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air and land
are targeted
Trump administration
vows to end state’s
tough emissions rules
and its ability to limit
sale of federal acres.
By Evan Halper
and Joseph Tanfani
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
FIDELA VILLASANO , 89, sits outside her Lincoln Heights rental in October. By January, after
her landlord sold the property, she had moved out of the bungalow where she had lived since 1962.
As gentrification closes in, immigrants in Lincoln
Heights find their American dream slipping away
By Brittny Mejia, Joe Mozingo and Andrea Castillo
Second of four parts
idela Villasano’s entire world was upending.
In August, her landlord sold the tiny
clapboard bungalow where she had lived for
55 years, and the new owner notified her that
he wanted her out in the next few months.
Like so many in Lincoln Heights, this tiny, rawboned 89-year-old woman had lived through a time of
gang violence, high crime and police oppression. She
never expected to be forced out by real estate values.
But, with just $900 a month from Social Security,
where in Lincoln Heights could she afford to live?
Where in Los Angeles?
Villasano’s ouster had been 30 years in the making,
since moneyed interests began combing through the
hills of Silver Lake, Echo Park and Hollywood looking
for fixer-uppers. They quickly turned scruffy neighborhoods into well-appointed, artsy enclaves for
professionals with Audis and six-figure incomes.
In the last decade, gentrification grew closer to
Lincoln Heights, transforming downtown L.A. and
Chinatown on one side, and Eagle Rock and Highland Park on another. To the people getting squeezed
out, the white hipster became the avatar for the invasion. Now he was knocking on the door of Villasano’s
103-year-old home.
The Times spent months exploring one of Los
Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods and immigrant
strongholds at a time of heightened anxiety over the
Trump administration’s threats to deport immigrants in the country illegally. Among the 74% of residents who rent in Lincoln Heights, the fear of eviction
was just as consuming.
The gentrification in and around central Los
Angeles has made Lincoln Heights a prime target for
investors. It sits just a mile and a half from downtown
and has its own walkable
[See Displaced, A6]
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let stand
DNA of
Excessive force?
High court again
shields an officer
Justices cite ‘qualified
immunity’ in police
shooting in Arizona.
Sotomayor says ruling
sends ‘alarming signal.’
By David G. Savage
Supreme Court on Monday
shielded a police officer from
being sued for shooting an
Arizona woman in her front
yard, once again making it
harder to bring legal action
against officers who use excessive force, even against
an innocent person.
With two dissents, the
high court tossed out a lawsuit by a Tucson woman who
was shot four times outside
her home because she was
seen carrying a large knife.
The ruling, which comes
at a time of growing controversy over police shootings
nationwide, effectively advises courts to rely more
heavily on the officer’s view
of such incidents, rather
than the victim’s.
Sotomayor and Ruth Bader
Ginsburg said in dissent
that the victim did not
threaten the police or a
friend who was standing
This “decision is not just
wrong on the law; it also
sends an alarming signal to
law enforcement officers
and the public. It tells officers that they can shoot first
and think later,” Sotomayor
Civil liberties advocates
on the right and the left
sharply criticized the ruling.
“Today’s ruling gives yet
[See Court, A12]
Frantic search for
boy lost in pipes
ends in a ‘miracle’
By Maura Dolan
hoped to end California’s
practice of taking DNA from
people arrested on suspicion
of a felony and storing that
genetic information in an offender database — regardless of whether the suspects
were later acquitted or had
their charges dropped.
That fight for more protective rules in the government’s DNA collection suffered a major setback Monday when the California
Supreme Court let stand a
provision of a 2004 voter initiative that said any adult
arrested or charged with a
felony must give up his or her
On a 4-3 vote, the state’s
highest court refused to
throw out that part of
Proposition 69, which has
led to the storing of DNA
profiles of tens of thousands
of people arrested but never
charged or convicted.
A majority of states collects DNA from arrestees,
and the U.S. Supreme Court
has approved the practice.
Privacy advocates, though,
argued that California’s law
[See DNA, A9]
The Trump administration
openly threatened one of the
cornerstones of California’s
environmental protections
Monday, saying that it may
revoke the state’s ability
under the Clean Air Act to
impose stricter standards
than the federal government
sets for vehicle emissions.
came as the administration
confirmed it was tearing up
landmark fuel economy
rules that formed a key part
of the effort by the Obama
administration and California officials to combat global
warming — and as the Justice Department sued to
block a state law that limits
the federal government’s
ability to sell any of the 46
million acres it controls in
move marks a sharp assault
on the state’s efforts to protect its environment as
the Trump administration
seeks to open more land in
the West for mining, drilling
and other interests.
California’s elected leaders and environmental activists vowed to fight the
push, while the administration argued that the state
had exceeded its authority
under the law.
“Cooperative federalism
doesn’t mean that one state
can dictate standards for
the rest of the country,”
Environmental Protection
Agency chief Scott Pruitt
said in a statement, which
added that California’s authority to set its own emis[See California, A12]
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Villanova crushes Michigan for title
Jalen Brunson, left, and Collin Gillespie of Villanova celebrate after the Wildcats defeated Michigan, 79-62, in the NCAA tournament’s championship game.
It is Villanova’s second title in three years. SPORTS, D1
delta water
plan falters
After major agricultural districts balked
at the project’s cost,
the Metropolitan Water
District of Southern
California has decided
to pursue a single
tunnel to revamp the
state’s water system.
Associated Press
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies
The former wife of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s
first black president, was herself an anti-apartheid
activist and politician. OBITUARIES, B5
Mostly sunny.
L.A. Basin: 71/55. B6
By Laura J. Nelson,
Reyes-Velarde and
Hailey Branson-Potts
As the hours ticked past,
it became less and less likely
that the teenage boy would
be found alive.
On Easter Sunday, Jesse
Hernandez, 13, plunged into
the maze of sewage pipes beneath Griffith Park and was
lost in a toxic area so hazardous that rescuers could not
lower themselves down to
look for him. Scores of emergency workers searched
through the night, finding
no sign of the boy.
Then, at 4 a.m. Monday —
nearly 12 hours after Jesse
had vanished — rescue
workers watching a live feed
from a camera lowered into
the pipes spotted a sign of
life: a pair of smeared handprints on the wall of the
sewer. A little farther, another mark suggested the boy
had thrown his shoulder
against the pipe.
Los Angeles Fire Department
JESSE Hernandez, 13,
was rescued 13 hours
after he fell into a sewage
pipe in Griffith Park.
The frantic search ended
happily a short time later,
when sanitation workers removed a manhole cover and
spotted Jesse peering up at
them. They quickly lowered
an orange hose down and
hoisted him up.
“This young man rose
like Jesus,” said Bryant
Jones, a city sanitation manager.
The search, which lasted
[See Found, A9]
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Trump tweets: True or false?
President’s repeated attacks on Mexico contain more fiction than fact
to locate in China or elsewhere in Asia. Since NAFTA
went into effect, there has
been no change in the number of Mexicans living below
the poverty line — more
than half.
By Kate Linthicum
MEXICO CITY — President Trump unleashed a
flurry of tweets Sunday and
Monday attacking Mexico
on several fronts, including
immigration and the North
American Free Trade Agreement.
Trump tweeted on those
topics seven times, complaining about a “massive
inflow of drugs and people”
at the border and claiming
Mexico wasn’t doing enough
to halt the flow of migrants
heading to the United
States. We fact-checked
those and other Trump
claims to see what was true
and what was false.
K.C. Alfred San Diego Union-Tribune
PRESIDENT TRUMP checks out border wall proto-
types near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry last month.
Claim: Mexico is doing
“nothing” to stop migrants
from crossing Mexico’s
southern border.
False. While he was in
office, former President
Obama quietly pressured
Mexico to step up immigration enforcement along its
southern border. In response, in 2014 the Mexican
government announced a
new Southern Border Program aimed at increasing
apprehensions and deportations of migrants from
Central America and other
parts of the world destined
for the U.S.
The U.S. trained Mexican immigration agents and
donated surveillance towers
and biometric data equipment. Today, Mexico’s
southern states of Chiapas,
Oaxaca and Tabasco resemble border communities of
Arizona and Texas, with
swarms of Mexican federal
agents, militarized highway
checkpoints and raids on
hotels frequented by migrants.
Mexican authorities said
they apprehended more
than 82,000 Central Americans last year. Between
October 2014 and May 2015,
Mexico detained more
Central American migrants
than the U.S. Border Patrol.
Human rights observers
say increased immigration
enforcement in Mexico has
pushed migrants to take
riskier routes and do business with powerful drug
cartels that have entered
the business of human
trafficking. Migrant rights
organizations in southern
Mexico have also documented rights abuses by
Mexican police and immigration agents, including
incidents of agents, who are
supposed to be unarmed,
using pellet guns and electroshock weapons on migrants.
In response to Trump’s
tweets, Mexican Foreign
Secretary Luis Videgaray
fired off his own Twitter
missive Sunday.
“Every day Mexico and
the U.S. work together on
migration throughout the
region,” Videgaray said.
“Facts clearly reflect this.”
Claim: “Caravans” of migrants are heading to the
U.S. border, “trying to take
advantage of DACA.”
Partly true.
There is indeed a caravan of more than 1,000 Central American migrants
currently crossing Mexico,
headed for the U.S. border.
The march was organized
by a migrant advocacy
group called Pueblos Sin
Fronteras (People Without
Borders) and was designed
to draw awareness to the
plight of migrants fleeing
violent countries, and the
dangers they face on the
journey north.
Conservative groups and
news outlets are angry
about the caravan, saying it
flouts Mexican and U.S.
immigration laws. They
point to reports that border
patrol agents on Mexico’s
southern border, apparently overwhelmed by the
size of the caravan, let it
enter Mexico without questions.
But Trump is wrong in
stating that “these big flows
of people are all trying to
take advantage of DACA.”
For one, a large number
of the migrants traveling in
the caravan are fleeing
violence and plan to ask for
asylum at the U.S. border.
One migrant traveling with
the caravan, a Honduran
mother named Karen, told
BuzzFeed News that she
and her children were forced
to leave.
“The crime rate is horrible; you can’t live there,”
she said. “There were
deaths, mobs, robbed
homes. Adults and kids
were beaten up.”
Migrant advocates say
many of those traveling with
the caravan are legally
protected asylum seekers
and could ultimately win
legal status in the U.S. They
point out that none of those
in the caravan would be
eligible for DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals, the Obama-era
program that extended
deportation protections to a
small number of immigrants who were brought to
the country illegally as
Migrants had to meet
strict criteria to qualify for
DACA; among other requirements, they had to
prove that they had resided
in the U.S. for at least five
In another tweet about
DACA on Monday, Trump
claimed that the program
“is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act.”
That’s questionable, at best.
Trump ordered an end to
DACA in September, calling
on Congress to pass a replacement. He has since
rejected at least four bipartisan immigration bills that
would have protected
DACA recipients.
Claim: “Mexico is making a
fortune on NAFTA.”
This claim is … complicated. The North American
Free Trade Agreement,
which took effect in 1994,
eliminated most tariffs
across the continent and
resulted in an exodus of
manufacturing jobs from
the U.S. to Mexico.
In Trump’s view, NAFTA
enriched Mexico at the
expense of middle America.
Many economists have a
much more nuanced view.
None of them dispute
that the loss of factory jobs
hurt parts of the U.S., especially the Rust Belt. But
many experts say rapidly
evolving technology, along
with competition with
China, is more to blame
than NAFTA.
South of the border, free
trade has helped modernize
Mexico by creating millions
of jobs, boosting investment
flow and helping to diversify
the country’s manufacturing sector. Mexican workers
now help build a range of
products that include
Whirlpool washing machines and Bombardier jets.
But the Mexican government has kept minimum
wages extremely low, so that
Mexico remains attractive
to manufacturers who
might otherwise be tempted
Claim: A border wall will
stem a “massive inflow of
drugs and people.”
This claim is disputable.
Trump has frequently
claimed in the past that
historic numbers of migrants are crossing into the
U.S. illegally, but that’s not
Overall, migration
across the U.S. southern
border is down from peak
levels, and the number of
immigrants living in the
U.S. without legal status is
What is changing is the
demographics of those
illegally crossing the border.
Central Americans are
increasingly making the
trek, fleeing violence and
political instability in countries such as Honduras and
El Salvador. Meanwhile, the
number of Mexicans making the trek has fallen
sharply. These days, so few
Mexicans are making the
journey and such large
numbers of them are returning home, that net migration from Mexico is at zero.
Trump thinks a border
wall is the best way to stop
illegal migration and the
flow of drugs — especially
opioids — that have created
an epidemic of addiction in
parts of the country. But
some studies have shown
that border enforcement
doesn’t actually stop migration, it just encourages
migrants to take riskier
routes. The cost of being
smuggled into the U.S. was
about $500 in the 1990s. Now,
cartels charge up to $8,000.
After the construction of a
barrier along about 650
miles of the border, migrant
deaths rose.
Whether a longer border
wall would reduce the flow
of illicit drugs into the U.S. is
also debatable. According
to the Drug Enforcement
Agency, the majority of
drugs enter the U.S.
through legal ports of entry,
with traffickers hiding them
in passenger cars or tractortrailers. Even drug tunnels
might not be stopped by a
border wall, since they are
built up to 70 feet underground, and the foundation
of the border wall would
probably be less than 10 feet
Organized-crime expert
Vanda Felbab-Brown wrote
in a Brookings Institution
report that the high costs of
a wall greatly outweigh any
potential benefits. “No
matter how tall and thick a
wall will be,” she wrote,
“illicit flows will cross.”
Twitter: @katelinthicum
Seth Wenig Associated Press
Men clear snow from the sidewalks in front of Yankee Stadium as a fast-moving spring snowstorm swept
through parts of the Northeast on Monday, spreading a wintry mix that made for a slow, slippery and
slushy commute at the start of the workweek. The storm stretched from Ohio to coastal southern New
England. Northern New Jersey took a hard hit with 4 to 8 inches of snow accumulation, leading to dozens
of vehicle spinouts and crashes. A winter weather advisory was issued for parts of New York, and the
steady snow ended up forcing the Yankees to postpone their scheduled home opener against Tampa Bay.
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on Putin
Moscow says Trump
invited the Russian
leader to Washington.
By Noah Bierman
Kremlin said Monday that
President Trump invited
Russian President Vladimir
Putin to the White House
when the two men spoke by
phone last month, though
the Kremlin and the White
House both said that a summit was far from certain.
Trump alluded to the
possibility in remarks to
White House reporters
shortly after the call, which
he made to congratulate
Putin on his controversial reelection.
“We will probably get together in the not-too-distant
future so that we can discuss
arms, we can discuss the
arms race,” Trump said
March 20.
Neither side has announced specifics, including
a date or a place.
The president drew bipartisan criticism for his
call, both because he congratulated Putin after an
election widely seen as a
sham and because he didn’t
mention either a recent
nerve-agent attack in England blamed on Russia or its
interference in the 2016 U.S.
election campaign.
Nothing more was said
about a meeting subsequently, by either country,
as the United States and
some allies imposed additional sanctions and expelled Russian diplomats to
punish Russia for election
meddling and for the nerveagent poisoning of a British
citizen who is a former Russian spy.
The Kremlin may be
trumpeting the possibility of
a summit with Trump to deflect attention. The Russian
state news agency, Tass, reported the newest statements on a potential meeting of the two presidents.
“During a telephone conversation between our presidents, Trump suggested
that the first meeting could
be held in Washington,”
Russian presidential aide
Yury Ushakov said on Monday, according to the news
Ushakov said no discussions had occurred since
March 20.
“If everything goes well, I
hope that the American side
would not refuse its proposal to discuss the possibility
of organizing the summit
talks,” he told journalists,
and “that there would be an
end to the steps the Americans have taken based on
groundless allegations.”
Russia is eager to resume
such discussions, Ushakov
After the Tass report provoked questions in Washington, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders said in a statement:
“As the president himself
confirmed on March 20,
hours after his last call with
President Putin, the two had
discussed a bilateral meeting in the ‘not-too-distant
future’ at a number of potential venues, including the
White House. We have nothing further to add at this
Evan Vucci Associated Press
congratulated Vladimir
Putin on his reelection.
Heberlizeth Gonzalez EPA/Shutterstock
RELATIVES WEEP during burial services for an inmate who died in a fire last week at a prison in Valencia, Venezuela, that killed 68.
Negligence cited in prison fire
Venezuela prosecutor
says more arrests may
come in deadly blaze.
By Mery Mogollon
and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela —
Venezuela’s attorney general said Monday that five
jailed officials had been negligent in their handling of a
prison fire that killed 68 people last week in central
Carabobo state, and admitted that the country’s penal
system is seriously overcrowded.
However, in a radio interview, Tarek William Saab
shed little light on the causes
of the fire and identified only
one of those arrested,
Carabobo state police subdirector Jose Luis Rodriguez.
In addition to Rodriguez,
Saab said, four prison
guards have been charged in
connection with the disaster
at a police detention center
in Valencia.
“We don’t discard the
possibility of more arrests,”
Saab said, adding that the
fire investigation will last 45
days. The blaze occurred after an early morning search
of cells on March 28 and an
ensuing prison riot, local officials have said. Two of the
victims were women on conjugal visits.
Saab did cite the prison
system’s poor conditions,
which human rights officials
have described as among
the worst in Latin America.
“An exacerbated overcrowding exists in the police facilities,” he told the radio interviewer. Detention areas in
police command centers in
many cities have been converted to jails to cope with
prison overcrowding.
Overcrowding has been
blamed in a series of prison
riots over the years in Venezuela. A disturbance in the
Amazonas state prison last
year left 38 dead, and a riot at
the Uribana prison in Lara
state in 2013 claimed 61 victims.
Saab offered no hypothesis on how the blaze might
have started. Unidentified
officials have told local reporters that the inmates
started it by setting mattresses on fire, while family
members have said some
guards set the fire in retaliation for the disarming and
stabbing of a prison guard
during the early morning
Saab’s comments were
the first about the tragedy
from the government of
President Nicolas Maduro
since Saturday, when Saab
announced the arrests on
Twitter. Distraught family
members have gathered
around the prison daily to
demand that the government explain the blaze’s
causes and why many of the
victims died in their cells.
Others said they have not
been told the whereabouts
of surviving inmates who
have been transferred to
other lockups.
Venezuelan law states
that prisoners should spend
only 48 hours at the detention centers before being
taken before a judge to face
charges or released. But
Saab said Monday that
some had spent as long as
six years in the Carabobo facility.
The human rights group
Window on Liberty said
32,600 prisoners are being
held in facilities built to hold
8,000. The group said the
centers are filthy and poorly
outfitted with toilets and
that prisoners are poorly
raised questions about the
cause of death of many of the
victims. Although the government has indicated most
died of smoke inhalation or
fire, critics have said some
victims’ bodies bore bullet
and knife wounds and signs
of beatings.
Humberto Prado, direc-
tor of the Venezuelan Prisons Observatory civil society group, called on the government to repeat the autopsies of the 68 victims to
“dispel doubts…. With these
kinds of events, the only witnesses are the police and
surviving prisoners.”
On Sunday, news reports
said Carabobo Gov. Rafael
Lacava had fired state Police
Chief Jose Aldama Reyes
and replaced him with Jose
Gregorio Dominguez.
Iris Varela, who is Venezuela’s minister of penal affairs, denied any responsibility for the disaster.
“The tragedy occurred in
police cells that are not the
responsibility of the ministry,” she said in a radio interview. She also assured listeners that Venezuela’s judicial and penal systems were
“the best in the world.”
Special correspondent
Mogollon reported from
Caracas and Kraul from
Bogota, Colombia.
Netanyahu changes course on refugees
By Noga Tarnopolsky
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu announced an
agreement” with the United Nations on Monday that appeared, for a few hours, to
provide a solution for tens of
thousands of mostly African
asylum seekers whose fate
had moved hundreds of
thousands of Israelis to protest against the government
in escalating weekend rallies.
Then, almost as soon as
he announced it, he suspended it.
In a public address to the
nation, Netanyahu initially
presented the deal with the
U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees as a double victory
that he had achieved in the
face of two major challenges.
One was a decision by Israel’s Supreme Court, which
recently rescinded the authorization it had provisionally granted to deport thousands of asylum seekers
from Israel. The second was
that a plan to return the refugees to unidentified third
countries — understood by
everyone to be Rwanda and
Uganda — “collapsed in the
face of pressure,” Netanyahu
The high court had reversed its initial consent to
the deportations when it
was revealed that conditions
in Rwanda and Uganda did
not meet basic humanitarian standards. The two countries in turn refused to accept the refugees when they
learned the deportations
would be forced.
According to Netanyahu,
the UNHCR plan would
have entailed the immediate
cancellation of deportation
Abir Sultan EPA/Shutterstock
IN SOUTHERN Israel, asylum seekers march in a February protest over the
detention of 18 migrants who were detained after refusing to leave the country.
orders that had already been
issued to some of the migrants, who are mostly from
Sudan and Eritrea, and the
orderly resettlement of
about half of them in “the
most advanced countries,
like Canada or Germany or
Italy” over a five-year period.
The 16,000 remaining in
Israel would have seen their
status legalized, with all asylum seekers in Israel expected to receive work permits.
But Netanyahu did not
inform his ministers of the
plan ahead of time, and
lashed out.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a rival for the
post of prime minister,
slammed the plan as “a
promise of paradise for illegal infiltrators.”
Israel’s culture minister,
Miri Regev, one of Netanyahu’s staunchest allies, who is
famous for calling Sudanese
refugees “a cancer upon our
body” during the 2012 electoral campaign, declared
that she was “worried by the
rapid surrender of basic policy principles.”
Hours later, Netanyahu
announced his suspension
of the deal in apparent surrender to their demands.
The agreement had been
hailed by advocates for the
refugees, in particular the
Movement to Halt the Deportation of Asylum Seekers, which coordinated mass
demonstrations in recent months,
even gathering Holocaust
survivors to rail against Netanyahu for turning away
refugees and offering to open
their own homes.
“It feels wonderful!” exulted Mickey Gitzin, the executive director in Israel of
the New Israel Fund, one of
the organizations that led
the movement. Speaking before the suspension was announced, he cautioned that
“in other respects I’m aware
of the great responsibility
and a lot of work ahead of
us.” He cited a long list of
tasks ranging from proper
documentation of the refugees to massive infrastructure improvement needed in
south Tel Aviv. The longneglected district where
most of the Sudanese and
Eritrean refugees gravitated
has not reaped the benefits
of Israel’s high-tech boom.
The concentration of the
refugees there has caused
social upheaval.
In a statement posted before Netanyahu suspended
implementation of the deal,
the UNHCR lauded what it
called a “Framework of
Common Understanding”
for 39,000 Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel. (Netanyahu put the number at
“UNHCR appreciates the
collaboration with the government of Israel to find a
way out for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese. This
agreement will ensure that
protection is provided to
those who need it,” said
Volker Turk, UNHCR assistant high commissioner for
protection, who signed the
agreement on behalf of
Later, after the suspension, UNHCR spokesperson
Sharon Harel said the
agency had no further comment.
Details of the aborted
plan have not been made
public and political opposition to it was widespread.
Israeli opposition Labor
Party leader Avi Gabbay
said of the initial plan that it
had been “Labor’s plan all
and Italy were quick to issue
denials of any connection to
Israel’s refugee resettlement
Mutasim Ali, a leader of
Israel’s refugee rights movement, said in a text message
that proved to be prophetic:
“I don’t call this a win until it
is finalized, and if it’s a win
then everyone won, including the government, by limiting its expenses in making
life miserable for asylum
seekers. It’s a win for society
because we can be an asset.
And it’s a win for Israel.”
Following the suspension, the New Israel Fund
released a statement saying,
“The prime minister succumbed to the extremist
voices on his Facebook page
and retreated to inciting and
Tarnopolsky is a special
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Saudi prince
says Israelis
have right to
their own land
Mohammed bin
Salman seems to hint
at the possibility of
normalization of ties.
By Laura King
Jossy Ola Associated Press
THE BODY of one of the victims of a Boko Haram suicide attack is taken away in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The
Islamic extremists attacked two villages on the outskirts of the city late Sunday, Nigeria’s military said.
Boko Haram attacks kill 15,
wound dozens in Nigeria
associated press
—Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked
two villages on the outskirts
of the northeastern city of
Maiduguri late Sunday,
killing at least 15 people, the
military said Monday.
The Boko Haram militants tried to enter the center of Maiduguri, the capital
of Borno state, but soldiers
repelled them, gunning
down six armed insurgents
and seven suicide bombers,
said army spokesman Col.
Onyema Nwachukwu. At
least 83 people were injured
and are receiving medical attention, he said.
Residents of Maiduguri
retreated to their homes
Sunday night during an
hours-long battle marked by
thunderous explosions and
gunfire heard until the early
hours of Monday.
Troops prevented the insurgents from entering the
center of Maiduguri, but
they detonated their bombs
in the outlying villages of
Bille Shuwa and Alikaranti,
with one soldier among the
15 killed, said Nwachukwu.
“Troops are still on the
trail of the insurgents,” he
said. “It is clear that the remnants of the Boko Haram
terrorists are hellbent on remaining relevant by attacking soft and vulnerable targets and therefore we call for
collective vigilance by all security stakeholders and
members of the public.”
Nwachukwu warned residents to remain watchful
and report any suspicious
people or activity to security
officials. A 14-year-old Boko
Haram insurgent surrendered to soldiers after escaping an extremist enclave on
the Lake Chad islands, he
Survivors of the attack
told the Associated Press
that most of those killed by
the suicide bombs were
youths at a viewing center
and were targeted when they
fled after hearing gunfire between the soldiers and the
Boko Haram fighters.
“The gunmen came with
the suicide bombers, and as
they were engaged by soldiers, some of them sneaked
into the confused, fleeing
crowd and detonated themselves, killing about 15 people and over 80 others,” said
Momodu Bukar, a member
of a civilian defense force.
Boko Haram, which was
formed in Maiduguri, has
killed more than 20,000 people in its nine-year insurgency to establish sharia, or
Islamic law, in Nigeria.
Egyptian president gets 97% of vote
Commission gives
the unsurprising
official results of
last week’s poll.
associated press
CAIRO — Egypt’s election commission said Monday that, as expected, President Abdel Fattah Sisi won a
second, four-year term with
more than 97% of the vote in
last week’s election, with
turnout of 41.5%.
Sisi faced no serious challenger, after a string of potentially strong candidates
withdrew under pressure or
were arrested. His sole opponent, little-known politician
Moussa, was a supporter of
the president who made no
effort to challenge him. He
won 2.92% of the vote.
Lasheen Ibrahim, the
head of the country’s election
announced the official results.
Authorities went to great
lengths to boost turnout, using the state’s vast resources
to get voters out and threatening to fine anyone boycotting the election.
In a TV address, Sisi
thanked voters and promised to work for all Egyptians.
Mohamed Hossam EPA/Shutterstock
SUPPORTERS of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
Sisi celebrate in Cairo after hearing the results.
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Mohammed bin Salman,
the 32-year-old heir to the
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rights of the Palestinian people.” Even so, his comments
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Two Arab countries, Jordan and Egypt, have peace
treaties with Israel, but
most Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, do not recognize Israel. However,
there have been recent signs
of a warming between Israel
and the conservative kingdom, whose aging monarch,
King Salman, has already
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crown prince.
The Trump administration has pinned hopes on
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accord. Mohammed is currently on a U.S. visit that’s
focused on attracting investment and presenting
himself as a reformist who
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The young crown prince
Trump’s son-in-law, Jared
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on Tehran.
Critics are mistrustful
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painting a recent anti-corruption drive by the crown
prince as a thinly veiled
power grab meant to sideline royal rivals and force
wealthy business leaders to
sign over billions of dollars in
In the Atlantic interview,
Mohammed was asked
whether he believed that the
Jewish people had the right
to a nation-state in at least
part of their ancestral homeland.
“I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have
the right to have their own
land,” he replied. “But we
have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability
for everyone and to have normal relations.”
Referring to the contested
Jerusalem’s Old City revered
by Jews as the Temple
Mount and by Muslims as
the Noble Sanctuary, the
crown prince said Saudi
Arabia had “religious concerns about the fate of the
holy mosque in Jerusalem
and the rights of the Palestinian people.”
But he added, “We don’t
have any objection against
any other people.”
Although Trump has
said he regards Mideast
peace as “the ultimate deal,”
the rift between Israel and
the Palestinians has widened during his tenure to
Palestinians were infuriated by Trump’s declaration
that the United States rec-
ognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — seemingly dismissing the Palestinians’
claim to part of the city as
the capital of their future
Saudi Arabia was among
the many states across the
Muslim world that denounced the Trump administration’s stance on the holy
Trump has been inconsistent on what had for decades been a cornerstone of
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Mohammed, in the interview, suggested that
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might be a powerful driver of
normalization efforts with
“Israel is a big economy
‘I believe the
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stability for
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compared to their size, and
it’s a growing economy,” he
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with near-euphoria. Reports have also surfaced of
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Schoolteachers ‘not gonna take it’
Educators go on strike
in Oklahoma and
protest in Kentucky
for pay increases and
pension protections.
By Matt Pearce
Thousands of Oklahoma
teachers went on strike
Monday to demand higher
pay and more education
funding, digging in for a prolonged walkout as discontent spreads among public
educators in conservative
The teachers’ strike —
Oklahoma’s first since 1990
— came the same day thousands of Kentucky teachers
packed the halls of the state
Capitol, chanting and singing to protest changes to
their pension plans.
Most Kentucky schools
are out for spring break, but
some had to close because of
the teachers’ protest.
“We’re not gonna take it,”
sang the Kentucky teachers,
joining in a rendition of the
defiant rock anthem by
Twisted Sister. “No, we ain’t
gonna take it. We’re not
gonna take it anymore.”
The message was similar
in Oklahoma: There have
been too many cuts.
“Teachers are so drastically underpaid they are
forced to donate plasma,
work multiple jobs and go to
food pantries to provide for
their families,” Oklahoma
Education Assn. President
Alicia Priest said in a video
to members kicking off the
strike. “Oklahoma is better
than this.”
As the U.S. Supreme
Court stands poised to potentially deal a major blow to
organized labor in unionfriendly blue states, the labor movement has shown
unexpected strength this
year in red states where labor protections are comparatively weak.
The national economy’s
upswing appears to have
given little lift to many
public schoolteachers, who
have complained of losing
ground financially under
that have often prioritized
lower taxes to spur business
The fire started in West
Virginia, a right-to-work
state where teachers were
angered by soaring health
insurance costs. One state
plan required teachers to
download an app on their
phones, called Go365, that
would track their steps during the day to make sure
they would get enough exercise, or else they faced a $500
As discontent spread, the
teachers organized a statewide, 55-county strike that
lasted nine days, ending
when Republican Gov. Jim
Justice started a commission to address the state’s
public healthcare system
and signed a bill approving
5% across-the-board pay
raises. The Go365 plan was
Following West Virginia’s
victory, the fire spread.
Sue Ogrocki Associated Press
TEACHERS picket at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. They are calling on lawmakers to approve $10,000 in raises across three years.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images
AT THE CAPITOL in Frankfort, Ky., teachers and their supporters rally against
a pension reform measure passed by the Republican Legislature last week.
Teachers in Oklahoma,
Kentucky and Arizona began private protest-themed
Facebook pages that rapidly
gained tens of thousands of
followers. In those groups,
teachers grumbled about
low pay and posted photos of
classroom conditions for
their students.
The massive platforms
made it easier for teachers
to communicate statewide,
strikes like West Virginia’s,
while teachers from West
Virginia sometimes chimed
in to show their support for
counterparts in other states.
In Oklahoma, as in West
Virginia, teachers got a
boost from their bosses as
school boards and superintendents expressed frustration with the mass defections of teachers to neighboring states such as Texas,
which offer much better pay.
which are funded in large
part by the state budget,
have been hobbled by the decline in oil and natural-gas
prices — a major source of
tax revenue in Oklahoma —
in addition to a requirement
that legislative tax increases
win at least 75% approval.
As the state Legislature
failed to pass funding increases that met that high
burden over the last year,
discontent grew among
Oklahoma school districts.
School boards across the
state began debating and
then approving school cancellations to support the
Monday strike date proposed by the Oklahoma Education Assn., which the
union threatened unless
lawmakers approved $10,000
in raises for teachers across
three years.
Last week, Republican
Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill
that would increase average
pay by about $6,000 — which
would mark the state’s first
tax increase since 1992, and
the first across-the-board
raise for teachers since 2008.
Teachers said it was not
Priest, the Oklahoma Education Assn. president,
called it a “down payment”
and accused legislators of
undermining the raises by
failing to secure the necessary funding to back up the
“We’ll be back tomorrow
and the next day and the
next day until we get the
funding we deserve,” Priest
said in an interview, also calling for the state “to get back
on target for funding things
like the arts in schools, world
languages, physical education classes, [and hiring]
teachers to make the class
sizes smaller.”
Fallin, in a statement,
said she appreciated teachers coming to Oklahoma
City to protest, adding that
the funding increase so far
“represents a 19.74% increase in the appropriations
for public schools.”
“Significant revenue-raising
measures were approved to
make this pay raise and additional school funding possible. We must be responsible not to neglect other areas
of need in the state such as
corrections and health and
human services as we continue to consider additional
education funding measures.”
In Arizona, teachers have
asked for a 20% pay raise.
They rallied at the state
Capitol last week, dressed in
red, with some supporters
raising the idea of a strike.
In Kentucky, teachers
were outraged after the
Republican-led Legislature
quickly introduced and passed a pension reform bill last
week that — among other
measures — would give lawmakers the power to adjust
the pension plans of new
Currently, teachers receive pension benefits that
are “inviolable” under state
law, meaning lawmakers
can’t change them.
Educators quickly mobilized in protest.
“This is just one more dig
at public education as a
whole, and you’re seeing
that all across the nation,
from West Virginia to Arizona,” Stephanie Winkler,
president of the Kentucky
Education Assn., said at a
Monday news conference.
“We need to stop giving
away more money in tax
credits to the rich and start
doing more responsible revenue measures to pay for all
the vital public services that
the citizens of the commonwealth deserve,” Winkler
The bill awaits the signature or veto of Republican
Gov. Matt Bevins, who expressed broader concern
about the Legislature’s latest budget proposal, which
raises taxes, and which Bevins said “may not meet the
basic standards of fiscal responsibility.”
“Kentucky is poised for
greatness, but future successes are very much dependent on a competitive
tax structure and a budget
that is fiscally responsible,”
Bevins said in a statement.
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FOR WEEKS after she moved out of Lincoln Heights, Fidela Villasano, right,
returned every morning for daily routines like a cup of coffee at McDonald’s.
YANG YA , 87, pays $362 in rent for her single-room occupancy in Lincoln
Heights. She survives on $900 a month she receives from Social Security.
A COMMUNITY group helped Yang and the others in her building fight an
attempt to evict them. After months of negotiations, the landlord backed off.
ISMAEL MARQUEZ , 89, left, and Rodolfo Contreras, 83, sit at the Broadway Social Center
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commercial district on Broadway.
The views from its hillsides at night
rival much wealthier perches in the
Hollywood Hills or Mount Washington. And its streets are lined
with apartments ready for renovation and sought-after “character
homes,” to use real estate parlance
— old Victorians and Craftsman
When the Eastlake Avenue
bungalows’ new owner first started
coming around last year with contracts to vacate voluntarily, Villasano and others in the four courtyard units consulted one another
on whether they would sign. Israel
Jinez hadn’t planned to sign, but
he eventually did when a neighbor
did. The new owner, a Brentwood
man, offered them $20,000 to vacate so he could renovate the four
bungalows with no one in them.
Jinez, who had lived there for
seven years, asked to have until
Jan. 1 so he could try to find a new
place for him, his wife and their
2-year-old daughter.
He searched throughout Lincoln Heights and Echo Park, where
he’d once lived, hoping to stay close
to his job as a bartender and
cashier in Hollywood. A year earlier, though, his employer cut his
hours back to 60 a month, so he was
bringing in just $600.
He couldn’t find a rental below
$1,500 for a single, nearly double the
rent on Eastlake Avenue. The
$20,000 would cover that difference
for two and a half years.
“We’re not going to find anything cheap anywhere here,” Jinez
Villasano lived with her disabled son. When she first moved
there in 1962, she paid $40 a month,
and last year she paid $640 a
month. She worked for 35 years in
Mexican restaurants and puts the
money from Social Security toward
rent and bills.
After more than half a century,
her routines were etched into this
neighborhood: the daily walk to
McDonald’s for morning coffee,
afternoon chats with a friend in the
courtyard, tending the grapevine
she planted decades ago, her Sun-
NEW STORES in Lincoln Heights haven’t been protested as they have in Boyle Heights. When
this deli and bottle shop replaced a meat market, complaints were confined to community chatter.
day trek to Sacred Heart Church.
“I don’t have anywhere to go,”
she said. “I want to stay where I
She didn’t fully understand why
she had to go. Her son signed the
agreement. She had no choice.
In January, she and her family
moved into a two-bedroom house
in Boyle Heights for $2,000. But she
must climb stairs and has no bedroom. At night she lies on a couch,
disoriented and unable to sleep.
For weeks, she returned to her old
house in Lincoln Heights every
She would stop at the McDonald’s for her coffee. Then, she would
walk over to the courtyard of her
bungalow and sit in her plastic
chair, talking to her neighbor and
waiting for her dog, which escaped
before she moved. On a recent day,
she watched workers pull out a
bathroom sink and drawers from
her longtime home, tossing them
in a trash pile.
Chris Vielma, 36, gets about 20
calls and several letters a month
with offers to buy the green bungalow that his father, an immigrant
from Mexico, bought from an Italian family in 1967.
One wanted the 89-year-old
home next to the 5 Freeway as a
starter house for his daughter and
asked Vielma to name a price.
Others have offered as much as
Vielma doesn’t plan to go. There
are too many memories here — his
dad planted the mango tree and
rosebushes in front. Also, he loves
the neighborhood and its history.
He just hopes it doesn’t change too
much. Many of the residents
around him, even in the single-
family homes, are renters who
would have no choice if a buyer
came along and wanted to move in
“I’m all for improvements, but
how are they making it better by
getting rid of some of the people
who enjoy being in this area?” he
said. “For those who have heart in
it, they really work hard to live
where they’re at.”
Others say the change is inevitable. Steve Kasten, a commercial
real estate agent who opened his
office on North Broadway 35 years
ago, said it’s natural that Lincoln
Heights is the “new phenomenon”
as people are squeezed out of the
neighborhoods to the north and
“If it changes the makeup of the
community … should you stop it?
How can you?” he said. “That’s free
enterprise, and the marketplace
dictates what people want.”
The housing crunch is fueled by
a national population bulge, with
the millennial generation entering
the housing and rental market on
the heels of the much smaller Generation X. At the same time, the
previous big generation, the baby
boomers, are staying in their
homes longer. All of this is causing
a housing shortage — an acute one
in Los Angeles, where rent eats up
37% of average household income,
compared with 27% nationwide.
While longtime homeowners
have benefited from the rise in
property values, renters — many in
the neighborhood for decades —
are being displaced.
Some have moved inland to San
Bernardino, Hemet and Victorville, the last stock of relatively
affordable housing in the region, or
even farther, to Las Vegas and
Some move to South L.A.,
where prices have not risen as
dramatically as they have on the
Others pack more people into
smaller apartments. A number
have moved back to Mexico.
In Boyle Heights, activists have
protested new art galleries and
coffee shops.
But in Lincoln Heights, the
trend has met little resistance.
