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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
Congress
closes in on
long-term
budget deal
Senate leaders agree
to a two-year pact
that would end
shutdown threats. But
obstacles remain.
By Lisa Mascaro
Susan Walsh Associated Press
HOUSE Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would not support a budget deal unless the speaker
agrees to consider a plan to protect “Dreamers,” as the Senate GOP leader has. She spoke for 8-plus hours.
A swift fall for Wynn,
who reshaped the Strip
Accused mogul resigns, but his presence remains
By David Montero
LAS VEGAS — Steve
Wynn’s name still shimmers
atop his casino on the Las
Vegas Strip. Inside, the gift
shop sells hats and T-shirts
with Wynn’s name on them.
The thick, white cocktail
napkins in the bar still feature an imprint of his signature. Callers phoning the
Wynn Las Vegas on Wednesday heard a familiar recorded voice when they got put
on hold.
“Hi, I’m Steve Wynn,” it
said. “I live in the hotel.”
He just doesn’t work
there anymore.
The billionaire real estate
mogul and powerful Republican Party donor resigned
as chairman and CEO of
Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal
REAL ESTATE mogul Steve Wynn resigned this
week as chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts amid
sexual misconduct allegations reported recently.
Wynn Resorts on Tuesday
amid sexual misconduct allegations first reported in
the Wall Street Journal two
weeks ago. It was a shockingly swift fall for a man who
spent decades reshaping
Las Vegas as it transformed
from its mob and gambling
roots into a resort destination focused on luxuries,
high-end amenities and
family-friendly spectacles.
For now, he departs an industry challenged in recent
years by a generation of millennials who prefer entertainment to gambling, and a
city that finds itself in competition with a growing
number of cities that offer a
similar array of enticements.
“Wynn was and is visionary,” said Michael Green, as[See Wynn, A12]
WASHINGTON — A
sweeping two-year budget
deal announced by Senate
leaders Wednesday promises to end the shutdown
threats that have plagued
Congress, but fails to address the nagging issue of
immigration and will add to
a deficit already ballooning
because of the GOP tax cut
plan.
Approval of the $300-billion bipartisan accord was
not guaranteed, with votes
expected on Thursday.
House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) seized the House floor
for nearly the entire day in a
filibuster-like talkathon to
demand protections for
young immigrants known as
Dreamers.
In her 8-hour, 7-minute
speech — a House record —
Pelosi said she would reject
the budget deal unless
Speaker Paul D. Ryan (RWis.) agrees to consider legislation to protect them
from deportation, as Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has done in
the Senate.
If passed, the deal, which
would also lift the nation’s
debt limit for a year, would
push ugly partisan fights
over government spending
well past the November
midterm election. Theoretically it would allow Congress
to focus on more substantive
issues, such as immigration
and infrastructure. It would
be the first multiyear, bipartisan budget deal reached
Soon-Shiong
reaches deal to
buy L.A. Times
By Meg James and
James Rufus Koren
For more than a century,
one family owned the Los
Angeles Times and used the
newspaper to build great
wealth and exert political influence over how the city
would take shape.
But over the years, the
Chandler family — descendants of hard-charging Civil
War veteran Gen. Harrison
Gray Otis, who bought the
Evan Vucci Associated Press
BILLIONAIRE Dr. Pat-
rick Soon-Shiong will
also acquire the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
A new role for
Times publisher
After being cleared of
wrongdoing, Ross Levinsohn returns in a new
role at parent company
Tronc. BUSINESS, C1
paper in 1884 — became increasingly fractured and disenchanted with the newspaper business. In 2000, they
sold Times Mirror Co. to
Chicago-based Tribune Co.,
thrusting it into a protracted, 18-year battle with
its out-of-town owners.
On Wednesday, The
Times’ corporate parent,
Tronc, announced that it
had reached a deal to sell
The Times, the San Diego
Union-Tribune, community
newspapers and Spanishlanguage Hoy to L.A.
biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. His investment firm, Nant Capital,
agreed to pay $500 million
for the Southern California
papers and will assume $90
million in pension liabilities.
The sale will bring a return to local ownership and
possibly some stability for a
136-year-old institution that,
in recent years, has lagged
behind its better-resourced
rivals on the East Coast. It
caps a particularly stormy
period for the newspaper,
which has seen three editors
in six months, its publisher
placed on unpaid leave amid
a sexual harassment investigation and a historic vote to
unionize the newsroom.
“It is often said that
Southern California is the
place where the world comes
to see its future. It has welcomed generations of immigrants who worked hard,
started new businesses and
[See Soon-Shiong, A5]
since 2015.
Negotiators are hoping to
include the accord in what
would be the fifth — and possibly final — short-term continuing resolution of this fiscal year. That extension
would fund the government
past Thursday’s deadline
until March 23, after which
legislation with funding at
the new levels, a so-called
omnibus bill, would need to
be approved.
The agreement circum[See Budget, A9]
Attacks
on FBI
upend
privacy
debate
Civil libertarians who
have criticized
surveillance struggle
with allies’ support for
it in the Russia case.
By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON — After
years of toiling against the
surveillance state, sounding
alarms about privacy and
warning of Orwellian law enforcement overreach, civil
libertarians now find their
talking points have been hijacked.
A serious case of intellectual whiplash has ensued.
Suddenly, House Intelligence Committee Chairman
Devin Nunes — a longtime
advocate for the nation’s intelligence agencies and their
eavesdropping authority —
has started talking like a
lawyer for the ACLU. The
same Republican congressman from Tulare who only
weeks ago led the drive to extend for years the government’s vast electronic surveillance powers is railing
about an FBI run amok and
an anti-democratic “deep
state” creepily monitoring
political enemies.
For many on the left, the
effort by Nunes and his allies
to reinvent themselves as
warriors against the surveillance apparatus is maddening.
Even some libertarians
on the right are annoyed. Re[See Nunes, A4]
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
BRITTANY FORCE , last year’s world champion in top-fuel drag racing, stands
at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, the site of this week’s NHRA Winternationals.
CLOSING THE GAP
Drag racing screams machismo, but in this
sport, women are among the world’s best
By Mike DiGiovanna
The cars are rockets on
wheels, nitro fuel feeding
flame-spewing 10,000-horsepower motors that generate
six G-forces and speeds of
more than 300 mph in a matter of seconds.
With thunderous engine
roars and earsplitting tire
squeals, drag racing literally
screams machismo. Yet it is
arguably the only mainstream sport in which women compete head-to-head
with men and more than
hold their own.
Leah Pritchett, 29, of
Redlands will be out to defend her top-fuel title at the
season-opening
National
Hot Rod Assn. Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona beginning
Thursday and running
through Sunday. Also racing
will be Erica Enders, 34, of
Houston, who won pro stock
world titles in 2014 and 2015;
and the Force sisters, Brittany, 31, and Courtney, 29, of
Yorba Linda. Brittany was
world champion in top fuel
last season, and Courtney
finished third in the funnycar standings.
“I’m not going to say
women are absolutely dominating this sport; none of us
would have the success we’re
having without the males
who believed in us,” Pritchett said. “But we knew we
could do it if we had the opportunity.”
Top competitors display
quick reflexes and exceptional hand-eye coordination, vision, focus and
courage in holding a 330mph top-fuel dragster or
[See Racers, A7]
Jordan Peele
likes dark tales
For his next projects,
the Oscar-nominated
writer-directorproducer of “Get Out”
is indulging his love for
horror and the
supernatural.
THE ENVELOPE
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“IT’S A WASTE of resources,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) says of President Trump’s recent call for a
parade to show off U.S. military might. Her family’s history in the service goes back to the Revolutionary War.
Uniquely qualified to
criticize the president
Outspoken Democratic senator from Illinois who calls Trump
‘Cadet Bone Spurs’ is also a decorated veteran of the Iraq war
By Jenny Jarvie
Tammy Duckworth, the
Democratic U.S. senator
representing Illinois, has
emerged as one of President
Trump’s most pointed
critics, repeatedly pushing
back at his attempts to
portray her party as unpatriotic.
An Army veteran who
lost both her legs while
serving in Iraq, Duckworth
has needled Trump about
his draft deferments during
the Vietnam War, giving him
the nickname “Cadet Bone
Spurs” for the foot diagnosis
that allowed him to stay out
of the military.
“I will not be lectured
about what our military
needs by a five-deferment
draft dodger,” she said on
the Senate floor in January
after Trump blamed Democrats for a government
shutdown and accused
them of holding the military
hostage.
So when Duckworth, 49,
heard this week about
Trump’s proposal to put on
a grand military parade, she
did not hesitate to voice her
opinion.
“It’s a waste of resources,” she said Wednesday in a telephone interview
from Washington. “Why
would we spend hundreds of
thousands if not millions of
dollars to put on a parade
like this when we have
troops who are in harm’s
way right now? Who don’t
have everything that they
need to execute their mission?”
Many troops below the
rank of sergeant have families that qualify for food
stamps, Duckworth said.
“I’d rather you take that
money and send troops
more bullets or send it to
their families,” she said.
Earlier this week, she
rebuked Trump when he
called Democrats treasonous for not clapping during
his State of the Union address
“We don’t live in a dictatorship or a monarchy,” she
tweeted. “I swore an oath —
in the military and in the
Senate — to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,
not to mindlessly cater to
the whims of Cadet Bone
Spurs and clap when he
demands I clap.”
In fact, Duckworth
said, some Democrats did
clap.
“I was one of biggest
clappers when he talked
about paid family leave,” she
said. “There were lots of
points that I clapped for
him.”
Duckworth — who uses
prosthetic legs and a wheelchair, may be best known as
the first female double
amputee veteran of the Iraq
war. Yet she is also the Senate’s first representative of
Thai descent and the first
Asian American to represent Illinois in Washington.
Soon, another milestone
is expected: Duckworth
recently announced that
she and her husband, Bryan
Bowlsbey, an officer in the
Army National Guard, were
expecting their second child
in April. That would make
her the first U.S. senator to
give birth while serving in
office.
“It’s ridiculous that it’s
the 21st century and it’s
such a big deal,” Duckworth
said. “It should have happened a lot sooner than this.
I think it speaks to the fact
‘I will not be
lectured about
what our military
needs by a
five-deferment
draft dodger.’
— Sen. Tammy
Duckworth,
Democratic veteran from
Illinois, on President Trump
they we need more women
in leadership all across our
nation, whether it’s in
boardrooms or in the Senate chambers and at the
very highest ranks of our
military.”
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Ladda Tammy Duckworth grew up in a military
household. Her father,
Franklin Duckworth, was
an American who served in
the U.S. Army in World War
II and Vietnam and then
stayed in Southeast Asia to
work with refugees for the
United Nations, eventually
meeting her mother, Lamai
Sompornpairin, a Thai
native of Chinese ethnicity.
After the family moved to
Hawaii when she was a
teenager, Duckworth’s
father struggled to find
work. The family survived
on food stamps. Duckworth
secured enough grants and
loans to enroll in college and
earn a master’s degree in
international affairs at
George Washington University. She then joined the
Illinois Army National
Guard while in graduate
school for political science
at Northern Illinois University.
In 2004, eight months
after her unit was deployed
to Iraq, Iraqi insurgents
fired a rocket-propelled
grenade at the Black Hawk
helicopter she was flying. It
exploded near her feet,
vaporizing her right leg and
leaving her left leg shredded
against the instrument
panel.
“That day, I lost both of
my legs, but I was a given a
second chance at life,” she
wrote in a 2015 essay for
Politico. “It’s a feeling that
has helped to drive me
in my second chance at
service — no one should be
left behind, and every
American deserves another
chance.”
As she recuperated from
multiple surgeries at Walter
Reed Army Medical Center
in Maryland, Duckworth
struck up relationships with
a string of veterans who had
gone on to political office,
including former Senate
Majority Leader Bob Dole
(R-Kan.) and Sen. John
McCain (R-Ariz.).
Inspired, Duckworth
went on to serve as director
of the Illinois Department of
Veterans Affairs, where she
helped create a tax credit
for employers who hired
veterans and introduced a
national crisis hotline for
veterans
In 2009, she became
assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs, working with
the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development to fight veteran
homelessness and hiring a
team of military bloggers to
interact with veterans and
improve the department’s
accessibility.
Political observers say
Duckworth, who flew helicopters in Iraq even though
she thought the war was a
mistake, is particularly well
positioned to counter Republican attacks on the
patriotism of Democrats.
“She has a kind of instant
credibility in terms of speaking for veterans,” said Kent
Redfield, emeritus professor of political science at the
University of Illinois at
Springfield. “No one is questioning her patriotism, her
expertise, her knowledge
and her concern when she
speaks out on those kinds of
issues. That makes her a
natural spokesman for the
Democratic Party.”
When Duckworth ran for
political office, her opponents struggled to find
effective ways to attack
her.
During her Senate campaign, her Republican opponent, then-Sen. Mark
Kirk, tried to use her Thai
heritage to counter her
emphasis on her family’s
U.S. military history, which
stretches back to the American Revolution.
“I forgot your parents
came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington,” he said in a 2016
election debate.
The attack drew widespread criticism. Kirk
swiftly apologized. But
Duckworth ended up winning with 54.9% of the vote.
Four years earlier, another opponent, then-Rep. Joe
Walsh, a tea party Republican, complained that Duckworth talked too much
about her war record.
“Now I’m running
against a woman who, my
God, that’s all she talks
about,” he said at a 2012
town meeting. “Our true
heroes, the men and women
who served us — it’s the last
thing they talk about. That’s
why we’re so indebted and
in awe of what they’ve
done.”
Duckworth beat Walsh
with 54.7% of the vote to be
reelected in 2014.
“She stared down the
enemy in a war zone,” said
Democratic Rep. Mike
Quigley, a political mentor
of Duckworth’s who represents the 5th District of
Illinois. “It doesn’t surprise
me that she stepped up
when President Trump said
things she disagreed with.”
Quigley said Duckworth
is much more than Trump
critic in chief.
“The Tammy I know is
just hardworking and
thoughtful and concerned
about her district,” he said.
“When I work with her, it’s
mostly focused on Illinois
and on practical issues.”
Before she was sworn in
as a senator, Duckworth
expressed hope that she
could work with Trump.
“I am going to start off
assuming that he loves this
country as much as I love
this country,” she told the
Axe Files podcast. “If you
start off from that point, I
think you can learn to work
with anyone.”
Does she still feel that
way?
“I still hope every day
that he will present real
plans for things like infrastructure investment, that
he will come up with real
tangible plans for our military and the use of military
force,” she said Wednesday.
“But when he says things
that are contrary to the oath
that he took in front of the
nation to protect and defend the Constitution of the
United States, I’m going to
call him out on that. That’s
my job.”
Jarvie is a special
correspondent.
L AT I ME S . CO M
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T HURSDAY , FEB RUARY 8, 2018
A3
THE WORLD
China’s #MeToo movement hits snag
Efforts to expose
harassment began on
campuses. But censors
are impeding those
who dare to speak up.
By Kemeng Fan
BEIJING — It wasn’t until her thesis advisor locked
the door of his sister’s Beijing apartment that Luo
Xixi realized his intentions.
Chen Xiaowu had told
Luo that he needed her help
tending to plants. He didn’t.
The only thing that prevented her rape, she said,
was a phone call from his
wife and her own desperate
cry, “I’m a virgin!”
After staying silent about
the assault for more than a
decade, Luo, now a Bay Area
software engineer in her 30s,
took inspiration from the
#MeToo movement that
sprang up last fall and decided to speak up.
She filed a complaint
with Beihang University, the
aeronautics school she had
attended in Beijing, and
publicly accused Chen, the
vice director of the graduate
school, of sexual assault.
Luo, in an online letter read
by 3 million people, named
herself as one of seven women he abused. The school removed Chen from his post,
then fired him, and the Ministry of Education promised
to set up “effective, longterm mechanisms” against
sexual harassment.
Her actions ignited a national debate about appropriate behavior between
professors and students. Activists branded it China’s
#MeToo movement; social
media swelled with supportive hashtags. But the effort
failed to encourage many
others to voice their grievances or extend to the entertainment and business sectors, which struggle with
similar issues. Instead, the
young women who set out to
battle sexual harassment
are finding their efforts publicly heralded and privately
stymied.
Many universities are ignoring online petitions. Government censors are deleting open letters. The
#MeToo China hashtag has
disappeared on social media, along with articles
against sexual harassment.
“The deletion is a great
hindrance to the movement,” said Xiao Meili, a
prominent women’s rights
activist, whose online letter
calling for more attention to
sexual harassment claims
vanished.
“It used to be you go onto
the streets and do something, and that counts as
radical. But now writing a
Wang Zhao AFP/Getty Images
A STUDENT at Beijing’s Beihang University, where an administrator accused of
sexual assault was fired. China’s #MeToo movement has not gained momentum.
letter is probably radical
too.”
Their cries threaten to
stray beyond the bounds of
acceptability for a government that runs the media
and keeps a tight leash on
public opinion. The Communist Party — which detained five feminists in 2015
for planning to distribute
leaflets against sexual harassment — does not always
see gender equality activism
as compatible with its vision
of a stable society.
By late January, alumni
groups had written to more
than 70 universities, according to Feminist Voices, a Chinese women’s rights group.
Many of the letters were
posted on WeChat, a social
media app with more than
700 million users. They now
show an empty page with a
large exclamation mark and
a notice that the material
violated regulations.
Unlike
the
#MeToo
movement in the U.S. —
where carefully reported
stories exposed a culture of
abuse — the greatest recourse for women in China is
online. Laws on sexual harassment are hazy and many
accusers face a stigma for
challenging authority in a
society that values hierarchy.
“When I first read Luo’s
revelation, I didn’t fully trust
it,” said a female graduate
student at Beihang, a largely
male engineering school
where models of fighter jets
are displayed in cafe windows. “I thought it couldn’t
be possible that a teacher’s
character can be this terrible.” She declined to give
her name, citing the sensitivity of the topic.
China is hardly alone in
allegations of sexual misconduct within higher education. The U.S. has struggled
with its own history of assault on college campuses.
More than 20 students at Columbia University filed a
complaint with the U.S. government in 2014 that accused
the school of mishandling
their claims. Other sexual
assault cases in recent years
have arisen at Vanderbilt
University, Florida State
University and Stanford.
But the issue has gone
largely
unaddressed
in
China. Almost 70% of college
students encounter sexual
harassment, according to a
2017 study by the nonprofit
Guangzhou Gender and
Sexuality Education Center
and the Beijing Impact law
firm. Among the female respondents, the rate was 75%.
“Victims don’t want to reveal their names because we
often have the mentality
that blames the victims,”
said Pei Yuxin, an associate
professor of sociology and
social work at Sun Yat-sen
University in Guangzhou.
“Other people and the institution see them as troublemakers who smear the institution’s reputation.”
School officials — eager
to protect their university or
uncertain where the government draws that line of acceptability — can also act as
censors.
Gu Huaying, a graduate
student at Cambridge University in England, wrote a
petition requesting classes
on improper conduct at Peking University, her alma
mater and one of China’s
most storied schools. Administrators at Peking University accused her of trying
to “stir things up.” The letter
was deleted from China’s
dominant search engine.
“What are you nervous
about, and panicking for?”
Gu wrote in a defiant response on Weibo, China’s
version of Twitter.
Despite the pressure, victims are finding some allies.
“We as college teachers
are deeply angered and seriously condemn” the inappropriate behavior of colleagues, Xu Kaibin, a journalism professor at Wuhan
University in central China,
wrote in an online manifesto
calling for greater awareness
of sexual harassment on college campuses.
But the continued impediments make some women wonder whether their
struggle will shatter an institutional silence, and whether China’s #MeToo movement will become anything
more than a name.
“It’s scary when you find
that even if you do expose it,
the problem won’t be
solved,” said a female graduate student at Beihang University, where the petitions
first started. She declined to
give her name for fear of retaliation.
A top official at Beijing’s
elite Tsinghua University recently sat down with a student newspaper to discuss
the issue.
When asked whether the
school could include information about sexual harassment on next year’s freshman manual, Bai Benfeng
hesitated.
“I don’t think it would be
appropriate,” he said. “Emphasizing sexual harassment would make the reader
uncomfortable and consider
our campus unsafe. After all,
when we enter the school, we
would want to learn positive
information.”
Fan is a special
correspondent.
Merkel seals government deal
German leader gives
key Cabinet posts to a
junior party in order
to form a coalition.
By Erik Kirschbaum
BERLIN — German
Chancellor Angela Merkel
on Wednesday made major
concessions to a junior political party, including giving
up control of key ministries,
to reach an agreement for a
proposed new coalition government that would end
months of uncertainty.
The agreement, coming
nearly five months after the
Sept. 24 election put Merkel
on track for a fourth term as
chancellor, calls for the center-left Social Democratic
Party to hold the vice chancellorship and several Cabinet posts, including the coveted finance and foreign
berths.
The deal is subject to a
postal vote by 460,000 registered members of the Social
Democratic Party — many
of them with a deep aversion
to Merkel and her conservative Christian Democratic
Union party. The results are
expected by March 4.
Merkel, whose party won
the largest share of votes in
September but fell far short
of a majority in Parliament,
appeared willing to give the
Social Democrats almost
everything the party demanded to end the longest
period of political limbo in
the country’s postwar history. Germany boasts Europe’s biggest economy.
Merkel said at a news
conference that negotiating
the conditions for the coalition government was a long
but worthwhile journey.
“We’ve got a basis for a
good and stable government, which our country
needs and that many
around the world expect
from us,” said Merkel, who
has been chancellor for 12
years.
The Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats have been the nation’s
dominant parties since the
late 1940s.
The left wing of the Social
Democrats and its powerful
youth organization, the Jusos, however, have been
campaigning hard against
another “grand coalition” as
junior partners to Merkel after the party posted its worst
postwar result: 20% of the
vote in September.
Merkel’s conservatives
were also battered in the
election, falling to 33% of the
vote in part because of voter
frustration over her 2015 decision to open the country’s
borders to more than a million refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other
trouble spots.
Merkel gave the Social
Democratic Party, or SPD,
much of what it wanted
probably because she feared
grass-roots members would
vote against a deal and and
plunge Germany into a prolonged period of uncertainty
with new elections, political
leaders and analysts said.
“You can see the SPD’s
signature quite clearly in
this agreement,” said party
Chairman Martin Schulz,
who will become the country’s next foreign minister if
the deal is approved.
Schulz said the 177-page
agreement includes plans to
increase
spending
on
schools, housing, pensioners and job market reforms
that party members like to
see.
Germany has been running budget surpluses since
2012 and is expected to post a
$35-billion surplus in 2018.
But rather than cut taxes,
the agreement indicates the
government would increase
spending by about $60 billion over the next four years
— much of that on projects
the Social Democrats favor.
The unusual turmoil in
Germany after decades of
political stability in a threeor four-party Parliament
was caused at least in part
by the rise of the upstart farright Alternative for Germany party, which won 92
seats in the 709-seat Parliament in September’s election.
Alternative for Germany
showed surprising strength,
and its campaign aimed
against foreigners and refugees made it difficult for
the other parties to form a
majority. Merkel ruled out a
minority government, in
part because of lingering
fears over political instability in the 1930s that led to the
rise of Adolf Hitler and the
Third Reich.
Kirschbaum is a special
correspondent.
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Taiwan digs
out from its
deadly quake
Rescuers continue
their work at tilting
buildings. Number of
fatalities rises to nine.
By Ralph Jennings
HUALIEN, Taiwan —
Chen Chien-hsiang had just
gone to sleep in the apartment where he had lived for
about 20 years. So had most
people in the 12-story building, tucked between a creek
levee where people stroll by
day and a neighborhood of
restaurants and massage
parlors that’s active at night.
When Chen awoke, his
world had turned topsyturvy.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake had violently rocked
his building, then knocked it
off its moorings. It was tilting at a 45-degree angle,
spilling occupants into the
corners of their apartments,
with the floors suddenly
sloping at crazy angles.
Chen found it impossible to
crawl or claw his way to the
door.
“Wow, stuff was all over
the place,” the 66-year-old
retired antiques dealer said
Wednesday. His sixth-floor
flat had become, in effect, a
second story.
Chen was among the dozens who would eventually be
rescued from the multi-use
building, the worst of five
damaged in Taiwan’s quake.
At least four people died
there and an estimated six
others were feared trapped
in the hardest-hit ground
level and second floor. Overall, the National Fire Agency
reported, nine people died
and 266 were injured in
Tuesday’s quake.
The structure, named
Yun Tsui, became a focal
point Wednesday for hundreds of rescue personnel.
Rescues had wrapped up at
other damaged buildings,
while hundreds more stood
without incident in Hualien,
a city of 100,000 on the northeastern coast of Taiwan.
Rescue crews led by the
Hualien County Fire Department pulled all occupants out of floors three
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THE YUN TSUI building in Hualien was the worst of five damaged in Taiwan’s magnitude 6.4 quake.
through 12 overnight, a department spokesman said.
They were able to extend
ladders onto balconies or
through windows, many of
which had been broken.
Chen climbed onto a balcony after breaking through
the glass door he could reach
from the corner of a room.
But after dawn, the fire
department suspended relief to take another look. The
building was slowly continuing to tilt, threatening to collapse outright and threaten
any rescue workers inside,
disaster relief center worker
Chen Tzai-tung said.
Portions of the bottom
four floors collapsed. The
lower two were partly buried. The building’s decorative, semicircular glass facade — one hallmark of Taiwanese multi-use architecture in the 1980s — had
also caved into the ground.
So the county ordered
four steel construction
beams be inserted into the
building’s mid-level win-
dows and corners to stop it
from collapsing. Then, as
rain muddied the ground,
rescue work stopped again
so crews could place cratesized
concrete
blocks
against the beams to stop
them from slipping.
Six adults and one child,
guests at a two-story inn,
were trapped underground,
fire department spokesman
Chu Che-ming said.
“This work won’t go so
quickly,” said Fan Kang-wei,
a Red Cross volunteer at the
scene. “Where these people
are buried, we still don’t
know. As it gets darker, it
gets all the harder.”
“The whole thing was
underground, so we had to
dig and dig and dig,” said
Yen I-chia, deputy captain
with a rescue team from
northern Taiwan, who was
taking a break at his rainsoaked plastic tent a block
away. “Progress is slow.”
Jennings is a special
correspondent.
Privacy advocates uncomfortable defending FBI
[Nunes, from A1]
publican Rep. Justin Amash
of
Michigan
recently
weighed in on Twitter about
the irony of Nunes and
House Speaker Paul D.
Ryan warning of surveillance abuse when “just three
weeks ago … the speaker
gave a dramatic floor speech
about the importance of giving the FBI power to violate
everyone’s civil liberties.”
After clamoring for a national reckoning on surveillance overreach, privacy advocates are dismayed that
the debate finally is taking
place on grounds muddied
by politics. They have an uninvited frontman, Nunes,
who shares virtually none of
their values and, they believe, has co-opted their
cause for political convenience. And the coalitions
they painstakingly built are
fraying as a result.
Nunes’ attacks on the
FBI have moved much of the
left, typically skeptical of
surveillance, to defend the
law enforcement agencies
that civil liberties groups
have tried to constrain.
The California Demo-
cratic Party is defending the
FBI against what it calls
Nunes’ “open declaration of
war.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) warns that
Nunes is out to “degrade and
discredit” the FBI. A petition from the liberal group
Credo Action, which had
amassed over 142,000 signatures as of Wednesday, lauded the bureau. The same
group recently pilloried the
agency in another petition.
Many on the left are more
worried about Nunes derailing the Russia investigation
than about the surveillance.
“We need to see more
transparency” around government monitoring, said
Lisa Gilbert, vice president
of legislative affairs at the
watchdog group Public Citizen. “But it needs to be balanced with this investigation needing to continue.”
The way the debate has
developed concerns privacy
advocates.
“It’s a real shame that the
debate over surveillance
abuse is happening in this
context.... What they are
talking about is not an example of abuse,” said Liza
Goitein, who co-directs the
Liberty and National Security program at the Brennan
Center for Justice at New
York University law school.
What they are talking
about is the four-page Nunes
memo. The document discloses details used by law enforcement to persuade the
court that oversees national
security wiretaps to permit
surveillance of Carter Page,
a former advisor to Donald
Trump’s presidential campaign. The memo is an incomplete snapshot, including only details that Nunes
handpicked.
The argument by Nunes
and President Trump that
the memo is a damning indictment of this surveillance
operation is challenged by
legal experts; many say it
Andrew Harnik Associated Press
REP. Devin Nunes has
supported surveillance of
Americans in the past.
does not show evidence of
law enforcement abuse.
But Nunes’ charge that
agencies misused their surveillance powers has complicated the battle that civil liberties groups have waged
against those agencies. They
complain Nunes has trivialized a serious issue in his bid
to undermine the Russia investigation.
“What he was saying was
happening was not happening” in this case, said Christopher Anders, deputy director of the American Civil
Liberties Union’s legislative
office in Washington. “When
any congressman cries wolf
... it undermines others who
truly have seen abuse.”
The ACLU is not alone.
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surveillance is conducted.
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Rep. Jackie Speier, a Bay
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threaten the surveillance
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reauthorized. “This is a slippery slope I don’t think any
of us want to see happen to
our intelligence community,” she said.
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hypocrisy around the argument that pervasive secrecy
is necessary for national security,” he said.
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been heaping on the FBI.
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fundamentally at odds with
the facts,” said Daniel Schuman, policy director of the
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Richard Vogel Associated Press
THE L.A. TIMES has seen three editors in six months, its publisher placed on
unpaid leave and a historic union vote while under Tronc ownership.
Billionaire doctor
buying L.A. Times
[Soon-Shiong, from A1]
helped others do the same,”
Soon-Shiong said in a note
Wednesday to The Times
and other publications. “My
own family immigrated from
southern China to South Africa generations ago. We
chose to settle in Los Angeles because this is the place
that most felt like home.
“Ultimately, this decision
is deeply personal for me. As
someone who grew up in
apartheid South Africa, I
understand the role that
journalism needs to play in a
free society,” Soon-Shiong
said.
In Los Angeles, news of
the change of ownership was
greeted with guarded optimism.
“Our readers expect and
deserve the high-quality, independent journalism that
has defined The Times for
decades,” said the newsroom guild’s organizing
committee. “The L.A. Times
Guild looks forward to working with a local owner who
can help us preserve The
Times as a guardian of our
community and as the voice
of the American West.”
Soon-Shiong, 65, was not
the first Los Angeles billionaire to express interest in
buying The Times. Twelve
years ago, music mogul
David Geffen offered Tribune $2 billion for The Times,
but the Chicago-based company refused to let go. Philanthropist Eli Broad occasionally voiced a desire to
buy The Times, but in the
end, it was Soon-Shiong who
came up with the cash.
Soon-Shiong took a different tack than the other
suitors by investing in Tronc
in spring 2016, which positioned him as the company’s
second-largest shareholder.
Soon-Shiong attempted to
buy The Times several
times, but he was rebuffed.
But, despite friction with
Tronc Chairman Michael
Ferro, Soon-Shiong waited
for his opportunity.
“Game, set, match —
Patrick played it beautifully,” Los Angeles investment banker Lloyd Greif
said. “And it happened faster than I’m sure he imagined
it would. He got it done in
less than two years.”
The sale to Soon-Shiong
came together quickly, over
the last few days, and startled many observers. Tronc
had fended off previous efforts to buy the company
outright or peel off the California newspapers. It had insisted that The Times was
key to its strategy to build a
global entertainment brand
— given its proximity to Hollywood, technology hubs
and the Pacific Rim.
But, amid the drama at
The Times — including rapidly escalating hostilities between the newsroom staff
and its short-lived editor in
chief, Lewis D’Vorkin, and a
barrage of negative publicity
— Ferro began to reassess
his company’s strategy for
The Times.
He came up with a number — $500 million — and decided that if he could fetch
that price for The Times and
the Union-Tribune, then it
was the right time to sell.
It’s unclear whether he or
Soon-Shiong made the first
overture this time around,
but talks began less than a
week ago and reached a fever
pitch over the weekend.
That’s when the contours of
a deal came together.
“This was a fairly efficient
process,” said Dennis Culloton, spokesman for Ferro.
He noted that Ferro’s
change of heart about The
Times came after the Chicago investor stepped back
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and assessed “the big picture.”
“Michael’s career leading
public companies has been
marked by one thing — increasing value for shareholders,” Culloton said.
“And when there was an opportunity to get this kind of a
price, he determined that it
was a great opportunity to
bring enormous value to
shareholders and the company.”
Tronc’s
stock
price
leaped after the deal was announced, closing up 19% at
$21.55.
By agreeing to the $500million price tag, SoonShiong is paying a premium
for the struggling media
properties. With plummeting print advertising revenue, traditional publications have fallen out of favor
on Wall Street. For example,
Tronc’s print revenue plummeted 17% in the first nine
months of 2017.
But major newspapers
have found several billionaire benefactors willing to
throw them a lifeline. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
bought the Washington Post
in 2013. That same year, Red
Sox owner John Henry
scooped up the Boston
Globe and, in 2014, Minnesota billionaire and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor
bought the Minneapolis
Star-Tribune.
As a local who already
owns a minority stake in the
Lakers, Soon-Shiong probably will face high expectations — both from the newsroom and the Southern California community, which
has witnessed a spate of recent layoffs and cutbacks at
other local publications, including the L.A. Weekly and
the chain of local dailies
owned by Digital First Media.
Russell Goldsmith, chief
executive of downtown
L.A.’s City National Bank
and chairman of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, said he hopes
Soon-Shiong’s purchase of
The Times will be followed
by additional investment in
the newspaper.
“The Times has been
struggling through a downward spiral of resources and
staff, as well as excessive turmoil,” Goldsmith said. “Patrick has the opportunity to
both bring stability and continuity, and a commitment
to the long-term well-being
of the community. Greater
resources, greater coverage
and increased staff will result in coverage that will attract more readers.”
Broad also sounded a
hopeful note.
“The Los Angeles Times
is a crucial institution for our
city, and its journalism an essential voice for our democracy,” Broad said in a statement. “We expect Dr. SoonShiong will support the
Times’ hardworking staff as
they provide in-depth, unbiased coverage of this globally significant region of 15
million people, as well as the
national and international
stories that matter most to
its readers.”
Over the years, The
Times’ staff has endured
multiple cuts that have reduced the newsroom to
about 400 from its high of
1,200 in the late 1990s. Still, it
remains one of the largest
metropolitan news staffs in
the country — and continues
to break major stories and
capture coveted journalism
awards.
Now Tronc will have a pile
of cash as it retools its strategy — without its biggest
source of content.
“We will have a versatile
balance sheet that will enable us to be even more aggressive in executing on our
growth strategy as a leading
player in news and digital
media,” Justin Dearborn,
chief executive of Tronc, said
in a statement.
The company said it will
form a new division called
Tribune Interactive, which
will be led by former Los Angeles Times Publisher Ross
Levinsohn. Levinsohn, who
had been placed on unpaid
leave Jan. 19 amid revelations that he was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits, resigned
from his position at The
Times on Wednesday.
It is also expected to use
the $500 million in proceeds
to pay down debt, make acquisitions and further its
digital strategy across the
remaining papers, which include the Chicago Tribune,
Orlando Sentinel, Baltimore
Sun and the New York Daily
News.
Dearborn said Chris Argentieri will resume his role
as general manager of the
California News Group and
work with Soon-Shiong during the transition. Other key
executives also will continue
in their current roles: Jim
Kirk as editor in chief of The
Times and Jeff Light as publisher and editor of the San
Diego newspaper.
Though the purchase
would mean a change of
ownership for The Times
and the Union-Tribune, the
papers still will be collaborating with Tronc under a 12month agreement to share
corporate services such as
payroll and human resources.
Media analyst Ken Doctor speculated that Tronc,
as it seeks to build its own
national online news network, may want to syndicate
Times content, including its
entertainment and celebrity
coverage.
“Ferro wanted to commercialize Los Angeles
Times content, and I’d be
surprised if he didn’t keep
the ability to do that in the
contract,” Doctor said.
“They can get a steady
stream of content without
owning the asset.”
The purchase agreement
filed Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicates SoonShiong is purchasing the papers for cash and that the
transaction does not involve
his holdings of Tronc stock.
That suggests Soon-Shiong
will retain his ownership
stake in Tronc.
The San Diego paper has
experienced its own upheaval
and
ownership
changes. The Union-Tribune, which is celebrating its
150th anniversary this year,
was owned by the Copley
family until it was sold to
Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles investment firm, in
2009 for an undisclosed sum
that was estimated at $50
million or more.
The
Union-Tribune,
which was purchased by
Tribune Publishing in 2015,
employs about 260 people,
down from nearly 2,000
under the Copleys.
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San Diego Union-Tribune
staff writer Roger Showley
contributed to this report.
T HURSDAY , FEB RUARY 8, 2018
A5
A6
T HU R S DAY , F EBRUA RY 8, 2018
WST
LAT IMES. C OM
THE NATION
Immigration defies ‘Trump effect’
Apprehensions along
Mexico border plunge
after election, then
climb, then dip a bit.
By Molly
Hennessy-Fiske
McALLEN, Texas — Illegal crossings along the
U.S.-Mexico border, after declining in early 2017, began an
unexpected upturn last
spring that only recently receded, according to new government figures.
The figures reflect the
up-and-down nature of illegal immigration and are
reminders that multiple factors — from politics to
weather to conditions in
home countries — influence
who tries to come to the
United States and when.
Apprehensions on the
southern border in October
2016, a month before Donald
Trump’s election, topped
66,000. After Trump’s victory, the number of migrants
trying to enter the U.S. illegally reached a 17-year low.
Monthly apprehensions
continued to drop into 2017,
hitting 15,766 in April, when
the downward trend reversed. Apprehensions rose
each month to 40,513 in December. Migrant advocates
said the “Trump effect” discouraging illegal immigration might be wearing off.
But last month, apprehensions decreased again.
It’s not clear whether the
post-holiday decrease is seasonal, or whether it will continue.
There were 35,822 migrants apprehended on the
southern border in January,
according to figures released Wednesday by U.S.
Customs and Border Protection. That’s not as many
as in December, but it’s more
than were apprehended
each month last February to
October.
The number of families
and unaccompanied children caught crossing the
border, which rose nearly every month since last spring,
also dropped slightly last
month to 25,980, but remained more than twice
April’s total, 11,127.
In releasing the numbers
Wednesday, Homeland Security spokesman Tyler
Houlton noted the apprehension figures for children
and families were still high.
“Front-line personnel are
required to release tens of
thousands of unaccompanied alien children and illegal family units into the
United States each year due
to current loopholes in our
immigration laws. This
month we saw an unacceptable number of UACs [unaccompanied children] and
family units flood our border
because of these catch and
release loopholes,” he said.
“To secure our borders and
make America safer, Congress must act to close these
legal loopholes that have
created incentives for illegal
immigrants.”
In Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, so many migrant families with small children arrive daily — more than 15,500
family members so far this
fiscal year — that volunteers
at a local shelter set up a play
area in the corner.
When the number of unaccompanied migrant children caught crossing began
to increase in April, fewer
than 1,000 were apprehended a month. By last
month, that had grown to
3,227. The number of family
members caught crossing
grew even faster during that
time, from 1,118 in April to
5,656 last month.
When Elvis Antonio Muniya Mendez arrived at the
shelter last month from
Honduras with his 15-yearold son, the playpen was
packed with the children of
Molly Hennessy-Fiske Los Angeles Times
MIGRANTS GATHER at a McAllen, Texas, shelter. In Texas’ Rio Grande Valley,
many families from Central America arrive daily with small children.
100 fellow Central American
migrants caught crossing
the border illegally and released that day. Muniya, 36,
had fled a gang that killed
his 26-year-old brother the
month before. He was hoping to join another brother in
Indiana. He and his son were
released with a notice to appear in immigration court,
which he planned to attend.
“I want to live here legally,
without fear,” he said.
Trump administration
officials have proposed detaining more families, but
that’s not happening in the
Rio Grande Valley, where
many are released like Muniya with notices to appear
in court. The shelter where
Muniya stopped, Sacred
Heart, saw the number of
migrants arriving drop at
the end of last year only to increase recently, said the director, Sister Norma Pimentel.
“I’ve never seen so many
children be part of this migration,” Pimentel said.
Children who cross the
border unaccompanied by
an adult are sheltered by the
federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and placed with
relatives or other sponsors
in the U.S. The agency has
about 9,900 shelter beds at
various facilities. As of this
week, the agency was sheltering 7,800 youths.
Children who cross the
border with a parent may be
released with notices to appear in court or held at special family detention centers.
Trump administration
officials have proposed detaining more of the families.
But space is limited. As of
Monday, the detention centers held 1,896 people. Only
one of them can hold fathers,
and attorneys said it’s always full, so men who cross
with children are often released with a notice to appear in court.
Advocates for greater restrictions on immigration
say more needs to be done to
hold parents who cross with
their children accountable.
They say such parents put
their children at risk by making the dangerous journey.
Andrew Arthur, a former immigration judge now serving
as a resident fellow in law
and policy at the conservative Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies,
said the way migrants are
treated on the border encourages family migration.
“The reason the children
are there to begin with is this
belief that a parent with a
child will not be detained,”
Arthur said. That assumption, he said, is wrong.
He said Congress and the
Trump administration’s unwillingness to end the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals program has also
encouraged migrant families to make the trip now in
hopes of benefiting from a
“DACA amnesty,” even
though the program is limited to those who grew up in
the U.S.
But migrants and advocates said they were driven
to cross the border more by
conditions in Central America — gang violence and economic downturns — than by
U.S. policies.
“Many of these countries,
you just cannot live in them,”
said Ruben Garcia of El
Paso’s Annunciation House
shelter. “People will tell you
‘It’s just dangerous to walk
around in our neighborhood.’ ”
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@latimes.com
L AT I ME S . CO M
T HURSDAY , FEB RUARY 8, 2018
A7
Drag racing’s female stars excel
[Racers, from A1]
funny car straight down a
1,000-foot strip, or a 213-mph
pro stock car along a quarter-mile path.
Most races are won at the
start, where drivers must expertly time a descending
lighting column — called a
Christmas tree — to beat
their opponent off the line.
Though
a
certain
amount of athleticism is required, drivers need not
have the physique and
strength of an NFL linebacker, the height and leaping
ability of an NBA forward or
the acrobatic versatility of a
Premier League midfielder.
“Honestly,
the
car
doesn’t know if you’re male
or female,” said Brittany
Force, the daughter of 16time NHRA funny-car world
champion
John
Force.
“That’s what it really comes
down to.”
Dr. Vernon Williams, a
sports neurologist at the
Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los
Angeles, said studies suggest that men “in general”
have slightly faster visual
and auditory reaction times
than women, but the differences are negligible and can
be mitigated by other factors pertaining to the sport.
“It’s not like football or
basketball or soccer, where
there is going to be significant physical advantage in
most situations for men,”
Williams said. “When you’re
talking about neurological
contributions to performance like concentration, vision, reaction time, speed of
mental processing, you
wouldn’t expect there to be
as much of an advantage as
there is from physical contributions … like strength or
height or power.”
Women actually have a
physical advantage in the
top-fuel class, where 33-footlong dragsters must weigh a
minimum of 2,330 pounds,
including the driver. Because
women
typically
weigh 20 to 50 pounds less
than men, they can move
specialty weights around
the car — usually over the
back wheels for better traction on hotter, slicker tracks
and in the front to prevent
wheelies that slow the car.
Pritchett, who is 5 feet 9,
130 pounds, said she has lost
15 pounds since the end of
last season in hopes of maximizing that favor.
“If a 200-pound guy is
driving, he doesn’t have any
extra weight to move around
the car, whereas we do,” she
said. “We can add more traction and more horsepower.
That gives you better performance.”
There is no clutch in topfuel dragsters and funny
cars. Drivers don’t shift.
They hit the throttle to start,
steer the car down the track
and engage the parachute.
A shorter wheelbase
makes funny cars tougher to
control than top-fuel dragsters, but with three decades
of engineering advances, the
cars are virtually automated.
“The truth is, the cars
pretty much do it for you,”
said Shirley Muldowney, 77,
a trailblazer who won 18
NHRA national events. “You
point it, steer it, gather it up,
go through the motions, pull
the chute when you’re supposed to, and if you can hold
it together, you’re going to do
OK.
“You just have to be on
time, keep it in the groove
and hope no one comes into
your lane, of course. The cars
are nothing like what we …
had to muscle.”
It took a memorable race
against a female rival two
years ago at Arizona’s Wild
Horse Pass Motorsports
Marc Gewertz National Hot Rod Assn.
LEAH PRITCHETT celebrates the second top-fuel victory of her career last year
at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. She’ll aim to defend her title this week.
Park for Pritchett to realize
just how far women had advanced at the track. Pritchett and Brittany Force were
about to stage the first all-female top-fuel final since 1982,
when Muldowney defeated
Lucille Lee in Columbus,
Ohio.
Engines revved and the
cars’ fat back tires smoked
and shrieked as Pritchett
and Force edged their sleek
dragsters to the starting
line. But inside the cockpit
Pritchett was just becoming
aware that, as the track announcer put it, history was
being made.
“I didn’t even realize I was
running against Brittany
until we were in the staging
lane,” said Pritchett, who
beat Force with a 323.12-mph
pass to win her first NHRA
event. “As cool as it was, I
was so much more in love
with winning my first race
than beating another female.
“I think that’s a testament to how much the femaleness of the sport is
geared toward the competition…. It’s a novelty to everyone else out there, but it is
not a novelty to us.”
Pritchett, whose father
was a land-speed racer at
Bonneville Salt Flats, began
racing at age 8 and competed in seven amateur categories. She studied marketing and communications in
an effort to cultivate investors and partners, and
spent several years on a
funny-car crew before getting her nitro license.
She drove six different
cars for three different
teams in 2016 before linking
up with Don Schumacher
Racing and completing her
first full top-fuel season in
2017.
Though they grew up in
the sport and had access to
the world-class mechanics
and crew chiefs of their famous father’s teams, Brittany and Courtney Force
spent six years as teenagers
driving alcohol-fuel and super comp dragsters before
graduating in their early 20s
to top-fuel cars.
Enders fell in love with
racing as a little girl and
often hung around Muldowney’s pit area in hopes of
talking to or getting an autograph from the woman
known as the First Lady of
Drag Racing. She spent
years on the junior dragster
circuit before working her
way up to the professional
ranks.
“The reason you see females where they’re at is because we’ve literally worked
our tails off and climbed the
ladder,” Enders said. “All of
us have paid our dues. I was
given no breaks because of
my gender and would not expect to have been.”
Their persistence earned
the respect of male drivers.
“Leah and Erica have
been racing since they were
Teresa Long National Hot Rod Assn.
“ALL OF US have paid our dues,” said Erica Enders, shown celebrating her 2014
pro stock world championship. “I was given no breaks because of my gender.”
practically walking,” said
Antron Brown, 41, a threetime top-fuel champion
from New Jersey. “These
women eat, sleep and dream
about it. They have so much
passion and drive. They
come out here knowing
they’ve put the work in, and
they’re not intimidated.
The physical demands of
her class provide a stiff challenge for Enders. Unlike topfuel dragsters and funny
cars, her bulkier pro stock
car has a clutch and fivespeed transmission that requires her to shift four times
down the track.
“It takes a lot to drive
these cars,” she said. “I’m
steering with my left hand,
shifting with my right hand,
and pushing about 800
pounds of pressure in on
that clutch pedal, so you
have to have a leg on you. I’m
right-hand dominant, so
everything on my right side
is bigger, except my left calf
is huge compared to my
right one, so it makes shopping for knee boots kind of
hard.
“That’s a girl problem, I
guess.”
It’s not the only “girl
problem” female drivers endure. Enders said she has
been “hit on” by men inside
and around the sport and
that “there’s still a slightly
chauvinistic mentality out
there, which comes with the
territory when you’re a female in a male-dominated
sport.”
Pritchett said she has
“heard probably everything
you can hear, but I’m probably too much of a pistol, so
people have learned that
stuff ain’t gonna fly.”
Enders and Pritchett and
the Force sisters said they’ve
never experienced anything
that rises to the level of sexual misconduct. Around their
crews, the women are, well,
just one of the guys.
“My team owner has 19
employees, all men, so it’s me
and 19 men on the road 300
days a year,” Enders said.
“They’re like 19 brothers I
didn’t necessarily want, and
they make fun of me and pick
on me.
“But the cool part is, they
have my back 100%.”
‘Honestly, the car
doesn’t know if
you’re male or
female. That’s
what it really
comes down to.’
— Brittany Force,
2017 National Hot Rod Assn.
top-fuel world champion
It was different in Muldowney’s day.
“I had my battles with
men,” said Muldowney, who
started her career in the
1960s and raced for four decades. “They were terrible.
They would throw X-rated
toys in the seat of my car in
the staging lane, anything
they could think of. And I
had a real temper back in the
day. I would go after them. I
got even at the starting line.”
