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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2017
Man
held in
alleged
terror
plot
Ex-Marine planned to
use guns, explosives to
attack San Francisco
tourist site, FBI says.
By Rong-Gong Lin II
and Rubaina Azhar
Photographs by
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
JEFF LIPSCOMB tries to reassure his daughter Rachel as they survey their Ventura home destroyed by the Thomas fire. The 11-year-
old girl, whose prized Harry Potter collection was destroyed, says the blaze has set her back. “I want to know who I am,” she says.
Trauma lingers in Ventura
For many fire victims, the loss of daily routine is acutely felt
By Thomas Curwen
Two weeks after the Thomas
fire, nearly everyone in Ventura has
a story to tell. With more than 500
homes lost and 27,000 residents
evacuated, no one is a stranger to
this disaster.
They turn to one another in
restaurants and diners, checkout
lines and the post office and share
their stories as if words could lay a
foundation for their new lives.
Initially they asked, “Did you
lose your home?” Now it’s, “How are
you doing?” in an understanding
that possessions matter less than
concerns of the heart.
They reply with expressions of
solace and are surprised at how banal words sound in the aftermath of
such devastation. So they speak
with gestures, bringing to ordinary
UNCERTAINTY LOOMS after the wildfire, which leveled more
than 500 homes. “Our days have become unmoored,” a rabbi says.
interactions — turning left, queuing
for coffee, greeting one another — a
courtesy and patience that had
gone missing from their lives.
The residents of Ventura know
they are lucky. Their city did not become another Santa Rosa with its
myriad tragedies, but then again,
they also know that not everyone in
Ventura is feeling especially lucky.
For the families who lost their
homes, the slow accounting of their
new lives has begun without the familiar landmarks. Trajectories
changed, priorities upended, they
toggle between past and present,
caught between old habits of reference and the world they now inhabit.
They believed they would be
safe. They never imagined a fire like
this would darken these December
blue skies.
[See Trauma, A8]
MARCH FONG EU, 1922 - 2017
Pioneering Asian
American in
California politics
By Claudia Luther
arch Fong Eu
liked to tell
constituents
that she was
“born behind
a Chinese laundry,” and it
wasn’t far from the truth.
Eu’s parents ran a handwash laundry in Oakdale, a
modest town in the San
Joaquin Valley where — at
the time — a girl of Chinese
descent might well have
thought twice about dreaming too big.
M
But Eu climbed the rungs
of
education,
plowed
through the high brush of
politics and became the first
Chinese American to hold a
constitutional office in California when she was elected
secretary of state, the first
woman to hold that office.
A potent symbol of womanhood and persistence
through her life, Eu died
Thursday following surgery
after falling at her home in
Irvine, said Caren Lagomarsino, Eu’s longtime
spokeswoman. She was 95.
[See Eu, A9]
By Lisa Mascaro
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
GROCERY STORE clerk Hector Esparza hands over ground cornmeal for
tamales to customers at Amapola market Thanksgiving week in Downey.
After a tamale fiasco,
store seeks redemption
By Ruben Vives
A SYMBOL OF PERSISTENCE
California Secretary of State March Fong Eu and
First Lady Betty Ford check delegate totals in 1976.
2018
holds
risks for
GOP
Republicans end year
with legislative wins
in Congress, but they
may pay a steep price.
Famed Downey grocer hopes to restore trust of
shoppers whose Christmas ’16 meals were ruined
Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO —
Several months ago, the FBI
became interested in the
Facebook account of Everitt
Aaron Jameson, a 26-yearold Modesto tow truck
driver and former Marine.
Acting on tips from an informant, authorities said
they saw that Jameson
“liked” and “loved” pro-Islamic State and pro-terrorism Facebook posts. In the
coming weeks, the FBI alleged, Jameson would plot a
Christmas suicide terror attack on San Francisco’s Pier
39, a popular tourist destination.
“He had been there before and knew that it was a
heavily crowded area,” an
FBI affidavit filed Friday
said. “Jameson explained
that he also desired to use
explosives, and described a
plan in which explosives
could ‘tunnel’ or ‘funnel’
people into a location where
Jameson could inflict casualties.”
Authorities announced
terrorism charges against
Jameson on Friday. His alleged plot comes as Islamic
State has called for attacks
on Western cities around the
[See Pier 39, A6]
The tamale disaster unfolded with impeccably bad timing.
The week before Christmas last year,
people had stood in line for hours for the
store’s famous masa, the ground cornmeal for tamales.
Soon after the holiday, hundreds of
angry customers laid siege to the Amapola Deli and Market in Downey, demanding refunds after their tamales were ruined by funky masa.
Some people tried to save Christmas
by serving spaghetti and nachos — a combination that any family of Mexican de-
scent will tell you would definitely not
save Christmas.
Amapola had itself a public relations
nightmare.
So, the question this year is: How do
you recover from a tamale apocalypse?
If you’re the owners of Amapola, you
get a new corn supplier and launch a public relations campaign. You measure success by how many customers come back.
And you wait for the Super Bowl of tamales — Christmas — to return.
“Usually you have to do something
major to break into the 5 o’clock news,”
said Carlos Galván Jr., vice president of
Amapola. “We led off the local channels.”
[See Tamales, A10]
WASHINGTON — After
a year of legislative fits and
starts, the Republican-led
Congress can claim victory
on an agenda of tax cuts, judicial confirmations and a
substantial regulatory rollback.
It’s a list of accomplishments that seemed to surprise even party leaders,
who warily entered a political marriage of necessity
with President Trump, but
now say they have made
their peace with his unpredictable style of governing.
“I’m warming up to the
tweets, actually,” Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday
after the president showered Congress with Twitter
praise. “This has been a year
of extraordinary accomplishment, by any objective
standard.”
The successes, however,
have come at a steep political price. Polls show voters
unenthusiastic about the
tax overhaul — the GOP’s
signature accomplishment
[See Congress, A7]
Weather
Partly sunny.
L.A. Basin: 70/49. B6
A2
L AT I M E S . C O M
BACK STORY
Why it’s a dangerous time
for environmental activists
Killings are on the rise worldwide. A U.N. expert discusses the reasons
By Shashank Bengali
In 2012, recognizing the
threats posed by environmental degradation, the
United Nations Human
Rights Council appointed
an independent expert to
study how countries’ human
rights obligations are connected to promoting “a safe,
clean, healthy and sustainable environment.”
John Knox, a law professor at Wake Forest University, was appointed the
first special rapporteur on
human rights and the environment. His three-year
mandate was extended in
2015.
This year, with killings of
land activists increasing
worldwide, Knox helped
launch a web portal,
environment-rights.org,
with information and resources in English and
Spanish. In March, at the
Human Rights Council, he
will present guidelines for
states on their obligations to
protect
environmental
rights, including ensuring
that people most vulnerable
to harm have access to effective remedies.
Knox spoke to The Times
about the threats facing environmental defenders. His
comments have been edited
for length and clarity.
Why is it such a dangerous
time for land activists?
There are basically three
reasons that come together.
One is simply there’s greater
demand for the resources
these activists are trying to
defend. Many of these countries are pretty rich in natural resources — minerals,
lumber, land that can be
used for palm oil plantations or other industries.
And that leads to the
second factor, which is that
many of the groups living in
these areas are vulnerable
for other reasons. They are
rural, they don’t have much
money, they’re already
marginalized in their own
countries and don’t have a
standing in the political
debate.
The last is the absence of
effective rule of law, either in
the country as a whole or in
a region. A common denominator is the courts,
police and law enforcement
mechanisms are ineffective.
What I see over and over
again is that these murders
and other kinds of harassment take place when
there’s impunity.
Are more activists being
killed or is there just more
awareness of the issue?
It’s hard to know. Personally, I think it’s likely that
Ken Bennett Wake Forest University
“THERE does seem to be an increase in these murders ... because of increasing
demand for resources,” says Wake Forest School of Law professor John Knox.
it has been going on for a
long time, and the numbers
in some ways seem to be
going up because groups
like Global Witness are
doing a better job of reporting what’s happening.
Part of how you can see
that is there are countries
that seem to have low numbers of killings, but in large
part that’s simply the effect
of not knowing what’s going
on in those countries.
You mean like China or
Russia?
I’m not going to single
out any countries, but I do
think that in countries that
have the highest numbers of
killings, there’s enough
space for civil society to find
out and report on it. That’s
true of Brazil, the Philippines, some Latin American countries.
Having said that, I agree
with Global Witness that
there does seem to be an
increase in these murders,
and other types of harassment, because of increasing
demand for resources.
It seems like many of the
killings occur in places
inhabited by indigenous
peoples.
That is what makes the
struggle so desperate.
They’re fighting not just for
a healthy community but
also for their culture and
their way of life. Many of the
most vulnerable communities are faced with a kind of
existential threat: If they
give up their ancestral
territory, their culture dies.
What have you learned
about impunity rates for
environmental murders?
In Global Witness’ first
report, when they went back
over 12 years’ worth of data
and over 900 deaths of environmental and land defenders [from 2002 to 2013], there
were [10] cases where perpetrators were arrested, tried
and convicted. If that’s even
close to accurate, that’s 1%
— essentially a green light to
allow people to kill environmentalists with impunity.
What’s the link between
these killings and corruption?
One reason why governments, especially at the
local level, fail to take adequate steps to protect people is that government
officials themselves are
somehow being paid off or
are in collusion with powerful economic interests.
Another is that often in
these countries, the land
defenders are somehow
seen as standing in the way
of progress, whether it
means building this dam or
awarding this mining concession.
That’s fundamentally
mistaken. The only type of
economic development that
makes sense is sustainable
development, and often
these environmentalists are
the ones asking whether
these projects are truly
sustainable. If you don’t
ask those questions, you
end up with projects that
down the road will hurt the
countries’ economies. So
these defenders, they
should be thought of as
heroes, rather than obstacles to state interests.
How are governments
responding?
There are some promising developments. One is
that conceptually, thanks
largely to Global Witness
and other environmental
organizations, like Front
Line Defenders, these
deaths are increasingly seen
as part of a global pattern
instead of a series of local
events.
Several men who were shot
by guards outside a Guatemalan mine are suing the
Canadian mining company,
Tahoe Resources, in Canada, where legal protections
are stronger. Are you seeing such attempts to take
international companies to
court?
There have historically
been efforts like that, but
often they run into legal
problems in the corporations’ home countries. In
the U.S., the Supreme Court
effectively stopped these
efforts by ruling that U.S.
statutes are only concerned
with activities in the U.S. [in
a 2013 case involving Nigerians who tried to sue
Royal Dutch Petroleum
over killings at a Shell oil
plant in Nigeria]. There are
lots of hurdles to overcome
in bringing cases in home
jurisdictions, but we continue to see them brought.
Last year, the International Criminal Court
prosecutor issued a
statement saying they
would be open to considering cases of land grabbing
and massive environmental
harm as crimes against
humanity, and therefore
within their jurisdiction.
That would be a big development if the ICC started
such cases — a real shock to
the system in terms of overcoming impunity at the
international level.
shashank.bengali
@latimes.com
A3
L AT I M E S . C O M
THE WORLD
U.S. to open $1-billion embassy
American mission
in London is one of
the most expensive
ever to be built.
By Christina Boyle
LONDON — It looms
large over the River Thames,
with its cubic design and
plethora of environmentally
friendly features.
The shiny new U.S. Embassy in London — an imposing 12-story structure —
is set to open next month.
Years in the planning, the
embassy comes with a hefty
price tag.
The budget for the entire
project, including site, development, design and construction, was roughly $1 billion, making it one of the
most expensive U.S. embassies ever built.
Compounds in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Baghdad
cost more, but those embassies require far more
elaborate security operations than London.
Until Jan. 16, Grosvenor
Square in the ultra-posh
Mayfair neighborhood will
remain home to the U.S. mission, its location since 1960,
but residents there are unlikely to be sad to see it go.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, it has
become a protected compound of its own surrounded
by steel fences, concrete barriers and guard boxes amid
fears that the building was a
terrorist target.
It became impossible to
approach on foot without
going through an elaborate
system of checkpoints, and
neighbors said it was a blight
on their area, driving down
the price of their multimillion-dollar properties.
Yet the fact that the embassy is changing location
but remains in a city that has
been marred by a series of Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks in the last year means
that maintaining the building’s security was always a
paramount concern.
In 2011, Congress ruled
that all U.S. embassies must
sit behind a 100-foot “seclusion zone” in order to protect
staff and visitors.
A key element was therefore to create a building that
incorporated security needs
Andy Rain EPA/Shutterstock
THE NEW U.S. embassy in London, set to open next month, includes green features such as solar panels and daylight-responsive lighting.
Stefan Rousseau AFP/Getty Images
THE EMBASSY’S Canyonlands Garden represents the Grand Canyon and land-
scapes of the Southwest. The building also features a pond at its entrance.
in a way that was not “overt
and intrusive,” said James
Timberlake, partner at the
Philadelphia architecture
firm
KieranTimberlake,
which won the bid to design
the embassy.
So instead of the foreboding fence that became synonymous with the old embassy, bollards are now camouflaged by plants and
hedges, and a semicircular
pond protects the entrance.
The British press has repeatedly dubbed it a moat
protecting a fortress but
Timberlake was quick to
shoot that down.
“Moats go all the way
around,” he said. “The water
in this case is only in front of
the building, incorporated
into a public park, which is
publicly accessible.”
And, he added, there is
greater significance to the
water feature.
“If the United States
Peruvian president escapes ouster
Lawmakers’ vote to
remove Kuczynski is
short of the two-thirds
majority required.
By Adriana Leon
and Chris Kraul
LIMA, Peru —Peruvian
President
Pedro
Pablo
Kuczynski maintained public silence Friday, a day after
narrowly escaping an attempt by legislators to remove him from office in connection with corruption
charges tied to a Brazilian
construction company.
After more than 10 hours
of debate, lawmakers late
Thursday fell short of the
two-thirds majority required to remove the president from office.
The president had said
on social media after the
vote that he would push for
“reconciliation and reconstruction of our country.”
Kuczynski had gone before Congress to reject corruption charges related to
business dealings with Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which is accused of bribing officials in
Latin American countries to
secure contracts.
Congressman Clayton
Galvan said in a television
interview Friday that several members of the opposition unexpectedly abstained
from voting, apparently at
the request of jailed former
President Alberto Fujimori.
Fujimori was convicted in
2009 on corruption and human rights abuse charges
and is serving a 25-year prison term.
Fujimori, father of opposition leader and congresswoman Keiko Fujimori, appealed to legislative allies
Martin Mejia Associated Press
A PROTESTER waves phony bills during an anti-corruption rally this week in Lima, the Peruvian capital.
not to vote because he is
hoping for a pardon from
Kuczynski, Galvan said, and
feared Kuczynski’s removal
from office would derail his
chances.
Kuczynski stood to lose
the presidency because a
majority of seats are controlled by Keiko Fujimori,
whom Kuczynski defeated
in the 2016 presidential race,
analysts said. Keiko Fujimori also faces accusations
of having taken illegal
contributions from Odebrecht.
Kuczynski’s supporters
said Keiko Fujimori, twice a
losing candidate for president, was engineering the
president’s removal from office to distract attention
from still undetermined
sums her campaign alleg-
edly received from Odebrecht in 2011.
Legislators voted after a
marathon debate on the corruption charges leveled
against the president that
relate to $787,000 in cash payments made by Odebrecht
to one of his businesses.
Legislators
accused
Kuczynski this month of
“moral incapacity,” forcing
the vote this week. The
charges were related to money his firm Westfield Capital
received from Odebrecht
while he was a Cabinet minister under former President
Alejandro Toledo.
Peru’s political landscape has been torn apart by
the Odebrecht scandal,
known by its nickname “Car
Wash.” In addition to
Kuczynski, three former
presidents — Toledo, Ollanta Humala and Alan Garcia — have been tainted by
the scandal.
Humala is in protective
custody awaiting trial on
corruption charges related
to $3 million in alleged
bribes, while Toledo is fighting extradition from the
United States in connection
with $10 million in illegal
funds he is alleged to have
accepted. Local news reports say that Garcia also is
alleged to have accepted illegal Odebrecht cash.
Kuczynski maintained
that he knew nothing about
the Odebrecht payments to
Westfield Capital at the time
they were made and that
Odebrecht received no preferential treatment. In a twohour appearance before
Congress on Thursday, he
said he had specifically instructed his partner Gerardo Sepulveda to tell him
nothing about the company’s operations while he held
the government post.
Nevertheless, the scandals have caused an uproar,
as evidenced by recent mass
anti-corruption
demonstrations in Lima and a dozen other Peruvian cities.
One of Kuczynski’s vice
presidents, Mercedes Araoz,
said Friday that the president would work to regain
Peruvians’ confidence and
would not engage in retribution.
Special correspondents
Leon and Kraul reported
from Lima and Bogota,
Colombia, respectively.
looks ‘across the pond’ to the
U.K., in this particular case
the embassy looks across
the pond to London,” he
said. “There’s symbolic
meaning there. It’s part of
the symbolism of the special
relationship, it’s very much
part of a gift than a defensive
mechanism.”
The State Department
said it proved simply too expensive to renovate the old
embassy to the standards
required so the new location
was chosen, in part, because
it was a blank canvas.
Situated in a former industrial zone surrounding
the iconic Battersea Power
Station, old warehouses
have been bulldozed to
make way for a new hub with
residences, shops, a hotel
and park space.
The London Underground line is also being extended to accommodate the
extra traffic.
And the area is already
accustomed to a heightened
police presence — British intelligence headquarters MI6
is a short walk away in Vauxhall.
The project has been financed without taxpayer
money through the sale of
other U.S. government properties in London, including
the Grosvenor Square embassy site, which was bought
by the Qatari royal family to
be turned into a luxury hotel.
The result is a building
that attains the highest environmental standards — it
goes beyond the Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design gold excellence
ratings — and comes complete with solar panels, rainwater retention and daylight-responsive lighting.
Inside, open working
spaces have sweeping views
across the river toward the
Houses of Parliament.
During a recent press
viewing of the new digs, Ambassador William Moser
said he was looking forward
to welcoming President
Trump “when he can make
it,” but it was unclear when
that would be.
Prime Minister Theresa
May invited Trump to Britain for a state visit hosted by
Queen Elizabeth II after his
inauguration last year.
But planning has ground
to a halt after a series of
spats between Trump and
British officials, including
May, threats by the public to
protest the visit and calls
from lawmakers for him to
be banned from the country.
The architects hope that
the embassy will become a
city icon.
“If you consider the building to be a modest amount of
Washington, D.C., in London, it’s Potomac on the
Thames,” Timberlake said.
“I think this building will
hold up in second glances
and third glances. People
will look back in 60 or even
100 years from now and say
this is a spectacular building.”
Boyle is a special
correspondent.
A4
L AT I M E S . C O M
Rancor after Catalonia election
Spain’s prime minister
says he won’t meet
with the region’s
former president.
By Meg Bernhard
BARCELONA, Spain —
Spanish Prime Minister
Mariano Rajoy on Friday rejected an invitation to meet
with Catalonia’s pro-independence former president,
saying he would instead welcome dialogue with a new regional government in light of
Thursday’s snap election results.
Rajoy, who in October
called for the election in
hopes of quelling a secession
drive, saw voters give three
pro-independence parties a
70-seat majority in the 135member regional parliament.
The anti-independence
party Ciudadanos, or Citizens, gained the most seats
of any individual party with
37, but fell far short of the 68
needed for a majority.
Rajoy, while declining to
meet with former Catalonia
leader Carles Puigdemont,
said he should meet with
Ciudadanos party leader
Ines Arrimadas, a sign of the
ongoing rancor between the
unity and independence
sides.
“The person I need to sit
down with is the person who
won the election, and that’s
Arrimadas,” he said during
a news conference in
Madrid.
Rajoy congratulated Ciudadanos on gaining the plurality of seats in parliament.
“The negative thing
about these results, from my
point of view, is that those of
us who wanted change
haven’t won enough seats to
achieve that,” Rajoy said. “It
is evident that the rupture
the radicalization has generated in Catalan society is
very big.”
He said he was willing to
hold dialogue with the government that forms in the
region as long as it acted
“within the law.” Spain’s constitution does not allow unilateral secession of the country’s 17 regions.
Rajoy’s Partido Popular,
or People’s Party, was dealt a
significant blow in the Catalonia election. The party lost
eight seats in the regional
parliament and is represented in only three out of
four provinces, making the
governing party of Spain a
negligible force in Catalonia
and undermining Rajoy’s
credibility in negotiating
with the region’s leaders.
The election gave separatist parties the most votes
overall with Together for
Catalonia gaining 34 seats,
Republican Left, 32, and
Popular Unity Candidacy,
four, for a total of 70. Whether
the parties can form a coalition to govern remains unclear.
Manu Fernandez Associated Press
A PROTESTER in Barcelona holds a sign: “Freedom for Political Prisoners.” Thursday’s vote gave an edge to pro-independence parties.
Oscar Del Pozo AFP/Getty Images
PRIME MINISTER Mariano Rajoy congratulated an anti-independence party
for winning the plurality of seats in parliament, though short of a majority.
Catalonia, which has a
population of about 7.5 million, like other regions has
local powers to set policy for
education, healthcare and
some other services, but relies on the central government for tax collection.
Though independentistas saw success in Thursday’s vote, many questions
remain, including: Who will
lead the next Catalan government and how will the
government pursue independence?
The two main candidates
for Catalonia’s presidency
are currently unable to ac-
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“What is going to happen?” said Barcelona politics professor Marina DiazCristobal. “Frankly, I don’t
think anyone knows at this
point.”
Catalonia’s
independence movement has triggered Spain’s most serious
political crisis since its return to democracy after the
death of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975.
Catalonia has its own language and culture, which
were
repressed
under
Franco. It has become
Spain’s most prosperous re-
sible.
“The distance between
the two blocs is huge and
that has made some extreme candidates from both
sides viable,” he said. “Everyone perceived as being
compromising with the
other group is electorally unpopular.”
To form a government,
separatists need to combine
their seats and select a president. Leaders from the
smallest and most extreme
of the three groups, Candidatura d’Unitat Popular, or
Popular Unity Candidacy,
said they will only join a coalition if it promises to build
a Catalonian republic.
Rajoy could dissolve parliament again if Catalonia’s
government pursued another unilateral independence
declaration, and the central
government in Madrid has
opposed authorizing a referendum on independence.
Jaume Pi, politics editor
of the Barcelona newspaper
La Vanguardia, said it would
be unwise for the Catalonia
parliament to hold another
unauthorized referendum.
The October referendum
came at a “strong emotional
cost” to the Catalonian public, he said.
“There has been an emotional change” in the electorate, Pi said. “It was a longer
and harder autumn than we
can remember in years,
since before the transition to
democracy.”
Bernhard is a special
correspondent.
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cept their parliament seats,
as one is imprisoned and the
other faces possible arrest.
Oriol Junqueras, leader
of
separatist
group
Esquerra Republicana, or
Republican Left, is in jail
outside Madrid while being
investigated for rebellion,
sedition and misuse of public funds.
Puigdemont,
whose
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gion, accounting for about
20% of the country’s economy and more than a quarter
of Spanish exports. Barcelona, the region’s capital, is
one of Europe’s biggest tourist hubs.
Many Catalans have said
they resent having their
taxes subsidize poorer parts
of Spain, especially considering the country has recently emerged from an
economic crisis.
An October referendum
on independence, deemed illegal by the central government in Madrid, swung in favor of secession but saw a
turnout of less than half of eligible voters.
Rajoy responded to the
regional government’s unilateral declaration of independence later that month
by removing all members of
the Catalan parliament
and calling regional elections, hoping to quell separatism. His gamble was
dealt a significant blow
Thursday.
While separatists celebrated the victory as an affirmation of their independence project, the election results confirmed the deep divisions among the region’s
citizens over secession or
unity with the central government.
Jose Fernandez-Albertos, a political scientist at
the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científica in
Madrid, said the stand-off
between pro- and anti-independence factions has made
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pated influx of Christmas
visitors.
The fast-rising homicide
rate in the Mexican state of
Baja California Sur has been
making
headlines
for
months, as rival criminal
gangs battle it out for lucrative drug-smuggling corridors to the United States.
Officials have said that
the reports have not damaged tourism, the region’s
economic lifeblood. The violence has been concentrated among warring gang
factions and has largely
spared foreign visitors.
But this week brought
another shock: The grisly
predawn discovery Wednesday of the bodies of four men
dangling from highway overpasses. The corpses of two
other men were found
tossed on the pavement of
overpasses, authorities said.
Photos of victims slung
from highway bridges became a trademark image in
border areas like Ciudad
Juarez, across the Rio
Grande from El Paso. Authorities view the actions as
warnings from one faction to
another in the drug wars.
But the emergence of a
similar phenomenon in Baja
California Sur has sent a
new chill through a region
where many are worried
that the chaos of criminal violence may well be deep-
ening, with a possible negative effect on tourism.
Four of the six bodies
were found on bridges along
roads leading to the airports
at La Paz and Los Cabos,
key entry points for foreign
visitors.
“Here everyone is worried about the violence,” Armando Diaz, 28, a waiter,
said via telephone from San
Jose del Cabo, one of the
state’s twin signature beach
resorts, along with Cabo San
Lucas. “We as Mexicans are
accustomed to hearing
about the violence, but people found hanging from
bridges here? That scares
us. Imagine what the foreigners think. I could understand it if they see the news
and decide not to come.”
Despite the official pronouncements that the rising
violence has not discouraged tourism, many here
wonder whether the incidents may be prompting
some visitors to seek out
safer holiday destinations.
“Of course the insecurity
and violence affect us,” Gabriel Quintero, 42, who runs
El Coral restaurant in San
Jose del Cabo, said by
phone. “The government
and the tourist associations
tell us everything is fine ...
but we have seen a reduction
in the numbers of visitors. A
year ago we had a lot more
people.”
Baja California Sur officials said they have stepped
up security, bolstered police
patrols and are planning a
new military marine base in
response to the violence.
Although none of the recent violence has explicitly
targeted tourists, the U.S.
State Department in August warned Americans to
take extra precautions when
visiting Los Cabos.
The great fear in Los Cabos is that the region could
suffer a fate like that of Acapulco, the Pacific resort that
has become a battle zone for
warring drug factions. The
violence there has steered
many foreigners away.
By Friday, Mexican authorities had yet to identify
publicly the six men found
dead on bridges this week.
None suffered from gunshot
wounds, authorities said,
without elaborating on the
causes of death. The cases
were still under investigation, authorities said.
In at least two of the
cases, the apparent killers
also strung obscenity-laced
banners from bridges, warning in one sign that they held
the “power” in the region.
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Times’ Mexico City bureau.
A5
L AT I M E S . C O M
THE NATION
Engineer wasn’t
on phone when
train derailed
By Rick Anderson
The engineer of an Amtrak train that derailed from
an overpass onto rush-hour
traffic on Interstate 5 in
DuPont, Wash., was not on
his cellphone at the time of
the crash, federal investigators said Friday.
“The crew was not observed to use any personal
electronic devices during
the time frame reviewed,”
the National Transportation Safety Board said after
a review of audio and video
recordings inside Amtrak
Cascades Train 501.
The train left Seattle
early Monday on its inaugural run to Portland, Ore.,
with seven crew members
and 77 passengers aboard.
About 40 miles south of
Seattle, in DuPont, Wash., 13
of 14 cars derailed near a
bridge over Interstate 5 as
the train reached speeds of
80 mph in a 30-mph zone.
Several cars fell onto the
freeway below, striking vehicles in rush-hour traffic.
Three passengers on the
train were killed and dozens
were injured.
Almost
immediately,
there were questions as to
whether the conductor had
been on the phone.
It’s common practice for
the NTSB to determine
whether crew members may
have been distracted by personal electronic devices,
since it’s happened before.
In Los Angeles, for instance, the agency determined that the engineer of
a Metrolink train was distracted by typing text messages on his cellphone when
he ran through a red signal
in 2008, smashing head-on
into a Union Pacific freight
train and killing 25 people.
The board’s review of the
DuPont crash did not disclose what the crew was doing as the train barreled into
a curve headed for a trestle
about 7:45 a.m.
The train was using a
new, faster route that would
have shaved 10 minutes off
the trip. Track speed was
largely about 80 mph, but a
sign, visible to train crews
before the abrupt curve, limited speed to 30 mph.
The NTSB said the engineer did react — just not in
time.
“About six seconds prior
to the derailment,” the
board said, “the engineer
made a comment regarding
an over-speed condition.”
He apparently then tried to
brake.
“The engineer’s actions
were consistent with the application of the locomotive’s
brakes just before the recording ended,” according
to the report, but it said that
“it did not appear the engineer placed the brake handle in emergency-braking
mode.”
Federal investigators say
they have not yet spoken
with all members of the train
crew, as several remain hospitalized.
Some train cars in the
scattered wreckage flipped
and landed upside down
while others wound up dangling from the trestle. Only
the rear “pusher” locomotive was left standing on the
tracks above.
Most passengers and
some motorists suffered minor and major injuries, and
several remain in critical
condition.
The three who died — all
of them train buffs — have
been identified.
Jim Hamre, 61, and his
friend Zack Willhoite, 35,
both from the Tacoma area,
were riding together. They
were members of All Aboard
Washington, a rail enthusiasts group. Their volunteer
efforts helped establish the
new, faster route they died
on. The third victim, Benjamin Gran, 40, of nearby
Auburn, was described by a
relative as “an Amtrak fan to
the max.”
Many of those injured
and families of some of those
killed are telling their stories
on GoFundMe, the online
site that collects donations
for those in need.
Amtrak has also announced that it will cover
medical expenses and other
costs incurred by passengers injured or killed in
the crash. The rail line and
the NTSB say it will probably take a year or more for
the government to complete
its crash investigation and
compile a report.
Anderson is a special
correspondent.
Bettina Hansen Seattle Times
CARS FROM an Amtrak train lie on Interstate 5
in DuPont, Wash., after the train derailed Monday.
Molly Hennessy-Fiske Los Angeles Times
JANICE RATCLIFF runs the water plant in Rose City, where the state ordered residents to boil their water.
A simple Christmas wish
Rose City, Texas, hit
hard by Hurricane
Harvey, would like
nothing more than
clean drinking water.
By Molly
Hennessy-Fiske
ROSE CITY, Texas — It
was before dawn when the
woman responsible for running this small town’s water
system got a frightening call:
The water tower was running low.
Since Hurricane Harvey
inundated this rural area 90
miles east of Houston with
almost 10 feet of water in August, Janice Ratcliff has submitted drinking-water tests
to the state, hoping to lift an
order requiring nearly 600
residents to boil water. It
would be a small step toward
livability in Rose City, a town
full of campers with Christmas trees set up outside.
She returned to her
flooded office the week after
the storm in waders, and
kept the water plant operating manually, working
seven days a week.
Before
Thanksgiving,
residents were among 3,750
people in southeast Texans
without clean drinking water. The total was down to
1,150 people this week, state
officials said. Rose City has
supplied donated bottled
water and hasn’t charged for
tap water since the boil order was issued.
Ratcliff had hoped new
tests would get the order
lifted in time for the holidays. Insurance red tape
and failed state tests had delayed the process before.
Now a glitch had kept the
water tower from filling
overnight and threatened to
set back the city’s plans.
At 5:15 a.m. Thursday,
Ratcliff rushed to the tower
above the town’s water plant
behind City Hall, all still being rebuilt after the storm
and surrounded by a mix of
mud and debris.
Ratcliff ’s own office had
flooded, replaced by a wood
shack without heat or air
conditioning. To her relief,
the tower still had enough
water and pressure to avoid
extending the order to boil
water. She gathered water
samples and sent them off to
the state, hoping for good
news in the next 24 hours.
The first one she hoped to
call with the good news
would be Mayor Bonnie
Stephenson.
Stephenson lost her own
home in the flood, and has
stayed three places since,
most recently with her son in
his double-wide trailer. After
four years as mayor, the former union secretary and real
estate agent found herself
unloading trucks of donated
supplies, coordinating relief
centers including a military
tent and temporary laundromat still set up in front of
City Hall. She’s 72.
Some residents have received assistance from the
Federal Emergency Management Agency, but many
have not. FEMA is scheduled to hold a town hall
meeting on Jan. 4.
“Hopefully we’ll get some
answers, or some help. I try
my best, but sometimes it’s
not enough when you’ve lost
everything and you have
people telling you, ‘What can
I do?’ and you can only
say, ‘Reapply,’ ” Stephenson
said.
All but two of the 207
homes in Rose City were destroyed, she said. All across
town, wood-frame homes sit
vacant, broken windows
dark and gaping, plastic toys
salvaged from the flood
lined up outside next to
packed trash bags.
“People are watching
their homes rot,” the mayor
said. “… It doesn’t seem like
Christmas to us.”
There are no roses — the
town was named after a
nearby oilfield — but there
are towering pines, the thick
forest of east Texas mixed
with the bayous of Louisiana, whose border is less
than 25 miles away. Some
homes were built in the
1800s, and families have lived
here for generations.
Across the street from
City Hall, City Secretary
Tonya Veazey set up her
Christmas tree under a carport serving as her family’s
kitchen and den, with a
couch, TV, smokers and a
grill.
“I’ve had meltdown after
meltdown. This past week
has been the worst,” she
said.
Neighbors know where
she lives and come to the
fence line looking for help —
with the water, drywall and
other building materials
they cannot afford. Husband C.J. Veazey, 40,
trimmed brisket on a table
nearby to sell during the holiday.
“Because people didn’t
have money for flood insurance, we’re rebuilding penny
by penny, paycheck by paycheck,” said Tonya Veazey,
34, wearing a “Come Hell or
High Water Texas Strong”
T-shirt.
Volunteers came to help
after the storm, including
Los Angeles police and
those who were flooded the
year before outside Baton
Rouge, La. Some volunteers
remained at Rose City Baptist Church, where Veazey
joined them Thursday sorting donated toys for children
in town. The church was gutted, a tent of supplies and
stained glass windows piled
outside.
Up the road, Veazey had
helped a couple get a donated camper to stay in
while they elevated their
house 10 feet. They didn’t
have flood insurance, and it
has cost them $16,000 so far
just to raise the house.
Across
the
railroad
tracks, an 86-year-old neighbor’s daughter tried to persuade her to leave after the
storm destroyed her house.
When she refused to leave
Rose City, the daughter returned from Dallas to help
her rebuild.
Juanita Cardenas recalled how she and her five
siblings slept on the floor
with their parents growing
up, with cardboard for insulation. Back then, east Texas
was
segregated,
which
meant only her mother, the
lightest-skinned in the family, was allowed into local
shops.
But instead of moving
away, most children — including hers — bought or
settled the land. “We survived,” Cardenas said.
Her four-bedroom house
was razed after the flood,
and the site is now a sandy
lot. She got help building a
one-room shack behind it
with a kitchenette that Cardenas showed off. She hopes
to move in after New Year’s.
“That’s a mansion to me
growing up!” she said,
laughing.
The family lost three
houses on its plot, where
Cardenas’ daughter also
stays, and is still waiting for
all of its FEMA assistance.
They can’t afford to rebuild,
but hope to find a larger
trailer.
“I’m just thankful we’ve
got something to live in,”
said daughter Helen Ford,
59.
And on Friday morning,
Ratcliff gave them something else to celebrate.
“Merry Christmas from
the operators at the water
plant in Rose City,” she announced on Facebook — the
order to boil water had finally been lifted.
molly.hennessy-fiske
@latimes.com
A6
L AT I M E S . C O M
FBI: Plot targeted S.F.’s Pier 39
[Pier 39, from A1]
holidays.
The arrest of Jameson
highlights a larger concern
about the radicalization of
U.S. residents by terrorist
groups. It comes just weeks
after attacks in New York
City.
Authorities alleged in
court documents that Jameson told an undercover FBI
employee who he believed to
be a senior Islamic State
leader that Pier 39 would be
an ideal location for an attack because it is often
crowded with tourists. On
Monday, he sent the undercover employee a map and
photos of the site, authorities said.
Jameson
allegedly
sought from the undercover
employee an assault rifle,
ammunition, powder, tubing, nails, timers and remote
detonators — materials that
can be made into a pipe
bomb. According to the FBI,
he said he “did not need an
escape plan because he was
ready to die.” He also said he
was trained in both the M-16
and AK-47 rifle, the court filing said.
The suspect allegedly
told the undercover employee that “we need something
along the lines of New York
or San Bernardino,” apparently referring to the Halloween attack in Manhattan
when a man crashed a
rented truck into cyclists
and runners, killing eight
people, and the shooting-related attack in Southern
California in 2015 that left 14
people fatally shot.
FBI agents conducted a
search warrant on Wednesday at Jameson’s Modesto
home and found a note
signed Abdallah abu Everitt
ibn Gordon al-Amriki, dated
Dec. 16, which in part said, “I
Abdallah [abu] Everitt ibn
Gordon have committed
these acts upon the Kuffar
[non-Muslims], in the name
of Dar al Islam [the Muslim
world], Allahu Akbar!”
“You’ve Allowed Donald
J Trump to give away Al
Quds [Jerusalem] to the
Jews. Both You and he are
wrong, it belongs to the
Muslemeen [Muslims],” the
letter allegedly said. “Long
Daniel Slim AFP/Getty Images
FBI OFFICIALS say a Modesto man was planning to target Pier 39, a popular San Francisco tourist destination, for a Christmas attack.
Live Isil, Long Live Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
The FBI also seized firearms and ammunition from
the home.
Jameson completed U.S.
Marine Corps recruit training in 2009 and earned a
sharpshooter rifle qualification, according to the affidavit. He was discharged for
failing to disclose a history of
asthma.
Jameson came to the attention of the FBI in late
September when a person
described as “a credible
source” told the FBI of a suspicious Facebook account
whose author published
posts supportive of terrorism. Among the posts he
liked or loved on Facebook in
recent months was an image
of Santa Claus standing in
New York with dynamite,
captioned “ISIS post image
of Santa with dynamite
threatening attack on New
York.”
By late October, Jameson
allegedly messaged the
source that “I am here to beg
to join the cause against
darul kuffar,” or the nonMuslim world. He said he became a Muslim two years
ago in Merced and said:
“That is what will make me
more useful. I can blend in.”
On Dec. 16, Jameson met
with the undercover FBI employee, who purported to report to Islamic State leader
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a
claim that appeared to
please Jameson, the affidavit said. Jameson said he
was an infantryman and
well-versed in a book that
discusses the building of improvised explosives, the
court document said.
The undercover employ-
ee told Jameson to not do
anything without his knowledge, adding he needed to
get approval from his superiors.
Late Monday night,
Jameson told the undercover employee that “I …
don’t think I can do this after
all. I’ve reconsidered.”
After securing a warrant,
the FBI searched Jameson’s
home Wednesday. Jameson
“discussed aspects of the
plan to carry out an attack,
noting he would be happy if
an attack was carried out,”
the affidavit said.
In Modesto on Friday,
Jameson’s father, Gordon,
told KFSN-TV that he was
shocked by the charges. He
said he sometimes talked to
his son about religion and
the son’s conversion to the
Islamic faith but that he never spoke of violence. “Unre-
al. I really couldn’t believe
it,” he told the station. “I am
kind of lost right now. That is
not how he was raised.”
The arrest comes at a
time of heightened concern
about terrorism on American soil. Earlier this month,
Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old
legal permanent resident
from
Bangladesh,
was
charged with detonating a
pipe bomb in the New York
transit system, injuring himself and four others. Authorities said he was radicalized
through internet propaganda and allegedly said, “I did
it for Islamic State.”
Authorities said the
deadly Halloween terrorist
attack in Manhattan was
committed
by
Sayfullo
Saipov, 29, a trucker and
Uber driver who came to the
U.S. legally from Uzbekistan
in 2010. Officials said he be-
came radicalized by watching Islamic State videos on
his cellphone.
FBI spokeswoman Katherine Zackel said there is no
specific, credible threat to
the Bay Area at this time.
Jameson was charged
with attempting to provide
material support to a foreign
terrorist organization. If
convicted, he could face up
to 20 years in prison.
San Francisco acting
Mayor London Breed said
police will be increasing
their presence as the FBI investigation continues.
ron.lin@latimes.com
rubaina.azhar
@latimes.com
Lin reported from San
Francisco, Azhar from L.A.
Times researcher Scott
Wilson contributed to this
report.
WST
L AT I M E S . C O M
A7
GOP lacks clear strategy for 2018
[Congress, from A1]
— and preferring Democrats
over Republicans in Congress by historically wide
margins. Republican strategists concede that their majority in the House — and
perhaps in the Senate, as
well — is at serious risk in
next year’s midterm election.
The path for the party
doesn’t seem likely to get any
easier in the coming year.
Pushing the tax-cut bill to
Trump’s desk — he signed it
into law Friday — was a lighter legislative lift than any of
the options for what comes
next.
Lowering tax rates has
been a longtime top GOP
priority and one most Republican lawmakers agree
on. By contrast, party leaders already disagree about
the agenda for next year.
House Speaker Paul D.
Ryan (R-Wis.) has announced that he wants to
overhaul welfare and socalled entitlements in 2018,
utilizing the same strictly
partisan rules Republicans
relied on to approve their tax
measure without Democratic votes or a filibuster
threat in the Senate.
“One of the important
entitlement reforms we see
that is necessary is get us out
of this poverty trap,” Ryan
told reporters. “We have tens
of millions of people right
here in this country falling
short of their potential, not
working, not looking for a
job, or not in school getting a
skill to get a job. That’s a
problem.”
But McConnell does not
want Republicans to take on
such a divisive issue in an
election year, when GOP
senators could be blamed
for unpopular cuts in safety
net programs at a time when
many Americans continue
to struggle in a shifting economy.
“Here’s my only observation about entitlement reform,” McConnell said. “The
sensitivity of entitlements is
such that you almost have to
have a bipartisan agreement
in order to achieve a result.”
Similarly, Ryan and
Vegas
victims’
wounds
revealed
Gunshots cited as
the cause of all 58
deaths in the October
rampage, coroner says.
By David Montero
LAS VEGAS — The 58
victims killed in the mass
shooting at a country music
concert on the Las Vegas
Strip in October died of gunshot wounds, the Clark
County coroner has reported.
According to the coroner’s list, 18 of the victims
died of gunshot wounds to
the head and 15 were shot in
the back. Four were listed as
suffering “multiple gunshot
wounds.” The rest suffered
predominantly chest, leg
and neck wounds.
Stephen Paddock, the 64year-old gunman, died by
suicide — a gunshot through
the mouth, according to Coroner John Fudenberg.
The massacre on Oct. 1
also left more than 500 others wounded when Paddock
opened fire from the window
of his room on the 32nd floor
of the Mandalay Bay Hotel
and Casino.
More than 22,000 people
were at the Route 91 Harvest
Festival, where Paddock
trained his gunfire.
All of the deaths were
ruled homicides.
It was the largest mass
shooting in modern American history, and investigators are still trying to piece
together a motive.
Since the shooting, more
than $22 million has been
raised for families of those
who died and those who suffered debilitating injuries.
The Las Vegas Victims Fund
announced this week it was
hoping to raise more money
for victims and launched a
credit card link for donors.
david.montero
@latimes.com
Andrew Harnik Associated Press
HOUSE SPEAKER Paul D. Ryan, right, celebrates the tax-cut bill’s passage with GOP leaders including Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), left.
other Republicans have
talked about trying again to
repeal Obamacare. McConnell shrugged off the
idea Friday, saying, “Well, I
wish them well.”
McConnell, who struggled this year with a twovote margin of control in the
Senate, faces an even
tougher task in the new year,
when Democrats add to
their ranks with the arrival
of Doug Jones, the senatorelect from Alabama. He’ll
make the Senate balance 51
to 49.
The party also faces a
continued struggle to keep
its ranks together as GOP
senators deal with primary
challengers backed by former Trump advisor Stephen
K. Bannon. In the House, the
conservative Freedom Caucus continues to hold enormous sway over the GOP
agenda.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of
North Carolina predicted
the new year would be as
rocky as this one.
“I think it’s creative chaos,” he said. “Anytime you’re
going to have anything historic, legislatively and certainly from an administration standpoint, you’re going to have conflict.”
Congress left behind a
lengthy to-do list of unfinished work when lawmakers
quit for the year, approving
only a stop-gap agreement
to fund the government and
setting up another budget
showdown on Jan. 19. They
failed to resolve issues that
include disaster relief, reforming the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs and whether to protect from deportation the
young immigrants known as
Dreamers.
The White House has not
made matters easier, failing
to lay out a clear strategy for
next year.
Trump and GOP leaders
plan to meet at the White
House in January to draft a
shared agenda. One strong
possibility is some form of an
infrastructure measure, although Trump has talked
about that for a year without
proposing a specific plan.
Serious new spending on
roads, bridges and airports,
as Trump has suggested,
would run into objections
from conservatives. But a
package that relies on tax
breaks for developers or
complex financing schemes
would open the GOP to attack by Democrats.
An immigration package
that would resolve the status of the Dreamers in exchange for tougher border
security enforcement is also
likely to be on the list.
Congress technically has
until March to resolve that
issue before the roughly
800,000 Dreamers, certain
young immigrants who arrived in the country illegally
as children, start becoming
eligible for deportation.
For now, more than 120 a
day are losing their protected status and exposed to
deportation risks — a number that is expected to grow
to more than 1,000 daily in
March.
Trump campaigned on
working across the aisle to
change Washington’s gridlock, but the White House
has been unable to woo
many Democratic votes.
“At some point, and for
the good of the country, I
predict we will start working
with the Democrats in a Bipartisan fashion,” Trump
tweeted Friday. “Infrastructure would be a perfect place
to start. After having foolishly spent $7 trillion in the
Middle East, it is time to
start rebuilding our country!”
Trump often repeats the
$7 trillion claim, although
the White House has not
cited a basis for it, and out-
side experts say it is a considerable overestimate for
the cost of the wars and rebuilding in the region.
Democrats, emboldened
by constituents who are
deeply resistant to Trump,
have found little incentive to
work with the president.
Their voters want representatives in Washington to
challenge the White House,
not enable it, as seen by robust Democratic turnout in
off-year elections, including
Jones’ victory in Trumpfriendly Alabama.
Even Democratic senators
from
conservative
states that Trump won —
once seen by White House
aides as politically vulnerable and potential allies —
spurned the president on
the tax overhaul.
Democrats are almost
certain to resist any Republican proposals for deep
spending cuts, especially after GOP passage of the $1.5trillion tax cut.
“They’re in for the fight of
their lives if they’re going after Medicare, Medicaid and
Social Security,” said Sen.
Richard J. Durbin of Illinois,
the No. 2 Senate Democrat.
“It is just perfect isn’t it?
Tax breaks for the wealthiest people who haven’t
punched a time-clock in
their lives so that we can cut
back food stamps for single
moms trying to feed hungry
kids,” Durbin said.
“Perfect. I couldn’t have
written a better script for the
Republican Party. If that’s
what they want to campaign
on for 2018, be my guest.”
lisa.mascaro@latimes.com
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Michael Owen Baker For the Times
THE THOMAS fire not only burned homes but robbed residents of their identities. Above, Mike Mobley, left, and his son Tyler stand in the Ondulando neighborhood.
Surrendering to life’s changes
[Trauma, from A1]
Sparked in Santa Paula
and pushed by Santa Ana
winds, the Thomas fire
streaked along the southern
slopes of Sulfur Mountain.
Consuming an acre a
second, it crossed 11 canyons
before reaching eastern
Ventura late on the night of
Dec. 4.
Lunches had been made,
school clothes laid out. Tomorrow would come soon
enough: jobs to go to, errands to run. Most had
heard of a fire to the east and
were worried about their distant neighbors.
And they turned out the
lights.
Then came the robocalls,
the pounding on front doors,
the urgent texts, bullhorns
in the street.
The power was out. With
headlamps and flashlights,
they wrestled pets and
grabbed whatever they
could, ever mindful of Santa
Rosa.
They left under an amber
glow and drove away,
shocked by the sight of their
city under siege.
Days later, they shared
the images on their phones,
digital keepsakes of that terrible night: fire on the slopes,
fire in the botanical gardens,
fire going through homes.
Later still, they pulled on
booties, gloves and masks
and combed through the
ashes, finding a cup adorned
with cracks, a knife blade
missing its wooden handle, a
piece of wedding china.
They joked that they
planned to start decluttering their lives or that they
wanted their kitchen remodeled. But no one laughed.
Living now in hotels or
vacation rentals, with family, friends or in trailers, they
wait for the day they will
wake up and not wonder
where they are.
“What is lost is predictability and routine,” said
Lisa Hochberg-Miller, rabbi
at Temple Beth Torah. “Our
days have become unmoored.”
Hochberg-Miller didn’t
lose her home, unlike 12
members of her congregation. One family, she said,
lost two homes, one belonging to a grandparent and one
to their children.
Nan Waltman and Hal
Nachenberg’s
home
of
nearly 25 years burned. They
had purchased it for
$300,000 and raised their
daughter in it. It is — no, they
correct themselves — it was
their dream, and they were
most proud of the remodeling they had done and the
ocean views from most
rooms.
Until Saturday, they were
prevented from going into
their neighborhood. The National Guard had maintained a roadblock to all but
emergency and service vehicles working to repair
melted water and gas mains
and power lines.
In their 70s, the couple
are committed to rebuilding
but find themselves in a noman’s land, filled with regret
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
OLIVIA JACOBSON , 16, center, hugs her sister Emma Jacobson, 19, as fire burns
their Ventura home Dec. 5. The sisters have moved with their father to a rental.
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
OLIVIA SIFTS through the rubble of her family’s house. Her father says the fire
erased mementos of his girls’ youth, scattering memories “like pieces of a puzzle.”
for not taking more with
them — a hard drive with
photos, a cousin’s paintings
— and uncertain what to do
next.
