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Senate GOP
tax bill also
takes aim at
New provision to end
insurance mandate
may threaten plan.
By Lisa Mascaro
and Jim Puzzanghera
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
A VENDOR pushes a cart along Maple Avenue in the Fashion District in L.A., where business groups are
asking that property owners be able to decide whether street vendors can operate outside their doors.
Can business owners
kick vendors to curb?
Plan would let shops veto sellers on their block
By Emily Alpert Reyes
When pushcart vendors try to set
up shop in front of his East Hollywood
gas station, Jacques Massachi tells
them to leave.
“I don’t allow them. I just don’t allow them,” Massachi said.
The sidewalk sellers can end up obstructing traffic in and out of the gas
station, he complained. And if they
hawk hot dogs, ice cream or anything
else sold at his Ampm store, he sees
them as rivals.
If someone can walk up and buy a
hot dog out front, Massachi said, “why
would he buy a hot dog from me?”
Los Angeles is planning to legalize
and regulate sidewalk vending, handing out city permits to the pushcarts
and stands that are an everyday sight
in the city.
Despite a longstanding ban, about
50,000 vendors ply their trade on its
sidewalks, selling ice cream, tamales
and other food and goods, according
to city officials.
But bricks-and-mortar shops,
which have complained about blocked
walkways, leftover trash and what
they see as unfair competition from
unregulated sidewalk vendors, could
stand in their way. Under a proposal
being vetted at City Hall, property
owners like Massachi could prohibit
vending on the adjacent sidewalks.
Business groups have lobbied for
property owners to be able to decide
whether vendors can operate outside
their doors.
They point to Portland, Ore., and
San Francisco, which give neighboring businesses a say over when ven[See Street vendors, A9]
Rampage ‘could
have been so
much worse’
Officers shoot dead a
gunman who kills 4 in
Northern California;
quick action at school
prevents more deaths.
Big plans
in Irvine
over a
art trove
By Paige St. John,
Joe Mozingo
and Ruben Vives
The Buck Collection
heads to UCI, with a
new museum in works.
When real estate developer Gerald Buck was selling a rural farm near San
Luis Obispo, land he bought
in a failed oil-drilling
scheme, a prospective buyer
offered him an elegant Old
Master painting by Anthony
van Dyck in lieu of cash.
Buck had no interest in art,
but neither did he have any
other buyers in sight. So
Buck plunged into researching the painting’s authenticity, history of ownership and
market value — then agreed
to the trade.
And he was off.
The Van Dyck is long
gone, but now, four decades
later, the Gerald E. Buck
Collection has grown to
more than 3,200 paintings,
sculptures and works on paper. Not only is the vast trove
the finest holding of its kind
in private hands, the collection is poised to anchor an
ambitious new museum being launched at UC Irvine.
Chancellor Howard Gillman is expected to announce Wednesday the formation of the UCI Museum
and Institute for California
Art, or MICA, with the Buck
Collection as its core. The
collection, much coveted by
other museums, focuses on
artists who emerged in California between World War II
and 1980.
In addition to his art[See Museum, A13]
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans took a big
gamble Tuesday with their
tax reform bill, adding a partial Obamacare repeal provision that would free up
more money for tax cuts, but
also inject significant new
political hurdles.
The change, backed by
President Trump and a
handful of senators, would
end the mandate under the
Affordable Care Act that all
Americans have health coverage. Senate GOP leaders
had previously rejected the
idea as too risky to include in
their tax package, particularly after the repeated
failed efforts earlier this year
to repeal and replace the
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
UCLA BASKETBALL players LiAngelo Ball, center, and Cody Riley arrive at
Los Angeles International Airport after being held in China for nearly a week.
2010 law.
Repealing the mandate
would save the government
an estimated $338 billion
over 10 years, but only because millions of people
would stop buying insurance and therefore would no
longer receive subsidies to
help pay for their premiums.
Looking for a way to fund
their ambitious tax plan and
under fire for giving most of
the breaks to corporations
and the wealthy, Senate Republicans made a last-minute decision to insert the
Obamacare repeal. They
plan to use the savings to pay
for additional tax cuts for
middle- and upper-class
“It’ll be distributed in the
form of middle-income tax
relief,” said Sen. John Thune
of South Dakota, the thirdranking Republican.
It remains to be seen
whether Senate leaders can
muster the 50 votes needed
from their own party to pass
[See Taxes, A8]
Calif. — Students were
playing in the schoolyard at
Rancho Tehama Elementary, waiting for the morning
bell to ring, when gunshots
erupted a quarter mile away.
Teachers and staff immediately rushed the children into classrooms and
under desks, locking the
A white Ford F-150
crashed through the front
gate as they hunkered down,
the driver emerging with a
semiautomatic rifle. Wearing a ballistic vest, he
stormed into the quad and
shot at the walls and windows but was unable to en-
ter the classrooms. After
several agonizing minutes,
the shots stopped. The gunman got back into the stolen
pickup and moved on to
other targets in this dusty
enclave in the hayfields of
Northern California.
At least four people
would die at his hands before the 45-minute killing
rampage ended when officers, firing in pursuit on a rural road, rammed his car and
shot him to death, authorities said.
They said the lockdown
by the school and the bold
action by the officers prevented a greater death toll.
“This incident, as tragic
and bad as it is, could have
been so much worse if it
wasn’t for the quick-thinking staff at our elementary
County Assistant Sheriff
Phil Johnston. “I really want
to say that the quick action
of those school officials,
there is no doubt in my mind
based on the video that I
saw, saved countless lives
and children.”
[See Rampage, A13]
UCLA needs strong
stand on Chinese 3
The three
UCLA freshman basketball players
detained in
China are
finally home,
but the embarrassing
story isn’t
What do the Bruins do
with them now?
LiAngelo Ball, Cody
Riley and Jalen Hill returned to Los Angeles on
Tuesday after being confined to their Hangzhou
hotel for nearly a week on
suspicion of shoplifting
during UCLA’s recent visit,
but their saga continues.
Now will they be allowed
to return to the basketball
It is important to note
Three freshmen
are back in U.S.
The UCLA basketball
players face no charges
in China, but they could
be penalized by the
school. SPORTS, D1
that the players were freed
without charges being filed
in China. Yet indications are
that something happened,
and it wasn’t good.
There was one media
report that the players were
caught on surveillance
video stealing sunglasses
from a Louis Vuitton store,
and another that they shoplifted from several stores.
President Trump said
Tuesday that he spoke with
Chinese President Xi Jinping about the situation.
Describing that conversa-
tion, he implied that some
wrongdoing had occurred.
“President Xi has been
terrific on that subject,”
Trump told reporters
aboard Air Force One near
the conclusion of his twoweek visit to Asia. “But that
was not a good subject.
That was not something
that should have happened.”
Trump also said: “What
they did was unfortunate.
You know you’re talking
about very long prison
sentences. They do not play
The players are scheduled to appear in front the
media with school officials
and make a statement
Wednesday morning, but
here’s guessing they won’t
offer many concrete answers.
Unless that surveillance
[See Plaschke, A10]
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
TWO WOMEN embrace outside Rancho Tehama
Elementary after the rampage. No children died at
the school, although two suffered gunshot wounds.
Sessions’ heated
Russia testimony
The attorney general
angrily denies that he
deliberately misled or
lied to Congress about
the Trump campaign’s
multiple contacts with
Russia during the 2016
presidential race.
Partly sunny.
L.A. Basin: 78/62. B6
Printed with soy inks on
partially recycled paper.
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
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ROY MOORE says he won’t quit the Senate race in Alabama despite allegations of sexual assault. Only 15 U.S.
senators have ever been expelled — 14 for backing the wrong side in the Civil War, the other for treason in 1797.
Threat of Senate expulsion
is real, but doing so is rare
If Roy Moore were elected and then ousted, he’d join a very short list
By Michael Finnegan
Expulsion from the U.S.
Senate is rare, but Roy
Moore’s refusal to drop his
run for an Alabama seat
amid sexual assault allegations has led fellow Republicans to suggest kicking him
out of Congress before the
election even takes place.
If he wins the Dec. 12
election to fill the seat vacated by Atty. Gen. Jeff
Sessions and winds up
expelled, Moore would
become the first senator
bounced from office for
sexual misconduct.
Only 15 senators have
been tossed out by their
colleagues. The last expulsion was in 1862.
Since then, about a
dozen senators have faced
expulsion proceedings,
mainly for corruption. Some
have resigned before a
final vote, but none was
Who has called for Moore’s
Colorado Sen. Cory
Gardner, whose voice
carries a lot of weight in the
Republican Party. As chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee,
Gardner oversees campaign
fundraising for the Senate
GOP majority.
The committee ended its
fundraising agreement with
Moore last week. On Monday, the Republican National Committee terminated its own fundraising
pact with Moore.
Senate GOP leader
Mitch McConnell and other
party leaders have called on
Moore to end his candidacy
following allegations of
sexual misconduct when he
was in his 30s. He was accused of molesting a 14-yearold girl, sexually assaulting
a 16-year-old girl and making advances on three other
teenage girls.
Moore has denied the
allegations and vowed to
stay in the race. With uncertain prospects for a late
write-in candidacy by another Republican, expulsion
is a last-resort solution
designed to spare the party
the embarrassment of seating Moore in the Senate.
Two other Republicans,
Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona
and Todd Young of Indiana,
have also supported the
How can the Senate
overturn voters’ will?
The Constitution empowers each house of Congress to punish members for
disorderly behavior. To
expel a member requires a
two-thirds vote of the Senate or House.
What led to the 15
The Senate ousted 14
members in 1861 and 1862 for
supporting the Confederate
rebellion in the Civil War.
One of those expulsions was
reversed after the senator
The other senator who
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
REPUBLICAN Sens. Cory Gardner, left, and Mitch McConnell, the majority
leader, right, are among those in the party urging Moore to end his candidacy.
Nathaniel Harari CQ-Roll Call
SEN. BOB PACKWOOD (R-Ore.) resigned in 1995 after a Senate panel, then
led by McConnell, recommended he be expelled for sexual misconduct.
was ousted — for treason —
was William Blount of Tennessee in 1797.
Which senators dodged
One of the best known is
Republican Sen. Bob Packwood of Oregon. He resigned in 1995 as it became
clear he would almost certainly be expelled for sexual
harassment and other
Packwood’s mistreatment of women — grabbing
them and kissing them
forcefully against their will,
among other things — was
laid out in graphic detail in a
November 1992 article in the
Washington Post.
The effort to boot Packwood started with an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee, then led by
“There was a habitual
pattern of aggressive, blatantly sexual advances,
mostly directed at members
of his own staff or others
whose livelihoods were
connected in some way to
his power and authority as a
senator,” McConnell said at
the time.
Democratic Sen. Harrison A. Williams Jr. of New
Jersey was on the verge of
getting thrown out of office
when he quit in 1982. He’d
been convicted in the
Abscam kickback scandal,
and the Senate Ethics Committee had unanimously
recommended his ouster.
One of the most legendary senators to face expulsion proceedings was Huey
Long, the Democratic political boss from Louisiana.
In 1934, Long was accused of election fraud. He
survived the Senate investigation and was assassinated in 1935.
In 1919, Republican Sen.
Robert M. La Follette of
Wisconsin faced possible
expulsion for denouncing
American participation in
World War I. The Senate
voted to dismiss the case.
Also noteworthy was the
religious freedom drama of
Sen. Reed Smoot of Utah, a
prominent Mormon. As
soon as the Republican took
office in 1903, Protestant
ministers and others alleged
that his faith disqualified
him from serving. They
cited Mormons’ history of
polygamy, even though it
had renounced the practice
by that time.
After an exhaustive
investigation that served as
a proxy trial of the Mormon
Church itself, a Senate
committee deemed Smoot
unqualified to serve in Congress.
But the full Senate, with
the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt,
rejected the attempt to
expel Smoot, whose personal conduct no one had questioned. Smoot served in the
Senate for 30 years.
Twitter: @finneganLAT
Flattery from Asia, but little else
Trump ‘seemed
far more
interested in
pomp and
circumstance ...
than advancing
Trump’s five-nation
trip yields no major
progress on trade and
North Korea.
By Brian Bennett
and Noah Bierman
BEIJING — In the photo,
President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping stand
shoulder to shoulder in front
of the yellow-tiled palace
where emperors ruled the
Middle Kingdom, as China
called itself for centuries.
It was the first time a U.S.
president had stood for a
portrait with the head of
China’s Communist Party in
the middle of the ancient
Forbidden City, what has
long been the psychic heart
of China. The next day the
country’s state-controlled
newspapers ran the image
across their front pages.
Trump had been in Beijing only for a few hours, but
already Xi had gotten what
he wanted: to be seen, inside
China at least, as an equal to
the American president.
What remains unclear is
what Trump has gotten.
Just hours after his arrival, the president had
demonstrated how willing
he was to be flattered and to
flatter back, while getting little in return, at least for now.
Trump’s grand reception
in China was a highlight of
his 12-day, five-country tour
of Asia, where the specter of
Beijing’s superpower aspirations is at the center of every other relationship the
United States has in the region. Uneasy partners tried
to game out how the U.S. intends to counter China’s rise
while persuading it to bring
its full weight to bear on resolving the North Korean
nuclear crisis.
They still don’t have answers. Like China, each
country — Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines — gave Trump the
red-carpet treatment, and
for the proud president, that
alone seemed proof of his
diplomatic success.
“It was a red carpet like I
think probably nobody has
ever received. That really is a
sense of respect, perhaps for
me a little bit, but really for
our country, and I’m very
proud of that,” Trump said
on Monday in the Philippines, his last stop.
He and top advisors say
that before long the shows of
respect will translate into
action on trade and North
Korea. “The fruits of our labor are going to be incredible,” Trump said.
They aren’t evident yet.
China remains resistant to
cracking down on North Korea economically, despite
Trump’s entreaties. As for
trade, the president an-
— Sen. Charles E.
Andrew Harnik Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP attends a summit in Manila with national security advisor H.R. McMaster, left, and
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “The fruits of our labor are going to be incredible,” Trump said of his trip.
nounced no firm deals or actual progress toward bilateral agreements to reduce
U.S. trade deficits with the
Asian nations, aside from
claims of up to $300 billion in
business deals that American and foreign companies
promised. Flying home
Tuesday, Trump suggested
the figure could reach $1 trillion, but observers suggested even the $300-billion
sum is inflated.
The president’s challenge is that he is asking the
nations to do more on North
Korea even as he is demanding they get less on trade.
Also, he sent mixed messages. Alongside Xi in Beijing, Trump blamed his
predecessors for trade practices that, as a candidate,
he’d labeled as economic
rape, and he applauded
China for getting away with
it. Once he’d left, in Vietnam
Trump returned to attacking China.
In a speech in Seoul
before the South Korean
National Assembly, Trump
first described at length the
horrors of life in North Korea
under the oppressive Kim
dynasty, then invited Kim
Jong Un to the table to talk
about ending his nuclear
program. He also posted the
sort of provocative tweet —
calling Kim “short and fat” in
response to the North Korean leader’s taunts — that so
worries allies like South Korea living within close range
of North Korea’s missiles.
In China, Trump had to
spend down some of his
guanxi, or influence, with Xi
almost immediately after
three UCLA basketball players were arrested there on
suspicion of shoplifting.
Trump asked Xi to help resolve the case quickly, and
on Tuesday the players were
allowed to board a flight to
Los Angeles.
The take-away for the
countries other than China
may have been Trump’s
sheer presence, signaling
that America wants to remain a player in the region
despite his repudiation of
the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral trade
pact brokered by then-President Obama and intended
to counter China’s economic
Yet there were also signs
of how Trump’s “America
first” retreat from multilateral trade leadership had
left the United States somewhat sidelined. One of the
most concrete results of the
Asian summits Trump attended was a separate resolution among the other 11
TPP signatories, led by
Japan, that they would enforce the trade agreement
without the United States.
Trump bolstered his relationship with Japan by visiting that country first, golfing
and dining with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who
seemed willing to play sidekick in Trump’s buddy movie; when Abe accidentally
tumbled into a sand trap,
Trump walked nonchalantly
In the Philippines, a longtime ally that the administration is eager to keep from
China’s sphere, Trump displayed a stunning rapport
with President Rodrigo
Duterte despite the strongman’s sorry record on human rights, going so far as to
join Duterte in publicly
mocking Obama for his estrangement from Duterte.
Trump’s critics were
quick to criticize his trip as
long on pageantry and short
on substance. Senate Democratic leader Charles E.
Schumer called Trump’s
tour “a flop” and a missed
opportunity to do more to
counter China.
“He seemed far more interested in pomp and circumstance — red carpets,
fancy meals and the flattery
of foreign leaders — than advancing American interests
in a region that is increasingly looking to China for
leadership,” Schumer said.
Administration officials
suggested that tougher
moves on trade, particularly
with China, and on security
are in the offing. White
House Chief of Staff John F.
Kelly summarized the trip as
“setting up the discussion”
about trade imbalances and
North Korea.
Robert Lighthizer — a longtime China-trade hawk —
Commerce Secretary Wilbur
Ross and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin have
been considering a variety of
squeeze China on trade if it
doesn’t respond to Trump’s
Back home, the president will be under pressure
from both Democrats and
the anti-globalists in his
party to pursue a harder line
against China, said Ely Ratner, who was a senior advisor
to then-Vice President Joe
Biden. “The happy veneer of
the visit is on pretty thin ice.
I don’t think it will last long.”
Though Trump promised a major announcement at
the White House on Wednesday or Thursday to provide
more details about the results from the trip, top aides
sought to lower expectations.
“While we appreciate the
long hours and the effort
that our Chinese counterparts have put into those
trade discussions, quite
frankly, in the grand scheme
of a $300- to $500-billion
trade deficit, the things that
have been achieved thus far
are pretty small,” Secretary
of State Rex Tillerson told
reporters in Beijing.
Administration officials
say they got further in their
efforts to enlist China in confronting North Korea, which
relies on Beijing’s economic
support, though they still
lacked a concrete plan on
what may be the toughest issue that Trump inherited.
“The Chinese are ponying
up,” Kelly said.
Tillerson said Xi and
other Chinese officials “have
been very clear and unequivocal they will not accept a North Korea with nuclear weapons.” But the two
powers do not agree on tactics, timing and how much
pressure to put on Pyongyang despite what Tillerson
said was “a lot [time] exchanging views.”
The Chinese believe
sanctions are beginning to
hurt Kim’s government and
need more time.
The two issues — trade
and North Korea — also
dominated Trump’s discussions with close allies. Those
Trump tried to reassure
Japan that it does not need
to pursue its own nuclear
program, while demanding
that the country spend more
money to defend itself.
Trump sought to unify
the region under what he
calls an “Indo-Pacific” umbrella, but that remains a
challenge. The term suggests the administration’s
aim to enlarge the circle of
major democracies, notably
to include India and Australia, behind a regional strategy of open trade channels
and resistance to China’s efforts at dominance. In Vietnam, at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
summit, Trump referred repeatedly to the importance
of national sovereignty, a
signal of support to smaller
nations fretful about China.
Although other nations
at the summit declared success toward salvaging the
TPP, Trump made no tangible progress on the oneon-one trade deals that he
has promised as an alternative to sweeping multilateral
“If you are against the
Chinese alone, China will fire
back,” warned Michael
Green, who was an Asia advisor to President George W.
Bush. TPP and other such
multilateral alliances make
the United States part of a
united front with other large
markets, like Japan and
Canada, making it better
able to withstand any tit-fortat trade retaliations by
China, Green said.
“When China gets tough,”
he added, “we will find ourselves feeling isolated.”
Bierman reported from
Manila and Bennett from
Zimbabwe military takes control of the country
Officers say Mugabe
is still president, but
that they will target
‘criminals’ by his side.
By Robyn Dixon
South Africa — Zimbabwe’s
military revealed Wednesday that it had in effect taken control of the country,
moving to end a political crisis in a chaotic night that
saw explosions and gunfire
erupting in the capital, Harare.
The military said in a
statement that President
Robert Mugabe remained
president and commander
in chief of the armed forces
but that “criminals” around
him would be prosecuted.
“To both our people and
the world beyond our borders, we wish to make this
abundantly clear this is not a
military takeover of government,” said the statement,
read on-air by a military officer.
“Comrade R.G. Mugabe
and his family are safe and
sound, and their security is
guaranteed,” the statement
said. “We are only targeting
criminals around him who
are committing crimes that
are causing social and economic suffering in the country
to bring them to justice.”
The army, urging people
to remain calm and avoid
said it was attempting “to
pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country.”
warned Americans in Zimbabwe to remain indoors.
The State Department said
it was monitoring developments and urged the nation’s leaders to resolve their
differences peacefully.
The military action targets a faction of the governing party, ZANU-PF, that is
allied with Grace Mugabe,
the president’s wife, who recently made an audacious
grab for power, saying that
she was ready to take over
her husband’s job.
For months, the party
has wrangled over who will
succeed Mugabe. Last week
the president dismissed his
vice president and presumed successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has
close ties to the military and
security services. Mnangagwa had fallen afoul of
Grace Mugabe, who compared him to a snake and
called for him to be crushed.
The succession battle
has intensified amid specu-
Jekesai Njikizana AFP/Getty Images
GEN. Constantino Chiwenga on Monday warned the
ruling party to stop a purge of some older members.
lation that the 93-year-old
president may die in office.
Zimbabwe’s ruler since 1980,
he has held the presidency
since 1987 and has said he
plans to run for another
term next year.
The dismissal of Mnangagwa triggered unhappiness among many generals,
but what outraged military
leaders were the efforts of
the faction allied with Grace
Mugabe to oust dozens of
people associated with
Flanked by 90 military officers, Gen. Constantino
Chiwenga, the head of the
armed forces, warned Monday that the military would
intervene if the purge continued.
“The current purging,
which is clearly targeting
members of the party with a
must stop forthwith,” he
said. “It is our strong and
deeply considered position
that if drastic action is not
taken immediately, our beloved country Zimbabwe
will definitely be headed to
becoming a neo-colony
It was the first time the
military, which has kept Mugabe in power for years, defied him, making clear it was
not willing to accept Grace
Mugabe as vice president.
That spurred the party to
accuse Chiwenga of treason
and inciting an insurrection.
Grace Mugabe and some
allies, including government
ministers Jonathan Moyo
and Saviour Kasukuwere,
are seen as unacceptable to
some sections of the military
because, unlike Mnangagwa
and Mugabe, they played no
part in the country’s liberation war four decades ago to
end white minority rule.
The ministers are part of
a faction called G40, a reference to the fact that they are
younger than the generation
of liberation fighters. Speculation grew early Wednesday
that Moyo and Kasukuwere
could face arrest in coming
After Mugabe sacked
him, Mnangagwa reportedly
fled the country, saying his
life had been threatened. His
whereabouts are unknown.
His dismissal by Mugabe
came days after Grace Mugabe launched a fierce tirade
against Mnangagwa at a
church service, calling for
him to be expelled. She was
enraged after being booed
earlier at a rally in the southern city of Bulawayo and
blamed Mnangagwa for the
Tension rose in Zimbabwe on Tuesday as rumors
of a coup spread and social
media postings showed soldiers and several tanks on
the streets in the capital.
“We are wondering where
this is all going. Whatever
happens, we just hope that it
will not affect us and our
children,” said Richard Mutedzi, 29, in central Harare.
Moyo, the higher education minister, tweeted a copy
of the ZANU-PF statement
accusing Chiwenga of treason.
In addition to violating
Zimbabwe’s constitution, a
coup would attract strong
condemnation from the African Union and the regional
leadership body, the Southern African Development
Community. Allies of Mnangagwa suggested on Twitter
that the takeover would be
“bloodless” and was designed to lead to elections
and a new government.
As turmoil unfolded, the
only person in the ruling
party to address journalists
was Kudzanai Chipanga, the
leader of the youth wing of
ZANU-PF, who warned the
military to stay out of politics and said the youth wing
was ready to die for Mugabe.
Special correspondent
Tawanda Karombo in
Harare contributed to this
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
Indignant Sessions denies he lied
House testimony gets
testy over questions
about Russia contacts.
By Joseph Tanfani
and Cathleen Decker
Gen. Jeff Sessions repeatedly denied Tuesday that he
deliberately misled or lied to
Congress about the Trump
campaign’s multiple contacts with Russia, saying he
forgot that two aides told
him about their meetings
with Russian government
officials during the 2016 race.
In an often-contentious
House Judiciary Committee
hearing, Sessions sparred
for more than five hours with
Democrats, who faulted him
for changing his story each
time he has testified under
oath before Congress, and
some Republicans, who
pushed him to appoint a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton.
Sessions grew visibly angry at times, insisting again
and again that he “always
told the truth” as he recalled
it, even as he confirmed for
the first time that an aide offered to help arrange a meeting between Trump and
Russian President Vladimir
Putin. Sessions said he
“pushed back” against the
“In all of my testimony, I
can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I
understand them and to the
best of my memory,” he said.
“But I will not accept and
reject accusations that I
have ever lied,” he added.
“That is a lie.”
The hearing was the latest sign of how last year’s bitter presidential campaign
has yet to recede. Harsh
questions about the Democratic nominee’s purported
misdeeds collided with national security concerns
Carolyn Kaster Associated Press
ATTY. GEN. JEFF SESSIONS was pressed by Republican lawmakers to swiftly
appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton. He said a Justice Department decision on the matter would be made “without political influence.”
about whether President
Trump’s current or former
aides helped Russia meddle
in an American election —
the focus of a special counsel
investigation led by former
FBI Director Robert S.
Mueller III.
against Republicans who
pressed him to swiftly appoint another special counsel to focus on Clinton.
Senior prosecutors at the
Justice Department were reviewing the record and it
would “be done without political influence,” he said.
After Rep. Jim Jordan
(R-Ohio) laid out a long list
of allegations that he said indicated wrongdoing, Sessions responded sharply. “I
would say ‘looks like’ is not
enough basis to appoint a
special counsel,” he said.
Rep. John Conyers Jr. of
Michigan, the House committee’s top Democrat, said
the allegations against Clinton — which chiefly involve
her use of a private email
server as secretary of State,
fundraising for the Clinton
Foundation, and an Obama
administration decision in
2010 to approve sales of uranium to a Russian company
— have been “carefully examined and completely debunked.” He added that the
threat of jailing political opponents after an election is
something that would happen in “a banana republic.”
The often testy backand-forth on Russia largely
echoed Sessions’ three previous appearances on Capitol Hill this year, creating
more heat than light as lawmakers confronted Sessions
with his previous statements and other evidence
that contradicted his claims,
and the attorney general responded dozens of times
that he did not recall.
“I have been asked to remember details from a year
ago, such as who I saw on
what day, in what meeting,
and who said what when,” he
He blamed his faulty
memory on the political and
organizational maelstrom of
Trump’s insurgent presidential campaign. The fourterm senator from Alabama
joined Trump’s side early on
and became his top foreign
policy advisor.
“It was a brilliant campaign in many ways,” he
said. “But it was a form of
chaos every day from Day
One. We traveled all the
time, sometimes to several
places in one day. Sleep was
in short supply.”
Sessions recused himself
from overseeing Mueller’s
investigation in March because of his role as Trump’s
campaign advisor — and he
said in January that he
shouldn’t supervise a Clinton investigation for the
same reason.
In the House hearing, he
had to again revise his answers about his own meetings with Russia’s then-ambassador in Washington, as
well as what he knew about
other campaign aides’ meetings with Russians in London and Moscow.
During his Senate confirmation hearing in January,
Sessions denied that he had
met any Russians during the
It later emerged that he
had met three times with the
Russian ambassador, including once in his Senate
office for about 50 minutes to
discuss Ukraine and other
He said he stood by his
initial denial because he
thought he was being asked
about improper contacts,
and that his meetings with
the Russian ambassador
were not improper.
Last month, Sessions
told another Senate hearing
that he was not aware of any
campaign aides who might
have met with Russian officials, repeating a claim he
had previously made to Congress.
On Oct. 30, however,
court papers in the criminal
case against George Papadopoulos, a campaign foreign policy aide, said that he
bragged about his Russian
connections at a meeting
with Trump, Sessions and
other aides at the Trump
Hotel in Washington.
According to the court
documents, Papadopoulos
offered to help set up a meeting between Trump and
Putin — and that Sessions
quickly shut down the discussion.
“I pushed back, I would
say it that way,” Sessions
said Tuesday, saying he only
remembered the incident after reading news reports
about Papadopoulos.
“I believe that I wanted to
make clear to him that he
was not authorized to represent the campaign with the
Russian government, or any
other foreign government,
for that matter,” he said.
Another campaign aide,
Carter Page, told the House
Intelligence Committee this
month that he had told Sessions after a Capitol Hill din-
ner of his plans to visit Moscow. Sessions said Tuesday
that he didn’t remember
Page informing him, but did
not dispute that he had —
and that it did not establish
“Am I supposed to stop
him from taking a trip?” Sessions asked. Page told the
Intelligence Committee that
he had a private discussion
with one of Russia’s deputy
prime ministers and several
lawmakers while he was in
Rep. Ted Deutch (DFla.) repeatedly asked Sessions whether Trump had
the authority to pardon anyone potentially caught up in
the Russia investigation, including members of the
president’s family, former
campaign aides and current
White House advisors.
“I believe the president
has the power to pardon, no
doubt about that,” Sessions
said. Pressed to explain, he
added, “The attorney general should not be giving legal opinions from the seat of
his britches.”