When the Heights Deli & Bottle
Shop replaced a popular meat
market on Broadway, offering
more than 350 top-rated wines and
craft beers, the complaints stayed
within social media and neighborhood chatter.
Dave Mull, 29, was one of the
young newcomers — a skateboarder from Vermont who works at
Trader Joe’s and films skating videos. In 2015, he moved into a house
off Moonstone Drive, splitting the
$2,400 monthly rent with his two
brothers and another roommate.
In the year after he moved in, his
landlord raised the rent a couple
hundred dollars, but compared
with other parts of the city, it was
still a deal. When Mull wasn’t working, he was filming around the
neighborhood with his friends or
hanging out at the Heights deli.
“I feel like a lot of people are
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Photographs by
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
r, a mainstay in Lincoln Heights for generations. Real estate investors are slowly making inroads in the neighborhood, seeing potential for trendier bars, cafes and boutiques.
CONCERTGOERS mingle at a music and arts festival last summer hosted by the Airliner bar and nightclub in Lincoln Heights.
moving over this way,” Mull said. A
friend found a studio apartment,
and his girlfriend’s co-worker
found a place off Daly Street. “It
seems like people are kind of scooting over from Silver Lake and down
from Highland Park, because
that’s being gentrified now.”
Like other newcomers, he felt
conflicted over the question of
whether he played some small role
in pushing people out just by moving here.
Although Mull moved in with
his girlfriend in Los Feliz in January, his brothers still live in the
house in Lincoln Heights.
“It’s definitely ideal for skate-
boarders to be kind of low key and
manage to be so close to downtown
and pay so little,” he said.
But “so little” is a relative term
when people of so many different
means are colliding in one neighborhood.
Yang Ya, 87, would be out on the
streets if she had to pay what Mull
paid — and she almost was last
She lives in a single-room unit,
8 feet by 15 feet, with communal
bathrooms and a kitchen down the
hall. Her rent is $362. The widow,
whose husband was killed in an
American bombing in Vietnam,
survives on $900 she gets monthly
from Social Security.
When Yang, who is Vietnamese
Chinese, arrived in California from
Vietnam, she worked in Lincoln
Heights garment factories, trimming loose thread for $15 a day.
When she moved into her building on Main Street 17 years ago, her
rent was $170 a month. The bottom
floor was a garment factory, with
eight single-room occupancies
above, rented by five other Cantonese speakers, one Korean and one
Spanish speaker. She relished
being independent from her son
and daughter-in-law, with whom
she had been living. And she could
take the bus to Chinatown to shop,
see the dentist and doctor, and
visit friends.
Yang retired at 80. In such a
small room, her life outside the
building became more important
— her interactions with the grocery
clerk, cooking for the needy at the
Buddhist temple on Broadway, her
morning walk with friends around
the lake in Lincoln Park.
A little over a year ago, she read
an eviction notice on her front
The owner wanted to modernize the apartments and get higherpaying tenants.
Panic hit. Most of the residents
were in their 80s and 90s, and didn’t
know how to look for new housing.
One of the younger tenants, in his
60s, searched for apartments and
reported back that the cheapest
rent was $600 to $800.
“I couldn’t sleep at night,” Yang
said. “I thought about it all day,
every day.”
Her son and his wife lived with
their grown children in an already
overcrowded apartment in Monterey Park. She would have no
bedroom if she moved in with him.
She dreaded the idea of losing her
Fortunately, one of her neighbors learned that a group, Chinatown Community for Equitable
Development, was helping renters
in the area challenge evictions.
With its guidance, the residents
banded together and met with the
After months of negotiations,
the landlord backed off, allowing
them to stay with a small increase
in rent and a new rule that the tenants had to clean the communal
areas themselves.
The battle over gentrification
has been waged mostly in the dim
corridors of rent-controlled apartment buildings like Yang’s. Nearly
80% of apartments in the ZIP Code
that includes much of Lincoln
Heights are rent controlled, meaning landlords can only raise the
rent about 3% every year on current tenants. The law places
restrictions on landlords seeking
to evict tenants in order to charge
even more.
The average amount paid by
renters in Lincoln Heights is $1,024
a month, according to census data.
But the average rental on the market is $2,439, up almost $800 in the
last four years, according to research conducted by Zillow.
Among the legal options available to landlords is converting
rentals to condos, in which case
they can legally evict tenants but
must offer relocation assistance.
Landlords also can try to persuade
tenants to leave voluntarily, often
with cash buyouts. Another option
is to claim the tenant violated
terms of the lease.
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MY LY , left, and Vinnie Ta, sophomores at Lincoln High School, work on their homework together at the Heights Deli & Bottle Shop on North Broadway last month.
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Small violations overlooked
during weak rental markets often
become an easy means to an
In February, 10 months after a
Calabasas real estate firm bought
her building on Sichel Street for
$1.8 million, tenant Santa Moreno
got a notice to “pay rent or quit,”
claiming she was late.
Moreno, 51, shared the onebedroom apartment with her husband, her pregnant daughter and
her daughter’s boyfriend. They
paid $1,030 a month, plus utilities.
They had low-paying jobs — she
was a housekeeper, her husband
sold tacos from a cart — and her
daughter received disability payments for a hearing impairment.
They struggled to get by but said
they paid their rent on time every
She said she sent the company,
Elite Holdings, copies of the
MoneyGram receipts showing the
payment was made on time. Nevertheless, the new landlord filed an
“unlawful detainer,” which is a legal
way to evict someone who hasn’t
paid rent.
Moreno and her family went to
court June 9 to fight the claim.
At the courthouse downtown,
Judge Lisa K. Sepe-Wiesenfeld
addressed the Morenos and nearly
80 others who had come to contest
eviction notices.
“We are going to urge you to consider settlement seriously,” she
said. “You can see how full the
courtroom is here. Some people
come three or four times just to be
assigned a trial. You’ve spent all
day here. That means you’ve
missed time from work, school,
Her message to landlords: If you
don’t settle, you could be stuck
with a troublesome tenant for
years. And she told tenants that if
they lose their case, their wages
could be garnished and they would
be stuck for 10 years on an “evicted”
list visible to future landlords.
Moreno’s name was called, and
she and her family moved to the
cafeteria to negotiate with the
landlord’s two attorneys.
“Are you going to move or are
you going to stay?” one of the attorneys asked.
“We want to stay,” Moreno said.
“They don’t want you to stay, no
matter what,” the attorney countered.
Both sides returned to court to
say they could not reach an agreement. Moreno tried to show her
paperwork to the judge, who told
her she’d have to wait for a trial.
Moreno decided not to fight,
and she promised to be out by the
end of August in exchange for a free
month’s rent and $2,000.
Dr. Bob Baravarian, a foot and
ankle surgeon and a founder of the
Westwood real estate development
firm Neilson Hammer, was looking
for “new, up-and-coming neighborhoods.” He found one in Lincoln
In Broadway’s vintage storefronts, he saw the potential for new
cafes, bars and boutiques. The
mile-long strip was still mostly
filled with bargain stores, money
transfer businesses, hairstylists,
florists, shoe repair shops, old
AFTER a real estate firm bought this building, it offered tenants $1,250 to vacate in 45 days. Many
felt they had no choice, but five of the 20 families fought to stay longer — and got higher payouts.
THE MILE-LONG strip of North Broadway that runs through Lincoln Heights is still mostly lined
with old bars like the Broadway Social Center, above, bargain stores and fast-food restaurants.
bars, Mexican and Chinese cafes,
fast-food restaurants and chain
pharmacies. But investors were
slowly making inroads. The
Heights bottle shop came first,
followed by the B Twentyfour
coffee shop and then a gastropub,
Lincoln Kitchen & Tap.
In August 2016, Neilson Hammer purchased a 20-unit brick
apartment building on Broadway
for $2.05 million, twice the property’s assessed value.
Baravarian said the 90-year-old
building had “good bones” but was
a “disaster inside.” He said that the
wiring and plumbing were ancient
and corroded, and that the building should have been gutted 20
years ago.
That’s what he planned to do, in
order to rebuild midrange apartments. “There’s a need for buildings in all levels, and our goal is to
supply the mid-level to upper mid-
level building,” he said.
Baravarian conceded higher
rent was the “double-edged sword
of renovation” and “has gotten a
bad name in the community, because quote ‘you’re kicking the
poor tenants out.’ ” He said his firm
tries to help displaced renters find
new places and gives them time.
“We do it on a very friendly
basis; we don’t force anybody out,”
he said. “Sometimes it takes
months, sometimes it takes three
years to … give them the time and
effort they need to move.”
The tenants pushed out of the
building, though, describe a far
different experience.
Martha Ponce, 66, was paying
$842 for her one-bedroom apartment she had shared with her
husband for nine years.
Two months after Baravarian’s
firm bought the building, they
received a “cash for keys” contract
to vacate the building in 45 days
for $1,250.
Ponce said she wanted to stay in
the area — her 63-year-old husband worked as a cook nearby at
USC’s Keck School of Medicine.
But they could find nothing in their
price range.
The owner had hired a property
manager, NBK Realty Management of Sherman Oaks, to get the
tenants out. Lena Salameh, property supervisor, led the effort, with
a young man translating for the
Spanish speakers, Ponce said.
“In the beginning, she was so
nice, saying, ‘You should get out
because these owners are offering
you $1,250, and if you don’t take it,
you’re not going to get anything,’ ”
Ponce said.
Many felt they had no choice
but to vacate. Fifteen of the 20 families took the $1,250 and left before
the deadline.
Ponce signed the contract but
realized she could not find a place
in time. She contacted the same
group Yang had, Chinatown Community for Equitable Development, which set her up with a
legal aid attorney to advise her of
her rights and negotiate with the
NBK started posting notices on
her door that the sheriff would
come to evict her.
Jose “Pepito” Viramontes Ruiz,
79, and his wife, Maria Elena Bobadilla Aguilar, 84, had lived together
in their apartment for 36 years. Bobadilla used a walker, and Viramontes was blind. He was a locally
famous Mexican ballad crooner,
known as “Señor Pepe,” who sang
at swap meets and El Amigo Cafe.
“Maria and Pepito signed the
papers without knowing what it
said,” Ponce said.
The couple joined Ponce, Consuelo Olvera and two other tenants
to fight for more time and money.
They posted notes on their doors
asking not to be bothered by NBK
and to contact their lawyer with
questions. Olvera had signed the
document to move out but hadn’t
known what it was, she said. It was
her son who later told her what she
had signed.
“It bothered me to know that he
made an idiot out of me,” Olvera
said of the NBK representative,
“signing a paper that I shouldn’t
have signed.”
When Neilson Hammer offered
$5,000 to leave, she agreed with her
son to take it.
The others also worked out better deals. Viramontes and Bobadilla received around $20,000, including several months of free rent.
Ponce got $15,000 and stayed until
Ponce found a much smaller
studio apartment nearby that,
with utilities, costs her about $500
more per month than she paid
before. She had to leave furniture
behind — a glass table with chairs,
a dresser, a kitchen island — because none of it would fit. She and
her husband quarrel in the small
quarters. She put up a divider so
she doesn’t have to look at the
kitchen from her bed.
“Here I feel like I’m in a cell,” she
said. “I take the dog walking. I
never walked the dog so much,
because I need to get out.”
Viramontes, meanwhile, no
longer sings his ballads at El
Amigo. Failing to find anything
affordable in the area, he and his
wife now live in Tijuana with her
son, hoping they can move back
home one day soon.
Neilson Hammer never renovated the property. On Oct. 11, the
firm sold it for $3.5 million — a
$1.5-million profit — to a group of
The main reason, Baravarian
said, is that “Lincoln Heights
hasn’t really developed the way we
thought it was going to develop.
“Lincoln Heights hasn’t had
that pop yet.”
Coming Thursday: “We’ll get you
someday,” an ICE agent told him
in 2016. A year later, his arrest
would rattle Lincoln Heights.
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Officials may
collect DNA
of arrestees,
justices rule
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
THE ACCIDENT triggered a major search with crews using remote video cameras and “Batman-like” tools.
Handprints offer a break
leading to rescue of boy
[Found, from A1]
13 hours, was a desperate
race against time, said Los
Angeles Fire Department
Capt. Erik Scott, because
“survivability diminishes in
that toxic environment.”
The accident triggered a
massive search, drawing
more than 100 firefighters,
police officers and sanitation workers. Crews used remote video cameras and
other “Batman-like” tools to
locate the boy in the vast
network of pipes and cisterns, Scott said.
They had no idea where
the boy might turn up, and
questions lingered Sunday
afternoon: Did the pipes
contain fresh water or
sewage? Did they lead to a
treatment plant or the Los
Angeles River? How far
could Jesse travel, and how
“It’s hard to get eyes on,”
Scott said of the sewer system. “Where is he? Where
will he go?”
Rescuers searched about
6,400 feet of pipe in a network
that parallels the Los Angeles River and crosses under
freeways. They studied
maps of the closed sewage
pipe system and sent rescuers to points along the way
where they thought he could
emerge. The Fire Department dispatched swift-water rescue teams in case Jesse wound up in the river and
urban search and rescue
crews in case they needed to
extricate him from a small
Jesse was found shortly
before 5 a.m. Monday beneath a hatch on a westbound lane of the 134 Freeway, just west of the 5 Freeway. He had traveled
roughly two-thirds of a mile
from where he disappeared.
“I was just praying to God
to help me and to not die,”
Jesse said in an interview
with NBC News. “I was
It had started off as a
typical Easter Sunday for
Jesse’s family, who go to
Griffith Park every year to
celebrate, said Dominique
Barraza, 16, a family friend.
They were just about to start
an Easter egg hunt, but Jesse and his cousins had run
The boys had made their
way to an abandoned concrete building near Zoo
Drive on the north end of the
park that was decommissioned by the city’s Bureau
of Sanitation in the 1980s.
The boys were jumping on
wooden planks about 4:30
p.m. when one of them broke
beneath Jesse.
The teen plunged 25 feet
into a 4-foot-wide pipe. His
cousins screamed his name,
hearing only their echoes in
response, friends at the
scene said.
Although the building
where the boys played was
abandoned, the pipe itself
was active and carrying
sewage, officials said. The
structure was built decades
ago to vent hydrogen sulfide
gas from the sewer pipes and
introduce fresh air into the
pipes, said Adel Hagekhalil,
assistant director of the Bureau of Sanitation.
The department’s investigation of the incident will
include an examination of
why the building has not
been torn down, Hagekhalil
said. The building was cordoned off with a chain-link
fence, and it is believed that
Jesse and his companions ei-
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
WORKERS found Jesse Hernandez about 5 a.m. Monday beneath a hatch along
the 134 Freeway. Relatives had prayed in Griffith Park throughout the night.
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
ADEL HAGEKHALIL of the Bureau of Sanitation
said the agency would investigate the incident.
ther jumped over it or
crawled through a hole that
had been cut into it,
Hagekhalil said.
On Monday morning, the
air near the building carried
a pungent, sulfur-like odor.
The sewage in the pipe
would have been moving fast
enough — and the walls
slimy enough — that Jesse
would have been swept
along without being able
to walk or crawl, officials
The pipe, which was built
in 1965, runs parallel to the
134 Freeway, then veers to
the south near the 5 Freeway, eventually branching
off into a series of smaller
pipes on the east side of the
L.A. River. The pipe system
has varying depths of water
moving at roughly 14 mph,
officials said.
Between 9 and 10 p.m.
Sunday, workers launched
two cameras into the 1.2mile span of pipe to which
they had narrowed their
search. Each camera had
lights and was strapped to a
floating platform that resembled a mini-surfboard.
The cameras slowly
cruised through the pipes,
tethered to nearby trucks
with 1,000-foot video cables.
One camera tipped over into
the sewage early on and had
to be pulled back and reoriented, taking up precious
time, Hagekhalil said.
Crews worked methodically, inserting the cameras
into maintenance hatches
that pop up every 1,000 feet
or so and correspond with
vault-like areas inside the
pipes. They looked at the live
feed on video screens inside
their trucks for signs of
Video footage shows
brown sewage water sloshing through the pipes. At
about 4 a.m., rescuers spotted
streaked along the wall.
Intending to feed a camera in to look for more evidence closer to the handprints, maintenance workers headed to a hatch near
where the 134 Freeway intersects with the 5. The California Highway Patrol shut
down a lane of traffic, and
sanitation workers opened
the manhole cover.
They were expecting to
see a well-like vault leading
to dark, rushing water below.
Instead, there was Jesse, 11
feet down, wedged into the
maintenance shaft and calling for help.
“Once I pulled the lid off
the manhole cover he was
just like right there,” a
worker told police in a recorded call.
The boy was wet, cold
and scared, Scott said.
The sanitation workers
grabbed a reel of hose
attached to a truck and fed it
into the vault. Jesse grabbed
Using a hose to pull the
boy out “was not standard
procedure,” Hagekhalil said.
“But when you have a kid
you’ve been looking for and
he’s right in front of you,
you’ll do anything.”
Rescue crews handed
Jesse a cellphone so he could
call his family to let them
know he was OK. He was decontaminated at the scene
and taken to a nearby hospital for a medical examination. He was released from
the hospital by 11:15 a.m., according to the Bureau of
About 20 of Jesse’s family
members, including his
mother, aunt and cousins,
huddled in Griffith Park
throughout the night. They
stood in a circle, holding
hands with their heads bowed in prayer.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric
Garcetti on Monday said it
was “just a miracle that this
boy was alive.”
“He hung on,” Garcetti
said. “He’s courageous, and
so were the first responders
who worked around the
Times staff writers Melissa
Etehad and Alene
Tchekmedyian contributed
to this report.
[DNA, from A1]
was more invasive than rules
in other places.
Kruger, an appointee of
Gov. Jerry Brown, wrote
Monday’s ruling, a victory
for prosecutors. The court’s
three more conservative justices joined her.
Brown’s two other judges
on the state high court
and a Democratic appointee
on an appeals court dissented.
Kruger emphasized the
majority ruling was narrow
and applied only to the facts
of the case before the court.
She said the DNA program
for arrestees could still be
challenged by someone else
at a later date.
“We recognize that the
DNA Act may raise additional constitutional questions that will require resolution in other cases,” she
The more liberal justices
wanted the court to use the
opportunity to strike down a
DNA program they said affects thousands of innocent
people each year, and disproportionately
Of the 200,000 to 300,000
people arrested in California
annually on suspicion of a
felony, about a third are either acquitted or never formally charged.
Yet the genetic profiles of
the vast majority of them remain in a DNA offender
database and can be
combed by law enforcement
to search for suspects in
“The fact that felony arrests of African Americans
disproportionately result in
no charges or dropped
charges means that African
Americans are disproportionately
among the thousands of
DNA profiles that the state
has no legal basis for retaining,” Justice Goodwin Liu
wrote in one of Monday’s dissents.
By allowing for the retention of DNA profiles of
people not even charged
with a crime, “it is not that
far a step for the state to collect and retain DNA from
law-abiding people in general,” Liu wrote.
The case was brought by
Mark Buza, who refused
to have his DNA taken
after San Francisco authorities arrested him on suspicion of arson and related
felonies in 2009 and took him
to jail.
A jury later convicted
Buza of the arson-related
felonies and of refusing to
provide his DNA, a misdemeanor. Buza challenged
the DNA-arrestee law in an
But the court majority,
pointing out that Buza was
convicted, eventually had
his DNA taken and never
tried to have his genetic profile expunged, decided his
case was not the right forum
for tackling constitutional
questions affecting the innocent.
Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Brown’s
other appointee on the
agreed with Liu and Court of
Appeal Justice Dennis M.
Perluss that the arrestee
provisions violated California’s Constitution.
(Perluss, appointed by
Gov. Gray Davis, helped
decide the case because
the state’s highest court has
a vacancy.)
Cuéllar wrote that the
majority decision overlooked the importance of
with its “heightened privacy
“The DNA Act unlawfully
invades people’s reasonable
in their personal genetic
information,” he said. “Any
diminished expectation of
or may not have in their genetic code does not justify an
intrusion of this magnitude.”
Monday’s majority decision overturned a 2014 ruling
by a San Francisco appeals
court that found the DNA
collection program for arrestees violated the California Constitution.
That ruling prompted
state lawmakers to pass a
bill, signed by Brown, to limit the arrestee DNA provisions in the event that the
state Supreme Court also
agreed they were unconstitutional.
Because Monday’s ruling
did not upend Proposition
69’s requirements, the protections for innocent arrestees added in the new law will
not now take effect.
Michael T. Risher, senior
staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union
Foundation of Northern California, called the decision
“This maintains the status quo, at least for the time
being,” he said.
Risher said he was unaware of any pending legal
challenge in a state court
that could force the California Supreme Court to deal
more directly with civil libertarian concerns.
J. Bradley O’Connell,
who represented Buza, said
he was heartened that the
majority ruling was narrow
but also disappointed.
California, unlike most
other states, takes DNA
from people before they are
even arraigned and has no
automatic process for expunging DNA profiles when
charges are dropped or people acquitted, he said.
Although people can
seek to have their DNA profiles removed, he said, the
process is cumbersome.
“The most intrusive law
is the California model,”
O’Connell said.
A spokesperson for Atty.
Gen. Xavier Becerra said the
office was still reviewing the
Becerra’s office “remains
committed to upholding
Californians’ important privacy interests while doing
everything we can to ensure
our law enforcement officials are equipped with the
tools they need to keep Californians safe,” the spokesperson said.
DNA collection also has
been challenged in federal
In 2014, before the state
appeals court decision, the
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the arrestee
DNA program under the
U.S. Constitution.
The state appeals court,
ruling later that year, struck
down the program under the
state Constitution, which
specifically gives residents
privacy rights.
Twitter: @mauradolan
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EPA’s reckless step backward
In a giveaway to industry, the
Trump administration eases fuel
economy standards for new cars.
he world is increasingly
speeding toward a future of
China, the largest auto market,
plans to ban the sale of new vehicles powered by gasoline or diesel in the
coming decades. France, Britain, Norway
and India have also pledged to phase out
fossil fuel vehicles. And automakers have responded. Volvo pledged in 2017 to sell only
hybrid or battery models starting next year,
while General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen,
Daimler and other big carmakers have said
they will roll out more and more electric
models to serve the growing market demand worldwide.
But here in the United States, President
Trump and his anti-environmental protection sidekick, Scott Pruitt, are determined
to head recklessly in the opposite direction.
It’s up to California and other environmentally responsible states to stop them.
On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has abandoned ambitious but much-needed fuel
economy rules that required automakers to
step up the improvements in their cars’ and
SUVs’ mileage and emissions. Adopted
under the Obama administration, the regulations were a crucial piece of the national
effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions and
slow global climate change.
Indeed, the regulations being heedlessly
ditched were slated to improve the average
fuel economy of new cars and trucks 50% by
2025, to almost 55 miles per gallon. To meet
the new standards, automakers were expected to develop and sell more hybrid and
electric models, which, over time, would
slash oil consumption, smoggy tailpipe pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.
But those benefits apparently carried little weight with Pruitt, a stalwart shill for the
fossil fuel industry, who claims the Obama
administration rushed the analysis of
whether the regulations were feasible and
set the standards too high. That’s mere pretext, given that Pruitt has used his tenure at
the EPA to systematically attack responsible, science- and health-based regulations.
Nor, apparently, is it enough that he’s weak-
ened national environmental protections;
Pruitt has suggested he may go after California’s essential air quality regulations and
climate change program as well.
In order to address the enormous contribution cars and trucks make to California’s unusually severe air-quality problems,
the federal Clean Air Act gave the state
unique power to adopt vehicle emissions
rules that are more stringent than the
EPA’s. The federal government can block
the state rules only if the EPA deems them
inconsistent with the Clean Air Act’s efforts
to protect public health or welfare. Thankfully, Gov. Jerry Brown and state leaders
have made it clear that California is not
rolling back its clean-car rules. Other states
can follow California’s lead on tailpipe
standards, and a dozen states, representing
about one-third of the U.S. auto market,
have said they will continue to do so.
That would leave manufacturers with
two options. They could go the costly route
of making two versions of each vehicle: A
more fuel-efficient model for states with
California’s standards, and a less fuel-efficient model for the rest of the country. Or
they could just comply with California’s
rules, which would negate the EPA’s rollback. Or Pruitt and Trump could try to deny
California its longstanding power to enact
emissions standards, triggering (another)
legal battle with the state.
It sure sounds like Pruitt is readying for a
war. “Cooperative federalism doesn’t mean
that one state can dictate standards for the
rest of the country,” he said in a statement.
California leaders, already practiced in
Trump resistance, are digging in as well.
Pruitt’s efforts are a colossal waste of
time and money. Every other government in
the industrialized world recognizes that climate change is real and that it will take serious action now to minimize the devastating
effects of global warming. The leading world
economies also recognize that there is a
much-needed shift from fossil fuel vehicles
underway, and they are choosing to lead the
transition to low- and no-carbon transportation systems.
Even automakers know this. That’s why
most of them are already developing and
marketing electric and hybrid models to sell
around the world. Instead of making progress toward innovation and a cleaner future,
Trump and Pruitt have chosen, irresponsibly and cynically, to keep this country guzzling gas and pumping out carbon.
Don’t trample students’ rights
hese are difficult days for
schools as they try to figure out
how and when to discipline students for misbehavior, disruption, bullying and other actions.
Social media have further complicated the
matter, blurring the lines between behavior
on campus, where schools clearly can set
rules, and behavior off campus, where it is
not so obvious that they can. As unclear as
the lines might be, though, several recent
cases show a disturbing willingness among
schools to leap over them:
8 In Houston, a student was suspended
last fall for refusing to stand for the Pledge of
Allegiance. That’s just ludicrous in this day
and age; it’s been accepted for decades that
students should not be compelled to participate in the pledge against their will. The student is suing, and we hope she’ll win.
8 In Nevada, a high school student used
foul language during a phone call to a
congressman’s office to argue for stronger
gun control. The office then complained to
his school, and the boy was suspended. But
what right does the school have to punish a
kid for speaking his mind, even rudely, on a
public policy issue when he’s not in school?
8 In New Jersey, a school district adopted
a policy that banned students from being in
possession of guns — off campus as well as
on. But really, shouldn’t it be obvious even to
strong supporters of gun control that a
school can’t punish students for engaging in
a perfectly legal activity — such as going to a
firing range with their parents — after
school hours? After an outcry involving two
students who supposedly did just that, the
school district said this week that it is modifying the policy so it no longer covers legal
gun use off campus.
What could these school officials be
Then there’s a whole separate series of
controversies over clothing. In 2015, a school
pulled a student from class and reprimanded her for wearing a T-shirt saying,
“Nobody knows I’m a lesbian.” The school
argued that the shirt was “offensive and distracting,” before being forced — rightly — to
back down. Still, the next year, shortly before the presidential election, a student at a
Florida school reportedly was told she
would have to change out of her anti-Hillary
Clinton T-shirt or go home for the day. She
chose the latter.
Schools (and occasionally courts) appear to need repeated reminders that students have a right to express their opinions,
including unpopular ones, in school and out.
It can get complicated because schools do
have a right to step in when the language is
truly threatening or disruptive. But school
administrators too often have confused controversy with disruption. Some students
might not like what they see on another student’’s T-shirt. They might even find it offensive. But they don’t need to be sheltered
from controversy or offense; rather, they
should talk such things over, debate them,
argue them.
School authorities also should keep in
mind that girls are not being “disruptive” by
wearing leggings to school, and it is not their
job to prevent boys from being “distracted,”
an excuse that many a principal has used
over the years to place restrictions on clothing. Schools have a right to set dress codes
within reason, but pretending that girls are
responsible for the behavior of boys sets an
unacceptable double standard.
(Then there was the Houston school that
threatened kids with three days of suspension if they joined students across the country in walking out of class for 17 minutes in
response to the school shootings in Parkland, Fla. That may not have infringed on
any constitutional rights, but it was certainly an excessive reaction.)
More dicey are situations in which students misbehave off campus. A Bay Area
high school rightly disciplined students for
being involved in racist posts in which photos of students at their school, all female and
almost all people of color, were shown with
nooses drawn around their necks. These images go beyond expressing opinions or simply being offensive; even though they were
created off campus, they are intimidating, if
not downright threatening, to people at the
There are certainly difficult decisions to
be made from time to time about free
speech on school campuses, but the cases
mentioned at the top of this editorial
weren’t complicated. School officials have a
responsibility to keep their students safe
and learning on campus, but no one hired
them to be the police of controversial personal expression or of student morality.
Jim Kirk
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara,
Michael Whitley
violence is levied by an
occupying military or
security force, as if simply
uttering the phrase “act of
terror” justifies these horrendous killings.
Derek Jordan
San Pedro
Re “15 Palestinians slain in
protests,” March 31
Jeff Swensen Getty Images
PRESIDENT TRUMP claims “big flows” of immi-
grants are entering the U.S. because of DACA.
Trump’s Easter wish
Re “No deal for ‘Dreamers,’ Trump says,” April 2
What a shocking and deeply saddening front page of
Monday’s Los Angeles Times.
On the left side of the page was a picture of Pope
Francis, advocate for the poor and oppressed,
celebrating Easter and the one who said, “Whatever you
do for the least of these, you do for me.”
And on the right was an article about President
Trump — an oppressor of the poor and marginalized and
an advocate of only his fellow plutocrats — vowing to
destroy the federal program for undocumented
immigrants who were brought to the United States as
minors. Even worse are the so-called Christians who, in
supporting Trump, crucify Jesus daily.
The Rev. Tim Vivian
San Bernardino
Trump’s “NO MORE
DACA DEAL” tweet appears to finalize his insensitive toying with the lives
of hundreds of thousands
of “Dreamers” as if they
were pawns in a rigged
For months, Trump has
vacillated regarding the
future of these young immigrants who were brought
here illegally as children
and for whom the United
States is the only homeland they have ever known.
The president has
shown on many occasions
that he has very little heart
for anyone or anything that
does not advance his
agenda or stroke his fragile
ego, but his dealing with
the “Dreamers” has shown
his heart’s true color:
Larry Lasseter
I believe that 99.9% of
the population are decent
people. That’s just been my
life’s experience. I also
believe this view is not
Why then do we abandon this outlook when
referring to “others”? A
huge part of it is our own
personal lack of familiarity
with individuals of said
group. Nothing brings
people together better
than integration. Being
friends with an “other”
destroys the otherness.
When we condone the
labeling of entire groups as
“others” — people to be
shunned, feared or attacked — we begin the
internal process of denying
exactly what our life’s
experience has taught us.
So think twice and recognize what is going on when
someone like Trump tries
to separate and scapegoat
an entire group of people.
He’s asking you to ignore what your own life’s
experience has taught you.
Dana Whitson
Oro Valley, Ariz.
In Irvine, it’s
not about race
Re “Asians in Irvine score
political win,” April 1
Labeling the protests in
Irvine against the homeless encampments as an
Asian victory makes this
article race-baiting at its
It notes the high turnout among the Chinese,
Korean and other Asian
populations at an Orange
County Board of Supervisors meeting without
taking into account the
fact that the city of Irvine
has more Asian residents
than white. Naturally the
turnout was what it was.
The article makes it
sound as if Asians arbitrarily rallied together to
fight the scourge of homelessness when it was simply the residents of the city
that the encampment
would potentially be relocated to taking action.
It further fails to mention how homelessness has
been fought in other
Southern California communities by other ethnic
groups (such as whites and
Latinos in the city of Anaheim, the original site of
the encampment in question), making it more of a
class issue rather than one
of race.
Yoonj Kim
I am disturbed at the
lack of moral leadership by
the Orange County supervisors on homelessness. I
am also offended by the
response of Irvine’s Asian
Irvine prides itself as a
model of diversity, but the
reaction by residents to a
proposed homeless shelter
in that city shows a distinct
lack of compassion for
those who have not fared
as well in our communities.
I do not speak against
immigration; it has made
our country stronger and
more interesting (I am
married to an immigrant).
But if each city would do its
share to house and protect
homeless people, we would
not have people dying on
the streets.
We should encourage
our city councils and
county supervisors to
claim the moral high
ground. We forget we are all
human beings and children
of God.
Suzanne Darweesh
I read Sunday’s Los
Angeles Times (on Easter,
Christianity’s most important holiday, no less).
There was an article
about a $35-million luxury
dog and cat hotel, and
another about mass protests from multiple communities (including some
of our most affluent)
against the sheltering of
homeless humans. As if I
needed reminding that I
live in Orange County.
If people don’t want
homeless shelters in their
communities, how about
using the former military
bases at Tustin and El
Toro? Oh, that’s right,
those are in Orange
David Goodman
Aliso Viejo
on Gaza protests
Re “Israel defends killings
at protest,” April 1
The statement from
Israeli Brig. Gen. Ronen
Manelis is a type of propaganda that we will see
deployed more frequently
by those who commit state
He wrongly frames a
protest that was organized
by Palestinians as an “act
of terror,” thereby upholding the killing of at least 16
and the injury of more than
500 from groups of men,
women and children demonstrators.
We should be wary of
official statements when
such disproportionate
Are you really so naive
as to accept Hamas’ word
that it staged a “longplanned campaign of nonviolent protests”?
Why were so many
innocent Palestinians
pushed to the border
armed with rocks, burning
tires and firebombs? Here
are some facts you neglected to print about the
Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip:
First, it’s run by a terrorist group; second,
Hamas’ goal is Israel’s
destruction, pure and
simple; third, rather than
develop the infrastructure
of Gaza, Hamas uses its
resources to plan attacks
on Israel; fourth, Hamas
has no problems using
civilians as human shields;
and fifth, the Gaza Strip
also has a border with
By the way, no one has
ever asked Arab nations to
give their homes back to
the hundreds of thousands
of Jews expelled from those
Shelley Rivlin
What about the
final 19 shots?
Re “Clark killing sparks
call for police reform,” April
The investigation of
Stephon Clark’s killing by
Sacramento Police Department officers must do
the following:
First, determine if it was
reasonable that an objective police officer should
react with deadly force in
this situation. Second, if
there was reasonable belief
by one officer that he
feared for his life and thus
fired the first shot, determine if the subsequent
shots fired were justified.
The facts indicate that
it might have been reasonable for an officer to have
fired the first shot, as the
cellphone in Clark’s hand
might very well have been
perceived as a weapon.
Juries do not like to convict
police officers for splitsecond decisions that have
a shred of justification, and
officers in these situations
invariably state they feared
for their lives.
But there were 20 shots
fired at Clark. At what
point were their enough
bullets fired to eliminate
any fear by the officers?
Furthermore, did any of
the officers shoot only
because they were reacting
to the chaos of the event?
These last two lines of
inquiry may be good
causes for a civil action.
Norwood Price
The writer is a retired
Re “The Stephon Clark
shooting,” letters, April 1
Several letter writers
criticized the Sacramento
officers who shot Clark.
I am the mother of a law
enforcement person and
would like to say that before members of the public
criticize police, they should
spend a night or two walking in their shoes and find
out just what they have to
endure and the judgments
they must make. Perhaps
then they would be better
equipped to say how wrong
they think the officers are.
They have no idea what
the officers’ jobs are like or
how their minds work
when they are on duty and
must make snap decisions.
Just remember: The officers are out there putting
their lives on the line every
time they put on that uniform to protect our lives.
Justine Cameron
Los Osos, Calif.
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Not all
is created
Los Angeles Times
RIO HONDO COLLEGE is one of 114 campuses in the California Community Colleges system, which has 2.1 million students.
Community colleges are
delivering Trump’s promises
By Eloy Ortiz Oakley
don’t know what
that means, a community college,” President Trump said last
week during a speech
in northeastern Ohio. “Call it vocational and technical. People
know what that means.” The
president made similar remarks
in West Virginia two months ago,
and then again in March at a
White House forum on education.
The results of the 2016 presidential election should have
made one thing clear: Social and
economic mobility are top of
mind for Americans. So why does
the president keep dumping on
community colleges?
For people like me who work in
them, his sentiments are particularly disheartening because they
reveal a deep misunderstanding
about the benefits that community colleges provide at a moment
when they are desperately
needed. So as our students return from spring break, perhaps
Trump should come visit one of
the nation’s 1,100 community colleges to see for himself the value
they provide our economy and
our democracy.
In all his speeches, Trump repeats an anecdote about a classmate who was “not going to be
Einstein academically,” but could
repair a motor while blindfolded.
Even his concept of career education remains stuck in the industrial age. Artificial intelligence,
automation and the rise of the gig
economy are changing the nature
of work and the skills needed to
participate in this new economy.
There are still good jobs for workers without bachelor’s degrees,
but those jobs are shifting from
blue-collar industries to skilledservices industries that demand
at least some post-high-school
education and training.
Community colleges are the
most affordable option for securing such good-paying jobs. In addition, we offer opportunities to
transfer to four-year institutions.
Make no mistake, community
college is college. We educate future welders and doctors. Mechanics and architects. Nurses
and business leaders.
California Community Colleges has 114 campuses and 2.1
million students — an enrollment
more than 2.5 times the size of the
UC and Cal State systems combined. Some 40% of our students
are the first in their family to at-
tend college. They juggle their
classes with job and family responsibilities. Many struggle
with food and housing insecurity.
Students in the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals program
live in fear of deportation.
For many of these students,
we are their path to the middle
class. But we need the resources
to serve all of them. Achievement
gaps that fall along lines defined
by race, ethnicity, age and region
persist at unacceptable rates.
Too many students take too long
to earn their certificates or degrees, or to transfer. We also need
to better serve working adults
who cannot access one of our
campuses because of work and
family commitments.
In California, for instance, we
are establishing a personalized
and flexible online college to help
these people gain skills and
short-term certificates to advance in the workplace.
For America to expand its
economic prosperity, the White
House needs to work to strengthen community colleges. Instead,
the president proposed cuts to
workforce training and education programs. (Congress, fortunately, rejected that in the recently enacted omnibus spend-
ing bill.) The White House could
push for more need-based financial aid, but instead the executive
branch is trying to roll back consumer protections for students
harmed by for-profit colleges.
I’m optimistic about the future of community colleges and
their power to transform students’ lives, and the president
should be too. Look at just a few
recent achievements here in California. At Rio Hondo College in
Whittier, students are enrolled in
a cutting-edge certificate program to learn how to repair battery-powered Tesla cars. A team
from Santa Rosa Junior College
just won the National Collegiate
Debate Championship, fending
off UC Berkeley to become the
first winners from a two-year college. And throughout our system,
tens of thousands of students recently received acceptance letters for transfer to Cal State and
UC schools to pursue their bachelor’s degrees in the fall.
Spring is a nice time to visit
campus, Mr. President.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley is
chancellor of California
Community Colleges, the largest
system of public higher
education in the country.
How the high court may help the GOP
By Harold Meyerson
columnist Finley
Peter Dunne observed a century
ago, “follows the elections.” Today’s Supreme Court appears on
the verge of determining elections — in the Republican Party’s
Three cases under consideration this term, and a fourth that
is sure to come before the court
either later this term or next,
could well tilt elections in the
GOP’s favor.
In the first of those cases,
Janus vs. American Federation of
State, County and Municipal Employees, the court has been asked
to overturn a 40-year-old precedent, the Abood decision. A finding for Janus would mean public
employee unions have no right to
collect partial dues from nonmembers whom they are nonetheless legally obligated to represent in dealings with management. (Nonmembers are already
permitted to withhold the portion of their dues that goes to the
unions’ political activities.)
In the second and third cases,
which are challenges to gerrymandering in Wisconsin and
Maryland, the court has been
asked to sustain or overturn the
hyper-partisan creation of districts by state legislatures.
The fourth case that will
doubtless appear on the court’s
docket in coming months arises
from the challenges that California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and
a group of 12 other state attorneys
general have lodged against the
U.S. Census Bureau for its decision to require respondents to
the 2020 census to state whether
or not they’re citizens.
