Just a week earlier, the
board had voted to move forward on the shelter proposal, only to face a public backlash and threats of lawsuits.
Many of the homeless
people who were moved
from the river trail are staying in motels, but the last of
the remaining vouchers
handed out to them expire
this week. No one is sure
where they will go next.
Some protesters at Tuesday’s meeting said they
shouldn’t have to worry
about where to put the
“Who cares? This is not
our responsibility,” said
Abby Moore, a retiree from
Laguna Niguel. “We are not
elected to handle this crisis. I
just don’t want to be near the
Angela Liu of Irvine said
she did not know where the
homeless should go. But it
should not be in her city, she
“They need to put them
somewhere, maybe somewhere else in California,”
said Liu, who owns a legal
services company. “I really
don’t know where they can
go. But Irvine is beautiful,
and we don’t want it to get
Others suggested the
government should simply
do nothing. U.S. Rep.
Dana Rohrabacher (RCosta Mesa) criticized “the
countyfinanced homeless compounds setting up shop in
our local communities.”
“As a parent who owns a
modest home in an Orange
County neighborhood, I join
the outrage that we are
assuming responsibility for
homeless people, taking
care of their basic needs and
elongating their agony by
removing the necessity to
make fundamental decisions about the way they live
their lives,” he said in a statement.
The political drama began in January when Orange
County officials began clearing out the sprawling river
encampment in response to
complaints from nearby
residents about crime and
blight. But the county’s existing homeless shelters are
already at capacity, and a
federal judge, David O. Carter, has ordered local governments to find places for the
evicted people to live.
Carter temporarily halted the evictions and toured
the camps.
Supervisor Shawn Nelson said that after Carter’s
order “we were not given
time to go on a tour to talk to
cities” where the temporary
Photographs by Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
MORE THAN 1,000 people protested a plan to put homeless people in temporary shelters in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel.
SOME homeless activists expressed dismay at Orange County supervisors for
bowing to public pressure. Above, Kenneth Batiste at the supervisors’ meeting.
shelters would be located.
“Of course you’re criticized on having created a
plan but with limitations,”
Nelson said. “We did the best
we could.”
Following the vote Tuesday, Nelson said county and
city officials will meet with
Carter on April 3. Nelson
said he expects the judge to
“push a lot of cities to see if
we can come up with a host
of emergency shelter beds.”
A large homeless en-
campment remains in the
Santa Ana Civic Center. But
Supervisor Andrew Do said
last week that officials plan
to remove about 200 people
from there soon. It’s unclear
where they would go.
Santa Ana City Councilman Juan Villegas said his
city has taken on an outsize
burden in the homeless crisis and that it was time for
other cities to help out.
“We have taken the brunt
of this issue,” he said. “We
have taken the brunt for decades, and our residents deserve to feel safe, and we
want public safety also.”
Some homeless activists
expressed dismay at the supervisors
course and bowing to public
“They lost their moral
Collins, founder of Homeless
Advocates for Christ.
Last week’s vote in favor
of establishing temporary
shelters in Huntington
Beach, Irvine and Laguna
Niguel marked the county’s
most concrete effort yet to
find housing for the unsheltered. But the move immediately drew rebukes from
residents of the cities, and
Irvine and Laguna Niguel
both sued to block the county’s plan.
Huntington Beach officials contended that a site
on Gothard Street proposed
for a shelter is contaminated
with methane.
On Tuesday, ahead of the
supervisors’ meeting, a caravan of 22 chartered buses arrived at the Hall of Administration carrying more than
1,200 Irvine residents. They
circled the building, repeatedly shouting “No tent city!”
During the meeting, Supervisor Lisa A. Bartlett
apologized to residents of
the three cities where the
temporary shelters had
been proposed.
“There has been a lack of
clear information and that
has caused unnecessary
pain,” she said. “Nothing
was approved or built and no
homeless were ever relocated to any of the cities.”
Orange County faces special challenges because it
has a relatively sparse infrastructure of services and
support for homeless people.
Last year, Anaheim removed benches from bus
shelters near Disneyland after callers alerted City Hall
to reports of vagrants drinking, defecating or smoking
marijuana in the neighborhood near the park’s entrance, officials said.
Kelvin Hsieh, a tech company manager who has lived
in Irvine since 1996, said he
and fellow demonstrators
were compassionate, but
“we just don’t want to create
more problems.”
“They know that we are
an affluent city with lots of
immigrants, so they think
we will automatically welcome other people,” he said
before the supervisors’ vote.
“They don’t tell us how they
will solve potential safety
and environmental issues
when they bring strangers
Hsieh attended the protest with his 10-year-old
daughter, Ava, who is on
spring break.
“I don’t feel good about
this because I don’t like
drugs,” she said. “My dad
says there are needles everywhere where the homeless
O.C. no longer a ‘red
county … it’s violet’
[Sanctuary, from A1]
measure meant to cut public
benefits — such as schooling
and healthcare — for such
“There’s no question that
the demographics and politics of Orange County are
changing,” said Dan Schnur,
a political communications
professor at USC. “But
there’s an important difference between changing and
changed. … A [place] of
more than 3 million people
doesn’t come with an on-off
Fred Smoller, a political
science professor at Chapman University in Orange,
agreed, adding that the suburban region is slowly
changing as the “old white
dudes” are being replaced by
“far more tolerant young
people and Latinos.”
“It’s no doubt that Orange County is no longer a
red county … it’s violet,” he
Board of Supervisors voted
to try to join the Trump administration’s federal lawsuit against the state over its
immigration laws, including
Senate Bill 54, the landmark
“sanctuary state” law that
prohibits local law enforcement in many cases from
alerting immigration agents
when detainees who may be
subject to deportation are
released from custody.
“I’m a legal immigrant,”
said Supervisor Michelle
Steel, who is Korean American. “We are not talking here
about law-abiding immigrants but criminal aliens.
SB 54 is totally unconstitutional.”
Supervisor Shawn Nelson said the county is “not
going rogue” but instead going before the court “so they
see it our way.” Law enforcement officials, he said,
should not be put into situations where “talking to another
agency simply … puts them
in violation of the law.”
The Trump administration has sued California in
an effort to invalidate three
state immigration laws that
it says violate the Constitution’s supremacy clause,
which gives federal law precedence over state measures.
The board, which voted
in closed session, will direct
the county’s attorney to petition to become plaintiffs in
the federal case. (Of the fiveperson board, Supervisor
Todd Spitzer was not in the
closed session but later
voted in support of taking
the action; Supervisor Andrew Do was out of town.)
The supervisors also
voted during the public
meeting to formally condemn SB 54, calling it unconstitutional.
Elected leaders in Los
Alamitos voted last week to
attempt to exempt their city
from SB 54. Yorba Linda
voted to send a supporting
amicus brief to the federal
lawsuit. Other cities in the
county, including Buena
Park, Huntington Beach
and Mission Viejo, may follow suit.
“California has decided
to poke the president and
his administration in the
eye, and I’d rather they just
not involve us,” Nelson said
in an interview Tuesday on
“Fox and Friends.”
The issue drew dozens of
people to the supervisors’
meeting in Santa Ana on
Tuesday, including many
anti-illegal immigration activists who live outside the
comments, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), a
immigrationenforcement hawk, urged
the supervisors to take a
stand against California.
“By making us a sanctuary city and sanctuary state,
we are doing nothing more
than attracting millions of
more people to come to this
country,” he said.
Skye Wagoner, 21, of
Huntington Beach said she
has friends who are in the
country without legal status
and that “sanctuary cities
promote safety by allowing
undocumented immigrants
to work with law enforcement when crime needs to
be reported.”
“O.C. needs to continue
to be a sanctuary,” she said.
Although the county’s
demographics have been
shifting, the composition of
local elected boards is usually a lagging indicator of
change and often takes a
generation or more to become more representative of
a growing immigrant population, Schnur said. The
Board of Supervisors, for example, has five Republicans,
none of whom is Latino.
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
HAMMAD ALAM of the Muslim Law Student Assn. speaks in support of Senate
Bill 54 during public comments at the O.C. supervisors’ meeting Tuesday.
The gap between Republicans and Democrats in the
county has been narrowing
for years. In the mid-1990s,
Republicans outnumbered
Democrats 52% to 32%. Now,
of the county’s roughly 1.5
million active voters, about
37% are Republicans and
34% are Democrats.
Immigration has long
been a hot topic here. In 1988,
voters at Santa Ana polling
locations were greeted by
uniformed guards holding
signs that said, in Spanish
and English, “Non-Citizens
Can’t Vote.” The incident
prompted allegations of voter intimidation and racism,
and spawned a lawsuit and a
On Tuesday, state Sen.
Kevin de León, who wrote
SB 54, said in a statement
that “the county that gave us
Prop. 187 more than two decades ago is at it again with
another unconstitutional attack on our immigrant communities.”
“This kind of obsessive
immigrant bashing is embarrassing to the county and
its residents, and seems designed to court the approval
of a racist president and his
cronies,” he wrote.
In a related move, Orange County Sheriff Sandra
Hutchens this week made
the release dates of jail
inmates — including those
in the country illegally —
publicly available online.
From Jan. 1 to March 19,
the Sheriff ’s Department released 172 inmates who were
in the country illegally into
the community because
state law prohibited them
from notifying Immigration
and Customs Enforcement,
said Carrie Braun, a department spokeswoman.
It’s unclear whether any
of those people — some of
whom were charged with domestic violence, burglary
and criminal threats, and
convicted of driving under
the influence — have gone on
to commit other crimes, said
Raymond Grangoff, government relations manager of
the agency.
“ICE is going out and actively looking for them,” Orange County Undersheriff
Don Barnes said. “It would
be easier for everyone involved and safer for the community and law enforcement
if they were relinquished to
the custody of ICE rather
than returned to the community.”
ICE Deputy Director
Tom Homan praised the
sheriff and her decision on
“She and her department
have been a valued partner
of ICE for many years,”
Homan said in a statement.
“Despite the severe challenges that SB 54 creates for
ICE, we continue to seek cooperation with all sheriffs
and local law enforcement
who, like Sheriff Hutchens,
share our goal of protecting
public safety and ensuring
that criminal aliens aren’t
released back onto the
Gov. Jerry Brown’s office
said it did not take issue with
Hutchens’ decision.
“What they did is explicitly permitted and envisioned by the law,” said Evan
Westrup, a Brown spokesman.
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Trump’s reticence on Russia
Expelling 60 diplomats was an
appropriate step. But his weak
words muddle his message.
he Trump administration has
announced that it will expel 60
Russian diplomats — who the
administration says are really
intelligence operatives — and
shut down one of Russia’s four remaining
consulates in the United States. This is not
exactly a declaration of war, but it is an appropriately muscular response to the poisoning earlier this month of Sergei Skripal, a
former Russian spy living in Britain, apparently by a nerve agent that the British government has traced to Russia. Skripal’s
daughter Yulia was also poisoned.
That the United States coordinated its
response with its European allies is also
good news. It’s another sign that someone in
the administration — despite Donald
Trump’s repeated disparagement of the
NATO alliance — recognizes the value of
solidarity in responding to Russian provocations. More than 20 countries, including
non-NATO members Ireland, Ukraine and
Australia, have announced that they will expel Russian personnel.
Yet, President Trump’s continued reluctance to personally criticize Vladimir Putin
muddles the message. A president who is
quick to sound off on Twitter and at campaign-style rallies about matters great and
small repeatedly has failed to voice significant criticism of Russia and has responded
defensively to criticism of his reticence.
For example, after he was faulted for congratulating Putin on his reelection, Trump
tweeted: “The Fake News Media is crazed
because they wanted me to excoriate him.
They are wrong! Getting along with Russia
(and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing.
They can help solve problems with North
Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even
the coming Arms Race.”
There is some truth in this. To take
Trump’s last point first, negotiations between Russia and the U.S. to prevent a new
nuclear arms race are not only defensible
but necessary. The U.S. also should be prepared to engage with Russia, a permanent
member of the United Nations Security
Council, in resolving other conflicts. (Unfortunately, two of the examples Trump cited
— Syria and Ukraine — undermine his argu-
ment. Engagement with Russia has done little to check Moscow’s interference in the
internal affairs of Ukraine or its bloody alliance with Bashar Assad.)
But even if engaging Russia on issues of
global significance makes sense, that is different from Trump’s version of “getting
along with Russia,” which seems to involve
refraining from criticism of Russian provocations, including meddling in the 2016 election, and lavishing congratulations on Putin
for a victory in an election in which Putin
faced little serious opposition and in which a
key potential opponent wasn’t allowed to
run. Ironically, Trump’s speak-no-evil policy
undermines his effort to explore ways in
which cooperation with Russia might be in
this country’s interest. If Trump is viewed
by the U.S. public as soft on Russia, otherwise rational initiatives will be suspect.
On Monday, even as his advisors were
condemning Russia, Trump remained
mum. Imagine if the president himself,
rather than a “senior administration official” speaking on background to reporters,
had said this: “The Russian government has
shown malicious contempt for the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide.
It has repeatedly sought to subvert and discredit Western institutions. These efforts
are ongoing.” Or if the president, rather
than Press Secretary Sandra Huckabee
Sanders, had said that the attack on Skripal
was the latest in Russia’s “ongoing pattern
of destabilizing activities around the world.”
When the president’s words don’t match
his administration’s actions, some will assume that the president and the rest of the
administration aren’t on the same page. Already, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. has
complained that the expulsions conflict
with the “telephone conversation between
our two presidents.”
Why is Trump so often silent about Russian misconduct, even as his administration
takes tough action? You don’t need to be a
psychologist or an FBI investigator to suspect that his odd aversion to criticizing Russia is tied to allegations that Russia interfered in last year’s election on Trump’s behalf — a fact that Trump is reluctant to acknowledge because he sees it as
undermining the legitimacy of his victory.
Trump’s defenders can argue that actions speak louder than words, and that the
administration’s actions send a clear message. But that message is muddled when
the president can’t bring himself to say loud
and clear why those actions are necessary.
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
Grand Park on Feb. 12 to oppose their new boss.
L.A. should elect
a public defender
”Why L.A. doesn’t need an elected public defender,”
March 19
As the San Francisco public defender and the state’s
only elected public defender, I take issue with your recent
editorial. The benefits of having an elected public
defender have nothing to do with our city being liberal.
After all, public defenders are elected in plenty of
conservative counties in Tennessee, Nebraska and
Letting voters elect a public defender has dramatic,
real-world advantages. Because I’m elected, I’ve been
able to publicly advocate for proper funding — even
refusing cases — without fear of being fired by the mayor
or Board of Supervisors. As a result, my attorneys carry
reasonable caseloads and can devote adequate time to
each client. We’ve been able to hire social workers for
families and immigration specialists to fight deportation
and reentry staff to bring down recidivism. That’s
something that benefits all San Franciscans, not just
those charged with crimes.
Public defenders may not represent The People, but
we stand up for real people every day. Elected public
defenders, unencumbered by pleasing a mayor or Board
of Supervisors, become watchdogs against police and
prosecutorial misconduct and reformers of the justice
system, ensuring it works equally for everyone. The L.A.
County Public Defender’s Office is the oldest and most
venerable public defender’s office in the nation. It
deserves an advocate for everyday Angelenos at its helm.
Jeff Adachi
San Francisco
The writer is public defender of San Francisco.
The march ends,
but not the fight
“After the March for Our
Lives,” March 26
Olivia de Havilland’s close-up
any people might be flattered to be portrayed by
Catherine Zeta-Jones in a
TV miniseries. Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland, however, was not.
Zeta-Jones played De Havilland last year
in “Feud,” the FX channel miniseries about
the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Not only was her name and likeness used without her consent, De Havilland asserted, but the series damaged her
reputation by portraying her as a gossip
who called her sister a “bitch” — something
she insists she never did.
So she sued, claiming the series violated
what’s known as her right of publicity — the
control that California state law gives people over the use of their name, image and
voice — and presented her in a false light.
Last September, a California Superior
Court judge denied FX’s motion to dismiss
De Havilland’s claims, in part (counter-intuitively) because “Feud” had sought to portray her accurately.
Think about the implications. Allowing
someone portrayed realistically in a docudrama to sue just because he or she was included without consent would effectively
give historical figures (and their heirs) veto
power over movies, TV shows, books and
other creative works that use their names or
likenesses in the interest of verisimilitude.
In other words, bye-bye, historical fiction.
Happily, the 2nd District Court of Appeal
in Los Angeles ruled Monday that such
works are protected by the 1st Amendment.
And really, the law was already fairly clear
on that point. The ruling simply stopped an
overly expansive reading of the right of publicity from becoming a precedent.
State courts have held multiple times
that there is no requirement that creators
get people’s permission before incorporating their names, likenesses or narratives
into creative works. As the court of appeal
put it, “Producers of films and television
programs may enter into agreements with
individuals portrayed in those works for a
variety of reasons, including access to the
person’s recollections or ‘story’ the producers would not otherwise have, or a desire to
avoid litigation for a reasonable fee. But the
1st Amendment simply does not require
such acquisition agreements.”
Nevertheless, state law conveys a right of
publicity that gives people control of how
their identities are exploited for commercial
purposes. So there’s a tension between freespeech and publicity rights that the courts
have repeatedly sought to resolve. In a 2001
case involving T-shirts bearing the faces of
the Three Stooges, the state Supreme Court
created a test to determine which rights prevailed: If the work in question “adds significant creative elements” that transform it
“into something more than a mere celebrity
likeness or imitation,” then free-speech
rights win. (The T-shirts flunked.)
In the “Feud” case, Superior Court Judge
Holly E. Kendig in Los Angeles held, in effect, that the efforts by writer Ryan Murphy
to be authentic actually made the production more vulnerable to a lawsuit by De
Havilland. In Kendig’s view, the more realistic a work, the less transformative it is. At
the same time, the judge allowed De Havilland to seek damages for the inaccuracies
she found in the portrayal.
As the appellate panel noted, that’s a
Catch-22. It’s also a pinched reading of what
it means to use a person’s likeness in a
transformative way. With Zeta-Jones on
screen for barely 4% of the docudrama, the
appellate panel held, De Havilland’s likeness is just one of the “raw materials” used
to produce “Feud.” And the series’ commercial value didn’t rely on De Havilland’s fame,
but on “the creativity, skill and reputation”
of the cast and crew.
That’s a far more reasonable way to balance the competing 1st Amendment and
publicity rights. Similarly, the panel’s ruling
against De Havilland’s claim that she was
portrayed in a false light recognized that
reasonable viewers can tell the difference
between dramatizations and facts.
As the panel put it, “Whether a person
portrayed in one of these expressive works
is a world-renowned film star — ‘a living legend’ — or a person no one knows, she or he
does not own history. Nor does she or he
have the legal right to control, dictate, approve, disapprove, or veto the creator’s portrayal of actual people.”
The show can now go on.
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara,
Michael Whitley
Guns are no different
than drugs, alcohol, prostitution or abortion. When
you have a product or
service for which there is
an insatiable demand,
supply will follow. Outlaw
them, as we did during
Prohibition with alcohol,
and you learn the futility of
such remedies.
Gun control advocates
are well-intentioned, but
they are fighting against
basic aspects of human
nature. We already have
more than 300 million guns
extant in America, one for
every man, woman and
child. So go ahead and pass
“common-sense” legislation such as strengthening
background checks. Just
don’t be surprised when it
results in no meaningful
reduction in gun violence.
Robert Chapman
It is striking how editorials and even letters to the
editor tiptoe around the
central issue. Gun safety is
a partisan issue — a point
that Michael Hiltzik recognized last October when he
revealed that out of the
$54.6 million of the National Rifle Assn.’s “independent expenditures”
during the 2016 election
cycle, only $265 went to
In 2008, it was five rightwing Republican Supreme
Court justices who ignored
text, history and precedent
in order to recognize, for
the first time in our nation’s history, an individual
2nd Amendment right to
bear arms that was not
connected to a “well-regulated militia.” It is a Republican president and a Republican-controlled Congress who refuse to offer
anything beyond
“thoughts and prayers” in
response to the carnage.
Come November March
for Our Lives will become
Vote for Our Lives. No
more NRA. No more Republicans.
Ernest A. Canning
Thousand Oaks
It would be nice if for
once your editorial just
came out and stated what
you really want to happen
regarding gun ownership.
I’m absolutely convinced
that what you truly would
like to see is the elimination of the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.
That will never happen in
this country.
Guns are here to stay.
This 21st century version of
the Children’s Crusade will
end up accomplishing
nothing more than a lot of
missed hours in the classroom for the participants.
There are so many gun
laws already on the books
in most states that adding
a few more won’t make any
The problem is our
society. The problem is our
people. The problem is the
way these kids are being
Nearly everyone who
owns a gun is a responsible
person. I haven’t seen one
card-carrying member of
the NRA involved in any of
these school shooting
massacres. What I’ve seen
is a lot of deranged and
disillusioned young persons who were bullied and
harassed by their peers
taking revenge on them.
Charles Reilly
Manhattan Beach
Your letter writer addressing the fact that the
anti-gun protesters were
being protected by security
personnel with guns makes
a fallacious argument on
several levels.
First, the protesters
were not protesting guns,
per se. They were addressing gun legislation, asking
for sensible gun laws so
that children can feel safe
at school. Second, if the
security personnel were
carrying guns, they were
not not mentally unstable,
vengeful killers with a
malicious agenda. They
were there to protect. But
in Phoenix, where opencarry is allowed, counterprotesters were indeed
carrying all manner of
guns. That should make
everyone fearful.
Rebecca Hertsgaard
Palm Desert
The census as
a partisan tool
Re: “2020 census to add
question on citizenship
status,” March 26
Adding the citizenship
question to census 2020
does two things for the
Republican Party.
First, it discourages
undocumented people
from being counted at all,
which could lead to California losing one or two
seats in the House of Representatives. Second, it
further encourages skewed
redistricting so that a
minority party would be
able to have majority vote.
Besides, citizenship status
data already is available
from surveys, so it not
necessary to add the question and risk damaging the
census results.
This is as bad as the
1920 census when the Republican-controlled Congress refused to apportion
the House because too
many “foreigners” (i.e.,
Irish, Italians, etc.) had
immigrated into the big
cities. Add this to extreme
gerrymandering and voter
suppression. Is there no
Chris Williamson
An “actual enumeration” is not possible if a
citizenship question is
included. First of all, it is
specious at best because it
offers no information pertinent to the purpose of the
enumeration. Clearly, the
forefathers recognized the
need to address the reality
of the impact of noncitizens. Considering the
Trump administration’s
animosity toward noncitizens (and many citizens),
there is real fear of repercussions.
If I see this question on
the census form, I will
clearly write, “I refuse to
respond to this question.” I
encourage a preponderance of my fellow residents,
citizen or not, to follow my
example so that we may
nullify the true reason for
this subversion.
Gregg Ferry
Hold the praise
for the Saudis
Re: “Saudi Arabia’s rideapp revolution,” March 27
After devoting a frontpage story to the long
struggle of Saudi women to
win the basic right to drive
a car, in fairness, you
should now do a front-page
story on the devastation
wrought by the Saudis and
Crown Prince Mohammad
Bin Salman in their war on
impoverished Yemen, with
the billions in sales of arms
to the Saudis that President Trump crowed about
last week at the White
An estimated 1 million
people have contracted
cholera in Yemen. That
alone should be enough to
turn your attention from
women’s rights in a country run by a clique of Saud
princes to those autocrats’
horrific war of choice
against the Houthis in
neighboring Yemen.
Bill Clifton
What Trump
isn’t tweeting
Re: “Trump team and
Stormy Daniels each
accuse the other of lying as
clash over alleged affair
escalates,” March 26
There is a famous line in
a Sherlock Holmes story
where his first insight into
a particularly baffling case
is that the dog of the manor
didn’t bark when someone
stole in and killed someone
in the middle of the night.
That scenario always
comes to mind when something usual and ordinary
doesn’t happen.
In this case, Trump is
humiliated by porn star
Stormy Daniels on national TV and, instead of
attacking his accuser in a
tweet or series of tweets, he
goes completely silent. And
people said he had no
impulse control.
Len Gardner
Dana Point
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Anti-‘sanctuary’ fervor will backfire in O.C.
hen Americans
think of Orange
County, they’re
envisioning Los
Alamitos. It’s the
county’s second-smallest city — a
place of big houses, a military base
and a population that’s 71% white.
The local claims to fame are an
ever-excellent high school football
team and the Pasty Kitchen, a
shop specializing in Cornish meat
Los Alamitos made national
news last week after its City Council announced it wants to opt out
of SB 54, the California Values Act.
This so-called sanctuary state law,
enacted at the start of 2018, seeks
to keep local law enforcement from
doing the work of la migra.
Council members, however, say
they need to fight the statehouse
on this issue to protect residents
from illegal-immigrant criminals.
But it’s all a show. Crime is continuously low here. Really, the city is
still trying to save face after a
major scandal earlier this decade:
The Zetas cartel openly set up
shop in town to launder drug
money through quarter-horse
racing at a nearby track. It was an
international embarrassment that
made a mockery of Los Alamitos’
law-and-order sense of self.
What the City Council did,
though, is nothing new: Shasta,
Tehama and Siskiyou counties
declared themselves no-sanctuary
zones in February. Yet little Los Al
has sparked rumblings of an antisanctuary revolution in Orange
County. Huntington Beach an-
Bashing SB 54 is
myopic politics.
nounced it wants to explore a
similar move. On Monday, the O.C.
Sheriff ’s Department began posting online the release dates of all
inmates, a workaround for tipping
off Immigration and Customs
Enforcement. On Tuesday, the
County Board of Supervisors
voted 3-0 to join U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff
Sessions’ lawsuit against the
Values Act.
I actually understand the ire of
these conservative municipalities.
Undocumented folks are only 6%
of California’s population, yet the
state Legislature seems to focus
more on their needs than other
groups’ needs nowadays. And, at
first read, a law that ostensibly
shields criminals from deportation sounds like an insult to every
peaceful resident. But the Assembly members and state senators
who voted for the California Values
Act were remarkably clear-eyed.
Opposition to it is myopic.
First off, the bill’s primary
purpose is to protect Californians,
plain and simple. I know it’s hard
for cities and counties trying to
un-sanctuary themselves to grasp
this. So take it from Californians
who live among the undocumented or are related to them:
They are us. They came here because they want the California
Dream as much as citizens do —
and they work for it thrice as hard.
SB 54 gives them a degree of comfort that any small encounter with
police won’t rip them away from
their loved ones. Given that the
Trump administration wants to
make life for the undocumented as
miserable as possible — witness
the 2020 census plan to ask respondents about citizenship — we
should help them as much as
Also, the sanctuary bill,
whether local politicians like it or
not, is state law and there’s a mature way to challenge laws. I disagree with him, but Sessions at
least acts like an adult by challenging it in federal court. Municipalities that declare they are opting
out, on the other hand, are just
playing pretend-Oath Keepers.
Take Councilman Warren
Kusumoto, who proposed Los
Alamitos’ anti-sanctuary ordinance because, he says, the Values
Act violates the U.S. Constitution.
Yet he doesn’t seem to care about
any legal consequences that may
befall the city. “Is it going to hold
up?” he told a reporter for this
paper about the council’s resolution. “I don’t know.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Troy Edgar
just set up a GoFundMe page to
pay the city’s potential legal costs.
And conservatives nationwide
cheer childishness like this? No
wonder they’re going to get destroyed in the 2018 midterms.
Sanctuary opponents won’t
buy my above arguments, so let’s
talk their talk: crime. This is where
California’s liberal Legislature has
acknowledged a fact that conservatives haven’t: By deporting
people convicted of breaking the
law, we create more crime and
more immigration.
The most famous local exam-
ple, of course, is MS-13, a Los Angeles gang whose members we deported to Central America in the
1990s. What happened? The group
metastasized and unleashed
violence that pushed their
countrymen northward. The same
is now happening in Mexico, where
deportees are either targeted as
victims of crime or recruited into
gangs and cartels because few
other job prospects exist.
The California Values Act isn’t
meant to protect the “bad guys.”
Felons get no free pass. Instead, it
shields people like my dad. He got
a DUI in the 1980s, when he was
undocumented, because he was a
raging borracho. Kusumoto and
others would’ve had him gone; he
would’ve probably died of alcoholism down in Mexico. Instead, a
judge sent him to Alcoholics
Anonymous. This year marks 35
years of sobriety for Papi, and he’s
helped Latino immigrants leave
the booze and become better
individuals for decades.
So as tinhorn politicians bloviate against our sanctuary state,
know that they do so with no
method to their madness. The one
bright side is that politicians like
Kusumoto are guaranteeing their
eventual demise. Anti-immigrant
measures may still play in the
tiniest parts of Orange County or
the reddest parts of the state, but
they will eventually founder in the
new California. And if you don’t
believe me, how’s the state GOP
doing statewide since Proposition
Twitter: @gustavoArellano
It was ‘Google before Google’
By John Markoff
ifty years ago this
month, a 29-year-old former Army paratrooper
flew back to his home in
California from his father’s funeral in Illinois. As the nation’s heartland scrolled beneath
his plane’s window, he jotted down
ideas for a new business that would
encompass a mail-order catalog
and a delivery truck that doubled
as a mobile store.
On the inside cover of Barbara
Ward’s “Spaceship Earth,” Stewart Brand wrote: “What I’m visualizing is an Access Mobile with all
manner of access materials + advice for sale cheap. Including
dandy survival and camping
equipment, catalogs, design plans,
periodical subscriptions, copy
equipment (+ other gathering
equipment - some element of
barter here). Prime item of course
would be the catalog.”
As an afterthought, in a riff on a
then-popular backpacking catalog
with a cult following, he added:
“Notion: every catalog item pictured is held by a naked lady.”
The ladies never materialized
and the truck quickly faded, but
half a year later the first Whole
Earth Catalog was published and
Brand’s handwritten business
plan exploded as an overnight national bestseller that would ultimately sell more than 2 million copies and, in 1972, win the National
Book Award.
It would also help define a generation who, alienated by the Vietnam War and a materialistic nation
that seemed to have lost its soul,
was forming a powerful counterculture.
There had never been anything
quite like the catalog.
Subtitled “Access to Tools,” the
first 64-page volume sold for $5 and
included photos, drawings and
short written endorsements of
books, tools, gadgets and materials organized into seven sections
ranging from “Understanding
Whole Systems” and “Shelter and
Land Use” to “Nomadics” and
Decades later, in 2005, when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs tried to
explain the catalog to a new generation in a Stanford University commencement address, he described
it as Google before Google.
However, that doesn’t quite
capture the spirit or the intent of
Brand’s riotous assembly of notions and revelations, large and
small. Using a search engine is akin
to taking a rapid trip down a long
hall to find what you are hunting
behind a door. In contrast, the
Whole Earth Catalog was like a
seemingly endless hall of adjacent
doors — all open, easy to peek into.
The Whole Earth Catalog was
serendipity between covers.
That was underscored when, in
June 1971, Brand commissioned
novelist Gurney Norman to write
“Divine Right’s Trip” and then
threaded it in easily consumable
chunks through the Last Whole
Earth Catalog — in the process
drawing readers to parts of that
sprawling 452-page edition they
wouldn’t have otherwise visited.
Leafing through the Whole
Earth Catalog would take you from
Glenn Smith Flickr Vision
A 1970 edition of Stewart Brand’s bible for transformation and inspiration for the information age.
a description of a textbook on engineering design to the Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
to a summary of a New Scientist article raising the question, “Should
sportsmen take dope?” and then to
a half-page illustrated description
of a book on “Creative Glass Blowing.”
The catalog resonated with a
generation who had grown up in an
upwardly mobile but stale society.
Millions of them would explore
“sustainable” living in the form of
the brief back-to-the-land movement. Others dabbled in the human potential movement and
psychedelic drugs. The catalog became both groups’ bible of transformation.
Jamis MacNiven, who later
founded Buck’s of Woodside, a legendary Silicon Valley cafe, came
upon the Whole Earth Catalog
while he was living in Connecticut.
With his wife, he pulled up stakes
and moved to the hills behind
Stanford University, where they
lived off the grid on 40 acres.
Steffi Czerny, now a managing
director for the Burda Publishing
empire in Germany, discovered the
catalog in the 1970s and was inspired to roam by Greyhound bus
among communes from Vermont
to Colorado to Tennessee.
Alan Kay, a young Xerox computer scientist credited with conceiving the modern personal computer in 1968, herded the corporation’s librarian over to the Whole
Earth Truck Store in Menlo Park
and persuaded her to order all the
books on display for the company’s
Palo Alto Research Center. The
catalog was an inspiration for the
kind of access to information his
Dynabook computer idea would
enable, Kay recalled.
The half-decade that led to the
catalog was remarkably creative
for Brand. Before he enlisted, he
studied biology at Stanford, and
after the Army he took up with poets and artists, including Ken
Kesey and his Merry Pranksters. In
1964, Brand produced a multimedia slide show called “America
Needs Indians.” In January 1966, he
organized the Trips Festival, a San
Francisco “happening” that led directly to Haight-Ashbury and the
Summer of Love. Later that year,
he launched a personal crusade
asking “Why Haven’t We Seen a
Photograph of the Whole Earth
Yet?” Many believe he persuaded
NASA to make its shot-from-space
photos publicly available, which in
turn helped jump-start the Save
the Earth ecology movement of the
1970s (and provided the name and
cover image for the catalog).