So far, Trump’s former
campaign manager, Paul
Manafort, and his top deputy have been charged with
fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. A third campaign aide, Papadopoulos,
has pleaded guilty to lying to
the FBI. Other indictments
are expected.
Though the Russia investigation dominated the
hearing, Sessions also faced
questions about other controversies at the Justice Department.
He defended voter identification laws and tough new
sentencing policies that
some say have been wielded
far more harshly against African Americans accused of
drug offenses.
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
Trial begins
over standoff
in Nevada
Case of Cliven Bundy
and his sons is about
respecting the rule of
law, prosecutor says.
By David Montero
J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press
SEN. RON WYDEN of Oregon, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, discusses the Republi-
can tax bill this week. Democrats criticized the effort to add a healthcare provision to the legislation.
New GOP repeal effort
[Taxes, from A1]
the new version, though
they expressed confidence.
“We’re optimistic that inserting the individual mandate repeal would be helpful,” Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
As a possible concession
to lure centrist Republicans
who sank previous efforts to
repeal the healthcare law,
Senate leaders indicated
they would move ahead with
a bipartisan healthcare
compromise bill worked out
by Sens. Lamar Alexander
(R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray
(D-Wash.) that is intended
to stabilize the healthcare
markets. “We’re committed
to moving Alexander-Murray,” Thune said.
But by inserting healthcare into the tax debate, Republicans risked reactivating opposition from the coalition of healthcare groups
that helped quash their earlier repeal efforts.
On Tuesday, 16 leading
groups together expressed
alarm at the proposal. “Re-
pealing the individual mandate without otherwise increasing access to adequate,
affordable health insurance
is a step backward for individuals and families,” noted
the groups, which include
the American Heart Assn.,
the American Lung Assn.,
the March of Dimes, Consumers Union and the advocacy arm of the American
Cancer Society.
Democrats called it a
desperate move that would
result in 13 million additional
uninsured Americans and
premium hikes of 10%, according to nonpartisan analyses of the impact of ending
the mandate.
“Republicans just can’t
help themselves,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles
E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). “If the
American people weren’t already outraged by this [tax]
bill, injecting healthcare into
it will certainly do the trick.”
The House tax bill, which
is expected to pass later
this week, does not include
the Obamacare provision,
though ending the mandate
is popular among House Re-
publicans. Conservatives
pushed to add it to the
House legislation.
“Adding the repeal of the
individual mandate to tax
reform could be the most
consequential step this Congress takes to date in fulfilling our promises to the
American people,” said the
Republican Study Committee. “It appears the Senate is
keeping its promises. The
House should do the same.”
Senate Republicans have
been frantically searching
for ways to make their bill
more attractive to middleclass taxpayers, while still
adding no more to the federal deficit than the $1.5 trillion allowed under their
budget instructions.
The tax bill’s main component is a cut in the corporate rate from 35% to 20%. It
lowers tax rates for many individuals, but also does
away with popular deductions, such as the ability to
write off state income and
property taxes, widely used
in California and other hightax states.
ended up retaining property
tax deductions up to $10,000
after lawmakers from New
York and New Jersey objected.
Some key GOP senators
also voiced concerns that
their plan did not do enough
to help the middle class.
“Middle-income taxpayers
are going to be really hurt by
repeal of the SALT,” said
Sen. Susan Collins (RMaine), using the acronym
for state and local tax deductions.
The idea to insert the
Obamacare mandate repeal
is intended as a compromise. Republican senators
have argued it makes sense
to include it in tax policy because the mandate was upheld by the Supreme Court
in 2012 by declaring it a tax.
Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) were
among those who had spoken with Trump about including it.
The savings could be
used to push down rates.
Trump suggested Monday
on Twitter using it to lower
the top tax rate for the richest Americans from 38.5% in
the Senate bill to 35%, and
then using “the rest” for middle-income families.
“It makes too much
sense,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.). “You could use
it to give relief to those middle- and upper middle-class
taxpayers who are not getting as much relief as they
should because of [the elimination of the state and local
tax] deduction.”
But while most Republicans support getting rid of
the Affordable Care Act individual mandate and have
campaigned on the issue for
years, inserting it now could
backfire. Some, including
Collins, are concerned that
repeal would cause too
much disruption in health
insurance markets.
A somewhat similar idea,
the so-called skinny Obamacare repeal, failed to garner enough Republican support in the Senate in July
when Collins joined GOP
Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of
Alaska to vote no.
Independent analyses by
the Congressional Budget
Office and others suggest
that without some kind of
Americans would not get insurance until they were sick.
That would push up health
insurance costs, causing
what people in the business
call a “death spiral.”
Several states experienced just this kind of market collapse when they tried
guaranteeing their residents coverage without any
kind of requirement that all
people — including the
young and healthy — get
Schumer indicated Tuesday that Democrats may try
to peel off GOP support for
the tax bill by withholding
their votes on the Alexander-Murray bipartisan measure, a key part of winning
over Republican moderates.
While Senate passage of
the tax bill can be done on a
strictly partisan vote under
special budget rules, Democratic votes would be needed
to approve the Affordable
Care Act fix.
“We should pass the Alexander-Murray compromise,” Schumer said. “We
don’t need to trade it for a
tax bill and we won’t.”
Times staff writer Noam
N. Levey in Washington
contributed to this report.
LAS VEGAS — Nevada
rancher Cliven Bundy and
his sons repeatedly violated
court orders to remove their
cattle from public land while
inciting and escalating an
armed standoff with government agents near their Bunkerville ranch more than
three years ago, federal prosecutors told a jury Tuesday.
Acting U.S. Atty. Steven
Myhre laid out the government’s case against Bundy
and two of his sons, Ammon
and Ryan, along with cohort
Ryan Payne, during an
opening statement that
lasted about two hours.
The standoff, which
ended when federal officials
backed down and released
Bundy’s cattle, helped the 71year-old rancher attain folkhero status in the eyes of
those who say the federal
government squelches personal freedom.
Myhre told jurors that
the case wasn’t about free
speech, legitimate protest or
gun rights. Instead, he said,
jurors needed to weigh
whether the nation would be
better governed by the rule
of law or the end of a gun.
Bundy’s attorney, Bret
Whipple, said the federal
government was the aggressor, and that decades-long
attempts to seize cattle and
demand payments on land
Bundy’s family had used
since 1877 caused the standoff. Whipple said the Bundy
protest had always been
The standoff, which drew
self-described militia members from several states,
grew larger, Whipple said,
because Americans from
around the country saw a
family being abused by federal authorities and wanted
to come to their aid.
“Why were they there?”
Whipple asked. “Because in
America, it’s OK to help.”
The high-profile case is
expected to push into 2018 as
prosecutors aim to prove the
Bundy family and militia
leader Payne tried to stop
the government from seizing
cattle that were grazing on
public land by threatening a
federal officer, carrying and
using a firearm, and engaging in a conspiracy.
Cliven Bundy has become a revered figure
among those who believe the
federal government has
overstepped its authority in
requiring grazing fees for
cattle on land controlled by
the federal Bureau of Land
raised the larger question of
federal control of land in the
Myhre methodically took
jurors through a timeline
leading up to the April 12,
2014, standoff at an overpass
along Interstate 15 about 90
miles north of Las Vegas.
He said the conflict began in 1993, when Cliven
Bundy decided to stop getting permits and paying
grazing fees for his cattle
that had settled on federal
Whipple argued that
Bundy had tried to pay the
state of Nevada the grazing
fees because he didn’t recognize BLM sovereignty over
grazing land, and said the
family held water rights in
the areas where the cattle
were grazing.
The prosecutor said
Bundy had plenty of opportunities to comply with
court orders and his violation of those lawful demands
gave authorities the right to
remove the cattle.
“Mr. Bundy interfered,”
Myhre said. “The level of interference escalated.”
Myhre supplied a narrative of the heightened tensions through photos, social
media posts and a recording
of a conservative California
talk-radio program in which
the Bundys claimed to be
victims of government tyranny.
Myhre told jurors those
claims were false and that
the BLM was simply executing a lawful court order to remove cattle that were grazing illegally.
As Myhre spoke, the photos showed militia members
carrying rifles in confrontations with law enforcement
— including an image of Ammon Bundy being tasered by
police after running his allterrain vehicle into a truck
driven by workers involved
in the removal of cattle.
But Whipple said Ammon Bundy rammed his
ATV into the truck because
it was carrying private property, including water pipes
that help sustain the ranch.
Whipple showed the jury
video of a woman being
thrown to the ground — a
woman prosecutors said
was standing in the way of
trucks and was moved for
her safety. But Whipple said
the video showed the woman wasn’t in front of the
Whipple didn’t dispute
that some Bundy supporters were armed, but he
showed images of other supporters praying with a Bible
under an overpass during
the standoff, saying it was a
protest of government overreach that wasn’t about
He said the people who
Bundys were in danger.
“At the end of the day, the
government is us,” Whipple
said. “The government said
‘no more.’ ”
Myhre said authorities
feared for their lives when
about 400 Bundy supporters
faced off against about 30
federal agents. He told jurors they would hear testimony from officers saying:
“We were outnumbered. We
were outgunned.”
The case is a high-profile
showdown for the federal
government as it looks to rebound from several recent
losses to the Bundys in
Ammon Bundy, 42, and
Ryan Bundy, 44, were acquitted on similar federal felony charges related to their
roles in a 41-day standoff at
an Oregon wildlife preserve
in 2016.
Twice this year, Las
Vegas juries acquitted or
deadlocked on multiple
charges pinned to several
Bundy cohorts involved in
the Bunkerville clash.
managed to get Eric J.
Parker, 34, of Hailey, Idaho,
and O. Scott Drexler, 47, of
Challis, Idaho, to plead
guilty last month to one
count of obstruction of court
This trial has already
seen a few twists and turns,
including the delay of opening arguments last week.
threatened Tuesday when
Myhre asked for a continuance to review emails that
had been brought to his attention this week.
The request was opposed
by the defendants and denied by U.S. District Judge
Gloria Navarro.
“Let’s get it done,” Cliven
Bundy told the judge.
The trial will continue
Wednesday with opening
statements from the other
Rick Bowmer Associated Press
AMMON BUNDY, center, in Oregon in 2016. He is
on trial in Las Vegas with his father and brother.
they will
be put
at risk
[Street vendors, from A1]
dors can set up shop. Some
lawmakers have backed the
idea as a way to curb conflicts with bricks-and-mortar shops.
“It’s important to have a
kumbaya relationship between the vendors and the
business,” Los Angeles City
Councilman Joe Buscaino
said. “It needs to be mutual
and beneficial.”
Sidewalk vendors and
their advocates counter that
it is unfair to give businesses
the power to block them.
The L.A. Street Vendor
Campaign called it “an improper regulatory restraint”
that could leave vendors
more vulnerable to extortion.
Among the worried vendors is Alejandra Rodriguez,
who said that in the past,
Piñata District shops have
demanded that she pay as
much as $800 a month to do
business on the sidewalk.
“As soon as they saw that
I was making money, they
started to charge me,” said
Rodriguez, who said she had
stopped selling toys in the
area months ago.
On a Friday morning the
Fashion District was abuzz
with pushcarts and stands
selling sliced mango and watermelon dusted with chile,
squeaking toys, fidget spinners, makeup palettes and
other trinkets outside storefronts
quinceañera gowns, snug
jeans and glittering high
Some vendors said that
businesses charged them for
a bit of space — a wall or the
perimeter of a shop — but
not to use the sidewalk itself.
“But if the city passes this
law, they will have the
power,” said Aureliano Santiago, who sells frozen treats
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
ALONG MAPLE Avenue, some stores will place their wares on the sidewalks to block street vendors from setting up, one seller says.
‘If the city passes
this law, [the
businesses] will
have the power.
That is our fear.’
— Aureliano
street vendor in the
Fashion District
in the summer, tacos when
the weather turns cold.
“That is our fear.”
Along Maple Avenue,
Santiago pointed out many
stores that had stationed
racks of their clothing or
other merchandise on the
sidewalk — a tactic used to
block vendors from setting
up, he said.
Behind a cart loaded
with mango slices, Wendy
Puluc said she worried that
would simply reject vending.
“We won’t be able to sell if
they say no,” Puluc said.
“Where are we going to go?”
The question of where
sidewalk vending should be
allowed has been the most
debated and divisive part of
the elaborate rules, more
than four years after City
Councilmen Jose Huizar
and Curren Price first proposed that Los Angeles legalize and regulate the industry.
It has pitted business
groups against a coalition of
vendor advocates — including nonprofits, immigrant
rights groups and attorneys
representing sidewalk sellers.
Under the proposed
regulations, the city would
ban vendors near popular
attractions such as Dodger
Stadium, Staples Center
and the Hollywood Walk of
Fame, cap the number of
pushcarts on each block and
draw up rules that could limit vending in additional
areas based on safety concerns.
At a recent hearing, one
Leimert Park vendor accused lawmakers of “redlining.”
Giving business owners
the power to veto vending
could also be legally sensitive: In a report, Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso
recommended lawmakers
consult the city attorney before deciding whether to let
businesses approve or reject
sidewalk sales.
Sidewalks are the property of the adjacent property
owner, but the city has an
“easement” that gives it the
legal right to use them, according to Rob Wilcox, a
spokesman for City Atty.
Mike Feuer.
In an interview, Councilman Bob Blumenfield said
that if property owners can
turn down vending on their
sidewalks, that could help
the city defend itself against
The city has some rights
over the sidewalks, Blumenfield said, but “it is their
property … it’s a little murky
how far we can push our
Wilcox declined to discuss the legal implications of
allowing property owners to
reject vending, saying that
advice from city attorneys
was confidential.
Bricks-and-mortar businesses say they have already
suffered from unregulated
vending and are uneasy
about how strictly the city
will enforce its newly proposed rules.
Earlier this year, the city
eliminated criminal charges
for vending under the municipal code, limiting the
possible penalties to administrative fines, in an attempt
to protect immigrant vendors from deportation.
In East Hollywood, block
after block of Vermont Avenue turns into a walkable
rummage sale on weekends,
when a swap meet is held
nearby at Los Angeles City
Blankets, tarps and tables line the sidewalks
loaded with an eclectic array
of miscellanea: a cooking
pot, a skateboard, leather
boots, a carton of gleaming
dusty bottles of cologne. The
blue fence ringing an auto
repair shop becomes a
makeshift thrift store, bearing shirts on hangers. Faded
pairs of pants lie over bushes
outside a mini mall.
Jeff Zarrinnam, president and chief executive of
the Hollywood Hotel down
the street, complained that
some vendors have dumped
grease or strewn the sidewalks with trash.
Even if the city enforces
the new regulations — which
would require vendors to
keep sidewalks clean, leave a
minimum amount of room
for people to pass, and not
block other businesses —
Zarrinnam argued that sidewalk sellers could hurt his
“If I have guest rooms
that face the sidewalk, and
someone is cooking and the
smoke and smell goes into
their room, is the guest going to be happy?” Zarrinnam
Massachi, the gas station
owner, peered down the
sidewalk on a balmy afternoon. “It’s a free country.
People make money how
they can,” he said. “But it has
to be in a proper place.”
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
FRESHMAN JALEN HILL is one of three UCLA basketball players facing likely
punishment from the school after an alleged shoplifting incident in China.
UCLA must act swiftly
[Plaschke, from A1]
video is released, the public
might never know exactly
what happened. But UCLA
surely knows. And if the
three students had any sort
of involvement in something
so appallingly entitled and
dumb while on a school trip
to a foreign country, UCLA’s
next move should be clear.
School authorities
should say welcome home,
and see you next season.
Their students and
alumni will be watching.
Their worldwide business
connections will be watching. The Chinese government will be watching. If a
wrong has been committed,
everyone will be waiting for
UCLA to do the right thing,
and a swift and strong penalty is the only thing that
makes sense.
They should say nice to
have you back, but you are
suspended for a year.
If UCLA officials are
looking for precedent here,
they don’t have to look far.
In the summer of 2010, three
of UCLA’s incoming freshman football players were
charged with felony theft
after being caught stealing a
backpack containing items
worth about $1,200.
Paul Richardson,
Shaquille Richardson and
Josh Shirley were decent
kids who did a dumb thing.
They were also excellent
athletes and top-50 recruits
whose loss would eventually
cut into the football’s team
But they never played a
down for the Bruins. All
three players were quickly
suspended for the season by
then-coach Rich Neuheisel.
They were not allowed to
continue summer school or
enroll for the fall quarter. A
few days later, all three
decided to transfer.
The felony was downgraded to a misdemeanor,
and all three eventually
found homes at Pac-12 Conference rivals, and all three
went on to have careers in
professional football, with
receiver Paul Richardson
currently playing well for
the Seattle Seahawks.
But Neuheisel made the
right statement about student integrity and accountability. The three had broken rules and, despite their
athletic prowess, they
needed to be educated on
the responsibilities of representing the university.
“I decided I’ve got to
teach those kids that
playing college football is a
privilege, not a right,” recalled Neuheisel, now a CBS
Sports college football
analyst. “I told their parents, I want them all to take
a quarter off, I want them to
see what they gave up, see
exactly how they screwed
The season-long suspension raised some eyebrows,
particularly because
Neuheisel was fighting to
keep a job he would lose a
season later. The move was
debated further in summer
2011, when Bruins basketball
player Jerime Anderson was
arrested and convicted of
stealing a laptop, yet was
suspended for only two
games by then-coach Ben
“There was some surprise that I was that harsh,”
Neuheisel said. “And seeing
all that happened later, I
could have been sitting
there thinking, ‘How smart
was I?’ ”
It was a tough decision,
but it was the right decision,
and Neuheisel said he would
do the same thing again.
“I know this, I slept well,”
Neuheisel said. “Those kids
had to know, they can’t do
something like this.”
If they were part of any
similar behavior, these three
Bruins basketball players
need to know the same
thing. And if Bruins coach
Steve Alford holds true to
the ethical values that he
claims to have brought to
the program, he will tell
The players could use
their lost season as a redshirt year, or they can go
elsewhere like the three
football players. It doesn’t
matter. But if they committed a crime, they cannot suit
up, because this is far bigger
than the Bruins.
“This is about more than
just UCLA now, this is the
university’s integrity, this is
our country’s integrity, all of
that is at stake if the appropriate penalty is not given,”
Neuheisel said.
While none of the three
freshmen were likely to be
stars this year, a seasonlong suspension would
decimate the Bruins’ bench
and significantly affect the
team’s chances of making
the NCAA tournament.
Too bad. The statement
would be more important
than a record.
Also, there is a chance
that, if suspended, Ball
would leave school altogether, considering his
blustery father, LaVar, has
already said that his son
would play only one season.
This could also mean that
his little brother, LaMelo, a
high school junior, would
not eventually enroll in
UCLA as planned.
Again, too bad. The
Bruins can no longer be
beholden to a family whose
patriarch’s constant smack
talk can infect a college
locker room.
The Lakers can ignore
Ball and his ramblings
about oldest son Lonzo. For
UCLA and its impressionable young people, it’s more
Last season, LaVar Ball
said of UCLA: “Realistically,
you can’t win no championship with three white
guys because the foot speed
is too slow.”
Last week, after the
shoplifting allegations
surfaced, LaVar Ball told
ESPN: “Everybody is making it a big deal. It ain’t that
big of a deal.”
Oh yeah? It became a big
deal, an international deal,
and if a crime has been
committed, here’s hoping
UCLA properly deals with
Twitter: @BillPlaschke
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
5 dead, 10 wounded in rampage
[Rampage, from A1]
No children died at the
school, although two suffered gunshot wounds and
were airlifted to hospitals,
witnesses said.
Johnston would not disclose the names of the gunman or victims, pending notification of next of kin. But
in a phone interview Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Times, the sister of the
gunman confirmed his identity as Kevin Janson Neal, 44.
Sheridan Orr, of North
Carolina, said her brother
had a history of mental illness and episodes of rage.
“There are certain people
that do not need guns, and
my brother was clearly one
of them,” she said.
Johnston said the shooting stemmed from an “ongoing dispute” with a woman on Bobcat Lane, whom
the attacker was charged
with stabbing in January.
She was among the first to
be killed Tuesday shortly before 8 a.m.
“I think the motive of getting even with his neighbors
and when it went that far —
he just went on a rampage,”
Johnston speculated.
The Tehama County
Sheriff ’s Office said that it
was dealing with seven
crime scenes and that 10 victims were being treated for
injuries. One of the victims
was 6 years old, witnesses
Johnston said there may
be other victims because the
gunman was shooting randomly into homes as he
Rancho Tehama is a quiet subdivision of fewer than
1,500 people, carved out of
the rolling ranches, oak
groves and olive and walnut
orchards at the northern tip
of the Sacramento Valley,
where the white peak of Mt.
Shasta looms on clear days.
Most residents “on the
ranch” are retired or work in
nearby Red Bluff or Redding.
Guns are common, and
the first reaction among
neighbors hearing early
morning gunfire was annoy-
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THE TEHAMA COUNTY Sheriff’s Office said that it was dealing with seven crime scenes. Above, a police vehicle involved in a shooting.
ance at being woken up.
When he heard the shots,
John Root, known as “Big
John,” stomped out on his
porch and started yelling.
“Hey! Don’t make me
come down there and take
that gun away! It’s 7:30 in the
But the shooting didn’t
have the measured pace of
target practice. And in the
barrage, Root said he heard
at least three different types
of firearms.
“Gunfire like crazy. One
bang after another,” he said.
Brian Flint told the
Record Searchlight that a
neighbor shot at his roommate and stole Flint’s truck.
Flint said the man regularly
fired hundreds of rounds
from high-capacity magazines and had threatened
him and his roommate in the
By the time police arrived, the shooting had
stopped and the suspect
was gone in the stolen F-150,
motoring down streets firing
at houses and cars. At one
point, a mother driving her
son to school was shot and
suffered “life-threatening injuries,” Johnston said. The
boy was injured too, but was
expected to survive.
Tiffany Rodgers, 33, was
at her coffee shop near the
school when she heard the
gunfire. Her husband ran
outside while she checked
a local Facebook page and
saw “active shooter” warnings.
“We heard 20 more shots.
We could hear teachers
screaming ‘get down,’ ” she
said. She called 911, but the
shooter was long gone when
deputies arrived.
When the gunman arrived at Rancho Tehama Elementary, he tried and failed
to force his way into a classroom. Instead, he fired
through the walls, said Richard Fitzpatrick, superintendent of the Corning
Union Elementary School
One student was shot in a
classroom while under a
desk, Fitzpatrick said. That
student was said to be stable.
“All of the staff were absolutely heroic in making sure
that students were getting
into the classrooms as shots
were being fired,” Fitzpatrick said. “This was a
question of minutes.”
Fitzpatrick said staffers
described the scene as “horrific,” with multiple rounds
fired and multiple high-capacity magazines found at
the school.
The shooter then purposefully crashed the stolen
truck into a couple driving a
car. As they got out, he shot
them, killing one and
wounding the other. A mo-
torist seeing the crash
stopped to help and was
shot at too. The motorist ran
away and the shooter took
his car, a silver sedan.
Rodgers said a silver car
flew past her with a shot-out
window. Soon she heard
more gunfire near the community dump.
Two officers quickly
came upon the sedan.
“The suspect was actually shooting at the police vehicle, back at them, the officer rammed the vehicle,
forced it off the road [and
there was] an exchange of
gunfire — resulting in the
shooter’s death,” Johnston
“I have to tell you I am
personally grateful to the
men who engaged this suspect…. such a terrible, a
mass murderer really. That’s
what he is.”
Orr said Neal moved to
California about a decade
ago. His mental health had
long been a concern of the
When she learned the details of Tuesday’s shooting
rampage, she said, she immediately thought of the
students caught in the middle of an act she’s struggling
to understand.
“It’s a terrible, terrible situation,” she said. “Those
kids will be affected by this
and afraid, and they should
be happy children going to
St. John reported from
Rancho Tehama and
Mozingo and Vives from Los
Times staff writer Ruben
Vives contributed to this
Buck art gift
comes as shock
to UC Irvine
[Museum, from A1]
filled home, where numerous major works were kept, a
nondescript, unmarked former post office building a
few blocks from the beach in
Laguna provided a private
place for Buck to study his
collection. Few have ever
been inside. When Stephen
Barker, dean of UCI’s Claire
Trevor School of the Arts, recently opened the building
for The Times, about 80
works were on display in several large galleries plus offices, a small kitchen, a bathroom and hallways.
Storage racks held another 100 or so works. The remaining 3,000 items are at an
art storage facility in Los Angeles. Many of the state’s
most important artists are
featured, including Joan
Brown, Jay DeFeo, Richard
Diebenkorn, David Hockney
and Ed Ruscha. In all, they
number more than 500.
When Buck began collecting seriously three decades ago, California was
shedding its entrenched
reputation as a regional, parochial art scene. Collectors
like Edythe and Eli Broad in
Los Angeles and Doris and
Donald Fisher in San Francisco were raising the temperature by avidly competing for major, big-ticket art,
some made in California, but
the majority produced in
New York and Europe.
Some of the greatest collectors search below the
radar, however, digging deep
into under-recognized and
Buck is among them.
The Buck Collection includes scores of artists,
Berman, Robert Irwin and
John McLaughlin. It includes more than 10 works
each by John Baldessari,
Larry Bell, Bruce Conner
and Llyn Foulkes. Six of the
collection’s 10 Carlos Almaraz paintings, ranging
from 1978 to 1989, are in the
artist’s current retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of
In addition to postwar
art, the collection includes
plein air, Social Realist and
important early Modern
paintings from the first half
of the 20th century, especially in Southern California.
Those holdings include
metaphysical abstractionists Agnes Pelton and Henrietta Shore, Surrealists Knud
Merrild and Lorser Feitelson, muralist Belle Baranceanu and colorist Oskar
The gift is accompanied
by 398 file boxes of art books,
auction catalogs, the collector’s notepads and acquisition records.
MICA has been a long
time coming. When architect William Pereira unveiled the master plan for a
new UC campus on a thousand acres of rolling rural
farmland at Irvine Ranch in
1962, he identified a spot
near the entrance as an ideal
place to erect an art museum. Half a century after construction on the research
university began, and after
many uneventful years as a
parking lot, the site will become MICA’s home.
News of the unrestricted
Buck gift comes as a surprise.
According to Barker, who
will be executive director of
MICA, it is unclear why Buck
chose the school to receive
the bequest. He was an exceedingly private person
whose low-key presence
made him an anomaly in
Southern California’s highprofile art world, where
flashier collectors hold sway.
Buck, who died at 73 in
2013, lived in Newport Beach.
Few knew the extent of his
art collecting, and fewer still
have seen the full fruits of his
endeavors. A 2013 telephone
call from a trust attorney notified the university of the
bountiful legacy, which has
taken years to work its way
through probate. The collector, born in Culver City and
an alumnus of UCLA, had no
specific ties to the school.
“Perhaps,” Barker said,
“it is simply because we are a
prominent research university in the community
where he lived.”
Buck’s daughter Chris-
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
A BUILDING in Laguna Beach holds some of Gerald Buck’s vast art collection, being given to UC Irvine. Few
people have ever been inside the unmarked site, and The Times was given a rare glimpse into the galleries.
Christina Buck
BUCK focused his col-
lecting on California
artists emerging between
World War II and 1980.
tina points to the possible influence of art historian Jonathan Fineberg, professor
emeritus at the University of
Illinois who befriended her
father when he was a visiting
lecturer at UCI.
Biological sciences form
the school’s flagship discipline. UCI does have a small
art gallery, as well as the
Beall Center for Art and
Technology, which promotes the intersection of the
arts, sciences and engineering. A modest art history
program resides in its humanities department, while
the School of the Arts offers
studio and curatorial studies programs. The plan for
MICA is to develop a PhD in
museum studies and a mas-
ter’s degree in art conservation.
A research museum concentrating on 20th century
California art is distinctive
— and potentially revelatory. The field remains woefully understudied. But the
with a $2.5-million gift from
the trust established by
Buck and his late wife,
Bente, to the Smithsonian’s
Archives of American Art,
where he served as a trustee;
funds are targeted to its
West Coast documentation
Christina Buck said that
after her father acquired the
Van Dyck, he began to buy
more European paintings,
including an early Van Gogh.
But soon he realized that
forming a significant collection of such material was unlikely.
Buck switched to California Impressionism, an early
20th century regional style
based on a European model.
His actual piece of the bucolic California landscape
had metamorphosed into
painted pictures of it.
Encouraged by veteran
Los Angeles art dealer Tobey Moss, whose Beverly
Boulevard gallery has specialized in art from the 1920s
moved into more adventurous early Modernist and
postwar California art.
“We got together at a crucial moment,” Moss explained in an interview. “He
was a very confident person,
very smart and aware of the
forces of history.”
As the state’s pastoral
landscape urbanized, partly
a result of his own activities
as an Orange County developer, so did the collector’s
cosmopolitan taste.
Moss met Buck in 1984
when he came into her
gallery and, intrigued by
Helen Lundeberg’s dreamlike Surrealist paintings and
graceful geometric abstractions, began asking questions. Eventually Buck acquired 46 works from Moss,
including seven of his 10 by
Lundeberg spanning her career from the 1930s through
the 1970s. (Paradoxically, he
never lost the taste for elaborate, Van Dyck-era gilded
framing, even for his most
Other acquisitions included
significant works by Feitelson, Merrild and Gordon
Buck sold most of his traditional landscape acquisitions. A number went to
Joan Irvine Smith, whose
plein air collection formed
the Irvine Museum in 1993.
