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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018
© 2018 WSCE
‘Dreamers’
win reprieve
as Trump’s
appeal denied
Supreme Court keeps
legal protections for
young immigrants.
Congress is likely to
delay DACA solution.
By David G. Savage
Christina House Los Angeles Times
L.A. UNIFIED was pleased that renovated cafeterias, including this one at Bravo Medical Magnet, have
timesaving features such as “grab and go” cabinets. But the district’s auditors then looked at the books.
Got milked? LAUSD
sues over cafeterias
Years-long fight has recouped millions from builders
By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Unified School
District’s $37-million Cafe L.A. project
at first seemed like a stunning success.
In 18 months, 64 school cafeterias
were gutted and transformed so that
students could be served faster — and
with healthier options.
Then the district’s auditors looked
at the books. They concluded the construction came at a high cost.
The three companies that had
done the work had overcharged for
equipment and services, charged for
equipment that was never purchased
and used less expensive materials
than they had said they would, the
auditors said.
The school district sued, launching
nearly six years of litigation, which
was not publicized by any of the
parties involved.
District officials discussed the
cases for the first time this month after the latest verdict, in which a Los
Angeles County Superior Court jury
ordered Chicago-based F.H. Paschen
to pay the district $855,000.
Overall, with that and other judgments, the district has won $5.04 mil-
lion from F.H. Paschen, including interest.
In separate cases, the district has
won $5.03 million from Torres Construction, and MTM Construction
paid it $900,000 in a settlement.
The three companies have denied
wrongdoing, and some rulings and appeals still are pending. But the money
recovered by L.A. Unified is approaching $11 million.
“The district sought and was
awarded the difference between what
it paid … and what it should have paid
had the proposals been properly
[See Cafeterias, A10]
WASHINGTON — The
Supreme Court handed
President Trump a significant defeat Monday, turning
down the administration’s
plea for a quick ruling that
would have upheld the president’s power to end special
protections for so-called
Dreamers.
The court’s decision
keeps in place a legal shield
for nearly 700,000 young immigrants for the rest of this
year, and perhaps longer, allowing people who have been
covered by the Obama-era
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to
continue living and working
legally in the U.S. Those
whose existing DACA permits expire this year will also
be allowed to apply for another two-year permit.
Although the court’s
action removes for now the
threat of job loss and deportation, it also will extend the
long-term uncertainty for
the Dreamers — young
immigrants
who
were
brought to the U.S. illegally
as children.
Congress
has
been
stymied on a legislative
solution to their situation,
and without an immediate
deadline to force action,
lawmakers almost certainly
will not try again to forge a
State Democrats
adjust to #MeToo
Convention ‘more sedate’ than years past
By Melanie Mason
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Shutterstock
PRESIDENT TRUMP meets with governors about
gun violence. His idea to arm some schoolteachers has
gotten little support from lawmakers of either party.
ANALYSIS
His approach
to gun debate
is scattershot
By Christi Parsons
and Cathleen Decker
WASHINGTON — While
President Trump vowed
Monday to end years of political gridlock in responding
to mass shootings by getting
tough with the National Rifle Assn. and Congress, he is
facing familiar barriers — including his own unpredictable, and occasionally
inconsistent, policy actions.
Even as Trump urged
governors at a White House
meeting to confront the gun
rights group, he promoted
proposals it likes, including
arming teachers, and said
nothing about his previous
idea to raise the minimum
age for long-gun buyers to 21,
which the NRA opposes.
Over the weekend, the
president divulged, he’d had
lunch with NRA leaders including Executive Vice President
Wayne
LaPierre.
“These guys are great patriots,” Trump told the governors. “They’re great people
and they want to do something.”
Though the president
had called for legislative action this week, with Congress returning from a
break, momentum already is
bogging down in part because of his shifting statements on gun control. In the
nearly two weeks since the
shootings in Parkland, Fla.,
Trump has made policy on
the fly in front of television
cameras, revealing the fluidity of his thinking as well as
the influence of the NRA.
Also, many lawmakers
facing difficult midterm
elections this year seem in
[See Analysis, A7]
SAN DIEGO — Standing
in a darkened room, California’s most powerful politicians were peppered with
catcalls. “Hey beautiful!
Why aren’t you smiling?”
“You’re too fine to be walking
out here alone!” Those were
the mild ones. Many more
were sexually explicit or profane.
Welcome to a political
convention, #MeToo-style,
where the sexual harassment reckoning that continues to rattle the California
political world permeated
the weekend’s festivities —
sometimes overtly, sometimes subtly.
The catcalling came from
a traveling art installation
sponsored by Planned Parenthood, set up in an exhibition hall of the San Diego
Convention Center, part of
the California Democrats’
annual confab that attracts
thousands of delegates, politicians, lobbyists and activists. Nearly 1,000 men — including the top candidates
for governor — walked
through the interactive
auditory exhibit meant to
flip the script on the harassment women endure.
“We need to let government officials know this is
happening,” said the artist,
Terra Lopez. “It happens every single day. It even happens in, especially in, the
realm of government.”
This was the first time
Democrats gathered for a
convention since an open
letter signed by more than
140 women in California politics was published last fall
pushing the issue of sexual
harassment into the foreground and upending the
[See Convention, A7]
compromise on immigration before this fall’s
midterm election.
In September, Trump announced that he would end
the DACA program and
gave Congress until March 5
to pass legislation to resolve
the legal status of the
Dreamers. Then, in early
January, U.S. District Judge
William Alsup in San Francisco ordered the government to keep the DACA program running until legal
challenges could be fully
[See ‘Dreamers,’ A6]
Oakland
mayor is
chided
for ICE
warning
She faces angry calls
after noting possible
immigration sweeps.
Fellow leaders say it’s
a tough call to make.
By Paloma Esquivel
and Dakota Smith
On Saturday night, residents of Oakland received
an urgent message from
Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Schaaf said she had
heard from multiple sources
that immigration agents
would be conducting enforcement
operations
“starting as soon as within
the next 24 hours” and urged
those here illegally to take
precautions.
The message stunned
many. On Monday, some of
that surprise turned to confusion and anger as largescale immigration sweeps
did not materialize.
Schaaf ’s
action
has
sparked debate about what
role politicians and city governments should play in
spreading information —
both confirmed and unconfirmed — about possible federal immigration sweeps.
Like many California cities, Oakland has declared itself a sanctuary for those
here illegally, and officials
there have vowed to fight
President Trump’s promised immigration crackdown.
Tension has heightened in
[See Oakland, A10]
Two officers
get prison
in rape case
The Los Angeles cops
plead no contest to
sexually assaulting
multiple women while
on duty. Each man
receives a 25-year
sentence in state prison.
CALIFORNIA, B1
Leading lady of
Bollywood dies
Sridevi Kapoor was the
first female superstar
in India’s male-dominated movie industry.
The 54-year-old actress
drowned in a Dubai hotel
bathtub. OBITUARIES, B5
Weather
Cold and rainy.
L.A. Basin: 56/43. B6
Los Angeles Times
HOUSING THE HOMELESS
For residents opposed to homeless housing in their neighborhoods, consider
Emily Martiniak, above, who used to live in a shelter and panhandled on the
streets. Six years ago, Martiniak moved into LA Family Housing’s Palo Verde
complex. Now, she makes money as a notary public, takes medication for her
bipolar illness and speaks to groups about homelessness. EDITORIAL, A8
A2
T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 27 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
BACK STORY
Hamza al Ajweh AFP/Getty Images
SYRIAN WARPLANES continued to bomb the rebel-held city of Duma on Sunday despite a cease-fire.
In a Syrian suburb, tales
of love, death and survival
By Alexandra Zavis and Nabih Bulos
reporting from beirut
A low thud reverberated in the background as Bayan Rehan spoke over a shaky WiFi
connection from the rebel-held Syrian city of Duma.
“Can you hear the bombs?” asked the former schoolteacher, who heads a women’s affairs office there.
It was early Sunday, and the United Nations Security Council had just passed a resolution calling on the country’s warring sides to cease hostilities for a period of 30 days to
allow delivery of desperately needed aid to war-torn communities and evacuation of the
sick and wounded.
But warplanes were still flying over the region known as east Ghouta and releasing
their payloads into terrified communities.
The region — which abuts Damascus and is home to nearly 400,000 people, according to
the U.N. — has long been surrounded by pro-government forces. But last week saw some of
the most intense bombardments in seven years of civil war.
More than 500 people were killed, many of them women and children, according to opposition activists.
From inside the besieged suburb, residents shared tales of love, death and survival.
“I save people,
Mom, but I can’t
save you.”
— Samir Salim,
Syria Civil Defense
Samir Salim, 45, has been
pulling friends and neighbors from bombed-out
buildings in east Ghouta for
four years. He and three
brothers joined the opposition’s Syria Civil Defense
rescue service, also known
as the White Helmets, in
2013.
This month, Salim’s unit
was racing to the scene of an
airstrike in his hometown of
Medeira when the streets
started looking more and
more familiar.
“That’s when I realized
the strike had hit my own
house,” he told the news
agency Agence FrancePresse, or AFP.
All that was left was a
pile of cinder blocks and
broken concrete. Salim
started heaving away rubble
in a frantic search for his
relatives.
He found his brother’s
wife, his 23-day-old nephew
and his father. All of them
were alive. But his mother,
who had been in another
room, was pinned under a
collapsed wall, bloodied and
motionless, he told AFP.
In a video he filmed on
his cellphone, he can be
heard weeping inconsolably
over her body.
“I save people, Mom, but
I can’t save you,” he says.
“What do I do, Mom? May
your soul rest in peace.”
d
“I want to have a
life.”
— Bayan Rehan,
women’s rights activist
Last week’s brutal aerial
assault drove much of the
population of east Ghouta
underground. Rehan, 31,
and her family had just two
minutes to reach a makeshift shelter Friday before
shells slammed into their
street.
The shelter was already
teeming with women and
children, she wrote in a post
on Facebook. Exhausted,
she fell asleep against a wall
but was soon jolted awake
by the sound of “barrel
bombs” — a crude weapon
typically fashioned out of oil
canisters that government
forces push out of helicopters.
She started pacing the
basement but couldn’t
shake the feeling that she
would suffocate there. So
he fielded more calls. One
was from an operating
theater: Does Hassan’s
clinic have fuel to spare for
generators? Another call
was for medications.
He then tended to the
wounded. One of them was
the mother of an ambulance
driver.
“She was swallowing
blood and her lungs had
taken in blood as well.… We
had to give her three hours
with the Ambu,” he said,
referring to a manual resuscitator.
“In a real hospital we
would have pure oxygen,
controlled temperatures,
medicines that you just
don’t have” in east Ghouta,
Hassan said.
With supplies so low, not
everyone can be helped.
“You need to find a patient with a high chance of
survival to give them medication,” he said.
To illustrate his point, he
mentioned an elderly patient whose corpse was
recently found under a
destroyed house.
“He had leukemia, so it
was perhaps a good thing he
was killed,” Hassan said. “At
least he didn’t suffer with no
treatment here.”
Bayan Rehan
BAYAN REHAN, left, in a basement in eastern Gh-
outa with women and children taking shelter.
she said goodbye to her
mother and told her that
she would go up in search of
food and news from the
outside world.
She ran back home,
where she could get an
internet connection, and
switched on her cellphone.
“Damn it, the Security
Council session failed to
agree on a decision to stop
the massacres in Eastern
#Ghouta,” she wrote on
Facebook.
Messages started coming in from friends and
relatives wanting to know if
she was safe. She scrolled
through them, looking for a
message from her fiance
that could “restore my faith
in the importance of my
life.”
“I found it,” she wrote.
“Oh, how blissful that moment was.”
The couple met online
just over a year ago, she told
the Los Angeles Times. He
too is an activist, but in the
northwestern province of
Idlib, another rebel enclave
where residents are caught
between pro-government
forces and extremist
groups, including a former
Al Qaeda affiliate.
Although they have
never met in person, the
pair discovered they had
much in common, not least
a shared love of coffee. They
exchange messages every
day.
By the time Rehan made
it back to the shelter, the
children had started
screaming, and their mothers were unable to calm
them.
“I gathered all the girls
together and started telling
them stories from ‘Gone
With the Wind,’ ” she wrote.
Soon their mothers had also
gathered round, “their eyes
sparkling with curiosity,”
Rehan said, as she told
them about Scarlett
O’Hara, “who was able to
defeat the Northerners and
return Tara’s glory.”
She asked the children
about their hopes and
dreams: “They told me they
wanted to return to school,
so I promised that we’d
continue studying in the
basement tomorrow if they
slept quietly tonight.”
Rehan, too, has dreams.
“I think of the moment I
will see him and touch his
hand and kiss him,” she said
of her fiance. “I have been a
prisoner for seven years. I
want to have a life.”
d
“Some we help.
Others we can’t.”
— Dr. Hamza
Hassan,
Syrian American
Medical Society
For the doctors and
nurses who staff the region’s
overwhelmed hospitals,
each patient served is part
of a calculus of who will live
and who most likely will die.
“Some we help. Others
we can’t,” said Dr. Hamza
Hassan, a 35-year-old ear,
nose and throat specialist in
Arbin, a town about five
miles northeast of Damascus’ Old Quarter.
The shelling was so
intense last week that Hassan became convinced a
plane was going to hit him
as he tried to reach a number of medical points where
patients were waiting.
“Any sound I hear near
me makes me run for any
kind of cover; this is your
obsession now in the streets
of Ghouta,” he said.
Every day, he wakes up to
a deluge of calls and messages from patients. He
scrambled to find something to eat Saturday, but
even that was difficult.
“We have no gas, no
electricity except for batteries,” he said. “So we have to
use firewood.”
Prices for food have
skyrocketed. Two pounds of
rice cost nearly $8 — 10 times
the price in the capital’s
markets.
While preparing the food,
d
“They destroyed our
house, but they
didn’t destroy our
memories.”
— Firas Abdullah,
Ghouta Media Center
Firas Abdullah, 24, is
part of a cadre of opposition
media activists who have
been documenting the
Syrian government’s assault
on east Ghouta.
As shells rained down on
his city, Duma, he raced
from one bomb site to the
next, capturing images to
share on social media.
This month, he filmed
the aftermath of a strike on
his childhood home. As he
picked through piles of
debris, memories came
flooding back — of family
meals with his grandparents and soccer games in
the yard.
“They destroyed our
house, but they didn’t destroy our memories,” he
said.
Abdullah’s family members had already moved
out into an apartment in
what they hoped would be a
safer neighborhood. But
they kept their chickens in
the yard of their former
home.
Three of them died in the
strike, Abdullah said. But he
found his favorite bird clucking beneath the rubble,
unscathed.
Of all the bloodshed he
has witnessed, he said the
last week was the worst. The
bombing was so intense
that he couldn’t get home
from work for two days.
“The bombs and strikes
connect the night with the
day and the day with the
night,” he said.
When he can catch a few
hours of rest, he said, “I
sleep like the dead.”
alexandra.zavis
@latimes.com
Times staff writer Zavis
reported from Beirut and
special correspondent
Bulos from Amman, Jordan.
T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 27 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
A3
THE WORLD
New unease in postwar Chechnya
Issue of rights abuses
takes the shine off the
opening of ski resort
in a Russian republic
seen as ruled by fear.
By Sabra Ayres
VEDUCHI, Russia — It
was a triumphant day for
Chechnya and its leader —
the grand opening of a glitzy
$115-million ski resort in the
mountains that were the
scene of two brutal wars with
Russia since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.
The head of the Russian
territory, Ramzan Kadyrov,
wearing a colorful, camouflage-patterned snowsuit,
walked a red carpet to the
applause of about 500
Chechen government officials, Kremlin representatives, well-connected locals
and other VIP guests.
“Veduchi is a world-class
project, and I believe it will
be popular not just with
Russians but also foreigners,” Kadyrov told the
crowds before riding a ski lift
up the mountain and then
back down.
Neither Chechnya nor
Kadyrov are known for skiing, and one of the reporters
there was interested in another topic: What was his response to accusations by a
Russian media outlet that
Kadyrov’s security forces
had systematically rounded
up members of the LGBT
community and tortured or
killed them?
“So-called human rights
activists make up all sorts of
nonsense for money,” said
Kadyrov — who has vehemently denied the allegations — before being
whisked away by his bodyguards.
It was an uncomfortable
reminder that all is not well
in the republic.
Nearly a decade out of
war, Chechnya and the
Kremlin want to show the
world that the republic in
the North Caucasus is thriving. But human rights
groups say that behind the
facade of Chechnya’s revitalization is an authoritative
government that rules by
fear.
“It’s the harshest dictatorial regime we have in Europe at the moment,” said
Ekaterina Sokirianskaya,
the director of the Conflict
Analysis and Prevention
Center, a think tank based in
Istanbul, Turkey. “There is
nothing that even comes
close to comparison.”
And it’s getting worse as
Kadyrov tightens his grip,
with Chechens increasingly
afraid to talk about human
rights abuses they witness,
or say anything bad about
the republic, she said.
“It’s very heartbreaking.
This nation has lived
through two devastating
wars and is now faced with
such an acute repression
and humiliation,” she said.
“People are forced to not just
tolerate, but actively support and praise the regime.
Young people are growing
up in an environment when
they have to pretend and lie
to be able to function.”
Kadyrov’s decade in
power has been marked by a
steady stream of extrajudicial killings and abductions
of his enemies or people he
considers undesirable, ac-
Musa Sadulayev Associated Press
CHECHEN leader Ramzan Kadyrov is flanked by Russian Minister for North Caucasus Affairs Lev Kuznetsov, second from left, and other
officials at the Veduchi ski resort. Rights groups say Kadyrov’s rule has been marked by extrajudicial killings and abductions of opponents.
Sabra Ayres For The Times
SKYSCRAPERS share space in downtown Grozny with the Akhmad Kadyrov
Mosque. The Kremlin has helped rebuild the Chechen capital after two wars.
cording to human rights
groups.
A U.S. State Department
spokesman said in December that there was evidence
that “one or more of Kadyrov’s political opponents
were killed at his direction.”
Human rights groups claim
Kadyrov ordered the 2006
killing of Russian journalist
Anna Politkovskaya, who
frequently reported on the
Kremlin’s relationship with
Kadyrov. He denies the allegations.
The Russian newspaper
Novaya Gazeta, which exposed the “anti-gay purge,”
estimated that dozens of
men had been rounded up
and tortured by Kadyrov’s
security services. Human
Rights Watch corroborated
the story, saying that about
100 Chechen men were seeking asylum because of the
purge.
In the most recent crackdown, Chechen police last
month
arrested
Oyub
Titiyev, who works for the
human rights group Memorial, heading its office in the
capital,
Grozny,
and
charged him with possession of marijuana. If con-
victed, Titiyev faces 10 years
in jail. Titiyev’s defenders
say he is a devout, teetotaler
Muslim and accuse the police of planting the drugs in
his car.
Days after Titiyev’s arrest, arsonists torched Memorial’s regional office in
neighboring
Ingushetia,
also a Russian republic.
Then Memorial’s car was
burned in Dagestan, another Russian republic in the
North Caucasus.
“Chechen authorities are
on an all-out campaign to
force Memorial out,” Human
Right Watch’s Rachel Denber, the deputy director of
the group’s Europe and Central Asia division, said in a
news release last month.
The group’s troubles
with Chechen authorities
date to at least 2009, when
Natalya Estemirova, a Memorial board member working to expose abuses, was
abducted after leaving her
Grozny home and later
found shot to death in a
wooded area.
Last year, the United
States imposed sanctions
on Kadyrov under the Magnitsky Act, a law that puts fi-
nancial and travel restrictions on human rights violators.
The
sanctions
also
prompted Facebook and Instagram to close Kadyrov’s
accounts, which he had used
to promote his love of sports
and country and post thinly
veiled threats against human rights workers, who he
says have no place in Chechnya or Russia.
The Kremlin has brushed
off the accusations against
Kadyrov. Dmitry Peskov, a
spokesman for Russian
President Vladimir Putin,
called the U.S. sanctions
against the Chechen leader
“illegal” and “unfriendly.” A
spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said
they were “grotesque” and
baseless.
Kadyrov, 41, was once
Russia’s enemy, fighting
alongside his father, Akhmad Kadyrov, in the 1994-96
Chechen war for independence. When war broke out
again in 1999, the Kadyrov
clan switched allegiances
and backed the newly
elected Putin and the Russian
forces.
Kadyrov
quashed other insurgent
groups and solidified the
family’s control of the republic.
At least 160,000 people
died in the two wars — although the actual number
may be double that — and
tens of thousands more were
displaced.
In 2004, Akhmad Kadyrov was killed in a bombing
in a Grozny stadium. His
son, Ramzan, became acting prime minster until 2007,
when Putin appointed him
president of the Chechen republic.
Ramzan Kadyrov has
called Putin his “idol” and
said he was prepared to die
for the Russian president. In
a symbol of his loyalty, he
changed his title from president to the “head” of the republic, because he has said
there can only be one president in Russia.
Having a strongman in
the North Caucasus has
served Putin well. Not only
has Kadyrov quashed domestic insurgents, but he
has also provided both political and military support for
Russia’s objectives in Syria.
Chechen troops serve as military police there, and Kadyrov has met with Syrian
leadership in Damascus and
used his charitable foundation to rebuild a mosque in
war-ravaged Aleppo.
He has also traveled to
Saudi Arabia to discuss cooperation in counter-terrorism efforts.
In exchange for Kadyrov’s loyalty, the Kremlin has
spent billions of dollars rebuilding the Chechen republic.
Grozny, nearly flattened
in the wars, now features
Dubai-style skyscrapers, a
main drag named after
Putin, and a massive, Ottoman-style mosque.
The state-owned tourist
company said that 100,000
people visited the republic
last year, up from 90,000 in
2016. Most are Russians who
arrive in Grozny on tour
buses from nearby North
Caucasus cities.
The ski resort is Chechnya’s latest marvel.
“It’s a shame that we lost
25 years waiting for this sort
of thing to happen here,”
said Ibrahim Arsanov, the
director of a private foreignlanguage school in Grozny
who traveled 50 miles
through twisting mountain
roads for the opening ceremony last month. “Of course
people will come. It’s great
for us.”
Eventually it will have 17
runs, seven lifts and hotels to
accommodate 4,800 guests.
But at the opening ceremony, it didn’t even have
enough snow.
Truckloads had to be
brought in and dumped on
the ski runs. A heavy fog covered the mountaintop.
Maryam Isabaera, 21, a
university
student
in
Grozny, was one of several
volunteer hosts for the festivities. They were quick to
point out what they considered the positive attributes
of the republic, including
growing economic opportunities.
“We only got out of a war
less than 20 years ago, we are
still growing,” Isabaera said
in English. “Everything is
still in the process here, but I
think it is getting better all
the time for young people.”
Pressed about accusations of human rights
abuses, Isabaera and three
other volunteers dressed in
bright green jackets bearing
the Veduchi logo said they
hadn’t heard of anything like
that happening in Chechnya.
As they walked away, a
young, bearded man approached a Western reporter and said in Russian: “You
know that we will never tell
you the truth about what is
happening here, don’t you?”
“If we did, they will come
and find us at work and harass us,” the man said.
“What I can tell you is that
everything you read about
on the internet, all the accusations of torture and burning people’s houses, it’s all
true.”
sabra.ayres@latimes.com
Twitter: @sabraayres
Ayres is a special
correspondent.
Putin orders daily pause in fighting in Syria enclave
The cease-fire in east
Ghouta would enable
civilians to leave and
aid to be delivered.
By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan — Russian President Vladimir
Putin on Monday ordered a
daily cease-fire in east Ghouta, the Syrian rebel-held
enclave near the capital,
Damascus, and the target of
a ferocious government assault that has turned life in
the region, according to the
United Nations, into “hell on
earth.”
“As ordered by the
Russian president, a daily
humanitarian pause from
[9 a.m. to 2 p.m.] is being introduced starting Feb. 27 to
avoid civilian casualties in
east Ghouta,” the Russian
Defense Ministry said in a
statement Monday, according to a translation by the
English-language
news
broadcaster Russia Today.
Russia is the top international supporter of Syrian
President Bashar Assad. Its
warplanes and special forces
troops, which first deployed
in the country in 2015, are
credited with turning the
tide of the war in Assad’s favor.
The pause in the fighting,
the statement continued,
would allow civilians to leave
the area through special humanitarian corridors, whose
coordinates have been prepared and will soon be announced. It would also facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the enclave, which has suffered
severe shortages of food and
medications under a yearslong siege by government
forces.
The U.N. estimates about
393,000 people live in east
Ghouta, a grouping of 23
Damascus suburbs under
the control of opposition factions, including both Al
Qaeda-affiliated Islamists
and
mainstream
rebel
groups supported by the
West.
Moscow proposed a similar arrangement near Tanf, a
desert region near Syria’s
southern tip where tens of
thousands have fled violence and gathered near
the border of Jordan. U.S.led coalition forces are also
stationed in the area.
Putin’s announcement
comes two days after the
U.N. Security Council, despite last-minute wrangling
by Russia and Iran (another
staunch Assad backer),
unanimously approved a
resolution demanding a 30day truce in Syria. In the latest round of violence in east
Ghouta, a Russian-backed
offensive has killed about
560 people since last week,
activists said, when the offensive first began.
On Sunday, fighting continued unabated as pro-government troops began a
ground assault on five fronts
to breach rebel lines. And on
Monday, the Syrian Observatory
for
Human
Rights, a pro-opposition
monitoring group based in
Britain with a network of activists in Syria, said 22 people were killed.
Pro-opposition activists
also accused government
forces of deploying chlorine
gas in Shayfoniyeh, a town
roughly eight miles northeast of central Damascus,
after an airstrike in which
victims exhibited symptoms
including eye irritation and
breathing difficulties.
Damascus has long denied using any chemical
weapons, though it stands
accused of using sarin gas on
the Ghouta region in 2013.
That assault brought the
U.S. to the brink of attacking
Damascus, a threat averted
by an eleventh-hour deal
struck with Russia in which
Assad agreed to give up his
chemical arsenal.
“Security Council resolutions are only meaningful if
implemented.... As I had the
opportunity to say in the Security Council itself a few
days ago, in particular eastern Ghouta cannot wait,”
said U.N. Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres in Geneva
on Monday. He added that
the U.N. was ready to deliver
assistance.
“It is high time to stop
this hell on earth,” he said.
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Trump hotel dispute is investigated
Panama’s government
is checking into a
complaint of illegal
occupation of the
luxury building.
associated press
PANAMA CITY — Panama’s government said Monday that it was formally investigating a complaint that
executives for President
Trump’s family hotel business were illegally occupying
a 70-story luxury Trump hotel amid a management dispute.
The Public Ministry said
that it was investigating
whether there was any “punishable conduct” in the matter at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in
Panama, and that it intended to ask for more information from both sides.
The dispute has brought
armed guards onto the
property, allegations of improper shredding of documents and a fight for control
over a room filled with computer servers. Employees
acting at the direction of
Trump’s hotel business retained physical control over
the property, but the hotel’s
owners now control at least
some of the hotel’s bank accounts.
Monday’s
announcement comes in response to a
tense standoff between the
hotel’s owners and Trump’s
executives, who were hired
to run the hotel by the building’s developer, many years
before Trump was elected
U.S. president. Hotel owners
have been seeking to dump
Trump’s brand and management team since October over allegations of poor
financial performance and
financial misconduct. Led
by Orestes Fintiklis, a Miami-based private equity investor who runs Ithaca
Capital, the owners voted to
fire Trump’s management
company last year.
Trump Hotels disputed
its termination and a related
claim by Ithaca for damages,
and has refused to leave the
Panama property.
The dispute is now being
litigated in both U.S. courts
and private arbitration.
Owners have maintained
that Trump Hotels must
leave the property immediately.
Arnulfo Franco Associated Press
THE TRUMP International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, third from left, is
at the center of a dispute between the hotel’s owners and Trump executives.
In a two-page statement
issued Monday afternoon by
Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten,
Trump Hotels accused Fintiklis of duplicity and attempting to take over the hotel “with a rogue private security team.” Garten also alleged Fintiklis’ efforts to
cancel Trump’s management deal violated the terms
of his fund’s purchase of 202
out of the 369 hotel units last
year.
The Trump statement
further suggested that Fintiklis had given up on arbitration because he could not
afford a protracted fight.
“Sadly, it now appears as
though Mr. Fintiklis has either lost patience with the
pace of the proceedings
which he commenced or
simply lacks the financial
backing he once claimed he
had,” the statement said.
The current fight over the
property began Thursday
when Fintiklis attempted to
hand-deliver termination
notices to four of Trump’s
top managers at the hotel.
Trump’s staff rebuffed
the attempt. The Trump Organization called the police,
and key staff holed up in a security room. Allies of the
owners’ association shut off
power to the room — inadvertently killing the hotel’s
phone lines and internet
connections, which were
routed through servers located in the same space.
In his statement, Garten
blamed Fintiklis and an ally
in the building for the shut-
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he said placed “employees
and guests in danger.”
According to a legal claim
filed by Fintiklis on Friday
night, Trump Hotel managers were shredding business records, which Garten
said was “categorically untrue.”
The bitter dispute simmered through the weekend,
with the Trump Organization dispatching one of its
top hotel executives, Jeff
Wagoner, and other U.S.based staff to Panama City
to rebuff the owners’ push.
The Trump team has
also relied on a bolstered se-
curity staff to remain in control of the hotel.
Both sides acknowledged that armed security
guards hired by Trump’s
executives were on the
scene.
“There’s always security
in the hotel,” Garten said.
“Right now, there’s more security.”
While Trump retains control of the property, Fintiklis
has been working to take
over the hotel’s bank accounts on behalf of the owners’ association.
On Sunday, he emailed
hotel employees a copy of a
government notice stating
that he is the president of a
key hotel legal entity.
“I am your employer
under the laws of Panama,”
Fintiklis wrote to hotel employees in a letter. “The
Trump Organization, to
gain financial and strategic
advantage against me and
the owners I represent, has
been lying to you and putting
your jobs and the hotel at
grave risk.”
Fintiklis did not respond
to emailed requests for comment.
Trump Hotel executives
have told employees not to
obey orders from Finktilis:
“To our amazing staff, we
thank for your extraordinary dedication. Rest assured, we will continue to
stand by and support you —
just as you have supported
us — during this challenging
time.”
The Panama hotel is one
of 12 remaining in Trump’s
hotel portfolio. Since the
president took office, hotels
in Toronto and New York
have reached deals to remove his name and management team from their properties. In the case of the former Trump SoHo hotel in
Manhattan, the property’s
owners paid to undo
Trump’s licensing and management deal.
The involvement of a
Panamanian government
ministry adds a new wrinkle
to the dispute.
The government’s statement says it will request information from foreign entities and governments,
“should they be needed” for
its investigation.
Panama’s government
receives financial support
for counter-narcotics work
from the United States, but
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Russia vetoes U.N. resolution on Iran
associated press
UNITED NATIONS —
Russia vetoed a Britishdrafted U.N. resolution on
Monday that took aim at
Iran over a report by U.N. experts that said the country
violated an arms embargo
by failing to prevent missiles
and drones from being supplied to Shiite Muslim rebels
in Yemen.
The vote in the Security
Council was 11 in favor, with
Russia and Bolivia opposed,
and China and Kazakhstan
abstaining.
Britain sought to focus
attention on a report in January by the U.N. panel of experts monitoring sanctions
against Iran that examined
missile remnants fired into
Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels last year and said many
“are consistent with those of
the Iranian designed and
manufactured Qiam-1 missile.”
It concluded that Iran
was in “noncompliance”
with the 2015 U.N. arms embargo on Yemen because it
failed “to take the necessary
measures” to prevent the direct or indirect supply of
missiles and drones to the
Houthis.
Britain’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Jonathan Allen,
urged council members not
to “shy away from calling out
those whose actions undermine international peace
and security.”
“This council needs to
stand firm in the face of state
Mary Altaffer Associated Press
RUSSIA’S U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, seen
Thursday, warned against fueling Mideast tensions.
noncompliance and send a
clear message that it will not
be tolerated,” he said.
To try to get Russian support, Britain first dropped a
condemnation of Iran in the
text. And during last-minute
negotiations, it dropped a
promise of “additional measures” against violators of
the arms embargo and also
softened language from “expressing concern” to “taking
note with particular concern” of the experts’ findings.
But Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia
wasn’t satisfied.
He accused Britain of
sowing “discord at a time
when the Security Council is
in dire need of closing its
ranks” by bringing the resolution to a vote knowing it
would be vetoed.
Nebenzia called the panel’s “selective and con-
tentious conclusions” unverified and uncorroborated. And he warned that the
resolution’s adoption would
have “dangerous, destabilizing ramifications” in Yemen
and the region.
“This will inevitably escalate regional tensions and
lead to conflicts among key
regional players,” he told the
council, warning of the
“grave danger in toying with
geopolitical maps” and antagonizing relations in the
Middle East between Sunnis
and Shiites.
Yemen, the Arab world’s
most impoverished country
with a population of 26 million, plunged into war in 2014
after the Houthis took over
the capital, Sana, and forced
the internationally recognized government to flee
and seek support from
neighboring Persian Gulf
countries.
In March 2015, a Saudiled, U.S.-backed coalition
began what has turned into
a devastating war that has
killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 2 million, and
created a humanitarian disaster. Saudi Arabia views
Houthis as Iranian proxies.
Kelley Currie, the U.S.
ambassador for economic
and social affairs, said the
council’s failure to pass the
British resolution “set back
our collective efforts to promote peace in Yemen.”
“Today, Russia accused
the majority of this council of
attempting to destabilize
the region by supporting the
U.K.’s text,” she said. “This is
perverse when, in fact, Russia’s veto today serves only
to protect Iran’s efforts to
destabilize the region and
spread its malign influence.”
Instead of demanding accountability from Iran, Currie told the council that Russia, Bolivia, China and Kazakhstan “decided to shield
Tehran from responsibility.”
U.S. Ambassador Nikki
Haley, who was flying to
Central America, warned in
a statement: “If Russia is going to use its veto to block action against Iran’s dangerous and destabilizing conduct, then the United States
and our partners will need to
take actions against Iran
that the Russians cannot
block.”
Iran’s U.N. Mission reiterated Monday that it “categorically rejects allegations
regarding arms transfer to
Yemen.”
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THE NATION
All the hallmarks of 9/11, years earlier
On 25th anniversary,
New York remembers
the first attack on the
World Trade Center.
By Nina Agrawal
NEW YORK — On the
morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Rita
Schwartz was running late
for a breakfast meeting at
Windows on the World, the
restaurant at the top of the
World Trade Center. The
woman she was meeting
decided to leave.
That woman was one of
the last people out of the
restaurant, Schwartz said,
before two airplanes that
had been hijacked by
Al Qaeda operatives hit the
twin towers.
Eight and a half years
earlier, Schwartz had also
gotten lucky.
On
Feb.
26,
1993,
Schwartz, who worked in
government relations for the
Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey, was returning from a meeting at
LaGuardia Airport. As she
pulled her car into a spot in
the garage under the World
Trade Center, she felt an
explosion that caused her
car to bounce.
“I thought it was the
transformer,” Schwartz said
in an interview at the former
World Trade Center site
Monday.
Smelling smoke, she
pulled out of the garage and
drove around to the front of
the building.
“If I had gone down, I
wouldn’t be here today,”
Schwartz said.
What Schwartz and
many others assumed was
an electrical outage was
actually a 1,200-pound bomb
that tore a crater through
the garage, injuring more
than 1,000 people and
ultimately killing six.
The terrorist attack, the
Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times
LOLITA JACKSON of New York is a survivor of both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
first on the World Trade
Center and unfathomable in
New York City at the time,
was a precursor to the attack
that brought down the towers and that has dominated
public interest ever since.
But for the families of the
victims and the survivors of
the 1993 attack, the memory
has not diminished.
“My family hasn’t forgotten,” Schwartz said. “I don’t
think New Yorkers have ever
forgotten.”
Schwartz was one of
dozens of survivors, family
members,
friends
and
colleagues who gathered
Monday to commemorate
those who lost their lives in
the bombing: John DiGiovanni, Robert Kirkpatrick,
Stephen A. Knapp, William
Macko, Wilfredo Mercado
and Monica Rodriguez
Smith, who was pregnant at
the time.
Some of them attended a
memorial Mass at St. Peter’s
Church, around the corner
from the former World
Trade Center site, in the
morning.
Then, just after noon, the
National
September
11
Memorial and Museum
hosted a ceremony near the
waterfall in the imprint of
the north tower, with bagpipes and drums, a moment
of silence and a reading of
the six names.
Afterward, family members and survivors placed
roses at the spot where
those names are engraved,
alongside the names of
nearly 3,000 others who died
in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“9/11 ... was the culmination of an attack that was
launched in 1993,” Charles
Maikish, who directed the
World Trade Center at the
time of the bombing, said in
remarks at the ceremony.
The mastermind behind
the 1993 attack, Ramzi
Yousef, was a nephew of
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed,
who plotted the 2001 attacks.
Yousef is now serving a life
term plus 240 years in
prison. Five other men were
also convicted for their roles
in the 1993 bombing.
The bomb had been left
in a rental van and disabled
the
building’s
electric,
HVAC,
communications
and elevator systems. Such
a terrorist attack was unprecedented in the United
States.
“In 1993, the world was
very different. We were not
ready for what visited us
that day. America was not
ready,”
Kevin
O’Toole,
current chairman of the
Port Authority, said at the
ceremony.
“There was no protocol
for this sort of thing,”
said Schwartz, the former
government relations official, who said she helped set
Mercado’s family up in a
hotel room nearby so they
could be present as first
responders searched for
days for his body.
Still, reconstruction was
swift. The twin towers were
lighted at nighttime after
the bombing, Maikish said.
Within weeks, the building
was again operational —
with new safety procedures
that ended up being used to
evacuate people in 2001.
The 2001 attacks were far
more devastating and have
since overshadowed the 1993
bombing in the public
consciousness — and rightly
so, some said Monday.
“It was much more
devastating,
and
more
people were killed,” Michael
Macko told reporters after
the ceremony.
Macko, who was 29 at
the time of the first attack,
drove with his father, a Port
Authority employee, to work
at the World Trade Center
the morning of Feb. 26, 1993,
and never saw him again.
Following Sept. 11, Macko
fought to secure recognition
and compensation for the
deaths of his father and
other victims. Those victims
are recognized at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, but they
were excluded from the compensation fund set up after
9/11.
Some survivors said they
gathered Monday precisely
so that first event wouldn’t
be forgotten.
“Remember 9/11, but
don’t forget Feb. 26, 1993,”
said Herman Gabora, 66,
who worked as the staff
lieutenant for the police
station in the basement of
the World Trade Center at
the time and suffered a gash
to his head.
Gabora had proposed to
his wife, Carol, an American
Airlines flight attendant, at
the Windows on the World
restaurant
and
taken
countless family members
and friends there.
For
Macko,
Gabora
and many other New
Yorkers, the Sept. 11 attacks
represented a horrific kind
of deja vu.
“It was like reliving the
worst day of my life all over
again,” said Stephen Knapp,
44, whose father was the
chief mechanical supervisor
for the World Trade Center
and died in the 1993 blast.
Knapp said it was important to remember that blast
as well as the 2001 attacks because of what it represented
as the first act of terrorism at
the site.
“It’s all part of one big
story,” Knapp said.
nina.agrawal@latimes.com
Twitter: @AgrawalNina
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Court rebuffs
Trump’s legal
challenge
[‘Dreamers,’ from A1]
aired, ruling that Trump’s
order had been based on a
“flawed legal premise.” A
district judge in New York
this month issued a similar
ruling.
In seeking to get Alsup’s
order
overturned,
the
Justice Department sought
to leapfrog the U.S. appeals
court in California, asking
the Supreme Court to grant
an “immediate review” of
Alsup’s nationwide order.
The action the administration sought was rare. It
has been nearly 30 years
since the Supreme Court
granted review of a district
judge’s ruling before an
appeals court could weigh
in. And the court said
Monday that it had no interest in following that course
in the DACA case. The justices,
without
dissent,
turned down the administration’s petition “without
prejudice,” meaning that the
government could return to
the high court once the appeals court rules.
“It is assumed that the
Court of Appeals will proceed expeditiously to decide
this case,” the justices noted
in a brief order.
Even though the action
by the high court was procedural in nature, not a ruling
on the substance of the case,
it has significant impact because it keeps in place
Alsup’s injunction for as
long as the case wends its
way through the judicial system, which could be quite a
while. In their appeal to the
high court, administration
lawyers said the injunction
would probably last well into
2019 if the appeals run their
normal course in the lower
courts.
That’s a significant victory for the Dreamers and a
defeat for administration
hard-liners, led by Stephen
Miller, Trump’s senior policy
advisor. They have tried to
use renewal of DACA as a
bargaining chip to get Congress to adopt new policies
to restrict legal immigration.
With DACA now effectively off the congressional
agenda for this year, the possibility of new immigration
restrictions is also much less
likely. Democrats hope to
regain control of at least one
house of Congress in the
midterm election, which
would give them considerably more of a say in any
legislation.
Even if the 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals
does act “expeditiously,” as
the justices suggested, a
ruling from the appeals
court would be unlikely before summer. That would
mean the earliest the case
could return to the Supreme
Court would be in the fall,
with a ruling possible by the
end of the year.
That’s
assuming
a
speedy path for the litigation. A scenario in which the
case doesn’t return to the
high court until a year from
now is quite possible.