Art Kleiner, editor in chief of
Strategy+Business, who worked
at CoEvolution Quarterly, a followon to the catalog, pegs Brand’s
contribution as not just providing
people with access to tools, but
also instilling in them a deep faith
in human progress. “It was the
idea, ‘Let’s take this baby, humanity, out on the road and see what it
will do,’” he said.
Now half a century after the
publication of the first Whole
Earth Catalog, Brand has remained consistently ahead of the
curve. The 79-year-old and his wife,
Ryan Phelan, have founded an effort to use genetic engineering to
rescue endangered species facing
climate change.
The catalog’s opening sentence
still applies: “We are as Gods,” it
reads, “and we might as well get
good at it.”
John Markoff, a fellow at the
Center for Advanced Study in the
Behavioral Sciences, is writing
a biography of Stewart Brand.
than ever
It’s slow. It’s obsessed
with its own history. Our
national pastime is the
antidote to our politics.
By John R. Bawden
aseball has become
America. Its pacing
runs counter to our
Twitter-addled era.
The game denies instant gratification. Thousands of measurable events and matchups
provide inarguable facts. The
sport demands respect for history and context. Given the current political climate, the republic needs baseball more
than ever.
As the country has sped up,
baseball has gotten slower. The
average nine-inning game takes
over three hours — 13% longer
than in 2005. There is no “running the clock” as there is in just
about every other sport. Batters saunter to the plate and fiddle with batting gloves. Pitchers
shake off signs, get set and then
step off the mound. Major
League Baseball hopes to
quicken the pace by limiting the
number of coaching visits to the
mound and shortening breaks
between innings. Players, bless
them, have resisted a 20-second
pitch clock.
Baseball teaches delayed
gratification. It lacks the constant movement of basketball
or violent contact of football,
and the pleasure of an inningending strikeout or run-saving
catch comes only after a period
of tense waiting. The exact opposite occurs too. With the
crowd on its feet during a goahead moment, a batter will
foul off five pitches only to
meekly ground out to first base.
Baseball also fosters a philosophical outlook. There are
162 regular season games; players and teams often recover
from slow starts. Fans and players expect ups and downs. This
is not the orientation of hyperbolic cable news shows or the incessant outrage traded on social media.
Baseball resists quick, uninformed judgments. Teams and
players reveal their character
over some 1,500 innings played
each year. The sheer volume of
data generated lends itself to
debate, analysis and historical
comparison. All major league
players stand in relationship to
the achievements of their forbearers.
Baseball reminds us how important historical context is as
well. No one forgets that baseball was racially segregated until Jackie Robinson took the
field with the Brooklyn Dodgers
in 1947. In 1920, when the league
introduced the more tightlywound “live ball,” sluggers such
as Babe Ruth became stars of
the game overnight. MLB added eight games to the regular
season in the early 1960s, which
made comparing the singleseason achievements of pitchers and hitters difficult. With
the growing dominance of
pitchers during the late 1960s,
the league widened the strike
zone and lowered the pitcher’s
mound five inches to help batters again. Such rule changes, of
which there are many, mean
that Babe Ruth can’t be neatly
compared to Mike Trout.
MLB franchises are businesses designed to make money, but even the league’s distasteful attempts at spectacle
— like halftime shows at the
MLB Homerun Derby — cannot overwhelm the substance of
our national pastime. At a moment when post-truth politics
poisons our discourse, opening
day can’t get here soon enough.
John R. Bawden is an
associate professor of history
at the University of Montevallo
in Alabama.
Patt Morrison
Asks Aza Raskin
The Silicon Valley innovator
and co-founder of the Center
for Humane Technology cautions that social media sites
like Facebook are rick-rolling
users into damaging democracy, and ourselves.
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31 handguns
missing from
a city vault
in Compton
The theft of weapons
from city’s disbanded
police force is being
investigated by ATF.
By Javier Panzar
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
PROTESTERS gather outside the Sacramento City Council chamber, where a special meeting was held Tues-
day. Inside, residents lined up to call for change and more investment in Sacramento’s black community.
State to oversee probe
of Sacramento killing
Officials try to instill calm after police shooting; protests grow
By Paige St. John,
Nicole Santa Cruz and
Alene Tchekmedyian
State and local authorities moved to defuse tensions over the fatal shooting
of Stephon Clark on Tuesday by promising independent oversight of the police investigation, but frustrations
in Sacramento continued to
swarming City Hall to demand that the officers who
shot the unarmed black man
be held accountable.
More than 100 protesters
marched from the Sacramento County district attorney’s office to City Hall on
Tuesday evening, holding
Jose Luis Villegas Associated Press
STEVANTE CLARK, brother of Stephon Clark, who
was fatally shot by police a week ago, burst into the
council chambers chanting his dead brother’s name.
signs with messages such as
“Sac PD: Stop killing us!”
and “Not a gun. It was a cell
phone.” After they reached
the City Council chamber,
police officers in helmets
stood by, at one point forming a line to keep the room
from overcrowding.
Inside, 10-year-old Terrell
Wilson addressed the City
Council. In tears, he said he
feared the police.
“All he had was a cellphone,” Terrell said. “Twenty shots over a cellphone.”
As he spoke, the crowd
stood and applauded. Soon
after, about 8:20 p.m., demonstrators banged on the
chamber windows, there
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Thirty-one guns from
Compton’s disbanded police
department vanished from a
city vault last year, and now
federal authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest
and conviction of those responsible.
The Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Los Angeles field
division announced the reward Tuesday. Officials said
23 Beretta .40-caliber pistols
and eight Glock .40-caliber
pistols had been stolen from
an old city building at 600 N.
Alameda St. between March
6 and Aug. 31, 2017.
The city began storing
about 200 weapons from the
old Compton Police Department in a vault in that building after the department
was dismantled and law enforcement responsibilities
were contracted out to the
Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department in 2000.
When the Sheriff ’s Department conducted an inventory of the guns in March
2017, all the weapons were
there. But when they returned in August to move
the stockpile to another
storage spot, the 31 handguns were missing.
An ATF spokeswoman
said the guns are believed to
be service weapons.
Daryl Thomas, the resident agent in charge at the
Long Beach field office, said
the vault is in working order
and there was no sign of
damage to it.
Compton’s city manager
did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The weapons loss is just
one problem facing Comp-
Missing model’s
body believed to
have been found
Police suspect foul
play after discovery
north of Sacramento.
By Javier Panzar
and Kate Mather
The grainy photo, taken
from an elevator’s security
camera, is the last image investigators have of the missing 25-year-old woman.
It seemed innocuous
enough: a couple, both wearing baseball caps, leaving
her apartment in Hollywood. She had two bags with
her, police said — a sign she
was going on a trip.
But when her friends and
family didn’t hear from her,
they grew worried and called
This week, the monthlong search for Adea Shabani, a model and aspiring
actress, came to an apparent close when a body believed to be hers was found in
a shallow grave 50 miles
north of Sacramento.
Los Angeles police said
Tuesday that they suspect
foul play and that the man
last seen with Shabani — the
man in the elevator — was
somehow involved.
But the investigation is
far from over.
Because of the condition
of the remains, investigators
have not yet determined exactly how and when Shabani
died, and are still waiting to
confirm the body is indeed
hers. And the man they tried
to talk to throughout Shabani’s disappearance — Christopher Spotz, a 33-year-old
man who police say had an
“intimate relationship” with
Shabani — died last week after shooting himself during a
police chase.
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Garcia for slur
Vintner and wine
importer dies
Fellow Assembly
Democrats criticize
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term against a gay
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Robert Haas, who was
instrumental in
shaping U.S. tastes in
the beverage, has died.
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Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
BRAD KANE , president of the Pico Neighborhood Council, opposes SB 827’s
proposed easing of restrictions for residential projects near bus and rail stops.
L.A. council to fight plan
for high-density housing
One city official calls
state bill targeting
‘transit rich’ areas for
growth ‘pure insanity.’
By David Zahniser
and Jon Schleuss
The Los Angeles City
Council voted Tuesday to
oppose a bill allowing residential buildings of four to
eight stories on streets near
public transit, despite objec-
tions from business leaders
and groups that favor
higher-density housing.
The 13-0 vote makes L.A.
the largest municipality in
California to come out
against Senate Bill 827,
which would loosen or eliminate restrictions on height,
density, parking and design
for residential projects near
bus and rail stops.
Councilman Paul Koretz,
who represents much of the
Westside, called the bill
“pure insanity.” And Councilman David Ryu, who
wrote the resolution opposing the bill, said it would result in the widespread displacement of renters, generating “a housing boom for a
privileged few and eviction
notices for everyone else.”
“Los Angeles has a long
and painful history of displacement in the name of
progress, and of well-intended bills that uproot
communities and destroy
neighborhoods,” Ryu said.
“SB 827 is one such bill.”
Business leaders quickly
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ton City Hall.
A state audit released
this month found that
Compton officials overpaid
themselves, charged questionable trips on city-issued
credit cards and failed to
safeguard taxpayer money,
resulting in one staffer stealing millions of dollars over
several years. Compton’s
weak financial oversight and
turned a general fund surplus of $22.4 million a decade
ago into a deficit of $42.7 million just three years later, the
audit found. Even after officials adopted a plan to repay
the debt in 2014, the deficit
increased by $6.4 million the
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may get
bill for
Southland’s MWD is
looking into financing
delta water project on
its own, hoping other
agencies pay up later.
By Bettina Boxall
biggest water agency is considering picking up most of
the bill for overhauling the
state’s waterworks without
any guarantee that it will
eventually recoup its additional, multibillion-dollar investment.
At a board workshop
Tuesday, officials of the Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California outlined ways in which the
agency could finance the
construction of two giant
water tunnels under the
Sacramento-San Joaquin
Underlying the plan is an
assumption that the San
Joaquin Valley agricultural
districts that have refused to
share in the upfront costs of
the mammoth construction
project would be willing to
buy into it when the project
is finished.
But those big irrigation
districts have yet to commit
to future water purchases,
leaving open the possibility
that the MWD — and by extension ratepayers from Los
Angeles to San Diego — will
be stuck with a roughly $11billion bill for the project
known as California WaterFix.
The MWD’s board voted
last fall to invest $4.3 billion
in the twin tunnel project,
which proponents say is necessary to sustain water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley agriculture and Southland cities.
But after valley growers
said they couldn’t afford the
project, the state decided to
press ahead with a lesscostly, one-tunnel version financed by the MWD and the
other, largely urban districts
that get delta supplies from
the State Water Project.
Not long after the state’s
February announcement,
some MWD board members
floated an idea to keep alive
the two-tunnel version,
which they believe would be
more beneficial. They proposed that the MWD pick up
agriculture’s unfunded portion, which amounts to
roughly a third of the project’s total $17-billion cost.
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Drug cartel life: Like father, like son
Man can’t resist family
business despite
mother’s efforts to
shield him from it.
SAN DIEGO — The day
Serafin Zambada Ortiz
turned 2, a car bomb exploded outside his birthday
When he was 9, just hours
after he and his mother had
left a hotel in Mazatlan,
Mexico, an assassination
killing his grandparents, uncle and aunt.
It’s what happens when
your dad is the one of the
most powerful drug kingpins in the world.
The constant threat of
violence kept Zambada’s
world very small as a child.
He moved from place to
place, at times hidden indoors while other children
got to play.
“I lived in a golden cage
with luxuries that were useless,” Zambada wrote of his
Despite his mother’s best
efforts to shield him, Zambada couldn’t resist the pull
of the family business. He
was the leader of a drug distribution cell when, at 22, he
was caught on a wiretap conspiring to traffic drugs from
Mexico into San Diego. By
23, he was in jail.
On March 21, more than
three years after pleading
guilty, Zambada, 27, was
sentenced by a San Diego
federal judge to 5½ years in
prison. The hearing closes a
significant chapter in the
takedown of Mexico’s most
powerful trafficking organization: the Sinaloa cartel.
The effort to dismantle
the group has swept up
drug distribution networks,
smugglers, hit men, highranking leaders and money
launderers. Many of the
prosecutions have been
headed by Adam Braverman, a career prosecutor
who is San Diego’s newest
U.S. attorney.
Associated Press
SINALOA cartel co-chief Ismael Zambada Garcia, right. His son, Serafin Zam-
bada Ortiz, is in prison for conspiring to traffic drugs from Mexico into San Diego.
At the very top of the organization are Joaquin “El
Chapo” Guzman, the public
face of the Sinaloa cartel,
and his co-leader, Ismael “El
Mayo” Zambada Garcia —
Serafin’s father.
Guzman is awaiting trial
in New York on federal
charges of heading a massive trafficking operation.
The elder Zambada remains
a fugitive, and the State Department is offering a reward of up to $5 million for
his capture.
The family’s history, outlined in letters to the court
and in a sentencing memorandum filed by his defense
attorney, reads like the
cross-border crime dramas
that glamorize the narco
Zambada Garcia, a farmer by trade, was a rising
star when he had a chance
encounter with Leticia Ortiz
Hernandez in Mexicali in
1988. The two knew each
other, having grown up in
neighboring villages outside
Culiacan in Sinaloa state.
Ortiz, who had recently
earned her psychology degree, ignored the advice of
her forest ranger father and
Drug Enforcement Administration
AS a youth, Serafin said,
he saw his father’s photo
on wanted posters.
restaurateur mother to stay
away from the drug trade,
and she fell in love with the
man 15 years her elder and
moved with him to Tijuana.
Ten days after Serafin’s
birth across the border in
San Diego, future kingpin
stood as the child’s godfather at his baptism. At the
child’s confirmation, Amado
Carrillo Fuentes, a leading
trafficker known as “Lord of
the Skies” for his fleet of cocaine-smuggling
stood as another godfather.
Then war broke out with
the Arellano-Felix brothers
over control of the Tijuana
plaza. Serafin’s mother took
him and his baby sister
to Culiacan, which they
thought would be safer. The
car bomb shattered that notion.
“From that day on, our
lives were never the same,”
she said in court records.
“The same men that not
long before stood up for our
children in church and
promised to raise them to be
good Catholics were now
trying to kill them.”
She said several teenage
boys were killed solely because they had played on the
same soccer team as Zambada Garcia’s older son from
a prior relationship.
The brutality went the
other way too, she said.
“From 1992 to the year 2000
the days were difficult and
bloody and a stupid, senseless war where many families were destroyed and
with a lot of pain in their
But Serafin began to
understand the family business. He’d spot his father’s
picture on wanted posters.
Overcome with depression and paranoia, his
mother finally took the two
children and fled to Phoenix.
For a time, Serafin and his
sister, Teresa, lived as normal schoolchildren. But
when Ortiz’s visa expired
two years later, they returned to the cartel’s stronghold in Mexico.
Serafin and his sister
were sent back to Arizona to
attend a prestigious boarding school. They moved back
to Culiacan after a year.
The Arellano-Felix organization, which had dominated the Tijuana routes until Benjamin’s 2002 arrest,
slowly faded from the scene
as it became the target of
But the family returned
to hiding again — in Vancouver, Canada — when the
Beltran-Leyva organization
splintered from the Sinaloa
cartel in a power struggle.
Back in Culiacan, Serafin
Zambada attended college
at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa to study
agronomy. But he was
drawn into the world that
he’d been sheltered from for
so long.
“Unfortunately, I returned to Culiacan ... and I
say unfortunately because
in that city there is nothing
more than the drug trade,”
he wrote in a letter to the
In 2010, still a teenager, he
married a woman who also
came from a family entrenched in trafficking. They
had two children.
He was arrested on a warrant in November 2013 as he
used the pedestrian lanes to
cross into the U.S. at the
port of entry in Nogales,
He pleaded guilty to a
conspiracy to import more
than 100 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000
kilograms of marijuana into
the U.S. from Mexico, according to the plea agreement. He also agreed to forfeit $250,000 in drug proceeds, an amount that has
been paid.
At his sentencing, he
apologized for his crime and
said he looks forward to
moving on with his life to
raise his two children “in the
best way possible.”
In his letter to the judge,
he wrote, “In this drug business one hurts a lot of people
and I your honor regret having been the cause of causing
so much damage to many
people … I have learned here
in this place that drugs destroy many lives.”
Prosecutors and defense
attorneys had agreed to the
prison term, and U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw accepted their recommendation.
While the judge called
Zambada’s crime “very significant,” he listed mitigating factors including his
youth, his “genuine remorse” and the lack of
violence in his background.
With time served, Zambada should be released by
September, said his defense
attorney Saji Vettiyil. He
plans to finish his college degree and help his mother
with her Mexican lychee and
mango farm.
Davis writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
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for slur
Fellow Assembly
Democrats criticize
lawmaker for using
derogatory term
against gay leader.
By Melanie Mason
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
L.A. COUNTY has authorized Measure H money to keep a Salvation Army-run emergency shelter open in Antelope Valley, where there
are no year-round facilities to house homeless people. Above, Mike Bass at the Lancaster Community Shelter, which closed in August.
Antelope Valley’s shelter crisis
County supervisors
direct housing agency
to use funds from
homeless initiative to
keep facility open.
By Melissa Etehad
Declaring a “shelter crisis” in the Antelope Valley,
Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to keep
an emergency homeless
shelter operating throughout much of 2018.
They approved a motion
directing the Los Angeles
Homeless Services Author-
ity to use Measure H funds
for the 93-bed shelter, which
is operated by the Salvation
Army in a converted medical
The Antelope Valley’s
homeless population increased by 50% from 2016 to
2017 — from about 3,000 to
4,500 — according to the latest figures released by the
homeless authority. But
there are no year-round
facilities to house homeless
The 108-bed Lancaster
Community Shelter, the valley’s only drop-in homeless
shelter, closed in August after financial struggles.
The funds from Measure
H — the county tax increase
approved by voters in 2017 —
will keep the emergency
shelter open 24 hours a day
through the end of October.
Tuesday’s action ensures
residents will not lose
“access to vital services that
will help them permanently
exit the cycle of homelessness,” Supervisor Kathryn
Barger, who co-authored
the motion with Supervisor
Mark Ridley-Thomas, said
in a statement.
The harsh winters and
blazing summers in the Antelope Valley put those
sleeping on its streets at risk.
Salvation Army Lt. Hector Acosta said extending
operations at the emergency
shelter only addresses a
small aspect of the homelessness problem in the Antelope Valley.
“Having around 100 beds
for more than 4,500 is the
very least we could do. We
need to extend our efforts,”
he said.
The valley’s distance
from urban centers, such as
downtown Los Angeles,
makes it difficult to get services to the area’s homeless
people, said David Howden,
director of the Corporation
for Supportive Housing’s
L.A. office.
“In other parts of the city
or county that are more urban, it’s easier for agencies
to grow and expand,” Howden said. “We need to help
people already there providing resources and bring additional groups to meet community needs.”
In June, state Sen. Scott
Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) accused the homeless services
agency of shortchanging the
Antelope Valley of federal
homeless funds and called
for an audit to review
how the agency distributes
its $100 million in federal
Acosta said county officials have recently begun
collaborating with homeless-service providers in the
area to address the problem.
Homeless veterans get new digs in O.C.
Apartment complex in
Newport Shores is
converted for seniors,
By Hannah Fry
Donald Gates’ exceptional stroke of luck four
years ago quickly soured
when he was diagnosed with
prostate cancer just days after winning more than
$500,000 in the lottery.
Doctors gave him four to
six months to live. So he
went on a spending spree.
He bought himself a trickedout Cadillac and cars for his
former wife, sister, children
and grandkids.
“I spent $150,000 in two
days,” he said. “By the time
I’m ready to die, I’m broke.”
His cancer responded to
treatment. His money problems, however, didn’t dissipate. Eventually he had to
leave his apartment for a
bed at a shelter in Santa Ana
and then moved to Bridges
at Kraemer Place, a homeless shelter in Anaheim.
About six months ago,
Gates, 77, was approached
by an employee of Mercy
House, a nonprofit that operates Bridges at Kraemer
Place, with a rare opportunity.
Gates has experience in
property management, and
a 12-unit apartment community in Newport Beach,
the Cove Apartments, was
preparing to open. The operators needed someone to
live onsite and manage it.
The Cove — created by a
partnership of Mercy House
and Community Development Partners, a Newport Beach affordable-housing developer — provides
housing for low-income senior citizens and homeless
military veterans at 6001
Coast Blvd. in the Newport
Kevin Chang Daily Pilot
“I HAPPEN to be very fortunate,” said Donald Gates, left, with Larry Haynes of
Mercy House, after Gates moved into the Cove Apartments in Newport Beach.
Shores neighborhood.
The Cove, formerly an
aging market-rate apartment building, hosted its
grand opening this month,
and Gates moved into
his roughly 400-squarefoot one-bedroom, onebathroom apartment near
the beach.
“I happen to be very fortunate,” Gates said.
Development Partners bought
the building in 2015 from an
owner who operated monthto-month lease agreements
with tenants. The organization’s goal was to create an
affordable, welcoming space
for underserved populations.
Every resident at the
Cove has a story. One person
used to sleep in a refrigerator box on the streets. Some
bounced among shelters.
Others, like Glen Lipton, a
67-year-old Navy veteran
who previously lived in
North Hollywood, already
had a home but was drawn
to the property for its inexpensive rent and proximity
to the beach.
“This came up and I was
like, ‘Yeah, baby,’ ” Lipton
said. “To get out of L.A.,
where I had been my whole
life and move into a brandnew building right by the
beach, I couldn’t wait.”
The apartments’ rents
are based on tenants’ income, but Community Development Partners President Kyle Paine said
monthly rates typically run
from $500 to $900. In comparison, the average rent for
a one-bedroom apartment
in Newport Beach is about
$2,000, according to online
housing data.
The Cove’s courtyard has
seating areas and a community garden with lemon
trees, strawberry plants, lavender, lettuce, kale and various herbs that residents can
harvest and use for cooking.
There’s also a shared laundry room and, in some units,
balconies facing West Coast
adorn the stairways leading
to second-story units.
“You are never too old to
set a goal or to dream a new
dream,” one reads.
comes as Orange County
leaders, homeless advocates
and officials from several cities struggle with where to
house the area’s growing
homeless population.
Space in the county’s existing homeless shelters is
limited, and a federal judge
has demanded that local
governments find places for
people recently evicted from
encampments along the
Santa Ana River Trail.
Irvine, Huntington Beach
and Laguna Niguel are
fighting to keep temporary
shelters out of their commu-
“This is the other end of
the rainbow,” Larry Haynes,
executive director of Mercy
House, said of the Cove.
“When people say there’s
nothing that works … this
Haynes said the idea that
developing affordable housing takes time isn’t a reason
not to build it. “If we simply
wring our hands and say it
can’t be done or it’ll take too
long, guess what?” he said.
“We’ll be right.”
The Cove had its own
hurdles to overcome.
In November 2015, dozens
of angry Newport Shores
residents stormed out of a
meeting when the Newport
Beach City Council approved a $1.97-million grant
Development Partners to help acquire and rehabilitate the
The money was part of a
fund housing developers
could pay into if they were
unable to build affordable
housing into their projects
to comply with state mandates, city staff said at the
Some of the project’s critics expressed concerns
about its close proximity to a
neighborhood park, saying
the development would
change the community’s
“People have a preconceived notion, a misconception, of what this type of
housing is and what’s going
to be next to them,” Paine
said. “The last thing you’d
ever want to do is sell it to
them in a package that looks
bad. We build stuff that’s just
as good as any market-rate
project would be, and we put
as much pride into what we
develop as anything else we
would do.”
admission by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia that
she probably used a homophobic term to refer to a gay
prompted rebukes from her
fellow Democrats.
Garcia (D-Bell Gardens)
acknowledged in an interview with KQED that she
had used the word “homo” to
describe gay people and did
not dispute an allegation
that she used the term to describe former Assembly
Speaker John A. Pérez, the
state’s first openly gay
speaker. She denied using
other homophobic slurs.
“Have I at some point
used the word ‘homo’? Yeah
I’ve used that word ‘homo,’ ”
Garcia said. “I don’t know
that I’ve used it in derogatory context.”
She said she uses “candid
language” in settings “where
you think you’re in a safe
space and you could speak
your mind and be vocal.”
Garcia, who is under investigation over allegations
that she inappropriately
touched and made sexual
advances toward two men,
denied that she sexually assaulted anyone. She rejected
a spate of accusations levied
against her, including that
she encouraged staffers to
play “spin the bottle,” that
she excessively consumed
alcohol at work and that she
made staff perform personal
She said the allegations
were meant to silence her
work on issues including environmental justice and the
#MeToo movement. Garcia
has been on voluntary unpaid leave since February,
when the accusations first
Democrats condemned
Garcia’s use of the slur on
Pérez told Politico that
Garcia was attempting to
“rationalize” her comments
by saying she only used the
term in “safe spaces.”
Assembly Speaker Anthony
(D-Paramount) said in a statement that he does not comment on ongoing investigations.
“That said, using homophobic language is inappropriate and indefensible,”
Rendon said. “Words have
consequences and can cause
harm. Officials who are
elected to represent everyone in their districts should
know better and do better.”
“It’s disappointing to
hear a respected former
speaker be subjected to
hurtful homophobic comments,” said Assemblyman
Evan Low (D-Campbell),
who chairs the Legislative
LGBT Caucus. “It’s upsetting but not surprising — it
reflects the everyday struggles that our LGBT community faces on a daily basis. We
must continue to work to educate others about the importance of eradicating all
forms of homophobia — and
the ignorance and bigotry
behind them.”
Twitter: @melmason
Rich Pedroncelli AP
CRISTINA Garcia is on
Fry writes for Times
Community News.
unpaid leave from the
Assembly amid sexual
harassment allegations.
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Company sells
desert town
envisioned as a
cannabis resort
Although Nipton has
a new owner, the plan
to turn the old mining
community into a pot
paradise isn’t dead.
associated press
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
A PROTESTER with Black Lives Matter argues with a man trying to enter Golden 1 Center to see the Sacra-
mento Kings on Tuesday. Officials closed the arena to fans for the second time since Stephon Clark’s killing.
Protests continue over
Stephon Clark killing
[Investigation, from B1]
ing, and one man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer and being
drunk in public, Sgt. Vance
Chandler said. The meeting,
which was supposed to run
until 11 p.m., ended early.
Chandler also said protesters stormed the doors of
the Golden 1 Center during a
Sacramento Kings game,
prompting officials to close
arena doors to fans for a second time since the shooting.
Two officers shot Clark a
week ago in his grandmother’s backyard.
On Tuesday morning,
state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn announced an agreement that
they hoped would help instill
calm in the city. It calls for
the state Justice Department to play two roles: to
provide independent oversight of the investigation
into the shooting and to review Sacramento’s police
training and policies on the
use of force.
“I have complete confidence in my detectives, but
due to the nature of this investigation, the extremely
high emotion, anger and
hurt in our city, I felt it was in
the best interest of our entire
community, including the
members of our Police Department,” Hahn said. “Our
city is at a critical point right
now, and I believe this will
help build faith and confidence.”
Becerra promised that
the reports would be “based
on the fact and the law, nothing more and nothing less.”
“My team and I … will do
everything in our power to
ensure this investigation is
vault is
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next year.
Fiscal mismanagement
is not a new problem in
Compton, where former
Mayor Omar Bradley was
convicted last year of misappropriating public funds.
Current Mayor Aja Brown
took office in 2013 on a good
governance platform and
vowed to bring financial stability to a municipality that
had run through city managers.
The investigation into
the missing weapons is being conducted by ATF. Anyone with information about
the missing firearms is
urged to call (800) ATFGUNS or the ATF Long
Beach office at (818) 2653760.
‘My team and I …
will do
everything in our
power to ensure
this investigation
is fair, thorough
and impartial.’
— Xavier Becerra,
state attorney general
fair, thorough and impartial,” he said at a news conference Tuesday backed by
black fraternity and sorority
The fraternity and sorority members said they had
come to support Sacramento’s black community,
as well as Hahn, the city’s
first African American police chief.
The state Justice Department’s oversight will not affect Sacramento County
Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert’s review of the Police
Department’s final report or
the decision on whether to
against the two officers,
Schubert said Tuesday.
“My job is to provide a
full, fair, independent review
of this shooting,” she said.
“At the end of the day, it will
be based on facts and the
law.… Understand, that
process will take time.”
After the March 18 shooting, police quickly released
officer videos as well as radio
tense standoffs with police
followed — including one
that blocked Interstate 5
and another that prevented
fans from getting into a Sacramento Kings basketball
game — but officers were
lauded widely for showing
restraint and preventing an
escalation of tensions.
ended Clark’s life began
when Sacramento officers
responded to a call about a
man breaking into vehicles,
authorities said. The caller
said the man had broken car
windows and was hiding in a
backyard, according to the
Police Department.
A Sacramento County
Sheriff ’s Department helicopter spotted a man in a
backyard and directed police toward him, authorities
said. Deputies told officers
that the man had picked up
a “toolbar” and broken the
window of a home.
The man was seen running south, toward the front
of the house, where he
stopped and looked into another car, police said. Officers ordered him to stop and
show his hands, but he ran.
They chased him to the
backyard, where, authorities say, he turned and advanced toward the officers
holding what they thought
was a gun.
Fearing for their safety,
the officers fired their duty
weapons, the department
said. Clark, who was holding
a cellphone, was pronounced dead at the scene.
In police videos, an officer is heard saying, “Hey,
mute,” before the sound cuts
Hahn said the request to
mute “builds suspicion” and
is part of the investigation.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg
began Tuesday’s community meeting at City Hall by of-
fering the council’s condolences.
“In the days, weeks and
months ahead, you will be
heard. It is our job to hear
your truth and calls for
change,” he said.
He then turned the
microphone over to Councilman Larry Carr, who represents Meadowview, where
Clark was killed. Carr spoke
briefly before Stevante Clark
burst into the chambers
chanting his dead brother’s
The mayor called a 15minute break to allow the
room to calm.
Inside the room, residents lined up to call for
change and more investment in Sacramento’s black
Les Simmons, a pastor,
told the council that a life is
more than the cost of a few
broken windows.
“Our folks are hurting.
They need equity. They need
investment,” he said.
Barry Accius, an activist,
told attendees to take their
cellphones out and point
them at the council.
“No property in this
world is worth a life,” he said.
Elijah Wallace, 13, of Sacramento said he is tired of
seeing African Americans
getting shot and killed.
“I think we should come
together and make sure this
violence stops,” he said.
St. John and Santa Cruz
reported from Sacramento,
Tchekmedyian from Los
Could plans to turn an
old California ghost town
into a marijuana mecca be
going up in smoke?
company American Green
Inc., which bought Nipton
for $5 million last year, has
sold it to another company
in a deal worth $7.7 million,
acknowledging that it struggled to raise the money
needed to remake the old
desert mining town, near the
Nevada border about 60
miles south of Las Vegas,
into a pot paradise.
“Buying and building
towns is very cash intensive.
Up until now, the cost of attracting capital has been
very expensive for our company,” the Phoenix-based
company said in a statement
this month.
That responsibility, the
company added, now falls on
the new owner, Delta International Oil & Gas, a Scottsdale, Ariz., company that
previously has focused on
buying properties for exploratory drilling.
Green says the sale includes
the provision that it continue with its project to transform the 80-acre town on the
edge of the Mojave Desert
into a cannabis-themed resort.
After buying Nipton last
year, American Green unveiled plans that included
remodeling its Old Weststyle hotel into a “buds
and breakfast” inn and bottling and selling cannabisinfused beverages drawn
from Nipton’s desert aquifer.
There were also plans
to attract cultivators and
boutique owners such as glassblowers.
Still other plans called for
the company to bring back
Nipton’s post office and
bank, and expand its solar
farm to serve the town’s
handful of residents, making
Nipton green in more ways
than one.
How much, if any, of
that has happened couldn’t
immediately be determined.
A clerk who answered the
phone at the Nipton Trading
Post said he was the only
person there but too busy to
talk, and hung up.
A publicist for American
Green said she would reach
out to Nipton’s project manager.
Once a booming mining
town served by stagecoach
and rail lines, Nipton
was a ghost town when
Gerald Freeman, a Los
Angeles geologist who liked
to look for gold in his spare
time, rediscovered it in the
He and his wife, Roxanne
Lang, bought it in 1985, and
he spent the next 30 years
restoring its hotel, trading
post and handful of houses,
10 miles off Interstate 15 in
far eastern San Bernardino
The couple put it up for
sale after Freeman’s health
began to fail.
Lang sold it last year after he died.
Under terms of this
month’s sale, American
Green said, Delta International assumes $3.7 million
of American Green’s debt
and gives American Green
$4 million in preferred Delta
Green says it signed a contract to continue to develop
the town for the next five to
10 years.
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
CARL CAVANESS and Kiera Freeman joke around
outside the Nipton Trading Post in August.
Southland’s MWD might pay for tunnels
[Tunnels, from B1]
Under the scenario outlined by MWD staff Tuesday,
the agency would recover
that extra investment by
selling tunnel capacity to agricultural irrigation districts
when WaterFix is built.
The supposition is that
once supplies start flowing
through the tunnels, the
project will be more attractive to growers who by then
will also be facing new limits
on groundwater pumping
they traditionally rely on
to carry them through
“Their problem is cash
flow” during the years of
construction, MWD Assistant General Manager Roger
Patterson told the board.
He added that the MWD
is hoping those districts will
soon sign purchase agreements that bind them to future buy-ins.