Ironically, those paintings
too will find their way to
MICA: The university announced last year that it had
received the Irvine collec-
tion as a gift. More than 1,200
paintings by Guy Rose,
William Wendt, Granville
Redmond, Edgar Payne and
other landscape and genre
painters are included.
An appraisal of the Buck
gift is underway, but a
spokesman says the final
tally will be in the “tens of
millions.” For example,
works of comparable quality
to the 1952 painting “Albuquerque,” a large Abstract
Expressionist masterpiece
by Diebenkorn, have sold at
auction for more than $6 million. Overall, the donation
ranks among the largest
gifts ever made to UCI.
The MICA project is not
without hurdles. The target
for completion is four to five
years. The timetable is aggressive, and fundraising is
UCI’s Barker said that,
given the prominence of the
building site adjacent to the
school’s Irvine Barclay Theatre, several leading international architects will be approached for a design competition as early as next
summer. The budget is expected to be more than $100
million — and perhaps considerably more, when an endowment for operations is
figured in.
Twitter: @KnightLAT
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
‘Lock her up,’ revisited
e live in a country of
laws and no one should be
above them. That includes the president. And
it also includes Hillary
Clinton, his former campaign opponent.
Where there is reason to believe that laws
have been violated, there should be an investigation and if necessary a prosecution.
But the calls by some Republicans for a
special counsel to investigate Clinton smack
of something other than a desire for evenhanded enforcement of the law. Rather, they
are part of a desperate effort by the president, his allies in Congress and the rightwing media to take the focus off the tangled
investigations into the Trump campaign’s
conduct, and particularly into any possible
collusion with Russia.
Earlier this month Trump tweeted:
“Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of
the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems.” Meanwhile, Republican
members of Congress have offered up a grab
bag of incidents and insinuations they claim
justify the appointment of a special counsel.
This dubious bill of particulars includes
Clinton’s (minimal) role as secretary of
State in the approval of the purchase by a
Russian company of a controlling stake in
Uranium One, a uranium company whose
major investor had contributed to the Clinton Foundation; the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server (yes,
they’re still on about that); and the Democrats’ funding of the so-called dossier about
Trump and Russia.
On Tuesday Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions told
the House Judiciary Committee that any
decision to name another special counsel
would be guided by law, not politics. But his
comments were only partly reassuring.
To his credit, Sessions told the committee that any decision about another special
counsel would be based on Justice Department regulations and “the facts.” After Rep.
Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) suggested that it
“looks like” a special counsel is justified,
Sessions replied: “I would say ‘looks like’ is
not enough basis to appoint a special counsel.”
But Sessions sent a mixed message on
an equally important question: whether he
would be involved in the decision about
whether to appoint a special counsel and, if
so, who it should be. Clearly he shouldn’t be.
At his confirmation hearings, Sessions
promised the Senate that, because of his
role in the Trump campaign, he would recuse himself from matters related to Clinton
or the Clinton Foundation. But on Tuesday
he testified that “I have directed senior federal prosecutors” to determine if allegations
related to Clinton justify further action by
the department.
Moreover, Sessions declined to say
whether he would recuse himself from cases
that might arise from further investigation.
Sessions needs to promise to recuse himself from the issues Republicans are citing in
agitating for a special counsel (including the
original investigation of Clinton’s emails) as
well as the decision about whether to appoint such an official.
From the beginning, Trump’s “lock her
up” attitude toward Clinton has been cynical and irresponsible, reminiscent of the
way leaders in authoritarian societies treat
their political opponents. The Justice Department must not act in a way that suggests it is doing his bidding.
Ballot ‘harvesting’ at the door
emocrats Luis Lopez and
Wendy Carrillo are running for
Assembly District 51 in a special
election on Dec. 5. With only a
small percentage of registered
voters expected to cast ballots, victory could
turn on just a few votes, putting extra pressure on campaign workers to squeeze out
support where they can.
In the typical get-out-the-vote effort,
campaign workers make calls and hoof it
from door to door to plead for votes. But
there are reports that some canvassers in
the District 51 race have gone a step further,
asking voters to complete and hand over
their vote-by-mail ballots. Lopez’s campaign has warned supporters about intimidation from Carillo canvassers asking for
ballots, and one writer in the district said a
Carillo campaign worker came to his door
and pressured him to hand over his completed absentee ballot. He was outraged.
Ballot collection isn’t illegal, though it is
understandable why some might feel uneasy about it. Ballots are supposed to be
sacrosanct. When you vote at your local
polling place, poll workers don’t urge you to
support this candidate or that. They’re
bound by rules that are designed to ensure
they don’t influence voters or improperly
handle a completed ballot. Things are necessarily looser for mail ballots, because you
vote where you want to and with whom. The
tradeoff, though, is that it’s easier for campaigns to strong-arm these voters.
Then there’s the integrity of the ballot itself. It’s one thing to trust the U.S. Postal
Service, which presumably doesn’t have an
interest in state and local races, to deliver
your ballot. It’s quite another to trust a
stranger who shows up one day promising
to make sure your vote gets counted.
In previous years, only a family member
or a member of the household was authorized to deliver a ballot on behalf of a registered voter. But the Legislature changed the
rules in 2016 when it passed AB 1921 as part
of a package of reforms intended to raise
At the time, voting security advocates
raised concerns that the provision would
throw open the door to voter coercion, giving groups such as labor unions or
megachurches another tool to pressure
members to vote a certain way. Also troubling is the potential for malfeasance or negligence, given that the law provides no safeguards to ensure that the ballots make it to
official election facilities in time to be
counted. And although the law forbids campaigns to pay for ballot collecting, there’s no
clear way to enforce the ban.
The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-Chula Vista),
plans cleanup legislation next session; at
the very least, she should consider requiring
ballots be turned in swiftly and by election
day. More broadly, lawmakers should reassess the wisdom of allowing unlimited and
unverified third-party ballot collection before the 2018 campaigns begin in earnest.
And voters should always be wary of strangers offering to bear away ballots.
These days more Californians vote by
mail than do so in person. If it means more
people are voting, that’s a good thing — as
long as we can be sure that their votes are
being cast and counted properly.
How big a tax cut for Trump?
t President Trump’s insistence, congressional Republicans are proposing something
unprecedented: a special, lower
tax bracket for partnerships,
contractors and other “pass-through” businesses. And they’re doing so with only the
vaguest of ideas how the proposal will affect
the country’s most famous pass-through
business owner: Donald Trump.
That’s because Trump has disclosed his
holdings but not his tax returns. Although
we know he has a stake in hundreds of passthrough businesses through the Donald J.
Trump Revocable Trust, we don’t know how
those businesses are organized for tax purposes, or what techniques the companies
might be using to minimize their taxes —
and Trump’s. So it’s impossible to tell exactly how much more or less in taxes he’d
have to pay under the plans being proposed
in Congress.
Actually, we know enough to say that he
wouldn’t have to pay more. Trump declared
that he’d be a “big loser” under the measure
— that is, before he called on lawmakers to
cut the top individual tax rate from 39.5% to
35%. But that’s almost certainly false. Congress’ own analysis of the tax bill’s effects
shows that it would deliver the biggest
benefits to those on the penthouse floor of
the U.S. economy.
But creating a lower top rate for passthrough businesses could provide an even
bigger boost to Trump than the bill’s other
perks for the wealthy, such as the elimination of the alternative minimum tax. The
pass-through provision would slash the
taxes he pays on at least a portion, and potentially most, of his income to 25%.
As the first billionaire to occupy the Oval
Office, Trump will have an outsize personal
stake in any major tax bill. Yet he has doggedly and arrogantly refused to release his
tax returns, breaking with decades of presidential practice. The fact that the administration helped GOP lawmakers craft a tax
proposal that’s particularly attuned to
Trump’s holdings makes it imperative that
the president release his returns. Americans need to know whether he’s acting in his
interests or theirs.
Ross Levinsohn
Lewis D’Vorkin
Jim Kirk
Lawrence Ingrassia
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad,
Mary McNamara, Kim Murphy, Michael Whitley
educational costs and
ensure their availability as
partial repayment for their
I am not a veteran, nor
do I have any surviving
veterans in my family, so I
would not personally benefit if we do this. It’s simply
the right thing to do.
Chuck Almdale
North Hills
Myung J. Chun Los Angeles Times
TWO GROUPS want to put initiatives on the bal-
lot that would repeal the 12-cent gas tax increase.
Pay up, drivers
Re “Most want halt to gas tax hike,” Nov. 11
So, voters in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay
Area favor the 12-cent gas tax increase while those in
other areas oppose it.
Provided the funds raised by this tax go only toward
repairing our crumbling roads and bridges and not for
propping up other programs as California has a history
of doing, the tax increase is a good thing. Drive our
freeways or surface streets these days and tell me your
fillings aren’t getting jarred loose.
Better yet, go to Europe and drive those roadways.
The Europeans tax their citizens for their infrastructure,
and it shows. Here in the U.S., bridges collapse.
Those opposed to California’s gas tax increase should
keep their pennies and pay regularly for wheel
alignments on their cars while I drive a smooth freeway
to work each day.
Come on, people.
Mike Aguilar
Costa Mesa
It is hard for me to
believe that thinking people would reject a 12-centsper-gallon gas tax to be
used as specified for road
The cost of this tax
increase will amount to
around $60 per year for a
driver getting 20 miles per
gallon with an annual
mileage of 10,000.
Joel Jacobs
Laguna Niguel
McManus counsels not
rocking the boat and just
waiting for the next election. A large portion of the
population, amazingly,
believes that the Republican Party is the one on the
side of the working class.
We need to rock the boat to
change this.
The way of the Democrats has not done any
good for the last 35 years.
Harlan Levinson
Los Angeles
It should be no mystery
why California’s voters
want to scrap the higher
gas tax and vehicle fee.
For decades, Sacramento politicians have let
our once fine roads and
bridges deteriorate. About
30% of the expected $2.8
billion in new funding will
be used for projects that do
not involve road construction or maintenance, including parks, food and
agriculture, university
research and other pet
Given the opportunity
to vote to repeal the 12cent-per-gallon tax and
motor vehicle fee increases,
I will.
Robert McLemore
Palm Desert
People forget that 26
months passed between
the Watergate break-in and
President Nixon’s resignation in 1974. We have just
begun the process of uncovering the truth about
Russian interference in the
last presidential election.
To me, Steyer and his
$20-million ad campaign
are a distraction and a way
for him to attract attention
to himself for a possible
Senate run.
Either way, that $20
million would have accomplished more if it were
spent on, say, solving the
homelessness problem in
Michael Hoevel
Re “Don’t blame prices just
on gas tax,” column, Nov. 12
While Steyer and House
Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi (D-San Francisco)
have different methods, I
think their goals are similar.
Pelosi has to work
within the rules of Congress. Steyer is much more
free. Both, however, act
toward the same end: to
build the Democrats into a
major force to push back
against the Republican far
right and the oligarchy of
the 1%.
We are already seeing
some positive results in
recent elections in Virginia
and New Jersey, and we
shall see how this turns out
in the midterms next year.
Dave Newman
Michael Hiltzik does his
usual fine job in exposing
the rigging of gas prices by
refiners. Evidently, space
was too limited to expose
the other factors causing
Gasoline prices have
varied from about $2 a
gallon to more than $4 over
the last decade. This has
followed, mainly, the price
of a barrel of oil. The producers play games that are
complex and defy simple
explanations. Profit maximization is the driver.
The 12-cent tax increase
is well below the normal
variations in the price of
gasoline. It is tiny compared with the overall cost.
Emil Lawton
Sherman Oaks
No way to treat
a Vietnam vet
Tom Steyer jolts
the Democrats
Re “Another fight of his life
for Vietnam vet,” column,
Nov. 12
Re “Tom Steyer’s selfdefeating movement,”
Opinion, Nov. 12
For decades, while
praising the valor and
sacrifice of veterans, our
politicians have skimped
on benefits and erected
barriers to healthcare for
the very same veterans.
World War II and Korean
War veterans received
decent post-service benefits, but those who fought
in later wars got the wrong
end of the stick.
Is it really too much to
ask that medical coverage
and other benefits for
veterans and their immediate families be free for life?
I think most Americans
would be willing to make
the small individual sacrifice necessary to cover
veterans’ medical and
By criticizing Tom
Steyer’s campaign to get
more voters and lawmakers to support impeaching
President Trump, Doyle
McManus champions the
Democrats’ decades-long
error of assuming the next
election will fix everything
on its own.
Democrats keep insisting that the Republican
Party will self-destruct, but
that never really happens.
Now, we have complete
control of the federal government by Republicans
and GOP control of most
state legislatures.
Steve Lopez’s article on
Marine Ken Williams’ fight
against cancer and federal
bureaucracy referenced a
Veterans Affairs official
who said the renewed
attention to Agent Orange
was the result of media
“hype” and “hysteria.” I ask
that official to spend a day
with families with disabled
children who are suffering
the tragic consequences of
exposure to this herbicide.
Our trust in the VA
presumes honesty and
truth. How has the VA lost
those critically important
More importantly, it is
bad enough that Williams
has to bear the cross of his
exposure; it is far worse to
think that we are the cause
of our children’s pain. We
may have left Vietnam, but
Vietnam has not left us.
Frank Barry
Huntington Beach
The writer chairs the
Vietnam Veterans of
America’s economic opportunities committee.
Taking college
kids to China
Re “UCLA players await
fate in China,” Nov. 11
UCLA deserves a large
measure of blame for the
arrest of three of its basketball players in China for
allegedly shoplifting in a
Louis Vuitton store.
He may be able to slamdunk a basketball, but
what is a 17-year-old boy
like Jalen Hill doing wandering around Hangzhou,
a teeming city of 9 million
people, apparently with
insufficient adult supervision? And all to play a
game against Georgia Tech
in Shanghai?
This is just another
example of how our sportsand-money-crazed universities, supposedly temples of learning, exploit
student athletes, corrupt
the institutions’ mission
and demean our culture.
Al Ramrus
Pacific Palisades
The arrest of three
UCLA basketball players
in China got me thinking:
It’s almost laughable when
American teenagers experience another culture in
which bad behavior has
American teenagers
learn that there are few if
any consequences for bad
behavior. Ask any school
principal — it’s almost
impossible to suspend a
student for bad behavior.
It must be quite an
educational experience to
learn that not all cultures
are the same.
David Waldowski
Laguna Woods
A break from
Trump’s tweets
Re “Not atwitter over
Trump’s tweets,” Nov. 13
I applaud White House
Chief of Staff John F. Kelly
for saying that he does not
pay attention to President
Trump’s Twitter feed.
Instead, he seems to rely on
policy, procedures and
protocols to help make the
administrative branch of
the government work
I am relieved that the
president was apparently
too jet-lagged or otherwise
worn down on his trip
through Asia to tweet
regularly. It is so relaxing
not to hear what The Donald has to say.
Leslie Riley
Los Angeles
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Between a nuclear strike and Donald Trump
If he feels like it, the
president can annihilate
the people of North Korea.
ere, in a nutshell, are
the laws and procedures that limit
President Trump’s
power to launch a
nuclear strike against North Korea anytime he likes:
There aren’t any.
If the president wakes up one
morning, turns on Fox News and
decides that Kim Jong Un has
ignored his warnings of “fire and
fury” — by announcing, for example, that he has built a nuclear
warhead that can reach the West
Coast of the United States —
Trump can annihilate the people
of North Korea entirely on his
He isn’t required to consult his
secretary of Defense and other
advisors, although that would be a
good idea. He isn’t required to ask
Congress for permission, either,
even though the Constitution
reserves the power to declare war
for the legislature.
All he has to do is call in the
military officer who carries the
“football,” the bulky briefcase
containing the nuclear codes, and
work through a brief procedure to
transmit launch orders to U.S.
Strategic Command.
“There are really no checks and
balances,” said Bruce G. Blair, a
former nuclear launch control
officer who is now a researcher at
Princeton University. “The presidency has become a nuclear monarchy.”
The streamlined procedure
was designed during the Cold War
for speed and certainty, in case
Washington was in imminent
danger of destruction by a Soviet
attack. It relies, to an astonishing
extent, on the judgment and
steadiness of just one person. It
wasn’t designed for a case like
North Korea: a small nuclear
power with the power to threaten
but not destroy the United States.
Nor, of course, was it designed for
a president like Trump, whose
temperament tends toward impulsiveness.
And that’s why the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee
convened on Tuesday to discuss
whether the rules need to change
— the first time in 41 years that
Congress has reexamined the
doomsday procedures.
The chairman of the panel,
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of
Tennessee, said the inquiry wasn’t
aimed at one president in particular. “This is not particular to anybody,” he claimed.
But since Corker has frequently complained that Trump
lacks the competence and stability to be president, and once described the White House as “an
adult day-care center,” nobody
was fooled.
“Let’s just recognize the exceptional nature of this moment,”
said Sen. Christopher S. Murphy,
a Connecticut Democrat. “We are
concerned that the president of
the United States is so unstable,
so volatile … that he might order a
nuclear weapons strike that is
wildly out of step with U.S. national security interests.”
Needless to say, the senators
didn’t arrive at any kind of consensus.
Murphy and other Democrats
argued that Congress needed to
take action to rein in the president.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida
and other Republicans fretted
about the danger of weakening
nuclear deterrence or reducing
“strategic ambiguity” by limiting
Trump’s freedom to bluster.
A former commander of U.S.
nuclear forces, retired Air Force
Gen. C. Robert Kehler, told the
committee that military officers
could prevent a disaster by objecting to an order they considered
illegal. But he acknowledged that
objecting wouldn’t stop the order
from being carried out. Instead, he
said dryly, it would lead to “a very
difficult conversation.”
Blair, the nuclear scholar, has
suggested requiring more than
one signature on a nuclear war
order — ideally, the secretary of
Defense and the attorney general
as well as the president. Every
other step in launching nuclear
weapons, he noted, holds to a
“two-man rule,” requiring two
people to concur; only the decision
to begin a nuclear war is given to
just one person.
Some Democrats, including
Sen. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Ted Lieu of
Torrance, have proposed requiring that a president obtain authorization from Congress before
using nuclear weapons, except in
response to a nuclear attack.
That’s not a crazy idea. It
wouldn’t bind a president’s hands
in a genuine emergency. It’s been
endorsed by former Defense Secretary William J. Perry, a nuclear
technologist who was willing,
during the Clinton administration, to go to war against North
(Diplomacy made that war
unnecessary, he says.)
Apparently, however, that
constitutional remedy is a bridge
too far for most. Markey has collected only 13 cosponsors for his
bill, all Democrats — just onethird of his party’s members in the
That leaves the senators
united in a single sentiment: wishing they had a less volatile president to worry about. Just like
most of the rest of us.
Could the Senate
keep Moore out if
he were elected?
We tend to pay deference
‘to the popular choice and
election will of the people.’
By Eric J. Segall
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images
JEFF BEZOS , the founder and chief executive of Amazon, is the richest person in the world.
Our growing wealth
gap, by the numbers
By Chuck Collins
and Josh Hoxie
t can be hard to grasp just
how much money is concentrated in just a few hands in
our lopsided economy today.
But here’s a start: The richest three people in the United
States — Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates
and Warren Buffett — together
have more wealth than the entire
bottom half of the country combined.
To put an even finer point on it:
That’s three people versus about
160 million people.
To really comprehend just
how insane the wealth concentration has become, consider Bezos,
the head of Amazon. Worth about
$90 billion, he recently was declared the richest man in the
world. In October alone, his
wealth jumped by $10 billion — or
about $4 million per second.
Given his massive wealth, one
might imagine that his company
has enough to pay its warehouse
workers a minimum of $15 an
hour. But apparently it doesn’t.
Amazon pays some of it workers
as little as $12.84 an hour.
That’s pretty much the trend
we’re seeing play out over and
over across the U.S. economy—
wealth funneling to a tiny group at
the top while everyone else scrambles for crumbs.
On the other end of the spectrum from Bezos, tens of millions
of families are trying to make their
paychecks last through the week.
One in 5 households has zero or
negative wealth today, meaning
they have as much debt as they do
assets. (That’s why the three-versus-160 million figure is so stark:
Many people have nothing.)
The three
have more
wealth than the
bottom half of
the country.
Having no savings or wealth
means having no cushion to fall
back on when you’re hit with the
unexpected — an illness or medical emergency that results in large
hospital bills, say, or the loss of a
job. With no buffer, even a brokendown car can wreak financial havoc on a family, turning a stable situation into quicksand. We see this
domino effect play out all the
time, as our social media feeds are
filled with crowdfunding requests
by people who need help covering
basic life expenses.
Not surprisingly, these zerowealth households are disproportionately African American or
Latino, a result of our country’s
history of discrimination. Three
in 10 black households are underwater. Nearly the same proportion of Latino households are too.
The problem is getting worse,
not better. Today, the poorest
member of the Forbes 400 has $2
billion. This represents a tenfold
jump from when the magazine
first started its list in 1982. And
that’s after adjusting for inflation.
In fact, with a combined
wealth of $2.68 trillion, the billionaires of the Forbes 400 have more
wealth than the entire GDP of the
United Kingdom, the world’s fifthwealthiest country. This marks
yet another tenfold increase from
the 1980s.
The rest of the country has not
shared in the economic gains of
the last three decades.
In 1983, the first year the Federal Reserve started collecting
consistent data, the median family had $83,000 in today’s terms.
That number has now fallen to
In other words, while today’s
400 richest Americans are 10 times
richer than 1983’s richest Americans, the average family is worse
off than the average family 34
years ago.
The few at the top of the ladder
have captured a massive share of
the nation’s wealth, and they’re
quickly translating that wealth
into political power — pushing for
more tax cuts for themselves, to
be shepherded through the legislative process by politicians who
are indebted to them for their
campaign contributions. This is a
moral disgrace.
We urgently need to close, not
expand, our wealth divide. And
we need to start by saying no to
more tax cuts for the wealthy and
growing economic opportunities
for everyone else. Enough is
Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie
are coauthors of a new report,
“Billionaire Bonanza 2017: The
Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us.”
They co-edit the website at the Institute for
Policy Studies.
oy Moore, the Republican candidate for the
vacant Senate seat left
by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, has been accused
of sexual misconduct with several
teenagers. So far, he has stridently
maintained that he will not withdraw from the race, leading to
speculation about whether the
Senate could refuse to seat him or
expel him if he were to win the special election Dec. 12.
Most constitutional law experts
agree that under the Supreme
Court decision Powell vs. McCormack, the Senate can’t refuse to
seat Moore. There is much more
whether he could be expelled after
he takes his seat.
In 1967, the House excluded
New York Rep. Adam Clayton
Powell Jr. at the beginning of the
90th Congress because Powell had
been accused of misappropriating
public funds. He challenged the
Supreme Court held that, because
Powell met the Constitution’s age,
residency and citizenship requirements, he had to be given his seat.
The justices rejected the House
argument that it had expelled
Powell as allowed by the Constitution. Article I, Section 5 states that
“each House [of Congress] may
determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two- thirds, expel a
member.” Two-thirds of the House
had voted against Powell, but because the congressman had never
formally been seated, it didn’t
count as expulsion.
The justices further pointed
out that the misconduct at issue
occurred prior to the convening of
the 90th Congress, and that the
House’s own manual of procedure
at the time stated that “both
Houses have distrusted their
power to punish in such cases.”
In the Senate, there have been
15 expulsions. During the Civil War,
14 senators were unseated for cooperating with the Confederacy.
Another was expelled in 1797 for
treason. These actions seem justified, even obvious. But how far
does the power to expel extend?
Imagine if one political party
controlled two-thirds of the Senate
or the House; could that party exclude a member solely for partisan
reasons? The answer surely should
be no. If the power to expel is limited under those circumstances, it
is not hard to imagine other limitations as well.
Take Roy Moore. As despicable
a figure as he is (besides the allegations of sexual misconduct, he has
twice had to leave judicial office for
refusing to obey the law), the people of Alabama may want him in
the Senate. Is it fair to allow senators from other states to exclude
him and, given the court’s comments in Powell, for conduct that
he engaged in long ago?
In the Powell decision, the court
underlined its doubts about the reach of the expulsion power: A “fundamental principle of our representative democracy is, in Hamil-
Albert Cesare AP
faces calls to withdraw from
the Senate race in Alabama.
ton’s words, ‘that the people
should choose whom they please
to govern them.’ … As Madison
pointed out at the [Constitutional] Convention, this principle
is undermined as much by limiting
whom the people can select as by
limiting the franchise itself.” Allowing the Senate to expel a sitting
member for conduct prior to winning the election may appear to
the court to also deny people the
right to “choose whom they please
to govern them.”
The current Congressional Research Service manual for the
House has similar langauge: “The
reticence of the House to expel a
Member for past misconduct after
the Member has been reelected by
his or her constituents, with
knowledge of the Member’s conduct, appears to reflect the deference traditionally paid in our heritage to the popular will and election
choice of the people.” Of course,
other legal and political considerations could come into play should
this issue ever reach the court.
Leading figures in the Republican Party, such as Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell and
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, have publicly said Moore
should withdraw from the race.
They should use all the pressure
they can muster to convince Moore
to end his run. Otherwise, the people of Alabama may well get their
way, for an entire six-year term or
Eric J. Segall, a law professor at
Georgia State University, is the
author of “Supreme Myths: Why
the Supreme Court Is Not a Court
and Its Justices Are Not Judges.”
Patt Morrison Asks
Kip S. Thorne
The Caltech theoretical physicist
shares the Nobel Prize for the
detection of the universe’s gravitational waves, and shares his thinking about the state of science
interest in the United States.
Dalai Lama: In a Nov. 13 op-ed by
the Dalai Lama, a photo caption
referred incorrectly to his status in
Dharamsala, India. He was not
visiting the town — he lives there.
W E D N E S D A Y , N O V E M B E R 1 5 , 2 0 1 7 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L I F O R N I A
by D.A.
Office looks into
Santa Monica board
member’s approval of
contracts with firms
tied to her husband.
By Adam Elmahrek
and Benjamin Oreskes
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
A STATUE of the late singer-politician Sonny Bono in Palm Springs, whose council will swear in two LGBTQ members next month.
New mark in gay politics
Shedding a conservative past, Palm Springs elects all-LGBTQ council
By Javier Panzar
With its tolerant culture, Midcentury architectural
style and lively arts scene, Palm Springs has for decades been a mecca for the LGBTQ community.
The city is ranked first in the state and third in the
nation among cities with the most same-sex couples
per 1,000 households, according to an analysis of U.S.
census data by the Williams Institute at the UCLA
School of Law.
But now, the city is marking a new milestone in gay
politics as well. When the two new members of the Palm
Springs City Council are sworn in next month, every
person on the panel will be a member of the LGBTQ
Lisa Middleton, a transgender woman, and Christy
Holstege, a woman who identifies as bisexual, each won
about 30% of the citywide vote to beat four other candidates and fill two vacant seats on the council. The pair
will join three gay men on the five-person body.
It is a historic feat — decades in the making — for the
town of 47,000 in the Coachella Valley that has slowly
shed its conservative political identity that developed
in the Rat Pack era and continued in the 1990s.
Ron Oden became the first gay person elected to the
council in 1995. He made
[See LGBTQ, B4]
Omar Ornelas The Desert Sun
LISA MIDDLETON , left, a transgender woman, and Christy Holstege, a wom-
an who identifies as bisexual, will join three gay men on the five-person panel.
No housing
crisis if you’re
the landlord
Regents to release
probe’s findings on
possible interference.
By Teresa Watanabe
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images
“THE CULTURE in this country has been awakened to the fact that we have a
serious epidemic,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said after testifying.
University of California
regents, meeting in San
Francisco this week, will release findings of an independent investigation into
whether UC President Janet
Napolitano’s staff members
improperly interfered with a
state audit of her office’s operations.
Regents also will discuss
a new report that took a systemwide look at how to avoid
the kind of enrollment fiasco
that was set off by UC Irvine
last summer when it
abruptly rescinded nearly
500 admission offers, mostly
for minor application paperwork problems. The campus
came down hard on such
things as missed deadlines
for verification of senior
[See Regents, B5]
The Los Angeles County
district attorney’s office is
looking into votes made by a
Santa Monica school board
member to approve contracts with companies that
did business with her husband, a spokesman said.
The review by the office’s
public integrity unit follows
a Times report published
Friday detailing how Maria
Leon-Vazquez — a board
member with the Santa
School District — cast a series of votes benefiting the
companies without disclosing that they had been paid
consulting clients of her husband, Santa Monica Councilman Tony Vazquez.
The votes could have violated the state’s conflict of
interest laws, former Dist.
Atty. Steve Cooley has said.
A school district spokeswoman also announced that
district officials are conducting their own investigation into the findings of The
Times’ story. She emphasized that the Board of Education recognizes “the importance of conflicts of interest.”
“At this time, we are in
the process of gathering information and facts related
to the board’s and Maria’s
votes and working with legal
counsel,” district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said.
“We will fully cooperate with
any investigation regarding
this matter.”
The Times reported that
Leon-Vazquez voted to
approve contracts with
Management and Keygent
LLC, two firms that paid
Vazquez to help pitch their
services to school districts,
[See Santa Monica, B5]
Speier tackles sexual
harassment on the Hill
By Sarah D. Wire
After California Rep.
Jackie Speier spoke out
about being forcibly kissed
by a senior staff member
when she worked on Capitol
Hill in the 1970s, dozens of
staffers called the lawmaker
to tell their stories.
One woman told Speier
she was grabbed by her geni-
tals on the House floor.