While each of these cases
raises a host of legal issues, they
all are fundamentally about the
partisan balance of power.
If, as expected, the five Republican appointees on the court rule
for the plaintiff in Janus (the
plaintiff is an Illinois state worker
named Mark Janus), public employee unions will be decimated.
That at least some of the GOP
justices dislike such unions was
clear from Justice Anthony M.
Kennedy’s remarks during oral
arguments in the case.
The problem with those
unions, Kennedy said, is that they
advocate “for a greater size workforce, against privatization,
against merit promotion, for
teacher tenure, for higher wages,
for massive government, for increasing bonded indebtedness,
for increasing taxes.” Kennedy’s
rant constituted a political condemnation of public sector
unions; it didn’t touch on any legal issues.
A pro-Janus ruling by the
GOP Gang of Five — when added
to the Republican justices’ decision in Citizens United, which
overturned precedent to permit
corporate campaign contributions — would amount to a new
body of law that plainly favors
capital over labor. More immediately, because deciding for Janus
would greatly reduce the resources that public employee
unions collect in general, it would
also reduce what the unions
spend on politics and elections —
which, given the GOP’s profoundly anti-union animus, generally goes to Democratic campaigns.
Indeed, public employee
unions are a linchpin of Democratic political efforts, playing a
key role in mobilizing minority
voters and funding other progressive organizations. Like Citizens United, Janus could give an
The Supreme
Court’s Gang of 5
may enshrine
political stratagems
as constitutional.
enduring assist to the Republicans’ electoral prospects. Such a
ruling could well be labeled Son of
Bush vs. Gore.
Other such “sons” stand in the
wings. Confronted with largescale gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts following the 2010 elections, and
with evidence of the data-driven
precision that now enables statehouses to indulge in such partisan line-drawing, Justice Samuel
demonstrated his horror, in oral
arguments last week, at any efforts to curtail such efforts. “I
really don’t see how any legislature will ever be able to redistrict,” he said, if the court were to
suggest any guidelines for fair
representation. Because so many
state governments are in Republican hands, the extremes of partisan gerrymandering are mostly
on the GOP side, though the
Maryland case concerns a Democratic gerrymander.
The Trump administration’s
creation of a citizenship question
on the 2020 census will confront
the court with yet another partisan test.
In an era of anti-immigrant
fervor, the question will doubtless compel thousands, perhaps
millions, of the foreign born, with
or without documents, to avoid
participating in the census. That
would thereby inaccurately over-
represent whites and the population of rural areas — in both
cases, preponderantly Republican — in the next round of congressional reapportionment. In a
nation growing more racially diverse and in which millennials are
disproportionately liberal, one
way the GOP can retain power is
by decreasing representation
from diverse, urban areas
through population undercount.
The Republicans’ long-term
strategy is clear in all three of
these areas — dismantling
Democrats’ political infrastructure by weakening unions, suppressing
undercounting Democrat constituencies to lessen their impact
in the House of Representatives.
It won’t work, however, unless
their men on the court opt to enshrine those stratagems as constitutional.
To date, the GOP justices and
their recent predecessors have
cooperated fully: They weakened
the Voting Rights Act that protects minority voters; Alito literally asked for a challenge to Abood
in one of his opinions; they
speech of wealthy corporations
and the donor class over ordinary
Americans in Citizens United;
not to mention what happened in
2000 when they made George W.
Bush president.
The court’s GOP contingents
may not amount to much as defenders of democracy and majority rule, but they’ve been powerful
champions of Republican rule —
a status that this year’s rulings
may well, and disastrously, confirm.
Harold Meyerson is executive
editor of the American Prospect.
He is a contributing writer to
or a while, a set of liberals
has argued that Donald
Trump isn’t an aberration
from other Republican presidents. Now some surprising
conservatives, including friends and
colleagues of mine, are starting to
The conservative arguments take
several forms, but a key point shared
by all of them is that there’s nothing
new about Trump’s melding of populism and conservatism.
“I think people who see Trumpism
as something aberrant in the Republican Party haven’t thought much
about the history of the Republican
Party. Unless they’re NeverTrumpers, in which case they’re in
a state of denial,” Sean Trende of Real
Clear Politics argued in a muchdiscussed Twitter peroration. “Successful Republican campaigns and
presidencies have always involved an
integration of the party’s populist
and establishment wings.”
Henry Olsen, a scholar at the
Ethics and Public Policy Center, has
been arguing for quite a while that
Trump is a more authentic incarnation of Reaganism, because “Trump’s
active leadership style and his combination of populism with market economics is far closer to Reagan’s words
and deeds than anything House
Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin or
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky offer.”
Rich Lowry, my boss at National
Review, agrees. Writing in Politico, he
recounts Reagan’s and other past
Republican presidents’ deft use of
populist issues and themes to win
both the GOP nomination and the
White House. “We can argue about
what role populism and nationalism
should have in conservative politics,”
Lowry said, “but that they have a
place, and always have, is undeniable.”
Lowry is right. It is undeniable. It
is also undeniable that Democrats
from Andrew Jackson to FDR to
Barack Obama have used populism
to galvanize their candidacies and
presidencies. This fact alone should
tell you something: Not all populisms
are the same, because though they all
claim to be the voice of the people,
they invariably speak with a specific
voice for a specific subset of the people.
Or as then-candidate Trump put
it in May 2016: “The only important
thing is the unification of the people
— because the other people don’t
mean anything.”
Populism is a bottom-up phenomenon, but it is shaped and defined by
the rhetoric from the top. And just as
there are differences between left and
right populism, there are different
kinds of conservative populism.
Until recently, right-wing populism manifested itself in the various
forms of the tea party, which emphasized limited government and fiscal
restraint. That populism was not only
very different from the populism of
Occupy Wall Street, it is very different
from Trump’s version.
It is true that Reagan championed
populist themes, but no one can
seriously dispute that his themes and
rhetoric were decidedly unTrumpian. The conservative populist
who delivered “A Time for Choosing”
used broadly inclusive language,
focusing his ire at a centralized government that reduced a nation of
aspiring individuals to “the masses.”
This was a running theme of
Reagan’s rhetoric. “I’ve been privileged to meet people all over this land
in the special kind of way you meet
them when you are campaigning,” he
said in a 1978 radio address. “They are
not ‘the masses,’ or as the elitists
would have it — ‘the common man.’
They are very uncommon. Individuals each with his or her own hopes
and dreams, plans and problems and
the kind of quiet courage that makes
this whole country run better than
just about any other on Earth.”
Reagan’s populist rhetoric was
informed by a moderate, big-hearted
temperament, a faith in American
exceptionalism and a fondness for
immigration. He warned of concentrated power that corrodes self-government. “From time to time we’ve
been tempted to believe that society
has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by
an elite group is superior to government for, by and of the people,”
Reagan declared in his first inaugural. “Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who
among us has the capacity to govern
someone else?”
Trump rejects American exceptionalism, saying that other nations
have outsmarted us. His indictment
of our own government is that it is too
weak and dumb. His solution: “I alone
can fix it.”
I’m not merely indulging in
Reagan nostalgia. Every president
enlists populist passion, but to leave
it at that ignores the purpose of that
passion and reduces “the people” to
nothing more than the masses.
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sions standards was “being
The “EPA will set a national standard for greenhouse gas emissions that allows auto manufacturers to
make cars that people both
want and can afford — while
still expanding environmental and safety benefits of
newer cars,” Pruitt said.
“It’s in everyone’s best interest to have a national
standard, and we look forward to working with all
states, including California,
as we work to finalize that
Gov. Jerry Brown criticized the federal statement
on auto emissions rules as a
“belated April Fools’ Day
“This cynical and meretricious abuse of power will
poison our air and jeopardize the health of all Americans,” the governor said in a
Although the state’s authority to set its own clearair standards has existed for
decades, the other measure
the administration went after — the law regarding federal land — is newly adopted.
The measure, passed by
the Legislature in October,
seeks to give California effective veto power over sales
of federal land, not just
parks or wilderness, in the
The law says the state
won’t recognize any sale, donation or exchange of federal land unless the California State Lands Commission has the right of first refusal over any deal.
The Legislature’s own
analysis of the bill said it
raised “substantial constitutional questions.”
The Justice Department
asked a federal court in Sacramento to overturn the law,
saying it violated the Constitution’s supremacy clause,
which gives federal law primacy over state law, and a
separate clause that gives
Congress power “to dispose
of ” federal property.
The two moves joined a
rapidly lengthening list of
battles between California
and the Trump administration over a wide range of issues, including the environment, immigration and civil
rights. Last month, the Justice Department sued to
block three California state
laws, saying they were an unconstitutional attempt to
thwart enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Pruitt’s announcement
said that the administration
would abandon the federal
goal of having vehicles average 55 miles per gallon by
2025. That target will be replaced with a weaker fuel
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT , California is the only state that can adopt its own emissions rules, but other states can then adopt them.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP
chief, says one state can’t
“dictate standards for
the rest of the country.”
economy standard that the
administration will settle on
at a later date.
The action sets up the administration for a confrontation with California and
a dozen other states that
use California’s emissions
Under the Clean Air Act,
California is the only state
that can independently
adopt its own emissions
standards, but other states
can then adopt them. Several of the states that have
done so have vowed to defy
the administration’s effort
to weaken mileage standards.
The current national fuel
economy targets represent
the single biggest action the
federal government has taken to curb greenhouse gases.
They are crucial for California and other states to meet
their goals for climate action
and to reduce smog and
other air pollution.
The targets are also essential to an effort led by
Brown and others to carry
the country toward meeting
the obligations in the Paris
accord on climate change
that the Trump administration is refusing to honor.
The administration’s action came at the behest of
automakers, who say the 55mile-per-gallon
will impose too heavy a cost.
But an all-out fight between the federal and state
governments over California’s power to set emissions
standards could backfire on
Pruitt’s legal ability to revoke California’s authority is
uncertain and any such
move could be tied up in
court for years. In the meantime, auto companies would
be faced with the complicated and costly prospect of
building and selling two different sets of cars — one for
California and the other
states that follow its standards, and one for the rest of
the country.
The resisting states account for more than a third
of all car sales. Although automakers have been hopeful
some deal could be brokered, perhaps with California agreeing to weaken the
more immediate targets in
exchange for federal buy-in
to more aggressive goals
through 2030, that is looking
increasingly unlikely.
Pruitt says he’s not interested in making such concessions, and California officials say they see no reason
to go along with his rollback.
The tone between state air
regulators and the EPA chief
has grown increasingly
“California will not weaken its nationally accepted
clean-air standards,” said
Mary Nichols, the state’s
chief air quality regulator.
“Today’s decision changes
nothing in California and the
12 other states with clean car
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.) warned that “the
years of litigation and investment uncertainty will be far
harder on the auto industry
than simply living up to the
fuel economy standards
they once embraced.”
“The EPA is willfully ignoring the fact that these
emission standards are
working. Cars are becoming
more fuel-efficient and consumers are saving money at
the pump,” she said. “...
There simply is no reason to
roll back that progress.”
But automakers complain they are confronting a
market in which gas prices
are low and consumers are
more interested in purchasing SUVs and pickups than
the fuel-efficient passenger
vehicles the federal mandates favor.
“Manufacturers need to
sell vehicles that customers
need and want today to fund
the technological shifts and
electrification and automation expected in the future,”
said a statement from John
Bozzella, chief executive of
the Assn. of Global Automakers, an industry group
representing the U.S. operations of car companies.
The EPA, in its statement
announcing that it would
propose new, lower fuel
economy rules, basically
adopted the automakers’
analysis, pushing aside opposing views.
Industry officials and
analysts note that electric
cars and hybrids account for
just 3% of vehicle sales in the
United States, even as they
are taking off in other countries.
blame the companies, say-
Court says officer can’t be sued
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another green light to officers who use deadly force as
a tool of first resort instead
of last,” said Clark Neily, vice
president of the libertarian
Cato Institute. “It does so
based on a legal doctrine —
qualified immunity — that
the Supreme Court invented
out of whole cloth to help
create a policy of near-zero
accountability for law enforcement.”
David Cole, legal director
for the American Civil Liberties Union, said officers who
used lethal force unconstitutionally should be held accountable. “Giving a free
pass to officers under these
circumstances will only exacerbate the problem.”
Since the Civil War, federal law has allowed people
to sue government officials,
including the police, for violating their constitutional
But in recent years, the
Supreme Court has erected
a shield of immunity for police and said officers may not
be sued unless victims can
point to a nearly identical
shooting that had been
deemed unconstitutionally
excessive in a previous decision.
Police shootings of unarmed people, many of them
African Americans, have
sparked protests across the
country, most recently in
Sacramento. Often prosecutors have been reluctant
to bring criminal charges in
such cases because they
would need to convince an
entire jury that the officer
was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Civil suits that seek damages are in theory easier to
win because plaintiffs need
only present convincing evidence that the officer used
unreasonable force. But the
high court has repeatedly
made it harder for victims to
bring such claims before a
In an eight-page unsigned opinion in Kisela vs.
Hughes, the justices did not
rule on whether officer Andrew Kisela acted reasonably when he used potentially deadly force against
Amy Hughes, who was
standing in her driveway
a few feet away from her
friend and roommate, Sharon Chadwick. The police had
been called after a neighbor
reported seeing a woman
acting strangely and carrying a large knife.
whether Kisela used excessive force, the court instead
ruled he could not be sued
because the victim could not
cite a similar case involving a
police shooting of a person
holding a knife.
“Police officers are entitled to qualified immunity
unless existing precedent
squarely governs the specific facts at issue.... This is far
from an obvious case in
which any competent officer
would have known that
shooting Hughes to protect
Chadwick would violate the
4th Amendment” and its
ban on unreasonable seizures, the court said Monday.
The decision reversed
the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals, which had allowed
the woman’s lawsuit to go
before a jury.
In recent months, legal
scholars and the Cato Institute have joined civil rights
lawyers in criticizing the
court’s approach to police
Stephan Savoia Associated Press
Elaine Thompson Associated Press
JUSTICES Ruth Bader Ginsburg, left, and Sonia
Sotomayor dissented. The ruling “tells officers that
they can shoot first and think later,” Sotomayor said.
University of Chicago law
professor William Baude, a
former clerk for Chief Justice
John G. Roberts Jr., has argued that the justices invented the doctrine of
“qualified immunity” in the
1980s and have steadily expanded it to block lawsuits
in cases of excessive force.
In her dissent, Sotomayor quoted a law review
article by Judge Stephen
Reinhardt from Los Angeles, who died last week.
“Nearly all of the Supreme
Court’s qualified immunity
cases come out the same
way — by finding immunity
for the officials,” Reinhardt
wrote in 2015.
Three years ago, the justices tossed out a lawsuit
brought by a mentally ill San
Francisco woman shot five
times by officers who
pushed their way into her
private room. They said they
shot her because she was
holding a bread knife.
The Tucson shooting
took place a few blocks from
the University of Arizona
campus. Police were called
to “check welfare” after a
neighbor phoned about a
woman who was acting erratically and brandishing a
Three officers, including
Kisela, arrived and saw a
woman, later identified as
Hughes, leave the house and
walk toward Chadwick. She
was carrying a knife. A
chain-link fence prevented
the officers from approaching, but they called out to
Hughes to drop the knife.
She ignored them and
came within six feet of Chadwick. The other woman was
calm and said there was no
threat. Kisela then fired four
shots, striking Hughes. She
was handcuffed and taken to
a hospital. She recovered
from her injuries and sued
Kisela for an unreasonable
seizure and an excessive use
of force.
The 9th Circuit appeals
court said that while some
key facts were in dispute, a
“rational jury could find that
[Hughes] had a constitutional right to walk down her
driveway holding a knife
without being shot.”
Lawyers for Arizona ap-
pealed and said the lawsuit
should be dismissed. “Qualified immunity exists to protect the public from unwarranted timidity on the part
of public officials,” they said.
The justices agreed and
ruled Kisela was entitled to
Sotomayor said the majority had revised the facts to
favor the officer. Hughes
“held a kitchen knife down at
her side with the blade facing away from Chadwick.
Hughes was nowhere near
the officers, had committed
no illegal act, was suspected
of no crime, and did not raise
the knife in the direction of
Chadwick or anyone else,”
she wrote.
Two officers kept talking,
but “without giving a warning that he would open fire,
[Kisela] shot Hughes four
times, leaving her seriously
wounded. If this account of
Kisela’s conduct sounds unreasonable, that is because
it was,” Sotomayor said.
She said the court’s “onesided approach to qualified
immunity transforms the
doctrine into an absolute
shield for law enforcement
officers, gutting the deterrent effect of the 4th Amendment.”
dean of UC Berkeley School
of Law, said Monday’s decision was part of a trend.
“In case after case involving excessive police force,
the Supreme Court is finding for the police and keeping juries from ever being
able to decide if the police
acted impermissibly. This
contributes significantly to
the difficulties in holding police accountable,” he said.
ing they are putting too
much of their marketing and
product development energy into SUVs.
If automakers prevail in
their bid to relax mileage
standards nationwide, said
Dan Becker, director of the
Washington-based Safe Climate Campaign, they will
“grow weaker by making too
many gas guzzlers, the very
course that led GM and
Chrysler to bankruptcy and
an $85-billion bailout not
even a decade ago.”
“Auto companies have
the cost-effective technology — better engines
and transmissions, high
strength, low-weight materials — to safely meet the
2025 standards,” he said.
“This is auto mechanics, not
rocket science.”
And Becker warned that
California is already in the
process of developing its aggressive mileage targets for
beyond 2025, targets that a
different White House could
decide to embrace nationally, leaving car firms that
start backtracking now in a
The more immediate dilemma that automakers —
and consumers — face is
how to contend with different rules applying to different parts of the country. Industry analysts say no good
would come of it.
“Different standards in a
single market will only cause
harm to consumers, the environment, the economy
and automakers,” Rebecca
Lindland, executive analyst
at Kelley Blue Book, said in
an email. The fallout, she
wrote, could include higher
car prices, difficulty selling
cars across state lines, and
possibly more older, higherpolluting cars being used as
consumers get discouraged
from buying new models.
“Nobody wins if we can’t
come to a single standard
agreement which promotes
the most fuel-efficient versions of vehicles consumers
already want to buy,” Lindland said.
The legal battle over federal land raises a different
set of issues.
According to federal officials, the state law could
block the Army’s plan to
convey 78 acres to a developer in the East Bay city of
Dublin, a separate Navy contract with a developer for a
property called Admiral’s
Cove in Alameda, and the
long-running plan by the
Veterans Affairs Department to rebuild its 388-acre
West Los Angeles campus by
leasing land for housing, and
to provide an easement for
the Purple Line Metro project.
“The Constitution empowers the federal government — not state legislatures — to decide when and
how federal lands are sold,”
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said
Monday in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
“California has once
again passed an extreme
statute found in no other
state to obstruct the federal
government,” Jesse Panuccio, the acting associate attorney general, told reporters at the Justice Department.
Times staff writer David
Lauter in Washington
contributed to this report.
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MWD plans
to seek one
water tunnel
instead of 2
Agricultural districts
were loath to join
project, agency says.
By Bettina Boxall
Kale Williams Oregonian
SHERIFF’S Deputy Bill Holcomb searches near the crash site along Highway 1 in Westport, Calif.
Hope fades as hunt
for kids is delayed
Rough waves impede search in Mendocino County
By Joseph Serna
and Alene Tchekmedyian
The search for three missing siblings feared dead after their family’s
SUV plunged down a cliff into the sea
last week has been delayed by rough
conditions on the California coast.
Strong currents, frigid water and
rough waves have prevented Mendocino County sheriff ’s divers and rescuers from looking for the missing Hart
children, Lt. Shannon Barney said
“It’s very difficult on the families
because obviously they want their
loved ones back,” Barney said. “But almost in no scenario does it make sense
to risk someone’s life for a life that’s already been lost.”
The children are Devonte Hart, 15,
who was briefly famous for a powerful
2014 photograph of the teen tearfully
hugging a police sergeant in Oregon at
a protest amid unrest in Ferguson,
Mo., and his sisters Hannah and Sierra Hart, 16 and 12, respectively.
Authorities said they believe the
three were in the vehicle with their sib-
lings, Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14, and their parents, Jennifer and
Sarah Hart, both 38, when the GMC
Yukon dropped 100 feet onto the rocky
Mendocino County shore off Highway
1 near Juan Creek.
The fatal plunge appears to have
been intentional based on the lack of
skid marks and the fact that the vehicle was at a full stop before accelerating off the cliff, the California Highway
Patrol said Monday.
Though the investigation is in its
preliminary stages, it appears the
[See Missing, B6]
The Metropolitan Water
District of Southern California is dropping plans to push
ahead with a two-tunnel
proposal to revamp the
state’s water delivery system, opting to pursue a
scaled-back version instead.
In a memo to the agency’s
board Monday, MWD officials said the decision followed discussions with major agricultural districts that
remain unwilling to make
any financing commitments
for the project, known as
California WaterFix.
Rather than fund much
of the full project on its own,
the staff will ask the board to
vote next week to approve
$5.3 billion in funding for a
smaller capacity, one-tunnel
MWD General Manager
Jeffrey Kightlinger said his
preference had been to build
the full project, but it was
time to make a decision.
“More important is that
we just get going…. We’re
talking one tunnel for now,”
he said.
Money has been a major
sticking point for the muchdebated project, which is intended to sustain water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and urban
Southern California.
As originally proposed,
the urban and farm districts
that rely on deliveries from
the southern portion of the
Sacramento-San Joaquin
Delta were supposed to pick
up the $17-billion bill to construct two massive water
tunnels under the delta.
MWD and most of the urban districts voted last year
to contribute their share.
But agricultural districts
Fatal struggle
was ‘hellacious,’
officer recalls
Pasadena agrees to
settle, but questions
linger in man’s death.
By Richard Winton
and Sonali Kohli
Reginald Thomas Jr. was
clutching a fire extinguisher
and reportedly had a knife
under his arm when Pasadena police officers arrived
at his girlfriend’s East Orange Grove Avenue apartment. He was inside with her
and two teenagers.
Six Pasadena officers
would fight with the 35-yearold man. One officer, in the
most detailed account yet,
described in an interview
with internal affairs a struggle in which Thomas was repeatedly shocked with stun
guns, battered with batons,
and punched and kicked in
the head.
Officer Aaron Villacana
said he hit Thomas with a
“hammer fist” in the face
twice so hard his hand
broke. His colleagues were
able to restrain Thomas, a
man who by his family’s account struggled with mental
illness. He died shortly after
at Huntington Memorial
More than a year after the
Sept. 30, 2016, encounter that
Villacana described as “hellacious,” the city of Pasadena
settled a lawsuit by Thomas’
girlfriend and children for
[See Death, B4]
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
THE OLDEST child, center, of Santos Hilario Garcia and Marcelina Garcia Per-
fecto weeps during funeral services at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Delano.
Migrants killed in crash
amid raid are laid to rest
By Brittny Mejia
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
ROMINA LEE grieves for Reginald Thomas Jr., who
died in a 2016 struggle with Pasadena police officers.
DELANO, Calif. — Outside of a Delano church, the
children draped their bodies
over the caskets that held
their parents, tears streaming down their faces.
They were about five
miles from the site where
their parents had fatally
crashed while fleeing from
immigration agents last
The six sons and daughters were joined by nearly
400 others who packed Our
Lady of Guadalupe Church
on Monday morning for the
funeral services of Santos
Marcelina Garcia Perfecto.
“Marcelina and Santos
were hard workers who only
wanted to provide for their
family. Like many other immigrants, they were farmworkers — people who lifted
up this country,” said Arturo
Rodriguez, president of the
United Farm Workers of
America. “We want to ensure
that the deaths of Marcelina
and Santos are not in vain.
This tragedy has shown this
country that the inhumane
politics of this administration destroy families.”
On the morning of March
13, deportation officers had
arrived at a residence that
they believed belonged to a
previously removed Mexican citizen, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Lori Haley. A man “matching the target’s description”
left the residence and got
into a car. After agents
stopped the car and tried to
contact the driver, the car
[See Funeral, B4]
that had long supported the
project said the tunnel water
would be too expensive and
voted against joining WaterFix.
That prompted Gov.
Jerry Brown’s administration to downsize the initial
construction to a less expensive, one-tunnel project that
would be used and financed
by the largely urban districts
supplied by the State Water
Not long after the state
announcement, some MWD
board members suggested
that the agency consider
paying for agriculture’s unfunded share so that both
tunnels could be built.
The staff analysis of how
MWD could do that assumed that agricultural districts would buy in to WaterFix when it was completed.
[See Water, B4]
up for
Jan. 9 mud, debris flow
in Montecito yields
$421 million in losses.
By Joseph Serna
Residents, business owners and others have filed
more than $421 million in insurance claims as a result of
the Montecito mudslide in
January, adding to an already massive bill from a series of natural disasters that
hit California over the last
Policyholders filed 1,415
insurance claims listing
nearly $388 million in residential property losses as a
result of the Jan. 9 mud and
debris flow, which destroyed
more than 100 homes and
killed at least 21 people, Insurance
Dave Jones said.
Two Montecito residents
are still listed as missing.
“Behind these numbers
lay loss of life, loss of homes,
loss of properties and precious moments, loss of
businesses,” Jones said.
“These numbers tell only a
part of the tale of the devastation that Montecito and
other communities suffered.”
Though Montecito’s residential neighborhoods bore
the brunt of the mudslide
damage, insurance claims
for businesses, damaged or
destroyed vehicles and
other items were also substantial, Jones said.
There were 235 claims
totaling $27.2 million in
losses for commercial properties, and 388 claims listing
[See Insurance, B6]
How vegan diet
can ease hunger
U.S. could feed far
more by focusing on
plants, study finds. B2
Homeless issue
vexes officials
O.C. supervisors urge
cities to find sites for
temporary shelters. B3
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More could be fed in a vegan U.S.
Farmers could sustain
far more people by
replacing cattle with
plants, study finds.
More than 41 million
Americans find themselves
at risk of going hungry at
some point during the year,
the U.S. Department of
Agriculture says.
But it doesn’t have to be
this way. New research
suggests the country could
feed all 327 million
Americans — plus roughly
390 million more — by focusing on plants.
If U.S. farmers took all of
the land devoted to raising
cattle, pigs and chickens
and used it to grow plants
instead, they could sustain
more than twice as many
people as they do now, according to a report published last week in the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences.
Set aside your cravings
for cheeseburgers, bacon
and chicken wings for a
moment and consider the
argument made by Ron
Milo, a systems biology and
sustainability researcher at
the Weizmann Institute of
Science in Israel, and his
The researchers examined Americans’ eating
habits and agricultural
production from 2000 to
2010. For their calculations,
they used a U.S. population
of 300 million (in reality, it
grew from 282 million to
309 million during that
period, according to the
Census Bureau).
With the help of computers, they figured out how
to remove beef, pork,
chicken, dairy and eggs
from the American diet and
replace them with plantbased foods that were “nutritionally comparable.”
That means the replacement foods had to provide
the same amount of calo-
Chuck Liddy Raleigh News & Observer
LIVESTOCK requires more resources than plants to produce the same nutrients, researchers say. Cutting out
meat would also improve health — thus lowering medical costs — and reduce greenhouse gases, they added.
Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times
BY USING land for just plants, U.S. farmers could
feed more than twice as many people, a study says.
ries, protein, fiber, vitamins
and minerals without increasing fat or cholesterol —
and they had to do it using
the smallest amount of land
Here’s what they found:
Imagine an area of land
that can produce 100 grams
of edible protein from
plants. If you took that same
amount of land and used it
to produce eggs instead, you
would end up with only 60
grams of edible protein — an
“opportunity food loss” of
40%, the study authors
And that was the bestcase scenario.
If that land were used to
raise chickens, it would
produce 50 grams of protein
in the form of poultry. If it
were devoted to dairy cows,
it would provide 25 grams of
protein in the form of milk
products. If that land became a home for pigs, it
would provide 10 grams of
protein in the form of pork.
And if you put cattle there,
you’d get just 4 grams of
protein in the form of beef.
Milo and his colleagues
scaled up their results to see
how many more Americans
could be fed by making each
of those changes.
Eliminating eggs and
replacing them with plants
that offer the same nutrients would make it possible
to feed 1 million additional
At the other end of the
spectrum, swapping plants
for beef would result in
enough food to “meet the
full dietary needs” of 163
million extra people.
In the middle were dairy
(getting rid of it would result
in food for 25 million more
people), pigs (cutting them
out would feed 19 million
more people) and poultry
chickens (without them,
farmers could feed 12 million
more people).
If beef, pork, chicken,
dairy and eggs all were
replaced by a nutritionally
equivalent combination of
potatoes, peanuts, soybeans and other plants, the
total amount of food available to be eaten would in-
crease by 120%, the researchers calculated.
To put that in perspective, the amount of food
that’s wasted due to things
such as spoilage and inefficient production methods is
30% to 40% of what U.S.
farmers produce.
“The effect of recovering
the opportunity food loss,”
the authors wrote, “is larger
than completely eliminating
all conventional food losses
in the United States.”
That’s not to say there
wouldn’t be a few downsides. Although a plantbased diet would provide
more nutrients overall,
consumption of vitamin B12
and a few other micronutrients would decline, the
study authors said.
The economic effects of
eliminating all livestockbased agriculture are also
unknown, they added. But
two of the benefits include
better health (which should
reduce medical costs) and
fewer greenhouse gas
emissions, they wrote.
Even if you’re not ready
to go vegan, Milo and his
colleagues have certainly
served up some food for
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bikes getting
Tech companies are
building virtual fence
around Coronado to
avoid seizures by city.
By Gustavo Solis
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
SEAN KNUDSEN, center, and other homeless people are bused Feb. 19 from a Santa Ana River encampment
to an Anaheim motel. Orange County cities have opposed plans to shelter hundreds of the relocated people.
O.C. supervisors struggle
with homelessness plans
By Hannah Fry
Two Orange County supervisors Monday urged cities to come forward with
possible locations for temporary homeless shelters as
pressure mounts to house
people removed from Santa
Ana River encampments.
The Board of Supervisors last week moved away
from its plan to have county
staff study moving hundreds
of homeless people to temporary shelters in Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel
and Irvine after receiving
pushback from those communities.
The board instead opted
to come up with a new plan
under the watchful eye of a
federal judge overseeing a
civil rights lawsuit by seven
homeless people and their
advocates over the county’s
recent clearing of encampments along the river.
So far, no new plan has
materialized. Many of the
homeless who were moved
from the camps are temporarily staying in motels, but
the last of the motel vouchers handed out as part of an
emergency aid package the
supervisors approved in
February have expired. It
isn’t clear where some former camp residents will go
“We are not wedded to
any particular locations or
any particular sites,” board
Chairman Andrew Do said
Monday. “We just want solutions. We need more options
in order to house and provide emergency shelters for
the homeless.”
Do called for a special
meeting Monday to have supervisors discuss and provide direction to staff about
housing alternatives and
transitional options for the
county’s homeless population.
Do and Vice Chairman
Shawn Nelson were the only
board members who attended;
Michelle Steel, Todd Spitzer
and Lisa Bartlett were
California’s open-meetings law prohibits government panels from taking action without a majority of
members present, so no vote
was taken.
“It’s not easy to have
these conversations,” Nelson said. “No one wants to be
a participant.”
Bartlett had a scheduled
meeting with the city of San
Juan Capistrano about another issue, so she could not
attend Monday’s discussion,
her chief of staff, Victor Cao,
“We considered rescheduling the existing meeting;
however, we can’t cancel on
the basis of a special board
meeting that has no substantive recommended actions on the agenda staff report,” Cao wrote in an email.
“Supervisor Bartlett is will-
ing to engage in a discussion
about homelessness at a
regularly scheduled board
meeting and stresses the
need for adhering to a public
Steel’s office said she also
had a previous commitment. Spitzer’s office did not
respond to a request for
The discussion came a
day before U.S. District
Judge David O. Carter is
scheduled to hold a hearing
in which some expect him to
ask city officials to outline
their resources for addressing homeless housing.
Nelson said Carter also
could issue an injunction
barring cities from enforcing
their anti-camping laws in
public spaces.
“I think you’d have utter
panic if that happens,” Nelson said.
Do and Nelson criticized
some officials for “fear-mon-
gering” in their communities
to rally people against temporary homeless shelters
“We are not here to ram
anything down people’s
throats, but we have a problem,” Do said.
Nelson has suggested
that the 114-acre, stateowned Fairview Developmental Center in Costa
Mesa be used as an emergency homeless shelter.
But the Costa Mesa City
Council last week voiced
unanimous disapproval of
the idea, supporting residents who said they were
concerned that developing a
shelter there would jeopardize public safety, reduce
property values and unduly
burden the city.
Solis writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
Fry writes for Times
Community News.
Eduardo Contreras San Diego Union-Tribune
SAN DIEGO’S Little Italy Assn. called for a tempo-
rary ban on “dockless” bicycles. The city declined.
Law student misses
class, but not lesson
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
By Priscella Vega
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a
$10-million gift from the Clippers to renovate basketball courts at L.A. parks.
Planned Parenthood center is vandalized
Splattered red paint
is second incident
in six weeks at the
San Diego office.
By Karen Kucher
SAN DIEGO — San Diego police are trying to determine who threw red paint
on the sign and windows of a
Planned Parenthood office
in Pacific Beach on Monday,
the second such vandalism
incident at the health center
in six weeks.
Police received a call
shortly after 2:45 a.m. about
paint thrown at the office on
Mission Bay Drive near Bunker Hill Street.
The caller didn’t see the
person throwing the paint,
but reported seeing a gray
hatchback driving away,
said San Diego police Sgt.
Tom Sullivan.
SAN DIEGO — Dockless
bike companies are building
a virtual fence around Coronado to avoid having their
rides taken away.
The city has impounded
26 bicycles since staffers began tagging those parked in
public streets last month,
said Lea Corbin of the Coronado Police Department.
The city can take the
bikes because of a municipal
code against using the public right-of-way for business
without a permit. Because
dockless bike companies
don’t have permits, the city
can impound their bikes.
For now, Coronado is
charging companies a $45
fee to claim the bikes. Ofo
picked up three of its yellow
bicycles last week.
Coronado’s Department
of Public Services building
had dozens of LimeBikes
and at least one Mobike on
Thursday morning.
If bicycles from these
companies continue to be
left in Coronado, the city
may issue citations of $100,
$200 or $500, according to a
staff report.
The freestanding bikes
can be rented using a smartphone app for as little as $1
and don’t have to be returned to a store or docking
station. Instead, they lock in
place when they aren’t in
LimeBike, Mobike and
Ofo said they are working
with city officials to be re-
sponsible neighbors. Each
app uses a map and GPS
technology to let users know
where the nearest available
bikes and scooters are. Each
company is building a warning into its app.
LimeBike installed a red
fence around Coronado in
its map. A notice warns
users that they could be
fined or suspended from the
app if they repeatedly leave
bicycles in Coronado.
Mobike also has “geofencing” technology that
lets staffers know when their
bikes leave certain areas.
When someone leaves a bike
outside the geofence, the
user receives a text messaging prompting him or her to
return the bike to an appropriate area, a company
spokesperson said.
Ofo is working on similar
in-app guidelines for parking but has not released details.
“Dockless bikes” have
been popular in Imperial
Beach and San Diego, where
people use them to go to
school or work or to just ride
around town. But they have
received pushback.
In San Diego, the Little
Italy Assn. asked the city to
temporarily ban dockless
bikes. When the city declined, the association ordered maintenance crews to
remove the bikes from the
neighborhood’s commercial
In North County, the cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach
and Encinitas have agreed
to become partners to create
a regional bike-share program.
John Gibbins San Diego Union-Tribune
RED PAINT covers the sign at a Planned Parent-
hood office in Pacific Beach. The clinic said it would
remain open as police investigate the vandalism.
Planned Parenthood issued a statement expressing
“disappointment” at the
vandalism, but said its work
will continue despite the
Another incident was reported at the same location
in mid-February.
In that case, police said
someone vandalized the office over the weekend of Feb.
10. An office manager found
the splattered paint as she
arrived for work.
“While we are disappoint-
ed by the recent vandalism
to our health center, no attempt at intimidation will
stop us from serving our patients,” the office’s statement said Monday.
“We’ve been a part of
the fabric of this community
for 55 years, and we’ll be
here for many more to come.
You can count on our doors
staying open, no matter
The office reopened for
patients at 10 a.m., according to the statement.
clinics offer abortion services, birth control education, contraception, pregnancy testing, counseling
and testing for sexually
transmitted diseases, as well
as other services.
Twitter: @karenkucher
Kucher writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
When Tess Messiha was
prescribed three weeks’ bed
rest during her pregnancy,
she was worried she would
have to take a leave of absence from school.
But the UC Irvine law
student attended classes
virtually in December with
the help of a robot she controlled from home. She
could talk, listen and be
called on during class discussions through her computer.
“I didn’t feel like I missed
out on anything,” Messiha
said. “It’s the next best thing
to being in class.”
The “telepresence” robot, called the Double 2,
is made by Burlingame
technology company Double Robotics.
It’s essentially a tablet
computer mounted on a
scooter-like dual kickstand
that stands 4 feet tall and
can extend.
The robot is self-balancing, with a battery life of six
to eight hours. It sells for
about $3,000.
Members of UCI’s class of
2016 used their senior class
gift to buy four telepresence
robots for the university.
Law and political science
professor Rick Hasen de-
scribed the experience with
the Double 2 as unusual, but
said it helped instill camaraderie in his class.
In past years, Hasen said,
classes would be recorded
and students would watch
later and email him with
“It wasn’t bad, but this
was much better,” Hasen
Messiha is the second
student to use the robot,
said Somphone Eno, assistive technology manager for
the UCI Disability Services
Center, which dispatches
the device when needed.
Messiha could have navigated the robot around campus with her computer keyboard’s arrow keys, but Eno
said university staff decided
to pick it up and take it to her
next class or a charging station to prevent wear and
Messiha recently gave
birth to a healthy baby boy
and is now back in class in
“The university went
above and beyond to accommodate me,” she said. “Now
it’s going really well.”
Twitter: @vegapriscella
Vega writes for Times
Community News.
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Push for
2 delta
[Water, from B1]
That way, the staff said,
MWD would eventually be
reimbursed for taking on agriculture’s upfront costs.
But by the end of last
week, it became apparent
that the Westlands Water
District and other irrigation
agencies weren’t willing to
sign options or purchase
agreements assuring that
they would in fact join the
project in the future.
Representatives of L.A.
and the San Diego County
Water Authority had also expressed concerns that if
MWD boosted its tunnels investment to roughly $11 billion, that would jack up local
water rates and divert funds
from regional supply programs, such as building recycled water and stormwater capture facilities.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti,
who appoints the city’s
MWD delegates, has also
said he opposed two tunnels.
Still, Los Angeles and
San Diego together don’t
have enough votes to stop
MWD from taking on much
of the twin-tunnel costs.
In remarks to the media
Monday, Kightlinger said
the staff recommendation to
move ahead with one tunnel
was based on agriculture’s
inability to commit to future
funding rather than a vote
count or L.A.’s doubts.
He said the staff will ask
the board at its April 10
meeting to progress with
one tunnel by adding an additional $1 billion to the $4.3billion financing package
the board approved last fall.
By partially diverting
some supplies from the Sacramento River in the northern delta, the tunnel project
is intended to lessen the environmental harm of the
massive pumping operations that fill southbound
The powerful pumps now
draw entirely from the
southern delta, causing water channels to flow backward, confusing migrating
salmon and drawing the imperiled delta smelt into bad
habitat. Those effects have
species protections that at
times limit delta exports.