Men in the sport appear
to have evolved. When Brittany Force was test-driving
top-fuel cars and contemplating a jump from alcoholfuel in 2013, current rivals
Morgan Lucas, Tony Schumacher and Shawn Langdon “went out of their way to
encourage me to get into top
fuel — they said they’d love
to see a female in the sport,”
she said.
Said Brown: “You don’t
look at them as women. You
look at them as racers.”
Perceptions from outside
and the periphery of the
sport may still be catching
up.
“People think because
we’re females that we need
to be light and fluffy and
really sweet,” Pritchett said.
“I’ve had people from corporations to fans saying, ‘Wow,
I wish there was a little more
sweetness in your voice,
maybe smile a little more,’
because that’s the image
they want.
“But there’s been a shift
away from being dainty.
Strong is the new skinny.”
mike.digiovanna
@latimes.com
Twitter:
@MikeDiGiovanna
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No deal in sight on immigration
[Budget, from A1]
vents the strict budget caps
imposed under a 2011 budget
deal, and adds $57 billion in
new spending equally to
both defense and non-defense accounts through fiscal 2019, according to those
familiar with the talks. Republicans have been pushing for the military increases, and Democrats insist on parity for domestic
programs.
The result would be a
boost in Pentagon spending
of about $80 billion each year
beyond what the law allows,
to $647 billion by fiscal 2019.
Non-defense
accounts
would increase by more than
$60 billion, to $597 billion by
2019.
The package also includes $90 billion in supplemental disaster aid spending for coastal and Western
states and Puerto Rico, ravaged by hurricanes and wildfires — more than had been
suggested earlier in a House
bill but not as much as California and others sought.
Unlike the past agreements to avoid the steep “sequester” cuts in 2013 and
2015, the deal announced
Wednesday would be only
partially offset with spending reductions or new
revenue elsewhere, making
it a nonstarter for many
conservative Republicans —
especially after the GOP
tax package added nearly
$1.5 trillion over the decade
to deficits.
“No one would suggest it
is perfect, but we worked
hard to find common
ground,” said McConnell,
adding that the defense
funding would “ensure that
for the first time in years our
armed services have more of
the resources they need to
keep America safe.”
Senate Minority Leader
Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) touted many Democratic priorities, including a
two-year extension of funding for community health
centers, a 10-year extension
of funding for the Children’s
Health Insurance Program
and money to fight the opioid drug crisis.
“This budget deal is the
first real sprout of biparti-
J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press
SENATE LEADERS Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), left, and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a potential end to the budget impasse.
sanship,” Schumer said. “We
have reached a budget deal
that neither side loves but
both sides can be proud of.
That’s compromise. That’s
governing.”
Pelosi’s
opposition,
though, thrusts the immigration debate back into the
budget standoff, much the
way President Trump did
Tuesday when he said he’d
“love to see a shutdown” if
his immigration priorities,
such as a border wall and
limits on legal immigration,
were not part of the budget
package.
“The budget caps agreement includes many Democratic priorities,” Pelosi said
Wednesday. But after surveying the Democratic caucus, she said the absence of
immigration legislation was
a deal breaker for some
members.
Pelosi wants Ryan to
commit — as McConnell did
last month as part of the
deal to end the three-day
government shutdown — to
consider bipartisan measures to protect the immigrant Dreamers as Trump
ends the Obama-era program that shields them from
deportation, known as Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA).
Pelosi seized the House
floor in a rare filibuster-like
speech that began about 10
a.m. EST and continued into
the evening.
Standing in four-inch
heels the entire time without
a break and surrounded by
colleagues, Pelosi gave a
speech that shattered the
previous record for the
longest in the House, set in
1909.
The Senate is expected to
launch an immigration debate in a matter of days, as
soon as the shutdown threat
is averted.
“Without a commitment
from Speaker Ryan compa-
rable to the commitment
from Leader McConnell, this
package does not have my
support,” she said.
Ryan, however, has made
no such commitment on
Dreamers, stoking concerns
that any immigration bill
would simply languish in the
House.
The immigration debate
drove the shutdown last
month,
as
Democrats
pushed McConnell to agree
to prioritize the issue, but it
had not been part of more recent budget negotiations,
despite Trump’s nudging.
Pelosi’s support for the
budget deal will be vital because Ryan will almost certainly not be able to pass
spending increases over objections from his conservative flank, including the
Freedom Caucus, without
relying on Democratic votes.
The accord includes
$20 billion in new infrastructure spending on trans-
portation, rural broadband
and safe drinking water systems, as well as $5.8 billion
for child care block grants,
$4 billion to rebuild Veterans
Affairs hospitals and clinics
and $2 billion for research at
the National Institutes of
Health, according to those
familiar with the details.
It also creates a new Joint
Select Committee that is
tasked with developing a
legislative solution to shore
up faltering employer pensions by December.
Dreamers, the immigrants who came to the U.S.
illegally as children, risk deportation with the expiration of DACA, which has allowed them to apply to live
and work here.
Under Trump’s order last
year, DACA was set to end
March 5, but a court challenge is allowing it to continue for now.
Lawmakers
in
both
parties say they want to pro-
tect the Dreamers as part of
a broader immigration bill
that would include border
security and perhaps other
measures, and they believe a
bipartisan deal would easily
pass both chambers.
However, Ryan is under
pressure from conservatives
in his majority to stand by
his earlier promise not to
consider immigration legislation unless it is supported
by most of the House Republican majority.
More recently, Ryan has
said he would consider legislation that Trump supports,
but the president’s own
shifting views on immigration have made a legislative
deal difficult.
Bipartisan groups in
Congress continue to meet
to strike a deal as the Senate
prepares to open debate.
lisa.mascaro
@latimes.com
Twitter: @LisaMascaro
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Is it time to trash RecycLA?
L.A.’s garbage-hauling franchises
cost more and fail more often. The
city better start working on Plan B.
L
os Angeles City Council members got an earful this week from
apartment owners and business
operators who have experienced
repeated missed trash pickups
and astronomical bills since the city forced
them into a garbage-hauling monopoly program called RecycLA.
During a six-hour hearing at City Hall on
Tuesday, some building owners described
overflowing bins and piles of uncollected
garbage that attracted flies, roaches and
rats. Others talked about their bills, which
have doubled or even tripled since the new
service began, and about the challenge of
getting the hauling companies to respond to
complaints.
Another speaker, who works with affordable housing providers, warned that higher
garbage bills are making it harder to build
more units for homeless and low-income
residents.
Then council members laid into the
trash haulers, saying they were shocked,
just shocked, by the high bills and rampant
service problems.
“It’s really been something that I never
would have envisioned going this badly in
my wildest dreams,” Councilman Paul Koretz said Tuesday.
“I was given assurances. I can’t tell you
how many times I had meetings in my office,
requesting assurances that this would be
successful,” Councilman Mitch O’Farrell
said. “I feel I was sold a bill of goods.”
Well, that’s just rubbish. The garbage
monopoly system, or the “exclusive franchise” system, was pushed and adopted by
the City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti
against the urging of businesses, apartment
owners and the city’s own budget analyst.
City leaders were warned repeatedly that removing competition from the trash hauling
business was a recipe for higher prices and
worse service. And that’s what they got.
Before RecycLA, businesses and multifamily residential buildings hired their trash
removal services on the open market, allowing them to negotiate a deal with the
garbage company of their choice. Under the
exclusive franchise system, the government
selects one trash hauler for each of 11 zones
in the city, and then sets the rates and regulates the service. The program set new rules
for trash haulers, including more recycling,
cleaner trucks and higher pay for workers.
The good news is that many more commercial customers are recycling. The bad
news is many of those same customers are
paying a lot more money for worse service.
Haulers say the city vastly underestimated
the number of customers when it awarded
the franchises, and that they had to scramble to hire drivers and buy trucks to meet
demand. City leaders blame haulers and
plan to issue fines for missed pickups.
Garcetti said “all legal options are on the table” to fix the problems.
Los Angeles created a flawed monopoly
system. Council members and Garcetti
need to own the problem they created, then
solve it. If they can’t guarantee quality service and reasonable prices, they ought to
start working on Plan B — which should be
extricating the city and its customers from
trash-hauling monopolies and instituting a
non-exclusive franchise system.
Poland’s crackdown on speech
T
he United States was absolutely correct to criticize a new
Polish law that makes it a crime
to blame Poland for atrocities
committed by the Nazis on Polish soil. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,
while acknowledging that “terms like ‘Polish
death camps’ are painful and misleading,”
insisted that such false characterizations
must be countered by open debate, scholarship and education, not by criminal sanctions. The new law, Tillerson said, “adversely affects freedom of speech and academic
inquiry.” He’s right.
The law signed this week by Polish President Andrzej Duda states that “whoever accuses, publicly and against the facts, the
Polish nation, or the Polish state, of being
responsible or complicit in the Nazi crimes
committed by the Third German Reich …
shall be subject to a fine or a penalty of imprisonment of up to three years.” There is an
exception for utterances “in the course of
the one’s artistic or academic activity,” but
that still leaves a lot of speech subject to
criminal punishment.
Even as he signed the law, Duda referred
it to Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal, leaving open the possibility that it might be
modified. It certainly should be. To make it
illegal to express a view about history —
even if that view is incorrect — is an egregious act of preemptive censorship.
Poland is understandably sensitive to
unfair characterizations of its role in the
crimes of what was, after all, an occupying
power. It was Germans, not Poles, who built
and operated the death camps at Auschwitz
and Treblinka. While some Poles no doubt
collaborated with the Nazis, that’s no justification for besmirching the entire nation.
But criminalizing false opinions about
history is inconsistent with principles of free
speech and free inquiry. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims: “Everyone has the right to freedom
of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart
information and ideas through any media
and regardless of frontiers.”
To be sure, those principles are sometimes ignored for the sake of political convenience, and Poland isn’t alone in attempting to criminalize attempts to rewrite history. In 2012, France enacted a law making it
a crime to deny that the Ottoman Turks
committed genocide against Armenians in
1915. The law was later ruled unconstitutional by France’s Constitutional Council,
though it remains a crime in France — and
in some other countries — to deny the Holocaust.
Poland’s new law sacrifices an important
individual freedom — freedom of speech —
on the altar of offended national pride.
San Francisco’s opioid gamble
W
ith the opioid epidemic
raging and thousands of
people dying from overdoses annually, four California lawmakers proposed a controversial but potentially effective response: letting a handful of counties
experiment with safe injection sites.
At these government-sanctioned centers, drug users could bring illicit controlled
substances to inject in a clean space with
clinical supervision to guard against overdoses. In Canada and Europe, where injection sites have been used for decades, they
are credited with saving lives and helping direct addicts into treatment. The sites are
among the so-called "harm-reduction" strategies that, along with programs that provide clean needles and equip first responders with a drug that reverses overdoses, are
intended to keep drug addicts alive at least
until they can get into treatment.
But worries about encouraging drug use
among non-addicts, or at least appearing to
do so, stymied the proposal in the Legislature. The bill is back again this year, and this
time lawmakers should pass it. Meanwhile,
the rest of the state isn’t content to wait as
the death toll mounts. San Francisco health
officials on Tuesday decided to move ahead
with what may well be the first safe injection sites in the U.S. by July 1, with or without the blessing of state authorities.
They argued that the damage from drug
addiction is so serious — people dying from
opioid overdoses and used needles littering
the street — that it demands extralegal action. San Francisco is taking a gamble, of
course; it’s a violation of state and federal
law to operate a facility where people consume illicit drugs. But with even the American Medical Assn. now on record supporting safe injection pilots, California Atty.
Gen. Xavier Becerra has good reason not to
spend his limited resources shutting down a
few centers created to keep people from
overdosing or contracting illnesses from
dirty needles. Federal law enforcers have
better things to pursue as well.
In addition to the lives potentially saved,
the payoff from San Francisco’s efforts will
be the data. If the results mirror the very
well-examined experiences of the first safe
injection center in North America — the Insite clinic in Vancouver — they should quell
fears once and for all that these injection
centers will just be modern day opium dens.
The sooner the effort begins, the better.
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mand internationally.
The Trump administration is wrong to think it
is helping the U.S. auto
industry by trying to override California’s fuel economy standards.
Al Barrett
Santa Monica
::
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
THEN-INTERIOR Secretary Sally Jewell unveiled
a desert protection plan for California in 2014.
Deserting a plan
Re “Desert protection plan in Trump’s crosshairs,” Feb. 2
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan,
eight years in the making, is a collaboration document
crafted by employees from many government and
nongovernment agencies as well as private citizens. It is
dripping with the cloth of democracy.
This compilation of ideas and compromises is to be
deemed obsolete by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, with
President Trump’s willing endorsement. They propose
that the plan be unilaterally abrogated by decree. Their
attack is to essentially remove the word “conservation”
from the plan’s title.
The 45-day comment period has shades of “we’ll give
him a fair trial, and then we’ll hang him.” Like their
scaling back of national monument declarations made by
President Obama, we know the outcome beforehand.
Trump and Zinke are presiding over callous
degradation of our home — the Earth environment — in
favor of short-term greed.
Tom Budlong
Los Angeles
The radical environmentalists protest when
Trump doesn’t support
solar and wind energy
enough. Then Trump
opens land, previously
closed, to more solar and
wind development, and the
radical environmentalists
get mad at him over that.
Let’s face it: The radical
environmentalists in this
state do not want anything
built anywhere. The state
Legislature needs to quit
listening to them.
Chris Richgels
Long Beach
man missile as he made his
ill-fated head-first tackle,
yet the commentators at
the time did not suggest
that what Shazier did
deserved to be flagged.
This just shows that
there is still a disconnect
between so-called football
experts and the safety of
players. They just don’t get
it.
Jeffrey Whitfield
Santa Ana
Lights out on
H.S. football?
Re “Mixed signals stymie
auto firms,” Feb. 5
Re “Protecting young Tom
Bradys,” editorial, Feb. 4
Sadly, your editorial
was right on the mark. It
raises many questions
about youth football and
its possible consequences.
You mentioned “NFL
injury reports” regarding
concussions. Has the Los
Angeles Times ever published or even seen a local
“high school injury report”
that mentions head
trauma? Maybe it’s past
time for you to print one
next to the Top-25 high
school football rankings.
With youth football now
commonly televised and
some high school players
exposed to up to 15 games
per season, is this getting
out of hand? Does more
scheduled playing time
equate to more risk? Have
local regulating institutions like the California
Interscholastic Federation
been successful in their
efforts to curtail perhaps
lifelong injuries?
As much as I and many
others have enjoyed high
school football in the past,
if these and many other
health-related questions
aren’t answered and made
available for increased
public awareness, maybe
it’ll be time for “Friday
Night Lights Out.”
Marty Veselich
Playa del Rey
::
As an ex-soccer coach, I
believe the heading of a
soccer ball should be added to any list of repetitive
actions that can cause
brain injury. The first time
I headed a ball, I knew
something was going on
inside my head. A couple of
seconds of dizziness occurred.
As for football, the
sports media missed a
major opportunity earlier
this season when it failed to
make the head-down
tackle by the Pittsburgh
Steelers’ Ryan Shazier,
who suffered a severe spinal injury as a result, a
teachable moment. With
his body flying in a straight
line, he looked like a hu-
Want cleaner
cars? Buy one
This article covered the
tug of war between the oil
and carmaking industries,
government and our
choices at the auto dealer.
How can we fault automakers for wanting to
build highly profitable
gas-guzzling SUVs? It’s all
about short-term profits at
the expense of our longterm health and the environment.
It’s up to consumers to
deliver the real signal to
auto firms. Our dollars are
as powerful as a vote at the
ballot box. If we want to
clean our air and take
action against climate
change, we need to realize
that we vote when we
choose our ride.
Automakers pander to
our baser instincts when
they sell us bigger cars. It is
like buying snack food or
candy when we really need
to eat fruits and vegetables. Just as with food,
consumers need to make
the right choices in their
auto purchases.
Don’t point the finger at
the industry or Washington. We need to be responsible consumers and, in so
doing, give those in the
industries a real signal.
Buying an electric vehicle
reduces your carbon footprint and helps to protect
our planet.
Jerry P. Schneider
Los Angeles
::
California’s clean-air
regulations impose increasingly stringent fuel
economy standards on
automobiles sold in the
state. The objective is to
protect the health of Californians by limiting harmful exhaust emissions and
to reduce the greenhouse
gases that are contributing
to destructive climate
change.
Increasing demand for
vehicles that minimize
exhaust emissions is an
international trend. California’s economy is larger
than those of all but five
nations, so by designing
cars that meet our air
regulations, U.S. automobile companies are making
products that are in de-
Americans want clean
air and clean water. However, the current administration is rolling back
regulations that provide
for both while promoting
dirty, outdated coal power
instead.
We can keep regulations
to a minimum and help
ensure clean air and clean
water with a federal carbon
fee-and-dividend plan.
While ensuring a swift
transition to clean energy,
the revenue collected from
placing a price on carbon
would be returned to U.S.
households.
This is a bipartisan
solution to the national
issues of energy waste and
air pollution, and it also
ensures the U.S. a place in
the global clean energy
revolution.
Konrad Dax
Torrance
A panic driven
by machines
Re “Dow dives 1,175 points,
wiping out 2018 gains,” Feb.
6
I take exception to this
wording: “But when the
rally fizzled, investor confidence in stock prices
quickly turned sour again.”
This makes it sound like
actual investors or traders
are making these decisions. They are not. The
overwhelming majority of
stock trades involve no
humans at all. They are
driven by algorithms and
high-speed computertrading programs. The
average investor has no
control and in fact is being
beaten up by this
technology.
Fifty years ago, the
average stock was held for
eight years. Today, it is
several months.
To appreciate the absurdity of the fight for
speed, consider this: In
2008, traders in Chicago,
wanting a faster connection to those in New York,
laid the straightest possible cable from Chicago to
northern New Jersey,
literally blasting through a
mountain in the Alleghenies. The result of this
$300-million project was an
increase in trading speeds
of three milliseconds.
The “Transformer”
movies told us machines
would take over the world.
Who knew they would start
with our 401(k) accounts?
Doug Jones
Los Feliz
Less ‘horse
race’ coverage
Re “Time to move from
sizzle to substance,” editorial, Feb. 5
I heartily agree with
The Times Editorial
Board’s call for the candidates for state offices in the
June primary to begin
giving voters a clear indication of how they intend to
handle the scary issues in
our near future: drought,
financial constraints,
homelessness and more.
I’d also like to see the
Los Angeles Times shift its
focus from covering the
“horse race” to comparing
all the serious candidates’
positions on these substantive issues, to the
extent that they have
them. I’m afraid that minor
candidates’ good ideas get
lost because they don’t poll
high enough, something
they cannot do because
their ideas don’t get aired.
Could your reporters
develop a chart that would
help voters map these
issues from time to time
during the campaign?
That would be a real community service.
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Remember when the Democratic
Party loved degregulation?
By Matt Welch
W
hen President Trump
bragged in his first State
of the Union address
that “we have eliminated
more regulations in our
first year than any administration in the
history of our country,” the response from
Democrats was not surprising.
“Deregulation,” warned Center for
American Progress senior adviser Sam
Berger in Fortune, “is simply a code word
for letting big businesses cut corners at everyone else’s expense.”
Such a jaundiced definition of the
term, routine though it may be on the contemporary left, would be unrecognizable
to leading Democratic politicians of the
late 1970s, including the president who
jump-started the modern notion of deregulation: Jimmy Carter. Reclaiming
that lost history may soon prove crucial in
an era marked by unsustainable public
sector spending obligations.
“We really need to realize that there is a
limit to the role and the function of government,” Carter said in his first State of the
Union address, in 1978. “Bit by bit we are
chopping down the thicket of unnecessary
federal regulations by which government
too often interferes in our personal lives
and our personal business.”
If that sounds more like your conception of Ronald Reagan than the peanut
farmer from Plains, it may be time to
check your premises.
After televised hearings chaired by
Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, based on
academic spade-work by the liberal economist Alfred Kahn, featuring testimony
from consumer advocate Ralph Nader,
Carter in 1978 signed the death warrant for
the Civil Aeronautics Board, thus breaking up the regulatory cartel that had kept
the same four national airlines virtually
unchallenged the previous four decades.
Thus began a federal assault on “price
and entry” regulations, or rules that de-
termine which companies can compete in
a given industry and what they’re allowed
to charge.
Carter also lifted individual prohibitions, most notably (thanks to an amendment by California Democratic Sen. Alan
Cranston) on brewing beer at home. Result? You’re drinking it. There were fewer
than 50 breweries in the United States
when Carter deregulated basement beermaking; now there are more than 5,000. In
two generations, America went from
world laughingstock to leader in the production of tasty lagers and ales.
Such was Carter’s conviction about deconstructing chunks of the administrative
state that he dwelled on it at length in his
only presidential debate with Reagan.
“I'm a Southerner, and I share the basic
beliefs of my region [against] an excessive
government intrusion into the private affairs of American citizens and also into the
private affairs of the free enterprise system,” he said. “We've been remarkably successful, with the help of a Democratic Congress. We have deregulated the air industry, the rail industry, the trucking industry, financial institutions. We're now
working on the communications industry.”
Here in California, then fresh off its
Proposition 13 tax revolt, Jerry Brown, in
his first stretch as governor, was sounding
similar themes. Government must “strip
away the roadblocks and the regulatory
underbrush that it often mindlessly puts
in the path of private citizens,” Brown said
during his bracingly anti-statist second
inaugural address in 1979. “Unneeded licenses and proliferating rules can stifle
initiative, especially for small business….
[M]any regulations primarily protect the
past, prop up privilege or prevent sensible
economic choices.”
These insights from the Disco Era are
sorely needed today, particularly on the
state and local level, where much of the
price-and-entry regulatory action takes
place. In the ’70s, around one job in every 10
required a government-enforced occupational license; now the ratio is closer to one
in three. As Kahn and other liberal economists could have told you, those licensing
boards tend to be shaped by industry incumbents, who are incentivized to protect
their turf.
So you have such insane regulations as
Arizona’s prohibition — punishable by up
to six months in jail! — on using a blow dryer without a license, or Washington D.C.’s
proposal that all day-care providers have
a college degree.
As ever when it comes to heavy-handed
government, poor and minority populations are hardest hit.
Carter/Brown enthusiasm for deregulation was born partly out of desperation:
Inflation had been haunting the country
for 15 unrelenting years, the natives were
getting restless about predatory government, and politicians were desperate to
find any low-hanging fruit.
We may be entering similarly fraught
times.
With Congress set to jack the federal
deficit back near the $1-trillion level right
at the moment markets are forcing the
cost of borrowing upward, interest payments will soon crowd out other categories of spending. As another Democrat,
Bill Clinton, warned in 2012, “We’ve got to
deal with this big long-term debt problem
or it will deal with us.”
And on the state and local level, publicsector pension obligations—projected to
increase by 50% in California cities over
the next seven years—are already forcing
bureaucrats to make unpleasant choices.
Facing budget shortfalls at every level,
can governments still afford to decide who
can and cannot take part in certain economic activities? It’s time they started asking: What would Jimmy Carter do?
Matt Welch is editor at large of Reason,
a magazine published by the libertarian
Reason Foundation, and a contributing
writer to Opinion.
Jae C. Hong AP
A PROPOSAL to expand oil drilling in waters off California risks spills like the one in at Refugio State Beach in 2015.
Save the California coast
By Leon E. Panetta
M
ore than 35 years ago, I
worked with my Republican
colleagues in both houses of
Congress to impose a moratorium on offshore oil
drilling in federal waters along the California coast. We understood that drilling
posed too grave a threat to the state’s
coastline, one of the nation’s greatest natural and commercial assets.
Now that moratorium is at risk. In January, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
proposed opening up nearly the entire
outer continental shelf of the United
States for oil and gas exploration, including seven potential leases in the Pacific, six
of them off California’s coast. He had the
temerity to suggest that the leases would
provide billions of dollars “to fund the conservation of our coastlines, public lands
and parks.”
Californians know better.
We remember the 1969 Santa Barbara
oil-rig blowout that unleashed millions of
gallons of crude oil, killing seabirds, poisoning seals and dolphins, and coating 35
miles of coastline with up to 6 inches of oil.
More recently, a 2015 pipeline leak fouled
Refugio State Beach and forced the closure of commercial and recreational fishing for weeks. Cleanup costs topped $90
million.
In 2017 polling, 69% of Californians opposed drilling, and substantial majorities
agreed with that position no matter where
they lived in the state (inland or beach), or
their political party. Many of those voters
will be in Sacramento on Thursday to
make their views known to Washington at
the single public hearing scheduled in the
state on Zinke’s proposal.
Opposition to drilling is as much about
the economy as it is about the environment: Tourism, fishing and ocean recreation sustain tens of billions of dollars of
economic activity and hundreds of thousands of jobs in our state annually. It
makes no sense to risk damaging that
economic vitality with catastrophic oil
spills and pollution, especially with the rise
in renewable energy sources.
It defies logic that shortly after proposing new leases, Zinke said he would exempt Florida’s offshore waters from the
drilling plan. He agreed with Gov. Rick
Scott that Florida’s tourism and beaches
should be protected from spills, while
ignoring the same consequences in other
states. At least 15 coastal governors,
one-third of them Republican, have publicly opposed Trump’s offshore oil drilling
plan.
Since the 1980s, California congressional representatives of both parties have
reflected their constituents’ views and
united to defend our coast. Unfortunately,
at the end of January, when 36 Democratic
members of Congress from California
signed a letter to Zinke urging him to withdraw his proposal, no Republicans joined
the effort. I urge all the members of the delegation to align themselves with the
wishes of the state.
Our elected representatives also
should strongly oppose efforts by the
Trump administration to roll back the
boundaries or regulations that protect
California’s national marine sanctuaries.
In an April executive order, the president
directed the secretary of Commerce to
weigh the “opportunity costs associated
with potential energy and mineral exploration and production” in these ecologically rich zones, among the most biologically diverse in the world.
I am familiar with the “opportunity
costs” that interest the president. In the
1990s I worked with then-Gov. Pete Wilson
and San Diego Rep. Bill Lowery to establish the Monterey Bay National Marine
Sanctuary. Congress agreed with us that
this “Serengeti of the Sea” was a national
treasure that should be protected from the
perils of drilling.
There have been no new oil leases in federal waters along California’s coast for
more than 30 years and none in state waters for more than 50 years. Existing leases
are reaching the end of their viability and
at the same time, California is aggressively
— and successfully — reducing its dependence on fossil fuels. The United States has
clean, renewable energy alternatives;
there is simply no need for new oil drilling
now.
In the past, when California has been
threatened with offshore oil drilling,
Democrats and Republicans in Washington fought successfully to protect the
coast. It was a bipartisan responsibility in
the 1980s, and it remains a bipartisan responsibility today.
Democrat Leon E. Panetta, former
director of the CIA and former secretary
of Defense in the Obama administration,
represented Monterey in the U.S. House of
Representatives from 1977 to 1993.
The gritty
reality of
the Winter
Games
By Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff
H
ype and the Olympics are a wellknown combination. NBC’s promos are framing the Games — nationalistically — as “The Best of
U.S.” Thomas Bach, president of
the International Olympic Committee, likes to
tout their “hope and peace” symbology. And
on the official 2018 Winter Games website,
Pyeongchang, South Korea, a backcountry
town around 50 miles from the DMZ and
North Korea, is reconceived as a place where
“heaven meets earth.”
The reality of Pyeongchang 2018, and the
Games that open Thursday and Friday, isn’t
quite so uplifting.
It’s true that North and South Korea will be
marching into the opening ceremonies under
one flag — and some find that a hopeful sign.
At the last minute, the North deigned to participate, and South Korea swiftly rolled out
the red carpet, knowing North Korean participation was the best missile insurance available. The divided peninsula will have a unified
women’s ice hockey team and Kim Jong Un is
sending a handful of other competitors, plus
officials and cheerleaders, to the Winter
Olympics for the first time since 2010.
The presence of North Korean athletes
may at least give U.S. audiences a view of the
North based on something other than the
ratcheted-up tensions on the Korean peninsula and across the Pacific. But those tensions
are real.
After North Korea gained entry to the
Games, it rescheduled its annual military celebration, the one with the goose-stepping soldiers, from April to Feb. 8, the day before the
Games start. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has
been laying the groundwork for a military conflict with North Korea, and a nuclear nightmare could be only a Trump tweet or a Kim
launch away. IOC member Richard Pound
didn’t exactly inspire confidence when he said,
“You have got at least one unstable leader involved, and you don’t know what he will do.”
South Korean (and Olympic) leaders want
the world to see Pyeongchang’s accommodation of the North in a positive light, but many
South Koreans aren’t buying it. Seventy-three
percent of the country told pollsters they oppose the plan. On Tuesday, a protestor in
Seoul told Reuters the North was making fools
of the South “by advertising our Pyeongchang
Olympics as their Pyongyang Olympics.”
“The presence of North Korean athletes in
Pyeongchang,” explains Remco Breuker, professor of Korean studies at Leiden University,
“is a disgrace.... By inviting the DPRK to participate in the Games, Seoul has stepped all
over the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights.”
The dissatisfaction over Olympic unification is mirrored by public anger over the
planning of the Olympics themselves. Overall
costs have more than doubled for the
Pyeongchang Games, from $6 billion at the
time of the bid to $13 billion today. Ticket sales
have been anemic, undercutting a prime path
for bridging the gap. Two days before the first
competition, the venues were ready but
around 25% of the tickets had yet to be sold.
The bill for Pyeongchang 2018 won’t be as
high as the tab for the bigger Summer Games
in Rio de Janeiro, in 2016, but both events fit a
pattern: Hosting the Olympics is less a financial boon than a calamity. Rio is an estimated
$35 million to $45 million in debt, and while
some of the infrastructure completed for 2016
is in use — transportation, mostly — the
sports venues are idle, only 10% of the athlete’s
village apartments have been sold, and promises to clean up the notoriously polluted water
in Guanabara Bay have gone unmet.
In South Korea, organizers promised that
Pyeongchang would deliver a “Green Dreams”
Olympics featuring “the most advanced, environmentally friendly strategies.” Then they
chopped down 58,000 trees in a sacred 500year-old forest on Mt. Gariwang to make way
for a ski run. Officials claim the forest can be
restored after the Games; foresters say it will
be impossible.
And what will happen to multimillion-dollar venues for relatively obscure sports like
bobsled, luge and skeleton in a nation not particularly known as a winter sports power?
Maintaining venues in the wake of the Games
is a quiet yet hefty burden that’s typically not
included in publicly stated Olympic costs. The
Pyeongchang organizers are already planning
to demolish the Olympic Stadium. Built at a
cost of $109 million, it will be used just four
times.
The Olympics require draconian security
measures. South Korean officials are taking
advantage of the opportunity to add to their
domestic arsenal, installing extra CCTV cameras, facial recognition systems and adding to
their supply of tactical drones. These technologies will remain after the Games. South Korea will also deploy 60,000 police at the
Olympics, including 50,000 soldiers, making
Pyeongchang’s one of the most militarized security forces in the Games’ history.
All told, the chasm between the glitzy spectacle and the grittier reality of the Olympics
has become a feature of the Games, not a bug.
Despite the relentless message of global togetherness, an enthusiasm gap remains between the Olympic suites and the Korean
streets. A more realistic takeway from
Pyeongchang would echo Rio’s legacy: political grandstanding, overspending, greenwashing, white-elephant stadiums and the militarization of public space. The Olympics aren’t a
salve for political and economic woes, they are
an aggravator.
Dave Zirin is sports editor of the Nation. His
latest book, with Michael Bennett, is “Things
That Make White People Uncomfortable.”
Jules Boykoff is a political science
professor at Pacific University. His latest
book is “Power Games: A Political History of
the Olympics.”
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Wynn called
a ‘visionary’
for Las Vegas
[Wynn, from A1]
sociate professor of history
at the University of Nevada,
Las Vegas. “He commented
in the ’80s that old Vegas
didn’t need another casino,
but it sure needed an attraction. He understood with
the spread of gambling that
Las Vegas had to do something else. Something different.”
Former Las Vegas Mayor
Oscar Goodman said Wynn
“invented new things” at a
time when the city was still
in the midst of its grittier
days of mob rule.
The son of a bingo parlor
owner who arrived in Las
Vegas from Atlantic City in
1967, Wynn brought such
over-the-top features as
“dancing” fountains that
move to music and pirate
ships to a landscape whose
premier symbols of escape
had been free booze, show
girls and cheap shrimp cocktails.
His first construction
project, in 1989, was the Mirage. At a cost of more than
$600 million, it featured rare
white tigers, an open atrium
with lush foliage and truly
luxury accommodations. It
was the first new hotel built
in decades, and it spawned
Treasure Island — the pirate-themed casino that
Wynn saw as a draw for families who could watch buccaneers engage in fights
aboard schooners in a lagoon — right along the Las
Vegas Strip.
Wynn then set upon
building the $1.6-billion Bellagio Hotel and Casino. With
its iconic fountain show on
an 8.5-acre man-made lake,
the hotel served as the
centerpiece of the film
“Ocean’s Eleven,” and Wynn
became the Strip’s ambassador for classy living. He
seemed to relish the spotlight — much as he had in the
early days, when he filmed a
series of TV commercials
with Frank Sinatra.
In 2000, Wynn lost the Mirage properties amid a takeover by Kirk Kerkorian’s
MGM Resorts, but later
opened the Wynn Casino in
2005, which at $2.7 billion
was at the time the largest
privately funded project in
the nation.
The following year, he
broke ground on the Encore
— also noted for its five-star
accommodations and highend shopping. Other casinos
followed.
John L. Smith, a Las
Vegas-based journalist who
wrote the book “Running
Scared” about Wynn, said
the casino magnate is
known as an outsized personality who dominates his
properties down to the last
detail.
“There is an old expression that his former valet
who I interviewed for ‘Running Scared’ told me,” Smith
said. “Steve’s board of directors know one thing — they
could vote ‘aye’ or ‘I resign.’
The company was built by
Steve Wynn and was run by
Steve Wynn.”
Wynn was in the midst of
building a $2.4-billion casino
project in Boston when the
sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.
The Wall Street Journal
said it had interviewed a
number of women, many of
whom were employees of
Wynn’s, who said the casino
owner had forced them to
have sex with him. Wynn
paid a $7.5-million settlement to a manicurist at his
hotel who said she was
forced to lie down on a massage table and submit to
having sex, the newspaper
reported.
This week, the Las Vegas
Review Journal unearthed a
previously
unpublished
story from 20 years ago that
reported similar allegations
of sexual misconduct by
Wynn, including an account
Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal
STEVE WYNN’S properties Encore, left, and Wynn Las Vegas, right, on the Vegas Strip. Journalist John L.
Smith said Wynn is known as an outsized personality who dominates his properties down to the last detail.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images
WYNN, seen in 2017, has
been accused of sexually
harassing multiple employees at his resorts.
from a woman who said she
was pressured to have sex
with the casino owner in order to keep her job.
Wynn has been defiant
amid the controversy and,
even in his resignation statement Tuesday, there was no
note of contrition.
“In the last couple of
weeks, I have found myself
the focus of an avalanche of
negative publicity,” Wynn
said. “As I have reflected
upon the environment this
has created — one in which
a rush to judgment takes
precedence over everything
else, including the facts —
I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be
effective in my current
roles.”
Green said the allegations of sexual misconduct
could have a widespread effect on the casino industry
going forward.
“Unquestionably, women
have been underrepresented in executive positions, objectified and mistreated,”
Green said. “At the same
time, there’s no question
that, for Las Vegas and a lot
of other places and attractions, sex sells. We as Las
Vegans have long struggled,
or avoided struggling, to
come to grips with what all
this means. I do think and I
hope the good that will come
out of this is a greater realization of the role women
need to play in this industry,
in this community — and everywhere.”
The powerful Culinary
Union, which represents
57,000 people, said in a statement after the allegations
surfaced that it has fought
for women among its rank
and file, including giving
workers the ability to negotiate against wearing skimpy
uniforms.
Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda
Arguello-Kline said union
members were “deeply disturbed” by the allegations
against Wynn and supported a full investigation.
“As a union of strong
women who have never accepted sexual harassment
and gender discrimination,
we respect the women who
come forward to change
what should never have
been,” she said. Union officials said they will attempt
to negotiate safety buttons
for 14,000 guest-room attendants and stronger protections against sexual harassment and gender discrimination as negotiations
for a new contract get underway this month.
Becky Harris, the Nevada
Gaming
Control
Board’s first female chair,
who took on that role last
month, said Wednesday that
the board will continue its
investigation.
The fallout for Wynn has
extended beyond his casino
empire, however. He had already resigned as finance
chairman for the Republican National Committee af-
ter becoming a booster for
President Trump in 2016.
And the University of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that it was removing his
name from a building and
stripping him of an honorary
degree.
Green said it will be more
difficult to do that in Las
Vegas.
“His fingerprints are everywhere,” Green said. “The
hotel is still there. What he
built is still around, even as it
appears a big part of his
reputation has imploded.”
Goodman, the former
mayor, said it’s not clear how
Wynn will end up being remembered. “The whole
country is going through an
evaluation” amid the growing number of sexual misconduct allegations being
leveled at powerful figures.
While he didn’t want to
comment on Wynn’s situation, he said, “I thought of
that Shakespeare quote:
‘The evil that men do lives
after them; the good is oft
interred with their bones.’ ”
david.montero
@latimes.com
Twitter:
@davemontero
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State shrinks
delta tunnel
plan to one
Downsizing of project
stems from shortfall in
funding commitments
by agricultural and
urban water districts.
By Bettina Boxall
Photographs by
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
ACTIVISTS protest Tuesday after a revelation that the San Gabriel Police Department had entered a memo-
randum of understanding with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations for immigration-related crimes.
San Gabriel withdraws
from its ICE partnership
Cities grow wary of agreements with federal investigators
By Frank Shyong
For the better part of a
decade, an agency that
bilked Chinese immigrant
investors out of nearly
$50 million operated in plain
sight from a storefront in the
front lobby of the bustling
Hilton San Gabriel hotel.
Their crimes came to
light last year after a task
force of San Gabriel police
and federal immigration officials tracked transactions
between Chinese and U.S.
banks, conducted cross-border surveillance operations,
launched an undercover
sting and sought information from the Chinese government.
San Gabriel Valley police
departments often use federal partnerships to tackle
ADVOCATES worried a police partnership with fed-
eral authorities put immigrants at risk of removal.
crimes like these — many of
which target vulnerable new
immigrants — because they
lack the necessary resources,
skills
and
technology to pursue them.
But the largely immigrant communities that
they police are starting to
protest these partnerships
in the wake of aggressive,
Trump-era immigration enforcement that has stoked
widespread fears over deportations.
On Tuesday, San Gabriel
city leaders rescinded a Police Department agreement
with immigration officials,
citing doubts about the arrangement’s necessity and
heightened fears about deportations.
The memorandum of
understanding, signed by
[See San Gabriel, B5]
State officials Wednesday said they will press
ahead with a smaller version
of a long-planned water delivery project, initially building one, instead of two, massive tunnels in the heart of
California’s vast waterworks.
The decision to downsize
California WaterFix boils
down to money. The urban
and agricultural water districts that are supposed to
pay for the multibillion dollar project have only committed to enough funding for
one water tunnel that would
extend 35 miles under the
Sacramento-San Joaquin
Delta.
The reduction is another
setback for a decade-old
proposal that was originally
pitched as a grand fix for the
ecologically failing delta and
the key to sending more water south to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and Southern California cities.
Questions about WaterFix’s impact on the delta environment, opposition by
delta interests and funding
shortfalls have steadily whittled down the project’s ambitions and scope. A major
habitat restoration program
was dropped. The construction footprint was reduced.
And now, instead of a $17-billion, two-tunnel project, the
state is planning to move
ahead with one tunnel that
would cost $10.7 billion.
The changes are likely to
add more delays to WaterFix. The Metropolitan Water
District of Southern California and other agencies that
approved funding for the
two-tunnel plan have to decide if a scaled-back version
will deliver enough water to
maintain the project’s appeal.
“Metropolitan
recog-
CAPITOL JOURNAL
Latino voters
may decide the
governor’s race
GEORGE SKELTON
in sacramento
Lt. Gov. Gavin
Newsom
shouldn’t be
called the
front-runner
anymore in the
race for California governor. Former
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa has essentially
caught up.
“It’s a virtual toss,” says
Mark Baldassare, president
and pollster of the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute
of California.
Newsom’s once significant lead over fellow Democrat Villaraigosa has
slowly eroded and the two
are now statistically tied,
based on a new PPIC poll of
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likely voters.
How’d that happen?
Latinos are flocking to
Villaraigosa, the poll shows.
And this could be the year
that Latinos actually vote in
powerful numbers, inspired
by their disdain of President
Trump’s rants about illegal
immigration.
The candidates’ first goal
is to finish among the top
two in the June 5 primary.
Those two, regardless of
party, will advance to the
November runoff to decide
who succeeds the termedout Gov. Jerry Brown.
Newsom and Villaraigosa seem headed to the
runoff, based on the PPIC
survey.
The results: Newsom
23%, Villaraigosa 21%. The
margin of error is 4 percent[See Skelton, B4]
Ref Rodriguez
hearing in May
L.A. school board
member accused of
campaign money
laundering stays on the
job and able to vote. B3
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KATHY SCHULER , left, hugs her granddaughter Ashley Foster the day after
being released from jail Tuesday. Both live at a riverside encampment in Anaheim.
Judge blocks arrests at
O.C. homeless camps
Order stands until a
Feb. 13 hearing in suit
against a county effort
to clear encampments.
By Hannah Fry
and Luke Money
A federal judge Tuesday
granted a temporary restraining order barring Orange County sheriff ’s deputies from arresting homeless
people who refuse to leave
encampments along the
Santa Ana River.
U.S. District Judge David
Carter’s order is related to a
lawsuit filed Jan. 29 seeking
to halt an ongoing effort to
clear homeless people who
have set up camp along the
river trail and prevent three
cities — Anaheim, Costa
Mesa and Orange — from
enforcing
anti-camping,
trespassing and loitering
laws.
The lawsuit alleges that
the county and cities have
taken actions that forced
hundreds of homeless people to move to the riverbed
and that the county is now
moving to push those people
back into cities without
plans to provide adequate
housing and shelter.
“The court will not allow
haphazard, hurried enforcement action in an effort to
clear the population,” Carter wrote in his order.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit — Orange County Catholic Worker, which provides
services to the poor, and sev[See Homeless, B4]
nizes that a staged approach
to California WaterFix reflects the project’s economic
realities at this time,” Metropolitan general manager
Jeffrey Kightlinger said in a
statement. “Metropolitan
continues to explore pathways that align cost and
benefits and will work with
our partners on a financing
agreement. But the final decision regarding participation in the staged project will
ultimately be made by our
board of directors.”
The Department of Water Resources said it would
take until October to complete a supplemental environmental review of the
modified plans.
And shrinking the project won’t quiet criticism that
big tunnel diversions on the
Sacramento River will hurt
migrating salmon and worsen water quality in the delta.
“The science is clear: We
need to increase [delta] outflow and reduce diversions,”
said Doug Obegi, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an
environmental group.
[See Tunnel, B5]
City’s
bikeway
repair
effort
gears up
As lawsuit payouts
over bicycle crashes
surge, L.A. starts to
overhaul some paths.
By Emily Alpert Reyes
As Los Angeles faces
surging costs for lawsuits
over bicycle crashes, city
crews have started to remove and replace badly broken pavement traveled by
cyclists, a Bureau of Street
Services official told lawmakers Wednesday.
At a City Hall hearing on
the battered state of bike infrastructure, Assistant Director Greg Spotts said that
in June, the bureau got funding to do a one-time, comprehensive inspection of
bike lanes, routes and other
designated bikeways. A few
months later, funding was
granted for six new positions
to maintain bikeways in the
city, he told lawmakers.
Spotts said the bureau
fixed more than 300 areas
and found an additional 200
locations where the pavement needed to be completely removed and replaced, a type of repair that
cannot be carried out by a
pothole truck. As of Monday,
the bureau had fixed 19 of the
200 damaged locations, using some of the $700,000 it
was granted for overtime,
Spotts told a City Council
committee.
But that work will continue to creep along at a slow
pace if the city has to rely on
existing staff, Spotts said.
The bureau plans to request dozens more staffers
to do such “large asphalt repairs” and proactively fix
bikeways in the coming
budget year, at an estimated
cost of $2.5 million annually.
In addition, Spotts suggested that new workers
who are being hired to reconstruct badly broken streets
this year could be brought
on three months early to do a
“bikeway repaving blitz.”
The committee, headed
by Councilman Bob Blu[See Bikes, B6]
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LAT IMES. C OM
SCIENCE FILE
Want to lose 5.5 pounds this year?
If you stand rather
than sit for six hours a
day, you’ll burn that
much fat, study says.
MELISSA HEALY
Brace yourself: The
calorie-burning benefits of
standing versus sitting will
not, at first blush, blow you
out of your seat. Spend a
minute upright instead of
seated, and the additional
energy expended amounts
to less than one-tenth of a
calorie (0.04 of a calorie, to
be exact).
But a new study that
combines the best available
research on sitting, standing and energy expenditure
invites readers (reclining
and otherwise) to consider
the potential long-term
effects of this seemingly
marginal difference.
The average American
sits for more than seven
hours of every day, making
us among the most sedentary humans on Earth. But
if Homo americanus were to
spend six of those hours
simply standing on his feet
instead, that reformed
couch potato would burn an
additional 54 calories a day.
Without any changes in
his diet or a single extra visit
to the gym, those 54 calories
per day could translate into
a loss of about 5.5 pounds of
body fat per year for that
average American.
And since he’s upright
anyway, if that increased
standing time led to, say,
more walking or pacing (or
squatting, lifting or flexing),
the weight loss could be
substantially increased.
This isn’t rocket science.
These are simple calculations of thermogenesis that
remind Americans why they
should stand more and sit
less, said Mayo Clinic cardiologist Francisco
Lopez-Jimenez, the senior
author of the new analysis.
The research, which distills
the findings of 46 studies
with a combined enrollment
of 1,184 participants, was
published Wednesday in the
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
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A JOURNALIST at Agence France-Presse headquarters in Paris works at a standing desk. The average
American sits for more than seven hours of every day, making us among the most sedentary humans on Earth.
“Standing burns more
calories than sitting,”
Lopez-Jimenez said. “That
has some implications for
long-term weight control,
and it has some potential
too to be used in weightcontrol strategies.”
Not surprisingly, that
extra calorie burning comes
from the fact that standing
recruits more muscle
groups than does sitting.
The increased energy required to remain upright
varies between men and
women, probably reflecting
their different sizes and
degree of muscle tone, the
study found.
In seven of the 46 studies
that undergirded the analysis, researchers measured
differences in calorie burning by men and women who
stood rather than sat. On
average, those studies
showed the difference in
energy expenditure to be 0.1
of a calorie per minute
among women and a heftier
0.19 of a calorie per minute
for men.
The new study stands as
a counterpoint to related
research on the dangers of
sitting for long periods.
A 2015 analysis of studies
established that people who
sit for long hours raise their
average risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease,
cancer and early death.
Even those that break up
that sitting for intensive
exercise face a 16% higher
risk of premature death
than do those who don’t sit
for large parts of their day.
A study published in
September 2017 measured
the “bout length” of participants’ sitting spells, and
found that those who sat for
longer stretches of time
without getting up were
more likely to die during the
study’s four-year follow-up
period than did those who
got up and moved around
more often.
Such findings have created a frenzied market for
standing desks, which make
it easier for desk-bound
office workers to stand while
typing, talking and generally remaining tethered to a
workspace.
AcuteMarketReports.com recently issued
an analysis forecasting
double-digit growth for the
global standing desk market between 2017 and 2025.
As employers and individual workers overhaul workspaces with an eye toward
fostering better health, the
market for standing desks
was predicted to reach $2.8
billion by 2025.
But the research on
whether, and how much,
standing fosters better
health is still young: The
length of time subjects
spend pinned in their chairs
differs in various studies, as
does the frequency and
duration of their standing,
and whether (or how much)
they get more intensive
exercise.
The effects of standing
have only begun to come
under rigorous scrutiny.
Lopez-Jimenez said his
research team hopes to
expand its work to determine the effects of standing
versus sitting on risk factors
for high blood pressure,
high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
And, he acknowledged,
they will have to allow for
the possibility that there are
downsides to prolonged
standing, including exacerbating different kinds of
back pain and causing leg
soreness and even varicosity
as blood pools in the feet
and ankles. They must also
explore the likelihood that,
as the muscles used in
standing grow more acclimated to that challenge (a
good thing, to be sure),
standers will have to do
more if they want to burn
those extra calories.
In short, don’t be fooled:
Once researchers and public health advocates get you
up out of your chair, they’re
unlikely to stop there.