Speaking to a group of
the nation’s governors on
Monday,
Trump
complained once again about
facing a case in the 9th Circuit, which hears appeals in
federal cases from California
and eight other Western
states. A majority of the
court’s active judges were
appointed by Democratic
presidents.
“I mean, it’s really sad
when every single case filed
against us — this is in the 9th
Circuit — we lose, we lose, we
lose, and then we do fine in
the Supreme Court. But
what does that tell you
about our court system?
It’s a very, very sad thing. So
DACA’s going back, and we’ll
see what happens from
there,” Trump said.
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
DEMONSTRATORS rally in support of “Dreamers” and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
in Los Angeles in September. The Supreme Court’s action Monday is a significant victory for Dreamers.
‘I mean, it’s really
sad when every
single case filed
against us — this
is in the 9th
Circuit — we lose,
we lose, we lose,
and then we do
fine in the
Supreme Court.’
— President Trump,
on losing DACA challenge
The Justice Department’s reaction was more
measured, acknowledging
that the administration’s
request for the court to take
up the case and bypass the
appeals court had been a
long shot.
“While we were hopeful
for a different outcome, the
Supreme Court very rarely
grants certiorari before
judgment,” said spokesman
Devin O’Malley. “We will
continue to defend [the
Department of Homeland
Security’s] lawful authority
to wind down DACA in an orderly manner.”
Los Angeles attorney
Theodore Boutrous Jr.,
who represented DACA
recipients who challenged
Trump’s order, praised the
court’s decision.
“DACA is a lawful and important program that protects young people who
came to this country as children and who know this
country as their only home.
The Dreamers have relied on
DACA to make decisions
about their education, jobs
and families and to make
valuable contributions to
society as doctors, lawyers,
teachers and members of
the military,” he said.
“Two federal district
courts have now recognized
that the Trump administration’s abrupt decision to end
the program was unlawful.
We are confident that the
Court of Appeals will reach
the same conclusion,” he
added.
“This was clearly the
correct result — to let the
judicial process work in the
orderly manner,” said Mark
Rosenbaum, another Los
Angeles lawyer who worked
on the case. “The larger
message is also clear: that
for the 700,000 Dreamers
who continue to work and
study every day to make our
nation a better place, the responsibility rests with Congress to do the right thing.”
The
administration’s
legal strategy in the case was
consistent with Trump’s
approach to DACA since he
was elected: He has not
wanted to keep the program
but has also not wanted to
be blamed for deporting
Dreamers, who enjoy widespread public support.
After Alsup issued his
order, U.S. Solicitor Gen.
Noel Francisco could have
asked the high court for a
stay, which would have put
the order on hold and
allowed the administration
to end DACA. Instead, he
surprised many observers
by, instead, asking the
justices to hear arguments
in the case this spring.
Francisco asserted that a
stay would result in an
“abrupt shift” in the enforcement policy, while the
administration favored an
“orderly wind-down of the
DACA policy.”
At the same time, he
insisted that the court order
was doing serious harm to
the government. “The dis-
trict judge’s unprecedented
order requires the government to sanction indefinitely an ongoing violation of
federal law being committed
by nearly 700,000 aliens,”
Francisco wrote, referring to
the DACA recipients.
In his ruling, Alsup said
Trump’s advisors, led by
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, had
been wrong when they
decided President Obama
lacked the authority to extend relief to the Dreamers.
Alsup agreed “a new
administration is entitled to
replace old policies with new
policies,” but nonetheless
concluded that the “flawed
legal premise” set out by
Sessions could not serve as a
basis for ending DACA now.
His preliminary injunction required the administration to “maintain the
DACA program on a nationwide basis.” However, he
said nothing in his order
would
prevent
federal
authorities from “removing
any individual, including
any DACA enrollee, who it
determines poses a risk to
national security or public
safety.”
david.savage@latimes.com
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Harassment issue hangs in the air
[Convention, from A1]
careers of multiple legislators.
The annual convention is
the political party scene on
steroids, a weekend with every flavor of fete — themed
hospitality suites and glitzy
bashes with high-profile
performers, exclusive private dinners and collegedorm-style hotel room hangouts.
That can uncomfortably
mesh with the current climate, particularly since a recent investigation found a
legislator “likely” had engaged in unwanted flirtatious behavior and had
supplied alcohol to a 19-yearold intern at the party’s 2008
convention. Among the
tense moments over the
weekend was hand-wringing
over the endorsement of an
assemblywoman who has
been accused of harassment, forcing an awkward
discussion on the convention floor.
The men — and one woman — running for governor
each paid homage to the
movement during speeches
seeking support from the
state party. From the official
podium to speeches before
smaller caucus groups, the
issue of harassment was a
near-universal talking point.
“I will stand with you in
the fight against all who engage in sexual assault and
sexual harassment,” Insurance Commissioner Dave
Jones, candidate for attorney general, told female
delegates.
Rob Bonta, an assemblyman from Oakland, said his
backing of the #MeToo
movement included “the
need for men to be true male
allies, to stand in solidarity
with men, to believe women.”
Conventions are just as
much about that official
business on the floor as they
are about the after-hours
revelry. But this year, there
seemed to be less debauchery.
“It was definitely more
sedate as a convention than
in the past,” said Charu
Khopkar, a Democratic consultant. “Most of the elected
officials in tough seats that I
spoke with … said a variation
of the same thing: ‘I know I
haven’t
done
anything
wrong, and I intend to keep it
that way.’ ”
‘The elephant
in the room’
In just the last few
months, three lawmakers
Photographs by Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
CRAIG ROBERTS tallies votes on Tony Mendoza, who resigned as state senator amid a sexual misconduct
inquiry but came to the Democratic convention saying he’ll seek reelection. Delegates opted not to back him.
‘The parties have
been more muted
than they have
been in past,
which isn’t
necessarily a bad
thing.’
— Sarah Kerber,
convention attendee
have resigned as a result of
sexual misconduct allegations, which they all deny.
Several others have faced investigations into their behavior, and one is on an unpaid leave of absence. The
revelations have inspired
legislation, increased disclosure about incidents to the
public and prompted soulsearching about the state’s
political culture, particularly the alcohol-heavy fundraisers and social events,
where some of the harassment incidents were alleged
to have occurred.
The man accused of giving alcohol to an intern,
Tony Mendoza of Artesia,
abruptly stepped down from
his state Senate seat last
week, but stunned convention-goers by arriving in San
Diego days later, affirming
his intention to seek election
for the seat in 2018. Mendoza,
TREASURER John Chiang, who’s running for governor, takes part in an auditory
catcall booth meant to simulate the verbal harassment women endure.
still wearing his Senate lapel
pin, appeared at a meeting
Saturday where constituents debated whether to
give him a party endorsement. He did not address
the controversy in brief comments to delegates. In a 35-10
vote, party activists opted
against backing him.
Party support for Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia
(D-Bell Gardens), who is on
leave amid a harassment inquiry, sparked tension on
the floor.
Garcia, who has denied
any wrongdoing, was not at
the convention. Democrats
in her district voted at January caucuses to endorse her
before accusations surfaced
that she made unwanted
advances on two men. The
official
party
blessing
couldn’t be undone at the
convention because of party
rules governing the caucus
votes, despite a behind-thescenes effort to persuade
Garcia to withdraw herself
from endorsement consideration.
Acknowledging “the elephant in the room” in a
speech Sunday morning,
Eric Bauman, the state
party chairman, explained
the process. The rules
“cause some dyspepsia,”
Bauman said with a grimace. The audience responded with a mix of scattered applause and jeers. He
vowed to “fix this going forward.”
It is still up to the discretion of the party and legislative leaders whether they
will spend money to help
Garcia’s candidacy.
Party scene ‘more
muted’ than usual
The harassment issue
was not contained to the endorsement kerfuffles. It was
tightly woven into the weekend’s official program and,
less conspicuously, its social
scene.
Attendees were given fliers proclaiming, “We value
your safety,” explaining this
year’s convention had in-
Trump inconsistent in gun debate
[Analysis, from A1]
no hurry to stake out positions on the long-contentious topic. Officials on
Capitol Hill suggested that
no substantial gun measures are on tap for the short
term.
Trump’s idea for arming
some school personnel has
gotten little support among
lawmakers or governors of
either party. Gov. Jay Inslee
of Washington state, a Democrat, told Trump that
neither teachers nor many
local law enforcement officials favored the idea, and
added, “I just suggest we
need a little less tweeting
here and a little more listening.”
Trump’s meeting with
about three dozen governors
was his third “listening session” since a gunman killed
17 students and adults at
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School in Parkland.
Previously the president solicited suggestions from local officials and survivors of
past shootings.
More emphatically than
he has before, Trump vowed
to use his own authority to
ban “bump stocks,” the devices used to make legal
semiautomatic guns fire
more like illegal automatic
weapons.
The president first raised
the idea in October, after a
gunman in Las Vegas used a
bump stock to shoot hundreds of concert-goers and
kill 58, but then the administration dropped it.
Though the Parkland
shooter apparently didn’t
use a bump stock, Trump
has revived the idea of banning them by federal regulation. “I’m writing that out
myself,” he said. “I don’t care
if Congress does it or not.”
The NRA has said it
could support a bump stock
ban by regulation, as Trump
proposes, but not a new law.
The regulatory route sug-
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DEMONSTRATORS march to the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee to demand
gun reform legislation. The gun debate is exploding just as party primaries loom.
gests a quandary: the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has said in the past
that, without a new law, it
doesn’t have the power to
ban bump stocks. Also, gun
manufacturers
probably
would sue to contest such a
regulatory ban.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders
said
Trump
planned to meet with lawmakers on Wednesday to
talk about guns policy, and
insisted he wasn’t backing
away from any of his ideas,
including the one to set a
minimum age of 21 for longgun purchases.
Still, Republican lawmakers worry that Trump
might eventually switch positions and leave them exposed to the wrath of the
NRA and its highly motivated voters.
As they note, Trump
opened the recent immigration debate with a similarly
aggressive pitch to lawmak-
ers to compromise and
promised he’d give them
“political cover” against
anti-immigration Republican voters. Later, however,
after pressure from hardline advisors and others, he
reversed himself and threatened to veto a bipartisan
measure, dooming it.
The gun debate is exploding just as party primaries are looming, a time in
which incumbents are reluctant to alienate their party’s
most loyal supporters —
which in the case of Republicans includes a large swath
of gun owners.
New polling suggests
that Americans are more in
favor of gun restrictions
since the Florida shooting,
but pro-gun sentiment remains high among Republicans voters.
Several measures are
circulating in Congress,
prompted by past gun massacres. The House earlier
passed a bill that would
eliminate some loopholes in
the federal background
check system. But Democrats opposed that measure
because it would also allow
gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state
lines, including into states
where that currently isn’t legal.
A bipartisan Senate version of the background
checks bill, sponsored by
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a
Republican, and Democratic Sen. Christopher S.
Murphy of Connecticut,
doesn’t include the concealed weapons language.
Written in response to a
mass shooting in November
at a church in Sutherland
Springs, Texas, the measure
seeks to get state and federal
agencies to be more rigorous
in forwarding any incriminating records involving
prospective gun buyers.
After the Sutherland
Springs shooting, it was
found that the Air Force
failed to send information to
the federal database about a
domestic abuse conviction
against the shooter, which
could have blocked his
weapons purchase.
Even if the Senate passed
its version, without the expansion of “concealed carry”
across state lines, gun rights
advocates say Republican
leaders promised it would be
tabled in the House, said
Michael Hammond, legislative counsel for the group
Gun Owners of America.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
the California Democrat
who sponsored a 1994 law
that banned some semiautomatic rifles for 10 years, announced on Friday that she
would push to raise the age
for their purchase from 18 to
21. As a member of the minority party, however, she
and other Democrats are
limited in their power to
raise the bills.
In a statement Monday,
Democratic Senate leader
Charles E. Schumer of New
York said that if congressional action is limited to
tightening the background
check system, “it would be
an abject failure and a dereliction of our duty.”
He called for additional
background check changes,
including closing the loophole that allows purchases
at gun shows and over the internet to avoid the checks.
Neither the House nor Senate measure would do that.
“We can’t afford a bill that
is simply aimed at pleasing
the NRA but doesn’t get the
job done,” Schumer said.
Hammond said that proposals to end background
check loopholes, outlaw
bump stocks or expand the
use of protective orders to
take guns from civilians
would be tantamount to
“the 2nd Amendment Repeal Act.”
christi.parsons@latimes.com
cathleen.decker
@latimes.com
creased security and a 24hour hotline to report sexual
assault and harassment.
At the women’s caucus
meeting Saturday morning,
the authors of the open letter against harassment were
given a standing ovation.
A Friday evening fundraiser for a women’s political
group advertised “An Update from CA’s Leading Reformer on Sexual Harassment.” People packed into
the offices of a local law
firm to hear Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (DGlendale), who has been
leading the Legislature’s examination of its own harassment policy, give a progress
report on her committee’s
work.
A second art installation,
next to the catcall booth,
featured a makeshift “convenience
store”
selling
tongue-in-cheek wares such
as “Don’t Tell Me to Smile”
mouthwash and “Back Off
Harasser Repellent” aerosol
spray.
Artist Dorian Lynde said
female attendees joked
they’d need the repellent in
their offices. She noted that
when all four prospective
candidates for governor
came by, “[We] put this in
their faces and say hey, what
are you going to do about
harassment in the government?”
The effect of the heightened harassment awareness
on the weekend’s socializing
was ambiguous.
There were fewer bashes
with marquee names this
time around. At the convention in 2017, dueling shindigs
featured rapper Common
and Cypress Hill. One party
boasted a performance by
celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson.
Still, there were plenty of
party options in San Diego
for delegates — a glow-stickladen “silent disco” in a hotel
ballroom; a dance music DJ,
Kaskade, performing at a
club in the Gaslamp Quarter; a gantlet of hospitalitysuite receptions in the convention center.
Kim Bernice Nguyen, a
state party delegate and
councilwoman from Garden
Grove, observed on Friday
that she didn’t see a dampened mood at a reception
hosted by state Sen. Ed
Hernandez of Azusa, a candidate for lieutenant governor.
But others said the
carousing seemed tempered. Mingling on a rooftop
deck Saturday evening as
part of a VIP reception,
Sarah Kerber said she’s noticed a change from conventions she’s attended in the
last five years.
“The parties have been
more muted than they have
been in past, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing,” said
Kerber, 30.
Other subdued events —
such as a brightly lighted ice
cream social hosted by
Insurance Commissioner
Jones — also proved popular
with delegates.
Shawnee Badger, 24, said
she loved that the Friday
event was not centered on alcohol, and hoped to see more
parties like it. Her experience was different later that
night, when she was hopping
between receptions.
While she was walking
from party to party, she said,
several men who were not
part of the convention harassed her with unwanted advances.
The contrast with the
sensitivity about harassment at the convention was
jarring, and she wished the
state party had considered
ways for delegates to move
safely between events outside the convention hall.
“We have all these powerful stances against sexual
harassment and physical
and emotional abuse, but
then they’re not even implemented at [the] convention,” said Badger, a delegate from Santa Clarita.
“This is a perfect place
where we can put those values into action.”
Her friend Melissa Garcia, a 25-year-old delegate
from Chatsworth, said she
saw “a mixed bag” in people’s party behavior.
“Even though we’re having this conversation on a
national level, the problem
still exists,” she said. “We
can’t just assume that because everybody’s hashtagging it up, that this problem
doesn’t exist anymore.”
melanie.mason
@latimes.com
Twitter:
@melmason
Times staff writers
Christine Mai-Duc and
Seema Mehta contributed
to this report.
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EDITORIAL
Los Angeles Times
A HOMELESS WOMAN in Venice. Many residents fear homeless housing in their neighborhoods.
THE DESPERATE
FIGHT FOR
HOMELESS HOUSING
BY THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD
omes end homelessness.” That was the simple
and ultimately persuasive slogan of the Proposition HHH campaign in 2016. In November of
that year, an overwhelming 77% of Los Angeles city
voters opted to raise their own property taxes to
pay for $1.2 billion in homeless housing — 10,000
units to be built over a decade. Politicians exulted
in the win and vowed that after years of short-lived strategies and halfhearted measures, they would finally address the crisis with the resolve and
the resources needed to bring it under control.
Never in this city has so much money been available for housing the
homeless. Yet the hard part is just beginning. Despite the overwhelming
support for Proposition HHH, virtually everyone involved in the process
now agrees that fierce NIMBY resistance to homeless housing in some communities and the lack of political will by elected officials in the face of that resistance are the biggest potential impediments to the rollout of housing on
the scale and timeline needed to stem the increase in homelessness. There
are currently more than 34,000 homeless people in the city of Los Angeles.
“We did the glitzy part, but now we have to get the work done, brick by
brick, block by block,” says Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who
represents South Los Angeles. “I predict we’ll hit a wall — that we’ll get
stuck.”
That wall could be erected by the City Council itself, whose members have
nearly unfettered say over what gets built and what gets blocked in their districts — but who have been extremely reluctant over the years to challenge
the fierce opposition of their most vocal constituents on the issue of homelessness. Even as the crisis has intensified, they’ve wavered. Councilman Jose Huizar, for instance, stalled the development for nearly two years of a welldesigned, modest residential project in Boyle Heights that would have
housed a mere 24 homeless people, partly because of objections from the
business owner next door. Councilman Joe Buscaino caved to protesters in
San Pedro and ditched his own perfectly reasonable plan for a storage facility where homeless people could put their belongings.
Councilman Gil Cedillo pulled a property in his district that consists of
five parking lots off the list of city-owned sites suitable for homeless housing
in December 2016 because, he said, the Lincoln Heights community had not
been consulted; the result was a yearlong delay.
“Political will is now the biggest challenge,” says former City Controller
Wendy Greuel, who sits on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s
Board of Commissioners. “Will the City Council and the mayor and the
county say, ‘Yes, we will put this housing in our neighborhoods’?”
“H
::
Fifteen months after the ballot measure passed, only two projects with
HHH funding have broken ground. Of eight city-owned properties identified
two years ago as sites for homeless housing, not one is near construction —
and these were supposed to be the easy projects, the low-hanging fruit. The
city has funded 416 homeless housing units that were already in the pipeline,
which is pretty good — and no one ever thought the crisis would be addressed in a single year — but new projects aren’t being moved toward approval nearly quickly enough.
Until the mayor and the members of the City Council treat the building of
these 10,000 units of housing with the kind of extraordinary urgency this crisis requires — the kind that the federal and state governments bestowed upon, for example, the rebuilding of the broken Santa Monica Freeway after the
Northridge earthquake — they simply will not be built. And they must be
built. Supportive housing in particular — which offers not just a place to live
but also access to job counseling and mental health and substance abuse
treatment, among other things — is the best long-term solution for the
chronically homeless, whose cases are the most difficult to solve. A substantial number of these housing units must be located in every single council
district. They cannot just be concentrated in poor areas or in neighborhoods
with less political clout. Already, a new report shows that even more housing
will be needed than was estimated at the time HHH was passed.
There will be opposition, vocal and angry. There already is. But ultimately, every council member must support a fair share of this housing in his
or her district — and push back against those constituents who object by
rote. We expect council members to lead rather than follow, to explain why
this housing is necessary and to push as many reasonable projects as possible through the gantlet of City Council approvals. We expect Mayor Eric
Garcetti to stand up publicly and fight for those projects as well. The mayor,
who is said to be contemplating his next career steps, has an opportunity to
repair the long-standing perception that he is unwilling to take on tough
public battles. Surely he must be aware that his mayoralty will ultimately be
judged on how he handles this crisis.
In recent weeks, there have been signs of progress. There’s talk of transforming city-owned parking lots into housing for the chronically homeless,
and a separate move is underway to begin converting motel rooms to supportive housing units. There’s also a proposed ordinance to speed up the
time-consuming review process for approving permanent supportive housing projects, and Garcetti has joined other California mayors to request an
additional $1.5 billion in state aid to address homelessness.
Members of the City Council seem to be feeling the pressure for action as
well. Cedillo put the Lincoln Heights parking lots back on the city-owned
property housing list in December (after his reelection and a phone call from
The Times asking why he’d taken them off). Huizar called The Times just before this series was put to bed to say he’d changed his mind and would urge
the City Council to approve the Boyle Heights project as soon as possible.
(Huizar has backed a number of other supportive-housing projects in his
district in the past.) And Buscaino has been pushing to get a homeless storage facility set up at another site in San Pedro. Those are encouraging steps.
We need to pause to say a word on behalf of Councilman Mike Bonin; more
elected officials should follow his example. Few have been as courageous in
fighting for homeless housing as Bonin, who has championed several controversial projects and storage facility proposals in his district, despite being
unfairly savaged by some of his constituents. It’s imperative that other council members be that bold and put the well-being of the city over the shortsighted fears of some constituents.
::
It is not surprising that some city residents fear homeless housing in their
neighborhoods. Roughly a third of homeless people are mentally ill. Many
are substance abusers. Some seem — or are — threatening. Residents worry
about security, of course, and also about what will happen to property values
if homeless people move in nearby. Some believe they’re being unfairly asked
to bear a disproportionate share of the burden for a citywide problem. There
is undoubtedly an element of prejudice — even of racism — in some people’s
objections to homeless housing, but others voice reasonable concerns or
harbor common misconceptions about homelessness. There are plenty of legitimate land-use questions to be asked — about density, parking, height,
design — although some opponents hide their fears and prejudices behind
those more mundane concerns.
But the fact remains that housing must be built and residents who live
nearby must come to understand that it is better to have people housed and
treated than to have them living in tent encampments on the streets. And
neighbors can be persuaded of that. In the end, although there is often a
small but vocal and implacable group of opponents, most residents are open
to living near a well-designed, well-managed homeless housing development, according to providers who have seen onetime NIMBYs become
supportive neighbors over time. Officials say their research shows that most
people are predisposed to help the homeless, and that while they are a little
apprehensive of homeless housing in their neighborhoods when they first
hear about it, they can be persuaded by the right arguments, guarantees and
reassurances.
Since 2007, the city of Los Angeles has helped finance the building of 2,667
units of permanent supportive housing, according to officials.
Homeless housing is not be imposed on communities thoughtlessly or arbitrarily. When a potential HHH project is proposed, developers must get
neighbors’ input — that is mandated by the city. When a West L.A. community was worried last year about what the affordable housing development
firm Thomas Safran & Associates would build on a piece of city land that
holds a now-shuttered animal shelter, the developers held at least 10 meetings in the neighborhood and took people on a tour of their other low-income
and homeless housing developments. Members of the firm also assured the
neighborhood that the tenants — low-income seniors and homeless families— would all be background-checked. The project got the blessing of the
neighborhood council.
To answer concerns about living next door to people with mental health
or substance abuse problems, service providers recite their many success
stories. Take, for example, the case of Emily Martiniak, 65, who lived in a shelter, panhandled on the streets, and once stood on a bridge contemplating suicide. Six years ago, Martiniak moved into LA Family Housing’s Palo Verde
complex. Now, she makes some money as a notary public, takes medication
for her bipolar illness and speaks to groups about homelessness.
It would be disingenuous to suggest that there are never troubling incidents in homeless housing. In the same building where Martiniak has
thrived, another resident, with mental health problems that include paranoia, was deemed by service providers to need more intensive care. She was
eventually evicted. Service providers absolutely should take steps to ensure
that the safety concerns of neighbors are addressed. Residents of supportive
housing who can’t or won’t abide by the rules can be removed.
In Venice, where a developer has proposed building 140 units of housing,
including 68 for supportive housing, opponents have complained that their
neighborhood is being saddled with more homeless housing units than other
parts of the city. Every community should take its fair share, they argue.
Indeed, every community should. City Council President Herb Wesson
has introduced a resolution calling on all council members to pledge to approve 222 units of homeless housing in their districts by July 2020. That’s a
start, but now they have to stick to it; the resolution itself is nonbinding. And
more housing than that will be necessary.
Permanent supportive housing is not a quick fix. But it has the potential
to be a permanent fix.
This is the third in a series.
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The data are in: Strong gun laws work The two
By Devin Hughes
and Mark Bryant
T
he day after the
shootings at Marjory
Stoneman
Douglas
High School, in Parkland,
Fla.,
House
Speaker Paul Ryan sounded a cautious note: “I think as public policy
makers, we don’t just knee-jerk before we even have all of the facts
and the data.”
It’s a common refrain from politicians opposed to strengthening
gun laws: They use “lack of data” as
a fig leaf for their inaction.
But there is no lack of data. Our
organizations, GVPedia and the
Gun Violence Archive, have
amassed the relevant research,
facts and data — and it all points to
the need for legislative action on
gun violence.
The misconception that gun violence has not been researched began with the infamous 1996 Dickey
Amendment, a gun-lobby rider attached to an omnibus appropriations bill that prevents the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention from using any funds “to advocate or promote gun control.” At
the same time, Congress cut the
agency’s budget by the exact
amount it used to research gun violence. The message was clear.
Although the amendment dealt
a significant blow to research on
gun violence, it did not end it. GVPedia has collected more than 740
academic studies and papers on
the subject, a majority of which
were published after 1996. The best
of this work, combined with detailed data on gun deaths and injuries from the Gun Violence Archive, tell a clear story about what
can help stop mass shootings in
America.
Following tragedies such as the
killings in Parkland, Las Vegas and
Sandy Hook, gun apologists are
fond of saying that stricter laws
wouldn’t have prevented the carnage. Yet we can easily see that this
claim was false in Parkland.
The shooter at Stoneman
Douglas High had a long history of
red flags that didn’t show up in the
Carline Jean Sun-Sentinel
STUDENTS from Deerfield Beach, Fla., walk to Marjory Stone-
man Douglas High School in support of shooting victims.
national database but were wellknown to local police. A law that
would have required a gun buyer to
apply for and get a permit at the
discretion of law enforcement
could have empowered authorities
to deny the shooter access to an
AR-15.
Multiple studies from researchers at Johns Hopkins University
have found that such “permit to
purchase” laws, which include a
particularly strong background
check, reduce homicides, suicides
and gun trafficking. Literature
reviews that examine a wide range
of gun policies throughout the U.S.
also consistently find that these
laws save lives.
Research also shows that domestic violence restraining orders
with the teeth to remove firearms
from abusers reduce intimatepartner homicide. Likewise, banning high-capacity magazines
would likely reduce the deadly outcome of shootings. Australia’s ban
and buyback of semi-automatic
firearms significantly reduced gun
deaths in that country.
Instead of stricter purchase and
ownership rules, the gun lobby and
its allies claim that a “guns everywhere” agenda will reduce violence
because, as the National Rifle
Assn. puts it, “the only way to stop
a bad guy with a gun is with a good
guy with a gun.”
Among the lobby’s most prominent efforts is passing “concealed
carry reciprocity” legislation. HR
38, a reciprocity bill, passed by the
House in December, is now in the
Senate Judiciary Committee. It
would allow a concealed-carry license from one state to apply in all
states, which means that weaker
standards for carrying firearms in
say, Louisiana, could trump stricter regulations in California.
Recent research shows how
dangerous reciprocity would be. A
2017 study in the American Journal
of Public Health correlated minimally restrictive “right to carry”
laws with a 6.5% increase in total
homicide rates and an 8.6% higher
firearm homicide rates. Another
2017 study, by John Donohue of
Stanford University, found that
such laws were consistently associated with increases in violent
crime. These two studies are
backed by earlier research also
showing that minimal standards
for carrying firearms bring down
the rate of violent crime.
The push to get firearms into
more hands is based on the false
notion that defensive gun use —
DGU — is widespread and effective
at preventing injury. The gun lobby
and its allies tout research that put
the number of defensive gun uses
at approximately 2.5 million a year.
However, the methodology behind
that figure has been called into
question by David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. And, by
combing through media and police
reports, the Gun Violence Archive
documented approximately 2,000
verified DGUs in 2017, which also
casts doubt on the 2.5-million estimate. As to the efficacy of DGUs, a
2015 Hemenway study showed that
using a gun in self-defense is no
better at preventing injury than alternative means such as doing
nothing or running away.
In reality, the best research
shows what common sense tells us:
More guns mean more crime and
more death. Gun possession significantly increases your risk of being killed by someone you know. A
gun in the home doubles your risk
of homicide and triples your risk of
suicide. The presence of a gun increases the lethality of domestic violence. Areas with higher gun ownership see a significant increase in
burglary. And states with higher
levels of gun ownership experience
higher rates of firearm fatalities.
The Dickey Amendment should
be overturned. We undoubtedly
need more research on the public
health effects of gun laws, gun ownership and gun use. But the need
for more studies is no excuse for ignoring the research that already
exists; it is no excuse for inaction.
The best data are clear: More guns
mean more carnage, and stronger
gun laws save lives.
Legislation that reduces the
easy availability and number of
firearms is the best way to respond
to mass school shootings, church
shootings, domestic violence and
firearm-suicide. To delay any longer is to dishonor the 17 lives lost in
Parkland, and the more than
38,000 Americans killed annually
by guns.
Devin Hughes is the founder
of GVPedia. Mark Bryant is the
executive director of Gun Violence
Archive.
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
SANTA MONICA officials accused Bird Rides Inc., a local transportation start-up, of operating without city approval.
Can the Bird electric scooter
solve our transit problems?
By Conor Friedersdorf
O
n the Santa Monica
and Venice Beach
oceanfront, alternative modes of transportation are nothing
new. This is where the Dogtown
skateboarders ruled in the 1970s,
where Jimmy Buffet saw a man
rollerskating naked through a
crosswalk in the 1980s, where
rollerbladers led the inline trend
of the 1990s, and where I’ve seen
unicycles, bicycles, tricycles, pedicabs,
Segways,
ElliptiGOs,
horses, dog sleds on wheels, and a
shopping cart modified by a
homeless man into a motorized
conveyance.
Everyone has to make do with
urban infrastructure designed for
cars, if they venture onto the
streets, or pedestrians, if they
keep to the sidewalks. So do riders
trying the newest craze on the
Westside: Bird, the slim, stand-up
electric scooter that maxes out at
15 mph. It’s an alternative to a long
walk, a bike ride or a short drive to
an area without parking. Unlocking one requires a smart phone, a
credit card and a driver’s license.
As with bike-share programs,
users pay to rent them, $1 per ride
plus 15 cents per minute. But at
the end of the ride there’s no need
to find a docking station. Like
cars, Birds can be left at one’s destination, even an out-of-the-way
shop or a house in a residential
neighborhood.
Travis VanderZanden, a former Uber and Lyft executive,
raised $15 million in backing for
Bird, suggesting he’s not the only
one convinced it can gain followers in Southern California and beyond. But many regard Birds as an
invasive species, and they are registering their complaints on
neighborhood
forums
like
Nextdoor as well as in bars and
coffee shops.
Bird riders, they complain, are
breaking the rules that helped
persuade Santa Monica to allow
the new technology. Riders are
supposed to wear helmets and
stick to the streets while avoiding
sidewalks. Many do neither. The
dearth of fixed docking stations
means Birds are often left blocking a sidewalk or leaned against a
shop window. And they’re too quiet — a pedestrian can’t even hear
one coming.
All of those critiques are fair.
And figuring out where exactly
Birds fit next to cars, bikes and
people, if they fit at all, is bound to
involve trial and error, as well as an
unknown number of injuries to
riders and bystanders. Cyclists,
who fought long and hard for a
tiny strip on the margins of our
roads, can be forgiven for not
wanting to share their paths.
But the Westside’s streets are
gridlocked for hours twice a day,
every day; cycling is often lethal;
and excepting main commercial
strips and touristy stretches,
most of the area’s sidewalks are
utterly empty. That status quo
isn’t worth preserving, is it?
Bird can only disrupt our
streetscape insofar as it is popular. But if it grows in popularity, it
could make Westside residents
and visitors less reliant on Uber,
Lyft and personal vehicles, reducing congestion, freeing up parking
spots and decreasing emissions.
It might be especially useful in
taking people the “last mile” home
after getting off a bus or train.
Maria Konnikova once pointed
out that “precedence-based rea-
soning is everywhere in life.... We
think we should earn more than a
new hire; we believe that seniority
in a group should be respected,
and get mad when our status is
usurped by an upstart. So it goes
when it comes to the feeling of
owning the road: precedence
comes first.” At bottom, the case
against Bird is that other methods
of transportation got there first,
and electric scooters fit uneasily
into the system built for them.
Progress requires us to welcome newcomers and the dynamism they inject into our cities.
Just as Uber and bike shares inspired Bird, allowing Bird to operate will inspire new innovations
and variations on getting from
here to there — and those innovations will inspire us to rethink how
our streets and sidewalks ought to
be used, rather than concluding
that today’s gridlocked Los Angeles is as good as it gets.
Conor Friedersdorf is a
contributing writer to Opinion,
a staff writer at the Atlantic and
founding editor of the Best of
Journalism, a newsletter that
curates exceptional nonfiction.
parties
have
changed
JONAH GOLDBERG
S
et aside what you think
of guns or immigration as
a matter of public policy or
even morality. Instead,
think of them as dye-markers for how our cultural politics
and the nature of the two parties
have changed over time.
In the 1990s, it was common for
Democrats to fret over both illegal
and legal immigration. “All Americans,” President Clinton said in his
1995 State of the Union Address,
“are rightly disturbed by the large
numbers of illegal aliens entering
our country.” Barbara Jordan, the
civil rights icon and former Democratic congresswoman, headed a
commission which concluded that
legal immigration rates should be
modestly cut.
Meanwhile countless Republicans championed immigration.
“I’m hard pressed to think of a
single problem that would be
solved by shutting off the supply of
willing and eager new Americans,”
then-House Majority Leader Dick
Armey said in 1994. “If anything,
we should be thinking about increasing legal immigration.”
After a meeting with the National Restaurants Assn., newly
elected House Speaker Newt
Gingrich said, “I think we would be
a very, very self-destructive country if we sent negative signals on
legal immigration.”
Back then, boosting immigration was seen by many on the left
as a sop to big business. The ruling
industrial class allegedly wanted a
reserve army of cheap labor. As
recently as 2015, the avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders sounded
Bannonesque in telling Vox.com
that “open borders” was a “Koch
brothers proposal…a right-wing
proposal, which says essentially
there is no United States.”
Sanders is an example of how
political and cultural currents
swirl around us. He won his first
bid for Congress in 1990 in part
because he received the endorsement of the National Rifle Assn.
Sanders, then the mayor of Burlington, Vt., opposed an assaultweapon ban while his GOP opponent supported one.
“It is not about Peter Smith vs.
Bernie Sanders,” the NRA’s Wayne
LaPierre explained. “It is about
integrity in politics.”
This history was just one reason why it was amusing to listen to
LaPierre at the Conservative
Political Action Conference last
week railing against “socialists”
determined to grab everyone’s
guns. The man who helped launch
the most prominent American
socialist since Norman Thomas
now thinks socialism is an existential threat to liberty.
What’s going? On the immigration front: Democrats are increasingly invested in permissive policies in part because they’ve
bought into the theory that diverse populations are their key to
electoral victories going forward.
In dialectic fashion, Republicans
are increasingly invested in restrictive policies in part because
they’re chasing after ever-larger
segments of the white vote.
As for firearms: Democrats
passed an assault-weapons ban in
September 1994. Even Bill Clinton
credited that decision as one of the
chief reasons the GOP took back
the House two months later.
True or not, the more important consequence was that gun
rights increasingly became a partisan issue, and the NRA had little
choice but to become an adjunct of
the GOP. The dynamic became
centrifugal, with Democrats and
Republicans becoming ever more
defined by the issue.
All of these changes were driven by facts on the ground. To listen
to Democrats, Republicans support gun rights because the NRA
tells them to. In reality, Republicans support gun rights because
their voters tell them to, just as
Democratic voters tell their representatives the opposite.
But guns and immigration are
not simply drivers of polarization,
they are examples of its power.
Politics has become a lifestyle,
part of the “big sort” driving so
much in our culture. That’s why
the NRA’s marketing these days
has so little to do with gun policy
and so much to do with smashmouth cultural resentments.
If you’re a Democrat, you’re
probably a down-the-line Democrat on a host of unrelated issue.
Same if you’re a Republican. Like
our representatives, many of us
won’t buck party orthodoxy. Liberals like Sanders have talked
about “two Americas” for generations, but they assumed that this
divide was class-based. It’s not. It’s
cultural, and the divide is becoming a chasm.
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Construction came at a high cost
[Cafeterias, from A1]
priced,” said David M. Huff,
who was part of L.A. Unified’s legal team.
Going after the money
was a high-risk move for
the nation’s second-largest
school system.
The targeted contractors
— and their insurers — had
resources to dig in and fight
back. They also had motivation, because adverse decisions could jeopardize future California public works
contracts. Expensive, unsuccessful litigation would
have been embarrassing for
a school district already facing financial challenges serious enough to threaten its
solvency.
The allegations against
all the contractors were similar.
In a 2014 decision, Superior Court Judge Richard L.
Fruin laid out ways in which
F.H. Paschen overcharged.
At Burroughs Middle
School, for example, the cafeteria needed two cashier
stations and F.H. Paschen
installed them, at more than
$2,400 apiece. But the company, in its contract,
charged for five units as well
as four-tenths of another
one.
At Birmingham High, it
installed two cabinets to
keep food warm — each costing more than $3,000 — but
charged for four and part of
another.
In its contract, for many
items, the company was allowed a 5% profit. But it took
a cut nearly five times that
big. Through such practices,
F.H. Paschen charged about
Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times
STUDENT Brandon Sanchez peruses the lunch items in the cafeteria at Maywood Center for Enriched Stud-
ies last year. The three contractors in the Cafe L.A. project sued by the school district have denied wrongdoing.
$65,000 too much at Burroughs and Birmingham
combined.
F.H. Paschen and the
other companies also said
they would use products —
including electrical wiring —
more expensive than the
ones they installed, putting
in “the Chevrolet” but charging for “the Cadillac,” said
Huff of the L.A. Unified legal
team.
“The district inspectors
signed off because our plans
showed a Chevrolet and the
Chevrolet was delivered,”
Huff said.
MTM, which is based in
the City of Industry, admitted no fault in its settlement,
and the other two companies still are fighting in
court.
Lawyers for F.H. Paschen
have argued, in part, that
L.A. Unified managers not
only approved their proposals but also instructed the
company to write them in
the way that they did.
“At no point did F.H.
Paschen overcharge the district for its work,” said the
company’s attorney, Marion
T. Hack.
Attorney Andrew Harris,
who represents Los Angeles-based Torres Construction, said: “There was never
any criticism of Torres during the time the work was being performed, either in
terms of the pricing or the
quality of work.”
The construction that
led to the litigation came
about when L.A. Unified set
Mayor faces backlash for heads-up
[Oakland, from A1]
recent weeks as administration officials have talked
about targeting California
for increased immigration
enforcement. Trump last
week also said he was thinking of withdrawing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from the state,
predicting it could cause a
wave of crime.
Although Schaaf said she
was trying to help those who
might be arrested, some advocates said it had a different effect.
“The main reaction that
people have had has been
fear, unfortunately,” said
Eleni Wolfe, immigration
program director at Centro
Legal de la Raza, an Oakland-based advocacy group.
“It’s terrifying to hear about
the potential of increased
enforcement action, and unfortunately that’s the main
message that they heard.”
Across California, leaders said they find themselves
in a difficult position as they
fight federal law enforcement actions. Typically, they
said, local and federal officials work in concert. But on
immigration, they are at
odds.
“Broad pronouncements
about raids in a city and
across a region generate an
enormous amount of fear
and … generally don’t help
families understand exactly
what they need to do to protect themselves and their
loves ones,” San Jose Mayor
Sam Liccardo said.
On the other hand, the
former prosecutor said, providing specific information
about how, when and where
ICE might be engaged could
lead to charges of obstruction of justice.
“I think every local leader
is walking a tightrope trying
to ensure that residents are
well informed within the
bounds of the law,” he said.
Liccardo said he exchanged text messages with
Schaaf over the weekend re-
garding the possible immigration sweeps. A few hours
after she issued her statement, he issued one of his
own — explaining that while
his office had been unable to
confirm rumors of imminent
raids, San Jose’s immigrant
residents should know that
“we have your back.”
The statement included
the phone number for a hotline to report ICE activity
and links to legal resources.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric
Garcetti said Monday that
he personally has not known
about pending ICE sweeps
— and believes that is a
problem when it comes to
the Los Angeles Police Department. He said it’s important for local law enforcement to be aware of the raids
because “oftentimes there is
support that is needed if
situations turn bad.”
“I’ve always said to our
federal law enforcement officials, you need local law enforcement,” Garcetti said.
“You can’t ignore or disregard or — as we’re seeing
from our commander in
chief — defund and disparage our local law enforcement.”
Garcetti said that although he supports Schaaf,
he was unsure how he would
react if he had information
about pending ICE enforcement.
“It’s a hypothetical. I
haven’t gotten that. To me,
it’s very important to know
the particulars of situations.
And I’m not going to give a
heads-up to people who are
the traffickers of women
that there is going to be a
raid on them. It depends on
the situation.”
Garcetti said Los Angeles police will continue to
work with federal officials to
go after gangs and human
traffickers.
“That’s important work
to do. But the indiscriminate
ICE raids, like 7-Eleven raids
and things like that? When
we have dangerous crimi-
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‘Due to the reliability of my
sources ... I felt that it was my duty
to share the information.’
— L IBBY S CHAAF,
Oakland mayor, speaking about her weekend alert to residents
nals, why would we use resources to go after 7-Eleven
clerks?” Garcetti said.