Although MWD has argued that two tunnels would
provide more environmental benefits and more flexibility in export operations
than one, some water experts
whether a second tunnel is
worth the added expense.
“There are significant
improvements even with the
one-tunnel approach over
the status quo,” Kightlinger
said Monday.
Photographs by Al Seib Los Angeles Times
RELATIVES grieve for Santos Hilario Garcia and Marcelina Garcia Perfecto, whose vehicle crashed as they fled immigration agents.
Their ‘deaths ... are not in vain’
[Funeral, from B1]
sped off, Haley said.
Agents later came across
the vehicle, which had
struck a utility pole and
overturned, and called local
authorities. Garcia, 35, and
his wife, Perfecto, 33, who
were in the country illegally,
were both killed.
Garcia, who was convicted in 2014 of driving
under the influence, was voluntarily returned to Mexico
three times between 2008
and 2017, Haley said. Perfecto had no prior encounters with ICE.
Though Garcia matched
the description of the arrest
target, he was not the same
individual, according to ICE.
“It gets worse and worse
to know that, by irony,
they’re not the ones they
were looking for — but because of [ICE’s] job, they are
doing what they do and
everybody is in their net,”
said Jim Grant, director of
social justice ministry for
the Roman Catholic Diocese
of Fresno, who attended the
funeral services. “Therefore
the couple knows they still
have to flee and then there’s
this result — two deaths that
need not have happened.”
Federal agents conducted a large-scale immigration sweep through the
Central Valley in February,
arresting hundreds — including some farmworkers
— suspected of being in the
country without legal status.
ICE Director Thomas
Homan has defended his
agency’s enforcement efforts, pointing instead to
GARCIA WAS not the arrest target in the raid, ICE
said. The farmworking couple had six children.
policies, which limit cooperation between local and
federal law enforcement.
In a previous statement
to The Times, Homan said
those policies have forced
the agency to make arrests
in communities rather than
in jails, “which poses increased risks for law enforcement and the public … and
also increases the likelihood
that ICE will encounter
other illegal aliens who previously weren’t on our
Garcia and Perfecto had
been in the U.S since 2003.
The pair were originally
from Guerrero, Mexico, and
mainly spoke Mixtec, an indigenous language.
Throughout the Mass, attendees spoke a mix of Spanish, English and Mixtec. Al-
though some of those who
attended did not know the
couple, many said they could
relate to their story.
“It could happen to any
one of us,” said Delano resident Susana Ortiz. “People
are scared, because they’re
leaving their kids and they
don’t know if they’re going to
come back.”
Former and current
farmworkers, as well as
classmates, turned out to
show their support for the
couple’s children.
Victoria Lennon, 17, attends school with one of the
couple’s daughters and is on
the track team with her.
“This was definitely a situation in which I wanted to
make sure that I was there
for her and that she knew
there were people who cared
and she wouldn’t be alone,”
Victoria said. “The people
here are very caring, very
giving, very family oriented.
People stick together when
things go down.”
Throughout the service,
the couple’s oldest daughter,
who is 18, cried often, as did
her three younger sisters
and two younger brothers.
The family declined to speak
to the media.
As the service came to a
close and the caskets were
opened, the children saw
their parents for the first
time since their deaths and
wept. Someone had placed a
photo of the couple in each
In Garcia’s were the
words “Querido Padre” and
in Perfecto’s, “Querida Madre.” Beloved father. Beloved mother.
When the caskets were
placed inside hearses, family
members released white
Delano Mayor Grace Vallejo then joined the family for
a procession to a nearby reception.
“I hope that this trickles
up to the federal government and they learn that
they are literally causing
deaths of people — that’s my
hope,” Vallejo said. “But the
reality is, if Trump’s administration has not listened to
the pleas and breakup of
families and everything going on, if he hasn’t listened
by now, I doubt he’s going to
Twitter: @brittny_mejia
Times staff writer Andrea
Castillo contributed to this
Case is still under review
[Death, from B1]
$1.5 million. But the case is
far from over.
The Los Angeles County
district attorney’s office is
still reviewing whether the
officers’ conduct was criminal. An internal police investigation is still ongoing,
though so far none of the officers have been disciplined,
said city spokeswoman Lisa
Derderian. An autopsy remains under seal at the behest of L.A. County sheriff ’s
detectives who are investigating the deadly struggle.
Thomas’ death was the
latest in a series of controversial killings involving
black men and Pasadena police that spurred protests.
Caree Harper, the family
attorney, said the officers
killed Thomas and should
face some level of criminal
charges for using deadly
force. His body was battered
and bruised from “beating
and kicking,” Harper said,
noting that her expert witness found evidence of positional or restraint asphyxia
and an illegal use of force.
Pasadena officials said in
a statement that the settlement, which still needs a federal judge’s approval, is not
an admission of liability or
“Expert investigators determined that Thomas’
death was not caused by the
use of force by police in their
effort to restrain him, but
rather by Thomas’ ingestion
of lethal levels of illegal narcotics, including PCP and
methamphetamine, which
had caused his erratic behavior,” the statement said.
Harper said the city’s assertion about the cause of
Thomas’ death is false.
Police received multiple
911 calls before responding to
Forrest Elder
REGINALD THOMAS JR. , 35, struggled with men-
tal illness, his family said. An autopsy remains sealed.
the home. One of the
teenage relatives in the
apartment in a 2:45 a.m. call
told a police dispatcher to
“hurry up” and that Thomas
was on drugs with a knife
and fire extinguisher near
the front door.
In federal court documents filed in defense of the
city and officers is the testimony of an expert witness
for Thomas’ family. Lawyers
for officers and the city had
sought to exclude the expert
opinion from any trial and
include it as an exhibit in the
federal court record.
The expert’s report includes parts of the compelled statement of Villacana, the officer who struck
Thomas. Such statements
are rarely publicly available
and cannot be used in the
criminal inquiry. They are
only for the internal department investigation as the officer is ordered to answer
Villacana said that when
he arrived Taser wires were
Thomas, who held the fire
extinguisher at both ends
while he screamed at the top
of his lungs.
The officer said Thomas
exhibited all the signs of excited delirium — a phenomenon frequently cited by officers related to drug usage,
in which the person seems
to possess super-human
strength in resisting officers.
After the initial struggle,
Thomas managed to close
the door for a few seconds
before six officers rammed
their way back into the
“The fight at the door was
so hellacious,” recalled Villacana, according to the court
document. Officers shocked
Thomas several times with
their stun guns.
As officers repeatedly hit
Thomas with batons, Thomas
baton, the officer said. “And
we’re at tug of war,” Villacana said in the court document. “The only way to defend myself at that point and
my fellow officers that were
there … was to deliver two
strikes, uh, kicks to the head
to retrieve the baton.”
The officer said he realized at that point that members of Thomas’ family were
still in the apartment.
“She was yelling at me,
‘Why are you kicking him?’ ”
according to Villacana’s account. The officer said
Thomas appeared to try to
bite him, so he delivered
“two strikes to his face.…
When punched down I just
felt discomfort.” Villacana
said he realized he had broken his hand.
Eventually, officers handcuffed Thomas and tied his
ankles to stop him from kicking, Villacana said.
“As soon as that latch
went on the handcuffs from
the hobbled … I didn’t hear
screaming and yelling anymore,” Villacana said in the
court document.
As Thomas’ head hung
down, he lost consciousness
and his pulse faded, so police
unshackled him and an officer began CPR, according to
Villacana’s account.
Roger Clark, a retired
L.A. County sheriff ’s lieutenant and police force expert
for Thomas’ family, said in
the report that Thomas
showed signs of intoxication
but was not aggressive.
Officers shocked Thomas 12 times in a minute, Clark
said — far more frequently
than national guidelines advise for Taser usage. He
called the kicks and blows to
Thomas’ head “out of policy,
reckless and excessive.”
Clark said that based on
officers’ statements and
those of eyewitnesses, the
way officers restrained
Thomas caused his death.
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An icon of the anti-apartheid struggle
By Robyn Dixon
reporting from
south africa
Madikizela-Mandela, the
former wife
of Nelson Mandela who died
in Johannesburg on Monday, was revered by many in
South Africa as the “Mother
of the Nation,” but criticized
by others over a brutal
apartheid-era killing by her
thuggish bodyguards.
A contentious figure
dogged by controversy, she
was also a prominent antiapartheid activist and politician. Madikizela-Mandela
died in a hospital after being
admitted with a kidney infection. She was 81.
Born in the village of
Bizana in the Eastern Cape
to parents who were teachers, she moved to Johannesburg and graduated
from college as a social
worker. She married Mandela in 1958, six years before
he was sentenced to life imprisonment for treason.
She campaigned relentlessly for Mandela’s release
during his 27-year imprisonment, raised two daughters alone, faced harassment by South African security forces and served more
than a year in prison, including time in solitary confinement, after being arrested
by security police in 1969 in
front of her children for violations of the Terrorism Act.
A prominent face of the
liberation struggle to overturn the apartheid system of
officially mandated racial
“banned” by the government
in 1962, a designation that
barred her from giving interviews or attending meetings
for 13 years. In 1977, she was
banished to the town of
Brandt in what was then the
Orange Free State, and denied permission to leave.
Her house was firebombed
twice. In 1985 she defied the
apartheid regime and returned home to Soweto, the
black township outside Johannesburg.
called herself the “grandmother of Africa” and once
told an interviewer, “My continent knows more about me
than I do myself.” In 2016, the
ANC called her “a fearless
freedom fighter, stalwart of
our movement and mother
of the nation.” Last year
then-President Jacob Zuma
bestowed on her the nation’s
highest honor, the Order of
A family statement released
Madikizela-Mandela “one of
the greatest icons of the
struggle against apartheid.”
But she left a contentious
legacy because of her bodyguards’ role in the killing of a
teenage boy, as well as her
support for “necklacing,” a
gruesome practice in which
tires filled with gasoline were
fastened around the necks of
suspected informers and set
“With our necklaces and
our boxes of matches we will
liberate this country,” she
said in a 1986 speech.
More controversial was
her alleged role in the death
Moeketsi in 1989. The teen
was abducted by her bodyguards, named the Mandela
United Football Club, from
the home of Methodist Minister Paul Verren in Soweto.
The boy was beaten for days
and slain using a pair of garden shears because he was
suspected of being an in-
Associated Press
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela, was a prominent anti-apartheid activist in
South Africa. But she left a contentious legacy, partly stemming from the killing of a teen by her bodyguards.
Winnie Mandela was
charged in his death but was
convicted only of abduction
and being an accessory to
assault and was sentenced
to six years’ imprisonment.
She appealed and had the
accessory charge dismissed.
Her sentence was reduced to
a fine.
But the case came up
again in 1997 during deliberations by South Africa’s
Truth and Reconciliation
Commission, led by thenAnglican
Desmond Tutu, when her
chief bodyguard, the “coach”
of the football club, Jerry
Richardson, who was convicted of the boy’s murder,
said he killed Moeketsi on
Madikizela-Mandela’s orders.
She denied any role while
acknowledging that “things
went horribly wrong.” The
commission report said various versions had implicated
her in the boy’s murder or its
attempted cover-up.
“The Commission has
not been able to establish
conclusively the veracity of
any of these versions. Ms.
Madikizela-Mandela’s testimony before the Commission was characterized by a
blanket denial of all allegations against her. It was only
… under great pressure from
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
that she reluctantly conceded that ‘things had gone
horribly wrong,’ ” the report
In 1992, shortly after his
release from prison, Mandela announced that he was
separating from his wife over
“tensions” related to differences on a number of issues.
He dropped her from his
Cabinet as deputy minister
for arts, culture, science and
technology in 1995 after allegations of corruption and divorced her in 1996.
In 2003, she was convicted of fraud while serving
as an African National Congress lawmaker. She and her
financial advisor, Addy
Moolman, were convicted of
writing fraudulent letters to
International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa
The couple married in 1958, six years before Mandela
was sentenced to life in prison. After his release in
1992, they separated and in 1996 they divorced.
obtain bank loans for nonexistent clients.
Initially sentenced to five
years in prison, she appealed
and was given a three-year
suspended prison sentence.
In 2010 she gave an interview to the Pakistani journalist Nadira Naipaul in
which she was quoted accus-
ing Mandela of letting down
black South Africans and
criticizing him for accepting
the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize
alongside the white National
Party leader F.W. De Klerk.
“Mandela let us down. He
agreed to a bad deal for the
blacks. Economically, we are
still on the outside. The
economy is very much white.
It has a few token blacks, but
so many who gave their life in
the struggle have died unrewarded,” she was quoted as
Photographs of Madikizela-Mandela were published with the article, but
she denied the interview
ever took place.
Toward the end of his life,
as Mandela’s health grew
poor, Madikizela-Mandela
visited him often.
After Mandela’s death in
2013, Madikizela-Mandela
contested his will, in which
he left his ancestral home to
the Nelson Mandela Family
Trust for the use of his children and his wife, Graca
said the property was hers,
and that she remained married to him under customary
law despite the 1996 civil divorce. The Supreme Court
of Appeal denied her claim
in January.
Tutu paid tribute to
Madikizela-Mandela’s contribution in a statement.
“She refused to be bowed
by the imprisonment of her
husband‚ the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces‚ detentions‚
bannings and banishment.
Her courageous defiance
was deeply inspirational to
me‚ and to generations of activists,” Tutu said.
Madikizela-Mandela had
been ill for some years. She
died surrounded by her family.
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L AT I M E S . C O M
Search for kids delayed More insurance
[Missing, from B1]
SUV had stopped about 70
feet from the cliff ’s edge,
then sped off it, the CHP
The vehicle’s speedometer was “pinned” at 90 mph
when investigators found it,
but it could have been stuck
there for a host of reasons
and it does not indicate that
the car was traveling at that
speed when it crashed, the
CHP said.
Three of the children’s
bodies were found outside
the vehicle. The parents’
bodies were found inside. Investigators believe the missing siblings were in the crash
based on interviews with
relatives and friends of the
“It’s mostly the people
who know the family. They
feel very strongly that this
couple would not come this
far and leave these children
“There’s very little property
that was recovered from the
vehicle. A lot of it was lost to
wave action.”
KPTV reported that a
search warrant was served
at the couple’s home in
Woodland, Wash., on Thursday. Investigators were seeking travel plans, bank records, cellphone records,
credit card billing statements, bank receipts, notes,
journals and possible suicide notes, according to the
The crash raised questions when it was reported
early last week by a passerby
who noticed the wreckage
from a dirt pullout along
claims likely to
push up losses
Tristan Fortsch KATU News
THE HARTS, shown in 2016, were traveling from their home in Woodland,
Wash., when their SUV plunged off a cliff in Mendocino County.
Highway 1 at Juan Creek in
the small town of Westport.
There were no skid marks
or brake marks, and the couple’s children had recently
been identified by child
welfare authorities as possible victims of abuse and
“It was a very confusing
scene,” Mendocino County
Sheriff Tom Allman told reporters two days after the
discovery. “There was no indication of why this vehicle
over 75 feet of a dirt pullout
and went into the Pacific
Finding the three bodies
in the ocean — if they’re
there — would present logistical challenges and safety
hazards, Barney said.
Sonar equipment that
could image the seafloor is
ineffective because of the
rocks, Barney said. The
sandy shore has made the
water so murky it’s challenging for submerged divers to
see anything. The water is
cold and the currents push
toward the cliff face, adding
more risks for divers.
Barney said the Sheriff ’s
Department would consult
with ocean current and human decomposition experts
to formulate a plan. Authorities want to identify areas
where the children’s bodies
could appear.
“The naturally decomposing gases in the human
body will oftentimes float
the body to the surface at
some point,” Barney said.
Twitter: @JosephSerna
Twitter: @AleneTchek
[Insurance, from B1]
$6.7 million in lost or damaged vehicles and other
All those numbers are
likely to climb as claims are
adjusted and more people
file with their insurers, Jones
Though most homeowners in the Santa Barbara
County coastal enclave did
not have flood or mudslide
insurance, Jones reassured
them Monday that his office
has instructed insurers to
honor claims if they had fire
The mudslide’s “proximate cause” was the massive Thomas fire that
scorched 273,000 acres in
Ventura and Santa Barbara
counties in December and
created the soil conditions
that made the homes vulnerable to mudslides in January, he said.
The claims outlined
Monday only further underscore the unprecedented
destruction California endured late last year when
fires ripped across northern
wine country in October
and the Southland in December, Jones said. Those
two firestorms combined
generated $12.1 billion in
claims, the largest sum in
state history from wildfires,
he said.
Brian van der Brug L.A. Times
A MAN looks over the
wreckage of a home
caused by the Montecito
mudslide in January.
The series of fires that
killed dozens of residents in
Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties and destroyed
thousands of homes generated nearly $10 billion in
claims alone.
More than $1.8 billion
in insurance claims have
been filed as a result of the
Thomas fire. The blaze,
which grew to become the
largest on state record,
burned more than 280,000
acres, killed two people and
Twitter: @JosephSerna
T U E S D A Y , A P R I L 3 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S
Stocks fall
amid angst
over trade,
tech woes
Major indexes regain
some intraday losses,
but the broad sell-off
puts Dow and S&P
500 in a correction.
By James F. Peltz
RECORD producer Duke Reid is featured in “Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records.” BMG and other mu-
sic labels are producing films to expand revenue sources beyond album sales and streaming royalties.
Music industry rocks
a new beat — movies
BMG backs film, TV projects to grow its audience
By Ryan Faughnder
David Crosby was in talks with
BMG for his next studio album about
a year ago, when his manager told the
record label they were working on an
unusual project: an intimate documentary about the folk rock hero. Better yet, “Almost Famous” filmmaker
Cameron Crowe was already involved.
Though not a typical Hollywood
financier, BMG jumped at the chance
to produce and fund the movie. Executives thought the life story of Crosby,
76 — an outspoken political activist
who has enjoyed a late-career creative
resurgence — would make for a compelling big-screen experience.
“They declared their love and support of David and they showed that
they don’t want to mess around,”
Crowe, the documentary’s producer,
said of BMG. “It’s like working with
someone who’s got a lack of fear and a
large quantity of love of music and cinema.”
[See BMG, C5]
Stock prices opened the
second quarter with another
sharp decline Monday as
investors grew increasingly
worried about the rising
U.S. trade dispute with
China and a flurry of problems hammering the nation’s marquee technology
The market’s major indexes finished above their
lows of the day, but the
broad-based sell-off still
sent the Dow Jones industrial average and the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500
index into what Wall Street
dubs a correction, a decline
of 10% or more from their
most recent highs.
The damage is even
worse for some popular tech
stocks. Shares of Facebook
Inc., Twitter Inc. and Snap
Inc. each are down 20% or
more from their 52-week
highs, placing them in
what’s known as a bear market.
The Dow plummeted
458.92 points, or 1.9%, after
plunging 758 points earlier
in the day. That’s a decline of
11% from Jan. 26 when the
blue-chip average hit a
record high of 26,616.71.
One of the Dow’s 30
stocks is Intel Corp., which
Bloomberg reported that
Apple Inc. is planning to use
its own micro processing
chips in Mac computers, replacing chips from Intel. The
technology, fell 193.33 points, or
The S&P 500 tumbled
2.2% on Monday, giving the
index a 10% drop since it too
reached a record high Jan. 26
of 2,872.87.
The S&P 500 has now
fallen in 11 of the last 15 sessions, and the barometer
dropped below its 200-day
moving average, which some
consider a bearish technical
Investors are alarmed
over the U.S. trade battle
with China, which officially
slapped tariffs on 128 U.S.
products — including meat
and fruit — it valued at $3 billion in retaliation for the
Trump administration’s tariffs on imported steel and
aluminum. The fear is that
the dispute could turn into a
larger trade war and substantially cut U.S. export
In response, investors
sold off meat products
maker Tyson Foods Inc.,
which fell 6%, and fruit
Smucker Co. fell 3.4%.
[See Stocks, C6]
Mike Windle Getty Images for IMF
AN UPCOMING documentary on rock legend David Crosby is part of
BMG’s efforts to become a prolific producer of music-themed movies.
Should medical CBS’ Viacom bid may be lowball
bills be in plain
words? Yes, duh
Network is expected
to make an all-stock
offer this week.
By Meg James
Last week, I
called for
California to
pass a law
requiring that
medical bills
be written in
clear language so that
patients can
understand them.
As it stands, bills from
hospitals, doctors and
insurance companies are
frequently indecipherable
with their codes, abbreviations, misleading descriptions and lack of any explanation for why charges are
so high.
State Sen. Steve Glazer
(D-Orinda) agrees. He told
me he’s looked at his family’s own medical bills and
scratched his head repeatedly over what they were
being charged for.
“Should medical bills be
written in plain language?
The answer is yes, absolutely yes,” Glazer said.
“The question now is how
we can get there.”
He said he and his staff
will explore the issue and
see if an existing regulation
can be applied to making
medical bills more transparent and easily understood.
“If not,” Glazer said,
“then we’ll look at the possibility of a new law.”
He was one of dozens of
people who got in touch
after last week’s column to
share their frustration over
the healthcare industry’s
seemingly intentional efforts to keep patients in the
dark about what they’re
paying for.
As I reported, there are
laws requiring transparency
in financial and real estate
transactions. Yet there isn’t
a single California law that
requires medical bills to be
written in straightforward
So the healthcare system
routinely inflicts gibberish
on patients, presumably
because treatment providers and insurers don’t
want anyone understanding
how much money is changing hands for even the most
[See Lazarus, C4]
The proposed marriage
between CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. may be off to a
rocky start as CBS prepares
a lowball bid to buy cable
television programmer Viacom.
CBS’ proposed all-stock
offer — which could come in
the next few days — is expected to place a lower valuation on Viacom than its current market capitalization,
according to a person familiar with the matter who was
not authorized to discuss it.
In addition, the CBS offer
is expected to stipulate that
its chairman and chief executive, Leslie Moonves,
would run the combined
company for at least two
years, the knowledgeable
person said. Moonves’ contract with CBS goes through
Companies typically offer
a generous premium, 30% or
more, when trying to buy another firm. CBS’ demands
suggest the New York broadcasting giant is determined
to drive a hard bargain despite the unusual backdrop
for the talks.
Evan Agostini Associated Press
CBS’ DEAL for Viacom is expected to stipulate that CBS Chief Executive Leslie
Moonves, shown in 2012, would run the combined company for at least two years.
Both CBS and Viacom
are controlled by the Sumner Redstone family. Shari
Redstone, daughter of the
ailing 94-year-old mogul, has
been keen to unite the two
companies at a time of growing uncertainty in the media
business. Technology giants
Netflix, Google and have invaded the
space and are spending
heavily to create original TV
programming that appeals
to viewers who prefer video
on demand.
Viacom’s current market
value is $12.7 billion. Its
shares closed Monday at
$30.55 — and then slipped in
after-hours trading amid
news of the proposed deal
terms. CBS’ market value is
$19.4 billion; its shares fell
1.3% to $50.71.
such as CBS and Viacom are
under pressure to bulk up at
a time of rapid consolida[See CBS-Viacom, C6]
CFPB chief
seeks less power
Mick Mulvaney asks
Congress to sharply
reduce the consumer
protection bureau’s
authority. C4
Business Beat ......... C2
Classifieds ................ C6
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L AT I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S
Tesla shares take another pummeling
Electric car maker’s
stock price falls 5.1%
after a report it won’t
meet first-quarter
Model 3 output goals.
By Samantha Masunaga
Tesla Inc. stock plummeted again Monday on a report that Tesla will not meet
its first-quarter Model 3 production goals and that Chief
Executive Elon Musk will
take over Model 3 manufacturing.
That followed a full week
of bad news for Tesla, including a big recall of Model S
cars and an investigation
into a fatal Autopilot-related
crash of a Model X sport utility vehicle.
Tesla shares slid more
than 7% before recovering to
close down $13.65, or 5.1%, to
$252.48. They have sunk
about 19% this year.
This week, the automaker is set to report production figures. An internal
memo to Tesla factory workers, first reported by
Bloomberg, asked for volunteers last week to come off
the Model S and Model X
production lines to help out
with Model 3 production and
disprove the “haters” betting against the company.
Information, quoting two
unnamed sources, reported
Monday that Musk has taken over Model 3 manufacturing, pushing aside Chief Engineer Doug Field. Tesla told
the online news site that
“Model 3 production is the
highest priority at Tesla, so
Elon is focusing his time
there while Doug focuses on
vehicle engineering.”
Tesla had a goal of assembling 2,500 Model 3s a week
by the end of March. But the
automaker has repeatedly
Scott Olson Getty Images
TESLA shares have plummeted about 19% this year amid the announcement of a big recall of Model S cars
and an investigation into a fatal crash of a Model X. Above, a Tesla showroom in Chicago.
fallen short of its production
goals. In a companywide
email acquired by auto news
site Jalopnik, Musk told
Tesla workers that the company is about to exceed the
2,000 mark — still shy of the
goal, but he called it “mindblowing progress.”
Musk recently made light
of Tesla’s troubles, tweeting
an April Fools’ joke Sunday
that the Palo Alto company
had gone “completely and
totally bankrupt” despite efforts to raise money, “including a last-ditch mass sale of
Easter eggs.”
“There are many chapters of bankruptcy and, as
critics so rightly pointed out,
Tesla has them *all*, including Chapter 14 and a half (the
worst one),” Musk tweeted
He followed up that tweet
with one showing a staged
photo of himself against the
side of a vehicle, surrounded
by a cardboard box that read
“Bankwupt!” written in
black marker. The text accompanying the photo read:
“Elon was found passed out
against a Tesla Model 3, surrounded by ‘Teslaquilla’ bottles, the tracks of dried tears
still visible on his cheeks.”
Despite the company’s
bad news week, Efraim Levy,
equity analyst at CFRA Research, said the firm would
maintain its “hold” rating on
Tesla stock. Levy said in a
note to clients Monday that
the “future of the vehicle
electrification market,” as
well as an “eventual” resolution to vehicle production issues, could be an “upward
catalyst” for shares.
Still, Musk’s joke did little
to quell investors’ concerns.
On March 27, the National Transportation Safety Board said it would investigate the fatal crash of a
Model X SUV in Northern
California. The vehicle hit a
highway barrier near Mountain View on March 16 and
then caught fire. Tesla said
later in the week that the
Autopilot feature was engaged at the time of the
crash and that the driver
had his hands off the wheel
for six seconds.
An NTSB spokesman
said Monday that the agency
is “unhappy with the release
of investigative information
by Tesla.” The agency said
its next update will come in a
preliminary report, which
generally takes weeks.
And on Thursday, Tesla
said it was recalling all Model S sedans built before April
2016 — about 123,000 cars —
after observing “excessive
corrosion in the power
steering bolts.” The company did say in an email to
affected customers that the
problem occurred only in
“very cold climates,” particularly in localities that use
magnesium or calcium road
salts to clear roads of snow.
Twitter: @smasunaga
The Associated Press
contributed to this report.
Ruling denies extra pay
to auto service advisors
High court says those
workers are exempt
from overtime wages.
By David G. Savage
Supreme Court on Monday
limited overtime pay for
service advisors at car dealerships nationwide, ruling
that those employees are
primarily salespeople who
sell brake jobs, oil changes
and other service work.
The 5-4 ruling is a victory
for Encino Motorcars, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in
the San Fernando Valley, but
the case has been watched
by 18,000 auto dealerships
across the country.
Had the court ruled differently, the industry feared
it would be liable for back
pay for tens of thousands of
the employees who greet
customers and help them
decide on needed service
At issue was whether
these advisors were primarily salespeople or something
else. The Fair Labor Standards Act includes a perplexing phrase adopted in 1966
that has resulted in conflicting rulings in the lower
courts and two trips to the
Supreme Court. The over-
time law exempts “any salesman, partsman, or mechanic primarily engaged in
selling or servicing automobiles” at dealerships.
The Obama administration had sought to expand
the reach of the laws that
promise employees minimum wages and extra pay
for overtime hours. And in
2011, the Labor Department
said service advisors were
entitled to overtime pay because they were not primarily engaged in selling cars or
servicing them.
A year later, a lawsuit
brought on behalf of Hector
Navarro and other service
advisors sought back pay
from Encino Motorcars. The
9th Circuit upheld their
claim based on the Labor
Department rule.
Two years ago, however,
the Supreme Court heard an
appeal from the dealership
and overturned the agency’s
rule. But when the case returned to the 9th Circuit, the
San Francisco-based judges
ruled again that service advisors were entitled to overtime because they did not directly sell cars or service
The Supreme Court
agreed to hear a second
appeal in Encino Motors
vs. Navarro and ruled Monday that service advisors
are not entitled to overtime
Justice Clarence Thomas
spoke for the court’s conservatives. “A service adviser is
obviously a ‘salesman,’ ” he
wrote. And they are also
“primarily engaged ... in
servicing automobiles,” citing the words of the law. “If
you ask the average customer who services his car,
the primary, and perhaps
only, person he is likely to
identify is his service advisor,” Thomas said. Chief
Justice John G. Roberts
Jr. and Justices Anthony M.
Kennedy, Samuel A. Alito
Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch
In dissent, Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg said the
service advisors at Encino
Motorcars “work regular
hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at
least five days per week, on
the dealership premises.
Their weekly minimum is
55 hours.” Federal law calls
for time-and-a-half pay after
40 hours in a week, she
noted. “Because service advisers neither sell nor repair
automobiles, they should remain outside the exemption
and within the act’s coverage,” she said. Justices
Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia
Sotomayor and Elena Kagan agreed.
Twitter: DavidGSavage
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Grindr alters
its policy on
personal data
After outcry, the gay
dating app will stop
sharing users’ HIV
status with outside
vendors, a source says.
By David Pierson
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LAURA INGRAHAM, shown in February, is expected to return to her Fox News show “The Ingraham Angle”
after vacationing with her children. More than a dozen sponsors have pulled ads from her show.
Fox News says it backs
Ingraham despite fallout
Network exec says the
host is welcome back
even as sponsors flee
over a tweet about a
shooting survivor.
By Stephen Battaglio
Fox News is standing by
its embattled host Laura Ingraham, who has seen advertisers flee her show over a
tweet directed at Parkland,
Fla., school shooting survivor David Hogg.
“We cannot and will not
allow voices to be censored
by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” Jack Abernethy, co-president of Fox
News, said in a statement to
the Los Angeles Times. “We
look forward to having
Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from
spring vacation with her
Ingraham has gone on a
scheduled break after a
week in which she came
under fire for mocking
David, a senior at Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High
School, after he mentioned
in an interview that he was
not accepted by four University of California schools.
David responded by listing Fox News advertisers
and urging his Twitter supporters to call for a boycott
of her program “The Ingraham Angle.” Ingraham issued a tweet apologizing for
remarks about David, but
student-turned-guncontrol activist did not accept it.
Some advertisers have
left the show since Thursday
to protest Ingraham’s remarks, while other sponsors
have steered clear of her program so as not to be associated with the controversy.
Although more than a
dozen advertisers have
stated publicly that they
have pulled their commercials from “The Ingraham
Angle,” far more have stayed
away without making any
public announcements.
Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual, Office Depot,
Expedia, Nestle and Hulu
are among the advertisers
that have pulled out of the
On Friday, the program
had only two spots — both
from IBM — that were not
direct response advertisers
(those that typically sell
through a 1-800 number and
are usually less sensitive
about where their spots
The situation has become so dire that even the
studio that made “Chappaquiddick,” a controversial
movie about the 1969 accident involving Ted Kennedy
that killed young political
campaign worker Mary Jo
Kopechne, has pulled its ads
from the program.
One person familiar with
the situation who was not
authorized to publicly comment said the boycott has
not yet resulted in a significant financial hit.
This person said no advertisers have pulled their
dollars from the network but
have simply moved from
“The Ingraham Angle” to
other programs on the Fox
News schedule.
Most of the advertisers
are out because they want to
avoid the controversy associated with the story and
could revisit the situation in
a few weeks after Ingraham
Abernethy’s statement is
meant to convey that Ingraham will return whether the
advertisers come back or
not. Fox News hired Ingraham to be a provocative
commentator who appeals
to conservative viewers, and
if she is shut down by advertiser resistance its other
hosts will become vulnerable. Ingraham took over the
10 p.m. Eastern slot on Fox
News in October.
Fox News executives will
not comment beyond the
statement, but privately
they believe Ingraham’s offense does not approach the
issues that brought down
hosts Bill O’Reilly or Glenn
Beck, who both lost their
shows after advertisers
pulled out.
O’Reilly was at the center
of a sexual harassment
the company and was fired
after a report that he and
Fox News had paid $13 million in settlements to current and former employees
who filed complaints against
Beck was fired after
advertisers fled his show in
response to a number of
wildly extreme statements
he made, including that former President Obama was a
racist who hated white people.
Twitter: @SteveBattaglio
Gay dating app Grindr
will stop sharing users’ HIV
status with third parties after a report disclosed that
the company had passed the
information on to two vendors.
The West Hollywood
company’s policy change
came after a BuzzFeed report Monday that said personal data was being passed
to two outside vendors hired
by Grindr to test the performance of its app.
The report comes at a
time of heightened anxiety
about digital privacy because of the data misappropriation scandal involving
Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that
received unauthorized data
from millions of Facebook
users through an outside
app developer.
Grindr’s vendors, Apptimize and Localytics, are fed
user data including HIV
status, GPS data, phone
numbers and email addresses that, when combined, could expose someone’s private health information, researchers told
In response to an outcry
Monday, Grindr will stop
sharing users’ HIV status to
outside vendors, according
to someone close to the company who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The policy change was first reported
by Axios.
In a separate statement
Monday, Grindr said it
would never sell personally
identifiable information to
third parties, including advertisers. Apptimize and Localytics — services that help
Grindr test features on its
platform — are under contract to safeguard user privacy and security, the company said.
“As a company that
serves the LGBTQ community, we understand the sensitivities around HIV status
disclosure,” said Scott Chen,
Grindr’s chief technology officer. “Our goal is and always
has been to support the
health and safety of our
users worldwide.”
Chen said Grindr, which
has more than 3 million
users, shares personal information only when necessary
or appropriate.
“Sometimes this data
may include location data or
data from HIV status fields
as these are features within
Grindr,” Chen said. “However, this information is always
transmitted securely with
encryption, and there are
data retention policies in
place to further protect our
users’ privacy from disclosure.”
Grindr allows its users to
choose from a number of options under “HIV Status,” including listing positive, negative or receiving treatment.
It also allows users to list
their latest HIV test date.
That information is aimed at
informing potential sexual
partners, the company says.
Grindr helped pioneer a
fast and location-specific
approach to dating that lets
users quickly vet prospective partners who are
nearby. Since its launch in
2009, Grindr has expanded
from a hookup app to a
broader digital platform advocating for LGBTQ issues.
Grindr sold a majority
stake of its company last
year to Kunlun Group Limited, a Chinese gaming company. Grindr’s founder, Joel
Simkhai, stepped down as
chief executive after Kunlun
bought the remaining stake
in the company in January.
Gay men’s HIV status remains highly sensitive because of a history of discrimination, said John Duran, a longtime HIV/AIDS
activist who is West Hollywood’s mayor pro tem.
Duran said large cities
such as Los Angeles have
better access to treatment
and education about HIV.
But outside major urban
centers, the stigma for HIVpositive people can be much
“Go 20 miles inland and
you have to start HIV 101 all
over again,” Duran said.
“Sharing someone’s status is
very egregious to me. It’s a
breach of privacy.”
Data collection has become a much more controversial subject in recent
weeks after revelations that
50 million unwitting Facebook users had some of their
personal information leaked
to Cambridge Analytica, a
British company hired by
the Trump campaign to
sway voter opinion.
Localytics said it does
not share Grindr user information with third parties.
“We do not share, or disclose, our customers’ data,”
Bryan Dunn, vice president
of product for Localytics,
said in a statement Monday.
Apptimize did not respond to a request for comment.
TV broadcaster’s ‘false news’ promos draw scrutiny
A viral video shows
its anchors nationwide
reciting a message that
echoes Trump.
By Stephen Battaglio
Group has been thrust into
the spotlight by a viral video
showing anchors from its
news stations nationwide
reading a company-mandated promotional announcement
against media bias and
“false news.”
The video compiled by
the website Deadspin presents local anchors reciting
from the same script, which
in part echoes President
Trump’s criticism of news
The promos are drawing
scrutiny as Baltimore-based
Sinclair, known for its conservative political leanings,
already forces its local stations to run right-leaning
commentaries and news
packages that are produced
by the parent company.
Sinclair, already the biggest TV broadcaster in the
U.S., has 193 stations and a
deal to buy an additional 42
from Tribune Media, which
owns outlets KTLA in L.A.,
WPIX in New York and WGN
in Chicago. The $3.9-billion
acquisition is still being reviewed by the government
for regulatory approval.
Kenneth K. Lam TNS
KNOWN FOR its conservative political leanings, Sinclair already forces its local stations to run right-leaning
commentaries and news packages that are produced by the parent company. Above, Sinclair offices.
If the deal is approved,
Sinclair would reach 72% of
American households.
The script read by the
news anchors included:
“We’re concerned about the
troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories
plaguing our country. The
sharing of biased and false
news has become all too
common on social media.”
“Unfortunately,” it said,
“some members of the me-
dia use their platforms to
push their own personal bias
and agenda to control exactly what people think.
This is extremely dangerous
to our democracy.” It also
describes Sinclair stations
as an apolitical source of
credible, factual reporting.
The Deadspin video,
which shows clips of dozens
of anchors reciting the same
words, has circulated widely.
Several news sites, as well as
HBO’s John Oliver, said the
promo sets the stage for Sinclair to inject its political
views into local news.
But Sinclair got a vote of
confidence Monday in a
tweet from Trump.
“So funny to watch Fake
News Networks, among the
most dishonest groups of
people I have ever dealt with,
criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased,” the
president tweeted.
Boris Epshteyn, a senior
advisor to Trump’s 2016
campaign, is an analyst for
Sinclair whose commentaries run on its stations.
Sinclair stations also provided a friendly forum for
Trump interviews during
the campaign.
Sinclair defended the
“false news” promo.
“We aren’t sure of the motivation for the criticism, but
find it curious that we would
be attacked for asking our
news people to remind their
audiences that unsubstantiated stories exist on social
media, which result in an illinformed public with potentially dangerous consequences,” Scott Livingston,
Sinclair’s senior vice president of news, said in a statement. “It is ironic that we
would be attacked for messages promoting our journalistic initiative for fair and
objective reporting, and for
specifically asking the public to hold our newsrooms
accountable. Our local stations keep our audiences’
trust by staying focused on
fact-based reporting and
clearly identifying commentary.”
Most current Sinclair
employees can’t speak publicly about the promos, but
the practice of mandating
anchors to recite such statements is already drawing resistance from one of the
Tribune stations that Sinclair plans to take over. Jeff
Hoover, producer of the
morning program on Tribune’s WGN, said he will not
have anchors read statements from Sinclair once the
acquisition goes through.
“Re: Sinclair - There is
NO WAY any of our on-air
anchors and reporters will
read their scripted messages on our show,” Hoover
said on Twitter.
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bills should
be clearer
[Lazarus, from C1]
trivial of purposes.
I wrote about my own
experience involving a visit
to UCLA Health for a training session for a new insulin
pump. The bill described
the $200 charge as being for
“HB Diabetes Self-Managem, Rev. Code 0942, Proc.
Code 9427010800.” It included the name of a doctor
I’d never met.