But it’s unlikely growers
will do that before the board
votes on whether it should
more than double its investment in WaterFix.
The staff is planning to
offer two options for a board
vote next month: Add $1 billion more to the MWD’s 2017
funding commitment and
move ahead with one tunnel,
or throw roughly $5.5 billion
more into the WaterFix pot
and build two tunnels. The
latter would push the agency’s total financing to nearly
$11 billion.
If the MWD is unable to
Katie Falkenberg Los Angeles Times
IF THE MWD pays for two tunnels, that would push its total project financing
to nearly $11 billion. Above, Ruben Garcia fishes on the San Joaquin River in 2016.
eventually sell that extra
project share, WaterFix
would add nearly $60 a year
to household water costs in
the agency’s service area, according to staff calculations.
Paying for one tunnel would
increase annual household
bills by half that amount.
Financing WaterFix to
the tune of $11 billion would
also have twice the effect on
the agency’s overall budget,
increasing it by 2.2% a year,
compared with 1.1% for one
Board members peppered the staff with questions about contract details
and how the MWD’s investment would be protected.
The most skeptical members were from Los Angeles
and the San Diego County
Water Authority. Mayor Eric
Garcetti, who appoints
L.A.’s representatives, last
year said he supported one
— but not two — delta tunnels.
Board Vice Chairman
John Murray Jr. of Los Ange-
les noted that city policy
calls for L.A. to reduce its use
of imported water and boost
local supplies, such as recycled water. Others wondered if paying so much for
WaterFix would decrease investments in developing alternative sources.
MWD officials have said
that Southern California
needs to both maintain its
delta imports and develop
regional supplies, adding
that the agency will continue
to subsidize local programs.
In public comments, opponents repeated arguments against the tunnels.
MWD’s billions would be
better spent developing regional water sources, they
said, adding that the project
will drive up water rates, and
they accused MWD of
cherry-picking data to exaggerate projected tunnel deliveries.
Murray also noted that
some water experts say a
second tunnel is not worth
the extra cost since one tunnel would provide many of
the same benefits as two.
The project is intended to
lessen the ecological harm of
massive withdrawals from
the delta’s southern portion
by partially supplying delta
pumps with tunnel water diverted from the Sacramento
River in the delta’s northern
Patterson disagreed that
one tunnel was enough. “I
don’t think one does the job
of two,” he said after the
Two tunnels, he said,
would provide more flexibility in operating the big government projects that export water from the delta,
would be able to capture
more water during storm
flows and would do more to
lessen the harmful environmental effects of the delta
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ROBERT HAAS, 1927 - 2018
Influential vintner and wine importer
Haas was instrumental
in shaping U.S. tastes
in the beverage.
By Patrick Comiskey
obert Haas, one of
the leading lights
of the U.S. wine
complications of pneumonia
at his home in Templeton,
Calif. He was 90.
As a wine producer, importer, marketer, prognosticator and industry sage,
Haas was instrumental in
shaping the country’s wine
tastes, elevating the quality
of wines imported, lending
sophistication to the country’s buying efforts and,
most important, expanding
the market with new regions, varieties and flavors,
many of which were all but
unexplored here until he introduced them.
With his pioneering import company, Vineyard
Brands, he created an unflaggingly inclusive, cooperative, open-armed business
model, reestablishing industry connections between Europe and the U.S. that Prohibition and the World Wars
had all but obliterated. Few
had a more thoughtful,
canny and generous vision of
the industry and its future.
His advocacy for the wines of
Burgundy, the Rhone and
Alsace changed the stature
of those wines in this country irrevocably.
“We will miss him
greatly,” wrote Francois Perrin of Chateau de Beaucastel
in the Rhone Valley, whose
family had a partnership
with the Haases for more
than 50 years. “He accompanied us throughout our lives
and helped us to understand
what great wine is, a product
of its terroir and the men
who produced it. For everything, we are extremely
grateful to him.”
Haas was born in Brooklyn in 1927 and raised in
Tablas Creek
Robert Haas at Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles, which he and his French
partners launched in 1989. It focused on southern Rhone Valley grape varieties.
Scarsdale, N.Y. After completing studies at Yale in
1950, he intended to pursue
engineering, but his father, a
New York wine and spirits
retailer, had other plans.
Lehmann Bros., one of the
first Manhattan retail shops
to be granted an alcohol
sales license after Prohibition (it’s known today as
sent his son off to France to
seek out wines and producers they could work with in
their Manhattan shop.
For 20 years, Robert
Haas served as his father’s
envoy in France, establishing relationships with producers whose wines they
could bring in to their store,
where interest in wine was
inexorably overtaking interest in spirits.
“It was definitely a buyer’s market, from 1936 to
1955,” Haas said in an interview in 2009, “not an affluent
business. You had great Bordeaux like [Chateau] Lafite
selling for $3.50 a bottle; if
you were from some other
part of France, what could
you do with prices so deflated?”
Haas established relationships then that were
Friend suspected
in woman’s death
[Missing, from B1]
On Tuesday, William
Hayes, captain of the Los
Angeles Police Department’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division, called the case
a “rather complex investigation,” saying it took investigators to Colorado as well as
to two wildlife areas in
search of Shabani.
“Something happened
and I believe it to be somewhat untoward,” he said at a
downtown Los Angeles news
conference. “But until I get
more specifics out of the coroner’s exam … I can’t be definitive as to the cause and
manner of death.”
For now, police are combing Spotz’s truck for clues,
along with a rental car he recently used in Colorado,
Hayes said. They’re also trying to determine whether
anyone else might be involved in Shabani’s disappearance or death, he said.
Shabani, who would have
turned 26 earlier this month,
graduated from high school
in Skopje, Macedonia, and
attended college in Paris, according to her Facebook
profile. She was a student at
the Stella Adler Academy of
Acting in Hollywood and
was set to graduate in September, said Jayden Brant, a
private investigator hired by
her family.
Shabani was last seen
alive on the afternoon of Feb.
23, when she and Spotz left
her Wilcox Avenue apartment together, Hayes said.
Friends reported her missing two days later, launching
the LAPD’s investigation.
Later that week, Spotz
made a statement through
an attorney saying he and
Shabani had been driving to
Northern California together when they argued
near Santa Clarita. Spotz
said he pulled off the freeway, let Shabani out of the
car and hadn’t seen her
But the story didn’t add
up, Hayes said: Investigators weren’t able to verify
Spotz’s account, prompting
Robbery-Homicide detectives to take over the case.
On March 1, detectives
went to Northern California,
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff
last seen alive Feb. 23 at
her apartment with
Christopher Spotz.
where Spotz’s father lived, to
try to glean more information about where Spotz and
Shabani might be. That
same day, Hayes said, Spotz
and another woman — his fiancée — drove to his family’s
home in Colorado.
About a week later, detectives went to Colorado to
try to talk to Spotz and look
at his Toyota Tacoma — the
last vehicle in which Shabani
was seen alive, Hayes said.
Meanwhile, detectives and
sheriff ’s volunteers in California fanned out across the
Lake of the Woods wildlife
area, looking for any sign of
When police couldn’t find
Spotz or his truck, Hayes
said, they alerted other law
enforcement agencies that
they were looking for the vehicle.
San Bernardino County
sheriff ’s deputies spotted
the truck March 22 on Interstate 15 in Hesperia, north of
the Cajon Pass. Spotz fled,
prompting a chase that
stretched to Corona, where
authorities say Spotz fatally
shot himself along the 91
Two days later, the LAPD
sent a dive team back to the
wildlife area to look for Shabani, Hayes said. Investigators also gleaned more information leading them to the
Spenceville Wildlife Area in
California’s Nevada County.
On Monday, police combing the banks of a creek
found the shallow grave.
groundbreaking at the time
— he was the first to import
Chateau Petrus, the legendary Bordeaux producer, after World War II.
But Bordeaux was competitive, so he focused on
Burgundy and, eventually,
the Rhone Valley. When he
founded Vineyard Brands in
1973, he established the market for what are now considered to be some of France’s
most important, iconic producers, including Dauvissat
in Chablis; Henri Gouges,
Etienne Sauzet and Mongeard Mugneret in Bur-
gundy; and Domaine Weinbach in Alsace.
But perhaps his most important partnership was
with the Perrin family, owners of Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape,
in France’s southern Rhone
Valley. In 1966, Haas met
Jacques Perrin, the region’s
great innovator. They maintained a close relationship
until Perrin’s death in 1977.
By the mid-’80s, the Perrin sons, Jean-Pierre and
Francois, were making frequent visits to California,
selling wine and touring the
nascent wine regions of the
Central Coast; eventually
they discussed the prospect
of launching a California
wine project with Haas.
In 1989, they found a
property in Paso Robles and
called it Tablas Creek. It
would focus on the grape varieties the Perrins employed
in the southern Rhone Valley;
Grenache Blanc and Syrah.
They believed these would
thrive in California’s climate,
which they took to be similar
to their own in the southern
Rhone. It was the first
French investment of the
American Rhone movement
and became a signal validation for the category.
At the time there were
pockets of Rhone varieties in
the United States, but neither the Perrins nor the
Haases were confident the
plant material was good
“Right from the beginning,” Haas said, “We knew
we were going to bring in our
own material, and our own
All of this material was
selected by the Perrin family
from the best that French
nurseries had to offer —
often it was even more pristine than that found in the
vineyards of Beaucastel.
They propagated vines to
sell to neighbors, to friends,
to competitors, contributing
not only to the availability of
exceptional clonal material
but to the reputation of the
Rhone plantings across the
Less than a decade later,
in 1991, Haas organized the
International Colloquium
on Rhone Varieties, an unprecedented meeting between French Rhone producers and the dozen or so
producers of Rhone varieties on U.S. soil, to compare
notes, methods and markets. It led to lasting transatlantic friendships and
channels of cooperation
that continue to this day.
Short and soft-spoken,
Haas was an incisive,
shrewd businessman. From
his first visits to California
wine country he saw opportunities, and he was the first
to sell the wines of many
then-new California brands
on the East Coast, including
Clos du Val, Freemark Abbey and Joseph Phelps. In
1997, Haas sold Vineyard
Brands to its employees; his
son Daniel still manages
that business, while youngest son Jason serves as general manager for Tablas
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the
Foundation for the Performing Arts Center in San Luis
Obispo at
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City accused of obstructing new projects
[Housing, from B1]
denounced the council’s decision, accusing city lawmakers of failing to take a
statewide housing crisis seriously.
“Today’s action is representative of why SB 827 is
necessary: cities and counties left to their own devices
are happy to uphold the
status quo and obstruct new
development,” Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley
Industry and Commerce
Assn., said in a statement issued after the vote.
SB 827 was written by
state Sen. Scott Wiener (DSan Francisco) and billed as
a way to fight climate
change, reduce traffic congestion and address soaring
rents and home prices. It allows for taller, denser buildings within a quarter-mile of
stops where buses arrive every 15 minutes during rush
The bill also eases or
overrides key planning rules
on properties that sit within
a half-mile of rail and subway stations, as well as stops
where two higher-frequency
bus routes intersect.
Wiener says his bill offers
a series of tenant protections, including 42 months of
relocation payments to any
family displaced from their
apartments as part of an SB
827 project. Developers also
would be prohibited from
demolishing rent-controlled
buildings unless the council
passes a law explicitly allowing them to do so.
Renters are already losing their homes, Wiener said,
because cities are not pro-
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
A STATE Senate bill meant to tackle climate change and soaring housing costs would allow taller, denser
buildings near stops where buses arrive every 15 minutes during rush hour. Above, a cyclist in South Carthay.
ducing enough homes. “Our
current approach to housing
— specifically, building very
little housing — is what’s fueling displacement all over
our state,” he said after the
Those arguments have
not reassured groups that
represent renters and lowincome families, who contend SB 827 would lead to
rampant real estate speculation, with developers demolishing rent-controlled
homes and replacing them
with more expensive ones.
One opponent called SB
827 “a declaration of war”
against South L.A., which is
crisscrossed with bus corridors and is almost entirely
covered by the “transit-rich”
areas identified in the bill.
Homeowner groups and
preservationists also oppose SB 827, saying it would
undermine protections for
historic buildings and eviscerate planning rules for almost half the city’s singlefamily neighborhoods.
A Times analysis found
that in L.A., about 190,000
parcels in neighborhoods
zoned for single-family
homes are located in the
bill’s transit-rich areas. Residences in those neighborhoods could eventually be
replaced with buildings
ranging from 45 to 85 feet
tall, city officials say.
The Times also determined that more than 86,000
rent-controlled buildings, or
about 537,000 total units, are
located in the transit areas
identified by SB 827. But it’s
unclear how many of those
buildings are in locations
that already allow high-density residential buildings.
In a preliminary analysis,
city planners concluded that
SB 827 would have “disproportionate
underserved communities
and communities of color.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti, for his
part, said the bill would in effect rezone much of the L.A.
Basin, “putting thousands
of rent-stabilized housing
units at risk of redevelopment.”
Councilman Mike Bonin,
who represents coastal
neighborhoods, said state
legislators should focus instead on repealing the
state’s restrictions on local
rent control measures. They
also should rework the Ellis
Act, which allows landlords
to replace their rental units
with for-sale housing, he
Bonin said L.A. also
needs to do its part, by approving new anti-displacement measures and an “inclusionary zoning” ordinance, which would require
developers to include a specific percentage of affordable units in their projects.
In addition, L.A. needs to
have a series of neighborhood-level
about where homes should
be built, Bonin said.
“Let’s be clear,” he added.
“We need more housing.”
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may testify
to Congress
Social media giant
won’t confirm reports
its CEO has agreed to
give testimony on the
handling of user data.
By David Pierson
Photographs by
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
ISAAC LARIAN didn’t deny the effort was a bit of a publicity stunt, but asked, “What’s wrong with that?”
Reaching out to
all Toys R Us kids
GoFundMe bid to save retailer is seen as long shot
By Jaclyn Cosgrove
Pulled by four children, all chanting “Save Toys R Us,” Isaac Larian sat
inside a red-and-yellow plastic toy car
Tuesday, holding two tots in his lap, as
he maneuvered his way through the
chain’s store in Woodland Hills.
The 64-year-old toy mogul and his
rambunctious entourage were not
alone; instead they were followed
along the worn linoleum floor by a
cameraman who captured their every
The object of all this fun and
games? A video to promote Larian’s
“Save Toys R Us” GoFundMe campaign, a long-shot effort to save hundreds of the bankrupt chain’s stores.
“Toys R Us is like a sick patient on
the ICU table, and if you don’t operate
fast, it’s going to die,” said Larian,
chief executive of Van Nuys-based
MGA Entertainment, the maker of
the popular Bratz doll.
Last week, Larian announced he
was starting a campaign to raise $1 billion to save the stores following the
[See Toys R Us, C5]
LARIAN says he hopes to raise as much as $800 million from donors
Facebook is in talks with
lawmakers about having its
Zuckerberg, testify before
Congress about the social
network’s handling of user
The company is in contact with all three congressional committees that have
requested testimony from
Zuckerberg: the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Commerce, Science and
Transportation Committee
and the House Energy and
Commerce Committee, a
The company declined to
confirm a CNN report Tuesday that Zuckerberg had
made up his mind and
agreed to testify about how
personal information from
50 million unsuspecting
Facebook users ended up in
the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting
firm that worked on the
Trump campaign.
Zuckerberg will not appear before a British parliamentary committee on misinformation and social media, choosing instead to send
one of his deputies, the company said Tuesday.
An appearance by the 33year-old billionaire before
Congress would signal the
company is bowing to pressure at home amid arguably
the most serious crisis in its
14-year history.
The Federal Trade Commission confirmed Monday
it was investigating the social media giant to determine whether it had violated
a consent order to disclose
uses of customers’ data. On
the same day, 37 attorneys
general, including California
Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra,
sent a letter to Facebook
asking about the company’s
data policies and its role in
the Cambridge Analytica
Facebook is also facing a
backlash from consumers,
highlighted by the #DeleteFacebook hashtag. The
company is now scrambling
via GoFundMe. Above, a Toys R Us in Woodland Hills.
L.A.’s Wedbush faces SEC charges
By James Rufus Koren
L.A.’s biggest stockbrokerage ignored or didn’t
properly investigate warning signs that one of its brokers was pushing clients to
invest in a pump-and-dump
scheme, the Securities and
Exchange Commission alleged Tuesday.
The commission charged
Wedbush Inc., based in
downtown Los Angeles, with
failing to properly supervise
a former broker who it alleges received kickbacks
from the scheme’s organizers in exchange for recommending her clients invest in
certain stocks and engage in
trades aimed at manipulating their prices.
In a statement, SEC officials called broker Timary
Delorme’s conduct abusive
and called Wedbush a “recidivist,” noting that this is
the commission’s second action against the firm this
The charges mark the lat-
est in a spate of regulatory
actions against Wedbush,
which in the last six months
has paid more than $1.5 million in fines and penalties related to allegations of misconduct from the SEC, the
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and other
“Brokerage firms play an
important role in protecting
retail investors from abusive
conduct by brokers like Delorme,” said Marc Berger, director of the SEC’s New York
Regional Office, which is supervising the investigation.
“This case sends a clear
message that we will not tolerate broker-dealers that
fail to exercise appropriate
supervision over employees.”
Wedbush spokeswoman
Natalie Svider said the firm
would not comment on
pending litigation. She said
the firm’s president, Ed
Wedbush, who founded the
firm in 1955, no longer speaks
to the media.
[See Wedbush, C3]
cutive Mark Zuckerberg
will not appear before
British lawmakers.
to win back trust from its
more than 2 billion users
amount to a national reckoning about the future of social media and its advertising-based business model
that requires collecting evermore intrusive personal
data to thrive.
“Congress is worried
about the Pandora’s box of
social media, and they want
to be seen doing something,”
[See Zuckerberg, C4]
on top
Back at the
time of Facebook’s initial
public offering in 2012, I
advised its
new stockholders:
You’re now married to Mark
Zuckerberg.” Since he
would be one of the most
deeply entrenched chief
executives in American
business thanks to a twoclass stock structure that
guaranteed him voting
control over the company, I
wrote, “You better hope he
does everything right, because if he doesn’t, he’ll be
harder to get rid of than
What Facebook holders
may be witnessing just now
is the first cough heralding
the onset of the malady our
forebears called “consumption.”
Zuckerberg, along with
Facebook’s media-star chief
operating officer, Sheryl
Sandberg, have been dodging brickbats for their feeble
response to reports that the
private information of 50
million Facebook users was
misappropriated by the firm
Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge then allegedly used
some of the data in an attempt to manipulate the
U.S. presidential election
[See Hiltzik, C4]
Stocks tumble
in tech sell-off
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
THE SEC accused downtown L.A. stockbrokerage Wedbush of failing to properly
supervise a broker who the regulator alleges took kickbacks in a scheme.
Dow falls 344 points.
Markets take sharp
drop as investors sell
shares of Facebook,
Twitter and other
tech firms. C4
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NTSB probing
fatal crash; Tesla
shares drop 8%
Mark Lennihan Associated Press
JOHN KRAFCIK is CEO of Waymo, which will be testing driverless, electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs this year.
Waymo building e-fleet
Alphabet’s robot-car
unit plans to buy up to
20,000 Jaguar I-Paces.
By Russ Mitchell
dramatic commitment to
Waymo said Tuesday that it
is moving ahead with plans
to put tens of thousands of
driverless vehicles on public
roads over the next several
Waymo, the driverlesstechnology arm of Google’s
Alphabet, said it will buy as
many as 20,000 luxury allelectric Jaguar I-Pace compact sport utility vehicles
technology and deploy them
in its driverless fleet.
Already, Waymo offers a
small-scale driverless ridehailing service in and
around Phoenix, in Chrysler
Pacifica minivans. It plans
to connect that service with
a ride-hailing app this year.
No other company offers
such a service.
comes as driverless techn is
under harsh scrutiny. An
automated test vehicle
owned by Uber struck and
killed a woman walking
across a Tempe, Ariz., street
last week. Questions have
been raised about whether
the vehicle’s technology
worked as intended, and a
backup Uber driver was apparently distracted at the
time of the collision.
Uber halted driverlessvehicle testing after the fatal
crash. On Tuesday, Uber
said it will not renew its permit to test autonomous vehicles on California public
roads when it expires Saturday. The state Department of Motor Vehicles told
the company that if it wants
to return, it will need a new
permit and must address in-
vestigations into the fatal
crash in Arizona.
Toyota has also suspended driverless-vehicle
testing, as has Nvidia, a company that makes the main
processing chip for Uber’s
driverless system.
Waymo Chief Executive
John Krafcik, meanwhile,
has begun a reassurance
campaign trumpeting what
he sees as the company’s superior technology. “We have
a lot of confidence that our
technology would be robust
and would be able to handle
situations like that one,” he
told car dealers Saturday at
a big Las Vegas convention.
Waymo said it will begin
testing the I-Pace this year.
Waymo said it has thousands of hybrid Pacifica
minivans on order, and will
add the I-Pace to its commercial fleet in 2020 as it expands driverless ride-hailing to other cities. With
20,000 vehicles, Waymo said,
it could handle 1 million
rides a day.
“This is bad news for
other auto manufacturers
who may have been working
[choice],” said Alain Kornhauser, who heads the driverless transportation program at Princeton University. “To serve the billion
[car] trips that occur on a
typical day in the U.S., they’d
need about 35 million vehicles. That’s where all this is
going.” There were more
than 260 million cars and
light trucks registered in the
U.S. as of late 2016, according
to IHS Markit.
It’s unclear how consumers will react to fatalities
such as Uber’s and whether
that incident or others will
slow down driverless-car development. Many safety experts believe driverless cars,
though far from perfect, already are safer than human
drivers. However, statistics
to prove it may require hundreds of millions of miles of
experience on public roads.
Some industry critics
have called Arizona “Wild
West” territory for its ultralight approach to driverless
regulation. The state has few
laws restricting the use of
doesn’t require remote operators for the vehicles, for
instance, and allows driverless trucks on the road.
California has issued a
new set of driverless-car
regulations that goes into effect April 2. Companies can
apply for permits to deploy
driverless cars with no humans inside on public roads,
with a tougher set of rules
than are required in states
such as Arizona and Florida.
Uber ride-hailing competitor Lyft has said it plans
to offer driverless services in
San Francisco at some point
but has remained silent on
the Uber crash. In California, ride-hailing services are
governed by Public Utilities
which will determine when
and whether individual
companies can offer robot
The financial stakes are
high, with experts predicting that the broader driverless-car industry, including
vehicles for individual purchase, could be worth as
much as hundreds of billions
of dollars a year. All major
automakers, many auto suppliers
technology companies are
seeking to position themselves as industry players.
The U.S. Department of
Transportation is expected
to release new regulatory
guidance this summer. A bill
that would ease deployment
of robot cars has passed the
House of Representatives; a
similar bill is working its way
through the Senate.
Meanwhile, Jaguar is
counting on the Waymo
news to brighten the spotlight on the new I-Pace, the
first all-electric luxury vehicle to go up against Tesla.
“The partnership with
Waymo puts an exclamation
point on Jaguar’s comeback.
Just a few years ago the company was struggling, but
now they’ve made it clear
that they’re thinking far beyond their sports-car heritage and are reaping the rewards,” said Jessica Caldwell, auto industry analyst
at Edmunds.
The I-Pace has a $70,000
base price in the U.S. Customer deliveries are expected this year.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending
two investigators to examine issues raised by the fatal
crash of a Tesla vehicle in Northern California. Tesla Inc.
stock dropped more than 8% on the news.
The Tesla vehicle struck a highway barrier Friday near
Mountain View and caught fire, closing freeway lanes for
hours as firefighters tried to determine whether it was
safe to move the vehicle and its damaged lithium-ion battery packs, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
The safety board will examine the post-crash fire and
steps needed to make the vehicle safe to remove from the
scene, the agency said Tuesday on Twitter. It’s unclear
whether the Tesla’s partially autonomous driving system,
known as Autopilot, was engaged at the time of the crash,
the NTSB said.
According to the Mercury News, the vehicle was a
Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle, and its driver — 38year-old Wei Huang of San Mateo — died in a hospital the
day of the crash. “We have been deeply saddened by this
accident, and we have offered our full cooperation to authorities as we work to establish the facts of the incident,”
Tesla said in an emailed statement.
Tesla shares closed down 8.2% at $279.18. Since Feb. 26,
Tesla stock is down about 22%.
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Tesla’s corporate family bond rating to B3 and said its outlook is negative. Moody’s cited “the significant shortfall” in production of Tesla’s new Model 3 electric sedan, and questioned
whether it had adequate capital to cover its operations.
The stock is under pressure “on the growing assumption that Tesla will miss another milestone on Model 3
production,” said Efraim Levy, an analyst at CFRA Research.
Chinese buy less
real estate in 2017
By Roger Vincent
Speculation that Chinese investments in U.S. real estate would plummet after Beijing enacted tighter regulations on outbound investments last August has proved
There was a 55% drop in new Chinese investment in
U.S. commercial real estate in 2017 compared with the
year before, as spending fell from $16.2 billion in 2016 to $7.3
billion last year, according to a report Tuesday by real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
China fell from first to third place among foreign investors in the U.S., behind Canada and Singapore.
In the Los Angeles metropolitan region, acquisitions
by Chinese investors declined 67% last year, compared
with an overall reduction in commercial property investment of only 1%.
While investor activity has declined noticeably, established Chinese investors who already have a presence in
Southern California “remain active pursuers of large
high-profile offerings in this region,” property broker Jeffrey Cole of Cushman & Wakefield said.
“We still expect Chinese capital to flow into Southern
California, albeit at a reduced and slower pace in the
short term,” he said.
Notable Chinese acquisitions in the Los Angeles area
last year included the $117-million purchase of the Alhambra, a mixed-use complex of housing, offices and shops
created out of the former C.F. Braun Engineering campus
in Alhambra.
Another large deal was the $115-million purchase of the
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown.
Janice Stanton of Cushman & Wakefield, who advises
overseas investors, said that she believes money from investors abroad will continue to flow into the U.S.
“The acceleration of the U.S. economy will continue to
provide international investors with a compelling investment opportunity in 2018,” she said.
Space telescope
launch is delayed
By Samantha Masunaga and Ralph Vartabedian
Billed as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope,
NASA’s long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope will
now launch at least a year later than expected, and the
program could be at risk of breaching an $8-billion development cost cap mandated by Congress, NASA officials
said Tuesday.
The delays and potential cost overruns are the result
of longer-than-expected testing and integration timelines, as well as mistakes made during the process, NASA
said. Launch is now expected in May 2020, rather than
June 2019.
NASA officials noted Tuesday that there were several
small tears in the telescope’s five-layered, tennis courtsized sun shield, which will protect the instruments and
mirrors from the heat of the sun. Those tears have since
been repaired. Other issues included the replacement of
valves in the spacecraft’s propulsion system.
The latest setback, disclosed Tuesday, follows a decade of delays and rising costs, starting from the early
plans that the device would have a mirror six times larger
than the Hubble and operate at 100 times the sensitivity,
but somehow cost less to build. The 21-foot-diameter mirror is focused by more than 100 motors on its back side.
Made up of 18 hexagonal segments covered in a thin layer
of gold, it is so big that it must be folded for launch.
The telescope, which will be launched on an Ariane 5
rocket, will help researchers better understand the origins of the universe. Northrop Grumman Corp. is integrating the two main components and conducting testing
at its Space Park facility in Redondo Beach.
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faces SEC
[Wedbush, from C1]
The SEC alleged that Delorme, 59, a Costa Mesa resident who had worked at
Wedbush since 1976, was in
cahoots with Izak Zirk Engelbrecht, an Ohio man who
was sentenced last year to 12
years in federal prison after
pleading guilty to securities
spanned from 2008 through
2014, the commission alleged.
Engelbrecht engaged in
pump-anddumps, in which parties
work to inflate the price of a
stock then sell shares before
prices fall. He dealt in penny
stocks, thinly traded securities of little-known companies.
No specific penny stocks
were named in the SEC’s order, which calls for a hearing
on the matter and demands
that Wedbush answer the
within 20 days. The order
does not specify potential
Delorme, according to
the SEC, bought shares of
companies that were part of
helped inflate the stock
prices and made it appear
that the stocks were actively
traded. In exchange, Engelbrecht paid kickbacks to Delorme’s husband, the SEC
In a separate settlement
announced Tuesday, the
SEC fined Delorme $50,000
and barred her from working
in the securities industry,
though she did not admit
wrongdoing. Delorme told
The Times on Tuesday that
she cooperated with the federal investigation into Engelbrecht, was not charged
with any criminal violations
and received no kickbacks.
She said her husband and
some friends had investments with Engelbrecht’s
companies but said, “I never
sold this to my clients.”
Wedbush knew for more
than a year that Delorme
was connected to fraudulent
stock transactions but allowed her practices to continue, the SEC alleged in its
charges against the firm.
Specifically, the commission said a supervisor in 2012
reviewed an email from Delorme to a customer involved in the pump-anddump scheme that outlined
the customer’s “efforts to assist in inflating the price of
penny stocks.”
Also that year, two customers filed complaints with
Regulatory Authority, an
agency that regulates broker-dealers, alleging Delorme and the firm made
manipulative transactions
in related securities.
The fact that Delorme’s
business with Engelbrecht
was able to continue, according to the SEC, shows
the firm’s supervisory systems “lacked any reasonable
coherent structure” for investigating potential market manipulation and that
there was “confusion as to
whose responsibility it is to
conduct investigations.”
Wedbush has been hit
with several regulatory actions of late, including one
handed down by the SEC
last month. In that action,
Wedbush agreed to pay $1
million to settle charges that
it had significantly underestimated the amount of cash
it needed to hold in an account to pay customers if the
firm collapsed. The SEC in
that action said Wedbush
has a history of compliance
problems, noting the firm
has been the subject of numerous recent regulatory
actions and until recently
did not have “adequate personnel for a regulated entity
of its size and import.”
Phil Aidikoff, a Beverly
Hills attorney who has represented clients who sued
Wedbush, said the firm has a
history of failing to investigate potential problems.
“When there’s a red flag
that occurs, most brokerage
firms take those very seriously and do what they can
to investigate and control
those situations,” he said.
“For whatever reason, there
seems to be a lack of that
kind of diligence at Wedbush. And I think that’s a
business decision.”
Warner Bros. Pictures
“READY PLAYER ONE,” which opens Wednesday, is expected to gross $45 million to $50 million through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada.
‘Ready Player’ is ready to roll
Steven Spielberg sci-fi
film is expected to be
No. 1 at the box office.
By Ryan Faughnder
It used to be a surefire
recipe for success for a Hollywood studio: a visually spectacular popcorn movie
based on a popular novel
and directed by none other
than Steven Spielberg.
Warner Bros.’ new sciencefiction epic “Ready Player
One,” hitting U.S. theaters
Wednesday night, is the latest test of whether the formula still works commercially.
“Ready Player One,” a
adventure steeped in futuristic technology and 1980s
nostalgia, is expected to
gross $45 million to $50 million through Sunday in the
U.S. and Canada, according
to people who have reviewed
pre-release audience surveys. That would be a respectable domestic launch
for a movie that cost $150
million to $175 million to pro-
duce, according to industry
It should easily unseat
“Pacific Rim Uprising” as
the top film at the North
American box office, and the
studio is hoping audiences
will continue to show up after opening weekend as kids
go on spring break. Warner
Bros. and Village Roadshow,
which co-financed the movie, are also betting that the
film will play well internationally. “Ready Player One”
opens in China, the world’s
second-largest cinema market, on Friday.
Despite Spielberg’s track
record — which includes hits
such as the “Indiana Jones”
movies, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Saving Private
Ryan” — “Ready Player
One” is seen as a major gamble. Its source material, the
bestselling 2011 Ernest Cline
sci-fi book, boasts an impressive cult following, but it
doesn’t enjoy the franchise
cachet of film brands such as
Marvel, “Star Wars” or DC
Comics that dominate modern moviegoing.
Then there’s the question
of Spielberg’s blockbuster
clout. His adult-oriented
dramas, such as best picture
nominees “The Post” and
“Bridge of Spies,” have performed well at theaters in recent years, given their lower
production costs. “The
Post,” released just three
months ago, grossed $165
million worldwide on an estimated budget of $50 million.
Yet his latest commercial
films, such as Disney’s “The
BFG” and Paramount’s
“The Adventures of Tintin,”
have underwhelmed.
In a positive sign for
“Ready Player One,” critics
have generally praised the
film for its creative rendering of the year 2045, indicated by a “fresh” rating of
83% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie, much of which
takes place in a virtual reality video game, earned an enthusiastic response from its
unveiling at the South by
Southwest festival in Austin,
Texas, albeit with a gamerfriendly crowd.
Outside the multiplex,
the movie could give a muchneeded boost to the nascent
virtual reality headset industry, which has struggled
to achieve mainstream
adoption despite rabid in-
terest from investors. Much
of the film takes place in a
world called Oasis, created
by a wealthy eccentric with a
love for 1980s pop culture.
“Ready Player One”
won’t have much competition at the multiplex as
other distributors try to
court specific audiences
with films meant to serve as
“Acrimony,” the latest effort by prolific director-writer Tyler Perry, is likely to
gross about $10 million Friday through Sunday. The Rrated thriller, released by Lionsgate, stars Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) as a woman
who goes to extreme lengths
after her husband betrays
Perry’s films, especially
the Madea comedy franchise, have been reliable
moneymakers for Santa
Monica-based Lionsgate.