Some said lawmakers had
otherwise inappropriately
touched them or exposed
Others said they had
been harassed by two sitting
Speier (D-Hillsborough) declined to identify those
members, saying only that
one is a Republican and one
is a Democrat.
“The culture in this country has been awakened to
the fact that we have a serious epidemic in the workplace in all professions, in all
walks of life, and it’s incumbent upon those who are in
authority to address it and
address it swiftly,” Speier
told reporters Tuesday after
testifying in front of the
House committee that is
[See Congress, B4]
As I write
about the
market in
where high
prices are
forcing people into their
cars, onto
streets and farther from
where they work, one thing
is clear:
I’m not making any
friends among landlords.
They sniff at the suggestion that some of their ilk are
greedy, and they especially
do not like hearing the two
most dreaded words in their
Rent control.
Two of them volunteered
to straighten out my thinking, so I took them up on the
I chatted by phone with
Michael Millman, and I paid
a visit to Gerald Marcil, both
of whom offered me crash
courses on the basics of
supply and demand.
Both were irritated by
my recent column in which I
said the repeal of a state law
restricting rent control
would be one way to prevent
huge rent increases that are
crippling renters and driving them out of neighborhoods they’ve lived in for
Millman, a lawyer, is the
smaller operator of the two.
He owns and manages 68
units in 10 buildings on the
Westside. He had two primary points: First, that “I
have no interest in focusing
on escalating costs” faced
by apartments.
I plead not guilty, your
In June, I toured some
Westside apartment
buildings with owners
Henry and Loretta Selinger.
They argued that it’s unfair
for them to be required to
charge less than they can
get in the free market, even
though they have to keep
putting out more money for
building maintenance and
required seismic safety
Millman added the fol[See Lopez, B6]
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
Curves ahead for street signs
Instead of the usual
‘Stop’ or ‘No Parking,’
Scott Froschauer’s say
‘Relax’ or ‘Breathe.’
Los Angeles multimedia
artist and fabricator Scott
Froschauer has left his
mark all over Glendale, and
his 20 pieces of street art will
challenge the community to
subvert their everyday
expectations of signs and
The Glendale Library,
Arts & Culture Department
unveiled Froschauer’s
“Word on the Street” art
installation Thursday at the
Downtown Central Library,
and now his art pieces are
distributed throughout the
city’s parks and libraries.
Pulling from his previous
work and experiences at the
annual Burning Man festival in Nevada, his latest
exhibit is an experiment
with the traditional boundaries of city-endorsed street
Glendale residents and
visitors won’t find
Froschauer’s installation on
a designated wall, behind
glass or decorating the front
of a building. Instead, obscured in the city’s parks are
“street signs” that inspire
those who see them to second-guess their expectations.
“The main visual language in street signs is
traditionally negative,”
Froschauer said. “The project is about imagining how
would we give reassuring
language in the place of
negative language.”
Instead of the traditional
“Stop,” “No Turn on Red,”
or “No Parking Any Time,”
which are signs that Californians are used to seeing,
those who are able to spot a
Froschauer piece in the wild
may be surprised by the
more reassuring “Relax” or
Raul Roa Times Community News
SCOTT FROSCHAUER with his “Infinite Clearance” street sign artwork at Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale.
“Breathe” posted on signs
crafted in the same style as
regulation signage.
The “signs” intentionally
mimic the forms of regular
signs as a way to pleasantly
trick people into reexamining their usual surroundings, Froschauer said, adding that the only way to
elicit that type of reaction is
in real time.
“One of the main things
that is similar between
the [installation] and
normal Burning Man art
is its experiential nature,”
Froschauer said. “It can’t
be demonstrated through
photo or video. The
real impact of the work
comes from being present
with it.”
Froschauer first attended Burning Man in 2004
and has created large-scale
art pieces for the festival
over the years.
He worked with Glendale officials over the last
few months to select locations best suited to “surprise” and “delight” pas-
sersby with his street sign
None of the 20 art pieces
will replace actual street
signs for safety concerns
and, although left slightly
hidden for effect,
Froschauer intends for
everyone to easily discover
his signs.
“A side goal of mine
[with the installation] is
that there are so many
amazing parks in Glendale,”
Froschauer said.
“Hopefully, it will encourage
people to visit them all
while searching for my
Twitter: @JeffLanda
UC’s deep financial-aid pockets
Institution is the most
generous of top public
schools in awards to
freshmen, study says.
The University of California is the nation’s most
generous public university
in awarding financial aid to
freshmen, a new study has
UC campuses snared
seven of the top 10 spots
among 250 public universities surveyed about their
financial aid packages,
according to the Student
Loan Report news site.
According to the survey,
UC Riverside was the nation’s most generous campus, giving freshmen an
average of $22,241. UCLA,
UC Santa Barbara, UC
Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC
Irvine and UC San Diego
had average awards ranging
from $19,028 to $21,100.
The data include grants,
loans and work-study
“This report shows what
a bargain the University of
California is,” said UC
spokeswoman Dianne
Klein. “It’s the nation’s top
public research university,
and the excellent education
it provides is also the most
The UC system’s average
cost of attendance this year
for students living on campus was $34,700 — with
tuition and fees amounting
to $13,900.
The most generous Cal
State campus was San Jose
State, which ranked 36th,
with an average award of
Other key facts about UC
financial aid, Klein said:
8 The UC system allocates one-third of tuition
dollars to financial aid.
Students may also receive
state Cal Grants and Middle-Class Scholarship
awards, federal Pell Grants
and private scholarships.
8 Overall, financial aid
totaled $4.1 billion this year.
8 UC awarded aid to
three-quarters of all undergraduate students. More
than half of UC students pay
no tuition at all.
8 The average UC student debt at graduation is
$20,900, compared with the
national average of $30,100.
Twitter: @TeresaWatanabe
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Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
ABOUT 90 hurricanes a year occur somewhere on the globe. Above, a residential
neighborhood in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in August.
Hurricanes are expected
to soak Texas more often
So much for the storm of
the century.
A new study suggests
that massive hurricanes like
Harvey will strike Houston
and Texas with much greater frequency in the future
than they do now.
Blame our changing
According to a study
published Monday in PNAS,
the odds of Harvey-like
rains drenching the city of
Houston will grow from 1 in
2,000 at the beginning of the
21st century to 1 in 100 at the
end of the century.
For Texas as a whole, the
outlook is even worse.
The frequency of hurricanes with rains in excess of
20 inches occurring anywhere in the state will jump
from a once-in-100-years
event at the end of the 20th
century to a once-in-5.5years occurrence at the end
of the 21st century.
The new work was led by
MIT atmospheric scientist
Kerry Emanuel, who specializes in hurricanes.
To come to these conclusions, Emanuel relied on
models that are used by the
National Hurricane Center
to forecast hurricanes in
real time.
He also used an array of
six global climate models
that take into account a
standard, business-as-usual
greenhouse gas emission
“I wanted to be as openminded as possible, so I
didn’t apply this technique
to just one climate model,
but rather to as many climate models as I could lay
my hand on,” he said.
Currently about 90
hurricanes a year occur
somewhere on the globe,
Emanuel said. That overall
number is not expected to
change as the planet heats
up, and in fact it might even
go down.
But modeling shows that
even if the total number of
hurricanes decreases, the
number of really intense
hurricanes — like Maria,
Harvey and Irma — will
increase in most places.
“We are confident about
that,” Emanuel said. “And
what we are really confident
about is that a given hurricane will produce much
more rain in a warmer climate.”
He added that there are
three primary reasons why a
warming climate would
produce more severe hurri-
canes in Texas in particular.
For one, the data show a
slight uptick in the number
of strong hurricanes that
will move into that region.
More important, however, is
that each given hurricane
will produce more rain
because warmer air can
hold more water.
Finally, the models suggest that hurricanes will
likely move more slowly,
allowing them to dump
more water over a particular
area of land.
“We’ll see more cases of
stalling, where hurricanes
kind of meander around,
which is what Harvey did,”
Emanuel said.
The techniques used in
the paper are not new, but
Emanuel said the significance of the paper is to alert
city planners to the changing probabilities of largescale hurricanes in Texas as
soon as possible.
“It is important for those
people who will rebuild
Houston and rethink its
infrastructure to understand the magnitude of the
risk and how it will change
over time,” he said.
Ex-cop defends
NYPD work in
1982 Durst case
He rejects accusations
of a coverup in the
disappearance of the
millionaire’s first wife.
By Marisa Gerber
John Gibbins San Diego Union-Tribune
Workers put up the final panels Monday on an industrial tent for homeless people near Petco Park in
downtown San Diego. Charities will operate this and other tents with county help this winter.
Atmospheric river to bring
storm, flash flood warnings
Storm will dump snow
across central Sierra
and rainfall to wine
country burn scars.
By Joseph Serna
The first atmospheric
river-fueled storm of the season is expected to make
landfall in California on
Wednesday afternoon, when
it will dump inches of rain in
the Bay Area, disgorge up to
a foot of snow over the Sierra
Nevada and probably trigger
flash floods in fire-scorched
wine country.
The National Weather
Service issued a flash flood
Wednesday to 3 a.m. Thursday for areas of Sonoma and
Napa counties scorched by a
multiple wildfires in October.
Rain could fall at a rate of
about a half-inch an hour —
heavy enough to trigger
Weather Service meteorologist Anna Schneider said.
Affected areas include
the recent Atlas, Tubbs,
Nuns and Pocket burn scars,
as well as the Fountaingrove
neighborhood in northeast
Santa Rosa, the weather
service said. Effects include
debris flow, mudslides and
flash flooding.
Forecasts say the storm
could drop 3 to 5 inches of
rain in the coastal mountains and less in the Central
Valley, while also bringing
50-mph wind gusts. The
storm will move south and is
forecast to drop up to 11 inches of snow across much of
the central Sierra, with
Brian van der Brug Los Angeles Times
RAIN EXPECTED in Northern California on Wednesday could trigger debris
flows, mudslides and flash flooding in the areas burned in last month’s wildfires.
some areas seeing up to 34
Weather Service said.
As the storm approached
announced it had closed two
state highways through the
northern Sierra and limited
driving on another road to
Still, Schneider said, this
upcoming atmospheric river
is “weak compared to how
bad they could be.”
droughtbusting 2016-17 winter was fueled by more than 30 atmospheric river events — Pacific-based storms that are
hundreds of miles wide and
can hold as much water as
the mouth of the Mississippi. Those storms replenished dwindling surface-level water reserves and packed
record amounts of snow
onto the Sierra Nevada.
Though this water year —
which began Oct. 1 — isn’t off
to as fast a start as the last,
it’s still not too shabby, state
climatologist Michael Anderson said.
“The rainy season is
back,” Anderson said.
The government’s fourth
Climate Science Special
Report, released Nov. 3, said
California will probably see
more intense atmospheric
rivers with greater frequency in the future because
of climate change.
The storm should hit the
entire northern half of the
state by Friday and pack
enough moisture to wet the
ground after the hottest
summer in recorded history,
Anderson said. Early seasonal rain helps create a
foundation for the winter
snowpack to pile onto — a
precious liquid resource for
farmers when it melts in the
spring and summer.
The edges of the system
might bring light rain to Ventura and northern Los Angeles counties Thursday.
Twitter: @JosephSerna
A retired New York police
detective took the stand in
the Robert Durst murder
case Tuesday, testifying that
he did all he could to solve
the mystery of the long-ago
disappearance of the real estate tycoon’s wife.
The 74-year-old millionaire is accused of shooting
his best friend, Susan
Berman, in her Benedict
Canyon home in 2000. The
murder, prosecutors allege,
was motivated by fear she’d
tell others what she knew
about the 1982 disappearance of Durst’s first wife,
New York police Det.
Michael Struk, who led the
investigation into Kathleen
Durst’s still unsolved disappearance, appeared in a Los
Angeles courtroom and vehemently denied accusations that New York authorities sought to protect
Durst’s attorney Dick
DeGuerin referred to a collection of items, including
the initial missing-persons
report, Struk’s personal
notebook filled with details
about interviews regarding
the case, telephone records,
and transcripts from Struk’s
interviews from an HBO
documentary series about
Durst, to question Struk on
his process during the investigation.
DeGuerin presented an
October New York Post article describing a lawsuit filed
on behalf of Kathleen
Durst’s family accusing the
NYPD of working to cover up
Durst’s role in his first wife’s
apparent death.
“Did you do anything
to cover up [for] Durst in
his wife’s disappearance?”
DeGuerin asked.
“That’s silly,” Struk said,
choking up.
After going through the
chronology of Struk’s investigation, DeGuerin asked,
“Did you do your best to
solve this mystery?”
“We did whatever we
could with what we were presented with, with what direction we had,” Struk said.
“I am professionally comfortable with what we had
done before the case got
really cold.”
DeGuerin asked Struk
whether he thought allegations made against him and
the NYPD in the lawsuit
were fair.
“No,” Struk replied. “Until you walk in my shoes,
don’t spit in my face.”
Struk was the first witness called by the defense,
who believe his testimony
undercuts the prosecution’s
case and could help secure
Pat Sullivan Associated Press
likely to go to trial in a
friend’s death until 2018.
their client’s acquittal.
Since Durst is unlikely to
go to trial before 2018, a judge
has allowed attorneys to
gather and videotape early
testimony from older witnesses, which could be
played for jurors if the witnesses are not available to
testify at trial. In recent
months, several witnesses
called by the prosecution
have given damaging testimony against Durst.
During a hearing earlier
this year, the multimillionaire’s longtime friend Nick
Chavin testified that Durst
once confessed to killing
Berman. “I had to. It was her
or me. I had no choice,”
Durst said, according to
Chavin also testified that
Durst admitted to killing his
wife in a conversation with
Berman, who Chavin said
later relayed that information to him.
Durst has pleaded not
The idiosyncratic magnate was arrested at a New
Orleans hotel in connection
with Berman’s slaying on
March 14, 2015. Inside his hotel room, which police say he
checked into under an assumed name, authorities
found a .38 revolver, stacks of
$100 bills inside small envelopes and a rubber, old-man
His arrest came on the
eve of the final episode of a
six-part HBO documentary
about Durst. During the last
moments of “The Jinx,” he
mumbles, “What the hell did
I do? Killed them all, of
Some interpreted his
muttering, which was captured on a hot microphone
during a bathroom break, to
be a confession to three
killings — those of Berman
and his wife and the fatal
shooting of Morris Black, a
neighbor in Texas.
In the Texas case, Durst
argued at trial that the gun
fired while he was defending
himself during a struggle
with Black. He admitted to
dismembering the body and
dumping the parts in Galveston Bay, but a jury acquitted Durst of murder.
Twitter: @marisagerber
State on track to break 2016 record for valley fever cases
Health officials can’t
explain surge of lung
infections but suggest
a link to droughts.
By Soumya
This year is shaping up to
be the worst on record in
California for people infected with valley fever, a
lung infection caused by a
fungus found in soil.
State health officials announced earlier that 2016
broke the record for the
most valley fever cases reported since the state
started keeping count in
1995. Now, 2017 is on pace
to have even more infections.
From January through
October, 5,121 cases were reported to the state health
department, compared with
3,827 cases during the same
period in 2016.
People contract valley fever by breathing in dust that
contains a fungus called
Coccidioides, which is common in semiarid regions of
the country. So although
anyone can get valley fever,
people who work in fields or
construction sites where soil
gets kicked up are particularly at risk.
Health officials said
Tuesday that they didn’t
know why cases were increasing. Experts have said
the rise in valley fever —
which has increased nationwide in recent years — could
be linked to climate change
or drought, because hotter
and drier weather leads to
more dust in the air.
“With an increase in reported valley fever cases, it
is important that people
living, working, and traveling in California are aware
of its symptoms, especially
in the southern San Joaquin
Valley and the Central
Coast, where it is most
common,” state health department
Karen Smith said in a statement.
The California counties
compared with 3,827 a year earlier. The fungus responsible can be present in dust.
cough, chest pain, headaches and weight loss. The
disease often is misdiagnosed because it resembles
so many other illnesses, experts say. Health officials
recommend that if people
have had a cough, fever or
painful breathing for more
than two weeks, they should
ask their doctor about valley
The illness can’t be passed from person to person.
People with the highest risk
of being infected are adults
60 and older, pregnant women, people with weakened
immune systems, including
Americans and Filipinos,
health officials say.
Nationwide, valley fever
is most common in California, Arizona, Nevada, New
Mexico and Utah, according
to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
with the highest rates of infection include San Luis
Obispo, Merced, Fresno,
Kern, Madera and Tulare.
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
MORE than 5,000 valley fever cases were reported in California through October,
There have been fatal outbreaks of valley fever at prisons in the Central Valley in
recent years.
Most people who contract valley fever don’t show
symptoms, but those who do
might experience fever,
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REP. BRADLEY BYRNE (R-Ala.) joins California Democrat Jackie Speier on Tuesday before testifying at a House hearing on sexual misconduct policy in Congress.
House looks at harassment policy
[Congress, from B1]
considering changes in
how harassment in Congress is investigated. She
said she couldn’t provide
more details on the incidents because the victims
had signed nondisclosure
agreements as part of settlements.
Her aim: to modernize a
system that she says discourages victims from coming forward.
The House is moving
quickly to approve a resolution to require sexual harassment training for all lawmakers and staff — something committee members
stressed is a first step to
dealing with Capitol Hill’s
sexual harassment problem.
The Senate passed a similar
resolution last week.
Speier and many others
have said Congress must go
further and also change its
convoluted sexual harassment reporting process.
In the weeks since the
first sexual assault and harassment allegations surfaced in the news against
Hollywood producer Harvey
Weinstein, a flood of victims
have come forward with allegations against prominent
men in entertainment, media and politics.
At Tuesday’s hearing,
other female lawmakers
shared similar stories from
staffers. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) said a female
aide told her she delivered
documents to her boss’
home and was greeted by
the male lawmaker wearing
just a towel. The lawmaker,
who Comstock said is still
serving, then exposed himself to the staffer, she
“What are we doing
here for women right now
who are dealing with somebody like that? It’s time to
say, ‘No more,’ ” Comstock
said. “We need to know more
examples of what is actually
happening and make it easier for victims to come forward.”
The stories echoed dozens that have been detailed
by women on Capitol Hill in
recent weeks, including reports from five current and
former California congresswomen, who told the Associated Press they were harassed by fellow lawmakers.
The women didn’t name the
colleagues who they alleged
harassed them, but said
two are still serving in the
For someone who works
on Capitol Hill to pursue a
harassment administrative
hearing or a lawsuit against
a lawmaker or staff member,
they must first go to counseling through the little-known
Office of Compliance.
The counseling, which
can last up to 30 days, informs accusers of their legal
rights. The next step before
a hearing can be granted is a
required mediation with the
person they are accusing.
During this process, the accuser must sign a nondisclosure agreement. The accuser must provide their own legal counsel. The person accused is represented by
House lawyers.
“The present system may
have been OK in the Dark
Ages; it is not appropriate
for the 21st century,” Speier
said, calling the process a
“hellhole ... to try to traverse.”
Speier plans to file bipartisan legislation this week
that would speed up the
complaint process as well as
require more transparency
about the accused and
about how much settlements cost taxpayers. More
than 1,500 current and former Capitol Hill staffers
have signed a letter asking
Congress to change the
Speier has pushed for
such changes since 2014
but said renewed public attention has made a difference.
“It’s like most issues;
there is a tipping point,”
Speier said. “I think women
have the courage now to
come forward and give
names and talk about something that is, and has been,
just standard operating procedure in business environments.”
Twitter: @sarahdwire
City evolves into a LGBTQ stronghold
[LGBTQ, from B1]
eight years later when he became the city’s first gay mayor and ushered in the council’s first gay majority.
Middleton is also the first
transgender person elected
to a nonjudicial office in California, according to the
group Equality California.
Although the Human
Rights Campaign, a civil
rights organization, doesn’t
keep nationwide data on the
makeup of city councils, the
Palm Springs council is believed to be the first in the
country to be entirely
LGBTQ. Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California, said Palm Springs is
the only city council in California composed of all
LGBTQ people.
Middleton, a retired auditor who worked for the
State Compensation Insurance Fund, joins at least seven other openly transgender
people elected to public office across the country last
week, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
In Virginia, a transgender woman, Democrat Danica Roem, unseated an incumbent who sponsored a
bill that would have restricted which bathrooms
she could use. Middleton
called the elections historic
for transgender Americans.
through,” Middleton said.
Holstege and Middleton
said identity issues never became a central part of the
campaign, which focused
more on environmental concerns, the city’s growing
homelessness population
and how to tackle looming
pension liabilities.
“We really focused on local issues, we are not running because of those identities,” Holstege said. “But it
is still historic for the movement. I do think representation matters, and we should
continue to be a model city
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
PALM SPRINGS transformed from “one of the reddest towns in California” to politically blue, a writer says.
for civil rights.”
Oden said he was pleased
to see that voters had no
qualms about electing an allLGBTQ council.
When he ran for office two
decades ago, Oden said he
faced discrimination as he
sought to become not only
the first gay man but also the
elected to the council.
“I faced it the entire time,
it wasn’t overt but it was
there,” he said. “I am proud
of the citizens of our city who
looked beyond the surface
and asked is this person
Oden said the city has always been a magnet for gays
and lesbians since the 1950s,
when celebrities would retreat to the desert for privacy. For decades, the Coa-
chella Valley was also popular with some of America’s
leading Republicans, including President Ford and
publishing tycoon Walter
Annenberg, an advisor to
President Reagan.
Oden said the desert city
attracted many people seeking privacy, and that made
gays feel welcomed.
“This was the place [celebrities] could come and
they could meet and whatever they did was their business,” he said. “What happened in Palm Springs,
stayed in Palm Springs. Las
Vegas has stolen the moniker, but it was true of Palm
David Wallace, author of
“A City Comes Out: How Celebrities Made Palm Springs
a Gay and Lesbian Paradi-
se,” said many older samesex couples flocked to the
area in the 1970s and 1980s to
buy some of the mid-century
homes that are now considered architectural gems.
“It is really hard to tell
how these cultural things
come about. If a place is
friendly people tend to follow that,” he said. “It is like
refugees coming to a city: if
they find a group of people
who make them feel welcome they keep coming.”
That is certainly true of
Middleton, who moved to
Palm Springs in 2011 after living all over California, including Los Angeles, Ventura and San Francisco.
She said being a transgender woman was never an
issue for her as she climbed
the ranks in city politics. Not
when she ran for a seat on
the neighborhood council.
Not when she served on the
planning board.
“Palm Springs is an incredibly affirming and exciting place for people to live,”
she said. “I have been welcome in this town like no
other place I have ever
The city’s transformation into a LGBTQ stronghold comes as the Republican Party has lost its edge in
the town. Between the two of
them, Sonny Bono and later
his widow, Mary Bono Mack,
represented the area in Congress for 18 years until Democrat Raul Ruiz flipped
the seat blue in 2012.
The new Palm Springs
City Council will also be
made up entirely of Demo-
crats. Many credit that to
the LGBTQ community’s
growth in the city.
“It is a process that has
changed Palm Springs dramatically from the 1950s
when it was probably one of
the reddest towns in California,” Wallace said. “Now it is
certainly not that.”
The council is part of a
continuing political reset for
the city that started when
Pougnet decided not to seek
reelection in 2015 after his
business dealings came
under scrutiny. Pougnet and
charged this year with a
combined 30 felony counts of
corruption, including paying and accepting bribes,
conflict of interest, perjury
and conspiracy to commit
Pougnet, who is gay, was
replaced by another gay
man in 2015, retired Navy
Cmdr. Ron Moon, who ran
on a pledge to increase
transparency in city government. Two veteran council
members decided to retire,
opening the seats for
Middleton and Holstege.
Moon and another councilman set up an ethics and
transparency task force after Pougnet’s ouster to make
the city’s business more
open and clamp down on
abuse. New policies should
be in place by next year.
vowed to champion ethics
reforms in the coming year
and build upon the council’s
efforts to increase faith in
city government.
“What I intend to do is
stick to the important issues
of local municipal government,” she said. “None of
those issues have anything
to do with one’s sexuality or
one’s gender identity.”
Times staff writer Ben
Welsh contributed to this
D.A. reviews
official’s votes
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Arjay Miller, left, with Henry Ford II, testified before a Senate subcommittee about the pressing need for
improved safety features in America’s fleet of automobiles just months after he survived a fiery crash.
Helped revive Ford
By Steve Marble
rjay Miller, one of
the Ford Motor
Co. “Whiz Kids”
who helped turn
around a failing
automaker with a push for
greater safety and later
championed inclusion and
social justice as dean of
Stanford’s Graduate School
of Business, has died at 101.
Miller was fresh from the
Army Air Forces when he
joined up with nine fellow
World War II veterans to offer themselves up — as a
team and a team only — to
Ford, which was reportedly
losing money at a rate of $1
million a day and hadn’t
turned a profit in a decade
and a half.
It was 1946 and Henry
Ford II, the grandson of the
auto company’s legendary
founder, was new to the job
and “searching for answers”
to resuscitate the firm he’d
inherited when he received a
telegram from Charles B.
“Tex” Thornton, an ambitious colonel who wrote that
he and nine buddies were
willing to help Ford get back
on track.
With little left to lose,
Ford hired all 10.
At first the brash newcomers
were derisively
known as the “Quiz Kids” for
their incessant questioning
of company practices, accounting and direction. But
that label was tossed aside
as the company’s fortunes
began to turn around. Over
the years, six of the Whiz
Kids would go on to be presidents or vice presidents in
the firm. One member,
Robert McNamara, became
U.S. secretary of Defense after his stint as president of
Ford’s president in 1963, was
an early advocate of increased safety for motorists,
a point of view that was
sharpened one evening
when he was driving home
from work at the company’s
headquarters in Dearborn,
Mich. His Continental was
hit from behind by another
driver, spun out of control
and burst into flames on the
highway. He was able to
scramble to safety.
“I still have burning in my
mind an image of that gas
tank on fire,” he told a U.S.
months later when he testified about the pressing need
for improved safety features
in America’s fleet of automobiles. He specifically pointed
to the potentially fatal problem of fuel-fed fires in cars
that rolled over or were involved in crashes.
Miller also oversaw the
arrival of one of the company’s signature vehicles — the
Mustang. It was Ford’s most
successful launch since the
Model A.
In 1969, Miller was named
dean of Stanford’s graduate
school for business students
in what turned out to be an
era of remarkable growth.
Endowments increased, as
did the number of endowed
chairs. The graduate school
became more diverse and
the number of women attending the school increased, as Miller preached
that business leaders should
become more socially and
civically involved.
“Making money is the
easy part — making the
world a better place is the
hard part,” he told students
and fellow academics.
Born in tiny Shelby, Neb.,
Miller grew up in a farming
family and came west to attend UCLA, where he
earned a bachelor’s degree.
His graduate work at UC
Berkeley was interrupted by
the war.
At the time of his death
Nov. 3, he was living in Woodside, not far from the Stanford campus.
He is survived by a
daughter, Ann; a son, Ken;
three grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren. Frances, his wife of 70 years, died
in 2010.
Twitter: @stephenmarble
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Lawyer in ‘Lady Chatterley’ case
associated press
eremy Hutchinson, a
towering legal figure
who helped liberalize
British laws and world
attitudes about sex
and freedom of expression,
has died. He was 102.
Hutchinson’s former law
firm, Three Raymond Buildings, said he died Monday.
No cause of death was given.
In 1960 he was part of
the team that successfully
defended Penguin Books
against obscenity charges
Lawrence’s novel “Lady
Chatterley’s Lover.” The
case was considered a watershed obscenity trial.
The book was first pub-
lished in Italy in 1928, but
was banned in its full uncensored form in Britain until
Penguin published it in 1960.
A heavily censored version of
the book was published in
the United States in 1928.
The novel scandalized
some with its explicit description of sex and its use of
words then deemed unprintable.
During the trial, a prosecution lawyer infamously
asked in court whether it
was “a book that you would
... wish your wife or your
servants to read?”
Hutchinson felt that attitude was out of touch with
an increasingly liberal and
egalitarian society, and the
jury proved him right.
The laywer also fought to
have as many female jurors
as possible because, he later
said, “women are so much
more sensible about sex.”
He went on to fight in
court on behalf of the erotic
novel “Fanny Hill,” the explicit movie “Last Tango in
Paris” and the academic
book “The Mouth and Oral
In 1982 he defended the
director of the play “The Romans In Britain” accused of
gross indecency. Other clients included model Christine Keeler, a key figure in
the 1963 sex-and-espionage
scandal known as the Profumo Affair; Soviet spy
George Blake; and drug
smuggler Howard Marks.
Born in 1915 to parents
who were part of London’s
literary Bloomsbury group,
Hutchinson attended Oxford University and served in
the Royal Navy during World
War II, surviving the torpedoing of his ship, the destroyer Kelly, during the
Battle of Crete.
After the war he became
a criminal lawyer and was
made a member of the
House of Lords in 1978 as
Hutchinson was married
to actress Peggy Ashcroft
from 1940 until their divorce
in 1966; she died in 1991. In
1966 he married June Osborn, who died in 2006. He is
survived by a son and a
UC regents to release probe findings
[Regents, from B1]
grades after administrators
discovered that about 850
more students than expected had accepted their
admission offers. UC Irvine
Chancellor Howard Gillman
eventually reinstated nearly
apologized for causing them
“unacceptable distress.”