“You know how time
speeds up when you get older?” Waltman said. “Well,
now time just slowed down.
Each day feels so long.”
They want to resume
their familiar routine, which
they never thought would
slip away from them. Wildfires have threatened Ventura before.
In 2005, the School fire
scorched almost 3,900 acres
north of downtown and drew
more than 1,200 firefighters,
who kept the blaze from reaching the hillside homes.
Twelve years earlier, the
Steckel fire charred 26,500
acres near Santa Paula.
Driven by Santa Ana winds,
it frightened some Ventura
residents to hose down their
roofs; no homes were lost.
They believed this time
would be no different.
::
“I feel like I’m spinning,”
said Jeff Jacobson, sitting in
his backyard with its smokesmudged views of Ventura
and the Oxnard Plain. “I’m
overwhelmed and stressed,
which is hard because I need
to be clear-minded.”
The fire didn’t completely level his home.
Through its charred walls,
he can make out the blackened wrest plank of his player piano. His neighbors’
homes are mostly intact. He
was unlucky to have an ember land on his house.
Calm and soft-spoken,
Jacobson concedes to occasional anger, anger that he
can’t go to this closet anymore and grab his favorite
sweater, anger that he suspects his home might have
been saved.
On that Tuesday morning two weeks ago, flames
rising 3 feet off the roof, he
approached one of the 50
firefighters on the street,
who told him that they
would have to let the home
burn.
“Why?” Jacobson asked.
“The hydrants are dry,”
he was told — too much demand throughout the city —
and they didn’t want to use
the water in their trucks on a
home so far gone.
He asked them to call for
a pump, so they could retrieve water from a neighbor’s pool.
“We don’t have one.”
“Could you just call?”
Within 10 minutes, a
pump had been found, and
the firefighters were throwing water on his home. They
saved his garage.
He wondered what would
have happened if he had spoken sooner.
Today he and his two
daughters — Emma, 19, and
Olivia, 16 — have moved into
a rental not far from the high
school and converted the
dining room into a third bedroom. They are slowly making concessions to the
changes in their lives.
But it’s been challenging.
The fire erased the mementos of his girls’ youth, scattering
memories,
as
Jacobson sees it, “like pieces
of a puzzle.” With almost a
fondness, he recalls the
night the three of them evacuated. He could have stayed
and played the hero, tried to
save the home, but chose instead to be with them.
Sleeping that night in a
Fry’s parking lot — he in the
Ford Explorer, they in a travel trailer — he felt safe and
secure.
Now the clock is running.
Most insurers cover two
years of rent and give home-
owners two years to replace
their belongings. Those who
are displaced feel the pressure. With all the damage
and the work that lies ahead,
they anticipate a bottleneck
of demolition and construction.
They put together lists:
Call the assessor. Stop at the
bank. Talk to the insurance
adjuster. Tally everything
that they have lost.
And make runs to Target
and try not to be too discouraged as other shoppers pick
up stocking stuffers and ugly
Christmas sweaters while
they’re buying underwear
and toiletries.
But that’s how it is right
now: each day bringing a reminder of what they’ve lost.
No wonder they talk so
easily about family members who recently died,
about cancer diagnoses and
relapses, about childhood
illnesses. The vulnerability
they feel today has opened
up older wounds and fears.
Sitting on her aunt’s sofa,
11-year-old Rachel Lipscomb
buried her face into her father Jeff ’s shoulder as she
quietly cried. These reminders are almost more than she
can bear. Jeff puts an arm
around her.
Rachel tried to explain.
She and her mom, Colette,
had gone into town earlier in
the day, and when they returned, they drove past the
street they usually turn left
on.
“Oh, we’re not going
home,” said Rachel, recounting her surprise, “and
then I remembered all over
again that my house burned
down.”
The memory sets others
memories into motion: her
Harry Potter collection,
gone; her stuffed dog with
the Santa hat, lost; and her
silk dresses, burned — almost 10 of them — purchased by her parents in
Guangzhou, China, when
she was adopted. She especially liked the black one
with the butterflies on it.
“I want to know who I
am,” said Rachel, who feels
the fire had set her back.
Burning more than just
homes and possessions, the
Thomas fire has robbed residents of their identities and
upset the careful balance of
family life. Estrangements
arise over different reactions
to sudden change in their
lives.
“The totality of the loss
makes this different from an
illness or an accident,”
Hochberg-Miller said. “If
you have a family member
who is sick, you have family
members who can ground
them and be their roots. But
when everyone is affected,
everyone is impacted. Who
will be the strong one to hold
the pain for the other members of the family?”
Families in Ventura are
still working that out.
::
There are lessons in all of
this, they say, and they try to
find them.
“We have to be open to accept the world as it is, not
how we want it to be,” Barbara Brown said.
Brown sat with her husband, Bert Van Auker, and
their dog Rebel in the lobby
of the Crowne Plaza hotel,
where they took residence
after being evacuated and
learning that their home was
lost. Outside, smoke from
the still-burning fire snaked
into Ventura, bringing a
sweet, acrid reminder. White
ash, powdery as a moth’s
wings, drifted through the
air.
The couple recently canceled their January trip to
China and are now debating
whether they’ll come out of
retirement.
Those who lost their
homes find themselves second-guessing their hurried
decisions. Most of all, they
wish they had taken the
threat of the fire more seriously.
Van Auker thinks about
Barbara’s paintings. They
fled in their PJs with only
their dog, four boxes of
photographs and his bike. A
former Ventura County firefighter, Van Auker thought
they would return.
“We loved our home for
the trees, the serene quality
of the place,” said Brown,
president of the Ventura Botanical Gardens, which was
lost as the fire advanced on
City Hall.
When
Brown
walks
through her home in her
memories, she stops in the
living room where they had
hung the painting of the
woman in the red floral kimono that she had recently
finished. The canvas, a fullsized portrait in the manner
of her teacher John Nava,
had taken her two years.
Van Auker has a photo of
it on his phone. The woman’s
arms are raised over her
head “as if in supplication,”
Brown said.
“We now have to do that,”
she said. “We have to give up
the life we had in order to
have a new one.”
For now, what’s left is to
grieve for the loss of paintings and photos, merit
badges
and
wedding
dresses, jewelry and the
heirlooms to be passed onto
children and grandchildren.
And to rebuild trust in
the expectations of everyday
life. In the Lipscomb household, it meant purchasing
three lunch bags with Velcro
closures for Rachel and her
brothers just like they had.
At a local diner, it means
buying meals for the firefighters, who in turn buy
meals for those who have
lost their homes.
At intersections, brightly
colored poster boards thank
firefighters and first responders. Above Highway
126 hangs a “Ventura
Strong” banner.
“Nature
is
amoral,”
Hochberg-Miller said. “Our
humanity is defined by how
well we respond to others.”
thomas.curwen
@latimes.com
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MARCH FONG EU, 1922 - 2017
Trailblazing California politician
[Eu, from A1]
“She was such an exemplary role model and an encouragement for women to
break the glass ceiling,” said
Lagomarsino, who worked
with Eu for 19 years in Sacramento.
Gov. Jerry Brown said he
found Eu inspiring. “She was
a pioneering woman who
helped open doors to public
service for more women and
Asian Americans.”
After first serving four
terms in the state Assembly
from 1966 to 1974, Eu rode
into the headlines with her
populist campaign to ban
pay toilets from public buildings, which she said symbolized the second-class treatment of women who would
be left fumbling for pocket
change in their purses just to
use a bathroom.
She received the highest
vote total ever at that time
for a statewide politician to
become the state’s chief
elections officer and keeper
of business and archival records. She was unbeatable
in the next four elections.
During her nearly 20-year
tenure, Eu instituted voter
registration by mail and got
federal approval of legislation allowing voters to register at the Department of Motor Vehicles and other state
agencies.
Eu technically became
the state’s first female governor — if only for a day — in
1976, when all the other state
officials in the line of succession were out of California.
In 1988, midway through
her fourth term, Eu sought
the Democratic nomination
to the U.S. Senate, hoping to
become the first woman to
serve as a California senator.
However, she withdrew because she did not wish to disclose the financial holdings
of her wealthy second husband, Henry Eu, a Singapore
businessman.
Four years later, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and
Barbara Boxer were elected
the first two female California senators.
Toward the end of her
fifth term as secretary of
R.L. Oliver Los Angeles Times
‘AN EXEMPLARY ROLE MODEL’
KEEPER OF THE ARCHIVES
March Fong Eu, then an Assemblywoman, breaks a toilet with a sledgehammer
on the Capitol steps in 1969 as part of her campaign against pay toilets.
Eu, left, and Muhammad Ali jog in Elysian Park in a
1980 public service TV ad encouraging people to vote.
state, Eu resigned when
President Clinton named
her ambassador to the Pacific nation of Micronesia, a
post she held for two years
until 1996.
Though she never again
held public office, Eu could
not keep away from politics
after her ambassadorship.
In 1998, she supported a Republican — her adopted son,
Matt Fong — in his unsuccessful attempt to unseat
Boxer.
Four years later, Eu announced plans to run once
again herself — for her old
secretary of state job. By
then almost 80, Eu said she
was prompted to jump back
into politics because she was
disturbed that California
still had punch-card voting
equipment like that in Florida, equipment that had
caused a crisis in the 2000
presidential election.
“These old systems are
time bombs that periodically explode whenever
there is a close election,”
said Eu, whose election slogan was “No More Chad.”
“It’s time to act in California
before we become the next
victim.”
Eu had a great advantage
because of her name recognition, but she lost in the
Democratic primary to Assembly Majority Leader
Kevin Shelley, who went on
to defeat the Republican
candidate, Keith Olberg.
Eu, a onetime dental hygienist, served on the Alameda County school board
in the 1950s and became interested in politics while
serving as president of the
American Dental Hygienists Assn. She was elected to
the state Assembly in 1966,
serving four terms.
Eu quickly made a name
for herself by taking up the
issue of pay toilets, saying
that forcing women to fumble for pocket change was
discriminatory.
To make her point, she
staged a publicity stunt in
1969 in which she bashed a
toilet lock with a sledgehammer
(and
accidentally
smashed the toilet as well).
Though Eu was ridiculed
by her male colleagues in the
Legislature over the pay-toilet topic, in 1974, the same
year that Gov. Ronald
Reagan signed a bill banning
pay toilets in public buildings, she used the issue in
her bid to become secretary
ofstate and received a record
3.4 million votes. Four years
later, she topped that by
600,000 votes.
The daughter of Chinese
immigrants, Fong was born
March 29, 1922, in Oakdale,
northeast of Modesto. Her
parents operated a laundry
there and, after moving to
San Francisco, opened a
laundry there as well.
Although she was a
straight-A student, a high
school counselor told her
not to count on becoming a
scientist as she had hoped
because she was Chinese
and it was likely nobody
would hire her.
“Much of my drive is
based there,” she once said.
She received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene at UC Berkeley, a master’s at Mills College and a
doctorate in education from
Stanford University before
running for the state Assembly in 1966.
Eu did not call herself a
feminist, but she bristled at
restrictions on women. She
once staged a protest at an
all-male club in Sacramento,
first wrangling an invitation
to lunch there and then informing television stations
to come and watch her be
thrown out.
“Even if I were chairman
of a committee meeting
there for luncheon, I would
be excluded,” an indignant
Eu told The Times.
The club later agreed to
accept female members.
In 1986, Eu was mugged in
her own home while her husband was upstairs, unaware
that a burglar had entered
their house in the Hancock
Park area of Los Angeles.
The burglar beat her with
the blunt edge of an ax and
dragged her around the
house by her hair until she
found $300 to give him. The
man was later sent to prison.
She is survived by a
daughter, Suyin. Her son,
Matt, who was elected state
treasurer in 1994, died in 2011.
Luther is a former Times
staff writer. Staff writers
Steve Marble and Liam
Dillon contributed to this
report.
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As holidays
return, will
customers?
[Tamales, from A1]
For
many
Mexican
American families, tamales
are as central to Christmas
— or Christmas Eve — as
turkey is to Thanksgiving.
Tamales being ripped
from the menu of family celebrations because of bad
masa was sort of like the
Grinch riding down to
Whoville and taking away all
the presents.
Irma Guillen, 41, of Bell
Gardens was among those
whose Christmas tamales
were ruined. But just before
Thanksgiving this year, she
returned to the store to buy
two large bags of masa.
On the sliding doors of
Amapola, a hashtag in
Spanish read “Better Than
Ever.”
“Nobody is perfect, you
know? It happens,” she said.
“Just because it happened
once is no reason to stop giving them my business. It
would be unfair to the business and workers.”
For all the public relations efforts and changes in
protocol
and
supplier,
Galván Jr. said, a big test of
how well the store bounces
back will be on Christmas
Eve and Christmas.
“We know that we’re going to have some very tough
judges this Christmas and
customers are going to expect the same quality and
consistency as before,” he
said. “We have to make sure
of that.”
Galván Jr. said the debacle happened “at the absolute worst time.”
“December 21st through
the 24th are our absolute
busiest days of the year,”
he said. “We have people
waiting in line for hours
to get into our store — all of
our stores — just to buy
masa.”
Last year’s problem appeared to stem from a
120,000-pound supply of raw
corn purchased from a long-
time California vendor.
The genetically modified
corn, produced solely for
fuel, had made its way into
the supply and eventually
into the homes of the market’s customers, Galván Jr.
said.
“Once we identified the
problem, one of the first
things we had to do is change
the vendor that supplied us
our corn,” Galván Jr. said.
Additionally, new protocols were put into place to
test the quality of the masa,
such as cooking with it beforehand and making champurrado, a hot, thick Mexican drink made of masa and
chocolate.
If the hot drink does not
thicken, Galván Jr. said,
then they know there’s
something wrong.
“So we don’t produce and
sell the masa until we know
for sure that it comes out
right,” he said.
To regain the trust of its
customers,
Amapola
launched a social media
campaign using the hashtag
#MejorQueNunca — Better
Than Ever. In September,
the company sponsored a
tamale festival that it said
was successful.
Galván Jr. said the reaction against the store was so
passionate because of its
past success. With such a
large and loyal following, the
fiasco was bound to upset a
lot of people.
“We took the biggest hit
because we were the biggest
seller of tamales during that
time period,” he said.
One year later, some customers have returned, while
others have decided the experience was too bitter.
Ana Gonzalez of East Los
Angeles said she had fond
memories involving her
mother and making tamales.
“I grew up with my mom
taking me at 3 a.m. to purchase masa from Amapola,”
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
JOHN CARDENAS of Whittier, scooting a tray of tamales at his feet, lines up outside Amapola market for a
refund last year. Some customers doubted their own cooking, but it was bad masa that ruined their meals.
‘Nobody is
perfect, you
know? It happens.
Just because it
happened once is
no reason to stop
giving them my
business.’
— Irma Guillen,
Amapola customer
from Bell Gardens
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
FOR MANY Mexican American families, tamales are as central to Christmas as
turkey is to Thanksgiving. Above, customers buy masa at Amapola last month.
she said. “I grew up seeing
my mom in the kitchen,
cooking the tamales, and my
mom taught me how to
make tamales so I could
cook them for my children.”
One year ago, her mother
was visiting for Christmas
after being away for seven
years.
“We were together, cooking the tamales and for me, it
was something I wanted my
children to experience since
I haven’t done that with my
mom for years,” Gonzalez
said. “For us, waiting hours
to have dinner and then to
see the faces on the children
when we told them they
couldn’t eat them… It was
hurtful.”
For that reason, Gonzalez said, she looked for an-
other place to buy her masa.
Others decided to give
the store another chance.
Adrian Gonzalez, 21, of
Long Beach, said his mother
wanted to try the masa before Christmas Eve. They
didn’t buy too much, just in
case, he said.
Gonzalez said his family
had been deeply disappointed by what happened a year
ago.
“I was mad,” he said. “ I
was looking forward to tamales.”
Instead, his family made
do on Christmas Eve with
carne asada.
Galván Jr. said Amapola
was doing everything it
could to get back its customers.
“Are we going to please
100% of the people? Probably
not, but that’s what we’re
aiming for,” he said. “We
want the customer to … say,
‘Yes, Amapola is back!’ ”
ruben.vives@latimes.com
Twitter: @latvives
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LETTERS
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Giving socialism Cars don’t vote.
a try in the U.S. Drivers do.
Re “Socialists will not learn
from disaster in Venezuela,”
Opinion, Dec. 19
Michael Reynolds EPA/Shutterstock
PRESIDENT TRUMP at a White House rally with GOP lawmakers Wednesday to celebrate the tax overhaul.
GOP’s tax bilk
Re “Republican tax plan headed to president,” Dec. 20
ere’s a life lesson for those who may need it and are open to it: If something isn’t
working for you, do not double down and get more of it. This works on a larger scale
too.
For instance, if a Republican congressional majority decides a war in Iraq is a good
thing, is down with keeping detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and helps create a financial crisis and a great recession, maybe you want to think twice about inviting that into your lives
again. But if you do, maybe you should take heed when those Republican lawmakers refuse to do
anything to help a Democratic president reform healthcare and do other things to further the
well-being of our country.
So, here we are — the new tax bill will be enacted all too soon, and life will not be good for those
“poorly educated” and middle-class people whom President Trump claims to love so well. I urge
people to look closely to what is not working in their lives and avoid those things in the future — at
least for your children’s sake.
Lorraine Feuerstein, Moorpark
H
An article reports that
the critics of the GOP tax
plan fault it because the
benefits of the tax overhaul
will largely flow to the
wealthy. Conversely, the
article quotes the critics
who fault it because the
wealthy — those who earn
more money and own more
expensive homes — will lose
their benefits of deducting
state and local income and
property taxes.
Which way do the critics
want it?
William Vietinghoff
Thousand Oaks
::
It’s done. A dishonest,
cruel piece of legislation has
been signed into law, clearly
a mistake in the minds of
our citizens.
So what drove it? Pundits talk about many factors, but there’s only one:
our campaign finance system.
Members of Congress
got a clear message from big
donors: “Vote against this
bill and we’ll never support
you again.” Message received. Their jobs were at
stake.
When will we re-engineer
our campaign finance system? Our members of Congress say it’s hard to do, but
we must come up with a
solution.
Donald Funk
Redondo Beach
I am a tax attorney who
works with small businesses, and the complaint I
hear most is not about an
inability to repatriate offshore earnings or that their
income is being taxed at
35%. These problems do not
generally exist for small
businesses and are the
domain of much larger and
more politically connected
“C” corporations.
The complaint I hear
most often is that the tax
system is too complicated
and requires too much time
and energy to maintain
compliance. I agree. Unfortunately, this tax reform bill
does nothing to address the
primary concerns of smallbusiness owners.
By painting this legislation as “tax reform” rather
than a simple tax cut, Congress has burned the political capital that will be required to make the changes
that small-business owners
truly need.
I can accept that the
savings for most Americans
are temporary and speculative, and that large corporations are not likely to use
their windfalls to hire employees.
What I cannot accept is
that the party of Ronald
Reagan wasted political
capital on a tax reform bill
that left so much of the red
tape in place.
Adam Brewer
San Diego
Jonah Goldberg insists
that socialism is disastrous
and hard to reconcile with
democracy. The world has
many examples of both
successful socialistic democracies and painfully
undemocratic capitalistic
regimes, demonstrating
that economic systems do
not necessarily dictate
politics.
Capitalism is our economic system in America, but
we have “socialistic” aspects: public schools, libraries, parks, Social Security, Medicare and more.
Americans who want to
expand these public goods
clash with those who would
curb them.
Politically, our country is
a democracy, but ordinary
citizens nowadays feel their
concerns are being drowned
out by moneyed interests.
We see many Americans
who despair of a good job,
who struggle to afford
healthcare, who can’t afford
a place to live. The growing
economic insecurity of
many Americans contrasts
with the incredible amount
of wealth that has been
accruing to the 1%.
No wonder some are
willing to consider other
ways of structuring society.
Grace Bertalot
Anaheim
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Goldberg asserts that
Chilean dictator Augusto
Pinochet “helped his country transition to democracy.” In what way could a
military coup against President Salvador Allende,
winner of a fair and democratic election in 1970, be
considered helping Chile
transition to democracy?
Goldberg overlooks the
actions taken by the U.S.
government to ensure that
socialism did indeed “fail”
across Latin America. For
example, if the United
States had not constantly
threatened Cuba and
placed it under an economic
embargo for more than 50
years, certainly its socialist
project would have achieved
even more success, especially in terms of the provision of food.
While it is true that many
governments espousing
socialist ideas have failed to
deliver on their promises, it
is a gross simplification to
state that socialist policies
are the “cause,” and the
“effect” is mass misery and
starvation.
Miles Krumpak
Los Angeles
Holiday cheer? Not here
R
Denise Gee of San Clemente gives holiday props to
firefighters:
I am quite sure this letter
will not be printed because
it has nothing to do with
allegations of harassment,
the tax bill, the United Nations vote, Democrats,
Republicans, tweeting,
Bitcoin, the NFL, climate
change or North Korea.
I write this letter in the
hope that we acknowledge
every single firefighter in
harm’s way. Whether we
were in the path or watched
the news from our safe
homes, the sacrifice these
amazing men and women
made and continue to make,
taking them far away from
their homes and families at
a special time of year, is
deeply appreciated.
Thank you.
Los Angeles resident Warren Kourt withholds holiday wishes from Congress:
almost leafless and serves
as a stark reminder of things
to come, and the U.S. has
passed an uber-friendly tax
bill for the wealthy that will
leave the space beneath
many Christmas trees less
than lush in the coming
years.
Sol Taylor of Studio City
points out a worrisome
coincidence:
It may be a prophetic
coincidence that this
Christmas season, the
Rome Christmas tree is
June Maguire of Mission
Viejo directs her holiday ire
at Wells Fargo for a conspicuously timed employee
pay raise:
We’ve read much about
Wells Fargo & Co.’s scan-
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Your editorial on the new
CEQA guidelines, which
remove barriers for projects
that reduce people’s dependence on cars, is spot on.
We should be facilitating
transit-oriented development and infrastructure
investments that support
people walking, biking and
taking transit.
You leave something out,
though: the new guidelines’
failure to reform how transportation analysis is done
for highway expansion
projects, which fuel both
sprawl and continued addiction to cars.
By allowing freeway
proponents to continue to
use a traffic-oriented metric
of analysis, CEQA will continue to fail to consider the
many harmful impacts of
such car-is-king investments. Reform can and
should go a step further.
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Surely Congress will get
the “Scrooge” award for 2017,
especially the Republicans
who passed a bill that gives
hundreds of billions in tax
breaks to the wealthy and
big corporations, imperils
the health insurance of
millions of people and will
result in efforts to cut Medicare and Social Security.
Meanwhile, some of the
lawmakers who are opposing the $81-billion disaster
relief package for California,
Texas and Puerto Rico
believe it increases spending too much.
Bah, humbug to the
Republicans in Congress. I
hope they enjoy their
Christmas as others suffer
because of them.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
I agree that it is past time
to reconsider how we think
about mobility.
But cars constitute no
political constituency;
people who drive do, and
many of us feel content with
the subsidies that continue
to fuel an outmoded mobility paradigm no matter the
cost. And is there a cost —
more than 3,000 Californians are killed annually in
traffic.
The car is king only
because we the people
consent to this monarch. We
elect policymakers (and
threaten to recall them
when they put our roads on
on a diet). We leverage traffic frustrations to put the
California Environmental
Quality Act to “off-label” use
to stop developments we
don’t like.
There is an inherent
contradiction as we cling to
our driver’s prerogative but
then complain about gridlock or champion the cause
of climate change. We can’t
continue to have our cake
and eat it too. After a century of gorging on automobility, it’s time for a diet.
We can start with our roads.
Mark Elliot
Beverly Hills
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egular readers of the Los Angeles Times’ letters page
know that our writers tend to criticize more than
praise — in other words, letters that react negatively
to an article or an event come in much greater numbers
than those that respond favorably.
This typically holds true for holiday seasons as well, and
this year is no exception. So far, several readers have colored
their commentary on the Republican tax bill — a topic on
which they have expressed very strong opinions — with cynical holiday cheer.
Below are some letters that reflect this trend, along with
one that expresses sincere gratitude.
— Paul Thornton, letters editor
Re “California and its automobiles,” editorial, Dec. 17
615
Usable letters to the
editor were received
between last Friday
and this Friday.
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ROME’S WITHERED Christmas tree, some readers
say, serves as a metaphor for this holiday season.
dals, so the announcement
that the bank’s leadership
has decided to increase the
minimum wage of its employees could be read as a
gesture of goodwill and an
attempt at corporate renewal during the holidays.
But, alas, the rest of this
Christmas story shows
politics, in a pathetic subservience to Trump and his
gigantically unpopular tax
cut, made the employee
raises possible.
At Wells Fargo, the
scheming never stops.
179
Letters were written
about the Republicans’
tax bill, the week’s
most-discussed topic.
48
Readers discussed
President Trump’s
recognition of Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel.
47
Letters mentioned
special counsel Robert
S. Mueller III’s Russia
investigation.
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Ex-deputy
charged with
murder of
love rival
The former Riverside
County officer had
said the man killed
was resisting arrest.
By Angel Jennings
Claire Hannah Collins Los Angeles Times
THE HILLS of Carpinteria burned in the Thomas fire, now the largest wildfire on record in California.
Thomas fire burns
its way to the top
Blaze acreage now
largest ever recorded
in California, topping
Cedar fire of 2003.
By Michael Livingston
and Javier Panzar
VENTURA — The Thomas fire on Friday became
California’s largest wildfire
on record, burning 273,400
acres during its destructive
march across Ventura and
Santa Barbara counties.
The fire eclipsed the 2003
Cedar fire in San Diego
County,
which
burned
273,246 acres.
The milestone reaffirmed
2017 as the most destructive
fire season ever in the state.
In October, a series of fires in
wine country burned more
than 10,000 homes and killed
more than 40 people.
Those blazes, along with
the Thomas fire, were fueled
by dry conditions and intense winds.
Despite its size, the
Thomas fire has been less
destructive than either the
wine-country fires or the
Cedar fire, which destroyed
2,820 structures and killed 15
people.
The Thomas fire has
claimed just over 1,000 structures since it started on
Dec. 4, and San Diego fire
engineer Cory Iverson died
fighting the blaze last week.
The fire earned its place
in history after calming
winds and even a bit of rain
helped firefighters gain the
upper hand.
The fire consumed tens of
thousands of acres a day in
[See Thomas fire, B4]
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FARMWORKERS pick strawberries Friday in an Oxnard field. Many opted
to stay on the job despite the Thomas fire, which has worsened air quality.
WORK GOES ON
IN THE FIELDS
Labor groups, some growers clash over face masks
By Melissa Etehad
OXNARD — As the Thomas fire raged
in the hills above Oxnard, shops were
empty and streets were silent. Smoke
shrouded the seaside town, making it dangerous to breathe without respirators, according to public health officials.
But in the vast strawberry fields outside town, work continued as usual.
Many farmworkers didn’t have face
masks until days after public health officials declared the air hazardous, accord-
ing to labor right groups, which distributed more than 2,000 respirators.
Their move was welcomed by workers
in the berry fields but angered the growers, according to Lucas Zucker, a labor activist who said he was kicked off a farm
Dec. 7 while trying to deliver face masks.
“We’ve had some hostile interactions
with farm owners,” said Zucker, who volunteers with the Central Coast Alliance
United for a Sustainable Economy, a labor
rights group for farmworkers. “They tell us
they’ve given face masks to the workers
[See Farmworkers, B5]
Gas company cited for latest leak
Air quality officials
received 15 complaints
after Aliso Canyon
incident this week.
By Tony Barboza
and Victoria Kim
Air quality officials on
Friday cited Southern California Gas Co. for a 50-minute gas leak at its Aliso Canyon storage facility earlier
this week, accusing the utility of causing a public nuisance by exposing nearby
residents to foul odors.
The South Coast Air
Quality Management Dis-
trict said it received 15 odor
complaints from residents
in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles after
the leak began at 4:55 p.m.
Monday.
A SoCal Gas methane
monitor at the fence line of
the facility measured concentrations of up to 66 parts
per million — more than 30
times the typical level of
2 ppm, according to the air
district.
The gas company maintains a website with realtime measures of methane
from its fence-line monitors,
but it was down during Monday’s leak. That prompted
the air district on Thursday
to require the company to
provide all of its monitoring
data from the day of the leak.
A spokesman for SoCal
Gas said in an email Friday
evening that the company
had received the notice of
violation and was reviewing
it.
“It was widely felt and noticed in the community,”
said Alexandra Nagy, an organizer with the environmental group Food & Water
Watch. “The community just
wants this shut down, and
every moment it’s in operation is a disaster waiting to
happen.”
Sam Atwood, an air district spokesman, said the
leak occurred when a gasket
on equipment used to treat
the gas failed. SoCal Gas did
not notify the agency of the
leak until more than two
hours after it began, according to the air district.
The Aliso Canyon facility
was the site of an October
2015 well blowout that resulted in the largest methane leak in U.S. history.
The months-long leak
forced thousands of families
in the northwest San Fernando Valley from their
homes, many complaining of
nausea, nosebleeds and
other health problems.
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At first, the fatal police
shooting of Luis Morin Jr.
appeared to be a tragic, but
not unusual, occurrence.
Riverside County Sheriff ’s Deputy Oscar Rodriguez told investigators that
Morin resisted arrest while
being served a warrant for
outstanding felony charges.
During a struggle, Rodriguez fired a shot into Morin’s
torso as Morin’s mother
watched. Morin, 39, died
outside his Coachella home.
Officials ruled the shooting was justified and cleared
Rodriguez of any wrongdoing. But a lawsuit filed by
Morin’s family unearthed an
alleged love triangle involving Rodriguez, Morin and
the mother of two of Morin’s
children that called the
shooting into question.
On Friday, prosecutors
announced that Rodriguez,
36, had been arrested and
charged with murder and
the use of a firearm causing
death. His ex-girlfriend, Diana Perez, 39, was also taken
into custody and charged
with accessory to murder.
The indictments capped
a three-year investigation
and reopened wounds that
were just starting to heal,
hand out
OSCAR Rodriguez said
he shot Luis Morin when
Morin resisted arrest.
said Brett A. Greenfield, the
attorney for Morin’s family.
“The family has to relive
an event that they are dying
to forget,” he said.
Maria Gomez watched
from her driveway Jan. 27,
2014, as Rodriguez ambushed her son in front of
their Coachella home. She
and Morin were returning
from a family birthday party
at a nearby steakhouse. She
parked the car as Morin
walked to the house,
distracted by his cellphone.
It was dark and neither of
them saw Rodriguez hiding
behind the bushes. He approached Morin from behind, according to the federal complaint, and kicked
him in the knees. The two
tussled and Rodriguez was
able to pin Morin to the
ground. The lawsuit states
[See Deputy, B6]
L.A. pot sales
face a slow start
to the new year
Businesses need state,
local OK; City won’t
take first applications
until Jan. 3.
By Emily Alpert Reyes
California is on the brink
of legalizing the sale of recreational pot, with the first
round of state licenses for
marijuana businesses kicking into effect in January.
But Los Angeles pot
shops won’t be able to immediately start selling marijuana for recreational use on
New Year’s Day, city officials
cautioned Friday.
“We are starting a process. This is something that is
not going to happen overnight,” said Cat Packer, who
heads L.A.’s Department of
Cannabis Regulation.
To sell marijuana to adult
customers — not just patients — businesses will
need local approval and a
state license. L.A. will not
start taking applications
until Jan. 3, beginning with
existing medical marijuana
dispensaries that have been
operating in line with previous city rules.
Packer estimated that
roughly 200 businesses
might fit those require-
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ments and that many could
get temporary approval
from the city within roughly
three weeks. Before they can
start selling marijuana for
recreational use, however,
those pot shops would also
need to get state licenses.
“A lot of the businesses
are disappointed because
they aren’t going to be able
to participate on the first
day,” said Aaron Lachant,
an attorney representing
some of those existing marijuana shops. Lachant said
his clients feared that amid
the media “fanfare” about
recreational sales beginning
in January, eager customers
might turn to the black market.
It is unclear how quickly
the city will start processing
applications for other kinds
of marijuana businesses.
The second batch that will
be up for city approval includes existing growers,
manufacturers and other
pot businesses that meet
specific requirements. That
phase of applications will
end at the beginning of
April, but Packer said the
city has not decided when it
will begin, or when L.A. will
start accepting applications
from other eligible marijuana entrepreneurs. That
could mean that some pot
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A dazzling, disheartening year
While under attack,
science provided
ample reason for hope
and wonder in 2017.
KAREN KAPLAN
For the science fans
among us, 2017 was a year of
dazzling highs and disheartening lows.
There were thrilling
discoveries of planets that
might be hospitable to life
and major advances in DNA
editing that could cure a
range of genetic diseases.
We also endured the
death of a beloved spacecraft and a series of political
attacks on the value of
scientific research.
Read on to relive a remarkable year in science.
A transcontinental
total solar eclipse
It was a simple quirk of
geometry, a perfect alignment of the sun, moon and
Earth. On Aug. 21, the
“Great American Eclipse”
allowed sky-watchers to
witness a cosmic hiccup in
the usual day-night cycle.
For the first time in
nearly a century, a total
solar eclipse was visible
across North America.
Millions turned out along
the so-called path of totality
between Oregon and South
Carolina to watch the moon
blot out the sun. They experienced an eerie darkness
that caused the temperatures to drop, birds to fall
silent and cicadas to burst
into song. For many people,
it was a life-changing
experience.
For astronomers, the
eclipse presented a rare
opportunity to conduct
solar science. During the 93
minutes it took for the
moon’s shadow to travel
from coast to coast, they
gathered precious data
about the sun’s corona, its
magnetic field and the
outflow of particles known
as the solar wind.
“It was fabulous,” said
Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff, who has
now witnessed 34 total solar
eclipses, more than anyone
else on the planet.
The hunt for
another Earth
The discovery of planets
around distant stars has
become fairly routine. But in
February, astronomers
announced a particularly
tantalizing find: a solar
system composed of not one
but seven Earth-sized
worlds.
The star at the center of
this exoplanet system is
known as TRAPPIST-1. An
ultracool dwarf star, it’s
much smaller and fainter
than our sun. But its planets
are close by, and scientists
believe three of them are in
the habitable zone, where
water on the surface —
should it exist — would be
stable in liquid form.
The TRAPPIST-1 system
is 39 light-years away, and
there is still much that
scientists want to learn
about it. Among other
things, they don’t know
whether the planets have
atmospheres that would
make them truly Earth-like.
But astronomers think all
seven of them are solid and
rocky. The planet known as
TRAPPIST-1e receives
about the same amount of
stellar light as Earth, and
TRAPPIST-1f gets an
amount similar to that of
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RESPONDING to the Trump administration’s hostility toward science, a March for Science was held in Washington on April 22. Hun-
dreds of thousands participated in rallies across the country. Some scientists took the cause a step further — they are running for office.
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RAINER WEISS and two others shared the Nobel
Prize in physics for their work on the LIGO detectors.
Mars. By August, NASA’s
Hubble Space Telescope
had found signs that water
may indeed be present on
some of the exoplanets.
“With the right atmospheric conditions, there
could be water on any of
these planets,” Thomas
Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate,
said in February. “The discovery gives us a hint that
finding a second Earth is
not just a matter of if but
when.”
Gene therapy
becomes a reality
After years of disappointing setbacks, U.S.
regulators gave gene therapy treatments their blessing. The Food and Drug
Administration approved
not one but three in 2017.
It began in August with
the green light for Kymriah,
a treatment for young cancer patients with an aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Kymriah is
not a typical drug but a
personalized medical service that uses genetic engineering to fortify and multiply a patient’s diseasefighting T cells. In clinical
trials, 73 of 88 patients infused with the engineered
cells went into remission.
Yescarta, a similar drug
to treat another blood cancer called large B-cell lymphoma, won FDA approval
in October. And in December, the agency endorsed
Luxturna for patients with
vision loss caused by an
inherited form of retinal
dystrophy. The drug replaces a faulty gene with a
correct version so patients
can make a key protein that
converts light to an electrical signal in the retina.
“Gene therapy will become a mainstay in treating,
and maybe curing, many of
our most devastating and
intractable illnesses,” Dr.
Scott Gottlieb, the FDA’s
commissioner, said when he
announced Luxturna’s
approval. “We’re at a turning point when it comes to
this novel form of therapy.”
Marching
for science
2017 was a year of political awakening for scientists,
spurred by the election of
President Trump and the
diminished role of research
in his administration.
This new degree of engagement was most visible
during the March for
Science on April 22. Hundreds of thousands of scientists — and their supporters
— joined rallies across the
country and around the
world. They carried signs
with slogans like “I can’t
believe I’m marching for
facts,” and “Society should
worry when geeks have to
demonstrate!”
Protesters said they
feared fact-based research
would take a hit in the
Trump era. Indeed, the
president’s 2018 budget
included deep cuts for the
National Institutes of
Health, the National Science Foundation and the
Department of Energy. It
also targeted spending for
climate-related research at
NASA and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. Meanwhile,
at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention,
employees were instructed
not to use terms such as
“science-based” and “evidence-based” in budget
documents.
Some scientists are
running for political office
themselves. More than a
dozen have been endorsed
by 314 Action, an advocacy
group that named itself
after the value of pi.
More gravitational
wave discoveries
The more you look, the
more you find — and that’s
especially true when it
comes to gravitational
waves.
Scientists with the Laser
Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
first detected the waves in
2015. They were ripples in
the fabric of space-time
caused by the violent
smashup of two black holes.
They’ve repeated that feat
five times since.
The most significant of
these occurrences was on
Aug. 17. The twin LIGO
detectors in the U.S. and the
Advanced Virgo Detector in
Italy picked up the signature of two colliding neutron
stars. Not only did scientists
confirm that these powerful
events forged heavy elements such as gold and
platinum, they were able to
witness the collision using
an array of traditional telescopes that can sense
electromagnetic radiation.
That means astronomers will be able to study
the same event using visible
light, radio waves, X-rays,
infrared radiation, ultraviolet light, gamma rays and
gravitational waves. Scientists call this multi-messenger astronomy, and they’ve
been anticipating its arrival
for years. They announced it
in October, two weeks after
the Nobel Prize in physics
was awarded to Rainer
Weiss, Kip Thorne and
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A TOTAL solar eclipse thrilled witnesses from coast
to coast on Aug. 21. Above, the view from Salem, Ore.
Barry Barish for dreaming
up and building LIGO in the
first place.
Rethinking human
history on continent
Excavation for a freeway
construction project in San
Diego led to a whopping
claim: Humans were living
in North America roughly
130,000 years ago — about
115,000 years earlier than
previously believed.
Evidence came in the
form of fragmented mastodon fossils, including
bones, tusks and teeth.
Unlike other fossils at the
site, the mastodon remains
were fractured, torn and
shattered. Paleontologists
with the San Diego Natural
History Museum say that
the damage occurred
shortly after the animals
died and that it must have
been inflicted by humans,
probably to make tools.
Radiometric dating
techniques indicate the
mastodon died about
130,700 years ago. If humans
were indeed in Southern
California at the same time,
they left nothing of themselves behind.
Some scientists say they
find elements of this story
convincing — even as they
say it’s crazy to think humans reached North America so long ago. Who were
these mysterious people?
Where did they come from,
and how did they get here?
Paleontologists are still
digging for answers.
Breakthroughs
in gene editing
The folks who predicted
big things for the CRISPR
gene-editing system were on
target in 2017.
Scientists used CRISPR
to fix a faulty gene that leads
to hearing loss in mice and
corrected a mutation in
human cells that causes
sickle cell disease. In a twist,
they used CRISPR to activate beneficial genes in
order to counteract the
effects of faulty ones.
The methods for using
CRISPR improved as well.
Researchers developed a
new type of gene editor that
can target and change a
single errant letter in a
string of DNA without having to cut it. Another group
extended it to RNA, allowing scientists to turn the
protein-production machinery of certain cells on and off
at will. Don Conrad, a geneticist at Washington University in St. Louis, described the progress like
this: “We can control human
biology.”
Cassini’s Saturn
mission ends
After nearly 20 years in
space, NASA’s Cassini
spacecraft vaporized in
Saturn’s atmosphere. It was
a dramatic end to a mission
that revolutionized the
search for life beyond Earth.
Cassini discovered
plumes of water-ice particles emanating from Enceladus, one of dozens of
moons in the Saturn system. Mission managers at
the Jet Propulsion Laboratory steered Cassini
through the plumes, allowing scientists to determine
that Enceladus has a salty
ocean beneath its frozen
surface. That ocean may
even be warmed by hydrothermal vents similar to
those on Earth.
The spacecraft also
made multiple trips to
Titan, Saturn’s largest
moon, and found that it has
hydrocarbon lakes and seas.
Titan and Earth are the only
known places in the solar
system where liquid is stable on the surface.
If there is life elsewhere
in the solar system, Enceladus and Titan are two of the
most promising locales.
NASA is now considering a
mission, dubbed Dragonfly,
that would make several
stops on Titan’s surface.
Before its 13-year stay at
Saturn ended on Sept. 15,
Cassini witnessed the birth
of moonlets in the planet’s
rings; spotted massive
hurricanes on its poles; and
found six new confirmed
moons along with a number
of faint rings. Some of the
scientists and engineers
who worked with the spacecraft over the years are still
mourning the loss.
Getting to the
root of CTE
Scientists deepened
their understanding of
chronic traumatic
encephalopathy, the enig-
matic brain disorder that
afflicts football players.
In a blockbuster study
released in July, researchers
from Boston University
Medical School’s Chronic
Traumatic Encephalopathy
Center examined 202 brains
of deceased football players
and found evidence of CTE
in 88%. What’s more, of the
111 brains from athletes who
played in the National Football League, all but one had
the distinctive tangles,
plaques and protein clumps
that experts now recognize
as hallmarks of CTE.
The large sample of
postmortem brains allowed
scientists to discern certain
patterns, including a link
between years played and
disease risk. Men who had
mild CTE played football for
an average of 13 years, while
those with severe disease
played for an average of
nearly 16 years. That fits
with the theory that the
more concussions a player
suffers, the greater his degree of impairment.
But mysteries remain,
including why some of the
men who had serious behavioral symptoms had only
mild brain abnormalities.
Scientists also are investigating whether a player’s
age when he starts playing
football and when he first
experiences blows to the
head are important factors.
Editing the DNA
of human embryos
Scientists edited the
DNA of human embryos to
eliminate a mutation that
causes inherited hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a
form of heart disease that
can kill its victims in the
prime of their lives. The fix,
announced in August,
erased the mutation not
only in the embryos but in
the DNA that was destined
for their progeny.
The experiments
marked the first time scientists had carried out “germline editing” in human embryos. By repairing DNA
errors in sperm and egg
cells, researchers hope to
prevent the spread of debilitating or fatal diseases to
future generations. Study
leader Shoukhrat Mitalipov
of Oregon Health & Science
University said the technique might someday correct mutations that lead to
cystic fibrosis, muscular
dystrophy and certain
cancers.
But others worry the
advance will give parents
the power to create designer
babies with desirable traits,
such as extraordinary musical talent or exceptional
athletic skill. That is currently forbidden; the FDA
allows germ-line editing for
research purposes only (and
the National Academies of
Science, Engineering, and
Medicine recommends that
such research be restricted
to diseases that can’t readily
be treated in other ways).
Still, some bioethicists fear
that doctors will find ways
to offer this controversial
service outside the U.S.,
beyond the FDA’s jurisdiction.
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Times staff writers Melissa
Healy, Amina Khan and
Deborah Netburn
contributed to this report.
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L AT I M E S . C O M
B3
CITY & STATE
‘No’ vote a
surprise from
Feinstein
She reverses stance
on spending bill, citing
lack of ‘Dreamer’
help, CHIP funding.
By Sarah D. Wire
Photographs by
John Gibbins San Diego Union-Tribune
VETERAN and former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, left, embraces Marco Chavez Medina, an honorably
discharged Marine whose green card was revoked 15 years ago due to an animal cruelty conviction.
Home for Christmas
Governor’s pardon
clears the way for a
deported veteran to
return to the U.S.
By Kate Morrissey
SAN DIEGO — When
Marco
Chavez
Medina
walked across the border at
San Ysidro on Thursday, he
carried with him the hopes
of hundreds of U.S. military
veterans who have been deported after their years of
service.
Before he walked into the
port of entry, several deported veterans who live in
Tijuana shook his hand,
wished him well and then
erupted into cheers.
Chavez, 45, is the first deported military veteran to
have his green card reinstated after a governor pardoned the conviction that
caused him to lose it.
For the first time in 15
years, Chavez will be home
for Christmas.
“I was in disbelief,”
Chavez said after emerging
from an interview with border officials. “I believe it
now.”
Though he said he was
nervous and couldn’t sleep
the night before, Chavez
didn’t show it. He stood
calmly with his hands folded
behind his back and his face
stoic, the way one might expect from a man who served
four years in the Marine
Corps. He smiled mostly
with the crinkles of his eyes.
Chavez came to the U.S.
illegally in 1973, when he was
about 6 months old. He received a green card in 1989
through the Reagan administration’s amnesty program.
In the late ’90s, Chavez
was convicted of animal cruelty and served 10 months of
a two-year sentence. An immigration judge revoked his
green card a few years later.
The situation involved a dog
in a mechanic shop, Chavez
said, and he maintains that
the jury made a mistake in
convicting him and that he is
innocent.
An immigration judge reinstated his green card at
the end of November after
Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned
him this year. He had less
than a month to mentally
prepare to come back.
It’s been 15 years since
he’s been to his parents’
home in L.A., where he’s now
heading to begin a new life.
“I’m nervous about restarting my life again in the
U.S.,” he said. “I’ve been
away for quite a bit, so I’ve
got to start somewhere. I figure I did it in Tijuana, so I
can do it in the U.S.”
He hopes to find work
quickly, perhaps in construction or maintenance
and repair. He dreams of
having a place of his own
that is big enough for his
sons to visit when they want.
When he was deported,
his sons were children, the
oldest about 6. Now, they’ve
grown into young men, and
he barely knows them.
“I’m trying to establish a
relationship with them,”
Chavez said. “I’m pretty sure
they’re resentful for me not
being there.”
He carried two Christ-
CHAVEZ is one of three deported veterans pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown this
year. Fletcher is part of a coalition to help deported veterans return to the U.S.
mas bags filled with gifts for
his grandchildren.
It’s been 15 years since he
could buy himself a good
pastrami sandwich, something he craved in his time
away. He asked his parents
to bring him one when they
came to visit him in Tijuana
every so often.
His
father,
Antonio
Chavez, came Thursday to
pick him up in San Ysidro.
Former state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and
ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties director
Norma Chávez-Peterson,
who are part of a coalition to
help deported military veterans return to the U.S., welcomed Chavez with hugs
when he reached U.S. soil.
“This is really great —
second to birth of kids and
marriage — really great to
work so hard and know it
mattered,” Fletcher said.
Chavez is one of three deported veterans pardoned
by Brown this year thanks to
the persuasion of Fletcher
and his team. Fletcher
hopes the others might be
permitted to cross soon.
“On behalf of all who
serve, for so many of us,
these are our brothers,”
Fletcher said. “None of us
can truly be at peace until
everyone comes home.”
Hector Barajas, one of
the men waiting to find out if
his pardon will also help him
return, beamed with excitement as he escorted Chavez
to the border.
“Out of the millions of
people getting deported,
how often do you hear of people going home?” Barajas
said.
The American Civil Liberties Union has documented at least 239 cases of
deported veterans, living in
34 countries.
Though people in active
military service are eligible
to become citizens immediately instead of waiting the
years required of other immigrants, they still have to
go through the legal process.
Some have argued that if
veterans don’t make the effort to naturalize, they
should be deportable if they
commit certain crimes.
They believe that green
cards should be conditional
to a person’s behavior regardless of military service.
Many deported veterans
have said they thought that
they were automatically citizens as part of their service
because of what they were
told during recruitment.
“No veteran gets a free
pass,” Fletcher said. “Every
veteran should be held accountable for any mistake
that they make, and all of
these veterans were. For almost all veterans, after you
pay your debt to society, a
grateful nation offers you a
path to redemption and reentry. For these veterans, af-
ter they pay their debt to society, we offer a path to deportation.”
He is pushing Congress
to prevent more deportations of veterans and bring
back those already removed.
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@sduniontribune.com
Morrissey writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
WASHINGTON — In a
surprising reversal, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein
decided this week to vote
against
an
end-of-year
spending bill because it did
not include protections for
people brought to the country illegally as children as
well as funding for a children’s health insurance program.
“It’s absolutely unconscionable that Republicans
are leaving these items out of
their bill to fund the government,” she said in a statement Thursday.
Earlier in the week, the
Democrat had said she
would vote for the bill, which
ultimately passed the House
and Senate on Thursday after most lawmakers agreed
to a stopgap measure to
keep the government running through mid-January.
Feinstein had been facing
pressure from advocates
and one of her 2018
opponents for refusing to
block the bill if it didn’t include protections for socalled Dreamers, who had
benefited from the Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Trump ended in September. About a quarter of
the nearly 800,000 Dreamers
live in California, and almost
2 million California children
and pregnant women use
the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which Congress has not agreed to continue funding long term.
“I’ve talked with them,
I’ve met with them, I understand their plight and it
breaks my heart. In California, 200,000 DACA youth are
living in fear. The government knows where they live,
where they study and where
they work, and unless Congress acts, they know the
government can show up at
any moment and deport
them,” Feinstein said.