Tony Bell, spokesman for
Republican Los Angeles
County Supervisor Kathryn
Barger, said elected officials
shouldn’t create “hysteria or
panic.”
“A better approach would
be to provide information
about their rights and available resources,” Bell said.
Others were quick to defend Shaaf.
“In this particular case,
in this day and time, we need
to tell people that they got to
keep their families whole,”
Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) said.
“That’s what it really comes
down to.”
ICE officials did not respond to a question about
whether a San Francisco
Bay Area operation had
been planned this weekend.
In a statement, ICE
spokeswoman Lori Haley
said immigration agents
“conduct targeted enforcement operations on a daily
basis in Northern California
and across the nation.”
She said that although
agents focus on “individuals
who pose a threat to national security, public safety
and border security,” others
who do not fall into those
categories are also arrested
and deported.
Haley noted, as ICE officials have in the past, that
cities that consider themselves sanctuaries, like Oakland, face an increase in “arrests in the community.”
“While the vast majority
of cities in America do cooperate with ICE, others force
ICE to assign additional resources to conduct at-large
arrests in the community,
putting officers, the general
public and the aliens at
greater risk and increasing
the incidence of collateral
arrests,” she said.
Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for
American Immigration Reform, which advocates for
stricter immigration enforcement, echoed that
statement, saying it was the
policies of sanctuary cities
that are “creating the need
for ICE to go into these communities.”
Schaaf ’s statement, he
said, was “a deliberate move
to create a sense of hysteria,”
he said.
Most elected officials in
California seem to think that
“any form of immigration
law is somewhat draconian,”
Mehlman said.
A coalition of immigrant
advocates said it had con-
firmed a number of ICE arrests throughout Northern
California on Sunday, including “five arrests in Merced County, two arrests each
in Contra Costa and Sacramento counties, and one
each in Monterey and Napa
counties.”
Maricela Gutierrez, executive director of the Services, Immigrant Rights and
Education Network in San
Jose, said her organization
received dozens of calls from
people concerned about the
potential for raids after the
mayor issued her statement.
On Sunday morning, the
group sent “know your
rights” information by text
to thousands of subscribers
to its “rapid response network,” which serves to inform people about ICE activity and their legal rights.
They also alerted hundreds of advocates who have
been trained as legal observers to be on standby.
Gutierrez said she is
happy to see city leaders
warning residents about
pending ICE actions, as long
as those warnings come with
offers to help.
“Any announcement like
that, when you hear families
might be separated, is going
to cause anxiety and panic.
But if you follow that up with
a lot of information and resources it reduces that fear
and panic,” she said.
Schaaf ’s warning also allowed advocates to organize
in anticipation of ICE operations, “people were having
calls, there were emails going on. People were on high
alert,” Gutierrez said.
Schaaf faced a sea of angry calls over her message.
In a news conference on
Sunday, she said her “priority is to keep this community safe.”
“It is not my wish to panic
people but to ensure that
they are prepared with information. That they know
their rights as well as their
responsibilities and know
about the resources that
this community offers,” she
said.
Schaaf said she weighed
whether to issue the release
because in the past, rumors
about immigration enforcement activities have caused
widespread panic in immigrant communities.
“Spreading rumors of
ICE activities has been used
as a tactic to strike fear and
paralysis in the immigrant
communities,” she said.
“This is something I thought
about very carefully before
bringing this information
forward, but due to the reliability of my sources and the
fact that I received this from
multiple sources, I felt that it
was my duty to share the information.”
paloma.esquivel
@latimes.com
dakota.smith@latimes.com
out to speedily solve one
of its long-standing problems.
For
decades,
many
school cafeterias hadn’t
been able to meet demand
efficiently. Students waited
in long lunch lines and ended
up without enough time to
eat. Many were skipping
lunch altogether.
The new cafeterias allowed for multiple lines in
which students could grab
prepackaged offerings from
cabinets that kept food hot
or cold. They were not set up
for cooking; food was prepared in central kitchens
and then trucked to campuses.
To get the cafeterias
ready quickly — and try to
save money — the district
used what is known as joborder contracting. It was a
first for California school
districts, though it is not uncommon for government
projects.
To be eligible for the cafeteria work, contractors had
to agree to follow a catalog
that set prices and the allowable amount of profit.
In L.A. Unified, the maximum for a single job was set
at $1 million.
The project launched in
March 2008. Construction
began within six months
and all 64 cafeterias were finished by September 2009.
When the project began,
the three contractors already were getting a lot of
work in a $20-billion districtwide effort, begun in
1997, to build, repair and
modernize campuses. F.H.
Paschen and Torres, a company founded in 2001, each
won about $120 million in
contracts for projects across
the school system, according to L.A. Unified. The contracts for MTM totaled $22.3
million.
The Cafe L.A. project
seemed likely to open the
door to more opportunities
for these companies, including subsequent cafeteria
makeovers — until the audits by the district’s inspector general. Auditors examined numerous companies’
job-order contracts for cafeteria work as well as other
projects.
“Some of the job orders
were overpriced and unreasonably priced, but still approved,” auditors wrote in a
2011 report. Twelve of 17 sample
projects
exceeded
proper costs by 77% on average, they concluded.
In response, district officials
made
significant
changes to the contracting
program and decided to sue
the three companies over
the Cafe L.A. work.
In his 2014 ruling for the
district, Fruin noted L.A.
Unified’s
shortcomings,
writing that F.H. Paschen
“has plenty of ammunition
for its arguments.”
An L.A. Unified representative, the judge said,
had instructed F.H. Paschen
to prepare a proposal that
would “mirror” one made by
Torres.
Staff at the Chicago company took that to mean they
should charge the higher
prices that Torres was
charging, their attorneys
said.
In his ruling, Fruin
quoted a company attorney,
who said, “We manipulated
the contract…. We freely admit that.… That is exactly
what we were instructed to
do [by L.A. Unified] and we
did it.”
District managers also
signed off on the completed
work, and the district’s lawyers have not challenged its
quality.
But Fruin concluded that
the school system still had
the right to seek remedies after the audit findings.
The inspector general for
L.A. Unified, which oversaw
the audits, evaluated the
possibility
of
collusion
among the companies and
wrongdoing or negligence by
L.A. Unified employees. But
these investigations were either
inconclusive
or
dropped.
“By the time this was discovered, most if not all of the
district employees and consultants
involved
had
moved on,” said Mark Miller,
an L.A. Unified attorney. “I
believe there was a reduction in force and there was
no one left to discipline.”
Huff said the district’s
oversight process ultimately
worked.
“Just because a district
employee or consultant
misses something,” he said,
“that doesn’t mean that the
contractor gets to get away
with it.”
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2 L.A. cops
get prison
in rape case
Pair receive 25-year
terms after pleading
no contest to sexual
assaults while on duty.
By Matt Hamilton
Mark Reis Colorado Springs Gazette
TEAMMATES Chloe Kim, left, and Arielle Gold celebrate their snowboarding victories Feb. 13 at the 2018
Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Kim was among 14 Asian Americans who represented the U.S.
FI R S T P E R S O N
Unexpected joy,
familiar anger
Two Los Angeles police
officers pleaded no contest
Monday to sexually assaulting multiple women, often
preying on victims while one
partner served as the lookout as the other carried out
an attack in their unmarked
police car.
In a downtown L.A.
courtroom, Officers Luis Valenzuela and James C. Nichols entered their no-contest
pleas to two counts each of
forcible rape and two counts
each of forcible oral copulation. The officers wore orange, jail-issued jumpsuits
and were shackled at the
waist.
“This hurts,” Los Angeles
County Superior Court
Judge Ronald S. Coen said
as he alluded to his own career in law enforcement and
handed each man a 25-year
term in state prison. The
judge also ordered the officers to register as sex offenders.
If tried and convicted, the
men had faced a maximum
penalty of life in prison.
The Los Angeles County
district attorney’s office had
filed more than a dozen felony counts against the men
in 2016, alleging they targeted four women from 2008
to 2011 by forcing them to
have sex. Valenzuela was
also accused of assaulting
one woman with a gun. Most
of those charges were dismissed as part of Monday’s
plea deal.
The victims were women
ages 19 to 34 who were informants for drug investigators or had been recently arrested on suspicion of drugrelated crimes. Some of the
women said they feared arrest if they did not obey
Nichols’ and Valenzuela’s orders. The Times does not
generally identify victims of
sexual violence.
“How dare they. They
wore a badge to protect people and instead they terrorized them,” Det. Carla Zuniga, one of the lead investigators in the case, said outside the courtroom. “They
tarnished the public trust.
People trust the police. Every time something like this
happens, we have to walk
into the community and say,
‘No, that’s not us.’ ”
Nichols, 46, and Valenzuela, 45, were put on unpaid
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For Asian Americans, Games put a spotlight on their tales of
family, sacrifice. The coverage still made its old mistakes.
By Frank Shyong
For any Asian American
person who faces the constant, clumsy question of
“Where are you really from?,”
the just-completed Winter
Olympics in Pyeongchang,
South Korea, offered us a few
days of relief.
The iconography answered the question for us:
the American flag stitched on
snowboarder Chloe Kim’s
coat and wrapped around her
before the gold medal was
placed around her neck. At
figure skating, the announcer’s voice boomed: “Mirai
Nagasu from Arcadia, California!” During the commercial breaks, figure skater
Nathan Chen’s teeth were as
white as any Coke-sponsored
athletes’ have ever been.
These Olympics felt like a
watershed moment because
this time Asian Americans
were not just members but
the face of the team and
among its best performers.
But the joy I felt those two
weeks was repeatedly interrupted by disappointment
and anger at the way their
stories were told.
I was excited at the news
that Team USA included a
record 11 Asian Americans,
then rolled my eyes when it
turns out the number was
actually 14.
I shared in my Korean
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images
MIRAI NAGASU, a 24-year-old native of Southern California, landed a historic triple axel during
the figure skating competition at the Games.
Jamie Squire Getty Images
FELLOW figure skater Nathan Chen of Utah,
shown Feb. 17, was the first ever to cleanly land
five quadruple jumps at the Olympics.
American friends’ joy at
seeing their motherland in
the spotlight, and in their
anger when NBC announced
that their broadcasters would
continue to pronounce
Pyeongchang incorrectly,
despite a step-by-step
tutorial from the Asian
American Journalists Assn.
For weeks, I braced myself
for a Western journalist to
conclude that the practice of
eating dogs was one of the
main things American audiences should know about
South Korea, and like clockwork, CNN delivered.
Being Asian American
sometimes feels like rooting
for a perennially underrated
and forgotten team that
almost never gets a nationally
televised game and is rarely
discussed as a title contender.
And when you finally make it
to the championships, somebody mispronounces your
name and your city and
doesn’t bother to apologize.
These cultural missteps
have a long history. This year
is the 20th anniversary of a
now-infamous MSNBC.com
headline announcing Tara
Lipinski’s gold medal win:
“American beats out Kwan.”
I contacted Edmundo
Macedo, who was the executive sports editor of MSNBC.com at the time. I was hoping
to discover some absolving
circumstance that could
[See Shyong, B4]
Anne Cusack Los Angeles Times
DAISY SALINAS, left, Olivia Nickerson, Violet
Marko and Rebecca Cohen log the trash they collected during a beach cleanup in Malibu in 2015.
A straw vote
stirs change
in Malibu
Spurred by citizens,
city bans restaurants
and vendors from
selling plastic utensils.
By Alene
Tchekmedyian
State high court sides with youths
Ruling says 50 years is too long for juveniles to serve for sex crimes
By Maura Dolan
The California Supreme
Court decided Monday that
juveniles may not be sentenced to 50 years or longer
in prison for kidnapping,
rape and sodomy.
In a 4-3 ruling, the state
high court said a 50-year
sentence for minors was
“functionally equivalent” to
life without parole.
“A young person who
knows he or she has no
chance to leave prison for 50
years ‘has little incentive to
become a responsible individual,’ ”
wrote
Justice
Jeff Chiu Associated Press
JUSTICE Goodwin Liu
said 50-year terms are
essentially life sentences.
Goodwin Liu, citing a 2010
U.S.
Supreme
Court
decision that severely restricted life sentences for juveniles.
The California court
ruled in favor of Leonel Contreras and William Rodriguez, who were 16 when they
attacked two teenage girls in
San Diego County in 2011.
Rodriguez
was
sentenced to 50 years to life and
Contreras to 58 years to life.
The court majority said
the sentences constituted
cruel and unusual punishment by depriving the inmates of a chance of parole
until their senior years.
The
U.S.
Supreme
Court’s “observation that juveniles have limited ability
to consider consequences
when making decisions applies to a sentence of 50 years
to life just as it does to a sentence” of life without parole,
Liu wrote.
“A judgment that a juvenile offender will be incorrigible for the next 50 years is
no less ‘questionable’ than a
judgment that the juvenile
offender will be incorrigible
‘forever,’ ” Liu continued,
citing the high court.
He was joined by Justices
Ming W. Chin, Mariano-Flo[See Juveniles, B5]
During every visit to the
beach, Sheila Morovati, her
husband and their two kids
each pick up at least 10
pieces of trash. Almost always, every item is made of
plastic: straws, bottle caps,
lids, forks.
So last year, Morovati
helped lead a campaign to
get rid of plastic straws in
the city of Malibu. The effort
culminated Monday night
with the City Council banning the seaside town’s
roughly 65 restaurants and
30-foot-high
‘border wall’
may be a fence
A new structure is
being touted as part of
“the border wall,” but it
appears to just be a
fence replacement. B2
food vendors from offering
or selling plastic straws, stirrers and utensils to customers.
“This is a community
based on its ocean and
beaches and we want to protect those,” said Craig
George, the city’s environmental sustainability director.
“Individual cities have to
decide how they’re going to
protect the earth,” he said.
“We’ve got to start somewhere. If we can start locally,
that’s the best place to
start.”
Businesses have until
June 1, when the ban takes
effect, to make the change,
swapping out the plastic
items for ones made of paper, wood or bamboo. Diners
are also encouraged to use
reusable straws and cutlery
[See Malibu, B4]
Mysterious case
of hanged woman
A woman found hanged
in a Coronado mansion
was ruled a suicide.
Now a lawsuit brings
her case into court. B3
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T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 27 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M
IMMIGRATION WATCH
The semantics of border barrier
Calexico project is
touted as part of
Trump wall, but it’s a
fence replacement.
KATE MORRISSEY
SAN DIEGO — One of
President Trump’s main
campaign platforms was to
build a border wall. Now at
the beginning of his second
year in office, Congress is
locked in a stalemate over
funding the wall and providing a pathway to citizenship
for so-called Dreamers.
Meanwhile, the Border
Patrol last week touted a
new 30-foot-high structure
replacing a little over two
miles of decades-old barriers in Calexico, Calif., as
part of “the border wall.”
News media announced the
development as the first
installation of Trump’s wall.
Plans for the project
began in 2009, according to
Border Patrol agent Justin
Castrejon, well before
Trump as a candidate began calling for a border wall.
Congress has not passed
any bills specifically funding
Trump’s border wall.
Money for the Calexico
project came in Trump’s
first year in office with the
Department of Homeland
Security Appropriations
Act, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection
said. That legislation gives
the agency about $260.9
million for “procurement,
construction and improvements.”
The Calexico project will
cost about $18 million, Castrejon said.
Agents generally use the
term “fence” to refer to
barriers that were in place
before the Trump administration.
With the announcement
of this project, that seems to
be changing.
“We are calling this a
border wall,” Castrejon said.
“It is not a new wall. It’s a
replacement wall.”
The new barrier is made
Sandy Huffaker AFP/Getty Images
THE BORDER PATROL is replacing about two miles of 1990s barriers in Calexico with a 30-foot-high struc-
ture at a cost of about $18 million. Project planning began in 2009, long before Donald Trump ran for president.
of bollards — posts placed
close together so that people can’t get through but
agents can see if anyone is
on the other side. The posts
are thicker and taller than
the 15- to 20-foot bollards
erected in the 2000s in other
parts of the El Centro Sector.
The new project is replacing old Vietnam Warera landing mats that were
put up in the 1990s.
Ken Walsh, professor of
construction engineering at
San Diego State said the
difference between a fence
and a wall is that fences can
be seen through and have
posts.
Walls, he said, are
opaque and have a continuous base instead of posts.
Height doesn’t make a
difference in the terminology, he said.
That would mean the
new structure going up in
Calexico is a fence, and the
landing mat barrier that it’s
replacing is actually a wall.
On Thursday, the second
day of construction, workers
used a large Caterpillar
machine to pull down a few
pieces of old landing mat.
Mexican authorities
patrolled in a shade of trees
south of the border to keep
anyone from trying to cross
through the gap. One officer
paused to record on his
phone as workers plucked
one of the large metal sheets
out of the ground with construction equipment.
Workers hadn’t yet
started putting up the new
bollards. They lay in a stack
nearby.
Pieces of the new structure will go up before more
of the old material comes
down, Castrejon said, to
keep security risks to a
minimum.
He said the barrier is not
an “end-all,” but a “force
multiplier.”
It will run from the banks
of the New River on the west
side of downtown Calexico
past Gran Plaza Outlets to a
stretch of fields lined with
crops, solar panels and, in
some cases, just dirt.
The area has been problematic for agents, Castrejon said, both in terms of
crossings and assaults on
Border Patrol agents.
Agents in El Centro apprehended about 18,500 people
illegally crossing the border
in fiscal 2017, according to
data from Customs and
Border Protection.
Known as one of the
most polluted rivers in the
nation, the New River
causes particular trouble,
Castrejon said, because
smugglers often encourage
immigrants to use the
green, smelly water to swim
into the U.S.
Agents are instructed
not to go into the water
unless there’s a life-or-death
emergency. They consider
someone trying to splash
them with the polluted
water as an assault.
Agents hope the updated
barrier will prevent people
from trying to cross the
river. Castrejon was unable
to give details about plans
for the river itself.
The El Centro Sector of
the Border Patrol has several types of barriers that
vary based on geography
and how much action
agents see in a particular
area.
In the westernmost part
of the sector, mountains act
as the only deterrent to
people crossing into the U.S.
without authorization.
Where Highway 98
stretches from Interstate 8
through the desert toward
the city of Calexico, a low,
airy fence lines the border. It
doesn’t block people from
crossing on foot, but it keeps
cars from driving through
low brush to the highway,
where they can disappear
into traffic.
Though “drivethroughs,” as agents call
them, were a big problem for
the area in the past, the
sector didn’t have any last
year, Castrejon said, and he
attributed that to the fencing.
“Infrastructure — it
helps. It works,” he said.
The sector doesn’t need
to spend resources on more
elaborate barriers in that
area, he said.
Agents have camera
towers to watch for pedestrians in the desert, and
they periodically drag old
tires to smooth the soil so
they can track footprints.
Because it can take hours to
hike from the border to the
highway, Castrejon said,
agents have time to catch
unauthorized immigrants
before they get away.
Closer to Calexico, where
the new project is located,
agents have less time to
catch border crossers before
they make it to roads or
residential areas. Agents
rely on barriers that block
pedestrians to help them
with their work.
In the 1990s, the landing
mats were installed along
the two-mile stretch leading
west out of Calexico where
the new structure is going
up.
After the opaque metal
sheets were in place, the
Calexico Arts Council commissioned a mural along
part of the barrier, a friendship bracelet to affirm a
close relationship between
the two countries that the
landing mats separated. A
few of the painted sections
will be kept in a museum
after they come down.
In the 2000s, a barrier
made of bollards went up in
downtown Calexico and
between the landing mats
and the vehicle fence in the
desert.
San Diego also has sections of barrier made of old
landing mats. In places that
kept agents busy with frequent crossings, the federal
government built a second
row of fencing.
Because much of the
land near the border in
Calexico is private property,
Castrejon said, secondary
fencing was not a viable
solution to give agents there
more support.
Morrissey writes for the San
Diego Union Tribune.
POLITICS WATCH
‘Clueless’ star declares
she’ll run for Congress
Republican Stacey
Dash seeks to unseat
lawmaker in heavily
Democratic district.
JAVIER PANZAR
Conservative commentator Stacey Dash has
opened a federal committee
to raise money to challenge
freshman Rep. Nanette
Barragán (D-San Pedro),
who represents a Los Angeles district where registered
Democrats outnumber
Republicans 61% to 10%.
Dash filed federal
paperwork Monday morning declaring her intent to
run in the 44th Congressional District as a Republican and set up a campaign
committee dubbed “Dash to
DC.” The “Clueless” actress
has not yet submitted the
paperwork with the Los
Angeles County registrar.
She has until the March 9
deadline to get herself on
the June 5 primary ballot.
Dash’s representatives
and the committee treasurer did not respond to
calls. Her website shows
only the “Dash to DC” logo.
Dash, 51, has been teasing a political run recently
on Twitter.
“In response to numerous calls for me to run for
office, I am considering a
run for Congress. Would
love to know what my fans
and friends think,” she
wrote.
She rose to fame in 1995
as a supporting actress in
the cult classic and has been
in a number of television
shows and films. She is now
known as a conservative
television commentator.
She wrote a book called
“There Goes My Social Life:
From Clueless to Conservative.”
Dash, who has been
described as “Bajan, African
American and Mexican,”
has called for an end to
Black History Month. She
was suspended from her job
at Fox News after she used
Aaron Poole AMPAS
EX-FOX NEWS commentator Stacey Dash plans to
challenge Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-San Pedro).
an expletive to say President Obama didn’t care
about terrorism. She left her
job at Fox News last year.
She is registered to vote
in West Hollywood, in
Democratic Rep. Adam B.
Schiff ’s district, and faces
long odds running as a
Republican in the 44th
Congressional District
because of the lopsided
voter registration. About
51% of voters there are Latino, 25% are black, and 5%
are Asian, according to the
California Target Book.
The district is so Democratic that no Republican
made it to the general election in 2016. Barragán won a
heated race against thenstate Sen. Isadore Hall
(D-Compton) to replace
Rep. Janice Hahn.
Hall entered as a favorite, but Barragán closed the
gap, framing herself as a
progressive outsider. She
attacked Hall, a 15-year
veteran of Los Angeles
politics, for his ties to special interests in the alcohol
and tobacco industries, and
for benefiting from contributions from petroleum
interests.
The campaign became
bitter down the stretch. Hall
and his allies accused Barragán of making racist
attacks against Hall after
she said he could have “a
black taint on the party with
the number of ethical issues” he faced. She apologized and won the seat with
52% of the vote.
In a statement, a Barragán spokesman boasted
about her endorsement
from the state Democratic
Party and said she will
“continue to work hard to
maintain her widespread
support” from the district.
javier.panzar@latimes.com
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T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 27 , 2 018
B3
CITY & STATE
The
snow
might
really
go low
Cold winter storm
could make driving
precarious in
mountainous areas.
By Hailey
Branson-Potts
A cold winter storm is expected to bring light rain
and low-elevation snowfall
to Southern California, forecasters said.
The system is expected to
bring only about a quarterinch of rain or less to the region, but driving conditions
in mountainous areas could
be precarious with snow levels potentially dropping as
low as 1,700 feet in some
areas, said Andrew Rorke, a
senior forecaster with the
National Weather Service in
Oxnard.
“The big story with this
storm is the low snow levels,”
Rorke said. “Not only will all
the mountain pass roads be
affected by snow, but some
areas in the foothills of the
Santa Clarita Valley and San
Fernando Valley could see
snow.”
Motorists on the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine
on Tuesday “really need to
stay abreast of current
weather conditions,” he
said. That area could get up
to 2 inches of snow, Rorke
said.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Antelope and Cuyama valleys,
as well as the mountains in
Santa Barbara, Ventura and
Los Angeles counties.
Icy roads could possibly
affect travel along Highway
33 in Ventura County, Highways 14 and 138 in Los Angeles County and Highway 166
through Cuyama in Santa
Barbara County, according
to the weather service.
Most areas will see only
0.2 to 0.4 inch of rain, but
there is a slight chance of
thunderstorms that could
result in debris flow and
flooding to fire-ravaged portions of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, Rorke said.
“The chances are quite
low, but there’s a possibility
for it,” Rorke said.
Authorities are on alert.
Residents who live below
mountains burned by the
Sherpa, Whittier, Thomas
and Alamo fires were
warned late Sunday to prepare in case they were ordered to evacuate Monday
night.
Forecasters said rain will
be the heaviest in the latemorning and early-afternoon hours Tuesday.
In Santa Barbara County
— which is still recovering
from mudslides in Montecito last month that swept
away homes and killed 21
people — officials advised
residents to flee to higher
ground if they feel threatened during the storm, and
prepared an interactive map
showing which areas are
most at risk.
“Do not wait for a notification,” county officials
said in an advisory Sunday
night. “If an individual or
family has access or functional needs, or has large animals to move, consider leaving well in advance.”
The storm, which is coming from Canada without
passing over warm Pacific
Ocean water, will bring temperatures 12 to 15 degrees below normal, Rorke said.
High temperatures “will
struggle to even reach 60 degrees,” he said.
A second, wetter storm is
expected to move into
Southern California on
Thursday night and Friday
morning that “will pack a little better punch,” Rorke
said. The storm could bring
more rain and a higher
chance of flooding and debris flow, forecasters said.
hailey.branson
@latimes.com
Twitter: @haileybranson
Christina House Los Angeles Times
T REASURY SECRETARY DRAWS PROTE STS AT UCLA
A man is arrested during a protest Monday at UCLA that included members of Revolution Club Los Angeles and Refuse Fascism
over a visit by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. Protests by university faculty, staff, students and alumni also were planned.
Mystery of hanged woman goes to court
Her death was ruled a
suicide. Citing details
of case, many believe
officials got it wrong.
By Pauline Repard
SAN DIEGO — Officially,
Rebecca Zahau died at her
own hand.
Investigators who first
looked around the Coronado mansion where she
reportedly was found hanging — naked, gagged and
bound hand and foot — suspected it was a homicide.
But after a seven-week
investigation, Sheriff Bill
Gore announced that evidence and autopsy results
led to the conclusion that
Zahau’s death on July 13,
2011, was a suicide.
Zahau’s mother and sister have refused to believe
that the 32-year-old surgical
technician with a strong
Christian faith killed herself.
This week, trial is to start in
San Diego County Superior
Court in the family’s wrongful-death lawsuit.
Their suspicions have
fallen on the only other person known to be at the home
at the time: Adam Shacknai,
Nelvin C. Cepeda San Diego Union–Tribune
SAN DIEGO sheriff’s detectives in 2011 show a re-
enactment of how a knot on the woman was tied.
brother of Zahau’s boyfriend, Arizona pharmaceuticals tycoon Jonah Shacknai.
Adam Shacknai called 911
to report having found Zahau hanging. He said he cut
the rope to lay her on the
ground before Coronado police and medics got there.
With no criminal charges
pending against anyone, Zahau’s family initially filed a
wrongful-death lawsuit in
2013 against Adam Shacknai; Jonah Shacknai’s exwife, Dina Shacknai; and her
sister, Nina Romero. It was
alleged that the three had attacked,
strangled
and
hanged Zahau. The sisters
were dropped from the suit
when evidence revealed they
were not present at the
times crucial to the case.
The suggested motive for
the alleged assault was that
Zahau was the adult in
charge at the mansion when
Jonah Shacknai’s 6-year-old
son, Max, took a fatal fall
from a second-story stair
landing two days earlier. His
death was ruled an accident.
That reasoning has been
used to explain why she
would die by suicide, that
she was overcome with guilt.
Jury selection is expected
to begin Tuesday before
Judge Katherine Bacal, with
attorneys’ opening statements possibly later in the
week.
Zahau’s death caught the
eye of national media. Commentators, true-crime writers, forensic experts and
conspiracy theorists divided
on whether authorities got it
right. Some thought the
Shacknai fortune bought off
investigators.
Others
questioned
whether Zahau could have
tied her own hands and feet
in such intricate knots. Others didn’t think she would
strip herself bare, tie one end
of a rope to the feet of a bed,
make a noose at the other
end and slip it around her
neck, stuff a T-shirt into her
mouth, then launch herself
over a second-floor balcony.
One of the most inexplicable features in the evidence was a phrase scrawled
on the bedroom door in
black paint: “She saved him
can he save her.”
At Gore’s news conference, reporters were told
that DNA on the ropes,
blood, fingerprints and bare
footprints on the dirty balcony all belonged to Zahau.
He said no other questionable DNA was found at the
scene.
San Diego attorney C.
Keith Greer drafted the lawsuit against Adam Shacknai
and has said in interviews
that Zahau was killed because of something “sexual
in nature.” Zahau’s mother,
Pari Zahau; sister, Mary Zahau-Loehner; and deceased
father, Robert Zahau, are
plaintiffs in the case.
They claim Shacknai
wrote the riddle on the bedroom door. Sheriff ’s investigators did not solicit a handwriting expert’s opinion.
Shacknai has hired highpowered Chicago attorney
Daniel Webb and New York
lawyer David Elsberg.
On Friday, Webb issued a
statement calling the lawsuit “shameful.” He said
there is no credible evidence
that Shacknai played any
role in Zahau’s death apart
from finding her.
“We are confident that
the trial in this case will conclusively vindicate Adam
and finally bring closure to
these outrageous allegations,” the statement said.
The trial is expected to
last a month.
pauline.repard
@sduniontribune.com
Repard writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
Heather Locklear is After massacre,
officials
renew
arrested at her home
Actress is suspected
of domestic violence
involving boyfriend,
assault of an officer.
By Hailey
Branson-Potts
Actress Heather Locklear was arrested at her
Thousand Oaks home Sunday night on suspicion of domestic battery and assault
of a peace officer, according
to the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department.
Deputies were called to
Locklear’s house at 9:42 p.m.
in response to a domestic incident involving the 56-yearold actress’ boyfriend, said
sheriff ’s Sgt. Eric Buschow.
Authorities did not identify
her boyfriend.
“She was extremely hostile and uncooperative and
at one point became combative with the deputies”
and impeded their investigation, Buschow said.
Additional deputies were
called to the scene after
Locklear started trying to
fight with the law enforcement officers, he said.
She physically resisted
arrest, and deputies strug-
Ventura County Sheriff 's Office
HEATHER LOCKLEAR
was “extremely hostile,”
authorities said.
gled to get her into a patrol
car.
Locklear was arrested at
10:27 p.m. on suspicion of one
felony count of domestic
battery. For a felony charge
to arise, there must be physical evidence of an altercation or a complaint of pain,
Buschow said.
She also was booked on
suspicion of three misdemeanor counts of battery of
a peace officer.
Locklear “claimed an injury prior to our arrival” and
was taken to a hospital before she was taken to the
Ventura County Jail in Ventura, Buschow said. She had
been released by Monday
morning,
according
to
county inmate records.
Buschow said she posted
$20,000 bail.
The actress’ longtime
publicist, Cece Yorke, said in
an email to The Times on
Monday that she was “on hiatus with Heather.”
Locklear, who is best
known for such television
shows as “Melrose Place”
and “Spin City,” was
arrested by the California
Highway Patrol in 2008 on
suspicion of driving under
the influence of a controlled
substance. She was seen acting bizarrely in a Montecito
parking lot — driving back
and forth over a pair of sunglasses and revving her engine — before driving away
and stopping her car in the
street.
A CHP officer found
Locklear’s car parked on
California 192, partially
blocking a lane, with her disoriented behind the wheel.
The DUI charge was
dismissed as part of a plea
deal.
hailey.branson
@latimes.com
Twitter: @haileybranson
call for gun laws
By Jazmine Ulloa
SACRAMENTO — Calling on Washington to enact
sensible gun-control laws after the recent mass shooting
at a Florida high school, California lawmakers on Monday underscored their own
efforts to tighten access to
firearms across the state.
New bills this year would
extend lost or stolen firearm
reporting requirements to
all state law enforcement
agencies, expand gun violence restraining orders
against people who pose a
serious risk of harm and prohibit purchases of guns by
people who have been convicted of domestic violence.
Another would bar city,
county and state agencies
from giving out gun or ammunition store gift cards in
exchange for voluntarily returning old weapons.
“The parents thought
that their children were in a
safe environment,” Assemblyman Mike Gipson (DCarson) said of the massacre in Parkland, Fla. “Those
children would come home,
do homework and eat dinner. Unfortunately, that was
not the case.… We are here to
say enough is enough.”
Spurred by the outrage
over mass shooting, California lawmakers in 2016 sent
Gov. Jerry Brown an unprecedented package of guncontrol bills, including a ban
on the sale of semiautomatic
rifles with detachable magazines, background checks
for those buying ammunition and new restrictions on
homemade firearms.
Assemblyman
Rob
Bonta (D-Oakland) said
President Trump did not
give him hope the country
would pass new gun laws after he failed to act in the
wake of the mass shooting in
Las Vegas. But he said California would take the lead
when others would not.
“Movie theaters, offices,
holiday parties, concerts,
nightclubs, churches, colleges, high schools, elementary schools — these should
all be places where we feel
safe and can live our lives
free of the threat of mass
threat and destruction,”
Bonta said. “Our children
are screaming at us to do
something.”
jazmine.ulloa@latimes.com
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Gregory Bull Associated Press
HAILEY LANGLAND of Orange County soars during the women’s slopestyle final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. For many Asian
Americans, this year’s Games shone a spotlight on their homeland. It offered a source of joy, but one interrupted by familiar missteps that soured past media coverage.
Joy is unexpected, anger familiar
[Shyong, from B1]
counter the message I read
in the headline: that people
like me and like Kwan are
not seen as American.
Was the headline writer
working quickly and simply
forgot to append the word
“fellow” to “American” in the
headline? Did an editor’s
slippery fingers somehow
erase a relevant word? Did
the internet cut out? Was it
lack of sleep? A typo? I was
eager to embrace an alternative explanation, because
truthfully, few of us enjoy
being angry.
But I couldn’t find a
satisfying answer. Macedo
said the 1998-era content
management system they
were using was primitive
and showed only the author
of the most recent changes
to the site. No one knows
who wrote the headline, or
even which section was
responsible for it, and no
one admitted to it. Macedo
oversaw the section, but he
did not oversee the writing
of the headline.
Macedo, who later joined
ESPN’s Content Diversity
Task Force and even wrote a
report about why ESPN
should stop using the word
“Redskins,” said he immediately knew what was wrong
with the headline and would
have stopped it if he could
have. But he takes responsibility for the pain the headline caused.
“It’s painful to think
about how it affected the
people who saw it 20 years
ago or hear about it to this
day,” Macedo said. “It goes
against everything I have
stood for and fought for
during my career prior to
and after MSNBC.”
The headline on MSNBC
was up for only about 15
minutes, and perhaps the
author made an innocent
mistake and learned a valuable lesson.
But four years later, at
the next Winter Olympics,
the Seattle Times made the
same mistake, writing the
subheadline “American
outshines Kwan, Slutskaya
in skating surprise” for a
story about skater Sarah
Hughes winning the gold.
Then, in 2012, ESPN ran the
headline “Chink in the Armor” with a photo of Jeremy
Lin.
And this month, a New
York Times opinion editor
called the California-born
Nagasu an immigrant when
tweeting in celebration of
her triple axel.
These moments — admittedly digital and ephemeral — involve honest mis-
takes, or blameless technological mix-ups, or errors
that are not made in malice
or with any knowledge
about their impact.
But I’m haunted by the
message they send. And I
wonder why it’s a mistake
we keep making.
Joon Lee, a 22-year-old
writer for Bleacher Report
and one of the few Korean
Americans covering the
Olympics, was a toddler
when MSNBC’s headline
came out. But the message
it perpetuated has echoed in
many corners of his life, he
said. After Kim’s gold medal
win, he uploaded a photo of
her family celebrating with
the caption “an American
family.”
The post, shared more
than 13,000 times, wasn’t
intended to be a political
statement necessarily, but
many of the people responding to him treated it as one.
Some even mistook Lee for a
foreign journalist, but he is
American and grew up in
Boston.
The Olympics have the
tantalizing potential to
expand the types of people
we see as American, if we tell
the stories of its athletes
carefully. And part of my joy
in watching them came
from the rare pleasure of
seeing these stories told as
American narratives, with
details that could be
plucked from my own life.
It feels ridiculous that I
see myself in these highly
disciplined and supremely
athletic Asian Americans,
especially given how much
barbecue I ate last Saturday. But there’s something undeniably familiar in
their stories — their families.
After Kim won the gold,
there was a moment in the
NBC broadcast before the
medal ceremony when she
wandered around looking
for her family, avoiding a
gaggle of cameras. “Can we
get my parents here?” she
said, wanting to celebrate
the win with the people who
mattered to her most.
It was there, in the dead
time between the competition and the ceremony, at an
overheard bit of dialogue,
that I was most overcome.
Jong Jin Kim arrived at
Los Angeles International
Airport in 1982 with $800
and an English-Korean
dictionary. To launch Kim’s
snowboarding career, he
would drive five hours
round trip every week, carrying his sleeping daughter
from her bed to his car.
I am similarly overcome
when I think of Nagasu’s
parents working the dinner
rush at Restaurant
Kiyosuzu the night their
daughter landed a triple
axel and made Olympic
history, and Vincent Zhou’s
mom quitting her job to
move to Southern California
in an apartment that had no
water or heat to help her son
manage his figure skating
career.
Their stories reminded
me of how my parents rarely
verbalize their love —
rather, they submerge me in
it. In place of words, they
offer a blind and bottomless
sacrifice. It is a debt that I
don’t always know how to
repay.
But during the
Olympics, I can watch these
athletes make their parents’
sacrifices made worthwhile
in a single impossible moment. After watching Nagasu, I couldn’t help but
wonder what journalism’s
version of a triple axel would
be, and how I could accomplish it.
This dynamic was something that Lee instinctively
understood. Lee, whose
parents came to the U.S.
from South Korea in 1995,
has covered Kim extensively
in the months leading up to
the Olympics. When she
won the gold, he said, the
moment felt oddly familiar.
“It felt like a moment
that I had somewhat lived
through to a certain extent,”
Lee said. “It felt like everything had come full circle.”
It was never his parents’
American dream to have a
son become a sports journalist, Lee said.
But his mother has always supported him, and
his father, an accounting
professor, got on board after
seeing other Asian American journalists like ESPN’s
Pablo Torre and Mina
Kimes on TV, he said. Now
his dad even reads all of his
tweets, Lee said.
Lee’s parents are proud
to see their son covering the
Olympics. When his hand
and cellphone appeared in
the NBC broadcast, they
took a screenshot and excitedly texted it to him. And
after he filed his story on
Kim’s win, he called his
parents to talk about everything that had happened,
and to say thank you.
These are the images —
brief, beautiful moments
during which all my painful
questions are answered —
that I will remember most
from these Olympics.
frank.shyong@latimes.com
LAPD fatally
shoots man
with weapon
Police first used Taser
and beanbag shotgun,
then shot the possibly
mentally ill suspect.
By Kate Mather
Los Angeles police fatally
shot a man armed with a
weapon Monday in Panorama City after responding
to a call about a subject who
was possibly mentally ill, authorities said.
The shooting happened
shortly before 9 a.m. in the
9100 block of Kester Avenue,
said Officer Norma Eisenman, a spokeswoman for the
Los Angeles Police Department. When officers arrived
in the residential neighborhood, she said, a man
emerged from a home armed
with a 16-inch “edged weapon.”
Police tried to use a Taser
and a beanbag shotgun,
Eisenman said, but ultimately shot the man. Details
about what prompted police
to fire were not immediately
available.
The man, who police
guessed was in his 20s, died
at the scene. No other injuries were reported, Eisenman said.
The officers were wearing
body cameras and had a
camera in their patrol car,
Eisenman said. Members of
the department’s Force Investigation Division, which
investigates all shootings by
LAPD officers, were examining the cameras to see
whether they captured the
encounter, she said.
Monday’s shooting was
the second by Los Angeles
police in just over a 24-hour
span.
On Sunday, police shot
and killed a male after responding to a burglary
alarm at a South L.A. marijuana dispensary. Authorities said a weapon was recovered at the scene but did
not identify the type of weapon.
Both shootings will also
be reviewed by the district
attorney’s office, the civilian
Police Commission and its
inspector general, standard
practice for all shootings by
Los Angeles police.
kate.mather@latimes.com
Twitter: @katemather
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
THE NEW LAW marks Malibu’s latest move to crack down on single-use plastics. The beach town was early
to adopt a plastic shopping bag ban, passing an ordinance in 2008 to keep bags from drifting into the ocean.
A ban on plastic straws, stirrers
[Malibu, from B1]
made of metal or glass.
“This is the right thing to
do,” said Mayor Rick Mullen.
Even if people have to “pay a
little more for something to
do the right thing, it’s the
right thing to do.”
The new law marks the
beach town’s latest move to
crack down on the distribution of single-use plastics.
Malibu was early to adopt a
plastic shopping bag ban,
passing an ordinance in 2008
to keep bags from drifting
into the ocean and killing
marine life.
Los Angeles followed suit
five years later, and eventually the bag ban went
statewide. Supporters of the
latest restrictions on plastic
cutlery and straws hope it
takes root in a similar way.
“If Malibu is doing it, so
many other cities will follow
suit,” Morovati said.
Critics say the ban will
have far-reaching impacts
on business owners who
may struggle to find — and
pay for — viable alternatives,
which are more expensive, in
bulk.
In a city report on the new
law, officials cited a figure
widely used by environmentalists when advocating for
people to ditch plastic
straws: that 500 million single-use plastic straws are
discarded per day across the
nation.