The interim report recommends that campuses be
barred from using verification of grades as a way of
managing enrollment and
that they increase the notices to students about paperwork deadlines. Before withdrawing admission offers,
the report suggests, administrators should consider alternatives, and any rescinded offers should explain how to appeal. UC
Irvine’s initial rescission notices told students decisions
were “final” and did not
mention the right to appeal.
UC Irvine was roundly
criticized because people
believed that administrators were holding the stu-
dents whose offers were rescinded “to a standard that
in any other year would not
have been applied,” the report said. “As a result, UC’s
legitimate need to verify the
academic qualifications of
new students was undercut
— and UC’s admission process tarnished.”
To look into possible interference in the state audit,
regents hired former California Supreme Court Justice
Carlos Moreno and the law
firm Hueston Hennigan.
State Auditor Elaine
Howle sent surveys to all 10
UC campuses last fall to find
out how effective they found
Napolitano’s office. Auditors
explicitly asked administrators not to share their answers with anyone outside
their campuses. But they
learned later that central office staff had asked to see the
When Howle publicly
contended that “the Office
of the President intentionally interfered with our audit
process,” the regents or-
dered the independent investigation.
The Times reported in
April that Bernie Jones, Napolitano’s deputy chief of
staff at the time, had worked
closely with campus administrators in reviewing their
survey responses. He told
The Times then that he was
only responding to requests
for help in filling out the 52page survey and that he had
done nothing improper. He
provided emails, along with
revised and final copies of
some surveys, to support his
claim that he never ordered
revisions but only asked
campus administrators to
consider some changes.
UC San Diego administrators, for instance, originally said in their response
that they were dissatisfied
with the Office of the President’s transparency in determining how much each
campus paid for systemwide
services. But in the final version, they said they were satisfied. Jones said he flagged
the initial answer to ask if it
Pradeep K. Khosla’s view,
and that campus leaders
changed it, not him.
Both Jones and Seth
chief of staff, resigned last
week. Jones declined to respond to an email asking if
he was stepping down to
take responsibility for interfering in the audit. Grossman said through a spokesman that he did nothing
wrong and was leaving to
take a job in Washington as
chief of staff and counselor
to American University
President Sylvia M. Burwell.
“His involvement in the
audit was minimal, appropriate and 100% consistent
with directives from [UC]
internal audit officers and
university attorneys,” said
Nathan Ballard, Grossman’s
spokesman. “If any UC employee did anything wrong,
it was without Grossman’s
consent or approval.”
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according to sworn testimony from the councilman.
Vasquez did not respond
to repeated requests for
comment from The Times.
But in an interview with
the Santa Monica Daily
Press, Vazquez said that his
wife’s votes to approve contracts with his clients were
buried in thick lists of “consent calendar” items — a list
of typically routine actions
that is approved in one
He told the paper his wife
did not realize she was casting votes that benefited the
Vazquez also defended
his decision not to disclose
his income from the companies on statements of economic interest he filed in recent
years, saying that his attorney and the state Fair Political Practices Commission
have advised him that if he
and the companies aren’t
doing business — or planning to do business — in
Santa Monica, he does not
have to disclose.
“As long as I’m not doing
any business in the city [of
Santa Monica], I don’t have
to claim it,” Vazquez told the
Daily Press.
The former mayor did
not explain to the Daily
Press why his wife neglected
to include the income on a
decade’s worth of disclosure
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
Rent control, from landlords’ perspective
[Lopez, from B1]
lowing to the list of escalating costs for landlords:
“Trash retrieval, water,
sewage, property taxes,
parcel taxes, bonds, insurance, municipal fees,” etc.,
etc. And he said there are
tenants currently living in
rent-controlled units who
are “probably making
$300,000 or more.”
The Selingers — and
Marcil — made the same
argument about rent control. It’s applied across the
board, they said, whether
tenants are wealthy or
nearly broke.
Fair point.
But when landlords rail
against rent control, they’re
talking about annual limits
of 3-5%.
But most renters do not
live in rent-controlled units,
and they’re getting hit with
increases as high as 30-40%.
If 3-5% doesn’t cover the
increased cost of doing
business for landlords, what
about something a little
higher, like 5-7%, so landlords get a return on their
investment but renters
don’t have to start selling
their plasma?
Millman didn’t dismiss
the idea, but he said he’s not
gouging anybody as it is.
And his fix for those who
can’t keep up with the rent
is what he calls a rental
emergency voucher. If you
prove you’ve hit hard times,
you apply for help, and it
gets you through another
When I visited Marcil at
his ocean-view Malaga Cove
office in Palos Verdes Estates, he suggested a varia-
Steve Lopez Los Angeles Times
GERALD MARCIL acknowledges that managing over 3,000 apartments has been
good business lately, but says it’s due to hard work and market forces — not greed.
tion of Millman’s idea. If 80%
of renters are doing just fine,
he said, and 20% are struggling, why not provide more
federal Section 8 funding to
the 20% instead of requiring
landlords to give the same
break to all renters?
Good argument there.
But when I wrote about a
Highland Park couple —
he’s an 85-year-old musician
and she’s a 76-year-old
actress — who are being
priced out of their rented
home, renters were not
sympathetic when I said
they had managed to qualify
for Section 8 housing somewhere else.
Why should they have to
subsidize housing, readers
griped, for people who made
their career choices and
didn’t plan well enough for
OK, if we’re talking about
handouts, how about this:
If you’ve owned a house
in California for a while and
have a mortgage, why
should anyone have to sub-
sidize your mortgage deduction and your Proposition 13
property tax break, which is
made possible by higher
taxes for neighbors who
moved in after you did?
But let’s get back to
Millman and Marcil, both of
whom — despite their criticism of my column on good
times for owners of rental
properties — are cashing in
nicely at the moment.
“I would say I’m doing
well, but I worked hard to
get here,” said Millman.
Marcil, whose renters are
paying between $1,400 and
about $2,800, depending on
apartment size and location, said he’s doing almost
as well now as he was doing
before the housing crash.
That’s not because of greed,
he argued, but because of
hard work and market
There isn’t enough new
construction to keep prices
down, said Marcil, hammering a point I’ve made before.
He said lots of communities
oppose new construction
anywhere near their neighborhoods. That, along with
rising construction costs,
has pumped up rents, especially in job centers where
there are more people making good money.
Marcil said he thinks the
state’s large population of
immigrants in the country
illegally is a factor, too. He
said they’re good for his
business because they
increase the housing demand, but that drives rents
higher for everyone.
He used to be a developer and said the housing
market has been both cruel
and generous to him over
the years. He said he’s been
broke twice and that investors “took a beating”
between 2007 and 2012 because rents were flat.
But Marcil’s company is
doing so well now, he flew
his apartment managers,
spouses and other employees — more than 80 people
altogether — to Maui last
month and put them up for
a week at a beachfront hotel
in Kaanapali.
“It was very nice,” said an
appreciative Torrance
apartment manager and
longtime Marcil employee.
Marcil said he’s making
about $5.5 million a year
running his company and
goes diving on Santa Monica Bay off his 68-foot Sunseeker. He lives in an oceanfront home he bought many
years ago — a home now
estimated to be worth more
than $6 million.
Not bad, right?
But Marcil’s generosity
extends beyond flying his
employees to Maui. The
former high school wrestler
is a moderate Republican
and chairman of the fiscally
conservative New Majority
of Los Angeles, and he donated $127,150 to conservative candidates and causes
between 2015 and 2017.
He told me he donates
more than $1 million a year
to local charities because he
thinks they do a better job
providing services than the
government does. A 2014
annual report lists Marcil
and his wife among the top
donors to the YMCA of
Metropolitan Los Angeles,
with more than $1 million in
donations. He said he intends to leave 20% of his
wealth to his family and 80%
to his favorite charities.
Yes, business is very
good these days for some
California landlords. But
I’ve become convinced
they’re not the biggest
winners in this crazy market.
Any idea who’s making
even more of a killing?
Stay tuned.
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at tax
Senate bill would
change how stock
options are treated,
hurting start-ups.
By Jim Puzzanghera
TESLA CHIEF Executive Elon Musk is set to unveil the electric Tesla semi truck at an event in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
A long haul for Tesla trucks
Musk is entering a niche where other firms already are hard at work
By Russ Mitchell
cool new electric semi truck coming
around the bend.
It looks Space Age sleek: no
gears, so no constant shifting.
Recharging the battery is a lot
cheaper than diesel fuel.
Finn Murphy, an independent
truck owner-operator, can’t wait to
try it out. “The cab is larger, the living area is larger,” he said. “It’s very
The truck Murphy was describing? It’s the Nikola One, a fuel-cell
electric truck from Nikola Motor in
Salt Lake City that’s expected to hit
highways in 2021.
Not the much-hyped Tesla semi
that Chief Executive Elon Musk is
set to unveil at an elaborate stage
outside Los Angeles on Thursday
The event “will blow your mind
clear out of your skull into an alternate dimension,” Musk tweeted recently. He discussed the truck, and
displayed a shadowy photo, at a
TED talk last April.
Musk could reveal some amazing technology breakthrough on
Thursday, a partnership with a big
truck maker or some other surprise.
But while Tesla had the luxury electric car market to itself when it upended the auto industry with the
Model S sedan in 2012, the company
can’t yet claim to be a pioneer in
electric semi trucks. It will enter the
semi truck business with an array of
competitors already hard at work.
Heavy-duty fuel-cell trucks built
by Toyota are moving freight at the
Port of Los Angeles. Cummins, the
diesel engine maker, debuted a
prototype electric-drive semi in August.
BYD, a China-based company
with a big factory in Lancaster, is
about to deliver its first drayage
semi tractor, with six more by the
end of the year, to pull containers
around ports in Los Angeles, Long
Beach and San Diego.
Daimler, the German motor vehicle giant best known for its Mercedes-Benz brand, is making electric urban delivery trucks and plans
to put the Vision One big rig on the
market by 2022.
“Basically every [truck] manufacturer is developing battery, fuelcell electric or hybrids,” said Andrew Swanton, vice president for
truck sales at BYD Motors North
America. “Peterbilt, Kenworth,
A slew of electric semi start-ups
includes Wrightspeed, run by Tesla
co-founder Ian Wright, which retrofits standard truck frames with its
own extended-range hybrid electric
drive system; Proterra, an electric
bus builder in City of Industry that
plans to expand into trucks; and
Chanje, a Los Angeles company
that will assemble trucks from kits
[See Trucks, C5]
CNN should be
sold, but not for
Trump’s reasons
Given the
hand-wringing over the
Trump administration’s reported demand that
AT&T divest
CNN as a
condition of approving its
$85-billion acquisition of
Time Warner, CNN’s parent,
you’d think that Trump was
interfering in a merger that
could only do good things
for the public interest.
But that’s wrong. It has
been crystal clear since the
deal was announced about a
year ago that the government should block the
proposed merger. Forcing
AT&T to sell CNN would be
a positive step in averting all
the ills that will emanate
from the merger, but only a
modest step. The companies shouldn’t be allowed to
combine at all.
Trump’s rhetoric about
the deal, which dates from
his presidential campaign,
has muddled the issues —
and may even have increased the chances that
the deal will go through with
all its negative aspects
intact. His administration’s
alleged demand, delivered
via Justice Department
antitrust chief Makan Delrahim, that AT&T sell off
the Turner Broadcasting
portion of Time Warner, and
specifically CNN, has been
taken as an artifact of
Trump’s war with CNN over
its reporting on his administration.
True, Trump whines
about any news organization that reports on him
negatively, but he seems to
reserve the greatest venom
for CNN — who can forget
the video he posted on
Twitter in July of him supposedly beating up on a
figure with a CNN logo for
its head at a wrestling
“The Trump effect is
overshadowing the underlying issues with this deal,”
says John Bergmayer, senior counsel for the consumer
advocacy group Public
Knowledge. “We welcome
people looking into the
issues of political influence
over antitrust decisionmaking, but this is still a
deal that should be analyzed on its own merits.”
Public Knowledge even
joined with a clutch of tea
party and other conservative groups to urge Atty.
Gen. Jeff Sessions to block
the deal unless its harmful
aspects can be prevented,
an unlikely prospect. “Allowing these firms to join
forces,” the groups asserted
in an Oct. 26 letter to
Sessions, “would intolerably
limit consumers’ control
over what they watch and
where they get their information.”
Let’s look at the underlying issues, and then at how
Trump has complicated
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Howard Lipin San Diego Union-Tribune
SCRIPPS HEALTH is among the partners in the San Diego medical tourism
effort. Above, Dr. Julie Steele examines breast tissue at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla.
San Diego’s new selling
point: medical tourism
City’s major hospitals
make a push to attract
out-of-town patients.
By Lori Weisberg
SAN DIEGO — Planning
a visit to San Diego? Hit the
beaches. Check. Spend a day
at the zoo or a theme park.
Check. Sample craft beer.
Check. Book a stay at a local
hospital for cutting-edge
cardiac or cancer treatment?
For decades, San Diego
has traded on its reputation
for year-round sun, a captivating coastline and familyfriendly attractions to woo
tourists. But enticing visitors with the promise of life-
saving treatments by acclaimed physicians and hospitals has never been offered
up as a selling point.
Until now.
A coalition of civic, tourism and business leaders,
joined by San Diego’s four
major hospitals, is launching a medical tourism initiative they hope will draw
more well-heeled patients
and their families to the region than any one hospital
could attract on its own.
DestinationCare San Diego, the effort
has been seeded with an initial investment of $150,000,
including $100,000 from
businessman and longtime
philanthropist Malin Burnham, who has been guiding
the nascent effort for the last
several years.
The hope is to tap into an
industry valued at as much
as $100 billion globally by
trumpeting San Diego’s already highly regarded medical providers and life sciences research — and in the
process attract visitors who
otherwise might not consider traveling here.
though, is stiff, given the elevated profile of some of the
nation’s most recognized
names in healthcare — such
as the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Cleveland
Clinic in Ohio, MD Anderson
Cancer Center in Houston
and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New
York City.
What sets San Diego
apart, the effort’s most ar[See San Diego, C4]
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have touted
their tax bill as businessfriendly, but technology
start-ups — including Hyperloop One, Airbnb, Uber
and Vimeo — are fuming
over a provision that would
make a major change to how
stock options are taxed.
A key tool for start-ups to
attract employees, stock options are currently taxed
when they are cashed in. The
Senate Republican tax bill,
unveiled last week, would
tax the options on the date
they vest, meaning when the
employee is allowed to begin
cashing them in.
The difference is significant because employees
often hold on to their options, hopefully until those
options’ value rises with the
growth of the company.
Under the proposed change,
employees could face large
tax bills before they realize
the income from cashing in
the stock options to pay
The change would produce about $13.4 billion in additional federal tax revenue
over the next decade, according to an analysis by the
congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.
The House tax bill had a
similar provision but it was
removed last week.
Both bills also target
stock options in another
way. They would eliminate a
loophole that allows publicly
traded companies to deduct
the cost of stock options and
other performance-based
compensation to top executives.
The tax code now limits
the deduction for pay and
other compensation to each
executive to $1 million. But
the loophole allows companies to exceed that limit for
performance-based pay.
The provision, in place
since the 1990s, has been
blamed for helping cause the
sharp rise in executive compensation at publicly traded
corporations. Eliminating it
would produce about $10 billion in additional federal tax
revenue over 10 years.
But the Senate’s proposed change in how stock
options are taxed would specifically hit start-ups and
has triggered an outpouring
technology companies and
“This shift would have
profound negative consequences for technology
start-ups by, among other
things, undermining their
ability to compete with large
incumbents,” said a letter
from Engine, an advocacy
group for technology startups, that was sent Tuesday
to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G.
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Sessions ducks
CNN sale query
The attorney general
avoids a lawmaker’s
question on Trump’s
stance on AT&T’s
merger deal. C3
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W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
Rare sign lights up again in Echo Park
Vintage display atop
a Sunset Boulevard
landmark is restored
after being mostly
dark for 50 years.
By Roger Vincent
The sight of a very persistent bowler throwing
strike after strike looms high
over Sunset Boulevard
again, now that a nearly century-old electric sign has
been restored.
It’s atop Jensen’s Recreation Center, a 1920s landmark in the heart of Echo
Park that was one of the first
buildings in L.A. to feature a
mix of residential, retail and
entertainment uses. It was
declared a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument in
When completed by business leader Henry C. Jensen
in 1924, the three-story building included a bowling alley
and billiards parlor. To entice patrons, Jensen put a 17by-28-foot
sign on the roof that depicted a bowler throwing a
The sign is articulated,
meaning it lights up in a
programmed sequence. Colored lights saying “Jensen’s
Recreation Center” light up
in three pops. Then a male
bowler appears on the left
side and appears to launch a
ball that slowly travels
across the sign and then
scatters a set of pins on the
right side.
groundbreaking technology at the
time of its installation, the
sign is controlled by a series
of electric motors that
switch the 1,300 red, green
and white light bulbs on and
off to give the appearance of
The sign was mostly dark
Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times
THE SIGN lights up in programmed sequence. “We wanted to do our part to restore an important part of that property,” said Nick Clem-
ent, vice president at Vista Investment Group, which bought Jensen’s Recreation Center, the 1920s building where the electric sign sits.
for about 50 years but has
just been restored by new
owner Vista Investment
The Santa Monica real
estate firm purchased the
building at 1700 Sunset Blvd.
for $15 million in 2014. It
spent $1.25 million on improvements, Vice President
Nick Clement said, including a renovation of the sign
overseen by Los Angeles vintage sign restorer Paul
“We wanted to do our
part to restore an important
part of that property,” Clement said.
Jensen’s Recreation Cen-
ter has 46 apartments on the
second and third floors. It no
longer has bowling or billiards, but it does have a coffee shop, fitness studio,
clothing boutique, and
vegan restaurant and brewery. Clement is looking for
a tenant for the vacant former bowling alley space, he
Animated incandescent
signs predated neon signs,
which became popular in the
1920s, said Eric Evavold, former board member of the
Museum of Neon Art in
Glendale. The Jensen’s sign
is one of the largest such vintage, operable signs left in
the world, he said.
“It’s incredible that this
sign was just sitting there in
the middle of the city for so
long,” Evavold said. “This is
a special jewel in our illuminated sign history.”
Twitter: @rogervincent
Disneyland attraction to
include ‘Last Jedi’ scenes
Visitors on Star Tours
ride will get an early
glimpse of the film.
By Hugo Martin
“Star Wars: The Last
Jedi” doesn’t open in
theaters until Dec. 15, but
Disneyland visitors who
board a vehicle on the Star
Tours attraction will get
an early glimpse of scenes
from the film starting this
Disneyland will add
scenes from the newest
“Star Wars” movie to its Star
Tours attractions Friday,
the resort announced in a
blog post.
The park said people on
the flight simulator ride will
be put in the middle of a battle on the planet of Crait, a
mineral world that appears
to have sharp gray cliffs. Another new scene for the ride
is planned but has yet to be
It will not be the first time
Disneyland has added new
scenes to Star Tours to help
promote a movie by Lucasfilm, which is owned by Walt
Disney Co. The move is
also expected to spark new
interest in the 30-year-old
In 2015, when Disneyland
launched “Season of the
Force,” Star Tours added
scenes featuring characters,
spaceships and locations
from 2015’s “Star Wars: The
Force Awakens.” At the
same time, Space Mountain
was renamed Hyperspace
Mountain and included
scenes of X-Wing Starfighters and the Millennium Falcon.
Scenes from the upcoming Star Wars movie will
also be added to the Star
Tours attraction at Disney’s
Hollywood Studios in Florida.
Separately, the Disneyland Resort announced in a
blog post that on Jan. 18,
guests will be able to ride
park attractions and listen
to live music until 1 a.m. in an
after-hours event dubbed
Throwback Nite.
Twitter: @hugomartin
FDA approves pill that can
tell when it’s been ingested
Abilify has sensor that
sends message after it
reaches the stomach.
associated press
U.S. regulators have approved the first drug with a
sensor that can track
whether patients have taken
their medicine.
The Abilify pill was first
approved by the Food and
Drug Administration in 2002
to treat schizophrenia, and
the sensor technology was
approved for marketing in
2012. The FDA said Monday
that the digitally enhanced
sending a message from the
pill’s sensor to a wearable
“Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for illness may be
useful for some patients,”
Dr. Mitchell Mathis of the
FDA said in a statement.
“The FDA supports the development and use of new
technology in prescription
drugs and is committed to
working with companies to
technology might benefit
patients and prescribers.”
Abilify MyCite was developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., based in Japan,
and the sensor was created
by Proteus Digital Health,
based in Redwood City, Calif.
Greenlighting the new
digital version, however,
came with some caveats. Although the system can track
doses, it hasn’t been shown
to improve patient compliance, the FDA said.
“Abilify MyCite should
not be used to track drug ingestion in ‘real-time’ or during an emergency,” the
agency said, “because detection may be delayed or may
not occur.”
Patients can track their
dosages on their smartphones and allow their doctors or caregivers to access
the information through a
In a statement issued in
May when the FDA accepted
submission of the product
for review, the companies
said that “with the patient’s
consent, this information
could be shared with their
team and selected family
and friends, with the goal of
allowing physicians to be
more informed in making
treatment decisions that are
specific to the patient’s
The companies said the
sensor “activates when it
reaches stomach fluids and
communicates with the
The FDA approved digital Abilify for the treatment
of schizophrenia, bipolar
disorder and as an add-on
treatment for depression in
‘Thor’ fends
off rivals to
remain No. 1
It brings in $41 million
for weekend, beating
‘Orient Express.’
By Gaochao Zhang
BEIJING — Disney/Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” pummeled a field of competitive
new releases, including
Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley’s “Murder on the Orient
Express,” to top the Chinese
box office for a second consecutive week.
blockbuster brought in $41.1
million last weekend for a cumulative total of $96 million
after 10 days in theaters, according to film consulting
firm Artisan Gateway.
The latest “Thor” film —
the franchise’s third installment — has out-earned the
final grosses of its two predecessors combined.
Its opening weekend also
marked the highest-grossing opening weekend of any
imported film since “War for
the Planet of the Apes” in
Online reviews of “Thor:
Ragnarok” were generally
positive, as high-budget 3-D
Imax films continue to draw
young Chinese viewers. China’s box office has grossed
$6.94 billion this year, already surpassing 2016’s fullyear figure of $6.88 billion.
praised the film’s accurate
Chinese subtitles and its
witty dialogue, which they
compared to the talkative
Spider-Man in Marvel’s recent release “Spider Man:
Sony’s “Murder on the
Orient Express” also performed well in the Middle
Kingdom on Friday, but it
slowed over the weekend,
earning $19.1 million, a distant second behind “Thor.”
Director Kenneth Branagh’s
film, the latest adaptation of
Agatha Christie’s renowned
murder mystery, also stars
one of China’s box-office
magnets: Depp.
The Mainland ChinaHong Kong co-production
“The Brink” opened in
third place with $6.9 million.
It failed to surpass another
“Paradox,” released earlier
this year, which starred the
same actors, Wu Yue and Ka
Tung Lam — a reminder
films, barring intriguing
story lines or strong 3-D effects, still struggle to outperform imported Hollywood
Warner Bros.’ natural disaster thriller “Geostorm”
ranked fourth after a healthy performance in recent
weeks, earning $6.1 million
for a 17-day total of $64 million.
“Seventy-Seven Days,”
another Chinese-language
film, rounded out the top five
with $5.4 million for the
weekend; after 10 days, it has
a total of $7.2 million.
Zhang is a special
Warner Bros.
“JUSTICE LEAGUE,” opening Thursday night, will give Warner Bros. an idea of the appeal of some lesser-
known DC Comics heroes, including Aquaman and the Flash. Above is a scene with Jeremy Irons.
‘Justice’ is test of heroes
By Ryan Faughnder
Warner Bros. has shown
what it can do with heavy
hitters of superhero lore:
Batman, Superman and
Wonder Woman. With the release of its latest DC Comics
movie, “Justice League,” the
studio will find out how
much audiences want to see
the lesser-known characters.
The mega-budget film —
which showcases Aquaman,
Cyborg and the Flash alongside their more-famous colleagues — is expected to
dominate the box office this
weekend. It also marks a major test of Warner Bros.’
plans to turn the venerable
DC comic book franchise
into an interconnected universe of movies to compete
with Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Studios. Time Warner
Inc.-owned Warner Bros. is
hoping the film will get fans
excited about upcoming
projects based on the more
obscure characters.
“The biggest takeaway
from the movie will probably
be how people react to Aquaman and the Flash,” said
Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at “If
they can spin off successful
films from those characters,
that might be the most important thing for the studio.”
All signs point to a strong
debut for “Justice League.”
Opening Thursday night,
the film is expected to gross
about $110 million in the
United States and Canada
through Sunday, according
to people who have reviewed
pre-release audience surveys. Presales are outpacing
those for “Wonder Woman,”
which opened with $103 million in June, according to
ticket merchant Fandango.
Still, a $110-million launch
for “Justice League” would
be considerably lower than
the debut of “Batman v
Superman: Dawn of Justice”
in March 2016. That earlier
film, which starred Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal
Gadot as Wonder Woman,
ended up with a massive
global haul of $873 million,
but was met with stinging
reviews and negative sentiment from some fans of the
comic book characters.
Warner Bros. declined to
give a budget for “Justice
League,” but people close to
the project estimated it cost
about $300 million to make,
plus marketing spending.
One major factor is the
response from critics. Reviews were embargoed until
11:50 p.m. Tuesday, less than
two days before the film hits
theaters. Positive reviews
helped propel “Wonder
Woman” to more than $820
million in global ticket sales.
Other recent DC movies,
“Batman v Superman” and
“Suicide Squad,” were both
commercially successful but
would have done better if
they had received more favorable notices, analysts
“Justice League” is the
DC universe’s closest equivalent of Marvel’s “Avengers”
series, which has grossed
nearly $3 billion from two
movies. “Justice League”
should benefit from the return of Gadot’s Wonder
Woman, whom many critics
credited with introducing
some much-needed hope
and levity to the DC universe. Batman and Superman, meanwhile, remain
among the best-known
superhero characters to ever
grace movie screens.
The film’s journey to theaters was not an easy one.
stepped back from the project after the death of his
daughter in March. Joss
Whedon, who wrote and directed the “Avengers” movies for Marvel and is known
for his light touch with
superhero fare, took over for
weeks of reshoots.
“[Warner Bros. has] been
building to this for a few
years now, so it’s obviously
very important to them,”
Robbins said.
After “Justice League,”
the next live-action DC film
for Warner Bros. is “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa. It is due in December
Two smaller wide-release
movies will try to attract
moviegoers uninterested in
the superhero mashup. The
new animated Nativity movie “The Star,” the latest
faith-based effort from Sony
Pictures’ Affirm label, is expected to open with $7 million. The cartoon, about a
young donkey’s role in the
first Christmas, cost about
$20 million to make.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s
“Wonder,” about a fifthgrade boy trying to cope
with a facial deformity, is expected to open with $9 million in ticket sales, according
to analysts.
Sessions ducks panel’s questions
By Meg James
U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, during questioning at
a congressional hearing
Tuesday, sidestepped questions about whether President Trump’s vitriol toward
CNN was factoring into the
Justice Department’s review of a mammoth media
AT&T is trying to buy
Time Warner Inc. — which
owns CNN, HBO, TNT, Cartoon Network and the Warner Bros. movie and television
studio — for $85 billion. Justice Department antitrust
division officials met last
week with AT&T executives
to discuss their concerns
about the merger.
Trump’s disdain for CNN
— he calls the network “fake
news” — has become an issue in the government’s review of the proposed merger,
raising questions about
whether the Justice Department is bowing to political
During the hearing before the House Judiciary
Committee, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) pointedly
asked Sessions whether the
White House has gotten involved in what is supposed
to be a legal review of the
merits of AT&T’s proposed
“I am not able to comment on conversations or
communications that Department of Justice top people have with top people at
the White House,” Sessions
The Justice Department’s antitrust division,
now led by Makan Delrahim,
has suggested that it might
sue to block the merger.
Sources familiar with the
matter have told various
news outlets, including the
Los Angeles Times, that the
Justice Department has
suggested that AT&T sell either Turner Broadcasting,
which includes CNN, or its El
Segundo satellite TV unit,
DirecTV, to win government
approval of the deal.
Earlier in the day, Rep.
Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)
wanted to know whether the
Justice Department had ordered AT&T to sell CNN,
noting that Trump’s ire
toward the news network is
well-documented. He asked
whether anyone at the White
House had contacted Ses-
sions or other Justice Department officials. Sessions
did not answer the question
and instead disputed the accuracy of news reports.
Last week, AT&T Chief
Executive Randall Stephenson said he had not been directly ordered to sell CNN.
However, questions remain
Stephenson was asked to
sell Turner Broadcasting,
which includes CNN, or
whether his company would
have to divest DirecTV,
which the Dallas phone giant acquired in 2015.
Stephenson also said he
would not sell CNN.
On Capitol Hill, Cicilline
referenced news reports
that 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert
Murdoch, an informal advisor to Trump, has involved
himself in the transaction,
calling Stephenson twice to
ask about CNN. Murdoch’s
company owns Fox News,
which is a competitor of
CNN, and Murdoch’s company tried — and failed — to
buy Time Warner three
years ago. Cicilline pressed
Sessions for an answer.
“The Justice Department does not reveal privi-
leged conversations or conversations with the White
House,” Sessions said.
Rep. Tom Marino (RPa.) asked whether the antitrust division’s position on
mergers had changed. In the
past, the Justice Department has found acceptable
so-called “vertical” mergers,
which don’t eliminate any direct competitors. The more
problematic mergers have
been those defined as “horizontal,” because they consolidate similar businesses
and thus reduce competition.