California’s other senator, Democrat Kamala
Harris, announced in October that she wouldn't support the spending bill without a fix for Dreamers.
Some on the left in California have questioned
whether Feinstein is too
moderate for a state that
feels under attack by the
Trump administration. Her
most prominent 2018 opponent, Democratic state Senate leader Kevin de León,
tried to capitalize on her reluctance to block the spending bill, saying at a rally in
Los Angeles this week:
“Don’t come back to California if you haven’t demonstrated your leadership and
your courage to stand up for
these young men and women.”
A poll released Thursday
by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley found Feinstein leading
De León 41% to 27% among
likely voters, with 32% of respondents saying they were
undecided or would support
another candidate.
House Democrats who
have pushed to block the
spending bill in order to get a
deal for Dreamers by the end
of the year praised Feinstein.
Rep. Nanette Barragán of
San Pedro, whose cousin is
among the Dreamers anxiously waiting a resolution,
said she spoke with Feinstein twice on Thursday
morning.
“It was a really good conversation, and to see her
take a stand and say ‘I’m
with you guys’… is great to
see,” Barragán said.
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park), chairwoman of
the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, also
said she was glad Feinstein
took a stand. “It sends a
powerful message, and it
shows that we can be even
more unified on holding the
line on Dreamers and the
[spending bill],” she said.
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Al Seib/ Los Angeles Times
SURREAL SURPRISE
A SpaceX rocket, launched about 5:30 p.m. Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, ferries 10 satellites
into low-Earth orbit. The unexpected sight stopped some L.A. drivers, who pulled over to take photos.
Gunman sought in commuter shootings
By Joseph Serna
A manhunt is underway
for a gunman who has
opened fire on random commuters in Fresno and Madera counties, leaving several
cars riddled with bullet
holes and one passenger
wounded in the last month,
officials said.
Since Nov. 27, investigators have received reports
that someone in a truck has
shot at other drivers around
the town of Kerman and
nearby Madera County as
the victims pass the truck
from the opposite direction.
There have been at least
10 shootings, with the most
recent report coming on
Sunday, and most usually
occur during the morning
commute between 6:30 and
6:40 or during the afternoon
commute between 2:20 and
4:40, Fresno County Sheriff
Margaret Mims said.
The shooter’s vehicle
is described as a dark-colored lifted pickup with large
tires.
The incidents have occurred miles apart on wideopen one- or two-lane roads,
Mims said.
“We have not determined
what a motive is or could be
for these shootings. They all
appear to be completely random,” she said.
Several drivers have initially assumed their car was
hit by a rock and don’t realize they were shot at until
they arrive home and find
bullet holes in their car.
Some have waited days to report what happened.
One
person
was
wounded by shrapnel after
the driver’s car was struck
with a bullet, but is expected
to survive.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s capture. Anonymous
tips can be left at (559) 4987867. Fresno County authorities can be reached at (559)
600-3111.
joseph.serna
@latimes.com
Twitter: @JosephSerna
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Thomas fire is state’s biggest ever
[Thomas fire, from B1]
its first week but is now nibbling up vegetation at a relatively slow pace — 288 acres
on Wednesday, 770 on
Thursday.
The fire broke out in
the foothills above Thomas
Aquinas College in Santa
Paula on Dec. 4. Fueled by
50-mph winds, the fire
swept into downtown Ventura, burning hundreds of
homes that first morning.
‘Any growth that
we see or is
reflected in the
acreage will be
based on the
control burns.’
— Brandon Vaccaro,
captain with California City Fire
Department, pointing out that
the main fire will not see growth
For the next two weeks,
the fire ebbed and flowed
with the winds. It swept into
the Ojai Valley but spared
the resort town. Then it
moved up the southern
Santa Barbara County
coast, where firefighters
made a stand in the hills
above Montecito.
Despite heavy winds, the
fire only destroyed a few
homes — and officials said
hundreds of others were
saved.
The Thomas fire was by
far the largest of a series of
wildfires in December that
destroyed homes in Bel-Air,
northern San Diego County
and the hills above Sylmar
and Lake View Terrace. Officials said powerful Santa
Ana winds, coupled with extremely dry conditions and a
lack of rain all autumn, set
the stage for the firestorm.
Any new growth on the
Thomas fire will probably be
due to controlled burns by
firefighters.
“The main fire itself will
not have any growth,” said
Capt. Brandon Vaccaro of
the California City Fire
Department. “Any growth
Photographs by Claire Hannah
Collins Los Angeles Times
THE CARPINTERIA HILLS , as seen on Friday, were reduced to a barren wasteland during the Thomas fire. The blaze has claimed just
over 1,000 structures since it began on Dec. 4, and San Diego fire engineer Cory Iverson died fighting the blaze last week.
273,400
acres
Burned in Ventura and
Santa Barbara counties
Source: Cal Fire
that we see or is reflected in
the acreage will be based on
the control burns.”
Firefighters set the speed
of the burn, he said, using
bulldozers, fire engines and
hand tools. A train of personnel moves along, setting
the fire to ensure no fire
jumps the control line or
gets out of hand, Vaccaro
said.
The improving conditions allowed officials to lift
many evacuation orders on
Thursday.
Cal Fire’s list of the worst
fires in California history
dates back to the 1930s (in
fact, the Matilija fire of 1932
was No. 6 on the list and also
burned through Ventura
County).
That list, however, does
not include what some consider to be California’s largest known wildfire — the
1889 Santiago Canyon fire,
which scorched parts of Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.
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@latimes.com
javier.panzar@latimes.com
Claire Hannah Collins Los Angeles Times
SIGNS of the devastation are evident in the hills of Carpinteria. The Thomas fire
broke out in the foothills above Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula.
Cause of Lilac fire
may never be known
Investigators pinpoint
where the San Diego
County blaze began,
but can’t say why.
By J. Harry Jones
SAN DIEGO — What
sparked the Lilac fire earlier
this month in north San Diego County may never be
known.
Cal Fire San Diego Chief
Tony Mecham said investigators know exactly where
the Lilac fire began off the
west side of Interstate 15 on
Dec. 7, roughly a half-mile
south of State Route 76.
“We’ve narrowed it down
to a one-square-foot area
where it started, but we
didn’t find anything,” the
California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection
official said. “There was
nothing there that we could
tie to a heat source.”
There were no electric
lines in the area. There was
no lightning, no evidence of
an arson device or a cigarette butt or carbon from a
vehicle’s exhaust, he said.
“Unless we get a tip
through the public or some
other type of follow up, we
may never know,” he said.
Mecham said it’s possible
that whoever started the fire
has no idea he or she is responsible.
For example, he said, a
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
A MOBILE home park in Bonsall lies in ruins from
the Lilac fire, which leveled 157 structures. Evidence
of how the blaze started has eluded fire investigators.
truck dragging a metal
chain that was throwing off
sparks could have started
the blaze, which began during extremely high-risk fire
weather, with humidity levels in the single digits and
strong Santa Ana winds.
The Lilac fire burned
4,100 acres in Bonsall, destroyed 157 structures and
damaged 64 others.
It is still unclear exactly
how many of those structures were homes as opposed to buildings such as
greenhouses and barns.
Forty-six horses were
killed or went missing at San
Luis Rey Downs training facility.
“The fire is still under investigation,” Mecham said.
“We’re not ruling anything
out. It was something related to the freeway. What
we’ll probably end up with is
a designation of ‘undetermined.’ ”
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@sduniontribune.com
Jones writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
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On farms, Revered jazz and pop singer
the work
continues K
amid risks
K EELY SMITH, 1928 - 2017
associated press
[Farmworkers, from B1]
and that [the workers]
choose not to wear it.”
Despite stricter labor
laws and technological advances over the years, the
flare-up during the Thomas
fire shows how California’s
longest-simmering
labor
conflict has never cooled.
Agriculture and labor
strife are both deeply tied to
Oxnard’s history.
The region flourished in
part thanks to farmworkers,
many of them immigrants
from Mexico, who grew lima
beans and barley. In 1903, the
year the city of Oxnard was
incorporated, Japanese and
Mexican sugar beet workers
declared a strike against
bank owners and merchants
who had slashed wages by
50%.
After a near-shutdown of
Oxnard’s agricultural industry and weeks of protests —
including one in which a
Mexican worker was shot to
death — wages increased.
Agriculture remains a
major industry in Oxnard.
There are about 36,000 farmworkers in Ventura County,
many of whom work on Oxnard’s strawberry fields — a
$2.3-billion industry in California.
Because of the unpredictability of the winds, the
Thomas fire put farm owners and companies in a precarious situation: risk the
harvest by closing down until it was safe to resume, or
continue operating under
difficult conditions, said
John Krist, chief executive
with the Farm Bureau of
Ventura County, an organization that advocates for
growers.
“Growers can’t go three
or four days without harvesting strawberries, or they
risk losing the crop,” Krist
said.
“You don’t want to see
fruit lost, but you also fear
compromising the safety of
the workers or the product
itself if ash fell on it.”
During wildfires, California law requires employers
to protect workers from inhaling air that could result in
injury, illness, disease or loss
of life. If workers will be exposed to dangerous air, employers must provide protective gear.
In the early days of the
fire, which is approaching its
third week, municipalities
and agricultural groups
including the California
Strawberry
Commission
and the Farm Bureau of Ventura County advised growers of the risk posed by poor
air quality and urged them
to distribute face masks or
halt operations.
The state’s Division of
Occupational Safety and
Health — better known as
Cal/OSHA — informed
growers of their responsibility to provide respirators or
shut down. The agency has
been following up on reports
of violations during the
Thomas fire, spokeswoman
Erika Monterroza said.
Some berry farm owners
closed in the first and second weeks of the fire.
Reiter Affiliated Cos.,
which
grows
Driscoll’s
berries, sent home more
than 1,000 farmworkers this
week, and growers monitored air quality on an
hourly basis to assess
whether conditions remained unsafe, spokesman
Robert Chevez said.
“Since the onset of the
fire, the safety of our work-
force has and will continue
to be our top priority. When
conditions improved, each
farm had discretion over
whether to resume operations or not,” Chevez said.
Others stayed open.
Doing so meant pay for
farmworkers, who are compensated only for the hours
they spend on the fields. But
some farms that remained
open failed to distribute
masks, according to labor
activists and one farmworker who spoke on the
condition of anonymity because he feared he would be
fired.
The worker, who picks
strawberries in Oxnard, said
his employer did not provide
a respirator during the first
four days of the Thomas fire,
leaving him with a burning
sensation in his eyes and
nose.
“One of my friends
started to get a nosebleed,”
he said. “They want us to
continue working so that the
strawberries aren’t ruined
by the dust and ash.”
Rob Roy, president of the
Ventura Agricultural Assn.,
an organization that provides legal information to
about 200 farm owners in
Ventura County, said most
farms follow the law. The
reason, he said, is simple
economics.
“Workers are valuable assets to companies, so farm
owners wouldn’t want to put
people into harm’s way,” he
said.
He blamed labor groups,
saying they were exploiting
the situation for their own
gain.
“These advocacy groups
are going out to private
property and explaining to
farm owners how to do their
job,” Roy said. “No one
would like some third party
explaining how to do their
job.”
Zucker and other activists don’t dispute that they
cross onto private property.
On the fifth day of the
fire, Zucker and fellow labor
activist Raul Lopez approached a group of workers
taking their lunch break on a
strawberry farm near Harbor Boulevard to hand out
masks. A supervisor cut
them off before they reached
the workers.
“We are not trying to
force anybody to do anything,” Lopez said in Spanish, putting the box into the
supervisor’s hands. “We are
just trying to make sure the
the workers know that they
are available if they want
one.”
As Lopez turned to walk
away, a farmworker shouted:
“So you left them, right?”
“Yes, I did,” Lopez said.
Such a standoff doesn’t
surprise Frank Barajas, a
history professor at Cal
State Channel Islands who
has studied farm labor in the
region.
“A tradition of resistance
and organization in the farm
working community” —
sparked in party by the 1903
strike — “got passed down,”
he said.
The dispute about respirators, Barajas said, can be
seen as the latest chapter in
a fight that, after decades of
protest, has granted farmworkers in the state the right
to unionize and guarantees
of paid overtime.
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Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
STRAWBERRIES from Oxnard, shown at a farmers
market, make up a $2.3-billion industry in California.
eely Smith, a pop
and jazz singer
known for her solo
recordings of jazz
standards as well as her musical partnership with Louis
Prima, has died of apparent
heart failure in Palm
Springs. She was 89.
Smith was under a physician’s care when she died
Saturday, her publicist
Bob Merlis said in a statement.
Smith was a Grammywinning talent who gained
much attention when as a
teenager she got the job as
the “girl singer” in Prima’s
band in 1948.
She married Prima in
1953 and they achieved success together throughout
the entertainment business,
starring in stage, television
and movies and releasing hit
records. Decades later, the
two were featured in the acclaimed musical “Louis &
Keely Live at the Sahara.”
Smith and Prima won a
Grammy in 1959 — the first
year the awards were handed out — for best pop vocal
performance by a duo or
group for their hit “That Old
Black Magic,” which remained on the charts for 18
PARTNERSHIP
Keely Smith, right, became the “girl singer” in
Louis Prima’s band in 1948. They later married.
weeks.
In 2001 — 42 years later —
Smith was nominated for a
Grammy for her album
“Keely Sings Sinatra.”
Smith was born Dorothy
Jacqueline Keely in Norfolk,
Va., on March 9, 1928. She got
her first paying job singing
with the Earl Bennett band
when she was just 15.
She later auditioned to
sing with Prima’s band, and
began touring with it in 1948.
Smith and Prima divorced in 1961 and she married Jimmy Bowen, who produced “The Intimate Keely
Smith” album, in 1965. Her
third marriage was to Bobby
Milano, whom she married
in the ’70s. Prima died in 1978.
As her recording career
flourished, Smith set up her
own label — Keely Records
— which was partnered with
friend
Frank
Sinatra’s
Reprise Records.
Smith also appeared in
such late 1950s films as “Hey
Boy! Hey Girl!,” “Senior
Prom” and “Thunder Road.”
During her seven-decade
career Smith was lauded by
critics for her bold voice and
ability to make the music
swing, and she received several awards including a star
on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame.
“Nobody will ever interfere with what I do on stage,”
Smith once told Theatermania.
“Someone might have an
opinion of something but, if I
disagree with it, I’ll go with
my own thinking. I’m just a
plain person. I sing like I talk
— and, when I’m on stage, I
talk just like I’m talking to
you.”
For the 50th Grammy
Awards in 2008, she performed “That Old Black
Magic” as a duet with Kid
Rock.
Her final performance
was Feb. 13, 2011, at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center.
Smith lived in Palm
Springs for about 40 years.
She is survived by her two
children, Toni Prima and
Luanne Prima.
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contributed to this report.
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Suit revealed twisted love triangle
[Deputy, from B1]
that Rodriguez did not identify himself as a law enforcement officer.
He pulled out his gun.
Gomez yelled, “Don’t hurt
him!”
Rodriguez
then
pointed the gun at her.
Morin begged, “Let go of
me,” the lawsuit recounts.
Rodriguez pulled the
trigger and shot Morin at
least once. Morin asked,
“Why did you shoot me?”
Family members and
neighbors flooded the lawn
and driveway as Morin lay
bleeding. Rodriguez pointed
his weapon at some of them.
Rodriguez waited to call for
medical help or did not allow
emergency crews to treat
Morin in a timely fashion,
the lawsuit alleges.
“This delay of medical
care directly caused the decedent extreme physical
and emotional pain and suffering, and was a substantial
contributing cause of the decedent’s death,” the lawsuit
says.
In
September
2014,
Greenfield and his partner
David Kenner filed the initial
complaint, alleging that
Morin’s civil rights were violated.
It wasn’t until the discovery process that they found
“there was something personal about this shooting,”
Greenfield said. They were
able to “connect the dots”
that Rodriguez and Perez
had a romantic relationship.
Rodriguez testified that
he had several encounters
with Perez. He took Perez’s
statement on three separate
occasion, starting in 2012
when she called police to report that Morin vandalized
her home and threatened to
“187 her,” referring to the penal code for murder.
The civil suit uncovered
dozens of phone calls between Rodriguez and Perez.
When faced with tough
questions about his relationship with Perez from
Morin’s family and the
county during his deposition
for that suit, Rodriguez
mostly pleaded the fifth.
Arthur
Cunningham,
Rodriguez’s lawyer, said he
had no comment.
Greenfield said he was
“very surprised” that Perez
was charged but he hopes
that the charges against
Rodriguez will bring some
solace to Morin’s family.
Riverside County settled
the civil suit for $6.95 million.
Rodriguez resigned from
the Sheriff ’s Department in
March 2016. He is facing up to
life in prison. Perez faces up
to three years in custody.
Riverside County Dist.
Atty. Mike Hestrin said in a
written statement that nobody, not even a sheriff ’s
deputy, is above the law.
“When someone violates
that trust and abuses his
power, that person will be
held accountable — just like
anyone else,” he said.
angel.jennings@
latimes.com
DIANA PEREZ was
charged with accessory
to murder.
About 200 L.A. businesses
could get temporary OK
[Marijuana, from B1]
shops could get city licenses
to sell recreational cannabis
before they have a local supplier who is licensed to provide it to them.
Under the L.A. regulations, existing pot shops
that have been operating in
line with Proposition D —
approved by voters more
than four years ago — will
continue to have “limited immunity” from prosecution
until the city makes a final
decision on their applications. Marijuana growers
and manufacturers that
supplied those shops may
also be able to avoid local
prosecution while their applications are being processed.
L.A.
approved
new
regulations for the marijuana industry this month,
paving the way for a hotly anticipated industry that is expected to bring in more than
$50 million in tax revenue
annually for the city. The
rules restrict where pot
shops and other cannabis
businesses can operate and
lay out how they will be vetted and inspected. They also
lay the groundwork for a “social equity” program that
aims to address the uneven
effects of the war on drugs,
providing extra assistance
to poor applicants who were
convicted of some marijuana crimes or who have lived
in neighborhoods heavily affected by marijuana arrests.
While L.A. is preparing to
license marijuana businesses, many other California cities and counties — including Pasadena, Riverside
and Anaheim — have opted
out of allowing commercial
cannabis sales. Others are
waiting to see how the new
system works before deciding whether to permit pot
businesses.
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
L.A. approved new regulations for the pot industry this month, paving the way for
emily.alpert@latimes.com
an estimated $50 million in tax revenue annually for the city.
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SEC alleges
$1.2-billion
real estate
Ponzi scam
HI G H WAY 1: AU T O R E V I E W
Sherman Oaks firm
promised profits from
high-interest loans but
used funds for its own
projects, U.S. says.
By James Rufus Koren
Chevrolet
YOU WON’T need help getting into the Chevrolet Colorado Redline 4WD LT. Also, it felt easy to park —
thanks in part to a better-than-average backup camera — and easy to maneuver on narrow streets.
Finally, a midsize
truck not overbuilt
2018 Colorado Redline 4WD LT has a sedan-like feel
By Charles Fleming
I’ve been driving trucks lately. All
kinds of trucks. Some work trucks.
Some play trucks. Some best for longhaul driving. Some best for off-road.
But they were all huge.
From the Ford F-150 to the Ram
1500 to the Nissan Titan, the 2017 pickups are massive. Climbing into the
driver’s seat requires a stepladder or a
running leap. Getting back down requires a knotted sheet. Lower the lifeboats! Women and children first!
This is true even with some trucks
that are marketed and sold as “midsize.” The Toyota Tacoma and the
Honda Ridgeline aren’t as massive as
the Toyota Tundra or the Chevrolet
Silverado, but mounting them requires real commitment. Try getting
into one while carrying a minty venti
vanilla latte in your hand and ... forget
it.
So it was with real satisfaction that
I slid into the front seat of a 2018 Colorado Redline 4WD LT. I just hopped
right in, without needing a safety harness or an oxygen mask.
2018 Chevrolet
Colorado Redline
4WD LT Crew Cab
Times’ take: Finally, a midsize
truck that’s midsize
Highs: More practicality than
many larger trucks
Lows: Not big or powerful
enough for serious hauling
Vehicle type: Four-door,
five-passenger pickup truck
Base price: $34,770
Price as tested: $41,055
Powertrain: 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline
engine
Transmission: Eight-speed
automatic
Horsepower: 308
Torque: 275 pound-feet
EPA fuel economy rating: 17 mpg
city / 24 highway / 19 combined
The unit I borrowed was a Crew
Cab Short Box Colorado. That meant
it had a back seat for passengers or
storage and a truck bed big enough to
carry a load of luggage, with the tailgate up, or a motorcycle, with the tailgate down.
Despite the Short Box designation, this is no kiddie car. Its exterior
dimensions are about the same as an
equivalent Ford F-150 — except for vertically.
The Colorado step-in height is 22
inches, almost 2 inches lower than a
similarly configured F-150. The seats
feel lower too. So even though the Colorado gives up an inch in ground clearance to the taller Ford, it’s an easier
mount.
Around town, the Colorado drove
more like a sedan than a truck. It felt
easy to park — thanks in part to a better-than-average backup camera —
and easy to maneuver on narrow
streets, which is a key factor for people
who, like me, live in tight, twisty residential areas.
Steering and braking also felt
smooth and sedan-like.
[See Colorado, C4]
When
small-time
investors entrusted their
money to Sherman Oaks
firm Woodbridge, they were
told the funds would be used
to make profitable highinterest real-estate loans.
But the Securities and
Exchange Commission said
that’s not what happened to
the vast majority of the $1.22
billion invested in Woodbridge Group of Cos. over
the last five years.
Instead, in a lawsuit filed
in federal court in Florida
this week, the agency said
Woodbridge and its L.A.
owner, Robert H. Shapiro,
used investors’ money to
fund their own real estate
projects — including buying
and renovating celebrity
properties in L.A. and building luxury homes in Aspen
and other Colorado resort
towns.
And it alleged that most
of the promised payments to
investors were in fact funded
by infusions of cash from
new investors. That’s the
very definition of a Ponzi
scheme.
The SEC said in a court
filing this week that Woodbridge used $368 million
from new investors to pay
principal and interest owed
to previous investors.
What’s more, the agency
alleges that Shapiro — not to
be confused with L.A. celebrity attorney Robert L. Shapiro — personally misappropriated $21 million, using it
to buy luxury goods, charter
private planes and pay
alimony.
“Woodbridge’s business
model was a sham,” the
agency said in its lawsuit,
which alleges numerous violations of securities laws.
“Shapiro and Woodbridge
continued its ruse for the
past several years by supporting its business operations nearly entirely by raising and using new investor
funds, in classic Ponzi
scheme fashion.”
The company also has
High fuel costs won’t slow holiday travel
State to see record
number on roads as
gas tax boosts prices.
By Ivan Penn
More Southern California residents are expected to
hit the roads this holiday
season than ever, and
they’re going to be paying
higher gasoline prices than
they have since 2013.
The higher cost of crude
oil is driving up gasoline
prices nationwide. And a
new state fuel tax that took
effect Nov. 1 is helping keep
Southland gasoline prices 67
cents above the national average.
In Southern California,
gasoline prices this week ran
about $3.09 a gallon for regular. The statewide price was
$3.08, while the national average was $2.42, prompting
some critics of the oil industry to question whether California consumers are being
Joe Raedle Getty Images
GAS prices in Southern California are about $3.09 this week for a gallon of regu-
lar, the highest they have been since 2013. Above, Raul Rivera fuels up in Miami.
gouged.
Not since 2013, when
Southern California gasoline prices ran about $3.63 as
crude oil reached $110 a barrel, have holiday gasoline
prices hit these highs. Gasoline prices were 20 cents
lower in December 2015 than
today, even when the Torrance refinery — which supplies 20% of the refined gasoline capacity to Southland —
sat mostly idle through the
2015-16 holiday season as a
result of an explosion.
Despite the high prices,
Californians will travel more
than 50 miles in record numbers from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1 —
8.2 million Southern California residents and 13.2 million
people statewide, according
to the Automobile Club of
Southern California. That’s
up 3.6% from a year ago.
“Obviously there’s demand out there that’s higher
than previous years,” said
Marie
Montgomery,
a
spokeswoman for the automobile club. “Although
prices were dropping since
[See Fuel, C6]
been the subject of investigations by regulators in several states for selling unregistered securities. Some
states, including Massachusetts and Michigan, ordered
the firm to stop selling the
securities.
An attorney for Shapiro
did not return calls for comment but told the Wall Street
Journal
that
Shapiro
“denies any allegation of
wrongdoing
and
looks
forward to his opportunity
to defend himself in a court
of law.” Adam Schwartz, an
attorney for Woodbridge,
declined to comment.
Woodbridge, a web of real
estate finance and development companies, filed for
bankruptcy earlier this
month, more than a year after the SEC opened an investigation into its practices.
Named defendants in the
[See Woodbridge, C5]
New
huge
data
leak
found
Marketing info on
nearly all households
in U.S. was exposed.
By Tracey Lien
SAN FRANCISCO —
Credit reporting firms go to
great lengths to convince
the public that the data they
collect won’t fall into the
wrong hands. But what happens when they sell that information to a third party?
Can the buyer make the
same guarantees?
That’s a question the
consumer data industry is
now grappling with after a
discovery that Irvine marketing and analytics company Alteryx Inc. accidentally made public a file that
contained the personal information of 123 million
American households. (The
U.S. has 126 million households in all, according to the
Census Bureau.)
The database contained
information across 248 categories, including addresses,
phone numbers, mortgage
ownership, age, ethnicity
and personal interests such
as whether a person is a dog
or cat enthusiast. The data
did not include people’s
names, Social Security numbers, credit card information or passwords.
The data sets originally
belonged to credit reporting
firm Experian and the U.S.
Census Bureau. Chris Vickery, the director of cyber-risk
research at cybersecurity
start-up UpGuard, discovered the data Oct. 6 on Amazon Web Services, or AWS.
“When we discovered this
issue, we removed the file
from AWS and also added a
layer of additional security
to the AWS bucket where the
file was stored,” Alteryx
Chief
Executive
Dean
Stoecker said in a statement
. “We will maintain a similar
level of enhanced security
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TRAVEL BRIEFCASE
States want to save bag fee rule
JetBlue lauded
for Free Wi-Fi
Sixteen attorneys
general urge the U.S.
not to abandon an
Obama-era disclosure
mandate.
By Hugo Martin
Under President Obama,
the U.S. Department of
Transportation was in the
process of adopting a rule
that would have required
that airlines disclose the
cost to check bags when
travelers compare prices
online.
But under President
Trump, that rule proposal
has been withdrawn, sparking protest from the attorneys general of 16 states.
Pennsylvania Atty. Gen.
Josh Shapiro and the attorneys general of California,
Connecticut, Delaware,
Iowa, Maine and 10 other
states signed a letter to
Transportation Secretary
Elaine Chao, urging her not
to pull the plug on the rule.
The rule was designed to
make it easier for travelers
to compare air travel costs.
Many airlines make it
difficult to calculate the
entire cost of a flight
because fees and surcharges
are not added into the fare
until it has been booked.
Some low-cost carriers,
such as Spirit Airlines,
generate up to 40% of their
revenues from fees and
charges.
“As airlines increasingly
charge separate fees for
basic services rather than
building them into the cost
of their tickets, transparency in pricing is more important than ever,” the
letter says.
An agency representative could not be reached for
comment. The department
under Trump has been
seeking to lessen regulatory
burdens on companies.
Battery restrictions
on smart bags
A growing number of
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
A RULE THAT would have required airlines to let travelers see the cost to check bags on the carriers’ web-
sites before booking their tickets has been withdrawn by the Trump administration, a move 16 states oppose.
airlines have announced
restrictions on luggage with
built-in batteries because of
a potential fire hazard they
may create in the cargo area
of a plane.
Two of the world’s largest
airlines, American and
Delta, announced this
month that bags with builtin batteries that cannot be
removed will not be allowed
as checked luggage starting
Jan. 15. Since then, United,
Southwest, Alaska and
Hawaiian Airlines have
announced similar
restrictions.
The move comes amid
growing worry that lithium
batteries can ignite a fire in
the cargo hold of a plane.
The Federal Aviation
Administration has
imposed restrictions on
spare lithium batteries
carried in the cargo area but
has left it up to airlines to
impose restrictions on
larger batteries inside of
electronic equipment, such
as smart bags.
Smart bags have become
increasingly popular with
tech-loving travelers because the bags come with
built-in devices that can
weigh the bag, track its
location using GPS and
lock it remotely using a
smartphone app. Some
bags even include wheels
and a motor so that travelers can ride the luggage
like a scooter.
In response to the airline
announcements, some
smart-bag manufacturers
are scrambling to assure
potential customers that
the batteries in their bags
are safe.
Tim Ryan, chief marketing officer at Chicago-based
smart-bag maker Modobag,
told the Chicago Tribune
that the batteries in his
luggage are removable but
said his company may
consider making its batteries easier to remove in an
upcoming line.
Another smart-bag
maker, Bluesmart, said on
its website that its batteries
cannot be removed but still
meet federal safety standards. Bluesmart said it
plans to meet with airline
representatives to try to get
Bluesmart bags exempt
from the restrictions.
In the heated competition between airlines in the
U.S., JetBlue Airways offers
an extra perk that is pretty
alluring to most travelers:
Free high-speed wireless
internet.
For that reason, an
internet comparison site
named JetBlue as the top
domestic airline for overall
Wi-Fi service, followed by
rivals Southwest Airlines,
Delta Air Lines and Virgin
America.
The ranking by
Highspeedinternet.com
took into consideration not
only the speed of the
connection but the cost and
the availability on every
plane.
JetBlue won the top
spot because the New
York-based carrier offers
free WiFi with speeds of
15 megabits per second
on 100% of its domestic
fleet, according to the ranking.
Southwest Airlines
ranked second because it
offers Wi-Fi at speeds of up
to 10 Mbps for $8 per flight
on 90% of its fleet.
Virgin America also
offers internet connections
on 100% of its fleet but it
comes with a price of up to
$25, depending on the
length of the flight. Virgin
America’s Wi-Fi speed is 15
Mbps, which is considered
fast enough to stream
movies and television
shows.
Don’t care about
connecting to the internet?
Frontier, Hawaiian and
Spirit Airways are the only
three major U.S. carriers
that offer no onboard Wi-Fi
at all, according to the
ranking.
Passengers on Hawaiian
Airlines can watch movies
and television shows on a
seatback entertainment
system.
Spirit and Frontier offer
magazines.
hugo.martin
@latimes.com
Twitter: @hugomartin
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Key MLB media
exec was ousted
for misbehavior
By Stephen Battaglio
David McNew For The Times
CALIFORNIA’S largest jobs increase came from the educational and health services sector, with 16,700 net
new jobs. Above, medical technician Ricardo Vasquez vaccinates Gilbert Acosta Jr. in August.
State adds 47,400 jobs;
unemployment rate falls
November marks the
third straight month
of payroll increases.
Jobless rate is lowest
in more than 40 years.
By Andrew Khouri
The economic juggernaut that is the California
economy barreled forward
in November as the state
added 47,400 net new jobs
and the unemployment rate
dropped from 4.9% in October to 4.6%, the lowest level
in more than four decades.
The robust gains were a
slight improvement from
the prior month’s upwardly
revised 45,400-job increase,
according to data released
Friday by the Employment
Development Department.
The Golden State’s economy got off to a slow start this
year but has been picking up
steam in the second half.
The state has now added
jobs in three consecutive
months,
after
several
months of alternating job
losses and gains.
“California, which had
lagged early in the year, now
appears to be on a strong
growth trend,” Lynn Reaser,
chief economist of the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma
Nazarene University, said in
an email.
Since 2012, the California
economy has tended to grow
faster than that of the U.S. as
a whole. The trend continued in November. State payrolls rose 1.7% from a year
earlier, compared with 1.4%
nationwide.
Michael S. Bernick, director of the employment
department from 1999 to
2004, said California is benefiting from its booming tech
sector as well as a diverse
economy that can easily ride
a national economic wave.
“Tech, by itself, isn’t creating the bulk of jobs directly,” said Bernick, now an
attorney at Sedgwick. “But
the wealth it’s creating is
driving job gains in other
sectors.”
Job gains were seen
across most industries, even
though the information sector — which includes tech
firms and moviemakers —
lost 4,200 jobs.
The largest increase
came from the educational
and health services sector,
with 16,700 net new jobs, followed by leisure and hospitality with 15,400. Professional business services
added 13,700 jobs, while
manufacturing and construction also posted gains.
The November report
was particularly positive because several head winds
could be expected to blunt
growth. They include the
high cost of housing and the
length of the recovery — now
tied for the second longest
since World War II.
“It is really extraordinary,” Bernick said of the
numbers. The 4.6% state unemployment rate was the
lowest on record for a survey
that started in 1976, when
the method for collecting the
unemployment
rate
changed, the EDD said.
In Los Angeles County,
employers shed 2,100 jobs on
a seasonally adjusted basis,
however. In Orange County,
payrolls grew by 2,500.
The report comes on the
same day President Trump
signed the Republican tax
bill into law. The plan slashes
business tax rates and also
cuts taxes for most Americans and Californians. But it
also caps key deductions
taken disproportionately by
Californians and residents
of other high-cost states.
Some economists have
said the deduction changes
could prove a slight drag on
the state’s economy, while
others expect a short-term
boost from lower business
taxes. Either way, economists said they don’t expect
the tax bill to drastically alter the state’s job market.
“California’s
economy
has been humming along
nicely, and that is also expected to continue in the
coming year,” Beacon Economics said in a forecast released this week.
andrew.khouri
@latimes.com
Twitter: @khouriandrew
ABC News anchor Vargas to exit
Bob Bowman, a top Major League Baseball executive
who was the architect of the league’s wildly successful digital operation, was reportedly ousted last month over several incidents of misconduct that occurred during his 17year tenure.
Major League Baseball announced last month that
Bowman, who was president of MLB Advanced Media, or
MLBAM, would be leaving when his contract expired at
the end of this year.
But a Wall Street Journal report Thursday attributed
Bowman’s departure to a number of allegations of inappropriate behavior, including the hiring of female escorts
for an MLBAM party at the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego.
The Journal report also said Bowman allegedly conducted consensual sexual relationships with subordinate
employees and promoted an alcohol-driven, hard-partying culture within the company. Bowman also verbally
abused an employee in October, which prompted Major
League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to arrange
his departure, according to the report.
Bowman released a broad statement to the Journal
that acknowledged his behavior.
“The culture that started at BAM [MLBAM] was hard
working and driven. At times, it was also inappropriate
and I take full responsibility,” he said. “This inappropriate
behavior reflects my personal flaws and not someone
else’s. This behavior and my personal behavior were
wrong. To those who felt the sting of my behavior, I am
truly sorry. To my family, friends and business colleagues
who have been steadfastly supportive of me, and whom I
have embarrassed, I apologize.”
Bowman is the latest among a string of high-profile figures who have lost their jobs following allegations of inappropriate behavior.
stephen.battaglio@latimes.com
Weinstein board
considering bids
By Ryan Faughnder
The Weinstein Co. board of directors met Friday to
consider bids for the struggling film and television studio,
according to a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity because the talks are private.
Bids came due this week, and the board members are
expected to make a decision quickly as the company
struggles to stay afloat amid the swirling sexual assault
allegations against co-founder Harvey Weinstein.
The board, which includes Lance Maerov and Tarak
Ben Ammar, must choose a bidder for continued negotiations. The directors will probably come to a decision
about how to proceed during the weekend, if not before,
the source said.
A representative for the New York-based company did
not respond to requests for comment.
Board members are said to be considering five or six
serious offers for all or part of the company, the knowledgeable person said. Interest has been limited, given the
heavy legal liabilities that would come with any deal. Multiple women have sued Weinstein Co. over the alleged conduct of its co-founder.
Weinsten Co. has been under pressure to sell, file for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, or shut down amid the
mushrooming scandal. Weinstein was fired by the board
in October shortly after sexual assault allegations against
him were first reported by the New York Times.
Bidders who have submitted offers include an investor
group led by former Obama administration official Maria
Contreras-Sweet. Under her plan, the company would get
a new name, keep its approximately 150 employees and install a majority-female board of directors, according to
people familiar with the talks.
Another bid came from New York production firm
Killer Content, which wants to buy Weinstein Co. assets
and funnel some of the proceeds to women’s charities.
ryan.faughnder@latimes.com
The 21-year network
veteran of programs
such as ‘World News
Tonight’ plans to
‘pursue new ventures.’
Hitler-linked car
is up for auction
By Stephen Battaglio
Longtime ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is
leaving the network in May,
at the end of the current season of her prime-time newsmagazine “20/20.”
ABC News President
James Goldston announced
her departure Friday in a
memo to staffers that said
Vargas wants to “pursue new
ventures.”
Vargas, 55, has been a fixture at ABC News for more
than 20 years, joining in 1996
after a four-year run at NBC
News. She served as a news
anchor of “Good Morning
America” and co-anchor of
“World News Tonight” before joining “20/20” in 2004.
“It has been a profound
privilege to be the anchor of
20/20 for 14 years, and a true
honor to work with each and
every one of you,” Vargas
wrote in a note to her colleagues. She offered no
other details on the reason
for her departure.
Vargas has battled anxiety and alcoholism, which
she has discussed openly on
the air. In 2016, she recounted her struggles in a
book, “Between Breaths, A
Memoir of Panic and Addiction.” She has said that she
is in recovery.
Vargas co-anchors “20/
20” with David Muir, who
also serves as anchor of
By Charles Fleming
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images
“20/20” co-anchors David Muir and Elizabeth Vargas visit the Empire State
Building to celebrate the 40th season of the ABC News program in September.
“ABC World News Tonight.”
ABC News is likely to
name Amy Robach as Vargas’ replacement. Robach is
the news reader on “Good
Morning America.”
Vargas is the latest net-
work news veteran to leave a
post. News programs are
still absorbing the ramifications from sexual misconduct allegations that led to
the sudden departures of
Matt Lauer of NBC’s “To-
day” and Charlie Rose of
“CBS This Morning.” Neither has been replaced.
stephen.battaglio
@latimes.com
Twitter: @SteveBattaglio
A 1939 touring car reputedly used to ferry the Fuhrer
around Germany is headed for the auction block.
Worldwide Auctioneers will present at its Jan. 17 sale in
Scottsdale, Ariz., a Mercedes-Benz 770 Grosser Offener
Tourenwagen that the auction house says is one of only
four such vehicles built to transport Adolf Hitler and his
staff during his reign over the Third Reich.
The meticulously restored vehicle is powered by a
massive 7.7-liter supercharged engine, and at the time of
its construction was capable of top speeds of more than
100 mph. It was fitted at the time of construction with
bulletproof glass and armor plating.
According to Worldwide, the car was seized by Allied
forces in 1945 and then used by U.S. military police in
France until 1946, after which time it was shipped to the
U.S. and donated to a Veterans of Foreign Wars group,
which used the car in parades.
The car later was featured in auto collections housed
at the Chicago Historical Antique Automobile Museum in
Highland Park, Ill., and the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The auction house asked prospective bidders not to
judge the vehicle too harshly for having been built for history’s most notorious mass murderer.
“This motorcar did not choose its original owner nor
its use,” said Rod Egan, auctioneer and principal for
Worldwide. “If its original provenance can be set aside,
surviving examples of the Mercedes-Benz 770 ‘Grosser’ or
‘Super-Mercedes’ remain quite likely the world’s greatest
achievement in terms of automotive design, engineering
and construction.”
“It should be noted,” the auction house publicity materials added, “that 10% of the sale price of the car will be donated and used to educate how and why the Holocaust
happened and how to effectively prevent similar atrocities in the future.”
charles.fleming@latimes.com
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MARKET ROUNDUP
Healthcare
and banking
stocks pull
indexes lower
associated press
Stocks finished slightly
lower Friday in subdued
trading ahead of a three-day
holiday weekend. Healthcare companies and banks
slipped.
President Trump signed
the Republican-backed tax
bill into law, but for the
fourth day in a row, stocks
didn’t move much. They had
made strong gains in recent
weeks as investors became
more sure the $1.5-trillion
package would pass.
High-dividend
stocks
made small gains even as
bond yields remained near
their recent highs.
The Standard & Poor’s
500 index fell 1.23 points, or
less than 0.1%, to 2,683.34.
The Dow Jones industrial
average lost 28.23 points, or
0.1%, to 24,754.06. The
Nasdaq composite fell 5.40
points, or 0.1%, to 6,959.96.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller-company
stocks
dipped 4.18 points, or 0.3%, to
1,542.93. Those companies,
which stand to benefit more
than others from lower tax
rates, outpaced the market
this week.
Stocks are below the
record highs they reached
Monday but still finished
higher for the fifth week in a
row.
Markets will be closed
Monday in observance of
Christmas. With just four
days of trading left in 2017,
stocks are on pace to finish
every month of the year with
gains, when dividends are
included.
Nike slumped $1.48, or
2.3%, to $63.29. The company
had a strong quarter overall,
as its profit and sales beat
Wall Street projections. But
Nike’s North American business continued to struggle.
Banks
took
modest
losses. They’ve done far better than the rest of the market as the tax bill has been at
the forefront of investors’
minds and interest rates
have moved higher.
Papa John’s founder
John Schnatter will step
down as the pizza chain’s
CEO next month, about two
months after he criticized
the NFL leadership over national anthem protests by
players. The company’s
stock shed $2.33, or 3.9%, to
$56.90 on Friday.
World Wrestling Entertainment dropped $2.32, or
7.3%, to $29.55 after the company disclosed that Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon sold 3.3 million shares to
raise money for new investments in sports and entertainment, potentially including football. WWE said
he plans to remain its chairman and CEO, and he remains its main shareholder.
Bond prices were little
changed. The yield on the
10-year
Treasury
note
remained at 2.48%.
Benchmark U.S. crude
rose 11 cents to $58.47 a barrel
in New York. Brent crude,
which is used to price international oils, rose 35 cents to
$65.25 a barrel in London.
Gold rose $8.20 to
$1,278.80 an ounce. Silver
climbed 21 cents to $16.44 an
ounce.
Copper
gained
2 cents to $3.24 a pound.
The dollar fell to 113.31 yen
from 113.35 yen. The euro fell
to $1.1852 from $1.1873.
Photographs by Chevrolet
STEERING AND braking on the Chevy Colorado felt smooth and sedan-like. The back seat offers room for
three full-size adults and is outfitted with cup holders, device plug-ins and plenty of headroom.
Chevy truck handles well
in the desert, at the mall
[Colorado, from C1]
Sitting on the optional 18inch wheels and burly tires,
it’s still tall enough to rise
slightly above the traffic and
give good visibility.
Like most trucks, it’s not
exactly silent on the freeway.
Despite the use of an adequate amount of sounddeadening material in the
carpet and headliner, there
still was plenty of wind noise
and tire noise at higher
speeds.
The four-wheel drive and
3.6-liter V-6 engine, mated to
Chevy’s eight-speed automatic transmission, offered
enough low-end torque to
get me out of sticky situations, though I didn’t challenge it much beyond a few
rocky uphills and one
stretch of deep sand, which
we
conquered
without
breaking a sweat — me or
the truck.
The back seat offers
room for three full-size
adults and is outfitted with
cup holders, device plug-ins
and plenty of headroom. Despite what looked like limited legroom to me, my passengers reported the rear
real estate was comfortable.
Those rear seats also fold
up to reveal a handy storage
area hidden beneath. This is
where the tire jack tools are
located, too, and would be a
good place to store valuables
STANDARD ON the LT trim line are minimal amenities, such as keyless entry,
locking tailgate, power seats and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel.
during that Joshua Tree
hike.
Standard on the LT trim
line are minimal amenities,
such as keyless entry, locking tailgate, power seats and
a tilting and telescoping
steering wheel.
The model I drove had, as
options, 18-inch wheels, two
hooks, cargo tie-downs, an
off-road sports bar, locking
differential and other items
that prepared the truck for
bumpy terrain and bumped
up the suggested retail price.
The Colorado won’t do
what a lot of bigger trucks
will. The Ford F-150 I last
reviewed was a better heavyduty work truck. The Ram
1500 I used to haul motorcycles up to the Cycle World
Sierra adventure rally was
more off-road ready. The
Nissan Titan I drove off-road
in the White Mountains was
a superior rock-crawler.
But if I were buying an
around-town truck, capable
of dragging me and my
machines to the desert but
also easy enough to get into a
crowded Trader Joe’s parking lot, I’d look hard at the
Colorado.
charles.fleming
@latimes.com
‘Sharks’ circle cryptocurrencies
Volatile bitcoin, other
digital money face test
after values plummet.
By Dave Liedtka
and Erik Schatzker
Bitcoin faced one of its
biggest tests this week, losing almost 20% of its value
after the world’s largest
cryptocurrency reached a
record high Monday.
The digital currency
plunged as much as 30% on
Friday, then pared its losses,
as this week’s sell-off extended to a fourth day. The
weekly decline is the biggest
in almost three years. Other
cryptocurrencies also tumbled: Ethereum dropped as
much as 36% and litecoin
slumped as much as 43%, according to composite prices
on Bloomberg.
Michael Novogratz, a former Goldman Sachs Group
Inc. and Fortress Investment Group macro trader,
said he’s shelving plans to
start
a
cryptocurrency
hedge fund and predicted
that bitcoin may extend its
plunge to $8,000.
“We didn’t like market
conditions, and we wanted
to reevaluate what we’re doing,” Novogratz said in a
phone interview. He predicted last week that bitcoin
could reach $40,000 within a
few months.
Bitcoin dropped as low as
$10,776 before recovering to
$14,303 shortly after 1 p.m.
Pacific time. It last traded
below $10,000 on Dec. 1, when
the U.S. Commodity Futures
Trading
Commission
Scott Olson Getty Images
A SIGN hangs outside Cboe Global Markets in Chi-
cago, one of the largest U.S. options exchanges.
agreed to allow trading in
bitcoin futures. The price of
the digital coin had more
than doubled in the previous
three weeks.
The losses represent a
major test for the cryptocurrency industry and the
blockchain technology that
underpins it, both of which
rapidly entered the mainstream in recent weeks.
Some cast doubt on the value of the virtual assets, with
UBS Group this week calling
bitcoin the “biggest speculative bubble in history.”
Others argue that the
technology is a game changer for the world of investment and finance. Both
sides will be closely watching
the outcome of the current
sell-off.
“The sharks are beginning to circle here, and the
futures markets may give
them a venue to strike,” said
Ross Norman, chief executive of London-based bullion
dealer Sharps Pixley, which
offers gold in exchange for
bitcoin. “Bitcoin’s been
heavily driven by retail investors, but there’ll be some
aggressive funds looking for
the right opportunity to
hammer this thing lower.”
Traders who bought the
currency on futures exchanges using collateral
may start facing margin
calls after the price decline.
Two venues launched products in recent weeks that required hefty security, with
Cboe needing 44% to clear
contracts, and the CME
47%. Brokers set safety nets
even higher.
Coinbase, one of the
world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, said all
buying and selling was temporarily disabled during Friday’s rout, after having delays in processing wire
transfers and verifying new
customers for the last week
because of higher traffic.
Bitcoin transaction volume
jumped more than 30% on
Coinbase’s
GDAX
exchange, while fees to approve and record the transactions on the blockchain
surged to a record $55, according to BitInfoCharts.
Many of the recent news
stories and market moves
connected to cryptocurrencies appear to carry hallmarks of the mania phase of
a bubble. Long Island Iced
Tea Corp. shares rose as
much as 289% on Thursday
after
the
unprofitable
Hicksville, N.Y., company rebranded
itself
Long
Blockchain Corp. Bank of
Japan
Gov.
Haruhiko
Kuroda said Thursday that
bitcoin isn’t functioning like
a normal means of payment
and is being used for speculation.
Still, cryptocurrencies
are attracting established
players. Goldman Sachs
Group Inc. is setting up a
trading desk to make markets in digital currencies
such as bitcoin, according to
people with knowledge of
the strategy. The bank aims
to get the business running
by the end of June, if not earlier, two of the people said.
Liedtka and Schatzker
write for Bloomberg.
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Most of firm’s investors were seniors
[Woodbridge, from C1]
SEC lawsuit include Shapiro, his trust, Woodbridge,
seven Woodbridge-affiliated
investment funds and more
than 200 limited liability
companies, many of which
were set up to hold individual properties.
A document filed by
Woodbridge in Bankruptcy
Court says the company,
through those LLCs, owns
138 properties ranging in value from $50,000 to $150 million. A Woodbridge representative said about 50 of
those properties are in the
Los Angeles area, and most
of the rest are in Colorado.
One property known to
be among Woodbridge’s
holdings is the historic Owlwood estate in Holmby Hills,
a former home of actor Tony
Curtis and singing duo
Sonny and Cher. Woodbridge acquired it for $90
million last year and listed it
earlier this year at twice
that.
Another property in the
portfolio, according to a
source familiar with Woodbridge’s holdings, is the
home at 1 Electra Court in
Hollywood Hills West. Film
producer Megan Ellison,
daughter of software billionaire Larry Ellison, bought
the home and adjacent land
for $30 million in 2013 and
sold it to Woodbridge this
year reportedly for more
than $35 million.
Other L.A. properties are
mostly homes in exclusive
neighborhoods
including
the Bird Streets area, Hollywood Hills, Holmby Hills
and Bel-Air, the Woodbridge
representative said. The
Colorado properties are
mostly undeveloped parcels
in resort towns including Aspen and Snowmass Village.
The properties in both
states “are in various stages
of development or renovation,” and worth between
$650 million and $750 million
in their current state,
according to the filing.
That’s far short of the $961
million the SEC says is owed
to Woodbridge investors.