Turns out, that number
is based on research conducted by a teenager who, in
2011, when he was 9 years old,
asked manufacturers how
many straws they produce a
day. It’s unclear how valid
his figure is, but environmentalists say it’s probably
not far off.
“Give or take a couple
hundred or thousands, it’s
still an incredible number of
straws per day,” George said.
Environmental activists
said plastic is especially
harmful when it winds up in
the ocean because it’s not
biodegradable.
“It gets into smaller and
smaller and smaller pieces,
but it doesn’t go away,” said
Harlin Savage, communications director for the nonprofit recycler Eco-Cycle.
“All plastic trash is winding
up in landfills, littering the
countryside, in the oceans.”
This may not be the last
ban on single-use plastics in
the coastal enclave. As a
next step, Malibu has its eye
on another item often collected during beach cleanups: plastic lids.
alene.tchekmedyian
@latimes.com
Twitter:
@AleneTchek
T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 27 , 2 018
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OBITUARIES
S RIDEVI KAPOOR
Bollywood superstar
associated press
ridevi Kapoor, Bollywood’s leading lady of
the 1980s and ’90s who
redefined stardom for
actresses in India, has died
at age 54.
The actress was described as the first female
superstar in India’s maledominated film industry.
Like many leading actresses of her generation,
Sridevi used one name onscreen and was known for
her comic timing and dancing skills — a great asset in
the musical melodramas
that are a staple of mainstream Indian cinema.
Sridevi drowned Saturday in a Dubai hotel bathtub after a “loss of consciousness,” according to the
Dubai Media Office. She had
been in Dubai to attend a
family wedding.
Indian political leaders
and entertainers posted
condolences and recollections of her work, with many
expressing dismay.
“Woken up to this tragic
news. Absolute shock. Sad,”
tweeted Rishi Kapoor, her
costar in the 1989 film
“Chandni,” or “Moonlight,”
in which Sridevi played a
woman torn between two
loves.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi offered condolences
too.
“Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor
Sridevi,” he tweeted. “She
was a veteran of the film industry whose long career included diverse roles and
memorable performances.”
Sridevi began acting as a
child in regional cinema in
India’s south and made her
debut in Hindi-language
Bollywood films in the late
1970s.
Other famous roles included “Mr. India,” in which
she played a reporter, and
“Lamhe,” or “Moments,” a
1991 film in which she played
dual roles of mother and
teenage daughter.
Her impeccable comic
timing and her dancing
S
Sujit Jaiswal AFP/Getty Images
TOP OF HER GAME
Sridevi Kapoor, known for her comic timing and dancing skills, has been described as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated film industry.
skills were front and center
in “Chaalbaaz,” or “Game
Player,” in 1989, in which she
played twins separated at
birth.
She shared the screen
with some of Indian cinema’s most iconic leading
men,
from
Amitabh
Bachchan to Shahrukh
Khan. Another costar was
Anil Kapoor, her brother-in-
law known for his role in
“Slumdog Millionaire.”
Sridevi stopped acting
for several years after her
marriage to film producer
Boney Kapoor but made a
well-received comeback in
2012 with “English Vinglish,”
a nuanced performance
about a middle-aged woman
learning English to fit in better with her family.
Her last performance
was the 2017 film “Mom,” in
which she played a woman
seeking vengeance after her
stepdaughter is raped.
She is survived by her
husband and two daughters.
news.obits@
latimes.com
A Times staff writer
contributed to this report.
ENSA COSBY
Daughter of famed comic
associated press
ill Cosby’s 44-yearold daughter Ensa
Cosby died of kidney
disease Friday in
Massachusetts, a spokesman for the comedian said
Monday.
Spokesman Andrew Wyatt asked for prayers for the
entertainer’s family and
that they be given peace at
this time. He didn’t provide
any other details.
Bill Cosby lost another of
his five children in 1997 when
his son Ennis, a graduate
student at Columbia University, was fatally shot during a botched robbery attempt as he was changing a
tire on his car in the Sepulveda Pass. A 22-year-old
man was later convicted and
sentence to life in prison
without parole.
Ensa Cosby appeared on
one episode of “The Cosby
Show,” her father’s hit series
that ran from 1984 to 1992.
Though normally quiet
and uncomfortable in the
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QUIET YET OUTSPOKEN
Ensa Cosby, left, here with sisters Erika and Evin,
was a passionate defender of her father.
public limelight, Ensa Cosby
was an outspoken defender
of her father, who was accused of sexual assault by
more than 50 women and is
facing retrial on charges that
he drugged and molested a
Temple University staffer in
2004.
“I’ve seen the accusations become more horrific
and extreme with time and I
have witnessed my father’s
reputation and legendary
work be dismissed without
any proof,” she said in a
statement to a syndicated
morning radio show.
“I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes
alleged against him and I believe that racism has played
a big role in all aspects of this
scandal.”
Cosby is due in court
Monday for a pretrial hearing as his lawyers and prosecutors clash over how many
other accusers can testify at
his retrial.
In the wake of Ensa Cosby’s death, Bill Cosby could
ask to postpone the pretrial
hearing or waive his right to
be in court for it.
Cosby’s lead attorney,
Tom Mesereau, did not immediately respond to messages.
“The
Cosby
Family
thanks many people for
their prayers for their beloved and beautiful Ensa, who
recently died from renal disease,” the family said in a
post on the comedian’s official Facebook page.
A Times staff writer
contributed to this report.
Chief justice argues terms are lawful
[Juveniles, from B1]
rentino Cuéllar and Leondra
R. Kruger.
Liu said the decision did
not minimize “the gravity of
defendants’ crimes or their
lasting impact on the victims and their families.”
Rodriguez and Contreras
have plenty of work to do if
they want to persuade a parole board someday to release them, the court said.
Chief Justice Tani CantilSakauye, in a dissent, ar-
gued that lengthy sentences
for juveniles are lawful as
long as there is a chance for
parole
within
their
lifetimes.
“Profound life experiences still may lie ahead of
someone released from prison at age 66 or 74,” she wrote.
She also argued that
Rodriguez and Contreras
might be able to obtain parole at age 60 under California’s Elderly Parole Program, designed to release
aged inmates to save the
state the costs of their
healthcare.
Even without that program, she said, Rodriguez
might be eligible for parole
at age 57 by earning credits
for good conduct.
“A sentence affording an
opportunity for parole at age
60 offers a juvenile offender a
substantial likelihood of
spending not just a few, but
many productive years outside of custody, if he or she
demonstrates sufficient maturity to secure parole,” Cantil-Sakauye wrote.
She was joined by Justice
Carol A. Corrigan and Los
Angeles-based Court of Appeal Justice Sandy R.
Kriegler, filling in because of
a vacant seat on the high
court.
maura.dolan
@latimes.com
Twitter:
@mauradolan
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Two officers get 25-year prison terms for rapes
[Rape case from B1]
leave from the Los Angeles
Police Department in 2013
and had been relieved of
duty. Monday’s plea deal
clears the way for their formal termination. They have
been jailed since early 2016,
when LAPD detectives arrested them on felony
charges.
Stewart Powell, Nichols’
defense attorney, said his client was “looking forward to
his day in court” but accepted the plea so the case
could close.
“It gives him a chance to
get out and have a life after
this case,” Powell said.
Valenzuela’s defense attorney, Bill Seki, said the
plea deal allowed his client
to one day reunite with his
kids outside prison. Valenzuela, he said, was “pretty
somber” before entering his
plea.
“As the cases go, these
times are tough for police officers,” Seki added.
The Times first reported
on the misconduct allegations in 2013, when detectives sought a search warrant to seize computers and
phones, part of an exhaustive investigation that involved scouring the officers’
work with drug informants
in the Hollywood area.
Prosecutors sought to
identify every possible woman who encountered the two.
“We do believe there may
have been additional victims
who chose not to cooperate
with the investigation,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Marie
Wise said.
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
ATTORNEY Bill Seki, left, LAPD Officer Luis Valenzuela, attorney Stewart Powell and Officer James C.
Nichols listen during a hearing on the officers’ plea deal in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday.
The first woman to
accuse Valenzuela and Nichols came forward three years
earlier. She said that the officers picked her up in December 2008 for her work as an
informant, where she’d
score drugs and in exchange
receive $40.
While in the back seat of
the officers’ Volkswagen
Jetta, she testified at a 2017
court hearing, Nichols exposed himself and asked
that she touch him. Then he
pushed her head into his lap,
she said.
Another woman said
that after she was arrested
in 2009 on suspicion of dealing heroin, the officers transported her from Hollywood
to the LAPD jail in Van Nuys.
She testified that Nichols
and Valenzuela took a detour and stopped in an alley.
Valenzuela informed her
that there was a way she
could stay out of jail, and he
had sex with her in the back
seat of the Jetta, she
testified. Nichols waited outside the car.
“I was in a dark alleyway
with a guy with a gun,” she
testified. “I didn’t really feel
like I had a choice.”
She was subsequently released and did not have to
post bail.
LAPD Sgt. Greg Bruce
said at a 2016 court hearing
that another woman had sex
with the officers several
times in a bid to “earn
points” and have a drug case
dropped.
“He told her if she had sex
with him, it would count
towards her working off her
case,” Bruce said on the witness stand.
The woman obeyed out of
fear that she’d end up again
behind bars.
“What’s clear from all of
the witnesses that the court
heard is that these officers
placed these women in a situation where they were ex-
tremely vulnerable,” said
Wise,
the
prosecutor.
“They’re in a situation where
they don’t have a choice.
They have the threat of either going back to jail or
somehow being penalized by
these officers if they don’t
comply.”
All four women who accused the men of forcing
them to have sex filed civil
lawsuits, and so far the city
has agreed to pay a total of
more than $1.8 million in settlements to three of the
women.
The fourth woman’s case
is still pending.
The directors of the Los
Angeles Police Protective
League, the union representing rank-and-file officers, called both officers’ actions “disgusting” and said
there was “zero tolerance”
for officers who use their position to take advantage of
others.
“We are sorry these women were let down and hope
they are healing as best they
can,” the union leaders said
in a statement.
Before the sentencing
Monday, one victim stood
before the judge and spoke
of her difficult road to recovery. She said she was unable
to trust others or feel safe.
Some of her worst panic
attacks, she said, had two
triggers: the sight of a police
car or a Volkswagen Jetta.
matt.hamilton
@latimes.com
Times staff writer Alene
Tchekmedyian contributed
to this report.
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BuSINESS
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Weinstein
accusers’
chances for
redress fade
Studio’s plan to file for
bankruptcy would put
alleged victims’ claims
behind those of
secured creditors.
By Ryan Faughnder
Chris Carlson Associated Press
UNDER the Trump administration, ICE is beefing up work site enforcement and boosting its presence in
“sanctuary” jurisdictions such as California. Above, ICE agents at a 7-Eleven store in Los Angeles last month.
ICE audits bring
‘stress and anxiety’
Employers and workers are spooked by crackdown
By Andrew Khouri
and Geoffrey Mohan
When federal immigration agents visited Los Angeles 7-Eleven stores and
trucking companies near
the ports in recent weeks to
conduct audits of employee
records, it sent a chill
through those businesses
and others in the region.
Immigrant
advocates
said some employees at the
audited firms stopped coming to work. Workers at other
companies worried they
could be next. And their employers were concerned — or
confused — enough that
trade groups and attorneys
distributed tip sheets advising companies of what federal and state law requires
them to do as the Trump administration and California
wage war over immigration
policy.
“There is a heightened
level of stress and anxiety,”
said Alexandra Suh, executive director of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Al[See ICE, C4]
Former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet’s surprise bid to
buy Weinstein Co. came with
a basic promise: remake the
tarnished studio as a femalefriendly workplace and fairly
compensate women who’d
accused Harvey Weinstein of
sexual abuse.
But those hopes were
quashed Sunday night when
Weinstein Co.’s board of directors said the company
would prepare to file for
bankruptcy protection “over
the coming days” after talks
with
Contreras-Sweet’s
team of bidders collapsed.
The company did not
specify the timing of the filing and whether it would be
a Chapter 11 reorganization
or a Chapter 7 liquidation.
Experts said the former is
most likely.
The announcement took
the potential buyers by surprise. The two sides had
been scrambling to revive
the purchase after a lawsuit
from the New York attorney
general’s office hobbled the
potential transaction, which
was valued at $500 million,
including debt.
Contreras-Sweet and her
backers, including billionaire Ron Burkle, had promised to set up a victims’ litigation fund worth tens of
millions of dollars.
“Based on our discussions, it was my understanding that we were close to
signing the transaction
documents in a couple of
days,” Contreras-Sweet said
Monday, in her first public
statement about the talks
since her offer was revealed
in November. “Regrettably,
it appears that this transaction has now ended.”
Some victims’ rights advocates
worried
about
whether Weinstein’s accusers will be left in the lurch. In
a Chapter 11 bankruptcy
process, which forestalls
claims by creditors until the
company can reorganize, accusers would take a back
seat to the studio’s secured
creditors, who themselves
U.S. airlines investing, partnering abroad
They say it boosts
access, but some fear
it limits competition.
By Hugo Martin
The nation’s biggest airlines, having consolidated
control over most domestic
flights, are buying big stakes
in foreign carriers, a push
they say gives fliers access to
more international destinations but critics say only
makes it harder for smaller
foreign rivals to compete.
“They see that as a way of
solidifying their presence in
these other markets,” said
Seth Kaplan, managing
partner for the trade publication Airline Weekly and
author of a book on Delta Air
Lines.
For the big U.S. carriers,
the strategy behind such
deals has several benefits:
The airlines can book passengers onto flights op-
erated by their foreign partners and reap the profits
when the partner carrier
succeeds. In some cases,
U.S. carriers have purchased
such a large stake in foreign
carriers that they can influence the routes and the services that foreign carriers
launch to benefit their own
interests, industry experts
say.
Although U.S. carriers
have owned shares in foreign
carriers for many years, the
practice has grown dramatically in the last five years.
In 2015, United Airlines
spent $100 million to acquire
a 5% stake in Azul, Brazil’s
third-largest airline. Two
years later, American Airlines paid $200 million for a
2.7% stake in China Southern, one of the biggest
carriers in China.
Atlanta-based Delta Air
Lines has taken a lead in investing abroad, primarily
because of its strong financial footing in the U.S.
[See Airlines, C6]
David Goldman Associated Press
THE PRACTICE of U.S. carriers buying shares in foreign airlines has grown
dramatically in the last five years. Delta’s stakes include 49% of Virgin Atlantic.
would be paid pennies on the
dollar, victims’ attorneys
and legal experts said. Bankruptcy would also halt numerous lawsuits against the
company from women who
accused the studio of negligence or facilitating Weinstein’s abuses.
“The bankruptcy is extremely unfortunate for Weinstein’s victims,” said lawyer David Ring, who represents an Italian actress who
filed a police report accusing
Weinstein of raping her in
2013. “It will delay justice for
them and quite possibly prevent them from recovering
any compensation for the
harm done. It’s a cowardly
move by a cowardly company.”
[See Weinstein Co., C3]
Is this
TV
service
any
good?
DAVID LAZARUS
Spectrum,
the dominant cable
company in
Southern
California,
has woken up
and smelled
the cordcutting coffee.
With little fanfare, the
company has rolled out a
new — and cheaper — a la
carte streaming service
intended to compete in an
increasingly crowded
marketplace with the likes
of Sling TV, DirecTV Now
and YouTube TV.
The new service, Spectrum TV Choice, looks at
first glance like a viable
option for those who have
cut the cable cord.
But there’s a big catch:
You have to be a Spectrum
internet customer. Once all
the costs are added up, it
still might make more sense
to stick with cable.
For anyone unfamiliar
with streaming video, it’s a
cool way to save a buck by
paying less for fewer channels than available with the
traditional cable bundle.
The channels arrive via
the internet and are transmitted to your TV or mobile
device via wireless routers
and gizmos such as Roku
players, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.
Sling TV, owned by satellite operator Dish Network,
charges a base price of $20 a
month for about 30 channels. DirecTV Now, owned
by AT&T, charges $35 for
more than 60 channels.
YouTube TV costs $35
(rising to $40 in March) for
more than 50 channels.
Similar services also are
available from Hulu and
PlayStation.
Spectrum TV Choice
starts at $25 monthly (not
including taxes). For that
you’ll get the major broadcast networks, 25 music
channels and 10 cable channels of your choosing from a
list of 65.
[See Lazarus, C5]
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BUSINESS BEAT
A step up for China critic Qualcomm is
open to more
Broadcom talks
Ex-UC Irvine prof is
set to assume a more
influential role in the
Trump administration.
By Mike Freeman
By Don Lee
WASHINGTON — Once
sidelined inside the White
House by more moderate
voices on trade, Peter
Navarro, the noted China
critic, is set to reemerge as a
more influential member of
the Trump administration,
just as the president is gearing up to take potentially
punishing economic actions
against Beijing.
Navarro, a former longtime UC Irvine professor, is
expected to be named assistant to the president, a
promotion that would place
the Harvard-trained economist among the ranks of toplevel policy advisors, according to a person familiar with
the matter.
Trump’s decision to give
Navarro a higher rank, first
reported by the publication
Inside Trade, comes as the
president faces an April
deadline
to
determine
whether to impose tariffs
and other measures to restrict imported steel and
aluminum from China and
other nations.
The Trump administration is also considering more
sweeping penalties on China
for alleged theft of intellectual property and forced
technology transfers.
Navarro was a top economic advisor to Trump during his campaign in 2016, providing the rationale for
Trump’s rhetoric that called
for overhauling free-trade
deals and imposing tariffs of
45% on Chinese imports.
“They may be preparing
for stronger tariffs, so he’d be
the natural one to represent
the White House,” said Derek Scissors, a China economic analyst with the American Enterprise Institute.
White House spokeswoman Natalie Strom declined to comment, saying
she had no “personnel announcements to make at
this time.”
Navarro, who has written
such provocative books as
“The Coming China Wars”
and “Death by China: Confronting the Dragon — a
Global Call to Action,” was
an architect of Trump’s
campaign white paper on
economic policy, along with
now-Commerce Secretary
Wilbur Ross.
After Trump’s victory,
the president appointed
Navarro head of a newly created White House National
Trade Council. But that office dissolved after a few
months, and Navarro was
Evan Vucci Associated Press
THE PROMOTION for Peter Navarro, right, is expected just as President
Trump is preparing to take potentially punishing economic actions against China.
relegated to a role subordinate to the National Economic Council and its director,
Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs president whose
more favorable positions on
trade clashed with Navarro’s
nationalist stance.
The new rank could allow
Navarro to bypass Cohn and
once again report directly to
Trump.
White House officials
have downplayed the apparent conflicts between the administration’s economic nationalists and the so-called
globalists. The latter group
worries about the economic
risks of a hard-line approach
that could trigger a trade
war, especially with China,
the world’s second-largest
economy and America’s top
trading partner.
Trump has somewhat
moderated his rhetoric on
trade since taking office
even as he has often given
conflicting signals about
how he might deal with
China. On Monday, speaking to state governors meeting in Washington, Trump
again praised Chinese President Xi Jinping while insisting that the United States
cannot tolerate lopsided
trade with China.
“I think that President Xi
is unique. He’s helping us
with North Korea,” Trump
told the governors.
“China’s been good, but
they haven’t been great,” he
added. “China has really
done more, probably, than
they’ve ever done because of
my relationship. We have a
very good relationship, but
President Xi is for China,
and I’m for the United
States.”
“We probably lost $504
billion last year on trade” to
China, Trump said. In fact,
Chinese imports last year
were more than $505 billion,
but the United States also
exported $130 billion in
goods, resulting in a merchandise trade deficit of
about $375 billion. In addition to Trump’s tendency to
get the numbers wrong,
economists have repeatedly
noted that running a trade
deficit does not mean that
the U.S. has “lost” money —
cheap imports have been a
major factor in U.S. economic growth even as they
have wiped out some manufacturing jobs.
Trump’s mantra on trade
has been “fair and reciprocal
trade,” and his aides are try-
ing to renegotiate the North
American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S. trade pact
with South Korea.
Navarro has blamed
trade deals like NAFTA and
the one with South Korea for
weakening the American
economy, and Trump and
Navarro have shared the
same critical view of Chinese
economic policies and the
World Trade Organization.
“Peter has shown staying
power,” Scissors said. Although he was seen as marginalized in the administration, Navarro always seemed
to have a voice at the table,
he added.
“Peter’s influence comes
from the fact that the president tends to agree with
him,” he said.
don.lee@latimes.com
MARKET ROUNDUP
Stocks soar as
T-yields decline
associated press
Stocks jumped Monday,
with gains again accelerating in the last hour of trading, as markets around the
world continue to claw back
from a sharp tumble this
month.
The Standard & Poor’s
500 index powered to a third
straight gain, and the index
has erased about two-thirds
of its 10% loss since setting a
record a month ago.
Analysts said the key reason for Monday’s gain was a
drop in Treasury yields,
which have been at the center of worries for stock investors in recent weeks, but
some were still surprised by
how much the stock market
climbed. The S&P 500
gained 32.30 points, or 1.2%,
to 2,779.60, with telecoms
and technology stocks leading the way. For the second
straight day, the market
turned higher as the day
wore on. That’s an encouraging sign to investors who
see the last hour of trading
as being dominated by the
“smart money.”
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 399.28, or 1.6%,
to 25,709.27, and the Nasdaq
composite gained 84.07, or
1.1%, to 7,421.46. All three indexes are back within 3.4% of
their record highs.
“I think you can very confidently say the worst is over
for now,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading
and derivatives at the
Schwab Center for Financial
Research. “The concern I
have is that it’s recovering
too quickly.”
Frederick said he saw few
reasons for a big move
higher in stocks Monday,
with no big-ticket earnings
or economic reports on the
calendar. If the market continues rising at this rate, it
could hit record heights
again in the next couple
weeks. “And then we’d be
vulnerable to another correction,” Frederick said.
The yield on the 10-year
Treasury note slipped to
2.86% from 2.87% on Friday.
The 30-year yield, which is
influenced more by expectations for inflation, fell to
3.15% from 3.16%.
In Europe, France’s CAC
40 rose 0.5%, and Germany’s
DAX gained 0.3%. The FTSE
100 rose 0.6%. In Asia,
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index
rose 1.2%, and the South Korean Kospi added 0.3%. China’s Shanghai composite
jumped 1.2%.
Benchmark U.S. crude oil
rose 36 cents to $63.91 per
barrel. Brent crude gained 19
cents to $67.50 a barrel.
Natural gas rose 1 cent to
$2.64 per 1,000 cubic feet,
heating oil added 2 cents to
$1.99 per gallon and wholesale gasoline gained 2 cents
to $1.83 per gallon.
Gold added $2.50 to settle
at $1,332.80 per ounce, silver
rose 7 cents to $16.55 per
ounce and copper fell 1 cent
to $3.22 per pound.
The dollar inched up to
106.91 Japanese yen from
106.75 yen late Friday. The
euro rose to $1.2312 from
$1.2295, and the British
pound edged up to $1.3968
from $1.3967.
Qualcomm said Monday it is ready for further talks
with rival Broadcom to see if the two sides can negotiate a
sale of the San Diego cellular technology giant, with price
remaining a key sticking point.
In a letter sent to Broadcom on Monday, Qualcomm
Chairman Paul Jacobs revealed that representatives of
the two companies met for a second time Feb. 23, where
they made progress on some of the protections Qualcomm is seeking during what’s expected to be a long regulatory review of the deal by global competition agencies.
But Qualcomm also wants additional steps — including a higher breakup fee should antitrust regulators block
the deal and more details about Broadcom’s plans to revamp Qualcomm’s lucrative patent-licensing business.
In addition, Qualcomm contends Broadcom’s $79-ashare offer remains well below the fair value of the company given its pending acquisition of NXP Semiconductors to diversify beyond smartphones, an eventual settlement of patent-fee disputes with Apple, and growth from
new 5G mobile networks.
“While we have made progress on regulatory and other
deal-certainty issues, you have continued to insist that
your current $79 per share proposal is your best and final
proposal,” Jacobs said in the letter to Broadcom Chief
Executive Hock Tan. Qualcomm’s board “continues to be
of the unanimous belief that ... your proposals ... materially undervalue Qualcomm.”
Qualcomm’s willingness to talk comes as the San Diego company’s shareholders are expected to vote March 6
on whether to support Broadcom’s hostile takeover bid.
Broadcom has nominated six alternative candidates
to Qualcomm’s board, which would give Broadcom a majority to push through its $117-billion takeover.
Qualcomm rose $3.66, or 5.8%, to $66.98 on Monday.
mike.freeman@sduniontribune.com
Freeman writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Apple ‘phablet’ is
said to be in works
By Mark Gurman and Debby Wu
Apple Inc. is preparing to release a trio of new smartphones this year: the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded
handset the same size as the iPhone X and a less expensive model with some of the flagship phone’s key features.
With the new lineup, Apple wants to appeal to the
growing number of consumers who crave the multitasking attributes of so-called phablets while also catering to those looking for a more affordable version of the
iPhone X, according to people familiar with the products.
The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant, which is already running production tests with suppliers, is expected to announce the new phones this fall. The plans could still
change, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning.
Despite months of breathless hype, the iPhone X
hasn’t sold as well as expected since its debut in 2017. Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the final quarter of 2017, below analysts’ projections of 80.2 million units. Some consumers were turned off by the iPhone X’s $1,000 price despite liking the design even as they wanted something
more cutting-edge than the cheaper iPhone 8.
With its next lineup, Apple is seeking to rekindle sales
by offering a model for everyone. With a screen close to 6.5
inches, Apple’s big new handset will be one of the largest
mainstream smartphones on the market.
Gene Munster, a co-founder of Loup Ventures and a
longtime Apple watcher, predicts a supercycle — which
he defines as upgrades by 10% or more of Apple’s existing
iPhone customers.
An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Apple
shares closed Monday at $178.97, up $3,47, or 2%.
Gurman and Wu write for Bloomberg.
Workers push for
‘panic buttons’
By Hugo Martin
Hospitality workers in Rancho Palos Verdes are
proposing an ordinance to require the exclusive Terranea
Resort and nearby Trump National Golf Club to supply
employees with “panic buttons” to alert authorities in the
case of a sexual assault.
A union representing hospitality workers said it will
file paperwork with the Rancho Palos Verdes city clerk
Tuesday, seeking to put the measure on the November
ballot. Once the paperwork is approved, Unite Here Local
11 will have 90 days to collect about 4,000 signatures to put
the measure on the ballot.
Terranea was targeted by the union because Sandra
Pezqueda, a former Terranea Resort worker, said she was
fired in 2016 after complaining about the sexual advances
of her supervisor.
Pezqueda, who filed a lawsuit against her former employer, was among several women named Persons of the
Year by Time magazine last year for launching the #MeToo movement. The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in
June.
In a statement, Pezqueda said, “I don’t want anyone
else in this city to go through what I went through, so I am
hopeful that voters will pass this measure into law.”
The union said Trump’s club was included because of
previous harassment allegations made by several women
against Donald Trump, before he was president.
A Terranea representative said that the resort hasn’t
seen the proposed ordinance but that workers already
have the ability to alert security officials in emergencies.
In a statement, the resort added that “Terranea is in the
process of assigning new personal panic buttons to associates throughout the resort as a further safeguard.”
hugo.martin@latimes.com
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COMPANY TOWN
CBS Sports
rolls out free
streaming
New 24-hour channel
offering highlights and
analysis is targeted at
cord cutters.
By Stephen Battaglio
UCLA Film & Television Archive
ADDING CLASSIC Warner Bros. titles is designed to boost Turner’s $6.99-a-month FilmStruck service,
which launched in November 2016 and has attracted a small but loyal base. Above, a scene from “Casablanca.”
Bulking up on classics
Streaming service
FilmStruck will add
such Warner Bros.
films as ‘Casablanca’
and ‘Citizen Kane.’
By Meg James
Classic Warner Bros.
films
including
“Casablanca,” “Citizen Kane” and
“Rebel Without a Cause” are
joining Turner’s nascent
FilmStruck movie streaming service.
The move, announced
Monday, marks the first
time that consumers have
access to dozens of Warner
Bros. classics as part of a
subscription
streaming
service. Adding the titles is
designed to boost the $6.99a-month FilmStruck service, which launched in November 2016 and has attracted a small but loyal
base.
“The No. 1 request from
FilmStruck fans has been,
‘Can we get the Golden Age
of Hollywood movies?’”
Coleman Breland, president
of Turner Classic Movies
and FilmStruck, said in an
interview. “This is really the
next evolution of FilmStruck.”
Some also might call it a
continuation of a beautiful
digital friendship between
two divisions of Time Warner Inc.
Warner Bros. and Atlanta-based Turner haven’t
always collaborated, but
they got together nearly a
year ago to launch the children’s cartoon subscription
service Boomerang. The results were encouraging, Breland said.
Burbank-based Warner
Bros. has tightly held its
popular film classics, including those acquired over the
years such as “The Thin
Man.” It has not licensed
them to a third-party subscription video-on-demand
service such as Netflix. But
Turner was different. “It was
a no-brainer,” said Craig
Hunegs, president of Warner
Bros. Digital Networks.
“Turner has built a great
service in FilmStruck, and
it’s perfect because we are all
in the same company.”
For Turner, the streaming service should engage
classic movie buffs younger
than 50. Compare that with
the Turner Classic Movies
cable channel, 80% of whose
audience is older than 55,
Breland said. The streaming
service is expected to draw
customers in their 20s, 30s
and 40s.
The Turner-Warner Bros.
partnership comes as Time
Warner and other traditional media companies are
scrambling to respond to the
threat posed by Netflix, Amazon and Apple Inc. With
such internet giants shaking
up the entertainment landscape, the two Time Warner
units had added incentive to
come together to create a
stronger digital product.
About five years ago,
Warner Bros. began experimenting with its own classic
movie streaming service,
called Warner Archive Collection. The $9.99-a-month
service began “back in the
early, creaky days of streaming,” Hunegs said.
Not surprisingly, Warner
Archive did not catch on. It
was relatively expensive for
a streaming service, it did
not have a buzzy-enough
name for a direct-to-consumer product, and the
technology soon became
outdated. Rather than
spend significant sums to revamp the service, Hunegs
six months ago began working with Breland to bulk up
FilmStruck with the Warner
Bros. titles.
Warner Archive will shut
down and its subscribers will
be transferred to FilmStruck, Hunegs said.
“It was just obvious that
this was the way to go: to
partner with a sister company, to have one service
rather than two and to collapse these films into FilmStruck,” Hunegs said. “And
the fans have been clamoring for the films we have.”
Executives declined to
provide subscriber numbers
for FilmStruck or Warner
Archive.
In addition to the $6.99-amonth service, FilmStruck
offers a $10.99-a-month plan
that includes the Criterion
Channel, which includes
other classic titles and arthouse fare. Customers also
can opt for a $99-a-year plan.
FilmStruck is available
on various devices, including Roku, Apple TV and
Google Chromecast.
meg.james@latimes.com
CBS Corp. launched a
new ad-supported streaming video channel Monday
offering
round-the-clock
sports highlights and analysis to anyone with an internet connection — for free.
The new channel, called
CBS Sports HQ, is being
touted as the first streaming
sports video service with live
24-hour coverage available
to cord-cutters who have eschewed pay TV.
“There are no barriers
[and] no authentication
needed on your devices,”
CBS Interactive President
Marc DeBevoise told The
Times. “There really isn’t
anything like that in sports.”
Cable sports networks
such as ESPN and NBC
Sports Network are available online to viewers who
watch on a mobile phone or a
streaming device such as a
Roku or AppleTV. A subscription to a cable or satellite service that carries those
channels is still required.
Unlike those cable competitors, CBS Sports HQ
won’t carry live event coverage, which is the major
driver of viewing for sports
on television. CBS executives believe there are
enough cord-cutters and
cord-shavers with an appetite for a free sports channel with “SportsCenter”type programming to support CBS Sports HQ, which
can be played on most digital devices through a downloaded app.
DeBevoise said CBS
Sports HQ is modeled after
CBSN, a 24-hour streaming
video news channel that
uses the resources, anchors
and correspondents of CBS
News. Launched in December 2014, the ad-supported
channel is turning a profit,
the company said, although
it has never broken down its
financial performance.
CBS also has a subscriber-supported over-the-
top channel — CBS All Access — that streams the CBS
network and exclusive original programs such as “Star
Trek: Discovery” for a
monthly fee. The company’s
premium cable channel,
Showtime, is also available
to over-the-top users. Officials say they have about 4
million paying subscribers.
“We’ve had a lot of success with over-the-top products so far [and] think there
is a real market out there,”
CBS Sports Chairman Sean
McManus said in an interview.
The reason behind the
push
to
over-the-top
streaming channels is apparent to every company in
the media business —
younger viewers are growing
up watching TV online and
abandoning the traditional
broadcast and cable channels their parents grew up
with.
The average age for
CBSN viewers is 38, more
than 20 years younger than
the audience for a network
morning news program. The
average age for a CBS All Access User is 43, compared
with 61 for the network’s
prime-time TV audience.
NBC Sports said 76% of
its streaming audience for
the 2018 Winter Olympics in
Pyeongchang is in the 18to-49 age group that advertisers pay a premium to reach, up from 61% for the 2016
Summer Games in Rio.
CBS Sports HQ will
stream live most of the day,
but it will have an on-demand element with highlights or program segments
that users may have missed.
CBS Sports HQ will have
its own dedicated anchors
and use the resources of the
company’s other sports
websites, which include CBSSports.com, the betting information site SportsLine
and MaxPreps, a high school
athletic news site. Together
those sites reach about 60
million people each month.
McManus said the network’s on-air sports announcers and analysts will
participate in CBS Sports
HQ programming as well.
stephen.battaglio
@latimes.com
Weinstein accusers’ chances for redress cloudy
[Weinstein Co., from C1]
Attorney Gloria Allred,
who publicly supported the
Contreras-Sweet bid early
on and represents multiple
alleged victims, said in a
statement she was “very disappointed” in the outcome
of the talks.
“We were hoping for a solution that would create a
fund to compensate Mr. Weinstein’s many victims,”
Allred said. “We had confidence that fund would have
been created if the company
had been sold.”
Weinstein Co. declined to
comment beyond its Sunday
statement.
Before Sunday, Contreras-Sweet’s team and Weinstein Co.’s board had spent
multiple
days
working
toward a transaction that
would satisfy the demands
of the New York attorney
general’s
office,
which
sharply criticized the proposed deal as an agreement
was about to be signed. New
York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman demanded that the
two sides present a deal that
would adequately compensate victims and ensure that
employees were protected in
the future.
On Feb. 16, the board
fired Weinstein Co. President and Chief Operating
Officer David Glasser, whom
Schneiderman accused of
failing to adequately respond to women’s complaints about Weinstein.
The board said it had terminated Glasser “for cause”
but did not give specifics.
Glasser has threatened to
sue Weinstein Co. and its
board members for wrongful
termination.
Company
representatives and the bidders met
with the attorney general for
three hours Wednesday in
an effort to salvage the deal.
“We are disappointed
that despite a clear path forward on those issues — including the buyer’s commitment to dedicate up to $90
million to victim compensation and implement goldplated HR policies — the
parties were unable to resolve their financial differences,” Eric Soufer, a
spokesman for the New York
attorney general’s office,
said in a statement.
Talks ultimately fell
apart for financial reasons,
according to people close to
the situation. In a letter to
Burkle
and
ContrerasSweet provided to The
Times,
Weinstein
Co.’s
board said it had demanded
the buyer provide interim financing to keep the studio in
business and retain employees as a transaction closed.
However, the board said,
the bidders on Saturday
night provided an “incomplete document that unfortunately” did not deliver on
their promises.
There “is no provision for
necessary interim funding to
ensure your future employees were paid; instead, you
increased the liabilities left
behind for the company,
charting a financial path
that will fail,” the board
members wrote. “In short,
the draft you returned presents no viable option for a
sale.”
Additionally, the board
members wrote, the com-
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
ATTORNEY Gloria Allred, left, with Harvey Weinstein accuser Heather Kerr in
October, was “very disappointed” that talks to purchase Weinstein Co. collapsed.
pany balked at “new contingencies” in the deal related
to the recently fired Glasser.
The company declined to
elaborate on what those
contingencies were.
Representatives
of
Burkle
and
ContrerasSweet were unavailable for
comment.
Saddled with massive
debt and a lack of hit films,
Weinstein Co. was in a precarious financial situation
long before dozens of women
accused its co-founder of
sexual harassment and assault starting in October.
Now accusers seeking
payment will have to make
their claims through the
Byzantine
Bankruptcy
Court system, legal experts
said.
“The consequence of
[Schneiderman’s] lawsuit,
whether intended or not, is
to make it more difficult for
victims to be compensated
through a government-initiated or -managed compensation fund,” said Paul
DerOhannesian, an Albany,
N.Y., lawyer who specializes
in sexual assault cases.
The bankruptcy does not
end all hope for victims’
compensation, though. People close to the bidding process said companies may buy
Weinstein Co.’s assets out of
bankruptcy and then sell
them to create a victims’
fund with the proceeds.
Zoe Brock, a model who
is part of a class-action lawsuit against Weinstein Co.,
said she’s not unhappy with
the outcome.
“I’m in it for accountability and to teach big companies and boards that from
this day forward they must
protect the little guys instead of the sharks,” Brock
said. “If the bankruptcy
helps prove to big corporations that a bunch of fed-up,
abused women can help take
down a huge company and a
few titans, then let that be a
lesson to them all.”
A bankruptcy would also
bring some transparency to
a process that has been
widely criticized. New York
production company Killer
Content made a play for Weinstein Co. early on, only to
pull out in January out of
frustration with the company’s handling of the sale.
Killer Content declined to
comment Monday.
Contreras-Sweet’s bid
was the only known offer
that would have kept Weinstein Co. out of bankruptcy.
Few insiders think it’s likely
talks will revive.
“Inspired by the #MeToo
movement, I started down
this path with a vision of providing a turning point for the
company and, indeed, serve
as an example for a cultural
reversal in an industry anxious to shed a mantle of
shame,” Contreras-Sweet
said. “While our efforts did
not materialize as we had
hoped, I am grateful for my
investors who saw the compelling value of a women-led
board.”
ryan.faughnder
@latimes.com
Staff writer Richard Winton
contributed to this report.
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Workplace angst over ICE audits
[ICE, from C1]
liance, which helps low-wage
immigrant workers in the
Los Angeles neighborhood.
“Even just the request for
documentation caused a
number of workers to quit on
the spot.”
Here’s a look at what’s
behind the federal activity,
and how it will affect businesses.
Notifying firms of
audits to come
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, under
the Trump administration,
has promised to beef up
work site enforcement, as
well as increase its presence
in
so-called
sanctuary
jurisdictions such as California.
In the recent five-day operation, ICE agents served
122 notices to L.A.-area companies that they would be
conducting an audit of their
I-9 forms. Several weeks earlier, the same notices were
given to 77 companies in
Northern California.
I-9s are the forms on
which employees attest to
their work status and present documents to support
that they are who they say
they are and have the authorization to work.
After getting that notice,
employers must produce
documents in as little as
three business days.
If ICE determines that
the documents show an
employee is unauthorized
to work, the employer is
notified of potential civil
and criminal penalties if
that person remains employed.
Employers can then
speak privately with specific
employees to try to correct
any document discrepancies. More often than not,
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
AN ESTIMATED 11 million people are believed to be living in the United States illegally. According to USC researchers, undocumented
people account for 45% of agricultural employment in California. Above, farmworkers pick strawberries in Oxnard in December.
even though immigration
authorities don’t attend
such meetings, employees
simply disappear rather
than show up, according to
advisory documents that
employment attorneys cir-
culated to fruit growers last
year.
What federal law
requires of firms
It is illegal for employers
to knowingly hire workers in
the country illegally, and
they must take some steps
to verify employees are authorized to be here.
For the I-9 form, an employee presents proof such
as a U.S. passport, green
card or Social Security number along with a government
or school photo ID.
Employers who do not
keep the proper paperwork
can face fines, with larger financial penalties levied
against people who knowingly hire undocumented
workers.
Individuals who engage
in a “pattern or practice” of
hiring unauthorized workers can face criminal charges
and more substantial monetary fines.
But some experts say the
penalties are too weak, watered down to appease business interests so as to allow
companies to look the other
way. Bryan Little, director of
employment policy for the
California Farm Bureau
Federation, said most employers don’t seek to hire
undocumented
workers,
but documents are often
faked.
If employers do not accept a document that
“reasonably appears to be
genuine and to relate” to
the worker, though, they
can face discrimination
charges.
“You are not required to
be a document examiner,”
said Danielle H. Gotcher,
managing partner of Global
Immigration Partners in
Calabasas Hills.
Are the audits by
ICE new?
No. ICE visits to employers hit a peak of 3,127 under
President Obama in 2013, before his administration
shifted its focus to deporting
people convicted of serious
crimes. In the 2017 fiscal year,
ICE said it conducted 1,360
audits.
But under Trump, who
railed against legal and illegal immigration during
the 2016 campaign and his
presidency, ICE agents have
become more willing to arrest anyone in the country illegally whom they encounter
during enforcement actions,
even if those people have no
criminal convictions.
In the 2017 fiscal year,
which included the last few
months of the Obama administration and most of
Trump’s first year in office,
immigration arrests inside
the country of people with
criminal convictions jumped
12%. Arrests of people with
no criminal convictions
more than doubled, to more
than 37,000.