POLITICS WATCH
A bid to revamp the Legislature stalls
Republican’s effort to
create 12,000 local
lawmakers fails to
make the state ballot.
JOHN MYERS
SACRAMENTO — An
effort to radically reshape
California’s legislative
branch of government by
electing as many as 12,000
local representatives failed
Tuesday to qualify for the
November state ballot.
The proposal’s backer,
Republican businessman
and candidate for governor
John Cox, spent six years
trying to get his “Neighborhood Legislature” plan in
front of voters. State elections officials announced
that the latest campaign fell
short by 25,501 valid voter
signatures.
More than 18,000 signatures collected by petition
circulators were rejected
after local registrars reviewed each of the signatures collected over the
course of the last several
weeks.
Cox, of San Diego
County, sought to substantially change the way mem-
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
GOP businessman and gubernatorial candidate John Cox spent six years trying to
get his plan before voters. The latest bid fell short by 25,501 valid voter signatures.
bers of the Legislature are
elected, by handing over the
selection of the men and
women who serve in Sacramento to newly created
neighborhood councils. The
specifics of his measure
would have required the
election of 12,000 neighborhood representatives, from
whose ranks the 120 serving
at the state Capitol would be
chosen. He insisted the
sweeping change to legislative elections would make
lawmakers more responsive
to Californians by creating
new representation at the
local level.
The proposal would have
also shrunk the Legislature’s budget by one third
and would have imposed a
new cap on the salaries of
lawmakers chosen to serve
in Sacramento.
Cox’s political team said
Tuesday that some county
signature reports seemed
incorrect, and hinted that
there could be legal action to
have some of the rejected
signatures reexamined.
“Whether or not this
reform idea is kept off the
ballot, the goal and message
of my campaign for governor
haven’t changed, we need to
eliminate the corrupting
influence of special interest
money in Sacramento and
reclaim California,” Cox said
in an emailed statement.
He first proposed the
idea for the state’s 2012
ballot, but failed to gather
the needed signatures for
that effort, or for statewide
elections in 2014 and 2016.
For the latest attempt, he
spent more than $2.3 million
of his own money on signature collection. Last year, he
told The Times that the
ballot measure would help
“take our government back
from the funders, the
cronies and the corrupt.”
The expanded Legislature idea was just one of
Cox’s proposals for shaking
up the legislative branch of
government. In 2015, he
wrote a proposed ballot
measure to require legislators to wear NASCARinspired logos representing
their top political donors
while on the job at the state
Capitol.
john.myers@latimes.com
Twitter: @johnmyers
They’ll want you to walk
during meetings, to pump
light weights with your free
hand, to take 10-minute
fitness breaks and to
squeeze in a more intensive
workout too if you can.
“We talk a lot about the
need to avoid sitting for too
long, and I think the interpretation of that for some
people is, ‘OK, let’s just
stand,’ ” Lopez-Jimenez
said. “But the solution is not
just to stand all those
hours.”
Once you are out of your
seat, Lopez-Jimenez and his
colleagues are pretty sure
you won’t want to just stand
there either.
“We all know that when
someone’s standing, they’re
more likely to naturally
move around” — to speak to
a colleague in the next office
rather than messaging her,
to fetch a paper from the
printer tray, or to pitch
balled-up paper at a nearby
basket, he said.
Small movements like
these can add up, according
to Dr. James A. Levine of the
Mayo Clinic, author of the
2014 book “Get Up! Why
Your Chair Is Killing You
and What You Can Do
About It.”
Levine, an endocrinologist, is a passionate advocate for what he calls “nonexercise activity thermogenesis” (NEAT) as a way to
restore movement and
control weight. NEAT includes everything from
pacing and fidgeting to a
person’s propensity to get
up and dance on a sudden
impulse (something the
hyperkinetic Dr. Levine
seems poised at any given
moment to do).
We all do these things
already, he says: In fact, it
appears that individuals’
different levels of NEAT
may account for as many as
2,000 calories daily, which is
roughly the range of variation among adult humans in
daily caloric burn.
Look, he says, and you
may notice that the trim guy
who eats potato chips with
his lunch every day simply
wiggles, fidgets and springs
up from his chair more than
the chubbier, more sedate
salad-eater in the next
cubicle. Levine has found
that when lean, healthy
adults are “overfed” in a lab,
their almost imperceptible
muscle movements increase
to burn off the surplus.
The key to weight maintenance, he concludes, is to
crank more NEAT into our
days.
That means switching to
a standing desk, of which he
and Lopez-Jimenez are big
fans. But it also means
hopping and pacing while
watching TV, taking meetings on a hiking trail, sitting
on a ball that challenges
your balance, and using all
sorts of under-desk gadgets
that flex the ankles, work
the calves and demand just
a little extra from the muscles.
And occasionally, get up
and dance.
melissa.healy@latimes.com
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Bill would ban lobbyists for sexual harassment
Plan would require
the state Fair Political
Practices Commission
to probe complaints.
JOHN MYERS
SACRAMENTO — Any
California registered lobbyist found to have committed
sexual harassment could be
banned from similar work
for up to four years under a
plan introduced Tuesday at
the state Capitol.
“We need to protect
people throughout the
Capitol community from
harassment and hold perpetrators accountable,” Assemblyman Marc Levine
(D-San Rafael) said. “The
scope of sexual harassment
expands beyond the Legislature and we have a duty to
protect the entire community.”
Levine’s bill would re-
quire the state Fair Political
Practices Commission,
which oversees much of the
regulation of lobbying, to
investigate sexual harassment complaints made
against individuals who are
registered to lobby state
officials. The ban for those
found guilty could, in some
cases, be imposed for as
long as four years.
Last week, legislative
officials revealed documents related to 18 sexual
harassment investigations
since early 2006 in which the
allegations had been validated in some way or discipline was imposed. None of
those documents, however,
pertained to lobbyists.
Two charts that officials
provided to The Times
showed as many as 12 individuals listed in allegations
involving “lobbyists and
others,” but no details were
provided in those reports. It
was unclear whether those
allegations were supported
by investigation efforts or
dismissed.
Levine’s proposal, Assembly Bill 2055, doesn’t
detail how the state’s ethics
agency would investigate or
pass judgment on allegations. A spokesperson for
the lawmaker said in an
email the bill will soon include a provision requiring
that the findings of the
investigations be made
public.
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Twitter: @johnmyers
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T HURSDAY , FEB RUARY 8, 2018
L AT I ME S . CO M
B3
CITY & STATE
Rodriguez’s
preliminary
hearing to be
held in May
School board member
accused of money
laundering likely to be
on job for key votes.
Sophia Bollag For The Times
By Howard Blume
FORMER REP. Doug Ose, center, attacked businessman John Cox, left, and Assemblyman Travis Allen, por-
traying himself as the experienced GOP candidate. Allen defended himself against harassment allegations.
Republican candidates
for governor square off
Three hopefuls debate
sexual misconduct and
pro-Trump credentials
in San Francisco.
By Sophia Bollag
SAN FRANCISCO — Debate over sexual misconduct
in politics and a comparison
of conservative bona fides
dominated a boisterous forum Tuesday among the
three top Republican candidates for California governor.
The
San
Francisco
matchup came on the heels
of news that one of the GOP
contenders, Assemblyman
Travis Allen of Huntington
Beach, was named in a 2013
harassment complaint disclosed Friday by the California Legislature. The event
also marked the first time
former
Sacramento-area
Rep. Doug Ose appeared on
a debate stage since joining
the race last month.
Ose pitched himself as
the most experienced politician in the room and showed
an eagerness to attack his rivals, Allen and businessman
John Cox of San Diego
County. The discussion was
interrupted several times by
heated personal exchanges
between the candidates as
they sized up one another’s
credentials.
When confronted with a
question about the harassment allegations against
him, Allen defended his behavior and downplayed the
incident. “In my case there
may have been a misunderstanding, perhaps because I
was too friendly,” he said at
the forum, which was hosted
by the San Francisco
Chronicle. “At no time in the
past, nor at any time in the
future, have I ever engaged
in behavior that was inappropriate.”
Allen was formally reprimanded by the Legislature
after a staff member reported in 2013 he had
squeezed her shoulders and
made other unwanted physical contact, making her uncomfortable. After an investigation, the Assembly’s
chief administrator told
Allen to be “very conscious
of his conduct.”
The Legislature released
documents Friday on sexual
harassment
complaints
filed against lawmakers and
top legislative staffers, amid
a nationwide conversation
about sexual misconduct in
the workplace that focused
first on Hollywood, with
scrutiny quickly spreading
to other industries and institutions, including California’s Capitol.
Allen said he supported
the movement to crack
down on sexual harassment
and assault, and accused
Democratic leaders in the
Legislature of releasing the
documents as a political attack. The record also revealed complaints against
three sitting Democratic
lawmakers.
Cox and Ose used the
news about Allen as an opportunity to tout the lack of
allegations against them. All
three candidates criticized
two Democratic front-runners in the race, Lt. Gov.
Gavin Newsom and former
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa, for past infidelities. Both former mayors
had affairs while in office.
“I don’t know what
caused the predatory culture to arise in our Capitol or
our politics,” Ose said. “It’s
predatory and it’s corrupt. It
needs to stop and the only
way to do it is to take them
out of office.”
Earlier in the day, state
election officials announced
that Cox’s proposal to dramatically change how candidates are elected to the Legislature had failed to qualify
for the ballot. The initiative
would have created 12,000
elected neighborhood representatives, 120 of whom
would ultimately go to Sacramento to craft legislation.
It would also have cut the
Legislature’s budget by onethird.
Cox said in the debate
that he plans to challenge
the initiative’s failure to
qualify, and still intends to
bring the issue before voters.
“We will restructure this
so that the people are back
in charge — so that they have
true accountability,” he said.
Allen’s initiative to repeal
a new gas tax failed to qualify
for the ballot last month.
The assemblyman, who arrived late to the debate,
blamed the delay on San
Francisco traffic and used a
joke about his tardiness to
segue into a discussion of
the levy. He has joined Cox in
supporting a separate effort
to put a gas tax repeal before
voters.
To secure a spot in the
general election, the Republicans will have to significantly boost their profiles
with voters before the June
primary, when the top two
finishers will advance to the
November ballot regardless
of party. The Republicans
are trailing the top three
Democrats in the polls.
They’ve also raised far
less money than their Democratic rivals. Cox raised $3.5
million last year, contributing $3 million of his own
money to his campaign. Allen’s campaign has reported
$200,000 in debt. Ose has not
yet had to disclose information about his campaign’s finances, having entered the
race last month.
Meanwhile, Newsom has
more than $16 million, while
Villaraigosa
and
state
Treasurer John Chiang each
have just under $6 million in
cash on hand.
As Ose highlighted his
political experience at the
debate, Cox emphasized his
own record in business. Ose
and Cox — both 62 —
mocked the 44-year-old
Allen for his age, implying he
lacked the experience to be
governor.
The candidates largely
aligned in their views on immigration, climate change,
education, healthcare and
housing policy. All three emphasized their support of
President Trump. Allen,
long a vocal supporter of the
president, engaged in an argument with Ose over how
ardently
each
backed
Trump’s campaign. Cox
voted for another candidate,
but said he supported the
work Trump has done since
becoming president.
“I have to say, we are making news tonight,” said moderator John Diaz, the
Chronicle’s editorial page
editor. “This is the first time
in San Francisco I have
heard an argument among
people about who most supports Donald Trump.”
Bollag is a special
correspondent.
Beloved rhino at San Diego park dies
Chuck, a nearly
50-year-old southern
white pachyderm, was
in declining health.
By Bradley J. Fikes
The San Diego Zoo Safari
Park has lost one of its
most renowned residents, a
southern white rhinoceros
called Chuck.
He was best known as the
longtime companion of
Nola, one of the world’s last
remaining northern white
rhinos when she died in 2015.
Both gentle in temperament, the pair bonded, following each other around in
their 65-acre enclosure.
“They are like the elderly
couple who met late in life
and became friends,” lead
keeper Jane Kennedy said of
Chuck and Nola in 2015.
Chuck also needed keeping an eye on: He was known
for his ability to open gates.
Nola was euthanized in
late 2015, leaving just three of
her kind in the world. She
was in her early 40s; the lifespan of all white rhinos is estimated at 40 to 50.
Chuck’s species is not in
immediate danger. The
southern white rhino popu-
Howard Lipin San Diego Union-Tribune
ZOOKEEPERS Katie Garagarza, left, and Jane Kennedy feed Chuck at the San
Diego Zoo Safari Park. The clever rhino was famous for his ability to open gates.
lation is estimated at 20,000.
The park has 16 other southern white rhinos: two males
and 14 females.
Chuck recently endured
a significant decline in
health, said Andy Blue, associate curator of mammals
at the park. On Friday, keepers decided there was no
choice but to euthanize
Chuck. His age was estimated at nearly 50.
A necropsy is being performed, Blue said. The initial findings are that Chuck
had various age-related ailments, especially arthritis,
which made walking painful.
bradley.fikes
@sduniontribune.com
Fikes writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
A Los Angeles County
Superior Court judge on
Wednesday set a May preliminary hearing date for
L.A. school board member
Ref Rodriguez, making it
more likely that Rodriguez,
who faces criminal charges,
will be on hand to cast important votes on the school
board in the coming months.
Rodriguez has pleaded
not guilty to the charges, including three felony counts.
Prosecutors allege he engaged in political money
laundering in his 2015 campaign for office.
Although he stepped
down as school board president after he was charged,
Rodriguez did not give up
his seat. But he could be
forced to if convicted.
The Board of Education,
meanwhile, has launched a
search
for
a
new
superintendent.
Rodriguez’s vote — and his presence in the room — could be
pivotal in choosing L.A. Unified’s new leader.
Rodriguez, 46, faces three
felony charges for conspiracy, perjury and procuring
and offering a false or forged
instrument, as well as 25
misdemeanor counts related to the alleged campaign money laundering.
At a preliminary hearing,
prosecutors lay out their
case before a judge, who
must decide whether there
is enough evidence for the
defendant to stand trial. In
court Wednesday, Judge
Deborah S. Brazil, drawing
on prosecutors’ estimates,
said that the hearing in this
case could last up to six
days,
Unless there is a postponement, Brazil on May 9
will assign the case to a trial
judge, who would have two
days to begin the hearing.
Prosecutors say Rodriguez carried out a scheme in
which friends and relatives
donated more than $24,000
to his campaign, with the
understanding that Rodriguez would reimburse them
fully. He could have donated
the money legally to his own
campaign, but Rodriguez allegedly broke the law by concealing the true source of the
contributions — denying
voters accurate information
about support for his campaign, according to the L.A.
County district attorney’s
office and the Los Angeles
City Ethics Commission.
His cousin, Elizabeth
Tinajero Melendrez, faces
related
misdemeanor
charges. Prosecutors contend that she helped Rodriguez solicit and illegally reimburse the donors. She
also has pleaded not guilty.
The case is complicated
by separate conflict-of-interest allegations, first reported in the Los Angeles
Times, that have to do with
Rodriguez’s former role as a
senior executive at a local
charter school group.
Officials at the charter
group, Partnerships to Uplift Communities, recently
alleged that in 2014, Rodriguez signed or co-signed
$265,000 in checks drawn on
Partnerships to Uplift Communities accounts that were
payable to a separate nonprofit under his control.
That same year, they allege,
Rodriguez authorized payments of $20,400 to a private
company called Better 4 You
Fundraising, in which he
may have owned a stake at
the time.
At a previous court appearance, Deputy Dist. Atty.
Susan Ser said her team was
examining
whether
to
charge Rodriguez in the alleged conflicts of interest.
On Wednesday, Ser declined to comment on the
case, but attorneys for Rod-
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
L.A. SCHOOL board
member Ref Rodriguez
has pleaded not guilty in
a campaign finance case.
riguez and Melendrez said
that so far they had not seen
any evidence related to alleged conflicts.
“We don’t know what’s
going on with any other possible charges,” said Mark
Werksman, who represents
Melendrez.
Typically, prosecutors release evidence before the
preliminary hearing if additional charges are to be filed,
the attorneys said.
Through their lawyers,
Rodriguez and Melendrez
declined to comment.
A couple of parents attended the hearing to push
for Rodriguez to resign.
“We should be talking to
board
members
about
things we need at the school,
not having to worry about
these allegations or his legal
troubles,” said Colleen Cavanaugh Anthony, who has
two sons at Aldama Elementary in Mount Washington.
howard.blume
@latimes.com
Jail riot
erupts
in Kern
County
SWAT team called
in to quell two-hour
brawl that involved
120 inmates and left
four hospitalized.
By Joseph Serna
A riot at a Bakersfield jail
involved 120 inmates and left
four of them injured before
authorities regained control, the Kern County Sheriff ’s Office said Wednesday.
The incident started with
several disruptive inmates
in the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility’s F-Pod about 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday but escalated into a
full-blown riot as the inmates began fighting, officials said.
TVs, seats, tables, windows and doors inside the FPod housing units were
damaged during the twohour brawl, the Sheriff ’s Office said. Four inmates
needed to be hospitalized,
said Lt. Mark King.
A sheriff ’s SWAT team
used non-lethal pepper ball
rounds to regain control. It
took another four hours to
search and clear the housing
pods and allow the inmates
back in, King said.
The cause of the riot is
under investigation but it
did not appear to be gang-related, King said.
Visitations from friends
and family members have
been put on hold until at
least Thursday.
The facility houses inmates incarcerated for a
host of reasons including
violent felonies or pending
trials.
joseph.serna@latimes.com
Twitter: @JosephSerna
B4
THU R S DAY , FEBRUA RY 8, 2018
LAT IMES. C OM
Latest polling
shows a tale
of two races
In governor’s contest,
Villaraigosa virtually
even with Newsom.
Feinstein leads big in
Senate reelection bid.
By Phil Willon
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
FORMER L.A. MAYOR Antonio Villaraigosa is now statistically tied with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the race
for governor, based on a new poll of likely voters. Above, Villaraigosa, foreground, at a debate last month.
Latinos lifting Villaraigosa
in tight race for governor
[Skelton, from B1]
age points.
The two leaders were
followed at a distance by a
large field: Democratic state
Treasurer John Chiang, 9%;
Republican Assemblyman
Travis Allen of Huntington
Beach, 8%; Republican
businessman John Cox, 7%;
Democratic former state
schools chief Delaine
Eastin, 4%; and Republican
former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose
of Sacramento, 3%.
There are a lot of undecided voters. Most people
have never heard of the
candidates other than
Newsom and Villaraigosa,
or didn’t know enough
about them to have an
opinion.
Do the math: If there
weren’t three Republicans
running and splitting the
GOP’s gradually declining
vote, one might have a fighting chance of making it into
the top two.
The field could still
change. The candidate filing
deadline isn’t until March 9.
A PPIC poll in November
also showed upward movement for Villaraigosa. He
trailed Newsom then by 5
percentage points. Since
that time, the former L.A.
mayor and state Assembly
speaker has picked up 3
points while Newsom has
stood still.
A USC Dornsife/Los
Angeles Times poll in October found Newsom leading
Villaraigosa by 10 percent-
age points.
A recent online poll by
the USC Rossier School of
Education showed Newsom
with a 15-point lead over
Villaraigosa. That survey
identified Villaraigosa as a
businessman, not a former
mayor.
Latinos are the story of
the PPIC poll.
Villaraigosa led Newsom
among Latinos by 35 points.
Among whites, Newsom led
by 15. A whopping 67% of
Latinos had a favorable
opinion of Villaraigosa; 37%
did of Newsom. That translated into a 40% favorable
rating for both candidates
among all likely voters.
State Senate leader
Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) wasn’t benefiting nearly
as much from Latinos in his
uphill race against U.S. Sen.
Dianne Feinstein. She was
leading 46% to 17%, and
Latinos supported her 47%
to 29%.
Villaraigosa would be the
first Latino to be elected
California governor. One
Latino, Romualdo Pacheco,
was chief executive for a few
months in 1875 after ascending from lieutenant governor when the governor,
Newton Booth, was elected
to the U.S. Senate.
Villaraigosa also would
be the first former L.A.
mayor to be elected governor. In the poll, Villaraigosa
had an 18-point lead in Los
Angeles County. But the
runner-up was Chiang, one
point ahead of Newsom.
Newsom, a former San
Francisco mayor, was running far ahead of Villaraigosa in the Bay Area by 33
points.
Bay Area voters have
been turning out for elections more reliably than
Angelenos. And Latinos,
regardless of their growing
population numbers, have
basically been no-shows at
the ballot box. Villaraigosa’s
fate depends on his ability
to turn out L.A. and Latino
voters.
“If in any year Latinos
are going to vote, this is the
year,” says Roger Salazar, a
Democratic political consultant who’s not involved in
the gubernatorial campaign.
“I’d really like before I get
done with this [career] to
see Latinos vote in the same
percentages as their population. If we can’t do it in a
year like this, it might never
happen.”
Mike Madrid is a longtime Republican consultant
who has practically given up
on the GOP and is working
for Villaraigosa. He thinks
there could be a large Latino
turnout and cites four reasons for his optimism.
First, Trump has particularly angered Latinos.
“The [Latino] giant went
to sleep for 20 years and
woke up stronger in 2016”
when Trump was elected,
Madrid says.
There was evidence of it
in November during a Virginia gubernatorial election,
he adds. Latinos had an
unusually good turnout.
The PPIC poll found that
82% of Latino voters disapprove of Trump’s job performance. Among all voters,
67% do.
Asked which is the most
important issue for the
governor and Legislature to
address, the No. 1 answer by
far was immigration, especially among Latinos.
“Sanctuary state” policies
“to protect the legal rights of
undocumented immigrants” were favored by 80%
of Latinos, and 58% of all
voters.
Second, Madrid says,
Villaraigosa has always
benefited from good Latino
turnouts in his election
races.
Third, there’ll be major
Latino candidates running
for five statewide offices this
year. Each presumably will
attract Latino voters.
Fourth, Madrid adds,
there are a record number of
Latinos running in local
races. And those contests
have been consolidated with
the state elections.
“There’s a confluence of
events,” Madrid says. “Any
one of them could have a
significant impact.”
Trump already has had
an impact by riling Latinos
and boosting Villaraigosa.
george.skelton
@latimes.com
SACRAMENTO — With
less than four months to go
until the June 5 primary, Lt.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are running practically neck and
neck in the 2018 race for governor, according to a new
poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.
California’s U.S. Senate
race is a much different
story. Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
who is seeking a fifth full
term, leads by a wide margin
over her most formidable
challenger, state Senate
President Pro Tem Kevin de
León of Los Angeles, the survey found.
All four of those top candidates are Democrats,
showing just how dismal the
prospects are for a Republican Party that has not won a
statewide election in California since 2006.
The polls’ results largely
mirror the findings in an earlier PPIC poll released in late
November, though the race
between Newsom and Villaraigosa has tightened.
PPIC President Mark
Baldassare said the polls indicate that Newsom and
Villaraigosa are solidified as
the two front-runners leading into the primary. That’s
significant because in California the two candidates
who receive the most votes
advance to the November
general election, regardless
of party.
But Baldassare cautioned that there is still time
for political fortunes to rise
and fall, especially given the
volatility in Washington and,
recently, on Wall Street.
In the governor’s race,
Newsom was favored by 23%
of likely voters in the state,
with Villaraigosa close behind at 21% — well within the
poll’s margin of error.
Newsom also leads the
entire field in fundraising,
giving him a major advantage in the home stretch of
the primary campaign.
The other Democrats in
the race lagged far behind.
State Treasurer John Chiang came in at 9% and former state schools chief Delaine Eastin registered at
4%.
Among the Republicans,
Huntington Beach Assemblyman Travis Allen was favored by 8% of likely voters,
narrowly leading wealthy
Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox, who was
backed by 7%. Former Sacramento-area Rep. Doug
Ose, who entered the race in
January, was backed by just
3%.
Nearly a quarter of the
likely voters questioned in
the survey remained undecided.
All three Republicans in
the race have emphasized
their support for President
Trump which, according to
the poll, doesn’t seem to
mesh with how California
voters feel. Two-thirds of
likely voters disapprove of
the way the president has
handled himself in office.
On the other hand, Republican support for repealing California’s recently approved gas tax could be a
winning campaign message.
State voters are evenly split
on the idea, the poll showed.
Both Newsom and Villaraigosa had by far the highest name recognition among
voters, but nearly a third of
those surveyed had a unfavorable opinion of them —
compared to 40% who had a
favorable opinion — according to the poll.
Newsom’s strongest base
of support is in the Bay Area,
not surprising since he
served two terms as mayor
of San Francisco, as well as
with self-described liberals.
For Villaraigosa, the strongest support came from Latino voters, and he had a solid
edge in Los Angeles County.
In the Senate race, Feinstein leads across the board:
among men and women, all
ethnicities and all major
geographic regions of the
state. The Democratic incumbent also leads among
Latino voters and in Los Angeles County, De León’s
home base.
“Feinstein is leading
strong in areas where you
think her challenger would
need to do well,” Baldassare
said.
Baldassare
said
De
León’s poor showing is due
in large part to the fact that
he remains unknown to
most California voters.
Close to two-thirds of those
polled had never heard of
him or didn’t know enough
about him to offer an opinion.
phil.willon
@latimes.com
Twitter: @philwillon
Ruling lets baker
refuse wedding
cakes for gays
She says making the
confections for samesex couples violates
her Christian beliefs.
associated press
BAKERSFIELD — A
California bakery owner can
continue to refuse to make
wedding cakes for same-sex
couples because it violates
her Christian beliefs, a judge
ruled.
The decision came after a
lawyer for Tastries Bakery in
Bakersfield argued that
owner Cathy Miller’s right to
free speech and free expression of religion trumps the
argument that she violated a
state anti-discrimination
law.
Kern County Superior
Court Judge David Lampe
agreed but said Monday his
ruling was tied closely to the
fact that Miller was being
asked to make a cake for an
event and that the act of creating it was protected artistic expression.
Lampe cautioned that
freedom of religion does not
give businesses a right to
refuse service to groups protected by the Unruh Civil
Rights Act in other circumstances, the Bakersfield
Californian reported.
“A retail tire shop may
not refuse to sell a tire because the owner does not
want to sell tires to same sex
couples,” Lampe wrote. “No
baker may place their wares
in a public display case, open
their shop, and then refuse
to sell because of race, religion, gender, or gender identification.”
Miller said it went against
her Christian beliefs to
make a cake for a same-sex
couple. She told the newspaper she was overjoyed
by the ruling and respected
the
distinction
Lampe
made between the sale of
a cake and the creation of
one.
“I am very happy to serve
everything from my cases to
anybody,” she said. “But I
cannot be a part of a celebration that goes against my
lord and savior.”
An attorney for Mireya
and Eileen Rodriguez-Del
Rio, who brought the case,
was not available for comment.
The decision comes as
the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule in the high-profile case of a Colorado baker
who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex
couple.
That baker, Jack Phillips,
contends his 1st Amendment claims of artistic freedom were being violated.
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
ORANGE police respond to reports of an armed man near a Santa Ana River homeless camp Wednesday. He
was released after a fake gun was found. A judge blocked arrests for camping in the area as a lawsuit proceeds.
Judge halts arrests of homeless
[Homeless, from B1]
en homeless people who live
in encampments along the
river — asked the court to
block law enforcement from
making arrests.
The group filed the request after it found out authorities planned to cite and
arrest homeless people who
remained in the area for
trespassing
beginning
Wednesday morning, according to the filing.
Carter’s order will stand
until a Feb. 13 hearing, when
representatives
of
the
county and cities will provide information about the
number and circumstances
of citations issued or arrests
made under trespassing,
anti-camping or loitering
laws since the beginning of
the year.
Police presence along the
river trail is still allowed, and
sheriff ’s deputies are permitted to make arrests for
probation and parole violations or other illegal conduct.
Orange County Counsel
Leon Page said in a statement last week that he had
“no comment on the merits
of the litigation” but that the
county was looking “forward
to discussing positive solutions that will benefit all
stakeholders, including the
population encamped in the
Santa Ana riverbed.”
hannah.fry@latimes.com
luke.money@latimes.com
Fry and Money write for
Times Community News.
L AT I ME S . CO M
T HURSDAY , FEB RUARY 8, 2018
B5
Cities scrutinize ICE collaborations
[San Gabriel, from B1]
Police Chief Eugene Harris
in December, designates a
San Gabriel police detective
to act as a customs officer on
a task force that investigates
various types of immigration-related crimes.
Although the memo
states that the designated
officer does not have the authority to enforce administrative violations of immigration law, city leaders said
the decision should have
been brought before the City
Council.
The partnership sends
the wrong message about
the city’s stance toward immigrants, Councilman Jason Pu said. The city’s population is 61% Asian and 25%
Latino, and more than half
of of all residents are foreignborn. He also asked the City
Council to consider a “sanctuary city” resolution at a
later meeting.
“The city of San Gabriel
embraces our immigrant
communities. If the message
becomes ‘Come to San Gabriel and get deported,’ it
would be devastating to our
community and to our businesses,” Pu said.
Harris said the partnership with Homeland Security Investigations was designed to fight crimes, not
deport immigrants. Contributing an officer to an HSI
task force allowed the department to access federal
databases, among other resources.
Councilman John Harrington voted against canceling the agreement and accused other council members of playing politics.
“This sends the message
that politics are more important than residents’ safety,” Harrington said.
The news of the agreement was met with alarm in
San Gabriel.
Advocacy groups and
residents chanted slogans
and waved signs before the
Tuesday night meeting,
which was so crowded that
the city was forced to relocate it from City Hall to the
nearby San Gabriel Mission
Playhouse.
San Gabriel’s agreement
was one of dozens that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have
struck with local agencies
across Southern California,
including jurisdictions as
small as Monterey Park and
as large as the Los Angeles
County Sheriff ’s Department.
The documents lay out
terms for information-sharing, compensation for labor
costs and, in some cases, the
designation of a local police
officer to work on a task
force with Homeland Security Investigations, ICE’s
criminal investigations arm.
But California’s new
“sanctuary state” law largely
prohibits the use of local
funds and personnel on both
criminal and civil immigration enforcement.
Jurisdictions around the
state are scrutinizing these
agreements and other local
collaborations with ICE —
and in some cases canceling
them.
Pasadena city leaders recently voided an agreement
signed by Police Chief
Phillip L. Sanchez, saying
that it required the signature of the city manager.
Santa Monica also canceled its Police Department’s arrangement with
ICE in a letter from the city
manager last year, citing
concerns about “implied or
inadvertent involvement in
civil immigration enforcement by the SMPD.”
Oakland city leaders canceled their agreement with
ICE after activists learned
that two Oakland police officers had stopped traffic during a raid that resulted in the
arrests of two people. One
State officials
downsize Delta
tunnel plan to 1
[Tunnel, from B1]
The project also has yet
to finish the permitting
process, which could throw
still more hurdles in its path.
The tunnel proposal is
the latest attempt to halt the
delta’s steep environmental
decline while continuing
major water exports that
have helped drive that decline. The project’s many
stumbles illustrate how difficult — if not impossible — it
is to attain that goal.
In a memo to water
contractors, state officials
Wednesday said the ultimate scope of WaterFix depended on the participation
of local agencies — construction could begin on a second
tunnel if additional funding
materialized. “Being prepared and having the option
of a staged implementation
of WaterFix is prudent, fiscally responsible and meets
the needs of the public water
agencies funding the project,” wrote DWR Director
Karla Nemeth.
Even a smaller WaterFix
would involve a mammoth
construction job. Two new
intakes, with a total capacity
of 6,000 cubic feet per second, would be built on the
Sacramento River in the
north delta near Courtland.
The tunnel — taller than a
three-story building and
buried as much as 150 feet
underground — would feed
existing government pumping plants in the south delta.
Those pumping opera-
tions are so powerful that
they have altered delta hydrology, caused delta channels to flow backward and
pushed imperiled native fish
closer to extinction — triggering endangered species
protections that at times restrict southbound water exports.
WaterFix is intended to
diminish the environmental
impacts of the pumping —
heading off further export
restrictions. But opponents
argue that the new river diversions will create another
set of environmental problems, while years of construction will disrupt one of
California’s most tranquil
farming regions.
The original funding plan
called for the largely urban
water agencies supplied by
the State Water Project to
pay for 55% of the tunnels,
while the largely agricultural
customers of the federal
Central Valley Project paid
for the remaining 45%.
But the Central Valley
Project districts balked at
the costs, saying their growers couldn’t afford the tunnel water. That left Metropolitan and other State
Water Project contractors
holding the bill — forcing the
change to a smaller and less
expensive design.
“It’s clear from the memo
that Phase 2 probably won’t
be built,” Obegi said.
bettina.boxall
@latimes.com
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
WATERFIX had been pitched as the key to sending
more water south to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness
and Southland cities. Above, the American River, left,
meets the Sacramento River northeast of the delta.
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
ACTIVISTS protest San Gabriel’s agreement with Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, one of dozens struck with local agencies across Southern California.
was placed in deportation
proceedings. Federal officials said the operation was
targeting a human trafficking ring, but no criminal
charges have been filed.
In Santa Cruz, a criminal
investigation targeting gang
members
also
brought
about the arrests of several
non-gang members for immigration violations. The
city police chief, Kevin Vogel,
said he was never informed
about the possibility of collateral arrests.
“They misled my department as to the actual scope
of the operation. I feel like I
was lied to,” Vogel said.
ICE officials said they
told Vogel that collateral arrests of non-gang members
could occur during the operations several days before
the raids, which Vogel disputes.
Though Santa Cruz had
no agreement with ICE, Vogel warned other police departments to clarify the
terms of their cooperation
with ICE up front.
“I’m not in a position to
tell authorities which laws to
enforce,” said Vogel, a 30year veteran of the Santa
Cruz Police Department
who retired in June. “But
you have to be straight with
me if you’re going to come
into my city for an operation.”
A detective in San Gabriel has been assigned to an
HSI task force since June.
The group has arrested two
people it says were posing as
immigration attorneys in order to charge exorbitant fees
for fraudulent legal services.
It has also investigated a
counterfeit driver’s license
and passport operation, and
is looking for the owners of
30 Chinese passports discovered in a package.
These cases are typically
too small to draw the attention of state and federal law
enforcement agencies but
too complicated for local police departments to handle
with their own resources,
Harris said.
Police departments and
immigration authorities say
these partnerships are
strictly for criminal investigations.
But advocates say it may
be impossible to ensure
these partnerships won’t include what the Trump administration has called “collateral arrests,” or arrests of
immigrants who are in the
country illegally but are not
the target of criminal investigations.
“Even if the original intent is to investigate a crime,
if they find neighbors, bystanders that they believe
are removable, they will also
arrest and detain them,”
said Angela Chan of Advancing Justice — Asian Law
Caucus, a coauthor of Senate Bill 54, the sanctuary
state bill.
Of the 111,000 immigration arrests reported by ICE
between Jan. 20 and Sept. 30
of last year, about 8% were
collateral arrests. And last
year, ICE’s acting director,
Thomas Homan, warned
that more collateral arrests
might be one result of California’s passing a sanctuary
state bill.
Agreements like San Gabriel’s, immigrant rights advocates say, often are
broadly worded and rarely
include any mention of collateral arrests or consequences for violating the
agreement, said Ana Muñiz,
assistant professor of criminology at UC Irvine.
“On one hand, ICE and
HSI can technically comply
with agreements, but on the
other hand, there are rhetorical and technical loopholes,” Muñiz said.
Police officers working
with HSI task forces are “not
authorized” to arrest people
for administrative violations
of immigration law, said Jennifer Reyes, assistant special agent in charge for
Homeland Security Investigations Los Angeles. But immigration officers working
on HSI task forces have no
such restrictions.
“HSI special agents, however, have the authority to
make administrative arrests
during criminal investigations as part of enforcing our
nation’s laws,” Reyes said.
Harris said he thinks
proper oversight of joint operations with immigration
authorities could ensure
that no local resources are
used to enforce immigration
law.
Federal, state and local
agencies work together to
emphasize that public safety is a shared goal across all
law enforcement agencies,
Harris said.
But cities are increasingly wary of the perception
of endorsing the Trump administration’s immigration
policies. And some city leaders, like Pu, don’t see ICE
and HSI as trustworthy law
enforcement partners.
“The bottom line is, you
just can’t trust ICE during
the Trump administration,”
Pu said.
frank.shyong@latimes.com
B6
T HU R S DAY , F E BRUA RY 8, 2018
LAT IMES. C OM
L.A. gears up to repair battered bikeways
[Bikes, from B1]
menfield, did not immediately act on that idea
Wednesday. It backed two
motions seeking a comprehensive plan, timeline and
funding
estimates
for
smoothing out the network
of bicycle paths and lanes,
and sent them along to the
entire council for approval.
Bicycle advocates cautioned that the city should
not focus too narrowly on
bike lanes or paths as it
seeks to make the roads
safer for cyclists and avert
hefty payouts. One of the
biggest settlements last year
was a $6.5-million payout
tied to a gruesome crash
that did not occur in a bike
lane.
“All streets are legal
places for people on bikes to
be riding,” said Lyndsey
Nolan, policy and outreach
coordinator with the Los
Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
Last year, the city paid
out more than $19 million to
cyclists and their families for
injuries and deaths on local
streets, a Times analysis of
city data found. A recent report by an outside consultant found that Los Angeles
has been hampered by a “reactive” approach to potholes
and street maintenance.
At the Wednesday hearing, Councilwoman Nury
Martinez said she was
stunned to read in the newspaper that the Bureau of
Street Services had, at one
point, stopped inspecting
the streets.
The Times reported that
bureau supervisors used to
Maria Cardona Los Angeles Times
PATRICK PASCAL , who was injured when the rear wheel of his bike got trapped in a crack on Griffith Park
Boulevard, sued the city and settled for $200,000 last year — part of $19 million in such payouts by L.A. in 2017.
proactively inspect all roads
in their areas annually but
halted the practice roughly
five years ago, according to
legal depositions by former
bureau officials. The bureau
told The Times it had resumed regular inspections
of major streets — but not
residential roads — more
than a year ago.
“We picked that back up,”
Spotts told Martinez. “We
are now regularly, proactively inspecting the arterials.”
Spotts also told lawmakers that in the past, city staff
had been repeatedly turned
down when they sought
dedicated employees to inspect the bikeway network.
But the bureau has also
faced pointed questions
from lawmakers in the past
about why it has not spent
all its budgeted money. The
department has repeatedly
spent less than it was allocated, citing hiring difficulties.
Broken and perilous
streets and sidewalks continue to spur legal payouts
for the city, involving not
only injured bicyclists but
others using its streets. Earlier Wednesday, the City
Council approved a $150,000
settlement with a bicyclist
who crashed and was injured on Glendale Boulevard more than three years
ago.
The council also approved spending up to $2.5
million to settle a lawsuit
brought by the parents of
Chris Rodriguez, a 13-yearold boy who was riding a
scooter in Boyle Heights
when he was hit and killed by
a driver nearly three years
ago. In their lawsuit, the
Rodriguez family alleged
that the street intersection
lacked warning signs and
was set up in a way that created a dangerous “trap” for
both drivers and pedestrians.
And the council also
agreed to pay a total of
$625,000 to settle two cases
involving trip-and-fall accidents that occurred years
ago.
The shoddy state of
streets and sidewalks has
also raised concerns as the
city prepares to host the
Olympics in a decade. On
Wednesday, Councilmen Joe
Buscaino and Mitch Englander said they want city officials to report back on how
the city could finance “crucial street and sidewalk infrastructure improvements”
ahead of the 2028 Games.
emily.alpert
@latimes.com
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Tronc
clears
L.A.
Times
exec
Health
plan
tallies
hold
steady
Publisher steps down
and will take new role
at parent company.
No wrongdoing found.
Despite criticism by
Trump, Obamacare
sign-ups stay virtually
unchanged at about
12 million for 2018.
By Meg James
Los Angeles Times Publisher and Chief Executive
Ross Levinsohn has been
cleared of wrongdoing following an investigation into
his conduct, and he will
move into a new role within
the paper’s parent company,
Tronc announced Wednesday.
Levinsohn has been on
unpaid leave since Jan. 19 after a report by National Public Radio that he was the defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits. NPR said
Levinsohn engaged in “frat
boy” behavior when he was
an executive at other media
companies. It said he testified that he had rated the
“hotness” of female colleagues and speculated
whether a female subordinate had a side job as a stripper.
Tronc said Wednesday
that Levinsohn will become
chief executive of Tribune
Interactive, a business unit
that Tronc plans to form
after the sale of The Times
and the San Diego UnionTribune to Los Angeles billionaire
Patrick
Soon-Shiong. In an SEC filing Wednesday, the company also noted that Levinsohn had stepped down as
publisher and chief executive of The Times.
Tronc separately announced the $500-million
agreement to sell The Times
and the Union-Tribune to
Soon-Shiong’s investment
firm, Nant Capital. That
deal is expected to close in
March or April, Tronc said.
The Chicago company
also announced that Levinsohn would be returning to
Tronc after the nearly threeweek review.
“Following an independent investigation and a report to the board of directors
finding no wrongdoing on
the part of Mr. Levinsohn,
the board determined to reinstate Mr. Levinsohn and
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By Noam N. Levey
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
WRITER-DIRECTOR Jordan Peele gives an acceptance speech after “Get Out” won for best sci-fi/hor-
ror movie at the Critics’ Choice Awards last month. The film has been nominated for four Oscars.
How ‘Get Out’ rose
to an Oscar darling
Edgy ideas and cultural momentum propelled film
By Ryan Faughnder
By
conventional
Hollywood
standards, “Get Out” shouldn’t be an
Oscar darling. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is usually averse to horror movies, and almost never rewards films that come
out early in the year. What’s more, the
academy typically favors industry
stalwarts, not first-time filmmakers
like writer-director Jordan Peele.
But “Get Out” broke all the rules,
earning four nominations including
best picture, best director and best
original screenplay, marking another
twist in a highly unusual yearlong
path from last year’s Sundance Film
Festival to the Oscars’ red carpet.
The movie is the first February release to earn a best-picture nomination since “The Silence of the Lambs”
won the top prize in 1992.
The unexpected success of the
$4.5-million
socially
conscious
thriller, released by Universal Pictures, is more than just a quirky Hollywood anomaly. It serves as a re[See ‘Get Out,’ C4]
Universal Pictures
DANIEL KALUUYA in a scene from “Get Out.” Universal Pictures
has spent tens of millions of dollars on marketing the movie.
Kalanick denies knowing of Google data
Uber ex-CEO resumes
testimony in Waymo
trade secrets trial.
By Russ Mitchell
SAN FRANCISCO —
Greed, cheat codes, bad
acts, disappearing messages, memory problems
and a mysterious entreaty to
“burn the village.” Just another day in Silicon Valley’s
sensational trade-secrets
trial.
Uber co-founder Travis
Kalanick returned to the
witness stand Wednesday in
the Waymo-Uber trial in U.S.
District Court in San Francisco. Waymo is the driverless car arm of Google’s parent, Alphabet. In its lawsuit,
Waymo says engineer Anthony Levandowski downloaded gigabytes of proprietary documents and took
them with him when he left
to run Uber’s driverless car
operation in January 2016.
Kalanick, retaking the
stand after testifying Tuesday, defended an indemnity
Justin Sullivan Getty Images
UBER co-founder Travis Kalanick leaves federal court in San Francisco after
testifying in the Waymo-Uber trial. He was asked about cheat codes and bad acts.
clause that Uber signed with
Levandowski. The clause
would protect Levandowski
from financial penalties related to “bad acts” at
Waymo, including trade secret theft.
Waymo attorney Charles
Verhoeven asked Kalanick if
he’d ever seen such a clause
in other indemnity agreements. “No,” Kalanick said.
But Kalanick said he’d
never read the agreement.
Nor had he read the deal papers he signed that paid
Levandowski and partners
$592 million for a driverless
truck company, Otto. Kalanick said he had no time: “I
sign hundreds of documents.”
He was also asked about
a due diligence report Uber
had commissioned before
the
deal,
in
which
Levandowski admitted he
had possessed Google proprietary information on
computer disks and in his
closet.
Kalanick not only hadn’t
read the report, he told the
jury, but “I wasn’t aware of
it.”
[See Waymo-Uber, C5]
WASHINGTON — Almost 12 million Americans
signed up for 2018 health coverage through marketplaces
created by the Affordable
Care Act, according to a new
tally that indicates nationwide enrollment remained
virtually unchanged from
last year despite President
Trump’s persistent attacks
on the 2010 health law.
The new enrollment
numbers — which include
totals from California and
other states that operate
their own marketplaces, as
well as states that rely on the
federal
HealthCare.gov
marketplace — offer the
most detailed picture to
date of the insurance markets.
And they suggest surprising strength in many
markets across the country,
with consumers steadily
signing up for health plans
even as Trump and his Republican congressional allies derided the markets as
crumbling and unaffordable.
“This shows that consumers really want and need
coverage,” said Trish Riley,
executive director of the National Academy for State
Health Policy, which compiled
the
nationwide
enrollment tally.
“These are stable markets and a stable program,”
she said.
Florida,
which
uses
HealthCare.gov, and California continue to lead all
states with 1.7 million and 1.5
million enrollees, respectively.
The annual enrollment
tally remains a relatively
crude metric that doesn’t
account for what kind of consumers are signing up for
coverage. And the totals
don’t include Americans
who are buying health plans
on their own rather than
through the official marketplaces created by the healthcare law.
But total sign-ups have
become an important barometer of the law, often
called Obamacare.
And the numbers have
been closely watched every
year as politicians have debated whether to roll back
the law.
In 2018, most of the 39
states that rely on the U.S.
Department of Health and
Human Services to operate
their markets saw small decreases compared with 2017,
the data show.
But in a marked contrast,
[See Healthcare, C4]
Tesla posts a
record loss
The automaker loses
$675.4 million in the
fourth quarter as
production of its
long-awaited Model 3
electric sedan lags. C2
Wells board still
gets pass for fail
The bank’s board
members are “getting
off too easy,”
columnist Michael
Hiltzik writes. C3
Business Beat ......... C2
Market Roundup .. C4
C2
THU R S DAY , F E BRUA RY 8, 2018
LAT IMES. C OM/ B USINESS
BUSINESS BEAT
Tesla reports
record loss in
fourth quarter
Electric car maker
loses $675.4 million as
Model 3 output lags.
By Charles Fleming
AFP/Getty Images
THE RED Tesla — along with a dummy named “Starman” — launched on the Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday.
SpaceX rocket flung car
on path going past Mars
Tesla Roadster sent on
test flight is heading
farther than expected.
By Samantha Masunaga
The Tesla Roadster that
launched Tuesday on the
first test flight of SpaceX’s
powerful Falcon Heavy
rocket is heading farther
into space than expected.
The red car — along with
a dummy in the driver’s seat
named “Starman” — were
targeting an elliptical, or
egg-shaped, orbit around
the sun that would, at times,
get close to Mars. On Tuesday night, SpaceX Chief
Executive
Elon
Musk
tweeted that the vehicle’s
trajectory had “exceeded
Mars orbit and kept going to
the Asteroid Belt.”
The car isn’t there yet,
though, and won’t be for
many months, at least.
Musk’s tweet means the car
is on a trajectory to go into a
much larger elliptical orbit
around the sun that will still
cross Mars’ orbit from time
to time, but push out farther
than initially anticipated,
said Clifford V. Johnson, a
professor in the physics and
astronomy department at
USC.
“Either way, they’ve
shown they can get something to Mars or the vicinity
of Mars, and that’s great,” he
said of SpaceX. “They’ve
demonstrated that they can
get something that big off
the surface of the Earth, into
Earth orbit, recover most of
the vehicle to make the
whole thing really cheap …
and then further extend the
[payload’s path] beyond
Earth orbit toward Mars.”
On Wednesday, the U.S.
Air Force Space Command
tweeted that it added a Tesla
Roadster to the U.S. satellite
catalog.
The car reached its current trajectory after performing several crucial maneuvers.
About two minutes after
liftoff from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday afternoon, the Falcon
Heavy’s two side boosters
separated from the rocket as
expected and began to return to Earth, later sticking
the landing in a simultaneous touchdown.
About three minutes after launch, as planned, the
rocket’s center core separated from the second stage,
which continued to carry the
Tesla into space.
Inside the Tesla was a
stowaway: a little Hot
Wheels version of the car,
containing a tiny replica of
the “Starman” dummy.
SpaceX, which is based in
Hawthorne and whose full
name is Space Exploration
Technologies Corp., tried to
land the center core on a
floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean, but the booster was lost when it hit the
water at about 300 mph and
about 328 feet from the platform, taking out two of the
platform’s thrusters and
scattering debris on the
deck.
As projected, the secondstage engine shut down and
then restarted twice before
embarking on an “experimental long coast” in deep
space — including through
the high-radiation Van Allen
belts that surround Earth —
for about six hours.