The SEC also alleges that
Woodbridge owns and channeled funds to several other
companies it owns, includ-
Mercer Vine
THE HISTORIC OWLWOOD estate in Holmby Hills, which was previously home to celebrities such as actor Tony Curtis and singing duo
Sonny and Cher, was purchased by Woodbridge in 2016 for $90 million and listed by the firm at twice that amount earlier this year.
ing L.A. luxury real estate
brokerage Mercer Vine.
Those companies are not
named as participants in the
scheme or accused of wrongdoing but could be forced to
disgorge funds traced back
to any illegal activity.
The SEC alleges Woodbridge raised money from
some 8,400 investors starting in July 2012. Now based in
Sherman Oaks, the company maintains an office
and was previously headquartered in the retiree
haven of Boca Raton, Fla.,
according to the SEC, which
noted many of the company’s investors are seniors.
Woodbridge maintained
its own sales representatives
and a network of outside
sales agents, which the SEC
alleged employed “aggressive cold calling campaigns,
social media, websites, seminars and in-person presentations” to pitch investors.
The company paid $64.5 million in sales commissions,
mostly to sales agents not licensed to sell securities,
according to the SEC suit.
Woodbridge, according
to the SEC, told investors it
would use their money to
make so-called “hard money” loans — a type of expensive, short-term loan that’s
secured by property and is
often used by house flippers
and other property developers. Instead, the SEC alleges, nearly all of the funds
went directly into Shapiro
and
Woodbridge’s
own
projects.
Despite raising more
than $1 billion dating back to
2012, Woodbridge collected
only $13.7 million in interest
from outside borrowers,
according to the SEC.
The SEC alleges that
Shapiro’s real estate development business — the true
recipient of investors’ funds
— was not making much
money, and that any profits
were “woefully inadequate
to satisfy its ever-increasing
obligations to investors.”
Along with suing Woodbridge and Shapiro for violations of securities law, the
SEC this week also asked a
federal judge to appoint a
receiver in the Woodbridge
bankruptcy case, arguing
that without a receiver the
bankruptcy
proceedings
may benefit Shapiro to the
detriment of investors.
The agency notes that
the company is set to pay
Shapiro a consulting fee of
$175,000 per month during
the bankruptcy process.
Woodbridge is fighting that
move, saying a courtappointed receiver is not
needed.
james.koren@latimes.com
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High gas costs
won’t hinder
holiday travel
Jerome Adamstein Los Angeles Times
THE DATA exposed by marketing firm Alteryx originally belonged to credit reporting firm Experian and the
Census Bureau. The data were discovered Oct. 6 by cybersecurity start-up UpGuard on Amazon Web Services.
Marketing info exposed
[Breach, from C1]
for any dataset that we offer
to our customers going forward.”
There’s no sign that the
Alteryx data fell into the
wrong hands, but this kind
of vulnerability remains a
problem for the information
technology industry, according to Dan O’Sullivan,
an analyst with Mountain
View, Calif.-based UpGuard.
It poses a particular problem to data collection agencies that, despite efforts to
secure consumer data on
their own servers, have little
to no control over how their
partners handle the information.
“Most enterprises lack
the ability to even assess the
security postures of external
vendors,” O’Sullivan said in
a blog post.
One of the ways Experian
and other consumer credit
reporting firms make money
is by selling user data to
third parties for marketing
purposes, which is how Alteryx got the data to begin
with. (The Census Bureau
data included in Alteryx’s
files already were publicly
available.)
As massive amounts of
consumer data increasingly
get passed around, not all
agencies and companies are
exercising the same level of
caution, O’Sullivan said.
The U.S. Census Bureau
rates 872 on the CSTAR cyber-risk score (out of a maximum of 950), and Experian
rates 728. Alteryx scored 692.
This shows that a
“weaker link can be fatal
throughout the chain,”
O’Sullivan said.
Millions of Americans
had their personal information exposed this year
through data breaches, the
most high-profile of which
was the breach at Equifax,
the credit reporting firm
that was hacked sometime
from mid-May through July.
Equifax announced the
breach in September and
said hackers had accessed
the Social Security numbers
and birth dates of up to 143
million Americans.
Alteryx’s exposed data
were marketing information
rather than credit information, which is an important
distinction to make, according to consumer data experts, because marketing information tends to be commercially available and
doesn’t include personally
identifiable information.
That said, “it’s possible
that data thieves could
cross-reference stolen information with other available
public information,” security company Norton said in a
blog post.
tracey.lien@latimes.com
Twitter: @traceylien
[Fuel, from C1]
November, they haven’t gotten to where they were Oct.
31,” before the gas tax hike.
The new 12-cent tax added Nov. 1 raised California’s
state excise tax for gasoline
to 41.7 cents a gallon. The additional taxes help fund
roadway
improvements
statewide.
Gordon Schremp, a senior fuels specialist with the
California Energy Commission, said California’s gasoline taxes and fees usually
keep the state’s retail prices
higher than in the rest of the
country.
But oil industry critics
say state residents should
benefit from a strong production cycle with no refinery problems.
In addition, the winter
blend of gasoline is being
sold now and does not have
the more costly environmental state requirements of the
summer fuel.
“Inventories are very
high. Production is very
good,” Schremp said. “Right
now in California, gasoline is
ample.”
And the weather is good,
he said, which leads motorists to hit the roads.
Bob van der Valk, an oil
industry analyst, said retailers are simply taking advantage of the higher demand
for gasoline, despite the
higher stockpiles.
“Retail is really making
some big bucks,” Van der
Valk said. “The service station owners are basically
holding the price, especially
on the branded side. When
the profit and loss statements come out, it’s going to
be a lot of profits.”
The Western States Petroleum Assn., an oil industry organization, defended
the price of gasoline as a
product of various factors,
some of which are beyond
the control of oil companies
and retailers. Prices at the
stations are affected by the
higher-than-average gasoline taxes, added cost of producing California’s environmentally friendly gasoline
and programs to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions,
said Catherine ReheisBoyd, the organization’s
president.
“Differentials in average
fuel prices in California as
compared to the rest of the
nation are driven by those
factors, as well as our state
being a fuel ‘island,’ without
pipelines bringing refined
petroleum products into the
state,” Reheis-Boyd said.
Jamie Court, president of
advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog, criticized
the oil industry for taking
advantage of consumers. “I
think this is all about profittaking for the refiners for
Christmas, and it’s bah
humbug for the rest of us.”
Hoping to bring some
holiday cheer to motorists as
they pondered where to
pump their gas, Gasbuddy.com and Phillips 66 made
Dec. 21 a gasoline giveaway
day. For two hours, motorist
received up to $20 of free gas
at a 76 Gas Station in La Puente.
“Bad news: L.A. drivers
will be paying the highest
holiday gas prices since 2013.
Some of the most expensive
in the nation!” Gasbuddy.com said in a statement.
The good news: a “tank takeover event” that put thousands of dollars of gasoline
in car tanks for free.
ivan.penn@latimes.com
Twitter: @ivanlpenn
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SPORTS
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S A T U R D A Y , D E C E M B E R 2 3 , 2 0 1 7 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
UCLA
suspends
pair for
season
Lakers’
upset
bid falls
short
APP RE C IATI ON
Freshmen Hill and
Riley can practice but
not play or travel with
team after shoplifting.
They get a lift from
rookies, but Curry-less
Warriors hold on for
11th straight victory.
By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS — More
than six weeks after an international shoplifting incident left their careers in
limbo, UCLA freshmen
Jalen Hill and Cody Riley on
Friday learned the unambiguous terms of their suspensions.
Hill and Riley will be required to sit out the entire
season as punishment for
stealing from three stores inside an upscale mall in
China. Fellow freshman LiAngelo Ball, who was also involved in the episode that
brought considerable embarrassment to UCLA, withdrew from school this month
to sign with a professional
team in Lithuania.
The school said its decision on the penalty came in
conjunction with the office
of student conduct but offered no further details.
Hill and Riley will not be
allowed to travel with the
team but can participate in
practices and meetings
starting Tuesday. The forwards will miss their 12th
game Saturday when UCLA
(8-3) plays No. 7 Kentucky
(9-1) at the Smoothie King
Center as part of the CBS
Sports Classic.
“Cody and Jalen are a
part of our basketball and
university families, and we
will continue to support
them as they serve their suspensions,” UCLA coach
Steve Alford said in a statement. “Since returning from
China, they have done everything asked of them and continued to work hard in the
classroom and in their own
personal workouts.
“I’ve told our players all
along that actions have consequences, and the seasonlong suspension shows how
seriously we take their mis[See UCLA, D4]
USC 84, AKRON 53
Fired up Trojans
finally get rolling
They overcome deficit
with a big run after
Boatwright’s ejection. D4
GOLDEN STATE 113
LAKERS 106
By Tania Ganguli
Denis Poroy Getty Images
DICK ENBERG, who also did play-by-play for the Angels, Rams and UCLA basketball, waves to
the crowd at San Diego’s Petco Park in 2016 before his final home broadcast with the Padres.
The practically perfect
Enberg was so much
more than ‘Oh my!’
BILL DWYRE
From those in the sports journalism business, the next few days
will bring a deluge of Dick Enberg stories. Few before him have
been so deluge-worthy.
In a recent podcast, TV executive Andy Friendly called Enberg
“broadcast royalty.” Well said.
Enberg, who died Thursday at 82, was Vin Scully, spread over a
dozen sports. Scully’s worship was focused, emanating from those
who found religion in bats and balls and warm summer days. Enberg’s was also bats and balls, as well as tennis rackets, golf clubs,
shoulder pads and squeaky sneakers on hardwood floors. Even racing bicycles.
If there was a gymnasium, field, court or fairway, and there was a microphone
nearby, chances are Enberg was sitting behind it.
He broadcast eight of UCLA’s NCAA basketball title teams. He did nine baseball no-hitters, or two more than Nolan Ryan pitched. He did the famous UCLAHouston game in the Astrodome and tried for years to explain to John Wooden
why it was OK for the Bruins to lose that one, because a victory by Houston and
Elvin Hayes meant more to the sport than just another UCLA win. Surprise,
surprise. Wooden never agreed.
[See Appreciation, D4]
He’s Chargers’ Phillips screwdriver
By Mike DiGiovanna
Jae C. Hong Associated Press
ADRIAN PHILLIPS
has been an important
tool for the defense.
In searching for an analogy for Adrian Phillips’ dual
role on the Chargers — he is
part safety, part linebacker
— the Prius, Toyota’s signature hybrid car, is suggested.
This causes fellow defensive
back and locker mate Craig
Mager to chuckle.
“You move like a Prius,”
Mager said.
Phillips, the fourth-year
pro out of Texas, frowned.
“I don’t want to be a
Prius,” he said. “They’re
kind of slow.”
Mager then reconsidered.
“But they don’t run out of
gas, bro,” he said.
“That is true,” Phillips
said with a grin. “That is
true.”
At 5-foot-11 and 210
pounds, Phillips might not
possess the blazing speed to
keep up with fleet wide re-
ceivers or the brute strength
to shed oncoming linemen,
but his combination of coverage and run-stopping
skills has fit nicely into defensive coordinator Gus
Bradley’s scheme.
And like a Prius, Phillips
has been fuel efficient. With
the exception of a Week 6 win
at Oakland, when he suffered a first-quarter concussion, Phillips has played the
majority of defensive snaps
[See Phillips, D5]
NFL WEEK 16
Chargers at
New York Jets
AT METLIFE STADIUM,
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.
Sunday, 10 a.m. PST
Channel 2
OAKLAND — They
spent the last eight days
staring down their idols, facing the players the watched
as kids and getting used to
facing dominant teams in
front of hostile crowds.
It all steeled the Lakers
rookies.
So when they faced a 23point deficit in the third
quarter Friday night against
the Golden State Warriors,
Kyle Kuzma turned to his fellow rookie Lonzo Ball and
made a declaration.
“He told me, ‘I’m about to
start going,’ ” Ball said.
“I said, ‘All right I got
you.’ He did what he did and
I tried to do the best I could.”
Ball and Kuzma tried to
lead the Lakers to their first
win of the season against the
NBA champion Golden
State Warriors. The Warriors, with their home crowd
behind them, proved to be
too much, even without injured star Stephen Curry.
The Warriors won their
11th straight game, beating
[See Lakers, D7]
Clippers
also able
to survive
Harden’s 51
They beat Rockets at
their own game with
Rivers’ career night
and Williams’ threes.
CLIPPERS 128
HOUSTON 118
By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON — Inside the
jubilant Clippers locker
room, there was no argument with them calling their
128-118 win over the Houston
Rockets the most impressive of their trying season.
The Clippers had just defeated a Rockets team that
entered with the best record
in the NBA, on their own Toyota Center floor, and they
did it by surviving another
monstrous 51-point outburst
from James Harden.
The Clippers shocked the
Rockets on Friday night in a
game that had been billed as
a showdown between L.A.
and Chris Paul, who had
forced them to trade him
last summer. But he didn’t
play due to a groin injury.
He saw the same thing
the national TV audience
saw: The short-handed Clippers won with a team effort,
handing the Rockets a sec[See Clippers, D6]
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Daniels will enroll at USC
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After repeatedly pledging he would return to Santa
Ana Mater Dei next fall,
quarterback JT Daniels reversed course Friday, releasing a video on Twitter in
which he said he will skip his
senior year and enroll early
at USC.
The abrupt about-face
could be an indication that
USC quarterback Sam
Darnold is leaning toward
declaring for the NFL draft,
where he is a likely top-five
pick. Darnold isn’t expected
to publicly announce his intentions until after Friday’s
Cotton Bowl game with Ohio
State.
If Darnold turns pro,
Daniels would contend for
the starting job at USC next
season. Matt Barkley was
the last true freshman to be
named the Trojans’ starting
quarterback in 2009.
A 6-foot-2, 205-pound
pro-style quarterback, Daniels threw for 4,123 yards and
52 touchdowns this season.
He passed for 12,014 yards
and 152 scores in three years
at Mater Dei, completing
more than 68% of his passes
with just 14 interceptions.
There had been rumors
for weeks that Daniels, the
Gatorade player of the year,
would reclassify and go to
the class of 2018. As late as
last Saturday night, after
Mater Dei completed a 15-0
season with a 52-21 rout of
Concord De La Salle in the
CIF championship game,
Daniels denied that he
would be leaving the school,
saying “I will” when asked if
he would be returning for his
senior season.
The five-start recruit,
who had committed to USC
last summer, did not submit
a letter of intent during the
three-day early signing period that ended Friday. The
university declined to comment on his status, citing an
NCAA rule against discussing potential recruits.
But Daniels told the website 247Sports that he
started thinking about leaving early last September and
had approached Mater Dei
coach Bruce Rollinson with
the idea.
Also for USC, defensive
lineman Caleb Tremblay of
American River Community
College signed a letter of intent.
— Eric Sondheimer
and Kevin Baxter
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
MATER DEI’S JT Daniels, the high school player of
the year, will pass up his senior year to go to USC.
ranked No. 3. Now, on the
verge of putting a forgettable
season behind them, there
are questions whether the
Seminoles are actually bowl
eligible.
Florida State will play
Southern Mississippi in the
Independence
Bowl
in
Shreveport, La., on Wednesday. But a possible administrative error, apparently discovered by a user of the website Reddit, called into question whether the Seminoles’
victory against Delaware
State should count toward
the NCAA’s bowl-eligibility
requirement.
After a 2-5 start, scrambling to finish 6-6 allowed the
Seminoles to extend their
record streak of consecutive
years with a bowl appearance to 36. Or did it?
A fan who moderates the
college football section of
Reddit posted data he
claimed to have obtained
from Delaware State that
apparently showed the team
didn’t use enough scholarship funds to meet an
NCAA minimum for FCS
teams to count toward FBS
bowl eligibility.
On Friday night, Florida
State released a statement
saying the information
posted failed to account for
“a long-standing NCAA rule
interpretation that permits
institutions to use academic
scholarships and other
forms of non-athletic institutional aid received by student-athletes in the computation.”
Delaware State lost 77-6
at Florida State on Nov. 18.
touchdowns,
Nathan
Rourke threw for two scores
and Ohio beat Alabama
Birmingham 41-6.
Ohio (9-4) averaged 38.9
points per game during the
season, setting a school
record with 467 points
scored, and the Bobcats exhibited that prowess in the
opening half of this one, using big plays to build a 27-3
halftime lead.
Brown, a redshirt senior,
scored on runs of 74, 9, 25 and
14 yards, two in the second
quarter and two in the third.
The loss spoiled the end
of a remarkable first season
back for UAB (8-5).
Seminoles eligible?
Florida State has faced
one problem after another
since starting the season
By Norm Frauenheim
PHOENIX — UCLA’s
football season included
twists, turns and turmoil.
Promise in September became adversity in early November when few foresaw a
red carpet and a bowl game.
But there they were Friday — stepping onto a red
carpet — after the Bruins
landed at the executive terminal at Sky Harbor International Airport.
The Bruins get a chance
at a seventh victory when
they face Kansas State in the
Cactus Bowl at Chase Field,
the home of the Arizona
Diamondbacks.
It might have looked oh-
Harry How Getty Images
“I’M NOT surprised this team is in a bowl game,’’
UCLA interim coach Jedd Fisch said Friday.
so unlikely a couple of
months ago. But on Friday
the Bruins were exactly in a
place that felt right to inter-
im coach Jedd Fisch.
“I’m not surprised this
team is in a bowl game,’’ said
Fisch, whose club practiced
Friday
morning
before
boarding a charter for the
short flight to Phoenix. “I
thought we were good
enough. There were a couple
of games that could have
gone either way and didn’t
go the way we wanted them
to. Then, there were a couple
of games that went to the
wire and we won.
“I think we’re at the right
place at the right time right
now.’’
The Bruins (6-6) needed
a victory over California in
their regular-season finale
to become eligible for a bowl
game.
They delivered, winning
30-27 after losing star
quarterback Josh Rosen because of a concussion. It was
close. And it was emotional.
In a game in which UCLA
said farewell to its seniors,
the Bruins took the field
without the coach, Jim
Josh Allen threw three
touchdown passes in his fi-
Etc.
Texas has suspended
three players for the Texas
Bowl next week against Missouri. Sophomore receiver
Lil’Jordan
Humphrey,
freshman running back
Toneil Carter and junior
tight end Garrett Gray were
benched for Wednesday’s
game for an unspecified violation of team rules. Texas
(6-6) also said defensive
tackle Chris Nelson will
miss the game against Missouri (7-5) with an elbow injury. ... Louisville junior cornerback Jaire Alexander
will enter the NFL draft and
will not play against Mississippi State in the Dec. 30
TaxSlayer Bowl. ... Former
Ohio State receiver Trevon
Grimes has enrolled at Florida.
BOWL SCHEDULE
FAVORITE
BOWL
WHEN (PST), TV
Birmingham: Texas Tech vs. South Florida
Today, 9 a.m., ESPN
S. Florida by 3
Armed Forces: San Diego State vs. Army
Today, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
S.D. State by 61⁄2
Dollar General: Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Today, 4 p.m., ESPN
Toledo by 61⁄2
Hawaii: Fresno State vs. Houston
Sunday, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Houston by 2
Heart of Dallas: Utah vs. West Virginia
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., ESPN
Utah by 61⁄2
Quick Lane: Duke vs. Northern Illinois
Tuesday, 2:15 p.m., ESPN
Duke by 51⁄2
Cactus: Kansas State vs. UCLA
Tuesday, 6 p.m., ESPN
Kansas St. by 21⁄2
Independence: Southern Miss. vs. Florida St.
Wed., 10:30 a.m., ESPN
Florida St. by 17
Pinstripe: Iowa vs. Boston College
Wed., 2:15 p.m., ESPN
Iowa by 21⁄2
Foster Farms: Arizona vs. Purdue
Wed., 5:30 p.m., Ch. 11
Arizona by 31⁄2
Texas: Texas vs. Missouri
Wed., 6 p.m., ESPN
Missouri by 21⁄2
Military: Virginia vs. Navy
Thursday, 10:30 a.m., ESPN Navy by 11⁄2
Camping World: Virginia Tech vs. Okla. St.
Thursday, 2:15 p.m., ESPN
Okla. State by 4
Alamo: Stanford vs. Texas Christian
Thursday, 6 p.m., ESPN
TCU by 21⁄2
Holiday: Washington State vs. Michigan State
Thursday, 6 p.m., FS1
Wash. State by 1
Belk: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
Dec. 29, 10 a.m., ESPN
Wake Forest by 3
Bahamas Bowl
Sun: North Carolina State vs. Arizona State
Dec. 29, Noon, Ch. 2
N.C. State by 61⁄2
Dorian Brown rushed for
a career-high 152 yards in 12
carries and scored four
Music City: Kentucky vs. Northwestern
Dec. 29, 1:30 p.m., ESPN
N’western by 71⁄2
Arizona: Utah State vs. New Mexico State
Dec. 29, 2:30 p.m., CBSSN Utah State by 4
Cotton: USC vs. Ohio State
Dec. 29. 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Ohio State by 71⁄2
TaxSlayer: Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec. 30, 9 a.m., ESPN
Louisville by 61⁄2
Liberty: Iowa State vs. Memphis
Dec. 30, 9:30 a.m., Ch. 7
Memphis by 4
Fiesta: Washington vs. Penn State
Dec. 30, 1 p.m., ESPN
Penn State by 11⁄2
Orange: Wisconsin vs. Miami
Dec. 30, 5 p.m., ESPN
Wisconsin by 51⁄2
Outback: Michigan vs. South Carolina
Jan. 1, 9 a.m., ESPN2
Michigan by 71⁄2
Peach: Central Florida vs. Auburn
Jan. 1, 9:30 a.m., ESPN
Auburn by 91⁄2
Citrus: Notre Dame vs. Louisiana State
Jan. 1, 10 a.m., Ch. 7
LSU by 31⁄2
Rose: Georgia vs. Oklahoma
Jan. 1, 2 p.m., ESPN
Georgia by 2
Sugar: Alabama vs. Clemson
Jan. 1, 5:45 p.m., ESPN
Alabama by 3
College Football Championship
Jan. 8, 5 p.m., ESPN
Bruins ‘at right place at right time’
Fisch-led team hopes
to end rocky season
on a high note when it
takes on Kansas State
in the Cactus Bowl.
Famous Potato
Bowl
nal game for Wyoming, and
the Cowboys took advantage of Central Michigan's
eight turnovers to cruise to a
37-14 victory at Boise, Idaho.
During the postgame
awards ceremony, Allen, the
game MVP recipient declared his intention to give
up his final season of eligibility and declare for the NFL
draft.
Wyoming
(8-5)
rebounded after losing its last
two regular-season games
with Allen sidelined by a
sprained right shoulder.
Allen completed 11 of 19
for 154 yards with no interceptions. He showed off his
arm strength on a 45-yard
pass that hit receiver C.J.
Johnson in stride in the end
zone.
Central Michigan (8-5)
had won its last five games,
but the eight turnovers
broke the bowl record of six.
Mora, who recruited them.
Mora was fired after a 28-23
loss to USC the week before.
Then, there was already
speculation that the Bruins
would hire Chip Kelly. They
did, making it official on Nov.
25, the day after J.J. Molson’s
late field goal against Cal
helped get them to Phoenix.
“The circumstances were
that coach Mora had been
let go after the USC game
and we had a short week to
prepare and try to become
bowl eligible,” Fisch said.
“Our guys were super
excited to have that opportunity — to, in our mind, get
coach Mora’s team bowl eligible again.”
Fisch said the Bruins
have had a succession of
good practices over the last
week. They will continue to
practice at a high school in
Gilbert, a Phoenix suburb,
until Tuesday’s game.
“Preparations have been
unique,” Fisch said. “We’ve
had some challenges with
the wildfires and campus being closed for a few days and
then final exams and not being able to practice during
that time.
“We’ll practice every day
while we’re here. We practiced every day the last five
days.”
Fisch said Rosen’s availability for the Cactus Bowl
remains uncertain. Physicians continue to evaluate
his recovery from the concussion (his second this season) suffered against Cal.
“I’m still waiting on the
doctors,” Fisch said Friday.
“He’s still going through the
protocol. He practiced this
morning. He’s been practicing, but he’s non-contact.
He’ll remain non-contact
until the doctors clear him.
We’ll take it all the way up to
game time, unless they make
a decision prior.”
sports@latimes.com
Odds through Friday
Results
Celebration: N.C. A&T 21, Grambling 14
New Mexico: Marshall 31, Colorado State 28
Las Vegas: Boise State 38, Oregon 28
Camellia: Middle Tenn. 35, Arkansas State 30
Cure: Georgia State 27, Western Kentucky 17
New Orleans: Troy 50, North Texas 30
Boca Raton: Florida Atlantic 50, Akron 3
Frisco: Louisiana Tech 51, So. Methodist 10
Gasparilla: Temple 28, Florida International 3
Bahamas: Ohio 41, Alabama Birmingham 6
Idaho Potato: Wyoming 37, Central Mich. 14
TODAY’S BOWL GAMES
Birmingham
TEXAS TECH (6-6) VS. SOUTH FLORIDA (9-2)
at Birmingham, Ala., 9 a.m. PST, ESPN
USF won this game last season, but somehow the school was
still referred to by an incorrect name (South Florida University) on some of the official bowl merchandise this year.
The Bulls are looking to reach double-digit wins for the second time in program history after finishing 11-2 last year.
Texas Tech had the country’s 11th-best passing offense (326.8
yards per game), led by quarterback Nic Shimonek (3,547
yards, 30 touchdowns) and receiver Keke Coutee (1,242
yards, nine touchdowns).
Armed Forces
SAN DIEGO STATE (10-2) VS. ARMY (8-3)
at Fort Worth, 12:30 p.m. PST, ESPN
Rashaad Penny will break the San Diego State season rushing record if he runs for 107 yards, something he has done in
all but two games this year. He leads the nation with 2,027
yards rushing and has topped the 200-yard mark in each of
the Aztecs’ last four games. Army rushes for an FBS-best
355.8 yards per game, led by Ahmad Bradshaw’s 130.5. The
Black Knights won the Commander-in-Chief ’s Trophy this
year for the first time since 1996 and are looking for their first
10-win season since then as well.
Dollar General
APPALACHIAN STATE (8-4) VS. TOLEDO (11-2)
at Mobile, Ala., 4 p.m. PST, ESPN
Toledo lost to Appalachian State 31-28 in last year’s Camellia
Bowl but has won 11 of 13 since then to claim the Mid-American Conference championship for the first time since 2004.
Rockets quarterback Logan Woodside passed for 3,758 yards
and 28 touchdowns to lead an offense that ranked eighth in
the nation with 509.9 yards per game. Appalachian State won
a share of the Sun Belt Conference title for the second year in
a row behind quarterback Tyler Lamb, who holds the school
record with 90 career touchdown passes.
— Chuck Schilken
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
LETTERS
Enberg brought fun to whatever he called
When I first heard of
Dick Enberg passing away,
it brought back terrific
memories of many sporting
events he was a part of over
the years. His versatility as a
broadcaster was second to
none. He was like a great
point guard who made
everyone around him better.
Dick Enberg seemed to have
so fun much broadcasting
any event he was a part of
that his enthusiasm carried
through your radio or television set.
Growing up, some of my
fondest memories were of
Enberg and Don Drysdale
doing Angels games. The
duo seemed be have a perfect partnership. Always
sharing stories, laughing,
and genuinely enjoying
themselves at the ballpark.
Enberg and Drysdale were
so entertaining on the air
together that you wanted to
join them in the broadcast
booth, and be a part of their
fun. I am sure Dick Enberg
is in heaven, entertaining a
new audience, with some of
his famous calls like “Oh
my!” or “You can touch ’em
all.” Mr. Enberg, thanks for a
lifetime of great memories.
Chris Sorce
Fountain Valley
::
I first met Dick Enberg
when he was hired to be the
color man for Rams’ broadcasts with my father Bob
Kelley. Oh my! Dad was not
happy with this new arrangement. Having suffered
several heart attacks, his
once-crisp delivery had
slowed and the writing was
on the wall. Lost my dad in
1966, but the Rams got Dr.
Enberg.
For sports fans: When
God closes a door, he always
leaves a window open. RIP
Professor.
Patrick Kelley
Los Angeles
::
In the 1970s, my brother,
our buddy and I volunteered
to decorate Rose Parade
floats. We were excited
when Dick Enberg walked
by previewing floats to
prepare for broadcasting
the parade. We asked him
many accolades regarding
Kobe Bryant, especially
from Magic Johnson, who
proclaimed that Kobe is
“the greatest who’s ever
worn the purple and gold.”
Really? Excluding yourself,
Magic, Kareem and Jerry
West? Then there is
Shaquille O’Neal, who for
some reason gives the title
to Kobe as the greatest
Laker ever.
Lou Soto
Trabuco Canyon
::
the question of the day: Who
should be the Rams’ starting quarterback, Pat Haden
or James Harris? He said,
“Well, don’t forget about the
kid.”
Years later, I thought
how cool it was that this
great announcer took a
minute to talk to a few
young fans. He also knew
what he was talking about.
The “kid” he referred to
turned out to be Super Bowl
quarterback Ron Jaworski.
John Thompson
Downey
Why would you quote
Lonzo Ball regarding Kobe’s
retirement ceremony: “It
was definitely different … I’d
never seen nothing like it.”
The guy is 20 years old! I’m
betting there are a million
things he has never seen,
besides finishing an English
class.
Pat Daigh
Irvine
::
Dodgers dollars
Dylan Hernandez’s
report that the Dodgers’
free-spending days are over
was not unexpected and
already ongoing but still
devastating for any longtime, championship-craving
Dodgers fan. Dumping
A-Gon and passing on the
likes of Verlander and Stanton are all signals there will
be no Bryce Harper, Manny
Machado or Andrew McCutchen in the Dodger
future.
The Dodgers cannot
have it both ways. They
can’t say they are saving
salary space for the 2018
free-agent class while tacitly
admitting they won’t go over
the luxury tax threshold
again. Now we can rely only
on luck and good fortune,
not the ownership’s hoarding of their abundant fortune, to end the championship drought.
Allan Kandel
Los Angeles
::
Don’t look for the Dodgers to slash player salaries
next year. Not if they want to
finish atop the NL West
again.
Since 2008, the Dodgers
have sported the division’s
highest payroll seven times
and won it each time. The
other three years the Giants
had the highest payroll and
won twice.
In the NL West, money
talks.
Edward Alston
Santa Maria
::
The proposition that the
Doug Pizac Associated Press
MAGIC JOHNSON and Dick Enberg share a laugh
before a Lakers-Bulls game at the Forum in 1992.
Dodgers’ aversion to exceeding the luxury tax
threshold is driven at any
level by a desire to not see
their top draft pick dropped
10 spots is, respectfully,
ludicrous. If the Dodgers’
current regime is ever in a
position where the team
earns a high pick worthy of
protection, ownership will
surely shortly employ a new
regime. Let’s at least be
honest and admit what
every Dodgers fan and TV
watcher knows for certain:
In L.A., it’s all about the
money, baby.
Konrad Moore
San Diego
::
After looking at the trade
the Atlanta Braves made
with the Dodgers, one can
only imagine how desperate
they were to get rid of Matt
Kemp. And now we are
stuck with him, again. Is
Milton Bradley available?
Ralph S. Brax
Lancaster
::
All this time I thought
the Dodgers were using the
$8.5-billion TV contract to
keep ticket prices down.
Pete Morales
La Palma
Honoring Kobe
Every day, in every section of The Times (less so in
the Sports section), I see
story after story that in
some way is related to the
#MeToo movement in
which women are finding
their voice regarding sexual
harassment or assault by
men. In 2003, Kobe Bryant
was charged with sexual
assault. Charges were later
dropped because the accuser, after being in effect put
on trial by Bryant’s lawyers,
said she would not testify.
Read her story. It does not
lack credibility. Yet now,
Jeanie Buss and your gushing writers have totally
forgotten the incident.
Oh yes, I know that Kobe
paid a huge price at the
time. Vanessa’s ring was not
cheap.
Bill Gable
Laguna Beach
::
I had to choke on the
So Kobe Bryant wants to
lecture the current Lakers’
generation? OK, Kobe, I’m
sure you’ll start with wrangling overpriced contracts
following your prime, leaving the franchise unable to
financially compete for top
free agents and then leaving
the team as a lottery perennial. Nothing like a great
role model!
Jack Wolf
Westwood
::
Kobe’s jersey ceremony
was dignified and well done.
However, retiring two jerseys was over the top. Two
jerseys cheapens that honorable wall, and it demeans
the other Lakers greats. A
display that was classy is
now gaudy.
David Waldowski
Laguna Woods
Dear Santa ...
I have a Christmas wish
list for the Lakers.
1. Start Kyle Kuzma, the
best Lakers’ draft day acquisition since Kobe Bryant,
and most likely, the best
player in the 2017 draft,
every game going forward.
2. Sign LeBron James in
July 2018.
3. Do not sign Paul
George (Kuzma is probably
as good as, if not a better
player right now than,
George, and Kooz has a
15-year career runway ahead
of him).
4. Hire a shooting coach
to change Lonzo Ball’s ugly
jumper.
5. Package a quality
young player not named
Kuzma or Brandon Ingram
in a trade with Luol Deng to
dump Deng’s contract.
6. Take free agency meetings with, and be prepared
to pay, Joel Embiid, DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus
Cousins and/or Brook
Lopez during free agency.
Tom Lallas
Los Angeles
No contest
The fight for L.A. is over:
The Chargers are the most
exciting mediocre orphan
NFL franchise. They break
the hearts of San Diegans
and lose the hearts of Angelenos. Fortunately for all,
the Rams exist.
Marty Conoley
Santa Barbara
::
If the St. Louis Rams
were “The Greatest Show
on Turf ” our L.A. Rams are
now “The Greatest Show by
the Surf ”!
Bob Mendez
Claremont
CP3 or MRI?
Chris Paul injured?
Shocker.
Jack Von Bulow
Temple City
::
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Bruins will have
very little depth
[UCLA, from D1]
conduct. Though they will
not suit up for games or travel with the team, I look forward to their return after the
Christmas holiday. I am confident that they will make
significant contributions to
the university moving forward.”
Hill, Riley and Ball were
suspended indefinitely after
shoplifting from the mall in
Hangzhou, China, while the
Bruins were preparing to
play their season opener
against Georgia Tech in
Shanghai. The three players
were briefly detained by police before posting bail and
returning to the United
States a few days after their
teammates.
President Trump said he
intervened on the players’
behalf with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, helping
to secure their speedy return, though it remained unclear how big of a role
Trump’s
involvement
played in their release.
The players admitted
having shoplifted while
reading prepared apologies
upon their return to campus. UCLA athletic director
Dan Guerrero said that day
that Alford had addressed
his players multiple times
about the expectations and
responsibilities that went
along with representing the
school
while
traveling
abroad.
“While we acknowledge
the difficulties that both
Cody and Jalen have faced
since returning to campus,
we also know that their actions in China were contrary
to the values of UCLA and
harmful to both the university and our basketball
program,” Guerrero said in a
statement. “As members of
the Bruin family, it is our responsibility to help them
grow from this situation. We
will continue to support
them as students, as athletes and as young men, and
we hope that they will use
this as a learning experience.”
Hill and Riley were not
expected to star for the Bruins this season, but they
would have provided an enhanced presence around the
basket as well as depth that
allowed the team to apply
more defensive pressure.
UCLA has largely used an
eight-man rotation in their
absence.
In his only appearance
with the team, Riley logged
eight points, five rebounds,
three assists and two steals
in 18 minutes off the bench
during an exhibition game
against Cal State Los Angeles. Hill did not play in that
game because of knee soreness.
Riley and Hill probably
would have had a negligible
effect on UCLA’s biggest
problem areas: ball movement and shooting.
As his team prepared to
face Kentucky, Alford said
he would show his players
footage of instances when
they moved the ball well versus times when they refused
to pass, hoping the images
could more fully convey
what he had already told
them.
“Sometimes when you
just hear it from a coach, it
just doesn’t sink in as much,”
Alford said. “But when you
can actually see it, the old
adage, ‘Film doesn’t lie,’
doesn’t lie. They get to see
it.”
Alford described his
team’s play as “selfish” in the
final five minutes of an 85-82
victory over South Dakota
on Tuesday. After building a
78-54 lead, the Bruins committed four turnovers and
missed all seven field goals
while nearly squandering
the big advantage.
They won largely because
they managed to make seven of 10 free throws over
those final minutes.
Whatever solutions arise
must come from the players
who have carried the Bruins
all season. Help is not on the
way.
UCLA TODAY
VS. KENTUCKY
When: 1 p.m. PST.
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans.
On the air: TV: Channel 2;
Radio: 570.
Update:
UCLA
center
Thomas Welsh might be able
to offer the best scouting report on the Wildcats because his brother Henry, a
sophomore at Harvard,
faced Kentucky earlier this
month during a 79-70 setback for the Crimson. The
Wildcats (9-1) start five
freshmen but have upstaged
all comers with the exception of a 65-61 loss to Kansas
last month. “They’re good,”
Welsh said. “They’re a really
young team, very athletic,
very skilled players as they
are every year, so they’re going to be a tough matchup
for us, but we’re going to
bring it and give it everything we got.” Kevin Knox, a
6-9 forward, leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging
15.8 points.
ben.bolch@latimes.com
Twitter: @latbbolch
SOUTHLAND
MEN
Cal State Fullerton 88, at Loyola Marymount 80: Khalil
Ahmad scored 25 points, Jackson Rowe added 19 points
and Arkim Robertson had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the
Titans (7-4) won for the sixth time in their last seven games.
The Lions (5-6) cut Fullerton’s lead to five points on Jeffery
McClendon’s three-pointer with six minutes left in the
game, but the Titans answered with a seven-point run.
at UC Riverside 91, UC Merced 46: Ajani Kennedy made six
of seven shots and finished with 15 points and Alex Larsson
added 14 points on five-for-six shooting for the Highlanders
(5-7). The game counted as an exhibition for NAIA member
Merced, which was held to 24% shooting.
TODAY
MEN
Long Beach State at Colorado State ...............................1 p.m.
Idaho State at Cal State Northridge ............................... 3 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Sacramento State ....................... 7 p.m.
TOP 25 ROUNDUP
Horned
Frogs win
their 17th
in a row
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Alex Robinson scored a
season-high 23 points and
No. 15 Texas Christian set a
school record with its nation-leading 17th consecutive win, beating visiting
William & Mary 86-75 on Friday night in the Horned
Frogs’ final Big 12 tuneup.
Jaylen Fisher had 17 of his
career-high 21 points in the
second half to send TCU
(12-0) into conference play
unbeaten for the second
time in four seasons. The
winning streak includes the
last five games of last season, when the Horned Frogs
won the NIT championship.
TCU broke the previous
school record of 16 straight
wins under Billy Tubbs in
1997-98, the last time they
made the NCAA tournament.
Eugene Tanner Associated Press
USC GUARD Kurt Karis drives the baseline while Akron guard Virshon Cotton
defends during the second half of the teams’ opener in the Diamond Head Classic.
Ejection provides a
spark for the Trojans
After Boatwright
leaves, USC gets going
and routs Akron in
tournament opener.
USC 84, AKRON 53
By Shotgun Spratling
HONOLULU — On the
bench during an early timeout, USC assistant Chris
Capko screamed at the team,
“Wake up!” The Trojans were
playing with no energy, no enthusiasm and barely any
buckets. They were soon
down 16-7 to Akron.
They needed a spark.
It came in an unlikely form
14 minutes later. Forward
Bennie Boatwright, who returned after missing two
games because of a plantar
wart, was ejected after earning a flagrant-2 foul with 81
seconds left in the first half.
While being boxed out, the 6foot-11 Boatwright put his
forearm under the neck of 6-1
Akron guard Virshon Cotton
and tossed him to the ground.
Following two free throws
from Cotton, USC went on a
36-9 run spanning into the
middle of the second half en
route to an 84-53 win in its
opener at the Diamond Head
Classic tournament.
“He was a martyr for the
team,” senior guard Elijah
Stewart said of Boatwright.
“He took that [flagrant foul]
and ever since then set the
tone. They was just trying to
punch us in our mouth, play
us like we was soft. We had to
go show them that we ain’t no
chumps. They ain’t about to
bully ball us.”
Stewart was involved in an
incident that resulted in double technical fouls early in the
second half. He followed it
with back-to-back threepointers during a 20-2 run.
The Trojans (7-4) continued
to roll up bucket after bucket,
scoring 55 points — their
highest-scoring half of the
season. Stewart led the way,
scoring 15 of his game-high 20
points after the break.
Chimezie Metu added 16
points and eight rebounds
while Jonah Mathews returned from an ankle injury to
score 13 points in 23 minutes.
More important, for this
game and the future of this
season, USC showed fire and
intensity on the defensive
end. Akron (6-3) managed
only 20 points in the final 20
minutes.
The coaching staff had
made defense a point of emphasis after the Trojans allowed an 87-point output by
UC Santa Barbara and gave
up 103 points to Princeton,
but it wasn’t until the second
half that the Trojans finally
locked in.
“If you play poorly enough,
long enough, eventually you
get tired of it,” USC head
coach Andy Enfield said. “I
think our players got tired of
playing below their capabilities.”
USC was the preseason
No. 10 team, but lackluster effort on the defensive end combined with being short-handed because of injuries and
absences left the Trojans 6-4
heading into the tournament.
In the second half, they
played with passion on both
ends of the court. They held
Akron to just 25% shooting in
the second half and Daniel
Utomi, the second-leading
scorer in the Mid-American
Conference, scoreless after he
had 11 points in the first half.
“That’s how we should
have been playing the whole
year,” freshman Jordan Usher
said. “This is the first full half
we played how the Trojans
were supposed to this year.
Full defense. Everyone was
talking, the energy never left.”
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On the air: TV: ESPN 2.
Update: The Trojans take on
the Conference USA favorites
led by veteran Giddy Potts
and the well-traveled Nick
King, who is averaging 22.4
points.
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USC 84, AKRON 53
AKRON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Olojakpoke ........11 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 0
Utomi ...............33 3-10 3-5 0-2 2 1 11
Duvivier ............24 2-8 1-2 0-2 1 4 6
Ivey ..................35 2-6 1-2 0-8 6 3 6
Parrish..............33 3-9 3-3 3-4 3 3 11
Sayles ..............27 5-6 2-2 1-3 0 1 12
Cotton ..............24 1-7 2-3 0-1 0 2 5
Patton ................5 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 1 2
Eubanks .............3 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0
Smith .................3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Kostelac .............2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Totals
16-50 14-19 4-22 12 22 53
Shooting: Field goals, 32.0%; free throws, 73.7%
Three-point goals: 7-28 (Parrish 2-7, Utomi 2-7, Cotton 1-4, Duvivier 1-4, Ivey 1-5, Smith 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 15 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots:
1 (Sayles). Turnovers: 15 (Duvivier 4, Cotton 3, Ivey 2,
Kostelac 2, Parrish 2, Eubanks, Utomi). Steals: 3 (Parrish, Sayles, Utomi). Technical Fouls: Ivey, 16:16 second.
USC
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Metu ................24 5-8 4-4 0-8 2 3 16
Rakocevic..........20 3-4 3-5 2-9 0 4 9
Mathews ...........23 5-9 1-2 0-0 3 2 13
McLaughlin........35 3-8 2-2 0-3 6 1 9
Stewart .............33 6-14 5-6 3-5 0 3 20
Usher ...............21 0-2 2-2 3-6 0 2 2
Boatwright.........13 1-3 0-2 0-2 1 1 2
Aaron ...............13 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 5
Uyaelunmo ..........6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Karis ..................5 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1
O’Bannon............4 1-1 2-2 0-2 0 1 5
Henderson ..........3 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2
Totals
27-55 20-27 9-37 13 19 84
Shooting: Field goals, 49.1%; free throws, 74.1%
Three-point goals: 10-23 (Stewart 3-7, Metu 2-2,
Mathews 2-4, O’Bannon 1-1, Aaron 1-2, McLaughlin
1-4, Usher 0-1, Boatwright 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5.
Team Turnovers: 11 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3
(Boatwright, Metu, Rakocevic). Turnovers: 11 (McLaughlin 3, Metu 2, Uyaelunmo 2, Aaron, Rakocevic, Stewart,
Usher). Steals: 5 (Stewart 2, Karis, Mathews, McLaughlin). Technical Fouls: Stewart, 16:16 second.
Akron
33 20— 53
USC
29 55— 84
A—NA.
No. 9 Xavier 77, at Northern Iowa 67: J.P. Macura
scored 15 points and the
Musketeers hung on to beat
the Panthers for their seventh straight win.
Trevon Bluiett scored 12
points with seven rebounds
for the Musketeers (12-1),
who went on an 11-2 run down
the stretch, highlighted by a
three-pointer by Bluiett, to
break open a tie game.
Macura’s
breakaway
dunk and three in the final 95
seconds sealed it for Xavier,
which shot 12 for 23 from
three-point range.
at No. 3 Arizona State
104, Pacific 65: Led by their
dynamic guards, the Sun
Devils (12-0) dominated
from the start in a victory
over the Tigers, extending
the best start in school history.
Shannon Evans II scored
21 points, Tra Holder added
19 and freshman Remy Martin provided his usual energetic spark off the bench, finishing with 14 points and six
assists.
at No. 11 Wichita State 75,
Florida Gulf Coast 65:
Landry Shamet scored 23
points to push the Shockers
past the Eagles.
Shamet was eight for 12
from the field while the rest
of his team went 14 for 44.
Top 25 scores
No. 1 Villanova
Hofstra
No. 3 Arizona State
Pacific
No. 6 Miami
Hawaii
95
71
104
65
Late
No. 9 Xavier
Northern Iowa
77
67
No. 11 Wichita State
Florida Gulf Coast
75
65
No. 13 Virginia
Hampton
82
48
No. 15 Texas Christian
William & Mary
86
75
No. 17 Oklahoma
Northwestern
104
78
No. 21 Texas Tech
Abilene Christian
74
47
Enberg passed along knowledge in booth to young broadcasters
[Appreciation, from D1]
Enberg did Super Bowls
that were super, tennis
tournaments full of love,
major golf events where his
descriptions were sweeter
than the winner’s swing. He
even did the first radio playby-play, or pedal-by-pedal, of
Indian University’s Little
500, a bike race later memorialized in the movie “Breaking Away.”
Of the million words he
spoke to the public, all recorded, many rehashed over
the water cooler, he made
incredibly few mistakes. One
was during his presentation
of the women’s singles trophy at the 2007 U.S. Open.
The winner was Belgian
star Justine Henin. Enberg
introduced her as Justin
Henin-Hardenne, which she
was until a few years prior,
when she dropped the
“Hardenne” in the wake of an
unpleasant divorce. Later, I
walked past him in the press
center. I didn’t say a word
but apparently had the usual
cynical look of a newspaper
guy. He looked at me,
shrugged, and said, “It just
came out.”
Any deviation from perfection bothered Enberg.
You didn’t take lightly
special time spent with him.
Mine was at a couple of
dinner tables and, later,
sitting in his car behind
Pauley Pavilion after he had
finished UCLA basketball
broadcasts. Enberg was
writing his one-man play on
Al McGuire, his longtime
college basketball broadcast
partner, and he knew I knew
McGuire well, from my days
as a Milwaukee newspaperman and McGuire’s
days as Marquette’s basketball coach and character
extraordinaire. There had
never been anybody like
McGuire. Never will be. We
both knew that.
So, I became the pseudoeditor. Enberg would write
something, I’d read it and
say yay or nay. Enberg may
have been broadcast royalty,
but he wasn’t a prima donna.
He knew that writing wasn’t
NBC
DICK ENBERG, center, teamed with Billy Packer,
left, and Al McGuire on college basketball.
the same as broadcasting,
that the written word usually
produced more headscratching and agony than
what was spoken. The sessions always went the same
way. He’d tell a McGuire
story and we would laugh
until our stomachs hurt.
Then I’d tell one. Same
thing. The dinner sessions
would necessitate ordering
another drink. In the car, we
would just roll down the
steamed-up windows.
Most of the time, the
conclusion we reached was
the same. You can’t use that.
Eventually, Enberg had to
get a professional screen-
writing editor, one who knew
nothing about McGuire and
would not muddy the creative-process waters like I
did. His one-man play, eventually performed all over the
country by Cotter Smith,
was called “Coach.” I had
pushed for “Nut-Job Al,” but
Enberg was too kind a person to have that.
I always felt that the
sports broadcast industry
had a sequel to sportswriting’s Bud Collins. Collins
would help every new writer.
He would sit down and
spend the time, mold the
new minds. Enberg was that
for sportscasters.
Ron Fairly, the longtime
Dodgers star and 30-year
veteran of baseball broadcasting, writes of that in his
upcoming memoir, “Fairly at
Bat: My 50 Years in Baseball,
From the Batter’s Box to the
Broadcast Booth.”
Fairly writes that he was
a newbie to the booth when
the Angels put him on a
series of telecasts with Don
Drysdale and Enberg.
“Enberg got me started,”
Fairly said Friday. “He told
me, first, that it might be
more difficult to do the color
commentary than his playby-play. He said if he called a
play like: ‘There’s a ground
ball to shortstop, who goes
deep and to his right, plants
his feet and fires to first,
where the throw is dug out,’ I
shouldn’t say the same
thing. I had to avoid repeating that. So, I remember
talking about how the shortstop had to position his feet
to get to the right spot. It was
my first lesson, and I never
forgot.
“He also told me to keep
my comments short, and he
showed me how to keep a
proper scorebook, so I had
everything in front of me for
quick response. He was a
great teacher, a great person.”
Did he have any McGuire
stories? “Oh, yes,” Fairly
said, “but I can’t repeat any.”