Actual
deportations
were down 6%, partly because of a sharp drop in arrests of people trying to
cross the border in the first
place.
ICE has promised to get
more aggressive, and Deputy Director Thomas Homan
has said he wants to ramp up
work site enforcement by
400%.
The rationale for
ICE’s crackdown
Dani Bennett, an ICE
spokesperson, said workplace audits are needed to
protect jobs for people here
legally and “eliminate unfair
competitive advantages for
companies that hire an illegal workforce.”
Some economists say immigrants, particularly undocumented workers, have
depressed wages for Americans in low-paying jobs, because they expand the labor
pool and are willing to work
for less.
But there is disagreement among experts on the
extent of the effect and
whether it even exists.
Dave Smith, an economist at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of
Business and Management,
said undocumented workers
have a slight negative effect
on wages of low-skilled workers, but automation and the
nation’s shift away from
manufacturing have been
much bigger factors.
Giovanni Peri, director of
the Migration Research
Cluster at UC Davis, doesn’t
believe immigrants have
pushed wages down. Instead, immigrants, regardless of legal status, provide
a boost to the economy,
he said — more people
buying more goods and services.
Studies show immigrants start businesses at a
higher rate than native-born
Americans. Peri said undocumented workers take
manual labor jobs that many
here legally don’t want.
“Without them it would
be a much smaller economy,” Peri said.
What industries get
hit hardest by a
crackdown?
An estimated 11 million
people are believed to be living in the United States illegally. About 10% of California’s workforce is in the
country illegally, according
to estimates from the Center
for the Study of Immigrant
Integration at USC.
Some industries, such as
agriculture and construction, have a much heavier
concentration of undocumented workers.
According to USC researchers, undocumented
people account for 45% of agricultural employment in
California. In construction,
it is 21%. Undocumented
workers account for 17% of
employees in a broad sector
that includes accommodation and food services.
Other industries with significant numbers of undocumented workers are manufacturing and wholesale
trade.
Both agriculture and
construction are facing a
shortage of workers, which
has companies in those sectors concerned about losing
immigrant workers. Among
the reasons for the shortage,
they say, is declining immigration from Mexico.
If the Trump administration ramps up deportations
— and succeeds in persuading Congress to limit legal
immigration
—
worker
shortages would worsen,
Smith said. Construction
projects would take longer
to complete, and some crops
would go unpicked.
“The crackdown on immigration … could have a
pullback effect on the California economy, which I
think has benefited greatly
from an infusion of labor
over time,” he said.
Several years ago, similar
I-9 audits in the Central
Coast led to layoffs. And
growers began recruiting
foreign agricultural guest
workers through the H-2A
visa program.
The California Fresh
Fruit Assn. told growers in
early February that federal
authorities were revisiting
packinghouses that had
been audited within the last
five years — something that
in the past has sent workers
fleeing.
“Even their presence in
an office causes people to
leave,” association President George Radanovich
said. “We’re very concerned
about it and we wish the federal government would get
its immigration act in order.”
During a recent two-day
tour of the Central Valley,
Agriculture
Secretary
Sonny Perdue assured growers that he had spoken privately with officials at
Homeland Security, the
agency that houses ICE, and
cautioned them that public
raids can wreak havoc on the
industry.
“People are not going to
their jobs, because they’re
afraid,” Hortencia Solario, a
worker at Harris Woolf California Almonds, told Perdue
during a stopover at the
company’s processing facility in Coalinga.
“The good news is President Trump gets what
you’re
saying,”
Perdue
replied. “The people who are
out here working and paying
taxes — in this plant or in
other places — are not the
people he is after.”
What protections
does state law offer?
A new state law, AB 450,
limits how cooperative California businesses can be
with federal immigration
authorities.
Employers now cannot
allow immigration agents
into “nonpublic” areas of a
business without a judicial
warrant, for instance. Nor
can they voluntarily let
agents access employee records without a subpoena, a
warrant from a judge or a notice of I-9 inspection. And
employers are now required
to notify all employees of an
I-9 audit within three days
of being served an audit notice.
Another new state law
also limits cooperation between local law enforcement
and ICE agents.
ICE’s Homan has said he
is increasing the agency’s
presence in California because the new limitations
force it to conduct largescale sweeps. In a separate
Los Angeles operation, conducted at the same time as
the I-9 audits, ICE agents arrested 212 people in the
country illegally.
Sue M. Bendavid, an employment attorney with Lewitt Hackman in Encino,
said some of her business clients are confused over their
responsibility under AB 450
and how that could conflict
with the demands of federal
agents. One client contacted
her after ICE agents visited a
nearby business, wondering
if they were next.
“AB 450 really puts employers in between a rock
and hard place,” she said.
In a news release announcing the recent operations in the L.A. area, ICE
said California’s new workplace law intends “to interfere with federal immigration enforcement authorities” and it “expects employers and state officials to
comply with federal law.”
However, Bennett, the ICE
spokeswoman, declined to
say whether the agency believes any part of AB 450 violates federal law.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and Labor
Commissioner Julie Su released an advisory and list of
frequently asked questions
this month, and they insist
there are no conflicts between the state law and federal requirements.
“The Immigrant Worker
Protection Act seeks first
and foremost to protect
Californians’ privacy at the
workplace,” Becerra said in
a recent statement.
What other risks do
ICE audits pose for
employees?
While ICE says it focuses
on individuals who pose a
threat to national security,
public safety and border security, it also says it no longer looks the other way if
agents come across people
without criminal convictions who are here illegally.
ICE has expanded the number of people it considers priorities for deportation.
Cinthia Flores, a staff attorney with the Coalition for
Humane Immigrant Rights
of Los Angeles, said she worries that I-9 audits will be
used as leads to find and deport workers fired for suspect documents.
“That is our biggest concern,” she said. Beyond losing a job, “there is not supposed to be any kind of consequences for workers.” ICE
confirmed that depending
on the circumstances, it’s
possible the agency would
go after a person after he or
she is fired.
andrew.khouri
@latimes.com
geoffrey.mohan
@latimes.com
Times staff writer Adam
Elmahrek contributed to
this report.
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Think twice
about this
streaming
TV service
[Lazarus, from C1]
Available channels
include AMC, Cartoon
Network, Comedy Central,
CNN, Disney Channel,
ESPN, Fox News, NFL
Network, TCM and the
Weather Channel.
Premium channels such
as HBO, Showtime and
Starz can be tacked on
for just $7.50 apiece or $15
a month for a premium
bundle.
Because there’s no cable
box, there’s no DVR service,
so you can’t record shows.
You can add a box and DVR
functionality for an extra
$20 a month.
Spectrum is also offering
a slightly different online
service called TV Stream,
which instead of allowing
you to choose 10 favorite
channels provides 25
channels of Spectrum’s
own choosing.
“Spectrum TV Stream
and Spectrum TV Choice
are targeted at customers
who don’t currently
purchase a video product
from us,” said Dennis
Johnson, a company
spokesman. “We continue
to launch and test new
services to better serve
customer demand for more
choice.”
Although Spectrum
has been testing the new
services in a handful of
markets, I learned about
them only by chance, while
researching a related topic.
Apparently they’ve been
available in Southern
California for weeks.
That makes you wonder
why Spectrum isn’t aggressively marketing them —
why the stealth approach?
You can’t even find a video
touting the services on
Spectrum’s YouTube
channel.
Johnson said only that to
describe the TV Choice
rollout as a stealth campaign “would be misleading
and not accurate.” All appearances to the contrary
notwithstanding.
I asked if I could take TV
Choice out for a test drive.
Johnson said Spectrum
isn’t offering demos for
media reviews.
I can only speculate that
the company is worried a
close look will reveal its
streaming services aren’t
very good deals.
Spectrum TV Choice is
available only to Spectrum
internet customers. All the
rival streaming services will
work with any internet
service provider.
Spectrum’s broadband
internet access will run you
at least $65 a month. So
factor in the $25 monthly TV
Choice fee and you’re looking at a minimum of $90 a
month.
By comparison, you can
sign up for the company’s
Triple Play bundle — TV,
phone and internet — for
about the same price and
not only get more telecom
services but about 125
channels to boot.
Oh, and after your first
two years of service, the
monthly cost of Spectrum
TV Choice will jump to $30
and then $38 (not including
taxes) the year after that.
With internet access, that
will bring your total to more
than $100.
Here’s the real stink
bomb: You can only watch
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SPECTRUM has rolled out an a la carte streaming TV service to compete in a crowded market. Users would
have to be Spectrum internet customers and can watch only while on their Spectrum home internet network.
Spectrum’s streaming
service if you’re on your
Spectrum home internet
network. If you’re elsewhere
— Starbucks, say, or
traveling — forget it.
The other streaming
services are accessible
anywhere you have an
internet connection.
I asked Johnson why
customers can’t access the
TV Choice app on mobile
devices outside their home.
No comment.
It’s not hard to figure
out, though. This is all
about locking you in as an
internet customer.
Basically, the deep
thinkers at Charter
Communications, which
purchased Time Warner
Cable a couple of years ago
and renamed it Spectrum,
know that all future revenue
growth lies in broadband
internet connections.
As of the fourth quarter
of last year, Charter had
22.5 million internet
customers, compared with
16.5 million TV subscribers.
Cord cutting has played
havoc with all cable
companies as consumers
increasingly turn to
streaming for their video
fixes.
So Spectrum TV Choice
is first and foremost a way to
entice people into becoming
internet customers.
Maybe you’ll drop the
Spectrum streaming
service down the road and
switch to, say, Sling, which
offers more channels for less
money (and can be viewed
at Starbucks). All Spectrum
really cares about is that
you’re still on the hook for
that $65 monthly home
internet bill.
I’ll go out on a limb
and predict that it’s just a
matter of time before that
internet fee tops $75 a
month. And it will continue
creeping toward $100.
That, needless to say,
reflects the country’s pitiful
lack of competition for
broadband service.
The Federal Communications Commission
reported this month that
only 15% of U.S. households
had two or three providers
to choose from in obtaining
broadband with a speed of
at least 100 megabits per
second, which is what
Spectrum offers.
Forty-one percent of
households had just one
provider, and 44% had no
service providers whatsoever at that speed.
For awhile, it looked like
Google Fiber would be the
answer. The tech heavyweight appeared determined to beat the youknow-what out of existing
telecom players by rolling
out super-fast, reasonably
priced broadband connections nationwide.
After getting the fiberoptic service up and running in a handful of cities,
though, Google’s expansion
plans — including for Los
Angeles — came to a halt
amid cost overruns and
disputes with utilities over
accessing poles and pipes.
At this point, hopes for
broadband competition rest
with the prospect of wireless
services. Last week, Elon
Musk’s SpaceX launched
two satellites to test the
feasibility of low-cost, spacebased internet access.
If it works, the idea is to
eventually have thousands
of satellites in orbit beaming
wireless signals to the planet’s surface. However, we’re
still years away from such a
system becoming a reality.
So watch your step in the
meantime. The number of
streaming services is growing, and that’s a good thing.
But they’re not all
created equal.
David Lazarus’ column runs
Tuesdays and Fridays. He
also can be seen daily on
KTLA-TV Channel 5 and
followed on Twitter
@Davidlaz. Send your tips
or feedback to david.lazarus
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U.S. airlines on foreign buying spree
[Airlines, from C1]
Starting in 2012, Delta began investing in shares of
GOL
Linhas
Aéreas
Inteligentes, one of the largest low-cost airlines in South
America. It now owns 9% of
the Brazilian airline company.
In 2013, Delta paid $360
million to purchase a 49%
stake in Virgin Atlantic, the
British carrier launched by
Richard Branson. Two years
later, Delta acquired 3% of
China Eastern Airlines for
$450 million.
Last year, Delta offered
$448 million for a 10% stake
in Air France/KLM. That
deal is pending approval by
regulators. Delta also paid
an estimated $622 million
last year to increase its stake
in Groupo Aeromexico, the
largest carrier in Mexico, to
49% from 17%.
Most of those deals came
after a series of mergers and
acquisitions that narrowed
the number of major carriers
in the U.S. to four — American, United, Delta and
Southwest — that control
80% of the domestic market.
Thanks to reduced competition, lower fuel costs and increased demand for travel,
the four largest carriers in
the U.S. have collected
record or near-record profits
over the last three years.
U.S. carriers have become such avid partners
with foreign airlines that antitrust activists worry that
smaller and lower-cost rivals
are being squeezed out.
“From a competition
standpoint, it is a clear move
to entrench the U.S. legacy
airlines’ influence over foreign entry into the U.S.,” said
Diana Moss, president of the
American Antitrust Institute, a Washington, D.C.,
nonprofit think tank that focuses on competition and
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
AMERICAN AIRLINES is in a joint partnership with AIG, the parent of British Airways and Iberia. On
Monday, it filed an application with the Transportation Department to form a joint partnership with Qantas.
consumer choice.
Moss said the financial
ties between U.S. and foreign carriers reduce competition and make it more difficult for low-cost rivals such
as Norwegian Air to compete on those routes dominated by the partnerships of
bigger, established carriers.
Some industry experts
disagree, saying there is still
enough competition to keep
the biggest carriers from
charging exorbitantly high
fares on specific routes.
“The world is a big place
and there are still a lot of fairsized airlines,” said Philip
Baggaley, a senior transportation analyst for Standard & Poor’s.
U.S. and foreign carriers
have four ways to cooperate
with each other:
8 Alliances — such as
Star Alliance, Oneworld and
SkyTeam — enable the
carriers to share airport facilities and offer rewards to
members of alliance frequent flier programs.
8 So-called code-share
agreements with foreign
carriers let the partner airlines sell seats on each other’s planes as long as they
get antitrust immunity from
federal regulators.
8 Joint ventures allow
them to plan routes and
fares together. One example
of such a partnership is
American Airlines and AIG,
the parent company of
British Airways and Iberia.
Such deals must also get
clearance from federal regulators. American Airlines
filed an application Monday
with the U.S. Department of
Transportation to form a
joint partnership with Qantas. The two carriers say the
deal would generate as
many as 180,000 new trips between the U.S. and Australia
and New Zealand every year.
8 The closest partnerships take place when a U.S.
carrier buys a stake in a foreign airline, which lets the
U.S. carrier share in the success of the foreign carrier
through stock ownership
and earn seats on the airline’s board of directors,
where it can have a say on
service and products offered
by the foreign carrier.
“When you take a stake in
another airline it’s like getting engaged,” said Henry
Harteveldt, a travel industry
analyst with Atmosphere
Research Group.
By partnering with or
buying into a foreign carrier,
U.S. airlines expand access
to destinations that had
been previously closed or
limited. It makes particular
sense when the foreign
carrier operates in China,
Mexico and Europe, three of
the biggest travel markets
for the U.S.
American
Airlines,
through its partnership with
British Airways, has long
had an advantage over Delta
when it comes to serving
destinations in Britain.
But with its stake in Virgin Atlantic, Delta expanded its access to airports
in Britain, particularly London’s Heathrow Airport,
where Delta had previously
operated only one daily
flight to the U.S. The two airlines now combine to offer 12
daily nonstop flights between Heathrow and New
York airports.
The airlines say the investments make life easier
for passengers by offering
more travel options when fliers book with a U.S. carrier
that has close ties with foreign partners.
The various deals are “a
capital-efficient way to grow
customer choice in international markets that we otherwise could not support,”
Delta spokesman Morgan
Durrant said.
Starting last month, the
deal between American Airlines and China Southern allowed American Airlines
passengers to book flights to
nine new Chinese destinations from Beijing Capital
International Airport.
“American
has
the
world’s largest and best network, and we use partner
carriers to complement our
own robust flying,” said Curtis Blessing, a spokesman
for American Airlines.
Still, such investments
can be dicey.
United and Delta spent
heavily on Brazilian carriers
Azul and Gol, respectively,
starting when the Brazilian
economy was growing and
demand for travel from
Brazil to the U.S. was surging. But the Brazilian economy fell into a steep recession
starting in 2015 and is only
now showing signs of a recovery.
Analysts say it is difficult
to determine if the foreign
investments have been profitable because some investments were made over several years and others involved carriers that were in
private hands.
“The strategy has its
risks,” Standard & Poor’s
Baggaley said, “and it costs a
lot of money.”
hugo.martin@latimes.com
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Lakers
play as
a team,
topple
Hawks
Los Angeles matches
26-win total from last
season, could have its
best record in 5 years.
LAKERS 123
ATLANTA 104
By Tania Ganguli
Christian Petersen Getty Images
SHOHEI OHTANI hits for the first time as an Angel during a spring-training game against San Diego and reaches base three times.
The 23-year-old rookie from Japan, who is a right-handed pitcher, is trying to become a two-way player in the major leagues.
Ohtani tries swing shift
Rookie has a single and two walks in hitting debut with Angels
By Jeff Miller
PEORIA, Ariz. — After being
able to flaunt nothing more than a
good eye and fine posture, Shohei
Ohtani of the Angels finally was
able to flash his celebrated swing
Monday.
He singled in his third plate appearance against San Diego, driving in a run in the fifth inning, the
ball not traveling 500 feet or anything but instead placed precisely
up the middle.
Ohtani, a big league rookie trying to become a star pitcher and a
regular contributor on offense,
walked in his first two plate appearances in his Cactus League
hitting debut.
Before Monday, Ohtani’s offensive exploits with the Angels had
been limited to batting practice, including one session that featured
two massive home runs that
prompted oohs and aahs and highfives from teammates.
Charlie Neibergall Associated Press
AFTER A third-inning walk, Shohei Ohtani moves to second
base on a wild pitch as San Diego’s Carlos Asuaje awaits a throw.
Reliever finds it’s always nice to be wanted
Tom Koehler was surprised but elated when the Dodgers showed
interest in the free agent after his mediocre 2017 season. D3
This time, his left-handed swing
produced a more common, if no
less successful, result, the single
coming on the first pitch from reliever Michael Mariot, a 29-yearold with 44 games in the majors.
Ohtani was removed for a
pinch-runner, the Angels having
achieved their objective of getting
him three plate appearances.
“I was happy to get that first hit
out of the way, but I was also happy
with my first two at-bats,” Ohtani
said through an interpreter. “I got
to see a lot of pitches. … I feel like I
put together pretty good at-bats.”
Manager Mike Scioscia said
Ohtani could be the Angels designated hitter Tuesday when they
face Colorado in Scottsdale, Ariz.
His next start as a pitcher is
scheduled for Friday. Scioscia said
it could come in a “B” game and not
in the Angels’ Cactus League game
at home against the Chicago Cubs.
This debut went more smoothly
than Ohtani’s first one, as a
[See Ohtani, D3]
ATLANTA — To see how
far the Lakers have come
one needs only to observe
the indifference they showed
collectively at a note about
the significance of Monday’s
26th win of the season.
It was Feb. 26. It took the
Lakers until April 11 last year
to win their 26th game, and
that was their last win of the
season. Barring a rare and
unlikely collapse, the Lakers
will have a better record
than any Lakers team of the
past five years.
“Doesn’t matter,” Julius
Randle said. “It’s just about
us improving from game to
game and as individuals.”
Said Lonzo Ball: “We are
just worried about this year.
Whatever happened in the
past, happened in the past.
Now we are trying to win as
many games as we can.”
On Monday, the Lakers
throttled
the
bottomdwelling Atlanta Hawks 123104. Nine Lakers scored in
double figures, the first time
since 1987 that had happened for this team, three
Lakers notched double-doubles (Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Kentavious
Caldwell-Pope), and Kyle
Kuzma was one rebound shy
of becoming the fourth.
It was a game of extremes. The Lakers made 15
three-pointers — 10 of them
in the first half — but they
also turned the ball over 23
times, an affliction they had
corrected lately. And while
the Lakers didn’t fixate on
the number of wins, it was a
mark of progress.
“They found a confidence
about themselves, they
found a way to play for each
other at times,” Lakers
coach Luke Walton said.
“And when you do that, you
give yourself a good chance
to win. Every team in the
[See Lakers, D4]
Brown caps King-sized rally From 11 picks to
top pick? That
may be Darnold
Winger scores
overtime winner,
completing comeback
from two-goal deficit.
KINGS 3
VEGAS 2 (OT)
Despite turnovers, he
gets experts’ nod over
Rosen to be the first
quarterback drafted.
By Curtis Zupke
The passion inside Staples Center was ramped up
well before the puck was
dropped.
The gold-medal-winning
U.S.
Olympic
women’s
hockey team was introduced
one by one in a ceremony
that brought out chants of
“USA! USA!” from an announced crowd of 18,230.
Jonathan Quick played
like he was inspired. His
teammates followed suit.
Buoyed by Quick’s 17-save
third period, the Kings put
on a late onslaught to come
back from two goals down
Monday night against the
Vegas Golden Knights.
Dustin Brown finally
brought down the house
with a power-play goal in
overtime to give the Kings
an improbable 3-2 win.
Brown scooped in a loose
puck in the slot 3:14 into the
[See Kings, D2]
SAM FARMER
ON THE NFL
It was 35 years ago that a
record six quarterbacks
were selected in the first
round of the NFL draft,
among them future Hall of
Famers John Elway, Jim
Kelly and Dan Marino.
While it’s wildly premature to suggest this year’s
class of quarterback pros-
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
ANZE KOPITAR and the Kings welcomed captain Meghan Duggan (holding
puck) and the gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team.
pects will rival that one in
success, the greatest such
draft in league history, it’s
conceivable that this firstround crop could match it in
number.
An annual milestone in
the evaluation process
starts this week with the
scouting combine, in which
more than 300 invited NFL
hopefuls are measured and
studied, interviewed, and
put through various physical and mental tests by
representatives from all 32
teams.
This is an especially
quarterback-rich class,
featuring top-shelf pros[See Farmer, D6]
Kings stand pat
at trade deadline
Rams won’t take
big hit on Peters
Blake is satisfied with
current roster; Ducks
and the New York
Islanders swap
fourth-line wingers. D2
Deal with Kansas City
for the Pro Bowl
cornerback is swung
without giving up a
first-round pick. D6
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Kings don’t make trades at deadline
place a few months ago,”
Blake said. “We wanted to
acquire depth on defense.
We wanted to make sure we
took care of that. We wanted
to get a little speed in our
lineup up front. … You kind
of have your game plan in
place. Again, that can get
thrown out with different
phone calls, but we were
pretty content knowing
what we had coming in to today.”
Carter returned to the
lineup Saturday as the
Kings also begin to integrate
Rieder. Trevor Lewis is also
expected to return from a
lower-body injury. In other
words, fairly soon the Kings
will have the team they envisioned at the beginning of
the season.
“I thought we owed it to
this group,” Blake said.
GM Blake is content
with roster, especially
with return of Carter
from an injury.
By Curtis Zupke
Kings general manager
Rob Blake said all along that
when Jeff Carter returned, it
would essentially represent
their trade deadline acquisition.
Combine that with the
additions of Dion Phaneuf,
Nate Thompson and Tobias
Rieder in the last two weeks,
and it’s easy to see why Blake
was satisfied not to tinker
with the team’s roster any
more as the Monday deadline passed.
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names that moved in the last
48 hours, such as Rick Nash
and Evander Kane, involved
first-round draft picks.
Blake said he was open to
paying such a price if the
right deal came along, but it
never materialized.
He stuck to his plan of
trying to build depth in the
lower levels of the organization. The Kings’ only firstround draft picks since 2009
are Pearson, Adrian Kempe,
Derek Forbort and Gabriel
Vilardi. Vilardi is their prized
forward prospect who is expected to compete in training camp next season or return to his junior team.
The lack of a move wasn’t
surprising to defenseman
Drew Doughty, who sensed
this was their team before
the noon deadline passed.
“When it’s officially over,
then guys really can relax
and just be happy that
they’re staying in this spot
because no one wants to
leave L.A.,” Doughty said.
“That’s just the bottom line.
No one wants to get traded
out of here. Everyone loves
playing here.”
Ducks swing a deal
with Islanders
The Ducks completed a
deal just before the deadline,
swapping fourth-line left
wingers with the New York
Islanders by acquiring Jason Chimera in exchange for
Chris Wagner.
At 38, Chimera is 12 years
older than Wagner, who
played in all 64 games for the
Ducks and had six goals and
nine points.
Chimera has been a heal-
Deadline deals deliver
stars to contenders,
mostly for picks, in
pursuit of postseason.
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5 p.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota
7:30 p.m.
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SOCCER
10:45 a.m.
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TENNIS
7 a.m.
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2 a.m. (Wed.)
thy scratch the last five
games and has only 11 points
in 58 games, but he brings
size and playoff experience
to the Ducks.
In his 15 seasons with four
clubs, Chimera has 413
points and 29 in 69 postseason games.
After a 20-goal season,
the Islanders signed Chimera to a two-year, $4.5-million
contract, and he responded
with a second consecutive
20-goal campaign last season. His play has fallen off
considerably this season,
though, and he’s set to be a
free agent this summer, as is
Wagner.
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Twitter: @curtiszupke
Times correspondent Mike
Coppinger contributed to
this report.
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“Coming in here, we haven’t
seen them with Jeff Carter.
We haven’t seen [Tanner]
Pearson and [Tyler] Toffoli
with Jeff Carter [in the last
four months]. We haven’t
seen Lewis with Jeff Carter
in this lineup yet. We’re going
to get that here shortly when
Trevor comes back. I think it
will give us a real sense. I
think we’re in a position here
to compete for a playoff spot,
and that’s going to be up to
these players now.”
Blake knows that crunch
time is here. The Kings were
two points out of the final
playoff spot in the Western
Conference on Monday
morning, with 20 games remaining, beginning with a
home-and-home set against
the Vegas Golden Knights.
Blake said he wasn’t close
on any deals. Many of the big
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A day after the Boston
Bruins landed power forward Rick Nash from the
Rangers, the Tampa Bay
Lightning followed suit by
acquiring New York captain
Ryan McDonagh in a multiplayer trade before Monday’s deadline.
New York also sent forward J.T. Miller to Tampa
Bay in a deal that netted the
Rangers forward Vladimir
Namestnikov, two prospects
and two draft picks: a firstround selection in 2018 and a
conditional first-rounder in
2019. The rebuilding Rangers
now have three first-round
picks, including one from
the Bruins, this year and seven in the first three rounds.
The 28-year-old McDonagh joins a Lightning
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RYAN McDONAGH was shipped by the rebuilding
Rangers to the Lightning, who also got J.T. Miller.
lineup already stocked with
elite defensemen. Miller is a
two-time 20-goal scorer.
The Lightning weren’t
the only contender to part
with high draft picks among
the 18 trades made Monday.
The Winnipeg Jets gave
up a first-rounder as part of
a trade to acquire forward
Paul Stastny, a six-time 20goal scorer, from St. Louis.
The Nashville Predators
gave up a first-round pick as
part of a deal to land forward
Ryan Hartman from the
Chicago Blackhawks. The
San Jose Sharks added size
and scoring by acquiring Evander Kane from Buffalo for
two picks, including a conditional 2019 first-round selection, and a prospect. And the
expansion Vegas Golden
Knights added to their Westleading team by acquiring
three-time 20-goal-scoring
forward Tomas Tatar from
Detroit. The Red Wings added three draft picks, including a first-round selection.
The teams who began the
day in the East’s final two
playoff spots made deals.
Eighth-place Columbus
acquired forward Thomas
Vanek from Vancouver and
defenseman Ian Cole from
Ottawa. The seventh-place
New Jersey Devils obtained
forward Patrick Maroon
from Edmonton for a 2019
third-round
pick
and
prospect J.D. Dudek.
Three teams added players via waivers. The Philadelphia Flyers claimed
Johnny Oduya after the twotime Stanley Cup-winning
defenseman was waived by
Ottawa. The Flyers lost defenseman Mark Alt, who was
claimed by Colorado. And
the Calgary Flames added
forward Chris Stewart, who
was waived by Minnesota.
The Predators also got
back forward Mike Fisher,
who returned from a brief retirement on a $1-million deal.
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NHL STANDINGS
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific
Vegas
San Jose
DUCKS
KINGS
Calgary
Edmonton
Vancouver
Arizona
Central
Nashville
Winnipeg
Minnesota
Dallas
St. Louis
Colorado
Chicago
W
41
33
31
34
32
27
24
18
W
38
37
35
35
34
33
27
L
16
21
21
24
22
31
32
34
L
14
16
20
23
25
24
28
OL
5
9
12
5
9
4
7
10
OL
9
9
7
4
4
5
8
Pts
87
75
74
73
73
58
55
46
Pts
85
83
77
74
72
71
62
GF
217
182
176
180
182
177
168
148
GF
196
208
188
184
173
190
178
GA
169
176
178
157
185
204
204
205
GA
155
164
174
164
164
186
179
Note: Overtime or shootout losses are worth one
point.
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Metropolitan
Philadelphia
Washington
Pittsburgh
New Jersey
Columbus
N.Y. Islanders
Carolina
N.Y. Rangers
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Toronto
Boston
Florida
Detroit
Montreal
Ottawa
Buffalo
W
34
35
36
32
32
29
27
27
W
43
39
37
28
26
23
21
19
L
19
21
23
22
26
27
25
30
L
17
20
15
25
26
29
30
33
OL
10
7
4
8
5
7
10
6
OL
3
6
8
6
10
10
10
11
Pts
78
77
76
72
69
65
64
60
Pts
89
84
82
62
62
56
52
49
GF
189
195
206
185
168
207
164
177
GF
227
216
195
175
165
157
166
151
GA
178
189
187
188
175
225
189
201
GA
170
182
150
193
183
194
216
206
RESULTS
AT KINGS 3
VEGAS 2 (OT)
AT COLUMBUS 5
WASHINGTON 1
PHILADELPHIA 1
AT MONTREAL 0 (SO)
AT TAMPA BAY 4
TORONTO 3 (SO)
AT COLORADO 3
VANCOUVER 1
Dustin Brown scored the winning goal on a power play at
3 minutes 14 seconds of overtime.
Seth Jones had a goal and two assists and Sergei
Bobrovsky stopped 25 shots for the Blue Jackets.
Sean Couturier scored in the sixth round of the shootout
and Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots in his fourth shutout.
Brayden Point scored the deciding goal in a shootout for
the second consecutive game.
Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, and
Semyon Varlamov came within 1:16 of his third shutout.
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TODAY’S GAMES
KINGS at Vegas, 7:30 p.m.
New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Toronto at Florida, 4:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Edmonton at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Washington, 4 p.m.
Carolina at Boston, 4 p.m.
Nashville at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
Calgary at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY’S GAMES
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m.
Detroit at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
New York Rangers at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
New York Islanders at Montreal, 4 p.m.
Calgary at Colorado, 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY’S GAMES
Columbus at KINGS, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Boston, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Arizona, 6 p.m.
Carolina at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
New Jersey at Florida, 4:30 p.m.
Nashville at Edmonton, 6 p.m.
Chicago at San Jose, 7 p.m.
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
KINGS DEFENSEMAN Alec Martinez fights for leverage while reaching for the puck as Vegas Golden
Knights winger Erik Haula loses his balance along the boards Monday night at Staples Center.
Brown scores winner for Kings
[Kings, from D1]
extra period and the Kings
ended a two-game losing
streak.
“You can’t quit on a
game,” Brown said. “I think
what we’ve been pretty good
at this year is sticking
around games and finding
ways to get goals late and
keep us alive.
“Tonight, we found a way
to get the next one.”
Anze Kopitar forced
overtime when he scored on
a one-timed shot off a pass
from Dion Phaneuf with 11
seconds to play in regulation
after Quick was pulled for an
extra attacker.
“You could almost feel
that goal at the end to tie
coming with the pressure,”
Kings forward Tyler Toffoli
said.
Jeff Carter started the
rally with his first goal this
season, scoring on a shot
from the right side on the
power play that rebounded
off Vegas goalie Marc-Andre
Fleury and bounced off defender Cody Eakin’s helmet
and into the Vegas net at
12:28 of the third period.
It was all facilitated by
Quick, whose outstretched
glove stop on William
Karlsson’s short-handed bid
came just before Carter’s
goal. Quick also stopped a
late three-on-one rush, and
his left leg stop on James
Neal’s wide-open chance
right at the start of the game
was equally crucial.
“We had times where
Quickie had to come up with
some big saves,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
said, “so we need to stop allowing those [chances] to
happen and just get better at
exiting our zone and spending more time in their zone.”
Vegas got goals from Erik
Haula in the first period and
Reilly Smith in the third as
the Golden Knights appeared set to take the opening game of a home-andhome series that resumes
Tuesday at Las Vegas.
Kings
coach
John
Stevens calls Vegas the best
transition team in the
league, and the Golden
Knights showed why on
their first two goals. Smith
blew past the Kings defense
for an initial backhand shot,
and then went to the net to
convert a loose puck created
by Karlsson’s shot 47 seconds into the third period.
The Kings outshot the
Golden Knights 14-6 in the
second period but couldn’t
get the puck in Vegas’ net.
Their most glorious and
telling chance happened in
the first minutes of the period when Carter had Kopitar’s feed in front of the net
go under his stick.
It was perhaps an initial
sign of rust for Carter, and
an adjustment period for the
Kings.
All their new acquisitions
are in place yet are still being
assimilated, along with
Carter, into the lineup. General manager Rob Blake
knows the window is small
for them to put it together
with 18 games remaining.
“We need to speed things
up, for sure,” Blake said. “We
don’t have a lot of time to
kind of tiptoe into that. We
need to see it. But some of
those guys [who] have been
around, that have played,
understand that.”
TONIGHT
AT VEGAS
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Update: Vegas is 24-5-2 at TMobile Arena, including a
4-2 win against the Kings on
Nov. 19. In the second game
in as many nights for the two
teams, goaltender Jack
Campbell could make his
first start with the Kings and
second of his NHL career.
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KINGS 3, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2, OT
Vegas ................................1 0 1 0 — 2
KINGS ...............................0 0 2 1 — 3
FIRST PERIOD—1, Vegas, Haula 23 (Sbisa, Neal),
4:37. Penalties—Clifford, LA, (interference), 6:18;
Marchessault, VGK, (slashing), 12:41.
SECOND PERIOD—None. Penalties—Nosek, VGK,
(high sticking), 3:30; Kempe, LA, (hooking), 14:30;
Iafallo, LA, (high sticking), 17:48.
THIRD PERIOD—2, Vegas, Smith 21 (Marchessault, Karlsson), 0:47. 3, KINGS, Carter 1 (Brown, Kopitar), 12:28 (pp). 4, KINGS, Kopitar 26 (Doughty, Phaneuf), 19:49. Penalties—Perron, VGK, (cross checking),
7:52; Doughty, LA, (roughing), 7:52; Reaves, VGK,
(hooking), 11:00.
OVERTIME—5, KINGS, Brown 19 (Kopitar, Toffoli),
3:14 (pp). Penalties—Miller, VGK, (hooking), 2:34.
SHOTS ON GOAL—Vegas 13-6-17-3—39. KINGS
10-14-16-3—43. Power-play opportunities—Vegas 0 of
3; KINGS 2 of 4.
GOALIES—Vegas, Fleury 21-7-3 (42 shots-39
saves). KINGS, Quick 24-23-2 (39-37). Att.—18,230
(18,230). T—2:36.
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BASEBALL
Koehler likes being a wanted man
Cut loose by the Blue
Jays, right-hander is
eager to help the
Dodgers as a reliever.
Dodgers 9
Texas 6
AT THE PLATE: Cody
Bellinger powered the
offense in the early going.
He hit a two-run double,
his second of the spring, in
the second inning against
Rangers pitcher Mike
Minor. Three innings later,
he scored on a triple by
utilityman Enrique
Hernandez. Kyle Farmer
recorded three hits. “Every
time he’s been out there,
he’s looking good and
doing things,” manager
Dave Roberts said of
Farmer.
By Andy McCullough
SURPRISE, Ariz. — The
offer left Tom Koehler elated
but curious. He had just
completed what he called
“an absolute disaster” of a
2017 season, which convinced the Toronto Blue
Jays to cut him.
Now the best team in the
National League sounded
rabid for his services. Something did not add up.
In a meeting with Dodgers president of baseball
operations Andrew Friedman and manager Dave
Roberts, Koehler found an
apt metaphor: He felt like a
marching band geek who
had been asked to the prom
by the most beautiful girl in
school.
“You don’t know why —
but you want to find out,”
Koehler said. “Not that there
was any self-doubt, but you
want to find out why. What
do they see in me?”
The Dodgers excel at
finding band geeks. In three
seasons under Friedman
and
general
manager
Farhan Zaidi, the Dodgers
rank fifth in baseball in
bullpen earned-run average.
Their bullpen was among
the best in baseball in 2017:
lowest ERA in the National
League, highest strikeout
percentage, best strikeoutto-walk ratio, best rate of
batters stranded on base.
A significant portion of
the credit belongs to Kenley
Jansen. The Dodgers inherited the closer from the previous regime and heaped upon him a five-year, $80-million contract after the 2016
season. Jansen operates as a
safety net for the high-wire
act conducted by Friedman
and Zaidi, who rebuild
bullpens each year through
low-stakes trades and lowwattage signings.
In 2016, the Dodgers
signed Joe Blanton for a $4million guarantee. Leaning
on his slider, Blanton posted
a 2.48 ERA and helped keep
the team afloat as the starting rotation crumbled.
A year later, Brandon
Morrow arrived on a minor
league
contract.
He
emerged as Jansen’s most
reliable sidekick, a converted starter with an electric arsenal and a 2.06 ERA.
Morrow departed this
offseason, signing a twoyear, $21-million deal with
the Chicago Cubs. Wary of
incurring the sport’s competitive balance tax, the
Dodgers did not counter. Instead, they tried to find a
cheaper equivalent. Enter
Koehler, who was 1-7 with a
ON THE MOUND: Alex
Wood took a bumpy first
step. He walked the first
two batters he faced and
gave up two runs later in
the inning. He logged
another simulated inning
in the bullpen. Wood has
been throwing all spring
from the stretch, rather
than the windup. “I felt
pretty good, for the most
part,” Wood said. “I mean,
it wasn’t great. But I
thought my stuff was
pretty good.” Wood
indicated he would
graduate to a two-inning
outing in his next
appearance, while
focusing on the tempo of
his delivery.
Gary Landers Associated Press
TOM KOEHLER lost his spot in the Miami Marlins starting rotation last season before the Marlins traded
him to the Toronto Blue Jays in August. All told, he was 1-7 with a 6.69 ERA last season.
6.69 ERA last season.
In the past, the Dodgers
had engaged in conversations with the Miami Marlins about Koehler, a starter
for most of his six seasons in
Miami. Friedman and Zaidi
believed the right-hander
could be a useful starter —
but an excellent reliever.
“Koehler is a guy who has
long been on our radar as a
reliever conversion candidate,” Friedman said. “He’s
got an excellent curveball. If
you look at the stuff and
make some small tweaks
here and there, and he’s going in shorter bursts, there is
real upside.”
Converting a starter into
a reliever is far from revolutionary. Andrew Miller failed
as a starter before blossoming into the game’s most
dominant left-handed reliever. Wade Davis followed a
similar trajectory. So did
Zach Britton and Dellin
Betances and Archie Bradley. Set loose in relief by the
Dodgers last October, Kenta
Maeda trampled right-handed batters.
Zaidi identified a series of
characteristics that appeal
to the Dodgers when looking
to convert: enough arm
strength to generate a cred-
ible fastball, the presence of
“one particularly exemplary
pitch” and a willingness to
take instruction. The team
searches for pitchers with an
open mind, those who will
accept change in order to increase their effectiveness or
protect their health or fatten
their wallet. The key is an
intersection between skill
and enthusiasm.
“We don’t have like a
starter reclamation project
leaderboard or anything like
that,” Zaidi said. “But we do
have things that we look for.”
The strategy matches
one that the organization
deployed in the trade market the last two seasons. In
Josh Fields and Tony Cingrani, the Dodgers found effective relievers for minimal
return. Both classified as
distressed assets: Fields had
a 6.89 ERA for the Houston
Astros in 2016 before the
Dodgers intervened; a year
later, Cingrani’s ERA with
the Cincinnati Reds was
5.40.
Each player fit the criteria for rejuvenation. Fields
ditched his slider, focusing
on spinning his curveball
and flinging elevated fastballs. He has a 2.83 ERA as a
Dodger.
Cingrani underwent a
similar revival. His slider
was intriguing, and team officials believed he could benefit from changes in his sequencing. While the front office weighed the merits of his
addition, it received unsolicited scouting reports from
the left-handed-hitting veteran duo of Chase Utley and
Adrian Gonzalez, who hated
facing Cingrani.
“To say everything fits
into a model is oversimplistic,” Zaidi said. “Because
you just never know where
the information is going to
come from.” The Dodgers
asked Cingrani to throw his
slider more, its usage jumping from 2.4% with the Reds
to 21.6% with the Dodgers.
He relocated his fastball
higher in the zone, toward
the arm side of the plate.
Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt cleaned up Cingrani’s
delivery.
Cingrani responded with
a 2.79 ERA after the trade.
Koehler offered another
challenge for the organization. He lost his spot in the
Marlins rotation last season.
Miami shipped him to Toronto in the summer. The
Blue Jays declined to tender
him a contract in December.
About 20 hours after Toronto cut him loose, Koehler
recalled, the Dodgers contacted his agent. They asked
him to consider the bullpen.
Koehler figured he could try
to find a job as a mediocre
starter on another team, or
he could aim for greatness as
a reliever on a World Series
contender. He agreed to a
one-year contract with $2
million guaranteed and
nearly another $2 million
available in bonuses.