AT&T has classified its
proposed takeover of Time
Warner as a vertical merger.
Some Republicans have expressed concern that the
Justice Department might
be taking a more restrictive
view of mergers rather than
allowing market conditions
to prevail.
“We have an experienced
team at the Department of
Justice,” Sessions said. “We
do try to handle each case
professionally. I’m not able
to announce any new policies at this time, congressman.”
NBC News exec fired for misconduct
By Stephen Battaglio
Matt Zimmerman, the
executive in charge of booking for NBC News, has been
fired for what the company
called “inappropriate conduct” with female employees
at the network.
learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than
one woman at [parent com-
pany NBCUniversal], which
violated company policy. As
a result he has been dismissed,” an NBC News representative said in a statement.
Women at NBC News
brought Zimmerman’s alleged behavior to the attention of the company amid
the heightened attention on
sexual harassment from allegations brought against
movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and others.
At least one woman told
the company’s human resources department that
her career was damaged as a
result of a relationship with
Zimmerman, according to a
person familiar with the
matter who was not authorized to comment publicly
and requested anonymity.
Earlier this month, NBC
News cut ties with political
analyst Mark Halperin after
CNN reported that he allegedly sexually harassed wom-
en during his 10-year tenure
as political director of ABC
News from 1997 to 2007.
booking for NBC’s “Today”
program until 2014, when he
was elevated to a role that
put him in charge of a collaborative booking unit
within the news division.
Zimmerman was not
available to comment.
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
isn’t good
for public
[Hiltzik, from C1]
AT&T is the nation’s
largest provider of pay TV
(after its 2015 acquisition of
DirecTV), as well as its
second-largest wireless
company and third-largest
broadband internet provider. Time Warner is one of
the nation’s largest content
companies, the owner of
CNN, HBO, Warner Bros.
and the cable channels
TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic
Movies, among numerous
other entertainment and
news offerings.
In antitrust jargon, the
deal would be a “vertical”
merger, bringing together
business at different levels
of a given industry, rather
than a “horizontal” merger,
which applies to deals that
bring together two largely
identical businesses — two
cable firms merging, for
Normally, vertical mergers are treated as less anticompetitive than their
horizontal cousins because
they don’t eliminate a competitor from the marketplace. But mergers of distributors of information and
entertainment content with
creators of that content
raise special concerns. The
danger is that AT&T, which
owns the internet pipeline
into an ever-increasing
share of American homes,
could use that power to
steer its internet customers
to its own content and degrade or block competing
Kept separate, content
distribution companies
such as AT&T and DirectTV have an incentive to
offer their subscribers the
best possible TV package.
Content companies just
want to create material that
will attract the largest number of viewers. Put them
together and their business
incentives change drastically.
The new AT&T “might
not want to give too good a
deal to Dish Network (a
satellite competitor of DirecTV), because it wants
people to become DirecTV
customers,” Bergmayer
argues. “There’s not even a
question about whether
AT&T’s TV packages are
going to carry Time Warner
programming, because of
course they are. But that
may be at the expense of
viewers or competing
programmers that might
have something better but
aren’t even going to be considered.”
Up to now, Federal Communications Commission
rules promoting network
neutrality tended to act
against such behavior by
mandating that internet
service providers give all
content equal access to the
customer. But under
Trump’s newly appointed
chairman, Ajit Pai, the
commission is moving
toward scrapping network
neutrality principles.
Under Pai, the FCC
ceded jurisdiction over the
AT&T deal to the Justice
Department — even though
the FCC maintained oversight over the merger of
Comcast and NBCUniversal
in 2011, a smaller deal but
one with the same vertical
The prospect is that, if
only AT&T complies with
the Justice Department’s
lone politically motivated
demand over CNN, the
merger will be approved.
“Every citizen ought to be
interested in finding out if
there’s been political pressure applied,” says former
FCC Commissioner Michael
Copps, now a senior advisor
to Common Cause. “But
that shouldn’t sidetrack us
from the fact that this deal
Darren Hauck Getty Images
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S alleged demand that CNN be sold as a condition of the AT&T-Time Warner deal has
been taken as an artifact of Trump’s war with CNN over its reporting on his administration.
is bad for consumers, bad
for competition, bad for
innovation, bad for the
country in general. It’s far
too much power for any one
company to wield in a democratic society. It ought to be
unacceptable on its face.”
The usual solution for
potential conflicts in vertical mergers has been to
impose behavioral conditions. That was the approach that enabled the
FCC to wave through the
merger. The FCC ordered
the merged company not to
use its nearly nationwide
distribution footprint to
squeeze out cable channels
or video services that competed with NBC’s channels
or Comcast’s video streaming service.
That didn’t work. Content providers have lodged
frequent complaints about
unfair treatment.
Bloomberg, for example,
complained that Comcast
sequestered its news channel in a hard-to-find ghetto
on its cable programming
grid, reducing its viewer-
ship. Bloomberg won its
case before the FCC, but
only after two years of litigation.
The Santa Monica-based
Tennis Channel also fought
a long battle to avoid being
isolated in what one might
consider the nosebleed
section of Comcast’s channel lineup, ostensibly to
protect Comcast’s own
sports channels, the Golf
Channel and Versus (now
the NBC Sports Network),
from competition. The
FCC’s enforcement staff
agreed with the Tennis
Channel, but it lost its battle
in the courts.
One could argue that the
FCC finally found a way to
punish Comcast for its
misbehavior when it effectively killed the company’s
proposed merger with Time
Warner Cable last year.
(Time Warner Cable isn’t
affiliated any longer with
AT&T’s quarry, Time Warner.) But that happened only
after years of complaints
about Comcast’s behavior.
Nor is the same approach
likely to work with AT&T.
On the surface, Trump’s
objection to the AT&TTime Warner merger might
appear to have the same
roots as consumer advocates’ concerns. But the
context of his position statements generally has been
undifferentiated anti-media
diatribes. A few weeks before the 2016 election, for
example, he lumped the
AT&T deal together with
the ownership of the Washington Post by Amazon
founder Jeff Bezos and the
ownership of NBC by Comcast. “They’re trying desperately to suppress my
vote and the voice of the
American people,” he said.
(An NBC production, “Access Hollywood,” generated
the notorious tape that
featured Trump bragging
about sexually assaulting
Trump’s established
animosity toward CNN
could give AT&T grounds to
fight administration efforts
to block its merger in court,
as reflecting political influence. Ironically, AT&T was
rumored months ago to be
shopping CNN to other
buyers in a post-merger
slimming. The latest reports forced AT&T Chief
Executive Randall Stephenson to disavow any such
“It’s important to set the
record straight,” Stephenson said in a written statement issued in response to
reports of the Justice Department’s position on
CNN. “Throughout this
process, I have never offered
to sell CNN and have no
intention of doing so.”
Stephenson’s statement
may be taken as a signal
that AT&T won’t capitulate
to political pressure, but its
refusal to sell CNN could
end up being the wrong
thing done for the right
reason. AT&T shouldn’t
own CNN — and it shouldn’t
own any of Time Warner’s
other content either.
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A push into medical tourism
Stocks fall slightly
as oil prices slide
associated press
Energy companies led
U.S. stocks modestly lower
Tuesday, erasing the small
gains the market made a day
The biggest drop in crude
oil prices since October
weighed on energy stocks.
Disappointing results or
outlooks from retailers and
weighed on the market.
Utilities and consumerfocused companies bucked
the trend.
Investors had their eye
on Washington, where the
House is expected to vote on
its version of a major tax bill
this week. Expectations that
the tax overhaul will sharply
lower corporate taxes have
helped lift the market this
The steep drop in crude
oil prices weighed on oil exploration companies and
other energy-sector stocks.
was the biggest decliner in
the Standard & Poor’s 500
index, tumbling 7.1% to
$29.82. Range Resources fell
6.6% to $17.35.
Benchmark U.S. crude
fell $1.06, or 1.9%, to $55.70 a
barrel, its biggest single-day
decline since October. Brent
crude, used to price international oils, declined 95 cents,
or 1.5%, to $62.21 a barrel.
“There’s this perception
that there’s a lot of supply
waiting in the wings, and as
prices have moved higher,
that’s made the marginal
producer want to come out
and just find more oil,” said
Eric Freedman, chief investment officer of U.S. Bank
Wealth Management.
Home Depot rose 1.6% to
$168.06 after it turned in better-than-expected results
and raised its outlook for the
Advance Auto Parts
leaped 16.3% to $95.72 — the
biggest gainer in the S&P
500 — after the company’s
latest quarterly earnings exceeded expectations.
TJX Cos., the parent
company of T.J. Maxx and
Marshalls, slid 4% to $67.94
after it reported revenue and
earnings that fell short of
analysts’ estimates.
General Electric fell 5.9%
to $17.90, sliding sharply for
the second day in a row after
analysts downgraded the industrial conglomerate. On
Monday, GE pulled back on
profit expectations and
slashed its dividend in half.
Its shares are down 43.4%
this year.
soared 24% to $145.35 after a
report that Roark Capital
offered to buy the chain for
$150 a share, or $2.3 billion.
Bond prices rose. The
yield on the 10-year Treasury
note fell to 2.38% from 2.41%.
Wholesale gasoline fell 3
cents to $1.76 a gallon. Heating oil fell 3 cents to $1.91 a
gallon. Natural gas slid 7
cents to $3.10 per 1,000 cubic
Gold rose $4 to $1,282.90
an ounce. Silver rose 3 cents
to $17.07 an ounce. Copper
fell 5 cents to $3.07 a pound.
The dollar fell to 113.40 yen
from 113.57 yen. The euro rose
to $1.1794 from $1.1667.
[San Diego, from C1]
dent supporters say, is the
willingness of the top medical institutions — Sharp
Healthcare, Scripps Health,
UC San Diego Health and
Rady Children’s Hospital —
to collaborate, no easy feat in
a highly competitive arena.
DestinationCare, they
also point out, marks the
intersection of two of San Diego’s largest economic engines: tourism and healthcare.
“Medical tourism in a lot
of people’s minds is ‘Where
can I get inexpensive care?’
This isn’t about getting a
new set of teeth for half
price,” said Tom Gehring,
former chief executive of the
San Diego County Medical
Society and interim executive director of DestinationCare. “It’s about ‘Why
should I go to San Diego for
the best possible treatment
on the West Coast?’
“We as a region have an
incredible synergy that the
various other places can’t
have. Given my choice of going to Rochester in the
wintertime or San Diego,
that’s a no-brainer.”
DestinationCare is in its
earliest stage, but backers
hope that the marketing effort will not only help enrich
the hospitals, but also result
in more spending at local hotels.
Some of the initial funding for the program, in addition to Burnham’s $100,000
in seed money, has come
from the city’s Tourism Marketing District, which relies
on a 2% hotel room surcharge for its revenue.
What remains to be seen,
though, is whether hospitals
will be enthusiastic enough
about the effort to contribute financially. For now, they
are taking a wait-and-see
approach until it can be
proved there is a real return
on investment.
Rady Children’s Hospital
already says on its website
that it is a “worldwide destination for the treatment of
rare and complex medical
conditions in children.”
Likewise, UC San Diego
Health states that it is
“known as a center for leading-edge medicine and outstanding clinical programs.”
Others tell moving tales
of grateful patients, such as
baseball Hall of Famer Rod
Carew, who credits Scripps
Health with bringing him
“back from death’s door” by
implanting a mechanical
pump in his chest after a
massive heart attack.
Although serving international patients is typically
viewed as more lucrative,
San Diego plans to focus its
medical tourism efforts initially on patients within the
But it’s unclear how willing Americans are to travel
within the U.S. for treatment
and whether the economics
are sustainable, said Josef
Woodman, founder of Patients Beyond Borders, a resource for global medical
“I don’t think anyone
right now has the keys to the
kingdom on domestic medical tourism,” he said. “San
Diego has some quality hospitals and clinics, but I’ve
seen a lot of folks belly up to
the bar and fail. There is an
untapped market, but it’s a
tough one because a lot of
people are not willing to
travel for their care and settle for the specialist that
their [general practitioner]
recommends in their own
Burnham is convinced
that by banding together the
San Diego medical institutions will see far more impressive results than working on their own.
“We can bring hundreds
of millions of dollars of new
medical spending to San Diego that the hospitals aren’t
getting on their own,” he
said. “So, sure, they’ve got
their own systems. But
they’re in the back of the airplane — we’re in the front of
the plane.”
Weisberg writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
Times staff writer Paul
Sisson contributed to this
Tech investor leaves firm under cloud
Steve Jurvetson plans
to fight allegations of
hostile environment.
By David Pierson
Silicon Valley investor
Steve Jurvetson is leaving
Draper Fisher Jurvetson,
the venture capital firm he
co-founded, amid allegations of a hostile work environment for women.
backer of Tesla and SpaceX,
tweeted he was leaving the
firm and would fight back
against the allegations.
“I am leaving DFJ to focus on personal matters, including taking legal action
against those whose false
statements have defamed
me,” Jurvetson tweeted.
Jurvetson is also taking a
leave of absence from the
boards of Tesla and SpaceX,
spokesmen for the two companies said.
Jurvetson could not be
reached for comment. He
has been under investigation by his firm since the
News of the investigation
was first reported last
month by the Information, a
technology publication.
The report came a day after
Kukral published a Facebook post saying that “women approached by founding
partners of Draper Fisher
Jurvetson should be careful.”
“Predatory behavior is
rampant. Silencing behavior
(within) the firm creating
files on women, to potential
violations of revenge porn
laws, to grotesque threats,”
she said.
Kukral said she had experienced some, but not all,
of these things “along with
many others.”
Draper Fisher Jurvetson did
not immediately respond to
a request for comment.
technology news site Recode
that the departure of one of
its founding partners was
decided upon mutually.
“As of today and by
mutual agreement, Steve
Jurvetson will be leaving
DFJ,” the firm said. “DFJ’s
culture has been, and
will continue to be, built
on the values of respect
and integrity in all of
our interactions. We are
focused on the success of
our portfolio companies,
as well as the long-term
vision for the firm and will
continue to operate with the
highest professional standards.”
In a blog post published
two weeks ago, Heidi Roizen,
a partner at Draper Fisher
Jurvetson, defended the
firm’s culture, saying DFJ
launched an internal investigation after hearing an allegation of misconduct from a
third party about one of its
“In the past week, a single
Facebook post also accused
DFJ of having a culture that
is predatory to women,”
Roizen said. “I don’t need an
investigation to state with
certainty that this is patently wrong.
“I would not work for DFJ
if I felt the culture was not
one of high integrity and opportunity for all — including
Twitter: @dhpierson
Musk will face rivals already at work
[Trucks, from C1]
sent from China.
The Tesla truck will be introduced with Autopilot-like
self-drive capabilities. But
Google’s Waymo and Uberowned Otto and a slew of
other start-ups will be selling driverless systems to
manufacturers who aren’t
developing their own.
“We are actively working
with all those software developers,” Swanton said.
The reason for all this activity is clear: Governments
worldwide, including California, are mandating and
subsidizing electric vehicles
to fight pollution and global
warming. In fact, the trucks
being tested at the ports are
supported in part with California taxpayer money.
At the same time, truck
owners and shipping companies are looking to cut fuel
and maintenance costs. And
self-drive trucks could remove a huge labor expense
by cutting human truck
drivers out of the equation.
The leaders in those technologies could dominate the
Still, the electric truck
business is in its infancy.
Long-range electric heavyduty semi trucks won’t overtake traditional trucks anytime soon, analysts say, in an
industry where the main alternative to diesel fuel remains gasoline.
Electric penetration of
the big-rig market “isn’t going to be very significant until after 2025 or 2030,” said
Antti Lindstrom, a truck industry specialist at IHS
Markit. “And even then, it
will be very limited compared to the total number of
trucks being sold.”
Limited range and excess
pounds for batteries will
weigh on electrics for years.
Every extra pound means
less freight can be carried on
a fully loaded vehicle; the upper limit in the U.S. for truck,
trailer and freight is 80,000
Range is crucial because
with today’s technologies it
could take hours to charge
up a heavy-duty truck battery. Musk has talked about
setting up battery-swapping
stations, an expensive proposition whose market acceptance can’t be determined until it is tried.
The BYD port truck has a
range of 100 miles — fine for
moving containers from
dockside to railhead but not
for much else. Even then, it
weighs 3,000 pounds more
than an equivalent diesel
Everyone watching Tesla
has heard rumors that the
truck will have a stated
range of 200 to 300 miles. It
will take a real mind-blowing
breakthrough to achieve
that range at reasonable
weight and manufacturing
The upshot: The Tesla
truck won’t be bringing in
cash for quite a while, and
the company has urgent
matters to address.
Right now, Tesla is having trouble handling what’s
already on its plate. The
compact Model 3 sedan,
whose closest gas-engine
competitor is the BMW 3 series, is off to a bad start. The
company sold 30 of them to
its own employees in July,
and since then only a few
hundred have been produced. The company’s Fremont auto assembly operation and its giant Gigafac-
Julian Stratenschulte AFP/Getty Images
DAIMLER, the German motor vehicle giant best known for its Mercedes-Benz brand, is making electric urban delivery trucks and plans
to put the Vision One big rig on the market by 2022. Above, Mercedes concept vehicles and a drone are on display last year in Germany.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images
TESLA chief Elon Musk. Range is crucial for electric semis because recharging
could take hours. Tesla’s semi is rumored to have a range of 200 to 300 miles.
tory battery plant are in
what Musk has called “production hell.”
That’s why some competitors profess to be unworried about the Tesla
“Everybody can do a oneoff,” said Julie Furber, executive director of electrification for Cummins. “As the
Model 3 shows, putting a
model into production is a
different kettle of fish.”
Whether the Model 3
proves a hit or a flop, Musk
already has enshrined himself in automotive industry
history by proving he could
build and sell high-performance, cool-looking electric
cars when plenty of naysayers said he couldn’t.
He woke up a dozing auto
boundaries on self-driving
cars and lapping all automakers with the successful deployment of over-theair software updates to add
new features and make software-repairable fixes. On all
counts, the auto industry is
struggling to catch up.
watched what happened
and vowed not to get caught
off guard. They’ve begun
spending billions on electric
powertrains and autonomous driving technology,
which together would reduce fuel costs and wipe out
labor costs, for potentially
huge boosts to their bottom
Daimler sells more heavy
trucks around the globe
than anyone: 415,108 in 2016
for $39 billion. Daimler
trucks operate under the
Daimler and MercedesBenz badges and in the U.S.,
Daimler owns Freightliner,
Western Star and Thomas
Built Buses.
“Daimler Trucks is massive,” said Marc Llistosella,
the high-energy chief executive of Daimler Trucks Asia,
based in Tokyo. “We know
this business,” he said. “Why
should we hand it over to
Tesla, which has no experience in trucks?”
History, of course, is littered with examples of dead
or diminished industry leaders that proved so beholden
to existing business models
or products that they
couldn’t respond to young
Daimler is trying hard
not to be among the victims.
Llistosella was dispatched
to India to build a truck business there nearly from
scratch and succeeded. Now
he’s the motivating force behind Daimler’s move into
electric trucks with its Mitsubishi Fuso unit.
Already, Mitsubishi Fuso
is selling medium-duty electric trucks under the name
e-Canter. The first commercial customer is United Parcel Service.
“We are leaner and
smaller” than other Daimler
divisions, and so faster and,
perhaps, more innovative,
Llistosella said.
Tesla hasn’t said much
about its truck. No one
doubts it will be equipped
with driverless technology
— another fiercely competitive arena. Google is developing
technology that could apply
to trucks as well. Last year,
ride-share service Uber
bought Otto and its selfdriving truck technology.
(The deal led to a lawsuit by
Google’s Waymo unit, which
claims theft of trade secrets.)
It’s only a matter of time
before driverless trucks hit
the highways, and that’s got
drivers plenty worried.
“The ultimate goal of
these companies is to eliminate the driver,” said Murphy, whose book about the
trucker life, “The Long
Haul,” was published recently.
“That will save a lot of
lives,” he said. “On the other
hand, you’ll have 21⁄2 million
truck drivers applying for
jobs at Wal-Mart.”
Start-ups fight Senate tax plan
[Options, from C1]
Hatch (R-Utah).
“Start-ups do not have
the ability to compete with
larger firms based upon cash
compensation,” said the letter, signed by about 540 tech
companies, start-up executives and venture capitalists, most of them from
“A start-up’s ability to issue stock options levels the
playing field by giving potential employees something
unique: the ability to share
in the company’s rewards as
well as its risks and partici-
pate in the upside of a new
and exciting venture,” the
letter said.
The National Venture
Capital Assn. said on Twitter that it was “working hard
to remove the provision”
from the Senate bill, which
Hatch’s committee is considering this week.
Venture capitalist Fred
Wilson said the stock option
change “has profound implications for those who work
in tech companies and
equally profound implications for the competitiveness of the U.S. tech sec-
“What this would mean is
every month, when your equity compensation vests a
little bit, you will owe taxes
on it even though you can’t
do anything with that equity
wrote in a blog post.
“You can’t spend it, you
can’t save it, you can’t invest
it. Because you don’t have it
yet,” he said.
The dispute highlighted
the difficulty of enacting major tax legislation as companies and interest groups
balk at changes.
A similar stock-option
tax change was in the original version of the House Republican tax bill. But the
provision was removed last
week when the House Ways
and Means Committee approved an amendment with
several changes offered by
the panel’s chairman, Rep.
Kevin Brady (R-Texas).
Hatch was set to release a
revised version of the Senate
Republican tax bill Tuesday.
Twitter: @JimPuzzanghera
W E D N E S D A Y , N O V E M B E R 1 5 , 2 0 1 7 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
N F L W E E K 11 :: R A M S AT M I N N E S O TA
remain for
UCLA trio
They are out of China Tough UCLA
response is needed
and back in L.A., but
Bill Plaschke writes
they still could face
the three UCLA
discipline from school. that
freshmen should be susBy Ben Bolch
pended for a season. A1
The three UCLA basketball players walked slowly
through the airport terminal, a barrage of camera
flashes reflecting off their
gray jackets as questions
were shouted at them.
“Did LaVar pay for your
bail? … Do you have a message for Trump? … Why
would you take that stuff?”
LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley
and Jalen Hill said nothing
upon their return from
China on Tuesday evening.
The 111⁄2-hour Delta flight
carrying the trio of freshmen
had just arrived at Los Angeles International Airport
from Shanghai, ending a
nearly weeklong ordeal in
which they had been questioned over the alleged shoplifting of designer sunglasses.
The players do not face
any charges in China, according to a person close to
the situation not authorized
to comment publicly because of the sensitivity of the
situation, but any punishment levied by UCLA has
[See UCLA, D8]
Mark Tenally Associated Press
CASE KEENUM, who threw four touchdown passes Sunday, harbors no ill will toward the Rams but is
looking forward to facing them. “You definitely have that one circled,” he said of the schedule.
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
LiANGELO BALL and his two UCLA teammates
Keenum lost his starting job last year with bad Rams,
and he’ll probably lose it again with good Vikings
said nothing to reporters on their return from China.
USC’s calling
card is revealed
After 60 years, one of
the most memorable
pranks in rivalry is a
mystery no more.
By Zach Helfand
months ago, this would have been
the strangest sentence ever written:
The NFL game of the week is
Jared Goff versus Case Keenum.
The quarterbacks who were at
the helm for last season’s 4-12
Rams fiasco are now directing two
of the league’s hottest teams, with
Goff ’s 7-2 Rams playing at
Keenum’s 7-2 Vikings on Sunday.
Whereas Goff, the No. 1 overall
pick in 2016, is firmly entrenched
Case Keenum, the Rams’ starter for parts of
two seasons, is having a breakout year with
Minnesota. Keenum’s quarterback rating
with the three teams he’s played for:
A-Gone? Dodgers
may be moving on
Gonzalez remains the
odd man out after an
awkward ending to his
sub-par season.
By Andy McCullough
ORLANDO, Fla. — Adrian Gonzalez hit 18 home
runs in 2016. He tied for the
Dodgers team lead in runs
batted in. He finished the
season with a .784 on-baseplus-slugging percentage. In
the not so distant past, he
was a productive majorleague hitter.
This history appears ancient after the 2017 season.
Gonzalez spent time on the
disabled list for the first time
in his career. His OPS
plunged to a career-worst
.642. As Cody Bellinger
shined at first base, Gonzalez became a ghost. He was
not with the team during the
first two rounds of the playoffs, and some teammates
complained when he returned to the clubhouse during the World Series.
As the Dodgers ponder
how to retool their roster for
2018, determining a place for
Gonzalez is not a priority.
Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations,
has indicated the team expects Gonzalez to be healthy
and able to contribute by
next spring. Gonzalez will be
owed $22.4 million in the final year of his contract.
“There’s value to letting
things play out,” general
manager Farhan Zaidi said
at the general managers
meetings at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday. “Guys can
[See Gonzalez, D5]
as the future of the Rams,
Keenum is playing on borrowed
time. He’s keeping the spot warm
for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was activated for the
first time last week after suffering
a devastating knee injury on the
eve of the 2016 season.
The Vikings haven’t announced which quarterback will
start Sunday — why give the
Rams extra time to prepare? —
but they would be crazy to bench
Keenum now, considering he’s
been an integral factor in their
five-game winning streak. He
threw four touchdown passes in a
[See Farmer, D3]
11 USC (9-2)
UCLA (5-5)
A septuagenarian professor and former USC student,
having caught wind of a
forthcoming story in The
Times, recently sent a cryptic email to the newspaper.
Sixty years ago, the professor, Dayle Barnes, belonged to an organization at
USC called the Trojan
Squires, which pulled off one
of the most memorable in a
long line of pranks in USC’s
rivalry with UCLA. For the
game at the Coliseum in 1957,
UCLA’s student section had
planned a series of card
Saturday, 5 p.m.
TV: Channel 7
stunts. The UCLA students
were to hold up placards
that would combine to form
Bruins-friendly words and
Except when the students actually did hold up
their cards, they had been altered by a band of USC saboteurs. In each stunt, the unwitting UCLA students re[See USC-UCLA, D6]
Kings headed in wrong direction
By Curtis Zupke
Harry How Getty Images
KINGS DEFENSEMAN Derek Forbort checks Canucks forward Brock Boeser
into the boards in the first period. The Kings lost their third game in a row.
Win or lose, the Kings
were still going to possess
first place in the Pacific Division after Tuesday. They
were the third-highest scoring team in the Western Conference and the talk of the
NHL to start the season.
They still needed change.
That was underscored by
a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver
Canucks at Staples Center
that represented their third
straight loss. Beforehand
the Kings traded Michael
Cammalleri to the Edmonton Oilers for Jussi Jokinen
in a swap of veteran forwards.
Kings general manager
Rob Blake wants regularity
from a bottom-six forward
group that has seen a rota[See Kings, D2]
W E D N E S DAY , N OV E M BER 15, 2017
Given the chance, Grant
is in the center of the action
By Mike Coppinger
With great loss comes
great opportunity, if someone
is there to capitalize.
And luckily for the Ducks,
a few players have stepped up,
but perhaps none more so
than Derek Grant.
With top centers Ryan
Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler
sidelined, the longtime minor
leaguer has unexpectedly
found himself playing major
It has been a struggle for
Grant, a Michigan State
product, to stay in an NHL
lineup for an extended period
of time. But there he was
playing pivot on the top-scoring line.
The Canadian signed a
one-year, $650,000 contract to
join the Ducks this summer,
hardly a deal designed for a
top-line center.
But Grant earned the
spot, at least in the interim,
with his responsible defensive
play, as well as his offensive
output (three goals, nine
points in 17 games).
Two of the team’s best
scoring chances in Sunday’s
defeat to the Tampa Bay
Lightning materialized on
the end of Grant’s stick. First,
there was a breakaway and
Alex Gallardo Associated Press
three goals and nine
points in 17 games and
has played solid defense.
then a two-on-one dish from
Corey Perry.
He finished neither of
those plays, but to be in this
position seemed like a pipe
dream just a few months ago.
“Obviously when you’re 27
years old and still unable to
fully crack a lineup, those
[doubts] always come into
your head a little bit,” Grant
said following Tuesday’s
“But there’s opportunities
everywhere; there’s injuries
everywhere and coming here,
there were a couple holes at
center, especially to start the
year … and I was able to come
in and show what I can do.”
The 6-foot-3 center was
drafted in the fourth round by
the Ottawa Senators in 2008.
Since then, he’s bounced
around the NHL, with stops
in Calgary, Buffalo and Nashville over the last two seasons.
He played in 61 games between the three teams.
Now, he’s skating between
Rickard Rakell (who led the
Ducks with 33 goals last season) and Perry, a two-time
Once Getzlaf and Kesler
are back in the fold, Grant
surely will be relegated to a
less important role, but in
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle’s mind that will only
strengthen the squad — a silver lining amid a season
clouded by injuries.
[Hockey] League level I was
able to produce offensively,”
Grant said, “but obviously I
wanted to bring that to the
NHL and so far things have
been pretty good.”
Injury update
Winger Ondrej Kase has
been missing from the lineup
since he suffered a head injury
against the Kings last week.
He didn’t skate Tuesday and
is ruled out for Wednesday’s
game against the Boston Bruins. The 22-year-old did work
out off the ice.