That maneuver was intended to demonstrate to
the U.S. Air Force that the
Falcon Heavy could meet
specific orbit-insertion requirements for the heaviest
national security satellites.
Then the second-stage
engine
successfully
restarted one more time to
propel the Tesla toward its
intended orbit. The final
burn probably took place
right over Los Angeles about
6:30 p.m. Pacific time and
would have been visible to
the naked eye, said Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the HarvardSmithsonian Center for
Astrophysics.
Launches for the National Reconnaissance Office typically require a rocket
to coast in space for several
hours before restarting its
second-stage engine to deliver a satellite to its orbit, so
the latter part of SpaceX’s
mission was one of the most
significant parts of this demonstration, McDowell said.
Where the car ended up
afterward was less important, he added.
“It’s just a proof of, ‘OK,
we know how this rocket
works, and it works well
enough to send a decent
payload well beyond the
Earth,’ ” McDowell said.
“Mars comes into it because
they were confident they
could get it that far, and plus,
Elon’s all about Mars.”
One of Musk’s longstanding goals has been to
colonize Mars. He has said
his next-generation rocket
and
spaceship
system,
known as BFR, will take people to the Red Planet.
samantha.masunaga
@latimes.com
Firm alters restroom policy
Walgreens revises rule
after patron says store
was biased against her.
By Alejandra
Reyes-Velarde
The Walgreens drugstore
chain has adopted a companywide policy that allows
people to use the bathroom
that corresponds with their
gender identity after a customer said she was discriminated against at a Hollywood store.
Jessie Meehan, who is not
transgender, said she asked
to use the restroom at a Walgreens on Sunset Boulevard
after she spent about $20 on
items there on her way to the
LGBTQ Pride festival last
year; a sales associate told
her she could not use the
women’s restroom because
she looked like a man.
A store manager told her
it was store policy to restrict
access to a bathroom based
on a customer’s appearance,
although when she complained later, another manager said there was no such
policy.
“I had to go so I didn’t put
up much of a fight and used
the stall while the men used
the urinals next to me,” Meehan wrote in an email to Walgreens. “This in itself was
very humiliating for me and I
felt extremely uncomfortable.”
Meehan said she argued
with a manager for several
minutes and then went to
the Pride festival and found
an
information
booth
staffed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
Meehan, who is active in
the LGBTQ community,
wrote a letter to Walgreens,
suggesting solutions and offering to help train staff. Two
months later, when no action was taken, ACLU staff
attorney Amanda Goad sent
a letter to Walgreens laying
out the California law,
“which protects every person’s right to access restrooms based on their gender
identity in workplaces,
schools and business establishments.”
No litigation was required and no financial settlement was sought, Goad
said. After hearing what
happened to Meehan, Walgreens changed its policy
at all 8,100 stores nationwide
to comply with California
law.
Although
Walgreens
specified the policy was for
transgender individuals, it
applies to all individuals.
Goad said that gender discrimination relating to bathroom usage is not just a
transgender issue and that
it’s relatively common for
women who are perceived as
gender nonconforming to be
questioned or challenged on
their way to the women’s
restroom.
“In an ideal world, the
best policies apply to everyone because it’s not exclusively a transgender issue
and having staff speculate
who or who might not be
transgender doesn’t help
anyone,” she said.
Meehan said she supported Walgreens as a customer because she knew it
was an LGBT-friendly business.
“When I think of Walgreens, I think of an ally,”
Meehan said in her email to
Walgreens. “A company that
really supports progressive
issues which I really respect
a lot.”
In 2016, the Human
Rights Campaign named
Walgreens the best place to
work for LGBT equality.
Walgreens scored perfectly
in the advocacy group’s Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey
and report on corporate
policies and practices on
LGBT workplace equality.
“People who work there,
maybe their experience is
different, but as a customer
who spends a lot of time and
money at Walgreens, I expected more out of them,”
she said in an interview.
Walgreens,
which
is
owned by Walgreens Boots
Alliance of Deerfield, Ill.,
confirmed
the
policy
change, but would not comment further.
So-called bathroom equity has been hotly debated in
recent years.
In December, North Carolina repealed a controversial requirement that people
use public bathrooms based
on the gender listed on their
birth certificates.
In 2016, Target adopted a
policy that allows customers
and employees to use bath-
rooms based on their gender
identity. The policy generated a backlash, including a
boycott, from conservative
groups.
A 2015 survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality found that, of
the 3,453 respondents who
were California residents,
9% had been denied access
to a restroom that year, 12%
had been verbally harassed
while trying to access one
and 60% had avoided using a
public restroom in the last
year.
California law bans businesses, nonprofits and government agencies that serve
the public from not allowing
people to use bathrooms
that match their gender
identity or from asking that
people show identification
to use a restroom or other
sex-segregated facility. All
single restrooms are also required to be designated as
all-gender.
There should be clear
policies that are comprehensible for customers and staff
alike, Goad said. But there
are no data on how well the
staff is trained to enforce
those policies, she said.
Meehan said she’s not
completely satisfied with
the policy because it is labeled as a transgender inclusion policy and does not outline steps for employees to
take if they encounter a similar situation, but “it’s a good
first step.”
alejandra.reyesvelarde
@latimes.com
Twitter: @r_valejandra
Another quarter, another
question mark.
Tesla Inc. reported a
fourth-quarter loss of $675.4
million, or $4.01 a share, on
revenue of $3.29 billion,
marking the Palo Alto car
company’s biggest quarterly
loss ever.
The company partly
blamed the figure, which
was significantly worse than
the $121 million it lost in the
same quarter last year, on
high costs related to the production of its long-awaited
Model 3 electric sedan.
In reporting earnings
Wednesday afternoon, Tesla
said revenue was up 36%
over the same period in 2016,
largely because of growth in
deliveries of the luxury electric Model S sedan and Model X crossover.
Revenue from automotive products rose to $2.7 billion for the final quarter of
2017, up from $1.99 billion in
the year-earlier quarter.
At the same time, Tesla
reported that revenue from
its energy storage products
— batteries and home electric storage systems — had
risen by 6%. So-called ZEV
credits — credits the company earns for building zeroemissions vehicles, which it
can then sell to companies
that produce too few such
cars — rose to $179 million for
the quarter from $20 million
during the same period in
2016.
Tesla stock, which has
risen over the last year from
$257 a share to as high as
$383, rose $11.03, or 3.3%, to
$345 on Wednesday. The
stock rose slightly in afterhours trading following the
earnings release.
“This was yet another awful quarter from Tesla,” said
analyst Mark B. Spiegel of
Stanphyl Capital, expressing concern that the company’s revenue is too dependent on non-sustainable ZEV
credits, and on vehicle production and delivery rates
that leave it vulnerable to
competition from other car
companies. “Tesla lost more
money this quarter than any
time in its history.”
Other analysts were less
concerned. Noting that the
losses were the result of production costs on the Model 3,
Efraim Levy of CFRA said,
“The Model 3 production is
the key to getting on a sustainable cash flow level.
Once they get to correct levels, they will turn profitable.”
It might be awhile.
In a shareholder letter
signed by Chief Executive
Elon Musk and Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja,
Tesla also once again applied the brakes to delivery
expectations for the Model 3,
the company’s heralded
lower-cost electric car.
The new Model 3 has
been touted as an affordable
battery electric vehicle, with
a base MSRP of $35,000.
More than 450,000 hopeful
consumers placed refundable $1,000 deposits to claim
them when Tesla first began
taking orders in early 2016.
Crucial to the company’s
success, the car has suffered
significant delays in getting
up to production speed and
in getting to consumers.
Tesla on Wednesday advised that production rates
of the Model 3 could be 2,500
cars a week by the end of
March and 5,000 cars a week
at the end of June. Last fall,
the company had said it
would be producing 5,000
cars a week by the end of 2017.
Analysts expressed skepticism about Tesla’s ability
to meet those numbers.
“Production
forecasts
are a moving target,” said
Jessica Caldwell, executive
director of industry analysis
at Edmunds. “They could
very well change their position in a week or month from
now.”
“I think they’ll be lucky to
get 150,000 units out the door
in 2018, and even that would
be an incredibly impressive
feat, requiring an average
weekly rate of over 3,000
units for every single week
left in 2018 with no breaks,”
said Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst at Kelley Blue
Book’s KBB.com. “Elon
Musk needs a team of forecasters that he’ll listen to so
he can finally provide Wall
Street and depositors with
achievable targets.”
Musk, for his part,
doesn’t seem too concerned
about the delays. In an earnings call with analysts
Wednesday, the co-founder
pointed to his success sending a Tesla Roadster into
space as a test payload for
SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy
rocket the day before.
“If we can send a Roadster to the asteroid belt, we
can probably solve Model 3
production,” said Musk, who
is also CEO of SpaceX. “It’s
just a matter of time.”
The production backlog
is an increasingly urgent
matter for the automaker, as
more competing car companies come to market with
more compelling battery
electric vehicles with similar
MSRPs, driving ranges and
recharge times.
Chevrolet’s Bolt EV and
Nissan’s Leaf have already
stolen sales that might have
gone to the Model 3. Current
or proposed BEVs from
other American, Japanese,
Korean and European car
companies are also gaining
market share.
Musk also made some
grand, long-term production promises on the call.
The CEO said he could easily imagine a day when his
Fremont, Calif., factory is
producing up to 700,000 vehicles a year: 500,000 units of
Model 3, a combined 100,000
units of Models S and X, and
100,000 units of the planned
Model Y, a crossover vehicle
to be built on the Model 3
platform. That would just be
a beginning for the Model Y,
he said.
“We might aim for something like maybe 1 million
units a year, just for the Model Y alone,” Musk said while
cautioning that ramping up
to production on that car, in
late 2018, would mean new
capital expenditures.
Despite that, Musk repeated a promise from the
shareholder letter that he
believed the company could
begin generating “positive
quarterly income on a sustained basis” relatively soon.
He also said that the
company would be able to
produce something like
100,000 units a year of its
Semi, the promised electric
long-haul truck that the
company unveiled in December.
Musk and his various
companies have had a busy
year already. On Tuesday,
the native South African’s
SpaceX launched its largest
Falcon Heavy rocket into
space, and successfully returned rocket parts to landing pads on Earth.
It was also recently revealed that his Boring Co. is
among the companies vying
for the contract to build an
express train linking Chicago with its O’Hare airport.
charles.fleming
@latimes.com
Twitter: @misterfleming
Mark Boster Los Angeles Times
TESLA revenue rose 36% largely because it delivered
more Model S sedans and Model X crossovers, above.
T HURSDAY , FEB RUARY 8, 2018
L AT I ME S . CO M/ B U S IN ES S
MOVIE PROJECTOR
Snap
shares
soar on
growth
‘Fifty
Shades’
is likely
No. 1
Maker of Snapchat
reported big boosts in
revenue and users.
By Ryan Faughnder
Universal Pictures will tie
up its successful “Fifty
Shades of Grey” trilogy with
an expected win at the box
office starting Thursday
night, adding some sizzle to
the movie business after a
lackluster Super Bowl weekend at multiplexes.
“Fifty Shades Freed,”
based on the third and final
installment in the book series by British author E.L.
James, is expected to gross
about $33 million in ticket
sales in the U.S. and Canada
from Friday through Sunday, according to people who
have reviewed pre-release
audience surveys.
That would be the lowest
domestic opening in the series but still enough to unseat “Jumanji: Welcome to
the Jungle,” which returned
to the No. 1 spot last weekend with about $11 million,
bringing its worldwide total
to $858 million.
The new “Fifty Shades”
movie, along with Sony Pictures’ “Peter Rabbit” and
Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17
to Paris,” should give theater owners a boost after the
box office totaled a modest
$94 million last weekend as
most people watched the
Philadelphia Eagles beat the
New England Patriots.
The “Fifty Shades of
Grey” franchise has been a
highly profitable investment
for Comcast-owned Universal Pictures, which used
the series about an inexperienced woman who falls for
an eccentric billionaire to
tap into an underserved
adult female audience. The
two previous films in the trilogy grossed a combined
$950 million.
Released in 2015, the first
“Fifty Shades of Grey”
opened with $85 million domestically, on its way to $571
million in global box-office
receipts. Last year’s followup, “Fifty Shades Darker,”
had a $47.6-million opening
haul and eventually collected $381 million worldwide.
The latest film, which
again stars Dakota Johnson
and Jamie Dornan, will
probably open lower than its
predecessor, following the
pattern set by recent trilogies including “The Maze
Runner” and “Pitch Perfect.” Universal expects the
estimated $55-million movie
will continue to play strongly
throughout the week, with
Valentine’s Day falling on a
Wednesday.
As Anastasia Steele and
Christian
Grey
entice
grown-ups, a cartoon rabbit
will also try to get a nibble at
the box office. “Peter Rabbit,” Sony Pictures’ computer-animated/live-action
take on the Beatrix Potter
character, is expected to
gross $16 million or more in
its opening weekend.
The studio is hoping the
film, starring James Corden
as the voice of the mischievous bunny, will play
well with kids until Walt Disney Co. opens Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time”
in March. A $16-million
opening would be lower than
the $24-million summer debut of Sony’s critically
panned but commercially
successful “Emoji Movie”
but higher than the studio’s
April
disappointment
“Smurfs: The Lost Village.”
“Peter Rabbit” cost an estimated $50 million to make,
factoring in production incentives from Australia,
where “Peter Rabbit” animation company Animal
Logic is based.
Lastly, Warner Bros. on
Friday will release “The 15:17
to Paris,” the latest directorial effort by Eastwood,
about the three Americans
who thwarted the 2015
Thalys train attack by subduing a gunman. The American men, Spencer Stone,
Anthony Sadler and Alek
Skarlatos, play themselves.
The movie, from Village
Roadshow and Warner
Bros., is expected to gross a
modest $10 million to $12 million in the U.S. and Canada
through Sunday. “The 15:17
to Paris” follows a handful of
Eastwood-directed
hits
about homegrown heroism,
including
“Sully”
and
“American Sniper.”
ryan.faughnder
@latimes.com
C3
By Tracey Lien
Alex Edelman TNS
CEO Timothy Sloan, a longtime Wells Fargo veteran, is keeping his job, as are several board members.
Wells Fargo board still
getting a pass for failure
MICHAEL HILTZIK
On the surface, the
Federal Reserve
seemed really to lay
the hammer on
Wells Fargo & Co.
for its accounts
scandal and serial
wrongdoing. In a
sentence handed
down Feb. 2, the
Fed placed a cap on
the bank’s future asset growth; the
bank announced the departure of
four unidentified directors, presumably at the regulator’s urging.
Investors certainly thought the
punishment was harsh. Wells Fargo
stock was battered to a 9.2% loss in
Monday’s trading on the New York
Stock Exchange. As my colleagues
Jim Puzzanghera and James Rufus
Koren reported, that was twice the
loss suffered by the broad market on a
bad day.
Yet former Treasury Secretary
Lawrence Summers is correct to
assert that the board members are
“getting off too easy,” as the headline
on his Washington Post op-ed had it
Tuesday. Summers noted that the
four directors being ushered off the
board have not yet been identified.
They may not be named until the
bank issues the proxy statement for
its 2018 annual meeting, probably in
mid-March.
The bank calls this process “refreshment” of the board, which may
be the least refreshing use of the term
“refreshment” in business history.
“My question,” Summers wrote:
“Why aren’t the directors who are
leaving being named and asked to
resign effective immediately with an
element of humiliation?”
That’s a good question, but it
doesn’t go far enough. We’d ask why
only four directors are being dropped.
And why is CEO Timothy Sloan,
whose tenure with Wells Fargo goes
back 30 years and included management responsibilities during the
scandal, keeping his job? A new
broom can sweep clean only if it’s
genuinely new, but the board and top
management at Wells Fargo will keep
some very old bristles around.
Let’s quickly recap this bank’s
history of scandal. In a practice first
reported by the Los Angeles Times in
2013, bank employees opened bogus
accounts for customers for years,
evidently to meet brutal productivity
goals imposed from above. In September 2016, the bank agreed to pay
$185 million to regulators for that
offense. Since then, the bank has
acknowledged a host of other wrongs,
including charging auto-loan customers for car insurance they did not
need and charging improper fees to
some mortgage borrowers.
Fed officials understood, in principle, where the blame rested. As part
of the punishment, Michael Gibson,
the Fed’s director of supervision and
regulation, issued letters of chastisement to former Chairman and Chief
Executive John Stumpf, former director and interim Chairman Stephen
Sanger and the board as a whole.
Gibson told Stumpf that he provided “ineffective oversight” of practices he knew had “motivated compliance violations and improper practices.” Sanger was flayed for the
“many pervasive and serious compliance and conduct failures ongoing
during your tenure as lead independent director.” The board was told that
its dereliction “contributed in material ways to the substantial harm suffered by WFC’s customers.”
These are strong rebukes. Yet the
bank still seems reluctant to undertake a full-scale housecleaning. Five
directors, including Sanger, retired in
2017, and six new independent directors have been elected.
Yet there are seven holdovers from
Wells Fargo’s wretched past; it’s unclear whether the four who will be
leaving this year are members of this
cadre because Wells is keeping their
names to itself. Three will be leaving
before the bank’s annual meeting in
April, and the fourth by the end of the
year.
The directors’ culpability for Wells
Fargo’s misdeeds has never been in
question. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
(D-Mass.) last June called on thenFed Chairwoman Janet Yellen to
remove all 12 who had been in place
between May 2011 and July 2015, the
period in which the fake accounts
scandal was occurring. Of that dozen,
nine are still on the board, including
some with more than 10 years of inattentive service.
For handy reference, they are:
business executive Enrique Hernandez Jr. (service since 2003); Dignity
Health CEO Lloyd H. Dean (2005);
BlackBerry CEO John Chen (2006);
Florida businessman John D. Baker II
(2009); former Vulcan CEO Donald
M. James (2009); former Energy and
Transportation Secretary Federico
Peña (2011); former Deloitte CEO
James Quigley (2013); former Fed
Governor Elizabeth Duke (2015); and
businesswoman Suzanne Vautrinot
(2015). The bank plainly thinks highly
of the last two — it has named Duke
its new chairwoman and boasts of
having placed Vautrinot on the
board’s all-important risk committee.
Summers observes that Wells
Fargo’s kid-gloves treatment of its
departing directors, whoever they
are, is utterly inconsistent with acknowledging their failure in their
duties. “A trader or credit officer as
extravagantly malfeasant would not
be granted a dignified exit,” he wrote.
“I find it hard to understand why
regulators are so reluctant to foist
public accountability on the individuals in responsible leadership positions when companies do the wrong
thing.”
He’s right. In a world where the
people truly in charge were subjected
to punishment consistent with that
meted out to the drones on the firing
line who typically take the blame and
pay the consequences, the bank and
the Federal Reserve would make
examples of all these people. Instead,
they’ve been allowed to keep their
prestigious posts, lauded for their
experience and perspicacity, and paid
lavishly — the nine collected an average of more than $372,000 for their
board service in 2016, the latest year
disclosed.
Given the depth of their failure,
they should have been forced out long
ago. Since that didn’t happen — and
won’t happen even with the coming
“refreshment” — the only conclusion
to draw is that, for all the apparent
severity of its punishment, Wells
Fargo still hasn’t come to grips with
its scandal.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Investors rewarded Snap Inc.
handsomely Wednesday following the social media company’s unexpected positive
earnings report, pushing
shares up 47%.
The Venice-based company surprised analysts
Tuesday when it reported
revenue of $286 million in its
fourth quarter, a 72% increase from a year earlier,
thanks to strong user and
advertising growth. The revenue number blew away
analysts’ estimate of $253
million.
When markets closed
Tuesday, before Snap’s
earnings report, shares were
at $14.06. They surged in
morning trading Wednesday and closed at $20.75 —
their highest price since last
May.
The company’s stock
price peaked at $27.09 on the
day it went public last
March.
Snap’s flagship app,
Snapchat, added 8.9 million
daily active users in the
quarter that ended Dec. 31.
That’s the largest jump since
the third quarter of 2016. The
company now has 187 million
daily active users, surpassing analysts’ estimates of 184
million.
Snap posted a net loss of
$350 million, or 28 cents a
share, in the fourth quarter,
which was well under analysts’ estimate of $410 million, or 33 cents a share.
Barclays analysts expect
the company’s stock to continue climbing “as the narrative changes from 2017’s
‘[Facebook] is going to
crush Snap’ to 2018’s ‘users
and revenue accelerate and
the platform is under-monetized.”
Snap’s share price upswing comes at a time when
technology stocks are getting pummeled amid stock
market volatility.
In
shaky
times,
technology stocks often take
the first — and hardest —
beating, said Lawrence Harris, a finance professor at
USC’s Marshall School of
Business. That’s because
the industry’s valuations
largely rest on what the companies might be able to accomplish in the future, so investor optimism or pessimism can lead to significant swings in stock price.
Snap’s co-founder and
chief
executive,
Evan
Spiegel, credited a redesign
of Snapchat, an improved
experience for Android
users and a switch to
programmatic ad buying —
an
automated
auction
for advertisers — for turning
around
the
company’s
trajectory. Programmatic
buying lowers ad rates
because of its efficiency,
but Snap was able to offset
that by adding more advertisers.
tracey.lien@latimes.com
Twitter: @traceylien
Times staff writer David
Pierson contributed to this
report.
Bank unit settles money laundering case
associated press
Dutch
lender
Rabobank’s California subsidiary agreed Wednesday to
forfeit $369 million after a
long-running investigation
concluded the unit was used
to launder millions of dollars
in Mexican drug money.
The
subsidiary,
Rabobank National Assn.,
also pleaded guilty to one
count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jill
Burkhardt did not provide
details during a brief hearing, but Rabobank said last
month that the subsidiary
probably would acknowledge that employees hid information from regulators
nearly five years ago.
It marks one of the largest U.S. settlements involving the laundering of Mexican drug money, though it’s
Mark J. Terrill Associated Press
RABOBANK National Assn. pleaded guilty to one
count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
still only a fraction of the $1.9
billion that Britain’s HSBC
agreed to pay in 2012.
The Rabobank settlement surpasses the $160 million that Wachovia Bank
agreed to pay in 2010.
Rabobank
attorney
James Cavoli declined to
speak with reporters outside the courtroom. Company representatives did
not respond to a phone message and emails seeking
comment.
Last month, former bank
subsidiary compliance officer George M. Martin agreed
to cooperate with authorities in a deal that delays his
prosecution for two years.
Martin, a vice president
and anti-money-laundering
investigations manager, acknowledged he oversaw policies and practices that
blocked or stymied investigations into suspicious
transactions.
He said he acted at the direction of supervisors, or at
least with their knowledge.
He told investigators
that he and others allowed
millions of dollars to pass
through the bank without
adequate scrutiny, despite
being warned about the client.
Investigators said the
business came from a Mexican customer who made
more than $10 million in suspicious transactions. They
said a bank in Calexico — a
California city on the Mexico
border — wanted more business.
Authorities seized the account in 2011 on suspicion it
was being used to move millions of dollars in drug proceeds.
Martin and others were
accused of failing to alert authorities to other suspicious
activity at branches in
Calexico and Tecate, another border town.
In 2009 and 2010, investigators say, employees allowed a Mexican client to
withdraw nearly $500,000 in
amounts just under federal
reporting
requirements,
even though the client had
been reported to the Treasury Department at least 25
times for suspicious activity.
The efforts to hide suspicious activity occurred from
2009 to 2012.
U.S. authorities began investigating the bank in 2013.
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‘Get Out’ got a big Oscar push
[‘Get Out,’ from C1]
minder that studios, even in
a seemingly ossified system,
can find success by betting
on fresh talent and edgy ideas that connect with audiences.
“Get Out,” about a young
black man who visits his
white girlfriend’s parents
and is ensnared in a terrifying plot, has benefited from
a wave of cultural momentum behind its satirical take
on race in America. The
movie became a surprise hit,
grossing about $255 million
at the worldwide box office,
and continued to resonate
with audiences during news
cycles about the deadly
white supremacist rally in
Charlottesville, Va., and athletes protesting during the
national anthem. Now it has
a decent shot at the business’ top honor, which will
bring a big boost of prestige
to the winning studio and
filmmakers.
“It’s the wildest dream
that has become a reality,”
Peele said in an interview.
“There were so many stigmas around this movie that I
assumed would keep it from
being nominated — the horror stigma, the stigma about
movies earlier in the season,
and the stigma around some
of the imagery in this movie.”
The journey of “Get Out”
illustrates the challenge of
campaigning for a movie
that hit theaters more than a
year before the ceremony.
A year ago, Comcastowned Universal had successfully sold “Get Out” to
audiences as a high-concept
scary movie, spending tens
of millions on marketing to
make the film a commercial
winner. But when awards
season began in the fall, the
studio had to remarket the
film in a way that would get
the academy’s notoriously
older and whiter demographic to take it seriously.
Even getting horroraverse voters to see “Get
Out” was a formidable
undertaking, said Jason
Blum, one of the film’s producers.
“It was very, very chal-
Rodin Eckenroth Getty Images / Universal Home Entertainment
“GET OUT” was a surprise hit. Above, Jordan Peele, left, Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams discuss scenes from the film last year.
lenging getting eyes on the
movie from members of the
academy,” Blum said in his
Los Angeles office. “I would
be surprised if more than
20% of academy members
had seen the movie by the
end of August.”
The critical response and
the social impact gave the
studio the confidence to put
the muscle of a full-fledged
awards campaign behind
the movie, said Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal
Pictures. Universal declined
to say how much the studio
spent on the campaign to
target academy voters.
However, studios typically
spend $4 million to $5 million
for a robust rollout, which includes spending on television ads, billboards, screen-
MARKET ROUNDUP
Stocks, still shaky,
drop after rallying
associated press
It was another shaky day
on Wall Street as indexes rallied in the morning, bobbed
up and down for much of the
day, then sank in the last few
minutes of trading. Energy
companies dropped along
with oil prices. Technology
companies also declined.
Stocks were coming off
Tuesday’s big gain. At times,
investors looked ready to
jump back in after steep
losses Friday and Monday,
yet every gain the market
made Wednesday was met
with more selling. About 20
minutes before the close of
trading, the Dow Jones industrial average was up
more than 260 points, but it
finished with a small loss.
The Standard & Poor’s
500 index is down 6.7% from
its record high set Jan. 26.
Markets were calmer
Wednesday, but there are
signs that investors are still
nervous. The VIX, known as
Wall Street’s fear gauge because it measures how much
volatility investors expect in
the future, is at 27, more than
double where it was two
weeks ago. It spiked above 50
early Tuesday.
“The markets had blinders on,” Invesco chief global
markets strategist Kristina
Hooper said. “I thought it
was almost alarming that
markets weren’t considering
that, for example, we have a
different [Federal Reserve]
in 2018 that could be more
hawkish.”
Still, investors didn’t
rush for cover in ultra-safe
investments such as bonds.
Bond prices fell, sending
yields higher. The yield on
the 10-year Treasury note
rose to 2.84% from 2.81%.
Other safer-play investments also fell. The price of
gold dropped $14.90, or 1.1%,
to $1,314.60 an ounce. Silver
fell 34 cents, or 2.1%, to $16.24
an ounce. Precious metals
prices often rise when the
market hits a rough patch.
They climbed in December
and January but have decreased the last few days.
The biggest tech companies fared the worst. Apple
fell 2.1% to $159.54. Facebook
slid 2.8% to $180.18. Alphabet
retreated 2.7% to $1,055.41.
Wynn Resorts jumped
8.6% to $177.32 after Steve
Wynn resigned as chairman
and chief executive. The Wall
Street Journal reported last
month that a number of
women had accused Wynn of
sexual harassment or assault. Wynn has denied the
accusations but said he
could not be effective in his
corporate positions in the
face of those allegations.
Energy companies fell as
oil prices sank. Benchmark
U.S. crude dropped $1.60, or
2.5%, to $61.79 a barrel. Brent
crude, the international
standard for oil prices, fell
$1.35, or 2%, to $65.51 a barrel.
That came after the U.S.
government said oil production jumped last week.
Newspaper
publisher
Tronc soared 19.1% to $21.55
after it agreed to sell the Los
Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune.
Wholesale gasoline fell 4
cents to $1.77 a gallon. Heating oil fell 5 cents to $1.93 a
gallon. Natural gas slid 6
cents to $2.70 per 1,000 cubic
feet. Copper fell 10 cents, or
3.2%, to $3.09 a pound.
The dollar rose to 109.42
yen from 109.33 yen. The euro
fell to $1.2276 from $1.2392.
ings and flying filmmakers
around the country to
awards events.
“It became very clear
that the narrative of the
movie had evolved beyond a
very satisfying genre film to
a piece of cinema,” Langley
said. “We were able to pivot
our marketing to do just
that.”
Whereas Universal’s initial marketing focused on
the movie’s scary scenes, the
Oscar campaign emphasized reviews that praised its
timely themes. Campaign
billboards prominently featured a famous close-up of
the tear-streaked face of
Daniel Kaluuya, who earned
a best lead actor nomination
for playing the main character Chris, with quotes from
major publications about
the film’s relevance.
As part of the campaign,
the studio made a coffee-table book featuring dozens of
pieces of artwork that fans of
the movie sent to Peele on
social media. Audience
members created art inspired by the film’s imagery
such as the deer antlers, the
hypnotic teacup and Chris
sinking into the floor.
To keep the buzz going,
Universal in January created a special Twitter hashtag with a promotional
emoji for “the sunken place,”
the film’s best-known metaphor for the marginalization
of black people.
“It’s become a way for
people to express that their
voices are being suppressed,” “Get Out” producer Sean McKittrick said.
It was never a sure thing
that “Get Out” would be a
success, financially or critically. When Peele gave
McKittrick his 30-minute
pitch over coffee at Fratelli
Cafe on Melrose Avenue in
2013, he was known only for
doing sketch comedy on
“Mad TV” and Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele.” Nonetheless, McKittrick quickly
agreed to make the film and
have Peele write the script.
McKittrick saw “Get
Out” as a chance to make a
movie that had never been
put on the big screen before,
with its unusual mixture of
scares, comedy and social
commentary. The danger
was that there were so many
ways the project could go
awry, given the sensitive
subject matter. (The first
scene is a “Halloween”-style
suburban horror movie
opening meant to echo the
killing of Florida teenager
Trayvon Martin). So when
Peele said he wanted to direct, McKittrick agreed.
“The tone was so tricky,”
McKittrick said. “It was such
a delicate story that could
veer too far into comedy, too
far into horror, or too far into
satire.”
They shopped the movie
to a handful of distributors,
all of whom passed. When
they were scouting locations
and zeroing in on cast members, an assistant from
Blum’s production company
Blumhouse heard Peele
talking about the project in a
radio interview. Blumhouse
Productions, known for
highly profitable microbudget horror hits such as “Sinister” and “The Purge,”
joined McKittrick’s company QC Entertainment as
producers in January 2015.
Blumhouse has a distribution deal with Universal Pictures, which signed on to
give “Get Out” a wide release.
The studio and filmmakers made key marketing decisions early on, preserving
elements of mystery to intrigue moviegoers. For example, Peele objected to an
early cut of the trailer that
revealed a climactic twist involving a set of car keys, despite the studio’s desire to
showcase as many intense
moments as possible. The
studio relented, and the
trailer, released in October
2016 at the tail end of a divisive election season, drew 29
million views online in its
first 24 hours. Keeping plot
points under wraps helped
ensure that people could
watch the movie multiple
times and have different experiences, Peele said.
“I believed this movie was
a risk, and a risk with a lot of
potential upside, but as long
as we were taking that potential risk, let’s build the
movie so that the plot creates its own person-to-person marketing campaign,”
Peele said.
In another unusual tactic, Blum pushed for a premiere at Sundance, believing that a positive early response from critics would
propel the movie at the box
office. That idea could have
backfired severely, because
Universal had already set
the film up for a wide release
that was just weeks away. If
the movie bombed with reviewers, there would be no
time to change release plans.
“It was a risky thing to do
because it’s much harder to
open to a general audience if
you flop at Sundance,” Blum
said. “But it was a calculated
risk. I thought it was unique
enough and compelling
enough that it would appeal
to a festival audience.”
That gamble paid off, too,
with the movie earning a
rare 100% Rotten Tomatoes
score, giving the studio an
early confidence boost.
“Get Out’s” commercial
fortunes were another sign
that the movie was more
than just a typical horror
film. It opened with a solid
$33 million and ranked No. 1
at the domestic box office.
The next weekend, the movie collected an additional $28
million, a mere 15% decline
from the prior week. Horror
movies, as a rule, drop at
least 50% in the second week
after they open.
To build interest, the studio made sure to market the
film to black moviegoers.
The
first
trailer
was
launched during the 2016
BET Hip Hop Awards, and
Chance the Rapper hosted
an early Q&A screening to
promote the film and bought
tickets for people in Chicago.
“Get Out’s” debut audience
was 39% black, 36% white
and 17% Latino.
A year later, “Get Out” is
again in a familiar underdog
position. In the race to the
March 4 awards presentation, “Get Out” and Universal are facing heavy competition from 20th Century
Fox’s specialty film unit Fox
Searchlight, which released
two of the front-runners in
the race — Guillermo del
Toro’s “The Shape of Water”
and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
In order for “Get Out” to
beat the odds again, the studio and filmmakers need to
convince voters that this is
the movie people will remember when they think
about cinema in 2017.
“The movie keeps presenting itself in different
ways that prove its relevancy,” Langley said. “That
critical mass is reached
where it becomes something
beyond a film. It becomes a
cultural phenomenon, and
that’s what we’ve been experiencing since we released
it.”
ryan.faughnder
@latimes.com
Obamacare is a ‘stable program’
[Healthcare, from C1]
two-thirds of the marketplaces run by states instead
of the federal government
saw increased enrollment
between 2017 and 2018, including Connecticut and
New York.
That in large part reflects
extensive efforts in many of
these states to market
health coverage, lengthen
enrollment periods and conduct aggressive outreach
campaigns to attract younger, healthier consumers who
are crucial to insurance markets.
“We had the best open
enrollment period we have
ever had,” said Allison
O’Toole, chief executive of
Minnesota’s
insurance
marketplace, known as MNsure, which saw enrollment
surge nearly 6% this year.
Elected officials in Minnesota developed their own reinsurance system to help
control premiums this year.
Even bigger enrollment
increases were recorded in
Washington state, which
had a 7.6% increase, and
Rhode Island, which led all
states with a 12.1% increase.
HealthSource RI director Zachary Sherman attributed the success to the
state’s ability to manage its
own market, craft marketing
and work with insurers to
control premiums.
California’s enrollment
dipped slightly in 2018, falling 2.3%, but the state saw a
significant increase in new
consumers, which was an
encouraging sign, said Peter
Lee, head of Covered California, the state’s marketplace.
“Put simply, marketing
matters,” Lee said.
That is reflected not only
in enrollment totals but also
in the type of consumers
that state marketplaces
were able to attract.
California, for example,
has consistently had a
healthier mix of enrollees
than markets in other
states. That has helped keep
premiums in check compared with prices in other
states and has kept markets
competitive, with multiple
insurers selling plans in
most parts of California.
While California and
other states that operate
their own marketplaces invested in marketing and outreach, the Trump administration took a number of
steps
that
weakened
enrollment.
The enrollment period on
HealthCare.gov was half as
long this fall as in previous
years, and the Trump administration slashed funds
for advertising and outreach. The president also
often publicly referred to
Obamacare as “dead” or
“over.”
“Obamacare is finished.
It’s dead. It’s gone,” Trump
declared on the eve of the
2018 open enrollment period,
which began Nov. 1.
Many of the federal
moves were not helpful, said
Heather Korbulic, executive
director of Nevada Health
Link, which is operated by
the state but uses the federal
HealthCare.gov website.
Korbulic credited the
state’s Republican governor,
Brian Sandoval, with helping to stabilize a shaky market even as insurers stopped
selling plans in the state and
threatened to leave consumers in some rural areas with
no choice of plans. Nevada,
in the end, saw a 2.2% increase in enrollment this
year.
In neighboring Arizona,
which also has experienced
significant turmoil in its insurance market, enrollment
fell 15.6% in 2018, one of the
largest drop-offs in the country. Arizona relied on the
federal government to operate its marketplace.
The marketplaces have
primarily served low- and
moderate-income Ameri-
cans who don’t get health
benefits through an employer or a government program
such as Medicare or Medicaid.
They have been buffeted
for much of the last year by
uncertainty over their future, with insurers in some
areas raising rates steeply
or exiting markets altogether.
That has been particularly tough for consumers
who make too much to qualify for federal insurance subsidies through the healthcare law.
The law offers subsidies
to Americans making 100%
to 400% of the federal poverty line, or between $12,060
and $48,240 a year.
Those subsidies probably mean that millions of
low- and moderate-income
Americans will continue to
be able to find relatively
low-cost health plans on
marketplaces in future years
as well.
But continued uncertainty about the markets
and the disappearance in
2019 of a penalty for not having coverage could push up
rates for consumers who
don’t qualify for aid.
noam.levey@latimes.com
Twitter: @noamlevey
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L AT I ME S . CO M/ B U S IN ES S
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Sneaker
marketplace
GOAT buys
rival store
Deal for Flight Club
illustrates the growing
popularity of highend, limited-edition
collectible shoes.
Angelo Merendino AFP/Getty Images
ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKI, who is accused of stealing Waymo trade secrets, received an indemnity clause
from Uber protecting him from financial penalties related to “bad acts” at Waymo, such as trade secret theft.
Kalanick testifies again
[Waymo-Uber, from C1]
“You’re the CEO,” Verhoeven said. (He was Uber’s
chief executive at the time.)
Google is seeking $1.8 billion in damages from Uber.
The trial comes after a year
of scandals for Uber, including accusations of sexual
harassment and the coverup of a cyberattack. Management upheaval included
Kalanick’s forced ouster as
chief executive by the Uber
board and replacement by
Dara Khosrowshahi.
The
documents
Levandowski is accused of
taking with him when he left
Waymo for Uber include
trade secrets covering a laser-based sensor technology
called lidar.
Most autonomous-vehicle experts consider lidar essential to the safe operations
of driverless cars. If successful, the driverless vehicle
market could be huge.
Waymo attorneys went
after Kalanick on Wednesday morning with some eyebrow-raising
texts
and
meeting notes.
On March 1, 2016, Kalanick and Levandowski were
working out the Otto deal.
“We need to think through
the strategy to take all the
shortcuts we can find,”
Levandowski said in a text
highlighted in yellow on
courtroom video screens.
Waymo attorneys are trying to persuade the jury that
Uber procured stolen trade
secrets from Levandowski to
gain ground on Waymo,
which Uber executives said
was far ahead in the development of driverless cars.
“Burn the village,” Kalanick writes in another text
message. Levandowski responds “Yup.”
Asked what that meant
when he wrote it, Kalanick
said he didn’t know. “It was
two years ago, I just don’t remember,” he said.
In notes from a meeting
held earlier about the potential
acquisition,
which
Kalanick attended, another
Uber executive made a list of
Kalanick directives. “Cheat
codes. Find them, use
them,” the note said.
Kalanick said it’s “possible” he said that. To clarify
what he might have meant,
he said, “Cheat codes are elegant solutions to problems
that haven’t already been
thought of.”
For instance, he said,
Tesla monitors driver behavior to improve self-driving cars. Uber uses its
smartphone app to determine how long cars are waiting at red lights, for better
travel time estimation.
Verhoeven
challenged
him, noting that cheat codes
also are popular elements in
video games. “It’s a code you
can use, where you don’t
have to do that game, but
can cheat to get to the next
level.… It allows you to skip
ahead and not do the work,”
Verhoeven said.
No, Kalanick said, “it’s
part of the fun of the game.”
On cross-examination,
Uber attorney Karen Dunn
tried to put Kalanick’s actions in a more positive light.
“Did you compete aggressively [for engineers] to
get ahead in the race for selfdriving cars?” she asked.
Kalanick said yes.
To what extent, she
asked, was Levandowski
hired for trade secrets?
“To no extent at all,”
Kalanick said.
After Kalanick’s appearance, two Uber executives
testified that Levandowski
had asked them to delete
from their devices email and
text messages to and from
Levandowski. Kalanick had
testified that he and
Levandowski used Telegraph, an app that, like
Snapchat, erases messages
after they are read.
Earlier in the day, the
judge allowed a clip of the
1987 movie “Wall Street” to
be shown to the jury. The
Waymo side sought the
judge’s blessing over Uber’s
objection. Levandowski had
sent Kalanick a text message in March 2016 that included a link to the clip and
said, “This is the speech you
need to give,” punctuated
with a winky emoticon.
Kalanick watched along
with the courtroom as actor
Michael Douglas, playing
corporate raider Gordon
Gekko, fired up an adoring
crowd with the immortal
words, “Greed is good, greed
is right, greed works.”
The
trial
continues
Thursday with testimony
from lower-level Uber and
Waymo executives.
russ.mitchell@latimes.com
By David Pierson
In a deal that highlights
the growing popularity of
collectible sneakers, Culver
City’s GOAT, an online
marketplace for high-value
sneakers, is buying Flight
Club, an influential sneaker
consignment store with outposts in New York and Los
Angeles.
The two brands trade in
the kinds of high-end, limited edition sneakers you
won’t find at your ordinary
Footlocker — such as rare
Nike Air Jordans and rapper
Kanye West’s Yeezy line,
largely associated with Adidas. Buyers of the shoes
often line up days before a
release to snag a pair. Some
then choose to sell them for a
premium at GOAT or Flight
Club.
For GOAT, the acquisition provides the 3-year-old
company its first bricksand-mortar presence, a loyal customer following and
access to more sellers.
For Flight Club, the deal
gives the company founded
in 2005 access to GOAT’s ecommerce and mobile plat-
forms.
“Flight Club is a cultural
icon,” said Eddy Lu, chief
executive of GOAT. “But
they were missing the tech
side. We’ve grown into an established player, but we
don’t have the retail yet.”
The price of the acquisition was not disclosed but
involves a mix of cash and
equity, according to a GOAT
spokeswoman. Both brands
will continue to operate independently, she said.
In addition to the purchase, announced Thursday, GOAT said it raised an
additional $60 million in
funding through Index Ventures.
Lu said the San Francisco venture capital firm
would help GOAT expand
into international markets
such as China and Australia.
GOAT, which stands for
“Greatest Of All Time,” has
billed itself as a place to
authenticate sneakers in a
$17.5-billion industry rife
with counterfeits. The company uses both employees
and proprietary software to
inspect the shoes that end
up on its exchange.
The company has raised
a total of $96.7 million in
funding.
Flight Club will retain its
name and headquarters in
New York. Together, the two
companies have 300 employees.
david.pierson@latimes.com
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S
L AT I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S
Publisher is cleared in probe of conduct
[Levinsohn, from C1]
appoint him chief executive
officer of Tribune Interactive,” the company said in a
statement.
Levinsohn will report to
Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn, the company said.
“We are pleased that
Ross will be back to work,”
Dearborn said in a statement. “We have great confidence in him and the team to
deliver value for our shareholders through growing
digital audiences for our
award-winning journalism,
new creative content and
product initiatives, and
growing digital and diversified revenue streams.”
Levinsohn will be joined
at Tribune Interactive by
the team he brought to the
Los Angeles Times, including Mickie Rosen, who will
serve as president of Tribune Interactive, and Lewis
D’Vorkin, who will be chief
content officer. D’Vorkin, a
former top editor at Forbes,
was removed as Los Angeles
Times editor in chief last
week after a rocky threemonth tenure marked by a
contentious
relationship
with the newsroom.
D’Vorkin was replaced by
veteran Chicago journalist
Jim Kirk. Tronc did not say
whether it would appoint an
interim publisher until the
sale of The Times is finalized.
Levinsohn, 54, served as
The Times’ publisher for five
months. He was the paper’s
17th publisher and the fifth
in the last decade.
His brief tenure at The
Times was met with turmoil
and rising suspicions in the
newsroom.
Staffers were spooked by
his efforts to assemble a new
team of reporters and producers that would be separate from the newsroom.
Levinsohn unveiled his plan
to use contributors to churn
out content for Tronc’s digital platforms a day before
he was placed on unpaid
leave.
The Jan. 18 NPR report
heightened tensions at The
Times and prompted more
than three weeks of upheaval and a barrage of negative news reports.
Times staffers immediately said that Levinsohn
was unfit to lead the news organization, especially as it
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
AN INQUIRY into then-Publisher Ross Levinsohn, right, was spurred by an
NPR report of “frat boy” behavior while he was an executive at other media firms.
has been aggressively pursuing allegations of sexual harassment by Sacramento
politicians and Hollywood
entertainment figures.
“Levinsohn has lost credibility as the leader of one of
the country’s top newspapers,” newsroom employees wrote in a petition signed
by more than 200 staff members and sent to Tronc’s
board after the NPR report.
Twelve top editors of The
Times separately expressed
deep concerns about Levinsohn to the board, writing:
“Such behavior is unacceptable and jeopardizes The
Times’ 136-year legacy of in-
tegrity.”
Tronc then brought in
law firm Sidley Austin to investigate the allegations
contained in the NPR report, which did not include
any claims made during his
tenure at The Times.
The move came on the
day that the National Labor
Relations Board oversaw
the counting of ballots in a
unionization election. The
paper’s journalists voted 248
to 44 to join a union, in large
part because of a lack of confidence in corporate management. It was a historic
step for a news organization
with long anti-union roots.
Staff members also have
been anxious about the
prospect of leaving The
Times’ offices, where they
have been located since 1935
in an Art Deco building in
downtown Los Angeles. The
Times’ lease is up for renewal this summer, and Levinsohn had expressed interest in relocating the newsroom to a campus-like setting in the Playa Vista area
— an idea Tronc executives
have since shot down.
Before
joining
The
Times, Levinsohn worked at
Guggenheim Digital Media,
Yahoo and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
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Twitter: @MegJamesLAT
Times staff writers Richard
Winton, James Rufus Koren
and Roger Vincent
contributed to this report.
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Clippers’
talented
6th man
sticking
around
With trade deadline
approaching, Williams
was relieved to sign a
three-year extension.
By Broderick Turner
Rick Bowmer Associated Press
MAAME BINEY, who was born in Ghana and moved to the U.S. when she was 5, reacts after winning the 500 meters at the Olympic
trials in December. Her goal is to do her best, but if she doesn’t medal, “It just means I can get it next time. I’ll be back in ’22.”
SMILE A MINUTE
Speedskater Biney has the personality and the ability to make
her a star of these Games ... even if she talks like a Valley girl
DYLAN HERNANDEZ
PYEONGCHANG,
South Korea — The
Olympic spirit
hasn’t quite caught
on in the place
known around here
as the MPC.
Maybe this will
change in the coming weeks, but at the
moment, everyone in the Main
Press Center is too busy, too cold or
too jet-lagged to be unified by
sport. Almost 40 news organizations have rented office space in
the complex and the majority of
them keep their doors closed.
The strain of the upcoming
competition is also noticeable on
many of the American athletes
paraded in front of reporters, the
biathletes complaining about
Russian drug cheats and the women’s hockey contingent declaring in
perfect coachspeak that games are
won by whichever team scores
more goals.
A short but necessary respite
from this atmosphere was provided Wednesday afternoon by
Maame Biney. The 18-year-old
bounced in here smiling and
laughing and soon an entire auditorium was smiling and laughing
with her, including her teammates
on the U.S. short-track speedskating team.
If becoming the first African
American female speedskater to
qualify for the Olympics earned
Biney a place in history, the
Ghana-born high school senior’s
megawatt personality is what has
positioned her to be the transcendent star of these Games.
America, this could be your
newest Olympic star.
Almost every sentence that
comes out of her mouth is dotted
with a “like” or two or three and
punctuated with a girlish giggle.
She travels everywhere with her
favorite purple blanket and stuffed
poop emoji, likes Avengers movies
and wears a purity ring on her right
hand.
And she is always smiling. Like,
always smiling.
The enormous smile will be
introduced to world Saturday,
when Biney races in the opening
round of the 500 meters, the event
she dominated at the U.S. Olympic
trials. She will also compete in the
1,500 meters.
“Yes!”
Her shriek pierced the auditorium. The turbo-charged answer
was in response to a question
[See Hernandez, D5]
A day before the NBA’s
trade deadline, the Clippers
locked up sixth-man extraordinaire Lou Williams to
a three-year contract extension that could keep him in
L.A. until 2021 and assured
that he will not be traded
this season.
Williams, who was in the
last year of a deal that pays
him $7 million, agreed
Wednesday to the deal with
the Clippers. The new deal
will pay him $24 million over
three years, but only $1.5 million is guaranteed in the final
year of the contract.
Williams, 31, said he was
relieved to get the deal done.
“It was nice for this organization to commit to me
the same way I’ve committed to these guys this year,”
Williams said before practice at the Clippers’ facility
in Playa Vista. “In years past,
these scenarios don’t usually go my way. So it was nice
for one to go my way and be
somewhere I wanted to be.”