The Dodgers chose not to
overload Koehler with information upon his arrival at
Camelback Ranch.
“I didn’t just walk in with
a binder in my locker saying
‘Do this,’ ” he said.
The suggestions were
more subtle. Koehler met
with Roberts, Friedman,
Honeycutt and bullpen
coach Mark Prior. The group
advised him to ditch his
slider and changeup and to
rely upon his fastball and
curveball. There were suggestions about sequencing
and location. The instructions will continue as spring
training unfolds.
Already, the band geek
can start to see why the
prom queen desired him.
“What Morrow did last
Ohtani
makes
hitting
debut
[Ohtani, from D1]
pitcher. He struggled with
his control in a 11⁄3-inning
start Saturday.
Just like that event and
everything
surrounding
Ohtani, his first game as a
hitter was dissected with almost surgical precision.
Once he was pulled, he
was pressed on every subject
from his nerves to his patience to his wardrobe.
When he bats, Ohtani
wears an elbow pad and a
shin guard because, he explained, he has done so
“since high school, maybe
even before.”
When he was on the bases
Monday, he did so with a
glove/brace on his right
[pitching] hand similar to
the one used by Mike Trout
because “the team just told
me to try it on, so I tried it.”
Ohtani entered the ballpark at 12:52 p.m. and, 20
minutes later, batting second, took strike one from
Jordan Lyles. After swinging
and missing for strike two,
he took four balls in a row.
“It actually felt really natural going into my first atbat,” Ohtani said. “I was able
to see the ball pretty well.
Everything felt pretty natural.”
EXTRA BASES: Kenley
Jansen threw a bullpen
session on Monday
morning, but his workload
for the spring remains
light. Roberts estimated
Jansen would throw in
only a pair of Cactus
League games. Jansen will
see more action during
minor league games in
March … Walker Buehler,
the organization’s top
pitching prospect, expects
to throw a session of live
batting practice by next
week. Buehler has been
slowed this spring by a
minor back injury he
sustained in January and
by the organization’s
cautious approach to his
usage for this season …
The Dodgers signed
catcher Rocky Gale to a
minor league contract.
Gale, 30, had been with
San Diego since 2010.
UP NEXT: Dodgers vs.
Texas Rangers at noon
Tuesday at Camelback
Ranch. No TV. No radio.
— Andy McCullough
year was unreal,” Koehler
said. “I’m not going to sit
here and say ‘That’s what
I’m going to do.’
“But I think they have a
plan. The blueprint is there
of how to make guys successful relievers. And it starts
with putting guys in positions to be successful.”
andy.mccullough@latimes.com
Twitter: @McCulloughTimes
San Diego 10
Angels 4
AT THE PLATE: Shohei
Ohtani made his debut as
a hitter with a run-scoring
single, and Martin
Maldonado and Matt
Thaiss also had RBI
singles. David Fletcher
and Kaleb Cowart had two
hits apiece.
ON THE MOUND: Tyler
Skaggs gave up home runs
to Hunter Renfroe and
Christian Villanueva and a
total of three runs in his
first start, which lasted 11⁄3
innings. All the noise came
in the second, after
Skaggs retired the Padres
in order in the first, two by
strikeout. Skaggs said he
was pleased with his start;
he explained he has been
focusing mostly on
flexibility during his
training and said he “felt
as strong as I possibly
could be.” Left-handed
reliever Jose Alvarez
struck out two in one
scoreless inning.
Christian Petersen Getty Images
SHOHEI OHTANI is greeted by Angels coach Dino Ebel after walking in the first inning against the San Di-
ego Padres. Manager Mike Scioscia says Ohtani could be the designated hitter Tuesday against Colorado.
In the third inning, facing
Buddy Baumann, he walked
on five pitches before advancing to second base on a
wild pitch and sliding awkwardly.
Though the game was
lightly attended — announced crowd: 2,700 — on a
sunny afternoon, the media
attention on Ohtani remained at near capacity.
His arrival was tracked
by photographers — still
and video — with Ohtani
drawing particular attention as he ascended the dugout steps for pregame
stretching.
“One of the reasons why I
was able to see so many
pitches in the first two atbats was I wanted to feel the
difference in the strike zones
between Japan and the
States,” Ohtani said. “I feel
like I accomplished that.”
He said he was more aggressive his third time up because there was a runner in
scoring position, suggesting
his thinking was in midsummer form even here, in
late February.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how this goes,”
Angels third baseman Zack
Cozart said. “Worrying
about being a hitter is tough
enough.
“To be one of the top
pitchers and hone that craft,
too. … If anybody can handle
it, it will be him. It doesn’t
seem like there’s a lot of effort with his movements.”
sports@latimes.com
EXTRA BASES: The
Angels regulars, most of
whom have yet to play this
spring, are expected to
start appearing in games
Tuesday or Wednesday. …
Sure sign it’s spring
training: In the seventh
inning, after numerous
and near-constant lineup
changes, the scoreboard
displayed the Angels’ left
fielder as “Unknown.”
UP NEXT: Angels vs. the
Colorado Rockies at noon
Tuesday at Salt River
Fields. TV: FS West; Radio:
830.
— Jeff Miller
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NBA
LAKERS REPORT
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).
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Houston
2. Golden State
3. Minnesota
4. San Antonio
5. New Orleans
5. Portland
7. Oklahoma City
8. Denver
W
47
47
38
36
34
34
35
33
L
13
14
26
25
26
26
27
27
PCT
.783
.770
.594
.590
.567
.567
.565
.550
GB L10
10-0
1
⁄2 7-3
11
6-4
111⁄2 4-6
13
7-3
13
6-4
13
5-5
14
7-3
Rk.
S1
P1
N1
S2
S3
N2
N3
N4
9. CLIPPERS
10. Utah
11. LAKERS
12. Dallas
13. Memphis
14. Sacramento
15. Phoenix
31
31
26
19
18
18
18
27
30
34
42
41
42
44
.534
.508
.433
.311
.305
.300
.290
1
21⁄2
7
141⁄2
141⁄2
15
16
7-3
8-2
7-3
3-7
0-10
2-8
0-10
P2
N5
P3
S4
S5
P4
P5
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Toronto
2. Boston
3. Cleveland
4. Washington
5. Indiana
6. Milwaukee
7. Philadelphia
8. Miami
W
42
43
35
35
34
33
32
31
L
17
19
24
25
26
26
26
29
PCT GB
.712
1
⁄2
.694
.593 7
.583 71⁄2
.567 81⁄2
.559 9
.552 91⁄2
.517 111⁄2
L10
8-2
6-4
6-4
7-3
7-3
6-4
8-2
2-8
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
S1
C2
C3
A3
S2
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte
11. New York
12. Chicago
13. Brooklyn
14. Orlando
15. Atlanta
28
27
24
20
20
18
18
32
33
38
40
41
42
43
.467
.450
.387
.333
.328
.300
.295
4-6
6-4
1-9
2-8
2-8
3-7
3-7
C4
S3
A4
C5
A5
S4
S5
3
4
8
11
111⁄2
13
131⁄2
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
at Denver
at Charlotte
at Cleveland
Philadelphia
at Milwaukee
at Portland
Line
31⁄2
10
111⁄2
1
3
111⁄2
Underdog
CLIPPERS
Chicago
Brooklyn
at Miami
Washington
Sacramento
Time
7:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
7 p.m.
RESULTS
Davis scores 53 as
Pelicans win again
NEW ORLEANS 125
PHOENIX 116
Anthony Davis scored a seasonhigh 53 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked five shots, and
the host New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to six
with a 125-116 victory over the hapless Phoenix Suns on Monday
night.
Jrue Holiday scored 20 points
for the Pelicans, whose seasonbest unbeaten run has pulled them
into a tie with Portland for fifth
place in the Western Conference
despite being without All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who was lost for
the season Jan. 26 with a torn Achilles.
Emeka Okafor, brought back to
the NBA for the first time since 2013
about a week after Cousins’ injury,
scored 14 points.
Golden State 125, at New York 111:
Klay Thompson scored 26 points
and Stephen Curry had 14 of his 21
in the third quarter, when the Warriors ran another opponent off the
floor on their way to a victory over
the Knicks.
at Boston 109, Memphis 98: Kyrie
Irving scored 25 points in three
quarters of work and the Celtics
held off the Grizzlies. Boston has
won all three of its games coming
out of the All-Star break. Terry
Rozier finished with 15 points.
at Brooklyn 104, Chicago 87: Alan
Crabbe scored 21 points and the
Nets snapped an eight-game losing
streak. Jarrett Allen and DeMarre
Carroll each had 18 points for the
Nets, and Joe Harris added 15.
at Dallas 109, Indiana 103: Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, J.J.
Barea added 19 and the Mavericks
ended a four-game losing streak
and stopped the Pacers’ four-game
winning streak. They also swept
the two-game season series.
at Toronto 123, Detroit 94: DeMar
DeRozan and Kyle Lowry each
scored 20 points, Serge Ibaka had
19 and the Raptors routed the Pistons for their seventh win in eight
games.
at Oklahoma City 112, Orlando
105: Paul George scored 26 points,
making nine of 20 shots, as the
Thunder held Orlando to 43 points
on 37% shooting in the second half.
Houston 96, at Utah 85: James
Harden had 26 points and Luc
Mbah a Moute scored 15 of his 17
points in the fourth quarter in the
Rockets’ 13th straight win.
Minnesota 118, at Sacramento 100:
Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points
and 17 rebounds, and the Timberwolves pulled away in the second
half to beat the Kings.
Lakers 123, at Atlanta 104
— associated press
Ball and rapper Quavo hit it off
By Tania Ganguli
ATLANTA — Lonzo Ball made
a three-point basket and trotted
back down the court as the rapper
Quavo, from the group Migos,
reached out to congratulate him.
Ball’s celebrity is such that this
wasn’t a random encounter. Earlier in the day, Ball had listed Quavo
among his top five rappers of today. Before Quavo joined the thousands of fans at Philips Arena on
Monday night, he let Ball know he
was coming to the game.
“Hopefully he enjoyed the
show,” Ball said. “I’m just a fan of
what he does and he’s a fan of what
we do.”
That interaction had more to do
with a budding friendship than
with Ball’s excitement at making a
three-pointer. Despite Ball being
out for 15 games because of a
sprained knee, his shooting didn’t
skip a beat when he returned. On
Monday night, he made all four of
the shots he took and all three of
his three-point shots. Ball even
made his two free-throw attempts.
“I can shoot,” Ball said. “I just
missed at the beginning of the year.
I told you I was going to keep shooting and now they are going in.”
Ball’s shooting form, and the
low percentage of shots he made
early in the season, caused some
hand-wringing as his NBA career
began. His new teammate Isaiah
Thomas gets that.
“I mean it’s ugly as hell,” Thomas said. “It’s an ugly shot, but he’s
been successful with it his whole
life so you get to the highest level,
there is no need to change it. You
just got to figure out ways to continue to make it better. He is a gym
rat so he is going to continue to get
better no matter what and no matter how it looks.”
In Ball’s second game back, he
had a minutes restriction of 25, up
from 20 minutes in his first game
back against the Dallas Mavericks
on Friday. On Friday, Ball made
half of his three-point shots.
“It’s how he was shooting before
he got hurt,” Lakers coach Luke
Walton said.
“I would’ve expected it would
take him a little bit of time to find
his rhythm again. … But he’s shooting with a lot of confidence.”
Lakers records
Nine Lakers scored in double
figures on Monday, making it the
first time the Lakers had done that
since Jan. 7, 1987, in a 147-109 victory
over the Denver Nuggets.
That game was also the Lakers’
26th win of the season, but they
were 26-6 at the time, in the middle
of their Showtime Era. In that
game 31 years ago, Byron Scott,
Magic Johnson, James Worthy,
A.C. Green, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Cooper, Kurt Rambis, Billy Thompson and Adrian
Branch scored in double figures.
On Monday night, Ball, Thomas, Brandon Ingram, Julius
Randle, Brook Lopez, Kentavious
Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart, Kyle
Kuzma and Ivica Zubac all scored
in double figures.
Ingram joined Pau Gasol,
Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant as the only Lakers to have 21
points, 10 rebounds, six assists and
three blocks in a game.
Walton on Arizona
Walton’s alma mater, Arizona, is
under fire for potential NCAA vio-
lations related to an FBI probe into
corruption in college basketball.
Arizona men’s basketball coach
Sean Miller was reportedly heard
on a wire-tapped telephone discussing a $100,000 payment to ensure Deandre Ayton would attend
Arizona.
“It’s unfortunate,” Walton said.
“Obviously I’ve got a lot of love for
my program. … I feel like Sean’s
done a lot of good things too. It’s a
little early to be judging so harshly.
I think it’s a tough job and obviously if what is said is true, that’s a
mistake that he made. But I
thought Sean’s done a really nice
job so far with his time at Arizona.”
Walton said Miller does a good
job of reaching out to alumni.
Miller replaced Lute Olson, the
coach for whom Walton played.
“I don’t get back anymore because the only time we can go is in
the summer, and Tucson in the
summer is a little hot for me, but it’s
been a great relationship with
them even since coach Olson’s
left,” Walton said.
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter: @taniaganguli
Lakers rout Hawks, match last season’s win total
[Lakers, from D1]
NBA has talent. It is the teams that
are willing to play for one another
and play hard. I think our guys are
starting to find some of that.”
In some ways, Monday’s game
was not an example of the Lakers’
best. In addition to committing 23
turnovers, they allowed 34 free
throws while they shot only 19, and
for a time their free-throw percentage was worse than their threepoint percentage.
Granted, they shot from deep
well. The Lakers finished with
45.5% of their threes sinking and
had made 10 of 18 at halftime.
Ball had a minutes limit of
about 25 in his second game back
since missing 15 because of a
sprained medial collateral ligament.
Ball made every shot he took.
He made three three-pointers and
four field goals. He also made both
of his free throws, finishing with 13
points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Lakers had a six-point lead
after a first quarter during which
they turned over the ball seven
times. They led by 18 at halftime,
but the message from Walton was
still about the sloppy play. He ex-
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images
LAKERS’ LONZO BALL loses the ball as he drives against
Atlanta’s Taurean Prince in his second game back from injury.
pected better from his team.
“I was really upset with the way
that we were playing,” Walton said.
“They kind of came out in the second half and started being aggressive, making shots. Brandon put us
on his shoulders and got that lead
back to where he was comfortable.
He started cramping up so if the
game got close he was good to go
back in. We were able to keep a
pretty good distance on them.”
Ingram scored 15 points in the
third quarter, once scoring three
consecutive baskets to keep the
Hawks at a safe distance. He didn’t
play at all in the fourth quarter.
“The camaraderie we have this
year from last year was a lot better,”
said Ingram, who is in his second
NBA season. “I think guys came in
and we worked extra hard, whether
it was individually, whether it was
as a team, we just thought we could
figure it out sooner or later.”
There aren’t many players in
the Lakers locker room now who
started the season with them last
year. Ingram, Randle, Ivica Zubac
and Luol Deng are the only players
who remain.
Randle, especially, has seen the
Lakers’ darkest days. The Lakers
won a franchise-low 17 games in
Randle’s first full season, then won
26 last year, though five of those
wins came in garbage time of the
season during a five-game winning
streak in mid-April.
He sees what’s different about
this team.
“It’s just all very unselfish,”
Randle said. “It’s all about winning. You can feel the chemistry
out there. It’s not from game to
game different. We consistently
have the right chemistry that we
need to grow and build.”
That’s why even during the
darkest days of this season, during
that nine-game losing streak, the
players who had been through this
before believed.
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
Twitter @taniaganguli
LAKERS 123, Hawks 104
Raptors 126, Pistons 94
Warriors 125, Knicks 111
Thunder 112, Magic 105
LAKERS
DETROIT
GOLDEN STATE
ORLANDO
HOUSTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Ingram.............28 10-16 1-2 2-10 6 0 21
Randle ............29 8-13 3-3 4-10 2 2 19
Lopez ..............21 4-8 0-0 0-3 2 2 11
Cldwll-Ppe........32 4-12 0-0 2-14 3 2 10
Hart ................27 5-9 1-2 0-2 0 4 14
Kuzma.............28 3-10 1-2 0-9 3 2 10
Thomas ...........26 4-10 4-4 1-2 5 3 13
Ball.................24 4-4 2-2 0-7 5 3 13
Zubac..............16 4-6 2-4 1-1 0 5 10
Ennis ................5 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 2
Totals
47-90 14-19 10-59 28 23 123
Shooting: Field goals, 52.2%; free throws, 73.7%
Three-point goals: 15-33 (Ball 3-3, Hart 3-6, Lopez
3-6, Kuzma 3-7, Caldwell-Pope 2-5, Thomas 1-5, Ingram 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 23 (22
PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Ingram 3, Lopez 2, Randle).
Turnovers: 23 (Caldwell-Pope 3, Ennis 3, Ingram 3,
Randle 3, Zubac 3, Ball 2, Kuzma 2, Lopez 2, Hart,
Thomas). Steals: 8 (Ball 3, Caldwell-Pope 2, Ingram,
Kuzma, Randle). Technical Fouls: None.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Griffin..............32 4-12 4-6 0-1 5 3 12
Johnson...........23 1-6 0-0 0-2 2 4 2
Drummond.......34 8-18 2-2 6-18 2 3 18
Bullock............32 6-12 0-0 0-2 1 0 14
Smith..............25 7-13 2-4 1-3 2 4 16
Ennis III ...........24 3-9 2-2 2-6 1 2 10
Buycks ............18 3-11 4-4 4-4 4 1 12
Tolliver.............18 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 5
Kennard ..........15 0-4 0-0 0-2 2 3 0
Ellenson ............6 1-3 1-2 0-2 1 1 3
Galloway............3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Moreland ...........3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Totals
36-94 15-20 13-42 20 22 94
Shooting: Field goals, 38.3%; free throws, 75.0%
Three-point goals: 7-22 (Buycks 2-4, Ennis III 2-4, Bullock
2-5, Tolliver 1-3, Ellenson 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Smith 0-1, Griffin
0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 13 (10 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Drummond 3). Turnovers: 13 (Ennis III 3, Bullock 2,
Drummond 2, Griffin 2, Johnson 2, Buycks, Smith). Steals: 11
(Drummond 4, Ennis III 2, Bullock, Buycks, Johnson, Smith,
Tolliver). Technical Fouls: Griffin, 11:02 fourth.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Durant.............27 6-10 8-8 0-9 4 1 22
Green..............31 3-8 3-3 1-3 6 2 10
McGee ............14 5-6 0-0 1-3 3 1 10
Curry...............30 8-16 1-1 0-5 5 1 21
Thompson........33 9-13 4-4 0-4 5 1 26
Iguodala ..........19 3-5 1-2 1-4 1 1 9
Young..............14 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 3
Pachulia ..........14 2-4 3-4 2-4 2 1 7
West ...............13 5-9 1-2 1-4 2 2 11
Bell.................13 1-1 1-2 1-1 3 0 3
Cook ...............12 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 3
Livingston ..........7 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
Casspi...............6 0-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 0
McCaw ..............0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
44-85 22-26 8-43 31 13 125
Shooting: Field goals, 51.8%; free throws, 84.6%
Three-point goals: 15-31 (Thompson 4-6, Curry 4-9,
Durant 2-3, Iguodala 2-3, Cook 1-2, Green 1-4, Young
1-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 12 (16 PTS).
Blockss: 5 (Green 2, Bell, Durant, McGee). Turnovers:
12 (Curry 3, Durant 2, Cook, Green, Iguodala, Pachulia, Thompson, West, Young). Steals: 8 (Pachulia 2,
Casspi, Durant, Green, Iguodala, Livingston, Thompson).
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Gordon............33 7-20 3-4
1-7 1 0 18
Simmons .........35 5-7 9-10 2-5 2 4 19
Vucevic............32 6-13 0-0
3-7 3 5 15
Augustin ..........33 4-6 0-0
0-4 9 2 10
Fournier...........34 6-15 2-2
0-4 2 2 19
Mack...............16 3-6 0-0
0-1 5 2 7
Hezonja ...........15 2-9 0-0
0-3 0 1 4
Biyombo ..........15 3-4 1-5
0-0 0 2 7
Iwundu ............12 2-3 0-0
1-2 1 1 4
Vaughn............10 1-1 0-0
1-2 0 0 2
Totals
39-84 15-21 8-35 23 19 105
Shooting: Field goals, 46.4%; free throws, 71.4%
Three-point goals: 12-29 (Fournier 5-9, Vucevic
3-5, Augustin 2-4, Mack 1-2, Gordon 1-7, Hezonja 0-1,
Simmons 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 16
(15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Gordon 3, Vucevic 2, Simmons). Turnovers: 16 (Augustin 5, Simmons 3, Vucevic
3, Fournier 2, Mack 2, Biyombo). Steals: 15 (Simmons
4, Augustin 3, Gordon 2, Hezonja 2, Fournier, Mack,
Vaughn, Vucevic). Technical Fouls: None.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Ariza ...............32 3-13 0-0 1-3 0 3 9
Tucker .............25 0-7 2-2 0-3 0 3 2
Black ..............18 4-8 0-1 4-4 0 3 8
Harden ............34 8-13 9-12 1-11 5 1 26
Paul ................33 5-13 4-4 1-6 7 2 15
Johnson...........29 3-6 0-0 0-4 2 2 7
Mbah a Moute ..28 7-7 1-1 0-3 0 1 17
Nene...............19 3-6 3-5 2-5 1 4 9
Green..............16 1-6 0-0 0-1 0 2 3
Totals
34-79 19-25 9-40 15 21 96
Shooting: Field goals, 43.0%; free throws, 76.0%
Three-point goals: 9-33 (Ariza 3-9, Mbah a Moute
2-2, Johnson 1-3, Paul 1-4, Harden 1-5, Green 1-6,
Tucker 0-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 15 (11
PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Black, Mbah a Moute). Turnovers: 15 (Harden 6, Nene 3, Paul 2, Black, Green,
Johnson, Tucker). Steals: 15 (Harden 3, Nene 3, Paul
3, Black 2, Tucker 2, Green, Mbah a Moute). Technical
Fouls: None.
ATLANTA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Collins.............24 3-8 0-0
3-9 0 4 6
Prince .............31 7-18 6-7
0-3 3 2 24
Dedmon ..........25 3-8 0-0
2-7 3 1 7
Bazemore ........25 2-6 8-10 0-4 4 1 12
Schroder..........26 8-17 2-2
0-3 2 0 20
Dorsey.............25 1-11 2-3
0-4 1 1 4
Muscala ..........23 5-11 0-0
1-4 0 4 11
Taylor ..............20 5-10 6-9
0-1 3 2 16
White III...........18 2-6 0-1
1-2 0 1 4
Plumlee ...........13 0-0 0-2
1-3 1 1 0
Magette.............4 0-1 0-0
0-1 4 0 0
Totals
36-96 24-34 8-41 21 17 104
Shooting: Field goals, 37.5%; free throws, 70.6%
Three-point goals: 8-36 (Prince 4-11, Schroder 2-5,
Dedmon 1-4, Muscala 1-5, Magette 0-1, Taylor 0-1,
Bazemore 0-2, White III 0-3, Dorsey 0-4). Team Rebounds: 14. Team Turnovers: 11 (16 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Bazemore, Collins, Schroder). Turnovers: 11
(Taylor 4, Bazemore, Collins, Dedmon, Muscala, Plumlee, Prince, Schroder). Steals: 14 (Prince 3, Muscala 2,
Plumlee 2, Schroder 2, Collins, Dedmon, Dorsey,
Magette, Taylor). Technical Fouls: None.
LAKERS
28 36 32 27— 123
Atlanta
22 24 29 29— 104
A—16,328. O—Tiven, Adams, Workman
Nets 104, Bulls 87
TORONTO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anunoby ..........18 3-4 1-1 0-1 2 0 8
Ibaka ..............23 7-14 2-2 1-9 0 2 22
Vlnciuns ..........22 1-6 0-0 1-5 1 1 2
DeRozan..........29 5-9 10-11 0-1 8 0 20
Lowry ..............24 6-10 2-2 1-6 4 2 20
Siakam............24 5-7 1-1 1-5 6 4 11
Poeltl ..............22 4-7 0-0 1-4 1 1 8
Wright .............20 3-5 0-0 0-3 4 2 8
VanVleet ..........18 2-5 3-3 1-4 2 4 8
Miles...............15 2-6 3-3 0-3 1 1 9
Miller ................8 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 1 0
Powell ...............8 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 7
Nogueira............3 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 3
Totals
42-80 22-23 6-47 32 18 126
Shooting: Field goals, 52.5%; free throws, 95.7%
Three-point goals: 18-38 (Lowry 6-8, Ibaka 4-8, Wright 2-3,
Miles 2-6, Anunoby 1-1, Nogueira 1-1, Powell 1-2, VanVleet 1-3,
DeRozan 0-1, Siakam 0-1, Miller 0-2, Valanciunas 0-2). Team
Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 18 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7
(Siakam 2, DeRozan, Ibaka, Poeltl, Valanciunas, Wright). Turnovers: 18 (DeRozan 3, Siakam 3, Lowry 2, Poeltl 2, Valanciunas
2, VanVleet 2, Wright 2, Anunoby, Nogueira). Steals: 10 (Poeltl
3, DeRozan 2, Ibaka 2, Valanciunas, VanVleet, Wright). Technical Fouls: Lowry, 2:38 second
Detroit
26 27 22 19— 94
Toronto
30 29 34 30— 123
A—19,800. O—Marat Kogut, Ron Garretson, J.T. Orr
CHICAGO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Markkanen.......30 8-18 2-2 1-6 0 1 19
Nwaba ............31 2-4 1-2 0-6 2 2 6
Felicio .............29 2-3 0-0 1-3 1 3 4
Dunn...............30 9-15 4-5 0-3 4 2 23
Holiday............35 1-11 2-2 1-3 3 2 4
Valentine .........29 4-16 0-0 5-13 3 0 11
Portis ..............20 4-11 4-7 4-9 1 0 12
Payne..............17 1-10 0-0 2-5 2 1 2
Vonleh.............14 2-5 2-5 1-8 1 0 6
Totals
33-93 15-23 15-56 17 11 87
Shooting: Field goals, 35.5%; free throws, 65.2%
Three-point goals: 6-23 (Valentine 3-7, Dunn 1-1,
Nwaba 1-1, Markkanen 1-3, Portis 0-1, Vonleh 0-1,
Payne 0-4, Holiday 0-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Team
Turnovers: 13 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Dunn 2, Portis 2, Vonleh 2, Holiday). Turnovers: 13 (Dunn 4, Nwaba
2, Felicio, Holiday, Markkanen, Payne, Portis, Valentine, Vonleh). Steals: 8 (Dunn 2, Nwaba 2, Payne 2,
Holiday, Valentine). Technical Fouls: None.
BROOKLYN
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Carroll .............26 6-11 2-2 2-6 5 2 18
Crabbe ............23 7-13 3-3 0-3 1 2 21
Allen ...............23 8-11 2-2 2-9 2 1 18
Dinwiddie ........28 2-6 0-0 0-5 9 0 5
Russell ............29 2-9 0-0 0-3 8 1 6
Harris..............29 6-11 0-0 2-7 0 4 15
Cnninghm ........23 2-7 0-0 1-9 0 3 5
Hlls-Jffrsn.........21 3-9 1-1 0-4 1 4 7
LeVert..............21 3-9 0-0 0-0 4 1 6
Acy...................9 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 3
Stauskas ...........3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals
40-90 8-8 7-48 31 20 104
Shooting: Field goals, 44.4%; free throws, 0.0%
Three-point goals: 16-42 (Carroll 4-7, Crabbe 4-9,
Harris 3-6, Russell 2-6, Cunningham 1-2, Acy 1-3, Dinwiddie 1-5, Hollis-Jefferson 0-1, Stauskas 0-1, LeVert
0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 15 (12 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 9 (Allen 3, Cunningham 2, LeVert 2,
Carroll, Hollis-Jefferson). Turnovers: 15 (Harris 3, Hollis-Jefferson 3, Carroll 2, Russell 2, Acy, Allen, Cunningham, Dinwiddie, LeVert). Steals: 4 (Crabbe, Cunningham, Dinwiddie, Hollis-Jefferson).
Chicago
19 32 19 17— 87
Brooklyn
28 21 35 20— 104
A—15,081. O—Guthrie, Barnaky, Wood
Pelicans 125, Suns 116
PHOENIX
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bender ............25 3-8 0-0 1-6 7 6 9
Warren ............41 9-21 5-5 2-6 0 3 23
Len .................20 0-1 1-2 0-2 2 6 1
Booker ............40 14-28 9-11 0-10 7 4 40
Payton.............35 7-17 2-2 4-7 5 3 16
J.Jackson .........29 6-15 8-11 6-12 1 3 20
Daniels............26 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 0
Chriss..............18 3-5 0-1 1-5 0 6 7
Harrison ............1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Totals
42-97 25-32 14-51 23 33 116
Shooting: Field goals, 43.3%; free throws, 78.1%
Three-point goals: 7-24 (Bender 3-6, Booker 3-10,
Chriss 1-2, Payton 0-1, Daniels 0-2, J.Jackson 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 14 (14 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 5 (Chriss 3, Warren 2). Turnovers: 14
(Payton 5, Booker 3, Chriss 3, Bender, Len, Warren).
Steals: 9 (Daniels 2, Payton 2, Warren 2, Booker,
J.Jackson, Len). Technical Fouls: Payton, 7:31 fourth
NEW ORLEANS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Davis ..............38 16-29 21-26 8-18 3 3 53
Moore .............28 2-6 1-2 0-4 3 2 6
Okafor .............18 5-5 4-5 0-4 0 2 14
Holiday............33 8-13 3-4 0-2 7 4 20
Rondo .............35 2-9 2-2 0-5 12 3 6
Miller ..............26 2-6 0-1 1-3 3 5 5
Mirotic.............24 4-13 0-0 0-8 1 1 10
Clark ...............21 2-8 0-0 0-1 0 1 6
Liggins ..............7 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 3
Lemon Jr............4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
Totals
43-91 31-40 9-46 30 22 125
Shooting: Field goals, 47.3%; free throws, 77.5%
Three-point goals: 8-28 (Clark 2-5, Mirotic 2-9, Liggins 1-1, Holiday 1-2, Moore 1-3, Miller 1-5, Davis 0-1,
Rondo 0-2). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 14
(18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Davis 5, Holiday, Mirotic,
Okafor). Turnovers: 14 (Rondo 5, Holiday 3, Clark 2,
Davis, Lemon Jr., Miller, Moore). Steals: 7 (Holiday 2,
Davis, Miller, Mirotic, Moore, Okafor). Technical Fouls:
Davis, 6:33 second.
Phoenix
36 29 24 27— 116
New Orleans
26 32 38 29— 125
A—14,302. T—2:22. O—Cutler, Wright, Smith
NEW YORK
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Beasley ...........25 1-7 0-0 0-4 4 1 2
Hardaway Jr. .....28 4-11 4-4 0-1 4 2 14
Kanter .............17 5-9 0-0 3-7 0 3 10
Lee .................11 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Mudiay ............30 8-15 1-2 1-2 7 0 20
Ntilikina...........28 6-12 0-0 2-5 1 3 13
Burke ..............24 8-15 1-1 0-1 5 2 18
O’Quinn ...........21 7-10 0-0 2-6 2 3 14
Thomas ...........17 4-6 0-0 0-3 0 1 11
Williams ..........14 1-3 1-2 0-5 0 1 3
Hicks...............11 2-4 0-0 2-4 0 1 4
Dotson ..............8 1-2 0-0 0-1 4 1 2
Kornet...............0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
47-96 7-9 10-39 28 18 111
Shooting: Field goals, 49.0%; free throws, 77.8%
Three-point goals: 10-25 (Thomas 3-4, Mudiay 3-5,
Hardaway Jr. 2-6, Ntilikina 1-3, Burke 1-4, Lee 0-1,
Williams 0-2). Team Reb: 8. Team Turnovers: 14 (11
PTS). Blocks: 3 (Burke, Mudiay, Williams). Turnovers:
14 (Beasley 3, Dotson 2, Hardaway Jr. 2, O’Quinn 2,
Burke, Hicks, Kanter, Ntilikina, Williams). Steals: 7
(Mudiay 2, Williams 2, Burke, Hardaway Jr., Hicks).
Golden State
37 26 39 23— 125
New York
39 25 18 29— 111
A—19,812. O—Richardson, Scott, Phillips
Timberwolves 118, Kings 100
MINNESOTA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bjelica.............33 5-9 0-0 1-7 3 1 12
Gibson ............34 6-7 3-4 2-5 2 3 15
Towns..............38 9-10 8-8 3-17 4 3 26
Teague ............32 4-14 11-12 0-4 7 1 20
Wiggins ...........37 8-15 5-6 0-1 2 0 22
Crawford ..........24 2-11 0-0 0-0 4 1 6
Dieng ..............21 3-7 4-4 1-6 0 3 10
Jones ..............15 2-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 7
Aldrich ..............1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Brooks ..............1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals
39-75 33-36 7-42 22 14 118
Shooting: Field goals, 52.0%; free throws, 91.7%
Three-point goals: 7-16 (Bjelica 2-3, Crawford 2-7,
Jones 1-1, Teague 1-2, Wiggins 1-3). Team Rebounds:
6. Team Turnovers: 12 (4 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Towns
2, Gibson, Wiggins). Turnovers: 12 (Towns 5, Jones 2,
Teague 2, Bjelica, Crawford, Gibson). Steals: 11 (Bjelica 4, Teague 3, Towns 2, Crawford, Wiggins). Technical
Fouls: None.
SACRAMENTO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Jackson ...........35 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 1 3
Labissiere ........31 8-11 3-3 1-4 0 2 20
Cauly-Stn.........29 7-13 3-3 1-5 3 6 17
Bogdanovic ......32 4-13 2-2 1-3 6 2 11
Fox .................27 5-9 0-0 0-2 5 2 13
Hield...............27 7-15 0-0 2-5 3 2 16
Koufos ............19 3-6 1-2 0-4 2 2 7
Caboclo...........18 2-7 0-0 2-3 1 3 4
Mason.............17 3-6 3-3 0-2 1 3 9
Totals
40-84 12-13 8-31 22 23 100
Shooting: Field goals, 47.6%; free throws, 92.3%
Three-point goals: 8-22 (Fox 3-4, Hield 2-6, Jackson 1-2, Labissiere 1-3, Bogdanovic 1-4, Caboclo 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 14 (25 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 3 (Bogdanovic, Hield, Mason). Turnovers: 14 (Mason 4, Hield 3, Bogdanovic 2, CauleyStein 2, Fox 2, Caboclo). Steals: 5 (Jackson 3, Caboclo, Labissiere). Technical Fouls: None.
Minnesota
29 34 34 21— 118
Sacramento
29 31 17 23— 100
A—17,583. T—2:01. O—Foster, Fraher, Wall
Rockets 96, Jazz 85
OKLAHOMA CITY
UTAH
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anthony ...........32 4-15 0-0 2-9 1 1 9
George ............36 9-20 6-7 3-8 3 2 26
Adams ............34 6-8 4-6 2-8 2 1 16
Huestis............21 2-3 0-0 2-5 0 0 5
Westbrook........35 3-12 2-2 2-12 11 5 8
Abrines............21 4-10 2-2 2-3 0 0 12
Grant ..............16 4-7 2-2 1-3 0 1 10
Patterson .........16 4-4 1-1 0-2 3 1 11
Ferguson..........13 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
Felton .............12 5-7 0-0 0-0 4 1 13
Totals
42-88 17-20 14-50 24 13 112
Shooting: Field goals, 47.7%; free throws, 85.0%
Three-point goals: 11-25 (Felton 3-3, Patterson 2-2,
Abrines 2-7, George 2-7, Huestis 1-1, Anthony 1-3, Ferguson 0-1, Westbrook 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team
Turnovers: 20 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Adams 2,
Ferguson 2, Abrines, Huestis). Turnovers: 20 (Westbrook 7, Adams 3, Anthony 2, Felton 2, George 2,
Grant 2, Abrines, Patterson). Steals: 6 (Abrines, Adams, Anthony, Felton, George, Westbrook). Technical
Fouls: None.
Orlando
38 24 15 28— 105
Oklahoma City
31 30 23 28— 112
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Favors .............28 4-6 0-0 2-7 0 1 8
Ingles..............32 1-6 3-4 0-3 3 3 6
Gobert.............36 7-8 3-5 2-6 1 4 17
Mitchell ...........36 6-15 3-4 1-2 4 3 16
Rubio ..............26 4-10 4-4 0-3 5 3 14
Crowder...........29 4-15 2-4 2-6 5 1 12
O’Neale ...........21 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 2 2
Jerebko............17 1-3 1-1 0-8 0 2 3
Burks ..............11 3-5 0-0 0-2 1 0 7
Totals
31-71 16-22 7-39 21 19 85
Shooting: Field goals, 43.7%; free throws, 72.7%
Three-point goals: 7-29 (Rubio 2-4, Crowder 2-8,
Burks 1-1, Ingles 1-5, Mitchell 1-9, Jerebko 0-1,
O’Neale 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 22
(20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Gobert 2, Crowder, Rubio). Turnovers: 22 (Mitchell 8, Ingles 3, O’Neale 3,
Rubio 3, Burks 2, Crowder, Favors, Gobert). Steals: 6
(Mitchell 3, Gobert, O’Neale, Rubio). Technical Fouls:
None.
A—18,203. T—2:04. O—Mark Ayotte, Zach Zarba,
Jonathan Sterling
Houston
Utah
19 20 31
21 23 19
26— 96
22— 85
A—18,306. T—2:10. O—Mike Callahan, Nick
Buchert, Gediminas Petraitis
Celtics 109, Grizzlies 98
Mavericks 109, Pacers 103
MEMPHIS
INDIANA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Green..............33 8-12 3-3 1-11 0 4 21
Martin .............34 3-6 2-2 1-3 5 3 9
Gasol ..............32 5-10 6-6 1-8 8 2 17
Brooks ............29 2-10 2-2 0-2 2 4 6
Harrison ..........32 4-12 6-11 0-7 7 1 14
Chalmers .........20 2-7 5-6 0-0 4 3 9
Henry..............15 1-6 1-2 1-2 1 0 4
McLemore........13 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 3 2
Davis ..............13 6-7 0-0 0-3 0 1 12
Rabb...............11 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Johnson.............1 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 4
Totals
34-78 25-32 5-40 27 22 98
Shooting: Field goals, 43.6%; free throws, 78.1%
Three-point goals: 5-23 (Green 2-4, Martin 1-1,
Gasol 1-3, Henry 1-4, McLemore 0-1, Brooks 0-2,
Chalmers 0-3, Harrison 0-5). Team Rebounds: 12.
Team Turnovers: 10 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Davis,
Gasol). Turnovers: 10 (Chalmers 2, Gasol 2, Martin 2,
Brooks, Green, Harrison, McLemore). Steals: 4
(Brooks 2, Chalmers, Gasol). Technical Fouls: coach
Grizzlies (Defensive three second), 6:25 second.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Bogdanovic ......35 8-16 1-1 3-8 1 0 19
T.Young ............35 2-11 2-4 3-14 2 1 6
Turner..............36 10-14 2-4 2-11 2 3 24
Joseph ............36 4-8 1-1 0-5 2 5 10
Oladipo ...........22 8-13 5-6 0-5 4 4 21
Robinson III......21 4-6 2-3 0-1 3 0 10
Stephenson......19 3-10 0-0 1-5 4 3 6
Sabonis...........16 1-4 3-4 0-1 1 3 5
J.Young ............15 1-5 0-0 0-0 3 0 2
Totals
41-87 16-23 9-50 22 19 103
Shooting: Field goals, 47.1%; free throws, 69.6%
Three-point goals: 5-20 (Turner 2-2, Bogdanovic
2-4, Joseph 1-2, J.Young 0-1, Robinson III 0-2, T.Young
0-2, Oladipo 0-3, Stephenson 0-4). Team Rebounds:
5. Team Turnovers: 13 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Turner
3, Oladipo). Turnovers: 13 (Oladipo 3, Bogdanovic 2,
J.Young 2, Sabonis 2, Stephenson 2, T.Young, Turner).
Steals: 6 (J.Young, Oladipo, Robinson III, Sabonis, T.Young, Turner). Technical Fouls: coach Pacers (Defensive three second), 1:50 second
DALLAS
BOSTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Barnes ............31 7-17 6-7 1-3 1 2 21
Powell .............32 5-10 0-0 2-14 1 5 10
Nowitzki...........24 3-10 0-0 0-7 2 2 7
Matthews.........31 5-12 0-0 1-2 1 3 13
Smith Jr. ..........28 4-11 5-6 0-3 4 0 14
Ferrell .............30 3-5 0-0 0-3 1 2 7
Barea..............25 7-11 2-2 0-2 9 2 19
McDermott.......16 5-8 1-1 1-2 1 3 15
Mejri ...............12 1-2 1-2 1-7 0 1 3
Kleber ...............4 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0
Totals
40-88 15-18 7-44 20 21 109
Shooting: Field goals, 45.5%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 14-37 (McDermott 4-4, Barea
3-5, Matthews 3-9, Ferrell 1-3, Nowitzki 1-4, Smith Jr.
1-5, Barnes 1-6, Kleber 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team
Turnovers: 10 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Matthews,
McDermott, Mejri). Turnovers: 10 (Barea 2, Barnes 2,
Smith Jr. 2, Matthews, McDermott, Mejri, Powell).