Bill Dwyre is a former sports
editor of The Times.
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L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
NFL
RAMS REPORT
AROUND THE LEAGUE
One guy
believed
in super
Cooper:
himself
Elliott will hit
ground running
wire reports
By Gary Klein
NFL players often shy
from sharing their personal
goals before the season.
Not Pharoh Cooper.
From the moment coach
Sean McVay tabbed him as
the Rams’ kick returner,
Cooper said he wanted to be
recognized as the best in the
league.
He said it again in Week 6,
when punt-return duties
were added to his workload.
Cooper got affirmation
this week when fans, players
and coaches voted him into
the Pro Bowl as a return specialist.
“It means a lot,” Cooper
said. “I give credit to the
other guys blocking for me.
It’s very exciting.”
Cooper, a 2016 fourthround draft pick from South
Carolina, has been instrumental in the Rams’ turnaround under McVay. The
Rams are 10-4 and can clinch
the NFC West with a victory
Sunday at Tennessee.
Cooper, who also plays
receiver, is averaging 26.2
yards per kickoff return and
13.4 yards per punt return.
He leads the league in total
kickoff-return yardage (845)
and is second in punt-return
yardage (390).
Cooper was one of five
Rams voted into the Pro
Bowl, the NFL’s annual
all-star exhibition that will
be played Jan. 28 in Orlando,
Fla. Rams running back
Todd Gurley, defensive
lineman Aaron Donald,
punter Johnny Hekker and
kicker Greg Zuerlein also
were voted onto the NFC
roster.
Kelvin Kuo Associated Press
PHAROH COOPER’S emergence as the NFL’s top return man was key to the
Rams sweeping the special-teams portion of the Pro Bowl voting.
Hekker was voted in for
the fourth time, Zuerlein
and Cooper the first, as the
Rams swept voting for the
special teams spots.
“From a coach’s perspective, it doesn’t get much better than that,” special teams
coordinator John Fassel
said. “For Johnny the fourth
time still feels like the first
time for him. I think about
Greg, who’s worked so hard
to get that, and for Pharoh to
kind of come out of the blue,
it’s really special to them.”
Zuerlein
had
back
surgery this week, ending his
season. But Hekker and
Cooper will try to help the
Rams win their first division
title since 2003.
Cooper has been dynamic on kickoffs since early in
the season.
At
Jacksonville,
he
caught a kickoff three yards
deep in the end zone and returned it for a touchdown. In
that same game, he supplanted Tavon Austin on
punt returns.
In last week’s 42-7 rout of
the
Seattle
Seahawks,
Cooper nearly returned one
punt for a touchdown and
consistently gave the offense
field position inside the 50yard line.
Fassel said that when the
5-foot-11, 207-pound Cooper
returns kicks, he runs more
like a running back than a re-
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ceiver or defensive back.
“You see the broken tackles against Jacksonville and
Seattle, which only bodies
like that can do,” Fassel said.
“He’s not much of a makeyou-miss guy as is he is just a
powerful tackle-breaker.”
While honored to be
voted to the Pro Bowl,
Cooper said he would not
mind missing it if the Rams
are playing the next week in
the Super Bowl.
Fassel said he told
Cooper to cherish the honor,
that it would be something
to tell his children some day.
“That’s really cool,” Fassel said he told Cooper.
“Let’s make it more than
one, though.”
Back in force
After sitting out two
games while recovering from
surgery for a fractured forearm, linebacker Connor
Barwin returned last week
Chargers’ utility man is
part safety, part linebacker
[Phillips, from D1]
and most special-teams
snaps since a Week 5 win
over the New York Giants.
“He’s like a Swiss army
knife; he can do so many different things,” Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward
said. “The more you can do,
the better. You can find a way
to get on the field at all times,
even if you’re not a starter.
He plays starter’s reps.”
Phillips played sparingly
on defense in the first four
games, all losses. He assumed a more prominent
role in the Oct. 8 win over the
Giants when Bradley, looking to maximize a strength
(defensive backs depth) and
mask a weakness (linebacker depth), began employing
more dime packages, with
four linemen, one middle
linebacker and six defensive
backs.
That pushed Phillips
closer to and often into the
box, where he lines up as an
outside linebacker, and
brought more speed and
agility to a unit that has allowed an average of 18.2
points (third in the NFL)
and 201.9 yards passing
(fourth) per game.
“He’s been more impressive than I thought he’d be in
the box,” coach Anthony
Lynn said. “We play a lot of
dime because of some
matchups, and A.P. is stepping up and taking on offensive linemen, fighting them
off and making tackles.”
Phillips, 25, is tied for
fourth on the team with 62
combined tackles, including
a career-high 12 solo tackles
at New England on Oct. 29.
He has two interceptions,
one that sealed a 19-10 victory
over Cleveland on Dec. 3, and
four pass breakups entering
Sunday’s game against the
New York Jets at MetLife
Stadium.
“He gives us that ability
to play in the box, off the
edge, and he can play back,”
Bradley said. “He gives us
some really good flexibility
in certain personnel situations.”
Phillips, who started
eight of 26 games in his first
three years with the Chargers, spent most of 2016 as a
backup to strong safety
‘I’m not gonna lie
to you — seeing
her right there
beside me made
me feel good.’
— Adrian Phillips,
on his wife going on the field to
check on his injury
Jahleel Addae and free safety Dwight Lowery. His versatility has led to an expanded
role this season.
“Personally, I feel like
anything they ask me to do, I
can do,” Phillips said.
“Sometimes I’m at an advantage because linemen
are typically slower and I can
use my speed to get around
them. In coverage, I’m right
there up on the guy I’m covering, so it’s good for that. It
has its advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes, if
those linemen get on you,
you’re in for a long day.”
Bradley, in his first season with the Chargers after
spending four years as Jacksonville’s head coach and
four years before that as Seattle’s defensive coordinator, determined early in the
season that Phillips could
handle more duties.
“He’s really an instinctive
player, and that makes him a
quick study, so if you put new
things on his plate, he can
quickly learn it and play it instinctively,” Bradley said.
“But we have to be careful.
“We even talked this week
about how much we want to
put on his plate as far as multiple positions we ask him to
play. You get that comfort
and trust level where you
just kind of pile it on him,
and he seems to handle it
pretty well.”
Phillips was a full participant in practice this week after suffering what appeared
to be a serious right-ankle injury in the third quarter of
Saturday night’s 30-13 loss in
Kansas City.
Phillips was down for a
few minutes. He eventually
limped to the sideline medical tent, where he was
greeted by a surprise visitor:
his wife, Camille, who had
jumped from the Arrowhead
Stadium stands to the field
to check on her husband.
The scene, captured by
NFL Network cameras, led
to some good-natured ribbing from teammates and
fans. Phillips, who married
Camille in Cancun last June,
wasn’t about to apologize.
“We had a good laugh
about it, but I’m not gonna
lie to you — seeing her right
there beside me made me
feel good,” said Phillips, who
returned to the game after
his wife was escorted to the
locker room.
“I wasn’t too surprised
because at first, the injury
looked super-bad. From the
stands, you don’t know
what’s going on, so you want
to check to see if your spouse
is OK. I would have done the
same thing.”
Ekeler not ruled out
Running back Austin
Ekeler practiced again with
a heavy, club-like protective
cast over his broken left
hand and is listed as questionable.
“He’s handled the cast
better than I thought,” Lynn
said. “I thought that would
be an easy decision earlier in
the week, but he’s made it a
harder decision.”
Ekeler most likely would
be limited to special teams. If
he is not activated, Branden
Oliver would assume the
backup running back spot
behind Melvin Gordon.
Lynn said Russell Hansbrough, signed to the practice squad two weeks ago,
could be activated as the
third-string back.
“He’s looked good every
day,” Lynn said. “He knows
part of the playbook. Right
now, we don’t have time to
teach him the whole playbook.”
Left
tackle
Russell
Okung (groin) and right
tackle Joe Barksdale (hip)
were limited participants in
Friday’s practice after sitting out Wednesday and
Thursday. Lynn said their
status for Sunday won’t be
determined until game time.
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with no ill effects. The ninthyear pro recorded five tackles, including a sack.
Now he is poised to help
the Rams clinch the NFC
West.
“I can feel it when I get hit
on it, but once the adrenaline and the game starts you
don’t even think about it,”
Barwin said. “Every week
it’ll get a little better, so I expect this week to feel even
better.”
Barwin was injured in
last month’s victory over
New Orleans. The next day, a
surgeon inserted a plate and
six screws.
Barwin had experience
coming back from a broken
bone. In his second season
he suffered a dislocated ankle. It took him nearly a year
to fully recover.
“In your arm,” he said, “it
can heal that much faster.”
Etc.
Outside linebacker Matt
Longacre did not practice
and will not play Sunday because of a back injury, McVay said. He will be evaluated again next week. Carlos
Thompson will play in place
of Longacre in the rotation.
… The Rams departed for
Tennessee on Friday afternoon.
gary.klein@latimes.com
Twitter: @latimesklein
Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t
want to talk about the past.
His actions speak for him.
And they reveal a motivated Elliott not only driven
to be better than he was before his six-game suspension
but also a player seemingly
bent on making amends for
letting his teammates down.
His absence has made the
Dallas Cowboys (8-6), who
went 3-3 without him, long
shots to make the playoffs.
An intense training regimen in Mexico has resulted in Elliott being trimmer and leaner. He might
weigh the same, but his body
is more defined.
Coach Jason Garrett
said the running back didn’t
miss a beat in his return to
practice. “He certainly looks
good,” Garrett said Thursday.
Quarterback
Dak
Prescott says Elliott came
back looking like “a guy who
has done the right thing in
those six weeks and prepared himself.”
“He’s in great shape, out
there in practice, he’s hitting
every run, he’s taking them
all 20 yards or so, finishing
them, pass protection, all
that, he’s doing exactly what
he needs to do,” Prescott
said. “He knows what’s important and that’s the game
of football. I know it motivated him just watching the
game and watching his
teammates and his boys go
out there and play.”
Running backs coach
Gary Brown said Elliott has
not joked as much during
position
meetings
and
looked to be more serious
and focused.
Elliott had 115 carries for
506 yards, three catches for
92 yards and six total touchdowns in the four games before he began his suspension.
That average of almost 29
carries per game is the baseline of what can be expected
Sunday against Seattle.
Offensive coordinator Scott
Linehan said there won’t
be any easing back in and
that Elliott will have fresh
legs.
“I think we’re going to
have significant touches,”
Linehan said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “He looks like
he’s in great shape. Practicing great. He just looks
great. So he’s one of those
guys that trains and prepares for the games. I think
he’s ready to roll. I think it’s
business as usual for us, so to
speak, when he comes back
in. Hopefully, we don’t miss a
beat.”
Injury updates
Seattle Seahawks linebacker
Bobby
Wagner
(hamstring) practiced and
will play Sunday at Dallas. ...
Tennessee cornerback Logan Ryan missed his third
straight day of practice and
is questionable Sunday
when the Titans host the
Rams. ... New York Jets right
guard Brian Winters will not
play against the Chargers on
Sunday because of an abdominal injury. ... The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without leading receiver Marqise Lee and could be missing wideout Allen Hurns
again at San Francisco on
Sunday. ... Oakland Raiders
receiver Amari Cooper returned to practice on a limited basis after sitting out
last week’s loss to Dallas
with a sprained left ankle.
Etc.
The New York Giants interviewed interim general
manager Kevin Abrams for
the permanent position. ...
The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown is back for a second
edition, with the addition of
a game called “Kick Tac Toe”
in which kickers will try to hit
a grid of targets inside the
uprights.
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NBA
BOX SCORES
STANDINGS
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be
determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top
eight teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the topseeded 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).
CLIPPERS 128, ROCKETS 118
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team
1. Golden State
2. Houston
3. San Antonio
4. Minnesota
5. Denver
5. Oklahoma City
7. New Orleans
7. Portland
W
26
25
22
19
17
17
16
16
L
6
6
11
13
15
15
16
16
PCT GB
.813
1
⁄2
.806
.667 41⁄2
.594 7
.531 9
.531 9
.500 10
.500 10
L10
10-0
8-2
7-3
6-4
4-6
7-3
5-5
3-7
Rk.
P1
S1
S2
N1
N3
N2
S3
N4
9. Utah
10. CLIPPERS
11. LAKERS
12. Sacramento
13. Phoenix
14. Memphis
15. Dallas
15
13
11
11
12
9
9
18
18
19
20
22
23
24
.455
.419
.367
.355
.353
.281
.273
11⁄2
21⁄2
4
41⁄2
5
7
71⁄2
3-7
5-5
3-7
5-5
4-6
2-8
3-7
N5
P2
P3
P4
P5
S4
S5
GB L10
5-5
11⁄2 9-1
1
8-2
61⁄2 6-4
61⁄2 4-6
61⁄2 6-4
71⁄2 6-4
71⁄2 6-4
71⁄2 5-5
Rk.
A1
A2
C1
C2
C4
C3
S1
A3
S2
Team
1. Boston
2. Toronto
3. Cleveland
4. Milwaukee
5. Detroit
5. Indiana
7. Miami
7. New York
7. Washington
W
26
22
24
17
18
18
17
17
17
L
9
8
9
13
14
14
15
15
15
PCT
.743
.733
.727
.567
.563
.563
.531
.531
.531
10. Philadelphia
11. Brooklyn
12. Charlotte
13. Orlando
14. Chicago
15. Atlanta
14
12
11
11
10
7
17
19
21
22
21
25
.452 21⁄2
.387 41⁄2
.344 6
.333 61⁄2
.323 61⁄2
.219 10
DALLAS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Harrell........12 1-4 1-2 0-1 0 2 3
Wilson........22 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 6 3
Jordan........33 5-7 5-6 3-20 1 4 15
Rivers.........39 11-25 8-11 0-2 7 2 36
C.Williams ..30 4-9 0-0 1-2 2 4 9
L.Williams...38 10-21 5-6 0-2 7 1 32
Dekker .......28 5-7 2-2 3-5 3 1 12
Evans.........26 5-13 2-2 1-1 4 5 15
Reed............7 1-2 1-2 1-3 0 0 3
Thornwell......0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
43-91 24-31 9-38 24 25 128
Shooting: Field goals, 47.3%; free throws,
77.4%
Three-point goals: 18-42 (L.Williams 7-11, Rivers 6-15, Evans 3-7, Wilson 1-3, C.Williams 1-5,
Dekker 0-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Team Turnovers:
8 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Jordan 2, Reed 2,
Rivers). Turnovers: 8 (Rivers 4, Dekker 2, Evans,
L.Williams). Steals: 8 (L.Williams 3, C.Williams,
Dekker, Evans, Harrell, Rivers). Technical Fouls:
coach Clippers (Defensive three second), 2:26
third.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Barnes .......32 8-15 3-5 1-2 2 1 20
Kleber..........8 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0
Nowitzki......32 7-17 0-0 0-4 3 0 20
Matthews....33 2-6 4-4 0-0 3 2 9
Smith Jr. .....26 2-7 0-0 0-2 7 2 6
Ferrell ........32 9-13 0-0 0-2 2 2 23
Barea.........25 3-8 0-0 0-3 8 3 8
Powell ........16 4-4 0-0 0-2 1 0 8
Mejri ..........14 2-3 0-0 1-5 0 1 4
Collinsworth ..8 0-0 1-2 0-1 2 0 1
Harris...........8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Totals
38-75 8-11 3-22 28 12 101
Shooting: Field goals, 50.7%; free throws, 72.7%
Three-point goals: 17-35 (Nowitzki 6-15, Ferrell 5-7,
Barea 2-3, Smith Jr. 2-3, Barnes 1-3, Matthews 1-3, Kleber
0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 8 (10 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 2 (Mejri, Powell). Turnovers: 8 (Nowitzki 2,
Smith Jr. 2, Barnes, Ferrell, Harris, Matthews). Steals: 5
(Ferrell 2, Powell 2, Matthews). Technical Fouls: None.
HOUSTON
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anderson....34 3-7 6-6 2-10 2 3 14
Ariza ..........42 4-9 2-3 0-4 2 3 12
Nene..........16 1-4 1-2 0-2 0 1 3
Gordon.......39 9-20 4-6 1-4 2 2 28
Harden.......41 15-28 15-16 0-4 8 6 51
Tucker ........32 1-4 0-0 2-10 1 4 3
Weber ........16 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 4 2
Black .........15 2-3 1-2 4-7 0 3 5
Totals
36-78 29-35 9-43 16 26 118
Shooting: Field goals, 46.2%; free throws,
82.9%
Three-point goals: 17-40 (Gordon 6-12, Harden
6-14, Anderson 2-4, Ariza 2-7, Tucker 1-3). Team
Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 17 (18 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 4 (Black 2, Anderson, Weber).
Turnovers: 17 (Harden 8, Black 4, Ariza 2, Gordon
2, Anderson). Steals: 4 (Harden 3, Ariza). Technical Fouls: Tucker, 3:33 fourth
CLIPPERS
23 29 35 41— 128
Houston
33 32 20 33— 118
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Heat 113, Mavericks 101
CLIPPERS
MIAMI
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Olynyk ........25 4-7 0-0 0-6 2 2 11
Richardson .36 11-14 0-0 0-4 5 3 24
Adebayo .....37 6-9 2-2 1-8 5 3 14
T.Johnson....38 8-12 1-2 0-7 4 0 19
Waiters.........8 2-2 0-0 0-1 2 1 4
Ellington .....39 10-16 0-0 0-3 0 2 28
Walton Jr.....23 2-3 2-2 0-2 5 0 7
Mickey .......21 3-9 0-0 1-3 1 4 6
Haslem ........7 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0
Totals
46-72 5-6 2-35 25 15 113
Shooting: Field goals, 63.9%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 16-25 (Ellington 8-12, Olynyk 3-4,
T.Johnson 2-3, Richardson 2-3, Walton Jr. 1-2, Mickey
0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 11 (7 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 3 (Richardson 2, Olynyk). Turnovers: 11
(Olynyk 3, T.Johnson 3, Richardson 2, Adebayo, Mickey,
Waiters). Steals: 3 (Adebayo, Richardson, Waiters). Technical Fouls: coach Heat (Defensive three second), 7:07
third.
Dallas
23 30 20 28— 101
Miami
32 21 29 31— 113
A—19,600. T—2:02. O—Karl Lane, C.J. Washington,
Mark Lindsay
A—18,055. T—2:27. O—Justin Van Duyne, Scott
Foster, Pat Fraher
Bucks 109, Hornets 104
2-8
4-6
2-8
2-8
7-3
2-8
A4
A5
S3
S4
C5
S5
TODAY’S GAMES
Favorite
at Memphis
at LAKERS
at Toronto
at Washington
at Indiana
at Charlotte
at Boston
at Atlanta
at Miami
at Utah
at Golden State
Minnesota
San Antonio
Line
41⁄2
Off
Off
Off
101⁄2
11⁄2
7
Off
Off
Off
Off
71⁄2
71⁄2
Underdog
CLIPPERS
Portland
Philadelphia
Orlando
Brooklyn
Milwaukee
Chicago
Dallas
New Orleans
Oklahoma City
Denver
at Phoenix
at Sacramento
Time
5 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
2 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
7 p.m.
RESULTS
Westbrook’s three
wins it for Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY 120
ATLANTA 117
Russell Westbrook hit a threepointer with 1.7 seconds left to cap a
30-point, 15-assist night, and the
Oklahoma City Thunder held off
the Atlanta Hawks 120-117 Friday.
Carmelo Anthony added 24
points on seven-of-12 three-point
shooting and Paul George scored
17 for the Thunder, who have won
five of six after an 11-14 start.
Atlanta, in last place in the
Southeast Division, made Oklahoma City work for this one, rallying after falling behind by 16.
The Hawks led 92-88 with 8:49
left after a basket by Kent Bazemore. Westbrook returned to the
game and led the Thunder on a 16-5
run. Anthony’s three with 5:34 left
gave Oklahoma City a 104-97 lead.
The Hawks came back again,
tying the score at 117 on free throws
by Ersan Ilyasova with 11.1 seconds
left. After a timeout, George inbounded to Westbrook, who made
the final shot over Taurean Prince.
Without a timeout, the Hawks
could only heave one at the buzzer.
Marco Belinelli scored 30 points
for Atlanta. Ilyasova added 22 and
the Hawks went 15 of 32 on threes.
at Detroit 104, New York 101: Andre
Drummond had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Tobias Harris scored
24 points to help the Pistons rally to
win their fourth in five games.
Kristaps Porzingis had 29 points
for the Knicks and Enes Kanter
added 22 points and 16 rebounds.
George Bridges Associated Press
AUSTIN RIVERS scores 30 of his career-high 36 points in the second half, hit-
Rockets fall again after
14-game winning streak
[Clippers, from D1]
ond straight loss two nights
after the Lakers ended their
14-game win streak in another 51-point effort by Harden.
Those watching saw
Austin Rivers score 30 of his
career-high 36 points in the
second half, 14 in the fourth
quarter. They saw Lou
Williams drop in a careerhigh seven three-pointers on
his way to 32 points against a
Rockets team that traded
him in the Paul deal.
They saw rookie Jawun
Evans tie his career high in
points (15) and take on the
toughest defensive assignment in the NBA in the dominant Harden.
They saw DeAndre Jordan have his league-leading
seventh 20-rebound game of
the season, four coming in
the past six games. They saw
the Clippers score 76 points
in the second half, their high
for a half this season.
“They are an elite team,”
said Rivers, who had seven
assists. “So for us just to beat
them on the road, with all
By Broderick Turner
Teodosic is held out
at Golden State 113, Lakers 106
Clippers guard Milos
Teodosic didn’t play Friday
night against the Houston
at Miami 113, Dallas 101: Wayne
Ellington tied a career high with 28
points as the Heat won for the
fourth time in five games.
— associated press
points in the third quarter
didn’t deter the Clippers.
Even Jordan enduring
the Hack-a-DJ twice late in
the fourth quarter didn’t
stop the composed Clippers.
Jordan just stepped up and
went four for four from the
line to cap his 15-point night.
“That was a big team effort, man,” Rivers said.
“Everybody was just doing
their part.”
And even with the diminutive 5-foot-11 Evans
chasing the 6-5 Harden all
over the court, the Clippers
refused to give in to the challenge. Evans took two clutch
charges against Harden in
less than a minute, the first
with 2:20 left and the Clippers leading by six. Harden
was ejected at the end after
fouling out and getting a
technical for arguing.
“I respect him. But at the
end of the day, I’ve got to do
my job too,” Evans said. “We
all did our job.”
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Griffin is close to return
Clippers 128, at Houston 118
New Orleans 111, at Orlando 97:
DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points,
11 rebounds and six assists, and Anthony Davis added 20 points and 11
rebounds as the Pelicans dealt the
Magic their seventh straight loss.
the guys that we have out,
that’s got to be the biggest
win of the year, right?”
The Clippers did it without Milos Teodosic, who
didn’t play because of minutes restriction and rest.
They did it with Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) sitting
on the bench and cheering
his new teammates against
his old team. They did it with
injured Blake Griffin, Danilo
Gallinari and Wesley Johnson all back in L.A.
They did it by starting a
makeshift lineup of Montrezl Harrell at power forward, Jamil Wilson at small
forward, Rivers at point
guard, C.J. Williams at
shooting guard and Jordan
at center, and they still
found a way to win.
“With all the adversity
we’re going through with injuries and things, to come in
here and beat this team, in
their house, that was a
pretty big win for us,” said
Lou Williams, who also had
seven assists.
Even going down 15
CLIPPERS REPORT
Denver 102, at Portland 85: Nikola
Jokic scored 27 points as the
Nuggets beat the Trail Blazers.
at Brooklyn 119, Washington 84:
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 21
points and 11 rebounds to help the
Nets end a four-game skid.
CHARLOTTE
NEW YORK
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Kidd-Glchrst 31 3-11 0-0 1-7 4 2 6
Williams .....32 4-8 6-6 2-10 1 3 15
Howard ........4 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2
Batum........31 5-7 2-2 0-1 6 2 14
Walker........31 13-21 2-3 0-4 2 2 32
Lamb .........32 5-13 2-2 0-4 1 2 13
Kaminsky....30 6-12 2-4 2-5 3 2 16
O’Bryant III..18 1-7 0-0 4-7 1 1 3
Crter-Willms 17 1-6 0-0 0-4 3 3 3
Monk ...........9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
39-88 14-17 9-43 21 18 104
Shooting: Field goals, 44.3%; free throws, 82.4%
Three-point goals: 12-26 (Walker 4-9, Batum 2-3,
Kaminsky 2-4, O’Bryant III 1-1, Carter-Williams 1-2,
Williams 1-2, Lamb 1-4, Kidd-Gilchrist 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 9 (7 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7
(Carter-Williams 2, Kidd-Gilchrist 2, Howard, Walker,
Williams). Turnovers: 9 (Batum 3, Lamb 2, Walker 2, Carter-Williams, Kaminsky). Steals: 4 (Walker 2, Lamb,
Williams). Technical Fouls: coach Hornets (Defensive three
second), 5:09 first.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Porzingis.....38 12-28 2-2 2-9 2 4 29
Thomas ......34 1-8 0-0 1-7 1 2 3
Kanter........29 11-17 0-0 8-16 3 3 22
Jack...........28 2-5 0-0 0-6 6 6 4
Lee............33 6-15 2-2 1-5 4 2 16
Ntilikina......19 2-3 0-0 0-2 3 1 5
McDermott..16 4-7 1-2 0-0 0 0 10
Beasley ......13 3-6 0-0 2-2 3 0 6
Baker.........11 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
O’Quinn......11 2-3 0-0 0-2 3 2 4
Noah ...........3 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0
Totals
44-97 5-6 16-51 25 20 101
Shooting: Field goals, 45.4%; free throws, 83.3%
Three-point goals: 8-24 (Porzingis 3-9, Lee 2-5, McDermott 1-2, Ntilikina 1-2, Thomas 1-3, Jack 0-1, Baker
0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 14 (9 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 9 (Kanter 3, O’Quinn 3, McDermott 2,
Porzingis). Turnovers: 14 (Porzingis 3, Beasley 2, Jack 2,
Baker, Kanter, Lee, McDermott, Noah, Ntilikina, Thomas).
Steals: 6 (Baker, Jack, Kanter, Lee, Porzingis, Thomas).
Technical Fouls: coach Kurt Rambis, 8:11 first
ting six of the Clippers’ 18 three-pointers. The Rockets hit 17 threes.
HOUSTON — The talk of
Blake Griffin inching closer
to a return is a positive sign
for the injury-riddled Clippers.
Though there was no official timetable for Griffin’s return from a medial collateral
ligament sprain in his left
knee, the belief is that he’ll
be back within a couple of
weeks.
When Griffin sustained
the injury against the Lakers
on Nov. 27, the Clippers said
the power forward could be
out up to eight weeks.
“He’s close, I can tell you
that,” Clippers coach Doc
Rivers said. “He’s going to
come back probably sooner
than later.”
Griffin has been rehabilitating his knee at the team’s
practice facility over the last
three-plus weeks.
“He’s been great,” Rivers
said. “Watching him work
out is inspiring. Obviously
he’s not on the floor. People
don’t get a chance to see
that. But he works as hard as
any guy I’ve seen.”
at Milwaukee 109, Charlotte 104:
Khris Middleton scored 28 points,
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26
and the Bucks closed on a 9-0 run.
Pistons 104, Knicks 101
Rockets for what the team
said is “return from injury
management.”
The Clippers are being
careful with Teodosic after
he missed 22 games because
of a plantar fascia injury in
his left foot.
Because he’s still on a
minutes restriction, the
Clippers don’t want Teodosic to play in back-to-back
games. Rivers said Teodosic
will play Saturday night at
Memphis.
“Yeah, it’s just the same
protocol,” Rivers said. “If
you are going to do a backto-back, you always sit them
in the first one. That way it
gives him more time to recover from the last game.”
When Teodosic returned
to play Dec. 11 against the
Miami Heat at Staples Center, he also played at Orlando two days later.
The Clippers held him
out of the Washington Wizards game on Dec. 15, but
Teodosic played in the second of the back-to-back
games on Dec. 16 at Miami.
Beverley upbeat
Patrick Beverley just
couldn’t stay away from the
Clippers, joining them at the
shoot-around early Friday
and later at the game
against the Rockets.
Beverley
was
using
crutches to get around. He
had season-ending surgery
last month on his right knee.
He has been rehabbing in
Houston.
As he sat on the bench in
the first quarter, the Rockets paid tribute to Beverley,
showing highlights of his
time in Houston. He was
traded from the Rockets to
the Clippers for Chris Paul.
“I’m good and taking it
day by day,” Beverley said.
“I’m getting better. I’ve been
in a personal situation
where I didn’t have to kind of
go through the same thing
other people had to go
through with this type of injury. So we’ll see.”
TONIGHT
AT MEMPHIS
When: 5 p.m PST.
On the air: TV: Prime
Ticket; Radio: 570, 1330.
Update: The Grizzlies are
next to last in scoring in the
NBA, averaging 96.6 points a
game. They are ranked 25th
in shooting (44%) and 26th
in three-point shooting
(34.6%). But the Grizzlies
defend well, holding teams
to 101 points a game, sixth in
the league.
broderick.turner@latimes.com
Twitter: @BA_Turner
DETROIT
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Harris.........41 7-16 7-10 1-3 5 1 24
Tolliver........35 3-11 3-4 1-3 0 3 12
Drummond .26 8-16 2-4 7-15 1 3 18
Bullock.......30 6-8 0-0 1-6 0 1 14
Jackson......28 3-12 4-5 0-4 8 0 10
Moreland....21 2-4 0-0 2-5 0 2 4
Johnson......20 4-8 2-2 1-3 0 0 12
Smith.........19 5-10 0-0 2-4 4 0 10
Kennard .....17 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0
Totals
38-88 18-25 15-44 19 11 104
Shooting: Field goals, 43.2%; free throws, 72.0%
Three-point goals: 10-25 (Harris 3-6, Tolliver 3-10, Bullock 2-3, Johnson 2-3, Jackson 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6.
Team Turnovers: 11 (6 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Drummond
2, Bullock, Harris, Tolliver). Turnovers: 11 (Drummond 2,
Jackson 2, Smith 2, Tolliver 2, Bullock, Harris, Johnson).
Steals: 8 (Johnson 2, Moreland 2, Bullock, Drummond,
Smith, Tolliver). Technical Fouls: team, 1:39 second
New York
21 23 31 26— 101
Detroit
25 27 22 30— 104
A—16,922. T—2:04. O—Lauren Holtkamp, Nick
Buchert, Eric Lewis
MILWAUKEE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Antetknmpo 36 9-20 7-8
1-7 5 3 26
Middleton .. 38 12-22 1-1
0-3 1 2 28
Henson...... 19 2-2 2-2
4-8 0 1 6
Bledsoe ..... 35 8-16 7-10 1-5 10 2 24
Snell ......... 20 0-4 0-0
0-2 1 1 0
Brogdon..... 30 5-11 2-2
0-6 4 2 14
Maker........ 18 2-4 0-0
0-4 0 0 4
Dellvdova ... 14 0-3 0-0
0-0 4 0 0
Kilpatrick ... 10 2-3 0-0
0-3 2 0 5
Liggins......... 9 0-0 0-0
0-4 0 3 0
Brown.......... 7 1-2 0-0
0-1 0 2 2
Totals
41-87 19-23 6-43 27 16 109
Shooting: Field goals, 47.1%; free throws, 82.6%
Three-point goals: 8-29 (Middleton 3-8, Brogdon 2-3,
Kilpatrick 1-2, Antetokounmpo 1-3, Bledsoe 1-6, Maker
0-1, Dellavedova 0-3, Snell 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10.
Team Turnovers: 7 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Bledsoe 3,
Brogdon, Middleton). Turnovers: 7 (Bledsoe 4, Brogdon,
Brown, Maker). Steals: 7 (Bledsoe 2, Antetokounmpo,
Brogdon, Brown, Liggins, Middleton). Technical Fouls:
None.
Charlotte
23 36 26 19— 104
Milwaukee
26 26 31 26— 109
A—17,018. T—2:04. O—Gary Zielinski, Derrick Collins,
Brett Nansel
Pelicans 111, Magic 97
NEW ORLEANS
Min
Davis .........30
Moore ........20
Cousins ......32
Holiday.......29
Rondo........23
Miller .........26
Cunningham26
Nelson .......20
Clark..........18
Diallo...........6
Cooke ..........5
FG-A FT-A
10-14 0-1
2-6 0-3
9-16 8-11
10-15 1-2
2-6 2-2
3-7 0-0
2-7 0-0
1-4 0-0
2-6 2-3
2-3 2-2
0-2 0-0
OR-T
2-11
2-2
2-11
0-2
1-3
0-2
3-7
0-6
0-1
1-3
0-0
A
0
1
6
2
8
2
0
3
1
0
0
P
3
3
5
1
2
3
0
4
2
2
0
T
20
6
26
24
6
9
5
3
6
6
0
**TEMPTAG**
Totals
43-86 15-24 11-48 23 25 111
Shooting: Field goals, 50.0%; free throws, 62.5%
Three-point goals: 10-30 (Holiday 3-6, Miller 3-7,
Moore 2-4, Cunningham 1-2, Nelson 1-3, Clark 0-1, Cooke
0-1, Davis 0-1, Rondo 0-2, Cousins 0-3). Team Rebounds:
9. Team Turnovers: 15 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Davis,
Holiday). Turnovers: 15 (Cousins 4, Holiday 2, Miller 2,
Nelson 2, Rondo 2, Cooke, Diallo, Moore). Steals: 10
(Cousins 3, Holiday 3, Moore 2, Clark, Davis). Technical
Fouls: Davis, 1:57 second.
ORLANDO
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Simmons ....30 10-15 1-1 0-8 2 4 22
Speights.....17 2-8 1-2 0-1 0 4 7
Vucevic.......27 7-20 7-8 5-8 2 2 21
Augustin .....29 0-3 2-3 1-3 1 0 2
Payton........28 8-13 2-4 2-5 6 1 18
Hezonja......20 4-10 2-2 0-4 1 1 11
Mack .........16 0-3 1-2 0-2 1 0 1
Biyombo .....16 1-3 0-0 1-4 1 3 2
Iwundu.......15 2-2 1-2 0-2 1 0 5
Payne.........13 1-3 2-2 0-2 0 4 4
Artis...........12 1-2 0-1 1-1 1 0 2
Afflalo ........11 0-3 2-2 0-0 0 0 2
Totals
36-85 21-29 10-40 16 19 97
Shooting: Field goals, 42.4%; free throws, 72.4%
Three-point goals: 4-20 (Speights 2-6, Hezonja 1-3,
Simmons 1-4, Mack 0-1, Payne 0-1, Augustin 0-2, Vucevic
0-3). Team Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 14 (19 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 2 (Biyombo 2). Turnovers: 14 (Payton 4,
Mack 3, Vucevic 3, Augustin, Biyombo, Simmons,
Speights). Steals: 7 (Hezonja 2, Vucevic 2, Afflalo, Iwundu,
Simmons). Technical Fouls: coach Frank Vogel, 00:02 first
New Orleans
32 28 28 23— 111
Orlando
20 30 22 25— 97
A—18,846. T—2:11. O—Tony Brown, Haywoode Work-
Nets 119, Wizards 84
Thunder 120, Hawks 117
ATLANTA
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Ilyasova ......30 7-10 4-4 1-3 1 3 22
Prince ........33 3-11 1-1 0-3 3 3 8
Plumlee......19 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 2 2
Bazemore ...26 4-6 2-2 0-3 6 4 11
Belinelli......32 10-18 2-2 0-1 5 1 27
Collins........26 7-8 2-4 5-9 1 1 16
Delaney......26 7-10 2-2 0-2 6 3 20
Cavanaugh..18 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 3 4
Taylor .........17 3-12 1-2 1-3 4 2 7
Bembry ........7 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0
Totals
44-85 14-17 7-27 28 24 117
Shooting: Field goals, 51.8%; free throws, 82.4%
Three-point goals: 15-32 (Belinelli 5-10, Ilyasova 4-5,
Delaney 4-6, Bazemore 1-1, Prince 1-3, Collins 0-1, Cavanaugh 0-3, Taylor 0-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 15 (23 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Belinelli, Collins,
Plumlee). Turnovers: 15 (Bazemore 5, Belinelli 3, Bembry
2, Collins, Delaney, Ilyasova, Plumlee, Prince). Steals: 12
(Bazemore 3, Cavanaugh 2, Taylor 2, Belinelli, Collins, Delaney, Ilyasova, Prince). Technical Fouls: None.
OKLAHOMA CITY
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Anthony......34 8-19 1-2 0-1 1 3 24
George .......40 4-12 7-10 2-5 2 3 17
Adams .......33 6-9 4-6 7-10 1 3 16
Roberson....27 4-8 0-4 4-9 0 3 8
Westbrook...35 12-17 5-5 1-7 15 0 30
Huestis.......24 2-5 0-0 1-4 1 1 5
Patterson ....14 0-2 2-2 0-1 1 0 2
Grant .........13 4-4 0-2 0-2 0 4 8
Felton ........12 4-6 0-0 0-1 2 0 10
Abrines ........3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Totals
44-82 19-31 15-40 24 18 120
Shooting: Field goals, 53.7%; free throws, 61.3%
Three-point goals: 13-25 (Anthony 7-12, Felton 2-3,
George 2-5, Huestis 1-2, Westbrook 1-2, Patterson 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 16. Team Turnovers: 19 (33 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Huestis 2, Anthony, George, Westbrook). Turnovers: 19 (George 5, Westbrook 3, Abrines 2, Adams 2,
Anthony 2, Grant 2, Roberson 2, Felton). Steals: 11 (George
3, Adams 2, Patterson 2, Westbrook 2, Anthony, Huestis).
Technical Fouls: Westbrook, 3:24 second.
Atlanta
28 22 31 36— 117
Oklahoma City
28 36 18 38— 120
A—18,203. T—2:18. O—Courtney Kirkland, Jonathan
Sterling, Zach Zarba
Nuggets 102, Trail Blazers 85
WASHINGTON
DENVER
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Morris ........26 3-8 3-3 2-4 0 2 9
Porter Jr......21 2-5 2-2 1-4 1 1 6
Gortat ........18 3-5 1-2 0-5 0 1 7
Beal...........28 2-15 0-0 0-2 5 1 4
Wall ...........16 4-11 1-1 1-2 4 0 10
Oubre Jr......28 5-13 2-2 0-2 0 4 13
Meeks........22 2-6 2-3 0-2 3 0 6
Satoransky..20 2-7 0-2 0-2 1 3 5
Scott..........20 3-8 0-0 1-3 2 2 8
Smith.........13 3-7 0-0 1-6 1 1 6
Frazier..........8 1-2 0-0 0-0 5 3 2
Mahinmi.......8 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 2
McCullough...6 3-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 6
Totals
34-93 11-15 7-35 22 18 84
Shooting: Field goals, 36.6%; free throws, 73.3%
Three-point goals: 5-20 (Scott 2-4, Wall 1-2, Oubre Jr.
1-3, Satoransky 1-3, McCullough 0-1, Meeks 0-2, Porter Jr.
0-2, Beal 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 7 (11
PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Oubre Jr.). Turnovers: 7 (Gortat 2,
Oubre Jr. 2, Beal, Frazier, Porter Jr.). Steals: 7 (Beal, Frazier, Meeks, Morris, Oubre Jr., Porter Jr., Scott). Technical
Fouls: coach Wizards (Defensive three second), 5:02 third.
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Chandler.....41 8-15 3-4 4-11 0 2 21
Jokic ..........37 12-21 1-1 3-9 6 4 27
Plumlee......24 4-7 0-0 3-5 3 2 8
Harris.........38 7-12 3-4 1-2 2 0 17
Murray .......26 3-10 0-0 0-2 4 2 7
Lyles..........32 4-10 1-2 2-9 3 1 10
Barton........25 4-8 3-4 2-7 1 2 12
Craig..........10 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 0
Beasley ........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Hrnangmz .....1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Totals
42-85 11-15 16-49 19 13 102
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws,
73.3%
Three-point goals: 7-25 (Chandler 2-3, Jokic
2-6, Barton 1-3, Lyles 1-3, Murray 1-5, Craig 0-2,
Harris 0-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 14
(10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 10 (Plumlee 5, Barton 2,
Jokic 2, Harris). Turnovers: 14 (Jokic 4, Murray 3,
Chandler 2, Harris 2, Barton, Lyles, Plumlee).
Steals: 4 (Harris 3, Plumlee). Technical Fouls:
None.
BROOKLYN
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Carroll........22 5-11 3-3 1-6 4 1 15
Hllis-Jffrsn...23 7-15 7-9 1-11 6 3 21
Zeller .........17 3-5 2-2 5-9 0 1 8
Crabbe.......32 3-8 0-0 1-8 2 2 7
Dinwiddie ...22 5-7 1-1 0-2 4 1 15
Harris.........31 3-9 0-0 1-4 7 2 7
LeVert ........23 7-9 1-1 2-6 3 2 17
Acy............23 0-6 0-0 0-7 0 1 0
Allen..........18 4-6 2-2 2-6 0 2 10
Stauskas ....15 5-10 1-3 0-1 2 1 15
Mozgov.........8 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 4
Totals
44-88 17-21 13-60 29 17 119
Shooting: Field goals, 50.0%; free throws, 81.0%
Three-point goals: 14-41 (Dinwiddie 4-5, Stauskas 4-8,
LeVert 2-2, Carroll 2-7, Crabbe 1-5, Harris 1-7, Hollis-Jefferson 0-1, Acy 0-6). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers:
14 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Acy, Allen, Dinwiddie, Hollis-Jefferson). Turnovers: 14 (Dinwiddie 3, Stauskas 3, Hollis-Jefferson 2, LeVert 2, Acy, Allen, Mozgov, Zeller). Steals:
4 (Allen, Carroll, Dinwiddie, Stauskas). Technical Fouls:
None.
Washington
23 20 18 23— 84
Brooklyn
26 27 35 31— 119
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Aminu ........26 1-9 0-0 0-6 0 2 3
Turner.........21 3-4 0-0 0-2 2 0 7
Nurkic ........24 4-10 2-4 1-1 0 2 10
Layman ........9 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 2 0
McCollum ...33 7-18 0-0 1-3 3 0 15
Napier........37 6-15 1-2 2-4 5 1 14
Connghton ..21 5-6 1-2 1-4 0 3 12
Davis .........21 2-6 4-6 4-8 1 2 8
Harkless .....19 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 0 4
Collins........17 4-6 1-2 0-2 2 6 10
Swanigan .....3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Vonleh..........2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Totals
35-83 9-16 10-34 15 19 85
Shooting: Field goals, 42.2%; free throws,
56.3%
Three-point goals: 6-22 (Collins 1-1, Turner 1-1,
Connaughton 1-2, McCollum 1-5, Napier 1-5,
Aminu 1-8). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 9
(11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Aminu 2, Harkless 2).
Turnovers: 9 (Nurkic 4, McCollum 2, Aminu, Davis,
Turner). Steals: 6 (Napier 3, Aminu, Harkless, Turner). Technical Fouls: None.
Denver
28 24 28 22— 102
Portland
22 19 25 19— 85
A—15,589. T—2:00. O—James Williams, Gediminas Petraitis, Marat Kogut
A—19,473. T—2:00. O—Curtis Blair, Tom Washington, Kevin Cutler
PORTLAND
S
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
D7
LAKERS REPORT
Randle shows he
can handle tests
By Tania Ganguli
Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press
LONZO BALL of the Lakers maneuvers past Golden State’s Jordan Bell during the first half Friday night.
Warriors fend off feisty Lakers
[Lakers, from D1]
the Lakers 113-106 to improve
to 26-6 overall and 3-0 in the
season series. The loss
dropped the Lakers to 11-19.
“They were two of our
more mentally tough guys
out there,” Lakers coach
Luke Walton said of Kuzma
and Ball.
“When it got tough I felt
like the two of them really
kept us in it until everyone
was ready to reengage and
get back into the fight.”
Kuzma scored a teamhigh 27 points and became
the first Lakers rookie since
Jerry West in 1961 to have
three consecutive games
with 25 or more points. This
followed a 38-point performance against the Houston
Rockets on Wednesday.
Ball made his first four
three-point attempts and
scored 24 points with five rebounds and five assists.
“Any time he’s hitting the
three ball,” Kuzma said,
“he’s pretty damn good.”
The game closed the
toughest four-game stretch
any team will play this year
— in the last eight days the
Lakers played the Warriors
twice and also faced the
Rockets (Western Conference leaders) and Cleveland
Cavaliers (defending Eastern Conference champion).
The Lakers used a similar starting lineup that was
effective in a win against the
Rockets.
They started Brandon
Ingram, Ball, Andrew Bogut
(for the injured Brook
Lopez), Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Caldwell-Pope rejoined
the starting lineup after
missing Wednesday’s game;
he is serving a jail sentence
that doesn’t allow him to
leave the state. He is released for Lakers games and
practices, so he flew to the
Bay Area on Friday morning.
“We’ve been here for
him,” Corey Brewer said.
“We’re going to be here for
him if he needs anything,
however we can help him.
That’s what teammates are
for. Hasn’t been a distraction or anything.”
To keep Caldwell-Pope in
shape while they are away,
the Lakers have held individual sessions with team
interns and ball boys.
“We get updates and they
said he had a couple of great
workouts,” Walton said.
That will get easier as the
Lakers return home.
Though the Lakers kept
pace with the Warriors in
their first two meetings this
season — ultimately losing
in overtime Monday — Golden State didn’t take long to
pull away on Friday night.
They led by only three after
one quarter but increased
the lead to 17 at halftime.
When the Warriors took a
23-point lead in the third
quarter, the Lakers gritted
their teeth and showed their
unwillingness to be embarrassed.
They went on a 20-6 run
in the next six minutes. They
eventually took a brief onepoint lead in the fourth
quarter.
“I love our group of guys,”
Walton said.
“The way they compete
night in and night out
against some really good
teams I think is really impressive.”
TONIGHT
VS. PORTLAND
When: 6:30
On air: TV: Spectrum
SportsNet, Spectrum Deportes, Radio: 710, 1330
Update: The Trail Blazers
are coming off a 102-85 loss to
the
Denver
Nuggets.
Damian Lillard is out with a
hamstring injury.
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
OAKLAND — With 7:25
left in the second quarter Friday, Lakers backup forward
Julius Randle took off from
inside the free-throw line for
an emphatic dunk.
In the six minutes he
played in the second quarter
at Golden State, Randle
scored 10 points, making four
of six shots. They were earlier
minutes than he received
Wednesday at Houston, and
he ended up playing much
more than he did that game.
In fact, Randle helped rally
the Lakers from a 20-point
deficit, and his three-pointer
with 7:43 left Friday even gave
them a late lead.
That kind of inconsistency
is something Randle is learning to accept this season.
“Just try to focus on controlling what I can and my energy and my effort,” Randle
said before Friday’s game
when asked if he knows what
Coach Luke Walton’s plan for
him is. “Same thing I’ve been
saying all year. I can’t really focus on what necessarily he’s
gonna do or what the rotations are going to be.”
Randle has sometimes
struggled to handle adversity,
like when he lost the starting
role he held all last season. So
after Randle played only eight
minutes in a win against the
Rockets, Walton spoke to him
to check on his mental state.
“I didn’t anticipate the rotation going the way it did,”
Walton said. “He’s been one of
our better players all year
long, but you know I told him
it’s his job to stay ready and be
ready when he’s called on.”
Walton said Randle shook
his hand and they moved on.
Then Randle went out and
gave him 21 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes.
“From game to game it’s
different so I don’t know,”
Randle said before Friday’s
game. “I was just trying to wait
and be prepared.”
Enberg remembered
Warriors Coach Steve
Kerr began his pregame news
conference by offering condo-
lences to the family of Dick
Enberg, the longtime broadcaster who died Thursday.
The two became friends when
Enberg moved to San Diego.
“He really is a voice from
my childhood and just absolutely [an] ego-less, talented,
special human being,” Kerr
said. “Really, really devastating news this morning to read
about Dick’s passing. I send
my love to his family and
friends and offer my thanks
for somebody who really
made a big impact on my life.”
Enberg began his career at
KTLA in 1965. He was a radio
announcer for the Rams and
later did UCLA broadcasts
during the John Wooden era
before a long career as a national broadcaster.
“He was great,” Walton
said. “Him and my dad [former Bruin Bill Walton] were
very close. Used to stop by and
say hello. ... Lot of stories from
my dad just saying what an
unbelievable man he was.”
tania.ganguli@latimes.com
WARRIORS 113, LAKERS 106
LAKERS
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Ingram ..............35 5-11 2-2 1-3 4 3 12
Kuzma ..............42 9-15 6-8 3-14 1 3 27
Bogut................11 3-5 0-0 2-3 0 1 6
Ball ..................37 9-16 1-4 2-5 6 2 24
Caldwell-Pope ....34 4-16 1-2 2-5 4 3 10
Randle ..............24 7-16 5-6 5-10 1 4 21
Hart..................16 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0
Clarkson............14 2-9 0-0 0-3 4 2 4
Nance Jr. ...........12 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 2
Caruso................7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0
Brewer ................4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals
40-94 15-22 15-46 22 23 106
Shooting: Field goals, 42.6%; free throws, 68.2%
Three-point goals: 11-29 (Ball 5-6, Kuzma 3-6, Randle 2-3,
Caldwell-Pope 1-10, Hart 0-1, Ingram 0-1, Clarkson 0-2). Team
Rebounds: 12. Team Turnovers: 15 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5
(Ball, Bogut, Kuzma, Nance Jr., Randle). Turnovers: 15 (Ball 5,
Kuzma 3, Randle 2, Bogut, Clarkson, Hart, Ingram, Nance Jr.).