Henson’s latest thriller,
Sony-Screen Gems’ “Proud
Mary,” was a box-office disappointment, opening with
about $9.9 million in January
and grossing a total of $21
Pure Flix is releasing
Crypt TV scares up more funding
By Ryan Faughnder
Horror start-up Crypt
TV has scared up some new
capital to fund its growth in
the online video space.
The 3-year-old digital
producer, founded by entrepreneur Jack Davis and
“Hostel” director Eli Roth,
has raised $6.2 million from
past investors to create a
new generation of monsters
for young consumers who
devour bite-size videos on
their smartphones.
Los Angeles-based Crypt
TV plans to use the money to
make new seasons of its
most popular short-form
shows, invest in longer videos and develop new characters, the company said. It
also hopes to expand into
podcasting and virtual reality. Crypt says its videos,
most of which are only about
3 minutes long, average
more than 100 million online
views a month on Facebook
and YouTube.
“This new round of financing allows us to move
freely in responding to fan
demand to make more and
longer episodes and seasons
around monsters our fans
love,” Davis, 26, said in a
The fresh injection of
cash comes about a year af-
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
HORROR start-up Crypt TV has raised $6.2 million to create more online videos.
From left, Kate Krantz, Jack Davis, Giggles the Clown and Darren Brandl.
ter Crypt TV raised $3.5 million in a round led by venture
capital firm Lerer Hippeau,
which has backed digital video companies including
BuzzFeed and Fatherly.
“Get Out” and “Insidious” producer Blumhouse
Productions, Lerer Hippeau, NBCUniversal and
Shari Redstone’s Advancit
Capital participated in the
latest round.
Davis and Roth started
the company after creating a
viral contest in 2014 called “6
Second Scare,” in which people tried to create the most
frightening Vine video. Since
Crypt’s official launch in
April 2015, the company has
raised more than $10 million.
Crypt TV says its aim is to
use bite-size videos on social
media to create a so-called
monster universe, modeled
after Marvel Studios’ popular stable of superheros. One
of its characters, Giggles the
Clown, was featured as an
attraction at Knott’s Scary
Farm last fall and graced
merchandise at novelty retailer Spencer’s.
“They are well on their
way to creating a true digital
universe of captivating characters with story lines that
resonate with young audiences around the world,”
Blumhouse founder Jason
Blum said.
Turner service to stream sports events
By Stephen Battaglio
Turner Broadcasting will
launch its new live subscription-based sports streaming
service under the Bleacher
Report brand name next
Bleacher Report Live, will
offer a free preview during its
first few months in operation. Pricing for subscriptions will be announced this
summer, the company said
Turner said last summer
that it would offer an over-
the-top streaming TV product as a platform for much of
its coverage of UEFA Champions League soccer. Turner
has the TV and streaming
rights to those games
through 2022.
Bleacher Report Live will
also offer coverage of events
from the new pro football
outfit called the Spring
League, the PGA Championship, NCAA championship events, the National
Lacrosse League and the
Red Bull Global Rallycross.
Bleacher Report Live will
also provide discounted access to streamed National
Basketball Assn. games offered by the league’s NBA
League Pass subscriber
service. The NBA offerings,
available starting in the 201819 season, will be limited to
games already in progress.
Turner’s launch comes
ahead of ESPN Plus, an
over-the-top subscription
offering from the Walt Disney Co. unit set to debut this
year that’s aimed at younger
consumers who are forgoing
pay-TV subscriptions.
Media companies are investing in streaming services as more millennials turn
to internet-connected devic-
es for their video entertainment. According to Nielsen,
62% of U.S. households —
about 73 million — use internet-connected televisions or
streaming video devices. In
those homes, streaming video consumed by people 25
to 34 accounts for 23% of TV
The Bleacher Report
website is already an established name for young consumers of sports information. Turner acquired the
site in 2012.
“God’s Not Dead: A Light in
Darkness” in an effort to
draw Christian audiences
during the Easter weekend.
The third movie in the
“God’s Not Dead” series, “A
Light in Darkness” is expected to collect a modest $5
million. Faith-based films
are struggling to compete
with the recent breakout hit
“I Can Only Imagine,” which
has taken in $38 million.
The domestic box office
has generated slightly less
revenue so far this year than
in the same period last year,
despite the success of Marvel’s “Black Panther.” Movies in 2018 have grossed $2.68
billion through Sunday, according to ComScore, down
2.5% from a year earlier.
to acquire
tech firm
By David Ng
Bolstering its diversification into digital distribution,
streaming technology company NeuLion in a deal valued at about $250 million.
The all-cash agreement,
which hasn’t been finalized,
will see the publicly traded
NeuLion become a privately
held subsidiary of Endeavor,
the holding company of talent agencies WME and IMG.
The acquisition is expected to help Endeavor in
the realm of sports since
NeuLion has provided the
streaming technology for
numerous leagues, including two Endeavor properties: UFC and its joint venture partner, Euroleague.
The deal will allow Endeavor
to have a larger say in how its
content is distributed.
Endeavor Chief Executive Ari Emanuel said in a
statement Monday that
“we’re excited for the value
this brings to our existing
partners and the foundation
it provides for our future digital growth.”
The Hollywood behemoth has been expanding its
reach in recent years into
production and other forms
of content creation as it
seeks to diversify beyond talent representation. The expansion includes new initiatives in digital distribution
linked to its brands. This
year, Professional Bull Riders launched RidePass, a
new digital streaming service for fans of the sport.
technology services for live
and on-demand digital content. The Plainview, N.Y.,
company has partnered
leagues and provided the
streaming service for last
year’s UFC match between
Floyd Mayweather and
Conor McGregor.
The acquisition is expected to close in the second
quarter, the companies said.
Endeavor will acquire each
share of outstanding common stock of NeuLion for 84
cents. The stock closed at 50
cents on Friday before surging Monday to $1.06 on the
acquisition news.
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[Hiltzik, from C1]
and other votes.
Zuckerberg remained
silent for days before issuing
a statement asserting that
he has “been working to
understand exactly what
happened and how to make
sure this doesn’t happen
again.” He also told users,
“We have a responsibility to
protect your data, and if we
can’t then we don’t deserve
to serve you.”
The statement drew
widespread horselaughs at
the notion that the handson Mark Zuckerberg is
flummoxed by the misuse of
data generated by his own
company, provoking demands from leading members of Congress that he
come to Washington and
testify about the scandal,
under oath.
After initially resisting,
Zuckerberg reportedly has
decided to testify at least to
the House Energy and
Commerce Committee,
although negotiations over
when he will appear and
other terms of his testimony
were still taking place. He
also has been asked to appear before the Senate
Judiciary Committee.
Zuckerberg has declined a
request to testify before the
British parliament.
Meanwhile, official investigations are proliferating,
including one announced
Monday by the Federal
Trade Commission.
The FTC acknowledgment of its investigation
noted pointedly that Facebook had entered into a
consent decree in 2011,
promising to tighten up its
consistently misleading
privacy policies and specifically protect its users from
misuse of their data via
third-party apps — such as
the one that Cambridge
Analytica reportedly used
to snarf up user data.
But what may have
escaped many observers is
that Zuckerberg’s response
to the latest scandal comes
directly out of the Facebook
playbook. Zuckerberg’s
practice all along has been
to push the limits of privacy
expectations, often by failing to notify users that
Stocks slide amid
tech sector slump
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IT SEEMS LIKELY that one reason for Facebook’s serial violation of privacy
norms is founder Mark Zuckerberg’s secure position as the company’s boss.
information they had been
led to believe was private
had been opened to public
When the abuse was
exposed, Zuckerberg or
Sandberg would issue a mea
culpa, explaining that they
had made a “mistake,” or a
“big mistake,” or had
“messed things up,” or had
“moved too fast.”
Facebook has been so
successful since its IPO that
shareholders and the public
may have been inclined to
forgive these earlier, er,
“messes.” After all, the
shares had risen more than
fivefold between the May
2012 IPO and Feb. 1, and
Facebook seemed to be a
secure component of the
“FANG” stocks powering
the stock market higher
(the others are Apple, Netflix, and Alphabet, known
traditionally as Google).
But that era may have passed; Facebook shares have
fallen roughly 20% since
Feb. 1.
It seems likely that one
reason for Facebook’s serial
violation of privacy norms —
and conceivably its FTC
consent decree — is Zuckerberg’s secure position as the
company’s boss. That position derives from his ownership of 77% of the company’s
class B shares, which carry
10 votes each, swamping the
voting power of the company’s 2.4 billion class A
shares, of which Zuckerberg
owns a negligible amount.
Put together, Zuckerberg
owns barely 16% of the company, but controls nearly
60% of the votes.
The arrogance this instills in the 33-year-old
founder is palpable. It certainly helps to account for
Zuckerberg’s — that is,
Facebook’s — insensitivity
to its users’ privacy needs.
(He told Wired in an interview that he would prefer
that underlings provide
Congress with the testimony sought — “So as long
as it’s a substantive testi-
mony where what folks are
trying to get is as much
content as possible, I’m not
sure when I’ll be the right
person,” he said.)
The question is how
Zuckerberg would behave if
he held not only minority
ownership of Facebook, but
a minority of the votes. A
CEO who is subject to the
directives of a board of
directors, not to say vulnerable to being fired, certainly
acts differently from one
with dictatorial power. Thus
far there have been few
known checks on his authority. One may have surfaced last year, when he
abandoned a plan to add a
third class of Facebook
shares with no voting rights.
Zuckerberg originally
claimed that the new class
would have enabled him to
maintain his voting control
while he ceded over a majority of his shares to a charitable venture. He later said
that Facebook shares had
appreciated so much that
he could fund the charity
without giving up control. In
truth, investors reacted so
negatively to the idea of
nonvoting shares that he
may have had no choice.
The fortunes of companies with multiple stock
classes suggest that cementing founders in place
isn’t normally a great idea.
Zuckerberg certainly has
made Facebook a success,
but his latest misstep may
well have placed his previous achievements in jeopardy.
Then there are cases like
the game company Zynga,
which went public around
the same time as Facebook
with a stock structure that
gave founder Mark Pincus
and his insider pals 98.2% of
the company’s voting power.
Zynga peaked shortly after
its IPO at $14.69, and currently is trading below $4.
Snap Inc., the creator of the
Snapchat app, gave its
twentysomething co-founders, Evan Spiegel and Bobby
Murphy, nearly 89% voting
control. Snap closed at
$24.48 the day of its IPO a
year ago; it’s now trading
around $16, amid questions
about whether it’s got much
of a future.
Multiple stock classes
traditionally have been
frowned on by the stock
market. The New York
Stock Exchange banned
them among its listed
stocks in 1940, though it
capitulated to the value of
money in 1956, when it angled desperately for the IPO
of Ford Motor Co., even
though the Ford family
insisted on maintaining
voting control.
More recently, the Big
Board has displayed renewed doubts about the
practice, with good reason.
There can be no assurances
that Facebook would be a
better corporate citizen if
Zuckerberg could be fired
by a discontented board.
But the chances that Facebook will behave better on
its own are nil. That raises
the prospect of government
action to clip its wings.
Investors plainly are showing concern that the value of
their investment could be
headed south. And the
value of Zuckerberg’s dominance could go right along
with it.
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A sell-off in technology
firms pulled U.S. stocks
down sharply Tuesday,
knocking 344 points off the
Dow Jones industrial average. The market slide erased
modest gains from earlier in
the day and much of Monday’s powerful rally.
Banks weighed on the
market as bond yields fell.
Investors bid up safer-play
stocks such as utilities and
real estate companies.
The market turbulence
came the day after the major
U.S. stock indexes notched
their best day in more than
two years, which in turn followed a steep slide last week.
Markets veered sharply
lower late in the session
Tuesday as investors sold
shares in Nvidia, Twitter,
technology companies.
Nvidia tumbled 7.8% to
$225.52 — more than any
other stock in the S&P 500 —
on reports that the chipmaker has temporarily
stopped testing its tech for
self-driving cars in the wake
of a deadly collision last
week in Arizona that involved an Uber autonomous
vehicle and a pedestrian.
Microsoft, which soared
Monday, slid 4.6% on Tuesday to $89.47.
Tesla sank 8.2% to $279.18
on news that the National
Board sent investigators to
look into a fatal crash.
Social media companies
also weighed on the market.
Twitter slumped 12% to
$28.07 after Citron Research
said it is shorting the company, citing Twitter’s reliance on licensing its users’
data. The remarks come
ahead of a Senate hearing on
data privacy set for next
month. Facebook slid 4.9%
to $152.22. It has lost 20% of
its value since hitting a
record high Feb. 1.
Bond prices rose, sending the yield on the 10-year
Treasury down to 2.78%
from 2.85%.
The decline in bond
yields weighed on banks and
other financial stocks. Citizens Financial Group shares
fell 3.5% to $41.59.
Lower bond yields helped
boost demand for high-yield
stocks, such as real estate investment trusts and utilities. PG&E shares climbed
2.5% to $43.94.
Benchmark U.S. crude
fell 30 cents to $65.25 a barrel. Brent crude, used to
price international oils,
slipped 1 cent to $70.11. Heating oil fell 1 cent to $2.02 a gallon. Wholesale gasoline was
little changed at $2.01 a gallon. Natural gas rose 7 cents
to $2.69 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Gold fell $13 to $1,342 an
ounce. Silver fell 14 cents to
$16.54 an ounce. Copper rose
3 cents to $3 a pound.
The dollar rose to 105.54
yen from 105.22 yen. The euro
fell to $1.2402 from $1.2455.
Facebook CEO’s
decision may prod
his peers to testify
[Zuckerberg, from C1]
said Betsy Sigman, a professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of
Business. “Their constituents are nervous about their
privacy and the impact social media could have on
their privacy and their kids’
By facing Congress,
Zuckerberg can show Facebook is serious about privacy — a gesture that could
tamp down outrage, Sigman
“Facebook made almost
$40 billion in advertising revenue in 2017,” Sigman said.
“This revenue is made partly
because they can target people they have collected data
on. They want to keep doing
this, obviously, but they also
want to be seen as a concerned company.”
If Zuckerberg ultimately
decides to testify, it will
probably raise pressure on
his counterparts — Google
CEO Sundar Pichai and
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey —
to also agree to requests to
appear before Congress.
Twitter declined to comment. Google did not respond to a request for comment.
Last year, the three tech
giants sent mostly attorneys
to speak to Congress about
Russian interference in the
2016 election. If those hearings are a preview of what’s
in store, then the executives
can expect a tough grilling
should they choose to appear.
Scorn is often the price of
entry for executives conducting damage control on
Capitol Hill. Television industry executives were humiliated in 2000 for calling
the results of the presidential election too early,
and United Airlines Chief
Executive Oscar Munoz was
eviscerated last year for his
company’s woeful customer
relations record.
strong rebuke Tuesday from
Damian Collins, chair of the
British parliamentary inquiry into fake news, for refusing to come testify.
“It is absolutely astonishing that Mark Zuckerberg is
not prepared to submit himself to questioning in front of
a parliamentary … hearing,
given these are questions of
fundamental importance
and concern to his users, as
well as to this inquiry,” said
Collins, according to the
Facebook said it would
Technology Officer Mike
Schroepfer or Chief Product
Officer Chris Cox to explain
to parliament how Cambridge Analytica obtained
unauthorized information.
The data were derived
from a quiz app developed
by a University of Cambridge professor in 2013 that
collected information from
users who downloaded the
game, as well as their
The professor violated
Facebook rules by then selling that information to Cambridge Analytica, which
used it to try to sway voters.
Facebook did not inform
the 50 million users their
data had been compromised, nor did it verify if
Cambridge Analytica destroyed the data as promised. Facebook amended its
rules in 2015 to reduce the
amount of information it
shared with app developers.
Facebook shares tumbled $7.84, or 4.9%, to $152.22
on Tuesday. That marks a
21% decline in value since its
high Feb. 1.
Some Wall Street analysts say the crisis represents a turning point for
Facebook that could influence its long-term trajectory.
“We would characterize
this as a ‘defining period’ for
Facebook, Zuckerberg, and
[Wall Street’s] ability to navigate through this hurricane-like storm with the
company’s business model
still well intact,” Daniel Ives,
an analyst for GBH Insights,
said in a note to clients Tuesday.
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Long odds for
Toys R Us bid
on GoFundMe
[Toys R Us, from C1]
chain’s decision to liquidate
its 735 stores in the U.S. and
Puerto Rico after it could
not agree with its creditors
on a restructuring plan. The
Wayne, N.J., company filed
for Chapter 11 protection in
He didn’t have to look far
Tuesday for a reminder of
how little time he had. Liquidation sales started at all
U.S. stores Friday, and outside the San Fernando Valley store hung a large yellowand-black temporary sign
that simply stated, “Going
out of business.”
Larian figures he has until early May at the latest to
get the deal done.
Larian has pledged $100
million of his own money and
said he has another $100 million from other undisclosed
large investors. Still, he
needs hundreds of millions
of dollars more to save the
200 to 400 U.S. stores he
would like to combine with
82 Canadian stores still in
operation — if the U.S. Bankruptcy Court would even approve that request.
Restructuring advisor
Larry Perkins noted that the
toy chain has been in bankruptcy for months and has
been unable to work out a
deal to stay in business.
“I’m familiar with virtually all the professionals that
are working on the case. The
investment bankers are
some of the best in the world.
If this was a viable alternative, I think they would have
uncovered this stone,” said
Perkins, chief executive of
SierraConstellation Partners in Los Angeles.
Others have poked fun at
the notion that a GoFundMe
campaign could help save
Toys R Us. The website usually is where people go to
raise a few thousand dollars
for medical expenses or a
family funeral.
Until now, the largest
campaign on the platform
was for a Time’s Up Legal
Defense Fund, to provide legal assistance to survivors of
workplace sexual harassment. It has raised more
than $21.2 million in three
months from almost 20,500
donors. By contrast, Larian
has said he wants to raise as
much as $800 million on the
platform from donors.
Among the items the
campaign is offering donors
who give $100,000 are a
bumper sticker with the
campaign’s #SaveToysRUs
hashtag, a pin, a magnet, a
T-shirt and an invite to a local Toys R Us reopening
block party.
But no stake in the company.
“If any of his investor
friends would want to contribute, they would not contribute on the GoFundMe
page,” said Andreea Gorbatai, an assistant professor
at Berkeley’s Haas School of
Business. “They would pitch
in for equity, so attention
seems like the only thing he’s
looking to get out of this.”
Larian didn’t deny to The
Times that the GoFundMe
campaign was a bit of a publicity stunt, but asked, “And
what’s wrong with that?”
He said that since news
broke about the effort late
last week he has heard from
other large private investors
who feel that Toys R Us is
worth saving.
“They have not come and
said, ‘I’m going to give you
$100 million or $50 million,’
but these are very, very high
net worth individuals who
for them to write a check for
$300 million or $400 million is
not a problem,” Larian said.
And the campaign has
resonated with donors who
have far less money. As of
Tuesday afternoon, it has attracted a little more than
1,600 people who have donated $49,000 — in addition
to the $200 million already
given by Larian and his investors.
The donations ranged
from $5 to $1,000, and included $100 from Isaac Wolman and Sara Gibber, a Baltimore couple who own
Make It Real, a company
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
TOYS R US liquidation sales began at stores Friday. Above, in Woodland Hills.
that sells toys focused on
girls’ creativity.
Unlike other big-box
stores, Toys R Us offers
small toy manufacturers
space on its shelves to display several products, and
Make It Real developed
products specifically to sell
in Toys R Us stores, Wolman
“People talk about Amazon picking up a large percentage of the missing business [if Toys R Us closes],
but the reality is Amazon is
not a place where you go and
search and you experience a
multitude of different toys,”
Wolman said. “Part of the
wonder of Toys R Us was going in with an empty shopping cart, walking up and
down the aisles and finding
something you love, and it
could be from a brand you’d
never heard of before.”
The stakes are high for
Larian and other toymakers. Toys R Us has served as
been a testing ground for
large toymakers too and accounts for about 18% to 20%
of MGA sales.
The retailer was founded
in 1957 by toy industry pioneer Charles P. Lazarus,
who died last week. Toys R
Us found success in having a
vast inventory of products
that often could not be
found elsewhere. But it has
suffered since it was taken
private in a leveraged buyout in 2005 that loaded it up
with $5.3 billion in debt, cutting into the firm’s efforts to
maintain and upgrade its
stores in the face of online
In its bankruptcy filing,
Chief Executive David Brandon said the chain had a
plan to create interactive
spaces with rooms for
parties, live product demonstrations and places for kids
to play with brand-new toys
without buying them. However, the company never had
enough money to carry out
the plan.
Larian declined to be
specific about how he would
operate the stores if he
gained control over them,
but hinted at something
“It’s not just about selling
toys — it’s an experience,
and unfortunately, during
the past several years when
this company was controlled
by private equity [companies], not much has been
spent to make these stores
interactive,” he said. “You
don’t have to pay $110 to go to
Disneyland. You can come to
Toys R Us near you.”
For all his doubters and
skeptics, Larian has people
in the toy industry, such as
industry expert Richard
Gottlieb, who believe in him.
Gottlieb, CEO of Global
Toy Experts, said that under
its recent ownership, the retailer “fell out of love with
toys” and went from “the
world’s greatest toy store to
the world’s greatest toy department.”
“Larian is not saying he’s
trying to save what was —
he’s wanting to save what
could be, and I think it’s very
optimistic,” he said. “He’s
Isaac Larian. He’s a contrarian. He’s not going to do
what you expect him to do,
and yes, it’s a long shot, but
look at how much attention
he’s getting.”
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in the
Point guard scores 10
of his 13 points in final
quarter as Clippers
pull away from Bucks.
By Mike DiGiovanna
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
MICHIGAN PLAYERS CELEBRATE during the West Regional at Staples Center last weekend as the Wolverines advanced to the Final
Four. Players receive scholarships while schools are making millions of dollars from the NCAA tournament in TV money.
Real March Madne$$
Players are getting the short end of the stick in basketball revenue,
a problem that the NCAA and Pac-12 say they are trying to solve
Field-goal percentage
and turnover margin aren’t
the only statistics that
matter as the college
basketball season reaches
its crescendo with the Final
Four this weekend.
Look at the dollars.
The remaining teams —
Villanova, Kansas, Michigan
and upstart Loyola Chicago
— generate a combined $49
million in revenue each
season, according to the
latest U.S. Dept. of Education figures.
The NCAA, meanwhile,
expects to earn $857 million
from its television deal for
this season’s tournament.
When sports economists
compare these numbers
with the value of scholarships that athletes receive, they see a trigger for
the corruption scandal
enveloping the game.
“If we think about the
word ‘exploitation,’ it has a
specific definition,” Southern Utah professor David
Berri said. “ ‘Exploitation’
means you’re being paid a
wage less than your economic value … any restriction
below market prices is going
to lead to cheating.”
It was late September
when federal prosecutors
leveled the first charges
stemming from an investigation into fraud and bribery inside numerous programs across the nation.
Among the 10 names
listed in initial FBI complaints were financial advisors, shoe company representatives and four assistant coaches, including Tony
Bland of USC, Emanuel
Richardson of Arizona and
Lamont Evans of Oklahoma
NCAA leaders quickly
established a committee to
assess the situation, focusing on such issues as the
NBA’s “one-and-done” age
limit and the relationship
their game has with such
outside forces as agents and
shoe companies.
The committee is expected to issue a report in
“We must take decisive
action,” NCAA President
Mark Emmert said recently.
“This is not a time for halfmeasures or incremental
The Pac-12 Conference
also created a task force,
which delivered its findings
this month. Emphasis was
placed on the “one-anddone” rule which, in effect,
forces players to spend a
year in college before entering the NBA draft.
The minimum-age limit
is considered important
because some athletes who
do not really want to attend
college might be more likely
to accept money under the
table. But Berri and others
suspect that eliminating
this relatively small percentage of young men from
the equation would be insufficient.
In the absence of a free
market, they say, a black
market will always arise. As
Jim Lackritz, an emeritus
sports business professor at
San Diego State, put it:
“Players are worth whatever
someone is willing to pay
In this case, that “someone” could be unscrupulous
[See Wharton, D6]
Now, if
they only
could get
OBJ ...
frenzy not
on Lynn
Speaking hypothetically,
McVay feels Beckham would
fit right in with the Rams.
However, Chargers are
addressing their needs and
clearing their plates.
By Gary Klein
Bill Kostroun Associated Press
ODELL BECKHAM JR . had at least 1,300 yards receiving in his
By Dan Woike
first three NFL seasons before playing only four games in 2017.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Keen anticipation was an early hallmark of
coach Sean McVay’s play-calling
success for the Rams, so it came as
no surprise that he utilized the skill
when he sat down for breakfast with
reporters at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday.
After McVay sipped from a glass
of water, but before he was fully settled into his seat or fielded a question, he posed one.
“Suh or the speculation on Odell
first,” he said, “which one is it?”
For the next hour, with his voice
beginning to scratch near the midpoint, McVay seamlessly handled
queries about the Rams’ most recent acquisition — star defensive
tackle Ndamukong Suh — and the
pursuit of New York Giants receiver
Odell Beckham Jr.
As he did Monday night after
news broke of the Rams’ interest in
Beckham, McVay prefaced answers
to questions about him by saying he
could not talk about other teams’
players because of tampering rules.
He then reiterated that the Rams
have demonstrated this offseason
that they are not shy about pursuing
[See Rams, D2]
Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images
with offseason acquisitions, expect more changes to come.
Inglewood stadium’s projected cost rises
NFL owners approve raising the debt waiver to $4.963 billion for
the first phase of the project for Rams and Chargers’ new digs. D2
ORLANDO, Fla. — When Anthony Lynn sat down at the annual
coaches breakfast during the NFL
meetings a year ago in Phoenix, his
plate was full — and it stayed that
Answering questions about being a first-time head coach, about
moving a team from San Diego to
Los Angeles, about the upcoming
year ... Lynn didn’t have time to
touch the food sitting right in front of
A year later, though, Lynn’s plate
emptied much quicker.
With attention in the room focused on Jon Gruden returning to
coach the Raiders, the Rams’ all-in
talent haul, the Browns’ spot at the
top of the draft and the Eagles’ Super Bowl win, the Chargers head
coach got to eat his breakfast in
peace, his team quietly improving
without much attention.
“Flashy don’t win games,” Lynn
The Chargers’ big moves in free
agency — a new reserve tight end, a
kicker and a center — haven’t rocked
the football world like the Rams’ acquisitions, but Lynn said he thought
[See Chargers, D2]
Most of the 21 million
viewers who tuned into “60
Minutes” on Sunday night
came for the Stormy Daniels
Those who stayed beyond the adult film star’s appearance got an up-close
look at Giannis Antetokounmpo, a burgeoning NBA
superstar who is so athletically gifted and versatile
that he leads the Milwaukee
Bucks in scoring, rebounds,
assists and blocked shots.
The segment on CBS’
included one clip in which
the 6-foot-11, 235-pound
nicknamed “The Greek Freak,”
jumped over a 6-10 New York
Knicks defender to make a
one-handed catch of a lob
pass before slamming the
ball through the hoop.
Among the other highlights of the 23-year-old with
a 7-foot-3 wingspan were a
dizzying array of spin moves
and high-flying dunks and a
no-look, 25-foot reverse pass
between his legs that would
[See Clippers, D4]
Robert Gauthier L.A. Times
GIANNIS Antetokoun-
mpo tries to get past
Sindarius Thornwell.
stint likely
over for
Club designates the
young outfielder for
assignment but hopes
he clears waivers.
By Andy McCullough
Dodgers manager Dave
Thompson on Tuesday
afternoon. By that point,
Thompson already had
learned that his tenure as a
Dodger was likely over: The
team designated him for assignment, which meant the
other 29 teams had a chance
to claim him on waivers.
Roberts still wanted to
reach out to Thompson, a 27year-old outfielder who was
a well-liked member of the
clubhouse the previous two
“He saw the depth that
we had,” Roberts said before
the final game of the Freeway Series. “[Thompson]
understood the situation,
seeing the guys we were
playing. Still, the finality of
when you’re going to be designated for assignment, that
always jolts you a little bit.
But Trayce handled it like a
The departure of Thompson accelerated the finalization of the Dodgers’ roster
[See Dodgers, D6]
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at Oakland at Oakland at Oakland at Oakland
at Phoenix
at Portland
Prime, ESPN
at Ducks
Ch. 13
Ch. 13
Ch. 11,
at Galaxy
Ch. 11,
Shade denotes home game *exhibition
4 p.m.
College Insider, Illinois Chicago at Liberty
5:30 p.m. CBI, San Francisco at North Texas
6 p.m.
College Insider, Sam Houston State at Northern
1 p.m.
Northwestern at Illinois, Game 1
3:30 p.m. Northwestern at Illinois, Game 2
4 p.m.
South Carolina vs. Furman
8 p.m.
LPGA ANA Inspiration, Pro-Am
2 p.m.
Girls, McDonald’s All-American game
4 p.m.
McDonald’s All-American game
4:30 p.m. Florida at Toronto
5 p.m.
New York Rangers at Washington
6:30 p.m. Boston at Utah
7 p.m.
Clippers at Phoenix
7:30 p.m. Dallas at Lakers
10 a.m.
10 a.m.
4 p.m.
ATP/WTA, Miami Open, quarterfinals
ATP/WTA, Miami Open, doubles quarterfinals
ATP/WTA, Miami Open, quarterfinals
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New stadium price tag
approaching $3 billion
By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. — The
cost of Stan Kroenke’s stadium in Inglewood is climbing, and his fellow NFL owners made an adjustment for
that Tuesday at the league’s
annual meetings.
Owners approved raising
the debt waiver to $4.963 billion for the first phase of the
project, which includes the
football stadium where the
Rams and Chargers will play,
the neighboring 6,000-seat
performance venue, the
200,000 square feet of office
space for NFL Media, the
parking lots surrounding the
stadium and the cost of the
entire 300-acre parcel.
The stadium, which is
scheduled to open in 2020,
was originally projected to
cost $2.6 billion. That is now
closer to $3 billion, those familiar with the pricing say,
although the Rams have not
provided a specific number.
The NFL’s most expensive
stadiums to this point are
MetLife, shared by the New
York Giants and Jets, and
Mercedes-Benz, new home of
the Atlanta Falcons, both
with price tags of $1.6 billion.
The Raiders’ new stadium in
Las Vegas is projected to cost
$1.8 billion.
Kevin Demoff, Rams
chief operating officer and
vice president of football operations, said the project will
feature three or four phases,
with the first being completed by 2020 and early 2021.
That will be followed by more
office and retail space, as well
as residential development.
“While the stadium costs
have risen since our initial
presentations, the building
remains 100% privately financed by Stan Kroenke and
highlights his unprecedented
investment in both the community of Inglewood and the
NFL as a whole,” Demoff said.
“This investment represents the first phase of his
commitment to building a
transformative sports and
entertainment district at
Hollywood Park that will
bring Super Bowls, the
Olympics and thousands of
jobs to Inglewood.”
Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park
THE STADIUM, shown in a rendering, was first projected to cost $2.6 billion.
It will house the Rams and Chargers, and is scheduled to open in 2020.
QB carousel
Football is a game of deception and misdirection, especially in the weeks leading
up to the NFL draft when every team is trying to throw
the rest of the world off the
So it’s hard to know how
much stock to put in Cleveland coach Hue Jackson raving about Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield when
there’s a strong indication
USC’s Sam Darnold is the favorite to go No. 1 overall to the
Browns in next month’s draft.
But rave Jackson did
Tuesday, extolling Mayfield’s
virtues at the NFL coaches
breakfast, a regular feature of
the league meetings.
A contingent from the
Browns traveled to Oklahoma on Thursday to privately work out Mayfield,
who is in the elite tier of
quarterbacks along with
Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen
and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
“I will share this with you,”
Jackson said. “When we
walked into the building,
[Mayfield] made this sound.
He just kind of came out of
nowhere. He kind of went,
‘Hee hee!’ And all the players
in the building started going,
‘Hee hee!’ And here they go.
It’s the most unbelievable
thing I’ve ever seen. That
shows you something about
what he means to young men
says they
handle it
Lynn likes
[Rams, from D1]
any trade.
Translation: The Rams
would love to add Beckham to
a team that led the NFL in
scoring last season.
Many coaches and NFL
executives disdain and refuse
to answer questions posed as
hypotheticals. But McVay politely and enthusiastically
embraced an onslaught.
How would a player such
as Beckham hypothetically
fit into the Rams offense?
“Hypothetically, I think a
player of his caliber can kind
of really do everything,” McVay said.
how he felt about trading a
first-round pick or using
other options to acquire a targeted player, McVay replied
with what sounded like a notso-veiled recruiting pitch.
“One of the things that being able to play in such a
unique environment and atmosphere like L.A., it provides an opportunity to take
advantage of that,” he said,
“and that’s something we
want to be proactive about.”
How would McVay give everyone on a star-laden offense
enough touches if, hypothetically, Beckham joined the
“As long as we have lot of
snaps a game,” he said, “I
think we can keep everybody
On Monday, several people with knowledge of the situation said that the Rams
had contacted the Giants
about Beckham, who is entering the final year of his contract.