No. 2 goalie Ryan Miller
also is on the mend with a
day-to-day injury, but he’s
closer to returning than Kase,
according to Carlyle. Miller
worked out on the ice individually Tuesday.
The coach is hopeful toppair defenseman Cam Fowler (knee injury) will resume
skating before the end of the
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slew of injuries. Boston enters
the contest without top-line
wingers Brad Marchand and
Anders Bjork, who were injured in Sunday’s loss to the
Toronto Maple Leafs. No. 2
center David Krejci practiced
Tuesday and could return.
David Backes, Ryan Spooner
and Adam McQuaid are on injured reserve. … Ducks center
Antoine Vermette will suit up
in his 1,000th NHL contest.
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TANNER PEARSON , who scored 23 seconds into the game, is stopped this time by goalie Anders Nilsson.
Cammalleri is traded to Oilers for Jokinen
[Kings, from D1]
tion of prospects, coupled
with the unsuccessful reunion
with Cammalleri. Blake acquired Jokinen in a transaction that came together
“fairly quickly” over the last
couple of days.
“He’s been a very reliable
player over his career and I
think that would bring a little
stability to our lineup,” Blake
Top to bottom, the Kings
lacked stability when they
squandered a 2-0 lead, which
came courtesy of Anze Kopitar, who achieved a career-
high nine-game point streak
with a tap-in power-play goal
at 3:14 of the first period. Tanner Pearson’s steep-angle
shot made it past Vancouver
goalie Anders Nilsson 23 seconds into the game.
But the Kings find themselves 0-3 on this homestand,
and Alec Martinez summed it
up tidily after the announced
crowd of 18,230 filed out. “We
just stopped playing our
game,” he said. “They didn’t.”
sparked by Henrik Sedin’s
shot off Nick Shore, and got
power-play goals by Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi,
against the Kings’ top-ranked
penalty kill. It could have been
a steeper climb if not for Jonathan Quick’s denial of Brandon Sutter on a second-period
penalty shot, awarded when
Sutter was slashed on a break
to the net.
“We just need to look at
ourselves,” Pearson said. “We
all know the way we can play.
We’ve done it in spurts. In
some games, we’ve done it the
whole game. We’ve just got to
do it for 60 minutes and not 10
minutes in the first period.”
Baertschi’s goal came after an inadvertent high-sticking penalty by Andrew
Crescenzi in his NHL debut,
which happened after 251
games played in the minors.
He was an undrafted signee
by the Toronto Maple Leafs
and arrived to the Kings in a
2014 trade.
“It’s been a long time,”
Crescenzi said before the
game. “I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
As the Kings said hello to
Crescenzi, they said goodbye
to Cammalleri again. His signing of a one-year, $1-million
contract on the first day of free
agency did not make waves,
especially as the Kings’ big offensive catch. It was a low-risk
homecoming for the 15-year
NHL player after he spent the
first five seasons of his career
Cammalleri was reunited
with former linemates Kopi-
tar and Dustin Brown in training camp, but the nostalgia
ended there.
He was scratched twice in
October and his ice time sank
to a career-low 12 minutes, 38
seconds per game. Cammalleri contributed three goals
and four assists and was on
the first power-play unit as recently as this month, but his
role became further reduced
with the breakthroughs of Alex Iafallo and Adrian Kempe.
Blake did not say if Cammalleri requested a trade but
confirmed that Cammalleri
was unhappy. “I don’t think he
enjoyed the role that he was
in, by any means,” Blake said.
“I won’t tell you a lot about our
conversations but [what] I’ll
tell you is that we came to the
conclusion it wasn’t going the
direction he wanted it to.”
Jokinen, 34, will play for his
seventh team in a 13-year career that peaked statistically
with 30 goals for the Carolina
Hurricanes in 2009-10. He has
186 goals in 905 career games
but had only one point in 14
games with Edmonton this
Marian Gaborik (knee)
looks to be within a couple of
week of returning, perhaps in
early December, Blake said. …
Kopitar’s streak is tied for the
longest active point streak in
the NHL.
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1 — 3
0 — 2
FIRST PERIOD: 1. KINGS, Pearson 3, 0:23. 2. KINGS,
Kopitar 9 (Iafallo, Brown), 3:14 (pp).
Penalties—Dorsett, VAN, major (fighting), 0:24. Andreoff, KINGS, major (fighting), 0:24. Gaunce, VAN, (tripping), 1:15. Boeser, VAN, (slashing), 5:18. Martinez,
KINGS, (tripping), 12:58. Boeser, VAN, (slashing),
SECOND PERIOD: 3. Van., H.Sedin 2 (Pouliot, Eriksson), 5:10. 4. Van., Horvat 7 (Boeser, H.Sedin), 10:00
(pp). Penalties—Iafallo, KINGS, (tripping), 8:51. Forbort, KINGS, penalty shot (interference on breakaway
(penalty shot), 14:36. Van. bench, served by Gaunce
(too many men on the ice), 19:01.
THIRD PERIOD: 5. Van., Baertschi 6 (Pouliot, Vanek),
4:07 (pp). Penalties—Crescenzi, KINGS, (highsticking), 2:18. Edler, VAN, (boarding), 12:29.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Van. 11-11-5—27. KINGS 10-7-15—
32. Power-play conversions—Van. 2 of 3. KINGS 1 of 5.
GOALIES: Van., Nilsson 4-1-0 (32 shots-30 saves).
KINGS, Quick 9-5-1 (27-24). Att—18,230 (18,230).
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ERIC STAAL and the Wild pile on to Robert Hagg
and the Flyers, who haven’t scored in 156 minutes.
L.A. jumped out to a first-period lead on goals by Anze
Kopitar and Tanner Pearson but couldn’t hold it.
Mattias Ekholm and Kevin Fiala each had a goal and an
assist as the Predators won their fifth straight game.
Devan Dubnyk’s third straight shutout stretched his
scoreless streak to 195 minutes, topping his team record.
Vincent Trocheck scored the winning goal in the shootout
and Aleksander Barkov also scored a shootout goal.
Zach Werenski scored 1:09 into overtime, and Josh
Anderson had his team-leading seventh goal.
Sidney Crosby ended a long goal drought and assisted on
Conor Sheary’s game-winner 16 seconds into overtime.
Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves and the Jets got their
second victory over the struggling Coyotes in four days.
Connor McDavid scored twice in a four-goal third period,
and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored two goals.
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Scoring is
surprise issue
for Chargers
Their 18.6-point
average is down
seven points from
last season.
By Mike DiGiovanna
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LINEBACKER MARK BARRON looks for running room on an interception against the Texans on Sunday.
Defense has made its points
Leading the league in
takeaways, Rams’
defense puts offense
in great position.
By Gary Klein
With ascending quarterback Jared Goff, star running back Todd Gurley and
receivers Robert Woods and
Sammy Watkins, the Rams’
offense is getting most of the
But the defense is equally
responsible for the fourgame winning streak that
has vaulted the Rams to a 7-2
record and sparked projections for a potential deep
playoff run.
“They’ve been the backbone of this team,” Goff said
after last week’s 33-7 victory
over the Houston Texans.
Going into Sunday’s
game against the Minnesota
Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Rams lead the
NFL with 19 takeaways, including 12 interceptions and
seven fumble recoveries.
They are giving up only 18
points a game, fourth fewest
in the NFL.
“They have to be the No. 1
defense the last five or six
weeks,” Gurley said, “Those
guys are playing lights out.”
The Rams, playing in coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4
scheme, caused one turnover in their victory at Jacksonville, two in their shutout
of the Arizona Cardinals at
London, three in a road rout
over the New York Giants
and four against the Texans.
“They’ve done a really
good job of keeping people
out of the end zone and getting the ball back for our offense,” coach Sean McVay
said of the defense, “and I
think that’s a big reason why
you see them leading the
league in takeaways, and
then we’ve been fortunate to
capitalize and turn that into
Lineman Aaron Donald
has a team-best five sacks.
On the first series in each of
the last two games, he recorded a sack that led to a
fumble and, eventually,
Rams points.
Donald is not the only
player causing problems for
opposing offenses. The collective effort has produced a
formula for success.
“You have guys that are
all over the field that are
making a lot of plays, you’ll
win a lot of games in the
NFL,” Donald said.
Linebacker Mark Barron
leads the Rams with 63 tackles and three interceptions.
Against the Texans, Barron’s second-quarter interception quashed a threat
and set up a field goal.
Linebacker Alec Ogletree
caused the Coliseum crowd
to roar in the third quarter
when he returned an apparent interception for a touchdown. The play was nullified
because Ogletree was penalized for holding, but it still
appeared to provide a spark.
The Rams’ offense began
a 21-point eruption on the
ensuing series.
“It just grows every
week,” Ogletree said of the
defense’s confidence.
The defense has played
well dating to the second
half of a Week 4 victory at
Dallas. McVay said players
have become more comfortable with the “nuances” of
Phillips’ scheme.
“What makes him such a
good coach too is that as you
get more familiar with your
personnel, then you’re able
to adjust within the framework of your system,” McVay
said. “I think you … have
heard him say this before:
‘You don’t ever make your
players fit to your system,
you adjust to them.’
coaches do. That’s what
Wade’s done.”
The defense continues to
get key contributions not
only from starters but also
from role players, including
Rookie safety John Johnson has started the last five
games. Rookie defensive
lineman Tanzel Smart has
started four games. Against
the Texans, rookie linebacker Samson Ebukam sacked
quarterback Tom Savage
and forced a fumble.
“He’s explosive, he can
play in space, you see how
quickly he closes to Savage
when he forces that fumble,”
McVay said. “He made a
handful of plays on special
teams as well.”
Defensive back Blake
Countess, a second-year
pro, has played as a cornerback, safety and on special
teams. Countess intercepted a pass against the
“It’s exciting to see those
guys be able to make some
plays a little bit later on in
the game, and it ended up
being very important for us,”
McVay said.
The Rams’ Nov. 26 game
against the New Orleans
Saints at the Coliseum was
“cross-flexed” by the NFL
from Fox to CBS. Kickoff
was moved from 1:05 to 1:25
p.m. The move enables
roughly 80% of the country
to see the game rather than
20%. The Rams’ Dec. 10
game against the Philadelphia Eagles is a potential
candidate to be moved to
“Sunday Night Football.” …
Offensive lineman Rodger
Saffold is the Rams’ nominee for the Art Rooney
Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to the NFL
player who “best demonstrates the qualities of onfield sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the
game and opponents, and
integrity in competition.”
The winner is determined by
a vote of NFL players. … The
Rams were off Tuesday.
Twitter: @latimesklein
Keenum has starter’s mentality
[Farmer, from D1]
38-30 victory at Washington
on Sunday, a performance
so impressive that it wasn’t
even dampened by his two
interceptions at the end.
Goff has been outstanding all season, silencing
those critics who had hastily
written him off as a bust
when the Rams went 0-7
with him as the starter in
the second half of his rookie
year. Los Angeles leads the
league in scoring at 32.9
points a game — the precise
average of the 1999 “Greatest Show on Turf ” St. Louis
Rams — and in the last
two weeks Goff has seven
touchdowns and no interceptions.
“Talent-wise, I think
Jared’s top tier in the
league,” Keenum said last
week, sitting with a reporter
in an equipment room at
Vikings headquarters. “He’s
very talented. He’s got some
talented guys around him.”
Keenum, the son of a
football coach, is careful and
diplomatic in choosing his
words. He doesn’t want to
delve into the details of
Goff ’s improved offensive
line, which has gone from
the league’s worst to one of
its best; the resurgence of
Todd Gurley, who finally has
some running lanes; the
suddenly sure-handed cast
of receivers, and, most
important, the coaching
upgrade from Jeff Fisher to
Sean McVay.
Keenum said he harbors
no ill will about the Rams
letting him walk, a foregone
conclusion when they gave
up so much to move up to
draft Goff.
“I could sit here and go
through all the excuses and
have a pity party for myself,
‘This is bad that happened
to me. This is out of my
control,’ ” Keenum said.
“But I don’t see it that way. I
see that I’ve made [31]
starts in the NFL now. I’ve
had a lot of fun.”
Never more fun than
now, when Keenum is finally
surrounded by an allaround good team. Yardage-wise, the Vikings are
fifth in defense and ninth in
offense. They have won five
in a row, a feat surpassed
only by the 8-1 Philadelphia
Eagles and 7-2 New Orleans
Saints, whose winning
streaks have reached seven.
Keenum, promoted to
the starting lineup in Week 2
after Sam Bradford was
sidelined with a bum knee,
has far exceeded the expectations of most observers.
He has 11 touchdowns, five
interceptions, has been
sacked only five times, and
has a career-high passer
rating of 92.6.
Although he was not
drafted out of Houston, and
in six NFL seasons has
bounced from the Texans to
the Rams to the Vikings,
Keenum does not have the
mentality of a backup. He’s
not a play-it-safe dink and
dunker. He boldly tries to
squeeze passes into tight
windows, which sometimes
gets him in trouble.
But he clearly has confidence.
“Case has been a winner
his whole life,” receiver
Jarius Wright said. “Some
people don’t realize, that
plays a big part in winning
and losing. You put a guy in
there who knows how to
win, and that’s hard to
coach that to people.”
So what went wrong with
last year’s Rams?
“That’s the million-dollar
question, more than a million, really,” Keenum said.
“There’s a lot of things that
go into winning a football
“It’s tough when you see
momentum going against
you like we had. It’s a tough
league and nobody’s going
to let up. It’s sharks smelling
blood in the water. They
were pouncing.”
And this year’s stunning
“I’ve been around long
around to know that you’re
never surprised with anything,” he said. “Any week in
this league there are so
many things that can happen. Decisions made.
Teams that should win,
don’t. Teams that shouldn’t
win wind up winning.
“[The Rams] are putting
up a lot of points. I’ve only
watched one or two of their
games on film, but Jared is
doing a good job. He’s getting the ball out and giving
his guys chances down the
field, and they’re making
plays for him.”
Keenum is careful to say
he doesn’t aim to prove the
critics wrong about him, but
to prove correct the people
who believed in him. Still, he
couldn’t suppress a smile at
the thought of facing his old
“When I saw that we were
playing the Rams, you definitely have that one circled,”
he said.
Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon understands. He’s the patron
saint of backup quarterbacks, having played well
enough as a No. 2 in Minnesota, Washington and Kansas City to earn the starting
job at various points, yet
never getting the chance to
have a team he could truly
call his own.
That’s until he got to
Oakland and was handed
the keys to the Raiders by a
young Jon Gruden. In the
final game of the 1999 season, Gannon took the
Raiders back to Kansas City
and beat the Chiefs in overtime 41-38, a victory that
likely saved the job of the
embattled Gruden.
So Gannon — who later
in his career went on to
become the NFL’s most
valuable player and lead
Oakland to a Super Bowl —
has a good idea of what
Keenum must be feeling in
facing the Rams.
“I wanted to stick it to
the Chiefs so bad; I liked a
lot of those guys, but I just
wanted to send a message to
the organization,” Gannon
said. “But playing against
your former team, you’ve
got to be able to control your
emotions. I’ve seen a lot of
guys get so worked up that
they go out and just play like
The Rams still are fond
of Keenum. For instance, at
a charity auction last year,
general manager Les Snead
bid for and wound up buying a game-worn Keenum
jersey from the team’s victory over Arizona.
“Kara asked me if we
should give it to Case, and I
said, ‘No, I’m keeping this
one for us,’ ” Snead said,
referring to his wife.
Snead is not the sentimental type. The couple has
moved six times in three
years, parting ways with
Kara’s piano in one move,
and their only TV in another. But he keeps that
Keenum jersey, which hangs
in his closet right next to his
own jersey from his playing
days at Auburn.
“The thing about Case is,
if you don’t think he deserves the job, he’s kind of
proving you wrong every
week,” Snead said. “He’s
earning it.”
Anthony Lynn leaned on
a well-worn but useful adage
when the first-year Chargers
coach decided to retain offensive coordinator Ken
Whisenhunt and four offensive assistants from fired
coach Mike McCoy’s staff
last winter: If it ain’t broke,
don’t fix it.
Yes, the Chargers went
5-11 in 2016, but offense was
not the problem. They averaged 25.6 points a game, veteran quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 4,386 yards and
33 touchdowns — though he
was intercepted a careerhigh 21 times — and Melvin
Gordon came within three
yards rushing of a 1,000-yard
They had a future Hall of
Famer in Antonio Gates and
a rising star in Hunter Henry
at tight end. To a fleet of productive receivers they added
Keenan Allen, who missed
virtually all of 2016 because of
knee surgery, and Clemson
star Mike Williams with the
seventh pick in last April’s
“I left this staff here together for a reason,” Lynn
said. “I wanted continuity
for this offense, because I felt
good about what they’ve
done in the past.”
But nine games into 2017,
it’s clear the offense is broken, and the Chargers —
who fell to 3-6 with Sunday’s
20-17 overtime loss at Jacksonville — have shown few
signs they are capable of fixing it.
They rank 25th in the
NFL in scoring (18.6 points a
game) and have scored 21
points or fewer in seven
games. They rank 26th in
rushing (88.7 yards per
game), 17th in total yards
(331.6 per game) and 29th in
third-down efficiency, converting 38 of 112 attempts
reached the red zone only 20
times, the fifth-fewest trips
from 20 yards and closer in
the league. They’ve scored
on consecutive possessions
only five times, and once
since Week 5.
Rivers, who entered concussion protocol Monday
and is questionable for Sunday’s game against Buffalo,
has completed 194 of 323 passes for 2,263 yards and 15
touchdowns, with seven interceptions and 11 sacks, the
latter two figures an improvement from last season.
But his 87.8 quarterback
rating, which ranks 19th in
the NFL, would be a career
low and well below his career
average of 94.4.
Gordon has a team-high
eight touchdowns, rushing
147 times for 553 yards (3.8 a
carry) and catching 35 passes for 250 yards, but he has
been held to 54 yards or
fewer in five games. He was
not a factor in three games,
including Sunday’s, when he
was outplayed by rookie
Austin Ekeler, who caught
five passes for 77 yards and
two touchdowns and rushed
10 times for 42 yards.
Allen has had a nice
bounce-back season, with 44
catches for 596 yards and
one touchdown. Henry has
24 catches for 319 yards and
two touchdowns, but there
have been too many games
like Sunday’s, when he was
targeted twice and seemed
to disappear from the play-
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As with all teams, the
Chargers have had their
share of dropped balls, errant passes and missed
blocking assignments, but
they’ve suffered as much
from a lack of rhythm as they
have a lack of execution, and
that has stifled their ability
to create and sustain momentum.
“No doubt — we were just
talking about that this
morning,” Lynn said during
his Monday afternoon news
conference. “I don’t feel the
rhythm with our offense. It’s
kind of like a scratch golfer
who sometimes goes into a
“We’re not scoring the
points we need to score on
offense. If you told me our
defense was going to hold
people to 17, 20 points a
game, I would have said we’d
win a lot of football games.”
The passing game has
check-downs, swing passes
and screens to the running
backs and out-patterns to
receivers, plays that ease
pressure on the line and allow Rivers to get rid of the
ball quickly.
Rivers has taken occasional shots downfield, usually to the speedy Travis
Williams, but he hasn’t
thrown many mid-range
passes down the middle,
such as the 18-yarder he hit
Williams with in the second
quarter Sunday.
Opponents have done a
better job of taking away the
quick slants that worked in
the first five games, and the
Chargers, who rank 22nd in
the league with an average of
4.97 yards on first down,
have faced too many thirdand-longs.
“We’ve got good personnel — I don’t think we have to
worry about getting certain
people touches,” Lynn said.
“We just have to find that
rhythm that’s going to marry
with the run-action game
and move the ball down the
“I think you see it in our
offense, it’s just not consistent. The times we go down
the field, it’s a beautiful
thing. But we just don’t see it
The Chargers have been
criticized for play-calling
that seems predictable at
times. With a three-point
lead in the final 1:30 Sunday,
they ran three times up the
middle, with Gordon netting
six yards, and failed to gain a
first down that would have
allowed them to run out the
But Lynn said he has no
plans to take on a larger role
in the offense, leaving playcalling duties to Whisenhunt.
“I have complete confidence in our offensive staff,
and I’m sure we’ll get this figured out,” Lynn said.
“They’re really good schemers, and they’re doing some
creative things. But at the
end of the day, we have to
play more physical, and we
have to get the ball to our
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will continue to call plays, coach Anthony Lynn said.
W E D N E S DAY, N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division
standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top eight
teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the top-seeded
team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team would
play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of several
tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference
divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
1. Golden State
2. Houston
3. San Antonio
4. Minnesota
5. Denver
5. New Orleans
7. Memphis
7. Portland
9. Oklahoma City
10. Utah
13. Phoenix
14. Sacramento
15. Dallas
6 7 .462
6 8 .429
6 8 .429
5 8 .385
5 10 .333
3 10 .231
2 13 .133
GB L10
⁄2 7-3
21⁄2 6-4
31⁄2 4-6
31⁄2 5-5
1. Boston
2. Detroit
3. Toronto
3. Washington
5. Orlando
6. Milwaukee
6. New York
6. Philadelphia
GB L10
41⁄2 5-5
7 7
6 7
6 8
5 7
5 9
2 9
2 12
⁄2 4-6
11⁄2 4-6
11⁄2 4-6
21⁄2 3-7
51⁄2 1-9
Griffin: Hard work is the solution
The negatives are that we are losing games and we have to be better.”
By Broderick Turner
Inside the somber confines of
the Clippers is a group grappling
with mounting losses.
Containing their frustration
will be paramount if the Clippers
are to dig out of their six-game
swoon following Monday night’s
defeat to Philadelphia.
The Clippers’ 4-0 start seems
like it was eons ago considering
they have gone 1-8 since.
“You just have to understand
it’s a long season,” forward Blake
Griffin said late Monday night.
“We’re banged up. A couple of wins
will turn this around. I’ve been in
this long enough to know that.”
It bears repeating that the Clippers must improve their defense if
they want to break free of the losing.
And it bears repeating that the
Clippers must execute and trust
their offensive system if they want
to taste victory.
“There’s no magic formula. We
Rookies give effort
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
BLAKE GRIFFIN rips his jersey after the Clippers’ loss to Phil-
adelphia on Monday. The Clippers have lost six games in a row.
have to play harder, we have to play
better. But, yeah, we just have to
keep playing,” Griffin said.
The Clippers begin a five-game
trip Friday in Cleveland.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” Clip-
pers coach Doc Rivers said. “We go
out on the road now and play
Cleveland in the first game. So we
have a rough road trip coming up.
“Again, I like the positives,
which is how hard we are playing.
Out of necessity, the Clippers
have been forced to throw rookies
Sindarius Thornwell and Jawun
Evans into action because of injuries in the backcourt.
The two guards keep showing
Thornwell has been a starter
the last three games. He has played
in all 13 games and is averaging 4.6
points in 15.1 minutes.
Evans has become a key contributor off the bench. He has
played in six games and has averaged 5.3 points in 13.2 minutes.
Their growth has mostly been
on the defensive end.
“I thought our young guys were
playing hard,” Rivers said. “Sindarius and Jawun, I think they
have been terrific overall.”
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Celtics 109, Nets 102
9. Cleveland
10. Miami
11. Indiana
12. Charlotte
13. Brooklyn
14. Chicago
15. Atlanta
Morris ........25 8-12 3-3 0-10 1 1 21
Tatum.........30 6-9 5-6 1-4 0 1 19
Horford.......30 8-10 0-0 1-11 3 1 17
Brown ........31 5-9 3-4 0-4 3 2 14
Irving .........29 8-20 7-8 1-3 5 1 25
Smart ........34 1-8 4-4 3-5 2 4 6
Rozier ........20 0-5 0-0 1-2 0 0 0
Baynes .......12 0-4 0-2 1-2 1 1 0
Theis..........11 1-5 0-0 1-7 0 2 3
Ojeleye.........7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
Larkin ..........6 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2
39-86 22-27 9-49 15 14 109
Shooting: Field goals, 45.3%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 9-27 (Morris 2-3, Tatum 2-3,
Irving 2-5, Horford 1-2, Theis 1-3, Brown 1-4,
Baynes 0-1, Larkin 0-1, Rozier 0-2, Smart 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 14 (18 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 4 (Baynes 2, Tatum, Theis). Turnovers: 14 (Morris 3, Smart 3, Brown 2, Horford 2,
Irving 2, Baynes, Tatum). Steals: 8 (Brown 3, Tatum
3, Irving, Larkin). Technical Fouls: None.
Line Underdog
at Miami
11⁄2 Washington
at New York
41⁄2 Utah
at Atlanta
4 Sacramento
at Minnesota
5 San Antonio
at Charlotte
1 Cleveland
at New Orleans
31⁄2 Toronto
at Oklahoma City OFF Chicago
at Memphis
5 Indiana
at Milwaukee
31⁄2 Detroit
at Portland
5 Orlando
7:30 p.m.
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4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
5 p.m.
7 p.m.
Carroll........30 3-11 2-2 2-7 1 2 9
Hllis-Jffrson .32 7-13 2-4 3-9 1 2 16
Booker .......27 5-10 2-2 1-8 2 3 12
Crabbe.......32 5-10 0-0 0-2 4 1 15
Dinwiddie ...34 4-14 3-5 0-4 11 4 12
LeVert ........22 6-7 1-3 0-1 4 2 15
Harris.........19 7-14 0-0 2-4 0 2 19
Acy............19 0-3 0-0 1-4 3 5 0
J.Allen ..........8 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 2
Whitehead ....6 0-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 0
Mozgov.........5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
39-89 10-16 9-43 27 24 102
Shooting: Field goals, 43.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 14-35 (Crabbe 5-8, Harris 511, LeVert 2-2, Carroll 1-5, Dinwiddie 1-6, Booker
0-1, Acy 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers:
14 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Acy 2, Booker, Dinwiddie). Turnovers: 14 (Booker 3, LeVert 3, Acy 2,
Hollis-Jefferson 2, Carroll, Crabbe, Dinwiddie,
Whitehead). Steals: 4 (Crabbe 2, Booker, LeVert).
Technical Fouls: None.
30 22 28 19— 109
21 31 19 31— 102
Irving is back as
Celtics win again
A—NA. T—2:10. O—James Williams, Kevin
Cutler, Ken Mauer
Kyrie Irving really dislikes having to play in a mask.
On the other hand, he loves
what comes next: Boston putting
its 13-game winning streak on the
line against the NBA champions.
“It’s definitely an incredible
streak we’re on, and now comes the
whole media frenzy of will the
streak end, and what’s going to
happen on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors coming to Boston,” Irving said. “So I’m looking
forward to all that hoopla.”
Irving returned to the lineup
and scored 25 points while wearing
the mask, and the visiting Celtics
defeated the Brooklyn Nets 109-102
on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten since an 0-2 start.
Marcus Morris added 21 points
and 10 rebounds for the Celtics,
who have the NBA’s best record.
Golden State is next at 11-3, and
Boston got good preparation for
the game against a persistent
Brooklyn team.
“The way that they converted
on us in transition after our mistakes tonight, you can’t have that
against Golden State. You just get
blown out of the gym,” Celtics
coach Brad Stevens said. “We just
have to play really solid on both
ends and do what we do as well as
we can and see where we stand.”
Irving missed one game with a
minor facial fracture after he was
hit by teammate Aron Baynes on
Friday. He fiddled with the mask
frequently, but it didn’t seem to affect his play much. He made a
jumper with 3:40 left after the Nets
had closed within four points and
drove for another basket about 35
seconds later.
“Today, just finding his way and
doing what he does, making big
plays for us, coming through and
sealing the game,” said Celtics center Al Horford, who had 17 points
and 11 rebounds.
Toronto 129, at Houston 113: DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and
the Raptors built a big lead in the
first half and held on to end the
Rockets’ six-game winning streak.
James Harden had 38 points and
made 19 of 19 foul shots for the
San Antonio 97, at Dallas 91:
LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points in his hometown
and Gregg Popovich became the
fastest NBA coach to 500 road
wins. He got there in 835 away
games, 41 fewer than Pat Riley.
Aldridge, a product of Dallas’
Seagoville High, scored eight
points during a decisive stretch of
the fourth quarter. Rookie Dennis
Smith Jr. led the Mavericks with a
career-high 27 points.
— associated press
Raptors 129, Rockets 113
Kyusung Gong Associated Press
BROOK LOPEZ is the best free-throw shooter of the Lakers’ starters at 83%, well over the team average.
The best things certainly
aren’t free for these guys
By Tania Ganguli
One part of Wednesday night’s
game between the Lakers and the
Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center
figures to be ugly.
Both teams have struggled with
their free-throw shooting this year. In
fact, only the 76ers and the Charlotte
Hornets are shooting worse than the
Lakers’ 71% from the line.
“Some of it’s a skill thing,” Lakers
coach Luke Walton said. “A lot of it for
us I think is a focus thing. We do free
throws at the end of pretty much every
practice. We did a free-throw competition at the end of training camp. The
bigs went 12 of 14 and the guards went
13 of 14. They’re able to hit free throws
and they’ve had nights where they’ve
shot them really well.”
Brook Lopez and Kyle Kuzma are
the Lakers’ two starters who shoot
better than the team average. Lopez
has made 83.3% of his free throws and
Kuzma 81.3%. Lonzo Ball has made
only 50%, with 12 of 24, Brandon Ingram is at 63.8% (44 of 69), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is shooting exactly 71%.