Steals: 11 (Caldwell-Pope 3, Hart 3, Kuzma 2, Randle 2, Nance Jr.).
Technical Fouls: None.
GOLDEN STATE
Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T
Durant ..............37 9-20 12-13 0-7 7 2 33
Green ...............30 4-9 4-4 1-11 7 4 13
Bell ..................24 9-13 2-2 6-10 3 4 20
McCaw..............27 2-5 1-2 0-3 0 1 5
Thompson..........34 7-18 0-0 0-1 1 1 16
Iguodala............21 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 0
Young ...............18 3-3 1-1 0-2 0 2 8
Casspi ..............18 5-8 0-0 0-3 1 0 10
West .................17 3-6 2-3 2-4 3 1 8
Looney................8 0-0 0-2 1-1 0 0 0
Totals
42-85 22-27 10-42 24 16 113
Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws, 81.5%
Three-point goals: 7-24 (Durant 3-10, Thompson 2-9, Young
1-1, Green 1-3, McCaw 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers:
15 (23 PTS). Blocked Shots: 13 (Durant 4, Casspi 2, Thompson 2,
West 2, Bell, Iguodala, Looney). Turnovers: 15 (Green 6, Iguodala
4, Thompson 2, Bell, Durant, Young). Steals: 9 (Durant 2, Green 2,
Bell, Casspi, Iguodala, McCaw, Thompson). Technical Fouls: None.
LAKERS
24 20 28 34— 106
Golden State
27 34 23 29— 113
A—19,596. T—NA. O—Ed Malloy, Scott Twardoski, Josh Tiven
KINGS REPORT
DUCKS TONIGHT
Mitchell embraces
role on fourth line
AT PITTSBURGH
By Curtis Zupke
Torrey Mitchell readily
concedes that he probably
won’t reach the 1,000-game
milestone.
He’ll turn 33 next month
and he’s at 626 games after
more than 10 years in the
NHL with a body that’s absorbed significant setbacks.
So it’s doubtful he’ll have his
praises sung the way teammates Dustin Brown and
Marian Gaborik did Thursday when their 1,000-game
accomplishments
converged.
But Mitchell proved
there’s nothing wrong with
being unsung.
He set up the tying goal
on one of his three shifts in
the third period. The stage
lights fell uniquely on Brown
and Gaborik, but Mitchell
could identify with them.
“It’s not easy getting to
that number,” Mitchell said.
“I can attest to it.”
A role player for most of
his career, Mitchell has persevered and would be closer
to 1,000 games if not for a broken leg that wiped out what
would have been his second
NHL season, in 2008-09, with
the San Jose Sharks. He
missed more than 100 games
and was out of action nearly
a year.
Now with his fifth team,
Mitchell has gained his footing with the Kings after the
Nov. 23 trade from the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional fifth-round draft pick.
He has four points in five
games as the fourth-line
center.
“He understands his role
on the hockey team, which is
a really important thing,”
Kings coach John Stevens
said. “Some guys don’t embrace their role. He does.”
Mitchell still makes his
mark with speed, faceoff
ability and penalty killing,
and Stevens said his veteran
approach rubs off on younger players. It’s a similar effect
that Brown and Anze Kopitar have on rookie Alex
Iafallo, and that Gaborik
and Jussi Jokinen have with
their linemates.
The fourth-line wingers
have changed frequently but
Mitchell has been a regular
part of the lineup at center.
For someone accustomed to
new dressing rooms, he’s
getting more comfortable in
this one.
“I feel pretty good,”
Mitchell said. “I feel confident and I feel like I’m settling in nicely.”
Saturday
represents
Mitchell’s first foray into the
rivalry from the Kings’ side.
San Jose drafted him in
2004, and its foundational
players Joe Thornton and
Joe Pavelski remain.
“Super excited,” Mitchell
said. “I’ll see how it goes. I’ve
played against them quite a
bit over the years, so that’s
kind of behind me. But it will
be a little weird.”
Power shortage
The Kings are in a onefor-13 slump on the power
play and have only three
man-advantage goals since
Thanksgiving. Opportunities have been scarce — that
slump spans seven games —
but Stevens said he’s more
concerned with them not
shooting enough, if only to
create a rebound or other
chance.
“I’d like to see our overall
execution improve,” Stevens
said. “I’d like to see our
mind-set change a little
more to volume as opposed
to one shot, one kill.”
TONIGHT
AT SAN JOSE
When: 7.
On the air: TV: FS West;
Radio: 790.
Update: The Kings resume
Pacific Division play for the
first time since Nov. 25. It
could be a grinding contest
because the Sharks and
Kings were tied for the
fewest goals allowed (83)
through Thursday. San
Jose’s Logan Couture has
missed the last two games
because of a concussion.
Thornton recently passed
Doug Gilmour for sole possession of 18th place on the
NHL’s all-time scoring list
with 1,416 points.
curtis.zupke@latimes.com
Twitter: @curtiszupke
When: 4 p.m. PST.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 830.
Update: After four losses in three-on-three play, the Ducks finally won an overtime game with a 5-4 victory over the New
York Islanders on Thursday. Hampus Lindholm completed
a hat trick in the extra period and became only the second
Ducks defenseman to score three goals in one game. He’s
also the first Anaheim player to score a hat trick since Ryan
Kesler did so in January. ... Ryan Getzlaf broke out with a
whopping four assists in the win, and he’s now producing
over a point per game. ... The Ducks play the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins for the first time this season after they were winless against Pittsburgh last season. ... Ryan
Miller earned the start against the Islanders, so John Gibson
figures to be back in goal for the second-to-last contest of the
six-game road swing. ... Phil Kessel leads the Penguins with
39 points, tied for 12th place in the NHL. Captain Sidney
Crosby is second with 34. ... Brandon Montour was a healthy
scratch Wednesday, but the puck-moving blueliner was back
in the Ducks lineup against the Islanders.
— Mike Coppinger
Bill Kostroun Associated Press
KINGS CENTER Torrey Mitchell passes the puck
as Rangers defenseman Nick Holden looks on.
NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pacific
KINGS
Vegas
San Jose
Calgary
DUCKS
Vancouver
Edmonton
Arizona
Central
Nashville
Winnipeg
St. Louis
Dallas
Chicago
Minnesota
Colorado
W
22
22
18
18
15
15
16
8
W
21
20
22
19
17
18
16
L
10
9
11
15
13
16
17
24
L
9
10
13
14
12
14
15
OL
4
2
4
3
8
5
2
5
OL
4
6
2
3
5
3
3
Pts
48
46
40
39
38
35
34
21
Pts
46
46
46
41
39
39
35
GF
109
116
93
101
97
97
104
83
GF
113
119
110
106
102
102
106
GA
83
100
84
106
108
118
112
127
GA
95
100
93
103
90
103
111
Note: Overtime or shootout losses worth one point.
Metropolitan
Washington
New Jersey
Columbus
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
Pittsburgh
Carolina
Philadelphia
Atlantic
Tampa Bay
Toronto
Boston
Montreal
Detroit
Florida
Ottawa
Buffalo
W
22
20
21
19
18
18
15
15
W
25
21
18
16
13
14
11
9
L
12
9
13
12
13
15
12
13
L
7
14
10
15
14
16
14
19
OL
2
5
2
4
4
3
7
7
OL
2
1
5
4
7
5
8
7
Pts
46
45
44
42
40
39
37
37
Pts
52
43
41
36
33
33
30
25
GF
114
109
103
115
125
104
95
98
GF
130
119
98
97
95
102
92
76
GA
104
102
98
101
125
114
107
101
GA
87
102
88
110
110
119
113
116
RESULTS
AT FLORIDA 4,
MINNESOTA 2
AT BUFFALO 4
PHILADELPHIA 2
MONTREAL 3
AT CALGARY 2
AT ARIZONA 3
WASHINGTON 2 (OT)
Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals as the Panthers
beat the Wild for the first time since Jan. 3, 2016.
Jack Eichel had two empty-netters to help the Sabres
hold off the Flyers, who scored twice in the final 2:10.
Byron Froese scored for the first time in 22 months and
Carey Price made 21 saves for the Canadiens.
Clayton Keller scored 4:33 into overtime for the Coyotes,
who snapped a seven-game losing streak.
For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores
TODAY’S GAMES
DUCKS at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Detroit at Boston, 10 a.m.
Montreal at Edmonton, 4 p.m.
Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m.
Buffalo at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Toronto at N.Y. Rangers, 4 p.m.
Nashville at Dallas, 5 p.m.
KINGS at San Jose, 7 p.m.
Winnipeg at N.Y. Islanders, 10 a.m.
Chicago at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Ottawa at Florida, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Colorado at Arizona, 5 p.m.
Washington at Vegas, 5 p.m.
D8
L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S
THE DAY IN SPORTS
Dismissal sought for 3 in bribery case
staff and wire reports
Attorneys for three defendants
in the college basketball bribery
and corruption case filed a motion
Friday to dismiss the indictment
against them, arguing federal
prosecutors are trying to criminalize alleged violations of NCAA
rules.
The motion covers three of the
eight defendants in the wideranging case: would-be agent
Christian Dawkins, Adidas consultant Merl Code and Adidas employee Jim Gatto.
The five other defendants, including USC associate head coach
Tony Bland and assistant coaches
from Arizona, Auburn and Oklahoma State, have been charged in
two related cases in U.S. District
Court in Manhattan.
The motion revolves around
allegations Dawkins, Code and
Gatto paid family members of
three high school players to steer
them to Louisville and Miami.
“The payments purportedly
made by Defendants were not
themselves unlawful,” the motion
said. “It is not against the law to offer a financial incentive to a family
to persuade them to send their son
or daughter to a particular college.
“After expending enormous resources, the Government has
strained to find any legal theory —
ultimately resorting to one that
was directly rejected by a Federal
Court of Appeals — in order to
transform NCAA rule violations
into a conspiracy to commit federal
wire fraud.”
The motion notes the defendants sought to help, not hurt,
Louisville and Miami by directing
talented players to the schools.
The federal wire fraud statute bars
“schemes to defraud” victims, not
schemes to help them.
NCAA schools, the motion said,
have committed “thousands of violations over the decades” to persuade high school athletes to attend, often involving “conduct
identical to — or far worse than —
Defendants’ here.”
“What is new is not Defendants’
conduct, but the Government’s
claim that it constitutes wire
fraud,” the motion said.
A few pages later, the motion
Williams (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: DE Andre
Branch (knee), DE Terrence Fede (knee), S T.J.
McDonald (shoulder), WR DeVante Parker (ankle), CB Cordrea Tankersley (ankle), S Michael
Thomas (knee). Chiefs: QUESTIONABLE: LB
Justin Houston (illness).
N.Y. GIANTS at ARIZONA—Giants: OUT: LB
B.J. Goodson (ankle), WR Tavarres King (concussion). QUESTIONABLE S: S Nat Berhe (hamstring), S Landon Collins (ankle), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger). DNP: LB B.J. Goodson (ankle),
WR Tavarres King (concussion). Cardinals: OUT:
LB Josh Bynes (ankle), TE Troy Niklas (ankle), G
Earl Watford (ankle). QUESTIONABLEL: S Antoine
Bethea (knee), WR John Brown (toe), LB Karlos
Dansby (knee), LB Gabe Martin (hamstring), DT
Olsen Pierre (illness), WR Chad Williams (illness), RB Kerwynn Williams (quadricep, ribs).
SEATTLE at DALLAS—Seahawks: OUT: LB D.J.
Alexander (concussion). DOUBTFUL: DT Nazair
Jones (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: S Bradley McDougald (knee), TE Nick Vannett (shoulder).
Cowboys: OUT: DE David Irving (concussion).
QUESTIONABLE: DT Richard Ash (shoulder), WR
Brice Butler (foot), T La'el Collins (back), DE Benson Mayowa (back), CB Orlando Scandrick
(back), T Tyron Smith (back, knee).
TAMPA BAY at CAROLINA—Buccaneers:
OUT: DE Robert Ayers (shoulder), WR DeSean
Jackson (ankle). DOUBTFUL: CB Ryan Smith (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: TE Cameron Brate (hip,
knee), LB Lavonte David (hamstring), DT Gerald
McCoy (biceps), DE Ryan Russell (shoulder).
Panthers: OUT: G Trai Turner (concussion).
QUESTIONABLE: DE Mario Addison (hip), WR
Devin Funchess (shoulder), G Tyler Larsen (foot),
WR Russell Shepard (shoulder), LB Shaq Thompson (foot).
THE ODDS
College Basketball
Favorite
Kentucky
at West Virginia
at Geo. Wash.
Tennessee
at Boston Col.
Toledo
at Auburn
at Minnesota
at Colorado St.
at Wisconsin
at Miss. St.
at Missouri
North Carolina
ETC.
Woods parts ways
with swing coach
Tiger Woods is embarking on
his latest comeback without a
swing coach. Woods said on Twitter that since fusion surgery on his
lower back, he has been relearning
his body and his swing by relying
on feel and the previous three years
of work with Chris Como.
“For now, I think it’s best for me
to continue to do this on my own,”
Woods said. “I’m grateful to Chris
Como for his past work, and I have
nothing but respect for him.”
Hal Bedsole, a consensus AllAmerica receiver on USC’s unde-
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NFL INJURY REPORT
As provided by the league
Today
INDIANAPOLIS at BALTIMORE—Colts: OUT: T
Denzelle Good (knee), CB Rashaan Melvin
(hand), WR Donte Moncrief (ankle), TE Brandon
Williams (concussion). Ravens: DOUBTFUL: WR
Jeremy Maclin (knee). QUESTIONABLE: CB Maurice Canady (knee), DT Carl Davis (shoulder), S
Anthony Levine (thigh), T Ronnie Stanley (illness).
MINNESOTA at GREEN BAY—Vikings: OUT:
CB Tramaine Brock (foot). QUESTIONABLE: CB
Mackensie Alexander (rib), T Riley Reiff (ankle), S
Andrew Sendejo (ankle). Packers: OUT: WR
Davante Adams (concussion), CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring). DOUBTFUL: LB Nick Perry (ankle, shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: G Jahri Evans
(knee), CB Davon House (shoulder, back), LB
Clay Matthews (hamstring).
Sunday
CHARGERS at N.Y. JETS—Chargers: OUT: DT
Corey Liuget (knee), LB Denzel Perryman (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: T Joe Barksdale (hip),
RB Austin Ekeler (hand), T Russell Okung (groin).
Jets: OUT: G Brian Winters (abdomen). QUESTIONABLE: RB Matt Forte (knee), C Wesley Johnson (hip), RB Elijah McGuire (illness).
RAMS at TENNESSEE—Rams: OUT: LB Matt
Longacre (back). Titans: QUESTIONABLE: CB Logan Ryan (ankle).
ATLANTA at NEW ORLEANS—Falcons:
QUESTIONABLE: G Andy Levitre (triceps). LIMITED: WR Julio Jones (ankle, thumb), G Andy Levitre (triceps). Saints: OUT: TE Garrett Griffin
(foot), DE Trey Hendrickson (ankle), TE Michael
Hoomanawanui (concussion).
BUFFALO at NEW ENGLAND—Bills: OUT: WR
Andre Holmes (neck). QUESTIONABLE: WR
Kelvin Benjamin (knee), CB E.J. Gaines (knee), G
John Miller (ankle), TE Nick O'Leary (back), DT
Kyle Williams (groin). Patriots: OUT: DT Alan
Branch (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee). QUESTIONABLE : RB Brandon Bolden (groin), WR Chris
Hogan (shoulder), S Brandon King (hamstring),
DE Eric Lee (ankle), WR Matt Slater (hamstring),
LB Kyle Van Noy (calf), T LaAdrian Waddle (ankle), RB James White (ankle). DNP: DT Alan
Branch (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee).
CLEVELAND at CHICAGO—Browns: QUESTIONABLE: CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee), WR
Matt Hazel (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (foot).
Bears: DOUBTFUL: G Josh Sitton (ankle).
QUESTIONABLE: T Tom Compton (concussion), S
Chris Prosinski (concussion), TE Adam Shaheen
(chest). DNP: G Josh Sitton (ankle).
DENVER
at
WASHINGTON—Broncos:
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cody Latimer (thigh), QB
Paxton Lynch (ankle), WR Emmanuel Sanders
(ankle). DNP: WR Cody Latimer (thigh).
Redskins: OUT: LB Ryan Anderson (knee), LB
Zach Brown (achilles, toe, hamstring), RB
LeShun Daniels (hand), T Trent Williams (knee).
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), CB Kendall Fuller (foot), WR Maurice Harris (back), DE Terrell McClain (toe), T Morgan Moses (illness, ankle), RB Samaje Perine (groin).
DETROIT at CINCINNATI—Lions: OUT: C Travis
Swanson (concussion). DOUBTFUL: G T.J. Lang
(foot). QUESTIONABLE: DT Rodney Coe (illness),
T Brian Mihalik (illness), T Rick Wagner (ankle).
DNP: DT Rodney Coe (illness), G T.J. Lang (foot), T
Brian Mihalik (illness). Bengals: OUT: T Cedric
Ogbuehi (shoulder), T Andre Smith (knee), LB
Nick Vigil (ankle, back). QUESTIONABLE: S
George Iloka (shoulder).
JACKSONVILLE
at
SAN
FRANCISCO—Jaguars: OUT: WR Marqise Lee
(ankle), WR Larry Pinkard (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: WR Allen Hurns (ankle), LB Lerentee
McCray (neck). 49ers: DOUBTFUL: CB Greg
Mabin (calf). QUESTIONABLE TE: Garrett Celek
(knee, rib).
MIAMI at KANSAS CITY—Dolphins:
DOUBTFUL: QB Matt Moore (foot), RB Damien
added: “It is extremely rare for the
Government to prosecute an alleged wire fraud scheme where, as
here, the defendants sought to obtain nothing from the victim.”
The government’s response to
the motion is due Jan. 19, with oral
arguments scheduled for Feb. 15.
— Nathan Fenno
Line
71⁄2
261⁄2
5
1
11
2
10
21
61⁄2
19
13
6
71⁄2
Underdog
UCLA
Fordham
Harvard
at Wake Forest
Richmond
at Cleve. St.
Connecticut
Fla. Atlantic
Long Beach St.
Green Bay
South. Miss
Illinois
Ohio St.
College Football
Today Bowls
Favorite
Line (O/U)
Birmingham
At Birmingham, Ala.
South Florida
3 (651⁄2)
Armed Forces
At Fort Worth
San Diego St.
61⁄2 (451⁄2)
Dollar General
At Mobile, Ala.
Toledo
61⁄2 (61)
Underdog
Texas Tech
Army
Appalach. St.
Pro Football
Today
Favorite
Line (O/U)
Underdog
Indianapolis
at Baltimore
13 (401⁄2)
1
Minnesota
9 (40 ⁄2)
at Green Bay
Updates at Pregame.com
Associated Press
SOUTHLAND
USC 84, Akron 53
Cal St. Fullerton 88, Loyola Marymount 80
UC Riverside 91, UC Merced 46
San Diego 94, Life Pacific 51
WEST
Arizona St. 104, Pacific 65
Duquesne 67, San Francisco 65
UC Davis 77, Lamar 68
Washington St. 86, Bethune-Cookman 68
St. Mary’s 95, UNC Asheville 69
Nevada Las Vegas 94, N. Colorado 91
Washington 66, Montana 63
Nevada 86, S. Illinois 64
EAST
Brown 90, Marist 69
Bucknell 88, La Salle 81
Canisius 76, Robert Morris 62
Colgate 103, Pitt.-Bradford 52
Dartmouth 75, Bryant 58
Fairfield 78, New Hampshire 68
LIU Brooklyn 74, Binghamton 66
Monmouth (NJ) 85, Yale 64
NJIT 99, Bryn Athyn 53
Pittsburgh 63, Towson 59
Providence 89, Sacred Heart 75
Rider 71, Penn St. 70
Siena 71, Holy Cross 65
St. Bonaventure 60, Syracuse 57, OT
Stony Brook 75, Rutgers 73
Massachusetts 74, Maine 63
Villanova 95, Hofstra 71
SOUTH
Campbell 91, Allen 62
Clemson 89, Louisiana Lafayette 60
Coll. of Charleston 67, Coastal Carolina 65
E. Tenn. St. 79, Georgia Southern 59
Florida 75, Incarnate Word 60
George Mason 86, Morgan St. 79
Georgia 84, Temple 66
Hartford 79, Fla. International 72
LSU 104, North Florida 52
Liberty 87, Alabama St. 70
Louisiana Tech 85, Fort Wayne 76
Marshall 91, E. Kentucky 71
Middle Tennessee 69, Princeton 67
Mississippi 82, Bradley 59
Mount St. Mary’s 66, Coppin St. 53
N.C. State 116, Jacksonville 64
Old Dominion 61, Norfolk St. 50
Pikeville 115, Cincinnati-Clermont 69
Radford 66, N.C. A&T 60
Texas 66, Alabama 50
Tenn. Martin 74, Ark. Pine Bluff 68
VCU 75, VMI 65
Vanderbilt 92, Alcorn St. 51
Virginia 82, Hampton 48
W. Kentucky 72, Austin Peay 53
Wright St. 85, Georgia Tech 81
MIDWEST
Ball St. 70, Jackson St. 54
Cent. Michigan 70, SIU Edwardsville 52
Drake 81, Md. Eastern Shore 57
Elon 73, Indiana St. 68
IUPUI 87, Indiana-Kokomo 76
Missouri St. 64, Loyola Chicago 59
Murray St. 81, Detroit 72
Nebraska 85, Delaware St. 68
Oakland 86, E. Michigan 81
S. Dakota St. 85, Mo. Kansas City 60
Saint Louis 78, SE Missouri 48
Siena Heights 80, Alma 56
W. Michigan 66, Milwaukee 63
Wichita St. 75, Florida Gulf Coast 65
Xavier 77, N. Iowa 67
SOUTHWEST
Arkansas St. 99, Culver-Stockton 68
Howard 80, UNC Wilmington 75
N. Dakota St. 63, UTEP 51
Oklahoma 104, Northwestern 78
Oklahoma St. 102, Texas Rio Grande Valley 83
TCU 86, William & Mary 75
Texas St. 74, Rice 66
Texas Tech 74, Abilene Christian 47
Utah Valley 75, Sam Houston St. 64
ROCKIES
Air Force 111, Johnson & Wales 68
Iowa 80, Colorado 73
New Mexico 87, Prairie View 78
Weber St. 88, Presentation 48
New Mexico St. 69, Davidson 68
BOX SCORES
Nonconference
UC Riverside 91, UC Merced 46
UC MERCED—Kozak 1-4 0-0 2, M.Laflin 2-6
0-0 6, A.Laflin 0-8 0-0 0, Taira 1-6 0-0 3, Haywood 2-8 2-2 7, Benson 1-3 0-0 2, E’denchukwu
2-5 3-4 8, Batmani 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-2 1-4 1,
Cottrell 3-11 0-0 9, Garcia 0-2 0-0 0, Gordon 3-6
0-0 8. Totals 15-62 6-10 46.
UC RIVERSIDE—Rosser 1-3 0-0 2, Larsson
5-6 4-6 14, Dijkstra 5-7 0-0 12, Murray 4-8 0-0
9, Martin 2-4 4-4 8, Rwahwire 3-5 2-3 10, Jackson 1-4 1-2 3, Kennedy 6-7 1-2 15, Diallo 2-5
0-2 4, Pickett 1-4 0-0 2, Hickman 1-6 0-0 2,
Slyvester 2-4 0-3 5, Pierce 0-2 1-2 1, Flippin 1-6
2-2 4. Totals 34-71 15-26 91.
Halftime—UC Riverside 47-24. A—460
(3,168).
Cal St. Fullerton 88, Loyola Marymount 80
CAL ST FULLERTON—Robertson 5-6 4-5 14,
Rowe 6-9 5-7 19, Ahmad 7-15 10-10 25, Allman
3-9 2-3 9, Smith 2-2 2-2 8, Heinzl 1-1 0-0 2,
Clare 0-0 0-0 0, Venzant 0-0 0-0 0, Awosika 4-6
3-4 11, Ramos 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-49 26-31
88.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT—Williams 0-6 0-0 0,
Markusson 3-4 2-2 8, Batemon 10-16 8-9 29,
McClendon 2-3 2-2 8, Haney 4-11 0-0 10, Scott
5-12 3-4 13, Simmons 1-1 0-0 2, Gipson 2-5 0-0
5, Johansson 0-1 0-0 0, Allen 1-5 2-3 5. Totals
28-64 17-20 80.
Halftime—Cal St. Fullerton 43-33. A—933
(3,900).
WOMEN
AP TOP 25
No. 1 Connecticut 104, Duquesne 52
No. 10 Oregon 85, Hawaii 44
No. 16 Missouri 72, Illinois 55
SOUTHLAND
UC Irvine 84, Seattle 79
UC Santa Barbara 77, San Diego St. 64
Minnesota 101, UC Riverside 75
WEST
Oregon 85, Hawaii 44
Syracuse 69, Nevada Las Vegas 55
EAST
Brown 92, Boston U. 68
Delaware 71, Loyola (Md.) 38
George Washington 59, Monmouth (NJ) 45
Niagara 81, Colgate 44
Penn 84, Rhode Island 66
Connecticut 104, Duquesne 52
SOUTH
Abilene Christian 74, Old Dominion 60
High Point 75, W. Carolina 69
N. Kentucky 57, E. Tenn. St. 45
Radford 69, Towson 66
Samford 82, Troy 76
Tulane 67, UTEP 56
Brescia 105, St. Mary of the Woods 90
MIDWEST
Loyola of Chicago 57, Ill. Chicago 55
Michigan St. 83, Miss. Valley St. 64
Missouri 72, Illinois 55
Northwestern 74, E. Illinois 40
Oakland 69, Ark.-Pine Bluff 37
Washington St. 73, Nebraska 61
Xavier 70, Florida A&M 52
Gustavus 79, Coe 45
SOUTHWEST
SMU 65, McNeese St. 59
Tulsa 68, Arkansas St. 58
ROCKIES
BYU 75, Montana St. 54
feated 1962 national title team and
a member of the College Football
Hall of Fame, has died. He was 76.
USC said Bedsole died Friday in
Arizona after being in declining
health in recent years.
Adams, who will serve as the new
backup first baseman. The oneyear deal is worth $4 million. ...
Major League Baseball’s end-ofseason average salary topped
$4 million for the first time, according to final calculations released by
the players’ association.
The University of Oregon committed infractions in four athletic programs, including the men’s and
women’s basketball teams, the
NCAA has alleged. Men’s coach
Dana Altman and women’s coach
Kelly Graves are accused of exceeding the NCAA limit of four
coaches by allowing other staff
members to participate in team activities during practice. Meanwhile, a professor is accused of
changing a failing grade so a woman could stay on the track team.
The university acknowledged mistakes but said it plans to contest
the severity of the infractions.
Two former South American
soccer officials were convicted of
corruption charges at the first U.S.
trial stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal, while deliberations
will continue for a third official.
Brazil’s Jose Maria Marin and Paraguay’s Juan Angel Napout were
found guilty of the top count they
faced, racketeering conspiracy, as
well as wire fraud conspiracy. Jurors remained undecided about a
racketeering charge against Peru’s
Manuel Burga.
Russia lost two more medals
from Sochi because of doping. Albert Demchenko, a luger who won
two silver medals at the Sochi
Games, was among 11 athletes disqualified by the International
Olympic Committee and banned
for life.
Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano and the Arizona
Diamondbacks agreed to a twoyear, $6-million contract. The 33year-old could possibly compete to
be the team’s closer. ... The Nationals have finalized a deal with Matt
COLLEGE
FOOTBALL
Friday’s Results
Bahamas Bowl
At Nassau
Ohio U. 41, Ala. Birmingham 6
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
At Boise
Wyoming 37, C. Michigan 14
Today’s Schedule
Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl
South Florida (9-2) vs. Texas Tech (6-6), 9
a.m. (ESPN)
Armed Forces Bowl
At Fort Worth
San Diego St. (10-2) vs. Army (9-3), 12:30
p.m. (ESPN)
Dollar General Bowl
At Mobile, Ala.
Appalachian St. (8-4) vs. Toledo (11-2), 4
p.m. (ESPN)
FRIDAY’S SUMMARIES
Wyoming 37, C. Michigan 14
Cent. Michigan...............7 0 7 0—14
Wyoming.....................21 6 3 7—37
First Quarter
WYO—Scott 23 pass from Allen (Rothe kick),
7:55
WYO—Conway 11 pass from Allen (Rothe
kick), 4:38
CMC—Ward 74 pass from Morris (Armstrong
kick), 3:10
WYO—Johnson 45 pass from Allen (Rothe
kick), 1:09
Second Quarter
WYO—FG Rothe 27, 13:48
WYO—FG Rothe 28, 4:57
Third Quarter
WYO—FG Rothe 20, 5:15
CMC—Ward 3 run (Armstrong kick), 3:08
Fourth Quarter
WYO—Granderson 58 fumble return (Rothe
kick), 11:23
Attendance—16,512.
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: C. Michigan, Ward 12-29, Poljan
4-15, Wyoming, Overstreet 21-85, Woods 9-19.
PASSING: C. Michigan, Morris 23-39-4-329,
Poljan 3-4-0-17. Wyoming, Allen 11-19-0-154.
RECEIVING: C. Michigan, Ward 7-109, Ty.Conklin 7-98, Chapman 5-70. Wyoming, Johnson 363, Conway 3-29.
Ohio U. 41, Ala. Birmingham 6
Ala. Birmingham ...........0 3 3 0— 6
Ohio...........................13 14 14 0—41
First Quarter
OHI—Knock 2 pass from Rourke (Zervos kick),
8:41
OHI—White 56 pass from Rourke (kick failed),
3:40
Second Quarter
OHI—D.Brown 74 run (Zervos kick), 12:26
UAB—FG Vogel 34, 7:28
OHI—D.Brown 9 run (Zervos kick), 1:16
Third Quarter
UAB—FG Vogel 25, 10:46
OHI—D.Brown 25 run (Zervos kick), 7:45
OHI—D.Brown 14 run (Zervos kick), 4:05
Attendance—13,585.
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: UAB, S.Brown 13-37, Noble 5-32,
Erdely 5-. Ohio U., D.Brown 12-152, Ross 6-39,
Rourke 3-30.
PASSING: UAB, Erdely 24-45-0-254. Ohio,
Meyer 1-1-0-15, Rourke 12-18-0-185.
RECEIVING: UAB, Wilson 6-58, R.Turner 4-67.
Ohio, Meyer 6-50, White 4-106, Mangen 1-24.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—UAB, Vogel 48.
NFL STANDINGS
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
West
RAMS
Seattle
Arizona
San Francisco
North
y-Minnesota
Detroit
Green Bay
Chicago
South
New Orleans
Carolina
Atlanta
Tampa Bay
East
y-Philadelphia
Dallas
Washington
N.Y. Giants
W
10
8
6
4
W
11
8
7
4
W
10
10
9
4
W
12
8
6
2
L
4
6
8
10
L
3
6
7
10
L
4
4
5
10
L
2
6
8
12
T
0
0
0
0
T
0
0
0
0
T
0
0
0
0
T
0
0
0
0
Pct. PF PA
.714 438 272
.571 321 294
.429 246 337
.286 253 337
Pct. PF PA
.786 343 242
.571 358 339
.500 309 333
.286 234 294
Pct. PF PA
.714 401 282
.714 331 286
.643 318 282
.286 285 336
Pct. PF PA
.857 438 279
.571 336 311
.429 305 359
.143 228 355
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
West
W L
Kansas City
8 6
CHARGERS
7 7
Oakland
6 8
Denver
5 9
North
W L
y-Pittsburgh
11 3
Baltimore
8 6
Cincinnati
5 9
Cleveland
0 14
South
W L
x-Jacksonville 10 4
Tennessee
8 6
Houston
4 10
Indianapolis
3 11
East
W L
y-New England 11 3
Buffalo
8 6
Miami
6 8
N.Y. Jets
5 9
T
0
0
0
0
T
0
0
0
0
T
0
0
0
0
T
0
0
0
0
Pct. PF PA
.571 359 302
.500 311 255
.429 281 324
.357 254 328
Pct. PF PA
.786 344 278
.571 345 256
.357 233 305
.000 207 362
Pct. PF PA
.714 374 209
.571 296 319
.286 319 380
.214 225 368
Pct. PF PA
.786 395 274
.571 264 306
.429 252 342
.357 285 342
x-clinched playoff spot; y-division
Today’s Schedule
Indianapolis at Baltimore, 1:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Green Bay, 5:30
Sunday’s Schedule
RAMS at Tennessee, 10 a.m.
CHARGERS at N.Y. Jets, 10
Cleveland at Chicago, 10
Atlanta at New Orleans, 10
Denver at Washington, 10
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 10
Miami at Kansas City, 10
Detroit at Cincinnati, 10
Buffalo at New England, 10
Jacksonville at San Francisco, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at Arizona, 1:15 p.m.
Seattle at Dallas, 1:15 p.m.
Monday’s Schedule
Pittsburgh at Houston, 1:30 p.m.
Oakland at Philadelphia, 5:30
SOCCER
INTERNATIONAL
ENGLAND
Premier League
Arsenal 3, Liverpool 3
SPAIN
La Liga
Betis 0, Athletic Bilbao 2
Espanyol 1, Atletico 0
ITALY
Serie A
Chievo 2, Bologna 3
Cagliari 0, Fiorentina 1
TRANSACTIONS
BASEBALL
Dodgers—Claimed pitcher Henry Owens off
waivers from Arizona.
Arizona—Agreed to terms with pitcher
Yoshihisa Hirano on a two-year contract.
Chicago White Sox—Claimed pitcher Jose
Ruiz off waivers from San Diego.
Washington—Agreed to terms with first baseman-outfielder Matt Adams on a one-year contract.
PRO FOOTBALL
NFL—Fined Oakland running back Marshawn
Lynch $24,309, for yelling at a game official; San
Francisco defensive end Elvis Dumervil $18,231,
for roughing the passer; Buffalo linebacker Deon
Lacey, Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph
and Arizona guard Alex Boone, $18,231 each, for
horsecollar tackles; N.Y. Giants wide receiver
Sterling Shepard $12,154 for yelling at an official
and being penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct; Seattle safety Delano Hill $12,154 for
throwing punches at the Rams' Mike Thomas;
Rams linebacker Robert Quinn and Washington
safety D.J. Swearinger $12,154 each for receiving
unsportsmanlike conduct penalties; San Francisco defensive back Eric Reid (unnecessary
roughness), Rams cornerback Nickell RobeyColeman (unnecessary roughness), N.Y. Jets
linebacker David Bass (facemask), Kansas City
running back Charcandrick West (chop block)
and Atlanta safety Ricardo Allen (late hit out of
bounds) each $9,115.
Arizona—Signed
linebacker
Edmond
Robinson to the practice squad; put wide receiver Carlton Agudosi on the practice squad injured reserve list.
Cincinnati—Put linebacker Nick Vigil on injured reserve; signed offensive tackle Kent
Perkins from the practice squad.
Green Bay—Signed linebacker Reggie Gilbert
from the practice squad; put cornerback Demetri
Goodson on injured reserve.
Oakland—Signed linebacker Brady Sheldon
from the practice squad and offensive lineman
Ian Silberman from Cleveland’s practice squad;
put guard-center Jon Feliciano and offensive
tackle Donald Penn on injured reserve.
Tennessee—Signed cornerback Demontre
Hurst; put cornerback LeShaun Sims on injured
reserve.
Washington—Put offensive tackle Trent
Williams on injured reserve; signed running back
Dare Ogunbowale from the practice squad.
HOCKEY
Calgary—Called up defenseman Rasmus
Andersson from Stockton (AHL); put defenseman Travis Hamonic on injured reserve.
SOCCER
Major League Soccer—Suspended New York
midfielder Sacha Kljestan an additional game
and increased his undisclosed fine for his role in
a halftime incident with Toronto FC.
New York—Signed midfielder Vincent
Bezecourt.
Sky Blue FC (NWSL)—Announced that forward Leah Galton had signed with FC Bayern Munich Women.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
E. Tenn. St.—Dismissed guard Andre Edwards
for being academically ineligible.
New Jersey City—Hired Jourdan Roberson as
acting women's coach.
Seton Hall—Suspended forward Ismael
Sanogo for violating team and university rules.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Fordham—Hired Joe Conlin as coach.
Louisville—Announced that junior cornerback
Jaire Alexander will enter the NFL draft.
Tennessee Tech—Hired Dewayne Alexander
as coach
Texas—Suspended sophomore wide receiver
Lil'Jordan Humphrey, freshman running back
Toneil Carter and junior tight end Garrett Gray for
a violation of team rules.
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How to
deliver
a warm,
giving
spirit
‘Call the Midwife’ is
built around life’s
cycles. And charity.
Great for Christmas.
By Mary McNamara
For much of its early life,
“Call the Midwife” lived in the
period-drama shadow of its
more glamorous PBS cousin
“Downton Abbey.” How
could a group of young, shirtwaisted midwives bicycling
through London’s East End
in the early days of the National Health Service ever
hope to compete with the bejeweled and Georgian splendor of the Crawley family and
its fabled manse?
By outliving it, of course,
including and especially during this most festive time of
year.
Where once the “Downton
Abbey” Christmas special
enthralled audiences on both
sides of the Atlantic, now
“Call the Midwife” tops many
“best holiday specials” lists
(along with the venerable
and
inevitable
“Doctor
Who”), and longevity is not
the reason.
Tradition is certainly a
factor, as are heartstrings,
which, going into its seventh
season, “Call the Midwife”
continues to pluck as deftly
as any tabernacle harpist.
With its ongoing story line of
birth and death, the story of
Nonnatus House, in which
dwell both ambitious young
women and the wise Anglican sisters who oversee them,
has a natural inclination
toward sentiment. Many series attempt to lean Dickensian in December, but the midwives’ milieu — among the
urban poor and disenfranchised — makes the themes
of charity, forgiveness and
love a more a natural fit.
Especially this year’s
Christmas Day episode,
which takes place during the
Big Freeze of 1962-63, the
worst English winter in 200
years. Originally based on the
memoirs of Jennifer Worth,
the series long ago outstripped its source material
and now has moved into the
1960s, which means the opening credit images are now colorized and the East End is
not quite as destitute as it
once was. Still, a series of blizzards quickly brings things to
a frigid standstill as the denizens of Nonnatus and their
Poplar neighborhood cope
with lack of heat, interrupted
milk
deliveries,
frozen
plumbing and increasing fatalities.
[See ‘Midwife,’ E2]
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
“THEY’RE ALL lessons. I’m still in film school, honestly,” says director Alexander Payne of his projects, including “Downsizing.”
Not afraid to go low
Alexander Payne’s sharp eye imagines the future in ‘Downsizing’
BY JOSH ROTTENBERG >>> With his new film “Downsizing,”
in theaters Friday, Alexander Payne — the director of such
critically acclaimed, sharp-edged comedies as “Election,”
“About Schmidt,” “Sideways” and “The Descendants” — is
going big by going small.
Set in a near-future in which scientists hoping to avert a
global environmental catastrophe have figured out how to
shrink people down to 5 inches in size, the film centers on a
mild-mannered Midwestern Everyman named Paul
Safranek (Matt Damon). After undergoing the miniaturization procedure, Safranek meets a similarly Liliputian but
fiery-spirited disabled Vietnamese dissident named Ngoc
Lan Tran (Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee Hong
Chau) and sets off on a profoundly life-changing adventure.
You know, one of those movies.
With a reported $68-million budget, the sci-fi social satire
represents an audacious gamble both for Payne and Paramount Pictures, which is releasing it.
“[The film’s success] depends on whether enough people
want to see something that’s just a little challenging, that’s
still fun but gives them something to think about,” said
Payne’s longtime collaborator, Jim Taylor, [See Payne, E2]
Making a western resonate now
Sophie Mutevelian
GLOWING cast mem-
bers Helen George, left,
and Charlotte Ritchie.
Wes Studi finds that art
imitates life in his new film
‘Hostiles’ and waits for
Hollywood to move past
Native American clichés.
By Josh Rottenberg
A holiday song’s
many meanings
Donny Hathaway’s
“This Christmas”
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Growing up in rural Oklahoma,
speaking only the Cherokee language until age 5, Wes Studi didn’t
exactly see Hollywood as the most
obvious career path. By the time he
started working in movies, he was
already in his 40s — but it didn’t
take him long to make an impact.
Since breaking out in 1990’s
“Dances With Wolves” and as the
fierce Huron warrior Magua in
1992’s “Last of the Mohicans,” Studi
has earned acclaim for his work in
movies like “Geronimo: An American Legend,” “Heat,” “The New
World” and “Avatar,” as well as TV
projects like “Bury My Heart at
Wounded Knee” and “Penny
Dreadful.”
In director Scott Cooper’s brutal western “Hostiles,” in theaters
Friday, Studi plays Yellow Hawk,
an ailing Cheyenne war chief who is
reluctantly escorted to his tribal
homeland to die by a bigoted Army
captain (Christian Bale). Studi,
who lives in Santa Fe, spoke with
The Times about the film, Native
Americans in Hollywood, the persistence of prejudice and his dream
of being a grumpy old man.
[See Wes Studi, E4]
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
WES STUDI stars in the grim “Hostiles” with Christian Bale.
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Director: ‘I’m here for the movies’
[Payne, from E1]
who co-wrote the screenplay
with him. “It’s sort of like
whether you’re having a Big
Mac or something that
might introduce some different tastes to your palate.”
On a recent morning,
Payne, 56, sat on the deck of
the Topanga Canyon home
he shares with his wife and
their 3-month-old daughter,
seeming remarkably relaxed
as he sipped a cup of herbal
tea. Asked how he was feeling with the release of the
biggest movie of his career
just days away, the filmmaker — whose wry sense of
humor is as evident in person as in his work —
shrugged.
“Curious,” he said. “It’s
out of my hands. We went to
Sears and bought it its little
back-to-school outfits and
got it a fresh haircut, and it’s
now off to school.”
This movie has been a long
time coming. You first tried
to get it made almost a
decade ago, right?
Look, I’m not going to
complain. War, poverty and
injustice are difficult. This is
— we should hope for such
problems. But it was timeconsuming to get financing.
One studio chief said to me,
“It’s too intelligent for the
money you’re asking for.” I
don’t fault them. It’s the
business they’re in. And
with this economic model
and in these times, they
know they have to dumb
down smart things in order
to put more butts in seats.
It came down to one —
count them, one — studio
chief [late former Paramount head Brad Grey]
who said, “I know it doesn’t
make sense on paper, but
we’re going to make it anyway.” Which is how good
movies get made and always
have: from the gut instinct
of the financiers, not just by
committee and research.
My whole career has
been like this. I’m considered to some degree a successful director working in
Hollywood, making films
my way but using studio
financing. But with almost
every single one, I get
praised up the wazoo by
people who never would
have financed the films. It’s:
“Gee, this movie is so new
and different — what do you
want to do next?” “This.”
“Oh, that’s too new and
different.”
The premise of a future in
which people can be shrunk
down to 5 inches tall seems
simple, but the plot goes off
in totally unpredictable
directions. What was the
key to cracking the screenplay?
The vehicle: What’s the
story and who’s the protagonist? It could be anything. It
could be a family of poor
Hmongs. It could be a corporate CEO. But we chose
that archetype that we’ve
used before: the schnook
from Omaha.
We’ve always approached screenplays and
so forth with, “How would it
really happen?” Not “What’s
the movie version?” but
“What’s the real-life version?” Then we just follow
our noses.
Between the sci-fi premise
and the bigger budget,
“Downsizing” is being
characterized as a depar-
George Kraychyk
A MILD-MANNERED Midwesterner (Matt Damon), left, takes the leap into a small world in “Downsizing.” Christoph Waltz costars.
Bob Akester Paramount Pictures
Merie W. Wallace Fox Searchlight Pictures
“ELECTION,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broder-
PAYNE’S 2004 wine-country satire “Sideways,” with Thomas
ick, shows off director Alexander Payne’s sharp-edged humor.
Haden Church, left, and Paul Giamatti, earned critical acclaim.
ture from your previous
movies. Do you see it that
way?
I don’t think so. There’s
just more of it. It does what
science-fiction premises do
— it gives you a “what-if ”
prism to look at the contemporary world with a wack on
the side of the head. But it’s
a comedy.
People have had very different reactions to Hong
Chau’s character. Some see
her as the soul of the movie,
but other people feel like
the film scores laughs at
her broken English in a way
that makes them uncomfortable. Were you surprised by those reactions?
I was completely surprised and puzzled. None of
that ever occurred to any of
us while conceiving, casting,
shooting and editing the
film. She was a character
conceived and executed
with tenderness.
I’ve never seen a onelegged, monomaniacal,
Christian, Vietnamese
activist-dissident who’s 5
inches tall. I don’t know
what’s stereotypical about
that.
More than with any of your
previous movies, the reviews for “Downsizing”
have been all over the map.
Do you read reviews?
I read reviews of critics I
respect and feel I can learn
something from. Right now
there are a lot of bottomfeeder critics who just have
access to a computer and
don’t necessarily have an
academic or cinema background that I can detect, so
I tend to ignore that and
stay with the same top-tier
critics that I’ve come to
respect. I like reading a good
review — it doesn’t have to
be favorable, but a wellthought-out one — because
I very much appreciate the
relationship of directors and
critics.
I remember Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street
Journal panned [Payne’s
1996 directorial debut]
“Citizen Ruth.” I met him
four or five years later, and I
shook his hand and said,
“I’m Alexander Payne. I
made ‘Citizen Ruth.’ I want
you to know, I agree with
your review.”
Just because I make
them doesn’t mean I think
they’re great. I just make
them, and then when I’m
done with them I’m just a
filmgoer like I always am.
They’re all lessons. I’m still
in film school, honestly. And
this one is just a dry run for
whatever the next one is.
You said in an interview
recently that you’re not
sure if “Downsizing” is
“fierce enough for 2017.” Do
you feel like it’s getting
harder to do satire given
how increasingly insane
real life is becoming?
I don’t know. I don’t do it
every day — I’m not doing
“The Daily Show” or “Colbert.” It’s a larger question
for me: Does cinema have
the power to jolt or to shock?
Were “A Clockwork Orange” or “Blue Velvet” released today, would they
have the same power to
shock that they had when
they came out? Are we too
inured by that torrent of
images and the ridiculousness of modern political
life, so that nothing shocks
us anymore? What does it
take to shock someone
today — or at least jolt
them? I don’t have an answer. I’m just asking the
question.
— which I don’t. I write out
of desperation, because I
never get a script I like,
other than “Nebraska.”
It’s a matter of: What’s
the screenplay? Is it intelligent? Is it human? I don’t
care what genre, what scale.
I’m here for the movies.
There’s been a trend in
recent years of directors
making the leap from small
indie films to giant studio
tentpoles. Have you gotten
those kinds of offers?
I don’t get those calls. I
think I’m past my shelf-life
on the young, white, male
hotshot who gets the sudden golden ticket. And it can
bite them in the ass. The
poor chap they tapped to do
“Fantastic Four” — everybody got burned. But now
you’ve got Rian Johnson,
who’s got a tremendous
success [with “Star Wars:
The Last Jedi”].
I’d love to be a directorfor-hire and get a nice paycheck and captain one of
those big ships, but I think
[studios] mistakenly think I
want to write what I direct
You’re about to release
a movie that envisions
the end of the world, and
at the same time you just
had a baby. How do you
square those things in your
head?
[laughs] What am I
supposed to do: not have
kids when all these other ...
are having kids? It’s just
one.
[dryly] Anyway, we’re in
the sweet spot of global
warming. The weather is
quite delightful right now.
Forty or 50 years from now is
going to be a different story,
but I say right now we just
enjoy it — and maybe with
the movie get a few laughs
out of the deal.
josh.rottenberg@
latimes.com
‘Call the Midwife’
delivers holiday spirit
[‘Midwife’ from E1]
With the series’ signature
mix of plot lines lighthearted
and grave, Nurse Phyllis
(Linda Bassett) engages in a
match of wits with a crusty
policeman while Nonnatus
newbie Valerie Dyer (Jennifer
Kirby) comes to the aid of a
young couple living in a caravan, and new mother Shelagh (Laura Main) wiggles
into her girdle so she can return to work early and help
out her beleaguered spouse,
the tireless Dr. Turner
(Stephen McGann).
But even as she continues
to enlist Vanessa Redgrave to
deliver, via voice-over, a gentle benediction at the beginning and end of each episode,
“Midwife” creator Heidi
Thomas has never shied
from the darker elements
and events of women’s lives,
including destitution, incest,
dementia, alcoholism, abortion, homophobia and racism. In this episode, Sister
‘Call the
Midwife’
holiday special
Where: KOCE
When: 9 p.m. Monday
Rating: TV-14 (may be
unsuitable for children
under the age of 14)
Julienne (Jenny Agutter) attempts to heal the festering
emotional wounds of domestic and sexual abuse.
Yes, there is sentiment
and the seasonal overreliance on love as the solution to
all things, but there is also the
frank acknowledgment that
terrible
things
happen,
sometimes for no reason but
sometimes because a system
— social, political, spiritual —
is broken and must be fixed.
That this episode, like most
in the series, ends on a note of
hope and community does
not negate its presentation of
other, less festive realities, including hopelessness and
abuse.