After Tuesday’s breakfast,
which featured all 32 of the
league’s coaches at separate
tables, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was
asked if the Rams had reached out regarding Beckham.
“I’m not responding to
that report,” Gettleman said.
Regardless of whether
Beckham eventually lands in
[Chargers, from D1]
needs were addressed.
“I like the guys we
brought in. I like the makeup
of the guys we’ve brought in,”
he said. “Virgil Green, that
was an outstanding signing.
He’s a really good blocker in
pass protection and run
blocker. Caleb Sturgis, when
he’s healthy, is one of the top
kickers in the game. And
Mike Pouncey at center, he’s
had some health issues, but
he played all 16 games last
year and he played at a high
“I think the guys we
signed are the ones we
needed to sign.”
The Chargers’ offseason
isn’t over — far from it — but
there’s a “football-only” vibe
that’s permeated the organization.
“It was a few things that
came off the plate. That’s
something we don’t have to
worry about. That’s kind of
my theme this year,” Lynn
said. “I want to go into this
year just like we finished last
year. I don’t want to change
training camp sites. I don’t
want to have to look for
houses or unpack boxes. I
want it to be a normal year
for us.”
The coaching staff is
nearly identical, with all
three coordinators returning. The roster hasn’t undergone a massive overhaul, and
Lynn hopes the Chargers will
be able to recapture the vibe
that led to a 9-3 finish to last
season, which made them
one of the hottest teams in
Changes, though, will be
The team needs to improve its run defense, and
that was a priority before
starting defensive tackle
Corey Liuget was suspended
four games for violating the
league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Even with Liuget on the
field, the Chargers were tar-
Phelan M. Ebenhack Associated Press
SEAN McVAY ISN’T shying away from talk of the
Rams obtaining another star play in the offseason.
Los Angeles, where he spends
the offseason, the addition of
Suh and cornerbacks Marcus
Peters and Aqib Talib injects
three large personalities into
the Rams’ defense and locker
Not a problem, according
to McVay.
“The defensive coordinator has more swag than all of
them,” he said, referring to 70year-old Wade Phillips, “so
we’ll be in good shape.”
After the Rams announced they had agreed to
terms with Suh on a one-year
contract, Phillips tweeted a
GIF of cartoon character
SpongeBob SquarePants giving a thumbs-up.
Now he will oversee a defense that features two of the
NFL’s most dominant tackles, Suh and Aaron Donald,
playing side-by-side in a 3-4
McVay said that Suh
would line up as the nose
tackle in the Rams’ base defense. Donald, the reigning
NFL defensive player of the
year, will continue to play the
“three-technique” position,
which typically lines up on the
outside shoulder of an offensive guard.
Phillips, an NFL coach
since 1976, will adjust as necessary.
“He’s coached a lot of
great players,” McVay said,
“and I don’t think it’s by
chance that those great players seem to have their best
production under his guidance and under his leadership.”
The Rams sought feedback from Donald, Peters,
Talib, defensive lineman
Michael Brockers and safety
Lamarcus Joyner while pursuing Suh, McVay said. Donald, 26, also communicated
with the 31-year-old Suh during the process, the coach
“The mutual respect that
exists between those two
players was imperative and
really paramount to even pursue this in the first place,”
McVay said. “They felt good
about it.
“And I think the one thing
you feel so good about Aaron
Donald is he said, ‘Hey, the
guy’s a great football player. If
he can help us win let’s get
him on board.’ ”
Suh, who will earn $14 million, has a reputation for
overly aggressive play. He accrued nearly $300,000 in fines
and was suspended for two
games during his first five
seasons with the Detroit Lions. He was not fined by the
league during his three seasons playing for the Miami
“He doesn’t shy away from
some of the things that have
gone on in the past,” McVay
said. “But I think when you
really look back at it, that’s in
his past and I think he’s
learned from it. He’s moved
The Rams, however, have
not made a long-term investment in Suh.
“If he’s able to do the
things that we expect, and I
think that he anticipates as
well, this is something that we
hope to extend past that one
year,” McVay said. “But in this
league you take it one year at
a time.”
Twitter: @latimesklein
and how he leads them. And
that’s who Baker Mayfield is.”
Jackson, whose team has
the Nos. 1 and 4 picks, has
said he envisions veteran
quarterback Tyrod Taylor
starting for at least a season.
However, Mayfield told reporters at the scouting combine that he doesn’t intend to
sit as a rookie.
“No doubt, he doesn’t,”
Jackson said. “Obviously, I’ve
had these conversations with
all these guys. And they
know. I mean, we laid it out
pretty clearly, what the expectations would be and
what we’re trying to accomplish here.
“To a man, they all get it.
They understand that this
opportunity, as bad as they
want it, could be a little overwhelming, and that there’s
things that they need to learn
on an everyday basis before
they’re ready to take it on.”
Redefining the grab
The NFL has completed
the catch.
By a 32-0 vote, NFL owners approved a simplification
of the standards for a legal
catch, among the more controversial playing rules in recent years.
The league spent the last
two years deconstructing
what constitutes a reception,
then rebuilding that rule
from scratch with the input of
several current and former
coaches and players.
Under the new rule, a receiver must:
1. Control the ball.
2. Get two feet down (or
another body part).
3. Make a football move,
whether taking another step
or reaching the ball toward
the goal line or yard marker.
Such a football move would
not be required if the catch
were made in the end zone.
Gone are the “surviving
the ground” and “slight
movement of the ball” stipulations that wiped out so
many apparent receptions in
past seasons.
“We want to take these
great catches and make them
into catches,” Al Riveron,
the NFL’s head of officiating,
said a day before the balloting.
Also on Tuesday, the
league made permanent the
rule that changes spotting
touchbacks at the 25-yard
line, authorized that a
designated member of the
league’s officiating department in New York can decide
to eject a player remotely for a
flagrant nonfootball act
when a foul for that act is
called on the field and
banned the act of players lowering their heads to make
contact, now a foul anywhere
on the field.
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
Phelan M. Ebenhack Associated Press
CHARGERS COACH Anthony Lynn is looking to
build on last season’s strong finish.
geting reinforcements up
“We have needs that we
feel like we’re going after anyways, regardless of that,”
Lynn said. “I don’t think it
changes much at all.”
Former Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea would
provide a boost if the Chargers were able to select him
with the No. 17 pick in the
first round of next month’s
NFL draft.
The team also needs help
at linebacker, where depth
and production forced the
Chargers to play with as
many as six defensive backs
at one time, even in running
“I’d like to see the front
seven get better for us
against the run,” Lynn said.
“And for us to have a great
defense, that’s going to have
to improve.”
There are concerns on offense as well, where Lynn
wants to try to maximize
Melvin Gordon’s play.
Over the final five games
of the season, Gordon’s production peaked as he rushed
for 407 yards and caught 20
passes for 203 more.
“When he’s well, he’s hell,”
Lynn said of his running
back. “I think some of it was
coming off that knee surgery.
Sometimes people have to
learn how to play with something because it’s never going to be the same. Melvin
figured it out. It seemed like
he wasn’t comfortable at
times early; he was up and
down. But when you look at
that last quarter of the season, I don’t know if there’s a
better back in this football
The Chargers also need to
have a succession plan for
quarterback Philip Rivers,
both in the short and long
Lynn said Cardale Jones,
whom the team traded for
last season during training
camp, will get a chance to
compete to be Rivers’
backup. Twelve-year veteran
Kellen Clemens was the No. 2
last season.
“We’re going to find out.
He’s going to get an opportunity.,” Lynn said of Jones.
“That’s an intriguing guy.”
Lynn was at ease talking
about his team and the game
he loves, a welcome retreat
from the questions he had to
answer last season.
After an hour or so, Lynn
stood up, an empty plate in
front of him.
“We’ve got to go back to
work,” he said.
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W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 2 8 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
He can
make a
name for
By Lindsey Thiry
knows there’s an opportunity.
Last season, the USC receiver saw limited playing
time in a position group that
boasted several playmakers.
But the depth chart has
thinned since Deontay Burnett declared for the NFL
draft and Steven Mitchell
Jr. exhausted his eligibility,
leaving room for Imatorbhebhe, a third-year sophomore, to claim a larger role.
“My M.O. now is really
just to improve every single
day,” Imatorbhebhe said after Tuesday’s practice. “I feel
like I’ve been improving this
whole offseason.”
brother Daniel is a tight end
for the Trojans, has caught
two passes for 11 yards since
arriving from North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga.
But his progress was apparent last Friday during a
modified scrimmage in full
“His natural ability and
explosiveness is off the
charts,” coach Clay Helton
said. “He’s a special talent
that is really coming into his
Imatorbhebhe demonstrated a knack for gaining
yards after the catch when
he took a short pass and
turned it into a long gain. He
also showed he could stretch
the field when he hauled in a
deep throw along the sideline.
“I just focused on what I
had to do,” Imatorbhebhe
said. “And those were the results.”
Despite key departures,
USC’s receiving corps remains stocked with talent
with the return of third-year
sophomore Tyler Vaughns,
who caught 57 passes for 809
yards and five touchdowns
last season, and junior
Michael Pittman Jr., who
caught 23 passes for 404
yards and two touchdowns.
Imatorbhebhe said his focus this spring was improvement, rather than earning a
starting spot.
“The best thing that I can
do for myself is not try so
hard for that, cause that’s in
the future,” Imatorbhebhe
said. “But every single day,
try to get better.”
No little things
Bryan Ellis saw several
things he liked from Matt
Fink and Jack Sears during
the modified scrimmage.
The first-year quarterbacks coach also watched
some mistakes that must be
Ball security, which Helton said was a point of emphasis this spring, was an issue when each quarterback
dropped a snap from redshirt freshman center Brett
Ellis said the errors signaled that quarterbacks
were saturated with information.
“It’s going up and being a
young guy, having so many
things going through your
head,” Ellis said. “And you
forget to do the simplest
Fink watched film of the
modified scrimmage, the
Trojans’ first this spring in
full pads, and was pleased
that he was able to pick up on
blitzes and read the defense,
but said he needed to improve chemistry with receivers.
“I probably have some
timing issues,” said Fink,
who is the only quarterback
on the roster with game experience. “And some plays
where I didn’t feel necessarily confident where I should
Sears was content with
his accuracy, but said he
needed to trust himself to
make more throws.
“There were a couple of
balls that we completed, but
if I had let it go earlier it probably would have been a bigger gain or a touchdown,”
Sears said.
Pittman did not practice
because of a shoulder injury.
… Tight end Tyler Petite was
slowed because of a lower
back injury and receiver
Randal Grimes was slowed
because of a groin injury. …
USC President C. L. Max
Nikias attended practice.
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San Jose
St. Louis
x-clinched playoff spot
New Jersey
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
x-Tampa Bay
Ducks give up three goals in third period and fall into
second wild-card spot in Western Conference.
Stefan Noesen scored on a rebound with 1:33 to play and
the Devils continued their playoff push.
Andrew Ladd scored with 2:02 left in the third period to
lift the Islanders to their third win in 17 games.
Luke Glendening scored twice and Darren Helm matched
his career high with three points for the Red Wings.
Blues win their sixth in a row to move into the first
wild-card spot in the West.
Kyle Turris scored only shootout goal and Predators
clinched home-ice advantage for first round of playoffs.
Patrik Laine scored the deciding goal in the shootout and
Brandon Tanev had his first career hat trick for the Jets.
Alexander Radulov scored 40 seconds into overtime as
the Stars ended an eight-game winless streak.
Thomas Vanek’s hat trick for the Blue Jackets
overshadowed Connor McDavid’s 40th goal for Oilers.
For complete NHL summaries, go to
Florida at Toronto, 4:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Colorado, 7 p.m.
Darryl Dyck Associated Press
VANCOUVER’S ALEX BIEGA , left, who got his first goal in over three years,
checks the Ducks’ Ondrej Kase during the first period of the Canucks’ 4-1 win.
Sutter and Canucks
too much for Ducks
He get two goals and
an assist as Anaheim
drops into tie with
Kings for third.
NY Rangers at Washington, 5 p.m.
Arizona at Vegas, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
San Jose at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Winnipeg at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
associated press
Arizona at KINGS, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Boston, 4 p.m.
Florida at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
Dallas at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Columbus at Calgary, 6 p.m.
KINGS at DUCKS, 7 p.m.
Toronto at NY Islanders, 4 p.m.
Chicago at Colorado, 6 p.m.
Carolina at Washington, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay at NY Rangers, 4 p.m.
St. Louis at Vegas, 7:30 p.m.
Besides the top three teams in each division (P-Pacific; C-Central; A-Atlantic; M-Metropolitan) qualifying for the playoffs, the next two teams with
the most points in each conference qualify as wild-card team. The races:
WEST (Division)
EAST (Division)
1. St. Louis (C)
1. Philadelphia (M)
2. DUCKS (P)
2. New Jersey (M)
3. Colorado (C)
3. Florida (A)
4. Dallas (C)
4. Carolina (M)
— Brandon Sutter had two
goals and an assist to lift the
Vancouver Canucks over the
Ducks 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Alex Biega got his first
goal in over three years, and
Sam Gagner also scored for
Vancouver, which has won
three of four since losing seven straight. Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 shots.
Andrew Cogliano scored
for the Ducks, who wrapped
up a four-game trip and are
on a 5-1-1 stretch.
The loss dropped the
Ducks into a tie with the
Kings for third in the Pacific
Division, though the Kings
have a game in hand. The
teams play Friday night.
John Gibson made 26
saves for the Ducks. He has
been dominant against Vancouver, coming into the
game 6-1-1 with a 1.37 goalsagainst average and three
Vancouver got to him at
9:53 in the opening period.
Daniel Sedin’s shot from the
faceoff circle bounced off
Gibson and right to Gagner,
who batted in the rebound.
Markstrom made two big
saves in the second period.
The first off a three-on-two
with Ryan Getzlaf setting up
Andrew Cogliano and the
second on Corey Perry
shooting from inside the
Markstrom later made a
gaffe that lead to the Ducks’
tying goal. The puck took an
odd bounce off the stanchion during a dump-in, and
Markstrom was caught
stranded as Cogliano whipped the errant puck in.
In the third, Biega put
Vancouver ahead 2-1 with a
slap shot from the blue line
that cleared traffic and
found the corner of the net.
That was Biega’s first goal in
132 games.
Sutter made it a two-goal
lead when he burst out to a
breakaway, hit the side of the
net, then collected the puck
and flipped it in over an outof-position Gibson.
Sutter added his second
of the night into an empty
net with 16 seconds left.
U.S. Olympian Troy
Terry made his NHL debut
for the Ducks. He played on
a line with Ondrej Kase and
Adam Henrique. Newly
signed Canucks center Adam Gaudette did not suit up.
DUCKS ....................................0
Vancouver ................................1
0 — 1
3 — 4
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Van., Gagner 9 (D.Sedin,
H.Sedin), 10:07. Penalties—None.
SECOND PERIOD: 2. DUCKS, Cogliano 9 (Kesler,
Beauchemin), 17:06. Penalties—Sautner, VAN, (highsticking), 2:47. Manson, DUCKS, (hooking), 6:50.
THIRD PERIOD: 3. Van., Biega 1 (Sutter, Archibald),
3:03. 4. Van., Sutter 9, 8:30. 5. Van., Sutter 10,
19:44. Penalty—Sutter, VAN, (tripping), 17:37.
SHOTS ON GOAL: DUCKS 9-9-6—24. Van. 15-7-8—
30. Power-play conversions—DUCKS 0 of 2. Van. 0 of
GOALIES: DUCKS, Gibson 30-18-7 (29 shots-26
saves). Van., Markstrom 21-26-6 (24-23).
Att—18,405 (18,910). T—2:22.
Parker calmly prepares for a heavy date
The WBO champion
can throw off plans for
Joshua’s big matchup
against Wilder.
What: Anthony Joshua
(20-0, 20 KOs) vs.
Joseph Parker (24-0, 18
KOs) for Joshua’s
International Boxing
Federation and World
Boxing Assn. belts, and
Parker’s World Boxing
Organization belt
Where: Principality
Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
TV: Showtime
By Lance Pugmire
As a desert moon descended upon Las Vegas, a
heavyweight champion was
ready to do his thing.
The casino lights of the
Strip have lured others in
this sport to distraction, but
Joseph Parker has found refuge in his trainer’s backyard.
Saturday in Cardiff,
Wales, in front of 80,000 hostile fans there to root for
England’s two-belt heavyweight champion Anthony
Joshua (20-0, 20 knockouts),
Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) will attempt to fulfill a vision he
has imagined during the
moonlit quiet.
“I have Joe do many errands around house —
sweep out the garage, take
out the trash, clean the barbecue — but I believe the
most important one is when
he waters the backyard at
night,” Parker’s trainer, Kevin Barry, said.
“He uses that time as a
therapeutic thing. Water’s
calming, so he walks around
out there, spraying the garden. It gives him a nice, clear
head. It’s relaxed, calming as
he’s out in the dark. He rolls
up the hose, and he’s ready
for the next day.”
Parker, 26, has trained
outside Las Vegas since 2013,
winning the World Boxing
Organization championship
in late 2016 and making two
successful title defenses.
He rises for 5:30 a.m. runs
through the steep hills above
the home, usually trains
twice daily at a new gym
Barry has established less
than a mile way, and employs a variety of sophisticated methods to maximize his performance.
“We try to be as thorough
as we can. This is big-time
boxing and we know we’re
up against ‘Mr. Perfect,’ ”
Barry said of facing Joshua.
“Joe has access to the greatest training resources in the
world. He might not be the
finished product, but we
don’t think Joshua is either.”
Yoga, deep tissue mas-
Nick Potts Associated Press
ANTHONY JOSHUA, left, will put his two heavweight championship belts on
the line against Joseph Parker’s WBO belt Saturday in Cardiff, Wales.
sages, weekly neuromuscular work, dry needling treatment to increase arm flexibility and strength, Epsom
salt baths, daily cryotherapy
and routine bloodwork is
part of the cycle capped by
the night-time watering.
“I’m here, just working
away, being the underdog,”
Parker said. “I’ve already envisioned the way it’s going to
be, good movement, catching him, he’s missing shots
because of my angles. I look
at myself as the best in the
His promoter staged a
news conference in Auck-
land, New Zealand, in which
Parker narrated footage of
2012 Olympic champion
Joshua getting knocked
down in amateur action,
with interview subjects criticizing the sturdiness of the
Brit’s jaw, something seen in
his knockdown last year before recovering to defeat
Wladimir Klitschko by 11thround TKO before 90,000 at
London’s Wembley Stadium.
Parker is astute about
heavyweight history. His
grandmother used to listen
to Jack Dempsey’s heavyweight title fights on the ra-
dio and named her son
Dempsey after “The Manassa Mauler,” the father
pointing his toddler son to
the sport.
Parker rose to champion
with a majority decision over
Andy Ruiz, then ventured to
England to beat Joshua’s
countryman, Hughie Fury,
last year.
“I already know how hostile it’s going to be [in Wales],
but we’re looking forward to
it and the confidence comes
from the training in Vegas,
leaving the gym every day,
knowing we’re in our best
shape,” Parker said. “Many
think I’ll be overwhelmed. I
embrace the whole event.”
might feel pressure to oneup the March 3 showing of
unbeaten World Boxing
Council champion Deontay
Wilder, who overcame a near
knockout to Luis Ortiz to
KO the Cuban in the 10th
Parker basks in this opportunity of flying in from
Down Under to disrupt the
plans for the champion, who
has knighthood, film work
and becoming boxing’s first
billionaire in the offing.
“People expect him to
blast me out of there, expect
him to be this perfect human
being,” Parker said.
During training Parker
keeps a running loop of
Joshua-Klitschko playing on
big-screen televisions, keen
to openings that exist.
Parker knows well of the
boxing renaissance of the
1970s when multiple heavyweights — Muhammad Ali,
Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Earnie Shavers, Jerry
Quarry, Ron Lyle — vied for
the title.
“There was not just only
two. They made great fights
against each other, and
that’s why it was a real boxing scene, and we’re getting
to that now,” Parker said.
“Even though a lot of people
are talking about Wilder and
Joshua, I’m going there to
try to make my mark on the
“People will know who I
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W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 2 8 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division
standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top eight
teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the top-seeded
team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team would
play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of several
tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference
divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference
divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
1. y-Houston
2. y-Golden State
3. Portland
4. Oklahoma City
5. New Orleans
5. San Antonio
7. Utah
8. Minnesota
GB L10
61⁄2 4-6
141⁄2 8-2
181⁄2 8-2
10. Denver
12. Sacramento
13. Dallas
14. Memphis
15. Phoenix
1. x-Toronto
2. x-Boston
3. x-Cleveland
4. x-Philadelphia
5. x-Indiana
6. Washington
7. Miami
8. Milwaukee
GB L10
31⁄2 7-3
101⁄2 6-4
131⁄2 5-5
151⁄2 5-5
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
x-clinched playoff spot; y-division
at Phoenix
at Philadelphia
at Minnesota
at Memphis
at Utah
at Orlando
New York
at Charlotte
7 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
Wallace and Williams
counted on for depth
By Mike DiGiovanna
Tyrone Wallace and C.J.
Williams had prominent
NBA roles when their twoway contracts expired in
early March, Wallace starting 12 of the 21 games he
played for the Clippers and
averaging 10.1 points and
Williams starting 16 of 30 and
averaging 5.9.
Both hope to maintain
those contribution levels after being activated for Tuesday night’s game, moves
that added two healthy 6foot-5 wing players at a position thinned by injuries.
“I’m expecting to pick up
where I left off, come into the
game and act like I’ve been
here before, be the same
player and person,” Wallace
said. “Be aggressive and do
things I can to help the
Wallace and Williams
spent the last four weeks
with the Agua Caliente Clippers, who finished their season Saturday.
Wallace averaged 22.6
points, 5.3 assists and 6.5 rebounds in 26 G League
Williams averaged 16.5
points in 16 games and made
37.9% of his three-point
“It’s kind of a different
game down there,” Wallace
said. “I see different defenses, and I’m more of a focal point, so it’s a little
tougher for me. When I come
up here, I have to continue to
do the little things: defend,
attack, be aggressive.”
Asked what he’s hoping
to get from Wallace and
Williams, coach Doc Rivers
said, “Minutes. They have to
reintegrate themselves. The
good news is they’ve played
with us so much, as starters
and off the bench, that I
don’t think it will take long.”
Neither Wallace nor
Williams will be go-to guys
on offense, but the shooting
success they enjoyed in the
developmental league could
carry over.
“I don’t care who you
are,” Rivers said, “if you’re
making putts, you feel like
you can make them on any
Return is nigh
Danilo Gallinari, who
sat out for the 17th consecutive game because of a fracture in his right hand, hopes
to return for Friday’s game
at Portland.
Gallinari, limited to 19
games because of hand and
glute injuries, has not taken
contact in practice, but he
was able to catch and shoot
for the first time Tuesday
and will make the trip to
Phoenix and Portland.
“The fracture hasn’t fully
healed,” he said. “I’m far
from being ready, but I’ll try
for Portland on Friday.
“I’m gonna feel pain if I
play. That’s expected.”
Lou Williams has made
181 three-point shots, 20
short of the franchise record
set by J.J. Redick in the 201617 season. “That’s surprising,” Rivers said. “With J.J.,
you know he took threes.
Lou scores a lot of nonthrees, and he still has a
chance to break the record.”
… Rivers didn’t see the Giannis Antetokounmpo segment Sunday on “60 Minutes” but was impressed
that the Milwaukee Bucks
star was featured on the
show. Rivers then asked
longtime Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler if he
had ever been on “60 Minutes.” To which Lawler
replied, “No … I’ve been on
‘30 Minutes,’ though.”
When: 7.
On the air: TV: Prime
Ticket; Radio: 570, 1330.
Update: The Suns, who have
lost their last 12 games and
22 of 23, are battling the
Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta
Hawks and Orlando Magic
for the worst two records in
the NBA, a distinction that
would earn the greatest
chance to win the draft lottery. Devin Booker, averaging 24.9 points, has sat out
five games because of an injured right hand.
Twitter: @MikeDiGiovanna
Spurs lose Aldridge,
game to Wizards
Portland 107, at New Orleans 103:
Damian Lillard scored 20 of his 41
points in the fourth quarter for the
Trail Blazers. He hit his first six
shots of the fourth quarter to push
Portland into its first lead since
early in the first quarter. He made
two free throws with 1.3 seconds
left to seal the victory.
Dallas 103, at Sacramento 97: Harrison Barnes had 20 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Mavericks while protesters forced a
lockdown of Golden1 Center for the
second time in six days. Dennis
Smith Jr. added 19 points and six
assists in his second game back
from an ankle injury.
Indiana 92, at Golden State 81:
The injury-plagued Warriors again
lacked the firepower to finish off an
opponent, and Victor Oladipo
scored 24 points in the Pacers’ win.
Nick Young scored 12 points as
Golden State, playing without its
four All-Stars for a second straight
game, lost back-to-back contests
for only the ninth time during
coach Steve Kerr’s four seasons.
at Clippers 105, Milwaukee 98
— associated press
Antetknmpo 39 10-16 5-9 2-9 7 0 26
Middleton ...35 7-17 5-6 1-7 3 4 22
Henson ......34 4-7 0-0 0-8 2 2 8
Bledsoe......33 6-10 2-3 1-9 6 3 14
Terry ..........31 4-7 0-1 1-3 2 0 10
Parker ........18 1-12 0-0 0-1 2 1 2
Zeller .........13 3-6 2-2 3-5 2 1 8
Jennings .....11 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Brown ..........9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Snell............6 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 4
Muhammad ..4 1-3 2-2 0-2 0 0 4
38-83 16-23 8-44 24 14 98
Shooting: Field goals, 45.8%; free throws, 69.6%
Three-point goals: 6-23 (Middleton 3-7, Terry 2-5,
Antetokounmpo 1-2, Brown 0-1, Jennings 0-1, Bledsoe 0-3, Parker 0-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 16 (22 PTS). Blocked Shots: 11 (Antetokounmpo 5, Middleton 2, Snell 2, Henson, Parker). Turnovers: 16 (Bledsoe 6, Antetokounmpo 4, Middleton 2,
Parker 2, Henson, Terry). Steals: 12 (Terry 5, Parker 3,
Bledsoe 2, Zeller 2). Technical Fouls: None.
Anderson....18 3-4 1-2 1-3 2 2 7
Green.........23 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 2 8
Aldridge......17 4-6 5-6 1-4 2 1 13
Mills ..........25 4-7 0-0 0-3 6 1 11
Murray .......23 3-8 0-0 1-3 4 2 6
Bertans ......19 3-9 0-0 0-1 0 3 8
Parker ........18 2-6 2-4 0-2 3 1 7
Gasol.........18 4-10 2-3 3-6 1 0 10
Forbes........18 3-7 5-7 0-3 6 0 12
Lauvergne ...16 4-7 1-2 2-5 0 1 9
Gay............15 3-8 2-3 2-5 2 1 8
Paul...........14 2-5 0-4 0-1 1 2 4
Ginobili ......11 1-4 0-2 0-0 1 1 3
39-87 18-33 10-37 29 17 106
Shooting: Field goals, 44.8%; free throws, 54.5%
Three-point goals: 10-25 (Mills 3-6, Green 2-5,
Bertans 2-6, Forbes 1-1, Parker 1-1, Ginobili 1-2,
Gasol 0-1, Paul 0-1, Gay 0-2). Team Rebounds: 14.
Team Turnovers: 8 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5
(Aldridge, Anderson, Bertans, Green, Murray). Turnovers: 8 (Mills 2, Aldridge, Ginobili, Green, Lauvergne, Murray, Paul). Steals: 7 (Mills 3, Anderson,
Bertans, Gay, Parker). Technical Fouls: None.
Harris.........37 8-17 0-1 0-3 5 3 19
Johnson......23 3-9 0-0 0-1 1 4 9
Jordan........33 5-9 2-4 3-16 3 1 12
Rivers.........34 5-11 0-1 0-3 2 3 13
Teodosic .....16 4-5 1-2 0-1 4 2 13
L.Williams...37 5-16 5-6 1-5 4 1 16
Thornwell ....16 3-5 0-0 2-3 2 2 6
Harrell........14 3-5 0-0 0-3 1 2 6
Wallace ......13 1-6 0-0 2-6 1 3 2
Dekker .........7 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 4
Marjanovic....4 2-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 5
Evans...........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
40-86 10-18 8-41 23 23 105
Shooting: Field goals, 46.5%; free throws, 55.6%
Three-point goals: 15-28 (Teodosic 4-5, Harris 3-6,
Johnson 3-6, Rivers 3-6, Dekker 1-1, L.Williams 1-4).
Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 13 (17 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 4 (Johnson, Jordan, Teodosic, Wallace). Turnovers: 13 (L.Williams 7, Rivers 2, Wallace 2,
Teodosic, Thornwell). Steals: 8 (Johnson 3, Harris 2,
L.Williams, Rivers, Thornwell). Technical Fouls: coach
Clippers (Defensive three second), 8:14 second.
29 27 26 16— 98
35 27 16 27— 105
A—19,068. T—2:14. O—Ben Taylor, Pat Fraher, Sean
Raptors 114, Nuggets 110
Chandler.....32 3-7 0-0 1-4 3 2 7
Millsap.......30 9-12 1-1 1-4 2 3 20
Jokic ..........40 11-21 4-4 6-16 8 2 29
Barton........32 4-15 0-0 0-1 2 2 10
Murray .......40 6-18 1-1 1-4 3 1 15
D.Harris ......22 1-5 5-6 0-2 4 3 7
Craig..........15 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 3
Lyles..........13 5-6 0-0 0-5 1 2 13
Plumlee......11 2-4 2-2 1-2 2 0 6
42-89 13-14 10-40 26 16 110
Shooting: Field goals, 47.2%; free throws, 92.9%
Three-point goals: 13-30 (Lyles 3-4, Jokic 3-7, Barton 2-7, Murray 2-7, Chandler 1-1, Craig 1-1, Millsap
1-1, D.Harris 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 11 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Lyles 2, Craig,
Jokic, Millsap, Murray). Turnovers: 11 (Barton 3, Jokic
3, D.Harris 2, Murray 2, Lyles). Steals: 6 (Jokic 2, Barton, Chandler, Millsap, Murray). Technical Fouls: None.
Mavericks 103, Kings 97
Barnes .......33 6-12 5-6 0-5 6 0 20
Kleber ........32 3-6 0-0 1-9 0 3 6
Nowitzki......19 2-9 0-0 0-8 3 3 5
Harrison .....24 3-8 2-2 0-5 0 3 10
Smith Jr. .....24 6-12 4-4 1-1 6 2 19
Collinsworth 25 1-2 1-4 0-5 4 0 3
McDermott..22 6-7 0-0 0-5 0 1 15
Mejri ..........20 2-6 2-2 1-3 3 1 6
Ferrell ........19 3-10 1-3 0-1 3 1 9
Motley........11 4-6 2-4 1-1 0 3 10
Jones ...........4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
36-80 17-25 4-43 25 17 103
Shooting: Field goals, 45.0%; free throws, 68.0%
Three-point goals: 14-40 (McDermott 3-4, Smith
Jr. 3-6, Barnes 3-7, Ferrell 2-6, Harrison 2-7, Nowitzki 1-7, Jones 0-1, Kleber 0-2). Team Rebounds:
13. Team Turnovers: 10 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9
(Collinsworth 2, Mejri 2, Barnes, Ferrell, Harrison,
Kleber, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 10 (Smith Jr. 5, Barnes,
Collinsworth, Harrison, Kleber, McDermott). Steals:
7 (Ferrell 2, Harrison, Kleber, McDermott, Mejri,
Nowitzki). Technical Fouls: None.
at Toronto 114, Denver 110: DeMar
DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas and
Fred VanVleet each scored 15
points for the Raptors. Jakob
Poeltl scored all of his 12 points in
the fourth quarter as the Raptors
improved to 31-7 at home.
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
BUCKS FORWARD Giannis Antetokounmpo reaches high to block a shot by
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the second quarter.
Clippers move up to ninth
in the Western Conference
[Clippers, from D1]
have made an NFL long
snapper proud.
This was the force the
Clippers had to reckon with
in Staples Center on Tuesday night, the one that
nearly took a wrecking ball
to their playoff hopes.
Except the Clippers
wouldn’t let him. Antetokounmpo was dominant at
times, scoring a game-high
26 points to go with nine rebounds, seven assists and
five blocked shots, but the
Clippers caught fire midway
through the fourth quarter
and pulled out a 105-98 victory before a crowd of 19,068.
Trailing by five points
with 8 minutes 17 seconds to
play, the Clippers went on a
13-0 run during which Austin
Rivers had seven points, a
steal and an assist.
Rivers, Tobias Harris
and Wesley Johnson each hit
open three-pointers during
the run, which gave the Clippers a 96-88 lead with 4:12
Rivers had three points
through three quarters and
scored 10 in the fourth.
Harris scored six of his 19
in the fourth, and Lou
Williams had 16 points in the
The Clippers, who made
15 of 28 three-pointers,
moved into ninth place in
the Western Conference, 11⁄2
games behind the eighthplace Minnesota Timberwolves with eight games left.