Steals: 9 (Smith Jr. 3, Ferrell 2, Matthews 2, Barnes,
Nowitzki). Technical Fouls: Powell, 00:45 fourth.
Indiana
23 20 22 38— 103
Dallas
23 26 19 41— 109
A—19,536. O—C.J. Washington, Ben Taylor, Tony
Brothers
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Horford............23 1-7 3-4 1-5 4 2 5
Tatum..............26 2-8 0-0 0-3 1 2 5
Baynes ............15 4-4 1-2 1-2 1 3 9
Brown .............25 4-11 3-4 3-4 3 1 13
Irving ..............24 8-13 4-4 0-6 5 2 25
Morris .............33 6-15 0-1 2-8 2 1 13
Theis...............24 5-8 2-2 2-7 1 5 12
Smart..............22 2-9 1-3 0-1 5 1 6
Rozier..............19 6-9 3-5 0-4 1 5 17
Ojeleye ............13 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0
Larkin................8 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 4
Nader................1 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 0 2
Totals
39-86 19-27 9-44 25 23 109
Shooting: Field goals, 45.3%; free throws, 70.4%
Three-point goals: 12-37 (Irving 5-8, Rozier 2-4,
Brown 2-6, Tatum 1-2, Morris 1-6, Smart 1-7, Theis 0-1,
Horford 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 8
(5 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Baynes 2, Brown, Tatum,
Theis). Turnovers: 8 (Irving 2, Larkin 2, Baynes, Horford, Ojeleye, Rozier). Steals: 5 (Smart 3, Ojeleye, Theis). Technical Fouls: None.
Memphis
24 17 28 29— 98
Boston
33 34 19 23— 109
A—18,624. O—Twardoski, Collins, Williams
T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 27 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D5
Full day set for
coaching couple
By Eric Sondheimer
Ralph Freso Associated Press
CLIPPERS COACH DOC RIVERS , left, chats with Tyrone Wallace. Wallace and C.J. Williams, both of whom
have two-way deals with the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, will join the team in Denver tonight.
CLIPPERS REPORT
March starts with Denver
By Broderick Turner
This is a week in which
the Clippers can make a
stand in their quest to qualify for the Western Conference playoffs.
They will face two formidable foes in back-to-back
games against the Nuggets
at Denver on Tuesday night
and the Houston Rockets at
Staples Center on Wednesday night, two combatants
that are ahead of the Clippers in the crowded and super-tough West.
They will face the goingnowhere New York Knicks
on Friday night at home, a
sub-.500 team the Clippers
need to defeat in order keep
their playoff dreams from
fading.
That’s only three of the 24
regular-season games the
Clippers have left, but they
are significant because of
what they represent.
The march starts with
the Clippers trailing the
eighth-place Nuggets by one
game for the final playoff
berth in the West.
“I think up to this point, I
think as this stretch goes on,
it seems like each game is going to be bigger and bigger.
So thus far, this is the biggest
game of the year for us, is this
Denver game,” Austin Rivers said. “And I’m sure next
week we’re going to be talking about a different team,
because these are teams
that we’re fighting with for
the playoffs.
“A lot of people are talking about the Rockets game,
but they’re at the top of the
West. We’re not going to
catch the Rockets. We’re trying to catch the Nuggets, the
Pelicans. These are teams
that we are really trying to
fight for and beat. So, this is
a big game for us.”
The Clippers defeated
Denver once this season and
face the Nuggets again on
April 7 at Staples Center
during the last week of the
regular season, giving the
Clippers a chance to gain the
upper hand over them if it
comes down to a tiebreaker.
“At this point, every game
is important,” Tobias Harris said. “We have to really
lock in every single time we
step on the floor at practice.
Our preparation to the game
is going to be key. It’s a very
good team. They get up and
down. They got a lot of young
guys and they are playing
well right now. So we really
have to take it to them, especially on their court and
really expect greatness from
every single one of us.”
The Clippers will not be
at full strength against the
Nuggets. Avery Bradley
(sports hernia) is out and
Danilo Gallinari (bruised
hand) is questionable.
“We do have 24 games
left, but not enough where
you can just sit back and
drop like two and three in a
row,” Rivers said. “ … If you
get two or three games behind, you can get in trouble.”
Etc.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said either Tyrone Wal-
lace or C.J. Williams, both of
whom are on two-way deals
with the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, will join the
team in Denver on Tuesday
night. Both Wallace and
Williams have only two days
left to play for the Clippers.
Williams has fully recovered
from a right ankle injury he
suffered in January.
TONIGHT
AT DENVER
When: 7:30.
On the air: TV: Prime
Ticket, TNT; Radio: 570,
1330.
Update: Lou Williams has
scored 15 or more points in
29 consecutive games, the
second-longest active streak
in the NBA behind Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (47). Denver center
Nikola Jokic is tied for third
in the league with six tripledoubles. Jokic is averaging
17.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and
6.0 assists.
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
TOP 25 ROUNDUP
No. 5 Duke falls to Virginia Tech
associated press
Chris Clarke tipped in a
missed shot with four seconds to play and Virginia
Tech stunned No. 5 Duke 6463 on Monday night at
Blacksburg, Va.
The Hokies (21-9, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference)
trailed nearly the entire
game before Nickeil Alexan-
der-Walker’s jumper sailed
over the rim and Clarke
grabbed it and laid it in. Alexander-Walker
had
17
points.
Grayson Allen led the
Blue Devils (24-6, 12-5) with
22 points. His three-point try
before the buzzer missed
and Wendell Carter Jr.
grabbed the rebound, but
the clock ran out before his
layup went through.
The Blue Devils used a
19-3 run to open a 29-14 lead
but the Hokies responded
with 11 consecutive points.
at No. 6 Kansas 80, Texas
70: Svi Mykhailiuk had 17
points and the Jayhawks
(24-6, 13-4 Big 12 Conference)
took control early, forcing
the Longhorns (17-13, 7-10) to
burn four timeouts in the
first half. Kerwin Roach II
had 18 points for Texas.
at No. 20 West Virginia
84, No. 12 Texas Tech 74:
Jevon Carter scored 21
points and the Mountaineers (22-8, 11-6 Big 12) ended
a second-place tie with the
Red Raiders (22-8, 10-7) and
moved closer to earning the
No. 2 seed in the conference
tournament with one game
left.
The Southern Section released its championship
basketball schedule Monday, and Saturday’s going to
be quite a day for the husband-wife coaching duo of
Rob and Kelli DiMuro.
Rob coaches at Simi Valley Grace Brethren, which
plays Downey St. Pius X-St.
Matthias for the Division
5AA girls’ title at 10 a.m. at
Santa Ana Godinez High.
His players include daughters Alexis, a freshman, and
Aliya, a sophomore.
Later, Kelli will coach
West
Hills
Chaminade
against West Torrance for
the Division 1 girls’ title at 6
p.m. at Azusa Pacific.
Both will be attending
each other’s games and
serving as unofficial advisors in the bleachers. “We’re
going to be spending a lot of
gas money,” Kelli said.
As for why the daughters
play for their father, Kelli
said, “He’s the better recruiter.” Also, the family lives two
minutes
from
Grace
Brethren.
Another family hoping to
win two titles is the brothersister duo of Charlie and
Sammy Wadler.
Charlie will play for
Brentwood in the 2AA boys’
final against Crossroads at 2
p.m. at Azusa Pacific. Also at
Azusa Pacific, Sammy will
play for Brentwood in the
4AA girls’ final against Ventura Foothill Tech at noon.
“It’s awesome,” boys’
coach Ryan Bailey said.
Charlie, a senior, has
made nearly 90 three-point
shots this season. Sammy, a
freshman, has made 81.
“They both play really big
roles,” Bailey said.
Doubleheader set
Separate $16 admission
will be charged for Friday
night’s Open Division boys’
and girls’ championship
games at The Pyramid in
Long Beach.
Los Angeles Windward
will play Studio City Harvard-Westlake in the girls’ final at 5 p.m., with Santa Ana
Mater
Dei
playing
Chatsworth Sierra Canyon
at 8:30 in the boys’ final.
eric.sondheimer@latimes.com
Twitter: latsondheimer
Basketball championship games
CITY SECTION
Tuesday at Sotomayor
Girls’ Division 5: No. 9 Math & Science vs. No. 2 Triumph, 5 p.m.
Boys’ Division 5: No. 3 Sun Valley Magnet vs. No. 1 Aspire Ollin, 7 p.m.
Wednesday at North Hollywood
Girls’ Division 4: No. 6 Reseda vs. No. 1 West Adams, 5 p.m.
Boys’ Division 4: No. 8 Bravo vs. No. 2 Canoga Park, 7 p.m.
Thursday at Roybal
Girls’ Division 3: No. 2 Jefferson vs. No. 1 Gardena, 5 p.m.
Boys’ Division 3: No. 2 Manual Arts vs. No. 1 South East, 7 p.m.
Friday at Roybal
Girls’ Division 2: No. 3 Los Angeles Hamilton vs. No. 1 Crenshaw, 6 p.m.
Boys’ Division 2: No. 3 Van Nuys vs. No. 1 King/Drew, 8 p.m.
Saturday at Cal State Dominguez Hills
Girls’ Division 1: No. 2 Legacy vs. No. 1 Carson, 1 p.m.
Boys’ Division 1: No. 4 Los Angeles University vs. No. 3 Washington, 3 p.m.
Girls’ Open Division: No. 2 Granada Hills vs. No. 1 Fairfax, 5 p.m.
Boys’ Open Division: No. 2 Fairfax vs. No. 1 Westchester, 7:30 p.m.
SOUTHERN SECTION
Friday at Cal State Long Beach
Girls’ Open Division: No. 2 Windward vs. No. 1 Harvard-Westlake, 6 p.m.
Boys’ Open Division: No. 5 Sierra Canyon vs. No. 3 Mater Dei, 8:30 p.m.
Friday at Azusa Pacific University
Boys’ Division 3A: No. 1 Riverside Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Bishop Amat, 6 p.m.
Girls’ Division 2A: No. 1 Glendora vs. No. 3 Downey, 8 p.m.
Saturday at Azusa Pacific University
Boys’ Division 5AA: Foothill Tech vs. No. 3 Nogales, 10 a.m.
Girls’ Division 4AA: No. 1 Brentwood vs. No. 2 Foothill Tech, noon
Boys’ Division 2AA: No. 8 Crossroads vs. Brentwood, 2 p.m.
Boys’ Division 2A: No. 5 Riverside Poly vs. No. 3 San Marcos, 4 p.m.
Girls’ Division 1: No. 1 Chaminade vs. No. 6 West Torrance, 6 p.m.
Boys’ Division 1: No. 4 Chino Hills vs. No. 3 Pasadena, 8 p.m.
Saturday at Godinez
Girls’ Division 5AA: No. 1 Grace Brethren vs. No. 3 St. Pius X-St.
Matthias, 10 a.m.
Boys’ Division 4A: No. 1 Rolling Hills Prep vs. No. 7 Carnegie, noon
Girls’ Division 4A: No. 1 Rolling Hills Prep vs. No. 2 Cathedral City, 2 p.m.
Girls’ Division 5AAA: No. 1 Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian vs. No. 2
Hueneme, 4 p.m.
Boys’ Division 4AA: No. 1 Hillcrest vs. St. Bonaventure, 6 p.m.
Boys’ Division 3AA: Crean Lutheran vs. No. 6 Knight, 8 p.m.
Saturday at Colony
Boys’ Division 5A: No. 1 Duarte vs. No. 2 Da Vinci, 10 a.m.
Girls’ Division 5A: No. 1 Oakwood vs. No. 3 Garey, noon
Boys’ Division 5AAA: La Puente vs. No. 2 Santa Clarita Christian, 2 p.m.
Girls’ Division 3AA: No. 8 Warren vs. No. 2 Lompoc Cabrillo, 4 p.m.
Girls’ Division 3A: No. 4 Flintridge Prep vs. No. 2 Beverly Hills, 6 p.m.
Girls’ Division 2AA: No. 1 Redondo vs. No. 3 Lynwood, 8 p.m.
D6
T U E S DAY , F E B RUA RY 27 , 2 018
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
THE DAY IN SPORTS
Report: NFL seeks millions from Jones
coach tight ends and Justin Frye
to coach the offensive line.
— Ben Bolch
staff and wire reports
Commissioner Roger Goodell
and the NFL will seek reimbursement from Dallas Cowboys owner
Jerry Jones of more than $2 million
in legal fees, according to reports.
The New York Times first reported the league intended to fine
Jones, but further reports clarified
that Jones will be ordered to pay
the fees the NFL finance committee incurred defending itself when
Jones challenged Goodell’s contract extension, as well as the expenses spent defending the decision to suspend running back
Ezekiel Elliott six games.
The decision is supported by
NFL bylaws and backed by the
other owners, according to reports.
The Buffalo Bills signed cornerback Vontae Davis to a one-year
contract. ... The Carolina Panthers
released safety Kurt Coleman and
defensive end Charles Johnson. ...
The Chicago Bears released linebacker Pernell McPhee and safety
Quintin Demps.
UCLA’s Chip Kelly completed
his staff, hiring Derek Sage to
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Eustachy out at
Colorado State
finding Friday made Bridges ineligible, leading the school to apply
for reinstatement, which was
granted the next day by the NCAA.
... Texas guard Andrew Jones has
been released from the hospital
and will continue his leukemia
treatment on an outpatient basis.
GOLF
Larry Eustachy has agreed to
step down as men’s basketball
coach at Colorado State, ending an
investigation into his behavior and
interactions with players and staff.
Longtime assistant Steve
Barnes was named interim coach
after Eustachy was put on administrative leave this month. But he,
too, was put on leave and replaced
by assistant coach Jase Herl after
players boycotted practice.
The University of San Diego
placed men’s coach Lamont Smith
on indefinite administrative leave,
a day after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. ...
Michigan State says its compliance office discovered that Miles
Bridges’ family had dinner with an
agent, an NCAA violation, last winter without his knowledge. The
U.S. Open changing
to two-hole playoff
The U.S. Open is changing from
an 18-hole playoff to a two-hole aggregate, the last major to do so.
The change could start at
Shinnecock Hills on Long Island in
June. The U.S. Golf Assn. also
made its other open championships two-hole playoffs: the U.S.
Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open
and U.S. Senior Women’s Open.
ETC.
Davis Cup overhaul
The Davis Cup could be transformed into a one-week, one-loca-
tion, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis
in a major overhaul.
“The change we are making will
make it so much more appealing
and tangible to the top players,”
David Haggerty, president of the
International Tennis Federation,
said of the season-ending event
that would start in 2019
The ITF board unanimously endorsed the plan. It will be submitted at its August annual meeting.
Established in 1900, the Davis
Cup has struggled for relevance in
recent years.
nation with 2,027 yards rushing and 2,698 all-purpose
yards.
8 Dante Pettis, WR, Washington — Pettis, a JSerra Catholic High graduate and son of
former major leaguer Gary
Pettis, was All-Pac-12 as a
receiver and returner.
8 Scott Quessenberry, OL,
UCLA — Quessenberry, who
played center for the Bruins,
is the younger brother of
Houston Texans tackle David
Quessenberry.
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
back Ronald Jones II will participate in NFL combine.
Area prospects who have been invited to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, which begins Tuesday:
— Sam Farmer
8 Keishawn Bierria, LB,
Washington — Former Narbonne High standout led the
Huskies with 11 tackles versus
Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl.
8 Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
— Had a huge game in the
Rose Bowl, with 13 catches for
164 yards and three touchdowns.
8 Tanner Carew, LS, Oregon
— Not only is the former Damien High player an outstanding long snapper, but
he’s a whiz at solving a Rubik’s
Cube.
8 Lavon Coleman, RB, Washington — Hails from the same
high school (Lompoc) as
former Washington star running back Napoleon Kaufman.
8 Sam Darnold, QB, USC —
The mobile, strong-armed kid
from San Clemente could
wind up being the No. 1 overall
pick by the Cleveland Browns.
8 Matt Dickerson, DE, UCLA
— He sat out part of last season because of an injury but
had multiple tackles in six of
the seven games he started.
8 Max Redfield, DB, Indiana
(Pa.) — Mission Viejo’s Redfield, the only player from the
Pennsylvania State Athletic
Conference to garner a combine invite, was a transfer
from Notre Dame.
8 Rasheem Green, DE, USC
— Finished last season with 10
sacks, second in the Pac-12
Conference and just ahead of
teammate Uchenna Nwosu
(9½).
8 Demario Richard, RB,
Arizona State — The compact Palmdale High product
registered two 1,000-yard
seasons with the Sun Devils,
averaging at least five yards
per carry in each.
8 Ronald Jones II, RB, USC —
Passed Reggie Bush, LenDale
White and Mike Garrett for
sixth on the Trojans’ all-time
rushing list.
8 Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA —
Regarded by many scouts as
the best passer in this draft
class, a player who made
Sunday throws on Saturdays.
8 Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
— Although he had his share
of drops, Lasley has the speed
to go deep, as well as a notable
Twitter handle: @legendaryLasley.
8 Coleman Shelton, OL,
Washington — Los Angeles
Loyola High’s Shelton played
every position on the offensive line but most likely would
be a center or guard in the
NFL.
8 Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA —
Miller is huge at 6 feet 8 and 310
pounds, and had the weighty
responsibility of protecting
Josh Rosen’s blind side.
8 Steven Mitchell, WR, USC
— Mitchell, who has good
speed, is looking to bounce
back from knee and shoulder
injuries that hampered his
college career.
8 Uchenna Nwosu, OLB, USC
— Raw but highly disruptive
to opposing offenses, Nwosu is
gaining steam as a potential
first-round pick.
8 Kylie Fitts, DL, Utah — The
Redlands East Valley High
product battled lots of injuries
in college after decommitting
from USC and a brief stop at
UCLA.
8 Rashaad Penny, RB, San
Diego State — The Norwalk
High product and brother of
NFL rusher Eli Penny led the
an inability to escape from the
pocket, I’m concerned. I’m
concerned whether or not he
can play enough games to
make a significant dent in the
NFL.
“So I love his talent, but I’m
very worried about his ability
to survive.”
Mel Kiper, a draft analyst
for ESPN, has Rosen out of
the top 10, with both Darnold
and Mayfield selected before
him.
“For Rosen, the interviews
at the combine are going to be
important to show that he can
be a galvanizer, that he is a
great leader, that he is passionate and loves the game of
football, that he will be the
first one in [to work] and last
one out,” Kiper said on a conference call last week.
“We know he has great
intelligence. We know he is a
great pure passer. But does he
have that extra intangible to
be the great quarterback he is
capable of being?”
This is closer to the start of
the evaluation process than to
8 Equanimeous St. Brown,
WR, Notre Dame — Servite
High’s St. Brown, a big target
at 6-4, is the son of former Mr.
Universe contestant John
Brown.
8 JoJo Wicker, DE, Arizona
State — Wicker of Long
Beach Poly High led the Sun
Devils with 13 tackles for loss
last season, and was third
with six sacks.
8 Kenny Young, LB, UCLA —
All-Pac-12 selection led the
Bruins with 110 tackles, including 15 versus California.
Times staff writer Eric
Sondheimer contributed to
this report.
the end. Teams will fall in and
out of love with players in the
coming weeks and months.
The combine will be followed
by on-campus pro days and
individual workouts, along
with the usual free-agency
deck shuffling. This is a little
like predicting the end of a
book having read only the first
few chapters.
That said, speed-reading
season is officially underway.
sam.farmer@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATimesfarmer
Peters won’t cost Rams first-round pick
By Gary Klein
The Rams’ trade for Marcus Peters will not cost them a
first-round draft pick.
The Rams last week agreed
to a deal with the Kansas City
Chiefs that will bring them the
two-time Pro Bowl cornerback
and a sixth-round pick in this
year’s draft in exchange for a
fourth-round pick in 2018 and a
second-round pick in 2019, a
person with knowledge of the
situation said Monday.
The person requested anonymity because the trade will
not become official until the
NFL’s new league year begins
March 14.
Peters, 25, is regarded as
one of the NFL’s top play-making cornerbacks.
Peters, who has intercepted 19 passes in three seasons, will bolster a secondary
that is expected to lose cornerback Trumaine Johnson to
free agency. Kayvon Webster,
the other starting cornerback
last season, is recovering from
an Achilles injury.
Nickell Robey-Coleman,
who mainly played as a slot
corner, is a pending free agent
but said he wants to stay with
the Rams.
Troy Hill and Kevin
Peterson are among the other
cornerbacks on the roster.
Defensive backs are expected to be a focus for the
Rams at this week’s NFL
scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Rams coach Sean McVay
has filled voids on his staff by
adding Liam Coen as assistant
receivers coach and Matt Daniels as assistant special teams
coach, the Rams announced
Monday.
Coen, 32, replaces Zac Tay-
NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger is going on
sale at a May 12 auction at Planet
Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las
Vegas, along with other cars, his
1981 Daytona 500 trophy and more.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup will
expand from 12 nations to 16 for the
next edition in 2019 and will explore
holding the tournament outside of
the U.S. ... Neymar, the Champions
League’s second-leading scorer, is
doubtful for Paris Saint-Germain’s
game against Real Madrid next
week with a cracked metatarsal in
his right foot and a sprained ankle.
... Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris will miss the MLS season with a torn knee ligament.
LOCAL TIES TO COMBINE
USC QUARTERBACK Sam Darnold, right, and running
Reliever Seung-Hwan Oh and
the Toronto Blue Jays finalized a
one-year contract for $1.75 million.
... Outfielder Ben Revere, who
played for the Angels last season,
finalized a minor league contract
with the Cincinnati Reds.
The French Tennis Federation
opted for a clay court when it hosts
the U.S. in the Fed Cup semifinals
in April.
Draft class rich with quarterbacks
[Farmer, from D1]
pects such as USC’s Sam
Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen,
Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield,
Louisville’s Lamar Jackson
and Oklahoma State’s Mason
Rudolph.
Lots of teams are looking
for quarterbacks, so this could
be a case of solid talent meeting opportunity.
Then again, there is expected to be an enticing crop
of free agents as well, among
them Kirk Cousins and Case
Keenum, so it’s entirely possible this draft, which begins
April 26, could have four firstround quarterbacks as was
most recently the case in 2011
and ’12.
This almost surely will be a
history-making offseason for
college quarterbacks from the
Los Angeles schools. Only
once have quarterbacks from
UCLA and USC been selected
in the same draft, and that
was in 1989, when the Bruins’
Troy Aikman went first overall
and the Trojans’ Rodney
Peete went in the sixth round.
At this point, it would be an
upset if either Rosen or
Darnold slipped out of the
first round.
Mike Mayock, the widely
respected draft analyst for
NFL Network, said on a Monday conference call with reporters that Darnold is the
No. 1 quarterback on his
board.
“He’s got plus-size, plusarm strength, outstanding
athlete, and I really like the
way he extends plays inside
and outside of the pocket,”
Mayock said of the 6-foot-4,
220-pound Darnold. “If he
scrambles or moves, it’s with
the intent of getting the ball
down the field.”
Mayock said Darnold’s
propensity for turnovers is a
concern. He had 13 interceptions last fall and was tied
for the second-most fumbles
(11) in Division I.
“He’s got a history of fumbling going back to high
school,” Mayock said. “But I
think fumbling can be controlled in the pocket. That’s
one of the few things you can
learn in the pocket as an NFL
quarterback, is how to keep
both hands on the football
and control some of the fumbling.”
Mayock called Rosen the
“best pure thrower” in this
class, and in fact, “the best
pure passer I’ve seen in several years.”
“He’s on balance on every
throw. He’s accurate — short,
intermediate and deep,” Mayock said.
“The problem I have with
him is there is a durability
issue. The shoulder issue in
’16, two concussions in ’17, and
when you combine that with
The Dallas Mavericks hired former AT&T executive Cynthia
Marshall as interim chief executive
after a report alleged the organization was a hostile workplace for
women. ... The ex-wife of former
Clipper Lorenzen Wright pleaded
not guilty to murder charges in his
2010 death. ... The New Orleans
Pelicans signed center Emeka
Okafor for the rest of the season.
lor, who was promoted to
quarterbacks coach. Coen was
hired as offensive coordinator
at Holy Cross in December after two seasons as Maine’s offensive coordinator.
Daniels, 28, is a former safety who played in six games for
the Rams during the 2012 and
2013 seasons and one game for
the Chargers in 2015.
Daniels replaces Tyrone
McKenzie, who was hired by
the Tennessee Titans as inside
linebackers coach.
gary.klein@latimes.com
Twitter: LATimesklein
CBS is launching a 24-hour
streaming sports news network.
UCLA legend Rafer Johnson
and USC great Cheryl Miller are in
the class to be inducted into the
Pac-12 Hall of Honor on March 9.
TENNIS
COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
AP TOP 25
Virginia Tech 64, No. 5 Duke 63
No. 6 Kansas 80, Texas 70
No. 20 West Virginia 84, No. 12 Texas Tech 74
EAST
Marquette 90, Georgetown 86, OT
Md. Eastern Shore 59, Delaware St. 47
North Florida 80, NJIT 76
SOUTH
Florida Gulf Coast 96, SC Upstate 76
Jackson St. 51, Ark. Pine Bluff 48
Jacksonville 87, Kennesaw St. 68
James Madison 90, Elon 84
Lipscomb 89, Stetson 73
MVSU 79, Grambling St. 74
Morgan St. 69, Coppin St. 56
NC A&T 86, Bethune-Cookman 80
Norfolk St. 79, Howard 74
Savannah St. 85, NC Central 75
SOUTHWEST
Prairie View 71, Alabama A&M 58
Women
AP TOP 25
No. 1 Connecticut 82, No. 20 South Florida 53
No. 3 Baylor 80, West Virginia 54
EAST
Md. Eastern Shore 76, Delaware St. 56
Memphis 83, Temple 78
Robert Morris 67, CCSU 51
Sacred Heart 63, LIU Brooklyn 43
St. Francis (Pa.) 94, Bryant 78
St. Francis Brooklyn 58, Fairleigh Dickinson 45
SOUTH
Ark. Pine Bluff 66, Jackson St. 60
Grambling St. 64, MVSU 55
Morgan St. 73, Coppin St. 59
NC A&T 62, Bethune-Cookman 55
NC Central 74, Savannah St. 61
Norfolk St. 59, Howard 53
SC State 82, Florida A&M 49
Tulane 52, SMU 46
UCF 75, East Carolina 54
MIDWEST
Cincinnati 61, Houston 57
SOUTHWEST
Kansas St. 86, Texas Tech 63
Oklahoma St. 85, TCU 72
Prairie View 84, Alabama A&M 73
Texas Southern 76, Alabama St. 48
Wichita St. 70, Tulsa 59
MEN’S AP TOP 25
Rk
School
W-L
Pts. Pv.
1. Virginia (48) ............26-2
1608 1
2. Michigan St. (17) .....28-3
1571 2
3. Xavier .....................25-4
1422 4
4. Villanova.................25-4
1416 3
5. Duke ......................24-5
1362 5
6. Kansas ...................23-6
1272 8
7. Gonzaga .................27-4
1231 6
8. Purdue ...................26-5
1178 9
9. North Carolina .........22-7
1140 10
10. Cincinnati................25-4
1013 11
11. Wichita St. ..............23-5
945 13
12. Texas Tech ...............22-7
887 6
13. Ohio St. ..................24-7
791 16
14. Auburn ...................24-5
781 12
15. Michigan.................24-7
753 17
16. Tennessee ...............21-7
564 19
17. Rhode Island ...........23-4
558 18
18. Clemson .................21-7
499 15
19. Arizona ...................22-7
450 14
20. West Virginia............21-8
429 21
21. Nevada...................25-5
386 20
22. St. Mary’s (Cal)........27-4
318 22
23. Kentucky.................20-9
174 —
24. Middle Tennessee.....23-5
144 24
25. Houston..................22-6
45 23
Others receiving votes: TCU 41, Butler 34, St.
Bonaventure 29, NC State 28, Creighton 26, Loyola Chicago 8, USC 7, Florida St. 4, Arkansas 3,
Seton Hall 3, Virginia Tech 2, Boise St. 1, Oklahoma 1, Florida 1.
WOMEN’S AP TOP 25
Rk
School
W-L
Pts. Pv.
1. Connecticut (32) ......28-0
800 1
2. Mississippi St. .........30-0
765 2
3. Baylor.....................27-1
733 3
4. Louisville.................29-2
697 4
5. Notre Dame.............27-2
685 5
6. Oregon ...................27-4
627 8
7. Texas......................23-5
611 6
8. South Carolina .........23-6
542 7
9. UCLA......................23-6
511 10
10. Oregon St................23-6
496 12
11. Florida St. ...............24-5
457 9
12. Tennessee ...............23-6
452 15
13. Ohio St. ..................24-6
398 14
14. Missouri..................23-6
381 11
15. Texas A&M ..............22-8
338 17
16. Stanford .................20-9
333 16
17. Maryland ................23-6
280 13
18. Duke ......................22-7
247 20
19. Georgia...................24-5
246 19
20. South Florida ...........24-5
243 18
21. Green Bay ...............26-3
119 22
22. Belmont..................28-3
110 23
23. NC State.................22-7
101 21
24. LSU........................19-8
85 24
25. Mercer....................27-2
25 —
Others receiving votes: Iowa 18, Michigan 15,
Oklahoma St. 15, Gonzaga 11, Dayton 9, Syracuse 8, Arizona St. 7, California 6, DePaul 6,
Minnesota 5, Quinnipiac 5, Cent Michigan 4,
Oklahoma 3, Buffalo 2, Florida Gulf Coast 2, Miami 1, UC Davis 1.
TRANSACTIONS
HOCKEY
Calgary—Claimed forward Chris Stewart off
waivers from Minnesota; acquired forward Nick
Shore from Ottawa for a 2019 seventh-round
draft pick.
Carolina—Assigned forward Greg McKegg to
Charlotte (AHL).
Chicago—Acquired 2018 first- and fourthround draft picks and forward Victor Ejdsell from
Nashville for forward Ryan Hartman and a 2018
fifth-round draft pick; acquired a conditional
2019 fifth-round draft pick from Boston for forward Tommy Wingels; assigned forward Lance
Bouma to Rockford (AHL); recalled forward
Matthew Highmore from Rockford.
Colorado—Acquired defenseman Ryan
Graves from the New York Rangers for defenseman Chris Bigras.
Dallas—Recalled forward Jason Dickinson
from Texas (AHL).
Montreal—Acquired defenseman Mike Reilly
from Minnesota for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.
Nashville—Signed forward Mike Fisher to a
one-year contract.
New Jersey—Acquired forward Patrick Maroon
from Edmonton for a 2019 third-round pick and
the rights to forward J.D. Dudek.
Pittsburgh—Acquired forward Josh Jooris
from Carolina for forward Greg McKegg and assigned him to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
Vancouver—Acquired forward Brendan
Leipsic from Vegas for defenseman Philip Holm.
$2.62-MILLION DUBAI DUTY FREE
CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
SINGLES (first round)—Philipp Kohlschreiber
(6), Germany, d. Gleb Sakharov, France, 6-4,
6-2. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece, d. Mikhail
Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3. Robin
Haase, Netherlands, d. Quentin Halys, France,
7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut (3), Spain,
d. Fernando Mayer, Argentina, 6-3, 6-4. Marcos
Baghdatis, Cyprus, d. Viktor Troicki, Serbia, 7-5,
6-2. Benoit Paire, France, d. Yoshihito Nishioka,
Japan, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
$1.87-MILLION MEXICAN OPEN
At Acapulco, Mexico
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
MEN’S SINGLES (first round)—Jared Donaldson, United States, d. Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia, 6-2, 3-2 retired. Ryan Harrison, United
States, d. John Isner (8), United States, 6-3, 7-6
(5). David Ferrer, Spain, d. Andrey Rublev, Russia, 6-4, 6-3.
WOMEN’S SINGLES (first round)—Lesia
Tsurenko (7), Ukraine, d. Lauren Davis, United
States, 6-4, 6-1. Daria Gavrilova (3), Australia, d.
Madison Brengle, United States, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Arina Rodionova, Australia, d. Kateryna Kozlova,
Ukraine, 6-2, 1-0, retired. Irina-Camelia Begu
(5), Romania, d. Christina McHale, United
States, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Veronica Cepede Royg,
Paraguay, d. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland, 4-6,
7-6 (1), 6-3. Monica Puig, Puerto Rico, d. Dayana Yastremska, Ukraine, 2-6, 6-4, 5-0, retired.
$516,205 BRASIL OPEN
At Sao Paulo
Surface: Clay-Outdoor
SINGLES (first round)—Guillermo GarciaLopez, Spain, d. Gerald Melzer, Austria, 6-4, 3-6,
6-3. Federico Delbonis (8), Argentina, d.
Roberto Carballes-Baena, Spain, 6-4, 6-4.
Leonardo Mayer (5), Argentina, d. Gastao Elias,
Portugal, 5-7, 7-6 (10), 7-6 (5).
PRO BASEBALL
EXHIBITIONS
San Diego 10, ANGELS 4
DODGERS 9, Texas 6
Boston 13, Pittsburgh 2
Detroit 8, Baltimore 6
Miami 11, Houston (ss) 0
Minnesota 5, St. Louis 4
Tampa Bay 7, Toronto 4
Atlanta 2, Washington 1
Houston (ss) 8, N.Y. Mets 7
Arizona (ss) 5, Cincinnati 2
Milwaukee 7, Cleveland 6
Kansas City 10, San Francisco 6
Chicago White Sox 7, Oakland 6
Seattle 9, Chicago Cubs 9
Arizona (ss) 7, Colorado 4
N.Y. Yankees 4, Philadelphia 3
BOX SCORES
Padres 10, ANGELS 4
ANGELS
Padres
ab r h bi
ab r h bi
Yng Jr. cf 3 1 1 0 M.Mrgot cf 2 0 0 0
Grterol c
1 0 0 0 J.Nylor 1b 2 0 0 0
F.Arcia c
1 0 0 0 C.Asaje 2b 2 0 1 1
S.Ohtni dh 1 0 1 1 L.Urias 2b 2 0 1 0
J.Krger pr 2 1 0 0 W.Myers rf 3 0 0 0
Fltcher ss 3 1 2 0 F.Reyes rf 2 1 1 1
Gibbons lf 1 0 0 0 A.Craig 1b 3 0 1 0
Brash ph 1 0 0 0 Jnkwski pr 1 0 0 0
Mldnado c 3 0 1 1 F.Glvis ss
0 1 0 0
Srv Jr. pr 1 1 1 0 Tts Jr. ss
3 1 0 0
C.Crter 1b 1 0 1 0 Renfroe lf 3 1 1 2
M.Thiss ph 2 0 1 1 Pterson lf 2 1 1 0
Fntna 2b 2 0 0 0 Vllneva 3b 3 1 2 2
Frnndez ph 2 0 0 0 Clman 3b 2 1 1 2
K.Cwart 3b 3 0 2 0 A.Ellis c
2 1 1 0
C.Jstus ss 1 0 0 0 Torrens c
1 1 1 0
J.Blash lf 2 0 0 0 Cordero dh 3 1 2 1
C.Walsh ph 2 0 0 0 A.Allen ph 1 0 1 1
Hrmsllo rf 4 0 0 0
Totals
36 410 3 Totals
37101410
ANGELS
000 040 000 — 4
San Diego
040 012
30x — 10
E—Cowart (1), Walsh (1), Myers (1). DP—ANGELS
1, San Diego 0. LOB—ANGELS 8, S.D. 9.
2B—Young Jr. (1), Carter (1), Urias (3), Ellis (1).
3B—Torrens (1). HR—Reyes (1), Renfroe (1),
Villanueva (1), Coleman (1), Cordero (2).
SB—Margot (1). CS—Jankowski (1). SF—Asuaje
(1).
IP H R ER BB SO
ANGELS
Skaggs
1 1⁄3 2 3 3 1 2
2
Warmoth
⁄3 1 1 1 2 0
Middleton
1 0 0 0 1 0
Alvarez
1 1 0 0 0 2
Barria L, 0-1 1 2⁄3 5 3 3 0 2
1
Pinder
⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
2
Campos
⁄3 5 3 3 0 1
1
Mahle
⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
Anderson
1 0 0 0 1 0
San Diego
Lyles
2 3 0 0 1 0
Baumann
1 0 0 0 1 1
Wilhelmsen
1 0 0 0 1 1
2
Mariot
⁄3 6 4 4 0 0
1
⁄3 0 0 0 0 0
Yardley W, 1-0
Weir H, 1
1 0 0 0 0 0
Diaz H, 1
1 1 0 0 0 2
Aro
1 0 0 0 0 2
Cimber
1 0 0 0 0 1
WP—Baumann, Mariot, Diaz. T—3:16. A—2,700.
DODGERS 9, Rangers 6
DODGERS
Rangers
ab r h bi
ab r h bi
C.Tylor ss 2 1 0 0 DShelds cf 2 1 1 0
Beaty 3b 1 0 0 0 Rbnson cf 2 1 1 0
Bllnger 1b 2 1 1 2 Sh.Choo dh 1 1 0 0
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Big
picture
still
isn’t
good
COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS
Film and TV lag in
race, gender, UCLA
study finds. ‘Diversity
sells,’ an author says.
By Tre’vell Anderson
Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times
RACHEL MORRISON is adjusting to being in the limelight as the first female cinematographer up for an Academy Award.
SHE’S IN FRONT
OF THE CAMERA
‘Mudbound’ cinematographer reflects on her historic honor
BY JEN YAMATO >>> A mere two months in and it’s
already been a career-boosting, history-making year
for cinematographer Rachel Morrison.
In January, she became the first woman nominated
for a cinematography Oscar, for her work on Dee Rees’
1940s-set period drama, “Mudbound.”
In February, her ability to bring Ryan Coogler’s
kinetic vision of Wakanda to life hit screens in the box
office smash “Black Panther,” for which she was the first
woman to shoot a movie in the Marvel Cinematic
Universe.
And on Sunday, she will vie for a groundbreaking laurel at the 90th Academy Awards.
Has it all sunk in yet?
“Not really,” laughed Morrison, 39, between breaks in
filming on a commercial shoot, in the midst of a hectic
pre-Oscars week. “I’m also a mom, so what little time I
have when I’m not working goes to my 3-year-old son
and not to the processing that I probably should be doing.”
For the Massachusetts-born but Los Angeles-based
cinematographer, it’s been a surreal journey with
“Mudbound,” Rees’ $10-million indie drama about two
families — one black, one white — trying to survive in the
unforgiving Mississippi Delta amid the traumas of war
and bigotry.
[See Morrison, E4]
MUSIC REVIEW
Have orchestras gone Hollywood?
L.A.’s classical scene
is bursting with new
tunes, something
traditionalists scoff at.
MARK SWED
MUSIC CRITIC
The Los Angeles Philharmonic has become so
commission-friendly that
the orchestra is starting to
get the occasional snide quip
from traditionalists. All
those new pieces are supposedly just a way of detracting attention away
from not being able to play
the classics with a European
authority. That is to say that
keeping an art form alive is
somehow an extension of
Hollywood.
There is no question that
Walt Disney Concert Hall
has become a temple of the
new. But what is particularly
striking is how contagious
that has become. If things
had gone as planned, it
[See New music, E3]
As Marvel’s “Black Panther” continues to break box
office records worldwide in
its first two weeks of release,
the first superhero blockbuster with a majority black
cast has been hailed as a major step forward for diversity
and inclusion in Hollywood.
Others might call that
merely a good start.
A new study from UCLA
makes the case that the industry could still use a boost
when it comes to proportional representation of minorities and women on
screens large and small.
Moreover, the industry
lag in diverse representations may be negatively affecting box office receipts
and ratings.
“Diversity sells, and for
the past five years, we’ve
seen that all audiences, regardless of race, want to see
diversity on-screen,” said
Ana-Christina Ramón, who
wrote the report with Darnell Hunt. “They prefer movies that have diverse casts,
and they prefer to watch TV
that has diversity as well.”
UCLA’s “Hollywood Diversity Report 2018,” also cowritten by Michael Tran,
Amberia Sargent and Debanjan Roychoudhury, is
the fifth in an annual series
[See Diversity, E5]
THEATER REVIEW
Elliot’s
cycle
deserves
better
CHARLES McNULTY
THEATER CRITIC
When we last checked in
on Elliot at the end of “Water
by the Spoonful,” the middle
work in Quiara Alegría
Hudes’ three-play Elliot cycle, he was in Puerto Rico
with his cousin Yaz scattering the ashes of his beloved
surrogate mother, Ginny,
and deciding on his future.
Rather than return to
Philadelphia with Yaz, who
had just surprised him with
the news that she had
bought Ginny’s house and
was prepared to step into
her
community
leader
shoes, Elliot announced that
he was flying to Los Angeles
to pursue his dream of becoming a movie star before
his invisible war injuries and
more longstanding psychological demons get the better
of him.
“The Happiest Song
Plays Last,” the final installment in the series, opened
last week in an unsettled
Latino Theater Company
[See ‘Song,’ E3]
Making space
for new cartoon
The animated comedy
“Final Space” on TBS
both gently skewers
and celebrates the
sci-fi genre. E8
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MUSIC REVIEW
2 pianos, 4 hands:
stupendous results
duos are friends, siblings
(like Katia and Marielle Labèque) or married, like Vitya
Vronsky and Victor Babin.