Over the years, many
things have changed on “Call
the Midwife” — the character
who stood in for Worth has
gone, as have Miranda Hart’s
hilarious Chummy and Pam
Ferris’ cantankerous Sister
Evangelina. But many things
have not. Agutter’s Sister Julienne remains a unique balance of kindness and insistence, Sister Monica Joan
(Judy Parfitt) continues to
thread wisdom with wildeyed self-indulgence, and
Poplar continues to be a
place where the harshness of
real life is soothed by the recognition that miracles, large
and small, really do happen.
Especially at Christmas.
mary.mcnamara
@latimes.com
Twitter: @marymacTV
Sophie Mutevelian
THE CAST of “Call the Midwife” includes Laura Main, whose character is the
wife of a doctor in London’s East End. She comes to his aid in a Christmas special.
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Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
WORK on the MOCA piece by MacArthur Founda-
tion fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby begins Jan. 2
MOCA to be
artist’s canvas
The museum’s facade
will feature Njideka
Akunyili Crosby’s
intricate collage work.
By Carolina A.
Miranda
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
has had a big year. The Los
Angeles-based
painter,
known for creating intricately collaged domestic
scenes that evoke visual elements of her native Nigerian culture, was named a
MacArthur Foundation fellow in October.
Now she’s getting even
bigger. Literally.
Next month, the artist
will install a block-long work
of art at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles — a piece that will wrap
the museum’s entire facade.
She is only the second artist
to create such a work; the
first was installed by L.A.
painter Jonas Wood one year
ago.
Akunyili Crosby, says
MOCA assistant curator
Lanka Tattersall, “makes
work that resonates with the
global, hybrid identities of so
many residents of Los Angeles, and in the world at large
today.”
The new project at
MOCA, she adds, “is as rich
with references to contemporary life as it is with vibrant patterns.”
The artist is known for
depicting intimate familial
settings with layers of paint,
photographs and found images — the latter of which are
often drawn from news clippings and Nigerian lifestyle
magazines. These she frequently bathes in tinted
washes, giving the images a
nostalgic feel.
“It’s like a faint, faded
memory of a place I used to
know, a place I used to live
in,” she told The Times’
Deborah Vankin in November.
Installation of Akunyili
Crosby’s facade piece is
scheduled to begin Jan. 2
and is expected to take
about a week.
carolina.miranda
@latimes.com
Twitter: @cmonstah
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WES STUDI portrays an ailing war chief alongside Q’orianka Kilcher in director Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles.”
Not a ‘normal’ western
[Wes Studi, from E1]
You’ve been in more than a
few westerns over the
years. What appealed to
you about this script when
you read it?
I think the story has
something to say beyond
the violence, beyond the
love story, beyond the normal western story. There
was also something I hadn’t
done before, which was
playing a person who is
slowly dying and knows that
he is slowly dying. What is it
like to be slowly dying, to
know that you only have a
certain amount of days
before you? I really don’t
know. But at my age it’s
getting nearer — the real
thing of dying — and I always wonder about people
who get to the point where
they can truthfully say, “I do
not fear death.”
Your character speaks
Cheyenne throughout the
film. How big a challenge
was that?
I had used Cheyenne to a
certain extent a number of
years ago when I played
Black Kettle [in the 2005
TNT miniseries “Into the
West”] but not to this extent. It’s a difficult language.
I like to think I have a little
edge on it because I’m willing to experiment with
different sounds and my
tongue is capable of speaking Cherokee, which has a
lot of sounds that are made
differently. But as far as
understanding goes, that
part is difficult. It’s phonetics. You’re just making the
sounds.
When you were growing up,
it was the heyday of the
western, but Native American roles were frequently
played by white actors, and
the characters were often
stereotypes. Did you see a
place for yourself in that
genre as a kid?
There was one real Indian that we all recognized
when I was a kid, and that
was Jay Silverheels. We saw
him on a weekly basis [as
Tonto] on “The Lone Ranger.”
One time I asked my
dad, “How does somebody
get into the acting business?” He was fairly dismissive. He told me, “You have
to be 6 feet tall and blondhaired and blue-eyed to be
in movies and on television.” And at that point it
was fairly true — except for
Jay Silverheels. And that
was a source of pride for
everyone.
In the ’70s, with movies
like “Little Big Man,” westerns began to have a little
different flavor, and I think
casting people and filmmakers began to realize,
“Hey, maybe we can get a
little more authentic in
terms of who we cast here.”
That kind of opened up the
gates. Chief Dan George,
Will Sampson and Jay Silverheels all kind of got the
ball rolling.
Then it became cyclical.
In the ’80s, we all kind of
disappeared — I guess we
went off to disco or something. [laughs] We didn’t
show up again until into the
’90s with “Dances With
Wolves.” Now I think more
and more people are becoming involved and beginning to make films with
their own ideas. We’re just
looking for the first big
crossover film that is Native
American-themed and
written and produced and
everything.
“Hostiles” deals with
themes of intolerance and
misunderstanding that feel
very relevant to the polarized climate we’re in now.
Did you have a sense of how
that might resonate when
you were shooting the film?
When we were shooting,
we were all fairly complacent about politics. Last
November, we were very
close to finishing the movie
when we began to hear how
the [presidential] polls were
slanted one way or another.
Then kaboom — everything
changed.
I think almost every
western has to take into
consideration what the
world is like at the present
time. What “Hostiles” deals
with is that there comes a
time when enemies have to
take into consideration
coming together, especially
when there’s another common enemy. There is always
some point in time when
your particular trajectory in
life may have to make a turn
and adjust.
I think the movie is extremely reflective of how
polarized things were in 1890
between these people and is
also a good comparison with
where we are now. Art imitates life.
While we’re on politics, as a
Native American, what
went through your head
when you saw President
Trump make one of his
“Pocahontas” cracks at
that ceremony last month
honoring surviving Navajo
code talkers?
I see a person who
doesn’t realize that Pocahontas was an actual historical figure. And when I see
something like that, it’s
actually reminiscent of
some people that I grew up
around.
I came from a family that
was pretty insularly Cherokee. We kept to ourselves —
the white people were there
and we were here and it was
practically a segregated
kind of thing. The patronization that they practiced
on us — saying, like, “These
are our Indians” — that’s
exactly what [Trump] was
doing. It’s the same old
patronizing, pompous way
of dealing with us like we’re
less than him. To me, it was
just infuriating.
I thought it was just
indicative of an attitude
that had been worked on
and was slowly disappearing — and I think it still is.
But it’s still hidden away in
places and has been encouraged to come out and display itself more. That’s an
out-and-out shame. But
we’ll figure out a way forward again.
Do you have any roles or
types of movies that you’ve
never done before on your
personal bucket list?
The western has always
been for me the bread and
butter. It’s the easiest place
for an identifiable Native
American to be able to work.
But I do yearn to be known
as an actor rather than a
“Native American actor.”
I’ve had some non-ethnicspecific roles that have
allowed me to do that, and I
continue to look for those
kinds of roles, as well as
filmmakers who are willing
to take a chance.
I want to do an old curmudgeon movie, like Morgan Freeman and the boys
do. [laughs] An old-codger
comedy — that’s what I
want to do.
josh.rottenberg
@latimes.com
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It’s here this and every Christmas
Donny Hathaway’s
‘This Christmas’ is a
staple now but slipped
away for a long time.
By Christopher
Borrelli
There is a moment every
Christmas season when
Donny Hathaway’s “This
Christmas” brings water to
my eyes.
It doesn’t happen with
the Chris Brown version
(though many a millennial
will insist, disturbingly, that
it’s the definitive version).
And have you ever heard the
John Travolta and Olivia
Newton-John cover? It generates tears for other reasons. But on the Emotional
Resonance Holiday Scale,
the Hathaway original lands
a singular blow. It’s almost
stealthy in its effect. For
years I didn’t see this coming; now I see it’s inevitable:
Late in the season, long after
exhaustion has set in, just as
I’m convinced Christmas is
no longer worth the hassle,
“This Christmas” seems to
waft from the walls.
The rest is clockwork.
A surge of strings, a blast
of horns, Hathaway’s honeyed delivery:
And THIS! CHRIST!
MAS! / Will be! / A very special CHRIST! MAS!
For me-eeeeee, YEAH!
Cue the waterworks.
When it’s over, I often sit
back and say out loud like a
crazy person: “The best
Christmas
song.”
Not
“White Christmas,” not
“Blue Christmas.” THIS!
CHRIST! MAS!
Chicago-based
music
writer Aaron Cohen, finishing up a social history of soul
music in Chicago (out in 2018
from the University of Chicago Press), told me, “Well,
actually, I consider it the
first great Christmas song.”
Lawrence Ware, co-director of the Center for Africana
Studies at Oklahoma State
University, who recently listened to “This Christmas”
and its cover versions for 48
straight hours for a Slate
story, said: “ ‘This Christmas’ is the best — it’s original, it comes distinctly from
the black experience and it
feels like you’re hearing it for
the first time, every time.”
See? Me, this guy in Oklahoma, Aaron Cohen and
probably Olivia NewtonJohn agree: “This Christmas,” greatest Christmas
song ever.
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Have Yourself a
Merry Little Christmas” nail
the melancholy; Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” has the carefree
silliness; and Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” gets the heart-tugging
plea for peace. Only “This
Christmas” captures it all —
and a bit of sex.
Its history speaks to a
Midwestern experience in
ways you likely never realized. It was written during
Stephen Verona Getty Images
DONNY HATHAWAY released “This Christmas” in 1970. It didn’t do too well initially but surged in the ’90s.
the Great Blizzard of 1967 by
a postal worker with Nat
King Cole on the brain, singing to herself and her coworkers to pass the time,
soaking in the boredom of
sorting mail as Christmas
carols are piped into the office all day.
By the time it was recorded in 1970, intentions had
changed: Hathaway wanted
“This Christmas” to be the
first pointedly black Christmas carol — “a perpetual
black standard,” said Ric
Powell, Hathaway’s old
friend and business partner.
Hathaway’s reputation was
ascending then, and now, 47
years later, as music writer
Emily Lordi puts it, “for an
artist to cite Donny Hathaway as an influence signals a
kind of understanding, not
necessarily embraced by a
white music-listening public, of feeling and virtuosity.”
Hathaway’s ambitions, and
vulnerabilities, are heard in
Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, Common, Amy
Winehouse. Yet Hathaway
himself remains overlooked,
his legacy uncertain.
Which is nothing new.
Even in 1979, when
Hathaway
died
under
murky circumstances, “This
Christmas,” now his most
popular song, was not mentioned in either his New York
Times or Ebony obituaries;
the Chicago Tribune didn’t
even run an obit. The song,
like Hathaway, was a cult
item and had fallen into obscurity. Or perhaps, slumber. As Jesse Jackson eulogized at his funeral, geniuses
die young but “get there faster, their impact penetrates,
goes deeper.”
Arguably, aside from
“This Christmas,” these
days the best-known thing
about Donny Hathaway
may be the way that he died.
Late on a January evening in
New York, after a dinner at
the home of singer Roberta
Flack, with whom he had
performed his biggest hits,
Hathaway returned to his
hotel on Central Park. What
happened next will likely never be entirely explained:
Hathaway probably removed safety glass from a
window, then double-bolted
the door. Then, apparently,
he threw himself out the window. He fell 15 stories and
landed on a second-floor extension. He left no note or
will. His manager told the
Times only a few days later
that Hathaway would not
have committed suicide.
His history said differently. Hathaway was born in
Chicago. At 3, he was sent to
live in St. Louis with his
grandmother, Martha Pitts,
a renowned Midwestern
gospel singer and strict
guardian. He was raised in
the church and considered a
prodigy, performing as
“Donny Pitts, the Nation’s
Youngest Gospel Singer.”
He studied music at Howard
University in the 1960s,
where he built a reputation
as a music nerd, a forwardthinking arranger as comfortable in classical as soul.
(Cohen said Hathaway was
active in classical study
groups long after college.)
He played a while in Powell’s jazz trio but moved back
to Chicago to serve as the inhouse wunderkind producer-arranger-composersongwriter-musician at Curtis Mayfield’s Chicago studio
on South Stony Island Avenue. “Except Donny eventually felt Curtis wasn’t using
his talents fully,” Powell said.
Yet by the time Hathaway
signed with Atlantic, he had
built up so much goodwill
from the Chicago soul community — he often did ar-
rangements for free, Cohen
said — his first album was a
kind of local showcase.
Released in the summer
of 1970, “Everything Is Everything”
contained
“The
Ghetto,” his then-ubiquitous jam that would — until
“This Christmas,” decades
later — be Hathaway’s calling card. Like much of the album, it took a step forward
and back simultaneously,
seeming “to mock the very
concept of the treacherous
black ghetto,” Lordi writes
in “Donny Hathaway Live,”
her recent monograph on
the artist’s 1972 live album.
His debut was ambitious,
covering Nina Simone’s “To
Be Young, Gifted and Black”
and capturing the era’s push
for self-determination and
black power pride without
straying far from prayer, all
propelled by Hathaway’s
moody organ. It suggested
new directions for soul music (later expanded by Wonder, who cites Hathaway as
an influence). Lordi says
that Hathaway became a
“proto black singer-songwriter at a moment when
black male artists were not
doing that. If there is this impulse to align him with other
soul singers, the thing is
Donny wasn’t working on
behalf of some wider public
— if he was expanding the
possibilities of the black
male, he was also saying
‘This is my own thing.’ ”
“This Christmas,” then,
might seem a strange followup.
For starters, a Christmas
song is what a musician
tends to record once a career
is well-established, a novelty
number that (should luck
work out) turns into a perennial piggy bank. But in 1970,
Hathaway — involved in civil
rights politics at Howard
and active in Jesse Jackson’s
social justice group Operation PUSH — regarded
“This Christmas” as a
chance for an Afrocentric
take on the Great American
Christmas Songbook, a
genre then dominated by
composers like Irving Berlin
and Perry Como (with the
occasional
mainstream
standard from such African
Americans as Nat King Cole
and Eartha Kitt).
That said, Hathaway
hadn’t intended to record a
Christmas song. The song itself was written three years
earlier. Nadine McKinnor, a
Chicago postal worker who
kept a notebook full of lyrics,
would jot down songs as they
came to her. McKinnor, who
is now 76, lives in Chatham,
Ill. She said she didn’t have
civil rights in mind, and
though people hear sex —
Hang all the mistletoe / I’m
going to get to know you better / This Christmas — she
doesn’t hear more than flirtation. “I loved [Cole’s] ‘The
Christmas Song’ and was
trying to capture the swirl of
music, department store
windows, lights on the South
Side — Chicago at Christmas,” McKinnor said. “It’s
like I’m talking about a love
affair with the atmosphere
of the holiday. My kids were
little then, I was out shopping for toys, enjoying the
mood. It’s a romance with
the season.”
The line about “Fireside
blazing bright” was inspired
by the two fireplaces she
would sit in front of, shuttling between the homes
of her divorced parents. And
the line “Gonna get to
know you better”? Inspired
a bit by slight folk-pop
group Spanky and Our
Gang, which you might
remember from the 1968
AM-radio earworm “Like
to Get to Know You.”
She had never heard of
Hathaway.
She was hoping Andy
Williams would record the
song. But a boyfriend at the
time who was doing interior
design at Hathaway and
Powell’s offices overheard
them discussing a need for
new material; he recommended McKinnor, who offered them a few songs.
“This Christmas” was recorded in early fall at a studio (no longer there) on Ontario Street. “Watching
Donny work was like watching a designer,” McKinnor
remembers, “someone who
weaved threads and colors,
though here, sounds and
chord changes.”
Hathaway and Powell
produced the song. Musicians included such Chicago
staples as guitarist Phil Upchurch, saxophonist Willie
Henderson and trombonist
Louis Satterfield (who later
joined Earth, Wind & Fire).
Hathaway, who played keyboards and bass on the song,
brought a hand-drawn
sketch of the song’s architecture. Chicago Symphony
Orchestra members provided strings. The jaunty
bridge — dun-dun-dun duhduh dun dun dun duh-duh
dah — came from the theme
to “The Magnificent Seven,”
and Hathaway’s improvised
call to “Shake a hand, shake
a hand” came straight out of
his gospel days.
The result, said Lordi, is
Hathaway at his peak:
He died at 33. His Ebony
obit called him a “has-been.”
The other day McKinnor
met me at a Starbucks near
her home. Like the rest of us,
she hears “This Christmas”
constantly.
“I do wonder,” she said,
“do you think they play it on
the space station?”
Hathaway recorded only
two of her songs: “Take a
Love Song” (included on his
second album) and “This
Christmas,” which initially
was a flop, charting only on a
special Billboard Christmas
song count-down (reaching
No. 11). McKinnor, who had
long left the post office,
moved to Los Angeles and
was a receptionist for various corporations.
But the song remained
obscure — outside of black
communities.
By the mid-1990s, Hathaway was a cult influence on a
new generation of thoughtful, black singer-songwriters, from Lauryn Hill to
D’Angelo.
After
“This
Christmas” was included on
a reissue of an old record of
soul Christmas classics, the
cover versions started coming, most notably from
Brown.
Lalah Hathaway, Donny’s oldest daughter and a
multiple Grammy winner,
recently recorded her own
version for Spotify.
“It’s almost a rite of passage, especially for black
singers,” Ware said.
Borrelli is a Chicago
Tribune columnist.
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BRIDGE
By Frank Stewart
In a college football game
years ago, Tennessee vs. Auburn, it rained so hard that
gaining yardage on offense
was impossible. Throughout
the fourth quarter, Tennessee, holding the lead, punted
on first down.
A good defender knows
when he must win tricks in a
hurry (throw a long pass) or
when he should let declarer
struggle (punt).
In today’s deal, West
chooses a trump lead
against four hearts. South
wins with dummy’s king to
lead a diamond to his king.
When West takes the ace,
what should he lead?
Dummy is flat and weakish. Whatever losers declarer
has in his hand, he must inevitably lose — unless West
unwisely gets busy and
shifts to a spade or club,
helping declarer.
West should punt by
leading a second trump. If
South wins in dummy and finesses with the jack of clubs
next, West can take the
queen and continue a passive defense by leading his
last trump. South will go
down at least one.
Question: You hold: ♠ A
10 6 ♥ A 10 9 8 ♦ K 6 ♣ A K J 7.
South in today’s deal opened
2NT with this hand. Do you
agree with that call?
Answer: South’s range to
open 2NT may have been 20
or 21 points, but he upgraded
his hand because most of the
values were aces and kings,
and he had good intermediate spot cards. Many experts
would have done the same,
but I am reluctant to strain
to open 2NT — a space-con-
suming call that may impede the search for a good
game or slam.
South dealer
N-S vulnerable
NORTH
♠Q4
♥KQ73
♦ 10 8 7 2
♣652
WEST
EAST
♠J952
♠K873
♥654
♥J2
♦A5
♦QJ943
♣ Q 10 8 3
♣94
SOUTH
♠ A 10 6
♥ A 10 9 8
♦K6
♣AKJ7
SOUTH WEST
NORTH EAST
2 NT(!) Pass
3♣
Pass
3♥
Pass
4♥
All Pass
Opening lead — Choose it
2017, Tribune Media
Services
ASK AMY
Squabbling over the news
HOROSCOPE
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
Just because you can read
the signs doesn’t mean you
will follow them. You’re in
the mood to explore and find
your own way.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): The struggle is between
you and you today. Encourage yourself. You’re doing so
much that’s right.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
It’s time to take your idea
wider, keeping in mind that
there are people out there
who believe much, much differently from the way you do.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Clear the air in these last
days of the year. Argue and
persuade if you must, but ultimately compromise will
serve you best.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Regarding a rocky relationship:
Don’t give up unless you’re
truly unwilling to do things
differently. Change can still
happen.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
You’re disarming, and you’ll
be in the perfect company to
exercise your charms.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Since birds of a feather flock
together, you may be a part
of a truly impressive show
and tell today.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
A particular group isn’t going to get along unless
there’s someone in the middle to buffer the conversation. That person is you.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Look on the bright
side — not directly into the
sun, though. The best view
isn’t the extreme positive.
It’s a light filtered through
the clouds, trees and people
that exist in the real world.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): You have a strong intention, but it’s not overwhelming, which is better for you,
as it leaves room to work
with what others want.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Your thoughts can be as
feral and powerful as wild
horses, but behave differently and your thoughts will
calm down.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): Circumstances don’t define you. What defines you is
always your reaction to
these opportunities.
Today’s birthday (Dec.
23): Three weeks of luck will
change your mind. Your
needs are met, but this only
satisfies you if the ones
around you are doing well
too. You’ll dedicate yourself
to bringing up the whole
group. This quest makes
your life great, even magical.
January brings an exciting
discovery. Loved ones surprise and delight you. Virgo
and Aries adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 40, 33, 37,
1 and 26.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment. Previous
forecasts are at
latimes.com/horoscope.
Dear Amy: My mother has
some very problematic
views of the world. For instance, she assumes that
refugees are going to terrorize our country and that
women only gossip and tear
each other down. The thing
is, she is an immigrant herself from a Latin country.
When I explain to her how
problematic her thinking is,
she tells me one story about
something she saw that
backs up her claims.
I was privileged enough
to graduate from a private liberal arts school (through
scholarships). That experience opened my eyes to racism, sexism and other problems in our country and
around the world.
I visit my mother once a
week. We read the newspaper together start a dialogue about the never-ending stories about sexual assault and police brutality,
and it always ends in a fight.
I want to spend time with
my mother, but it’s hard to
listen to the things she says,
and I think it’s important for
me to explain to her what I
know and have learned.
How can I spend time
with my mom and talk about
these important issues without arguing?
Frustrated Daughter
Dear
Daughter:
You
should table your impulse to
educate your mother, for
now, and spend your time together getting to know her as
an adult.
Your mother is more than
the sum of her opinions regarding current events. She
is a person with a story of her
own.
I love it that you read the
newspaper together, but you
two might need a new routine that promotes togetherness. This might sound hokey, but working on a giant
jigsaw
puzzle
together
comes to mind. As you
hunch over the image, you
can talk and catch up. Try
asking open-ended questions and listening without
correcting.
Dear Amy: My husband
and I shop at a wonderful
grocery store that has selfdispensing machines for
nuts, candies, chocolates,
peanut butter and other nut
butters. Underneath these
machines is a tray. The shopper can take a pint plastic
container to fill. Often some
nuts or candies are spilled
onto the tray.
While we were shopping
in that aisle, an elderly woman scooped up a cup or so of
pecans that were spilled on
the tray, along with some
chocolate candies. She put
them in one of the store’s
plastic containers and put
them in a large bag she
carried. She said, “They just
throw these away, so I might
as well take them.”
What she did next blew us
away. She picked up a plastic
container lid and put it up to
the peanut butter machine,
scraping off the peanut butter from where it comes out
of the machine. She licked
the lid off, then used the
same lid to scrape off the nut
butters from the other two
dispensers, licking the lid off
after each one.
We were flabbergasted,
but we did not know what to
do. Should we have said
something to her? Should
we have told a store employee what happened?
Not Buying
the Nut Butters
Dear Not Buying: I would
have let the nut filching go,
but when it came to the nut
butters, you could have said,
“Ma’am, please. That’s not
sanitary.”
Understand that this
elderly person might have
cognitive or other health
problems affecting her behavior. You should definitely
have asked a clerk to assist
after the fact.
Send questions for Amy
Dickinson to askamy@
amydickinson.com.
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SPECIALS
America Salutes You and
Wall Street Rocks Present: Guitar Legends for
Heroes Country music’s
Trace Adkins hosts this
concert honoring military
veterans. Performers include Bon Jovi’s Richie
Sambora, ZZ Top’s Billy
Gibbons and Heart’s
Nancy Wilson. 8 p.m.
KTLA
MOVIES
Christmas Getaway “The
Last Ship” costars Bridget Regan and Travis Van
Winkle reunite for this 2017
holiday romance about a
newly single travel writer
who meets attractive widower (Van Winkle) and his
adorable young daughter
while on vacation. 8 p.m.
Hallmark Channel
The
Zookeeper’s
Wife
Based on Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book,
Niki Caro’s 2017 drama
chronicles how a Polish
couple (Jessica Chastain,
Johan Heldenberg) saved
the lives of hundreds of
Jews from the Nazis by
hiding them inside their
Warsaw zoo during World
War II. . 8 p.m. HBO
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original franchise
stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie
Fisher all return in J.J.
Abrams’ 2015 space opera
set 30 years after the
events of “Return of the
Jedi.” Daisy Ridley, John
Boyega and Adam Driver
also star. 8 p.m. Starz
A Royal Christmas “Party
of Five’s” Lacey Chabert
stars in this made-for-cable romantic fable about a
Philadelphia dressmaker
who meets a handsome
prince. 10 p.m. Hallmark
Channel
Xanadu Olivia NewtonJohn and Gene Kelly star
in this goofy 1980 fantasy
flick featuring music by
Newton-John,
Electric
Light Orchestra and Cliff
Richard. 11:15 p.m. TCM
Resident Evil (2002) 12:45
p.m. IFC
Fly Away Home (1996) 1 p.m.
KCOP
The Color Purple (1985) 1:20
p.m. BET
King of Kings (1961) 2 p.m.
TCM
Love Story (1970) 3 p.m.
KCOP
Anne Marie Fox Focus Features
JESSICA CHASTAIN
stars in the fact-based
2017 drama “The Zookeeper’s Wife” on HBO.
Resident Evil: Retribution
(2012) 3 p.m. IFC
The Hangover (2009) 3 p.m.
Spike
Smokey and the Bandit
(1977) 3:15 p.m. TMC
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
3:30 p.m. HBO
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) 4 p.m. KCET
Con Air (1997) 4:15 p.m.
Showtime
The Fifth Element (1997)
5 p.m. IFC
The Quiet Man (1952) 5 p.m.
TCM
TALK SHOWS
SATURDAY
Good Morning America (N)
7 a.m. KABC
SUNDAY
Good Morning America (N)
6 a.m. KABC
State of the Union With
Jake Tapper President
Trump’s first year in office,
the
Democrats’
plans: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); Trump’s first
year, 2018 politics: David
Axelrod, Mark McKinnon;
panel. (N) 6 and 9 a.m.
CNN
CBS News Sunday Morning
How a simple act of kindness can have life-changing impact; the history
restaurant servers’ uniforms; actress Donna
Reed’s letters to servicemen during WWII;
London company that
makes pointe shoes for
ballerinas; singer Petula
Clark; Christmas singalong with the Young People’s Chorus of New York
City. (N) 6:30 a.m. KCBS
Fox News Sunday With
Chris
Wallace
Marc
Short, White House Director of Legislative Affairs;
Benjamin L. Cardin (DMd.);
panel;
Morrill
Worcester, founder of
Wreaths Across America.
(N) 7 a.m. KTTV, 11 a.m.
Fox News Channel
Fareed Zakaria GPS “The
Next Big Idea”: Artificial
intelligence experts Andrew McAfee and Erik
Brynjolfsson; neuroscientist Lisa Genova, computer scientist Sebastian
Thrun; biographer Walter
Isaacson; chef Dan Barber. (N) 7 and 10 a.m. CNN
Face the Nation (N) 8 a.m.
KCBS
Meet the Press (N) 8 a.m.
KNBC, 3 p.m. MSNBC
This Week With George
Stephanopoulos Sen. Jeff
Flake (R-Ariz.); Rep.
Charlie Dent (R-Penn.);
roundtable. (N) 8 a.m.
KABC
Reliable Sources Trump
and the media, one year
in; PolitiFact’s “Lie of the
Year.” (N) 8 a.m. CNN
MediaBuzz (N) 8 a.m. Fox
News Channel
60 Minutes Two clergymen
save historic, sacred and
secular texts from destruction by ISIS in Iraq;
23-year-old baseball phenomenon Shohei Ohtani;
a Scottish island where
premium
single-malt
scotch whiskies are made.
(N) 7 p.m. KCBS
SPORTS
College football Texas Tech
plays South Florida in the
Birmingham Bowl, Army
battles San Diego State in
the Armed Forces Bowl,
and Appalachian State
takes on Toledo in the
Dollar General Bowl.
9 a.m., 12:30 and 4 p.m.
ESPN
College basketball The
UCLA Bruins challenge
the Kentucky Wildcats in
this year’s CBS Sports
Classic. 1 p.m. CBS
Hockey
The
Anaheim
Ducks play the Pittsburgh
Penguins and the Kings
visit the San Jose Sharks.
4 and 7 p.m. FSN
Basketball The Clippers
meet the Memphis Grizzlies and the Lakers host
the Portland Trail Blazers. 5 p.m. FS Prime; 6:30
p.m. SPST
Football The Green Bay
Packers welcome the Minnesota Vikings to Lambeau Field. 5:20 p.m. NBC
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Dialogue starts with gusto
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RESTAURANT CRITIC
One of the best things I’ve ever
eaten was a pressed squab that was
part of the Hunt menu at Chicago’s
restaurant Next, a bloody, barely
roasted bird whose breasts and legs
were ceremoniously carved off by a
chef at a tableside cart, and its carcass was put into a huge, handcranked press to be squeezed like an
orange. Ten minutes later, the finished dish and its dense sauce, famously one of the most glamorous
preparations of Escoffier, were
brought out from the kitchen.
I bring this up because Dialogue,
a new tasting-menu restaurant in
Santa Monica, is the current project
of Dave Beran, who was then the
chef at Next, and right in the middle
of the intimate open kitchen is exactly the gleaming duck press you
may have hoped you would see, possibly the only one in the city at the
moment. There are no carts — Dialogue, which sits just 18 people, is
about the size of a two-car garage.
Beran presses his ducks behind the
counter, capturing the juices that
flow from the silvery spout and reducing them with aromatics until
they thicken into a suave gravy, less
inflected by booze and innards than
the version you may have tasted at
Tour d’Argent the first time you
went to Paris with a credit card, but
perfectly autumnal.
Los Angeles, we have noted, has
lately become one of the best food
cities in the world, at the heart of a
great agricultural region, with an
astonishingly diverse population,
and with an openness to new ideas
that you might expect in an entertainment capital. But until lately,
there were few non-Asian restaurants that aspired to the highest level of international cooking, the rarefied realm of the World’s Top 50 list,
multiple Michelin stars, and reservation lists backed up for three
months; of $800 dinner tabs; of 20course tasting menus that read like
symbolist poetry; of sommeliers
cross-cutting between elegant Burgundies and stank pét-nats with the
fluency of an old-school hip-hop DJ.
But Beran is nothing if not hyperambitious. He earned awards
from the James Beard Foundation
and Food & Wine in the same year.
He cooked for years at Alinea with
Grant Achatz, and was the executive chef at Achatz’s Next, a dream
restaurant whose theme changed
completely every few months, from
Paris 1906 to El Bulli to South
America; he oversaw 15 menus in all.
He spent a year in Los Angeles
before he opened Dialogue, getting
to know the culinary landscape,
working his way through the farmers markets, putting up the array
of pickles and fermentations that
line one of the restaurant’s walls, including an exquisite syrup made
from the wild roses that California
Family Farms or the guy at Lily’s
Eggs sell sometimes, which Beran
used to marinate a cube of fresh
dragon fruit; a rhubarb chip, aged
for nine months, which he served
impaled on a bristly metal sphere;
and barrel-aged burnt onion juice,
which turns into a dense, black liquid that could pass for an exotic
take on Worcestershire sauce.
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DESPITE a sculptural touch to Dialogue’s French onion soup, there’s nothing abstract about the fried cubes’ delicious burst of flavor.
Dialogue
Chef Dave Beran’s 18-seat
tasting-menu restaurant in
a Santa Monica food hall.
LOCATION
1315 Third Street Promenade,
Santa Monica, www.dialogue
restaurant.com.
PRICES
Dinner for two, prepaid on Resy,
$350-$420; optional beverage
pairings $125 and $175 per
person, not including tax. No tip.
BEFORE opening Dialogue,
Dave Beran spent a year
familiarizing himself with
the culinary cityscape.
DETAILS
Dinner seatings 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays to Saturdays. Beer,
wine and sake. Nearby city lot
parking.
He burns stuff. He makes powders. He will serve you a glass of
pink, strawberry-flavored bubbles,
not a sturdy foam but the kind you
used to make in chocolate milk with
a straw, and hide caviar and a bit of
pork belly underneath. The sommelier will spike your glass of bubbly
with blackberry vinegar if he thinks
it will go better with a tiny bowl of
blackberry Thermidor with demiglace and a scrap of braised short
rib. The licoricey scent from the giant bouquet of wild fennel fronds inside the doorway subtly flavors your
food all night.
If you have the patience for
20 small courses, roughly structured like a kaiseki meal, and the
resources to pay for the not-inexpensive meal online in advance,
Beran will take you places you have
RECOMMENDED DISHES
Currently: choy sum with roasted
strawberry nam prik, fried onion
soup, pressed duck.
never been.
To get to Dialogue, you walk out
of a city parking structure, across an
alleyway, and into an ice cream shop
whose sticky perfume may remind
you of the Santa Monica Pier on a
hot July afternoon. You take an escalator to the second level. And you
will miss the restaurant the first two
or three times you walk by it — the
scratched gray door looks like the
entrance to a utility closet, and you
manage to get into the place only if
you remember to pull up the code
that will have been emailed to you
that morning and punch the numbers into the door. You are greeted
with the relieved joviality usually accorded to the last guest to arrive at a
dinner party. You settle into a booth
or at a stool at the counter. You have
made it into the club.
Like Next, Dialogue changes its
menu every few months, although
the kaiseki-esque organization of
the meal means that the changes
tend to be seasonal rather than thematic. A Dialogue meal tends to be
closer to a conversation between
chef and patron than to a culinary
tour de force; not quite tracking the
meditational groove of a place like
Shibumi or n/naka, but not that far
from it either.
The first menu, served when
the restaurant opened in September, started with a dish of pea tendrils, green peanuts and caviar;
went through the blackberry
Thermidor, the rose-scented dragon fruit; and tofu skin with fermented plum and Thai basil before resting on an inch or two of Alaskan
crab leg dusted with finger lime and
powdered popcorn, which lent a
rogue butteriness that I was nostalgic for about a half-second after I
scooped it from the plate. There was
a Thai papaya salad tricked out
with burnt lettuce, and rare squab
with pink blossoms.
The second menu went from the
strawberry bubbles through baby
choy sum stuffed with the spicy
Thai dip nam prik, a bite of cheerfully Middle Eastern-spiced lobster
concealed under nasturtium leaves,
and a concoction of olive oil custard,
whipped honey and honeycomb
served on a massive plate that resembled a ghostly lily pad.
There are a couple of sweet
courses after the first rush of savories (white chocolate is odd at that
part of the meal), and then the season changes — shot glasses of salty
mushroom consommé with thyme
foam tucked into a garden of dried
mosses for fall, frizzled koji fermented mushrooms with that barrelaged burnt onion juice, and fried,
cheese-topped cubes served on an
abstract twig sculpture that burst
in your mouth, releasing the best
onion soup you’ve ever had.
Fried sweetbreads in a kidneyscented sauce are served on a slice
of (not edible) birch bark, a crisp
sheet of fried parsnip and scattered
with autumn leaves. Pink-skinned
trout is smeared with fermented
persimmon sambal and layered
with precisely trimmed red reef lettuce leaves — it looks like something
out of an H.R. Giger science-fiction
painting. Short ribs are buried
under sea urchin roe and sprinkled
with whole and fermented shiso
leaves and ogo seaweed. And then
there’s the pressed duck.
You get a little puddle of the
sauce, a matchbox-size sliver of
crisp-skinned breast and a chunk of
braised fresh pineapple crowned
with a crisped sage leaf. The duck’s
leg and thigh have been made into a
ragout, which you spoon out of a lidded bowl. You mix them together or
don’t; experience them as the flavors of a glamorous al pastor taco or
not; resist the temptation to lick the
plate or decide that at $220 prix fixe
you just don’t care. You are experiencing one of the grandest dishes of
French cuisine lovingly prepared on
the second level of a mall food court.
And it is magnificent.
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NEWSFEED
Local restaurants
are hit by scandals
In recent months, sexual harassment allegations have rocked the restaurant industry — as well as many other workplaces — around the country.
Here’s a look at what’s happening with some of the affected restaurants,
chefs and restaurateurs in Los Angeles.
— Jenn Harris
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
The Hearth & Hound: A little
more than a week after chef April
Bloomfield and business partner
Ken Friedman opened the Sunset
Boulevard restaurant, sexual harassment allegations against Friedman surfaced in a New York Times
article. Ten women accused Friedman of unwanted sexual advances
made both in and outside of the
workplace. Friedman has opened
multiple restaurants with Bloomfield under their Friedfield Breslin
LLC company, including the Spotted Pig, John Dory Oyster Bar, Salvation Taco and the Breslin in New
York City, as well as Tosca Cafe in
San Francisco. It should also be
noted that chef Mario Batali, who
is facing his own sexual harassment allegations, is an investor in
the Spotted Pig. Just last year,
Friedman was named outstanding
restaurateur of the year by the
James Beard Foundation.
In a statement responding to
the New York Times article, Friedman said: “My personal and professional life was intertwined with
our restaurants, and our staff. I
own my behavior which can accurately be described at times as
abrasive, rude and frankly wrong.
The women who work at our
restaurants are among the best in
the business, and putting any of
them in humiliating situations is
unjustifiable. Some incidents were
not as described, but context and
content are not today’s discussion.
I apologize now publicly for my actions.”
Bloomfield took to Instagram
to release a statement of her own.
In it, she said “in meetings with my
partner, I lectured, and I demanded, but now I know that it
wasn’t enough. Now I am learning
the extent of events, often kept
from me, and I know I should have
been even more unrelenting. For
this — way too late — I am truly
sorry.”
According to a spokesperson
for the Hearth & Hound, Friedman is on leave from the company
with no role in the management,
but he is still a shareholder.
Eataly: At least four women
have come forward with sexual
misconduct allegations against
chef Mario Batali, according to a
recent Eater article. If you’ve been
following the celebrity chef ’s career, you’ll know his reach
KEN FRIEDMAN is on leave
from the Hearth & Hound.
bel of food products, including
pasta and sauces.
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
MARIO BATALI has stepped away from operational duties for
Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, and lost a TV co-host job.
stretches far beyond his many
cookbooks and his TV hosting gigs
on ABC’s “The Chew” — from
which he was recently fired — and
Food Network’s “Molto Mario,”
which has been suspended. Along
with Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich, Batali is part of the Batali
& Bastianich Hospitality Group,
which includes both Del Posto and
Babbo in New York City, and a
partnership with the Eataly Italian
marketplaces, including the new
location at Westfield Century City.
Batali responded to the allegations in a statement saying: “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the
identities of most of the individuals
mentioned in these stories have
not been revealed to me, much of
the behavior described does, in
fact, match up with ways I have
acted. That behavior was wrong
and there are no excuses. I take full
responsibility and am deeply sorry
for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers,
employees, customers, friends and
family.”
Batali also used his weekly
newsletter to apologize to fans, and
also offer a recipe for pizza dough
cinnamon rolls.
Since news of the allegations
broke, Batali has “stepped away”
from an active role at Eataly, but he
is still a minority shareholder of
Eataly USA. The marketplaces
have stopped carrying Batali’s la-
Mozzaplex: Also part of the
Batali & Bastianich Hospitality
Group, in partnership with chef
Nancy Silverton, is the Mozzaplex,
which includes Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza, Mozza2Go and Chi
Spacca in Los Angeles, as well as
the Pizzeria Mozza locations in
Newport Beach and in Singapore.
“It is a sad day in the restaurant
industry,” said Silverton in a recent
statement. “Mario has been a mentor, a partner and a friend.” Silverton went on to call Batali a “man
with boundless bravado and a man
with flaws” and to say that “sexual
misconduct of any kind is unacceptable in our workplaces, on any
level and I simply do not stand for
it.”
While Batali has since “stepped
away” from any operational role in
the restaurants, he remains an
owner.
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Restaurants learn
to feed Instagram
By Willa Young
For Helene Henderson, Instagram has become synonymous with the
dining experience at Malibu Farm. Henderson owns the farm-to-table
restaurant on Malibu’s pier and credits the photo-sharing social media
app with transforming the once quiet, seaside shack — which opened in
2014 — into a busy destination.
“A meal that is not photographed probably did not happen,” Henderson said. “Instagrammers can be a boost for restaurant check averages
when more dishes are ordered than necessary, just for the perfect photo
op.”
The Mason jars featuring the
Malibu Farm logo are frequently
shared on Instagram. The colorful
jars, in conjunction with the restaurant’s scenic backdrop, make the
ideal combination for photographers. Though the jars were originally designed for a more practical
purpose, Henderson sees their
popularity on Instagram as a business-boosting strategy. The restaurant’s account, @malibufarm, has
more than 21,000 followers.
In recent years, the social media
app has become much more than
an outlet for selfies. Restaurants in
Los Angeles and elsewhere are experiencing firsthand how Instagram has changed the way the culinary industry operates. The app is
now home to 25 million business accounts, the vast majority of which
are small businesses. That number
has rapidly increased in recent
months, expanding by 10 million
since July. According to Instagram,
more than 80% of users follow a
business account, while 200 million
users actively visit a business profile every day.
June Quan, co-owner of Shrimp
Daddy, the Hawaiian shrimp vendor at the Smorgasburg Sunday
market in downtown L.A., has
160,000 followers on Instagram.
With her large following, she’s
considered an Instagram “influencer” — someone who posts to
the app and often gets paid to
suggest products and brands to followers. She believes this experience
has helped her design a business
with social media in mind.
Shrimp Daddy’s business account, @eatshrimpdaddy, has
nearly 30,000 followers.
Using her knowledge of Instagram, and which photos get the
most likes, Quan decided to serve
one of the two dishes on the Shrimp
Daddy menu in a hollowed out pineapple bowl — designed specifically
to be photographed and posted.
“We have customers who have
driven for hours to get one of our
bowls,” she said, “We’ve maxed out
on how many pineapples we can
bring, but the demand keeps growing.”
Bryan Leong and Stephanie
Wang, owners of Amazebowls, a
restaurant that sells artistically designed acai bowls, say they have
seen a similar rush of first-time diners, who are presumably hoping for
a shot of their acai served in a real
coconut shell. Since starting as a
food truck in 2014, Amazebowls has
expanded to a permanent station
at Smorgasburg and brick-andmortar restaurants in Venice and
the Arts District.
“Instagrammable food has a
way of bringing people together,”
said Leong. “We had a good feeling,
but we had no idea our coconut
bowls would be so successful.”
The promise of a great picture
may get customers through the
door — but how to get them back?
“We have tons of Instagrammers
come in after seeing the coconut
bowl online and want to try it themselves,” Leong said. “But if they
come back, they want to go for a
normal, cheaper acai in a plastic
bowl.”
The Los Angeles food scene isn’t
just adapting menus with Instagram in mind. Social media has become a marketing tool, says Jonathan Grahm, owner of luxury chocolate house Compartés. The company, @compartes, has 211,000
followers on Instagram.
“A beautiful product compels
people to post it,” he said. “I get excited, because it’s essentially free
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AMAZEBOWLS had a hit on its hands — açai bowl served in coconut shells — thanks to Instagram.
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Martin Lof
Jonathan Grahm
SHRIMP Daddy’s hollowed-
PHOTOS of Mason jars with
CEREAL chocolate bar from
out pineapple bowl was created
with Instagram in mind.
the Malibu Farm logo are frequently shared on Instagram.
Compartés, whose owner sees
free ad potential in the app.
advertisement.”
Grahm adds he has designed his
shops to be reminiscent of art museums, with such embellishments
as neon signs, a wall lined with chocolate bars and chocolate on tap to
inspire customer photography.
“It’s a little piece of luxury that
doesn’t cost a fortune,” he said.
“We’ve got the most sharable chocolate out there.”
Restaurant owners have started
to embrace Instagram as a method
of attracting future customers, but
many L.A. eateries mention annoyances with the new Instagram culture too.
“It can be frustrating when sev-
eral tables are standing on their
chairs to capture their image,” said
Henderson. Leong and Wang said
they have been pressured by social
media users to pay up in exchange
for posts about the restaurants on
their accounts, adding that they
refuse these requests on a regular
basis.
“We have had people buy one of
our ice cream sandwiches, take a
picture, and then throw it away,”
said Lucy Danovic, general manager
of
the
Milk
Shop
(@themilkshop_la), a Silver Lake
ice cream shop with 60,000 Instagram followers. “The Instagram Effect has taken priority for custom-
ers over flavor and taste.”
Henderson has had to learn the
ins and outs of social media culture
on the job, but she still believes it
has helped motivate her to be more
innovative and improve her restaurant.
“You have to be more than a
restaurant with good photo opportunities to survive in today's ultracompetitive restaurant market,”
said Henderson. “You need to work
daily to make sure the actual experience exceeds the expectations created by Instagram.”
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A FARM FAMILY connected to Chez Panisse and Spago — the Crawford-Peitso-Dedlows — gathers for a meal of field-fresh kabocha squash, greens and much more.
HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING
Family is a prized ingredient
BY AMY SCATTERGOOD >>> There is a magnetic pull to the holiday table, as if the wooden slats or available metal are somehow charged for the
season with memory and expectation, with love and hunger. In many households, this pull comes first to the kitchen. This isn’t only because
the engines of the meal are there but because the kitchen is where both the conversation and the actual meal begins — especially when the
family is built of farmers and chefs, bakers and restaurant veterans. ¶ At Andrea Crawford’s house in La Crescenta, in the foothills of the
Angeles National Forest, where her family assembled on a recent bright December day for a holiday dinner, the locus was the marble-topped
island that fills the center of her kitchen. A few steps outside the glass doors of that kitchen an enormous live oak rose like an umbrella, woven
with lights, above a Craftsman long table set for a holiday feast. Crawford’s family is itself a complex gathering, composed of people whose
personal and professional history threads through Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse restaurant and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago to the restaurant
that Crawford’s son Nathan Peitso is opening this March in L.A.’s Beverly Center. Its name, Farmhouse, could apply to the La Crescenta home
as well as to the memory palace of the entire extended family.
Crawford and her husband, Robert
Dedlow, own and operate Kenter Canyon
Farms, growing greens, herbs and fruit for
wholesale and farmers markets. Peitso
owns Maggie’s Farm, a smaller farmers
market mainstay showcasing greens and
herbs, which he inherited from his late father and Crawford’s first husband, Dennis
Peitso. The two farms are as intertwined as
their fields, their history tracing back to the
lettuces that Crawford grew for Chez
Panisse over 35 years ago, when she was an
art student in Berkeley. The family is intertwined too: Crawford and Dennis Peitso
moved to Los Angeles in the early ’80s at the
invitation of Wolfgang Puck, who wanted
them to grow specialty greens for his newly
opened Spago. After Crawford and Peitso
divorced, they split Kenter Canyon and
Crawford later married
Dedlow, whom she knew
from Chez Panisse; Dedlow worked at Alice Waters’ restaurant as a server and manager for seven
years.
A few years ago, Crawford and Dedlow also began growing heritage
grains, milling flour and
making breads and pastas as part of a related
project called Roan Mills.
Their Roan Mills bakery
recently opened, near
Kenter Canyon’s fields, in
Fillmore. The bakery is
about 50 miles northwest
of La Crescenta and in the
path of the devastating
Thomas fire, which has
grown to become the second-largest wildfire in California history. The bakery, now
only open on Wednesdays, “has been a bit of
a refuge,” said Crawford, and the fire and
smoke’s affect on the crops is still an open
question.
Crawford’s sons Elof Peitso, a Boeing structural engineer, and Charles Dedlow, a manager at Kenter Canyon who also mans the
Roan Mills stall at the Wednesday Santa
Monica farmers market, often next to his
brother Nathan at the Maggie’s Farm stall;
and Charles’ girlfriend, Daniela Hernandez. As Elof ’s young daughter Suvi and one
of the family’s dogs, a chocolate-brown
Vizsla puppy, scampered through the
kitchen trailed by Suvi’s mother, Kristin
Myllenbeck, a fashion stylist, Charles sliced
Fra’ Mani salumi for a snack of open-faced
sandwiches made with his mother’s bread.
Esteemed and invisible
That salumi’s maker was another of the
invisible guests: Paul Bertolli, a longtime
Chez Panisse chef. “I met
Paul Bertolli when I was
18,” Crawford said. “I was
there for Jeremiah,” she
continued, adding Jeremiah Tower to the list of
Chez Panisse alums, along
with chefs Judy Rodgers,
Joyce Goldstein, Jean-Pierre Moullé, David Tanis
and David Lebovitz. “It
was a hell of a party,” she
said as she spun radicchio
and romaine in a salad
spinner. “Steve Sullivan
was baking bread downstairs,” noted Robert, adding the founder of Berkeley’s famed Acme Bread
Company to the catalog.
Meanwhile, Crawford
had griddled the flatbreads and was cutting
them with garden shears. As Myllenbeck
artfully arranged the table outside, Sherie
Farah, Nathan’s wife and a chef who runs
the catering business Chef Sherie, composed the winter salad, adding thin slices of
persimmons to the plates.
“Everything in the salad is from our
farm, except the walnuts — I mean, they’re
California walnuts,” Crawford said. On the
stove, a Donabe pot the size of a hubcap
held a simmering stew of kabocha squash,
red peppers, tomatoes and garbanzo
beans. While Nathan fired up the grill outside, Crawford threaded slices of steak onto
stalks of rosemary (“You can use any protein, even tofu”). The rosemary “looks kind
of like little Christmas boughs,” she noted
of the herbs that were lately part of a thick
forest 50 miles away.
Three generations moved around the
counter like the spokes of a wheel, then reassembled at the table outside — wine in
the glasses; a tisane of lemon verbena, also
from the family’s fields — pulling up chairs
and passing plates.
As Crawford
rolled out dough
for whole grain
flatbreads that
would be stuffed
with greens,
Dedlow filled a
pie crust with
Meyer lemon
custard bright as
the sun outside.