“It was a really tough
mental night for us because
we had a lot of guys struggling, we kind of lost our
way,” Clippers coach Doc
Rivers said. “We had to dig
down and just figure out how
to win tonight and fix what
we didn’t do tomorrow.”
Antetokounmpo, who averages 27 points, made that
He blocked three shots,
two by DeAndre Jordan, late
in the second quarter, plays
that led to a pair of fastbreak baskets, as the Bucks
took a 62-56 halftime lead.
He scored 10 points in the
third quarter, as the Bucks
took an 82-78 lead into the
But the Clippers did just
enough defensively, with
Harris, Sindarius Thornwell
and Tyrone Wallace doing
the dirty work, to prevent
him from taking over the
“I think we guarded him
as well as you can guard
him,” Doc Rivers said.
“When have a nickname and
Freak is at the end of it,
you’re probably pretty good,
you know what I mean?
“He was good, but I liked
how we guarded him.
“We clogged the paint on
him. He’s just tough, man …
he’s 7-foot-9.”
The Clippers sizzled out
of the gate, making seven of
seven three-point shots, including a career-high-tying
four by Milos Teodosic, in
the first 61⁄2 minutes.
Teodosic had 12 points in
the first, his career high for a
quarter. He made a behindthe-back pass to Johnson for
a corner three and an eyepopping, two-handed, overthe-head, no-look pass to
Jordan for a dunk in the second.
But two minutes before
halftime, Teodosic hobbled
to the locker room because
of plantar fascia in his left
foot and did not return.
He will undergo an MRI
test on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for at
least two games.
Twitter: @MikeDiGiovanna
Wizards 116, Spurs 106
A—19,800. T—2:10. O—Ken Mauer, Derek Richardson, Derrick Collins
Markieff Morris shot seven of
seven from the floor for 15 points,
Otto Porter Jr. added 14 and the
Wizards ended a three-game losing
streak in the middle of a tight Eastern Conference playoff race.
San Antonio lost for just the
second time in eight games but
may have been dealt a more serious
blow with a left knee injury to star
LaMarcus Aldridge, who was the
game’s leading scorer with 13
points before he limped off late in
the second quarter.
at Houston 118, Chicago 86: Eric
Gordon scored 31 points and tied a
career high with eight three-pointers and the Rockets got their 10th
straight win. The Rockets became
the first team since San Antonio in
the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season to have three winning streaks
of at least 10 games in a season.
Anunoby .....16 3-6 0-0 1-3 1 1 7
Ibaka .........24 6-11 0-0 2-6 2 1 13
Valanciunas 22 6-10 3-4 1-7 0 2 15
DeRozan.....30 7-12 0-0 0-1 8 2 15
Lowry .........33 4-10 0-0 0-5 8 0 11
VanVleet .....24 5-7 2-3 0-1 4 1 15
Siakam ......23 5-10 2-2 0-3 6 5 12
Miles .........18 2-11 0-0 0-1 2 2 5
Poeltl .........18 6-8 0-0 4-8 0 4 12
Wright ........17 2-4 0-0 1-1 2 0 6
Nogueira ......6 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Powell ..........3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
47-92 7-9 9-37 33 18 114
Shooting: Field goals, 51.1%; free throws, 77.8%
Three-point goals: 13-34 (VanVleet 3-4, Lowry 3-6,
Wright 2-2, Anunoby 1-2, Powell 1-2, DeRozan 1-3,
Ibaka 1-4, Miles 1-7, Nogueira 0-1, Valanciunas 0-1,
Siakam 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 9 (9
PTS). Blocked Shots: 16 (Ibaka 4, Lowry 4, Valanciunas 4, Nogueira 3, Poeltl). Turnovers: 9 (DeRozan 2,
Lowry 2, Valanciunas 2, Poeltl, Siakam, Wright).
Steals: 6 (DeRozan 2, Wright 2, Ibaka, VanVleet). Technical Fouls: None.
23 35 27 25— 110
25 33 24 32— 114
at Miami 98, Cleveland 79: The
Heat’s Kelly Olynyk scored 19
points and Dwyane Wade blocked
a pair of shots by LeBron James.
Miami has won 10 of its last 11 home
games. Wade finished with 12
against the team he spent part of
this season with.
Jackson......31 4-11 0-0 1-8 3 1 10
Labissiere ...30 8-15 3-3 2-8 3 1 19
Cauley-Stein24 5-5 3-6 1-6 2 3 13
Bogdanovic .26 4-7 1-2 0-3 2 4 10
Fox ............25 2-10 1-1 0-3 6 4 5
Mason........26 1-13 6-6 2-6 5 3 8
Hield..........25 6-15 0-0 0-2 2 4 14
Sampson....18 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0
Koufos .......14 7-10 1-1 4-7 0 1 15
Caboclo......12 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 3
Carter ..........6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
38-93 15-19 10-45 25 22 97
Shooting: Field goals, 40.9%; free throws, 78.9%
Three-point goals: 6-23 (Jackson 2-4, Hield 2-7,
Bogdanovic 1-1, Caboclo 1-2, Carter 0-1, Labissiere
0-1, Sampson 0-1, Fox 0-3, Mason 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 10 (17 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Caboclo, Fox, Jackson, Labissiere, Mason,
Sampson). Turnovers: 10 (Cauley-Stein 3, Bogdanovic 2, Caboclo, Carter, Fox, Jackson, Mason).
Steals: 6 (Cauley-Stein 4, Hield, Sampson). Technical Fouls: None.
25 28 22 28— 103
20 25 25 27— 97
A—NA. T—2:00. O—Brian Forte, David Guthrie,
Scott Wall
Rockets 118, Bulls 86
Holiday.......23 2-8 0-1 0-2 1 1 5
Markkanen..27 8-15 4-5 0-4 2 2 22
Felicio ........11 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 0
Nwaba .......29 2-8 2-2 2-6 0 2 6
Payne.........22 1-7 0-0 2-8 3 1 2
Valentine ....29 5-12 0-2 0-4 3 3 12
Vonleh........26 5-9 0-1 5-12 3 4 10
Portis .........25 5-10 0-0 2-8 1 1 11
Kilpatrick ....18 5-9 1-2 1-2 0 0 12
Grant .........17 1-9 1-2 0-2 3 2 4
Arcidiacono...7 0-1 2-2 0-0 1 0 2
34-89 10-17 13-51 17 17 86
Shooting: Field goals, 38.2%; free throws, 58.8%
Three-point goals: 8-37 (Markkanen 2-6, Valentine
2-7, Portis 1-2, Grant 1-4, Kilpatrick 1-4, Holiday 1-6,
Arcidiacono 0-1, Nwaba 0-1, Vonleh 0-1, Payne 0-5).
Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 18 (18 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 1 (Markkanen). Turnovers: 18 (Markkanen 5, Nwaba 3, Valentine 3, Felicio 2, Payne 2, Holiday, Kilpatrick, Vonleh). Steals: 8 (Portis 2, Valentine
2, Grant, Nwaba, Payne, Vonleh). Technical Fouls:
coach Bulls (Defensive three second), 6:15 first
Morris ........16 7-7 0-0 0-2 1 4 15
Porter Jr......23 6-7 0-0 0-2 3 0 14
Gortat ........23 5-9 2-3 3-8 1 1 12
Beal...........27 3-8 0-0 0-3 6 1 7
Satoransky..24 3-6 0-0 1-8 4 4 7
Oubre Jr......28 4-9 4-4 2-9 4 5 12
Sessions.....23 3-6 4-6 0-3 6 3 12
Scott..........21 5-12 0-0 1-7 4 3 11
Mahinmi.....21 4-7 0-0 3-5 2 5 8
Meeks........20 5-11 1-1 0-2 2 0 13
Smith...........6 1-3 2-2 0-1 0 0 4
Frazier..........3 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 1 1
46-85 14-18 10-50 33 27 116
Shooting: Field goals, 54.1%; free throws, 77.8%
Three-point goals: 10-24 (Porter Jr. 2-2, Sessions
2-3, Meeks 2-5, Morris 1-1, Satoransky 1-1, Scott
1-3, Beal 1-4, Smith 0-1, Oubre Jr. 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 16 (23 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 7 (Porter Jr. 2, Beal, Gortat, Mahinmi, Oubre
Jr., Satoransky). Turnovers: 16 (Sessions 4, Beal 3,
Morris 3, Satoransky 3, Scott 2, Mahinmi). Steals: 5
(Porter Jr. 2, Beal, Mahinmi, Morris). Technical Fouls:
Oubre Jr., 5:06 fourth
San Antonio
24 21 21 40— 106
21 38 29 28— 116
A—19,588. T—2:08. O—Tony Brothers, Brent Barnaky, Matt Boland
Pacers 92, Warriors 81
Bogdanovic .30 7-13 0-0 1-2 2 1 17
T.Young.......33 8-17 1-2 5-10 2 3 17
Turner.........29 2-7 1-2 0-3 0 1 5
Collison......23 1-7 1-1 0-2 4 1 3
Oladipo ......32 9-12 4-5 1-6 6 2 24
Joseph .......27 2-7 0-0 0-2 3 1 4
Sabonis......23 3-3 1-2 1-6 3 2 7
Stephenson 21 3-8 0-0 0-5 2 3 6
Robinson III 15 3-6 0-0 0-2 0 0 7
Booker .........2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
39-81 8-12 8-38 22 14 92
Shooting: Field goals, 48.1%; free throws, 66.7%
Three-point goals: 6-21 (Bogdanovic 3-6, Oladipo
2-3, Robinson III 1-3, Joseph 0-1, Turner 0-1,
Stephenson 0-2, T.Young 0-2, Collison 0-3). Team
Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 9 (8 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 2 (Turner 2). Turnovers: 9 (Sabonis 2, T.Young
2, Bogdanovic, Collison, Joseph, Oladipo, Turner).
Steals: 9 (Bogdanovic 2, Oladipo 2, Robinson III 2,
Collison, T.Young, Turner). Technical Fouls: None.
Bell ...........22 2-7 0-0 4-7 3 0 4
McCaw .......32 3-9 0-0 0-2 2 1 6
Pachulia .....11 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 4
Cook..........36 5-17 0-0 1-4 7 1 11
N.Young......31 4-11 2-2 0-3 1 1 12
Looney .......27 3-5 1-2 3-11 2 2 8
Iguodala.....25 5-10 0-1 0-4 1 2 11
Livingston ...19 4-6 0-0 3-5 2 1 8
West ..........15 3-8 2-2 0-5 2 1 8
McGee .......11 4-9 1-2 6-8 0 6 9
Jones ...........5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
35-86 6-9 17-51 21 17 81
Shooting: Field goals, 40.7%; free throws, 66.7%
Three-point goals: 5-17 (N.Young 2-5, Looney 1-1,
Iguodala 1-4, Cook 1-6, McCaw 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 15 (18 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 10 (Bell 4, Looney 2, West 2, Iguodala, Pachulia). Turnovers: 15 (Cook 3, Pachulia 3, Iguodala 2,
Looney 2, McCaw 2, Jones, McGee, West). Steals: 3
(Iguodala, Looney, McCaw). Technical Fouls: None.
18 21 29 24— 92
Golden State
27 21 22 11— 81
A—19,596. T—2:03. O—Curtis Blair, Ed Malloy,
Ron Garretson
Trail Blazers 107, Pelicans 103
Aminu ........35 3-13 2-2 7-10 2 4 10
Turner.........35 5-10 2-3 1-6 2 4 14
Nurkic ........29 10-14 1-1 4-10 0 3 21
Lillard ........42 18-33 2-2 2-9 6 3 41
McCollum ...37 3-19 0-0 2-4 5 0 7
Napier........17 3-6 0-0 1-3 1 1 8
E.Davis.......17 2-4 0-0 0-3 1 0 4
Collins........12 0-2 2-2 0-1 1 1 2
Conghton....11 0-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 0
Leonard........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
44-105 9-10 17-47 20 17 107
Shooting: Field goals, 41.9%; free throws, 90.0%
Three-point goals: 10-32 (Lillard 3-9, Napier 2-2,
Turner 2-3, Aminu 2-10, McCollum 1-6, Collins 0-1,
Connaughton 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 10 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Nurkic 4, McCollum 2, Aminu). Turnovers: 10 (Napier 4, McCollum
3, Nurkic 2, Aminu). Steals: 11 (Lillard 4, Aminu 3,
Napier 2, McCollum, Nurkic). Technical Fouls: None.
A.Davis.......38 15-24 6-6 3-14 4 2 36
Moore ........32 5-12 0-0 0-3 7 3 11
Okafor........15 2-4 2-2 5-9 0 2 6
Clark..........28 4-11 0-0 0-0 2 2 8
Holiday.......40 9-17 3-3 2-11 11 3 21
Miller .........29 2-9 0-0 1-3 0 2 5
Hill ............20 3-7 1-2 0-3 4 3 9
Mirotic .......19 1-6 0-0 0-4 0 0 2
Diallo.........14 2-4 1-1 0-7 0 2 5
Drew II .........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
43-94 13-14 11-54 28 19 103
Shooting: Field goals, 45.7%; free throws, 92.9%
Three-point goals: 4-24 (Hill 2-3, Moore 1-5,
Miller 1-8, Holiday 0-2, Clark 0-3, Mirotic 0-3). Team
Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 16 (13 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 10 (A.Davis 6, Holiday 2, Diallo, Moore). Turnovers: 16 (Holiday 6, A.Davis 4, Miller 2, Clark, Hill,
Moore, Okafor). Steals: 3 (A.Davis 2, Hill). Technical
Fouls: None.
20 26 25 36— 107
New Orleans
24 25 26 28— 103
A—15,426. T—2:04. O—John Goble, Sean Corbin,
Dedric Taylor
Heat 98, Cavaliers 79
Green.........31 2-10 1-2 1-4 1 2 5
James ........37 7-18 4-5 1-6 7 1 18
Love ............7 0-2 1-1 0-1 0 2 1
Calderon.....25 4-8 2-2 0-1 2 2 11
Hill ............25 2-6 0-0 0-2 2 2 4
Clarkson .....26 5-13 0-0 0-0 2 2 11
Hood .........25 6-13 1-1 1-3 0 2 15
Nance Jr. ....18 2-5 0-0 4-10 1 4 4
Thompson...17 1-3 4-8 5-13 0 0 6
Smith.........16 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Perrantes......2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Holland ........2 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Zizic.............2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
31-85 13-19 12-42 15 18 79
Shooting: Field goals, 36.5%; free throws, 68.4%
Three-point goals: 4-26 (Hood 2-5, Calderon 1-3,
Clarkson 1-3, Holland 0-1, Smith 0-1, Love 0-2, Hill
0-3, Green 0-4, James 0-4). Team Rebounds: 11.
Team Turnovers: 14 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1
(Nance Jr.). Turnovers: 14 (James 6, Calderon 3,
Thompson 2, Clarkson, Green, Love). Steals: 8
(Green 2, Hill 2, Calderon, Clarkson, Hood, Thompson). Technical Fouls: None.
Ariza ..........26 6-12 5-5 0-6 2 0 21
Tucker ........26 4-9 0-0 1-8 2 0 9
Nene..........20 4-7 2-2 3-7 3 0 10
Gordon.......26 11-17 1-2 0-1 1 1 31
Paul...........27 4-12 2-2 0-4 10 1 13
Green.........30 4-14 5-5 0-7 3 1 14
Johnson......29 4-9 2-2 0-2 5 1 10
Anderson....23 1-6 0-0 2-4 1 2 3
Black .........12 3-3 1-3 2-5 1 2 7
Hunter........10 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Qi................7 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 0
41-93 18-21 9-46 28 12 118
Shooting: Field goals, 44.1%; free throws, 85.7%
Three-point goals: 18-57 (Gordon 8-13, Ariza 4-10,
Paul 3-9, Anderson 1-5, Tucker 1-5, Green 1-9, Qi 0-1,
Hunter 0-2, Johnson 0-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Team
Turnovers: 10 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Tucker 2,
Ariza, Black, Gordon, Qi). Turnovers: 10 (Paul 3, Green
2, Qi 2, Anderson, Black, Tucker). Steals: 15 (Ariza 4,
Paul 4, Nene 3, Tucker 2, Black, Hunter). Technical
Fouls: coach Rockets (Defensive three second), 11:25
23 16 18 29— 86
31 29 27 31— 118
J.Johnson....32 7-11 1-1 2-9 5 0 15
Richardson..30 6-13 2-2 2-7 2 3 15
Mickey .......22 3-6 1-2 2-5 0 2 7
Dragic ........29 4-8 0-0 0-3 5 0 10
T.Johnson....29 2-9 2-2 0-2 2 2 7
Winslow......25 1-5 5-6 2-9 3 4 7
Olynyk ........25 7-9 2-5 1-5 3 4 19
Ellington .....22 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 6
Wade .........17 5-11 2-2 0-2 4 2 12
McGruder .....1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Jones Jr. .......1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Babbitt.........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
37-78 15-20 9-44 24 18 98
Shooting: Field goals, 47.4%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 9-29 (Olynyk 3-4, Dragic 2-4,
Ellington 2-5, T.Johnson 1-4, Richardson 1-5, Mickey
0-1, Wade 0-1, Winslow 0-2, J.Johnson 0-3). Team
Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 14 (10 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 9 (Wade 4, J.Johnson 3, Mickey, Richardson).
Turnovers: 14 (Wade 4, Dragic 3, J.Johnson 2, Winslow 2, Mickey, Olynyk, Richardson). Steals: 10
(Olynyk 3, J.Johnson 2, Richardson 2, Mickey, Wade,
Winslow). Technical Fouls: coach Heat (Defensive
three second), 7:12 second.
18 16 25 20— 79
29 25 21 23— 98
A—18,055. T—1:57. O—Haywoode Workman, Tom
Washington, Gary Zielinski
A—20,093. T—2:18. O—James Williams, Mike
Callahan, Karl Lane
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 2 8 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
David Zalubowski Associated Press
ROOKIE Kyle Kuzma says more athletes should get involved in social
justice movements, but he isn’t sure what approach to take.
Kuzma not afraid to
tackle social issues
By Tania Ganguli
Kyle Kuzma might be one of the
younger players in the Lakers’ locker
room, but he hasn’t been shy about
using social media as a platform to
discuss social issues others might
One of those lately has been the
death of Stephon Clark, an unarmed
African American man who was killed
by Sacramento police during a vandalism investigation March 18. Clark’s
killing has sparked protests including
one that delayed the start of a Sacramento Kings game last week.
“To me, it’s something that’s kind
of sad but it’s like the norm now in a
way because it happens so frequently,” Kuzma said. “The way it
happened is just kind of sickening because he was in his backyard in his
[grandparents’] home when it happened.
“… I think it is scary just for the
simple fact that there’s no relationship to police officers, I’m not even going to say police officers, just enforcement in general in minority communities. I think minority people, they see
police, they’re scared or they’re panicked a little bit and I think it’s the
same way for cops too, when they
come across African Americans,
they’re scared. Everybody’s scared of
each other.”
Kuzma is biracial and was raised
by a white mother and he believes
that insulated him from some issues
of racial injustice he saw more as he
grew older. He has a grandparent who
worked in law enforcement.
Kuzma got his degree from Utah in
sociology, and he said racial issues
were a frequent subject in school. He
would like to get more involved in social justice movements in the future
but isn’t sure yet how that will manifest.
“I don’t know what type of approach to really take, but I think not
just me but athletes in general they
should [get involved,]” Kuzma said.
“People don’t really understand how
important our voices are. I think
there’s a lot of athletes that don’t use
their power that really should.”
Out of it
With Monday’s loss to the Pistons,
the Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention. The best record they
could have would be 41-41, and eight
teams in the Western Conference already have at least 42 wins.
It is the fifth season in a row the
Lakers have missed the playoffs, extending the franchise record.
Injury update
Forward Brandon Ingram participated in a three-on-three drill at the
Lakers’ facility Tuesday. Ingram was
able to do some two-on-two work
Sunday in Detroit.
As he recovers from a groin strain
he suffered March 1, Ingram was listed
as questionable for Wednesday’s
game against the Dallas Mavericks. It
is the first time since his injury that
his prognosis has been so positive.
Guard Josh Hart also did some
three-on-three work. Hart has been
out since April 30, when he broke his
hand during a practice in Miami. Hart
had targeted March 30 as his return
date, based on the timetable given to
him by doctors.
The Lakers will also be without
guard Isaiah Thomas on Wednesday.
Thomas experienced some hip soreness Saturday morning and missed
the Lakers’ final two games of the trip.
He left the team from Detroit to evaluate treatment options in New York.
When: 7:30
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Update: Seven of the Lakers’ last nine
games are home games and their season finale is a road game against the
Clippers at Staples Center.
Dodgers—Claimed pitcher Cory Mazzoni off
waivers from the Chicago Cubs and optioned him
to Oklahoma City (PCL).
Arizona—Signed infielder Ketel Marte to a
five-year contract; sent pitcher Albert Suarez outright to Reno (PCL); put pitcher Randall Delgado
and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on the 10-day
disabled list.
Cincinnati—Announced that pitcher Justin
Nicolino had cleared waivers and had been sent
outright to Louisville (IL).
Cleveland—Claimed pitcher Jack Leathersich
off waivers from Pittsburgh and optioned him to
Columbus (IL); traded outfielder Rob Refsnyder
to Tampa Bay for cash; received pitcher Jordan
Milbrath (Rule 5 selection) from Pittsburgh and
assigned him to Columbus; signed infielder Adam Rosales to a minor league contract and assigned him to Columbus.
Colorado—Optioned catcher Tom Murphy and
outfielder Raimel Tapia to Albuquerque (PCL).
Miami—Optioned pitcher Brian Ellington to
New Orleans (PCL).
Minnesota—Announced that first basemandesignated hitter Kennys Vargas had cleared
waivers and had been assigned to Rochester
Philadelphia—Signed infielder-outfielder Alexi Amarista to a minor league contract.
San Francisco—Purchased the contract of
pitcher Derek Holland from Richmond (EL).
Nieuwenhuis to its minor league camp.
Tampa Bay—Assigned catcher Curt Casali and
outfielders Johnny Field and Brandon Snyder to
its minor league camp.
Texas—Assigned pitcher Steve Delabar,
catcher Brett Nicholas and outfielder Destin
Hood to Round Rock (PCL); assigned pitchers
Chi Chi Gonzalez, Shawn Tolleson, Edinson
Volquez and Anthony Gose to its minor league
Washington—Purchased the contract of
catcher Miguel Montero; put pitcher Koda Glover
on the 60-day disabled list; put second baseman
Daniel Murphy and pitcher Joaquin Benoit on the
10-day disabled list.
NBA—Fined Portland guard-forward Evan
Turner $10,000 for making an inappropriate gesture on the court at Oklahoma City.
WNBA—Announced the resignation of chief
operating officer Jay Parry; promoted Ann Rodriguez to chief operating officer.
Chicago—Signed cornerback Sherrick
McManis to a two-year contract.
Tennessee—Agreed to terms with quarterback
Blaine Gabbert and offensive lineman Xavier
Arena League—Hired Randall Boe as
commissioner and Ron Jaworski as chairman of
the executive committee.
Chicago—Agreed to terms with defenseman
Blake Hillman on a two-year contract through the
2018-19 season; assigned forward Matthew
Highmore to Rockford (AHL).
N.Y. Rangers—Assigned goaltender Alexandar
Georgiev to Hartford (AHL).
Washington—Called up goaltender Pheonix
Copley from Hershey (AHL).
Clemson—Fired women's coach Audra Smith.
Florida State—Announced that sophomore
guard C.J. Walker had left the team.
Louisville—Hired Chris Mack as coach.
New Mexico—Announced that senior forward
Connor MacDougall and junior forward Jachai
Simmons had left the team.
Texas—Announced that junior guard Kerwin
Roach will enter the NBA draft.
Arkansas Little Rock—Hired Darrell Walker
as coach.
Washington State—Announced that guard
Malachi Flynn will transfer.
At Key Biscayne, Fla.
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
MEN’S SINGLES (third round)—Frances Tiafoe
d. Tomas Berdych (10), Czech Republic, 6-7 (2),
6-2, 7-6 (1).
(Fourth round)—John Isner (14), d. Marin Cilic
(2), Croatia, 7-6 (0), 6-3; Milos Raonic (20),
Canada, d. Jeremy Chardy, France, 6-3, 6-4;
Hyeon Chung (19), South Korea, d. Joao Sousa,
Portugal, 6-4, 6-3; Juan Martin del Potro (5), Argentina, d. Filip Krajinovic (22), Serbia, 6-4, 6-2;
Pablo Carreno Busta (16), Spain, d. Fernando
Verdasco (31), Spain, 6-0, 6-3; Borna Coric
(29), Croatia, d. Denis Shapovalov, Canada, 7-6
(2), 4-6, 6-4; Kevin Anderson (6), South Africa,
d. Frances Tiafoe, 7-6 (3), 6-4; Alexander Zverev
(4), Germany, d. Nick Kyrgios (17), Australia,
6-4, 6-4.
WOMEN’S SINGLES (quarterfinals)—Sloane
Stephens (13), d. Angelique Kerber (10), Germany, 6-1, 6-2; Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, d.
Karolina Pliskova (5), Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-3.
WOMEN’S DOUBLES (quarterfinals)—Ekaterina Makarova-Elena Vesnina (1), Russia, d.
Lyudmyla Kichenok, Ukraine-Alla Kudryavtseva,
Russia, 6-2, 6-4; Barbora Krejcikova-Katerina
Siniakova (6), Czech Republic, d. Chan Haoching-Latisha Chan (2), Taiwan, 2-6 6-4, 13-11.
Sporting K.C....2 1
Vancouver .......2 1
L.A. FC ...........2 0
Minn. United ...2 2
FC Dallas........1 0
Houston .........1 1
GALAXY ..........1 1
R. Salt Lake ....1 1
San Jose ........1 1
Colorado ........0 1
Portland .........0 2
Seattle ...........0 2
Columbus .......3 0
N.Y. City FC .....3 0
New York ........2 1
Atl. United FC ..2 1
Philadelphia....1 0
New England ...1 1
Montreal.........1 2
D.C. United .....0 2
Orlando City ....0 2
Chicago..........0 2
Toronto FC ......0 2
7 9 9
7 5 6
6 6 1
6 6 8
5 5 2
4 7 4
4 3 3
4 3 6
3 5 5
1 3 4
1 2 7
0 0 4
10 8 3
10 8 3
6 7 1
6 7 6
4 2 0
4 4 5
3 4 5
2 5 9
1 2 5
0 4 6
0 0 3
USC 3, Cal St. Fullerton 1
UC Irvine 10, Loyola Marymount 2
At New York
Tuesday’s Results
Utah 69, Western Kentucky 64
Penn St. 75, Mississippi St. 60
Thursday’s Schedule
Utah (23-11) vs. Penn St. (25-13), 4 p.m.
Today’s Schedule
UIC (19-15) at Liberty (22-14), 4 p.m.
Sam Houston St. (21-14) at Northern Colorado (24-12), 6 p.m.
Championship Series
Best of Three
San Francisco vs. North Texas, S.F. leads, 1-0
Today’s Schedule
San Francisco (22-15) at North Texas (18-18),
5:30 p.m.
Friday’s Schedule
x-San Francisco at North Texas, 4 p.m.
x-if necessary
Today’s Schedule
TCU (23-12) vs. Indiana (21-14), 4 p.m.
Virginia Tech (22-13) at West Virginia (25-11),
4 p.m.
Thursday’s Schedule
Yale (18-13) at Central Arkansas (25-9), 5
New York
Kansas City
Tampa Bay
San Diego
St. Louis
San Francisco
New York
Tuesday’s Results
DODGERS 4, ANGELS 3, 5 innings, water leak
Detroit 2, Tampa Bay 1
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 5
Boston 4, Chicago Cubs 2
Houston 8, Milwaukee 1
Seattle 5, Colorado 3
Miami 22, U. of Miami 2
Cleveland 3, Arizona 3
Minnesota 3, Washington 1
Toronto 1, St. Louis 0
Atlanta 5, Braves Futures 4
San Francisco 3, Oakland 0
Cincinnati at Texas, canceled
End of exhibition season
At Dodger Stadium:
DODGERS 4, ANGELS 3, 5 innings
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Z.Czart 2b 2 1 1 0 C.Tylor dh 3 0 1 2
C.Young ph 1 0 0 0 C.Sager ss 3 0 1 0
M.Trout cf 2 0 1 0 Ya.Puig rf 2 1 1 1
Fltcher ss 1 0 0 0 A.Toles rf
1 0 0 0
J.Upton lf 2 0 0 0 Bllnger 1b 3 0 0 0
Fntana 2b 1 0 1 0 Ma.Kemp lf 2 1 1 1
A.Pjols dh 2 0 1 1 C.Utley 2b 1 0 1 0
Smmns ss 2 1 1 0 Grandal c 2 1 2 0
Hrmsllo cf 1 0 0 0 Pderson cf 2 0 0 0
Calhoun rf 2 1 1 0 Frsythe 3b 2 1 1 0
Yng Jr. rf
1 0 0 0 Hrnndez 2b 1 0 1 0
J.Marte 1b 2 0 1 1
Vlbna 3b 2 0 1 0
Mldnado c 2 0 1 0
23 3 9 2 Totals
22 4 9 4
— 3
— 4
E—Hernandez (4). DP—Angels 0, Dodgers 1.
LOB—Angels 6, Dodgers 5. 2B—Taylor (8).
HR—Puig (5), Kemp (5). SF—Pujols (1).
Ramirez L, 0-1 3 2⁄3 8 4 4 1 2
⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
⁄3 1 0 0 0 2
Ryu W, 3-1
4 2⁄3 9 3 2 0 3
⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
Sborz S, 1-1
WP—Barria. T—1:47 (:32 delay). A—36,937
College Basketball
at Liberty
Ill. Chicago
S. Houston St.
at N. Colorado
at North Texas
San Francisco
Loyola Chicago
Updates at
—Associated Press
UCLA 7, UC Irvine 0
United States 1, Paraguay 0
Spain 6, Argentina 1
Croatia 1, Mexico 0
NHL moves
quickly to
change rule
staff and wire reports
Stung by vocal criticism over the definition of
goaltender interference and the procedures in place
for determining whether that offense occurred, the
NHL’s Board of Governors on Tuesday approved
changes to the rule pertaining to the coach’s challenge for possible goaltender interference.
The key difference is that the decision to overturn a call will be made by personnel in the NHL’s
“situation room” and will include the participation
of a former NHL referee.
The changes were recommended last week by
general managers and approved by the NHL/NHL
Players Assn. competition committee and will go
into effect beginning with games Wednesday.
That’s unusually quick action and slightly surprising because it was initially thought that any
approved changes would not take effect until the
playoffs. However, repeated expressions of confusion from players and coaches about interference
and how it was judged apparently spurred the
league into action.
— Helene Elliott
Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin will be sidelined
indefinitely because of an upper-body injury, general manager Rob Blake said. Muzzin was hit
against the end boards by Micheal Ferland of the
Calgary Flames on Monday.
In a scoring change from the Kings’ 3-0 victory
over the Flames, Tyler Toffoli was credited with a
second-period goal that initially was credited to
Dion Phaneuf.
A’s make play for stadium site
The Oakland Athletics have offered to take over
paying $136 million in debt to take ownership of the
Coliseum site, where they can build their longneeded, baseball-only stadium.
A’s President Dave Kaval recently made the
offer to officials of Oakland and Alameda County,
who operate the Coliseum, as the team seeks a site
for a new stadium in Oakland after being turned
down for its first choice downtown in December.
Infielder Ketel Marte and the Arizona Diamondbacks finalized a $24-million, five-year contract. ...
Oft-injured New York Yankees first baseman Greg
Bird had surgery to remove a small broken spur on
the outside of his right ankle and will be sidelined
until late May. ... Minnesota Twins right-hander
Phil Hughes will start the season on the disabled
list because of a strained left oblique. ... The Washington Nationals put second baseman Daniel
Murphy and right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit
on the 10-day disabled list.
The Seattle Seahawks released quarterback
Trevone Boykin shortly after his girlfriend alleged
in a television interview that he physically assaulted
her last week. Boykin said the allegations were
John Isner reached the quarterfinals of the
Miami Open with a 7-6 (0), 6-3 upset victory over
second-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia.
Tim Weah made his U.S. debut, Bobby Wood
scored on a penalty kick and the Americans beat
Paraguay 1-0 in a soccer exhibition in Cary, N.C., for
their first win in three games under interim coach
Dave Sarachan.
The L.A. Football Club reached agreement
on a contract with Portuguese midfielder Andre
Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist
Katie Ledecky is turning pro, giving up her final two
years of eligibility at Stanford, allowing her to concentrate on training for the 2020 Olympics while
cashing in on sponsorship and endorsement deals.
W E D N E S DAY , M A R C H 2 8 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Ohtani’s first start
is Sunday against A’s
By Jeff Miller
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
DODGERS GROUNDSKEEPERS spread a drying solution in a futile effort to
contain water seeping through to the field from a busted pipe.
Series wraps up in foul conditions
Smelly liquid floods
area of field at Dodger
Stadium, ending the
Angels-Dodgers game.
By Andy McCullough
The final game of the Freeway Series ended in bizarre,
malodorous fashion Tuesday
as a pipe burst in 56-year-old
Dodger Stadium and flooded
the area near the Dodgers
dugout. Unable to stop the liquid from pouring onto the
field, stadium officials called
off the game after a 32-minute
delay in the fifth inning
against the Angels.