My efforts to glean more
information from the hospital were initially met with
That struck a nerve with
readers. I was deluged with
medical-billing horror stories for matters large and
Pacific Palisades resident Tim Silvestre, 59, had
to make more than a dozen
visits to UCLA related to
cochlear implant surgery
last month. “The treatment
I’ve received has been amazing and very comforting,” he
said, and the hospital staff
“was uniformly cheerful,
kind and caring.”
Silvestre figures his total
out-of-pocket cost for the
treatment will be in the
neighborhood of $15,000.
“I have no idea how we
got to that number,” he said.
“No idea. I have received
literally dozens of bills, both
online and in the mail, with
no information as to what
the charge is for, which
person or department performed the procedure, no
info on the actual date of the
procedure, only the date of
the bill.”
Glendale resident Mike
Barclay, who turns 72 this
week (happy birthday,
dude), recalled looking after
his father’s medical bills
some years back. He said he
contacted the hospital after
receiving bills for treatments that his dad suppos-
edly received several weeks
after he died.
“The only response was,
‘OK, we’ll take them off,’ ”
Barclay said. “No apology.
No ‘Oops, our mistake.’ No
‘Sorry to hear about his
passing.’ Nothing.”
I received a number of
reader responses along
those lines, with a hospital
or doctor’s office offering
little more than a shoulder
shrug after a billing error
was discovered. Apparently
it’s that common an occurrence.
“It is like the whole industry goes out of its way to
make it so hard to figure out
what is going on that you
just give up,” said Palm
Desert resident Dan
Marich, 63. “And then the
insurance people say they
have to raise rates because
costs are spiraling up.”
William Garwin, 69, of
Santa Fe, N.M., related the
time he had to be hospitalized overnight for an operation. The hospital never
bothered to suggest that he
bring any medications with
him. So the two generic pills
he takes for blood pressure,
which together cost about
70 cents per dose, and the
pill he takes for cholesterol,
which costs about 40 cents,
had to be supplied by the
It wasn’t until the bill
arrived that he learned he’d
been charged nearly $135 for
the meds. That’s also when
he learned he’d been billed
for drugs he’d never taken.
After Garwin complained, the hospital eliminated the charges for the
mystery drugs and cut the
other charge in half, which
still ended up being galactically more than the cost of
his generic pills.
Medical professionals
get flummoxed as well.
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
“SHOULD medical bills be written in plain language? The answer is yes, absolutely yes,” state Sen. Steve
Glazer says. “The question now is how we can get there.” He said he and his staff will explore the issue.
Aamir Farooq, 38, manages
a medical practice in Long
“Even I can’t understand
medical bills from specialists or hospitals,” he said.
“Each specialty and each
individual physician group
has their favorite set of
codes. Sometimes they
don’t compute with the
services the patient actually
John Lucas, 54, of Bethesda, Md., said he and his
wife both have medical
training. One of their four
kids has cochlear implants.
Another has a cleft palate.
“We have had a lot of experience with medical bills,”
Lucas said.
“Regardless, between
NSA-style codes, charged
vs. allowed fees, deductibles, copays, in-network vs.
out-of-network bills, understanding a bill is a Mensalevel exercise,” he said.
“For an annual office
visit, you may be able to
discern the cost. But go for a
procedure and suddenly you
look into an abyss not knowing what costs will crawl
Then there’s the experience of Marc Allan, 59, who
lives in Carmel, Ind. In
October, he had a minor
heart attack while visiting
Canada. He was hospitalized for two nights. That
resulted in a one-page bill
for $5,685, which Allan
shared with me.
It’s alarmingly easy to
read. Each night in the
hospital: $2,500. The fee for
emergency treatment: $495.
The drugs he was given to
set his ticker right: $190.
And that’s it.
Allan returned to the
United States for follow-up
care. “That resulted in
multiple bills, and in each
case I had to wonder what I
was being charged for,” he
told me. “It was really eyeopening.”
There are state laws
across the country that
address disclosure of medical prices and healthcare
providers being responsive
to billing questions.
As far as I can tell, there
are no laws at the state or
federal level that simply say
a medical bill must be understandable.
Glazer, the California
state senator, said this is
unacceptable. “The average
person should not be baffled
and confused by medical
bills,” he said.
We’ll see what he, and
hopefully other California
lawmakers, can do about it
— and how we can influence
other states to do the same.
David Lazarus’ column runs
Tuesdays and Fridays. He
also can be seen daily on
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CFPB chief wants powers slashed
Mick Mulvaney says
major rules should
require Congress’ OK.
By Jim Puzzanghera
head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
formally called on Congress
to sharply reduce his agency’s authority. Among the
suggestions he delivered
Monday: Any major new
rules the bureau makes
should be subject to lawmakers’ approval.
Mick Mulvaney — an outspoken critic of the consumer protection bureau
Trump appointed him as its
acting director last year —
also wants Congress to
change how the bureau is
funded, make its director
subject to dismissal by the
president for any reason and
create an inspector general
specifically for it.
“The bureau is far too
powerful, with previous little
oversight of its activities,”
Mulvaney said in submitting
his first report to Congress.
“The power wielded by
the director of the bureau
could all too easily be used to
harm consumers, destroy
businesses, or arbitrarily remake American financial
markets,” Mulvaney said as
he sent the bureau’s semiannual report to lawmakers
ahead of hearings next week,
adding that the changes he
proposed would “establish
meaningful accountability.”
criticized the proposals,
which they said would take
away the bureau’s independence. The agency was created in the wake of the 2008
financial crisis to consolidate financial consumer
protection authority that
was spread over several
banking agencies.
Regulators that existed
at the time were criticized
for making consumer protection concerns, such as
subprime mortgages, a
lower priority than the profitability of banks and other
financial firms they oversaw.
Since opening in 2011, the
bureau has provided consumers about $12 billion in
refunds and debt relief from
financial institutions. It also
played a key role in penalizing Wells Fargo & Co. after
the bank created millions of
accounts in customers’
names without those customers’ consent.
“would stab a knife through
the heart of the CFPB’s
mandate to protect consumers from financial industry
abuses,” said Lisa Gilbert,
vice president of legislative
affairs for Public Citizen.
Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director at
the nonprofit U.S. Public Interest Research Group, said
Mulvaney’s proposals were
consistent with his other actions to weaken the bureau.
“He’s made it clear that
he does not want a strong
agency to protect consumers,” Mierzwinski said. “He
wants a weak agency that
payday lenders and Wall
Street can run roughshod
Mulvaney, who as a lawmaker called the bureau a
“joke ... in a sad, sick kind of
way,” has been working to remake the agency as its acting director.
He has halted some enforcement efforts, changed
the bureau’s mission statement to emphasize the need
to address “outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulations” and
launched a review of its entire operation.
Among Mulvaney’s latest
proposals is a long-sought
Republican goal of ending
the agency’s independent
Instead of receiving money directly from the Federal
Reserve, a cash flow designed to insulate the bureau from political interference, Mulvaney wants the
funding to go through the
congressional appropriations process. Republican
critics of the bureau have
been pushing for that
change since the agency was
created in the 2010 DoddFrank law, arguing it would
provide more accountability.
The bureau’s supporters,
including consumer advocates, argue that other financial
funded outside the congressional appropriations process and that Republicans
want the change to starve
the agency of funding.
Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman who
also serves as director of the
White House Office of Management and Budget, highlighted the funding issue in
January when he requested
$0 for the bureau from the
Federal Reserve for the second quarter of the fiscal
At the time, Mulvaney
said that the bureau had
enough money on hand to
cover its anticipated $145
million in expenses for the
quarter and that he planned
to slash the bureau’s reserve
Mulvaney also wants
Congress to “ensure that the
director answers to the president in the exercise of his
executive authority.”
That request appears to
be in response to a court ruling.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 7 to 3 in January that Congress acted appropriately in mandating
that the bureau’s single director — who serves a fiveyear term after being nominated by the president and
confirmed by the Senate —
can be removed by the president only for inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance
in office.
The decision reversed a
2-1 ruling in 2016 by a threejudge panel of the court that
found that the bureau’s
structure violated the Constitution’s separation of
powers because it limited
the president’s authority.
That ruling said the solution
was to strike down the law’s
“for cause” provision, meaning that the president could
remove the bureau’s director for any reason, as with
other executive branch appointees.
Mulvaney’s final request
is to set up a separate independent inspector general
for the bureau. Currently,
the Federal Reserve’s inspector general provides
oversight for the bureau.
That position is appointed
by the Fed chairman. Although Mulvaney provided
no details, he could want an
inspector general for the bureau who is appointed directly by the president,
which would give the White
House more control of the
Mulvaney’s appointment
as acting director is being
challenged in court by Leandra English, the bureau deputy director who contends
she is the rightful acting director.
Twitter: @JimPuzzanghera
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Industry hopes films strike a chord
[BMG, from C1]
The music industry — finally enjoying a comeback
thanks to streaming services Spotify and Apple Music — is increasingly looking
to film and TV to grow its audience, as young people turn
to sites such as Netflix and
Hulu for entertainment. Labels also see film as a powerful way to promote artists on
their rosters.
“There’s more channels
now than there ever have
been,” said Zach Katz,
BMG’s U.S. president of repertoire and marketing. “It’s
such a robust opportunity
and such a great time.”
The as-yet untitled film
about the former member of
the Byrds and Crosby, Stills,
Nash & Young is just the latest example of a larger push
by BMG — owned by German media conglomerate
Bertelsmann — to become a
prolific producer of musicthemed movies.
The company in February sold the North American
rights for its Joan Jett documentary “Bad Reputation”
to Magnolia Pictures for an
undisclosed amount after
showing it at the Sundance
Film Festival. Films about
the influential reggae label
Trojan Records, rock band
T. Rex and 1970s concert promoters are also in the works.
BMG plans to make up to
five films a year, with investments of about $2 million in
each documentary.
“These are not just oneoff opportunistic kind of
events,” said Kathy RivkinDaum, director of BMG’s
budding audiovisual business in Los Angeles. “We are
shaping these projects and
taking them to market.”
BMG is the most recent
major music company to get
into the business of producing films as record labels and
publishers look for revenue
sources beyond album sales
and streaming royalties.
Universal Music Group,
led by Chairman Lucian
Grainge, produced “Amy,”
the 2015 film about the late
singer Amy Winehouse that
won the best documentary
Oscar. The label also produced Ron Howard’s 2016
Beatles documentary “Eight
Days a Week — The Touring
Group’s Atlantic Records
produced a documentary
about the famous Roland
TR-808 drum machine that
was released in late 2016 on
Apple Music.
Record labels are following the lead of major movie
studios that have long
mined music industry lore to
make popular films such as
the N.W.A biopic “Straight
Outta Compton,” which was
a box-office hit for Universal
Pictures in 2015. 20th Century Fox is preparing the
biographical film “Bohemian
Rhapsody” for a November
theatrical release.
“These are very strategic
initiatives across companies
that have in many ways restructured themselves to
address new business opportunities that exist today,” said Larry Miller, a music business expert at NYU
Nearly two decades after
online piracy forced the closure of CD stores and record
labels, music companies today have the financial
wherewithal to try their
hands in filmmaking. The
music business is in the
midst of what industry executives call a “fragile recov-
CAMERON CROWE, right, interviews David Crosby for a film that is set for a September release. BMG, which sold the North American
rights for its Joan Jett documentary “Bad Reputation” to Magnolia Pictures, plans to make as many as five films a year.
ery.” U.S. sales of recorded
music grew 16% to $8.7 billion
in 2017, marking the first time
since 1999 that the industry
has grown materially for two
consecutive years, according to the Recording Industry Assn. of America.
“There’s real money being made in this business
again and there’s greater
willingness to invest in projects that would’ve been off
the table five years ago,”
Miller said.
BMG’s Hollywood ambitions come as the company
is trying to stage its own
exited the music industry in
the late 2000s, selling its music publishing business to
Universal Music in 2007. The
company sold its 50% stake
in joint venture Sony BMG
to Sony Corp. in 2008.
Bertelsmann relaunched
BMG in 2008, teaming with
New York private equity firm
KKR in the following year to
grow the business by acquiring independent record labels and publishers including Chrysalis Music and Bug
Music. BMG, now wholly
owned by Bertelsmann, is
the world’s fourth-largest
music publisher, and represents more than 2.5 million
songs and recordings.
BMG’s 2017 revenue was
$627 million, up 22% from the
prior year. Operating profit
grew about 10% to $128 million.
The company attempted
to launch its foray into film
as early as 2013, when it tried
to buy Eagle Rock Entertainment, a London-based
production company known
for concert films and music
documentaries. But after it
was outbid by Universal Music Group, BMG was forced
to go solo. Its lean film and
TV operation, led by BMG
Senior Vice President Justus
Haerder, consists of four employees.
“Once we realized the
transaction wasn’t happening, we decided to start it
from scratch,” Haerder said.
“It takes more time, there’s
no doubt. But we can shape
it the way we really want to,
and that’s a beautiful thing.”
Its first documentary,
“Bad Reputation,” solely financed by BMG, follows
“Cherry Bomb” singer Jett
and her all-female band the
Runaways in the early punk
rock scene and her later influence.
The company, which is
planning to release the film
this year, is betting the message of female empowerment will resonate with contemporary audiences. When
BMG took the movie to Sundance, Jett performed live
and was joined onstage by
Kathleen Hanna of the riot
girl band Bikini Kill.
“We pretty much started
at the top,” Rivkin-Daum
said. “It was a picture-perfect experience.”
The company hopes to
follow up by finding other
powerful stories in the music
industry. Its upcoming film
“Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records,” chronicling
the rise of reggae, ska and
rocksteady in Britain from
the early 1960s through the
themes of immigration and
the intersection of Jamaican
and skinhead cultures.
BMG, which owns the 50year-old label, teamed with
Pulse Films, known for Bey-
oncé’s “Lemonade,” to produce the picture.
The Crosby film, directed
by A.J. Eaton, is an especially important initiative
for BMG, which released the
artist’s 2017 studio album
“Sky Trails.”
Crowe, who has interviewed Crosby since he was a
15-year-old rock journalist
for Rolling Stone, said he
wanted to make the film as
personal as possible. He
filmed several marathon interviews with Crosby, including one at his studio and
another on the steps of hippie haven Laurel Canyon
Country Store.
“The idea from the very
beginning was, ‘David, you
are a fascinating storyteller.
Let’s make this as if you’re
telling your best stories to a
very close friend,’ ” Crowe
BMG is set to release
Crosby’s next studio album,
making the documentary a
well-timed investment for
the label when it hits theaters in September. But
Rivkin-Daum said the goal is
not to make movies that are
merely meant to drive
record sales.
“We just seek to make
great films,” she said. “We
take a broader, more longterm look at our artists.”
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Richard Drew Associated Press
INVESTORS are alarmed over the U.S. trade spat with China and a rash of bear-
ish news in the tech sector. Above, New York Stock Exchange traders Monday.
Dow and S&P 500 hit
a correction in sell-off
[Stocks, from C1]
Also weighing on the
market is the rash of bearish
news in the tech sector, including the data privacy
scandal at Facebook and the
pedestrian fatality involving
an Uber Technologies Inc.
autonomous vehicle that
rocked the self-driving vehicle market. dropped
5.2% on Monday after President Trump again blasted
the e-commerce giant’s contract with the U.S. Postal
Service, contending the
postal service loses “a fortune” on the deal and threatening that “this will be
Amazon is the fourthheaviest-weighted stock in
the S&P 500, Bloomberg calculates, and Amazon Chief
Executive Jeff Bezos separately owns the Washington
Post, a frequent target of
Trump’s ire.
Tesla Inc., meanwhile, fell
an additional 5% after a
week of negative news surrounding the electric-car
maker and investor fears
about Tesla’s cash drain and
its continued disappointing
delivery numbers for its new
Model 3 sedan. Tesla is now
down 19% this year.
The tariff spat and the
tech stocks’ woes have
grabbed an outsized hold on
investors’ psychology — and
helped drive down stocks
overall — because broader
trends underlying the market weakened this year just
as stocks had reached
record highs, said Jim
Paulsen, chief investment
Stocks came under pressure because inflation and
interest rates are expected
to climb this year, both of
which could carve into the
corporate earnings growth
that supports stock prices,
he said.
“All the political news
and the trade wars and the
one-off stories like Tesla,
they go on all the time,”
Paulsen said. “When you
don’t have a vulnerable
market, they’re deflected
like Teflon. But when you
have fundamental vulnerability in the market, those
items become super-magnified.”
Indeed, the market’s pullback Monday was across the
board and some of the big
losers had little or nothing to
do with meat tariffs and
electric cars. Among the
Dow industrials, for instance, Nike Inc. fell 3.5%,
Home Depot Inc. lost 3%
and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
fell 1.9%.
Some investors also have
a quick trigger to sell because they’re sitting on massive profits that they want to
Amazon, for instance, is
still up 55% over the last 12
months and Netflix, despite
tumbling 5% on Monday,
still has a gain of 90% for the
prior year.
Many investors “wanted
to get some money off the table before others took it off
for them,” said Patrick
O’Hare, chief market analyst for investing site “People are being reminded they need to be careful not to be greedy when the
fundamental background is
On the plus side Monday,
Humana Inc. rose 4% amid
reports that the health insurer is a takeover target
of retail giant Walmart
Inc., which fell 4%, in a deal
that could be worth $50 billion.
Proposed marriage of CBS,
Viacom off to rocky start
[CBS-Viacom, from C1]
tion. Walt Disney Co. plans
to take over 21st Century
Fox, while AT&T is attempting to buy Time Warner Inc.
CBS and Viacom announced in February they
had formed special committees composed of independent directors to evaluate
whether a consolidation
would benefit shareholders.
Although most analysts
expect a deal will eventually
emerge, there could be several hurdles.
Shari Redstone tried to
merge the two entities in the
fall of 2016, but her efforts collapsed over a valuation for
Viacom. CBS’ Moonves also
had been demanding autonomy to run the company as
he saw fit, according to several knowledgeable people.
CBS’ board also resisted reunification out of concern
that Viacom’s problems
would weigh on CBS.
After the CBS talks
ended, Viacom’s former
international chief, Bob
Bakish, was tapped to run
Viacom, and Shari Redstone
appears impressed with
Bakish’s collaborative style
and his early results.
Details of the proposed
bid, which were first reported Monday by Reuters,
suggest that CBS has not
backed down from its 2016
demands. And Moonves, 68,
appears to have leverage: his
company is stronger than Viacom, and Wall Street respects his long track record
in managing CBS.
A second person familiar
with the process concluded
that CBS’ planned lowball
offer would probably be “a
starting point” for the negotiations.
weeks, have suggested that
Viacom is worth more than
$30 a share.
“We conclude that Viacom will likely get some premium because … CBS management cares more about
control than price (within
reason), and wants to get the
deal done and move on,”
RBC Capital Markets media
analyst Steven Cahall wrote
in a report last week.
Viacom was once one of
the most formidable television programmers because
of its stable of cable TV channels, including Nickelodeon,
MTV, VH1, Comedy Central
and BET. The company also
owns the Melrose Avenue
movie studio Paramount
Pictures, which has been
mired in a prolonged box-office slump.
management has taken
steps to stabilize the company, cut costs and show the
value of investments, but we
don’t think media investors
are necessarily convinced
that Viacom is worth more
on its own than it is in a takeout scenario given its troubles,” Cahall wrote.
Needham & Co. media
analyst Laura Martin said,
in a separate report, that Viacom already trades at a 15%
to 30% discount to other me-
dia companies. She concluded that Viacom is probably worth about $40 a
brands and deep penetration,” Martin said.
CBS and Viacom were
one entity until Sumner
Redstone in 2006 divided his
empire into two companies
in a bid to generate more
In recent years, Viacom
has struggled with ratings
challenges at key networks
and box-office flops at Paramount Pictures. The movie studio — which has racked
up hundreds of millions of
dollars in losses in recent
years — currently has a negative
Paramount’s library alone
should be worth more than
$6 billion, Martin argued.
CBS has been able to
boost its value on the
strength of its programming, but its stock has
dropped 12% since investors
learned of a potential
merger this year. CBS has
substantially increased revenue through the fees it
charges cable and satellite
television distributors that
want to include CBS in their
pay-TV bundle.
But the storied company
faces its own challenges, including a reliance on advertising at a time when viewers
are turning away from commercials.
Twitter: @MegJamesLAT
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Dodgers closer gives
up three-run home
run in ninth to send
game to extra innings.
By Andy McCullough
PHOENIX — At first, the
drama played out beyond
the field. The display for the
radar gun at Chase Field resides on a screen in the rightfield seats, above an advertisement for a bar and below
the plaques commemorating the two retired numbers
in Arizona Diamondbacks
history. On Monday evening,
as the Dodgers protected a
three-run lead, the pixelated
digits carried more weight
than usual.
The gun tracked the
speed of Kenley Jansen’s cut
fastball: 90 mph . . . 88 mph . . .
89 . . . 92 . . . 91. A pitcher of
Jansen’s pedigree rarely receives such granular scrutiny. But those were the consequences after his first outing of the season, in which
his velocity averaged 89.6
mph and he shrugged off
questions in search of explanation.
Jansen received two days
off after his 2018 debut. He
spent them cleaning up his
delivery to regenerate the
velocity he once produced, a
steady stream of 93-mph
cutters. On Monday, in his
second outing of the season,
Jansen managed to improve
his velocity. As the focus on
the radar gun intensified,
Jansen immolated on the
After issuing consecutive
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fall flat
in their
Tom Pennington Getty Images
VILLANOVA’S DONTE DiVINCENZO celebrates with his teammates after the Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines 79-62
at San Antonio’s Alamodome to capture their second NCAA championship title in three years.
DiVincenzo leads Wildcats to second national title in three years
By Ben Bolch
SAN ANTONIO — After the
second NBA-range three-pointer
fell through the net in less than a
bounded back on defense with pep
in his step but no emotion on his
The reserve guard finally marinated in the moment when a timeout was called. He earned not one
but two chest bumps from teammates before thrusting an arm into
the air, pointing toward the vast
Villanova cheering section behind
the team bench.
“Di-Vin-cen-zo!” the Wildcats
fans roared inside the Alamodome.
They can say that again. The
Big East Conference’s sixth man of
the year was the primary factor in
the top-seeded Wildcats’ 79-62 conquest of third-seeded Michigan on
Monday night in the NCAA tournament’s championship game.
Chris Steppig Associated Press
VILLANOVA’S DONTE DiVINCENZO , who scored a career-
high 31 points, goes past Michigan’s Charles Matthews.
Playoff odds
grow longer for
reeling Clippers
They drop their 12th
straight to the Indians,
tying club’s record for
losses to one team.
They’ll probably have
to win all five of their
remaining games to
extend season.
By Jeff Miller
They were two games
over .500, having won three
of four in Oakland.
They were riding a wave
of international euphoria
provided by their Japanese
They were saluting one of
their past fan favorites, Jered Weaver, asked to toss out
the ceremonial first pitch.
The Angels were all set
for their home opener Monday night except for one
thing: They were playing the
wrong team.
There should have been
no opponent less welcomed
in Anaheim for this occasion
than the Cleveland Indians,
who recently have been resurrected in part because of
their overwhelming success
against the Angels.
This one ended up 6-0 in
Cleveland’s favor, the Angels
now having fallen to the Indians 12 straight times, a
streak that ties the club
record for losses to one team
and goes back to when no
one around here even knew
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DiVincenzo scored 18 of his career-high 31 points in the first half,
providing the spark the Wildcats
(36-4) needed to persevere through
a slow start on the way to their second national title in three years. It
was the most points ever scored off
the bench in a championship game
and earned DiVincenzo the Final
Four’s most outstanding player
“I did not think that I was going
to have this kind of night,” DiVincenzo said, “because every night I
come into a game, I just try to bring
DiVincenzo said he preferred
his two blocked shots to his offensive onslaught. He had a memorable rejection of Michigan’s Charles
Matthews on a driving dunk attempt midway through the second
half. Then came the two threepointers in a span of 52 seconds
that gave the Wildcats an 18-point
lead with eight minutes left, erasing any lingering doubt about the
[See NCAA, D2]
By Broderick Turner
Jae C. Hong Associated Press
KINGS DEFENSEMAN Drew Doughty draws a bead on the puck after a shot
was deflected by goaltender Jonathan Quick in the first period.
Kings knocking at door
Victory moves them
within one point of
reaching playoffs for
first time since 2016.
By Curtis Zupke
One point away and another defenseman down.
The final week of the
playoff race is getting more
complicated than the Kings
would like, although their
scenario got much simpler
Monday night with a 3-1 win
against the Colorado Avalanche.
With one more standings
point, the Kings will clinch a
playoff berth for the first
time since 2016, or it could
happen by virtue of another
team’s loss.
But the Kings took care
of their own business at Staples Center with goals by
Torrey Mitchell, Dustin
Brown and Kyle Clifford to
reach 96 points, the exact
number pegged by coach
John Stevens to reach the
“I think it’s a big step,”
Brown said. “Things have to
go wrong for us, and really
good for other teams.
“But, again, you’re never
in until you get in.”
The win was not without
cost to the Kings.
Derek Forbort suffered a
lower-body injury less than
four minutes into the game,
on a check into the boards by
Gabriel Bourque.
Afterward, Stevens did
not have an update on For[See Kings, D3]
Consecutive losses over
the weekend might have
sounded the death knell on
the Clippers’ playoff hopes.
With five games remaining in a regular season
marred by injuries, the Clippers no longer control their
against the Portland Trail
Blazers on Friday at Portland and the Indiana Pacers
on Sunday at Staples Center.
The Clippers can keep
alive their dream of reaching
the Western Conference
playoffs for the seventh consecutive season by winning
all five games.
But every calculation
shows that the teams ahead
of them have to lose games in
order for the Clippers’ faint
chances to be realized.
“We’re still in it,” coach
Doc Rivers said. “Obviously
each time you lose you lessen
your chances.
“We virtually have to win
out, would be my guess. But
again, you don’t even know
that. But for us, we’ve just
got to keep playing.”
The consecutive losses
dropped the Clippers to 10th
place in the West and left
them with a number of hurdles to clear.
They are three games behind the sixth-place Utah
[See Clippers, D2]
Caruso thrilled
to be with Lakers
Lindberg beats
Park in playoff
Guard stays with the
club because of injuries
to Ingram and Ball, and
even gets a starting
assignment. D2
Swede, 31, sinks a long
putt to win ANA
Inspiration at Rancho
Mirage for first victory
on the LPGA Tour. D3
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at Arizona at Arizona
at San Fran. at San Fran.
Ch. 13
at Utah
at Utah
at Arizona
at Atlanta
Shade denotes home game
10 a.m.
1 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
Kansas City at Detroit
Tampa Bay at New York Yankees
Seattle at San Francisco
Baltimore at Houston
Dodgers at Arizona
Cleveland at Angels
TV: SNLA R: 570
R: 830
3:30 p.m. West Virginia at Penn State
4 p.m.
North Carolina at South Carolina
6:30 p.m. Cal State Fullerton at Arizona State
4:30 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay
4 p.m.
G League, first semifinal, Erie vs. Fort Wayne
5 p.m.
Golden State at Oklahoma City
6 p.m.
Lakers at Utah
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TV: SpecSN,
SpecDep R: 710,
6 p.m.
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7:30 p.m. San Antonio at Clippers
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9:15 a.m. Italy, Udinese vs. Fiorentina
TV: beIN Net
11:30 a.m. Champions League, Juventus vs. Real Madrid
11:30 a.m. Champions League, Sevilla vs, Bayern Munich
7 a.m.
WTA, Volvo Car Open
TV: Tennis
Corner intrigue with Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao says his bout with Lucas Matthysse is
“on.” The two will fight for the secondary WBA welterweight
belt July 14, but will trainer Freddie Roach be in Pacquiao’s
corner or will Pacquiao shift to best friend Buboy Fernandez
as lead cornerman? Boxing writer Lance Pugmire talked to
Pacquiao’s manager to get the latest update, which you can
read at
Caruso making his point
By Tania Ganguli
thinks back on the past year
of his life, he appreciates the
journey he’s taken.
“To see how far I’ve come
in a year has just been really
special,” Caruso said. “I’m
really humbled to be in this
position and just really excited for the future.”
Caruso remained with
the Lakers for their trip to
Utah with injuries putting
both point-guard options in
jeopardy. Brandon Ingram,
who has played backup
point at times this season, is
out for Tuesday’s game
against the Jazz. Starting
point guard Lonzo Ball, who
has a left knee bruise, is
doubtful but did travel with
the team to Utah.
Their injuries provided
an opportunity for Caruso
on Sunday that he hadn’t
had before — with both players out, Caruso started.
“It felt the same, it’s still
basketball,” Caruso said.
“Just I play the very first
minutes of the game instead
of coming in at the threeminute mark. Just really
wish we could have won the
game so I could be 1-0 in my
starter’s career.”
Caruso didn’t get drafted
out of college in 2016. He
spent some time last season
in the developmental league
in Oklahoma City, close to
his hometown of College
Station, Texas. He made the
most of an invitation to the
Lakers’ summer league
team, contributing to a
championship while Ball
was held out because of injuries.
Caruso became a fan favorite in the summer league,
and also caught the Lakers’
eyes. They signed him to a
two-way contract, a deal
that allowed Caruso to be
with the Lakers for a limited
number of days and their developmental affiliate, the
South Bay Lakers, for the
rest of his time. The Los Angeles Lakers used Caruso for
all of his allotted 45 days and
then brought him back once
the G-League season ended.
Still, Caruso was vacillating between the two teams.
He was on his way to take a
red-eye flight back to Oklahoma to join the South Bay
Lakers after Friday’s NBA
game against the Milwaukee
Bucks when Lakers general
manager Rob Pelinka called
to stop him.
“Not many people get to
experience what I’ve gotten
to experience in a year’s
time,” Caruso said. “A year
ago, I was done. I’d just lost a
playoff game in the GLeague after playing a full
season. Free agent not
knowing what I was doing.”
Friends become foes
While the rest of his team
flew to Salt Lake City, Lakers rookie guard Josh Hart
was on a private plane
headed to San Antonio.
Hart spent four years at
Villanova and won a championship with the Wildcats. So
he didn’t want to miss their
return to the men’s basketball national championship
game. They defeated Michigan, the alma mater of
Pelinka. He also went to the
game, with his 1989 championship ring in tow.
For Hart, the side trip fit
between work responsibilities. He went to the Lakers’
facility Monday morning to
lift weights and get some
shooting in.
The Lakers didn’t have
an official practice before
flying to Utah. Hart is expected to be back with the
team by Tuesday morning’s
Spoiler alert
With a handful of games
left, the Western Conference
playoff race is tight. While
that doesn’t affect the Lakers, who were eliminated
from playoff contention last
week, it does affect all of
their remaining opponents.
It gives the Lakers the opportunity to spoil another
team’s playoff situation.
They’ll face the Utah Jazz
twice, currently in sixth
place in the West. The Jazz
have won seven of their last
10 games, including their last
two. Heading into Tuesday’s
games, they were only one
game behind the San Antonio Spurs, who are in fourth
The Lakers also will play
the Spurs, who were 45-32 as
of Monday afternoon. San
Antonio is only three games
ahead of the ninth-place
Denver Nuggets.
whom the Lakers will play
Friday, are a game-and-ahalf from being knocked out
of playoff contention. And at
41-36, the Clippers, who play
host to the Lakers in their
season finale, are two games
out of the playoffs.
The only team facing the
Lakers with nothing on the
line is Houston. The Rockets
already have clinched homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. They’ll just
be waiting to learn the identity of their first-round opponent.
When: 6 PDT.
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Update: The Jazz have won
seven of their last 10 games
and have been 14-5 since the
All-Star break as they’ve
worked themselves firmly
into the playoff picture.
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Clippers’ playoff hopes are slim
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Jazz, 2½ behind the seventhplace Minnesota Timberwolves, two behind the
eighth-place New Orleans
Pelicans and one behind the
“We got to go five for five,”
Austin Rivers said. “But if we
go five for five and the other
teams go four for five, we
don’t get in.
“But we are in control of
our own as a whole this season. We’ve dropped games.
We’ve lost games.
“We win in Portland, we
win against Indiana and
we’re having a different conversation right now. At this
point, what you got to do is
take care of what you can do.
We have to go five for five,
bottom line. We can’t lose
any more games. We’ve got
to win these next five in a row
and then you got to hope
that a couple of these teams
drop a couple of games and
somehow we get it. It’s pretty
simple as that.”
A positive for the Clippers is that they face four of
the teams ahead of them in
the standings.
A negative, however, is
that those teams have a lot
at stake too.
That’s what makes these
games so challenging.
The Clippers play the
fourth-place San Antonio
Spurs on Tuesday night at
Staples Center.
The Spurs are trying to
finish ahead of the fifthplace Oklahoma City Thunder and secure home-court
advantage in the first round
of the playoffs.
The Clippers play at Utah
on Thursday night.
The Jazz are trying to
lock down a playoff spot and
hold a half-game lead over
the Timberwolves.
The Clippers host the
Nuggets on Saturday.
Denver is vying for one of
the final playoff positions.
The Clippers then play
the Pelicans at Staples Center on Monday.
New Orleans has a onegame lead over the Nuggets
and is playing to keep its
playoff spot.
The Clippers finish the
regular season as the home
team against the Lakers on
April 11 at Staples Center.
“It’s good that we get to
play the guys that are ahead
of us,” Austin Rivers said. “If
we didn’t play them, it would
be worse.
“But the fact is that we
have an opportunity to give
those team one of those
losses. That’s big. And some
of these teams play each
other as well.
“If a team loses to us and
someone else, then we’re in.
But we’ve got to do our
The Clippers have shown
their mettle by remaining in
the playoff race.
They’ve had 11 players sit
out a combined total of 243
games because of injuries.
Because of the injuries,
they’ve utilized 33 starting
Backup point guard
Jawun Evans will soon have
surgery for a sports hernia.
“They just drop like flies
around here,” Doc Rivers
said, shaking his head.
Yet, DeAndre Jordan
wants his teammates to embrace the challenge.
He talked about the
trades that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons,
Chris Paul to the Houston
Rockets and Jamal Crawford to the Atlanta Hawks
(before signing with the
Timberwolves) and J.J.
Redick’s signing with the
Philadelphia 76ers as a free
agent. All had been Clippers
They’re all gone, but Jordan said the Clippers are
still standing.
“I think we should enjoy
this,” he said. “Nobody expects us to do anything. Nobody expected us to make
the playoffs after the summer. Nobody expected us to
make the playoffs after the
trade we made in February.
“But the guys in this
locker room, we’re extremely optimistic and we’re
positive about the team that
we have. We’re going to back
each other up 150% and
we’re going to try to extend
our season.”
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Update: Lou Williams has
scored 20-plus points as a reserve 36 times, the most in a
single season by any active
NBA player. The Spurs average only 102.5 points a game,
which ranks 27th in the
league. But they give up only
99.2, which ranks first. Spurs
forward Kawhi Leonard
(quadriceps) is sidelined.
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Villanova delivers double-digit knockout
[NCAA, from D1]
There would be no need
for a buzzer-beating threepointer to match the one
that Kris Jenkins made
against North Carolina in
2016. The Wildcats beat the
Wolverines (33-8) by 17
points with only two players
scoring in double figures.
“It just shows how much
depth we have as a team and
how we just don’t care who
gets the credit,” said Villanova point guard Jalen
Brunson, the national player of the year who scored just
nine points and was perfectly fine with being upstaged. “If someone’s hot,
feed them.”
Villanova was so good in
so many facets that it easily
shrugged off a subpar shooting performance in which it
made 10 of 27 three-pointers.
That total nevertheless added to the Wildcats’ records
for three-pointers in an
NCAA tournament (76) and
a season (464).
Michigan’s Moritz Wagner scored 11 early points before being overcome by a torrent of emotion that earned
him a technical foul early in
the second half. Wagner had
just been called for an offensive foul when he went chest
to chest with Villanova’s
Omari Spellman, who was
also assessed a technical
“I guess I wasn’t as aggressive anymore,” Wagner
said after finishing with 16
points, “turned it over a cou-
David J. Phillip Associated Press
VILLANOVA PLAYERS CELEBRATE with the trophy after dominating Michi-
gan in the championship game of the Final Four.
ple times.”
Muhammad-Ali AbdurRahkman added 23 for the
Wolverines, who made only
three of 23 three-pointers on
the way to their second loss
in a national title game
under coach John Beilein.
There was some unsettling symmetry because the
Louisville in 2013, came after
Luke Hancock became the
first player to come off the
bench and win the Final
Four’s most outstanding
player award.
“We needed to play better,” Beilein said, “but even if
we had played our best, it
would have been very difficult with what DiVincenzo
did. It was an incredible performance.”
In the minutes before tipoff, a fan stood several rows
behind the Michigan bench
and held up a yellow-andblue sign acknowledging the
magnitude of the challenge.
“Shock the World,” the
sign read.
Even those rooting for
the Wolverines seemed to realize they were likely to be
outplayedby a team that
won each of its NCAA tournament games by double figures.
Villanova featured the
nation’s best offense and an
ability to lull opponents into
thinking they were every bit
the Wildcats’ equal before
quickly discovering otherwise during a flurry of Villanova points.
The Wolverines eventually found themselves buried under a hailstorm of
three-pointers and dynamic
playmaking that included
DiVincenzo making 10 of 15
shots and forward Mikal
Bridges adding 19 points.
Michigan’s defense actually did what it wanted for
much of the first half. The
Wolverines limited Villanova’s three-point attempts
and closely contested the
ones the Wildcats did take.
Villanova missed eight of
its first nine three-pointers
before DiVincenzo scored on
a variety of moves, including
a pull-up jumper following a
head fake, a dunk, two driving layups in which he was
fouled and three threepointers.
The redshirt sophomore
seemed most pleased by an
assist he logged after whipping a pass underneath the
basket to Spellman, who
went up for a dunk. DiVincenzo wildly pumped his fist
in excitement after what had
once been a seven-point
deficit for his team had become a six-point lead.
Villanova coach Jay
Wright facetiously dubbed
DiVincenzo “the Michael
Jordan of Delaware” when
he was a freshman because
the native of the state was
acting like a superstar.
“That became his name,”
Wright said.
On Monday, it was a
name that was well earned.
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Livers................21 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 0
Wagner .............34 6-11 3-4 0-7 1 4 16
Abdur-Rahkman .34 8-13 5-6 0-1 0 2 23
Matthews ..........32 3-9 0-4 0-3 1 5 6
Simpson ...........33 4-8 2-3 1-3 2 1 10
Robinson ..........21 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 0
Poole................11 1-5 1-1 0-1 1 2 3
Teske..................6 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 1 2
Simmons ............4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Brooks................3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Watson ...............1 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 2
Baird..................-- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Davis .................-- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
24-55 11-18 5-26 6 20 62
Shooting: Field goals, 43.6%; free throws, 61.1%
Three-point goals: 3-23 (Abdur-Rahkman 2-7, Wagner 1-4,
Watson 0-1, Livers 0-2, Matthews 0-2, Poole 0-2, Simpson 0-2,
Robinson 0-3). Team Rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 10 (16 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 1 (Matthews). Turnovers: 10 (Wagner 4, Matthews
3, Simpson 3). Steals: 6 (Matthews 2, Livers, Poole, Robinson,
Simpson). Technical Fouls: Wagner, 15:24 second.