Williams is averaging career highs in points (23.3),
assists (5.3), three-point
shooting (38%) and freethrow shooting (90%).
He leads all reserves in
scoring off the bench, averaging 22 points.
He’s had four 40-plus
point games this season, including a career-high 50
points against the Golden
State Warriors.
Knowing that he wanted
to stay with the Clippers
[See Clippers, D4]
Lakers’ Ball not
ready to roll yet
Rookie guard expected
knee sprain to heal much
faster than it has. D4
Bruins neither at-large
nor in charge right now
A victory over
Arizona would mean
a lot for UCLA’s
tournament hopes.
By Ben Bolch
TUCSON — UCLA is
back in the running for the
Pac-12 Conference title. The
Bruins also remain on the
NCAA tournament bubble.
Those two seemingly incompatible facts are not
mutually exclusive.
A relatively weak Pac-12
has left UCLA needing to
beat No. 13 Arizona on
Thursday night at the
McKale Center to not only
sustain its conference title
hopes but bolster its case for
a second consecutive ap-
UCLA vs.
Arizona
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pearance in the NCAA tournament.
Opinions
differ
on
whether the Bruins have already done enough to deserve an at-large bid.
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is
among a handful of analysts
who have listed UCLA
among their “First Four
Out.” CBS Sports’ Jerry
Palm has the Bruins bound
USC SIGNING DAY
for a play-in game as one of
the last four teams to qualify.
UCLA, 16-7 overall and 7-4
in the Pac-12, apparently has
some work to do not only because of its own shortcomings but those of its conference brethren. The Pac-12
features only one ranked
team in the Wildcats and is
projected to receive five or
fewer NCAA tournament
bids.
The Pac-12 sits last
among the six major conferences in the Sagarin ratings
after its teams compiled a
losing record against other
major conference counterparts as well as nationally
ranked opponents.
UCLA defeated then-No.
7 Kentucky in December,
but the Wildcats since have
slipped to No. 24. The
[See UCLA, D6]
UCLA SIGNING DAY
Trojans move up
Kelly is thinking big
Despite limited scholarships, Helton’s
recruiting class is ranked No. 1 in the
Pac-12 and No. 4 in the nation. D3
In the coach’s first recruiting class
with the Bruins, there are 15 players
who stand at least 6 feet 4. D3
Mark J. Terrill Associated Press
TANNER PEARSON of the Kings puts pressure on Michael Cammalleri of the
Edmonton Oilers, who goes to the ice while trying to pass in the first period.
Kings overcome brilliant
goal by Oilers’ McDavid
Winger scores on an
exceptional sequence
but L.A. breaks away
in the third period.
KINGS 5
EDMONTON 2
By Curtis Zupke
Who’s to blame
for cold stove?
St. John’s upsets
No. 1 Villanova
Where women
stars excel
Agents and owners
trade barbs over the
free agents who are still
on sidelines. D2
Red Storm has their
best week in 33 years,
when Chris Mullin was
player, not coach. D6
Led by Force sisters,
women more than hold
their own against men
in drag racing. A1
Never mind the McFlurry
Minute. All anybody could
talk about was the McDavid
Minute.
That would be Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid and his replay-worthy
sequence that was tastier
than any Kings promotional
giveaway reserved for the
second period. Dazed after a
collision with a teammate,
McDavid collected himself,
went down the ice one-onone with Drew Doughty and
beat Darcy Kuemper with a
shot between the pads.
Not even Kuemper could
contain the likes of McDavid
and Leon Draisaitl all game
Wednesday. His shutout
streak ended at more than
193 minutes, the secondlongest run in Kings history,
but the Kings endured one of
their weaker stretches for a
5-2 victory at Staples Center.
Paul LaDue’s go-ahead
power-play goal with 5 minutes 27 seconds remaining
gave the Kings five victories
in seven games before they
leave for a season-long
seven-game trip. LaDue
ripped a shot from the right
side with Tanner Pearson
blocking goalie Cam Talbot’s view. It was LaDue’s
second goal of his career.
“It felt unbelievable to get
that goal and get a win,”
LaDue said. “It’s huge motivation going into this road
trip. That was an emotional
win, and that’s great for the
guys.”
[See Kings, D8]
D2
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 8 , 2 018
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Boras is still stirring pot on free agency
BILL SHAIKIN
ON BASEBALL
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SCOTT BORAS, who has free agents Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez among his
clients, said Major League Baseball should not be discussing contract offers.
Wasserman agency parts ways with Puig
in the form of a one-sentence
email sent to reporters. Adam Katz, one of Puig’s representatives with the agency,
declined to comment further.
An official at the Major
League Baseball Players
Assn. said no new agent had
formalized paperwork to become Puig’s representative.
Puig can become a free
agent after the 2019 season.
After a tumultuous 2016, in
By Andy McCullough
Yasiel Puig appears to be
in the market for new representation.
The Wasserman agency
announced Wednesday they
“have terminated” their “professional relationship” with
the Dodgers outfielder, who
will be paid $7.5 million in 2018.
The announcement arrived
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TONY CLARK got what
the players asked of him
in the last round of
collective bargaining.
ting his players signed as he
does issuing inflammatory
and unsubstantiated statements to the press, perhaps
the events of this offseason
would be different.”
Halem should not have
taken the bait. The owners
are winning this winter and
all of it under the terms of a
collective bargaining agreement ratified by the players.
The players appear angry and confused. Agents
have led the way in firing
public shots at the owners.
After a largely silent winter,
union chief Tony Clark has
followed the agents in speaking out.
On Tuesday, several
players — including Dodgers
All-Stars Justin Turner and
Alex Wood and former Angels closer Huston Street —
took to Twitter, primarily to
argue that fans are cheated
when so many teams do not
sign free agents because
they are not trying to win
this season.
Dodgers closer Kenley
Jansen has floated the possibility of a player strike.
Agent Brodie Van Wagenen
has floated the possibility of
a player boycott of spring
training, which Clark publicly shot down.
Here’s the thing: The
public pretty much views
baseball labor strife as millionaires vs. billionaires,
with little sympathy for
bill.shaikin@latimes.com
Twitter: @BillShaikin
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Cole, once a reluctant MLS player, can now picture himself coaching
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which the Dodgers demoted
Puig and tried to trade him,
Puig bounced back in 2017. He
hit a career-best 28 home
runs and had an .833 on-baseplus-slugging percentage. He
reestablished himself as the
team’s starting right fielder, a
position he is expected to occupy in 2018.
The very mention of
Scott Boras makes executives in the commissioner’s
office cringe.
The vast majority of
agents do their work quietly.
Boras, on the other hand, is
delighted to hijack the AllStar game, general managers’ meetings and winter
meetings every year with
colorful rhetoric guaranteed
to generate media coverage.
And the rollbacks and restrictions on draft bonuses
are largely a response to
Boras’ skill in persuading
owners to pay millions to top
picks, even though those
players could negotiate with
only one team.
So, when Major League
Baseball and the players’
union issued dueling statements Tuesday about who’s
to blame for this winter’s
free-agent freeze — the
union blamed the rising
number of tanking teams,
and league blamed agents
misreading the market —
Boras got under the league’s
skin yet again.
The MLB statement
noted that “some of the best
free agents” had received
“substantial offers, some in
nine figures.” No players
were named in the statement. It has been widely
reported that Yu Darvish,
Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez — the latter two are
Boras clients — have such
offers.
The collective bargaining
agreement forbids the commissioner’s office and the
union from making “comments to the media about
the value of an unsigned free
agent, or about possible or
contemplated terms for an
unsigned free agent.” In
addition, Boras told FanRag
Sports, the league essentially was publicly sharing
contract offers with all 30
clubs, which could be a
significant claim in a potential collusion grievance.
In response, deputy
commissioner Dan Halem
said: “If Mr. Boras spent as
much time working on get-
either side. The players get
the worst of it, because they
are the faces of the game,
and because their salaries —
unlike owners’ profits — are
public.
The collective bargaining
agreement has three years
to run after this one. The
analytics revolution has so
changed how players are
valued that the players
might want earlier free
agency — after four years,
say, instead of six. They
might want to strip tanking
teams of draft picks. They
might want to require a
minimum payroll for major
league teams.
All of those concepts
would require significant
negotiation, and owners
would not grant concessions
in those areas unless players
granted concessions in
others.
These are the questions
players ought to ask now:
What do the players want to
change? What can they
realistically hope to change?
What is their best strategy
for persuading the owners to
change?
And one more: Is Clark
the right person to lead
them?
Clark secured what the
players asked of him in the
last round of collective bargaining — more creature
comforts, more day games
before long flights, more
days off — but perhaps the
players again need a labor
lawyer leading the union,
rather than a former player.
As Clark conducts his
annual tour of spring training camps, players should
listen closely to his proposed
way forward. Maybe the
players believe in him, and
they beef up his staff. Maybe
they don’t, and they replace
him.
Either way, there is not
much time to waste. From
here, statements and tweets
seem like a waste and a
diversion from the critical
issues only the union can
resolve for itself. As the
saying goes, keep your eye
on the ball.
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at Detroit
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Ashley Cole used to think
of Major League Soccer the
same way some people think
of rocking chairs, golf
courses and Florida — as a
place to retire. After a few
years in the league he’s had a
change of heart.
For Cole, MLS has
marked not an end but a beginning. The guy who didn’t
want to come here has become a guy who doesn’t
want to leave.
“It’s been enjoyable,” said
Cole, who is in his third preseason camp with the Galaxy. “I enjoy the guys here.”
Cole, 37, has even taken
the first tentative steps
toward a post-playing career
by working with the team’s
young players and sitting in
with the coaching staff during film sessions.
“When I started, I never
would want to do that,” Cole
said of coaching. “But being
here and trying to help kids
here, I’ve enjoyed it. The
coaches have given me the
confidence to kind of speak
up and say some things if I
think something’s gone
wrong.”
One of the best left backs
of his generation, Cole won a
Championship League trophy, a Europa League title
and three Premier League
crowns during a 17-year club
career in Europe. He also
played in three World Cups
and earned 107 caps — a
record for a defender — for
the English national team.
“He’s got knowledge beyond most people I’ve ever
come across and played
with,” said Daniel Steres,
one of the Galaxy defenders
Cole has been mentoring.
“So any chance I get, I try to
listen to what he’s got.”
Another sign of Cole’s
new role with the team came
in the Galaxy’s first preseason game last week when
coach Sigi Schmid handed
him the captain’s armband,
something Cole appeared
uncomfortable wearing at
times last season. This year,
Schmid said, he sensed the
players wanted Cole to be
their leader.
“He’s into what we’re trying to do and what we’re trying to build and the culture
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ASHLEY COLE said he has unfinished business with the Galaxy, who had a fran-
chise-worst 8-18-8 finish in 2017. “I didn’t want to go out like that,” he said.
that we’re trying to create
within the team,” Schmid
said.
Cole wouldn’t be the first
player to make the move
from player to coach with
the Galaxy’s help. Gregg
Berhalter was still playing
when he became an assistant under Bruce Arena in
2011; four years later, he
coached Columbus to the
MLS Cup final. Pat Noonan
was hired as an Arena assistant on the same day he retired as a player in 2013. And
Greg Vanney, who last year
guided Toronto FC to the
best season in league history, moved down the hallway at the StubHub Center
to become a Chivas USA assistant shortly after ending
his playing career with the
Galaxy.
“We’ve shown a great history of involving players,”
team president Chris Klein
said. “Ashley Cole can, and
probably will be, a very good
coach. But this year we need
him as a player first.”
That’s fine with Cole, who
said he has unfinished business with the Galaxy, who
struggled to a franchiseworst 8-18-8 finish in 2017.
That was followed by a
housecleaning that left Cole
as one of only five returning
starters likely to be in the
opening-day lineup this
year.
“After the disappointment of last season and the
embarrassment, a lot of
players — most of them are
gone now — owed it to the
club to put this club back
where it should be,” Cole
said. “I didn’t want to go out
like that.”
Cole has played more
than 740 games in his career,
including 30 in all competitions last year, his most in
five years. That’s a lot of
work for an active wingback
who sprints the length of the
field to join an attack.
It’s almost as many
games per season as Robbie
Keane had played in his career when he legs gave out
midway through the 2016
season. Keane is the same
age as Cole.
“We’re going to play that
one by ear,” Schmid said.
Cole isn’t likely to get
much rest at home, either.
His partner, Sharon Canu,
is expecting the couple’s second child soon.
The daughter, Cole said,
will be born in Southern California, giving her U.S. citizenship, something neither
he, his Italian-born girlfriend nor their 23-monthold son have.
That wasn’t planned,
Cole said; the baby would
have been born wherever he
was playing. But it is another tie to a city and a league
Cole once dismissed as a retirement destination, saying
he wouldn’t play in MLS because “I’m not ready to relax
on a beach yet.”
Four years later, he isn’t
ready for retirement — or a
splash in the ocean.
“I still haven’t been on the
beaches,” he said.
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Twitter: @kbaxter11
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D3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NATIONAL SIGNING DAY
Stanford gets
McKee, but
not until ’20
By Eric Sondheimer
There was no commotion, little
drama and no controversy in the recruitment of 6-foot-6 quarterback
Tanner McKee of Corona Centennial. That’s exactly how he wanted it.
He went about his task with an
open mind and a willingness to go
anywhere. He took visits around the
country — the South, the Midwest,
the East Coast, the Northwest. He
was in no hurry to make a college decision.
He had the unique advantage of
being able to look two years ahead,
because that’s the next time he’ll be
able to play football after he leaves
in June on a two-year Mormon mission.
When time came to finally announce his college choice Wednesday, McKee selected Stanford, both
because of the school’s academic excellence and his trust in the Cardinal players and coaching staff.
“I bonded on the official visit,” he
said. “There’s a ton of great schools.
All the coaches are great guys. Ultimately, Stanford felt like the best fit.
I tried to envision myself there.”
McKee, who likes Stanford’s prostyle offense, was considered the best senior quarterback in Southern
California. He’s an accurate passer
with the ability to run. He played
three sports at times at Centennial.
He’ll find out in March where
he’ll be headed for the next two
years. The only communication he’ll
have once he leaves will be a phone
call to his family on Mother’s Day
and Christmas and email once a
week. And he’ll be taking a football
with him to keep his arm in shape.
McKee wasn’t the only top player
deciding to leave the area. Jeremiah
Martin, a 6-5, 240-pound defensive
end at Cajon, signed with Texas
A&M. He had 301⁄2 sacks last season.
Standout offensive lineman Jarrett Patterson of Mission Viejo
turned down UCLA to sign with Notre Dame.
As usual, Southern California
was a hotbed for Pac-12 recruiters.
Defensive back Julius Irvin from
Anaheim Servite signed with Washington. He’s the son of former NFL
defensive back LeRoy Irvin. Receivers Jalen Hall from Long Beach Poly
and J.J. Tucker from Narbonne
signed with Oregon. Arizona State
picked up offensive lineman Jarrett
Bell from Norco, linebacker Darien
Butler from Narbonne, receiver
Geordon Porter from Etiwanda,
safety Aashari Crosswell and defensive end Jermayne Lole from Long
Beach Poly, and linebacker Merlin
Robertson of Gardena Serra.
Nationally, Georgia was a clear
No. 1 in the recruiting ratings by
247Sports.com over Ohio State and
Texas. The Bulldogs were able to
keep many top players from leaving
the state. They signed eight fivestar prospects, according to
247Sports. Among the newest signees was Quay Walker, a highly regarded linebacker previously committed to Alabama.
It’s the first time since 2010 that
Alabama wasn’t ranked No. 1 with
its recruiting class. The Crimson
Tide were ranked No. 7.
eric.sondheimer@latimes.com
Twitter: @latsondheimer
Photographs by
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
AMONG RECRUITS signing with USC are Santa Ana Mater Dei quarterback JT Daniels, left, and receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.
USC has ‘a day of celebration’
Helton is ecstatic after
signing 18 players that give
the Trojans the No. 4
recruiting class in nation.
By Lindsey Thiry
Clay Helton secured signatures
from several standouts across the
Southland on Wednesday and
again has USC atop the recruiting
rankings.
Helton expressed excitement
and relief after the Trojans announced the addition of eight players to an already robust 2018 recruiting class.
“It is a day of celebration,” Helton said. “Very proud of this class.”
USC’s class started the day ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 Conference
and No. 12 in the nation by
247Sports.com.
But after receiving letters of intent from Santa Anta Mater Dei
High quarterback JT Daniels, receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu, as
well as Mission Viejo cornerback
Olaijah Griffin, Lancaster Antelope
Valley receiver Devon Williams and
San Diego Helix cornerback Isaac
Taylor-Stuart, along with two outof-state prospects, USC catapulted
to No. 1 in the conference and No. 4
in the nation.
“We’ve been really good thus far
with our staff and the way that
we’ve closed,” Helton said. “Not to
say we’ve won every battle, but
we’ve won a majority of them.”
USC’s finish became all the
more impressive because of a limited number of scholarships.
Because of a lack of attrition on
the roster and the need to remain
under the 85-scholarship total,
USC could sign only 18 recruits, the
second-fewest among schools ranked in the top 25. No. 6 Clemson
signed 17.
“We came into this signing period a little bit handcuffed,” Helton
USC SIGNINGS
Player signings announced by USC on Wednesday (* announced during December signing period):
HIGH SCHOOL (FALL ENROLLMENT)
Player
JT Daniels
Liam Douglass *
Palaie Gaoteote IV *
Olaijah Griffin
Abdul-Malik McClain *
Amon-Ra St. Brown
Markese Stepp *
Isaac Taylor-Stuart
Trevor Trout
Solomon Tuliaupupu
Devon Williams
Eli’jah Winston
Pos. Hgt.
QB 6-3
OL 6-5
LB 6-2
DB 6-0
LB 6-4
WR 6-1
RB 6-0
DB 6-2
DL 6-4
LB 6-3
WR 6-4
LB 6-3
Wgt.
205
285
235
180
230
190
230
190
300
230
200
230
High School
Santa Ana Mater Dei
Harvard-Westlake
Las Vegas Bishop Gorman
Mission Viejo
San Juan Capistrano JSerra
Santa Ana Mater Dei
Indianapolis Cathedral
San Diego Helix
St. Louis Chaminade
Santa Ana Mater Dei
Lancaster Antelope Valley
Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic
HIGH SCHOOL (SPRING ENROLLMENT)
Player
Justin Dedich *
Talanoa Hufanga *
Kana’i Mauga *
Raymond Scott *
Chase Williams *
Pos. Hgt.
OL 6-2
DB 6-1
LB 6-2
LB 6-2
DB 6-2
Wgt.
290
215
220
220
190
High School
Temecula Chaparral
Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley
Waianae, Hawaii
Harbor City Narbonne
Corona Roosevelt
JUNIOR COLLEGE (SPRING ENROLLMENT)
Player
Caleb Tremblay *
Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Junior College
DL 6-5 275 American River, Napa, Calif.
said, adding that he was “extremely
proud” that 16 of the 18 signees are
from the West Coast.
Helton signed 10 players during
the inaugural early signing period
in December.
On Wednesday, Helton addressed multiple position needs after several players exhausted their
eligibility and others, including
quarterback Sam Darnold, tailback Ronald Jones II, receiver Deontay Burnett and defensive lineman Rasheem Green, departed
early for the NFL draft.
Helton said each incoming player would compete for a starting job,
including Daniels.
The
6-foot-3,
205-pound
quarterback was chosen Gatorade
national player of the year and is the
No. 2-rated quarterback in the nation by 247Sports.com.
As a junior he passed for 4,123
yards and 52 touchdowns, with four
interceptions, leading Mater Dei to
a 15-0 record and a CIF State Open
Division title.
“He’s probably smarter than the
head coach and the quarterback
coach,” Helton said, chuckling. “I’m
blown away by the way he picks
things up.”
Daniels, who committed in July,
will forgo his senior year to enroll at
USC in the fall.
St. Brown and Williams are
among the top-rated receivers in
California.
St. Brown, a five-star recruit
who made a commitment last
month, caught 72 passes for 1,320
yards and 20 touchdowns last season.
Williams, who shocked Oregon
when he announced for USC, had 71
receptions for 1,157 yards and 13
touchdowns.
Helton also bolstered the defense Wednesday, adding a lineman, two linebackers and two cornerbacks.
Trevor Trout, a 6-4, 300-pound
lineman from Chaminade Prep in
St. Louis, committed in November.
Linebacker Eli’Jah Winston
from Central Catholic in Portland,
Ore., switched his commitment
from Oregon to USC on Tuesday
night.
Tuliaupupu made 63 tackles, including 46 solo, last season. He announced for USC among offers from
UCLA, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
The cornerbacks, Griffin and
Taylor-Stuart, were among the final players to join USC’s class.
Griffin, a five-star recruit, sat
alongside his father, rapper Warren
G, when he selected the Trojans
over Alabama and Tennessee.
Taylor-Stuart also selected USC
over several offers from schools in
the Southeastern Conference.
“We were confident that we were
in the lead,” Helton said about Taylor-Stuart. “But you never know.”
Helton credited relationships
and open communication for his
ability to close on signing day.
“Don’t come to USC just because it’s USC,” Helton said. “Come
because it fits you.”
lindsey.thiry@latimes.com
Twitter: @LindseyThiry
Kelly seeks big things from first recruiting class
Size is important to new
UCLA coach, and Bruins
pick up some tall receivers,
including a surprise.
By Ben Bolch
Chip Kelly doesn’t concern himself with a recruit’s number of stars.
Size is another matter.
“Big people beat up little people,”
Kelly said Wednesday, “so we’re
looking for big people.”
The UCLA coach loaded up on
outsized prospects during his first
national signing day with the Bruins. Combined with its efforts from
the early signing period in December, the team has signed 15 players
who stand at least 6 feet 4 as part of
its 27-player class.
Like the game itself, recruiting
can be a game of inches.
“It’s easier to follow the measurables than when you take a
bunch of underachievers and you
have a 5-8 nose guard backed up by a
5-7 linebacker backed up by a 5-6 defensive back,” Kelly said. “Then
you’re probably going to get run
over.”
The Bruins brought in a handful
of receivers who they hope can help
them do the pounding. Bryan Addison from Gardena Serra High is 6-5
and Chase Cota from South Medford (Ore.) High and Michael Ezeike
from Ontario Colony High stand 6-4.
Ezeike picked the Bruins over
USC and Oregon in something of an
upset, revealing his decision when
he lifted a UCLA cap off a table that
also included the caps of his other finalists and placed it on his head.
He was one of nine four-star prospects UCLA signed according to
247Sports.com’s five-star scale, giving the Bruins a class that ranked
No. 4 in the Pac-12 Conference and
No. 18 nationally.
As expected, UCLA landed Las
Vegas Bishop Gorman High
quarterback Dorian ThompsonRobinson, a possible successor to
NFL-bound Josh Rosen. Thompson-Robinson had committed to the
school long before Bruins coach Jim
Mora was dismissed in November.
“He was a priority to make sure
we kept him,” Kelly said of the
quarterback known for running as
well as passing.
The Bruins didn’t get everyone
they wanted. Highly touted offensive
lineman Jarrett Patterson from Mission Viejo High picked Notre Dame
over the Bruins despite what was
written in a program distributed by
his high school, which listed Patterson as having picked UCLA.
UCLA did replenish its offensive
line with four players, including
Santa Ana Mater Dei High’s Chris
Murray.
The recruits include a class president (offensive lineman Jon Gaines
from Milwaukee Marquette University High), a former janitor (linebacker Tyree Thompson from L.A.
Valley College) and a running back
who plays three musical instruments (Martell Irby from San Diego
Morse High).
“He can make cuts at full speed,
he catches the ball really well,” Kelly
said of Irby, who also holds a 3.96
grade-point average. “He played
some quarterback, he’s got some
versatility, he’s also just a unique
kid.”
Ezeike wasn’t the only player
UCLA flipped from a previous commitment.
The Bruins landed Memphis
(Tenn.) Whitehaven High defensive
back Rayshad Williams, who had
been committed to Vanderbilt, and
convinced Katy (Texas) High defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia to pick
them over Tennessee, Texas Tech
and Nebraska. Irby had previously
committed to Arizona.
Kelly brought in three junior college players but said they weren’t
any more likely to play next season
than the freshmen.
“I hope everybody we signed is
ready to play the day they get here
because that’s what we want them to
do,” Kelly said, “and if we did a good
job recruiting then they are ready to
play.”
Kelly said San Marcos High receiver Kyle Philips, who signed in
December, was already enrolled in
classes and he hoped that the junior
college players and one unspecified
high school player could begin
classes at the start of the next academic quarter in April.
Kelly acknowledged that being
on the job for less than three full
months affected the class but didn’t
necessarily result in UCLA bringing
in more unheralded recruits.
“We’re going for guys that fit
what we’re doing and what we want
academically and athletically,” Kelly
said, “and whether they have a lot of
stars or have no stars, that’s not a big
concern to us.”
Kelly said he didn’t intend to redshirt any of his recruits. Their readiness could be bolstered by their size,
something the Bruins hope can help
them reach new heights.
ben.bolch@latimes.com
UCLA SIGNINGS
Player signings announced by UCLA on Wednesday (* announced during
December signing period):
HIGH SCHOOL
Player
Bryan Addison *
Matt Alaimo
Kazmeir Allen *
Alec Anderson *
Baraka Beckett
Stephan Blaylock *
Bo Calvert *
Kenny Churchwell
Chase Cota *
Michael Ezeike
Jon Gaines
Elisha Guidry
Delon Hurt
Martell Irby
Patrick Jolly Jr.
Antonio Mafi *
Tyler Manoa
Chris Murray
Otito Ogbonnia
Kyle Philips *
David Priebe
Dorian Thompson-Robinson
Elijah Wade
Rayshad Williams
Pos. Hgt. Wgt.
WR 6-5 185
TE 6-4 225
RB 5-10 185
OL 6-5 285
OL 6-4 271
DB 5-10 185
LB 6-4 220
DB 6-1 190
WR 6-4 195
WR 6-4 220
OL 6-4 272
DB 5-11 179
WR 5-11 185
RB 5-9 204
DB 6-0 186
DL 6-4 360
DL 6-5 285
OL 6-3 290
DL 6-4 303
WR 5-11 176
TE 6-6 220
QB 6-2 195
LB 6-4 257
DB 6-4 179
High School
Gardena Serra
Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph
Tulare Union
Etiwanda
Palisades
Bellflower St. John Bosco
Oaks Christian
Phoenix Mountain Pointe
South Medford (Ore.)
Ontario Colony
Milwaukee Marquette
Vista Murrieta
Anaheim Servite
San Diego Morse
Lithia (Fla.) Newsome
Gardena Serra
Mountain View St. Francis
Santa Ana Mater Dei
Katy (Texas) Taylor
San Marcos
Waco (Texas) Midway
Las Vegas Bishop Gorman
Las Vegas Arbor View
Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven
JUNIOR COLLEGE
Player
Je’Vari Anderson
Steven Mason
Tyree Thompson
Pos. Hgt. Wgt.
LB 5-11 229
DL 6-8 244
LB 6-2 235
Junior College
Laney (Oakland)
Southwestern (Chula Vista)
L.A. Valley
D4
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 8 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
NBA
LAKERS REPORT
Ball believed injury would heal sooner
By Tania Ganguli
On Wednesday afternoon,
Lonzo Ball went through another
individual workout session with
Lakers assistant Miles Simon. Unable to jump or run full speed, Ball
tried to push himself in other ways.
“I didn’t think it was going to be
this serious, to be honest. ... There
was never a timeline for it. It was
kind of just a thing that came up. I
thought it was going to be dealt
with quicker but obviously my
body didn’t react to it that well. I
should be back hopefully soon,”
Ball said before the workout.
Ball spoke Wednesday to reporters for the first time since Jan.
15 and said he did not know
whether he would be able to return
before the All-Star break. Ball is
scheduled to play in the Rising
Stars game Feb. 16, but will do so
only if he’s healthy.
On Jan. 13, Ball sprained his left
knee during a game against the
Dallas Mavericks. He didn’t feel
any real pain until he woke up the
next morning. And even in the days
after the injury, Ball thought he
would be back sooner.
Until Wednesday, Ball had not
tested the injury laterally, which
was part of the plan for his afternoon workout.
“One dribble, two dribble pullups,” Ball said. “Maybe some slides
for defense. Just see what I can do.
Test it as far as I can and see where
the pain comes.”
That has been the way Ball has
progressed through his rehab so
far. He will miss at least 12 games
with the injury, having already
been ruled out for Thursday’s
game against the Oklahoma City
Thunder. Between a shoulder
sprain earlier in the season and
this injury, Ball will have missed all
four of the games the Lakers will
have played against the Thunder
this year.
A week after suffering the injury, Ball began jogging on a treadmill. Once he was able to do more
on-court work, the Lakers would
test Ball until he felt pain. If a certain exercise caused pain, they
Ball
Kuzma
would lessen his load.
In Toronto on Jan. 27, the Lakers said for the first time that Ball’s
injury was a sprained knee. The
Lakers spent three days in Toronto
and during that time Ball did an exercise that caused him some pain.
“I wouldn’t call it a setback,”
Ball said. “It was just kind of to a
point where I knew if I did that it
was going to hurt. Definitely past
that point now so it’s a good thing.”
Although he hasn’t been
playing, Ball has not been away
from the team. He traveled with
the Lakers during an 11-day trip
that went to Chicago, Toronto, Orlando, New York and Oklahoma
City. Both Ball and Lakers coach
Luke Walton said they thought initially that Ball would be able to
play at some point during that trip.
A knee injury, though, is not one
they’ll push.
While there is concern for Ball’s
long-term future, he says he just
wants to play.
“It’s pretty tough,” Ball said.
“This is the most games I’ve ever
missed in my whole life but it’s always good to see my teammates
win. Especially in front of our home
crowd which was definitely good
last night. Just doing what I can to
be a good teammate and support
them.”
added later: “I think when you look
at a struggle in your life, just know
that’s just an opportunity for your
character to grow.”
Walton has often spoken about
how players and teams grow by
learning from failure.
“It means something to me for
sure,” Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma
said. “I fought a lot of adversity in
my life, and even right now, so failure is in our society frowned upon
in a sense, if you fail, people kind of
laugh at you. Just how it goes. But
failure builds character, it’s a very
important steppingstone to being
a winner.”
Foles’ message
TONIGHT
VS. OKLAHOMA CITY
When: 7:30.
On Air: TV: TNT; Radio: 710, 1330.
Update: The Thunder are coming
off an impressive win over the
Golden State Warriors, whom they
beat by 20 points. Paul George
scored 38 points for the Thunder.
During their film session on
Wednesday, Walton showed a clip
of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles’ postgame interview after he led the Eagles to a Super Bowl win.
His message was that failure
helped him reach the point where
he is now.
“Don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles
said early in the lengthy quote. He
BOX SCORES
STANDINGS
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division
standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top eight
teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the top-seeded
team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team would
play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of several
tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference
divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
Pistons 115, Nets 106
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Golden State
2. Houston
3. San Antonio
4. Minnesota
5. Oklahoma City
6. Denver
6. Portland
8. New Orleans
W
41
40
35
34
31
29
29
28
L
13
13
21
23
24
25
25
25
PCT
.759
.755
.625
.596
.564
.537
.537
.528
GB L10
6-4
1
⁄2 9-1
7
5-5
81⁄2 5-5
101⁄2 6-4
12
6-4
12
6-4
121⁄2 5-5
9. CLIPPERS
10. Utah
11. LAKERS
12. Memphis
13. Phoenix
13. Sacramento
15. Dallas
27
26
22
18
18
17
17
25
28
31
36
38
36
37
.519
.481
.415
.333
.321
.321
.315
1
⁄2
21⁄2
6
101⁄2
111⁄2
11
111⁄2
6-4
8-2
7-3
2-8
1-9
4-6
2-8
P2
N5
P3
S4
P5
P4
S5
Rk.
P1
S1
S2
N1
N2
N3
N4
S3
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Boston
2. Toronto
3. Cleveland
4. Washington
5. Milwaukee
6. Indiana
7. Miami
8. Philadelphia
W
39
37
31
31
30
30
29
26
L
16
16
22
23
23
25
26
25
PCT GB
.709
.698 1
.585 7
.574 71⁄2
.566 8
.545 9
.527 10
.510 11
L10
5-5
7-3
5-5
6-4
7-3
6-4
3-7
5-5
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
S1
C2
C3
S2
A3
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
27
23
23
18
19
17
17
26
30
32
35
37
36
37
.509
.434 4
.418 5
.340 9
.339 91⁄2
.321 10
.315 101⁄2
5-5
5-5
3-7
2-8
2-8
5-5
4-6
C4
S3
A4
C5
A5
S4
S5
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
at LAKERS
at Orlando
at Toronto
at Washington
at Portland
at Golden State
Line
OFF
OFF
OFF
2
31⁄2
OFF
Underdog
Oklahoma City
Atlanta
New York
Boston
Charlotte
Dallas
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Time
7:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
7 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
RESULTS
James hits winning
shot at the buzzer
CLEVELAND 140
MINNESOTA 138 (OT)
LeBron James made a jumper
over Jimmy Butler at the buzzer in
overtime, giving the Cleveland
Cavaliers a 140-138 win over the
visiting Minnesota Timberwolves
on Wednesday night.
Moments after James blocked
Butler’s potential winning shot
with 1.3 seconds left, he caught a
long pass and sank his shot to end
Cleveland’s eight-game losing
streak on national television.
James finished with 37 points,
15 assists and 10 rebounds.
Houston 109, at Miami 101: James
Harden scored 41 points and the
Rockets won their sixth in a row.
at Detroit 115, Brooklyn 106: Andre
Drummond had 17 points and 27
rebounds, Blake Griffin scored 11 of
his 25 points in the fourth quarter
and the Pistons won their fifth in a
row.
San Antonio 129, at Phoenix 81:
The Spurs had a 40-point early in
the third quarter. The Suns made
three of 32 three-pointers.
Utah 92, at Memphis 88: Ricky
Rubio had 29 points and the Jazz
won their seventh in a row.
Indiana at New Orleans, ppd.:
The game was postponed after a
nearly two-hour delay because of a
roof leak at Smoothie King Center.
— associated press
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
LOU WILLIAMS , who was traded to the Clippers last June as part of the Chris
Paul deal, said he was tired of being moved around the NBA as a hired gun.
Clippers’ Williams doesn’t
have ‘cheap deal’ anymore
[Clippers, from D1]
during his extraordinary
season, Williams said he let
agent Wallace Prather and
Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball
operations, handle the negotiations.
“To keep my frustration
level down, I always let my
agent to speak for me and
deal
with
everything,”
Williams said. “We kind of
have a preliminary conversation with where we are as
far as terms and numbers,
and then once we agree to
that, I put it in his hands.
And kudos to him and ‘L’
[Lawrence] for getting it
done. But it came together
pretty quickly.”
Williams said he was
tired of being moved around
the NBA as a hired gun.
Last season, the Lakers
traded Williams to the
Houston Rockets on Feb. 22,
2017.
The Rockets then traded
Williams to the Clippers last
Getting better
with age
Lou Williams is having a
career year with the Clippers, who rewarded the
shooting guard with a
three-year extension
Wednesday. His per-game
numbers year by year:
Season
05-06
06-07
07-08
08-09
09-10
10-11
11-12
12-13
13-14
14-15
15-16
16-17
16-17
17-18
Team
Ast. Pts.
Phila.
0.3 1.9
Phila.
1.8 4.3
Phila.
3.2 11.5
Phila.
3.0 12.8
Phila.
4.2 14.0
Phila.
3.4 13.7
Phila.
3.5 14.9
Atlanta
3.6 14.1
Atlanta
3.5 10.4
Toronto
2.1 15.5
Lakers
2.5 15.3
Lakers
3.2 18.6
Houston 2.4 14.9
Clippers 5.3 23.3
June as a part of the Chris
Paul deal.
“I feel like I’m a quality
basketball player and usually quality basketball players don’t get moved so much,
but I understand,” Williams
said. “I had a relatively
cheap deal. Considering
that the numbers that I had,
it was an expiring contract
and that’s enticing to teams
trying to make a playoff run
and they need bench scoring. I understand the business part of it.
“But personally, it’s like
my kids didn’t know who to
root for anymore. They were
confused. They walk around
with Rockets shorts and
Lakers jerseys. They just
didn’t know what was going
on. So it’s just nice to have
that one consistent to know
you’re going to be somewhere for an extended period of time.”
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Public can catch NBA All-Stars
Media day at L.A.
Convention Center
on Feb. 17 will be open
for the first time.
By Dan Loumena
The NBA will make AllStar media day open to the
public for the first time Feb.
17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, including
autograph and photo opportunities with former players
and yet-to-be-announced
celebrities.
Aside from seeing media
members conduct interviews with All-Star players
and competitors, fans both
at the convention center and
around the world can see
and
hear
interviews
livestreamed at mediaday.
nba.com.
Tickets are on sale at
NBATickets.com for $10. The
league announced that all
proceeds from ticket sales
will go toward nonprofit
journalism
organizations
that will be selected by the
NBA and a panel of media
members from the Assn. for
Women in Sports Media, the
National Assn. of Black
Journalists and the Professional Basketball Writers
Assn.
Media day will also feature an opportunity for fans
to meet team mascots and
dance-team members.
Doors will open at 11 a.m.
for media day, with former
NBA players available from
11:30 a.m. to noon and skills
competition
competitors
available from noon to 12:30
p.m. Members of Team
LeBron will be interviewed
by reporters from 12:30 to
1:15 p.m., followed by interviews with members of
Team Stephen from 1:15 to
2 p.m. The convention center is also hosting a fan zone
called NBA Crossover on
Friday through Sunday.
All-Star weekend festivities open Feb. 16 with a celebrity game at the convention center at 4 p.m. followed
by the Rising Stars game,
which is scheduled to feature the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball,
Brandon Ingram and Kyle
Kuzma, at 6 p.m. at
Staples Center. Both those
games are sold out.
All-Star Saturday night
features the skills challenge,
three-point contest and
slam dunk event. The AllStar game, which tips off at
5 p.m. on Feb. 18, will conclude the activities for the
weekend.
Jazz 92, Grizzlies 88
BROOKLYN
UTAH
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Carroll........33 4-14 3-3 2-12 4 6 14
Harris.........35 7-13 0-1 1-6 6 2 18
Allen..........32 5-11 3-3 5-14 6 2 13
Crabbe.......36 13-22 2-2 0-2 0 3 34
Dinwiddie ...35 3-9 3-3 0-4 11 1 12
Russell .......17 2-5 0-0 0-4 5 0 4
Webb III......14 1-2 0-0 0-4 0 1 3
Stauskas ....11 0-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Okafor..........8 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 4 2
Whitehead ....7 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 2
Mozgov.........7 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 4
Totals
39-90 11-12 8-50 33 20 106
Shooting: Field goals, 43.3%; free throws,
91.7%
Three-point goals: 17-51 (Crabbe 6-14, Harris
4-8, Dinwiddie 3-8, Carroll 3-10, Webb III 1-2,
Allen 0-1, Whitehead 0-1, Russell 0-2, Stauskas
0-5). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 19 (24
PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Allen 2, Mozgov 2, Crabbe,
Harris). Turnovers: 19 (Russell 6, Harris 5, Carroll
2, Crabbe 2, Allen, Dinwiddie, Mozgov, Webb III).
Steals: 4 (Allen, Carroll, Russell, Whitehead). Technical Fouls: Carroll, 2:05 second.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Favors ........32 1-4 0-0 2-8 0 2 2
Ingles.........28 3-7 0-0 0-2 4 1 7
Gobert .......37 1-5 6-8 3-12 2 5 8
Mitchell ......31 4-12 0-0 2-3 1 3 9
Rubio.........28 8-16 11-14 1-8 3 2 29
Johnson......23 3-8 0-0 0-1 1 0 7
Hood .........23 5-12 8-8 0-1 2 1 18
Neto ..........17 3-3 1-1 1-3 1 1 8
O’Neale ......15 1-2 2-2 0-4 0 0 4
Jerebko ........2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Totals
29-69 28-33 9-43 14 16 92
Shooting: Field goals, 42.0%; free throws,
84.8%
Three-point goals: 6-22 (Rubio 2-4, Neto 1-1,
Johnson 1-3, Mitchell 1-3, Ingles 1-4, Favors 0-1,
O’Neale 0-1, Hood 0-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Team
Turnovers: 19 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Gobert
2, Favors, Mitchell). Turnovers: 19 (Gobert 4, Neto
4, Rubio 4, Mitchell 3, Favors, Hood, Ingles,
O’Neale). Steals: 6 (Rubio 3, Favors 2, Ingles).
Technical Fouls: coach Jazz (Defensive three second), 3:00 third.
DETROIT
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Green.........30 4-7 2-2 4-7 1 3 11
Martin ........30 3-7 0-0 1-5 0 5 6
Gasol .........36 7-20 4-7 0-6 5 2 20
Brooks .......31 4-13 2-2 2-6 1 3 11
Harrison .....35 9-15 3-3 0-1 4 6 23
Ennis III......24 2-6 1-2 0-4 0 1 6
Chalmers ....22 3-8 0-0 0-2 4 4 7
Selden .......17 0-2 0-0 1-2 2 2 0
Rabb .........11 2-3 0-0 1-3 1 0 4
Totals
34-81 12-16 9-36 18 26 88
Shooting: Field goals, 42.0%; free throws,
75.0%
Three-point goals: 8-23 (Harrison 2-5, Gasol
2-6, Ennis III 1-2, Green 1-2, Brooks 1-3, Chalmers
1-3, Martin 0-1, Selden 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8.
Team Turnovers: 15 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5
(Gasol 3, Harrison 2). Turnovers: 15 (Chalmers 5,
Selden 4, Gasol 2, Harrison 2, Ennis III, Rabb).
Steals: 12 (Brooks 3, Ennis III 2, Harrison 2, Gasol,
Green, Martin, Rabb, Selden). Technical Fouls:
Gasol, 8:37 third
Utah
21 23 24 24— 92
Memphis
16 23 24 25— 88
A—13,187. T—NA. O—Gary Zielinski, Marc Davis,
Scott Twardoski
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Griffin.........33 9-19 6-7 1-3 7 2 25
S.Johnson ...38 9-15 0-0 0-2 1 3 19
Drummond .35 5-17 7-10 7-27 2 1 17
Bullock.......34 4-7 0-0 0-2 1 1 9
Smith.........29 6-14 2-4 0-6 4 1 15
Tolliver........26 2-5 3-4 0-2 1 2 9
Kennard .....23 4-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 8
Galloway.....18 5-9 0-0 0-3 2 1 13
Totals
44-92 18-25 8-46 20 12 115
Shooting: Field goals, 47.8%; free throws,
72.0%
Three-point goals: 9-24 (Galloway 3-6, Tolliver
2-4, Bullock 1-2, Smith 1-2, S.Johnson 1-3, Griffin
1-5, Kennard 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 7 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Drummond 2,
Bullock). Turnovers: 7 (Griffin 2, Smith 2, Drummond, Galloway, Tolliver). Steals: 10 (Drummond
3, S.Johnson 3, Griffin 2, Kennard, Smith). Technical Fouls: Griffin, 9:01 third.
Brooklyn
21 29 23 33— 106
Detroit
26 27 26 36— 115
A—15,114. T—2:03. O—Mark Lindsay, Courtney
Kirkland, Aaron Smith
Rockets 109, Heat 101
HOUSTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Mbah a Mte 36 2-6 4-4 0-1 0 1 9
Tucker ........41 1-2 0-0 1-5 1 3 3
Capela .......29 6-8 1-2 2-8 0 3 13
Harden.......36 13-25 10-12 0-4 6 2 41
Paul...........36 10-19 1-2 0-7 7 1 24
Green.........25 3-8 4-5 0-3 0 1 12
Nene..........18 3-6 1-1 0-5 2 1 7
Brown ........15 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 4 0
Totals
38-74 21-26 4-35 16 16 109
Shooting: Field goals, 51.4%; free throws,
80.8%
Three-point goals: 12-31 (Harden 5-12, Paul
3-8, Green 2-6, Tucker 1-1, Mbah a Moute 1-4).
Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 9 (11 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 6 (Capela 3, Green, Harden, Mbah
a Moute). Turnovers: 9 (Harden 4, Capela 2, Tucker
2, Paul). Steals: 8 (Harden 3, Mbah a Moute 3,
Nene, Paul). Technical Fouls: None.
MIAMI
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Jones Jr. .....18 1-7 0-0 2-3 0 2 3
Winslow......25 2-7 0-0 0-1 3 2 5
Whiteside ...32 7-16 2-3 4-17 1 2 16
Dragic ........38 11-17 6-7 1-3 6 3 30
Richardson .39 11-20 1-1 2-4 5 1 30
J.Johnson....36 4-12 0-0 2-2 3 1 9
T.Johnson....34 1-7 0-0 2-6 3 4 3
Adebayo .....15 2-2 1-1 2-5 2 2 5
Totals
39-88 10-12 15-41 23 17 101
Shooting: Field goals, 44.3%; free throws,
83.3%
Three-point goals: 13-32 (Richardson 7-9,
Dragic 2-4, Winslow 1-3, J.Johnson 1-5, Jones Jr.
1-5, T.Johnson 1-6). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 13 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Adebayo 2,
Richardson). Turnovers: 13 (T.Johnson 3, Winslow
3, J.Johnson 2, Adebayo, Dragic, Jones Jr., Richardson, Whiteside). Steals: 3 (Dragic, Richardson,
T.Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.
Houston
35 26 22 26— 109
Miami
24 33 23 21— 101
A—19,600. T—2:03. O—Jason Goldenberg, Eric
Lewis, Scott Wall
Spurs 129, Suns 81
SAN ANTONIO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Aldridge......27 10-14 3-5 6-13 4 2 23
Anderson....19 0-2 0-0 0-5 4 1 0
Bertans ......26 2-7 4-4 2-6 2 2 9
Green.........21 6-9 0-0 0-3 0 2 17
Murray .......13 7-12 0-1 2-4 3 1 14
Gasol .........22 2-9 1-2 2-11 4 1 5
Forbes........21 2-9 3-3 0-5 1 5 7
Parker ........17 5-9 3-3 0-4 1 0 13
Mills ..........16 6-9 1-1 0-3 1 0 18
Ginobili ......15 2-4 2-2 0-2 2 1 8
Lauvergne ...14 0-1 2-2 1-4 2 1 2
White .........12 3-5 1-2 0-0 1 0 10
Paul...........10 1-3 1-2 1-2 1 1 3
Totals
46-93 21-27 14-62 26 17 129
Shooting: Field goals, 49.5%; free throws,
77.8%
Three-point goals: 16-32 (Green 5-7, Mills 5-7,
White 3-3, Ginobili 2-3, Bertans 1-4, Aldridge 0-1,
Gasol 0-1, Paul 0-2, Forbes 0-4). Team Rebounds:
9. Team Turnovers: 12 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6
(Gasol 3, Aldridge 2, Mills). Turnovers: 12 (Lauvergne 3, Bertans 2, Gasol 2, Mills 2, Forbes, Ginobili, White). Steals: 6 (Parker 2, Bertans, Gasol,
Mills, Murray). Technical Fouls: None.
PHOENIX
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bender .......31 5-8 0-0 1-6 0 4 12
Warren .......28 4-10 3-3 0-2 0 1 11
Chriss ........29 1-7 5-7 1-10 1 5 7
Jackson......33 6-17 1-2 1-6 0 2 13
Ulis .............9 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Gray...........31 4-16 1-2 1-4 7 5 9
Len............18 6-9 2-4 2-5 3 0 14
Reed..........16 1-7 0-0 0-1 2 2 2
House ........15 3-8 0-0 1-2 0 0 6
Peters ........11 1-7 0-0 2-5 0 0 2
Daniels ........9 2-7 0-0 2-2 1 3 5
Dudley .........5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Totals
33-97 12-18 11-44 15 23 81
Shooting: Field goals, 34.0%; free throws,
66.7%
Three-point goals: 3-32 (Bender 2-4, Daniels
1-4, Reed 0-2, Chriss 0-4, House 0-4, Jackson
0-4, Gray 0-5, Peters 0-5). Team Rebounds: 8.
Team Turnovers: 11 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4
(Jackson 2, Len, Ulis). Turnovers: 11 (Bender 3,
Chriss 3, Jackson 2, Gray, Len, Reed). Steals: 8
(Gray 4, Chriss, House, Len, Warren). Technical
Fouls: None.