Actual ornaments
A bag of Sonora flour sat open on the
marble counter like St. Nicholas’ sack. Persimmons and pomegranates spilled over
from bowls, a farmer’s actual tree ornaments. A jar of Ship’s Biscuits, also made
with Roan Mills flour, was passed around to
both dogs and people. As Crawford rolled
out dough for whole grain flatbreads that
would be stuffed with greens, Dedlow filled
a pie crust with Meyer lemon custard bright
as the sun outside. The flour and greens,
persimmons, lemons and herbs all came
from the family’s fields, but the tart had its
own provenance — it’s from longtime Chez
Panisse pastry chef Lindsey Shere — and
one that reflects the many invisible guests
that gathered around the dinner table
along with the family.
The guest list had grown to include
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Rosemary steak skewers
Meyer
lemon tart
40 minutes. Serves 6 to 8
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PASTRY CRUST DOUGH
1 cup (4.5 ounces) whole
wheat pastry flour,
preferably from Roan
Mills
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon grated
lemon peel
½ cup unsalted butter,
cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1½ tablespoons water
MEYER LEMON TART for dessert.
A holiday field-to-family-table menu
Winter salad
of radicchio, romaine and persimmons
a
Sonora flatbreads stuffed
with winter greens
a
Rosemary steak skewers
a
Kabocha squash with peppers, tomatoes and garbanzo beans
a
Meyer lemon tart
Winter salad of radicchio,
romaine and persimmons
25 minutes. Serves 6 to 8
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½ teaspoon vanilla
extract
2. Thread the meat lengthwise onto a metal skewer.
Remove the meat from the
metal skewer and thread
the piece of meat onto the
rosemary skewer. Proceed
like this until 3 to 5 pieces
are in place on each rosemary skewer. Cover and
refrigerate until ready to
grill. This can be done up to
1 day in advance.
3 pounds steak, such as
top sirloin or filet
mignon
Salt and pepper
1 to 2 dozen rosemary
skewers
Olive oil, for brushing
1. Trim the steak of fat and
connective tissue. Cut the
meat into even pieces approximately 1 by 1 ½ inches
and ½ inch thick. Season the
pieces with salt and pepper.
3. Grill the skewers over
medium heat using a charcoal or gas grill to desired
doneness, 5 to 7 minutes,
and brush with olive oil as
they are turned. Rest for a
few minutes before serving.
Note: Adapted from a recipe by
Andrea Crawford of the Roan
Mills test kitchen. Rosemary
skewers are easily fashioned from
pieces of rosemary that are
between 10 and 14 inches long.
Using your fingers, strip off the
lower leaves, leaving the top 3 to 6
inches intact. The stripped leaves
can be saved in a bowl and left to
dry for future use.
Sonora flatbreads stuffed with winter greens
1 hour, 10 minutes. Serves 6 to10
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2 to 4 heads radicchio, leaves separated and torn into
bite-sized pieces
3 to 5 heads baby romaine, leaves separated; or 2 to 4
hearts of romaine, leaves separated and torn into
bite-sized pieces
3 Fuyu persimmons, washed and thinly sliced
1 pound arugula
1 pound baby chard or
kale (or use 1 bunch
mature leaves with the
stems removed from
each leaf)
Leaves from 1 bunch
parsley
Seeds from 1 pomegranate
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 cup mild olive oil or sunflower oil
¼ cup lemon juice
Salt and pepper
In a large bowl, combine the radicchio, romaine, persimmon
slices, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, oil and lemon juice. Or
compose the salads individually on plates. Season with a
good pinch each of salt and pepper, or to taste.
Note: Adapted from a recipe by Andrea Crawford of Kenter Canyon Farms
test kitchen.
Kabocha squash with peppers,
tomatoes and garbanzo beans
1 hour, 20 minutes, plus overnight soaking time. Serves 6 to 8
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1 cup dried garbanzos
1 large red pepper
5 large late season
tomatoes
1 Kabocha or similar
winter squash, peeled,
seeded and cut into
2-inch chunks
1 medium onion, finely
chopped
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to
taste
Splash of good vinegar
1. Prepare the garbanzo
beans: Soak the beans in
water overnight, then drain
and rinse. Place in a saucepan with water to cover and
simmer until tender, about
45 minutes. Drain and set
aside
2. Prepare the red pepper
and tomatoes: Char the
pepper under a broiler, then
peel, seed and slice into
strips. Repeat with the
tomatoes, broiling until
charred, then seed and
chop.
3. Using a large sauté pan,
brown the onions in a little
of the olive oil, stirring frequently.
4. Add the garbanzo beans,
red pepper, tomato and
squash, along with enough
water to surround the ingredients but not submerge
them. Bring to a simmer
and cook, loosely covered,
until the squash is very
tender, 40 to 50 minutes.
Taste and season with salt,
pepper and the remaining
olive oil and a splash of good
vinegar.
Note: Adapted from a recipe by
Andrea Crawford of the Roan Mills
test kitchen.
1. Bring a pot of water to a
boil and place potatoes to
cook until just tender, 10 to
15 minutes. Remove the
potatoes using a skimmer
and place in a large bowl.
Continue to heat the pot of
water. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon
pepper, or to taste, and
drizzle with 1 teaspoon each
vinegar and oil, or as desired.
2. In a skillet heated over
medium-high heat until hot,
add a little oil and the onions. Sauté the onions until
softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove from heat and add
to the potatoes.
3. Plunge the greens into
the pot of boiling water
quickly to wilt, about 60
seconds (this may need to
be done in batches). Remove and, when cool
enough to handle, squeeze
the excess water from the
greens. Finely chop the
greens and add to the po-
FILLING AND
ASSEMBLY
Prepared pastry crust
dough
2 lemons, preferably
Meyer
2 eggs
3 egg yolks
6 tablespoons sugar
2 yellow potatoes,
peeled and diced
Sea salt and
freshly-ground black
pepper
White wine vinegar
Olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
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In a medium bowl, combine
the flour, sugar, salt and
lemon peel, mixing together
by hand. Cut the butter into
the mix and work it, using
your fingers or a pastry cutter, into the dry mixture until
the whole resembles cornmeal. Add the water and
vanilla extract and work until
the dough holds together.
Shape the dough into a
flattened disc and wrap it in
plastic wrap, leave it to chill
in the fridge for 20 minutes or
up to 5 days, or freeze for up
to 6 months.
2 tablespoons milk
¼ teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons unsalted
butter, cut into 1/2-inch
cubes
3 tablespoons salted
butter, cut into 1/2-inch
cubes
tato and onion mixture.
Adjust the seasoning with
1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 3 to 4
tablespoons vinegar, or to
taste.
FLATBREADS AND
ASSEMBLY
2 cups (9.5 ounces)
Sonora wheat flour,
preferably from Roan
Mills
1 to 1 ¼ cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
Prepared filling
Grapeseed oil, for
griddling
1. In a large bowl, combine
the flour, 1 cup water, the oil
and salt, and knead until a
smooth dough is formed,
adding a little water if the
dough feels a bit dry or a
little flour if the dough feels
too wet and sticky. Divide
the dough into 10 equal
pieces, rolling them into
spheres and covering them
so they do not dry out.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece of dough
into a 6-inch round. Place
about ½ cup filling on one
round, and brush the outer
edge with a very thin coating of water. Cover the filling
with a second round, pinching the seams together and
proceed until all of the flatbreads are stuffed.
3. Heat a cast iron griddle
over medium-high heat
until hot.
4. Heat 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil and cook the flatbreads on each side until
golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle the tops with
flaked salt and cover with a
towel to keep warm while
you cook the remaining
flatbreads.
5. Cut the flatbreads into
wedges before serving.
Note: Adapted from a recipe by
Andrea Crawford of the Roan Mills
test kitchen.
1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Form the tart shell.
Press the dough into a tart
pan and line it with a piece of
parchment paper and weigh
the pastry with pie weights.
Bake the shell for 25 minutes,
then remove from the oven.
Carefully remove the parchment paper and pie weights,
and set aside.
2. Grate the peel from the
lemons, then juice the lemons and combine the peel
and juice in a glass bowl.
3. Over medium heat, beat
the eggs and the yolks with
the sugar in a heavy, nonreactive saucepan just until
mixed. Combine milk and
cornstarch and add to the
mixture, stir well and add the
juice. Keep stirring as you
add the butter, a little at a
time and cook until the butter is combined and the
mixture begins to thicken.
Remove from heat. Set aside
for 5 minutes to thicken and
then whisk to smooth it.
4. Pour the filling into the
prebaked tart shell and
return to the oven for 20
minutes. Cool before serving.
Note: Adapted from a recipe by
Lindsey Shere.
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WHAT WE’RE INTO
No hangover?
That’s the spirit
By Kavita Daswani
At this time of year, drinking right may be more
important than eating right. In a bid to quell that
nasty hangover, consumers are seeking cleaner,
lighter alcoholic beverages. And for designated
drivers, teetotalers and anyone else choosing to refrain from liquor this holiday season, there are options that go beyond the Shirley Temple. Whatever you do, though, stay hydrated, pace yourself,
don’t mix drinks and do not get behind the wheel
of a car.
Cannondale
E-MOUNTAIN BIKE
Since balance is everything on a mountain bike, the Cannondale Moterra positions the 250-watt Bosch motor and
the battery low and central — and yes, there are shocks. $5,499. cannondale.com
Spiked Seltzer
GEAR
Get in a workout —
and a breezy commute
The market for pedal-assisted electric bicycles is red-hot, with wellknown bike, car and component name brands such as Specialized, Raleigh, BMW, Yamaha, Bosch
and Shimano getting in on the action. It’s no surprise why: E-bike riders are dazzled by the fun of
pedaling on the flats for fitness while zipping up hills without breaking a sweat (thanks to the
e-boost). They’re also drawn in by the sleek new battery-hiding designs, declining prices and new
categories. Formerly skeptical club riders, slowed by age but determined to keep up with the pack,
are unabashedly snapping up expensive road and mountain bike versions, joining early adopters
that include baby boomers, who make up the bulk of buyers, and commuters. E-bikes can even be
found in Costco and Walmart these days, and are perfect for an extravagant last-minute holiday
gift — or a jump on those New Year’s resolutions. Here are some electrifying models — including
add-on e-wheels for your existing bike — seen earlier this year at the Interbike expo in Las Vegas
and a demo day at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa.
Light and sparkly
SpikedSeltzer is a light and slightly alcoholic
sparkling drink, brewed with Champagne yeast.
The natural fermentation of sugar and fruit essence creates the alcohol content, which is 6%,
compared with the 11.5% to 13.5% in many wines.
Each 12-ounce can has 140 calories, and five grams
each of carbs and sugars. Flavors include Indian
River Grapefruit, West Indies Lime, Cape Cod
Cranberry and Valencia Orange.
Info: $16 for a 12-can pack. Available at Target,
BevMo and Whole Foods. spikedseltzer.com
BY ROY M. WALLACK >>>
Tempo Bicycles
Roy M. Wallack
STYLISH AND SHIFTLESS
Look, no gear shifters! The comfy, convenient Tempo
Santa Barbara features a NuVinci auto-shifting rear
hub, which uses speed sensors to keep you at the right
cadence. The deluxe 53-pounder has a range of 30-35
miles. $4,495. tempobicycles.com
TRAFFIC TAMER
A top speed of 28 mph at max electric assist lets the
handsome Trek Super Commuter + live up to its name.
The racy 52-pounder boasts a 30-mile range. $4,999.
trekbikes.com
A natural buzz
Seedlip started when British founder Ben Branson was at a restaurant in London, didn’t feel like
drinking and was offered
only “an overly sweet
pink concoction that
was awful.”
“Why wasn’t I given
the same care and attention that someone who
was drinking was given?” Branson asked. So
he retreated to the family farm in North Lincolnshire, where an
internet search unearthed a 1651 recipe
book called “The Art of
Seedlip
Distillation,” which in
turn led to the Seedlip, billed as the world’s first
nonalcoholic spirit. The copper pot-distilled liquid
comes in two varieties: Spice 94 is made using oak,
cascarilla bark, green cardamom, allspice berries,
lemon peel and grapefruit peel. Garden 108 has
spearmint, rosemary, thyme, hop, garden peas and
hay. Both are designed to work as a base in sophisticated mocktails.
“It addresses the problem of ‘What do I drink if
I’m not drinking?’ ” Branson said. “It’s something
that allows guests to feel like they are a part of the
ritual and theater of drinking.” Branson suggests
mixing it with ginger ale for a take on a Moscow
mule or with cold brew concentrate for a coffee
mocktail.
Info: $40. Available at Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice,
or online at websites such as shopterrain.com.
seedlipdrinks.com.
Consider mezcal
Raleigh
Elby
LONG-RANGE LUXURY
The Elby cuts range anxiety with a regeneration mode
that recharges the battery while coasting and braking,
claiming 80-90 miles per charge. Its moped-inspired
step-through design includes a handlebar mount for
your cellphone to serve as the dashboard speedometer,
Google Map router, and bike status system check. Purchase includes “Concierge Delivery” to your front door.
$3,899. elbybike.com
FOR THE WORKOUT/COMMUTE
The versatile RaleighTamland iE, one of the market’s
first drop-bar e-road bikes, sports wide tires that can
tackle gravel roads and a 28 mph top speed for commuting. It’s about 45 pounds, and boasts a 70-mile range on
low assist. $4,399. raleighelectric.com
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On a winter evening, Elliot
Coon, co-founder of the mezcal
brand Gem & Bolt, likes to mix the
liquor with herbal tea, cinnamon
and orange peel for a warming and
relaxing drink that she says is “so
clean” that she feels great the next
morning. “Mezcal is an intrinsically
clean spirit,” said Coon, an artist
who has always been interested in
botanicals and wellness. “By law, it
has to be made with 100% agave,
which eliminates the possibility of
additives or flavor enhancers.” Her
Gem & Bolt
product also contains the herb
damiana, which she said was used in Maya and
Aztec cultures as an organ tonic and mood elevator.
Like other clear spirits, the alcohol content is high
— 44%. But Coon says this is “not a shooting drink,
and even taken straight or on the rocks, it’s a sipping spirit. You take your time with it, you enjoy the
environment you’re in, the conversation you’re
having.”
Info: $50. Available at reservebar.com.
gemandbolt.com.
DIY power
Go online for e-wheel
add-ons for regular
bikes, a cargo e-bike
perfect for hauling
stuff, plus last-minute
fitness gift ideas.
Populo Sport
FOR THE BUDGET-MINDED
Why break the bank? The Populo Sport cuts costs by
ingeniously mating a simple one-speed drivetrain with a
250-watt hub motor and eight levels of electronic assist
(others have three or four). It comes with a smart LED
screen and a 36-volt battery with a USB charging port
for your iPod. Range: 30-plus miles. $999. populo.com
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Pedego
A FOLD-UP FLYER
Built to take on a bus or a train or go in your trunk, the
tiny, 50-pound Pedego Latch folds in half in seconds. It
includes a built-in headlight and rack-mounted battery
and fenders. It’s quiet, too. $2,695 and up. pedego.com
Red wine? Well ...
With its pretty, light burgundy
color, Blüm could easily pass for a
nice glass of red wine. Instead, the
botanical elixir contains lavender,
hibiscus, rose and yerba mate and
was created as a festive, sophisticated alternative to wine. In two
blends — Zen and Uplift — Blüm’s
founder Candace Coleman created
the product after an accident required her to avoid alcohol for a few
months. The beverage can also be
used as a mixer ingredient. Pair with
white chocolate liqueur and vodka
for a creamy cocktail.
Blum
Info: $15.95. Available at stores such as Wades
Wines in Westlake Village. blumbeverages.com.
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SKIN CARE
It’s winter, so
pick sunscreen
that’s just right
By Valli Herman
Winter is no time to get complacent about sun protection, especially
in Southern California.
You accumulate more sun exposure than you think over the decades
of driving or going to lunch at high noon, when the sun is strongest.
That’s why dermatologists encourage daily use of broad-spectrum
sunscreen and why skin-care companies have worked to put sun protection ingredients into products that are easy and even pleasurable to use
every day.
Cosmetically elegant formulas of sunscreen are now available in hand
lotion, lip balm, moisturizer, body lotion, foundation, face powder and
primer.
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests a minimum SPF of
30, and the use of broad-spectrum formulas that block deeply penetrating, skin-aging UVA rays and burning
UVB rays. The academy also reminds us
that preventing skin cancer and sunburn “outweigh any unproven claims of
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toxicity or human health hazard from inThat inner glow gredients in sunscreen.”
Go online to read about how
Santa Monica dermatologist Dr.
you can eat your way to
Adriana Schmidt advises patients to
beautiful skin, and other
make sun protection a daily habit, first
healthful tips.
with avoidance, then by shade and clothing.
When selecting sunscreen though, “the No. 1 rule is to find the products that are convenient to your lifestyle,” said Schmidt.
Rule No. 2: slather.
“Studies show, in general, that nobody puts enough on. You’re supposed to use 1 ounce per application for your whole body, but everyone
seems to still have the same not-empty tube at the end of the summer,”
she said.
Rule No. 3: reapply.
While it may be tough to redo your makeup when you’re dashing out
for lunch, at least target the areas most likely to develop skin cancer.
That commonly includes the back of the neck, tops of the ears and head
for men, and those areas plus the chest, backs of the hands and shins for
women, said Dr. Teresa Soriano of the UCLA Medical Center in Santa
Monica. And wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Layering products containing sunscreen won’t necessarily double
the protection factor, said Soriano, but that may help ensure that you use
enough to prevent burns, wrinkles and especially skin cancer.
There are plenty of products to try alone or in combination with another to provide extra defense, including these few:
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Richard
Quindry
Neova
Laneige
Hides dark
circles too
Reapplication
made easy
A bestseller in the Neova
skin care line, Neova DNA
Damage Control Silc Sheer
2.0 is a lightweight formula
that capably covers skin tone
imperfections with a veil of
tint, even hiding dark circles.
With a water-resistant, broadspectrum SPF 40, the sun
protection is durable but
translucent, though it’s rich
with zinc oxide and titanium
dioxide. The makers claim
that proprietary enzymes and
a trademark delivery system
combine to repair visible sun
damage. The almost-powdery finish layers well under
sheer makeup for additional
coverage. $45. neova.com
By putting a foundation
into a moistened cushion, the
South Korean brand Laneige
has won worldwide fans who
like the combination of sheer
coverage, hydration, color
correction and sun protection. The Laneige BB Cushion
Hydra Radiance with Broad
Spectrum SPF 50 mirrored
compact travels well and
makes reapplication easy.
Use the included foam
applicator for light, buildable
and dewy coverage that
evens skin tone. $38.
sephora.com, laneige
.com
An exact match
Though many multitasking sun protection products work like a foundation to
even skin tone, it can be hard
to find the exact shade to
match your complexion. MAC
Studio Fix Fluid is lightweight,
moderately sheer and oilcontrolling and comes in 42
shades, ranging from deep
mocha to porcelain, while
also providing broad spectrum SPF 15. $28. maccos
metics.com
MAC
Science
Beyond Coastal
Evens skin tone
An environmental warrior,
Murad’s City Skin Age Defense (SPF 50) is an allmineral, broad-spectrum
sunscreen made to bar
pollutants like carbon particles and shield skin from
blue light, the high-energy
visible light emitted from
electronic devices that’s
thought to accelerate skin
aging. The weightless formula’s peach tint can even skin
tone without leaving a white
residue. $65. murad.com
Murad
Easy, glide-on stick
Made without the potentially irritating oxybenzone,
parabens, petroleum or
fragrance, Beyond Coastal
Active Face Stick, SPF 30,
delivers easier coverage of
face, nose and ears. The
moisturizing base of coconut
oil, beeswax and shea butter
gets good safety ratings from
the Environmental Working
Group, a nonprofit consumer
resource agency. The compact, half-ounce stick
stashes easily, so protection
for easy-to-burn spots is
always handy. $6.99. beyond
coastal.com
Masks fine lines
Dermalogica Sheer Tint
Sunscreen SPF 20 features
broad-spectrum protection.
The moisturizing sunscreen
from this Los Angeles-based
company also provides
translucent coverage that
diffuses light to mask fine
lines. $47. dermalogica.com
Dermalogica
A brush with
convenience
Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen
(SPF 50) is a loose mineral
sunscreen in a convenient
brush dispenser that is easy
to reapply, even over makeup, and can dust away telltale
shine from liquid sunscreens. Just don’t inhale
while you’re powdering. $64.
colorescience.com
Water resistant too
A convenient pump
dispenses a medium-weight,
tinted sunscreen free of
parabens, fragrance or
sulfates. Epionce’s tinted
Daily Shield Lotion (SPF 50)
was created by a dermatologist, and the daily-wear
formula provides sheer,
water-resistant coverage for
up to 80 minutes. $38.
epionce.com
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HOME OF THE TIMES
Where the yuletide rules
Photographs by
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
SYLVIA NASH , who really loves the holidays, and her husband, Loren Lillestrand, are all smiles now that all the decorating is finished on their home in Chino Hills.
BY JEANETTE MARANTOS >>> When it comes to Christmas, there’s Sylvia Nash — and then there’s the rest of us. The Chino Hills businesswoman goes all out — like, all out — and her 65 Christmas trees are just the start.
Nash sketches out the decorating plans for her two-story,
five-bedroom house months in
advance. For Nash, it just
wouldn’t be Christmas without
her 43 inside trees, 110 Santas, 28
nutcrackers, 56 dolls, four holiday villages and enough garlands and twinkly lights to cover
the sun. Well, almost.
And that’s just the inside.
“I’m kind of a workaholic,”
Nash said. “I don’t ever stop.”
Just decorating the banister
on her long, winding staircase
took about eight hours this year,
she said. It involved wrapping
yards of garland and lights
around the handrail, then hotgluing pine cones and artificial
fruits and flowers to the garland.
Nash is known throughout
Chino Hills for her holiday spirit.
“It’s Christmas decorating
on steroids,” said Denise Cattern, public information officer
for the city of Chino Hills. “She
literally has a Christmas tree on
her washing machine.”
Neighbors in her gated community seem appreciative but a
little dazed by all the decor.
“They’re very festive…. People
have passions, and that’s
theirs,” said Jeff Schmidt.
“It’s nice, and she loves doing
it,” said neighbor George Delrosario. “I wish I could do it, but I
just don’t have the energy.”
Nash’s goal each year is to get
all her decorating done before
her husband’s birthday on Nov.
17, so she can start her holiday
baking … a mere 200 to 300 dozen
cookies and candies that she labels and freezes for gatherings
she hosts in December.
“The house is her palette, and
each season brings out her artist’s brush,” says her husband
and business partner, Loren
Lillestrand, a leadership consultant.
Valentine’s Day, Easter, the
Fourth of July and fall are the
other motifs for his multiseason
decorator wife.
Nash, 72, waits until Nov. 1 to
actually start decorating. (“I
want the kids to have Halloween.” she explains.) She hires
someone to string lights along
the roofline of her house, but she
takes care of all the rest, including decorating 22 trees outside.
She is already planning new
theme trees for 2018.
Nash has a hard time explaining her drive to decorate.
She and her four siblings grew
up on a farm in Minnesota, in a
750-square-foot home, and her
mother wanted everything kept
simple and easy.
“Maybe it is compensating
for the plain life I grew up with,”
she said. “…. It gives me great joy
to do this.”
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Tours galore
Go online for more pictures of the
holiday decorations from Sylvia
Nash and Loren Lillebrand’s
Chino Hills residence, and other
Homes of the Times.
INSIDE or out, the couple’s house is ready for St. Nick. For Nash, who starts prepping her home in mid-September, it just wouldn’t
be Christmas without holiday villages (there are four), twinkling lights, a fully decked-out banister (Santa, elves and kids: Don’t even
think about a slide down!) and a festively dressed dining table, among many other decorations. Even the bathroom gets in the spirit.
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Readers share favorite
holiday traditions
BY RENE LYNCH >>> We all have unique ways of celebrating this time of year with
Kelly Stubbs
A WARM glow unites family
and friends coast to coast.
family and friends. We’re asking readers to email us at Home@latimes.com and complete the following sentence: “It just wouldn’t be the holidays without…” and include
photos. And now we’re asking you, too, to do the same, and maybe we’ll include your
tradition in an upcoming Saturday edition. Here are just a few of the highlights:
Candle power
It just wouldn’t be the holidays
without lighting candles with
family and friends from across the
country. At 6 p.m. PST on Christmas Eve, we all gather at our respective homes and light candles.
My mom started the tradition
about 20 years ago as a way to
unite our family, which is spread
across the country from New York
to California. The candle lighting
now includes friends and their
families as well. It is a wonderful
way to unite us all as we think of
each other, remember times spent
together, and make wishes for the
new year. It is a cherished tradition by all.
Kelly Stubbs
It just wouldn’t be the holidays
without a Chan Clan photo. Prior
to the mid-’90s, the family gathered at someone’s home. As the
family grew, we began reserving a
December date at a church fellowship hall, where we can take an
annual family picture... Following
a buffet dinner, we do games (trivia, bingo) and some creative singing. (In 2015, we changed the words
and sang along to the “12 Days of
Dim Sum.”) The patriarch — Sik
C. Chan — was an only child who
with his wife, Lily, raised two sons
and five daughters, from whom
came 27 grandchildren and the list
goes on and on! We are all truly
blessed to be able to carry on the
tradition and maintain relationships among the four generations.
Daisy Chan (married
to No. 2 son)
Alhambra
To Di for
Daisy Chan
THE WHOLE FAMILY squeezes in and smiles big for this annual family holiday photograph.
La Crescenta
Going Italian
It just wouldn’t be the holidays
without our Tamale Day. My best
friend, and sister-from-anothermister, Dianne, have been making
memories and tamales since 1998.
Our plan began as “gifts” for our
families. Along the way, we have
perfected our masa and sealed our
bond. We select a Saturday in
December and spend an entire
day mixing, measuring, steaming,
splattering, laughing, tasting,
sipping, and … did I mention
laughing?
The two Di’s — Diane
Hurst and Dianne Perez
It just wouldn’t be the holidays
without gnocchi. We go Italian for
our Christmas Day dinner, when
our entire extended family gathers
at my sister’s house in La Cañada
for homemade gnocchi. My sister
Julie and our niece Becky make
the gnocchi in the afternoon and
other members of the family make
three different sauces, traditional
red sauce with meatballs and
sausage, pesto and Gorgonzola
sauces. This provides festive red,
green and white pasta dishes the
colors of Christmas and the Italian
flag. All of us look forward to this
annual treat on Christmas Day
with three generations of family.
Long Beach
THE
KITCHEN
is filled
with
delicious
Italian
dishes
and
Christmas
cheer.
Cathy Biondi
Sweet new year
On Jan. 1, my boys — Raymond,
who is now 12, and his brothers
Andre, 14, and Zareh, 18 — get to
make and eat anything ice creamrelated they can create. I buy
several flavors of ice cream, cones,
waffle cone bowls, sprinkles, whipped cream, syrup, smashed cookies, gummy bears and all sorts of
topping possibilities for the first
day of the year, and that is their
breakfast.
Armena Andranian
La Cañada-Flintridge
Glendale
Cathy Biondi
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You can keep tabs on
Santa’s whereabouts
By Bonnie McCarthy
The question of the hour: Where is
Santa now, and when will he be showing up
on my rooftop?
Here’s how you can track it all thanks to
the North American Aerospace Defense
Command, which keeps a careful eye on the
skies above North America.
Beginning at 2:01 a.m. EST on Dec. 24,
website visitors to noradsanta.org can
peek at Santa’s North Pole prep via Santa
Cams, then track his flight. Starting at
6 a.m. EST, kids can call (877) Hi-NORAD
toll free or send an email to
noradtrackssanta@outlook.com for updates and information.
Anytime on Dec. 24, tech- savvy kids can
ask Amazon’s Alexa for Santa’s location,
and OnStar subscribers can press the button in their vehicles to get the latest location of Rudolph and the team.
Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are
also available for free in the Apple and
Google Play stores for families who want to
count down to Christmas and get updates
on the big sleigh ride in the sky.
Throughout the month of December,
the NORAD Santa website features a free,
interactive Santa’s Village (available in
eight languages) where kids can play
games, watch movies and videos, listen to
holiday music, and see the seconds tick
down (oh so slowly) to Christmas Eve.
Families can also follow NORAD Tracks
Santa on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and
Instagram all December long for seasonal
fun and a little bit of holiday magic.
Now, some NORAD history:
Long before Google Earth and Find My
iPhone, there was NORAD Tracks Santa,
the North American Aerospace Defense
Command’s spirited response to helping
kids keep tabs on the whereabouts of Old
Saint Nick.
Operated entirely by NORAD volunteers and funded through the support of
corporate licensees, the program began
in 1955 when a Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone
number for kids to call Santa. Instead
of Father Christmas, it was Col. Harry
Shoup, director of NORAD operations,
who picked up the phone. The colonel
decided to lend an assist by checking
radar and tracking Santa’s path as he
made his way south from the North Pole.
Kids who phoned in were thrilled to receive
live updates on Santa’s location — and
NORAD has been giving Santa a hand ever
since.
Sixty-two years later, on Christmas Eve
the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations
Center at the Peterson Air Force Base in
Colorado Springs, Colo., is staffed by more
than 1,500 volunteers who field in excess of
150,000 phone calls, 2,800 emails and 3,000
OnStar requests from kids around the
world.
Photographs by Kohler Co.
THE KOHLER Experience Center in West Hollywood includes a room for which
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guests can book a private appointment to try new Kohler bathing technology.
SHOPPING
Soak in Kohler’s
‘experiential’ center
BY BONNIE MCCARTHY >>> If you can’t remember the last time shop-
Dennis Carlyle NORAD Tracks Santa
VOLUNTEERS ANSWERED PHONES during the annual NORAD Tracks
Santa event on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado on Dec. 24, 2016.
ping for a toilet felt luxurious, head on over to the brand new, 10,000square-foot retail space that is the Kohler Experience Center in West
Hollywood, and let the pampering begin. ¶ In this store, you can
schedule a free, one-hour reservation for the Experience Room, an elegantly designed master-bath suite where you can try out the soaking
tub, a smart toilet that raises its lid upon approach (for starters), and
a Real Rain shower that emulates raindrops and the patterns of a
warm summer storm, complete with a deluge cycle.
Designed by noted Los Angeles architectural firm Marmol Radziner, the sleek, white
two-story shopping destination is flooded
with natural light and features soaring ceilings, sliding walls of glass and more than 20
fully designed kitchen and bath vignettes
that showcase Kohler products from top to
bottom.
Two years in the making, the concept
store is the second of its kind in the U.S. —
the first is in New York City — and is destined
make a splash.
Literally.
The private Experience space also invites
users to test a phalanx of shower heads,
as well as the highly customizable DTV
digital showering experience, which eliminates handles and knobs and uses a digital
touch panel to coordinate water temperature, spray and more.
Another feature on display, VibrAcoustic
hydrotherapy, allows bathers to both hear
and feel music as they soak.
Towels included. BYO rubber ducky.
“It’s a differentiator,” said Kohler Chief
Executive David Kohler of the experiential
space.
“People talk about the future of brickand-mortar [shopping], well, you need to
give people a purpose to go there. And if
you’re just doing the same thing and selling
the same thing online, there’s no purpose to
go.”
However, if you don’t feel like stripping
down, there are other ways to experience the
new center.
In the main showrooms, Kohler Surfaces
tile and stone along with a complete range of
products are presented in-situ and designed
to inspire. Many of them are also installed
and fully functioning.
Shower heads can be turned on, and tubs
can be filled.
One pours in an elegant stream from a
ceiling fixture above.
Designed to appeal to the public and industry professionals alike, the new center
also showcases fully functional displays of
Kohler’s global product suite, which are
THE CONCEPT store is the second of
its kind in the U.S., after New York.
compliant with international standards.
An available conference room with video
conferencing capability completes the offering.
“Los Angeles is one of the top specification hubs in the world,” said Kohler.
“That means there are architects and designers who work in their offices right here,
even though the project may be in Malaysia,
or Singapore or China … so you have this incredible, creative community. A lot of work is
done here that has global influence.”
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Kohler Experience
Center
Where: 8955 W. Beverly Blvd.,
West Hollywood
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays
Info: kohlerexperiencecenterlax.com
THE KOHLER Experience Center has more than 20 kitchen and bath vignettes
designed to show how products pair together and how they would look in a home.
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THE MIDDLE AGES
Bask in that off-kilter Christmas glow
CHRIS ERSKINE
The 300-pound
beagle is in the
yard as we speak,
howling at the
universe.
At 14, he has
doggy dementia
and thinks he is a
rooster. The beagle quivers when
he yodels, the bark traveling from
his triple chins to his ugly spud
tail.
I sense that it is the arrival of
Christmas he is announcing, as if it
is something we should fear. And it
probably is.
So, top off the tree water, double-check the single-malt Scotch.
Wonder if there’s a blizzard or a
blackout or an alien invasion?
Or worse, a potluck at your
sister’s place. In any case, it pays
to be prepared.
I always figured that if aliens
invaded during the holidays,
they’d immediately turn and flee. I
mean, they’d never find a place to
park. And have you ever seen a
Target two days before Christmas? Deeply disturbing. As are all
those bizarre seasonal sweaters.
At Christmas, we seem to embrace our dorky alter egos, the B
sides of ourselves that we usually
prefer to hide.
Now, I’ll admit that if I were 10%
more insufferable, I’d be totally
insufferable. I write about the
holidays way too much, enjoy
every single day.
Know how? I embrace the
imperfections — the horrible lines
at the Honeybaked Ham store, or
the blowups over a parking spot at
Trader Joe’s.
To me, Christmas is like a giant
comedy club.
I embrace the imperfections
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THESE PROUD wearers of silly Christmas sweaters have the right idea: When you embrace the
imperfections of the holidays, all those high expectations no longer hold as much sway.
because I learned a long time ago,
from reading Dickens, from studying Charles M. Schulz, that perfection is a fool’s gold. Chasing it
leads to disappointment and
stress, especially around the holidays, when expectations are so
high.
Christmas is also like a snake
bite that you suffer every year. As
long as you carry the antivenom,
you’ll be all right.
My antivenom is a bloody Mary,
decorated like a tree. My antivenom is snarky friends, Capra flicks,
Peanuts classics, skis strapped to
the top of an old Porsche heading
north.
Here’s the thing: If you get
Christmas 60% right, you’ve still
got a lot of Christmas; you’ve still
created a sleigh load of smiles.
Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle
if every little thing doesn’t go quite
right — and I’m talking mostly to
the moms. Your stress becomes
our stress. More than anything
this holiday, we love to see you
smile.
Besides, a perfect Christmas is
virtually impossible. Oh, once in a
while, you nail one. To swing for
the fences is commendable, a sign
of parental devotion. I’ve always
had the urge — if not the resources
— to fly the family to Vermont or
Hawaii, though I tend to think
snow, not sand at the holidays.
So I set my sights lower. I like a
good cheese platter, for instance. I
like the way Nat King Cole sings
“Es-KEE-mos.” I like the way
Chevy Chase falls off a ladder.
Bethany: “Is your house on fire,
Clark?”
Clark: “No, Aunt Bethany,
those are the Christmas lights.”
I like the simple sight of shoppers with their arms piled so high
with packages that they can barely
see to walk.
In the Hallmark version of that,
the woman bumps into a stranger,
drops the packages, spills her
Starbucks. The apologetic stranger insists on treating her to coffee,
then shopping, where she explains
that this is the first Christmas
without her husband and he explains that he recently lost his very
best dog.
Then they realize they knew
each other in high school, though
not well, because he was a little
chubby and she was a bit of a brat,
and they wind up under each
other’s sweaters on the perfect
Christmas Eve.
In the real-life version of that?
The shopper steps off the curb and
gets creamed by an Amazon truck.
That’s why I don’t get my hopes
up. I’ve seen way too many malls.
If you can’t manage Vermont,
there’s a gritty little ski chalet in
Mt. Baldy, about an hour’s drive
from L.A. They have chili, burgers
and bloody Marys dressed like
trees. There’s a moose head with a
Santa’s hat on the wall. Or it might
be a former bartender, hard to tell.
I just don’t want you to say I
don’t offer practical advice at
Christmas, even though my aim is
mostly spiritual.
See, I want you happy. I want
you warm.
I want a candle in your window,
and a song to soothe your soul.
I want you to have a holiday
that fits you like a Christmas
sweater — soft and silly.
Now go ahead, howl.
chris.erskine@latimes.com
Twitter: @erskinetimes
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I needed to make the leap
By Tiffany Noel Froese
n the last six months, three of
my worst fears had come to
pass. My dad had died suddenly and unexpectedly, my
alcoholic ex had pulled the
plug on our relationship, and now I
was standing on the southbound
side of the 5 Freeway in Anaheim
waiting for AAA to rescue me and
my VW station wagon filled with
the last of my earthly possessions. I
was moving from Los Angeles,
where I’d spent the last decade of
my life, back to my childhood home
in Encinitas.
When I’d first moved to L.A., I
gave myself five years to “make it.”
To me, that meant a successful
career and a happy personal life.
By the end of Year 5, I had a good
job in the entertainment industry
and had recently met a man — I’ll
call him “R.” — and moved him into
my cozy apartment in Franklin
Village. He hated L.A. and
dreamed of leaving, whereas I loved
it and saw it as my forever home. So
it was a special twist of irony that,
five years later, I was the one leaving.
Moments before I found myself
standing in scrubby grass littered
with trash on the side of the West
Coast’s main artery, I had been
cruising along in the fast lane,
assuring myself that I could always
return to Los Angeles when and if I
wanted to, when a warning bell in
the car went off and a sign on the
dash instructed me to “Stop Driving!” Standing there with cars
whizzing by, I knew for certain that
I’d driven more than my 15-year-old
car into the ground.
Falling in love with an alcoholic
is a special kind of self-neglect. In a
misguided attempt to be supportive, I had centered my life completely around him and his drinking problem. I excused his indifference and fought for his freedom
from alcohol. There was just
enough progress over time to keep
me driving the relationship forward. But while his life improved,
my own diminished. I found myself
suffering from severe anxiety,
unhappiness at work and social
isolation.
By the time my dad died, I was
running on fumes. R. was supportive in the moment of crisis but after
I
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three weeks was up to his old tricks,
disappearing on benders and
getting blackout drunk. I knew I
couldn’t go on like this, but I was
afraid to act on that knowledge. My
world was so upside down; I
couldn’t handle any more losses. In
an act of love that was simultaneously an act of abandonment, R.
did what I couldn’t. He reached
over and turned off the ignition of
the vehicle that had been our rela-
tionship, sluggish and erratic as it
was, and got out.
My life had imploded. My career
had tanked; the man who represented the very foundation of
security in my life had died; the
man who represented a future of
love and security had left me; and I
felt exiled from the city where I had
built my adult life. Whatever mechanism in me that had had drive was
in the same state as my now inop-
erable VW.
I told myself I just needed a few
months to recoup and that, with a
little space, R. and I would figure
things out and wind up back together. Reality was giving me an
altogether different message that
would take me months to accept:
“Stop Driving!”
The breakthrough came one
day after a terrible fight with my
mom. As I sat on the porch feeling
sorry for myself, wondering why
nobody could love me the way I
wanted to be loved, an idea
dawned. Other people might not
love me perfectly, but I could love
me perfectly. In that moment, I
actually stopped driving. I stopped
trying to pull myself together,
figure out my life and make everything OK. I just let myself be the
giant mess I was and when the
voice in my head cried about how
she didn’t know what to do and
that she felt out of place and unwanted, another voice deep within
me responded, “I know. It’s OK. I
love you no matter what and I’m
going to take care of you.”
This subtle shift opened up a
whole new sense of love and security for me — one that came from
inside instead of outside.
The anxiety and depression
lifted, my health improved, and I
stopped being angry. Not much
had changed on the outside. I was
still living with my mom, I didn’t
have a car, and my job prospects
were slim.
But so much was different on
the inside.
When Christmas rolled around,
a friend invited me to a party at her
home. The moment I walked
through the door, I noticed him
noticing me. Eventually, we found
ourselves face-to-face, chatting
away the evening. I was nervous
about dating and not having my life
together. Carl saw through my
circumstances, which he recognized as temporary, and was delighted by me.
Two years later, I’m still learning what it means to fully inhabit
my life as opposed to driving it
from point A to point B. My circumstances have evolved slowly, but in
a way that brings me happiness.
And Carl?
I’ve never received so much
unconditional love and acceptance
and given it in return. Our wedding
was in June, proof that when all
seems lost, it’s usually just a beginning.
The author is a San Diego-based
freelance writer and editor. She is
at tiffanynoelfroese.com.
L.A. Affairs chronicles the current
dating scene in and around Los
Angeles. If you have comments or
a true story to tell, email us at
LAAffairs@latimes.com.
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MY FAVORITE ROOM
Rocker Slash has sold his estate in
Sherman Oaks for $8.7 million. The
buyer: rapper Big Sean.
In Riverside County, a 20-acre estate,
above, captures the Spanish Colonial
spirit. Its asking price is $5.95 million.
Designers are looking to put back some
of the whimsy and quirkiness in the
box-filled Venice area.
Actor Bernard David Jones elevates
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Although it’s a ways from El
Camino Real — the 600-mile road
that connects California’s missions — this Coachella Valley
estate captures the Spanish Colonial spirit with its clay roof tiles,
cathedral ceilings and sunburst
emblem above the front door.
A long, dusty driveway leads to
the 20-acre compound, which
includes such equestrian amenities as a portable barn, crosscountry course and polo practice
field. Date and robusta palm orchards are revenue-producing.
The details
Location: 82425 Avenue 55, Vista
Santa Rosa, 92274
Asking price: $5.95 million
Year built: 2016
House size: 8,170 square feet,
seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms
Lot size: 20 acres
Features: Vaulted ceilings; arched
doorways; hardwood and Saltillo
tile floors; chef ’s kitchen; wine
cellar; five fireplaces; saltwater
swimming pool and spa; multiple
patios; guesthouse; eight-stall
barn; riding arena; polo practice
field; deeded Colorado River water
rights
About the area: In the 92274 ZIP
Code, based on three sales, the
median sales price for singlefamily homes in November was
$288,000, according to CoreLogic,
up 51.6% year over year.
Agents: Tony Halton, Halton
Pardee + Partners, (760) 831-4634
To submit a candidate, send
high-res photos via Dropbox.com,
photographer permission and a
description of the house to
neal.leitereg@latimes.com.
Photographs by
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THE SPANISH COLONIAL -style, 8,170-square-foot home built in 2016 sits on 20 flat acres in a rural community south of Indio.
HARDWOOD AND Saltillo tile floors are found throughout the
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ON THE PROPERTY are a polo practice field, a riding arena
and an eight-stall barn as well as date and palm orchards.
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By Neal J. Leitereg
From his top hat to his leather
pants, Slash commands attention
both on and off the stage. But
when it came to the sale of his
Sherman Oaks mansion, the rock
star kept things surprisingly lowkey.
The guitarist of Guns N’ Roses
and Velvet Revolver last month
sold his home in a guard-gated
community for $8.7 million in a
deal completed off-market. The
buyer, according to sources not
authorized to comment on the
deal, was rapper Big Sean.
The Mediterranean-style
home, built in 2005, has seven
bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and
about 11,000 square feet of living
space.
Interior spaces, which featured
pirate ship-shaped chandeliers
and faux alligator wallpaper during Slash’s ownership, include a
formal dining room, a dual-island
chef ’s kitchen and a family room
with a wet bar. A lower-level
lounge holds a DJ booth, recording studio, screening room and a
metal pole for dancing.
A beach volleyball court and a
swimming pool and spa highlight
the grounds.
Slash, 52, was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012
as a member of Guns N’ Roses. He
reunited with original bandmates
Axl Rose and Duff McKagan last
year for a reunion tour.
He bought the house eight
years ago for $7.3 million, records
show.
Big Sean, whose real name is
Sean Michael Anderson, has released four studio albums, including “I Decided” this year. The
29-year-old was a featured artist
on Justin Bieber’s 2015 album,
“Purpose.”
Photographs by
Jeff Elson
MUSICIAN AND SONGWRITER Slash has sold his mansion in the Mulholland Estates community to Big Sean for $8.7 million.
Eastbound and down
... from the hills
Danny McBride of “Eastbound
& Down” and “Vice Principals”
fame has sold his home in Hollywood Hills West outside the Multiple Listing Service for $3.5 million.
IN THE LOUNGE of the Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s just-sold
house are a DJ booth, a recording studio and a stripper pole.
BESIDES A chef’s kitchen with two islands, the home has a
beach volleyball court and a swimming pool and spa.
She’ll accept the
perfect offer
Singer-songwriter-actress
Ester Dean has put her condominium and recording studio in
the Oxford Triangle section of
Venice on the market for
$1.349 million.
The two-bedroom, one bathroom unit is in a warehouse-style
has appeared as Cynthia-Rose
Adams in the “Picture Perfect”
films.
A place to try out
some new tricks
Extreme-sports star and musician Shaun White has purchased
the Hollywood Hills home and
studio of award-winning composer
and lyricist Marc Shaiman for
$1.6 million.
Set on a leafy lot in Laurel
Canyon, the 1920s bungalow has a
cozy vibe, with walls of built-ins,
white-painted ceilings and a woodburning fireplace. French doors
and picture windows take in hillside and canyon views.
The approximately 1,200
square feet of colorful interiors
include a vaulted-ceiling living
room, a den, two bedrooms and
two bathrooms. A dining nook
with built-in bench seating is off
the kitchen area.
Across the grounds is the studio, which has been acoustically
treated. The 1,334-square-foot
structure holds a kitchenette, an
office/bedroom and a bathroom.
The two-house compound
originally listed for sale in May
with an adjacent property owned
by Shaiman for $3.5 million. The
additional parcel, which contained
a three-bedroom home designed
by Juan Felipe Goldstein, sold
separately in November for $1.4
million, records show.
Jordan Rubinstein and Jan
Alexander of Century Park Realty
were the listing agents.
The 31-year-old White is an
accomplished snowboarder and
skateboarder. He has won gold
medals for snowboarding (at the
Winter Olympics) and skateboarding (at the X Games).
Shaiman, 57, has been nominated for five Academy Awards for
his film work, which includes
“Sleepless in Seattle” (1993). He
co-wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical “Hairspray,” earning
a Tony Award for his efforts. The
subsequent cast recording for
“Hairspray” won him a Grammy.
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building that caters to a live-work
lifestyle. Much of the 2,203-squarefoot interior is dedicated to lofted
and open-plan space. High ceilings with exposed ductwork, skylights and modern fixtures give
the place a contemporary yet
industrial vibe.
A galley-style kitchen with a
breakfast bar, living room and
large common area are among the
living spaces. The recording studio/production studio was added
by Dean in collaboration with
Beverly Hills-based LA Design
Build.
Dean bought the property two
years ago, records show. She’s
selling the unit because her work
keeps her mostly in L.A.’s Eastside
and Hollywood.
Nick Segal, Rick Ojeda and
Shaun Alan-Lee at Partners Trust
are the listing agents.
Dean has collaborated with
such artists as Beyoncé, Christina
Aguilera, Nicki Minaj and Katy
Perry. She produced Rihanna’s
album “Loud,” which was nominated for four Grammy Awards,
including album of the year.
As an actress, the 35-year-old
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The Brentwood home of late
rock ’n’ roll legend Glenn Frey
found a buyer at $14 million. It had
been listed for $14.995 million.
The Mediterranean-style
house, built in 1996, sits behind
hedges and gates on a flat lot of
nearly three-quarters of an acre
with a guesthouse and a tiled
swimming pool and spa.
Features of the two-story home
include vaulted and wood-beamed
ceilings, plaster walls, arched
doorways and three fireplaces.
More than 8,000 square feet of
living space contains a doubleheight entry, a family room, a
library and a living room.
There are six bedrooms, 8.25
bathrooms and a powder room. In
the upstairs master suite, which
has a separate sitting room,
French doors open to a balcony
overlooking patios, gardens and
statuary in the backyard.
Frey, who died last year at 67,
bought the estate more than a
decade ago for slightly more than
$10 million. Late entertainment
mogul Michael King of King World
Productions was the home’s previous owner.
The singer-songwriter cofounded the Eagles in 1971 with
drummer Don Henley. With the
group, Frey won six Grammys and
was inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
David Offer of Berkshire
Hathaway HomeServices California Properties was the listing
agent. Alicia Drake of John Aaroe
Group represented the buyer.
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THE VENICE CONDO and recording studio that singer-actress Ester Dean is selling has a contemporary-industrial look.
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Now available for lease at
$14,995 a month, the gated compound sits on about a third of an
acre with a swimming pool and
spa, an outdoor kitchen and a
detached guesthouse. Lush landscaping and mature trees surround the property for a canyoncool feel.
The 4,000 square feet of interior
space is fully furnished and features 18-foot ceilings, exposed
beams and a step-down library/
den with a wall of built-ins. The
center-island kitchen sits adjacent
to a dining area, which flows into
the living room.
There are three bedrooms and
four bathrooms including a master suite with a private deck and
an aboveground spa.
Decking surrounds the swimming pool in the backyard. Elsewhere on the property is a two-car
garage.
Ben Belack of the Agency holds
the listing for the lease.
McBride, 38, was a creator,
writer and lead actor on the HBO
comedies “Eastbound & Down”
and “Vice Principals.” His film
credits include the comedies
“Pineapple Express” (2008), “Your
Highness” (2011) and “This Is the
End” (2013).
This year McBride appeared in
the films “Alien: Covenant” and
“The Disaster Artist.”
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