Paschall............27 2-5 1-2 1-8 0 4 6
Spellman ..........29 3-8 2-2 4-11 0 3 8
Booth ...............23 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 4 2
Brunson............29 4-13 0-0 0-2 2 4 9
Bridges .............36 7-12 2-2 2-4 1 2 19
DiVincenzo ........37 10-15 6-10 3-5 3 1 31
Gillespie............16 0-0 4-4 0-5 1 0 4
Cosby-Roundtree ..4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Delaney..............-- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Samuels .............-- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
27-57 15-20 12-38 7 18 79
Shooting: Field goals, 47.4%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 10-27 (DiVincenzo 5-7, Bridges 3-7,
Paschall 1-3, Brunson 1-5, Spellman 0-2, Booth 0-3). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 11 (5 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (DiVincenzo 2, Paschall). Turnovers: 11 (DiVincenzo 4, Bridges 2,
Paschall 2, Brunson, Cosby-Roundtree, Spellman). Steals: 5
(Brunson 2, Booth, Bridges, Gillespie). Technical Fouls: Spellman, 15:24 second.
28 34— 62
37 42— 79
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Lindberg suddenly becomes a winner
Swede beats Park in
ANA Inspiration
playoff for her first
LPGA victory.
By Mike James
In the end, the two players switched roles. The Hall
of Famer became the runner-up. Her winless opponent became the champion.
Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg slammed a 30-foot birdie putt into the back of the
cup on the eighth suddendeath playoff hole Monday
and made the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the
LPGA Tour season, the first
victory of her career.
Inbee Park, winner of seven majors and 19 tournaments, had a chance to extend the playoff, but her 20foot birdie effort narrowly
slid past the cup.
“I’m kind of speechless
thinking about it,” Lindberg
said of beating Park. “This
game is hard; there have
been so many times I’ve
doubted myself.
“But to be able to do this
wire to wire, under the pressure, against Inbee, it just
proves so many things. I
don’t have to doubt myself.”
Lindberg’s putt, reminiscent of others she had made
throughout this tournament, put an end to the longest playoff in tournament
history, one that for the first
time had extended to Monday morning. They played
the 18th hole evenly four
times Sunday (Jennifer
Song had been eliminated
on the third try), before
darkness brought the two
survivors back Monday to
play holes 10, 17 and 18 until a
winner was decided.
They were an unlikely
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PERNILLA LINDBERG , right, hugs a
friend after victory.
pairing for an extended playoff. Park, the accomplished
veteran and winner of this
event in 2013, against Lindberg, the 31-year-old Swede
who had never really sniffed
a victory, finishing tied for
third only once in 192 starts.
But Lindberg had played the
Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills Country Club in
Rancho Mirage all week with
a resolve that belied her career record. She had at least
a share of the lead after each
round, and in the final group
Sunday, as it appeared she
would collapse under the
magnitude of what she was
accomplishing, she began a
prolonged display of steely
nerved putting that kept her
apparent free-fall from happening and left her in a
three-way tie for the lead at
15 under par.
She appeared on the 10th
tee Monday smiling and
chatting easily with her caddie and fiance, Daniel Taylor. Park, serious and quiet,
stood on the tee for about
five minutes, rehearsing her
Both players hit good
drives and solid second
shots on the par four. Lindberg, with the green surrounded by fans six and seven deep, left her 35-foot bird-
ie putt two inches short.
Both parred, and moved to
the par-three 17th. Park
made a 12-footer to save par.
Lindberg, facing an eightfooter, did what she had
done all week. She made it.
Two more pars on the
18th took them back to the
10th tee, and both players hit
their second shots into
about the same spots as the
first time. This time, Lindberg’s ball smacked into the
back of the cup, and when
Park’s 20-foot putt missed,
seemed like an endless series of emotional hugs with
friends and family members.
“I was frustrated with
myself yesterday leaving so
many putts short,” Lindberg
“I know what an incredible putter Inbee is and I
know she’s not going to miss
too many putts. So I wasn’t
going to leave that putt
short, that’s for sure.”
Lindberg becomes a
member of an exclusive club
of Swedish players who have
won major championships,
joining Annika Sorenstam,
Helen Alfredsson, Liselotte
Neumann and Anna Nordqvist on the LPGA Tour and
Henrik Stenson on the
men’s side. The victory
might seem counterintuitive, considering that in
Lindberg’s hometown of
Bollnas, only about 360
miles from the Arctic Circle,
the golf season is barely four
months long.
“All my career I looked up
to these great Swedish players with major championships,” she said. “To put
myself in that group is very
special. But without that
win, I didn’t feel like I belonged in that top group,
and now I do.”
What we learned from the last week in the NHL:
The Ducks have an appetite for postseason
After they unraveled in the third period of a loss at Vancouver last week and were teetering out of playoff position,
left wing Andrew Cogliano said their performance against
the Kings on Friday would be crucial. “We’ll see where, individually, we are mentally and where we are with our hunger to
be in the playoffs,” he said. That hunger seems strong: They
rallied to defeat the Kings in overtime and did the same to
the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday despite goaltender John
Gibson’s leaving the game after the first period because of an
injury. They’ve won when they had to, beating teams that
also urgently needed points, but the pressure is still on. “The
next one is going to be bigger,” coach Randy Carlyle said Sunday. They’ll have to be just as hungry to gobble up the next
two points.
Golden Days for the Knights
Forward William Karlsson got the nickname “Wild Bill”
because he’s quiet and hardly wild. But his scoring exploits
are. His spectacular between-the-legs short-handed goal
Saturday against the San Jose Sharks allowed the Vegas
Golden Knights to clinch the Pacific Division title in their remarkable first season and lifted him among the league leaders with 42 goals. According to the NHL, only five players
have scored more goals for a team in its inaugural season:
Blaine Stoughton scored 56 for the Hartford Whalers in 197980; Wayne Gretzky scored 51 for the Edmonton Oilers in 197980; Blair MacDonald had 44 with Hartford in 1979-80; and Joe
Malone had 44 for the Montreal Canadiens in 1917-18. Vegas
set a record for most home wins by a team in its inaugural
season, 29.
You can start the day as an accountant …
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And end it as the first star of an NHL game. Scott Foster, a
36-year-old recreation-league player, usually has a nice meal
and good view from the press box when he’s the designated
emergency backup goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks.
But he was called into action Thursday against the Winnipeg
Jets after starter Anton Forsberg was injured during
pregame warmups and backup Collin Delia suffered leg
cramps in the third period. Foster stopped all seven shots he
faced in a 6-2 victory and got star treatment, including
chants from the crowd. His brief fame ended when the Blackhawks called up goalie J.F. Berube, but the Chicago Steel of
the United States Hockey League offered him a good job — as
their emergency backup accountant.
Classy all the way
From their NHL debuts in 2000 through their announcement that they will retire after this season, 37-year-old twins
Henrik and Daniel Sedin have been role models with their
sustained excellence and involvement in charity work in
their adopted hometown of Vancouver, Canada. Henrik
(1,068 points with three games left) will retire as the Canucks’
all-time leading scorer. Daniel (391 goals with three games
left) will retire as the club’s top goal-scorer. They combined
to lead Sweden to an Olympic gold medal in 2006 but never
won the Stanley Cup, though that doesn’t diminish their
achievements. “Being part of the Canucks family for 18 seasons has been the best period of our lives,” they said in a letter
released Monday. “But it’s time to focus on our families and
life after hockey. It’s time to let the next generation of young
players lead the Canucks.” They will be missed.
—Helene Elliott
San Jose
St. Louis
Note: Overtime or shootout losses are worth one
New Jersey
N.Y. Rangers
N.Y. Islanders
x-Tampa Bay
x-clinched playoff spot
y-clinched division
COLORADO AVALANCHE center Carl Soderberg finds himself uncomfortably caught in the middle be-
tween Kings defensemen Alec Martinez, left, and Paul LaDue during the first period.
Kings on brink of playoffs
after victory over Colorado
[Kings, from D1]
bort’s status.
He could see the end goal
in sight, though.
“I think we’re all excited
for the fact that we’re in this
fight,” Stevens said. “We can
control our own destiny.
We’ve had that approach all
along here.”
wraparound goal two minutes into the third period
basically sealed it.
Colorado, without injured goalie Semyon Varlamov and defenseman Erik
Johnson, made a push in the
second period but got only
Alexander Kerfoot’s powerplay goal, which ended a run
of 22 consecutive penalties
killed by the Kings over
eight-plus games.
With the Kings shorthanded, Brown beat former
teammate Jonathan Bernier
with a wrist shot launched
between the legs of Colorado’s Tyson Barrie from
above the left circle.
By the end of the first period the score gave the Kings
William Nylander and Auston Matthews each had two
goals and an assist to lead the Maple Leafs.
Blake Wheeler scored twice as the Jets pulled five points
behind first-place Nashville in the Central Division.
By John Cherwa
Alexander Petrovic scored the tiebreaking goal in the third
period to help the Panthers end a three-game skid.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 46th goal, helping the surging
Capitals win for the seventh time in eight games.
Zach Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 22
saves, pushing the Wild a step closer to the playoffs.
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Detroit at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York Islanders, 4 p.m.
Winnipeg at Montreal, 4:30 p.m.
Arizona at Calgary, 6 p.m.
Dallas at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
New York Rangers at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Nashville at Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Vegas at Vancouver, 7 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. DUCKS (P)
1. Philadelphia (M)
2. Colorado (C)
2. New Jersey (M)
3. St. Louis (C)
3. Florida (A)
four goals in a 20-shot span
against Bernier, including a
7-1 Kings victory March 22 at
That included an unusual bounce that ended up in
Bernier’s net for the Kings’
first goal.
Nate Thompson’s long
shot hopped off the end
boards and right to the goal
crease for Mitchell to tap in.
The beginning wasn’t all
fortuitous for the Kings because of the injury to Forbort, who recently had
formed a terrific partnership with fellow defenseman
Drew Doughty.
The Kings went down to
four defensemen for seven
minutes in the first period
because that’s how much
time Dion Phaneuf spent in
the penalty box. His big hit
on Mikko Rantanen meant
he had to fight Nikita
Zadorov, and Phaneuf also
took a boarding penalty on
Nathan MacKinnon.
“Credit to our defensemen — they were pretty
much double-shifting the
whole game,” Mitchell said.
“They did a great job back
The Kings defense again
was without Jake Muzzin,
who skated after practice in
the morning, as did injured
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KINGS .....................................2
0 — 1
1 — 3
FIRST PERIOD: 1. KINGS, Mitchell 6 (Doughty,
Thompson), 9:29. 2. KINGS, Brown 24 (Kopitar, Martinez), 12:32 (sh). Penalties—Phaneuf,KINGS, Major
(fighting), 9:49. Zadorov, COL, Major (fighting), 9:49.
Folin, KINGS, (tripping), 11:51. Phaneuf, KINGS, (boarding), 17:57. .
SECOND PERIOD: 3. Col., Kerfoot 19 (Wilson, Andrighetto), 4:31 (pp). Penalties—Mitchell, KINGS,
(tripping), 2:51. MacKinnon, COL, (tripping), 7:01. .
THIRD PERIOD: 4. KINGS, Clifford 6 (Lewis, Kempe),
2:00. Penalties—Comeau, COL, (slashing), 19:35. .
SHOTS ON GOAL: Col. 7-10-11—28. KINGS 5-11-9—
25. Power-play Conversions—Col. 1 of 3. KINGS 0 of 2. .
GOALIES: Col., Bernier 18-12-3 (25 shots-22 saves),
Hammond 0-1-0 (0-0). KINGS, Quick 32-27-3 (28-27).
Att—18,230 (18,230). T—2:29.
Justify is set to challenge Bolt d’Oro
Colt, unbeaten in two
races, faces a big step
up in class Saturday in
his first stakes race.
Dustin Brown's short-handed goal helped the Kings move
back into third place in the Pacific Division.
forward Alex Iafallo. Stevens
didn’t have a definitive update on either player.
Stevens put Paul LaDue
in the lineup for a second
consecutive game.
The rookie was thrown
into the most intense NHL
game of his career last Friday, against the Ducks, and
Monday’s game was also
high stakes.
“Those games are huge to
get in,” he said. “I take pride
in playing in those games.”
The anticipated rematch
of Bolt d’Oro and McKinzie
won’t happen in the Santa
Anita Derby, but an equally
intriguing matchup of Bolt
d’Oro and Justify is on
schedule for Saturday.
Justify’s trainer, Bob Baffert, said Monday that he
would run his undefeated 3year-old colt at Santa Anita
instead of shipping him to
Oaklawn for the Arkansas
Derby on April 14.
“We’ll run here,” Baffert
said after Justify worked six
furlongs in 1:13.20. “He went
nice, and it looked like he
handled it pretty well. As
long as he comes out of it
well, he runs.”
Justify has shown limitless potential in two races,
winning by a combined 16
But Saturday will be a
huge step up in class in his
first stakes race.
Bolt d’Oro has won four
of his five races, his only loss
a third-place finish in the
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He
has two Grade 1 wins — the
FrontRunner Stakes and
Del Mar Futurity. He won
the San Felipe Stakes over
McKinzie, when that horse
was moved down because of
Their rousing stretch duel was making Saturday’s
Santa Anita Derby the most
anticipated of the last Kentucky Derby prep races. But
on Saturday, Baffert announced that McKinzie had
an unspecified back leg injury still being diagnosed. It
is looking more likely that
McKinzie also will sit out the
Kentucky Derby.
Justify will have to finish
first or second Saturday to
qualify for the Kentucky
Derby. It’s a points race with
the winner getting 100, second place 40 and third place
20. With no points, it’s highly
unlikely that Justify could
qualify for Louisville with
only 20 points.
Bolt d’Oro has already
qualified with 64 points.
Justify, with jockey Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle,
worked with veteran stakes
winner Hoppertunity.
The colt made up a
length and a half on Hoppertunity in about one-sixteenth of a mile.
“He did it with aplomb,”
veteran clocker Andy Harrington told Mike Willman of
Santa Anita. “He does everything they ask, and he does it
“He’s like a big kid who’s
just learning how to run. …
There’s really no telling how
good he is.”
Entries for the Santa Anita Derby will be taken
T U E S DAY , A P R I L 3 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
San Francisco
San Diego
.000 21⁄2
St. Louis
.400 21⁄2
New York
.667 11⁄2
.400 21⁄2
.333 21⁄2
Monday’s results
DODGERS at Arizona, late
Pittsburgh 5, Minnesota 4
St. Louis 8, Milwaukee 4
Cincinnati 1, Chicago 0
Boston 7, Miami 3
Washington 8, Atlanta 1
Colorado 7, San Diego 4
Philadelphia at New York, ppd.
Parker promises return to 2017 form
“I want to help this team out,”
Parker said. “We’ve got a good
team here and a good bullpen.
We’ve got a good chance to make
some moves this season. But it’s
going to take all of us to be locked
By Jeff Miller
He was a feel-good story for the
Angels last season, a reliever who,
at age 32, finally established himself in the big leagues after years of
In his first two appearances of
2018, however, the air surrounding
Blake Parker has been slightly
He struggled through the ninth
inning Friday, giving up two hits, a
walk and a run while picking up the
save in a 2-1 victory over Oakland.
He struggled again Sunday
against the Athletics, retiring only
one of the four batters he faced in
the ninth before being lifted in favor of Keynan Middleton, who got
the final two outs for the save.
“I’m going to get better,” Parker
said. “I’m going to keep working
and get back to where I know I can
be and pitching more competitively.”
He said he spent part of Monday watching video, particularly of
Francona predicted
Ohtani’s ascent to bigs
Carlos Osorio Associated Press
RELIEVER Blake Parker says
struggles are mechanical.
his 2017 season, when he had a 2.54
ERA, 0.832 WHIP and eight saves
in 71 games.
Parker said his arm and body
both feel fine. He has concluded
that his issues are mechanical.
Cleveland manager Terry
Francona evidently wasn’t surprised at what Shohei Ohtani did
Sunday in Oakland.
In November of 2014, Francona
was a coach on a team of big-leaguers during a tour of Japan. Ohtani
pitched in that series, losing a
game in which his opposing starter
was the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker.
Ohtani, who was 20 at the time,
went four innings, giving up two
runs on six hits and striking out
That was enough to impress
Francona. On Monday, when
asked how soon he envisioned
Ohtani being ready to pitch in the
big leagues back then, Francona
said, “In the next week.”
Heaney to pitch Friday
in minor league outing
Andrew Heaney (elbow inflammation) is scheduled to pitch Friday in a minor league game and
throw 80 to 90 pitches.
If he passes that test, he could
make his 2018 debut the first time
the team needs an additional starter, during the April 12-15 series in
Kansas City.
Jahmai Jones, the Angels’ No. 4
prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is moving from the outfield to
second base. He’ll open the season
at single-A Inland Empire. … The
Angels unveiled their new protective netting, which extends at the
same height of the netting above
the backstop to the far end of each
Kansas City
.250 11⁄2
New York
.500 11⁄2
.250 21⁄2
Tampa Bay
.250 21⁄2
Monday’s results
Cleveland 6, ANGELS 0
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, ppd.
Pittsburgh 5, Minnesota 4
Detroit 6, Kansas City 1
Toronto 4, Chicago White Sox 2
Boston 7, Miami 3
Houston 6, Baltimore 1
Oakland 3, Texas 1
Dodgers/Kershaw (L)
ARI/Godley (R)
CHI/Lester (L)
CIN/Reed (L)
PHI/Lively (R)
NY/Harvey (R)
WAS/Cole (R)
ATL/Teheran (R)
STL/Flaherty (R)
MIL/Anderson (R)
COL/Freeland (L)
SD/Ross (R)
6:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
10 a.m.
1 p.m.
Betts rf
Benntndi lf
Ramirez 1b
Devers 3b
Bogaerts ss
Nunez 2b
Brdly Jr. cf
Vazquez c
Johnson p
1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.
AB R H BI Avg.
Brinson cf 5 0 2 0 .280
Dietrich lf
3 0 0 0 .273
1 0 0 0 .143
Castro 2b
5 1 3 1 .364
Andrsn 3b 3 1 1 1 .333
Bour 1b
4 0 1 0 .167
Maybin rf
4 0 2 1 .294
Rojas ss
4 0 0 0 .263
Holaday c
2 0 0 0 .167
Rivera lf
2 0 0 0 .125
Richards p 1 0 0 0 .000
Telis c
2 1 1 0 .333
36 3 10 3
000 320 101 —7
010 000 011 —3
Walks—Boston 3: Benintendi 1, Bradley Jr. 2. Miami 3: Dietrich 1,
Anderson 1, Telis 1.
Strikeouts—Boston 6: Benintendi 1, Devers 2, Bogaerts 1,
Bradley Jr. 1, Johnson 1. Miami 7: Dietrich 2, Castro 1, Bour 1, Rojas
1, Rivera 1, Richards 1.
LOB—Boston 7, Miami 10. 2B—Devers (2), Nunez (2), Vazquez
(1), Castro (1). HR—Ramirez (1), off Richards; Betts (1), off O’Grady;
Anderson (1), off Johnson. RBIs—Betts (1), Ramirez 2 (2), Devers
(5), Nunez (3), Vazquez 2 (2), Castro (4), Anderson (6), Maybin (1).
SB—Ramirez (2). CS—Devers (1).
Runners left in scoring position—Boston 4; Miami 5.
RISP_Boston 2 for 7; Miami 2 for 14.
DP—Boston 1 (Nunez, Bogaerts, Ramirez); Miami 1 (Telis, Castro).
Johnson, W, 1-0 ...........6 6 1 1 2 5
82 1.50
Hembree .....................1 1 0 0 0 1
17 0.00
Walden .......................2 3 2 2 1 1
38 5.40
Richards, L, 0-1 .........41⁄3 8 5 5 1 5
93 10.38
Tazawa......................12⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
16 0.00
O’Grady.......................1 1 1 1 1 0
19 2.70
Turner .........................2 3 1 1 1 0
31 3.86
Inherited runners-scored—Tazawa 1-0. HBP_Walden
(Anderson). WP—Walden.
U— Jerry Meals, Ben May, Ron Kulpa, Ed Hickox. T—3:09. Tickets
sold—11,113 (36,742).
Martin cf
Cndlario 3b
Cabrera 1b
Castellns rf
Martinez dh
McCann c
Mahtook lf
Goodrm ss
Machdo 2b
Kansas City
5 p.m.
7 p.m.
Walks—Kansas City 2: Jay 1, Soler 1. Detroit 3: Martin 1, Cabrera
1, Mahtook 1.
Strikeouts—Kansas City 4: Jay 1, Moustakas 1, Soler 1, Gordon 1.
Detroit 6: Martin 1, Candelario 2, Mahtook 1, Goodrum 1, Machado
E—Merrifield (1). LOB—Kansas City 5, Detroit 8. 2B—Escobar (1),
Candelario (1), Martinez (1). 3B—Escobar (1), Castellanos (2).
RBIs—Butera (1), Cabrera (5), Castellanos (3), Martinez 3 (3),
McCann (4). CS—Jay (1). SF—Butera, Martinez.
Runners left in scoring position—Kansas City 2 (Soler, Butera);
Detroit 4 (Martinez 2, Goodrum 2). RISP_Kansas City 0 for 2; Detroit
3 for 11.
DP—Detroit 2 (McCann, Goodrum), (Goodrum, Machado,
Kansas City
Hammel, L, 0-1 ............5 7 5 5 3 3
88 9.00
Keller..........................1 0 0 0 0 0
12 0.00
Boyer ..........................1 2 1 1 0 0
27 18.00
Herrera .......................1 1 0 0 0 3
16 0.00
Liriano, W, 1-0 ...........62⁄3 4 1 1 2 3
94 1.35
Jimenez ......................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
12 0.00
Stumpf .......................2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1
7 0.00
Saupold ......................1 1 0 0 0 0
19 0.00
Inherited runners-scored—Jimenez 1-0. WP—Liriano.
U— Tom Hallion, Phil Cuzzi, Dan Bellino, Adam Hamari. T—2:46.
Tickets sold—15,476 (41,297).
Arizona assigns
Tomas to Reno
Yasmany Tomas cleared waivers and was assigned outright to
triple-A Reno by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are responsible
for the $42.5 million the outfielder
is owed in the remaining three seasons of a $68.5-million, six-year
Tomas, who defected from
Cuba in 2014, batted .268 with 48
home runs in 305 games with the
The New York Yankees’ home
opener against the Tampa Bay
Rays was postponed because of
snow and was rescheduled for
Tuesday. The game between the
Philadelphia Phillies and host New
York Mets also was postponed. It
will be made up as a single-admission doubleheader July 9. ... The
Atlanta Braves selected the contract of right-hander Anibal
Sanchez from triple-A Gwinnett
and added catcher Carlos Perez,
recently acquired from the Angels,
to the 25-man roster. ... The Washington Nationals put catcher Matt
Wieters on the 10-day disabled list
because of an oblique strain. ...
Outfielder Michael Saunders
agreed to a minor league contract
with the Baltimore Orioles, who
assigned him to triple-A Norfolk.
— associated press
001 000 000 —1
001 040 10 x —6
Haniger, Seattle ..................3
5 .625
Cano, Seattle .....................3
6 .600
Altuve, Houston ..................5
10 .476
Bogaerts, Boston ................5
10 .455
Simmons, ANGELS ..............5
9 .450
Andrus, Texas .....................5
8 .444
Abreu, Chicago ...................3
5 .417
Castellanos, Detroit .............4
7 .412
Correa, Houston..................5
7 .412
Choo, Texas........................4
6 .400
Home Runs
Dozier, Minnesota .............................................................. 3
Davidson, Chicago.............................................................. 3
Encarnacion, Cleveland ....................................................... 3
Runs Batted In
Smoak, Toronto.................................................................. 8
Davidson, Chicago.............................................................. 6
Correa, Houston................................................................. 5
Chapman, Oakland............................................................. 5
Cabrera, Detroit ................................................................. 5
Alonso, Cleveland............................................................... 5
Duda, Kansas City.............................................................. 5
Devers, Boston .................................................................. 5
Dozier 2b
Mauer 1b
Sano 3b
Rosario lf
Escobar ss
Kepler rf
Buxton cf
Castro c
Lynn p
Walks—Minnesota 3: Sano 1, Kepler 1, Castro 1. Pittsburgh 11:
Harrison 1, Polanco 4, Marte 1, Bell 1, Freese 1, Cervelli 2, Moran 1.
Strikeouts—Minnesota 10: Sano 2, Rosario 1, Escobar 2, Kepler
1, Buxton 2, Castro 1, Grossman 1. Pittsburgh 6: Harrison 2, Marte 1,
Bell 1, Dickerson 1, Taillon 1.
LOB—Minnesota 6, Pittsburgh 10. 2B—Sano (1), Escobar (2),
Kepler (2), Polanco (3). HR—Dozier (3), off Taillon; Moran (1), off
Lynn. RBIs—Dozier (3), Escobar (3), Kepler (2), Polanco (6), Moran
4 (4). S—Frazier.Runners left in scoring position—Minnesota 4;
Pittsburgh 5.DP—Minnesota 1; Pittsburgh 1.
Lynn, L, 0-1 .................4 3 5 5 6 3
95 11.25
Rogers ........................1 1 0 0 0 0
11 0.00
Hildenberger ................1 0 0 0 0 0
8 0.00
24 10.80
Duke ..........................2⁄3 0 0 0 2 2
29 0.00
Reed ........................11⁄3 1 0 0 3 1
Taillon, W, 1-0............ 51⁄3 4 2 2 0 9
92 3.38
13 10.80
Santana...................... 1⁄3 2 2 2 0 0
Smoker....................... 0 1 0 0 0 0
1 0.00
21 7.71
Neverauskas, H, 2...... 11⁄3 0 0 0 1 0
Feliz, H, 2.................... 1 0 0 0 2 1
21 18.00
Kontos, S, 1-1..............1 0 0 0 0 0
14 0.00
HBP—Neverauskas (Morrison). WP—Taillon, Santana.
U— Chris Conroy, Fieldin Culbreth, Brian O’Nora, Chad Whitson.
T—3:26. Tickets sold—30,186 (38,362).
Right-hander Miles Mikolas hit a
two-run home run and earned the
victory in his return from a three-year
stint in Japan, and St. Louis spoiled
Milwaukee’s home opener.
Pittsburgh AB R H BI Avg.
Harrison 2b 4 1 0 0 .278
Polanco rf
1 1 1 1 .385
Marte cf
4 1 0 0 .250
Bell 1b
3 0 1 0 .438
Dickerson lf 3 0 0 0 .077
0 0 0 0 .500
Cervelli c
2 1 0 0 .200
Moran 3b
3 1 1 4 .167
Mercer ss
2 0 1 0 .154
Rodriguez ss 2 0 1 0 .167
Taillon p
2 0 0 0 .000
Frazier lf
1 0 0 0 .364
27 5 5 5
000 004 000 —4
500 000 00x —5
Colin Moran hit a full-count fastball
from Lance Lynn (0-1) for a first-inning
grand slam, Jameson Taillon (1-0) had
nine strikeouts in 51⁄3 innings and
Pittsburgh won its home opener.
Walks—Cleveland 6: Lindor 1, Jo.Ramirez 2, Alonso 1, Gomes 2.
Angels 2: Trout 1, Upton 1.
Strikeouts—Cleveland 8: Lindor 1, Kipnis 1, Encarnacion 1,
Gomes 1, Naquin 1, Zimmer 3. Angels 7: Trout 1, Pujols 1, Calhoun 2,
Simmons 1, Valbuena 1, Marte 1.
E—Maldonado (1). LOB—Cleveland 7, Angels 10. 2B—Guyer (1),
Cozart (3). HR—Encarnacion (3), off JC.Ramirez; Alonso (2), off
JC.Ramirez; Naquin (1), off JC.Ramirez. RBIs—Alonso (5),
Encarnacion (4), Naquin 2 (2), Guyer (1). SB—Zimmer (1).
Runners left in scoring position—Cleveland 2 (Zimmer 2);
Angels 4 (Cozart, Upton, Calhoun, Marte). RISP_Cleveland 1 for 2;
Angels 0 for 6.
Clevinger, W, 1-0 ........51⁄3 4 0 0 2 5
97 0.00
Olson..........................1 0 0 0 0 2
16 10.80
24 0.00
Goody.......................11⁄3 1 0 0 0 0
3 0.00
McAllister ....................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
Belisle ........................1 1 0 0 0 0
15 0.00
73 7.71
JC.Ramirez, L, 0-1.......42⁄3 5 5 4 2 3
24 0.00
Alvarez......................12⁄3 0 0 0 1 1
34 3.86
Bard.........................11⁄3 1 1 1 2 1
32 3.38
Ramirez ....................11⁄3 1 0 0 1 3
Inherited runners-scored—McAllister 1-0, Alvarez 1-0, Ramirez
2-1. HBP_Goody (Upton), Belisle (Maldonado). PB_Gomes (1),
Maldonado (1).
U— Mark Wegner, Jim Reynolds, Mike DiMuro, John Tumpane.
T—3:25. Tickets sold—43,904 (45,050).
St. Louis AB R H BI Avg. Milwaukee AB R H BI Avg.
4 1 1 1 .500
Fowler rf
5 0 1 1 .056 Cain cf
4 0 0 0 .389
Pham cf
4 0 1 0 .286 Yelich rf
4 0 0 0 .083
Carpntr 2b 4 1 2 0 .267 Braun lf
4 1 2 0 .389
Munoz 3b
1 0 1 0 .333 Shaw 3b
4 1 2 2 .250
Ozuna lf
5 1 1 0 .222 Thames 1b
4 1 2 1 .231
Martnz 1b 3 0 0 1 .357 Pina c
4 0 1 0 .200
Molina c
4 1 1 0 .313 Villar 2b
3 0 0 0 .154
DeJong ss 4 2 3 3 .467 Arcia ss
2 0 0 0 .000
Gyorko 3b 2 2 2 1 .500 Davies p
1 0 0 0 .000
Garcia 3b
1 0 0 0 .000 Sogard
1 0 0 0 .333
Mikolas p
3 1 1 2 .333 Aguilar
35 4 8 4
Wong 2b
1 0 0 0 .000 Totals
37 8 13 8
St. Louis
002 024 000 —8
011 002 000 —4
Walks—St. Louis 1: Pham 1. Milwaukee 1: Arcia 1.
Strikeouts—St. Louis 8: Fowler 1, Pham 1, Carpenter 2, Ozuna 1,
Molina 1, DeJong 1, Mikolas 1. Milwaukee 9: Yelich 2, Braun 1, Pina 1,
Villar 1, Arcia 2, Davies 1, Sogard 1.
E—Mikolas (1), Davies (1). LOB—St. Louis 5, Milwaukee 5.
2B—Gyorko (1), Shaw (4), Thames (1). HR—Mikolas (1), off Davies;
DeJong (3), off Woodruff; Pina (1), off Mikolas; Cain (1), off Mikolas;
Thames (1), off Mikolas. RBIs—Fowler (1), Martinez (4), DeJong 3
(5), Gyorko (1), Mikolas 2 (2), Cain (4), Thames 2 (2), Pina (1).
CS—Fowler (1), Pham (1). SF—Martinez.
Runners left in scoring position—St. Louis 1 (Ozuna); Milwaukee
4 (Pina, Villar 2, Arcia). RISP_St. Louis 2 for 4; Milwaukee 0 for 6.
DP—St. Louis 1 (Wong, Martinez).
St. Louis
Mikolas, W, 1-0 ..........52⁄3 7 4 4 0 5
91 6.35
Norris, H, 1..................1 0 0 0 0 2
12 0.00
Lyons..........................1 1 0 0 0 1
12 0.00
Hicks........................11⁄3 0 0 0 1 1
17 0.00
Davies, L, 0-1 ............52⁄3 8 7 6 0 6
88 9.53
Woodruff ...................11⁄3 3 1 1 0 2
21 5.40
Drake..........................2 2 0 0 1 0
36 3.00
Inherited runners-scored—Norris 2-0, Hicks 1-0, Woodruff 2-2.
HBP_Davies (Gyorko). WP—Mikolas.
U— James Hoye, Doug Eddings, Chris Segal, Marvin Hudson.
T—2:59. Tickets sold—45,393 (41,900).
Bryce Harper hit a three-run home run
in the second inning against Sean
Newcomb (0-1), Tanner Roark (1-0)
gave up one run in seven innings and
Washington is 4-0 for the first time.
Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon and
DJ LeMahieu hit home runs, and
Colorado handed San Diego its fourth
loss in a row. Colorado is 10-6 in its
last 16 games at Petco Park.
Rookie Tyler Mahle (1-0) gave up one
hit in six innings, Raisel Iglesias struck
out Anthony Rizzo with the bases
loaded to end the top of the eighth,
and Cincinnati scored on a groundout.
Turner ss
Rendn 3b
Harper rf
Zmrmn 1b
Kndk lf-1b
Taylor cf
Difo 2b
Severino c
Roark p
Gdwn lf
Blckmn cf
LeMahu 2b
Arenado 3b
Gonzalez rf
Dsmnd 1b
Parra lf
Story ss
Iannetta c
Bettis p
Happ cf
Bryant 3b
Rizzo 1b
Contreras c
Schwarber lf
Russell ss
Heyward rf-cf
Baez 2b
Chatwood p
Zobrist rf
AB R H BI Avg.
Inciarte cf
4 1 1 0 .316
Albies 2b
4 0 0 0 .100
F.Frmn 1b
3 0 1 1 .333
Markakis rf
4 0 0 0 .250
Tucker lf
3 0 1 0 .400
Swanson ss 3 0 0 0 .294
Flaherty 3b 3 0 1 0 .500
Stewart c
3 0 0 0 .200
Newcomb p 1 0 0 0 .000
1 0 0 0 .500
1 0 0 0 .000
30 1 4 1
230 010 002 —8
000 100 00x —1
Walks—Washington 10: Turner 1, Harper 4, Zimmerman 1, Taylor
1, Difo 1, Severino 2. Atlanta 1: F.Freeman 1.
Strikeouts—Washington 10: Turner 1, Rendon 1, Zimmerman 1,
Kendrick 1, Taylor 3, Difo 2, Roark 1. Atlanta 9: Inciarte 1, Albies 2,
Markakis 1, Swanson 1, Flaherty 2, Stewart 1, Newcomb 1.
E—Kendrick (1), F.Freeman (1), Newcomb (1). LOB—Washington
13, Atlanta 3. 2B—Kendrick 2 (3), Difo (1). HR—Harper (3), off
Newcomb. RBIs—Rendon (3), Harper 3 (7), Kendrick (1), Severino
(1), Goodwin 2 (7), F.Freeman (5). SB—Taylor (2), Inciarte (1).
Runners left in scoring position—Washington 7 (Harper 2, Difo
2, Roark 3); Atlanta 2 (Adams 2). RISP_Washington 4 for 12; Atlanta
1 for 6.
GIDP—Roark, Stewart. DP—Washington 2; Atlanta 1.
Roark, W, 1-0...............7 4 1 1 1 6
93 1.29
Kelley .........................1 0 0 0 0 2
10 0.00
Grace .........................1 0 0 0 0 1
14 6.00
97 10.38
Newcomb, L, 0-1 ........41⁄3 5 6 5 4 6
Moylan .......................2⁄3 2 0 0 1 1
12 0.00
Sanchez ......................3 1 0 0 3 2
58 0.00
28 16.20
Ramirez ......................2⁄3 2 2 2 2 1
1 0.00
S.Freeman...................1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
Inherited runners-scored—Moylan 1-1, S.Freeman 3-0.
HBP_Ramirez (Severino). WP—Roark.
U— Mike Winters, Tim Timmons, Rob Drake, Mike Muchlinski.
T—2:55. Tickets sold—25,054 (41,149).
011 300 010 —6
000 000 000 —0
Eaton, Washington ..............3
8 .615
Cain, Milwaukee .................4
9 .500
Flaherty, Atlanta ..................4
8 .500
Hoskins, Philadelphia ..........3
5 .500
Gennett, Cincinnati..............4
8 .471
DeJong, St. Louis ................4
7 .467
Ahmed, Arizona ..................3
5 .455
Iannetta, Colorado...............3
5 .455
Bell, Pittsburgh ...................4
7 .438
A.Gonzalez, New York ...........3
3 .429
Home Runs
Blackmon, Colorado ........................................................... 4
Harper, Washington ............................................................ 3
DeJong, St. Louis ............................................................... 3
Eaton, Washington ............................................................. 2
Spangenberg, San Diego ..................................................... 2
Desmond, Colorado............................................................ 2
LeMahieu, Colorado............................................................ 2
Panik, San Francisco .......................................................... 2
Molina, St. Louis................................................................ 2
Schwarber, Chicago ............................................................ 2
Runs Batted In
Goodwin, Washington.......................................................... 7
Harper, Washington ............................................................ 7
Cleveland AB R H BI Avg. Angels
Lindor ss
4 0 1 0 .176 Cozart 2b
Kipnis 2b
5 0 0 0 .188 Trout cf
Jo.Ramrz 3b 3 0 0 0 .000 Upton lf
Alonso 1b
4 2 1 1 .286 Pujols dh
Encarncn dh 4 1 1 1 .308 Calhoun rf
Chisenhall rf 4 1 1 0 .286 Simmons ss 4
Gomes c
2 0 0 0 .222 Valbuena 3b 4
Naquin lf
2 1 1 2 .200 Marte 1b
Guyer lf
2 0 1 1 .250 Maldndo c
Zimmer cf
4 1 1 0 .154 Totals
34 6 7 5
Francisco Liriano pitched into the
seventh inning in his Detroit debut and
Victor Martinez drove in three runs to
give the Tigers their first win of the
season on a chilly mid-30-degree day.
Kansas City
Jay rf
Merrifield 2b
Moustaks 3b
Duda 1b
Cuthbert 1b
Orlando cf
Soler dh
Gordon lf
Escobar ss
Butera c
Lost 1 This month
0-1 Road
3-1 Interleague
Next: Tonight vs. Cleveland, Angel Stadium, 7
TV/Radio: FS West/830, 1330
4 p.m.
SEA/Gonzales (L)
SF/Blach (L)
BOS/Sale (L)
MIA/Urena (R)
Brian Johnson (1-0) gave up one run in
six innings, and Hanley Ramirez and
Mookie Betts backed him up with a
home run each. Boston is 6-0 in Johnson’s starts the last two seasons.
4 p.m.
CLE/Tomlin (R)
Angels/Richards (R)
KC/Junis (R)
DET/Boyd (L)
TB/Archer (R)
NY/Montgomery (L)
CHI/Gonzalez (R)
TOR/Happ (L)
BAL/Wright (R)
HOU/Verlander (R)
TEX/Hamels (L)
OAK/Graveman (R)
San Diego
San Diego
Margot cf
Myers rf
Renfroe rf
Hosmer 1b
Pirela lf
Asuaje 2b
Headley 3b
Galvis ss
Ellis c
Mitchell p
Spngnbrg 3b
102 020 002 —7
101 000 002 —4
Walks—Colorado 6: LeMahieu 1, Arenado 2, Parra 1, Story 1,
Iannetta 1. San Diego 5: Margot 1, Renfroe 1, Hosmer 1, Galvis 2.
Strikeouts—Colorado 3: Arenado 1, Desmond 1, Iannetta 1. San
Diego 8: Margot 1, Pirela 1, Headley 2, Szczur 1, Ellis 2, Spangenberg
1. E—Mitchell (1). LOB—Colorado 10, San Diego 10. 2B—Blackmon
2 (2), Gonzalez (1), Desmond (1), Hosmer 2 (4), Asuaje (2).
3B—Pirela (1). HR—Desmond (2), off Mitchell; Blackmon (4), off
McGrath; LeMahieu (2), off McGrath; Myers (1), off Bettis;
Spangenberg (2), off Rusin. RBIs—Blackmon (6), LeMahieu (2),
Arenado (2), Gonzalez (2), Desmond 3 (5), Myers (1), Pirela (1),
Asuaje (2), Spangenberg (3). SB—Story (1). SF—Arenado.