San Antonio
28 41 28 32— 129
Phoenix
9 22 19 31— 81
A—15,993. T—2:09. O—Jason Phillips, Michael
Smith, Curtis Blair
MEMPHIS
Cavaliers 140, T’wolves 138, OT
MINNESOTA
Min
Gibson .......35
Wiggins ......39
Towns.........36
Butler.........46
Teague .......38
Crawford.....20
Bjelica........17
Dieng.........16
Jones .........14
FG-A
4-8
7-13
10-12
14-21
6-12
7-13
2-5
4-7
0-2
FT-A OR-T A P T
1-1 2-5 2 1 9
1-2 0-2 1 3 19
4-4 1-10 1 2 30
3-3 0-5 6 2 35
0-0 0-3 15 4 14
0-0 0-0 0 1 16
0-0 0-6 2 2 5
2-2 1-4 1 3 10
0-0 0-0 5 1 0
**TEMPTAG**
Totals
54-93 11-12 4-35 33 19 138
Shooting: Field goals, 58.1%; free throws,
91.7%
Three-point goals: 19-33 (Towns 6-6, Butler
4-5, Wiggins 4-8, Teague 2-4, Crawford 2-5, Bjelica 1-4, Jones 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 11 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Gibson 2,
Towns 2). Turnovers: 11 (Towns 3, Butler 2, Dieng 2,
Wiggins 2, Crawford, Teague). Steals: 7 (Butler 2,
Jones 2, Dieng, Teague, Towns). Technical Fouls:
None.
CLEVELAND
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Crowder......23 3-5 3-4 0-2 2 4 10
James ........48 16-22 0-2 1-10 15 3 37
Thompson...28 7-9 3-5 2-5 2 1 17
Smith.........36 7-14 0-0 0-3 1 2 20
Thomas ......31 4-8 2-2 0-3 7 1 13
Green.........29 4-6 5-6 1-6 2 3 13
Osman .......21 3-5 1-2 1-4 0 3 9
Frye ...........19 2-9 0-0 1-6 0 1 4
Korver ........18 5-7 0-0 1-2 1 3 14
Rose............7 1-3 1-2 0-0 3 0 3
Totals
52-88 15-23 7-41 33 21 140
Shooting: Field goals, 59.1%; free throws,
65.2%
Three-point goals: 21-41 (Smith 6-11, James
5-7, Korver 4-6, Thomas 3-5, Osman 2-4, Crowder
1-2, Frye 0-6). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers:
15 (25 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (James). Turnovers:
15 (James 5, Thomas 3, Frye 2, Green 2, Osman 2,
Korver). Steals: 5 (Crowder, Frye, James, Osman,
Thompson). Technical Fouls: None.
Minnesota
29 37 33 30
9— 138
Cleveland
31 33 37 28 11— 140
A—20,562. T—2:29. O—Nick Buchert, Gedimi-
LAKERS,
CLIPPERS STATS
LAKERS
Ingram
Kuzma
Clarkson
Randle
Caldwell-Pope
Lopez
Ball
Nance Jr.
Hart
Brewer
Ennis
Payton II
Caruso
Deng
Bogut
Hayes
Bryant
Zubac
PPG
15.9
15.7
14.5
14.2
12.9
12.0
10.2
8.6
6.0
3.5
3.3
3.0
2.8
2.0
1.5
1.5
1.0
0.9
RPG
5.4
5.7
3.0
7.4
4.7
3.8
7.1
6.8
3.5
1.7
1.5
1.0
1.4
.0
3.2
.0
.6
.7
APG
3.7
1.8
3.3
2.2
2.0
1.5
7.1
1.4
1.0
.7
1.8
2.0
1.9
1.0
.6
1.0
.2
.1
CLIPPERS
L.Williams
Griffin
Harris
Rivers
Gallinari
Beverley
Jordan
Wallace
Bradley
Teodosic
Harrell
Wilson
W.Johnson
C.Williams
Evans
Reed
Dekker
Thornwell
PPG
23.3
22.6
21.5
15.8
15.3
12.2
11.5
11.3
10.0
9.3
8.8
7.0
6.9
5.9
5.6
4.9
4.7
3.3
RPG
2.5
7.9
4.5
2.1
4.8
4.1
14.9
3.5
2.5
3.2
4.0
2.1
3.7
1.5
2.0
3.1
2.7
1.5
APG
5.3
5.4
2.0
3.6
2.3
2.9
1.2
2.5
3.0
5.3
.8
.7
1.0
.9
2.4
.2
.6
.7
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 8 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D5
WINTER OLYMPICS: PYEONGCHANG 2018
OLYMPIC NOTES
Salt Lake City set to bid on 2030 Games
staff and wire reports
A day before the opening
ceremony for the 2018
Pyeongchang Olympics, officials in Salt Lake City announced plans to bid for the
Winter Games in 2030.
In the byzantine world of
the Olympic movement, Los
Angeles figures into that decision. In a big way.
Salt Lake City had previously expressed interest in
2026, but then L.A. was selected to host the Summer
Games in 2028.
The LA 2028 organizing
committee, in partnership
with the U.S. Olympic Committee, now holds domestic
rights to the Games through
then and doesn’t necessarily
want to compete with another American city for sponsorship money.
“Look, ’26 is complicated,” L.A. committee
leader Casey Wasserman
said recently. “Certainly before they formally bid, it will
require a lot of conversation
and a deep understanding of
how that would affect us.”
USOC officials, who ultimately decide which of its
cities get to submit a bid,
have said no one can try for
2026 unless L.A. gives its OK.
So Salt Lake City will
submit a 140-page, $1.35-billion plan for 2030 to the
USOC and the International
Olympic Committee, according to news reports.
But it’s not so simple.
Because the IOC recently
set a precedent by simultaneously naming Paris for
2024 and L.A. for four years
later, there is speculation
that the 2026 and 2030 winter hosts will be chosen in
the same way.
That means Salt Lake
City,
which
previously
hosted in 2002, might have to
bid during the 2026 cycle.
But the USOC would
need to give its blessing by
March 31 and, so far, has not
established any process to
do that.
In the meantime, a Salt
Lake City exploratory committee has reportedly said it
can stage the massive sporting event on a balanced
budget that aligns with the
IOC’s “Agenda 2020,” a set of
reforms designed to attract
bidders by making the
Games more affordable.
Other cities that have expressed interest in hosting
include Denver, Calgary and
Sion, Switzerland.
— David Wharton
Russian hearings
U.S. flag carrier
Four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin will carry the U.S.
flag during the opening ceremony
at
Pyeongchang
Olympic Stadium, the U.S.
Olympic Committee announced Thursday.
Hamlin, who won a
bronze medal in the luge at
the Sochi Games in 2014, was
selected by a vote of U.S.
Olympians.
“Being named to an
Olympic team is an amazing
accomplishment and making four teams and the
bronze medal is so much
more than I could have
imagined I would accomplish,” Hamlin said in a
statement. “Now being
voted flag bearer is a whole
new level.”
The women’s luge competition starts Monday.
— Helene Elliott
U.S. curling win
An American brothersister team defeated a Russian husband and wife in
mixed doubles curling,
which is making its Olympic
debut. Matt and Becca
Hamilton beat Anastasia
Bryzgalova and Aleksandr
Krushelnitckii 9-3.
In another mixed-doubles match, Kaitlyn Lawes
AFP/Getty Images
SISTERS Marissa, left, and Hannah Brandt are
playing on different hockey teams during the Games.
and John Morris of Canada
were stunned 9-6 by Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and
Magnus Nedregotten.
The more familiar singlegender version of curling will
begin later in the games.
Norovirus cases up
At least 86 staff and volunteers at the Pyeongchang
Olympics have contracted
norovirus, the organizing
committee said Thursday.
That’s more than double
the number of confirmed
cases announced earlier this
week.
Of the 86 cases, 58 are security staff, 12 are police officers, seven work for the organizing committee, four are
press support staff and five
fill other roles.
With more than 1,000 security personnel quarantined, 900 military personnel
have been deployed to fill
their positions. The source
of the outbreak hasn’t been
determined.
— Nathan Fenno
Chen’s debut
Two-time U.S. men’s
champion Nathan Chen will
perform his short program
in the first phase of the
Olympic team figure skating
event, to be held on Friday at
Gangneung Ice Arena. The
husband-and wife duo of Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and
Chris Knierim will represent
the U.S. in the pairs short
program on Friday.
Since the Knierims are
the only U.S. pairs entry,
they will also be the U.S representatives in the pairs free
skate portion of the team
event, on Monday.
Chen, a master of the
quadruple jump, won his
second straight U.S. men’s
title last month at San Jose.
He’s expected to contend for
a medal in the men’s singles
competition, which will be
held on Feb. 16-17.
The U.S. won a bronze
medal behind Russia and
Canada in the inaugural
Olympic figure skating team
competition, at Sochi in 2014.
Forty-five Russian athletes are still waiting to hear
if they will be allowed to compete at the Pyeongchang
Olympics after their appeal
hearing ended Thursday
without a decision.
The first competitions of
the games — including a
U.S.-Russia curling match —
had already started when
the Court of Arbitration for
Sport heard the cases at a
luxury resort in the mountains near Pyeongchang.
“[A ruling is expected]
within the next 24 hours,”
said Philippe Baertsch, a
lawyer for the Russians. “We
are hopeful that the panel
will follow our argumentation and respect the rights of
the athletes.”
The total number of appeals hit 60 on Thursday, the
day before the opening ceremony. The cases heard
Thursday concern 45 Russian athletes and two
coaches, but CAS said it will
also hear new Russian cases
involving six athletes and
seven support staff.
In attendance for the
hearing were Elena Nikitina,
the 2014 bronze medalist in
women's skeleton, and Tatiana Ivanova, a luger who
won silver in the team event
in 2014.
Hockey sisters
Of the two daughters
Greg and Robin Brandt
raised in the suburbs of St.
Paul, Minn., it was Hannah
who was more fascinated
with the culture and customs of South Korea than
Marissa, whom the couple
had adopted from that
country as a 4-month-old.
The girls went to Korean
culture camp together and
Hannah was an eager camper, entranced by the hanbok
— a traditional Korean dress
and outfit — and the lan-
guage and food, while
Marissa wanted to assimilate and be like every other
American kid.
In
Minnesota,
that
meant skating. Marissa, older by 11 months, was a figure
skater. Hannah played
hockey, and eventually
Marissa joined her. They
played in high school together but went to different
colleges. Hannah continued
playing in a women’s pro
league but Marissa thought
her hockey career ended
when she finished college.
Instead, they find themselves sharing lunch and
strolls
through
the
Pyeongchang Olympic Village. Hannah got here as a
forward on the U.S women’s
hockey team. Marissa will
play defense for the united
North/South Korea team
under her birth name of
Park Yoon-Jung. “I could not
have imagined this, ever,”
Hannah said Wednesday.
The U.S., seeded No. 1 in
the
women’s
Olympic
hockey tournament, and the
Korean team, seeded last
among the eight teams, are
in different groups and won’t
face each other unless they
both advance out of the preliminary round. But they
met up at the Olympic Village this week for the first
time since Christmas.
They’ve played against
each other only once, when
the Korean women’s team
played an exhibition tour in
the U.S., and it’s unlikely
they will play each other
here. But for each of them,
getting this far is a victory no
matter what happens when
the women’s tournament begins on Saturday. “I think it’s
a positive story for women’s
hockey,” Hannah said. “It
brings attention to our sport
and I think it’s obviously a
feel-good story for the
Olympics.”
— Helene Elliott
The competition is no
giggling matter to Biney
[Hernandez, from D1]
about her long-standing
quest to persuade her father
to purchase her a mobile
phone.
“It’s an iPhone 6S!” she
said. “I finally got it! It was
like a week before we got
here so I’m like, ‘Ohmygosh!’ ”
A fawning television
reporter told her she deserved the phone and
Biney’s eyes widened.
“I do!” she said. “I really
do! I think I do. My dad
finally was like, ‘OK, fine.’ ”
She giggled.
She’s like this on every
subject, even something as
unpleasant as racism.
“My dad really sheltered
me so if people said anything behind me, I never
heard it,” she said. “And if
they did and I heard it, it
bounces right back. I don’t
care. Cool! Great! You think
of me like that? Awesome!”
She giggled again.
She said her disposition
is founded in her background. She was born in
Ghana and lived there with
her mother until she was 5.
“I think it comes from the
fact that I don’t take things
for granted because I know
that things back home
aren’t as great as things in
America,” she said. “I always just try to have a
happy face and give everyone joy, which is good.”
Her father, a Ghanian
immigrant named Kweku
Biney, was living in Maryland. The story Kweku has
told numerous media outlets is that his daughter
visited him, saw a J.C. Penney and insisted on staying
in the United States.
Biney has no recollection
of the fateful trip to the
department store.
“I was 5 and I don’t really
have the best memory,” she
said, the giggle returning.
Father and daughter
settled in Reston, Va.
Biney’s mother remained in
Accra, Ghana, as did
Biney’s younger brother,
Nana Kojo, who is now 15.
Biney last visited Ghana
when she was 14.
Of her mother, Biney
said, “I talk to her about
every week. And I talk to my
brother too. His voice has
gotten so deep! Ohmygosh!
He’s probably taller than me
now! Darn!”
More giggles.
She started skating at 5
or 6 years old, motivated to
attend practice every week
by her coach, who said her
purple skating costume
made her his best-dressed
pupil.
Her ambition of reaching
the Olympics was sharpened a year ago, when she
surprised herself by claiming a bronze medal at the
world junior championships. She persuaded her
father to let her move to
Utah and live with a host
family for the first half of her
senior year of high school so
she could train with the U.S.
national team in Salt Lake
City.
She will return to Virginia after the Olympics to
graduate with her classmates, but will return to
Salt Lake City soon after.
She plans to attend the
University of Utah, to which
she has already been
granted admission. Doing
so will allow her to continue
training with the national
team.
Training in Utah has
already proved beneficial,
with Biney reducing her
best time in the 500 meters
by more than a full second
over a seven-month span.
She posted a personal-best
of 43.161 seconds at the
trials, using an explosive
start to open up early leads
on the field.
The world record in the
event is 42.335 seconds.
She said with a smile
covering her face, “My game
face on the ice is totally
different from right now. It’s
not this. It’s like, ‘Don’t be in
my way because I’m probably going to kill you, so ...’ ”
She laughed.
But there was a time
when the smile disappeared, at least in her private moments. After her
resounding triumph at the
trials, she fielded countless
interview requests. She said
she obliged to please her
father.
“I just had a lot on my
mind and it affected how I
was training.”
She has learned to manage her anxiety with breathing exercises she’s learned
from Dr. Mark Cheng, the
U.S. team’s mindfulness and
recovery specialist.
Biney is back to being
herself now, clapping as she
spoke about trading text
messages with Akwasi
Frimpong, who will represent Ghana in the skeleton.
“He’s from Ghana and I
just think it’s super cool and
I just like texted him and he
texted back today, actually,
and we’re going to meet up
some time and hang out, it’s
going to be so cool!” she
said.
As for competitive goals
of these Games, she said,
“Obviously, my goal is to get
the gold or get any medal,
but my goal-goal is to just do
my best, the best I can and
put it all out there on the ice.
And if I don’t get a medal,
that’s OK. It just means I
can get it next time. I’ll be
back in ’22.”
In other words, four
more years of smiles.
“I DON’T TAKE THINGS for granted because I know that things back home
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aren’t as great as things in America,” says Maame Biney, who moved from Ghana
to Maryland with her father after seeing a J.C. Penney department store.
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TOP 25 ROUNDUP
St. John’s surprises No. 1 Villanova
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Top 25 scores
St. John’s took down another of the nation’s elite,
stunning No. 1 Villanova 7975 on Wednesday night at
Philadelphia for its second
victory over a top-five team
this week and first over the
top-ranked team in 33 years.
Shamorie Ponds scored
26 points for the Red Storm
(12-13, 1-11 Big East Conference), which had their best
week since Chris Mullin was
a player and not the team’s
coach.
Mullin helped St. John’s
beat No. 1 Georgetown 66-65
on Jan. 26, 1985. And he was
on the sideline exhorting the
Red Storm in the final minutes against Villanova.
“These are huge wins,”
Mullin said. “It’s a testament
to their perseverance, unselfishness with each other,
their confidence.”
The Wildcats (22-2, 9-2)
had a winning streak ended
at nine games.
Jalen Brunson nearly rallied Villanova to victory
down the stretch. He made a
jump shot and scored on a
fastbreak to cut the deficit to
67-63. St. John’s turned the
ball over off the inbounds
play and Brunson, who led
the Wildcats with 28 points,
made the Red Storm pay on
a crashing layup that sent
him to the line. He made the
free throw to pull Villanova
to 67-66 with 1 minute 34 seconds left.
Collin Gillespie made a
three-point basket with 23
seconds to play and the
Wildcats trailed 74-73. It was
one of only nine three-pointers in 33 tries by Villanova.
No. 2 Virginia 59, at Florida State 55: Devon Hall
scored 17 points, Ty Jerome
had 15 and the Cavaliers
(23-1, 12-0 Atlantic Coast
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Conference) rallied from a
32-22 deficit after the first
half. Virginia is the third
team since 2000-01 to win its
first 12 ACC games, joining
North Carolina (2000-01)
and Miami (2012-13). It is the
Cavaliers’ best conference
start since they were 12-0 in
1980-81. MJ Walker scored 10
points for the Seminoles
(17-6, 6-6).
No. 14 Ohio State 64, at
No. 3 Purdue 63: Keita
Bates-Diop scored 18 points,
including the decisive putback with 2.8 seconds left,
and the Buckeyes (21-2, 12-1
Big Ten Conference) won for
the 11th time in 12 games to
grab a share of the conference lead. Carsen Edwards
had 28 points for the Boilermakers (23-3, 12-1), whose
winning streak ended at 19
games.
at No. 7 Texas Tech 76,
Iowa State 58: Zhaire Smith
59
55
No. 14 Ohio State
No. 3 Purdue
64
63
No. 7 Texas Tech
Iowa State
76
58
Texas A&M
No. 8 Auburn
81
80
Nevada Las Vegas
No. 23 Nevada
86
78
No. 25 Miami
Wake Forest
87
81
Texas A&M 81, No. 8
Auburn 80: Duane Wilson
made one of two free throws
with four seconds left and
the Aggies (16-8, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) held on
for their third victory in a
row after squandering a 17point lead in the second half.
Guard T.J. Starks scored 23
points. The Tigers (21-3, 9-2)
got
28
points
from
Mustapha Heron, whose
three-point shot from a few
feet
across
midcourt
bounced off the rim at the
buzzer.
scored a career-high 21
points and the Red Raiders
(20-4, 8-3 Big 12 Conference)
reeled off their fifth consecutive victory. After the Cyclones (12-11, 3-8) scored seven points in a row in a 77-second span to get within one
point after halftime, Smith
made a steal. He passed the
at No. 25 Miami 87, Wake
Forest 81: Lonnie Walker IV
scored 19 points for the Hurricanes (18-5, 7-4 ACC), who
withstood a late rally by the
Demon Deacons (9-15, 2-10).
A three-point basket by Bryant Crawford with 31 seconds to play cut Wake
Forest’s deficit to 82-79.
Crawford had 23 points.
Boatwright set
to contribute
for the Trojans
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Conf.
Overall
TEAM
W L W L
Arizona
9 2 19 5
USC
8 3 17 7
Washington
7 3 17 6
UCLA
7 4 16 7
Stanford
7 4 13 11
Oregon
5 5 15 8
Colorado
6 6 14 10
Arizona State
5 6 17 6
Utah
5 6 13 9
Oregon State
3 7 11 11
California
2 10 8 17
Washington State 1 9 9 13
WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Colorado 68, California 64
TODAY’S GAMES
UCLA at Arizona ............................. 7 p.m.
USC at Arizona State ....................... 8 p.m.
Stanford at Utah ............................. 5 p.m.
Washington at Oregon ..................... 7 p.m.
Washington State at Oregon State 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY’S GAMES
UCLA at Arizona State ..................... 4 p.m.
USC at Arizona ........................... 7:15 p.m.
California at Utah ....................... 6:30 p.m.
Washington at Oregon State ............. 7 p.m.
SUNDAY’S GAMES
Stanford at Colorado ....................... 1 p.m.
Washington State at Oregon ............. 5 p.m.
No. 2 Virginia
Florida State
OMARI SPELLMAN of Villanova gets off a pass while under pressure from Shamorie Ponds of St. John’s.
Colorado
beats Cal at
home again
PAC-12
STANDINGS
79
75
ball on the break to Jarrett
Culver, who lobbed an alleyoop pass that resulted in
Smith’s two-handed slam.
Cameron Lard had 22 points
for Iowa State.
PAC-12
BOULDER, Colo. — McKinley Wright scored 17
points and made two key layups in the final minutes to
help Colorado defeat California 68-64 on Wednesday
night.
The Buffaloes (14-10, 6-6
Pac-12) beat the Bears for
the 12th time in the last 14
games in Boulder.
Marcus Lee had 10 points
and 12 rebounds and Kingsley Okoroh and Justice Sueing scored 12 points each for
Cal (8-17, 2-10 Pac-12), which
was trying to win consecutive games for the first time
since Dec. 16.
Colorado used a 10-0 run
early in the second half to go
ahead 38-31 and never
trailed after that, although
Cal had its chances.
The Bears made three of
their five three-pointers in
the final 40 seconds but
Wright made six free throws
down the stretch to seal it.
He was 11 of 14 from the line in
the game.
St. John’s
No. 1 Villanova
After dealing with an
infected blister, he
says he’s ready to help
against Arizona State.
By Lindsey Thiry
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SENIOR CENTER Thomas Welsh says it’s tough to explain to young Bruins what
it’s like to play at the McKale Center, the most raucous arena in the Pac-12.
Pac-12 has only one ranked team
[UCLA, from D1]
Bruins’ other quality victories have come against
Washington (No. 35 RPI),
USC (No. 45) and Utah (No.
57), leaving them in need of a
few more over the next
month.
The
significance
of
UCLA’s game against Arizona (19-5, 9-2) is magnified because it will be the only regular-season game between
the teams as part of the
Pac-12’s imbalanced schedule. The same goes for
UCLA’s game Saturday
against Arizona State (17-6,
5-6), which has a losing
Pac-12 record but an RPI of
44 on the strength of having
gone 12-0 in nonconference
play.
Bruins coach Steve Alford suggested this week
that the narrative of a weak
Pac-12 was a bit misleading
because the conference’s
missteps in nonconference
play were largely a result of
injuries and young teams
just starting to find their
way.
“Obviously, as a conference across the league, we
didn’t get the wins in nonconference that we normally
have,” Alford said. “That will
kind of create the narrative,
right or wrong. … But I think
the league was just very
young and inexperienced in
the nonconference, and then
once league play started,
teams have gotten healthy.”
A victory over Arizona
would extend UCLA’s threegame winning streak and
leave the Bruins only one
game out of first place in the
Pac-12. UCLA’s recent surge
has been sparked by improved ball movement and
increased activity on defense. The trends must continue if the Bruins have any
hope of going undefeated in
February for a second consecutive season.
“That’s been our focal
point all this week: We gotta
keep growing; we gotta keep
getting better,” Alford said.
The Bruins muffled the
din inside the McKale Center last season during a 77-72
victory, leaving the Wildcats
in the awkward spot of holding their senior day festivities after a defeat. Of
course, that UCLA team
also had star freshmen
Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf in
addition to seniors Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton.
These Bruins include
four rotation players who
will be playing their first
meaningful
minutes
in
what’s widely considered the
most raucous environment
in the Pac-12.
“You can try to explain it
the best you can by talking to
them,” UCLA senior center
Thomas Welsh said of his
younger teammates, “but
it’s one of those things that
you really have to experience
to understand what it is.”
The Bruins wilted earlier
this season in the final minutes of road losses to Michigan and Stanford, lessons
they hope will lead to better
results. Taking down Arizona on a court where the Wildcats are 12-0 this season
would qualify.
It also would keep UCLA
relevant in discussions
about the Pac-12 title and the
NCAA tournament.
“Every game from here
on out is pretty big,” forward
Kris Wilkes said. “I feel like
we need to win every game.”
TONIGHT
AT NO. 13 ARIZONA
When: 7 p.m. PST.
Where: McKale Center, Tucson.
On the air: TV: ESPN;
Radio: 570.
Update: The Wildcats are
happy to return home,
where they are the only
Pac-12 team to remain unbeaten, after suffering a 7875 setback against Washington in Seattle in which they
lost on Dominic Green’s
three-pointer while falling
out of bounds. Arizona 7footers Deandre Ayton and
Dusan Ristic might present
the most formidable front
line UCLA faces all season.
Ayton, the possible top pick
in the NBA draft, averages
19.7 points and 10.8 rebounds,
while Ristic adds averages of
11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds.
But Wildcats coach Sean
Miller said this might be the
worst defensive team he’s
had in 14 years at Tucson after Arizona dropped to No.
106 nationally in defensive efficiency, according to the
metrics of Ken Pomeroy. The
Wildcats are giving up 71.8
points per game, ranking
fourth in the Pac-12.
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TEMPE, Ariz. — USC is
expected to be near full
strength as the team embarks on a difficult trip to the
desert.
Junior forward Bennie
Boatwright, who was sidelined for victories over Stanford and California and
played sparingly in a loss at
UCLA, is expected to come
off the bench and play significant minutes Thursday
at Arizona State and Saturday at No. 13 Arizona.
“This is the best I’ve felt
in awhile,” Boatwright said
after practice Tuesday. “I’ve
been running a lot after
practice, trying to get my
wind better and I feel good.”
Boatwright, who averages 14.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, has spent
more than two weeks dealing with a blister on his foot
that became infected.
Boatwright struggled as
a reserve against the Bruins.
He went 0 for 5 from the field,
including 0 for 3 from beyond
the three-point line, and had
two points in nine minutes.
“He just wasn’t in shape
and his timing was off,”
coach Andy Enfield said.
“It’s hard when you’re out
two weeks.
“But we’ve been very im-
pressed with him the last
two days in practices.”
Boatwright’s ability to
contribute will be crucial
against the Sun Devils (17-6,
5-6 Pac-12 Conference).
After giving up 82 points
on 51% shooting against the
Bruins, the Trojans (17-7,
8-3) must recommit to
playing defense with the
same tenacity that propelled them to a six-game
winning streak.
“When we get stops we
can score,” Boatwright said.
TONIGHT
AT ARIZONA STATE
When: 8 PST.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena,
Tempe, Ariz.
On the air: TV: ESPN2;
Radio: 830.
Update: USC’s six-game
winning streak, its longest in
the Pac-12 since 1992, ended
Saturday with an 82-79 loss
at UCLA, but the Trojans remain second in the conference behind Arizona . Junior
forward Chimezie Metu
leads USC in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.8
points and 7.5 rebounds. The
Trojans have lost five games
in a row to the Sun Devils at
Wells Fargo Arena. Arizona
State, once ranked No. 3 in
the nation, fell out of the top
25 this week. The Sun Devils
are led by senior guard Tra
Holder, who is averaging 19
points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.8
assists.
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Twitter: @LindseyThiry
SOUTHLAND
MEN
at UC Irvine 77, Cal State Northridge 56: Tommy Rutherford had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help the Anteaters
(12-14, 7-3 Big West) defeated the Matadors (5-19, 2-8) for the
eighth consecutive time. Evan Leonard had 15 points for UC
Irvine. Tavrion Dawson had 18 points for Northridge.
UC Riverside 64, at Hawaii 60: Menno Dijkstra scored 17
points and his three-point basket with just over a minute to
play propelled the Highlanders (6-17, 1-8 Big West) to their
first conference victory.
MEN TONIGHT
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis ...................................................... 7
Cal Poly at Cal State Fullerton ....................................................... 7
St. Mary’s at Loyola Marymount ................................................... 7
San Diego at Pepperdine ............................................................ 7:30
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Charlotte
gets center
from Knicks
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TENNIS
TRANSACTIONS
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SINGLES (first round)—Ruben Bemelmans,
Belgium, d. Calvin Hemery, France, 6-1, 6-2; Pierre-Hugues Herbert, France, d. Kenny de Schepper, France, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-4; Richard Gasquet (5), France, d. Daniil Medvedev, Russia,
6-0, 6-3; Nicolas Mahut, France, d. Dustin
Brown, Germany, 6-7 (2), 2-5, retired; John Millman, Australia, d. Yuichi Sugita (8), Japan, 5-7,
6-3, 6-4.
(Second round)—David Goffin (1), Belgium, d.
Gilles Simon, France, 6-4, 6-2; Andrey Rublev
(6), Russia, d. Jeremy Chardy, France, 6-2, 6-1.
DOUBLES (quarterfinals)—Tristan LamasineLucas Pouille, France, d. Andre Begemann, Germany-Jonathan Eysseric, France, 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.
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SINGLES (first round)—Maximilian Marterer,
Germany, d. Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, 7-6 (3), 6-4;
Marius Copil, Romania, d. Robin Haase (5),
Netherlands, 7-6 (5), 6-4; Blaz Kavcic, Slovenia,
d. Laslo Djere, Serbia, 6-4, 6-4; Andreas Seppi,
Italy, d. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia, 6-3, 6-4; Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, d. Salvatore Caruso, Italy,
7-6 (4), 6-3.
(Second round)—Jozef Kovalik, Slovakia, d.
Lukas Lacko, Slovakia, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5; Mirza Basic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, d. Philipp Kohlschreiber
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Surface: Clay-Outdoor
SINGLES (first round)—Alessandro Giannessi,
Italy d. Peter Polansky, Canada, 6-3, 6-4; Gerald
Melzer, Austria, d. Marco Cecchinato, Italy, l6-2,
6-2; Ivo Karlovic (7), Croatia, d. Ernesto Escobedo, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4); Nicolas Jarry (8),
Chile, d. Facundo Bagnis, Argentina, 6-7 (4),
6-2, 7-6 (5); Roberto Quiroz, Ecuador, d. Yannick
Hanfmann, Germany, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
BASEBALL
Major
League
Baseball—Suspended
Washington catcher Raudy Read 80 games,
without pay, after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of
the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Minnesota—Agreed to terms with pitchers
Myles Jaye, Michael Kohn and Jake Reed; catchers Willians Astudillo, Brian Navarreto and Bobby
Wilson; infielders Taylor Featherston, Nick Gordon, Gregorio Petit and Brock Stassi; and outfielders Nick Buss, Ryan LaMarre and LaMonte
Wade on minor league contracts.
N.Y. Mets—Agreed to terms with third baseman Todd Frazier on a two-year contract; designated infielder Matt Reynolds for assignment.
Texas—Traded infielder Russell Wilson to the
N.Y. Yankees for future considerations; hired Eric
Gagne as pitching coach for the Arizona League
Rangers.
PRO BASKETBALL
Clippers—Agreed in terms with guard Lou
Williams on an extension.
New York—Traded center Willy Hernangomez
to Charlotte for 2020 and 2021 second-round
draft choices, and forward Johnny O'Bryant.
PRO FOOTBALL
Detroit—Hired Paul Pasqualoni as defensive
coordinator, Jeff Davidson as offensive line
coach, George Godsey as quarterbacks coach, Al
Golden as linebackers coach, Brian Stewart as
defensive backs coach and Chris White as tight
ends coach.
San Francisco—Signed defensive lineman
Cassius Marsh to a two-year contract.
SOCCER
MLS Players Assn.—Hired Dan Jones as chief
operating officer.
FC Dallas—Renewed its affiliation with
Oklahoma City FC (USL).
Seattle FC—Acquired $50,000 in general allocation money from D.C. United for defender
Oniel Fisher.
TENNIS
ITF—Reduced the ban on Ilie Nastase by eight
months and doubled his fine to $20,000 following his appeal of sanctions for foul-mouthed
comments and misconduct as the Romanian
Fed Cup captain.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Mountain West Conference—Suspended
New Mexico senior forward Joe Furstinger one
game and issued a public reprimand to Boise
State sophomore guard Justinian Jessup for their
actions in a recent game.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Clemson—Announced that running back C.J.
Fuller is transferring.
The New York Knicks traded center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday
in a deal that brings back second-round picks in the
2020 and 2021 drafts, plus forward Johnny
O’Bryant.
Hernangomez was an all-rookie selection last
season and had been identified by team management during the summer as a one of the young players to build around. But the Knicks acquired Enes
Kanter from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade and Hernangomez fell to third in the
center rotation behind Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn.
“He showed last season that he can contribute
when given the opportunity and we believe that the
added depth he provides will benefit our frontcourt
rotation,” Hornets general manager Rich Cho said PRO BOWLING
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PRO BOWLERS ASSN.
in a statement.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
GAME S BEFORE FLAME S
Hernangomez averaged 8.2 points and 7.0 re- At Fairlawn, Ohio
bounds last season and was voted to the all-rookie Second Round
Leaders
The day before the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Winter
first team. But the Spanish national team player 12-Game
1. Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,790 pins. 2.
couldn’t get on the floor this season, appearing in Mat O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,736. 3. Jason Bel- Olympics, Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes competes against Norway at
Australia, 2,723. 4. Anthony Simonsen,
Gangneung, South Korea. Norway won 9-6.
just 26 games and averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 re- monte,
Austin, Texas, 2,721. 5. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville,
N.C., 2,718. 6. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.,
bounds.
ETC.
Colts line up coaching options
2,693. 7. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and
Chris Warren, Grants Pass., Ore., 2,687. 9. E.J.
Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,686. 10. Kristopher
Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,678.
11. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,670. 12. B.J.
Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,662. 13. Yannaphon
Larpapharat, Thailand, 2,659. 14. Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,656. 15. D.J. Archer,
Friendswood, Texas, 2,655. 16. Ryan Ciminelli,
Clarence, N.Y., 2,653. 17. Mitch Beasley,
Clarksville, Tenn., 2,652. 18. Greg Ostrander,
Freehold, N.J., 2,640. 19. Chris Barnes, Double
Oak, Texas, 2,637. 20. Jakob Butturff, Tempe,
Ariz., 2,627.
The Indianapolis Colts, jilted by Josh McDaniels, have submitted a request to interview New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends Dan
Campbell, according to multiple reports.
General manager Chris Ballard also plans to in- WINTER
terview with Eagles offensive coordinator Frank OLYMPICS
At Gangneung, South Korea
Reich, according to multiple reports. McDaniels Wednesday’s Results
had agreed to become the Colts head coach but de- CURLING
Mixed Doubles
cided to return to the New England Patriots.
First Round
Former Vikings star Adrian Peterson, who has
earned nearly $100 million as a running back, left
Minnesota without paying back a loan and must
fork over about $600,000 to his lender, a judge
ruled.... Citing a desire spend more time with family,
Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake announced his resignation. Lake was in his seventh
season on Mike Tomlin’s staff. The former UCLA
star played 10 seasons in the NFL.
United States 9, OA Russia 3
Olympic Athletes from Russia
Team shots: 34, Team points: 80, Team percentage: 59.
Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, shots: 14, points:
31, percentage: 55.
Anastasia Bryzgalova, shots: 20, points: 49,
percentage: 61.
United States
Team shots: 34, Team points: 112, Team percentage: 82.
Becca Hamilton, shots: 13, points: 44, percentage: 85.
Matt Hamilton, shots: 21, points: 68, percentage: 81.
Others matches:
Norway 9, Canada 6
South Korea 9, Finland 4
Switzerland 7, China 5
Washington catcher Raudy Read has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season following
a positive test for Boldenone under Major League
Baseball’s drug-testing program. Read denied SOCCER
INTERNATIONAL
knowingly using a banned substance.
ENGLAND
Tim Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young winner, will
throw in front of team scouts and officials Feb. 15 at
Driveline Research Lab, the facility near Seattle
where Lincecum has been working out during the
offseason as he makes an attempt at a comeback.
Lincecum did not pitch in the major leagues last season.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
has been traded — from the Texas Rangers to the
New York Yankees for future considerations.
Baseball’s Rangers selected Wilson in the
triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft during the winter
meetings in December 2013, about two months before he led the Seahawks to a win over Denver in the
Super Bowl.
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony
Romo is making his PGA Tour debut next month in
the Dominican Republic.
Romo, now the lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports,
has received a sponsor’s exemption to play in the
Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on March
22-25.
Clemson’s onetime starting running back C.J.
Fuller plans to graduate this spring and find a new
school to finish his football career.
FA Cup
Fourth Round, Replay
Tottenham 2, Newport County 0
SPAIN
Copa del Rey
Semifinals
Sevilla 2, Leganes 0
THE ODDS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Concordia (Moor.) 86, St. Mary’s (Minn.) 77
Cornerstone 75, Aquinas 59
Creighton 76, DePaul 75
Dayton 88, Duquesne 73
Doane 80, Hastings 71
Evansville 63, Valparaiso 59
Gustavus 103, Macalester 59
Hope 95, Adrian 77
Loyola of Chicago 72, Drake 57
Minn. Morris 100, Martin Luther 64
N. Iowa 74, Bradley 65
Northland 89, North Central (Minn.) 56
Ohio St. 64, Purdue 63
Olivet 81, Alma 75
Ripon 82, Lawrence 53
St. John’s (Minn.) 78, Carleton 57
St. Norbert 71, Lake Forest 40
St. Scholastica 84, Finlandia 71
Wis. Eau Claire 75, Wis. La Crosse 61
Wis. Oshkosh 69, Wis. Whitewater 67
Wis. Platteville 56, Wis. Stevens Pt. 47
Wis. Stout 82, Wis. River Falls 81
Wis. Superior 72, Northwestern (Minn.) 65
SOUTHWEST
C. Arkansas 100, Houston Baptist 80
Kansas St. 67, Texas 64
Nicholls 69, Abilene Christian 65
SE Louisiana 86, Incarnate Word 68
Sam Houston St. 66, Texas A&M CC 64
Texas Tech 76, Iowa St. 58
ROCKIES
Colorado 68, California 64
Wyoming 83, Utah St. 65
WOMEN
AP TOP 25
No. 1 Connecticut 55, Central Florida 37
No.4 Louisville 65, Clemson 46
No. 19 Duke 59, Wake Forest 51
No. 22 Oklahoma State 71, No. 24 TCU 64
SOUTHLAND
Fresno St. 66, San Diego St. 60
WEST
UC Davis 85, Cal Poly 77
Nevada Las Vegas 77, Nevada 75
EAST
American U. 69, Loyola (Md.) 56
Army 48, Lafayette 39
Boston U. 66, Colgate 64
SOUTHLAND
UC Irvine 77, Cal St. Northridge 56
UC Riverside 64, Hawaii 60
WEST
Nevada Las Vegas 86, Nevada 78
EAST
Colgate 74, Boston U. 60
Dominican (N.Y.) 68, Caldwell 67
Farmingdale 68, St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) 63
Felician 92, Post (Conn.) 78
Fordham 67, George Mason 66
George Washington 80, La Salle 69
Lafayette 81, Army 54
Loyola (Md.) 72, American U. 69
Marquette 88, Seton Hall 85
Navy 69, Holy Cross 34
Penn St. 74, Maryland 70
St. Bonaventure 79, St. Louis 56
St. John’s 79, Villanova 75
Temple 90, East Carolina 73
Connecticut 68, South Florida 65
SOUTH
Campbell 78, Gardner-Webb 70
Charleston Southern 87, Liberty 75
Covenant 68, Berea 66
Florida 73, LSU 64
High Point 61, Radford 60
Lamar 79, Northwestern St. 75
Maryville (Tenn.) 80, Brevard 69
Miami 87, Wake Forest 81
Richmond 77, VCU 76
Tenn. Wesleyan 87, Reinhardt 78
Texas A&M 81, Auburn 80
Tusculum 97, Mars Hill 71
UNC Asheville 78, Longwood 73
UNC Greensboro 80, Furman 67
Union (Ky.) 70, Bluefield 68
Vanderbilt 81, Georgia 66
Virginia 59, Florida St. 55
Virginia Tech 85, N.C. State 75
Winthrop 63, Presbyterian 49
Wofford 92, Samford 79
MIDWEST
Albion 70, Kalamazoo 67
Augsburg 79, St. Thomas (Minn.) 66
Bethany Lutheran 104, Crown (Minn.) 99
Bethel (Minn.) 62, Hamline 54
Cardinal Stritch 80, Olivet Nazarene 77
Carroll (Wis.) 73, Carthage 69
Bucknell 59, Lehigh 52
Buffalo 80, Kent St. 42
Dayton 78, Massachusetts 49
Duquesne 80, VCU 71
Kennesaw St. 61, NJIT 58
La Salle 87, St. Louis 76
Navy 62, Holy Cross 54
St. Joseph’s 64, Rhode Island 46
SOUTH
Duke 59, Wake Forest 51
George Washington 65, George Mason 61
Jacksonville 61, Stetson 54
Louisiana Tech 75, Rice 55
Louisville 65, Clemson 46
Nicholls 81, Abilene Christian 60
S.C. Upstate 80, Lipscomb 64
SE Louisiana 65, Incarnate Word 54
South Florida 88, East Carolina 47
Tulane 69, Temple 65
Connecticut 55, Central Florida 37
Virginia Tech 90, North Carolina 74
MIDWEST
Ball St. 91, E. Michigan 85
C. Michigan 74, Ohio 72
Cincinnati 75, Wichita St. 69
Kansas St. 83, Texas Tech 69
Miami (Ohio) 67, Toledo 58
N. Illinois 84, Akron 61
SIU Edwardsville 62, E. Illinois 52
South Dakota 79, Fort Wayne 60
W. Illinois 103, Nebraska Omaha 68
W. Michigan 81, Bowling Green 67
SOUTHWEST
C . Arkansas 64, Houston Baptist 56
Houston 66, Memphis 55
Lamar 71, Northwestern St. 44
Oklahoma St. 71, TCU 54
SMU 74, Tulsa 70
Stephen F. Austin 73, McNeese St. 58
Texas A&M CC 62, Sam Houston St. 48
ROCKIES
Boise St. 91, New Mexico 85
Colorado St. 61, Air Force 50
Wyoming 64, Utah St. 46
COLLEGE
BASEBALL
Nonconference
Azusa Pacific 7, Biola 6
College Basketball
Favorite
Line
Underdog
at Arizona St.
21⁄2
USC
at Arizona
8
UCLA
1
Towson
3 ⁄2
at Drexel
at Elon
21⁄2
Hofstra
1
William & Mary
at Charleston
7 ⁄2
at Tulsa
7
Tulane
Cleveland St.
at IUPUI
51⁄2
at Louisville
9
Georgia Tech
Northeastern
61⁄2
at Delaware
at Clemson
19
Pittsburgh
1
La. Lafayette
2 ⁄2
at Georgia St.
at Ga. South.
11
La. Monroe
at Middle Tenn.
211⁄2
Rice
at Wright St.
14
Green Bay
at N. Kentucky
13
Milwaukee
Youngstown St.
at Ill.-Chicago
121⁄2
1
Old Dominion
7 ⁄2
at Sou. Miss.
at La. Tech
14
Charlotte
1
at Utah
4 ⁄2
Stanford
Duke
1
at N. Carolina
1
at S. Alabama
5 ⁄2
Ark. L. Rock
at Troy
91⁄2
Arkansas St.
1
at W. Kentucky
18 ⁄2
Fla. Atlantic
at Illinois St.
2
S. Illinois
1
at Illinois
5 ⁄2
Wisconsin
at Houston
8
SMU
Portland
at S. Francisco
101⁄2
1
Gonzaga
11 ⁄2
at Pacific
at LMU
St. Mary’s
141⁄2
at CS Fullerton
8
Cal Poly
1
UCSB
at UC Davis
1 ⁄2
at Oregon
61⁄2
Washington
at Oregon St.
9
Washington St.
San Diego
61⁄2
at Pepperdine
at BYU
18
Santa Clara
Updates at Pregame.com
—Associated Press
SANTA ANITA ENTRIES
25th day of a 59-day thoroughbred meet.
2209 FIRST RACE (1 p.m.). About 61⁄2 furlongs turf.
Maiden special weight. Fillies. 3-year-olds. State bred.
Purse $54,000.
PR
2122
2122
....
....
2122
2182
2182
....
....
Horse (PP)
An Eddie Surprise,7
Nothing But Heat,9
Pegasus Party,1
Perfect Portrait,3
Wishful,6
Dee Way To Go,4
My Scarlett,5
Nana’s Rule,8
Letsgotomarfatexas,2
Jockey,Wt
M Gutierrez,122
C Nakatani,122
G Franco,122
S Elliott,122
D Sanchez,122
T Baze,122
A Quinonez,122
J Ochoa,122
M Linares,122
Odds
6-5
5-2
5-1
8-1
8-1
15-1
20-1
20-1
30-1
2210 SECOND RACE. 6 furlongs. Allowance. 4-year-olds
and up. State bred. Purse $56,000.
PR
2156
8033
2063
2063
2063
2028
Horse (PP)
Portando,6
Gigantis,3
Hardcore Troubador,4
Swiss Minister,5
Miracle March,2
Tribal Roar,1
Jockey,Wt
F Prat,122
T Pereira,120
R Fuentes,122
B Pena,122
R Maragh,122
T Baze,120
Odds
2-1
5-2
3-1
7-2
8-1
10-1
2211 THIRD RACE. 6 furlongs. Claiming. Fillies.
4-year-olds. Claiming price $32,000. Purse $33,000.
PR
2187
(2078)
2016
1059
2045
2080
Horse (PP)
Li’l Grazen,6
Fair Regis,4
Kentan Road,3
Starr Of Quality,5
Vai,2
Betdesilvergold,1
Jockey,Wt
T Pereira,123
R Bejarano,121
J Talamo,121
G Franco,121
T Conner,121
T Lefranc,XX114
Odds
2-1
3-1
7-2
7-2
5-1
10-1
2212 FOURTH RACE. 6 furlongs. Claiming. Fillies and
mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming price $16,000.
Purse $20,000.
PR
2078
2074
(1073)
2078
2078
2078
2078
7071
Horse (PP)
Pomp And Party,4
Tee Em Eye,2
Coronado Cool,7
Divine Spark,1
Winner’s Dream,8
Sally Simpson,3
Tuscany Beauty,6
She’sluckythatway,5
Jockey,Wt
S Elliott,123
M Falgione,XXX113
G Franco,123
D Van Dyke,123
M Pedroza,123
J Talamo,123
T Pereira,123
A Quinonez,123
Odds
2-1
5-2
6-1
6-1
6-1
10-1
10-1
15-1
Horse (PP)
Kopitar,4
Captain Ron,1
Glorious Crown,6
Jockey,Wt
A Solis,120
M Gutierrez,122
R Maragh,122
Taste’s Legend,3
Harliss,7
Bob’s Bad Boy,2
Dixie Rival,8
Secret Bend,5
G Franco,122
T Baze,122
S Elliott,122
E Payeras,XX115
V Espinoza,122
5-1
8-1
12-1
20-1
20-1
2214 SIXTH RACE. 51⁄2 furlongs. Claiming. 4-year-olds
and up. Claiming price $6,250. Purse $14,000.
PR
2162
2138
2093
(1075)
2093
2138
1085
2067
2093
1049
Horse (PP)
Black Tie ’n Tails,6
Indavidualist,5
Bargaining,10
Four Gaels,4
Pat The Bear,8
Stoneys Mr Cruiser,3
Mr. Louis,7
Rim Ditch,1
Ajac,9
Mizter Kool Cat,2
Jockey,Wt
S Elliott,121
Mt Garcia,121
J Sanchez,121
E Payeras,XX114
C Franco,XX114
T Pereira,123
F Ceballos,X116
M Falgione,XXX111
B Pena,121
C Aragon,121
Odds
7-2
5-1
6-1
6-1
6-1
6-1
8-1
8-1
10-1
30-1
2215 SEVENTH RACE. 1 mile turf. Allowance optional
claiming. 3-year-olds. Claiming price $75,000. Purse
$56,000.
2213 FIFTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Maiden
claiming. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming prices
$50,000-$40,000. Purse $29,000.
PR
4323
6122
2133
2133
3223
2048
....
3288
Odds
8-5
5-2
4-1
PR
(2001)
2109
8070
Horse (PP)
River Boyne (IRE),8
Move Over (GB),3
Kylemore,6
Jockey,Wt
F Prat,120
M Smith,120
R Bejarano,120
Odds
5-2
3-1
6-1
2014
....
(2049)
....
2057
2109
1086
2160
Magic Musketier,1
Buckstopper Kit,9
Martin Riggs,4
Tap Fever,5
Here Is Happy,10
Platinum Equity,7
Minoso,2
Also eligible
Dynamic Duo,11
K Desormeaux,120
T Baze,120
R Maragh,120
T Conner,120
J Talamo,120
G Franco,120
M Pedroza,120
6-1
8-1
8-1
10-1
15-1
15-1
20-1
C Franco,XX113
50-1
2216 EIGHTH RACE. 5 ⁄2 furlongs. Maiden claiming.
Fillies. 3-year-olds. Claiming price $20,000. Purse
$18,000.
1
PR
2117
6174
....
2015
....
2086
....