Dodgers President Stan
Kasten attributed the incident to a “pipe backup on two
different levels of the stadium” but indicated the team
was unsure what caused the
break. Officials from the city
were trying to determine the
source of the leak.
The Dodgers were not con-
cerned about the situation
affecting the regular-season
opener Thursday against San
Francisco, Kasten said. He
added the team would sort
out whether to offer refunds
for Tuesday’s customers in
the coming days. The leak
continued after the game was
called off, Kasten said.
“We could have stayed
there and tried to locate it,
address it, work on the field,”
Kasten said. “We had no idea
how long that would take.”
The Dodgers could not
stop the flood. Workers could
only spread it across the dirt
with brooms. After spectators
exited, a crew used a hose to
vacuum the area.
The damage may have
spread beyond the diamond.
The clubhouse did not appear
affected, but several Dodgers
said the liquid spilled into the
coaches’ room and the video
room. Manager Dave Roberts
declined to comment.
“Um. ... I’ll get back to you
guys tomorrow,” Roberts
Kasten did not want to
characterize the contents of
the liquid. The players were
less ambivalent.
“Eww,” shortstop Corey
Seager said as he raced out of
the clubhouse.
“Crappy way to end the
spring,” pitcher Ross Stripling said. “Get it?”
Other aging stadiums
have dealt with sewage spills
in recent years. The problem
has been chronic at Oakland
Coliseum, which opened in
1966, four years after Dodger
Stadium opened.
Outfielder Andrew Toles
was on second base when the
pipes burst. He thought the
liquid was Gatorade tossed
from the stands. His nostrils
soon told him otherwise.
“I smelled it,” Toles said.
“It was nasty. I’m not going to
tell you what it really was,
that’s kind of messed up. But,
yeah, it was nasty, man. It was
a tragic thing.”
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
Shortly after their final
phony game, the Angels produced some very real news,
manager Mike Scioscia
announcing that Shohei
Ohtani will make his pitching debut Sunday at Oakland in the finale of the
team’s season-opening fourgame series.
In his final spring training appearance — an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday
in Arizona — Ohtani threw
more than 80 pitches, convincing the Angels he’s ready
for the next step.
“He should be able to get
over 90,” Scioscia said. “If
he’s throwing to his capabilities, that’s plenty of
pitches to get deep into the
Matt Shoemaker will
start the Angels’ third game,
following Garrett Richards
and Tyler Skaggs. Scioscia
said a decision about when
Ohtani will debut as a designated hitter has not been
“We could have shuffled
things in a lot of different
ways,” Scioscia said of the
order of the rotation. “This
makes the most sense for
where we are right now. We’ll
adjust as we have to as we
move through the season.”
Andrew Heaney, who
was expected to be in the
has been slowed by elbow inflammation. He threw a
bullpen session Tuesday at
Dodger Stadium, a session
Scioscia called “terrific.”
Still, it appears Heaney
will begin on the disabled list
when the Angels set their 25man roster before the
opener. Because of their
early schedule, they won’t
need an additional starter
until April 12.
The Angels also informed
relievers Luke Bard and Noe
Ramirez and infielder Jefry
Marte that they made the
team. They designated for
assignment catcher Carlos
Perez, optioned reliever Felix Pena to the minors and
told Chris Carter he won’t
be making the team.
Kinsler sits
The team’s second baseman and leadoff hitter, Ian
Kinsler sat out his second
consecutive exhibition game
Tuesday because of groin
Scioscia said Kinsler was
feeling better and would
work out Wednesday, a significant test to see if he’ll be
able to start the season on
time Thursday in Oakland.
“I’m not going to handicap it,” Scioscia said of the
chances of Kinsler missing
extended time. “I think he’s
made a lot of progress. We’ll
know more [Wednesday].”
Other than Heaney, the
Angels had a mostly healthy
spring training in Arizona.
That changed soon after the
team arrived in Southern
Kinsler started and went
one for three Sunday at An-
gel Stadium in the opener of
the Freeway Series. He
hasn’t played since.
He was replaced at second base and atop the batting order Monday and
Tuesday by Zack Cozart, a
career-long shortstop who
agreed to move to third base
before signing with the Angels as a free agent in December.
Cozart played briefly at
second toward the end of the
Angels’ time in Arizona in
anticipation of backing up
Kinsler once the season began.
His versatility could
prove to be even more important now.
“I feel like second base
maybe comes a little more
natural to me because it’s
more similar to shortstop,”
Cozart said. “You use your
feet the same way. You have
more time to react. I feel
pretty comfortable there.”
Offensive optimism
Tuesday brought to a
close an exhibition season
that saw the Angels offer
glimpses of their potential,
where a deeper lineup is expected to score more runs.
“You need spring training
to get your timing and get
back into baseball shape,”
Cozart said. “But I feel like
for a week or two now, guys
feel like they’re ready. I think
we’re all excited to get it going.”
Pederson, Farmer and Toles vie for roster spots
[Dodgers, from D1]
opener. With Thompson out
of the fold, the final two
spots will be contested
among outfielder Joc Pederson, outfielder Andrew
Toles and catcher-third
baseman Kyle Farmer. The
favorites appear to be Farmer and Pederson, although
Toles has outperformed
Pederson this spring.
Toles and Pederson are
left-handed hitters. Thompson is a right-handed batter,
which limited his opportunities. The team features a trio
of right-handed outfielders
in Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor
and Matt Kemp, with utility
man Enrique Hernandez
also deserving opportunities. Thompson was out of
minor league options, but
Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations,
still described the decision
to cut him loose as “extremely difficult.”
“It was just tough,” Friedman said. “We felt like with
him, his best chance to hit
his stride was to play more
often. Which would be difficult here right now. He’s very
much a rhythm-type player,
and in a part-time role, it
wouldn’t do him much good,
or the team.”
Thompson, son of former
Laker Mychal and brother of
Golden State Warriors star
Klay, made a splash in the
first half of 2016. Acquired
from the Chicago White Sox
the previous winter, Thompson hit 13 homers in 80
games. His production
sagged as he dealt with a
back injury, which eventually was diagnosed as a fracture.
Slowed by rehabilitation,
Thompson played sparingly
in the majors last season. He
hit .122 in 27 games and finished with a .483 on-baseplus-slugging percentage.
Thompson posted a .633
OPS in exhibition games
this spring.
The team has a 10-day
window to see if Thompson
clears the waiver wire. If no
other team claims him, the
Dodgers can offer him an assignment to triple-A Oklahoma City, where Thompson spent the majority of
2017. Roberts expected another team to claim Thompson.
“That’s our hope,” Roberts said. “He did a lot of
good things for us. What a
tremendous baseball player,
In a corresponding move,
the Dodgers claimed Cory
Mazzoni, a 28-year-old righthanded pitcher, from the
Chicago Cubs.
Mazzoni has a 17.28
earned-run average in 14 big
league appearances. He
spent most of last season in
San Diego’s minor league
system. The Cubs claimed
him off waivers in November.
The Dodgers optioned
Mazzoni to Oklahoma City.
They were likely to try to put
him on waivers to clear a
spot on the 40-man roster.
Walter pays up
for Puerto Rico
Five months after making a friendly wager with
Hernandez, Dodgers owner
Mark Walter made good on
his promise to donate to reconstruction in Puerto Rico
in the wake of Hurricane
$2 million to Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico. Hernandez and his fiancee, Mariana Vicente, had raised
more than $225,000 through
their fundraiser.
“It means the world to
me,” Hernandez said. “This
is something that I’m extremely proud of. Seven
months [after the hurricane
hit] and my little island is
still desperately in need
of a lot of help. For Mark to
keep his word and donate
that much money, it’s awesome.
“To be able to put a lot of
families back into some
homes, that was definitely
the most important thing
for us. This is something
that we’ve been working on
since the World Series
Hernandez played a vital
role in helping the Dodgers
reach the World Series. He
hit three home runs in the
clinching Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the
Cubs. Before the game, Walter reportedly offered to donate to the cause in Puerto
Rico if Hernandez was able
to reach base.
Hernandez insisted his
memory was hazy of the exact terms of the wager. He
wore a grin as he spoke.
“I don’t recall that conversation very well,” he said.
“He said ‘Let’s win this
game. If we win, I’m going to
make a pretty big donation.’
And then, it worked.”
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
Time for bold reform, says Scott
hires Mack
as coach
[Wharton, from D1]
recruiters, boosters and
agents. But college leaders
have traditionally resisted
paying their own money to
athletes for a variety of reasons.
Looking beyond arguments about tradition, a
pay-to-play model could be
complicated — how much
should a starting quarterback receive as compared
with a coxswain on the rowing team? How do you justify
the difference?
And how can the same
rules fit Kansas, where the
basketball team generates
$18.2 million, and Loyola
Chicago, whose program
brings in $2.8 million?
Presidents and chancellors have said there isn’t
enough money, not with
revenue-producing sports —
most often football and
men’s basketball — supporting other teams that operate
at a loss. No one foresees
coaches relinquishing a
percentage of their astronomical salaries.
“I’m a numbers person,”
Lackritz said. “So I would
give it less than a 10% chance
the NCAA is going to be able
to deal with this.”
Alternate proposals
would allow the money to
come from elsewhere.
If NCAA rules were
changed, student-athletes
could accept payment for
signing autographs and
negotiating their own endorsement deals.
That could raise problems if, for example, a star
point guard signs with Nike
while his team is sponsored
by Adidas. But business
students take paid internships and music students
earn money from outside
performances, proponents
of this idea say.
Another suggestion
staff and wire reports
Gary Landers Associated Press
CHRIS MACK reportedly has been hired as coach at
Louisville after nine seasons as Xavier’s coach.
A person familiar with the
situation confirmed to the
Louisville has selected Xavier’s Chris Mack as men’s
coach. The person spoke on
condition of anonymity because the hire has not been
publicly announced.
Louisville’s Athletic Assn.
must approve all contracts
and has called a Wednesday
meeting about a personnel
matter, but did not specify
whether it was about coaching vacancy.
Mack led Xavier to a 29-6
record and the school’s first
No. 1 seeding in an NCAA
tournament but the Musketeers were upset in the second
round by Florida State. He
was 215-97 in nine seasons at
his alma mater with eight
NCAA tournament appearances and a trip to last year’s
Elite Eight.
Mack, 48, said in a tweet
Tuesday that “this situation
offered a new and unique
challenge that I could not
turn down.” He did not mention Louisville.
He takes over for David
Padgett, who had a 22-14
record as Louisville’s interim
coach after the school fired
Rick Pitino in October in the
wake of a federal corruption
Pittsburgh filled its men’s
coaching vacancy with Jeff
Capel, the former Virginia
Commonwealth and Oklahoma coach, and an assistant
at Duke the last seven seasons.
Capel, 43, takes over a program that finished 8-24 overall and 0-18 in the Atlantic
Coast Conference.
Audra Smith was fired as
women’s coach at Clemson after five seasons in which the
Tigers were 52-99 overall, 9-70
in ACC play.
UCLA to play in
Maui Invitational
UCLA has been selected to
compete in the 2019 Maui Invitational on Nov. 25-27, it was
announced Tuesday. Brigham Young, Dayton, Georgia,
Kansas, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Chaminade
make up the rest of the field.
UCLA last participated in the
Maui Invitational in 2015 and
last won the tournament in
2006. ... UCLA center Thomas Welsh and USC guard Jordan McLaughlin are among
20 college seniors selected to
compete in the Reese’s Division I All-Star game Friday
afternoon at the Alamodome
in San Antonio as part of the
Final Four weekend festivities.
— Ben Bolch
NIT semifinals
Justin Bibbins scored 19
points and Utah (23-11) pulled
off a 69-64 victory over Western Kentucky (27-11) in a semifinal game of the National Invitation Tournament at New
York’s Madison Square Garden. ... Tony Carr had a
game-high 21 points for Penn
State (25-13) in a 75-60 victory
over Mississippi State (25-12)
in the other semifinal. The title game is Thursday night.
Several more players declared for the NBA draft, including Arizona sophomore
guard Rawle Alkins, Nevada
Las Vegas freshman center
Brandon McCoy, Florida
junior guard Jalen Hudson
and Texas junior guard Kerwin Roach II. ... Sophomore
point guard CJ Walker was
granted his request to be released from Florida State,
coach Leonard Hamilton
said. ... The AP All-America
men’s team has three freshmen on the first team for the
first time in its 70-year history: Oklahoma guard Trae
Young, Arizona center Deandre Ayton and Duke power
forward Marvin Bagley III.
They were joined by Villanova
junior guard Jalen Brunson
and Kansas senior guard
Devonte’ Graham.
All times Pacific (*approximate time; game will start 30 minutes after the
completion of the previous one):
WOMEN: at Columbus, Ohio | TV: ESPN2
1 Louisville (36-2) vs. 1 Mississippi State (36-1) ........................................4 p.m.
1 Connecticut (36-0) vs. 1 Notre Dame (33-3) .........................................6 p.m.*
MEN: at San Antonio | TV: TBS
3 Michigan (32-7) vs. 11 Loyola Chicago (32-5) .........................................3 p.m.
1 Villanova (34-4) vs. 1 Kansas (31-7) .................................................5:45 p.m.*
would allow players to sign
with and receive money from
agents while still in school.
Agents have beeen willing to
gamble on young talent.
“I totally endorse this,
but I’m concerned about the
legitimacy of agents and the
ability of the athletes to
make good decisions,” Lackritz said. “It’s a multi-layered
process that would require
some deep thinking.”
For those concerned
about preserving a semblance of amateurism, any
money student-athletes
receive could be held in an
account until after they leave
school. Fans might not care
one way or the other.
“I’m sure there are people
who are still upset there is a
shot clock and a three-point
line,” said Daniel Wann, a
Murray State psychology
professor who studies fan
behavior. “But, whatever
changes come along, most
fans will accept and get used
to it.”
The Pac-12 has additional
In a recommendation
that follows baseball rules,
student-athletes could enter
the NBA draft but maintain
their eligibility if they do not
sign a pro contract. An independent enforcement unit
could be established to
police the sport.
Some of recruiting process could be wrested away
from shoe company tournaments if the NCAA sponsored recruiting combines.
High school athletes and
their families could also be
allowed to consult with
agents when assessing their
draft prospects.
“I think there has been a
wake-up call,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said.
“It’s time for bold reform.”
It remains to be seen if
the NCAA committee,
headed by former Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice,
will embrace the conference’s suggestions.
The NBA and its players
union could play a role by
agreeing to drop the “oneand-done” rule or by boosting salaries in their pro
developmental league. The
power conferences could
break away from the NCAA
and create an entirely new
Regardless, sports business experts believe that
economic inequities must be
“A market system where
you treat players like you
treat everyone else,” Berri
said. “That’s the simple
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of our
The impression that
Tony Kushner’s epic
leaves 25 years since
I first saw it is of hope
in troubled times.
Photographs by
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
PUNK ROCK musician Alice Bag demonstrates that there’s always something worth fighting for on her latest album, “Blueprint.”
Calling up forces
On Alice Bag’s new album, ‘Blueprint,’ an original L.A. punk
brings in kindred musicians to create songs with a political bent
By Randall Roberts
It’s hard not to notice Alice Bag as she enters
Astro Family Restaurant at the eastern edge of
Silver Lake. Her blue hair glows against the orange booths inside the Googie-designed 24-hour
diner as if she’s entering a self-created set.
The lifelong singer, writer, educator and
LGBTQ activist has been creating art since she
was a teenage glam queen in 1973, experiences
that led her to found one of the first Los Angeles
punk bands, the Bags, in the late ’70s.
Unlike the many punk dudes whose careers
continued, though, Bag and other female artists’ trailblazing work has been treated by many
a Black Flag- and Germs-loving fan as an afterthought.
This month, Bag released “Blueprint,” the
follow-up to a 2016 self-titled solo effort. A powerhouse production about, says Bag, “how you
build within,” the politicized songs are presented through the lens of a Chicana rebel in love
with music and voice and the ways they can combine to create a movement.
Though hardly as celebrated as poet and
writer Patti Smith, Bag on “Blueprint” is as assured a voice, and works through universal
themes within verses and choruses driven by
guitar-powered rock and roll. In a more just
world, Bruce Springsteen would be buying
scalped tickets to Bag’s career-spanning Broadway residency.
Constructed with guitar, bass, drums and a
throat that seems to grow more intense with
each decade, the 11-song “Blueprint” comes a few
years after Bag, 59, issued her first solo album.
That record ended an extended period out of
the musical spotlight after stints in punk bands
including Castration Squad, Cholita (with Vaginal Davis) and Las Tres, and took unflinching
looks at immigration rights and presaged the
#MeToo and Time’s Up era with the explosive
“No Means No.”
One of the singles for “Blueprint,” “77,” expands on that conversation by taking aim at the
gender pay gap. It features vocals by Allison
Wolfe (Bratmobile) and Kathleen Hanna (Bikini
Kill, Le Tigre), both of whom Bag says redirected
her approach to delivering her lyrics in the studio.
“After I heard Kathleen and Allison do their
takes, I was like, ‘Oh, I can’t sing it the way I’ve
been singing it.’ They were really tearing it up.”
Bag went back into the vocal booth, thinking to
herself, ‘No way, I’m going to sing it differently.’
I’m screeching, yes, but I’m happy because I
really feel like it fit better.”
She was right. “I make 77 cents on the dollar
— it’s not fair and it makes me want to holler,”
bellows Bag. “Yeah you work hard but I work
harder / To catch where you are I gotta push myself farther.” She then adds a wry line that echoes rockabilly legend Eddie Cochran’s line in
“Summertime Blues”: “I asked my landlord for
discount rent / He said ‘Oh no little lady — pay
100 percent.’ ”
Between bites of a fruit bowl, the artist, who
was born Alicia Armendariz, [See Bag, E7]
Schwarzenegger son on his own path
The model-actor did
not want to use his
family’s connections
to make it in movies.
By Amy Kaufman
When Patrick Schwarzenegger was a boy, he was so
obsessed with being on his
father’s movie sets that he
would never leave. For days
on end, he’d sleep in the trailers of the Terminator or Mr.
Freeze, binging on candy
from craft service and riding
a golf cart around the studio
“That’s why my kids
hated when I became governor,”
Schwarzenegger, “because
they felt like the fun days
were over.”
Despite the family’s transition from Hollywood to
Sacramento, the younger
tightly to his memories of
the movie business. Now, at
24, he’s attempting to recapture some of that childhood
joy by embarking on his own
acting career. He has his first
leading role in the teen
romance “Midnight Sun,”
currently in theaters, in
which he plays a high school
jock who falls for an aspiring
songwriter (Bella Thorne)
who is afflicted by a rare disease that forces her to avoid
exposure to ultraviolet rays.
Schwarzenegger began
expressing an interest in
acting about a decade ago,
when he was a student at the
School. His father suggested
he enroll in acting classes, so
he began taking private
lessons from Nancy Banks,
who has coached the likes of
Margot Robbie and Chris
[See Patrick, E5]
NEW YORK — The superb new Broadway production of “Angels in America”
from London brought back
my first encounter with the
work at the Walter Kerr Theatre in 1993.
I had traveled from New
Haven to see the two-part
play on a Saturday, all day,
by myself. I was a grad student at the Yale School of
Drama and felt completely
justified in splurging on orchestra tickets for the afternoon and evening performances.
I was considering writing
about the much-talkedabout play for a chapter of
my dissertation, but that
was really only a pretext. I
needed “Angels in America”
even though I wasn’t sure I
could handle the experience.
AIDS was still more or
less a death sentence in 1993.
My uncle had died from the
disease in 1987. I had seen
older friends and acquaintances wither and vanish
from the world. Chronological luck had kept me safe — I
hadn’t known a time as an
adult when AIDS wasn’t a
threat — but life felt precarious.
The scene after the first
intermission in “Part One:
immediately tested my resolve. I remember crouching
in my seat as I considered
making a furtive exit after
Prior, his illness gaining
ground, soils himself with
blood while Louis, his overwhelmed lover, gasps, “Oh
[See ‘Angels,’ E4]
star gets
her due
In the film ‘Roxanne
Roxanne,’ pioneer
Roxanne Shanté’s
story is finally told.
By August Brown
The first time you press
play on Roxanne Shanté’s
visionary hip-hop single
“Roxanne’s Revenge,” you’re
hearing it just as the artist
did: with no idea about
what’s coming next.
Shanté was just 14 when
she cut the freestyled tune in
a single take between loads
of laundry, true to the
fraught, freewheeling spirit
of the music coming from
the projects of Queensbridge in New York City in
the mid-’80s.
In a brassy, confident
voice, she steps to the mic for
the first time to craft a rebuttal to the U.T.F.O. hit “Roxanne, Roxanne,” a song
about a woman who was romantically disinterested in
the group: “Well, my name is
Roxanne, a-don’t ya know / I
[See ‘Roxanne,’ E6]
An L.A. theater
reprises its run
The Reprise Theater
Company, which had
closed in 2013, will
relaunch in June. E3
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER , whose parents are Maria Shriver and Arnold
Schwarzenegger, has his first leading role in the teen romance “Midnight Sun.”
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Hodges truly gives
voice to his piano
In 1951 composer Arnold
Schoenberg dictated from
his Brentwood home a letter
to Dial Records to protest in
the most abusive language
he could muster the company’s release of his “Ode to
Napoleon” using a female
rather than a male reciter.
“You are not only a bugger,” Schoenberg irascibly
bellowed, “not only a man
who discards an artist’s
wishes” but one who “does
not care to keep a contract.”
When pianist Nicolas
Hodges cleverly introduced
his Monday Evening Concerts recital at Zipper Concert Hall with a video of Peter Ablinger’s installation
work, “A Letter From
Schoenberg,” which accompanies Schoenberg’s computer-altered voice (taken
from a Dictaphone recording) on player piano, it was
hilarious. Times have certainly changed.
But it was also disconcerting, because times have
changed maybe even faster
in the last decade. Ablinger’s
added piano part mimics
with new emphases and distortions a machine voice
that, compared with Siri, Alexa or other advances in artificial intelligence, is already as archaic as HAL in
“2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Hodges, a British pianist
based in Germany, did little
to clarify the matter of music, voice and meaning. Instead, he made seemingly
unintelligible music speak
for itself. He has a flabbergasting technique and instantly engaging musicality.
It was a brilliant recital.
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
NICOLAS Hodges at piano; Angela Davis on screen.
Ablinger’s “Voices and Piano,” Hodges provided pianistic comment to recordings of political or artistic
figures. Angela Davis’ voice
took on a lyrical, swinging
quality. Lech Walesa’s Polish
was choppy. Iranian poet
Forough Farrokhzad’s reading of her Arabic verse was
lush and highly decorated.
The L.A. radio host and
composer Bonnie Barnett
had a booming presence.
Understanding the words
became unimportant; it was
the projection that gave the
pronouncements meaning.
This was an evening of
transcending syntax to
make the inaccessible accessible. James Clarke addressed that issue in his program note for “Untitled No.
5” by saying he avoids giving
his pieces titles or providing
descriptions to guide the listener. He trusts an audience’s powers of perception.
My sense of his piece was
of low notes and midrange
sonorous chords opening
up, spilling their insides like
buds releasing seeds dancing into the wind, with a harmonically (in some way) fili-
grees in Hodges’ dancing
right hand.
When it came to Brian
complex “Lemma-Icon-Epigram,” Hodges’ sheer determinacy proved gripping.
You sense there may be language underneath as cogent
as Davis’ “We will have to destroy the American capitalist system,” it’s just that
the voice is taken away.
Rebecca Saunders describes her “Mirror, mirror
on the wall” as coming from
noises so tactile, the composer writes in her program
note, that she feels she could
hold them in her hands.
For the world premiere of
Rolf Riehm’s “Ciao, carrissimo Claudio, or Die Steel
Drums de San Marco,” the
composer layered a clashing
keyboard over electronic atmospherics, and nothing
once more was real, altering
perception of the past or
place. And, pace Schoenberg, that’s what happens
when you actually do regard,
to Hodges’ almost superhuman degree, an artist’s
De Havilland soldiers on
Actress Olivia de Havilland, 101, and her legal team are
preparing to take her “Feud” battle to a higher court,
blasting the recent “pro-industry” decision to dismiss her
false-portrayal lawsuit against FX and Ryan Murphy.
The two-time Oscar winner’s case against FX and the
creators of the 2017 docudrama “Feud: Bette and Joan” was
thrown out by California’s 2nd district appellate court on
Monday, which ruled that the case impinged on creative
expression and 1st Amendment rights.
“This case appears to be destined for a higher court, and
we will be preparing the appropriate petition for such
review,” said Suzelle M. Smith, De Havilland’s attorney, in a
— Nardine Saad
Prince had high
fentanyl level
A confidential toxicology
document revealed that at
the time of his death, the
“concentration of fentanyl in
Prince’s blood was 67.8
micrograms per liter,” the
Associated Press reported
“The amount in his blood
is exceedingly high, even for
somebody who is a chronic
pain patient on fentanyl
patches,” Dr. Lewis Nelson,
chairman of emergency
medicine at Rutgers New
Jersey Medical School, told
the AP.
The pop icon’s death in
2016 was ruled an accidental
overdose, but the specific
fentanyl level was previously
— Libby Hill
LL Cool J debuts
hip-hop channel
LL Cool J, the two-time
Grammy-winning rapper,
told the Associated Press
that he will launch a classic
hip-hop satellite radio channel, LL Cool J’s Rock the
Bells Radio, on Wednesday.
He will host an invitation-only event to launch the
channel during a live broadcast Wednesday in L.A.
Rock the Bells Radio,
named after his 1985 hit
song, will air on SiriusXM’s
channel 43.
— associated press
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Highlights of week
ahead in arts, music
and performance
Kirk Douglas Theatre
Culver City
Opens 8 p.m. Thursday
Through May 20
“Significant Other”
Geffen Playhouse, L.A.
Opens 8 p.m. Tuesday
Through May 6
“Mozart &
Vaughn Williams”
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Walt Disney Concert Hall,
L.A.; 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat.
“Shen Yun”
Segerstrom Hall,
Costa Mesa
Opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Through April 8
Schubert, Barber and blues
Julia Bullock
Hahn Hall,
UC Santa Barbara
7 p.m. Tuesday
IN ITS previous
Reprise presented
such shows as
2011’s “Cabaret,”
shown here with
Lisa O’Hare as
Sally Bowles. The
relaunch in June
kicks off with
“Sweet Charity.”
Peter Carrier
ANDY Shephard, clockwise from left, Sharon Freed-
man, Anil Margsahayam, Lizzie Peet, Christopher
Reiling and Poonam Basu in “Pigs and Chickens.”
Leading selves
to slaughter?
By F. Kathleen Foley
Dedicated to producing
new works, Ensemble Studio
Theatre Los Angeles has
nurtured a mixed blessing in
“Pigs and Chickens,” Marek
Glinski’s premiere at the
company’s Atwater Village
Workshopped over a few
years, Glinski’s comedy was
inspired by his experiences
as a technical writer. It’s an
glimpse into an exotic world,
but the play’s blitz of technical jargon makes us want to
place an emergency call to IT.
The action is set in the
cutthroat atmosphere of a
tech start-up, where the staff
is separated into the Pigs
(the programmer elite) and
the Chickens (the lowly lessthans). The Pigs are racing to
complete the code on Denise,
an automated “empathy
algorithm” that will take on
all functions of a human resources department, including interviewing, hiring and
firing — mainly firing.
programmers realize they
are digging their own graves
with a virtual backhoe, it may
be too late for these Pigs to
save their bacon.
Director Kevin Comartin
leads a lively cast spearheaded by Sharon Freedman, who plays a new
Chicken named Wili, a
volatile former screenwriter
whose “anger issues” nuked
her career and her marriage.
‘Pigs and
Where: EST/LA in the
Atwater Village Theatre
Complex, 3269 Casitas
Ave., L.A.
When: 8 p.m. FridaysSaturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays;
ends April 15
Tickets: $15-$20
Information: (818)
Running time: 2 hours
Wili frantically tries to regain
custody of her daughter before her ex whisks her off to
another state. Yet first, she
must scratch for survival in
this corporate barnyard. And
considering that every Pig is
rude, self-serving and, well,
piggish, that’s a tall order.
Christopher Reiling gives
a standout performance as
the clueless Chris, whose
Asperger’s leaves him struggling, valiantly, toward empathy. Also outstanding is
Lizzie Peet as Stephanie, a
fast-talking schemer with an
agenda for every occasion.
The able performers do
their best to smooth over
scattershot motivations and
segues. Yet in its current
form, Glinski’s overlong and
play could use a bit more
technical support.
He wants to honor,
advance ingenuity
By Jessica Gelt
Chad Smith, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s chief
operating officer, has been
named artistic director of
the Ojai Music Festival for a
three-year term to start in
Smith will take over for
Thomas W. Morris, who will
retire in 2019 after 16 years in
the position. Smith will
continue to serve in his post
at the L.A. Phil while beginning work with the Ojai festival’s 2020 music director,
Matthias Pintscher.
“The things that I care
about — supporting adventurous work and artists who
are pushing boundaries — is
something Ojai has been
doing since its founding in
1947,” Smith said in an interview. “So when I got the invitation, I thought, ‘I have to
make this work.’ ”
Smith’s term will include
the 75th anniversary of the
festival, which he said he has
loved since 2001, when he
first visited Ojai as an assistant to San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas.
Esa-Pekka Salonen, then
music director of the L.A.
Phil, was music director of
the Ojai Festival, and Smith
Mathew Imaging
Philharmonic exec, will
join the Ojai fete in 2020.
still vividly remembers the
“There was this incredible sense of optimism about
the future of contemporary
music, and music in general,” Smith said.
The four-day festival has
built a reputation for assembling cutting-edge artists
who make innovative, worldclass music. Smith said he
intends to honor the festival’s heritage while looking
for novel ways to expand
upon it.
“Crucial to Ojai’s legacy is
this idea of reinvention and
change, and I hope we’ll
begin finding ways to build
on that,” he said.
Lawrence K. Ho Los Angeles Times
A comeback
The Reprise musical series tries again to conquer
L.A.’s tough theater world with limited-run shows
BY JESSICA GELT >>> Reprise Theatre Company will try for an encore when founder Marcia Seligson brings it back
as Reprise 2.0 in June with “Sweet Charity,” directed by Kathleen Marshall. ¶ The company, which specialized in
producing rarely staged musical theater, ceased operations in 2013 because of a lack of funding. ¶ “Seinfeld” alum
Jason Alexander served as artistic director at the time, having taken over for Seligson in 2007. Many saw a big-name
star’s difficulty in mustering financial support as proof of the inherent difficulties with growing the theater scene in
Los Angeles. ¶ At the height of its popularity, Reprise featured Broadway stars including Alice Ripley, Rachel York,
Judy Kaye and Kelli O’Hara in productions such as “Promises, Promises,” “Finian’s Rainbow” and “Anything Goes.”
Most shows were staged at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, which will again serve as home base for the Reprise comeback.
This time the university will partner with the company on an internship program for students. ¶ “Victor/Victoria,”
directed by Richard Israel, and “Grand Hotel,” directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman, will round out Reprise 2.0’s first
season, which will follow a model similar to the original, Seligson said: quality productions mounted for limited runs
with stripped down sets and costumes. ¶ The Times caught up with Seligson to ask why this kind of musical theater
is needed here and how she plans to overcome the problems that plagued Reprise the first time around. The conversation has been edited for space and clarity.
Why did you decide to relaunch
I started thinking about it four
years ago. I really felt like I missed
Reprise. People kept coming up to
me at Disney Hall, the Philharmonic
restaurant, everywhere — saying,
“We miss it so much, it was the best
thing in L.A. and the theater community, can’t you bring it back?” So
it was always there in the back of my
mind. I was so passionate about it
and had so much fun doing it, and I
think we did really terrific work.
People were really sad when it went
out of business.
Do you think it went out of business
because sustaining theater in L.A.
is a challenging proposition?
I don’t know; I wasn’t there. I
remember reading about it when I
was on a hiking vacation in Switzerland. I saw something online and I
was surprised.
How did you marshal the support
you needed this time around?
One night we were having a dinner party [for theater people] and we
started talking about Reprise coming back, and I said, “I’ll send out an
email asking people to come to my
house at the beach,” and 26 people
came over on a Saturday morning —
directors, stage managers, sound
guys, tech guys. I thought it’s possible that this will be about coming
to the beach and having a bagel and
going home, but at the end of that
meeting Reprise 2.0 was born.
“Grand Hotel” or “Sweet Charity.” I
think there’s a serious appetite for
this in Los Angeles.
Tom Drucker
FOUNDER Marcia Seligson says
fans of the theater company
asked her to bring back Reprise.
Was it really that easy?
I wouldn’t say it’s ever easy. It’s
taken a year and a half to get where
we are now. There seemed to be such
a committed audience from the early
days. There was something about
Reprise and what we created that
people really missed — this sense of
a Reprise family that people just
loved. And they loved it for years.
Subscribers are coming back?
We had a very devoted subscriber
base, and we’re finding the same
thing now.
Since we launched on March 1,
there’s been an assumption that the
world is really ready for Reprise —
the city was ready for Reprise, and so
far the numbers have carried it out.
The same people who came to see
“Hamilton” will also come to see
And you’re going back to the way
you did things in the beginning?