Bettis, W, 1-0...............5 5 2 2 4 4
88 3.60
Ottavino, H, 1...............1 0 0 0 0 2
14 0.00
Shaw, H, 1...................1 1 0 0 0 0
15 0.00
McGee, H, 2 ................1 0 0 0 0 2
14 0.00
Rusin..........................2⁄3 2 2 2 1 0
21 15.00
Davis, S, 2-2 ...............1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
4 0.00
San Diego
Mitchell, L, 0-1.............5 8 5 5 3 0
94 9.00
Lyles...........................3 2 0 0 0 3
39 0.00
McGrath......................2⁄3 2 2 2 2 0
23 18.00
Cimber .......................1⁄3 0 0 0 1 0
9 5.40
Inherited runners-scored—Davis 1-0, Cimber 2-0. HBP_Bettis
(Ellis). WP—Bettis 2. U— Marquez, Dreckman, Fairchild, Estabrook.
T—3:11. Tickets sold—16,899 (42,445).
Russell Martin hit a go-ahead, two-run
homer in the seventh inning, Josh
Donaldson and Aledmys Diaz each had
a solo shot and Toronto earned its
third consecutive win.
C.Davis 1b
Machado ss
Schoop 2b
Jones cf
Mancini lf
Rasmus rf
Beckham 3b
Alvarez dh
Joseph c
Moncada 2b
A.Garcia rf
Abreu 1b
Davidson dh
Castillo c
Anderson ss
L.Garcia lf
Sanchez 3b
Engel cf
Springer cf
Bregmn 3b
Altuve 2b
Correa ss
J.Davis 1b
Reddick rf
Gnzlz 1b-ss
Gattis dh
McCann c
Fisher lf
000 000 001 —1
100 301 10x —6
Walks—Baltimore 2: C.Davis 1, Alvarez 1. Houston 5: Bregman 2,
Reddick 2, McCann 1.
Strikeouts—Baltimore 9: Machado 1, Schoop 1, Mancini 2,
Rasmus 1, Beckham 1, Alvarez 1, Joseph 2. Houston 6: Springer 1,
Bregman 1, J.Davis 1, Gonzalez 2, Fisher 1.
LOB—Baltimore 8, Houston 10. 2B—Schoop (1), Rasmus (1),
Springer (2), Bregman (2), Altuve (2). 3B—Fisher (2). HR—Mancini
(1), off McHugh; Gonzalez (1), off Tillman. RBIs—Mancini (1),
Springer (4), Bregman (1), Altuve (3), Gonzalez (3), Fisher 2 (3).
CS—Reddick (1). SF—Fisher.
Runners left in scoring position—Baltimore 4 (Jones, Joseph 2,
Sisco); Houston 6 (Springer, Bregman, Gonzalez, J.Davis 3).
RISP_Baltimore 0 for 6; Houston 3 for 11.
Tillman, L, 0-1..............4 7 4 4 4 0
84 9.00
Castro.........................2 2 1 1 1 3
34 3.00
Bleier..........................1 2 1 1 0 1
18 2.70
O’Day..........................1 0 0 0 0 2
9 0.00
Morton, W, 1-0 .............6 3 0 0 2 6
91 0.00
Peacock ......................1 0 0 0 0 1
10 0.00
Harris .........................1 1 0 0 0 1
14 0.00
McHugh ......................1 2 1 1 0 1
16 3.86
Inherited runners-scored—Castro 1-0. HBP—Morton (Rasmus),
Bleier (McCann). WP—Tillman.
U— Bill Welke, Tony Randazzo, Lance Barrett, Nic Lentz. T—2:52.
Tickets sold—42,675 (41,168).
AB R H BI Avg.
Travis 2b
4 0 0 0 .063
Donldsn dh 4 1 1 1 .176
Smoak 1b
4 0 0 0 .368
Solarte 3b
3 0 0 0 .188
Grandrsn lf
3 1 1 0 .231
Grichuk rf
1 0 0 0 .133
Martin c
3 1 1 2 .182
Pillar cf
3 0 0 0 .375
Diaz ss
3 1 1 1 .154
28 4 4 4
000 100 100 —2
000 001 21x —4
Walks—Chicago 3: Moncada 1, L.Garcia 1, Sanchez 1. Toronto 4:
Solarte 1, Granderson 1, Grichuk 2.
Strikeouts—Chicago 10: A.Garcia 1, Abreu 1, Davidson 1, Castillo
2, Anderson 2, L.Garcia 2, Sanchez 1. Toronto 6: Travis 2, Smoak 2,
Solarte 1, Martin 1.
E—Sanchez (1), J.Garcia (1), Martin (1). LOB—Chicago 6, Toronto
4. 2B—Abreu (1). HR—Castillo (1), off J.Garcia; Castillo (2), off Oh;
Donaldson (1), off Lopez; Martin (1), off Farquhar; Diaz (1), off
Farquhar. RBIs—Castillo 2 (4), Donaldson (1), Martin 2 (2), Diaz (1).
SB—Sanchez (1).Runners left in scoring position—Chicago 4;
Toronto 1. DP—Davidson. GIDP—A.Garcia, Davidson, Pillar.
DP—Chicago 1 (Anderson, Moncada, Abreu); Toronto 3 (Diaz,
Travis, Smoak), (Solarte, Travis, Smoak), (Granderson, Travis).
Lopez..........................6 2 1 1 2 6
100 1.50
Avilan, H, 1 ................. 1⁄3 0 1 1 1 0
13 6.75
17 7.71
Frquhr, L, 1-1, BS, 1-1 11⁄3 2 2 2 0 0
14 0.00
Bummer......................1⁄3 0 0 0 1 0
J.Garcia.......................6 4 1 1 2 7
92 1.50
Oh, W, 1-0...................1 1 1 1 1 0
23 3.00
Tepera, H, 1 .................1 1 0 0 0 2
17 0.00
Osuna, S, 2-2 ..............1 0 0 0 0 1
8 0.00
Inherited runners-scored—Farquhar 1-1. HBP_J.Garcia
(Sanchez), Oh (Sanchez).
U— Jordan Baker, Jerry Layne, Greg Gibson, Vic Carapazza.
T—2:51. Tickets sold—16,629 (53,506).
Cincinnati AB R H BI Avg.
Winker rf
2 0 0 0 .222
Pnningtn ss 2 0 0 0 .333
Votto 1b
4 0 0 0 .200
Gennett 2b 4 0 1 0 .471
Suarez 3b
3 1 1 0 .214
Duvall lf
4 0 0 1 .154
Barnhart c
4 0 3 0 .364
Hamilton cf 3 0 0 0 .083
Mahle p
1 0 0 0 .000
1 0 0 0 .333
Ervin rf
0 0 0 0 .000
28 1 5 1
000 000 000 —0
000 100 00x —1
Walks—Chicago 5: Happ 1, Bryant 1, Schwarber 2, Zobrist 1.
Cincinnati 6: Winker 2, Pennington 2, Suarez 1, Hamilton 1.
Strikeouts—Chicago 11: Happ 2, Rizzo 1, Contreras 1, Schwarber
2, Russell 1, Heyward 2, Baez 1, Chatwood 1. Cincinnati 7: Winker 1,
Pennington 1, Votto 2, Duvall 1, Barnhart 1, Gosselin 1.
E—Bryant (2). LOB—Chicago 6, Cincinnati 10. 2B—Barnhart (1).
3B—Baez (1), Suarez (1). RBIs—Duvall (5). CS—Schwarber (1).
Runners left in scoring position—Chicago 4 (Rizzo 2, Schwarber,
Chatwood); Cincinnati 5 (Winker 2, Gennett, Hamilton, Gosselin).
RISP_Chicago 0 for 4; Cincinnati 1 for 10.
Runners moved up—Duvall. GIDP—Russell, Suarez.
DP—Chicago 1 (Baez, Rizzo); Cincinnati 1 (Pennington, Gennett,
Chatwood, L, 0-1 ..........6 4 1 1 6 4
92 1.50
Wilson ........................1 0 0 0 0 2
17 0.00
Strop ..........................1 1 0 0 0 1
15 0.00
Mahle, W, 1-0 ..............6 1 0 0 2 7
86 0.00
Hughes, H, 1................1 0 0 0 1 0
17 3.86
Peralta, H, 1 ................2⁄3 1 0 0 1 2
16 0.00
Iglesias, S, 1-1...........11⁄3 0 0 0 1 2
22 3.86
Inherited runners-scored—Iglesias 2-0. HBP_Mahle (Rizzo).
U— Kerwin Danley, Paul Nauert, Scott Barry, Carlos Torres.
T—2:33. Tickets sold—18,963 (42,319).
Charlie Morton pitched six scoreless
innings, Marwin Gonzalez homered
and Houston won its home opener
after winning its first World Series title
last year.
Jed Lowrie hit a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning and Oakland
spoiled the Rangers’ debut of Bartolo
Colon, who was called up from the
minors before the game.
AB R H BI Avg. Oakland
Choo rf
4 0 2 0 .400 Semien ss
Gallo 1b
4 0 1 1 .250 Lowrie 2b
Andrus ss
5 0 1 0 .444 Olson 1b
Beltre 3b
4 0 0 0 .222 Davis lf
Mazara dh
4 0 1 0 .222 Smolinski lf 0 0 0
Chirinos c
4 0 0 0 .000 Joyce dh
Odor 2b
4 0 0 0 .063 Piscotty rf
Rua lf
3 0 1 0 .083 Chapman 3b 4 1 2
0 0 0 0 .000 Lucroy c
Robinson cf 3 1 1 0 .222 Powell cf
35 1 7 1
31 3 9
000 010 000 —1
001 000 20x —3
Walks—Texas 4: Choo 1, Gallo 1, Profar 1, Robinson 1. Oakland 3:
Semien 1, Olson 1, Joyce 1.
Strikeouts—Texas 11: Choo 1, Beltre 2, Mazara 2, Chirinos 3,
Odor 1, Robinson 2. Oakland 7: Semien 2, Davis 1, Piscotty 3,
Chapman 1.
E—Piscotty (1). LOB—Texas 11, Oakland 7. 2B—Lowrie (1), Lucroy
(1). HR—Chapman (2), off Colon. RBIs—Gallo (3), Lowrie 2 (2),
Chapman (5). SB—Rua (1), Robinson (1).
Runners left in scoring position—Texas 9 (Andrus 3, Beltre 2,
Mazara, Odor, Rua, Robinson); Oakland 3 (Lowrie, Davis, Piscotty).
RISP_Texas 1 for 15; Oakland 2 for 9.
DP—Texas 1 (Beltre, Odor, Gallo).
Colon..........................6 7 1 1 1 4
89 1.50
Jepsen, L, 0-1..............2⁄3 1 2 2 1 1
13 5.40
Diekman .....................1⁄3 1 0 0 1 1
18 13.50
Bush...........................1 0 0 0 0 1
9 3.00
Triggs ..........................5 4 1 1 2 7
88 1.80
36 0.00
Buchter.....................12⁄3 1 0 0 1 3
Hatcher, W, 2-0............2⁄3 1 0 0 0 0
12 7.71
Treinen, S, 1-1 ...........12⁄3 1 0 0 1 1
29 0.00
Inherited runners-scored—Diekman 2-2, Hatcher 2-0, Treinen
1-0. WP—Buchter, Treinen.
U— D.J. Reyburn, Sam Holbrook, Ryan Blakney, Jim Wolf. T—3:10.
Tickets sold—7,416 (46,765).
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
T U E S DAY , A P R I L 3 , 2 018
Ohtani’s well-chronicled day off
Rookie is kept out of
lineup after sizzling
debut but is swarmed
by Japanese media.
By Mike DiGiovanna
Like most Broadway productions on the traditional
first day of the workweek,
Sho-Time was dark Monday
night, the Angels giving
Shohei Ohtani a recovery
day after his sizzling major
league pitching debut in
Oakland on Sunday.
Ohtani-mania, however,
remained lit.
Ohtani was not in the
lineup for a 6-0 loss to the
Cleveland Indians in the
home opener, and he didn’t
hit on the field before the
game, but there was still a
huge Japanese media contingent on hand to chronicle
his every move, or non-move,
as was the case Monday.
Some 50 to 60 reporters
and photographers stood in
front of the dugout during
batting practice, seemingly
impervious to the ear-splitting, bone-rattling hip-hop
music blaring from the new
field-level speakers flanking
the dugout.
There were so many media members inside the dugout that shortstop Andrelton Simmons looked like he
weaved through an obstacle
course going from the far
end of the dugout to the bat
“Honestly, I love that [the
media] gives more attention
to him and less to me,” Simmons said in the clubhouse
before warmups. “The only
problem I have is that sometimes it gets crowded in here
… or out there.
“I do feel bad for Shohei.
It would be nice to get him
some breathing room sometimes. I’ll shoo a couple of reporters away if I have to, and
if we see that it’s too much, if
he gets overwhelmed, we’ll
help him out. It’s a lot of
work for him, but he’s han-
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
ANGELS left fielder Justin Upton can’t make the play on a fly ball from Indians batter Edwin Encarnacion that turned into an inside-the-
park home run in the second inning Monday. That put Cleveland up, 1-0, in the Angels’ home opener, and the Indians went on to win 6-0.
dling it pretty well.”
What about the other 24
guys in the room? How are
they handling a new clubhouse dynamic that is similar to what the Dodgers experienced during Hideo
Nomo’s rookie year in 1995
and the Seattle Mariners experienced during Ichiro Suzuki’s rookie year in 2001,
when one player is clearly
the main attraction?
The Angels have arguably the best all-around
player in baseball in center
fielder Mike Trout, a firstballot Hall of Famer in first
baseman Albert Pujols and
several other respected veterans, and they are dwarfed
by the presence of a 23-yearold rookie.
“It’s great — give him the
attention,” pitcher Matt
Shoemaker said. “I think
people embrace it. They enjoy it. Not that we need it, but
it brings more attention to
the team, us being a West
Coast team, with the time
Ohtani makes it difficult
for teammates to feel any
kind of resentment toward
him. He has a boyish grin
and a youthful enthusiasm
that has endeared him to his
new team. His work ethic
and attention to detail and
his ability to make adjustments on the fly have drawn
rave reviews from coaches
and teammates.
Despite the heavy pressure and expectations,
Ohtani looks like he’s having
a blast, especially when he
broke into a huge grin and
exchanged hugs and highfives with teammates after
completing Sunday’s six-inning, three-hit, three-run,
six-strikeout, one-walk effort in a 7-4 victory over the
Would the Ohtani effect
be tougher to embrace if
Ohtani was aloof or a prima
“It would be interesting if
he was, but too bad for him,
he’s a nice guy, and he tries
to please everybody,” Simmons said. “He handles it
really well for a 23-year-old
with all the hype and all the
attention he gets, doing
something that doesn’t get
done very often, and trying
to get his work in while all
that is going on.”
If Ohtani continues to
pitch as he did Sunday, when
he averaged 97.8 mph on the
39 four-seam fastballs he
threw and induced 10 swinging strikes with a sharpbreaking
pitch, he will not be a distraction, no matter how
large his media contingent
“He gets all the attention
because everybody loves the
new,” said Simmons, who
singled his first two at-bats
Monday night. “It’s good. I’m
glad he gets it. He’s a special
talent. But at the same time,
I hope he keeps doing a good
Twitter: @MikeDiGiovanna
Angels unravel
early and oddly
against Indians
[Angels, from D1]
the name Shohei Ohtani.
The latest defeat unraveled early and oddly, the Indians scoring their first run
when the Angels stopped
playing and their second on
consecutive defensive miscues by a player who, during
this homestand, will be recognized for winning a 2017
Gold Glove.
The weirdness commenced with one out in the
second, when Edwin Encarnacion hit a JC Ramirez fastball toward the base of the
foul pole in left.
Justin Upton retreated
and as he, the wall and the
ball converged, so too did the
outstretched glove of a fan.
The ball, however, hit
nothing until striking the
wide yellow line painted on
the wall to differentiate fair
from foul.
Upton reached for it as it
descended and then, think-
ing the ball had landed foul,
didn’t pursue it.
“I ran after the ball and
braced myself on the wall,”
he said. “Had no clue the ball
was fair. Couldn’t hear anything…so it was an insidethe-park home run.”
As Encarnacion kept circling toward the plate, Upton realized the play was live
but had no time to recover.
An inning later, the Angels’ defensive lapse was
even more bizarre because
of the man who authored it.
Martin Maldonado is acknowledged as one of the
finest catchers in baseball,
one who last season had a
fielding percentage of .998.
He helped win one of the
games in Oakland by picking off a runner from first.
But here, he was charged
with a passed ball and
throwing error on the same
play, allowing Bradley Zimmer to advance to third and
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
BRADLEY ZIMMER beats Angels pitcher JC Ramirez to first base in Anaheim’s 6-0 loss at home Monday.
then home as the Indians assumed control on a night
when the Angels’ offense
went flat.
So what’s left? Just this:
The winning pitcher Monday was Mike Clevinger, a
former Angels’ fourth-round
pick who, in 2014, was traded
to Cleveland for reliever Vin-
nie Pestano.
“It’s good fun,” Clevinger
said of the victory. “I always
want to leave a good impression.”
This home opener could
have gone better. Or at least
had a less cruel guest list.
T U E S DAY , A P R I L 3 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
Osaka moves on, Stephens withdraws
staff and wire reports
Naomi Osaka of Japan and
Daria Gavrilova of Australia were
among the seeded players to advance in the opening round of the
WTA’s Volvo Car Open on Monday.
Osaka, seeded No. 10, topped
Jennifer Brady of the United
States 6-4, 6-4. Gavrilova defeated
Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Other seeds who moved on at
the Daniel Island Tennis Center in
Charleston, S.C., were No. 12 Kiki
Bertens of Netherlands, No. 14 Alize Cornet of France and No. 15 Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania.
Most of the top seeded players,
including No. 1 seed Caroline Garcia of France, will begin play Tuesday in the season’s first clay-court
The tournament lost some of its
star power when U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, seeded
fourth here, withdrew as she cited
mental and physical exhaustion af-
ter winning the Miami Open this
past weekend. Stephens said she
did not feel prepared to play her
best and felt she needed a break.
Rams to begin
program April 16
The Rams, coming off an 11-5
season and their first playoff appearance since 2004, will start preparing for the 2018 season when
their voluntary offseason program
begins April 16. Defensive lineman
Ndamukong Suh, the latest addition to the revamped Rams, will be
introduced at a news conference
The NFL on Monday released
offseason schedules for all teams.
Under terms of the collective
bargaining agreement, teams can
conduct nine-week programs that
include two weeks of strength and
conditioning, three weeks of individual player and unit instruction,
and 10 days over a four-week period
of organized team practices or activity.
No live contact is permitted.
Because Sean McVay was a new
coach in 2017, rules allowed the
Rams to hold two minicamps last
year. Now they are limited to one,
which will be held June 12-14.
— Gary Klein
The Tennessee Titans agreed to
terms on a one-year deal with linebacker Will Compton, who spent
the last five seasons with the Washington Redskins. Compton made
three starts and played in just nine
games for the Redskins last year
because of a foot injury, but he had
104 tackles as a defensive captain in
2016. ... The New York Jets claimed
tight end Clive Walford off waivers
from the Oakland Raiders. It provides New York depth at tight end
after Austin Seferian-Jenkins recently signed with Jacksonville as a
free agent. ... The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent wide receiver Brice Butler to a two-year
Blues’ Upshall is
out indefinitely
St. Louis Blues forward Scottie
Upshall is out indefinitely with a
lacerated left kidney. Upshall was
injured Saturday night in a 6-0 loss
to the Arizona Coyotes.
St. Louis president of hockey
operations and general manager
Doug Armstrong provided an update Monday on Upshall’s status.
The 34-year-old has seven goals
and 12 assists for 19 points in 63
games. Upshall was playing in just
his second game after missing
three weeks with a knee injury.
Michigan State freshman Jaren
Jackson is entering the NBA draft.
Jackson was the Big Ten defensive
player of the year and freshman of
the year, joining former Ohio State
star Greg Oden as the only players
in conference history to pull off the
feat. ... Less than a week after helping Penn State win the NIT, Tony
Carr is giving up his last two years
of college eligibility and declaring
for the NBA draft. ... Clemson’s
backcourt of Marcquise Reed and
Shelton Mitchell have decided to
enter the NBA draft. Tigers coach
Brad Brownell said neither player
would hire an agent. ... Miami Hurricanes sophomore forward Dewan Huell has decided to declare
for the NBA draft but won’t retain
an agent. ... Connecticut forward
Azura Stevens is giving up her last
year of eligibility and entering the
WNBA draft.
Bob Beattie, a ski racing pioneer who helped launch the Alpine
World Cup circuit more than 50
years ago, has died. He was 85.
ANA Inspiration
At Rancho Mirage, Calif. — Par: 72
Mission Hills Country Club
Dinah Shores Course — 6,367 yards
Final Scores
Lindberg won on eighth playoff hole
273 (-15)—$420,000
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273 (-15)—$223,635
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Jennifer Song...........................69-69-68-67
274 (-14)—$131,278
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Jessica Korda ..........................67-68-73-66
275 (-13)—$87,992
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Charley Hull.............................69-68-69-69
276 (-12)—$70,253
Ayako Uehara ..........................66-71-70-69
277 (-11)—$55,882
Caroline Masson ......................72-68-69-68
Jodi Ewart Shadoff....................70-67-69-71
Sung Hyun Park .......................68-64-74-71
Amy Olson ..............................69-68-68-72
278 (-10)—$45,131
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Nelly Korda .............................71-69-71-67
279 (-9)—$41,157
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280 (-8)—$36,190
Hannah Green .........................70-74-70-66
Brittany Altomare......................68-73-70-69
Sun Young Yoo .........................69-71-71-69
a-Jeongeun Lee........................71-70-69-70
281 (-7)—$30,372
Angela Stanford .......................72-73-70-66
Azahara Munoz ........................71-70-72-68
Lydia Ko .................................70-70-73-68
Lexi Thompson .........................68-72-70-71
Beatriz Recari ..........................66-72-72-71
282 (-6)—$25,120
Marina Alex .............................73-69-69-71
Austin Ernst.............................72-70-69-71
Bronte Law..............................70-70-70-72
Minjee Lee ..............................74-71-64-73
Shanshan Feng ........................71-70-67-74
283 (-5)—$20,176
Michelle Wie............................75-67-72-69
a-Atthaya Thitikul, .....................71-71-72-69
Mirim Lee................................73-71-69-70
In Gee Chun ............................68-71-73-71
a-Ha Na Jang...........................67-73-71-72
Cristie Kerr ..............................68-72-70-73
In-Kyung Kim ...........................71-70-68-74
Christian Petersen Getty Images
YASMANI GRANDAL is greeted by Matt Kemp after hitting a home run in the top of the first inning against Arizo-
na Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker to also drive in Corey Seager (5), who hit a run-scoring single.
Reliever Hudson is acquired
By Andy McCullough
PHOENIX — The Dodgers
added another relief pitcher to
their stockpile, signing veteran right-hander Daniel Hudson to a minor league contract.
Hudson will report to extended spring training, manager Dave Roberts said before
Monday’s game against the
Arizona Diamondbacks.
Hudson, 31, was released
last week by the Tampa Bay
Rays. The Rays had acquired
Hudson from Pittsburgh this
spring. Hudson struggled to
avoid barrels and command
the baseball during his brief
tenure as a Ray.
Hudson signed a two-year,
$11-million contract with Pittsburgh after the 2016 season.
Tampa Bay will pay his $5.5million salary this season.
Hudson has not had excellent
results in recent years, with a
4.80 earned-run average since
2016. The Dodgers have had
success tinkering with the approach of relievers, mining value out of reclamation projects
like Brandon Morrow, Tony
Cingrani and Josh Fields.
“We’ve obviously liked
him,” Roberts said. “We’ve
seen him for years. So we’re going to work him in and see
where it takes us.”
Hudson has struck out 9.3
batters per nine innings since
2015. His peripheral statistics,
such as fielding-independent
ERA, suggest room for improvement.
The Dodgers also made a
minor league deal Monday, acquiring right-hander Jesus Liranzo from Baltimore in exchange for minor league lefthander Luis Ysla.
Liranzo took a place on the
40-man roster and was optioned to double-A Tulsa. Liranzo, 23, had a 4.85 ERA in
double A last season.
Turner goes to desert
All-Star third baseman
Justin Turner has transitioned his rehabilitation to the
Dodgers’ spring-training facil-
ity in Arizona as he recovers
from a fractured wrist. Turner
could swing a bat as early as
next week, Roberts said. That
activity might occur earlier, as
Turner has reported improved
range of motion with the joint.
Turner has been out since
March 19, when Kendall
Graveman of the Oakland
Athletics hit him with a fastball. There is not an exact
timetable for Turner’s return.
Forsythe has been the primary starter at third base, although Kyle Farmer will play
there often.
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Diamondbacks strike big against Jansen
[Dodgers, from D1]
walks with two outs, Jansen
served up a 90.5-mph cutter to
outfielder Chris Owings. The
pitch landed deep in the leftfield seats, a three-run blast
that tied the score 6-6 and ruined an otherwise sterling outing from the Dodgers bullpen,
which pitched 41⁄3 scoreless innings after a brief outing by
Hyun-Jin Ryu. Jansen could
not protect the advantage.
Jansen hung his head as he
walked off the field. He looked
off-kilter throughout the outing. The velocity looked better.
His delivery did not. His command wavered as he heaved
himself toward the plate. Inside the dugout, he rubbed his
right shoulder as the Dodgers
played into extra innings.
Perhaps Jansen requires
more tinkering with his mechanics. Perhaps he is still
plagued by the hamstring issues that slowed his spring
training. Perhaps he needed a
heavier workload this spring,
when the Dodgers used him
sparingly. Or perhaps this is an
inevitable outcome for a 30year-old pitcher who has averaged 66 regular-season appearances since 2012 and has
pitched into October every
season since 2013.
The explanation will appear in time. Until then, the
Dodgers know this: Jansen has
pitched twice this season. He
lost the first game. He blew a
save opportunity in the second. He is the foundation of
the team’s bullpen, and he has
been the least reliable pitcher
of the group in this minuscule
sample size.
To start a night when he reached base five times, Yasmani Grandal launched a firstinning blast to cap a three-run
blitz of Diamondbacks starter
Taijuan Walker. Struggling to
throw strikes, Ryu coughed up
the lead over 32⁄3 innings. A
solo shot by Logan Forsythe
gave the Dodgers the lead in
the sixth. Grandal cracked a
two-out double in the seventh
and scored on a single by Cody
Bellinger for insurance. An inning later, Joc Pederson contributed a two-out run-scoring
The Dodgers faced Walker
for the first time since pummeling him in October. Walker
started Game 1 of a National
League division series. He
lasted precisely one inning,
giving up four runs before exiting the premises.
Walker did better Monday.
He cleared a low bar. He still
gave up three runs.
The man up for the Dodgers was an unlikely choice.
Manager Dave Roberts selected Pederson as his leadoff
hitter. With Chris Taylor get-
ting a day off, Roberts opted
for Pederson to replace him,
despite no hits in his first six
at-bats. The cold streak ended
against Walker.
Pederson stung a full-count
fastball for a double. Two
pitchers later, Corey Seager
pulled a fastball into right field
for a run-scoring single. Seager
was still at first when Grandal
came to the plate. Walker fell
behind in the count and fed
Grandal a two-seam fastball
down the middle. Grandal
launched the baseball into the
pool area beyond the rightcenter fence.
Walker weathered the early
flurries. The lead slipped from
Ryu’s grasp inning by inning,
as his command of the strike
zone wavered.
Ryu gave a run back in the
first inning. After two speedy
outs, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt blasted a double off
the center-field wall. A trio of
changeups did not fool outfielder A.J. Pollock. Pollock deposited the third into left for a
run-scoring double.
The Diamondbacks tested
the Dodgers outfield defense
in the third. In the first at-bat
of the inning, David Peralta
lifted a ball into the left-field
corner. Matt Kemp took a
twisting route toward it. He
banged his left leg into the
fence as he skidded to a stop.
Pederson trotted over to check
in on his teammate.
Pederson returned to center field. The next ball caught
him flat-footed. A drive from
second baseman Ketel Marte
sailed over Pederson’s head.
Marte landed at third base
with a one-out triple.
Ryu slipped deeper into the
muck. He walked Goldschmidt and outfielder Chris
Owings. With two outs and the
bases loaded, Ryu faced third
baseman Jake Lamb. In 2017,
Lamb hit .144 against left-handed pitchers like Ryu. This
time, he didn’t even have to
swing. Ryu walked Lamb on
four pitches to drive in a second Diamondbacks run.
Ryu was still disconnected
from the strike zone when the
fourth began. He issued his
fifth walk to open the frame.
Bailed out when Walker
grounded into a double play,
Ryu could not escape. He gave
up a single to Peralta. Marte
smoked a hanging curveball
for a run-scoring triple. The hit
tied the score and ended Ryu’s
Walker gave up eight hits
and two walks in five innings.
But the Dodgers could not
score against him after the
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At Charleston, S.C.
Surface: Green Clay-Outdoor
Monday’s Results
WOMEN’S SINGLES (first round) — Alize Cornet (14), France, def. Kateryna Bondarenko,
Ukraine, 6-1, 6-2. Christina McHale, United
States, def. Zarina Diyas, Kazakhstan, 6-4,
6-2.Bernarda Pera, United States, def. Jana Cepelova, Slovakia, 6-2, 6-2. Laura Siegemund,
Germany, def. Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Russia,
7-5, 6-2. Varvara Lepchenko, United States, def.
Andrea Petkovic, Germany, 6-4, 7-5.Kiki Bertens
(12), Netherlands, def. Veronica Cepede Royg,
Paraguay, 6-4, 6-1. Fanny Stollar, Hungary, def.
Francesca di Lorenzo, United States, 7-5,
6-1.Daria Gavrilova (11), Australia, def. Ons
Jabeur, Tunisia, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.Naomi Osaka (10),
Japan, def. Jennifer Brady, United States, 6-4,
6-4. Camila Giorgi, Italy, def. Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Spain, 6-1, 6-4. Polona Hercog, Slovenia,
def. Maryna Zanevska, Belgium, 6-1, 6-4. Mihaela Buzarnescu (15), Romania, def. Vera
Lapko, Belarus, 6-4, retired.Aleksandra Krunic,
Serbia, def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, United
States, 6-2, 6-2. Caroline Dolehide, United
States, def. Johanna Larsson, Sweden, 5-7, 6-0,
WOMEN’S DOUBLES (first round) — Andreja
Klepac, Slovenia, and Maria Jose Martinez
Sanchez (3), Spain, def. Alicja Rosolska, Poland,
and Abigail Spears, United States, 6-1, 6-3. Lara
Arruabarrena, Spain, and Sara Errani, Italy, def.
Tatjana Maria, Germany, and Kristyna Pliskova,
Czech Republic, 6-4, 7-5.
$226,750 WTA Abierto GNP Seguros
At Monterrey, Mexico
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
Monday’s Results
WOMEN’S SINGLES (first round) — Ana Bogdan (6), Romania, def. Victoria Rodriguez, Mexico, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Alison Riske, United
States, def. Evgeniya Rodina, Russia, 6-0, 7-6
(4). Sachia Vickery (7), United States, def. Irina
Falconi, United States, 6-1, 6-4. Ajla Tomljanovic
(8), Australia, def. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova,
Slovakia, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6). Lesia Tsurenko (3),
Ukraine, def. Nao Hibino, Japan, 6-7 (2), 6-4,
WOMEN’s DOUBLES (first round) — Valeria
Savinykh and Yana Sizikova, Russia, def. Marcela
Zacarias and Renata Zarazua, Mexico, 6-3, 6-0.
Naomi Broady, Britain, and Sara Sorribes Tormo,
Spain, def. Jacqueline Cako, United States, and
Cornelia Lister, Sweden, 6-3, 6-2.
Major League Baseball
National League
-180 at CINCINNATI +165
at NEW YORK -113 Philadelphia
-109 at ATLANTA
at MILWAUKEE -129 St. Louis
-170 at ARIZONA
-116 at SAN DIEGO +106
American League
Kansas City -109 at DETROIT
at TORONTO -170 Chicago
at HOUSTON -245 Baltimore
at OAKLAND -116 Texas
-123 Cleveland
at NEW YORK -155 Tampa Bay
-250 at MIAMI
Line (O/U)
at PHILADEL9 (2221⁄2)
at CLEVELAND 1 ⁄2 (223 ⁄2)
111⁄2 (2081⁄2)
1 (211)
at MILWAUKEE 2 (2071⁄2)
at OKLAHOMA 3 ⁄2 (222 ⁄2)
Golden State
5 (2161⁄2)
81⁄2 (2081⁄2)
31⁄2 (2151⁄2)
San Antonio
1 (210)
at COLUMBUS -233
Philadelphia -158
at NEW JERSEY -223
at CALGARY -131
at SAN JOSE -174
NY Rangers
Las Vegas
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:SCPS-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest;
Eastern Conference divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
1. z-Houston
2. y-Gold. State
3. x-Portland
4. San Antonio
5. Oklahoma City
6. Utah
7. Minnesota
8. New Orleans
17 1⁄2
18 1⁄2
9. Denver
12. Sacramento
13. Dallas
14. Memphis
15. Phoenix
9 1⁄2
18 1⁄2
24 1⁄2
1. x-Toronto
2. x-Boston
3. x-Cleveland
4. x-Philadelphia
5. x-Indiana
6. x-Washington
7. Miami
7. Milwaukee
8 1⁄2
9 1⁄2
13 1⁄2
14 1⁄2
14 1⁄2
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
7 1⁄2
18 1⁄2
x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division zclinched conference
DODGERS — Acquired RHP Jesus Liranzo from
Baltimore for LHP Luis Ysla and optioned him to
Tulsa (Texas).
Arizona — Sent LF Yasmany Tomas outright to
Reno (PCL). Optioned RHP Stefan Crichton to
Reno (PCL).
Atlanta — Selected the contract of RHP Anibal Sanchez from Gwinnett (IL). Activated C Carlos Perez. Designated RHP Miguel Socolovich for
assignment. Placed RHP Josh Ravin on the 10day DL.
Baltimore — Acquired LHP Luis Ysla from the
Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Jesus Liranzo.
Agreed to terms with OF Michael Saunders on a
minor league contract.
Kansas City — Claimed OF Abraham Almonte
off outright waivers from Cleveland. Designated
RHP Miguel Almonte for assignment.
Miami — Designated RHP Severino Gonzalez
for assignment. Selected the contract of RHP
Trevor Richards from Jacksonville (SL).
New York Yankees — Voided the minor league
option of RHP Ben Heller and placed him on the
10-day DL, retroactive to March 27).
Pittsburgh — Placed RHP Joe Musgrove on
the 10-day DL, retroactive to Friday. Recalled RHP
Clay Holmes from Indianapolis (IL).
Seattle — Seny OF Cameron Perkins outright
to Tacoma (PCL).
Texas — Selected the contract of RHP Bartolo
Colon from Round Rock (PCL). Optioned RHP
Nick Gardewine to Round Rock. Transferred RHP
Ricardo Rodriguez from the 10- to the 60-day DL.
Announced 1B Tommy Joseph cleared waivers
and accepted an outright assignment to Frisco
Washington — Placed C Matt Wieters on the
10-day DL. Recalled C Pedro Severino from Syracuse (IL).
Atlanta— Signed G Damion Lee for the
remainder of the season. Assigned Fs Tyler Cavanaugh and Jeremy Evans, and transferred G Josh
Magette and F Andrew White III to Erie (NBAGL).
Indianapolis — Signed LS Luke Rhodes.
New York Jets — Claimed TE Clive Walford off
waivers from Oakland.
Tennessee — Agreed to terms with LB Will
Compton on a one-year contract.
NHL — Fined Boston F Brad Marchand
$5,000 for cross-checking.
Calgary — Assigned F Dillon Dube to Stockton
Chicago — Recalled G Jeff Glass from Rockford (AHL). Assigned G Collin Delia to Rockford.
Detroit — Reassigned F Dylan Sadowy from
Grand Rapids (AHL) to Toledo (ECHL).
Nashville — Signed F Tanner Jeannot to a
three-year, entry-level contract.
New Jersey — Signed F Marian Studenic to a
three-year, entry-level contract.
Vancouver — Announced Fs Henrik and Daniel Sedin will retire at the end of the season.
East Tennessee State — Placed football
coach Randy Sanders on paid administrative
Miami — Announced sophomore F Dewan
Huell has declared for the NBA draft.
Michigan State — Freshman F Jaren Jackson
announced he is entering the NBA draft.
New Jersey City — Named Joseph Yeck men’s
golf coach.
North Alabama — Named Tony Pujol men’s
assistant basketball coach.
Peru State — Named Joan Albury women’s
basketball coach.
Connecticut — Announced junior F Azura
Stevens will enter the WNBA draft.
1977 — Jean Ratelle of the Boston Bruins
scores his 1,000th point with an assist in a 7-4
triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1994 — The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 in the first Sunday night opener,
sending baseball into a new era with three divisions and a new playoff format.
1995 — UCLA wins its first national basketball
championship in 20 years and record 11th NCAA
title, keeping Arkansas from repeating with an
89-78 victory.
2010 — Bernard Hopkins wins a brutal unanimous decision over Roy Jones Jr. in their longdelayed rematch, emphatically avenging his loss
in the famed champions' first fight nearly 17
years earlier.
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alright in
Faith meets theater
meets pop culture
in NBC’s modern, live
staging of the musical.
The pop star raised his
hands, striking a messianic
pose from the stage as the
adoring crowd strained to
touch the edges of his flowing robe.
A savior greeting his disciples.
Singer John Legend
didn’t have the presence of
a theater performer, but
he did know how to command a venue full of fans,
which is exactly what NBC’s
“Jesus Christ Superstar Live
in Concert” called for Sunday night.
Legend (Jesus), pop
star Sara Bareilles (Mary
Magdalene), veteran rocker
Alice Cooper (King Herod)
and “Hamilton’s” Brandon
Victor Dixon (Judas) artfully walked the line among
Broadway musical, pop concert and contemporary TV
drama during a two-hour-
plus production broadcast
live from a theater space in
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Black leather jackets and
motorcycle boots took the
place of bell bottoms and
bare feet in the television
adaptation of Andrew Lloyd
Webber and Tim Rice’s
long-haired 1971 Broadway
musical chronicling Christ’s
last days.
Ben Daniels (Pontius Pilate), Norm Lewis (Caiaphas) and Jin Ha (Annas)
were also among those
tasked with taking a beloved
musical, born in the theater
far from the momentumkilling effects of ad breaks
and remote-wielding audiences, and not ruining it for
the small screen, where
the commercials arrived in
biblical proportions.
The show, broadcast live
on the East Coast from the
Marcy Armory in the Williamsburg neighborhood of
Brooklyn and taped for the
West Coast airing, was
blocked and choreographed
like a theater production,
where all the action takes
place on one stage. But it
was also like a pop concert,
with a live audience reacting
with claps and cheers. It fea[See ‘Superstar,’ E3]
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PRODUCER Steven Bochco, who died Sunday at 74, had hit shows such as “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law.”
Bochco battled
TV’s status quo
His shows featured raw, complex drama, large casts
BY GREG BRAXTON >>> Steven Bochco knew he was in hot water. Religious leaders, ABC network
affiliates and even some network executives were taking a strong stand against his new drama — a
cop show armed with nudity, coarse language, violence and a raw edge that was just not allowed on
network television.