9093
2058
2086
1030
1058
2164
Horse (PP)
Ocean Bound,1
Cinnamon Twist,11
Lanacakes,7
Bragging Rights,3
Magnificent Q T,2
Starship Treasure,5
Mi Pajarito,9
Yolanda’s Stone,4
Dixie Lassie,6
Mergie Troid,12
Rossmoor Way,8
California Cactus,10
Also eligible
Sunny Sweet,13
Jockey,Wt
F Ceballos,X117
J Talamo,122
R Fuentes,122
T Baze,122
V Espinoza,122
M Chaves,122
C Franco,XX115
S Elliott,122
M Linares,122
G Franco,122
E Payeras,XX115
T Lefranc,XX115
Odds
7-2
4-1
4-1
9-2
6-1
6-1
15-1
20-1
30-1
30-1
30-1
50-1
S Gonzalez,122
15-1
D8
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 8 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
NHL
STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific
Vegas
San Jose
KINGS
Calgary
DUCKS
Edmonton
Vancouver
Arizona
Central
Winnipeg
Nashville
St. Louis
Dallas
Minnesota
Colorado
Chicago
W
35
28
29
27
26
23
21
12
W
32
32
32
31
29
29
24
L
14
17
19
18
19
25
26
32
L
13
12
20
19
19
19
21
OL
4
8
5
8
10
4
6
9
OL
9
8
3
4
5
4
8
Pts
74
64
63
62
62
50
48
33
Pts
73
72
67
66
63
62
56
GF
181
153
153
150
155
146
138
122
GF
176
163
155
167
159
167
155
GA
145
145
128
151
159
168
171
186
GA
143
134
140
140
152
150
148
Note: Overtime or shootout lossesworth one point.
Metropolitan
Washington
Pittsburgh
New Jersey
Philadelphia
Columbus
NY Islanders
Carolina
NY Rangers
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Boston
Toronto
Florida
Detroit
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
W
31
30
27
25
27
26
24
25
W
36
33
32
23
21
22
18
14
L
17
22
17
19
22
22
21
24
L
14
11
19
22
23
25
25
29
OL
5
3
8
9
4
6
9
5
OL
3
8
5
6
8
6
9
10
Pts
67
63
62
59
58
58
57
55
Pts
75
74
69
52
50
50
45
38
GF
165
169
157
152
139
181
144
157
GF
189
173
182
146
136
139
137
120
GA
154
166
156
155
150
197
164
168
GA
140
124
156
164
154
164
179
175
RESULTS
AT KINGS 5,
EDMONTON 2
BOSTON 6,
AT N.Y. RANGERS 1
AT TORONTO 3,
NASHVILLE 2 (SO)
Paul LaDue, Alex Iafallo and Anze Kopitar scored for the
Kings in the decisive third period.
Riley Nash and Zdeno Chara scored first-period goals and
Patrice Bergeron added two in the second for the Bruins.
James van Riemsdyk scored in regulation and again in the
seventh round of a shootout for the Maple Leafs.
For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores
TODAY’S GAMES
N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Montreal at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
Vancouver at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m.
Colorado at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
Vegas at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Calgary at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Nashville at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
Arizona at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Dallas at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY’S GAMES
Edmonton at DUCKS, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Washington, 4 p.m.
Calgary at N.Y. Rangers, 4 p.m.
St. Louis at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
KINGS at Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Detroit at N.Y. Islanders, 4 p.m.
Vancouver at Carolina, 4:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
SATURDAY’S GAMES
KINGS at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m.
New Jersey at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Ottawa at Toronto, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at Arizona, 5 p.m.
Edmonton at San Jose, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Boston, 4 p.m.
Nashville at Montreal, 4 p.m.
Colorado at Carolina, 5 p.m.
Chicago at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Frank Gunn Associated Press
MAPLE LEAFS center William Nylander (29) hits
the ice in front of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne.
Mark J. Terrill Associated Press
KINGS WINGER Tanner Pearson, while on his back, reaches to knock the puck away from Edmonton winger
Zack Kassian in the second period as Oilers winger Jujhar Khaira (16) also gets into the act.
Kings put the Oilers away with
three goals in the third period
[Kings, from D1]
It restored order for the
Kings, who had the momentum from Kuemper’s two
consecutive shutouts but
were no-shows in a second
period that resulted in a
squandered 2-0 lead on goals
by Kyle Clifford and Adrian
Kempe. Kuemper still made
crucial saves, including a leg
stop on Draisaitl. He could
talk with ease about McDavid’s strike.
“He kind of made me look
pretty silly there,” Kuemper
said. “I might have been
cheating there, high glove,
and he made a good shot
five-hole and made me look
silly.”
While it was an easy decision to start Kuemper again,
the Kings scratched Marian
Gaborik and Nick Shore for
the second game in a row in
putting out their bottom-six
forward unit.
“We get paid to make
those decisions, and there’s
14 guys up front right now
that are available to play and
I think it’s our job, not to
make easy decisions but just
to make decisions based on
makeup of your team, performance, all that stuff,”
coach John Stevens said before the game. “We don’t always make the right decision, but we think about it.
We’re going to need help
from everybody.”
A depth line gave the
Kings a 1-0 lead only 70 seconds into the game, on Clifford’s second goal this season. Trevor Lewis won a
faceoff directly to him and
Clifford’s shot went in short
KINGS 5, OILERS 2
Edmonton ................................0
KINGS .....................................1
2
1
0 — 2
3 — 5
FIRST PERIOD: 1. KINGS, Clifford 2 (Lewis), 1:10.
Penalties—Benning, EDM, (slashing), 7:43. Folin,
KINGS, major (fighting), 16:06. Khaira, EDM, major
(fighting), 16:06. Khaira, EDM, served by Maroon,
(roughing), 16:06.
SECOND PERIOD: 2. KINGS, Kempe 16 (Doughty),
0:58. 3. Edm., Draisaitl 14 (Klefbom, McDavid), 3:28
(pp). 4. Edm., McDavid 22 (Cammalleri), 10:20.
Penalties—Gravel, KINGS, (delay of game), 3:02. Forbort, KINGS, (holding), 5:30. Folin, KINGS, (tripping),
11:40.
THIRD PERIOD: 5. KINGS, LaDue 2 (Lewis, Gravel),
14:33 (pp). 6. KINGS, Iafallo 6 (Doughty, Kopitar),
18:17. 7. KINGS, Kopitar 21 (Brown), 19:00.
Penalty—Puljujarvi, EDM, (interference), 13:03.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Edm. 3-15-9—27. KINGS 6-5-17—
28. Power-play conversions—Edm. 1 of 3. KINGS 1 of 3.
GOALIES: Edm., Talbot 19-18-2 (26 shots-23 saves).
KINGS, Kuemper 9-1-3 (27-25). Att—18,230 (18,230).
T—2:30.
side on Talbot.
Kempe extended it to 2-0
with another goal early in
the period. His forecheck
forced Oscar Klefbom into a
turnover that Doughty
grabbed and fed back to
Kempe for a wrist shot that
was his 16th goal of the season.
The Kings descended
into a series of penalties and
were outshot 13-1 in the first
few minutes of the second
period. Kuemper’s streak
ended on a power-play goal
after he couldn’t control a
puck rimmed behind the
net. Edmonton worked it out
to Draisaitl, who converted
from the left side.
Jonathan Quick had a
shutout streak of 202:11 in
October 2011.
Doughty joined Rob
Blake as the only Kings
defensemen to reach 300
assists and 400 points.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
E
CALENDAR
T H U R S D A Y , F E B R U A R Y 8 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
PROTOTYPES for President Trump’s new border wall loom above the current one from the Tijuana side. The prototypes are the focus of a tour arranged by an artist.
Wall prototypes:
Are they land art?
Some say yes, seeing cultural value; others are aghast at the idea
BY CAROLINA A. MIRANDA >>> TIJUANA — It’s a warm
weekday afternoon and I am in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
van, cruising through Tijuana’s industrial zone, past bustling
machines shops and warehouse factories advertising $80 hiring bonuses. My companions are a handful of curious tourists
and journalists, as well as one art historian.
We are en route to a spot just south of the U.S.-Mexico border to view the U.S. Customs and Border Protection prototypes for Donald Trump’s long-promised wall. For $25 a
head, our tour, arranged by Swiss-born artist Christoph
Büchel, includes round-trip transportation from downtown
San Diego to Tijuana and access to a stepladder (for unimpeded views of the prototypes), plus gluten-free snacks.
Büchel’s idea behind the tours is to have the border wall
prototypes designated as a national monument.
“The eight border wall prototypes have significant cultural value and are historical land art,” states the website for a
nonprofit entity Büchel launched called MAGA. (“We make
art great again,” the website promises.) He also started an
online petition to draw public support.
Yet even as the project has generated headlines, the artist
has kept a low profile. Büchel doesn’t lead the tours, and the
website, borderwallprototypes.org, doesn’t mention his name.
His only interview on the subject went not to any media on the
actual border, but to the New York Times.
“There is a sculptural value these things have,” Büchel said
last month. “I thought about Stonehenge. It’s so strong.”
But architect René Peralta, who has watched the prototype construction from the Tijuana side of the border, has less
interest in the project’s sculptural value.
“It would be irresponsible, easy and lazy to consider it as an
aesthetic object,” the founder of the firm Generica Arquitectura y Diseño Urbano and professor at San Diego State says
via email. “Rather than its physical [See Border wall, E4]
ART REVIEW
Extravaganza of self-contemplation
It takes a striptease to
enliven ‘Stories of
Almost Everyone’ at
the Hammer Museum.
PAN AFRICAN
FILM FESTIVAL
Scenes
truer to
black
reality
With 170-plus films,
the L.A. event seeks
to present an accurate
look at the African
American experience.
By Sonaiya Kelley
Last month, during a
meeting in the Oval Office,
the president asked why the
United States should accept
immigrants from Africa,
Central America and the Caribbean.
“What do we want Haitians here for?” Donald
Trump asked. “Why do we
want all these people from
Africa here? Why do we want
all these people from shithole countries?”
For Ayuko Babu, executive director of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival,
now in its 26th year, the
statement was more than
disappointing.
“He was talking about
us,” he said. “About me, my
family, our people around
the world. We didn’t get
through 500 years [of slavery] without bringing a lot of
wisdom and insight. So that
is a silly comment.”
“It shows the kind of ig[See Festival, E5]
CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
ART CRITIC
Wall labels, catalog essays, audio guides, critical
reviews, gallery docents,
press releases — the interpretive apparatus that
grows up around Conceptually-based art in museums
can be a dreadful subject for
an exhibition. Organized
navel gazing is usually an
unattractive sight.
And so it turns out to be
in “Stories of Almost Everyone,” an extravaganza of excessive self-contemplation
newly opened at the UCLA
Hammer Museum. The
show assembles art objects
that reside within a context
of heavy institutional mediation, given the nature of the
work.
[See Hammer, E5]
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
What’s next for
Jordan Peele?
Genre, of course. It’s
the favorite platform
for Oscar-nominated
filmmaker behind
“Get Out.” The Envelope
Christopher Knight Los Angeles Times
“SELLING OUT,” a performance piece conceived by Tino Seghal, is a bright spot in the Hammer exhibition.
Comics ................... E6-7
TV grid ...................... E8
E2
T H U R S DAY , F E B RUA RY 8 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R
Fleming sings one for ‘Dreamers’
Eggert files
police report
on Baio
By Catherine Womack
Just a year ago, a somewhat misleading headline in
the New York Times gave opera fans a scare. “The Diva
Departs: Renée Fleming’s
Farewell to Opera” seemed to
suggest that one of this
world’s most beloved stars
was retiring.
But as the article (and
Fleming’s schedule) made
clear, the singer, 59, is far
from the end of her illustrious
career. Though she may not
be singing big roles onstage
at the Met this year, Fleming
is in the middle of a busy season of touring, traveling almost weekly for concerts and
recitals around the world.
This spring she will appear on a stage not far from
the Met, headlining a Broadway revival of Rodgers and
Hammerstein’s “Carousel.”
Between performances,
Fleming is exploring the
intersection of music and
medicine. On Monday she
helped Los Angeles Opera
launch a local chapter of her
Music and the Mind program, with a public presentation alongside neuroscientist
Antonio Damasio at USC.
As if that weren’t enough,
moviegoers can hear Fleming prominently on the
soundtracks of “The Shape
of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” both of which have
earned Oscar nominations
for their scores.
But on Tuesday night, at
least, her focus shifted back
to the stage.
The Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion was full of glitz.
Fleming fans dressed up, sipping Champagne and packing the house for the sopra-
Lawrence K. Ho
SOPRANO Renée Fleming has a one-night recital with pianist Hartmut Höll at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
no’s L.A. Opera recital.
Accompanied by pianist
Hartmut Höll and wearing a
Carolina Herrera dress with
a long gray wrap, Fleming
opened the concert with a
delicate classical crescendo,
spinning the opening line
from Handel’s “Ombra mai
fu” like silk. From there she
moved on to German art
songs by Brahms, chatting
up the audience between selections with her characteristic down-to-earth charm.
“I really like gown applause,” she said when the
audience roared as she entered after intermission in a
fresh look (a sparkling midnight blue dress with accompanying gossamer kimono
by Carmen Marc Valvo). “It
makes carting all these
dresses around the world
worth it!”
In addition to classical selections by Brahms and
Fauré, Fleming sang two
relatively new works by the
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, championing her as a talented female composer in her remarks. In Shaw’s “Aurora
Borealis,” her voice floated
across the hall in an iridescent display of vocal color.
There were Broadway
songs too. “Till There Was
You” from “The Music Man”
and “I Whistle a Happy
Tune” from “The King and I”
were presented as a tribute
to soprano Barbara Cook,
who died in August.
By the end of the evening,
which was full of tender, romantic melodies, Fleming
held her audience in the palm
of her hand. She sang one big
operatic aria to conclude her
program: Dvorák’s “Song to
the Moon” from “Rusalka” ––
a reminder the opera stage is
still hers for the taking.
Fleming knows her fan
base well, and so she gave the
many aspiring singers in the
room a chance to release
their own vocal flourishes
during her encore performance of “I Could’ve Danced
All Night” from “My Fair
Lady.” The sound that
launched back at her from
the rafters was more well-rehearsed chorus than audience singalong.
“Now you can tell everyone tomorrow that you sang
with me,” she said.
Fleming chose to make
her final statement of the
night a compassionate, political one. “This one is for the
‘Dreamers,’ ” she said before
singing Leonard Bernstein’s
“Somewhere” from “West
Side Story,” with the openings lyrics, “There’s a place
for us ...”
She left to roaring applause. Fleming clearly has
more to say. And her fans are
eager to hear it.
calendar@latimes.com
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FILM FESTIVAL
‘Dogs’ joins the pack
Wes Anderson’s latest
movie is among the
titles announced for
the Texas showcase.
By Mark Olsen
The upcoming South by
Southwest Film Festival continued to add to its program
Wednesday with the announcement that the North
American premiere of Wes
Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” will
be the closing night selection. The festival runs from
March 9-18 in Austin, Texas.
“Isle of Dogs” will have its
world premiere as the opening night movie of the Berlin
Film Festival this month.
The stop-motion animated
picture is set in near-future
Japan and tells the story of a
boy on a journey to find his
lost dog amid all the pooches
exiled to a garbage dump.
Anderson was at SXSW
with his previous film, “The
Grand Budapest Hotel.” The
impressive voice cast for “Isle
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of Dogs” includes Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand,
Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson,
Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton,
Ken Watanabe, Mari Natsuki, Nijiro Murakami and
Courtney B. Vance.
The festival also announced the lineup to its
popular midnighters section
of genre films, including six
world premieres.
Included are two films
featuring Betty Gabriel, who
had a scene-stealing supporting turn in last year’s
horror hit “Get Out.” Gabriel
reunites with producer Jason
Blum for Stephen Susco’s
“Untitled Blumhouse-Bazelevs Film” ( developed as a follow-up to the 2014 film “Unfriended”), and also appears
in the tech-thriller “Upgrade”
from “Insidious: Chapter 3”
director Leigh Whannell.
Also in midnighters will
be Ari Aster’s Sundance
breakout “Hereditary,” Katsuyuki Motohiro’s “Ajin:
Demi-Human,” Owen Eger-
ton’s “Blood Fest,” Jeremy
Dyson and Andy Nyman’s
“Ghost Stories,” Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s “A Prayer
Before Dying,” Jenn Wexler’s
“The Ranger,” Colin Minihan’s “What Keeps You Alive”
and multi-director anthology “The Field Guide to Evil.”
Noting that the midnighter selection includes
both veteran and many firsttime filmmakers, SXSW senior film programmer Jarod
Neece said in a statement, “It
is the highlight of my year to
get to dive into the yearly
pool of genre film submissions and see what wild and
devilish ideas these filmmakers have brought to life.”
Other titles added to the
program include Melanie
Laurent’s “Galveston,” Clayton Jacobson’s “Brothers
Nest” and Dan Gregor’s
“Most Likely to Murder,” all
world premieres in the narrative spotlight section. Jason
Outenreath’s “They Live
Here, Now” will have its
world premiere in the documentary spotlight section.
Added to the 24 Beats Per
Actress Nicole Eggert,
who recently accused Scott
Baio of having sex with her
before she was 18, met Tuesday with a Los Angeles Police Department detective
regarding sexual misconduct allegations against the
actor, who played her nanny
on the 1980s sitcom “Charles
in Charge.”
Police are investigating
Eggert’s allegations, an
LAPD spokesman told The
Times on Wednesday.
“Ask @scottbaio what
happened in his garage at
his house when I was a minor. Creep,” Eggert, 46,
tweeted Jan. 27. She later appeared on various TV shows
and alleged he had had sex
with her when she was a minor.
Baio, 57, has strongly denied the allegations, calling
them “100% lies.”
— Christie D’Zurilla
Country star
Gill: #MeToo
Country music star Vince
Gill added his voice to the
#MeToo movement Tuesday night by showcasing a
personal song about sexual
abuse.
The 21-time Grammy
winner
wrote
“Forever
Changed” “years ago,” but
the current climate surrounding sexual assault inspired him to share it at the
Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during this week’s
Country Radio Seminar.
“We’re living in a time
right now when finally people are having the courage to
speak out about being
abused,” Gill said, adding
that he, too, had experienced sexual assault when a
gym teacher acted inappropriately toward him when he
was a youth.
— Nardine Saad
Ward underway
with next books
South by Southwest Film Festival
“ISLE OF DOGS,” a stop-motion animated picture
from Wes Anderson, will be closing night selection.
Second section are Steve
Sullivan’s documentary “Being Frank: The Chris Sievey
Story” and Brett Haley’s
“Hearts Beat Loud,” which
stars Nick Offerman and
Kiersey Clemons and premiered at Sundance. Bruno
Dumont’s “Jeannette: The
Childhood of Joan of Arc” will
screen in the Global section.
Screening in the festival
favorites section will be three
movies that premiered at
Sundance, including two of
that festival’s dramatic competition titles: “Blindspotting” — directed by Carlos
Lopez Estrada and starring
Daveed Diggs — and Boots
Riley’s “Sorry to Bother
You,” starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson,
Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer and Terry Crews. SXSW
has also added Cristina
Costantini and Darren Foster’s “Science Fair,” which
claimed Sundance’s inaugural Festival Favorite award, a
prize voted on by audiences
and open to all films across
the festival.
Twelve curated short film
programs were also announced for SXSW.
mark.olsen@latimes.com
National Book Award
winner Jesmyn Ward has her
next two novels planned.
On Wednesday, Scribner
told the Associated Press
that Ward will write an adult
novel about an enslaved
woman sent from the Carolinas to New Orleans. She will
then work on her first novel
for middle graders, a “magical adventure” featuring a
Southern black woman with
“special powers.”
Titles and publication
dates for the two books have
not yet been determined.
Scribner will publish the
adult book, while the middle-grade novel will be released by another Simon &
Schuster imprint, Caitlyn
Dlouhy Books.
— associated press
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5 NIGHTS
OUT
A curated calendar of live
music not to be missed
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Dua Lipa, Tommy Genesis
Hollywood Palladium,
6215 Sunset Blvd.,
Hollywood
$69-$223, 7 p.m.
Drive-By Truckers,
Lilly Hiatt
El Rey Theatre,
5515 Wilshire Blvd.
$35, 8:30 p.m.
Miranda Lambert,
Lucie Sylvas, Jon Pardi
Forum, 3900 Manchester
Blvd., Inglewood
$41-$100, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY
MONDAY
Typhoon, Mimicking Birds
Teragram Ballroom,
1234 7th St.
$22, 8 p.m.
Jesus Sons, Healing Gems,
Premonitions, Cat Scan
The Echo,
1822 Sunset Blvd.
Free, 8:30 p.m.
NIGHTLIFE
Feel free to
channel your
inner Gatsby
Disco Dining Club
marries gilded
decadence with feel
of underground club.
By August Brown
When Courtney Nichols
set out to throw the dinner
party/rave/immersive theater project that became
Disco Dining Club, she had
role models.
Among her influences:
Indochine, the New York
Asian-fusion joint and clubhouse that once catered to
the Warhol crowd. Peak-era
Formosa Café in Hollywood,
back when Frank Sinatra
was drowning there in want
of Ava Gardner. Maybe
throw in some Versailles and
Weimar-era Germany on an
underground club promoter
salary.
“We wanted it to be like a
Peggy Guggenheim party
without all the trust funds,”
Nichols said, of the New York
art world doyenne whose
collection of Picassos and
Miró’s wererivaled only
by her myriad sensory
appetites.
On the third anniversary
of her party (which hits the
Mid-Wilshire
Art
Deco
Building this Saturday),
she’s off to a good start.
At a time when underground nightlife is faced
with mounting pressures to
stay afloat, be it soaring
rents or increased scrutiny
placed upon do-it-yourself
venues in the wake of 2016’s
tragic fire at underground
Oakland art space Ghost
Ship, it’s harder than ever to
throw the kind of rough-andtumble, shoestring-budget
events where culture takes
shape.
So Nichols went hard in
the other direction — throwing parties in the glitziest
on-the-grid spaces she could
find, with menus of caviar,
oysters and champagne.
She built on themes ranging
from gay bathhouses to Russian royalty. Dinner usually
comes with some kind of leftfield theater or a sweat-itout ’70s dance party.
It has the heart of an after-hours club but revels in
the gilded decadence most
below-radar nightlife is out
to destroy.
“There’s so much exceptional [nightlife] talent here,
like A Club Called Rhonda
and Making Shapes,” Nichols said. “But after Ghost
Ship, people just don’t want
to take that risk. That’s what
I missed, music in diffuse
spaces. You need a narrative
to get people to leave the
house today, but you can’t be
smelling car exhaust while
eating caviar.”
Nichols is a clubland fix-
ture, usually easy to spot
across with her shock of pastel hair and an interestingly
cut dress. Her fascination
with disco culture extends
far beyond the music, into
the ways the genre blended
scenes and identities and
gave clubbers permission to
test their limits.
She always threw a good
shindig, starting with her
earliest proto-DDC parties
in her West L.A. backyard.
But the night she made the
series official, she brought a
gussied-up crew of latenight regulars to Cliff ’s Edge
in Silver Lake. What had
been intended as a genial
night out with small-plates
and champagne quickly escalated.
“People showed up in full
regalia and by the end of the
night they were having sex in
the bathrooms,” Nichols
said.
So began her wink-winknudge-nudge (but not at all,
really) vision of supper-club
indulgence. Disco Dining
Club isn’t cheap. (tickets for
Saturday start at $100 and go
up to $250). But that’s all-in
for everything, including (at
the VIP level), a multicourse meal from Bistro
LQ’s Laurent Quenioux,
enough oysters to drag down
a small yacht and a longform set from French disco
mainstay Joakim.
Is it a weird time for her to
dive into the aesthetic and
gustatory signifiers of the
ultra-rich? Disco scholars
will note it’s no coincidence
that the scene arose in the
‘70s, a time of distrust in government, crumbling cities
and post-Vietnam cynicism
that yielded some of the
most unabashedly joyful
music and righteously decadent nightlife.
In today’s divisive climate, there’s some sanctuary in walling off the bad
news for a night and surrounding oneself with finer
things.
“I can say without a shred
of doubt that people need
this right now,” Nichols said.
“Right now , people still need
to know that this life can exist.”
august.brown@
latimes.com
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
EXPRESSING HERSELF was important to singer Camila Cabello on “Camila,” her debut solo album.
Not too sweet
Camila Cabello goes deeper than the ‘candy
songs’ many expected of her after Fifth Harmony
MIKAEL WOOD
POP MUSIC CRITIC
Disco Dining
Club: Hall of
Mirrors
Where: Art Deco Building,
5209 Wilshire Blvd., Los
Angeles
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $100-$250
Info: restlessnites.com/dd
challofmirrors
Chris Blaski
DISCO DINING CLUB blends good food with wild
costumes, faux opulence and late-night dance music.
Camila Cabello didn’t have the
highest of hopes for last month’s
Grammy Awards.
“No one really talks to each other
at those things,” the pop singer said a
few days before the ceremony. “Everybody’s there with their entourage,
and even if you run into somebody you
know, it’s just like” — here her throaty
voice shot up an octave in mock
excitement — “‘Hi! How are you?’
Then you both run off in opposite
directions.
“It’s hard to have a good time.”
Cabello, best known until recently
as a member of the girl group Fifth
Harmony, was right not to expect
much: With lackluster performances
and mystifying awards choices, this
year’s Grammys were indeed a trial to
endure.
But one of the show’s few highlights actually turned out to be Cabello, who took part in an emotional
performance
of
Kesha’s
song
“Praying” and delivered a powerful
speech in support of children of undocumented immigrants.
“I’m here on this stage tonight because, just like the ‘Dreamers,’ my
parents brought me to this country
with nothing in their pockets but
hope,” said Cabello, the 20-year-old
daughter of a Cuban mother and a
Mexican father.
That she’d put on a stylish pair of
reading glasses to make her remarks
only deepened the impression that
here was an artist with something to
say and an inventive way of saying it.
You get the same sense from
“Camila,” Cabello’s strong solo debut,
which came out in January. Full of
cleverly phrased love songs that
proudly emphasize her Latin roots, it
presents an uncommonly vivid portrait of an individual whose early professional experiences were all about
streamlining — first as a competitor
on “The X Factor,” then as part of the
five-woman machine that was Fifth
Harmony.
The more personal approach is
paying off: “Camila” debuted at No. 1
on the Billboard 200 the same week
her single “Havana” — about her
longing for the city where she was
born — topped the Hot 100 chart.
Still, as her skepticism about the
Grammys makes clear, Cabello has
seen enough of the industry to know
that hits don’t always sell themselves.
So on a recent afternoon, the singer was holed up in a West Hollywood
hotel suite as international TV crews
came through and tossed her softball
questions about how it feels to have a
successful album.
“I try to find a unique way of answering, but it’s basically just a bunch
of adjectives with ‘super’ attached to
them,” she said at the end of the junket. Cabello was curled on a sofa, each
of her feet encased in a giant brown
slipper made to look like a lion’s paw.
“But that’s better than, ‘How did
you start singing?’ ” she continued.
“Sorry,” she added with a laugh.
“Just being honest.”
“Camila” comes after a rocky departure from Fifth Harmony. The way
she tells it, she wanted to take on a
greater creative role in the group
while also dabbling outside of it (as
she did in duets with Shawn Mendes
and Machine Gun Kelly).
Once she was on her own, Cabello
said, “people wanted me — even people I was writing with — to be the
group, just by myself. It was candy
songs with candy videos.”
“Camila,” however, is surprisingly
quiet, with her voice often simply layered over sparse piano or electric guitar and intimate words about control
and loneliness.
In one track, “In the Dark,” Cabello, who lives in Miami, describes the
feeling she had during early sessions
for the album in Los Angeles.
“Who are you when it’s 3 a.m. and
you’re all alone?” she sings, “And L.A.
doesn’t feel like home?”
“It was really important to me to
express myself, even if it wasn’t the
candy that everybody wants,” she
said.
Cabello said she thought about
artists whose music makes her feel
like she knows them: Ed Sheeran,
John Mayer, Taylor Swift.
“That’s the music that inspired
me, at least on the American side.”
And on the Latin side? Cabello
named Alejandro Sanz, Calle 13,
Maná and J Balvin, whose smash “Mi
Gente” — like “Havana” — made former President Obama’s widely publicized list of his favorite songs of 2017.
“We texted each other and were
like, ‘Oh, my God, we did it!’ ” she recalled of her exchange with J Balvin.
“It was like our little rebellion-slashprotest against the anti-immigrant
sentiment that’s going on. And it was
such a win for Latin music. All of a
sudden, it’s not this outlier — it’s just
normal.”
Asked if she relished the opportunity for her music to take on a political
edge that perhaps seemed impossible
in Fifth Harmony, she nodded.
“I feel like that’s part of the reason
Michael Jackson is one of my favorite
artists,” she said. “Whenever he took a
political stance, it was always
through his music.”
Like “Man in the Mirror”?
“ ‘Man in the Mirror,’ ‘Black or
White,’ ‘They Don’t Care About Us,’
‘Earth Song,’ ” she replied. “When I
look at artists like that, it definitely
makes me want to do more. So with
‘Havana,’ for example, when kids
come up to me in a meet-and-greet
and say, ‘Thank you for representing
us’ — that really means a lot.
“It’s so much deeper than, ‘Oh, my
gosh, you’re so pretty!’”
mikael.wood@latimes.com
Twitter: @mikaelwood
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Prototypes for a new monument?
[Border wall, from E1]
form, I think its danger lies in
something more macabre:
the politics, ideology and
viewpoints behind it.”
On Tuesday, prompted by
L.A. artist Gelare Khoshgozaran, a group of 25 culture
figures submitted an open
letter protesting Büchel’s
idea, calling it “the promotion
of white supremacy.”
Art provocateur
The MAGA initiative is
not the first time Büchel has
been a political provocateur.
In 2015, he transformed a defunct church in Venice, Italy,
into a working mosque for the
Venice Biennale — a test of
the city’s tolerance toward
Muslims. On another occasion, he converted a London
gallery into a senior center.
His chaotic, often dystopic,
installations regularly require visitors to sign accident
waivers — just as we do before
our trip into Mexico.
Our van weaves through
Tijuana, to a road that runs
along the current border wall,
a 10-foot steel barricade
crafted from recycled Vietnam-era landing mats (the
portable landing platforms
used by helicopters).
Our tour guide, Michael
Diers, an art historian from
Germany who studies art
and political systems, is familiar with walls — in his case,
the Berlin Wall, which as a
young man he would cross
from west to east to shop at
East German bookshops.
“I was very much concerned about the other side of
the wall,” he says. “We lived on
the ‘better’ side of the wall.
And it’s just by chance —
what side you happen to be
born on.”
I ask Diers if it’s appropriate to hail the prototypes’
aesthetics, given their xenophobic political purpose.
“It’s always about aesthetics,” he says. “We live in a media world, and you have to
present yourself. In 1920s
Germany, everybody wore
black suits with white shirts
because it looked good in
black and white photography. Here, the politicians
wear red ties and blue suits
because they look like the flag
— it’s the allegory of the Stars
and Stripes.
“Aesthetics is politics.”
Diers says that over its existence, the Berlin Wall was
also aestheticized.
“When it started, it was
very brutal,” he adds. “But it
was refined over time.”
Büchel’s MAGA website
doesn’t delve into politics. In
Photographs by
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
DEBORAH JOYCE and Nina Magnusdottir discuss the wall situation from the Mexican side, in Tijuana.
PROTOTYPES for new wall are visible from Mexi-
TIJUANA residents Alexis Franco Santana, left, and
can side of current wall. It’s all part of an art tour.
Juan Manuel Hernandez Lozano discuss prototypes.
fact, in his lone interview, he
refused to say much about
his beliefs: “My political position, that’s not interesting in
this context.”
Even so, when Hauser &
Wirth, which represents
Büchel, announced the tours
on its Twitter feed, the gallery
was greeted with a withering
dose of invective.
“Now I understand why I
don’t visit this gallery,” one
respondent said. Another
replied with a GIF of the
Berlin Wall’s construction.
Marc Payot, vice president at Hauser & Wirth, a
European gallery with a
downtown L.A. branch, responded via a statement that
the prototypes were intended to “stand as evidence
of bigotry and fear in American culture. . . . The fact that
PROTOTYPES has tapped
into the public’s anxieties re-
inforces why this is such a relevant project.”
‘Conceptual border’
We reach the intersection
of Cuahtémoc Norte and Juventud Oriente, where a
small roundabout serves as
memorial to those who died
crossing the border. A European curator working with
Büchel on the prototypes
project — but who declines to
go on the record — points out
the memorial to the group.
I ask her and Diers
whether they had ever visited
Tijuana before working on
Büchel’s prototypes project.
Neither had.
Within 20 minutes, we are
standing in a colonia on the
fringes of Tijuana, just before
the current border.
On the Mexican side of the
dividing line are the junkyards that contend with the
overflows of waste generated
by Tijuana’s maquiladoras,
which craft the cheap goods
that will end up in the U.S. On
the other — al otro lado — are
the looming prototypes.
Just south of the fence sits
one of the stone obelisks that
marked the border during
the late 19th century. Diers
notes that the simple obelisk
was once enough to mark the
international dividing line: “It
was a conceptual border
more than a real border.”
Since they were completed, the border wall prototypes have turned into archi-
tectural celebrities of sorts —
debated on the news, filmed
by drones and scrutinized by
critics. The Times’ architecture critic, Christopher
Hawthorne, describes them
as “banal and startling,” a
combination of “architectural exhibition and the new nativism rolled into one.”
Beyond their political implications, it’s easy to see why
the structures have drawn so
much attention: They are absurd — bloated security theater in a color palette befitting
a suburban subdivision. (So
many shades of putty.) It was
only a matter of time before
an enterprising artist horned
in on the action.
All the attention has
turned this humble settlement into a tourist attraction. A folding ladder is
placed near the metal wall,
and we each take turns
climbing up for unobstructed
pictures of the prototypes.
Soon we are joined by
Alexis Franco Santana, an
ebullient 22-year-old tijuanense who lives in a small
room across from the site.
Santana, outfitted in white
tank, red headphones and
constantly pinging cellphone, says the structures
have drawn visitors from all
over the world.
He thinks the prototypes
are laughable.
“It’s like Donald Trump
said, ‘Go to Toys R Us and
bring me all the toys, and I
will choose the best one,’” he
says. “They can make the wall
from here to the sky and we
can find a way to get around
it. Los mexicanos tienen
maña.”
Mexicans
have
knack.
His neighbor, Juan Manuel Hernandez Lozano, takes a
dimmer view.
Hernandez was born in
Mexico but was taken to Los
Angeles without papers when
he was about 5. He spent almost his entire life in Los Angeles and speaks English
laced with the musical cadence of the Eastside. To
prove his real-deal L.A.-ness,
he shows me a Raiders tattoo.
Nine years ago, he was deported. His family lives in
L.A., but he’s stuck in Tijuana. In that time, he has
missed the funerals of both
parents and a brother.
“It’s been hard,” he says. “I
got sick over here. I have cancer. I should have been dead a
year ago.”
I ask him what he thinks of
turning the prototypes into a
national monument.
“It’s a racist thing,” he
replies. “Why would they do
something like that? What
are they getting out of it?”
Manzanar question
When the Manzanar internment camp was designated
a national historic site by
Congress in the 1990s, it was
not without controversy. The
camp, in the Owens Valley,
had once harbored upward of
11,000 Japanese Americans,
who had been interned there
during a period of intense
anti-Japanese paranoia during World War II.
Japanese American activists — among them, former
internees — had called for
protection of this contentious
site as a way to remember this
dark episode in U.S. history.
(“A national symbolic step
that must go forward,” activist Sue Kunitomi Embrey
said at the time.)
But some groups fought
the designation. In a letter to
the National Park Service,
which manages the site, one
critic described the portrayal
of Manzanar as an internment camp as “treason.”
Others preferred that the
camp be depicted as the benevolent provider of wartime
“housing”
for
Japanese
Americans.
The efforts to sugarcoat
history ultimately failed.
Manzanar is today one of the
most prominent sites in the
U.S. to commemorate the
internment of Japanese
Americans.
The making of a monument is messy business. It requires unflagging advocates,
inevitable detractors and a
majority vote in Congress.
It also requires time.
Manzanar was declared a
national historic landmark in
1985, four decades after it
closed, and a national historic site seven years later.
In the case of the border,
that history is still being written. The prototypes could become monuments to racist
folly or reawakened white supremacy. It all leads me to
wonder what the reaction
would have been in 1943 if a
European artist had visited
Manzanar and described the
place as a “land art exhibition” in a press release.
Toward the end of the
tour, Dierasks what we think
of the idea of turning the
prototypes into a monument.
One person says they could
serve as “a monument to
hubris.” Another says they
could be preserved like an
American Auschwitz. I suggest that in the spirit of the
border, where U.S. goods and
ideas are constantly being recycled by Mexico, perhaps we
should allow the residents of
Tijuana to dismantle the
prototypes and use them to
build something new.
Members of the group disperse to get final snapshots. I
ask Santana, who has been
hovering in the background,
if he’s OK with turning the
prototypes into art.
Not in their current form,
he says. “If it’s going to be art,
they should paint them. They
could put a beach scene on
one or a forest on the other.
But they need to paint them;
otherwise, it’s not art.”
The group clambers into
the van and we make our way
back to the other side — the
one where many of us,
through accidents of fate, just
happened to be born.
carolina.miranda
@latimes.com
Twitter: @cmonstah
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‘Stories’ get
between art
and audience
[Hammer from E1]
A ring whose stone is said
to be made from the compressed ashes of a deceased
architect of international
stature; a tall, canary-yellow
plank leaning against the wall
and virtually reproducing
sculpture by a famous (also
deceased) artist; an ordinary
12-tier postcard holder, the
same kind you’d find in a tourist shop, here empty of cards
— these are among the objects scattered like so many
tumbleweeds throughout the
Hammer’s wide-open rooms.
With the visually dull little
ring, you wouldn’t know
about artist Jill Magid’s otherwise fascinating obsession
with the architect (Luis Barragán) just by looking at it.
Some text is necessary to reveal to an unwitting viewer
the morbid material claimed
to be embedded in the jewelry’s dark blue-gray stone.
Unless you are knowledgeable about 20th century art,
you may not identify the celebrated sculpture of John McCracken as source material
for Darren Bader’s bright yellow plank. (Undated, it approximates a 1980 McCracken in the Baltimore
Museum of Art.) Nor would
you catch the historical reference to the skeletal shape of
Marcel
Duchamp’s
1914
readymade sculpture, “Bottle Rack,” in Ceal Floyer’s
readymade postcard rack,
“Wish You Were Here.”
But help — of a sort — is on
the way.
Each of 62 objects by 40
international artists (plus
one other that is a performance, not an object) is accompanied by a prominent wall
text, either flatly explanatory
or interpretive. All of the texts
are reprinted in the handbook-sized catalog.
Meanwhile, audio guides
and headphones are available to take with you while perusing the art. They are accompanied by a printed transcript for those who prefer to
read rather than listen, or to
read along with while the institutional voice whispers
into your ear.
According to Hammer curators Aram Moshayedi and
Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, the
premise of “Stories of Almost
Everyone” is that we have a
“tendency to project stories
onto inanimate objects, including works of contemporary art we encounter in museums.” These objects demand a suspension of disbelief.
An introductory wall text
explains, “Contemporary art
museums are tasked with facilitating access to the hidden truths embedded within
works of art.” The show
means to tease out the way
those stories emerge in an institutional setting.
It is focused on art of a
particular kind. All but four
of the artists are under 50,
which means they (like the
curators) were born into a
world where Conceptual art
was already on its way to becoming the widespread cultural reference point that it is
today. Once radical, it’s now
establishment.
Two types of Conceptually based works are featured.
One is found objects
placed into a new context —
such as Floyer’s ordinary
postcard rack, a structure recalling the genre’s original
souvenir in Duchamp’s bottle
rack. Others include Michael
Queenland’s broom, standing upright as a monolith to
some unseen sorcerer’s apprentice; the big library globe
once owned by Robert McNamara, the Vietnam Warera secretary of Defense, repurposed as an ironic, sociocultural collectible by Vietnamese artist Danh Vo; and,
yesterday’s
newspaper,
which is refreshed daily on a
low, doormat-like pedestal by
Dave McKenzie, ostensibly to
offer insight into sluggish analog communication in a
Joshua White
MICHAEL QUEENLAND’S broom stands upright among the works in “Stories of Almost Everyone.”
‘Stories
of Almost
Everyone’
Where: Hammer Museum,
10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.
When: Through May 6;
closed Mondays
Admission: Free
Info: (310) 443-7000,
hammer.ucla.edu
lightning-fast digital era.
The other Conceptual
trope consists of found objects slightly altered. Fayçal
Baghriche apparently tinkered with a vintage mantle
clock to speed it up, warping
time. Cian Dayrit merged an
upholstered prayer bench
with a decorative boudoir
vanity, topped by a carved
imperial eagle.
In the most dramatic example, the mechanized lid of
a white baby-grand piano periodically lifts and then
crashes down with a thundering bang! chased by the
clatter of shaken and vibrating strings. Martin Creed reimagines a player piano as a
disruptive rather than soothing noise machine.
Few of these works really
require the explanatory textual interventions that the
curators assume they do.
However, with viewers feeling
obliged by the show’s prem-
Film fest as a corrective
[Festival, from E1]
norance that’s pervasive with
respect to Africa and the
Third World,” added Asantewa Olatunji, director of
programming for the festival.
“One of the things these
kinds of statements do is play
on the self-esteem of the people that come from there,
even though we may know
better. So one of the things
that we try to do with the Pan
African Film Festival is make
sure that we show those positive and realistic images.
And that when we look at it
we can identify ourselves.”
This year, the festival will
be held Thursday through
Feb. 19 at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza’s Rave Cinemas.
Even before Trump’s statement, the festival has existed
in part to correct misconceptions about people of the African diaspora.
Launched in 1992 by a
group of activists (including
Babu, Danny Glover and
“Good Times” actress Ja’Net
DuBois) concerned about
the portrayal of black people
in the media, the festival
seeks to promote inclusion,
diversity of storytelling and
accurate representation of
the black experience.
“So we decided to put together a festival of films that
come from all over the world
and show a more realistic image of the people that we are,”
said Olatunji.
Since 1992, PAFF has
grown from a seven-day festival screening almost 40 films
to a 12-day festival that
screens more than 170. “We’re
now the largest black film festival in the United States and
probably in this hemisphere,” said Olatunji.
Approximately
35,000
people, including more than
100 filmmakers, attend the
festival just for the films
(roughly 90,000 people show
up for the festival’s fine arts
show). This year’s lineup includes films from more than
40 countries spanning five
continents and 26 languages.
“We have films from all
over
the
world,”
said
Olatunji. “From the South
Pacific, South America, the
Caribbean, Africa, the U.S.,
Canada… wherever there is a
community of black people
that are making films about
themselves.”
In addition to expanding
the length and scope of the
Pan African Film Festival
FOREST WHITAKER, left, and Eric Bana star in
“The Forgiven,” which will screen at the festival.
festival, the content of the
films has evolved too.
“When we first started,
most of the stories were very
negative stories,” said Olatunji. “They were stories
about gangbangers or about
the pimps and prostitute idiom. Now we are seeing far
more diverse stories.”
She attributes the increase in diverse stories in
part to the digital revolution.
“When we first started,
films were on 35mm,” she
said. “There was no such
thing as streaming. So now
we have so many different
places to see film, which has
really encouraged the creation of so much more product. And with that product
comes that diversity of story.”
An emergence of diversity
in roles for black actors in
Hollywood has also done a lot
to move the culture forward.
“In terms of the black experience and the black footprint, we have so many new
actors in Hollywood that
come from someplace else,”
she said.
She points to the festival’s
closing night film “The Forgiven,” where Forest Whitaker, who is African American,
portrays South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as
one example. “We have [Brit]
Idris Elba playing an African
American, and [‘Star Wars’
actor] John Boyega playing a
person from outer space! So
we do see that black people
are now in these more diverse
roles than we saw in 1992.”
The festival will open with
the world premiere of Alfons
Adetuyi’s “Love Jacked” and
close with the U.S. premiere
of director Roland Joffé’s
“The Forgiven,” starring
Whitaker and Eric Bana. It
will also host the L.A. premiere of Kareem Mortimer’s
“Cargo” on Sunday at 6:35
p.m. Other highlights include
Samuel D. Pollard’s documentary “Sammy Davis Jr.:
I’ve Gotta Be Me” (Saturday
at 4:35 p.m., Sunday at 6:25
p.m. and Feb. 19 at 6:15 p.m.)
and “Jimmy Jean-Louis Visits Tijuana,” a documentary
on the city’s Haitian community (Sunday at 6 p.m. and
Feb. 16 at 4:10 p.m.).
With the success of films
like “Girls Trip” and “Get
Out” and anticipation for
“Black Panther” and “A
Wrinkle in Time,” black cinema is having a moment.
Olatunji agreed. “This is
absolutely a period of time
that black film, black stories,
black art is being valued. ...
“It’s been too long that
everybody has gone to the
movies and just accepted the
European reflection. Everybody wants to see what is going on in the world, and
everybody wants to see that
reflection of ourselves.”
sonaiya.kelley
@latimes.com
Pan African
Film & Arts
Festival
Where: Baldwin Hills
Crenshaw Plaza’s Rave
Cinemas, 4020 Marlton
Ave., L.A.
When: Through Feb. 19
Tickets: $14
Info: paff.org
ise to read the labels and peruse the audio guide, an unhappily coercive element
creeps into to their undertaking. Perhaps because the
Hammer is a university museum, therefore heightening
the pedagogical concerns of
its exhibitions, specific institutional imperatives are
made to be of outsized interest.
Here, the museum and its
issues get in the way of art’s
encounter with an audience.
“Now more than ever,” the
catalog imprudently instructs, “it is clear that embedded within the desire for
meaning in art is a latent desire for narrative, for some
semblance of stories to give
shape to an otherwise indeterminate experience.”
Note the unfounded assumption: Whose “desire for
meaning”? The desire of the
audience? The artists? The
museum?
This anxiety-laden emphasis on the supposed necessity of interpretive explanation — of storytelling — is
what Susan Sontag once
called “a subtle or not so subtle form of philistinism.” Art
is being required to justify its
existence with “meaning.” Its
legitimacy will apparently be
assessed by the seriousness
and significance of the story
line.
“Stories of Almost Everyone” is a tale of institutional
anxiety. The condition sur-
faces most clearly in the 63rd
work in the show, choreographed by the 41st artist. It
is not an object. Instead, it’s a
situational action.
The brief performance is
also the one real bright spot
in the exhibition. Enter the
show’s final gallery and, suddenly, a uniformed guard
standing nearby begins to
writhe, twirl and dance.
Soon the clothing begins
to come off. The dance becomes a silent, wholly unexpected strip-tease.
The ecdysiast’s disrobing
ends just before the underpants — given a couple of
teasing tugs as the stripper
looks you squarely in the eye
— would typically get discarded in the climatic moments of a commercial bump
and grind.
Like the cliché cop who in
fact is a secretly hired stripper arriving at a noisy bachelorette party, the museum
guard is a figure of institutional authority who’s not
what he appears to be. In artist Tino Sehgal’s wryly seductive work, coyly titled “selling
out,” surface layers get
peeled back from this institutionalized work of art to reveal what lies beneath — in
this case supple skin.
Yet the process stops just
short of exposing the ultimate creative apparatus.
That part is private.
On the day I saw the show,
a funny moment came when I
realized that, as the stripper
enticingly unfurled a Scheherazade story on one side of
a gallery wall, on the other
side a docent was droning on
about one of the mute sculptural objects. The docent
spoke to a crowd of a couple
dozen visitors who had gathered on neatly arranged folding stools to hear the dutiful
explanations. The stripper
played to virtually no one in a
mostly empty room.
You certainly feel uneasy
in a gallery encounter with a
guard getting naked. That’s
salutary. The mediation of
gallery docents, wall labels,
audio guides and the rest
mostly exists to lessen the
anxiety that an audience
naturally feels — and frankly
ought to feel — when faced
with a powerful work of art.
I couldn’t help but wonder
what it would be like to come
across Sehgal’s action not in
this pedantic show but over
in the Hammer’s ordinary
permanent collection galleries. Imagine if an attractive guard suddenly began
undressing in the vicinity of
Gustave
Moreau’s
1876
masterpiece of erotic sensory
experience, “Salomé Dancing before Herod.”
Now that would really be
something — no label
needed.
christopher.knight
@latimes.com
Twitter: @KnightLAT
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BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
In the final of the Senior
Knockout Teams at the Fall
NABC, Eric Rodwell earned
a swing for his team with a
good deceptive play.
At both tables, South
played at four spades. When
Rodwell was East, South’s
opening bid of one spade
was limited in strength, so
North simply jumped to
game. West led a heart, and
South took the king and led
the jack of spades: deuce,
five ... and Rodwell followed
with the eight.