Because Trifonov and
Babayan sat at nested pianos and couldn’t see each
other’s hands, a lot might
have gone wrong. But that’s
what makes the best two-piano recitals so exciting.
The duo opened with
Robert Schumann’s Andante and Variations in B-flat
major (Op. 46) — a hit in the
19th century
Trifonov’s and Babayan’s
reading, tentative at first,
gathered lyrical warmth as it
unfolded, giving the composer’s explosive bursts of
harmonic- and cross-rhythmic passages a contrasting,
finger-busting velocity.
Next came Arvo Pärt’s
otherworldly, subtly droning
“Pari intervallo,” a 1976 work
originally scored for organ.
Here a more pronounced
resonance in the piano’s
bass from the duo might
have conjured a hauntingly
textured effect, but each
note of their performance
was spare and direct.
Trifonov and Babayan’s
pianos sounded like a miniorchestra in a richly rewarding account of Mozart’s Sonata in D major (K.448). Of
the many felicities during
their robust instrumental
conversation, an especially
memorable moment came
when the two pianos
sounded in unison in the recapitulation of the opening
Allegro’s main theme.
After intermission, they
gave magisterial performances of Rachmaninoff ’s
youthful Suite No. 1, Op. 5
(“Fantaisie-tableaux”), and
his more mature Suite No. 2,
Op. 17. There were visceral
thrills in the First Suite’s
“Easter” finale. They also
performed
the
Second
Suite’s melodies with sonorous warmth. More impressive, they showed subtle virtuosity in the seamless interplay between the pianos in
the rhythmically tricky second movement Waltz. Their
energetic Russian-flavored
Tarantella finale brought
the audience to its feet.
The encore was especially apt: Babin’s brilliant
arrangement of RimskyKorsakov’s “Dance of the
Tumblers.” Babin’s career
(he died in 1972) included
serving as president of the
Cleveland Institute of Music, where Babayan is artistin-residence. Trifonov and
Babayan’s exuberant performance became not only
a nod to Rimsky-Korsakov,
Stravinsky’s teacher, but
also a touching tribute to
Babin’s memory.
Director has heart attack
“Fat Pig,” written by Neil
LaBute and directed by Jo
Bonney, as the final 2017-18
show at the Geffen Playhouse’s Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, the playhouse
announced Monday.
The play — about a 10year-old tennis phenom, her
single mom and her coach —
starts its run this summer,
with casting yet to be announced. It’ll be Peet’s second produced play.
The Geffen gave no reason for the cancellation of
“Fat Pig,” which was to have
been the stage debut of
Chrissy Metz of “This Is Us.”
— Christie D’Zurilla
Student-mentor duo
Daniil Trifonov and
Sergei Babayan shine
in Disney Hall recital.
By Rick Schultz
When a special kind of
musical telepathy is required, never underestimate
the power of the studentmentor relationship. On
Sunday night, virtuoso pianists Daniil Trifonov and
Sergei Babayan emphatically displayed a mysterious
kind of thought transference
in their recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Babayan, an Armenian
American who studied at
the Moscow Conservatory
before coming to the U.S. in
1989, was Trifonov’s teacher
at the Cleveland Institute of
Music. Despite their age difference — Trifonov is 27,
Babayan 57 — they proved
equal partners, a tribute to
Babayan’s teaching and Trifonov’s astonishing musical
intelligence and technique.
Together, they gave towering accounts of two-piano
works by Schumann, Pärt,
Mozart and Rachmaninoff.
In two-piano performances, much depends on
rhythm and timing. This
partly explains why many
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QUICK TAKES
Filmmaker Kevin Smith says he’s “still above ground”
after a major heart attack.
The “Clerks” and “Mallrats” director tweeted a photo of
himself in a hospital bed Monday as he explained why he
had to cancel the second of two shows Sunday night at
Glendale’s Alex Theatre, where he was taping a stand-up
special.
“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart
attack,” wrote Smith, 47. “If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to
the hospital, I would’ve died tonight,” he wrote, “But for
now, I’m still above ground!” He said his doctor told him
that he had 100% blockage of an artery, which doctors refer
to as “the widow maker.”
— Nardine Saad
Katy Perry plays
mudslide benefit
Katy Perry made a surprise appearance Sunday at
a benefit concert for survivors of December’s Thomas fire and the subsequent
mudslides that devastated
Montecito in February.
The Santa Barbara native performed in Summerland at One805’s Kick Ash
Bash, which helped raise
nearly $2 million for the
community and first responders. Perry joined
David Foster, Katharine McPhee, Richard Marx, Wilson
Phillips, Kenny Loggins and
more, all of whom reportedly
waived their fees to perform.
The new “American Idol”
judge sang “Roar” and dedicated “Firework” to the survivors. Montecito residents
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia
de Rossi were in attendance.
— Nardine Saad
Peet replaces
LaBute at Geffen
“Our Very Own Carlin
McCullough,” written by
Amanda Peet and directed
by Tyne Rafaeli, will replace
Ed Sheeran is
top seller for ’17
Singer-songwriter
Ed
Sheeran is officially the bestselling recording artist of
2017 in both digital and physical music formats.
His “Divide” was the top
album and “Shape of You”
was the bestselling single,
the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said Monday. The
2016 winner, Drake, came
second in 2017, followed by
Taylor Swift, Kendrick
Lamar and Eminem.
— associated press
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Chamber drives new music upswing
[New music, from E1]
would have been possible to
hear two new L.A. Phil
commissions Sunday.
Nico Muhly’s arresting organ concerto was on the orchestra’s matinee program
led by guest conductor
James Conlon, but Italian
composer Mauro Lanza
didn’t finish his piece in time
for pianists Daniil Trifonov
and Sergei Babayan at their
evening recital. No matter.
On Sunday evening, across
town at UCLA, a stunning
new piece by Ellen Reid had
been commissioned by the
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Douglas Boyd
was conducting.
Reid doesn’t yet have anything like the exposure or
prolific output of Muhly
(both are thirtysomethings),
but over the next nine
months she will have world
premieres given by the Los
Angeles Master Chorale, the
Los Angeles Opera and the
L.A. Phil — an unheard of
run.
Meanwhile, LACO has
taken up the new music
mantle to such a degree that
it has a premiere on every
remaining program of its
orchestra series this season.
On the surface, Muhly’s
frenetic, verging on claustrophobic “Register” is very
New York urban, whereas
Reid’s
doors-wide-open
“Petrichor” has a West Coast
vibe. Underneath, it gets
more nuanced.
Written for British organist James McVinnie, a longtime colleague of Muhly,
“Register” takes its name
both from the organ term
“registration,” for choosing
the organ stops that determine the different pipes used
and thus tone color, but also
from the tone, or register, of
speech.
This might be likened to
the variety of voices you hear
on a busy urban street. One
minute your attention is
drawn to voices of children,
then to a couple with Long
Island accents, then a
French tourist. For this,
Muhly draws on the solo organ pieces — be they dreamy
or fast, repetitive and cyclic
— he’s written for McVinnie.
He also turns for inspiration
from 17th century British
keyboard music he fancies.
Finally, “Register” is an invitation to freedom; the organist is invited to select his own,
thus becoming his own or-
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
TENOR Thomas Cooley, left, and conductor Douglas Boyd during Benjamin Britten’s mysterious Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
chestrator.
For most of the concerto’s
20
minutes,
“Register,”
doesn’t let you catch your
breath. A sharp percussion
attack sets the organ off in
one manner; another attack
and the orchestra suddenly
changes direction. Different
chord sequences go every
which way. The effect is
exhilarating, but the goal is
something else, a quiet liberation with dulled strings and
the organ mellowed. The
concerto ends with what
feels like the arrival in a sanctuary, where the real business is about to begin. Every
New Yorker knows that miraculous momentary escape
feels like.
Reid’s “Petrichor,” on the
other hand, takes its inspiration from a sensation Angelenos crave. The title is the
marvelous term for the
distinctive smell that accompanies the first rain after a
warm, dry spell. The composer spells it out, so to
speak, by putting a number
of musicians from the
orchestra behind the audience as well as placing two
horns on the balcony, creating a kind of sonic rain forest. At UCLA’s Royce Hall,
the music drifted like fog and
dripped as if from leaks in the
roof.
You didn’t at first quite
know where you were. Just as
rain changes your sense of
your surroundings, the shimmering strings and bright
winds in the back that
opened “Petrichor” seemed
to mysteriously erase the
physical barriers of the hall.
Attention was eventually directed to the stage, where the
larger ensemble gradually
became an exotic rhythm
machine,
although
the
voices from beyond returned
us to the greater open
spaces.
Otherwise, both programs went in for blockbuster-ing. In this, Conlon,
who is the music director of
the L.A. Opera, was the more
appealing. He brought an
appropriate
dramatic
approach to Muhly and to
Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an
Exhibition” (using Ravel’s
orchestration with some
added new touches by the
conductor, himself). In sticking to the overarching theme
of “registration,” he began
the program with an incisive
performance
of
Ravel’s
orchestration of his piano
piece, “Le Tombeau de
Couperin.”
In Boyd’s case, the Scottish conductor provocatively
turned Haydn’s Symphony
No. 104 into a blockbuster.
The orchestra kept up with
his aggressive tempos and
attempts at grandeur over
wit and wonder. But showy
excitement only goes so far.
An overly forthright
performance of Benjamin
Britten’s mysterious Serenade for Tenor, Horn and
Strings, also on the jumbled
program, displayed little of
the creepy allure of sweet
and scary death stalking.
Instead, tenor Thomas
Cooley and the orchestra’s
principal
horn
Michael
Thornton competed for the
spotlight, while Boyd minimized the strings, the only
mystery being what was
being sung (no texts were
supplied).
Something else was striking Sunday. Remember
“Hopscotch,” the mobile opera around downtown L.A.
and environs that was devised and directed by Yuval
Sharon with his opera company, the Industry, in 2015? It
had so many moving parts
that keeping the music by
the six composers straight
wasn’t always the point.
Those L.A. composers, of
which Reid was one, have become a center of a new music
community. It just so happened that another of those
composers, Veronika Krausas, interviewed McVinnie
for the L.A. Phil Upbeat Live
preconcert talk. A terrific
new piece by a third, Andrew
McIntosh, was the other L.A.
Phil commission at Tuesday’s Green Umbrella.
A children’s opera by a
fourth, Andrew Norman, will
be given its U.S. premiere at
Disney Hall on Friday by the
L.A. Phil in a production
directed by Sharon. Oh, yes,
Norman, who is also composer-in-residence
and
artistic adviser to LACO,
interviewed Reid about
“Petrichor” at Royce for the
preconcert talk. (She said
“Hopscotch” opened her to
using her surroundings in
her music.)
Could that be where the
confusion of new music with
Hollywood comes from?
When it comes to L.A., the
Industry doesn’t mean only
Hollywood. Nor does Hollywood only mean movies —
the L.A. Phil has an “Oscars”
concert Wednesday.
mark.swed@latimes.com
Elliot cycle’s
finale is short
of satisfying
[ ‘Song,’ from E1]
production at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Although
the staging disappoints, it
has made it possible to see
the entire trilogy. (“Elliot, A
Soldier’s Fugue” just ended
its run at the Kirk Douglas
Theatre, and “Water by the
Spoonful” continues at the
Mark Taper Forum through
March 11.)
After a musical prologue
set around images of recent
natural disasters in Puerto
Rico and Mexico, “The Happiest Song Plays Last” begins
with Elliot (Peter Pasco)
shooting a war docudrama in
Jordan. An Iraq War veteran,
he was hired as a consultant
and coach, but his intensity
and commitment landed him
the lead role when the original star turned out to be too
soft.
The scene Elliot is shooting, an action sequence involving an Arab American
actress named Shar (Vaneh
Assadourian), is presented in
such a way as to keep us
slightly off balance. Life and
art blur as readily as the past
and the present in a drama
that moves fluidly across
time and space.
Magical realism is deployed as needed, but Hudes
also exploits more ordinary
technological means. Elliot,
who’s in the Middle East as
the Arab Spring explodes in
Egypt’s Tahrir Square, maintains a smartphone-to-laptop lifeline to Yaz (Elisa Bocanegra), who has assumed
Ginny’s maternal role in the
North Philadelphia neighborhood that has come to depend on her home cooking
every bit as much as her activism.
The play continues to
make music central to the
trilogy’s architectonics. The
embracing sound of Puerto
Rican folk is as important to
“The Happiest Song Plays
Last” as Bach is to “Elliot, A
Soldier’s Fugue” and John
Coltrane’s dissonance jazz is
to “Water by the Spoonful.”
Nelson González plays both
the classical guitar and the
cuatro (described in the play
as “Puerto Rico’s national instrument, much like the guitar but with a metallic
twang”) in scenes that evoke
heritage, tradition, community and family — all that ballasts the characters’ buffeted
lives.
The profuse and daring
scenic variety of “The Happiest Song Plays Last” hints at
the influence of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”
The play’s impressive scope
is apparent in the wide range
of characters, which includes
a simple-minded homeless
visitor (John Seda-Pitre), an
older married musician with
a tenderness for Yaz (Al Rodrigo) and an Arab film worker
(Kamal Marayati) who tries
to help Elliot connect to his
haunted wartime past.
Hudes’ drama is more difficult to stage than it might
seem on the page. Director
Edward Torres, whose production of “Water by the
Spoonful” at San Diego’s Old
Globe was such a raw and
stirring success, seems overmatched and under-resourced here.
Se Hyun Oh’s set divides
the playing area between
Yaz’s Philadelphia kitchen
and various Middle East locales in a cramped and
clumsy manner. Actors don’t
have enough space to perform the physical tasks required of them. The design
shouldn’t be realistic, but the
logistics make it impossible
for anyone to buy into the
theatrical world.
The play demands cin-
Photographs by
Gio Solis
VANEH Assadourian, foreground from left, Peter Pasco and Kamal Marayati. Background: Elisa Bocanegra.
‘The Happiest
Song Plays
Last’
Where: Los Angeles
Theatre Center, Tom
Bradley Theater, 514 S.
Spring St., L.A.
When: 8 p.m. FridaysSaturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays,
7:30 Mondays; ends
March 19
Tickets: $24-$52
Info: (866) 811-4111,
www.thelatc.org
Running time: 2 hours, 5
minutes
PASCO and Assadourian share the stage in “The Happiest Song Plays Last.”
ematic agility, but the performers have trouble keeping
up. Their characters often
seem disconnected and at
sea. The overall rhythm of the
production is halting. An un-
reality pervades what looks
like an underrehearsed production.
Perhaps there’s a reason
the Elliot cycle hasn’t been
performed all at once in the
same city before. It’s a huge
undertaking requiring as
much precision as ambition.
Good intentions aren’t
enough. But if expectations
have fallen short, this intro-
duction isn’t for naught.
Hudes’ plays are important
additions to our national
drama, and there will be future opportunities to experience their wide-ranging theatrical music as Elliot heroically struggles to make himself whole.
charles.mcnulty
@latimes.com
Twitter: @charlesmcnulty
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Steve Dietl Netf lix
THE CINEMATOGRAPHY ON “Mudbound” was inspired by period photography and shot digitally on vintage lenses to make it look as if it had been shot on film.
Getting used to getting bigger
[Morrison, from E1]
Directors of photography
aren’t generally used to the
spotlight.
Since
Netflix
erected billboards celebrating “Mudbound” and its four
Oscar nominations — emblazoned with Morrison’s likeness — all over L.A., the
attention has been “a little
bananas.”
“It’s crazy, I didn’t even
know,” she said. “It wasn’t
like Netflix said, ‘We’re going
to put your face on a billboard.’ I just got a text from a
friend and I was like, What is
going on? It must be like winning the lottery.”
Morrison filmed “Mudbound” two years ago after
wrapping HBO’s “Confirmation.” She was supposed to
head to the Louisiana production of “Mudbound,” in
January.
A muddy shoot
But delays pushed production to the grueling
southern summer, which
added enormous challenges
— and copious amounts of
the titular mud — with its unpredictable bursts of rainstorms.
“We were shooting very
long, very packed days — in
fields with no cover from the
sun for most of the day,”
recalled Rees via email, “and
then suddenly racing the sun
across the sky in the evening.
One of the many things I
really appreciated about
having Rachel as a collaborator was her relentlessness
and her tirelessness. She never sat down, she never took
a break, she never gave up.
She's a great leader of her
camera crew and is always
searching for the better shot.
She never settles.”
Rees is nominated for adapted screenplay, along with
Virgil Williams; Mary J. Blige
for supporting actress and
original song, along with
Raphael Saadiq and Taura
Stinson.
Inspired by period photography from the Farm
Security
Administration,
Morrison shot digitally on
the Alexa Mini with vintage
anamorphic
lenses
to
achieve a filmic look. Her
photography brings the elements and the environment
around Rees’ cast to life in
vivid textures, building intimate emotion into every
frame.
“I liked Rachel's references — she talked about the
old WPA photographers including Dorothea Lange and
brought in reference photos
that felt very alive and candid,” said Rees, referring to
the New Deal-era Works
Progress
Administration.
“She's a very humanistic
photographer, which I love,
and I admired the candor
and ‘breath’ she brings to her
subjects.”
“People — thankfully —
are surprised that we didn’t
shoot on film ... I’m proud of
what we accomplished digitally,” said Morrison, who
also served as camera operator on the 29-day shoot.
She barely had a moment
to rest between “Mudbound”
and her work on “Black Panther” with Coogler. The two
already shared a close director-DP shorthand after collaborating on Coogler’s acclaimed
feature
debut,
“Fruitvale Station,” five years
ago.
“We’re like family now, and
on any film, but certainly one
as long as a Marvel film, you
end up playing the role of
sister and psychologist; I try
to be there for him emotionally and vice versa,” she said.
“Even on a bigger film, our
instincts haven’t changed
much. Ryan likes hand-held
and experiential single-camera coverage and tight eyelines, things that transcend
the story itself. Ryan’s also
incredibly collaborative. He
really loves to hear everybody’s opinions, which I
think is part of what really
inspires the people around
him.”
Morrison admits that going from the indie world to
the Marvel Cinematic Universe was intimidating at
first, given the heavy visual
effects and action work
“Black Panther” required.
“But I pretty quickly realized
that it was in large part just
common sense and that VFX
isn’t magic — it’s actually
logic,” she said. “Once I got
past the initial intimidation
factor, I settled in.”
The part of the job she
missed most? Operating her
own camera.
“The biggest difference for
me was that I operated almost every frame on ‘Mudbound’ and I didn’t operate
on ‘Black Panther,’ ” she said.
“When you’re so used to operating the camera, it’s an extension of your eye and your
heart and your head. But
even then, I learned to let go,
and I had Scott Sakamoto,
who is one of the masters of
camera, operating as my
camera operator, so I knew it
was in good hands.“
Being thrust into the Oscar spotlight while scaling up
to her first $200-million production has now placed Morrison in the company of many
of her cinematography idols,
veterans who she says have
welcomed her into the ranks.
At this year’s American
Society of Cinematographers
awards, she was nominated
with Roger Deakins (who
won for “Blade Runner
2049”), Bruno Delbonnel
(“Darkest Hour”), Hoyte van
Hoytema (“Dunkirk”) and
Dan Lausten (“The Shape of
Water”) — all also nominated
for Academy Awards.
“Hoyte and I have become
friends, which is one of the
highlights to come out of
this,” she said. “Bruno and I
knew each other a little bit; I
approached him 10 years ago
when I had a student film at
Camera Image and he was
there with a feature, and he
had shot ‘Amelie,’ which is
one of my favorite films — we
loosely stayed in touch over
those 10 years, so it was nice
to be sitting next to him as a
peer.”
Moved by movement
With a background in
photography, she was pulled
toward cinematography as a
teenager by the magic she
found in the moving image.
“It was realizing that I
would come out of movies incredibly moved,” Morrison
said. “ ... And as much as the
static image resonated with
me and left an indelible impression, it didn’t make me
emote in the same way. I
think I realized there was a
power to the moving image
that I couldn’t equal in still
photography.”
She credits her early work
on documentary projects as
a fertile training ground for
the intimate work she does
now in narrative storytelling.
“Documentaries are inherently instinctual; you’re
constantly moment to moment, determining what the
best place for the camera is to
tell the story, usually in service of natural lighting. I feel
like my whole career has been
basically trying to emulate
that natural light with film
light. I got to understand how
light works, from years of not
lighting.”
Morrison may not quite
be comfortable with the attention her historic Oscar
nomination has brought to
her doorstep, but seeing how
much
the
achievement
means to many others — including the veteran male
DPs who continue to dominate the field — has been
“incredibly eye-opening.”
“I can’t tell you how many
ASC members came up to
me and said, ‘We’re just so
thrilled for you,’ and ‘I’m just
so happy I got to see this in
my lifetime,’ ” said Morrison.
“I think there’s almost an
assumption that there’s a
resistance on the other side,
but that’s been really refreshing to realize.”
Hearing the next generation of female DPs express
how much it means to see her
recognized reminds her of
the women who paved the
way for her.
“But,” Morrison added, “I
could count that number on
one or two hands. When
you’re so used to things being
how they are, it becomes a
grind because you can’t picture things changing. And if
this is symbolic of change,
then maybe that’s enough to
keep people coming back for
more.”
jen.yamato@latimes.com
Twitter: @jenyamato
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Disney Pixar
“COCO,” which focuses on Mexican Day of the Dead traditions, has been a box office and awards season hit.
Few diversity gains found
[Diversity, from E1]
examining relationships between diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment
industry. This year’s study
evaluated the top 200 theatrical films released in 2016
and 1,251 broadcast, cable
and digital platform television shows from the 2015-16
season to document the degree to which women and
people of color are present in
front of and behind the camera.
Regarding minority representation, since last year’s
report (which covered the
2015 film year and the 2014-15
TV season), people of color
posted gains relative to their
white counterparts in eight
of 11 industry employment
arenas examined: film directors, film writers, broadcast
scripted leads, cable scripted
leads, broadcast reality and
other leads, cable reality and
other leads, digital scripted
leads and digital scripted
show creators. They lost
ground in the area of broadcast scripted show creators
and merely sustained representation as film leads and
cable scripted show creators.
Overall, people of color
remained underrepresented,
considering they were 40%
of the U.S. population in 2016.
A total of 13.9% of the year’s
film leads were people of color. On TV, 18.7% of scripted
broadcast leads, 20.2% of
scripted cable leads and
12.9% of scripted digital leads
were people of color.
As for female representation, women gained in all
evaluated employment arenas except for film directors,
broadcast scripted show
leads, cable scripted show
creators and broadcast
scripted show creators. They
fell further behind in the former three arenas and merely
held their ground in the latter. Women nabbed 31.2% of
film leads, but only 6.9% of
the movies surveyed were directed by women and only
13.8% were written by women.
The study also noted that
as 2016 brought inclusive
films like “Moonlight,” “Hidden Figures” and “Fences” to
theaters, minority-directed
projects and those with minority leads gained ground
at the 2017 Oscars relative to
those led by white directors
or that featured white leads.
That followed two consecutive years of #OscarsSo
White protests over all-white
acting nominees.
Comparatively, films released in 2016 with female
leads lost ground at the
Academy Awards, while
those directed by women
failed, for a second year in a
row, to win a single Oscar.
On the television front,
during a year in which inclusive shows like “Empire,”
“Scandal” and “How to Get
Away With Murder” were
the highest rated across multiple demographics, broadcast scripted shows created
by people of color were actually in short supply. Only 7.1%
of the creators of broadcast
scripted programs were people of color, with a similar
7.3% of cable scripted shows
created by people of color.
And only 15.7% of digital
scripted shows were created
by people of color.
This data arrive after a
presumed landmark year
in film and television — with
projects like “Coco,” “Star
Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Get
Out,” “Master of None” and
“This Is Us” hugely successful
and nabbing awards season
honors for their diverse talent. And while that could signal better numbers on the
horizon, Ramón cautions
that what audiences may feel
like they’re seeing in terms
of an increase in representation doesn’t necessarily manifest when data are evaluated.
Mitch Haaseth ABC
“SCANDAL,” with Kerry Washington, Scott Foley, is
among highest rated across multiple demographics.
“Even though we have
these examples [of inclusiveness,] it’s like a psychological
thing where you have a handful of examples and so you
think there should be a big
increase, but that’s not necessarily the case when you
look at the whole population
[of film and television
shows],” she said. “The vast
array of movies and television shows out there still
aren’t representative, and
when you look at the whole
picture, the needle isn’t moving that much.”
While TV is doing a lot
better on the diversity front
than film, the UCLA study
also evaluated both media in
regards to their bottom lines,
ratings and box office, respectively. Median 18-49
viewer ratings, as well
as median household ratings
among black people, Latinos
and Asian Americans, were
highest during the 2015-16
season
for
broadcast
scripted shows that were
greater than 20% minority.
For white households, ratings were highest for broad-
cast scripted shows with
casts greater than 40% minority. Film-wise, pictures
with casts that were between
21% and 30% diverse enjoyed
the highest median global
box office and return on investment. Movies with the
most racially and ethnically
homogeneous casts were the
poorest performers on average. This research falls in line
with a study released by
Creative Artists Agency last
year which noted that across
every budget level, a picture
with a diverse cast outperforms a release not as diverse.
Overall, UCLA’s study,
taking into account the five
years that data have been
collected and evaluated, presents an image of only slight
improvement in representation for women and people
of color. Much of that development has centered on
black talent, with other communities of color experiencing very little increases.
“It’s not a case where people can take their feet off
the pedal,” Ramón said.
“They need to keep pushing
forward.”
trevell.anderson
@latimes.com
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BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
Minnie Bottoms wears
old bifocals that make her
mix up kings and jacks, often
to opponents’ dismay. Cy
the Cynic has been Minnie’s
chief victim.
“She opened two clubs
with a borderline game-forcing hand,” Cy told me after a
match with Minnie’s team,
“then leaped to slam.”
“She thought her jack of
diamonds was the king,” I
suggested.
At six spades, Minnie
took the ace of hearts and
led ... the JACK of diamonds.
“West won,” Cy said, “but
then Minnie led the ace of
diamonds!”
“She thought she was unblocking the A-K,” I laughed.
“We set her straight,” the
Cynic said. “When West led
another
heart,
Minnie
ruffed, took the K-Q of
trumps and ace of diamonds, led a trump to dummy’s ace and ran the diamonds, making six.”
Minnie goes down if she
leads the A-J of diamonds
before drawing trumps.
West can win and lead a
third diamond to let East
ruff one of dummy’s winners,
and South is a trick short.
Question: You hold: ♠ 5 ♥
K Q J 10 4 ♦ K 8 6 3 ♣ K J 9. You
open one heart, your partner responds one spade, you
bid two diamonds and he
raises to three diamonds.
What do you say?
Answer: Partner has invited game. He has about 10
points with four-card or better diamond support. Your
values are minimum, and
though you might get lucky
and make 3NT, the odds are
against it. Your lack of aces
and lack of help for partner’s
spades are bad signs. Pass.
South dealer
N-S vulnerable
NORTH
♠A64
♥862
♦ Q 10 7 4 2
♣83
WEST
EAST
♠5
♠ 10 9 8
♥ K Q J 10 4
♥9753
♦K863
♦95
♣KJ9
♣ 10 7 6 5
SOUTH
♠KQJ732
♥A
♦AJ
♣AQ42
SOUTH WEST
NORTH EAST
2♣
2♥
Pass
Pass
2♠
Pass
3♠
Pass
6 ♠(!) All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ K
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ASK AMY
Sister treats them meanly
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
With the right tools, you can
climb gracefully over the
wall instead of trying to
knock through it.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): Someone close would
give you exactly what you
needed if only he or she were
privy to what that was. Maybe you don’t even know.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
Your success happens when
you make improvement
your goal instead of having
the goal to win.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Do the same thing you’ve
done and you’ll get more of
what you already have.
Change it up and who
knows?
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
You know that dream you
keep having about not being
ready for the job you’re
asked to do? You’re getting
more prepared every day.
Soon you’ll be competent.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
You often need things to be
perfect before making the
next move. Things will never
be perfect. Just move.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
What about small actions
made consistently? It’s not
the storybook way, but it will
get you there nonetheless.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
One needs only needs to talk
to you for a few minutes to
have his or her faith in humanity restored.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Inconveniences
might be opportunities. As it
is with rain on the wedding
day, the less-than-ideal circumstance will be a harbinger of goodness to come.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Regarding these people
you admire, it’s not that they
have something you don’t
have. It’s that don’t believe
you have it.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You’ll be presented with
dim alternate views, not unreasonable or untrue, but
why dwell in dusky areas?
Walk toward the light.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): Maybe you don’t know
any more than some of the
others, but someone has to
step up and be the authority.
Why not you?
Today’s birthday (Feb.
27): The gold medal doesn’t
tell you who you are: You do.
You’ll work hard enough to
get it without worrying too
much about the symbol itself. You’ll have a strong influence in June: This is a
chance to really do some
good in the world. You’ll be in
someone’s
acceptance
speech, and later that person will be in yours. Scorpio
and Aquarius adore you.
Your lucky numbers are: 6, 9,
45, 18 and 32.
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: I’m the middle
of three sisters. We all live
with anxiety disorders. My
younger sister and I are very
close. She and I both live far
from home.
We’re having problems
with our older sister, “Clare.”
She has always let her anxiety and depression lead her
life. Instead of seeking help,
she has the attitude of, “Well,
I have anxiety, so you need to
deal with it.” Clare frequently uses it as an excuse
to be mean or start a fight.
The only time we are all
together is over holidays.
Clare’s pattern is to start a
huge fight at any holiday.
She is in conflict with every
family member we have in
North America.
There’s never any discussion or apology; we’re just
expected to reach out to
Clare and let it all go. My
younger sister and I have
started to retract from this
relationship.
I’m almost 30 now, and
I’m tired. After her last flipout at Christmas, I didn’t reach out. She’d acted like a
child and then got offended
when we didn’t come chasing after her.
She’s sent my younger
sister and me an email
outlining why we’re horrible people. It reads like
a high schooler’s revenge
letter. I won’t be replying for
a few days.
Amy, how do I navigate
this relationship from here?
Anxious
Dear Anxious: Anxiety
does not make people mean.
Because “Clare” refuses to
seek help, you could assume
that she is laboring under a
self-diagnosis, or a misdiagnosis.
I understand why you are
waiting to contact Clare, but
I’m wondering why you feel
the need to contact her at all.
She has had her say. She
thrives on accusation and
drama. Now might be a good
time to work on accepting
her limitations, detaching
from her problems and making a choice to send her
silent sister-love from a distance, but declare to yourself that you’re just not going
to play.
This is an ideal issue for
you to explore in therapy.
You’ll feel much better about
yourself (and her) when you
can detach without bitterness. It can’t be a lot of fun to
be Clare.
Dear Amy: I live in
drought-prone California.
Every morning I swim at
the Y and take a three-minute navy shower after my
laps.
On several occasions in
the ladies open shower
room, I have found women
running all of the showers at
once, claiming this helps to
get the water hot.
I ask them to turn them
off, and then have to endure
vulgarities from them.
I do go ahead and turn
them off. I report them to reception and have been told
they will handle it.
I know the reception guy
is not about to jump up and
enter the ladies locker room.
What should I do? I can’t
suck it up.
High and Dry
Dear Dry: The receptionist
isn’t going to do anything
about this. Unless there are
signs posted reflecting a
clear club policy, the swimmers aren’t going to conserve water.
You should take your
concerns to management.
Ask them what their policy
is. If they don’t have a policy
on this, advocate for them to
put one in place. They
should post signs in the
locker room urging bathers
to keep their showers short.
Once this happens, you’ll be
spared fighting this battle
on your own.
Send questions for Amy
Dickinson by email to
askamy@amydickinson
.com or by to Ask Amy, P.O.
Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068.
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‘Final Space’ a quirkily sad sci-fi serial
ROBERT LLOYD
TELEVISION CRITIC
“Final Space,” a cartoon
sci-fi serial that premiered
Monday on TBS, comes
from Olan Rogers, a popular
internet personality who
also runs a T-shirt-andthings company (images of
“Star Wars” characters with
cat heads a specialty) and a
successful Nashville confectionery called Soda Parlor.
The series has its origins
in a barely animated cartoon, “Gary Space,” posted
in 2010 on Rogers’ YouTube
channel, in which an astronaut named Gary encounters a round little alien,
which he feeds a Pez. These
characters, such as they
were, were later the basis of a
professionalized “pilot” — a
sort of trailer, really, featuring fragments of scenes —
that Rogers and David
Sacks (a veteran of “The
Simpsons” and “3rd Rock
From the Sun”) have refined
and given context and back
story. (Both these versions
are
available
on
the
YouTube channel.) Conan
O’Brien is an executive producer of the series.
We are in an interstellar
far future in which dudes still
say, “Dude.” Gary (Rogers)
is nearing the end of a fiveyear prison term on a
spaceship — in the course of
trying to impress a girl, he
‘Final Space’
Where: TBS
When: 10:30 p.m. Monday
Rating: TV-14 (may be
unsuitable for children
under the age of 14)
QUINN (voiced by Tika Sumpter) and Gary (Olan Rogers) in “Final Space.”
destroyed “92 star cruisers
and a small family-owned
Mexican restaurant. His
only companions are robots,
who have either no personality (Tom Kenny as the
HAL-like HUE, pronounced
“Hugh,” who runs the ship
and denies Gary cookies) or
an excess of it (Fred Armisen as the hyperactive KVN,
or “Kevin,” his “deep space
insanity avoidance companion”).
As a child, Gary wanted
to have “bunches and
bunches of adventures,” but
now that he’s in space, he’s
just locked up in it, let out
only to do repair work on satellites and such. (I suppose
this justifies the expense of
keeping him in his own robot-staffed rocket ship.)
And one day, while he is out
sort of working — in fact, he
is watching “The Princess
Bride” projected onto the
void — a round little alien
hurtles into his lap. He
names it Mooncake, after an
old pet caterpillar, and takes
it home.
It turns out Mooncake
(also voiced by Rogers) is a
valuable property on the
TV HI GHL I GHTS
SERIES
NCIS McGee (Sean Murray)
has a new houseguest, a
convicted
murderer
(guest star French Stewart, “3rd Rock From the
Sun”) who was given a 48hour furlough in exchange
for information about his
former cellmate (guest
star Graham Hamilton), a
killer fugitive pursued by
Gibbs and Fornell (Mark
Harmon, Joe Spano). 8
p.m. CBS
The Flash DeVoe’s (guest
star Sugar Lyn Beard)
crusade might be stopped
by Barry (Grant Gustin),
as long as he can secure
the help of a powerful
woman. 8 p.m. KTLA
The Middle Sue (Eden
Sher) turns 21 and Frankie (Patricia Heaton) takes
her to a bar to celebrate. 8
p.m. ABC
Lethal Weapon Swoosie
Kurtz continues her guest
role on this show as a new
friend of Riggs (Clayne
Crawford). 8 p.m. Fox
We’ll Meet Again A man
searches for a childhood
friend who encouraged
him to come out in the season finale. 8 p.m. KOCE
and KPBS
The Fosters Stef (Teri Polo)
decides to have a candid
talk with Lena (Sherri
Saum) about what has
been troubling her in this
new episode. 8 p.m.
Freeform
This Is Us Kate and Toby
(Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan) are headed for Las
Vegas in this new episode,
and in a flashback, Jack
and Rebecca (Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore)
mark an anniversary. 9
p.m. NBC
Black Lightning Jefferson
(Cress Williams) is determined to find his father’s
killer,
while
Anissa
(Nafessa Williams) tries
to use her newly found
abilities to set something
right in this new episode. 9
p.m. KTLA
LA to Vegas Dermot Mulroney reprises his role as
Captain Steve, whom
Captain Dave (Dylan McDermott) prepares to
fight, with help from Colin
(Ed Weeks). 9 p.m. Fox
NCIS: New Orleans Percy
(Shalita Grant) goes
undercover to help solve a
case. 10 p.m. CBS
Michael Ansell ABC
SUE (Eden Sher) cele-
brates her 21st birthday
in a new episode of the
comedy “The Middle.”
Frontline The new two-part
episode “Bitter Rivals:
Iran and Saudi Arabia”
concludes. 10 p.m. KOCE
and KPBS
Oprah at the Apollo From
the Apollo Theater in
Harlem, Oprah Winfrey
holds one-on-one conversations with director Jordan Peele (“Get Out”),
Salma Hayek Pinault and
Trevor Noah. 10 p.m. OWN
Unsolved: The Murders of
Tupac and the Notorious
B.I.G. This new scripted
series explores the friendship of Tupac Shakur and
Christopher
“Biggie
Smalls” Wallace (Marco
Rose, Wavyy Jones), and
the extended police investigations into their two
homicides. 10 p.m. USA
SPECIALS
American Creed Former
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and historian
David M. Kennedy are
among the participants
offering views on the current status of opportunity
and equality in the United
States. 9 p.m. KOCE
MOVIES
The Wedding Plan (2016)
8:35 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
EPIX
T2 Trainspotting (2017) 4:14
p.m. Starz
TALK SHOWS
CBS This Morning Brian
Kelly; Christine Baranski.
(N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today Maria Shriver; Josh
Duhamel. (N) 7 a.m.
KNBC
Good Morning America
Jimmy Kimmel; Jennifer
Lawrence; Karen Gillan,
Sebastian Stan and Paul
Bettany. (N) 7 a.m. KABC
Good Day L.A. Dermot Mulroney (“L.A. to Vegas”);
Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”); Marcc Rose and
Wavyy Jonez (“Unsolved:
The Murder of Tupac &
the Notorious B.I.G.”).
(N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor; Helen Grace James.
(N) 9 a.m. KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Kiefer Sutherland (“Designated Survivor”); Christine Baranski; High Valley
performs. (N) 9 a.m.
KABC
The View Patton Oswalt;
Heather Graham. (N) 10
a.m. KABC
The Talk David Arquette;
Cameron Mathison. (N) 1
p.m. KCBS
The Dr. Oz Show Convicted
killer Dennis Rader’s letters from prison. (N) 1
p.m. KTTV
The Doctors Andi Dorfman
(“The Bachelorette”). (N)
2 p.m. KCBS
Steve Storm Reid; Bridget
Kelly and Julissa Bermudez. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC
Harry Susan Kelechi Watson (“This Is Us”). (N) 2
p.m. KTTV
Rachael
Ray
Paulina
Porizkova; Sunny Hostin
(“The View”); Akbar Gbajabiamila
(“American
Ninja Warrior”). (N) 2
p.m. KCOP
Dr. Phil A woman says her
father sexually abused
her. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Jimmy Kimmel; the U.S.
Olympic women’s hockey
team. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KOCE, KVCR
The Daily Show Nima Elbagir, CNN. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central
Conan Joel McHale; Anna
Paquin; Alex Edelman.
(N) 11 p.m. TBS
The Tonight Show Bruce
Willis; Retta; Towkio performs. (N) 11:34 p.m.
KNBC
The Late Show Kiefer
Sutherland; Zoe ListerJones; John McWhorter.
(N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS
Late Late Show Olympian
Chloe Kim; Gordon Ramsay; Vance Joy performs.
(N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS
Late Night Kal Penn; Kelly
Clarkson performs. (N)
12:37 a.m. KNBC
run. This brings in Avocato
(Coty Galloway), a sardonic
cat-headed bounty hunter
Gary calls Mr. Whiskers before being told never to do
that again, and the Lord
Commander (played in an
unrecognizably American
accent by David Tennant),
the pint-sized villain Mooncake is attempting to escape.
Quinn (Tika Sumpter) is
the space patrol captain he
accosts in a bar as she
sketches “an internal inconsistency in Planck’s constant.” It’s she that Gary is
trying to impress when he
accidentally blows up stuff.
“I like a girl with a lot of
phones,” he tells her, mistaking the equation she is writing for her number(s).
As a satire on science fiction and the world we ordinarily live in, it is not as clever as “Futurama” or “The
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the
Galaxy” or “Galaxy Quest,”
series with which it shares
certain features. The comedy leans toward things adolescent boys find funny:
There is a scatological flavor
to the japes and epithets —
“crap” is a much-used word.
“Jerk nuts” and “douche canoe” are also phrases you
will hear. That thing where a
powerful being speaks in banalities, long a feature of
“Adult Swim” cartoons, that
happens here. Living things
are hacked or torn apart for
a laugh.
But it clips along and
looks good — the space
backgrounds and a bioluminescent planet in black-light
colors are especially lovely —
and there are not so many
animated space serials
around that, even with its
faults, “Final Space” doesn’t
have a niche to fill. On top of
that, Rogers brings his own
following; it must not have
hurt his pitch that his
YouTube channel has nearly
a million subscribers.
Like
many
of
the
sketches and shorts its creator has put online, “Final
Space” both mocks and celebrates genre films. And like
them, and the apparently
true stories Rogers addresses directly to the
YouTube viewer, it has a
quality of being at once loud
and a little melancholy; that
air of sadness may be its
most original feature.
Wherever else “Final
Space” falls flat, it succeeds
completely with Gary and
Mooncake, a relationship of
care and trust that echoes
the way we feel about the animals in our life. In addition
to proving to be a kind of
weapon, the little alien —
who benefits from having to
speak only of a couple of unintelligible phrases (”Chookity pok” is one) — is also
weapons-grade adorable,
ready-made to be reproduced in vinyl or plush. Indeed, that plush Mooncake
is already available for purchase, along with a pin, a
patch and a poster.
robert.lloyd@latimes.com
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