Yes, to the original vision of a very
simple set, the band on the stage and
very simple costumes. We’re doing
shows that are rarely revived, that
people haven’t seen in years or that
they haven’t seen at all. But our
audience came to trust that when
we’re doing our version of a 20th
century classic Reprise show, they’ll
see a great cast and hear a beautiful
Are you expecting to attract the
same level of talent this time
Yes. For actors it’s a one-month
commitment — two weeks of rehearsal and 15 performances. We got
lots and lots of stars because it was a
monthlong commitment, and now
we’ve got Kathleen Marshall, an
amazing director from New York
who is coming out for auditions and
rehearsals. If this were a normal
thing, where it was going to last four
or five months, she probably
wouldn’t be able to do it. In terms of
casting, we’re expecting to get a lot
of stars from L.A. and New York who
love to do musical theater and this is
their opportunity to do it without
committing their lives away.
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here to
us who
we are
[‘Angels,’ from E1]
help. Oh help. Oh God oh
God oh God help me I can’t I
can’t I can’t.” My own emotional reaction was completely
couldn’t breathe.
“Angels in America” is
crammed with laugh lines.
They can seem a tad compulsive and the audience’s
hilarity can feel annoyingly
disproportionate, but these
wisecracks and rejoinders
served a necessary psychological function when the
play had its initial run during the plague years. Kushner’s generous comedy reminded us that tragedy, no
matter how pervasive, is never the whole story. The lighter parts of us aren’t completely erased by darkness.
It was this laughter that allowed me to hold on until the
end of the play.
Flash-forward to the Neil
Simon Theatre, where the
National Theatre production opened Sunday. I had
seen Marianne Elliott’s production in London last summer and was blown away by
how Kushner’s masterwork
spoke directly to the crisis
we’re facing today in Donald
Trump’s America. In particular, the character of Roy
Cohn, incarnated by Nathan
Lane with insolent glee,
seemed to channel the voice
of the current political zeitgeist.
I anticipated taking
pleasure in Kushner’s angry
prescience. I longed to bathe
again in his fury at the ideologues and ideologies that
have made such an unequal
mess of our society. And I
looked forward to the reassurance that I was on the
right side of history and that
everyone who didn’t share
my beliefs was on the wrong.
But something else happened. I left knowing that
we’re all in this together and
that, justifiably furious as we
may be, if we don’t come together through love and forgiveness, we’re doomed. The
polarizing tactics of the
White House cannot be duplicated if they are to be defeated. Anger is a potent catalyst, but it’s not a final answer.
The person sitting next to
me at the theater helped me
through her compassionate
presence. I invited Rhea Cohen, the mother of a friend of
mine, Adam Balzano, who
died in 1993 at age 29. She
was his primary caretaker,
his stalwart ally and his
throughout his illness. Her
grief led her to activism. She
Images by
ANDREW GARFIELD’S Prior Walter is visited by an angel, played by Amanda Lawrence, in “Angels in America’s” return to Broadway.
NATHAN LANE , left, portrays conservative lawyer Roy Cohn, who while hospi-
talized for AIDS complications is attended to by Nathan Stewart-Jarrett’s nurse.
was a member of a group of
mothers who banded together to advocate for their
children and the children of
other mothers battling
AIDS. Death only deepened
the bonds and determination of these women.
Twenty-five years is a
long time, but for a parent
who loses a child, the reality
of the loss is ever-present.
Medical advances and civil
rights victories were hastened by the pain of family
members and friends. Society changed because aggrieved communities insisted that we come together
and do better. The inspiring
student-led March for Our
Lives demonstrations Saturday was born of this same
Kushner’s hopeful political conviction retains its ur-
gency but seems even more
persuasive than before.
Kushner has revamped
“Part Two: Perestroika” for
the New York production,
pruning and reconfiguring
the sprawling text. These
adjustments combined with
Elliott’s exquisitely balanced production helped me
to better understand Prior’s
comic struggle as he comes
to terms with the burden
and blessing that life has assigned him.
Andrew Garfield may not
get all the details of Prior’s
character exactly right. The
flamboyance can seem like
borrowed clothes. But the
role’s spiritual outline is luminously rendered. Garfield
offers himself, body and
soul, as a vessel for Kushner’s vision.
James McArdle, his ac-
cent screwed on more tightly
in New York than it was in
London, has grown more
convincing as Louis Ironson,
McArdle sensitively measures the gap between Louis’
political ideals and his personal actions. We understand him too well to abandon him. The character’s intellectual self-righteousness
and hypocrisy are imperfections that make him no
more or less fallibly human
than Joe Pitt (Lee Pace), the
closeted, right-wing Mormon lawyer with whom he
has an affair despite all the
irreconcilable political differences.
Lane’s titanic portrayal
of Cohn, a Broadway performance for the ages, voices
the antagonistic, ruthless,
predatory, exploitative side
of our animal natures that
no amount of progress has
been able to tame. The reason this Roy Cohn seems so
alive is not because his protégé Donald Trump has put
him back in the news. It’s because his unadulterated
qualities are always with us.
Lane ferociously reminds us
what we are up against.
But my gratitude for this
production of “Angels” was
most acutely felt in two hospital scenes. The first involves Prior, who through
the circular logic of playwriting, has been accompanied
to the hospital by Hannah
Pitt (a searing Susan
Brown), Joe’s mother from
Salt Lake City. He imagines
how she must view him, a
gay man dying of AIDS, but
she rebukes him for his presumption: “No you can’t.
Imagine. The things in my
head. You don’t make assumptions about me, mister; I won’t make them about
Hannah doesn’t want to
be reduced to a caricature
any more than Prior does.
When he exposes the cause
of his shame, a body covered
in Kaposi‘s sarcoma lesions,
this flinty woman reveals a
wise heart: “It’s a cancer.
Nothing more. Nothing
more human than that.”
The other hospital scene
revolves around Roy Cohn’s
dead body. Belize (a trenchant Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Roy’s no-nonsense
nurse and Prior’s loving
friend, calls Louis to the
room to say kaddish over
their collective enemy: “He
was a terrible person. He
died a hard death. So maybe
... a queen can forgive her
vanquished foe. It isn’t easy,
it doesn’t count if it’s easy,
it’s the hardest thing. Forgiveness. Which is maybe
where love and justice finally
This sentiment, so vital
at a time when we’ve become
divided into armed camps,
resonates in the fierce performance of Denise Gough,
who as Harper, Joe’s Valiumzonked wife, slowly comes to
grips with the reality that
her marriage is a mistake
not just for her but for her
husband as well. Harper’s
own growth takes a leap
when she can acknowledge
Joe’s pain even as she is torn
apart by her own.
The final scene at the Bethesda Fountain in Central
Park, where Prior, Louis, Belize and Hannah gather as a
ragtag community, made
me wish the moment could
be required national viewing. Elliott’s production
earns the optimism that has
troubled me in the past.
Tragedy isn’t skirted,
though suffering and death
are held momentarily in
abeyance. The lesson isn’t
that progress is inevitable,
but that the possibility of
making things better is always available to us when we
accept that what unites us is
greater than what divides
“The Great Work Begins,” Prior concludes at the
end of Kushner’s exhausting
and exhilarating epic, a work
that universalizes the Jewish concept of tikkun olam.
No play can repair the world,
but “Angels in America” offers us a timeless road map.
Twitter: @charlesmcnulty
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Not following in father’s footsteps
[Patrick, from E1]
Pine. By the time he got to
USC — where he majored in
business and minored in
cinematic arts — he felt he
was ready to start heading
out on auditions.
“My dad was like, ‘Let me
introduce you to an agent or
manager,’ but I purposefully
didn’t use his agent or manager,” said Schwarzenegger,
sitting poolside at a Beverly
Hills hotel. “I didn’t want to
feel like I was getting used by
— not used — but that the
reason I was getting things
was because of him. And he
totally got that.”
“It was his own decision,”
agreed his father a few days
later in a telephone conversation. “He never said ‘Can
you get me a meeting?’ or
‘Can you help me with this or
that?’ Which is unbelievable,
because I said, ‘Any help you
need, you just let me know.’
But he was very into doing it
on his own.”
Instead of capitalizing on
his father’s connections,
Schwarzenegger said, he
selected a manager who was
working as an assistant at
the Creative Artists Agency.
He also didn’t jump into
films right away. At 17, he
landed a Hudson Jeans campaign, modeling shirtless in
a massive billboard that
hung over Sunset Boulevard. That led to a gig for
Tom Ford, posing alongside
other celebrity offspring
such as Gigi Hadid and Ian
“But more and more, it
was like, ‘Can you come and
walk in our runway show?’ ”
he said. “And I was just like,
‘I’m not loving this.’ I like
fashion. I like clothing. Do I
like modeling? It’s not what
drives me. I don’t want to be
better at it or learn more
about it.”
Indeed, Schwarzenegger
inherited both of his parents’
good bone structure. He’s
got his mother Maria
Shriver’s smile and is essentially a dead ringer for a
young Arnold, minus the
massive muscles.
“On Instagram, they’ll
say the funniest things, like,
Ed Araquel Open Road
BELLA Thorne, with Patrick Schwarzenegger, stars in “Midnight Sun” as a teen with severe light sensitivity.
‘Such a waste of genes, you’re
not a big body builder. Come
on, man, why didn’t you take
after your dad?’ ” he said
while sitting in front of a
spread of green juice,
steamed vegetables, salad
and sea bass. “Do I like working out? Yeah. Do I like being
healthy and drinking green
juice? Yeah. But do I want to
have big muscles and be
huge? No, I’m OK.”
Schwarzenegger doesn’t
seem to have a chip on his
shoulder about being the kid
of famous parents, though.
He said he’s incredibly close
with both his mom and his
dad, who separated in 2011.
“Me and my mom hang
out so much,” he said. “I’ll go
with her to get her nails
done. It’s so much fun. I’ll get
a massage or something and
just hang out.”
Schwarzenegger has a frat
boy swagger — the Lambda
Chi Alpha vet was sporting a
ring that said “[expletive]
YOU” — he also seems to be
pretty in touch with his emotions. Every January, just after New Year’s Eve, he invites
over a group of friends to
watch Simon Sinek’s TED
talk about focusing on the
“why” instead of the “what.”
He keeps a white board by
his bed on which he lists his
family, friend, finance, faith,
physical, mental and work
“My first thing is taking
three minutes out of my day
to not use my phone and just
be thankful that I’m healthy
and alive,” he said. “People
laugh at that, but I’m like,
‘OK, you wake up and you
look at Instagram.’ ”
According to Schwarzenegger’s father, he’s always
been goal-oriented. At 10, he
started working at the
Arnold Sports Festival, an
annual convention in Ohio
that brings together professional bodybuilders and
athletes for a weekend expo.
There, he was put in charge
with running the veteran
actor’s memorabilia booth,
ordering T-shirts and photos so that he could understand the retail business.
“The idea was like, this is
the way I did it,” said the
elder Schwarzenegger. “It
happened to be with Patrick,
he is a natural in business.…
He was calling my people
and saying, ‘You should get
involved in this stock’ at the
age of 15 already.”
convinced his parents to
loan him money to invest in
Blaze Pizza, a fast-casual
chain that now has 225 locations. He has since invested
in about a half-dozen other
companies, including Every
Table, a line of restaurants
with adjustable pricing, and
Cub Coats.
“I gotta show you this, it’s
so cute,” he said, whipping
out his iPhone and starting
to play a video advertisement for the kids’ brand. “It’s
basically a patented stuffed
animal that can turn into a
jacket. I did research with a
bunch of different moms and
showing it to moms and seeing how kids like it. So I’m
helping them with licensing
deals and connect with Disney and Universal. My dad is
someone that has made
more money in business and
real estate than with film. He
says film is something where
you can work every day for
three months and then not
at all for a year.”
Schwarzenegger is well
aware of the risks involved in
the film industry and said
he’s grown a lot as an actor
since shooting “Midnight
Sun” almost three years ago.
On set in Vancouver, his
costar Thorne said, he was
open about his novice status.
Because she’d been acting
for years as a kid on the
Disney Channel, he looked to
her for advice.
“One of the difficult parts
about having a lot of
dialogue is when you say it a
thousand times, it’s unnatural. That’s just that,” Thorne
said. “So we talked about
taking pauses or changing
mannerisms or changing up
inflections. Adding in ‘um’s’
and ‘well’s’ to give you a different rhythm. That, I think,
was the main thing that I
actually really helped him
with — not that he really
needed help.”
“Midnight Sun,” which
looks like a Nicholas Sparks
weepy but is actually based
on a 2006 Japanese melodrama, did not become a
breakout hit. With a modest
opening weekend gross just
over $4 million, it placed 10th
at the box office. And it’s also
not the kind of film that typically gets critical acclaim.
Indeed, reviews for the
picture, and its young stars,
were not kind.
Variety snarked that
Schwarzenegger “will need
some more training to diversify his limited range of
Fortunately, Schwarzenegger is still immersed in
training, taking weekly
classes with his acting
coach, Banks, where he and
a bunch of of students put on
a play once a month. On his
whiteboard, one of his acting
goals is to spend an hour
every week reading the new
play, trying to analyze its
themes and understand his
character’s intentions.
And even before release,
prepared to handle any outcome for “Midnight Sun.”
“If this movie doesn’t do
well, am I gonna be bedstricken sad? No. Life goes
on,” he said. “There’s always
gonna be failures or something that doesn’t work. And
my dad says, ‘[crap] either
happens to you, or it
happens for you.’ How do
you utilize [crappy] things to
make your life better?”
Twitter: @AmyKinLA
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Hip-hop star is film’s focus
[‘Roxanne,’ from E1]
just a-cold rock a party, and I
do this show.”
The song became a sensation at the time. But
Shanté eventually slipped
from view over the years, and
hip-hop ascended from New
York’s housing projects to
become perhaps the world’s
dominant musical idea. Now
Shanté’s story — with all the
tragedy, joy and music that
accompanied one of early
rap’s most fascinating figures — is finally getting the
show she deserves.
“Roxanne Roxanne,” a
new feature film from Netflix
co-produced by Pharrell
Williams, zeros in on her
teenage life at the cusp of a
brand new culture. And in
the era of #MeToo and
Time’s Up, it’s also a salient
story about a young black
woman fighting to make a
creative statement in an exploitative music industry,
and in a society that rarely
valued people like her.
“I love her because she
understood her job was never to be a superstar, but to
open doors for people like
Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa
and Cardi B,” said Chanté
Adams, who plays Shanté in
the film. “I’m so elated she’s
getting accolades. Knowing
what she went through, she
deserves all of it.”
Even before this film,
Shanté wasn’t an unknown
by any stretch. “Roxanne’s
Revenge” hit No. 22 on the
Billboard Hot R&B/HipHop charts in 1985, and she
appeared on Rick James’
topped that same chart in
1988. Director Michael Larnell remembered seeing the
video for “Roxanne’s Revenge” as a young music fan
and being fascinated by her
“I had to know who she
was,” Larnell said. “Her
voice just got to me.”
Larnell, who studied film
at New York University with
Spike Lee and previously directed the 2015 feature
“Cronies,” came into the
project with clear memories
of Shanté’s music. Yet he
was curious to find out what
had happened to her in the
intervening years. When he
learned about her cycles of
abuse at the hands of her
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MICHAEL LARNELL, left, Chanté Adams, Roxanne Shanté, Elvis Nolasco and
Nia Long at 2017 Sundance Film Festival. “Roxanne Roxanne” is about Shanté.
Not rated
Running time: 1 hour, 40
Playing: iPic Westwood
family, music peers and
boyfriends, his vision for the
project shifted.
“I wanted to focus on the
music at first, and the world
of Queensbridge. But after
she told me what she went
through, I wanted to focus
on her feelings, to have the
focus be on her,” he said. “It
was a big relief to get this
story out there. People always wondered why she’d
gone away. She was a big
thing back then, but she was
just a teen with all the pressure on her as a young lady in
a male field.”
To play such a one-of-akind figure in music history,
he needed a young actor who
could rap with technical ferocity yet stay vulnerable
enough to portray Shanté’s
private pain. “Roxanne Roxanne” should be a breakout
debut feature for Adams,
who plays Shanté with gleeful bravado in the battle-rap
scenes, but with raw vulnerability and resilience offstage.
“I could see the confi-
dence in her. She’s cool and
sweet, but then really competitive,” Larnell said of Adams. “She had that balance.”
“I had older siblings who
were hard-core hip-hop fans
so I was familiar with the
era. But I was discovering
her in real time, I had no idea
she’d been through so
much,” Adams said. “I tried
to connect with the things I
could relate to. I’ve never
had an abusive boyfriend
but I have had tensions with
my [family] and I’ve
thought I was young and in
love before. I was thinking
about all the women who
went through that in childhood, and made it my job to
tell their story.”
As the young Shanté discovers her talent, she slays
men twice her age with uncanny wit and instinct. The
music scenes are some of the
best on-screen evocations of
rapping since “Straight
Outta Compton,” an obvious recent reference point
for “Roxanne Roxanne”
(though the former takes a
30,000-foot view of N.W.A’s
rise, while “Roxanne” is
much more intimate).
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA
contributed original music
to the score. Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi
of “Fruitvale Station” and
“Dope” are co-producers of
the film.
But the heart of the mov-
ie is Adams’ depiction of
Shanté’s inner life, one in
which an incredible talent is
failed or exploited by nearly
everyone around her. Mahershala Ali plays almost an
inverse of his benevolent
“Moonlight” character as a
velvet-tongued drug dealer
who becomes her boyfriend
and violent underminer, and
Nia Long is superb and harrowing as Shanté’s stormy
The film twins these moments of bleakness with the
redemptive power of music
and self-understanding. For
everyone following Hollywood lately, it’s likely no coincidence that “Roxanne’s”
themes of self-assertion are
ringing true. For young
women of color who see the
film, its star hopes they leave
it feeling like Shanté taking
that mic: I can do this, and I
“The film is arriving at a
perfect time with #MeToo
and Time’s Up. I hope it represents all those,” Adams
said. “Women especially will
take something away from
the film. We want women to
watch it and not feel alone, to
know that whatever is happening, you can overcome it.
through, there is a light at
the end and it’s bright and
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ALICE BAG, center, and her band perform at South by Southwest music festival this year in Austin, Texas.
Trailblazer has new path
[Bag, from E1]
compared the decision to
make “Blueprint” to that of
having a second cookie:
“Once you have something
that’s really satisfying and
delicious — that feels good
and right — then you want to
do it again.”
The craving, however,
couldn’t immediately be satisfied due to her bandmates’
Frustrated, she harnessed “all this creative energy that had to be released
Building the skeleton of
the album on her own, she
plotted sketches that became “Blueprint.”
She wrote songs about inequality, white-washed history, shame, time, self-respect, loneliness, white justice — “doesn’t work for me!”
— and addiction.
Then, Bag says, like a
superhero summoning energy from beyond, “I decided to
call up my forces.” They included kindred musicians including Wolfe, Hanna, Teri
Gardner (Mars Volta, Pink),
the last of whom was in the
band Stay at Home Mom
with Bag.
As with her self-titled album, Bag shared production
duties with the musician
Lysa Flores, and worked at
Station House studios in
Echo Park. The result is an
album as sonically accomplished as it is powerful.
One of the best songs,
“Shame Game,” harnesses a
Soundsystem to explore ideas about body image and celebrating differences.
“The Sparkling Path” is
an unflinching look at the allure of financial security. She
attacks the title track with
Joe Strummer-esque conviction as she sings of self-examination and the impor-
‘When you spend your life being
angry, you feel like you’re living with
your own poison... it’s also good to
focus on your advances.’
— Alice Bag,
tance of collective, organized
Bag says that the opening song, “Turn It Up,” was
written as a response to being in a constant state of
anger at American politics.
“I’ve spent a year with this
administration feeling frustrated, feeling angry, marching, signing petitions, donating money,” she says.
“When you spend your life
being angry, you feel like
you’re living with your own
poison.” It’s important to resist, Bag adds, “but it’s also
good to focus on your advances and the things that
are good in your life. To draw
strength from those things
that maybe when you’re angry you’re ignoring.”
“We’re all constantly
building structures of many
different kinds,” explains
Bag. “So, it’s up to to us to
keep things on track and
moving in the direction we
want to see them go. Otherwise, we end up with an idiot
in charge.”
Across the songs, Bag delivers work that confirms her
work ethic and dedication to
It’s actually incorrect,
Bag stresses, to say she
stepped away from the music scene.
“I don’t feel like I took
time off,” says Bag, who also
worked as an elementary
school teacher for more than
20 years and has credited her
role as an educator in providing clarity in her songs. “I’ve
always made music. I wasn’t
always in the most popular
bands. Some of us would
play little coffeehouses and
20 people would show up.”
That started to change
when independent punk
bands such as Bikini Kill,
Bratmobile, Babes in Toyland and L7 started citing
the Bags’ explosive punk single “Survive.” Though the
crowds were still small, her
influence was starting to be
“Society doesn’t leave
much space for women, and
especially for older women,
and so we do have to carve
out our own spaces as we
age,” says Wolfe, formerly
of Bratmobile and Sex
Stains and an important
voice in the Riot Grrrl movement. “Especially women
as they age are turned invisible or irrelevant or whatever, and we have to fight
back against that. Alice definitely contradicts that narrative, and fights that by example.”
Sitting in the booth at
Astro, Bag pulls out an LP of
her debut album, a 45 and a
copy of Razorcake, a music
zine in which she penned her
recollections on the birth of
the L.A. punk scene. They’re
crucial stories, she says, because they go against the
commonly told white-male
narrative of testosteronefueled aggression in the Hollywood punk scene.
Asked whether she and
Bags co-founder Pat Bag
(a.k.a. Patricia Morrison)
ever had issues with the sexual dynamics of the punk
scene, Bag laughs dismis-
sively. “No. Never. We created the punk scene. We said
what it had to be.”
An author of two books,
Bag also maintains a crucial
archive on her website
( of women
who were instrumental in
the development of the Los
Angeles punk scene.
Stressing that she knew
everybody who was there at
the beginning, Bag continued, “The L.A. scene was
very inclusive. It couldn’t be
any other way, because the
people who created it were
from all backgrounds. If we
had somebody who came in
and tried to impose any kind
of fascist views, we’d knock
them down.”
Bag has no regrets about
not being in the limelight,
even if during those wild
years she confessed to chasing label deals alongside the
Go-Go’s and the Germs.
“People have asked me,
‘Why do you feel you’re not as
successful as someone else?’
I don’t know, but it doesn’t
matter to me because I don’t
define success by how many
records I sell or how much
money I make,” Bag says.
“Success is doing the kind of
music I want to do, and finding someone who connects
to it. To me, that’s the ultimate gift.”
Twitter: @liledit
Alice Bag’s
record release
When: 5:30 p.m. April 7
Where: The Echo, 1822
Sunset Blvd.
Tickets: $10
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By Frank Stewart
“If at first you don’t succeed, you may already be at
your level of incompetence.”
— Peter Principle corollary
Too many declarers give
a contract just one chance —
and if at first they don’t succeed, they’re toast. At today’s seven clubs, South
took the ace of hearts and
threw his 10 of spades. He
overtook the king of trumps
and cashed five more
trumps and the A-K of
spades. Declarer then took
the top diamonds but lost
the 13th trick to West, who
had clung to his diamonds.
South basically gave himself one chance. How would
you play the grand slam?
South should play a low
heart from dummy at Trick
One, ruff in his hand and
take the A-K of spades. If
East-West played low, South
would lead a trump to dummy’s king, discard the 10 of
spades on the ace of hearts,
and hope for luck in diamonds.
But when East’s queen of
spades falls, South can draw
trumps, lead a spade to
dummy and discard his 10 of
diamonds on the ace of
Question: You hold: ♠ J 7
5 ♥ A 9 7 6 5 2 ♦ 8 4 3 ♣ K. Your
partner opens one spade,
and the next player bids two
diamonds. What do you say?
Answer: This case is
close. If the hand were J 7 5, A
K 7 6 5 2, 8 4 3, 2, I would favor
a bid of two hearts, planning
to support the spades
cheaply next. As it is, the
king of clubs may be wasted
for offense, and the heart
suit may not be a source of
tricks. I would settle for a
raise to two spades.
South dealer
Both sides vulnerable
♥ K Q 10
♠ A K 10
♥ None
♦ A K Q 10
♣ A Q J 10 9 8
7 ♣(!) All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ K
2018, Tribune Media
A last call on wine gifts
Dear Readers: This week I
am running topical “Best
Of ” columns while I’m on
book tour, meeting readers
of my memoir, “Strangers
Tend to Tell Me Things,”
which is now out in paperback. I’ll be back next week.
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
For today, the victory you
and the team claim will be
just as sweet for you as any
you could claim on your own.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): Since you know where
you’re going, there will be a
certain ease in taking people
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
tempted, as today’s drama
appears juicy, you also have
much better things to do.
Productivity will win out.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Life is a classroom. Learning
happens everywhere when
you’re paying attention and
occasionally asking the difficult questions.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Though you may stretch
your imagination into interesting places, in the end it
will be your practical solution that saves the day.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Sensitive and observant,
you naturally gravitate to
delivering what people need.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
In the digital world, it’s
pretty easy to get snarled
into distractions and purchases, but it’s also easy not
to: Unsubscribe; block the
call; don’t go to the website.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Today’s opportunity is stellar in every way. Stepping
into the situation will bring
such a warm, inviting, hopeful feeling that you’ll keep
right on stepping.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): You know the nonverbal cues that tell you
when people are wanting
you to speak and when they
are ready for you to stop.
You’ll need your advanced
social tools to navigate this
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): In today’s dealings, it will
be better to hang back and
study the scene awhile.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): The people around you
all want different things.
Just ask them. Each one will
have a different answer.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): There’s a time to turn
your natural magnetism up
and a time to tone it down.
Today this mostly will have
to do with the size of the
(March 28): Belonging to the
group has been important in
the past, and it will be so
again in the future. But this
solar return begins with it individuality. You take your life
in your own hands and earn
the right to later say, “That
was all me.” Intellectual pursuits call you next month.
Apply what you learn to the
complexities of the summer.
Leo and Scorpio adore you.
Your lucky numbers are: 36,
3, 20, 22 and 49.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: Our next-door
neighbor is someone most
people would think of as an
ornery old man — who is
probably an alcoholic. He
rarely acknowledges anyone, drinks and smokes
while tinkering in his garage
every day and does things
like keeping the kids’ soccer
balls when they land in his
yard until a parent comes to
retrieve it with the child.
We have a civil relationship with him.
He has been a good
neighbor by informing us
when our garage door is
open late at night, our outdoor pipes are leaking or
gushing water, etc.
I have asked him for advice on what to do regarding
an outdoor household problem, and he has voluntarily
fixed it for us with supplies
from his garage.
We thank him profusely
and have “repaid” him with
bottles of good wine, which
makes him happy. Are we
being “enablers” by repaying
a likely alcoholic with wine?
Dear Enabler: If you
were really grateful, you’d
also throw in a carton of
smokes. ... There are many
ways to thank this good
neighbor that don’t involve
feeding his addiction. For instance, you could give him a
gift card to his favorite hardware store. You could also offer to rake his leaves or shovel the walk this winter.
— November 2013
Dear Amy: Each year we
host an elegant, upscale
fundraiser on our estate for a
local nonprofit. One of the
major sources of income for
this event is the multiple
cash bars. We offer a variety
of beverages, including fine
For the past two years,
one couple (who are close
friends, neighbors and business
hosted a “pre-party” at their
home, which we, of course,
cannot attend due to our
They then arrive late with
several other couples in tow.
This year they even arrived with their own wine,
which they not only drank
but shared with several
other couples. I did not learn
of their “private bar” until
my husband and I walked
them out. Near their vehicle
was a pile of wine bottles
dumped on the lawn. The
amount of alcohol from the
bottles left lying on our lawn
amounted to about $300 to
$400 in lost drink ticket
I feel insulted and hurt,
and I am stunned by their
behavior. How should we
handle this situation?
Wined Out
Dear Wined Out: You say,
“Daisy and Tom, we found a
pile of wine bottles on the
lawn near your car, and I
think they came from you
and your guests. What’s up
with that?”
If you’re stunned and disappointed, you should say
so. The advantage of speaking your own truth, plainly
and clearly, is that you give
someone who owes you an
explanation or apology the
opportunity to offer one.
And then after you have had
your say, you move on. Don’t
dwell, punish or gossip. Consider the matter settled.
Next year you might enlist these people to join with
you and use their pre-party
as an additional fundraiser
for the nonprofit. That way,
not one drop will be wasted
(unlike your guests).
— September 2013
Send questions to askamy@ or by
mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box
194, Freeville, NY 13068.
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Riverdale As voting for student council leadership
and the mayoral election
are held at the same time,
Archie (KJ Apa) tries to
help Hiram (Mark Consuelos) get elected mayor.
8 p.m. KTLA
La La Land (2016) noon
Phineas and Ferb: The
Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) 6 p.m. Disney XD
Empire Claudia (guest star
Demi Moore) takes her
job as Lucious’ (Terrence
Howard) nurse a bit too
far when she abducts him.
Cookie (Taraji P. Henson)
tries to find them. 8 p.m.
CBS This Morning Ross
Douthat; Judd Apatow.
(N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today Neil Patrick Harris.
(N) 7 a.m. KNBC
Good Morning America Comedian-author
Epps. (N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Jarrett Barrios, Los Angeles Red
Cross; Ta’Rhonda Jones
(“Empire”); Eline Powell
and Alex Roe (“Siren”).
(N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Ricky Martin; Lupita Nyong’o; Phillip Phillips. (N)
9 a.m. KABC
The View Samantha Bee;
Chrissy Metz. (N) 10 a.m.
Wendy Williams Roseanne
Barr. (N) 11 a.m. KTTV
The Talk Jeff Goldblum. (N)
1 p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show At-home
DNA tests. (N) 1 p.m.
Steve Tyler Perry (“Acrimony”); Kit Hoover, Julissa
Bermudez and Diann Valentine panel. (N) 2 p.m.
Dr. Phil A woman says she is
allergic to everything and
goes to extremes to avoid
allergens. (N) 3 p.m.
The Real Jackée Harry
(“The Paynes”). (N) 3 p.m.
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah R&B group
Chloe x Halle. (N) 11 p.m.
Comedy Central
Conan Ed Helms; Miles
Brown; the Breeders perform. (N) 11 p.m. TBS
The Late Show With
Stephen Colbert Dana
Carvey; Simon Pegg; Coyote Peterson. (N) 11:35
p.m. KCBS
The Late Late Show With
James Corden Hilary
Swank; Zach Woods;
Shawn Mendes. (N) 12:37
a.m. KCBS
Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m.
Shahidi) has a big decision to make about her
love life, and it seems that
everyone around her has
an opinion to share in the
season finale. 8 p.m.
Alex, Inc. Zach Braff stars as
a journalist who decides
to go into business for
himself, a decision that
has repercussions in his
family life. Costars include
Michael Imperioli (“The
Sopranos”), Tiya Sircar
Matthews. 8:30 p.m. ABC
SEAL Team Just when
they’re ready to launch
their assault Jason (David
Boreanaz) and his team
are ordered to stand
down, so Mandy (Jessica
Paré) follows her instincts
in deciding what the unit
should do next. 9 p.m.
Modern Family Chris Geere
(“You’re the Worst”) guest
stars as Haley’s (Sarah
Hyland) boyfriend, an
astrophysicist who makes
Claire (Julie Bowen) and
Phil (Ty Burrell) feel intellectually inadequate, and
also makes Alex (Ariel
Winter) unsure about her
(guest star Jimmy Tatro).
9 p.m. ABC
Star Carlotta (Queen Latifah) is devastated after a
deadly fire, while Star
(Jude Demorest) struggles to hide her jealousy
and feelings for Noah
(Luke James) in this new
episode. 9 p.m. Fox
The Magicians King Eliot
(Hale Appleman) and
Queen Margo (Summer
Bishil) confront a snowballing political crisis as
Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley) makes a devastating
confession. 9 p.m. Syfy
Patrick Harbron FX
in the spy thriller “The
Americans” on FX.
Suits The legal dramedy returns to finish its seventh
season, introducing story
lines that will culminate in
the departure of cast
members Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle.
9 p.m. USA
Criminal Minds The team
hunts a killer in Chicago
who leaves red roses with
his victims. Gail O’Grady
guest stars as Rossi’s (Joe
Mantegna) ex-wife. Jason
Cuoco (Kaley’s sister)
also guest star. 10 p.m.
The Americans A major
looms in autumn of 1987;
Elizabeth (Keri Russell) is
pushed to her limits as never before. Matthew Rhys
also stars in the premiere
of the final season of the
espionage thriller. 10 p.m.
Krypton Seg (Cameron
Cuffe) slowly but surely
adjusts to the realities of
his new mission, as well as
his new rank in the
Guilded class. Blake Ritson also stars in this new
episode. 10 p.m. Syfy
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Samantha travels
to Puerto Rico to see how
people are doing in the
aftermath of Hurricane
Maria and to remind the
government that Puerto
Ricans are American citizens. 10 p.m. TBS
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Tribute to a Superstar
With the live production of
“Jesus Christ Superstar”
slated for Easter Sunday,
this new special serves as
a tribute to its composer
— on the occasion of his
70th birthday. 10 p.m.
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