The series was “NYPD Blue,” and even Bochco’s reputation as a guiding force behind quality hits
such as “Hill Street Blues” and “L.A. Law” for rival NBC offered little comfort to forces who felt the
show went too far. In one scene of the series, an angry police detective grabbed his crotch and cursed
at a female district attorney. Another showed a man being shot several times at close range. Then
there was the scene that depicted a couple having sex, the camera panning their uncovered nude
At least 30 ABC stations decided not to air the premiere. But with his characteristic bravado,
Bochco refused to back down and edit the content.
[See Bochco, E3]
Virginia Sherwood NBC
JOHN LEGEND , center, played Jesus Christ in the
NBC production of the 1971 musical Sunday evening.
Filmmaker taken
by L.A.’s mystery
Aaron Katz salutes the
city’s enigmatic nature
in ‘Gemini,’ a thriller
with an off-kilter beat.
By Mark Olsen
A politely sleazy thriller,
the new film “Gemini” is a
gripping murder mystery
that reveals new dimensions
of Los Angeles on-screen. Its
examination of the world of
celebrity and the contemporary slippage of identity is
set against a vision of the city
that is both glossy sleek and
comfortably lived-in.
Written and directed by
Aaron Katz, the film focuses
on a young Hollywood assistant, Jill LeBeau (Lola
Kirke), who cleans up the
personal and professional
messes of her celebrity boss,
actress Heather Anderson
(Zoë Kravitz). A dead body
shot with Jill’s gun leaves behind a lot of suspects from
Heather’s life, including a
frustrated filmmaker (Nelson Franklin), a jilted
boyfriend (Reeve Carney)
and a secret girlfriend
[See ‘Gemini,’ E4]
This ‘Shrew!’ update is just too tame
Francisco Roman TBS
In good form in
a changed world
Tracy Morgan is back
on TV in the largely
likable TBS sitcom
“The Last O.G.” E2
Singer basks in
‘Golden Hour’
Kacey Musgraves’
new studio album
shines with wonders
of new love. E5
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Amy Freed’s revamp
of Shakespeare’s
comedy at SCR
doesn’t go far enough.
Taming of the Shrew”
belongs to a convention of
comedy that isn’t coming
back anytime soon.
The figure of the scolding, abusive wife, a reliable
source of hilarity on the Elizabethan stage, will never entirely disappear. But plots
devised to teach these women subservience have been
rendered obsolete by a lateevolving common sense.
As the most famous example of the form, Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the
Shrew” has come under
intense journalistic fire in recent seasons. The critiques
are justified, if not always as
cogently argued as they
could be. Shakespeare’s gender politics are not our own,
but neither is Shakespeare’s
genius, even at this relatively
early phase of the playwright’s development.
The play takes for
granted the subordinate
position of women in Elizabethan society. But it is also
discerning of the psychology
of its central female character, aware of the nature of
role playing in all our relationships and acutely conscious of the way marriage
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Tania Thompson
SUSANNAH ROGERS and Elijah Alexander star in the updated “Shrew!”
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The CW
renews 10
shows early
The CW announced early
renewals for 10 of the network’s prime-time series on
“As the CW expands to a
six-night, Sunday through
Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have
such a deep bench of great
returning series for 2018-19,”
Mark Pedowitz, president of
the CW, said in a statement.
Shows scoring renewals
include second seasons of
“Black Lightning” and “Dynasty”; a third season of
“Riverdale”; fourth seasons
of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,”
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supergirl”; fifth
seasons of “The Flash” and
“Jane the Virgin”; a seventh
season of “Arrow”; and a
staggering 14th season of
— Libby Hill
Photographs by
A Christmas tour
for Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson will bring to
life the Beach Boys’ beloved
Christmas recordings on a
limited tour pegged to the
“Brian Wilson Presents: The
Christmas Album Live” tour
will launch Nov. 28 in Minneapolis and include a Dec. 20
show at the Thousand Oaks
Civic Arts Plaza.
Wilson will be joined by
another founding member
of the Beach Boys, Al Jardine, and latter-day band
member Blondie Chaplin.
The Brian Wilson Band
plans to perform songs from
the group’s 1964 holiday classic, “The Beach Boys’
Christmas Album,” along
with selections from his 2005
solo album, “What I Really
Want for Christmas.”
— Randy Lewis
Rocker sorry for
gun-control rant
Eagles of Death Metal
frontman Jesse Hughes issued a video apology for the
inflammatory statements
he made in the wake of the
March for Our Lives protests, saying he “was not attempting to impugn the
youth of America or this
beautiful thing they've accomplished.”
Hughes has a unique role
in the gun-control debate as
a supporter of gun rights
who was also one of the victims of the November 2015
terror attack at the Bataclan
theater in Paris, where 89
people died.
“I truly am sorry. I did not
mean to hurt anyone or
cause any harm,” Hughes
said in his Sunday video.
— Christie D’Zurilla
Francisco Roman TBS
TRAY (Tracy Morgan, right) goes for a stroll with Bobby (Allen Maldonado, left) and his twins (Taylor Mosby and Dante Hoagland).
He’s back, but it’s all different
Tracy Morgan is in
good form as an
ex-con in a changed
world in ‘Last O.G.’
One nice thing — and
from a human standpoint
perhaps the nicest thing —
about “The Last O.G.,” a
new TBS sitcom starring
Tracy Morgan, is that the
fact that the actor nearly
died in a 2014 auto accident is
not evident on-screen.
Morgan is in good form
here, funny and odd and as
healthy as he’s ever seemed;
he has the quality of being
both a capable actor and
helplessly himself, which is
to say, he is never like anybody else. (I say this knowing little about his actual
real self. This is just the vibe
he puts out.)
Morgan, formerly of “Saturday Night Live” and “30
Rock,” plays Tray, who has
spent 15 years in prison for
dealing drugs and comes out
with a vocation — to his selfdescribed humble mind, he
“might be the best chef the
world has ever known” —
and a mission: “It’s time for
me to go out to the world and
make it a better place with
my sage advice.”
But the world has
changed too, and Tray’s old
Brooklyn ’hood has been
gentrified nearly beyond
recognition. Almost the first
words he hears are, “It’s not
starred — it’s Michelinrated. It’s a huge difference.”
This is followed closely by a
mother telling her strollerbound baby, “Honey, have
some seaweed — open up —
seaweed is alkalizing. Gas is
good for digestion.”
“I feel like Rip van Winkle,” Tray will later say. “And
I don’t even know who he is.”
What’s more, at the halfway house been assigned to,
he is told that every ex-con
arrives home with a mission
to make the world a better
place with his sage advice.
“Too many mentors, not
enough mentees,” says
Mullins (Cedric the Entertainer), who runs the place.
Mullins’ concept of the job is
mostly to afflict his charges
with stand-up and improv.
(“How about a little prop
comedy? Anybody got a
prop I could use?”) Tray, for
his part, having failed to find
employment as a “head
chef,” winds up working for
his old drug boss, now running a coffee franchise.
Tray also finds that his
old girlfriend, Shay (Tiffany
Haddish, “Girls Trip”),
whom he had assumed
would wait for him in spite of
not having heard from her in
15 years, has moved up in the
world, now going by Shannon and raising money from
the rich to provide beds for
the homeless.
On top of that, she’s gotten married, and on top of
that, he’s a very white sort of
white guy (Ryan Gaul as,
what else, Josh), who writes
TV copy for food personality
Anthony Bourdain (“So
when you think of Myanmar,
don’t think of hateful, hardlined Buddhists or the
fourth ‘Rambo’ movie —
CEDRIC the Entertainer, Cody Lindquist.
‘The Last O.G.’
Where: TBS
When: 10:30 p.m. Tuesday
Rated: TV-MA (may be
unsuitable for children
under age 17)
think of delectable deep dish
learns that the twins Shay
and Josh are raising (Taylor
Mosby and Dante Hoagland) are his biological children. His feelings toward
them are unabashedly fatherly, and he insinuates
himself into their lives.
“The Last O.G.” has taken
time to reach the screen.
Created by Jordan Peele (of
“Key and Peele” and “Get
Out”) and John Carcieri
(who wrote for “Eastbound
& Down” and “Vice Principals”), it began at FX, before
moving to TBS, jettisoning
Carcieri as showrunner
along the way.
(During that journey,
Peele became an Oscar-winning screenwriter and Haddish one of Hollywood’s
hottest stars.)
Indeed, the series seems
to be searching for an identity, trying on different looks
as it goes.
The show is by turns sentimental and unseemly.
There is a lot of genital humor, though as Mullins
points out, “The phallus is
the No. 1 piece of universal
comedy gold.” Still, you may
reasonably wonder what to
make of a joke whose punchline is “Beating my kids.”
The writing can feel strained
and obvious. There is an internet dating episode, a
school bully episode, a scene
in which a streetwalker is
taken to a fancy restaurant.
You have seen those, if
you’ve watched much TV.
To the extent that it is politically incorrect (if that is
still the term), “The Last
O.G.” clearly wants you to
know that it is aware of this
— that the opinions expressed by its characters do
not necessarily reflect those
of the management, that we
are being asked to laugh at
knuckleheads, even if they
are knuckleheads out to better themselves.
There are mentions of diabetes — specifically to ignore it — and inclusive notions of manhood that seem
placed to acknowledge unfortunate episodes in Morgan’s own life and to suggest
by their presence that the
actor has grown since.
Across the six (of 10) episodes I’ve seen, there has
been effort expended to give
the characters weight — this
is especially necessary in the
case of Josh, whom we need
to take as something more
than a convenient choice for
Shay to have made. And
Tray is a study in evolving responsible action.
Even when the show is
disappointing, it somehow
remains likable. It could be
better; it isn’t bad. As the
story of an indomitable person coming back to a
changed world, it has some
of the attitude, and the sunniness, of “Unbreakable
Kimmy Schmidt.” Lines
may fall flat, but there is
enough chemistry among
the players — the stars, the
guests and the regulars, notably including Allen Maldonado (“black-ish”) as Tray’s
intensely cheerful young
cousin Bobby — to keep
“The Last O.G” decent, indecent company.
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Bochco’s series had gritty realism
[Bochco, from E1]
“The affiliates are concerned and nervous about
something that has not been
done before,” Bochco said.
“But this is the show that
ABC committed to, and the
show that we wanted to do. I
have strong belief in the integrity of the viewer, and it’s
the right of the viewer to
make his or her own choice
on whether to watch the
The unedited premiere of
“NYPD Blue” aired in September 1993, drawing mostly
rave reviews and huge
ratings. Bochco had another
hit on his hands, just another
in a long line of groundbreaking dramas that transformed the landscape of
prime-time network television and established him as
one of the most elite and visionary producers in the history of television.
During his illustrious career, Bochco, who died Sunday at 74 after battling cancer, was known not only for
his headstrong ways but for
taking established network
TV genres such as cop, legal
and medical shows and injecting them with a realism
that touched on topical issues. The key characters in
“Hill Street Blues,” “L.A.
Law,” and numerous other
shows such as “Doogie Howser M.D.,” “Murder One,”
South” and “City of Angels”
were flawed, heroic and
He also took risks that
put him on shaky ground
more than once. With partner Michael Kozoll, Bochco
in 1981 co-created “Hill Street
Blues,” about the personal
and professional struggles of
police officers working in a
crime-ridden urban precinct. There were no recognizable stars, shaky camera
work, noisy scenes with characters talking over one another.
NBC executives were
nervous even before the premiere. Test audiences were
not impressed with the gritty
pilot. Some samplers hated
it. The show got off to a rough
start and barely received a
second season — at the time,
it was among the lowestrated shows ever renewed at
the network.
“It was messy, barely controlled
recalled in 2014. “We were
really inventing it as we went
along. There has never been
anything like it before in
terms of size and sloppiness.
Words were tumbling out in
the background, the frame
was teeming with characters.”
Each “Hill Street Blues”
episode kicked off with the
day’s roll call, for the first few
seasons overseen by the formidable but fatherly Sgt.
Phil Esterhaus (Michael
Conrad). His daily rundown
always ended with a phrase
that soon became a cultural
Twentieth Century Fox
“HILL STREET BLUES” made a star of Daniel J. Travanti as
“L.A. LAW” followed the professional and personal lives of a Los
Capt. Frank Furillo, here grappling with a suspect on the streets.
Angeles legal firm staff, starring Susan Dey and Harry Hamlin.
Neil Slavin ABC
“NYPD BLUE” featured David Caruso, left, and Dennis Franz
“DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D.” gave TV viewers an early look at Neil
when it premiered in 1993, but Caruso would leave early in Season 2.
Patrick Harris, left, with Alan Fudge and Lawrence Pressman.
Bob D'Amico ABC
Danny Feld ABC
“COP ROCK,” with William Thomas Jr., left, Tyrone Weeks and
“MURDER ONE” ran for two seasons and featured Daniel Benzali
Peter Onorati, was a song-and-dance debacle, but Bochco was a fan.
as Theodore Hoffman, a prominent Los Angeles defense attorney.
touchstone: “Let’s be careful
out there.”
Audiences eventually embraced “Hill Street Blues,”
and during its seven-season
run the series racked up 26
Emmys, including four consecutive awards for outstanding drama. The series
today is widely regarded as
revolutionary, paving the
way for the current golden
era of serial TV drama in
populate complicated plots.
“There’s no question that
the show was a tipping point
in not only how an audience
responded to TV but how
those of us making TV came
to see what we were doing in
a very different light,” said
Bochco, who won 10 Emmys
during his career and was
nominated for 30. “It expanded the drama form and
the medium. Lots of shows
that came behind us might
not have had the same success if we had not broken
Bochco was an innovator
even in failure. “Cop Rock,”
his ill-fated 1990 attempt at a
drama in which LAPD cops
sang and danced each episode, was a precursor to
shows such as “Glee,” “Empire” and even “Crazy ExGirlfriend.”
He regarded “Cop Rock”
as a career milestone. “I’m
delighted,” Bochco said in
2014 when the series was re-
leased on DVD. “It’s enormously gratifying. I always
felt it was one of the highlights of my career, and I still
do. It was an enormously
challenging project, and everyone involved was committed to it.”
Twitter: @GeBraxton
A ‘Superstar’
to remember
[‘Superstar,’ from E1]
tured 40-plus cast members,
a large onstage orchestra
and an interactive audience, which was shown and
addressed throughout the
“Hello, Jerusalem, I am
your king!” Cooper said as he
greeted the cheering crowd in
the theater. Like other cast
members, he was clad in contemporary garb, which in
Herod’s case was a shiny,
three-piece orange suit. He
was also flanked by women
dressed like Vegas showgirls.
Weird? Yes but also perfect in a campy, dramatic and
evil “Billion Dollar Babies”
kind of way. Cooper’s part
was small but indelible.
It was Legend, Bareilles
and Dixon who carried most
of the production. Lending
their pristine voices to the
key Jesus and Mary Magdalene numbers so many of us
remember being slaughtered
in high school productions
of the play were Legend and
Bareilles, whose names are
more akin with the pop
charts than theater (though
Bareilles just finished a
Broadway run as the star of
“Waitress,” the musical for
which she wrote the Tonynominated original score).
The two singers weren’t as
animated as the multiple
dancers and performers who
shared the stage, but they
brought the songs to life for
a modern audience without
forsaking the original charm
of the numbers.
Their melodious deliveries were complemented by
the gruffer voice and more
theatrical likes of Dixon. As
Judas, Dixon led spectacular
numbers such as “Superstar” that required athleticism and some seriously
soulful belting. He nailed it
on both counts.
The show was shot on one
set, which was spare compared with other similar
television renditions of musicals that used multiple locations and lavish costumery.
“Jesus Christ Superstar
Live” took place in front of
exposed scaffolding and on a
largely clutter-free stage,
allowing for big dance numbers and plenty of widespread, choreographed action. Props were few — the occasional fire pit, a crucifixion
cross made of metal piping.
Other modern flourishes
included a cast that looked
as if it had been pulled out of
a “Rent” revival — tattoos,
piercings and funky hairdos
— and moments onstage
when the actors turned into
a media mob and took
cellphone video of Jesus being abused.
The Easter Sunday show,
produced by Neil Meron,
Marc Platt and Craig Zadan,
was the latest in a string of
other live NBC musical
productions that have managed to resurrect the idea of
a true TV event.
The trend started with
Virginia Sherwood NBC
SARA BAREILLES portrays Mary Magdalene to John Legend’s Jesus in NBC’s modernized production.
2013’s “The Sound of Music
Live,” and NBC has since
tackled “Peter Pan Live,”
“The Wiz Live” and “Hairspray Live.” Fox got in on
the act with 2016’s “Grease:
Live,” “The Passion” as presented by Tyler Perry (with
some filmed segments) and
“A Christmas Story Live”
last year.
The ads during NBC’s
“Jesus Christ Superstar
Live” dovetailed with the production. The Christianthemed film “God’s Not
Dead: A Light in the Darkness” was advertised alongside a Microsoft ad in which
rapper Common stood onstage like a preacher selling
the tech giant’s wares. It
stands to reason that audiences who tuned in on Easter to see the musical might
like the faith-based movie,
while those who love Legend
might respond to an ad
featuring his “Selma” songwriting partner.
The show was a collision
of religion and theater and
pop culture that could have
been one holy mess. But by
the grace of God, or maybe
a great cast and lots and lots
of expert staging, a great
musical became a great TV
Patrick Randak NBC
Twitter: @lorraineali
“HELLO, Jerusalem, I am your king!”: Alice Cooper
played a contemporary Herod in Sunday’s live show.
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‘Gemini’ looks into L.A.’s many sides
[‘Gemini,’ from E1]
(Greta Lee). A low-key detective (John Cho) sifts
through the messy possibilities.
With its unusual mix of
genre plot propulsion and
odd character moments, the
film makes for an eccentric
alchemy. Katz is an avowed
devotee of watching movies
on VHS as well as literary
crime fiction by writers such
as John Dickson Carr. As reference and inspiration, he
mentions such thrillers as
“Jade” and the Florida-set
“Body Heat” alongside L.A.set movies such as “Dead
Again,” “American Gigolo”
and “Bad Influence.”
“It feels like thrillers have
this great capacity to express something about the
city that they are taking
place in,” Katz said while recently tucked into a back
booth at Tonga Hut, the
North Hollywood tiki bar
seen in the movie.
“Maybe in part because
geography is really important in a thriller and the mechanics of how you get from
here to there has an outsized
importance in the plot,” he
added. “So I feel like you get
to see a lot of the city and immerse the movie in the fabric
of what it means to live in the
city at a particular time.”
Katz, 36, is originally
from Portland, Ore., and after emerging with two wellreceived micro-budget features, 2006’s “Dance Party
USA” and 2007’s “Quiet
City,” he first stepped into
genre territory with the
slacker detective sibling
mystery “Cold Weather” in
2010. His next film, “Land
Ho!” was a road comedy set
in Iceland co-directed with
Martha Stephens. After
moving to Los Angeles in
late 2012, he began working
on the script that would become “Gemini” as a tribute
to the city as he was exploring its lesser-seen corners.
On the day after the film’s
recent L.A. premiere, Kirke
and Cho met up at Frank’s
Coffee Shop in Burbank, a
location where their characters have a pivotal conversation in the movie.
“When you come back to
a location, I’m never quite
sure what’s us, what production put up, and what is the
original restaurant,” Cho
said. Looking around the
room, he added, “There’s always less.”
Both Kirke and Kravitz
grew up with show business
and the attention it can
bring as part of their lives.
(Kirke’s father is Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke
and her mother is designer
Lorraine Kirke; Kravitz is
the daughter of actress Lisa
Bonet and musician Lenny
Kravitz.) The exploration in
“Gemini” of the unusual dynamic between a celebrity
and an assistant — the blurred boundaries between the
personal and the professional, on-duty and offhours — was something they
both instinctively under-
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
AARON KATZ, writer-director of “Gemini,” says he began work on the script in late 2012 when he was new to L.A. and exploring the area.
LOLA KIRKE plays a young Hollywood assistant to a demanding celebrity in the
Los Angeles-set new thriller. Katz wrote the role with Kirke in mind.
“I think that’s something
the movie does really well in
general, show you different
sides of things you think you
really know already,” Kirke
said. “It shows you a different side of celebrity and it
shows you a different side of
Los Angeles.”
“There is such an intriguing balance of light and dark
here, emotional light and
dark,” Kravitz said by telephone from Los Angeles.
“And I think what Aaron did
was kind of look at both
sides of a lot of things, seeing
the positive and the negative
sides of all those things. It is
a hard thing to capture, but I
think that’s what this story
is about, is looking at everything from both sides.”
The production covered
a lot of ground: from a parking lot off Western, an apartment building in Koreatown,
an elaborately tiled house in
Laurel Canyon, a glamorous
retreat in Topanga Canyon,
a house above the Chateau
Marmont in West Hollywood
and El Matador State
Along with Tonga Hut
and Frank’s, restaurants
and bars such as Yamashiro,
Casa Bianca Pizza Pie and
Star Karaoke are all featured prominently.
Katz’s own house in
Eagle Rock served as the
house of a film director —
that’s his Spirit Award seen
as set dressing in the background as well as the computer on which he edited the
movie — and his local coffee
shop, Found Coffee, is in a
scene as well.
The Tesla and Mercedes
featured as celebrity cars
cost well more than Katz’s
earliest movies. The small
Nissan hatchback that
Kirke’s character drives in
the film was a rental that
Katz also used to get to and
from the shoot, driving
Kirke and cinematographer
Andrew Reed along the
Though he had never met
her, Katz wrote the part of
Jill with Kirke in mind after
seeing her in Noah Baumbach’s “Mistress America.”
Once Kirke was signed on,
she suggested Kravitz, a
friend, for the role of
Heather. (Katz had already
met Kravitz for a project
that never materialized.)
From there, Katz rewrote
the roles based on input
from his actresses, collaborating on their characters
and their world.
“There is something
really particular about
Aaron as far as filmmakers
go, particularly male filmmakers, there is a complete
lack of ego in the most incredible way,” Kirke said.
“He’s so open to collaboration and open in general.
And those were really refreshing qualities to see. I
definitely think Aaron is an
auteur, but none of that auteur ego lives within him.”
Katz acknowledged that
Kirke and Kravitz already
knew more than him about
the world of fame and its orbit just from their own lives.
So, he said, it made sense to
ask them for input on anything from dealing with
pushy paparazzi on the
street to when and how to assert celebrity privilege to
gain special treatment.
“I think fame is a very
complicated thing,” Kravitz
said. “I like seeing a story
that shows if you don’t have
your feet on the ground and
you get swept up in it, you
can find yourself in a very unstable place emotionally.
Which is where we find
Heather. And yet I think she
is also very much addicted to
being famous and having
that kind of attention on her.
“And I relate to it in some
ways,” she added. “But I
think fame is something
whether you are famous or
someone who kind of participates from afar and
watches celebrities, I like the
idea of looking at. It’s a
bizarre thing, it’s not normal.”
A murder mystery, a
study of characters and celebrity and an essay on the
city itself, “Gemini” captures
the enigmatic nature of life
in Los Angeles, from the fringes to the center of the action.
“L.A. is a mystery, there
are so many things going on
here,” Cho said. “It’s confusing, and it isn’t well planned,
but it’s wonderful and awful,
and it’s filled with incredible
successes and tragic failures
and strange pockets of life.
So enigmatic is right. Everything is slippery in this
Twitter: @IndieFocus
This ‘Shrew’ isn’t ready to step out on its own
[‘Shrew,’ from E1]
and money go hand in hand.
Revivals, if they don’t
want to be outdated museum pieces, need a modernizing perspective. But why not
simply overhaul the work
with a new writer? That’s the
strategy taken at South
Coast Repertory, where
Amy Freed’s “Shrew!” is having its world premiere under
the direction of Art Manke.
On paper, Freed is the
right author for a feminist
taming of Shakespeare’s
“Shrew.” Adept at madcap
pastiche, she had a roaring
success last season at SCR
with her comedy “The Monster Builder,” a zany modern
take on Ibsen’s “The Master
Builder. Her play “The
Beard of Avon,” which tackles with farcical heedlessness the controversial question of who wrote Shakespeare’s plays, demonstrates her comfort with a
400-year-old rhetorical style.
But Freed’s revamp suffers from an excess of intelligence. In balancing a contemporary understanding of
Katherina (renamed Katherine here) with an appreciation of the original play containing her, “Shrew!” never
manages to take independent flight.
Comedy thrives more by
distortion than by fairness.
Freed’s humor is too safe
and respectful to tell us anything we’re not supposed to
know. The result might be
more humane by today’s
standards, but earnestness
Where: South Coast
Repertory, 655 Town
Center Drive, Costa Mesa
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays
to Thursdays, 8 p.m.
Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30
p.m. Sundays; ends April
Tickets: $30-$83
Info: (714) 708-5555,
Running time: 2 hours,
20 minutes
Tania Thompson
SUSANNAH ROGERS , left, Martin Kildare and Sierra Jolene appear in South
Coast Repertory’s production of Amy Freed’s “Shrew!” on the Segerstrom Stage.
saps the drollery. The laughter simmers yet never
reaches a boil.
Shakespeare’s preface
framing the shrew-taming
comedy as a play within a
play is reconceived by Freed.
Instead of the drunken
tinker Christopher Sly, who
wakes up as a lord in an
elaborate prank that gives
way to the performance
proper, a female writer
dressed as a man is introduced. A playwright trying
to find her way in a male profession, she takes over a
script from a balding actor
from Stratford who is appar-
ently gay and curious about
the stuffed codpiece she’s
The play is none other
than “The Taming of the
Shrew,” a popular work but
one that hasn’t kept up with
the times. What follows is
the rewrite by this renegade
cross-dressing dramatist,
who steps away to assume
the role of Katherine, a woman far more level-headed
than her Shakespearean
Susannah Rogers, star of
“The Monster Builder,”
brings her brainy sparkle to
her portrayal of the Writer
and Katherine. This cool
and collected actress has a
Helen Hunt-like ability to
retain her sanity even when
being tossed about in the
tumult of romantic farce.
Freed’s first moves are
fun and funny, but the justification of Katherine’s ill-behavior make her seem more
of a victim of her family’s unfairness than a strong-willed
woman who has adopted an
aggressive manner to cope
with the stupidity around
Bianca (Sierra Jolene),
Katherine’s sister, is turned
into a selfish airhead.
Baptista (Martin Kildare),
Katherine’s father who
won’t allow Bianca to marry
until his older daughter
somehow finds a husband, is
a paternal pimp concerned
only with attracting the
highest bidder.
Shakespeare’s characterizations are undeniably
broad, but they seem less
dopey than Freed’s re-creations. Elijah Alexander’s
Petruchio might be an
exception to this pattern,
but his reasonableness as
Katherine’s undeterrable
suitor interferes with the
shrew conversion therapy
his character half-heartedly
carries out after the unlikely
Freed probably should
have allowed herself more
liberties. She saddles herself
with plot structures and language that she can’t decide
whether to embrace or kick
to the curb. The comedy
dithers as a consequence of
her ambivalence, and not
even Manke’s expert directorial hand can quicken the
Veterans such as Peter
Frechette (as Hortensio,
one of the scheming rivals
for Bianca’s heart) seem
completely lost while Danny
Scheie (as Petruchio’s mischievous servant, Grumio)
delivers a faded copy of the
shtick he more successfully
fired off in Freed’s “You,
Nero.” Bhama Roget’s Biondello, another clown in the
mix, would benefit from a
year or two of commedia
retraining. Brett Ryback’s
Lucentio appears to have
wandered in from some
unrelated television drama.
Ralph Funicello’s scenic
design seems to be repurposing the sets for “Shakespeare in Love,” another
faux-Elizabethan work this
season at SCR. But the fault
lies more with the undercooked writing than with the
uninspired staging.
Freed finds an inventive
way to handle Shakespeare’s troublesome ending when Kate, her spirit
broken, enjoins the headstrong women around her to
gratefully succumb to their
husbands. The solution
Freed arrives at smacks of
Shakespearean complexity,
but it doesn’t unfortunately
redeem her clumsy update.
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Rebecca F. Miller For The Times
EUPHORIA and lively experimentation propel the Kacey Musgraves songs on her new “Golden Hour” album.
Blissful Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves
“Golden Hour”
MCA Nashville
The promise of new love
meets the thrill of new
sounds on “Golden Hour,”
Kacey Musgraves’ knockout
of a third studio album.
“Kiss full of color makes
me wonder where you’ve always been,” the 29-year-old
country star sings in
“Butterflies,” before adding,
“I was hiding in doubt till you
brought me out of my chrysalis.”
The song layers folky guitar over a loping bass groove,
but when Musgraves gets to
that final word, her voice
transforms into what could
be a choir of robots — a nifty
Space Age touch in a tune
about life down here on
Moments as vivid as that
one are typical of Musgraves, a deeply crafty singer
and songwriter who broke
out with her Grammy-winning 2013 debut, “Same
Trailer Different Park,” and
topped Billboard’s country
chart with 2015’s “Pageant
But where those proudly
rootsy records cast a warm
yet skeptical eye on family
and tradition — an approach that led some to misunderstand Musgraves as
an outlaw — here she’s consumed by fresh romance in
songs that trick out acoustic
arrangements with synths
and vocoders and even the
occasional disco groove.
“I used to get sad and
lonely when the sun went
down,” she sings in the title
track, “But it’s different now
’cause I love the light that
I’ve found in you.”
“Golden Hour” follows
Musgraves’ marriage last
year to Ruston Kelly, a fellow
musician she said she met at
Nashville’s famed Bluebird
Cafe. And in track after
track she describes their relationship with a kind of
euphoria she hasn’t displayed before.
In “Butterflies” her guy is
the one who “untangled all
the strings ’round my wings”
and allowed her to reach
cloud nine.
The lushly harmonized
“Happy & Sad” finds her
“with tears in my eyes” because she’s “never been this
far off the ground.”
Then there’s “Oh, What a
World,” a gorgeous psychedelic-country jam in which
Musgraves compares her
husband to “plants that
grow and open your mind”
and “things that swim with a
neon glow.”
Throughout the album,
the singer and her co-producers, Ian Fitchuk and
Daniel Tashian, surround
Musgraves’ voice and guitar
with dreamy textures that
give the music a buoyant
quality in keeping with all
those references to getting
More than once the music recalls Fleetwood Mac’s
“Tango in the Night,” still a
benchmark for artists looking to capture an appealing
lost-in-space sensation.
knows how to temper the
hippie-dippy stuff with more
plainspoken moments, as in
“Mother,” a disarming piano
ballad about missing her
“Hope my tears don’t
freak you out,” she sings,
narrating an emotional LSD
trip, “They’re just kind of
coming out.” Elsewhere, in
the crisp and yearning
“Lonely Weekend,” she’s
bumming around while her
man’s out of town: “I keep
looking at my phone, putting
it back down.”
But she’s OK about it, she
decides, since “it’s all right to
be alone sometimes.”
In a funny way, the radical optimism of “Golden
Hour” feels far more rebellious than any of Musgraves’
earlier work, which many
fans took as a condemnation
of small-town orthodoxy.
But that wasn’t quite
right: More a libertarian
than a true progressive,
preached a gospel of gritty if
cheerful self-determination,
one that spread quickly after
her debut was met with
near-universal acclaim.
Five years after “Same
Trailer Different Park,”
country music is full of
young women — including
McBryde and Maddie & Tae
(of the deathless “Girl in a
Country Song”) — poking
holes in all kinds of received
Which is great, of course:
No longer may bros in backward baseball caps roam the
heartland unchallenged.
though, is that Musgraves
would’ve been less likely to
stand out with another
record that allowed listeners
to view her as a flinty apostate.
That she didn’t make
that record — that instead
one as blissed-out as “Golden Hour” — doesn’t just reflect the happy events of
Musgraves’ life.
It suggests she’s even
savvier than she first appeared.
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The Weeknd in top new form
The Weeknd
“My Dear Melancholy,”
(Republic Records)
In the days since its release
Weeknd’s new six-song EP
has been widely described as
a return to the gloomy, minor-key sound with which
this Canadian R&B auteur
made his name.
And so it is that “My Dear
Melancholy,” — the comma,
in true auteur fashion, is
part of the title — recalls the
time before the Weeknd
hooked up with producer
Max Martin and started
cranking out sleek pop hits
like “Love Me Harder” and
“Can’t Feel My Face.”
But if the EP shares some
Weeknd’s breakout 2011 mixtapes, all those murky textures can’t obscure how
much has changed since
then for the singer set to
headline Coachella this
For one thing, “My Dear
Melancholy,” came out mere
hours after the Weeknd revealed its existence on Instagram — a surprise attack advisable only for the super-est
of superstars (at least if they
want to vault instantly to the
top of streaming charts, as
the Weeknd did).
For another, he’s pretty
clearly describing the relationships with famous
women that have kept him in
Amy Harris Invision / Associated Press
THE WEEKND surprised his fans with a new EP announced via social media.
tabloid circulation over the
past two years.
“Wasted Times” has a
lyric about an equestrian
that most have taken to refer
to model Bella Hadid, while
“Call Out My Name” seems
to invoke Selena Gomez’s recent kidney transplant
when he sings, “I almost cut
a piece of myself for your
Seven years ago, on
“House of Balloons,” that
line would’ve summoned a
vague sense of dread; now it
delivers a shock of celebrity
Indeed, what most demonstrates the Weeknd’s
growth on “My Dear Melancholy,” is the precision of
his songwriting, even in material that downplays the
flair for structure he developed while working with
Early Weeknd prioritized
vibe over melody and storytelling. But here he draws
vivid dramatic scenes like
the one in “Try Me,” where
he’s texting with an ex who’s
involved with another man,
and expertly renders complicated emotional states, as
in “Wasted Times,” which
blends paranoia with selfpity.
And though his producers — including Frank
Dukes, Skrillex and Gesaffelstein — largely forgo the
immediate hooks required
by Top 40 radio, they treat
the singer’s supple voice
with exactly the kind of care
he laments having exhausted.
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By Frank Stewart
Unlucky Louie says that
what falls in the bathroom
will land in the toilet, and the
light bulb that’s hardest to
replace will burn out most
Louie was declarer at today’s four hearts. As usual,
something went wrong, and
as usual, Louie failed to
cope. He won the first spade
with the ace and took the ace
of trumps, sighing when
East discarded. Louie took
the king of trumps and next
led a club to dummy’s king.
He lost three clubs and a
“If I were a mechanic,”
Louie said, “my nose would
start to itch just when my
hands were covered with
After Louie takes the top
trumps, he should cash the
A-K of diamonds, ruff a diamond, lead a spade to the
king and return dummy’s
last diamond.
When East follows, Louie
discards a club: a loser on a
loser. East must concede a
ruff-sluff or give dummy the
king of clubs. Even if West
ruffs the fourth diamond to
lead a club, Louie loses only
three tricks.
Question: You hold: ♠ K 3
♥ 9 8 5 2 ♦ A K 5 3 ♣ K 4 2. You
open one diamond, and your
partner responds two clubs.
What do you say?
Answer: This is a matter
of personal style. Some players would bid 2NT to show a
balanced minimum opening
bid. Others would raise to
three clubs. I would accept
either action. I would not accept a bid of two hearts, even
if I were playing a style in
which a “reverse” after a twoover-one response did not
promise extra strength.
South dealer
Both sides vulnerable
♠ J 10 9 6
♥ None
♦ J 10 7 6
♣ J 10 8
♥ A K J 10 7 4
2 NT
All Pass
Opening lead — ♠ J
2018, Tribune Media
Son’s girlfriend is a wedge
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
In David Eggers’ fine art exhibit “Ungrateful Mammals,” one sketched boar
suggests, “Let’s love each
other as if we loved each
other.” This sums up one of
your relationships today.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): Life changes as company does. You’ll become
like the people you’re around
the most.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
The stupid little things today they will be the details
that make or break a relationship, a deal or a first impression.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Everyone is so busy today
that you’re unlikely to get
much attention, let alone
help. But you don’t really
need it.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
You’re going after a dream,
not a person. One person is
never the only route to hap-
piness and/or success.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
You’ve taken the time explore, understand and accept yourself, so now you get
to have fun with the result.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Your best outcome will be a
product of either working to
make the inside as beautiful
as the outside or the outside
as beautiful as the inside.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Certain thinking patterns
are as obvious and natural to
you as the way you hold a
fork. Don’t let your thoughts
go unexamined today.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): To be extraordinary, you have to think big.
Continue on. You’re headed
toward greatness.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Celebrate that the people who once bothered you
are no longer a problem.
There’s no cause for worry.
You know what’s likely to
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): The people in your life
don’t seem to appreciate you
nearly as much as the outsiders who praise and admire you today.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): Your loyalty will one day
be rewarded and your optimism will prove well-placed.
Just don’t expect that to
happen soon.
Today’s birthday (April
3): You’re a free spirit. You’re
so willing to try life in new
ways that there is no ”normal” for the next few weeks.
Friends and romance are
the happy byproduct of your
adventures. A lot of money
runs through your hands in
July and August; the wheeling and dealing will put you
ahead. Your talent will be
celebrated in September.
Leo and Cancer adore you.
Your lucky numbers are: 10,
7, 39, 48 and 1.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: My 18-year-old
son (who is in high school)
has had a girlfriend for the
past year. When they first
started dating, she would
come to my house and barely
acknowledge my presence
and either hang all over him
or retreat to his bedroom
with him.
When I told him that her
behavior was rude and unacceptable, he told me that she
has an anxiety disorder and
that she would no longer
come to my home because I
am too hostile to her.
As a result, I never see my
son. He goes to her house every day after school.
Now he has sleepovers
with her at my ex-husband’s
house. He wants to go to a
hotel with her. I have made it
quite clear to both my son
and his father that this is not
acceptable. I am ignored.
Her parents are fine with
her sleeping over at his father’s house. I see my son
putting off important things
and distancing himself from
his friends because of her.
Yes, I know I should have
pretended to like her, but her
initial disrespect was too
much for me to ignore. How
can I fix this situation?
Anxious Mother
Dear Anxious: Rather
than blame every action on
your son’s girlfriend, you
should urge him to take responsibility for his own actions. They are obviously
sexually active, and birth
control should be at the top
of your list of concerns.
You have done just about
everything wrong — you
have not been able to even
fake having an open mind
long enough to get to know
her. You have put the couple
on the defensive. You have
made their immature behavior all about you. You have
drawn a line in the sand and
they are (quite happily) at
the beach.
Your son is a legal adult.
You should shelve your
harsh judgment about this
relationship (for now), get to
know this girl and her parents as well as you can, take
this relationship extremely
seriously and behave toward
them as if they are a “couple.”
Dear Amy: This is my second marriage. I owned my
home before we got married.
My wife and I split expenses 60/40, based on our
I do not have any car or
cellphone payments, yet I
have been paying 60% of my
wife’s new car lease and cellphone bills.
I am looking to get another used truck and asked my
wife if she would help pay for
it. She said no. She said if she
did, then she would not contribute toward our taxes
How do I convince her
that sharing in paying the
taxes is just another shared
She feels that since it’s
my house I should pay the
taxes. I pay for any home improvements myself.
What is fair?
60/40 Husband
should redefine what you
consider shared expenses.
Because cellphones and vehicles come in many makes
and models, with widely
varying expenses attached,
you and your wife should
each pay for your own.
Therefore, if she wants a
fancy leased car and the latest cellphone and can afford
it, she can pay for it.
Household and living expenses should be shared.
That includes utilities and
property taxes. Your wife is
behaving like a tenant and
should perhaps pay rent. Officially co-owning the house
would give her more of a
stake in your financial partnership.
Send questions to Amy
Dickinson by email to
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