South could have led a
low spade next, planning to
insert dummy’s seven as a
safety play for one trump
loser if West played the
three. But South didn’t
know he could afford to play
safe; East might have held
the king of diamonds. It
looked as if East had the
bare eight or doubleton 10-8,
so South led the queen next.
Rodwell was sure of two
trump tricks. Down one.
At the other table, the
pro sitting East missed the
false card: He won the first
spade with his king. Later,
South picked up the trumps
and made his game when the
diamond finesse won.
Question: You hold: ♠ A 7
5 ♥ 4 3 ♦ A Q 9 8 ♣ Q J 8 2. Your
partner opens one club, you
respond one diamond, he
bids one heart. Now what?
Answer: If a jump-preference to three clubs would be
forcing in your partnership,
that bid would be fine. But
many pairs treat such a
jump as invitational. (What
would you bid with A 7 5, 4 3,
A Q 9 8, J 10 8 2?) Then you
must invent a forcing call.
Bid one spade, merely urging partner to keep describing his hand.
South dealer
Neither side vulnerable
NORTH
♠A75
♥43
♦AQ98
♣QJ82
WEST
EAST
♠2
♠ K 10 8 3
♥J8765
♥ Q 10 9 2
♦K652
♦7
♣A76
♣K543
SOUTH
♠QJ964
♥AK
♦ J 10 4 3
♣ 10 9
SOUTH WEST
NORTH EAST
1♠
Pass
4♠
All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ 6
.
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ASK AMY
Perhaps a chance to heal
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
It may feel as though you are
the only one putting in the
work, but don’t forget about
those whose past work made
all of this possible.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): The project will seem to
drag on and on. Things that
are worthwhile take time.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
You can’t know what will
make you happy in the next
five years. But you have ideas worth exploring today.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Everything you do today, including expressing yourself
honestly, will take courage.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Before you act, consider inaction: It’s a valid option today.
Of course, it’s better if it’s the
kind of inaction that happens out of patience rather
than apathy.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
If you could travel back in
time to talk with the younger
you, you’d tell yourself to love
more fully, too. So tell yourself now.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
A little bit of skepticism
might actually steer you to a
better outcome than you
could find through strictly
positive thinking.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Yes, your moods are catching. But this isn’t just about
mood. Everyone and everything you pass is affected by
your energy.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Most people are dismissive of what they don’t
understand. Not you. You
take the mystery and hold it
to the light.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Have you ever left a letter
unopened because just
holding it made you uncomfortable? There are some
things you just don’t want to
know.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You can learn from
books, but what make a difference are mirrors. Not all
mirrors are made of glass.
Some are made of journal
paper.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): It’s not about doing this
right; it’s about doing the
right things. To make sure
you’re on track, ask the expert.
Today’s birthday (Feb.
8): This solar return you act
on your gut feeling, instinct,
intuition and passion, and
your life reflects the vibrant
uniqueness of who you are.
The golden ticket will be
yours in April as long as you
are clear in your communication and you keep your
commitments. You’ll get
close with special people in
April. Leo and Scorpio adore
you. Your lucky numbers
are: 8, 30, 22, 19 and 45.
Holiday Mathis writes
her column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be
read for entertainment.
Previous forecasts are at
latimes.com/horoscope.
Dear Amy: My husband,
“Steven,” was raised by an
abusive father. He received
regular beatings and humiliation (in front of his friends)
as punishment. He was not a
bad kid. His mother stood by
passively and did nothing
about it.
Steven had two siblings
who were not treated badly.
As an adult, his mom and
dad continued to “put him in
his place” in other ways.
Since he could no longer
be beaten, at family gatherings they liked to humiliate
him by bringing up “bad”
things he did when he was a
child.
He is a 60-year-old man
now. He has suffered his entire life and was made to feel
like there was something
wrong with him.
When we noticed that our
daughter was also being singled out and treated as if she
were inferior to her cousins,
we finally felt we had to do
something about it and decided to no longer celebrate
holidays with them.
We send cards and email
greetings, but we do not feel
it is healthy for us to spend
time with them.
This has made us so
much happier, and our holidays are now stress-free.
Steven’s father has Alzheimer’s now, and his
brother has contacted him,
acting contrite for his past
behavior. He wants to get together.
I am fearful about this.
My husband is a wonderful
person and wants to do the
right thing. What is your
opinion?
Worried Wife
Dear Worried: I think
your husband should seek a
meeting with his brother,
and perhaps also visit his father.
I believe that the right
thing to do is to give people a
chance to make amends,
while still reserving a selfprotective skepticism and
overall release from specific
expectations about how
things will go.
Your husband’s parents
created a toxic atmosphere
in their home, where one
child was singled out for
tough treatment, and the
other children were enlisted
as part of the abusive system. When parents do this,
all of the children suffer. The
child being abused suffers, of
course, but their siblings
grow up witnessing this behavior, knowing that they
might be next and feeling
conflicted and guilty.
Now that the father is no
longer a threat, Steven’s
brother might have had a
genuine realization regarding the family dynamic, and
it could be healing for Steven
to talk to his brother about
it.
Dear Amy: My father-inlaw is dying of pancreatic
cancer and may have only
months to live.
I was assisting him on his
cellphone and found evidence that he had an affair. I
saw an exchange of X-rated
messages and “I love yous.” I
pretended not to see anything and said nothing to
him.
I assume the affair is
over; he can barely care for
himself, and my mother-inlaw is his caregiver.
But what now? Do I keep
his secret?
Worried Son-in-law
Dear Son-in-law: When
faced with a dilemma regarding divulging a secret,
ask yourself, “Who would
benefit?” and “What good
would it do?”
In many cases regarding
family secrets, the “good” is
simply “truth.” But in this
case, your father-in-law has
no opportunity to alter his
behavior, and little opportunity to explain, apologize
and make amends.
I’d say let this one go.
Send questions for Amy
Dickinson to askamy@
amydickinson.com.
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NBC
makes it
to end
zone
By City News Service
Coverage of Super Bowl
LII gave NBC its mostwatched week during the official television season since
2010, even though the game
drew its smallest audience
since 2009.
NBC averaged 23.08 million viewers for its primetime programming between
Jan. 29 and Sunday, according to live-plus-same-day
figures released by Nielsen
on Tuesday. The viewership
was NBC’s most since averaging 24.75 million viewers
the week of Feb. 15-21, 2010, its
first full week of coverage of
the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
NBC’s coverage of Super
Bowl LII on Sunday averaged 103.39 million viewers,
the least for a Super Bowl
since 2009, when NBC’s coverage of the Pittsburgh
Steelers’ 27-23 victory over
the Arizona Cardinals averaged a then-record 106.48
million viewers. Every Super
Bowl between 2010 and 2017
averaged at least 106 million
viewers.
Viewership was down
7.1% from the 111.32 million average for the Patriots’ 34-28
overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl
LI, which aired on Fox in 2017.
Super Bowl LII is the 10th
most-watched program in
U.S. television history behind eight Super Bowls and
the final episode of the CBS
comedy “MASH” in 1983.
The episode of the drama
“This Is Us” that followed
NBC’s postgame show averaged 26.97 million viewers.
CBS was second, averaging 6.08 million, followed
among the broadcast networks by ABC, which averaged 3.77 million, and Fox,
which averaged 2.87 million.
WEEKEND PICKS
Here are the combined rankings for national prime-time
network and cable television last week (Jan. 29-Sunday), as
compiled by Nielsen. They are based on the average number
of people who watched a program from start to finish during
its scheduled telecast or on a playback device the same day.
Nielsen estimates there are 289 million potential viewers in
the U.S. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.
Program
1 Super Bowl LII
2 Super Bowl
Post-Game
3 This Is Us
4 The Big Bang
Theory
5 Young Sheldon
Net- Viewwork
ers
NBC 103.39
NBC 73.45
NBC 26.97
CBS 14.69
12.92
6 State of the Union Fox News 11.71
2018
7 State of the Union Fox News 10.54
Analysis (10:30
p.m.)
8 State of the Union Fox News 9.95
Analysis (9 p.m.)
9 Blue Bloods
CBS 9.32
10 Mom
CBS
9.11
---------------------------------------
3.90
NBC
ABC
Fox News
3.90
3.82
3.82
Fox News
3.79
--------------------------------------56 48 Hours (9 p.m.)
CBS
57 The Four
FOX
58 Tucker Carlson
Fox News
Tonight (Thu.)
59 How to Get Away
ABC
With Murder
60 Lucifer
FOX
3.78
3.76
3.72
7.31
---------------------------------------
7.28
WWE (8 p.m.)
62 The X-Files
Bull (Sat.)
64 The Ingraham
Angle (Thu.)
65 Modern Family
CBS
7.27
7.11
6.72
6.71
6.65
--------------------------------------CBS
CBS
6.64
6.57
ABC
CBS
FOX
6.37
6.23
6.21
--------------------------------------NBC
NBC
6.11
5.92
CBS
CBS
NBC
5.82
5.80
5.67
--------------------------------------Scandal
Law & Order: SVU
The Wall
Criminal Minds
48 Hours (10
p.m.)
Fox News
CBS
MacGyver
CBS
Life in Pieces
CBS
Chicago P.D.
NBC
State of the Union Fox News
Democratic
Response
20 SEAL Team
CBS
31
32
33
34
35
51 Tucker Carlson
Tonight (Mon.)
The Brave
53 Child Support
Tucker Carlson
Tonight (Fri.)
55 Tucker Carlson
Tonight (Wed.)
8.93
8.56
7.58
16
17
18
19
26 The Blacklist
27 State of the Union
Analysis
28 Scorpion
29 Superior Donuts
30 Chicago Fire
ABC
NBC
NBC
CBS
CBS
5.62
5.48
5.43
5.42
5.27
DANCE
3.67
USA
FOX
CBS
Fox News
3.67
3.63
3.63
3.62
ABC
3.49
--------------------------------------66 The Ingraham
Fox News
Angle (Wed.)
67 WWE (9 p.m.)
USA
68 Fresh Off the Boat
ABC
(8:30 p.m.)
NFL Honors
NBC
70 Superstore
NBC
3.48
3.47
3.46
3.46
3.43
--------------------------------------71 The Ingraham
Fox News
Angle (Mon.)
20/20
ABC
73 Hell’s Kitchen
FOX
74 The Ingraham
Fox News
Angle (Fri.)
State of the Union MSNBC
Democratic
Response
3.41
3.41
3.36
3.34
3.34
--------------------------------------76 The Rachel
Maddow Show
(Fri.)
NCIS: Los
Angeles
78 The Rachel
Maddow Show
(Mon.)
36 The Good Doctor
ABC
Fox News
37 Tucker Carlson
Tonight (Tue.)
38 9JKL
CBS
39 Better Late Than
NBC
Never
40 The Resident
FOX
(Mon.)
MSNBC
3.25
CBS
3.25
MSNBC
3.23
5.00
4.95
Network averages
4.82
4.78
Here is the number of viewers (in millions) that
each network averaged per hour of prime time,
for last week and for the season.
4.75
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ABC
Analysis
42 Hannity (Mon.)
Fox News
43 Hannity (Fri.)
Fox News
44 The Goldbergs
ABC
45 Hannity (Thu.)
Fox News
4.74
Last
week
23.08
Season
to date
9.17
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9.51
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3.77
5.95
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2.87
5.98
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1.42
1.73
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1.42
1.53
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4.37
4.31
4.26
4.16
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Network
NBC
4.12
TV H IG HL I GHTS
SERIES
Jay Leno’s Garage Jay
teaches
punk
rocker
Johnny Rotten how to
drive for the first time,
then director Michael
Mann shows Jay how 1930s
gangsters escaped. 7 and
10 p.m. CNBC
Supernatural Danneel Ackles (“One Tree Hill”) the
wife of series star Jensen
Ackles, guest stars in the
new episode as a faith
healer who enters a pact
with Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), which isn’t good
news for Sam, Dean and
Castiel (Jared Padalecki,
Jensen Ackles, Misha
Collins). 8 p.m. KTLA
The Four: Battle for Stardom The final four face
their last battle, and the
winner is named in the
season finale. 8 p.m. Fox
Beyond Holden and Charlie
(Burkely Duffield, Eden
Brolin) have a strange reunion in this new episode.
8 p.m. Freeform
The Big Bang Theory Amy
(Mayim Bialik) records
Sheldon (Jim Parsons)
talking in his sleep and
worrying about their wedding
date.
Johnny
Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and
Simon Helberg also star. 9
p.m. CBS
Arrow Cayden James (guest
star Michael Emerson)
discovers a secret about
the
Green
Arrow
(Stephen Amell). Emily
Bett Rickards and David
Ramsey also star. 9 p.m.
KTLA
Scandal
Olivia
(Kerry
Washington) is ready to
do anything necessary to
prevent Jake (Scott Foley) from becoming Mellie’s (Bellamy Young)
chief of staff. Tony Goldwyn, Joshua Malina and
Jeff Perry also star. 9 p.m.
ABC
Project Runway All Stars A
performer plays Max
Fleischer’s vintage cartoon flapper Betty Boop,
Alyssa Milano on the runway to inspire the designers to create an array of
young and chic Hollywood
looks. Rebecca Minkoff
makes a guest appearance. 9 p.m. Lifetime
Lip Sync Battle Figure skaters Tara Lipinski and
Johnny Weir compete in
this new episode. 10 p.m.
Paramount
Eric McCandless ABC
OLIVIA (Kerry Wash-
ington) is obsessed in a
new episode of the final
season of “Scandal.”
SPECIALS
The Olympic Zone This new
special features interviews, profiles and highlights of athletes competing in the 2018 Winter
Games in South Korea.
4:30 p.m. NBC
MOVIES
The Bye Bye Man Jonathan
Penner adapted a chapter
from Robert Damon Schneck’s book “The President’s Vampire” for this
2017 supernatural horror
film. Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas and Lucien
Laviscount star. 9:30 p.m.
Showtime
Lincoln (2012) 9 a.m. Showtime
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
6 p.m. Freeform
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning (N) 7
a.m. KCBS
Today The Olympics; Where
Are They Now: Dan
Jansen. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC
Good Morning America Jason Priestley; Tory Johnson. (N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Danica
McKellar (“Ten Magic
Butterflies”); Pan African
Film Festival: Danny
Glover and Ayuko Babu;
Tim Robbins (“Here and
Now”). (N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Parents
whose son was killed in
sex-related extortion. (N)
9 a.m. KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
From the Bahamas: Lisa
Rinna; Rachael Harris;
Ira Storr and the Spank
Band perform. (N) 9 a.m.
KABC
The View Whitney Cummings; Antonio Sabàto Jr.
(N) 10 a.m. KABC
Craig Schwartz
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Highlights of this year’s
:aguna Beach Music
Festival will include
pieces by Robert and
Clara Schumann; a new
song cycle from composer Missy Mazzoli; and
spiritually themed songs
by Schubert, Bernstein,
Copland, and Lennon
and McCartney. Laguna
Playhouse, 606 Laguna
Canyon Road, Laguna
Beach. 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.
$38 and up. www.phil
harmonicsociety.org
Program
Net- Viewwork
ers
47 Fresh Off the Boat
ABC 4.05
(8 p.m.)
48 Dateline
NBC 3.99
49 Hannity (Tue.)
Fox News 3.98
50 Hannity (Wed.)
Fox News 3.95
ABC
CBS
NBC
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21 Man With a Plan
22 The Amazing
Race
23 The Bachelor
24 S.W.A.T.
25 9-1-1
All tuned up
in Laguna
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11 Grey’s Anatomy
12 Hawaii Five-0
13 Ellen’s Game of
Games
14 Super Bowl
Greatest
Commercials
2018
15 Kevin Can Wait
MUSIC
The Wendy Williams Show
Rowan Blanchard (“A
Wrinkle in Time”). (N) 11
a.m. KTTV
The Talk Francisco Cáceres.
(N) 1 p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show Natalie
Wood’s sister reveals what
she thinks happened the
night the actress died. (N)
1 p.m. KTTV
The Doctors Ayahuasca and
eating disorders. (N) 2
p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Sean “Diddy” Combs
(“The Four: Battle for
Stardom”). (N) 2 p.m.
KNBC
Harry Luke Evans (“The
Alienist”); Tara Lipinski;
Harry performs. (N) 2
p.m. KTTV
Rachael Ray Amber Riley
(“Glee”). (N) 2 p.m. KCOP
Dr. Phil A woman gave her
retirement fund to her online “husband,” who she
thought was Tyler Perry.
(N) 3 p.m. KCBS
The Real Larenz Tate. (N) 3
p.m. KTTV
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KOCE, KVCR
The Daily Show: Trevor Noah Steve Aoki. (N) 11 p.m.
Comedy Central
Conan Jamie Dornan; Jenna
Fischer; Jena Friedman.
(N) 11 p.m. TBS
The Late Show Joel McHale; Yara Shahidi; Joywave performs. (N) 11:35
p.m. KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Ellen
Pompeo; Elise Trouw performs. (N) 11:35 p.m.
KABC
The Tonight Show Andrew
Garfield; Rachel Brosnahan; Bonnie McFarlane.
(N) 12:35 a.m. KNBC
The Late Late Show Taylor
Kitsch; Dan Stevens; Ron
Funches. (N) 12:37 a.m.
KCBS
Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m.
KABC
Late Night With Seth Meyers Holly Hunter; Jason
Jones; performance by the
cast of “Once on This Island.” (N) 1:38 a.m. KNBC
SPORTS
2018 Winter Olympics Figure skating, freestyle skiing, 5 and 8:30 p.m. NBC;
curling, alpine skiing,
luge, 5 p.m. NBCSP; curling: mixed doubles: U.S.
versus South Korea, 8:35
p.m. NBCSP
THEATER
Henry calls upon
warriors’ valor
The warrior-king formerly known as Prince Hal leads the
English army against the French at the battle of Agincourt
in Shakespeare’s rousing historical drama “Henry V.” Rafael
Goldstein, above, stars. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill
Blvd., Pasadena. In previews; opens 8 p.m. Saturday; ends
April 6. $25 and up; student rush $20. anoisewithin.org
THEATER
MUSIC
One Dickens
of a cast
Romance is
much alive
David Mynne of Britain’s
acclaimed Kneehigh theater company portrays Pip
— and Magwitch, Miss
Havisham and just about
every other character in
this “Great Expectations”
adapted from Charles
Dickens’ classic. Wallis
Annenberg Center for the
Performing Arts, Lovelace
Studio Theater, 9390 N.
Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. 8 p.m. Thursday
and Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday. $40.
www.TheWallis.org
Isn’t it Romantic? The
chamber-music series Le
Salon de Musiques offers a
program for voice, strings
and piano by Beethoven,
Schubert and Mendelssohn. Performers
include baritone David
Castillo and Los Angeles
Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour.
Food, Champagne and
conversation follow. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 5th
Floor Salon, 135 N. Grand
Ave., L.A. 4 p.m. Sunday.
$45, $85. www.lesalonde
musiques.com
Step Afrika!
‘Migration’
The Washington, D.C.,
dance troupe Step Afrika!
performs “The Migration:
Reflections on Jacob
Lawrence,” inspired by
the artist’s 1941 paintings
documenting the postWWI movement of African Americans from the
South to the industrial
North. Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for
the Performing Arts, 18111
Nordhoff St., Northridge.
8 p.m. Friday. $33 and up.
www.ValleyPerforming
ArtsCenter.org
MUSEUM
The gospel
of L.A.
“How Sweet the Sound:
Gospel Music in Los
Angeles” uses photos,
artifacts and memorabilia
to illuminate the history of
the genre. California
African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A. Opens
Thursday; ends Aug. 26.
Closed Mondays. Free.
www.caamuseum.org
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OSCAR NOMINEES
HE’S ALL
GENRE
AND NO
DRAMA
Jordan Peele
sees the power
of stories like
‘Get Out’ that
don’t scream
‘prestige’ but
do make you
scream.
FIRST-TIME ACTING FINALISTS CELEBRATE | THE DESIGNER BEHIND
THE HOUSE OF WOODCOCK | BEST PITCHES FOR BEST PICTURE
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
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WHAT’S INSIDE
WHO’S COUNTING?
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Fox Searchlight Pictures
BOTH nominated for “Three Billboards”:
Woody Harrelson, left, and Sam Rockwell.
Steve Dietl / Netf lix
When costars compete,
they often split the vote
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri” actors Sam Rockwell and Woody
Harrelson are both up for the supporting
actor Oscar. Although costars sharing
categories was a nearly annual occurrence
until the 1990s, it has happened less often
since, and hardly ever with men.
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films have yielded three nominees in a
single category. The most recent was 1974’s
“The Godfather: Part II,” for which Robert
De Niro, Michael V. Gazzo and Lee
Strasberg were up for supporting awards.
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Years since Octavia Spencer and Jessica
Chastain — the most recent such nominees
— were up for supporting actress for “The
Help.” Spencer won.
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Justin Lubin Universal Pictures
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Years since male costars were in the same
race. In 1992 supporting nominees Harvey
Keitel and Ben Kingsley, from “Bugsy,” lost
out to Jack Palance from “City Slickers.”
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WELCOME TO THE CLUB 8
Meet first-time nominees.
‘GET OUT,’ AND THEN ... 14
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Jordan Peele’s next moves.
De Niro’s subsequent Oscar is the only one
won by a 3-in-1 nominee.
NICE THREADS
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“Phantom” designer speaks.
Oscars won from 141 performances by
nominees pitted against costars. This is
worse than 1-out-of-5 odds and lends
credence to the “split the vote” theory.
— Carla Meyer
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Photos by, clockwise from top, Steve Dietl Netf lix; Grandson Focus Features;
Kerry Hayes Fox Searchlight Pictures; Justin Lubin Universal Pictures
THE GOLD STANDARD
Each film finalist has a case.
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BUZZMETER
BEST PICTURE
The Envelope scoured the darkest of theaters to find six of the world’s most highly trained (or maybe that’s opinionated) Oscar pundits, writers and film critics to predict this
year’s Oscars. They’ve tried their hand at the nominations (and pretty much nailed it), but now the pressure is on. With few obvious winners at this stage, who will take the top
prizes in the key categories? Here the Buzzmeter panelists offer their predictions on who the winners will be. Check back here each week as they weigh in on a new category or go
online for all their picks at once at latimes.com/buzzmeter. Predictions can change, so check back often.
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
“Call Me by Your
Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
A hunch because the academy has split
on picture and director four times in
the last five years, and “Lady Bird”
could kill on the preferential ballot.
Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby
“Call Me by Your
Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“Call Me by Your
Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of
Water”
“Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing,
Missouri”
“The Post”
“The Shape of
Water”
“Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing,
Missouri”
With the exception of the Oscar snub
of its director, “Billboards” has surpassed expectations this awards season.
It will snag the top Oscar as its due.
Kerry Hayes Fox Searchlight Pictures
“The Post”
“The Shape of
Water”
“Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing,
Missouri”
It’s not a sure thing, but all signs
point to “Shape.”
“THE SHAPE of Water,” with Richard Jenkins and Sally Hawkins, is afloat.
Anne Thompson
Indiewire
“Call Me by Your
Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of
Water”
“Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing,
Missouri”
PGA winner “Shape,” with 13 nods,
should win. The fantasy romance has
scale, scope and support from writers,
directors, actors and crafts.
Nicole Sperling
Vanity Fair
“Call Me by Your
Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of
Water”
“Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing,
Missouri”
With 13 nominations, “Shape” is
the film to beat. Plus, its story of the
disenfranchised pulls on the heart
strings of academy voters.
Glenn Whipp
The Envelope
“Call Me by Your
Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of
Water”
“Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing,
Missouri”
“Get Out” came out a year ago
and we’re still talking about it. But
“The Shape of Water” will probably
win. Mmmph.
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IT’S THEIR TURN TO SHINE
BY MICHAEL ORDOÑA >>> Ah, you never forget your first Oscar nomination. For some, it comes after decades of respected work. For
others, it’s their first major role. Some know their work was different this time because audiences were weeping. Others knew it when
they discovered the sudden appearance of their faces in internet memes. For all, there’s nothing like it. Here, six of this year’s first-time
acting nominees agree: It’s “life-changing.”
Timothée Chalamet | Elio, “Call Me by Your Name”
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When were you aware the reactions to this
performance were different from your
others?
Immediately after our premiere at
Sundance. This is the first project I am
the lead of that has really taken off, so
everything that has happened beyond the
initial festival screening has been brand
new and, for the most part, beyond my
wildest dreams. I have spent years dreaming of being an actor and was given the
great gift of collaborating with true artists
and now spending over a year getting to
promote it!
What does this nomination mean to you
at this moment?
This nomination is truly overwhelming.
I am simply in awe of not only the history
of the ceremony but also with the nominees included in my category this year.
Mary J. Blige in "Mudbound."
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom Sony Pictures Classics
Any recognition for a young artist is a real
marker of encouragement to keep pursuing a career — and I will!
Allison Janney | LaVona Golden, “I, Tonya”
Steve Dietl Netf lix
Mary J. Blige | Florence Jackson, “Mudbound”
What was different about this role for
you?
I knew it was different from the other
work I had done when I read the script. I
knew it was going to be a huge undertaking. The difference to me is I completely disappeared. There was not a
trace of Mary J. Blige there.
When were you aware the reactions to
this performance were different from
your others?
It was at Sundance. It was the first
time people were seeing the movie, that
all of us were seeing the movie. It was
surprising. We got a standing ovation.
After, we walked outside and were kind of
standing around, and so many people
were coming out with their eyes stretched,
looking at me. “What are they looking at?”
So it was at Sundance that I began to find
out people were moved by the performance.
What was different about this role for
you?
The idea of playing a real-life character
was a bit of a challenge and slightly scary
... and although I did not get to meet
LaVona prior to filming, I was able to view
footage of her online. I spent days trying to
find whatever I could on the internet to
help me get her speech patterns, her facial
expressions and an insight into what
made her tick. Then I took what I learned
and filled in the rest with some intuition
and creative license.
What does the nomination mean to you
at this moment?
This is definitely an exciting time for
me. Of course every actor dreams of this
moment, and the fact that one of my closest friends [screenwriter Steven Rogers]
gave me the gift of this part makes this
nomination so profound. It makes it spe-
Neon
cial for our whole group of friends [who]
have all supported each other through the
years. I’m just so grateful to everyone who
went out to see “I, Tonya” and loved this
movie as much as I loved making it.
[See First-timers, S10]
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Lesley Manville | Cyril, “Phantom Thread”
Universal Pictures
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Daniel Kaluuya | Chris Washington, “Get Out”
When were you aware the reactions to
this performance were different from
your others?
Memes. There were loads of memes.
And loads of stuff with my face on it.
“Wait, hold on, that’s never happened
with my performances before.” [laughs] I
haven’t been on Instagram. It was kind of
going everywhere, everyone was talking
about it. I’d never had an experience on
this scale. People wanted to make art out
of the stuff we’d done. People taking
ownership of it and making it their own.
What does the nomination mean to you
at this moment?
It’s life-changing. The realms of possibility have widened. I can stand a bit
straighter in terms of decisions moving
forward in what I want to do.
What was different about this role for
you?
Working with an American director,
which I had done before, but I haven’t
done it very often. [Paul Thomas Anderson] is an extraordinary director to work
with. He’s so warm and collaborative
and open. There’s nothing of this archetypal, if you could imagine an archetypal
Hollywood director, to be. He’s a thoroughly decent, proper person. And, of
course, I had the benefit of working with
a living legend, Daniel Day-Lewis. Paul
honestly is one of my favorite people in
the entire world. And I’ve met a lot.
[laughs]
What does the nomination mean to you
at this moment?
In terms of my career, it may well
open up things a bit more for me in the
States. That would be great.
But the thing, more than anything,
that means something to me, is … it feels
to me like the culmination of over 40
years of hard work, putting in the time,
doing lots of plays for very little money
when I was young. Just working very
hard. It feels to me like a personal moment. I had a lovely, quiet evening the
night I got nominated, at home. It was a
good moment to quietly reflect and take
stock. I just felt very proud of myself, and
that’s the best feeling you can have.
And it’s really great for my son.
There’s not many people who’ve been to
the Oscars with both their parents. [Her
ex-husband, father of their son, is fellow
nominee Gary Oldman.] I think he
realizes he’s in quite a unique position.
Laurie Metcalf | Marion McPherson, “Lady Bird”
When were you aware the reactions to
this performance were different from
your others?
The premiere at Telluride, which was
the first time anyone connected with the
film had watched it with a typical audience, a movie-buff audience. I heard the
reactions around me. Parts of the movie I
had never seen before, so I was enjoying
[them] as much [as] the people around
me — half of it, then I was squinting
through my parts.
But listening to the responses, the
laughter and also the tears … then
walking out afterward and hearing people
say, “I’ve got to call my mom.” That was
the first time I thought, “Oh, what a note
this has struck.”
What does the nomination mean to you
at this moment?
For an actor, it’s maybe the highest
recognition that can come your way. To
receive it, and especially for a project you
care so much about, it just means the
world. I treasure being a first-time nominee, especially in the field of women in my
category.
Merie Wallace A24
calendar@latimes.com
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JORDAN PEELE ON RACE,
RORO AND WHY YOU DON’T
NEED TO TELL HIM YOU’VE
SEEN ‘GET OUT’ THREE TIMES
By Glenn Whipp
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ordan Peele invites me into his office on the third level of a spacious Hollywood Hills home where his production company, Monkeypaw, has taken up residence the last few months. Dogs run free, books are stacked in
almost every corner and the walls are filled with art from his Oscar-nominated social thriller “Get Out.”
“Take a seat,” Peele says casually. Then, after a beat: “You recognize that chair, right?”
Peele has just put me in the same leather armchair that Missy Armitage (Catherine Keener) invites Chris
Washington (Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya) to sit in before she sends him falling into the Sunken Place.
Missy’s floral-accented chair is just off to the left; Peele spreads out on a couch across from me.
“I definitely needed to take a couple of things from the set after the movie wrapped,” he says, smiling.
Peele knew the Missy-Chris hypnosis scene would become iconic. But he figured it would take years and,
like most horror films, its appreciation would exist on a cult level. Instead “Get Out,” released the weekend
“Moonlight” won the best picture Oscar last year, grossed $254 million and became a cultural phenomenon,
the subject of endless discussions over its treatment of race and an Oscar powerhouse, earning Peele nominations as a director, writer
and producer.
Now Peele, under the Monkeypaw Productions banner, is working hard, indulging his love for horror and the supernatural and boosting representation in genres that historically haven’t been generous toward black people. He’s producing a “Twilight Zone” reboot for
CBS All Access and, with Misha Green and J.J. Abrams, an HBO series based on the novel “Lovecraft Country,” a series of interconnected
stories that use various classic horror styles to examine the terrors of Jim Crow America.
And he’s writing his next movie.
“I’m in this horror, thriller, parable, ‘Twlight Zone’-y genre, probably forever,” Peele says. “I want to do what Hitchcock did, what
Spielberg did, what Brian De Palma did — dark tales.”
Sinking into that armchair, I had some questions.
Daniel Kaluuya told Stephen Colbert
recently that now, for black people finding
themselves in socially awkward situations, the new version of the movie’s “I
would have voted for Obama three times”
is “I’ve watched ‘Get Out’ three times.”
Do you get that from people?
There’s definitely a truth to it. There is
an awkwardness now in navigating situations like the one in the movie where if I’m
the only black guy in the room, there’s an
extra awareness of how people approach
me. Like, “Is this a ‘Get Out’ moment?” It’s
kind of fun to watch people squirm.
[Laughs]
During awards season, there are probably
plenty of times when you are the only
black person in the room.
Often it does feel that way, though that’s
never really entirely true. I feel like in some
small way, because of the response to the
film, people are aware of that experience of
what it feels like of being the only “other” in
a space and, maybe, how the first thing you
say to the “other” shouldn’t be in regard to
their otherness.
Simply being aware that people may be
feeling a little uncomfortable — and not
adding to it — is a first step.
Yes. The realization that made me lean
into the movie’s premise was the way that
we talk about race felt broken and uncomfortable. Conversations would often break
down before they began. So I wanted to cut
through that awkwardness and discomfort
by addressing it. Kind of like when someone
goes, “Aaawk-ward” in an awkward situation. In some ways it’s easier to talk about
“Get Out” than it is to talk about race. So we
can get at some things through that.
Is it easier to talk about race when you
have a president who makes racist statements?
We can’t suppress the conversation as I
felt we did collectively when Obama was
president. It felt like we were satisfied with
ourselves. Some obviously weren’t satisfied.
But for those of us who felt like that was a
big moment for change and progress and
hope — which, of course, it was — it felt like
some people were trying to declare the end
of racism. Which is a problem, and a big
problem.
Right now, we’re at a time when the
conversation about race is alive and it’s
often unpleasant. But the art that’s coming
out against hatred and violence and bigotry
can be the building blocks toward progress
— presuming we survive to get to progress.
Complacency frightens you more than
white nationalists marching with tiki
torches?
I’m less afraid of the racist who is outwardly racist than I am of the quiet racist
[See Peele, S16]
FILMMAKER
Jordan Peele
envisions carving out a place
in the horror/
thriller genre
à la Hitchcock
and Spielberg.
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[Peele, from S14]
sitting next to me on the subway who is
thinking these things about me and I don’t
know enough to get away from him or try to
reason. Silence is the most frightening
place in the world to me. And that’s what
the Sunken Place is about — the silencing
of expression, the silencing of voices. That’s
also why it’s important that the Sunken
Place, though it’s enforced on Chris by
Missy, is really a construct of his own mind
and his own personal fears and pain and
guilt. That’s an important piece of the
puzzle to me.
I’d say RoRo and Georgina [the maid
revealed to be Rose’s grandmother] because we built up an intense intrigue of
curiosity as to who they are. With RoRo, the
moment she reveals she has the keys, you
realize there’s this person we haven’t met
yet and, from that point forward, every little
piece the audience gets is a treasure. You
can tell how much I love her from the meticulousness of that Froot Loops scene.
And you’re getting all this across in a
genre movie. From the looks of your
upcoming projects, that’s where you’re
staying.
My philosophy with Monkeypaw is: no
drama. [Laughs] That is probably the one
genre I will stay away from as long as possible. I think there are some beautiful dramas, but I don’t seek them out because
they’re not as fun. And I also feel that for
black artists, particularly in film and television, there’s been kind of a rule that we can
only express our truth in drama because of
this perceived reverence of drama. I feel you
can get at the truth in any genre. And the
other genres are, quite frankly, more lucrative. We’ve been teaching young black
people, “If you want to tell your story, do it
in a drama.” No. They can tell their story
and get a big audience to watch it as well.
You can explore all those previous relationships …
Yes! Yes!
Going back to “Key & Peele,” you’ve
always loved puncturing perceived reverence. Isn’t that one reason you made
Chris and Rose an interracial couple?
Definitely. People of every race are uncomfortable with interracial relationships
and, at the same time, there’s this feeling in
pop culture that they are a deeper, more
real, star-crossed love and that it’s ignorant
to present one that’s less than that. So I
subverted that in “Get Out.”
To me, the coolest thing in the world is
to use people’s perceptions of cinema
against them. Some of those things you can
only do once. I can never reveal the white
savior to be evil again. The audience would
see it coming.
In the DVD commentary, you said RoRo
[the real, evil version of Chris’ girlfriend,
Rose] was your favorite character. Why?
You need to make a stand-alone RoRo
movie.
Yes!
Her penchant for eating dry Froot Loops
and drinking milk through a straw …
You’re trying to make me $3 billion right
now, that’s what you’re doing. [Laughs]
You’re absolutely right. I love the world of
“Get Out” and I’m open to expanding that
world. The key for me is that it just has to
be moving the ball forward. What’s the
movie saying? What’s it exploring? It can’t
be the same thing.
But, you know, I have pages of the history of the secret society that the Armitages
are a valuable faction of. I also have pages
on the history of this family from when
Dean and Missy first got together, how they
raised their children. The Armitage family is
a whole creepy movie in itself.
I loved seeing them in that “Behold the
Coagula” video Chris watches in the basement.
The first draft of that sequence, I didn’t
have the video in. Originally, he was going to
be taken down to the room and they would
put on “You’ve Got a Friend,” the Carole
King song sung by James Taylor. And it’d
just be played on repeat. It’s this very pleasant song, a folksy, white liberal anthem of
sorts. A beautiful song, but I felt you could
subvert that coziness and the audience
would never be able to hear the song the
same way.
And obviously there’s comedy of forcing
a 26-year-old black man to listen to that
song over and over and over again. But the
idea was, by the time Chris knew every
word of the song, by the time he sings along
with it, that’s the moment he’s ready for the
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
‘To me, the coolest thing in the world is to
use people’s perceptions of cinema against
them.’
— J ORDAN P EELE
procedure. Because it was the favorite song
of Jim Hudson, the man who bought him,
and they needed that knowledge in common in order for the science to work. But I
also knew I was not going to be able to
afford the song on repeat. [Laughs] So I
came up with the “Coagula” video.
I’m looking at this stack of Rod Serling
“Twlight Zone” teleplays on your desk.
People have tried to revive that show a
couple of times without much success …
I was initially reluctant to step into
something so revered because … why?
There are many reasons not to do it. Or to
do it and not call it “The Twilight Zone.”
But we felt like we could honor the ground
that Serling laid and invented and create a
show that could feel like we’re helping him
continue his mission today when it’s needed.
You think about the power of allegory,
the power of fable in Serling’s time, how
daring and bold and subversive it was and
how helpful it was to the generation that
was there for it. I know it shaped my mother’s imagination. That’s why she introduced
it to me. And I think parables are the best
way to communicate to human beings.
Jesus would agree.
The Bible is the best episode of “The
Twilight Zone” that ever existed. We as a
species are very closed off to somebody
giving us a lecture or telling us what to do or
how to think. But if you give us the bread-
crumbs to think for ourselves ...
… from the 40 loaves …
… from the 40 loaves, yes. I was raised
Episcopalian. My mother taught Sunday
school. I know those parables well.
What are your favorite “Twilight Zone”
episodes?
I love “To Serve Man,” which is boring
because people would argue it’s the most
iconic. “Time Enough at Last” with Burgess
Meredith. “Talking Tina,” because as a kid,
I loved straight horror. And the Shatner
episodes, the one on the airplane but also
the one in the diner with the fortune machine with the devil on it.
And then one I haven’t seen since we
started working on it, so I don’t remember
the name of it. It’s the one where a man uses
a stopwatch to stop time and the final
reveal is he’s about to press it again and he
sees the nuclear bomb only inches from the
ground.
Looking at all these stacks of books
around your office, I’m guessing “Time
Enough at Last” has a special resonance
these days.
Oh, man, don’t you know it. I have not
cracked a dent in many of these. If I had
that stopwatch, I would figure some things
out right now.
glenn.whipp@latimes.com
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VICKY
Krieps
portrays
Alma, a
conflicted
muse.
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THE COSTUMES
THE HOUSE OF ‘THREAD’
BY VALLI HERMAN >>> Costume designer Mark Bridges earned his third Oscar nomination last
month for his work on “Phantom Thread,” the Paul Thomas Anderson film that explores the strict
and intricate dynamics of a 1950s couture fashion house and its inhabitants. Star Daniel Day-Lewis,
who plays obsessive fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock, learned dressmaking and also joined
Bridges and Anderson on research forays, including a fortuitous one to London’s Victoria and Albert
Museum. Vicky Krieps stars as Alma, the perfectly proportioned muse who throws the House of
Woodcock off balance. Order is restored by Lesley Manville, who earned her first Academy Award
nomination for her role as steely, savvy sister Cyril Woodcock. To shape his story, Anderson immersed
himself in the history of Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Charles James and lesser-known
British designers Hardy Amies, Digby Morton, Michael Donéllan and Norman Hartnell, and studied
their effect on Hollywood’s golden age. Here, Bridges takes us into the inner seams of the couture
designs and the film’s process.
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
COSTUME designer Mark Bridges and
his team extensively researched 1950s
high fashion in London, creating 50
costumes for “Phantom Thread.”
What did you learn about clothing construction during the research into 1950s
English couture?
We were so lucky to be able to go and
carefully touch real couture garments at
the Victoria and Albert. We were able to
really see how the handwork was done.
Most of the time, the construction is simple until you get to Balenciaga, which practically needs to come with an instruction
booklet. I was inspired by some Balenciaga embroidery that we used on Alma’s
first plum and brown dress. We did a similar version where we trapped sequins
under the embroidery for a really subtle
glitter.
Of the 50 costumes you made, which is
your favorite and why?
I think my favorite is the special dress
made with the 17th century lace. Daniel
chose the color of satin, that beautiful lavender. As far as the design, it feels vaguely
of the Renaissance, but it is a shape we’ve
seen in the ’50s. That lace has a funny
story. It also was going to be a prop. We
had to shoot it as a piece of yardage when
he’s showing it to Alma, then take it away
and schedule accordingly to make it a
garment. We moved to the Cotswolds
to start shooting and suddenly the piece
of lace had gone missing. We even put on
the call sheet that if anybody sees a box of
lace, let us know. About four days later,
Lesley Manville said, “You know there is a
box in my dressing room.” It was in that
box.
made at Savile Row. Daniel requested that
we make them at Anderson & Sheppard.
They still basically make the soft suit
they’ve always made, but we had them adjust the trousers for a period look. They
also have an interesting history with Hollywood. Fred Astaire and Gary Cooper used
to have things made there.
Laurie Sparham Focus Features
INTRICATE EMBROIDERY and lace detailing mark one of the costumes of
“Phantom Thread’s” 1950s London couturier, the House of Woodcock.
would redo the pattern and put it into the
real fabric. We were making essentially
custom clothes. The models in the fashion
show scene had all of their clothes made
for their measurements. It wasn’t, “Oh, get
somebody who is a 6.”
Daniel Day-Lewis comes across as elegant and exacting in his rich woolens
and perfect suits. What were the
sources?
Being a man of a certain position at
that time, he would have had his clothes
In the film, Woodcock often leaves messages embroidered into the linings of his
creations. Did you leave any secret messages sewn or written into the garments
you made?
I didn’t. I like my clothes to be free and I
like them to be free of my energy. That
outer skin is for that actor to give the spirit
to. My work is done as soon as they put it
on and it’s pleasing to Paul and me and it
works for the scene. I wouldn’t impose any
of my wishes on it other than externally being the best that they can be.
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“Phantom Thread” costume designer
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‘We were so lucky to
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Did you use couture techniques to make
the costumes?
We were able to do the real couture
process of making the muslin toile to figure out the cut and style lines — important
for these rare, expensive fabrics. Then we
to each model. Mark Bridges on-set.
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You found surprises in a lot of places,
including the museum, where volunteer
docents Sue Clarke and Joan Brown
guided you through some of the collection. How did they end up playing the
head seamstresses, Nana and Biddy?
Paul met them and talked to them for
about 20 minutes and said, “You’re going
to be in my movie.” We would often be rehearsing a scene, such as in a salon with a
client, and Paul would turn to them and
ask, “What is the protocol for this? And
who would do this?” They would be there
to advise. It was great to have them
around. You watch them and you can see
that they so know what they are doing.
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THE FILM’S clothing was tailored
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THE GOLD STANDARD | GLENN WHIPP
PICTURE
THIS PITCH
nlike the Emmys, Grammys and Tonys, the Oscars
arrive at the end of a loooong season of speeches and
industry self-congratulation. Various guild awards
have already offered plenty of clues about how academy members might vote and, in many cases, all that’s
left to do is engrave the trophy with the name of the inevitable
winner. (Congratulations, Team “Coco”!) ¶ But the Oscar nominations do reset the playing field. Sure, “The Shape of Water” took
the Producers Guild’s top honor, and “Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri” swept through the SAG Awards. In theory,
though, all nine best picture nominees have a shot at winning the
Oscar. It’s the awards season’s version of baseball’s spring training. Hope abounds! ¶ Of course, this is Hollywood, so, really, pessimism, paranoia and worry rule the day. But let’s play along and
imagine a pitch each best picture nominee could make on its way to
Oscar glory. Whisper campaigns optional.
Merrick Morton 20th Century Fox
YOU’D better believe Frances McDormand is not scared of Sam Rockwell.
‘THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING,
MISSOURI’ | current odds: 10-3
The pitch: Lately, you may have heard
some pushback against this movie from
people who find its treatment of race
careless and irresponsible. Believe us.
This is the least racist movie you have
ever watched. The African American
Film Critics Assn. named “Three Billboards” the second-best film of the year
and gave Frances McDormand its lead
actress prize. Would a movie with prejudice in its heart earn such honors? Again:
Most celebrated. Least racist.
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SALLY HAWKINS and Doug Jones teach us how to embrace the Other.
EVERYONE’S still talking about Allison Williams/Daniel Kaluuya ending.
‘THE SHAPE OF WATER’ | Odds: 4-5 (per Gold Derby)
‘GET OUT’ | current odds: 14-1
The pitch: This is not just a B-movie
fish-man flick. This is a parable, a parable about “the other.” It’s about uniting
against racism and sexism, homophobia
and xenophobia. You got that, right? Of
The pitch: Jordan Peele’s social thriller
came out a year ago — and you’re still
watching it, parsing it and debating its
content. Meanwhile, you’ve probably
already forgotten half these other nomi-
course you did. We laid on the allegory a
little thick, just in case you were distracted by the creature (sorry about the
cat) and all those swooning cues from the
golden age of Hollywood.
nated films. What better way to make a
case for the relevance of the Oscars than
to reward the movie with the most social
currency and the biggest box office total?
[See Best picture, S22]
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A24
SAOIRSE RONAN’S take-charge young woman arrives at a prime moment.
‘LADY BIRD’ | current odds: 14-1
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The pitch: The National Society of Film
Critics named Greta Gerwig’s movie the
year’s best film, as did the New York Film
Critics Circle. And in a time when gender
inequity continues to make headlines,
rewarding a movie written and directed by
a woman and featuring a story line about
a young woman asserting herself feels
right and appropriate and, yes, historic.
You know your mom would approve.
GARY Oldman’s Churchill knows a
is and Vicky Krieps show you how.
thing or two about the odds.
‘PHANTOM THREAD’ |
current odds: 80-1
‘DARKEST HOUR’ |
current odds: 100-1
The pitch: The movie is the right
choice for best picture because it’s the
right choice. No? Maybe one day you’ll
change your taste. What’s that? Maybe
you won’t? Well, then, maybe you have
no taste. Don’t debate me. I cannot
start my day with a confrontation. I
simply have no time for confrontations.
Now get up, I need that chair for my
next opponent.
The pitch: Let us not forget that the
odds were against the British too, fighting Hitler. So … a vote for “Darkest
Hour” is a vote against Hitler. Too
much? How about reminding voters
that “Darkest Hour” has made the most
money of all the indie best picture nominees. You know you loved it, you 63-yearold, average-age academy member. (But
you don’t look a day over 62, sweetie.)
Sony Pictures Classics
Warner Bros. Pictures
THE COMMANDER (Kenneth
YOUNG charmer Timothée Chala-
Branagh) shows you how to go big.
met gives Armie Hammer a lesson.
‘DUNKIRK’ |
current odds: 50-1
‘CALL ME BY YOUR
NAME’ | current odds:
66-1
The pitch: After giving the Oscar to a
micro-indie last year, it’s time the academy goes big. Imax big. And just so you
don’t forget about us, don’t be surprised if you wake up one morning and
there’s this guy in a trench coat outside
your bedroom window, hoisting a
boombox over his head with Hans
Zimmer’s score blaring out into the
light of the new morning, the churning
soundscapes beating voters’ eardrums
(and hearts) into submission.
BE CLASSY . Let Daniel Day-Lew-
The pitch: You’ve seen our Oscar-nominated lead, Timothée Chalamet, out
there delivering all those endearing
speeches, right? Let’s keep ’em coming.
And remind everyone that screenwriter
James Ivory is about to become the
oldest Oscar winner — unless documentarian Agnès Varda, eight days his senior, also wins. Maybe Ivory should write
a tie-in cookbook, with a good recipe for
pasta and a tasty peach cobbler?
glenn.whipp@latimes.com; Twitter: @glennwhipp
Niko Tavernise
BE LIKE Bob Odenkirk, left, Tom Hanks, David Cross: Don’t ignore news.
‘THE POST’ | current odds: 100-1
The pitch: Will someone explain what
happened? A month ago, Seth Meyers
was making a joke about “The Post”
being so good, so timely that it was going
to win a raft of Golden Globes before the
show even started. And this is the reward? Two nominations. Let that sit with
you. Two nominations. And one of them
was for Meryl, who gets nominated
whether or not she’s in capital-A Acting
mode. But it’s not too late, you know.
This movie is lofty, urgent filmmaking.
This movie is a rallying cry. What? You’re
going to stiff us for that B-movie fishman flick? C’mon. You’re better than
that.
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