“For us it’s understanding, one:
how important they are and, two: especially for some of the young guys,
take your time when you’re up there,
be confident, breathe, relax and just
knock ’em down,” Walton said. “I think
that’ll come with experience and we’re
going to keep working on them every
South Bay switch
The Lakers sent center Ivica
Zubac and guard Josh Hart to the
South Bay Lakers, their development
Anunoby .....29 6-8 1-2 0-2 1 4 16
Ibaka .........24 2-5 0-2 0-5 0 3 5
Valanciunas 16 5-9 2-2 3-7 1 2 12
DeRozan.....33 7-16 13-16 0-6 5 2 27
Lowry .........37 4-12 9-10 0-5 10 4 19
Wright ........25 5-5 4-5 0-2 2 1 14
Siakam ......19 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 4 2
Miles .........16 6-12 1-2 0-1 2 3 19
VanVleet .....15 2-6 2-2 1-3 4 3 8
Poeltl .........13 3-4 1-1 2-3 1 3 7
Nogueira ......5 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 0
McKinnie ......1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
41-79 33-42 6-37 28 30 129
Shooting: Field goals, 51.9%; free throws, 78.6%
Three-point goals: 14-30 (Miles 6-9, Anunoby 3-4, VanVleet 2-4, Lowry 2-7, Ibaka 1-2, Siakam 0-1, DeRozan 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 13 (13 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 4 (Ibaka 2, Miles, Poeltl). Turnovers: 13 (DeRozan
3, Lowry 2, Valanciunas 2, Wright 2, Ibaka, Poeltl, Siakam,
VanVleet). Steals: 11 (Miles 2, Siakam 2, VanVleet 2,
Anunoby, DeRozan, Lowry, Poeltl, Wright). Technical Fouls:
coach Raptors (Defensive three second), 5:30 second.
league affiliate. The team is on a twogame trip, for which Hart and Zubac
are expected to remain with them, unless the Lakers develop an injury situation that requires bringing them
back, Walton said. The South Bay
Lakers will play in Iowa on Wednesday
and then Austin on Saturday.
Zubac spent last season going
back and forth between the Lakers
and what was then called the D-Fenders. He began to get playing time in
January and then started 11 games,
most of them in March.
Hart was the 30th overall pick in
this year’s draft. After recovering from
a training camp hamstring injury,
Hart had seen some decent reserve
minutes for the Lakers. On their recent trip he played 25 minutes total in
Boston and Washington, then he did
not play in the second half of the trip in
Milwaukee or Phoenix.
Walton opted to play Vander Blue
instead of Hart in Milwaukee, which is
Blue’s hometown, because he thought
the Lakers needed to help their scoring. Blue also played 5:31 in Phoenix on
Monday night.
That Blue hasn’t forced shots and
scoring opportunities has impressed
“He’s done a really nice job as far as
being professional and trying to play
the way that we want to play, and
that’s not hunting shots,” Walton said.
“For someone that’s been dying to get
his opportunity to buy into what we’ve
been doing, [he] has been impressive.”
Scouting the 76ers
As of Tuesday afternoon, Walton
had not yet properly scouted the
76ers. That was Tuesday night’s
homework. But as a fan of the game,
Walton has seen highlights of their
games and caught some on television.
They’ll offer an opportunity for
Walton to see his young team against
another young team that’s a little bit
further in its development.
“They have a really young core and
we have a young core too,” Kuzma
said. “Hopefully each of those cores
kind of grow and develop and fight for
One player Kuzma knows will
test the Lakers is Ben Simmons, who
is an early frontrunner for rookie of
the year. The 6-10 Simmons was part of
the 2016 draft class, but he missed last
season with an injury. He is averaging
17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists.
“He’s a very intelligent basketball
player,” Walton said. “He sees angles,
he attacks those, he’s big and strong,
he’s unselfish. Even last night I
thought he had a layup at the rim at
the end of the game … that he dropped
off to his big man. Plays like that are
winning basketball plays. They become contagious. And he’s got the size
and strength to take advantage of the
stuff that he sees.”
When: 7:30 p.m.
On air: TV: ESPN, Radio: 710, 1330
Update: Philadelphia beat the Clippers 109-105 on Monday. Joel Embiid
scored 32 points with 16 rebounds, 14 of
them defensive. They also got 31
points from Robert Covington, who
hit a three-pointer that gave the 76ers
the lead for good with 33 seconds left.
Twitter @taniaganguli
Anderson....31 3-8 1-2 4-8 0 1 9
Ariza ..........37 6-11 3-3 0-8 2 4 20
Capela .......28 5-7 1-2 5-11 1 3 11
Gordon.......33 3-12 6-7 0-1 3 4 12
Harden.......39 8-25 19-19 1-6 11 5 38
Mbah a Mte 31 3-6 1-2 0-2 3 4 9
Black .........17 5-8 3-4 3-7 0 4 13
Tucker ........16 0-1 0-0 1-5 1 2 0
B.Brown........1 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 1
Jackson........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Zhou............1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
33-79 35-41 14-48 21 27 113
Shooting: Field goals, 41.8%; free throws, 85.4%
Three-point goals: 12-39 (Ariza 5-8, Harden 3-11, Mbah
a Moute 2-4, Anderson 2-6, Black 0-1, B.Brown 0-1, Tucker
0-1, Gordon 0-7). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 19
(25 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Black 2, Anderson, Harden).
Turnovers: 19 (Harden 9, Gordon 3, Black 2, Anderson,
Ariza, B.Brown, Mbah a Moute, Tucker). Steals: 4 (Capela
2, Ariza, Gordon). Technical Fouls: Harden, 6:09 first
31 45 27 26— 129
33 31 30 19— 113
A—18,055. T—2:23. O—Brett Nansel, Sean Corbin, Bennie Adams
Spurs 97, Mavericks 91
Aldridge......35 12-21 8-10 1-5 4 1 32
Anderson....33 1-4 5-6 2-8 3 2 7
Gasol .........23 1-5 0-0 1-10 4 1 2
Green.........26 2-6 0-0 0-3 1 0 4
Mills ..........29 7-13 1-2 0-3 2 1 19
Murray .......19 4-7 1-2 1-7 0 3 10
Forbes........17 2-5 0-1 1-3 0 2 4
Ginobili ......16 4-7 4-4 0-1 0 1 13
Gay............16 1-7 2-2 2-6 2 3 4
Paul.............9 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 2
Bertans ........5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Lauvergne.....4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
35-80 21-27 8-47 18 16 97
Shooting: Field goals, 43.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 6-27 (Mills 4-9, Ginobili 1-2,
Murray 1-2, Bertans 0-1, Gay 0-1, Aldridge 0-2,
Forbes 0-2, Gasol 0-2, Green 0-3, Paul 0-3). Team
Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 12 (6 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 7 (Aldridge 2, Anderson 2, Gay, Green,
Mills). Turnovers: 12 (Aldridge 3, Gasol 3, Gay 3,
Bertans, Green, Mills). Steals: 9 (Mills 4, Green 2,
Aldridge, Anderson, Bertans). Technical Fouls:
Aldridge, 3:33 second.
Barnes .......37 5-16 6-6 2-8 2 4 16
Matthews....37 4-11 3-5 0-5 1 6 12
Nowitzki......28 5-8 1-1 1-7 6 1 12
Ferrell ........33 0-5 0-0 1-4 2 2 0
Smith Jr. .....36 10-23 2-2 0-6 2 4 27
Barea.........26 6-11 1-1 0-6 4 0 16
Kleber ........20 2-5 1-1 0-1 0 1 5
Mejri ..........14 1-1 1-2 1-3 1 4 3
Noel ............4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
33-81 15-18 5-40 18 23 91
Shooting: Field goals, 40.7%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 10-34 (Smith Jr. 5-11, Barea
3-6, Nowitzki 1-4, Matthews 1-5, Barnes 0-2, Kleber 0-2, Ferrell 0-4). Team Rebounds: 7. Team
Turnovers: 15 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Mejri 2,
Kleber, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 15 (Smith Jr. 6, Ferrell
3, Barea 2, Barnes 2, Noel, Nowitzki). Steals: 7
(Barnes 3, Barea, Ferrell, Matthews, Mejri). Technical Fouls: None.
San Antonio
17 27 18 35— 97
16 23 21 31— 91
A—19,535. T—2:11. O—Mike Callahan, Kevin
Scott, Scott Wall
Dodgers manager is
runner-up to Arizona’s
Lovullo. Minnesota’s
Molitor is AL winner.
By Bill Shaikin
Dave Roberts threw a little house party. Bud Black
was the guest of honor.
The men live a couple of
miles apart in northern San
Diego County. Roberts, the
manager of the Dodgers,
and Black, the manager of
the Colorado Rockies, got
together for Tuesday’s announcement of the National
League manager of the year.
The other finalist, Torey
Lovullo of the Diamondbacks, was by himself, at a
ballpark in Arizona.
“Of course I would have
gone,” Lovullo said with a
chuckle. “When I was told
that I was by myself and they
were together, I was a little
bit jealous.”
Lovullo can console himself with the award. After
leading the Diamondbacks
from a 93-loss season to the
division series, Lovullo succeeded Roberts as the
league’s manager of the year,
garnering twice as many
points in the voting.
Roberts finished second,
Black third. Paul Molitor of
the Twins won the American
League honor, after Minnesota became the first team in
MLB history to make the
playoffs a season after losing
100 games. Terry Francona
of the Cleveland Indians was
second and A.J. Hinch of the
Houston Astros third. Molitor joined Frank Robinson
as the only men to be elected
to the Hall of Fame as a player and later be selected as a
manager of the year.
Lovullo, 52, who was
raised in the San Fernando
Valley and played at UCLA,
is the fourth first-year manager to win it in the last four
years, following Roberts last
year, Jeff Banister of the
Texas Rangers in 2015 and
Matt Williams of the Washington Nationals in 2014.
Of the five manager hires
thus far this fall, Ron Gardenhire — Lovullo’s bench
coach this year — is the only
one with previous major
league experience. Three
men who have managed
multiple clubs were dismissed after leading their
teams to the postseason this
year: Dusty Baker, John Farrell and Joe Girardi.
Lovullo said front offices
want to hire managers familiar with analytics and willing
to embrace them, even at the
expense of some of the traditional autonomy in decisionmaking. As a result, he said,
the jobs are going to “the
newer model, the younger
model type of a manager.”
Said Lovullo: “It’s definitely trending in that way,
and I think the main part of
it is the analytics.”
Roberts led the Dodgers
to the World Series. Lovullo
won the award as manager
of the year for leading a team
that finished 11 games behind the Dodgers and were
swept by them in the division series, although voting
ended before the playoffs.
“We feel strongly about
our organization and our
“Whether we have closed
that gap or not, we’re not exactly sure. … The Dodgers
walked through us in three
games, so we know what we
have to do to improve for
that to not happen.”
When the Dodgers lost in
the playoffs last year, their
owners committed $192 million to bring back free agents
Rich Hill, Kenley Jansen and
Justin Turner. It is uncertain whether Arizona can afford to bring back free-agent
outfielder J.D. Martinez,
who hit 29 home runs in 62
games for them this year.
“It’s a tremendous challenge for us to try and stride
with the Dodgers, knowing
that there is a difference in
payroll,” Lovullo said.
“We are taking a different
avenue and a different walk
than they are.”
That, of course, is his
problem. The league’s Twitter account posted a picture
of Roberts and Black lounging on patio furniture Tuesday afternoon, with this caption: “Too blessed to be
Twitter: @BillShaikin
Eppler wants value in pitching
waiting out the free-agent
market for elite starting
pitching. They cannot afford
to pay the prices Yu Darvish
and Jake Arrieta are demanding now, but they
could in time. If one of those
two languishes, the Angels
could pounce.
“I’m just looking for value,” Eppler said Tuesday. “If
value exists at the top of the
market, then great.”
By Pedro Moura
ORLANDO, Fla. — The
Angels maintain they are
confident in their sevenstrong
depth. They also maintained they were confident
in their starting-pitching
depth the last two winters.
That depth did not prove
sufficient. So it would make
sense for the Angels to acquire help to supplement
their stable.
One certainty is that the
Angels are not the favorites
Ohtani, the impact Japanese pitcher and position
player likely to arrive in Major League Baseball next
season. Ohtani is commanding conversations at the annual general managers’
meetings, which conclude
Wednesday at the Waldorf
The Angels sent scouts to
Japan to watch Ohtani play
this summer, as did so much
of Major League Baseball.
General manager Billy Eppler has scouted him in
years past. It’s believed that
American League teams
possess an advantage, in
that it would be easier to be a
part-time designated hitter
Injured pitchers
Shingo Ito AFLO/Zuma Press
SHOHEI OHTANI might be a better fit in the
American League because of the designated hitter.
than a position player.
But the Angels already
have a full-time designated
hitter: Albert Pujols. And
most every other AL club
will be bidding the maximum $20-million posting
Though the Angels can
offer only a $150,000 signing
bonus because of previous
commitments, money will not be a
significant factor in Ohtani’s
decision. If it were, his Nippon-Ham Fighters would
not post him this offseason.
Executives estimate that
coming now instead of in two
years could cost him as
much as $200 million.
In private conversations,
baseball executives gush
about the pure skill, about
the lack of precedent for a
two-way player, about how
unpredictable his destination remains.
On the record, only Seattle general manager Jerry
Dipoto was willing to say the
player’s name to reporters
this week. And even that
mention was limited in
For now, secrecy reigns.
For the Angels, more likely
than attracting Ohtani is
At month’s end, Eppler
said, right-hander JC Ramirez will undergo a final
evaluation on his right elbow. In August, Ramirez received a stem-cell injection
in an attempt to heal a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.
Two initial evaluations
have revealed improvement
within the ligament, but Ramirez requires more. If final
tests do not deem he has recovered sufficiently, surgery
is an option.
Eligible for arbitration
for the first time this winter,
Ramirez is due for a sizable
Because he made 24
starts after breaking into
the big leagues as a reliever,
he should earn at least $2.5
million next season, almost
five times what he made in
Heaney will begin ramping
up his throwing soon, much
earlier than he has in the
past. Heaney also tried
stem-cell therapy to repair a
torn UCL but resorted to
surgery and recovered in
time to pitch in August.
Eppler said he shares the
belief with manager Mike
Scioscia that Dino Ebel was
long one of baseball’s best
third base coaches. That,
Eppler said, was behind the
Angels’ decision to move
Ebel from bench coach back
to his old role when Ron
Roenicke left for Boston.
“That’s a big role, a big responsibility,” Eppler said.
“And he has an innate skill.”
Eppler said the Angels have
tried to quantify third base
coach performance, and
they rate Ebel high for his
stay-or-send decisions.
Seeking a corner infielder, the Angels have already
met with representatives for
first basemen Lucas Duda,
Logan Morrison and Carlos
Twitter: @pedromoura
not a fit
Marlins are shopping
slugger, but his $295
million deal is likely
too much for L.A.
By Andy McCullough
Sean M. Haffey Getty Images
ADRIAN GONZALEZ went on the disabled list for the first time last season, had maybe his worst year at the
plate, lost his job to Cody Bellinger, left the Dodgers during the playoffs and then was not welcomed back.
Gonzalez could be left out
[Gonzalez, from D1]
bounce back. He’s been a
really, really good player for
The flexibility of Bellinger, who can play all three
outfield position, makes it
easier for the Dodgers to
keep Gonzalez. But the organization already has a variety of outfielders, including Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor,
Joc Pederson, Enrique Hernandez and Andrew Toles.
And Gonzalez may not be interested in coming off the
bench for the entire season.
So the Dodgers must
consider moving Gonzalez.
Finding a suitor will not be
simple. Few teams would
rush to add a 10-figure salary
for a player approaching his
36th birthday coming off his
least-productive big-league
season. Even dumping a
portion of the salary invites
Gonzalez controls much
of the situation. His contract
contains a full no-trade
clause. That limits the flexibility if the Dodgers intend
to deal him. It could lead to
‘There’s value to letting things play out.
Guys can bounce back. He’s been a
really, really good player for us.’
— Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi,
on Adrian Gonzalez
the Dodgers releasing Gonzalez, if they value an open
spot on the 40-man roster
over his potential performance.
That decision may be
made before spring training.
Or the Dodgers could hold
on to Gonzalez, as insurance
against an injury elsewhere
on the roster, before making
a move.
Bellinger exceeded expectations in his rookie of
the year season. He was expected to arrive in the majors by September. He beat
that projection by more
than four months, buoying
the offense after his promotion in April. Called up to
play the outfield, Bellinger
never left the majors.
Gonzalez played a role in
Bellinger’s rise. In May, as
the Dodgers pondered demoting Bellinger to make
room for Pederson’s return
from the disabled list, Gonzalez volunteered to go on
the DL to keep Bellinger
with the team. Gonzalez
hoped the time off could help
heal injuries to his back and
Gonzalez spent two
stints on the DL. Neither
awakened his bat. When the
Dodgers informed him in
late September that he
would not be on the playoff
roster, Gonzalez responded
by requesting permission to
spend the early portion of
October helping his wife and
family settle into accommo-
dations in Italy, where his
wife was beginning a study
program. The Dodgers
granted Gonzalez permission to leave.
His absence became
more noticeable upon his return during the World Series. Gonzalez worked out in
uniform with the team before Games 2 and 3 against
Houston, which upset some
of his teammates, according
to people familiar with the
situation. Before Game 4,
manager Dave Roberts
asked Gonzalez to watch the
rest of the series from a stadium suite.
Dodgers officials insisted
the awkward ending would
not cloud their thinking
about Gonzalez’s place on
the roster. Even if the road
may lead to a release, the
Dodgers do not intend to
rush down the path.
“It’s important to let
things play out,” Zaidi said,
“and not get colored by the
recent past.”
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ORLANDO, Fla. — The
enormity of Miami Marlins
slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s
contract, which can pay him
$295 million over the next 10
seasons, is expected to keep
the Dodgers from being a serious bidder for his services,
according to people familiar
with the situation.
That could change as the
winter takes shape and the
Dodgers gauge the intentions of the new front office
of the Marlins, who have
made trading the four-time
All-Star outfielder a priority.
The teams thought to be
most interested in Stanton
include St. Louis, San Francisco and Boston.
Stanton, a graduate of
Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, has a full notrade clause and could attempt to steer discussions
toward returning home. But
the Marlins likely would
need to swallow a significant
portion of Stanton’s salary
in order to make that happen, as the Dodgers were penalized by Major League
Baseball’s luxury tax for the
fifth consecutive season in
The Dodgers have attempted to avoid long-term
commitments. Under president of baseball operations
Andrew Friedman, the team
has not given out a contract
larger than the five-year,
$80-million deal handed to
closer Kenley Jansen last
Stanton can opt out of his
deal in 2020, but if he decides
against that, he would be
owed $25 million in 2027,
when he turns 37.
Derek Jeter, the Hall of
Fame-bound former Yankee
who recently took over Miami’s baseball operations as
co-owner, is expected to address reporters Wednesday
morning at the general managers meetings at the Waldorf Astoria. The Marlins
are believed to favor shedding salary over using Stanton to acquire assets to rebuild.
The Dodgers don’t have
many glaring needs. They
consider their outfield well
stocked, with Chris Taylor,
Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson,
Enrique Hernandez and Andrew Toles.
Stanton still would represent a sizable upgrade in one
of the corner spots. At 28, he
led the National League with
59 home runs, 132 runs batted in and a .631 slugging percentage in 2017. He could win
his first NL MVP when the
award is announced Thursday.
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
Trojans should
expect tricks
Darnold’s speed
has its rewards
By Ben Bolch
Trick question: What does
UCLA offensive coordinator
Jedd Fisch call the double reverses, flea-flickers and gamewinning fake spike that the
Bruins have unveiled this season?
They’re just plays to him,
though they certainly have
been tricky to defend.
UCLA went to one on the
second play against Arizona
State on Saturday when receiver Eldridge Massington
ran 39 yards on a reverse that
was set up in part by faking a
flip for a double reverse.
The Bruins trotted out another reverse in the second
quarter, receiver Christian
Pabico gaining 30 yards after
taking a pitch from Bolu
Then came something
even more inventive: quarterback Josh Rosen connected
with receiver Jordan Lasley
on a double pass for 15 yards.
The Bruins have connected on a high percentage of
their trick plays, going back to
the fake spike in the opener
against Texas A&M that momentarily froze the defense,
allowing Lasley to get the
separation he needed to make
a catch in the corner of the end
“We’ve had some good
ones,” Fisch said Tuesday,
mentioning a flea-flicker to
Lasley and a pass thrown by
tight end Caleb Wilson.
Asked if he had a favorite,
Fisch inquired whether the
Bruins had scored on one. Reminded of the fake spike,
Fisch said with a smile, “Oh,
yeah. That was my favorite by
Fisch said he has treated
trick plays like any other on
the call sheet going back to his
time working for former Florida coach Steve Spurrier.
“It’s just another play that
you’re trying to take advantage of a defense,” Fisch said.
“And if you can get that opportunity to take advantage of a
defense, [there’s] no reason
not to.”
Coach Jim Mora said
Fisch has shown a great feel
for knowing when to call plays
that can catch a defense out of
“You don’t just run it because it’s cute and it’s fun and
the fans like it,” Mora said.
“You run it because you’ve set
it up the right way with something you’ve done in the past
or you can maybe take advantage of something you’ve seen
By Zach Helfand
Sean M. Haffey Getty Images
JORDAN LASLEY, celebrating a score Saturday,
has been involved in several trick plays this year.
in the defense, and we’ve been
pretty successful with them.”
Fisch acknowledged that
the players don’t always share
his nonchalance about the unorthodox plays.
“The guys might get a little
bit more excited at times, you
know, when there’s certain
plays that they get to go do …
rather than more of the generic stuff, I guess,” Fisch
said. “But we’re just trying to
figure out a way to move the
Injury updates
Tom Bradley said safety
Jaleel Wadood practiced
Tuesday after he sat out
against Arizona State because of neck soreness.
Defensive end Jaelan
Phillips, who missed the
game because of a concussion,
has resumed running and is
considered day to day, Bradley said.
“He is improving each and
every day and they’ll give us
the nod, the doctors will let us
know” when he can practice,
Bradley said.
Embrace the brace
Defensive end Rick Wade
said the brace he wore on his
recuperating knee was not
limiting his mobility in games.
“At first it was a little weird
to get used to,” said Wade,
who made four tackles, including one for loss against
Arizona State, “but it’s become part of my running motion now and I feel pretty fluid
with it, so it’s not bothering
me too much.”
Twitter: @latbbolch
High school coaches like their guys
By Eric Sondheimer
USC and UCLA rosters
are filled with locally produced players, so in recent
years The Times has asked a
cross-section of area high
school coaches to predict the
outcome of the annual game.
In many cases, the coach’s
loyalty is being tested by the
question, whether because
they’re an alumnus or have
players on the teams. Crenshaw’s Robert Garrett has
Ajene Harris playing for USC
and Mossi Johnson playing
for UCLA, causing him to say,
“I refuse to answer” when
asked for a score.
This year, there seems to
be a lot of agreement on one
topic: the number of points
USC is expected to score in
victory, 35.
Here are the predictions:
Scott Altenberg, Gardena Serra: UCLA 3, USC 0.
“During USC’s first offensive
possession, [offensive coordinator] Tee Martin is named
head coach of Tennessee and
leaves. Trojans offense never
Nick Baiz, Rancho Cucamonga: USC 34, UCLA 21.
“I’m taking USC because they
have a Rancho Cucamonga
Cougar, Chris Hawkins.”
Jim Benkert, Westlake
Village Oaks Christian:
USC 38, UCLA 31. “Michael
Pittman will be the difference.”
Jim Bonds, La Cañada
St. Francis: UCLA 45, USC
42. “Jim Mora carries Rosen
off the field after last-second
TD pass to win the game.”
Ed Croson, West Hills
Chaminade: USC 35, UCLA
31. “USC has been more consistent but UCLA will make it
Manuel Douglas, Harbor City Narbonne: USC 35,
UCLA 14. “Uchenna Nwosu
will sack Josh Rosen three
Lou Farrar, West Covina
Charter Oak: USC 28, UCLA
21. “Right now USC’s defense
is playing stronger.”
Robert Garcia, San
Fernando: UCLA 24, USC 21.
“UCLA is going to be tougher
than USC.”
Pat Harlow, San Juan
Capistrano JSerra: USC 35,
UCLA 17. “I’m a USC alum
and our run game is rolling
and I love Sam Darnold.”
Lorenzo Hernandez,
Garfield: USC 35, UCLA 17.
“UCLA is playing with young
players and doesn’t have the
manpower of the Trojans.”
Dean Herrington, Lancaster Paraclete: USC 35,
UCLA 24. “These are the
dangerous ones. UCLA is the
big underdog and crazy
things happen. But USC is
running the ball well and I
can’t go against Steven
Bob Johnson, Mission
Viejo: USC 35, UCLA 20. “I
think USC has too much
power and is a lot better at
the quarterback position.”
Matt Logan, Corona
Centennial: USC 45, UCLA
35: “USC’s defense has been a
little better, but I expect a
wild game.”
Charles Mincy, Dorsey:
USC 35, UCLA 17. “USC can
run the ball and UCLA has
been struggling against the
Larry Muir, Valencia:
UCLA 35, USC 27. “In Rosen
we trust.”
Jason Negro, Bellflower
St. John Bosco: UCLA 21,
USC 17. “They carry Josh
Rosen off on the shoulders of
Bosco grads Jacob TuiotiMariner and Jaleel Wadood.”
Kevin Pearson, L.A.
Cathedral: USC 49, UCLA
35. “Gotta go with my boys
down the street in cardinal
and gold. Ronald Jones vs.
Bruin defense and Josh
Rosen vs. Trojan pass defense equals a lot of points.”
Bruce Rollinson, Santa
Ana Mater Dei: USC 36,
UCLA 17. “What will happen
is, in the second half, the
emotions will settle down and
the Trojans have more firepower than the Bruins.”
Tim Salter, Upland:
USC 42, UCLA 21: “USC has a
little too much firepower.”
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USC tracks its players
with a GPS system, so after
the last three games, quarterback Sam Darnold has made
sure to look up an unusual
stat. He has looked for his
maximum speed.
Darnold reached 18 mph
with one run against Arizona
State three games ago. “Sam
is showing people he’s a lot
faster than people give him
credit for,” offensive coordinator Tee Martin said.
Reporters began asking
Darnold about his newfound
quickness. Every time, he instinctively laughed — though
Darnold can move well, he’s
not known for top-end speed.
But on Saturday, he reached
another peak.
“I was kidding with him today,” coach Clay Helton said
Tuesday. Darnold, Helton
said, “got up to 19.3 miles an
hour on the GPS system. He
said, ‘That’s about as fast as
I’ve run since high school.’ ”
Darnold has dazzled in his
last six games with his arm,
throwing for an average of 302
yards per game with a total of
15 touchdowns and three interceptions. His surge as a
passer has happened at the
same time as — and maybe
because of — an increasing
willingness to run the ball.
Darnold’s running statistics remain modest, partially because his rushing figures have been depressed by
sacks. But he has made big
plays with his legs. On Saturday, he became the third
USC quarterback since 2000
to have a 300-yard passing and
30-yard rushing game. Matt
Barkley and Carson Palmer
also did it once.
On the speedy run against
Arizona State, Darnold set a
career high with a 39-yard
scramble. Against Colorado,
he scored on a 24-yard scramble, when he displayed
enough speed to peel away
from a safety. “I saw a little
opening and based on where
the safety was I knew that he
wasn’t going to have an angle
to be able to get to me, so I decided to make that cut,”
Darnold said.
The 19.3-mph dash is a respectable figure, especially for
a quarterback. The NFL has
more available data on topend speed. The fastest ballcarrier in the NFL this season
has been Leonard Fournette, who ran 22.05 mph. No
quarterback cracked the top
20, meaning they ran 20.81
mph or slower.
Martin and Darnold attributed the running to more
man-to-man coverage, which
gives Darnold more space if he
can get past the pass rush.
But it also underlies a
tendency of Darnold’s. Usually, he throws only as well as
he moves. “I thought he made
some great decisions in really
the last six games using his
legs,” Helton said.
He said Darnold’s decreased interception totals
were a result of avoiding
forced throws. Instead, Helton said, he’s often just tucked
the ball and run.
No movement
USC remained at No. 11 in
the latest College Football
Playoff rankings released
Tuesday. USC was one of two
teams to not move up or down.
USC moved ahead of
Washington and Texas Christian after both teams lost but
was jumped by Ohio State,
which defeated Michigan
State 48-3, and Penn State,
which defeated Rutgers 35-6.
Kirby Hocutt, the committee’s chairman, said the
committee had extensive discussions about teams ranked
No. 7 through 11, and said the
teams were very close to one
another. That includes No. 7
Georgia, No. 8 Notre Dame,
No. 9 Ohio State, No. 10 Penn
State and No. 11 USC.
UT for Tee?
Martin was the last
quarterback to lead Tennessee to a national championship.
Now Tennessee has a
coaching vacancy after firing
Butch Jones on Sunday.
Brady Hoke has taken over
as interim coach. Would Martin be interested in the position? “I look forward to UCLA
on Saturday night,” he said. “I
look forward to that.”
Martin issued a more
straightforward answer when
asked if he’d been contacted
by the school. “I haven’t been
contacted,” he said. “And I’m
really focusing on UCLA.”
Quick hits
Defensive end Rasheem
Green (shoulder injury), outside linebacker Uchenna
Nwosu (sprained ankle),
tight end Tyler Petite
(sprained shoulder) and
kicker Chase
(groin injury) did not practice
Tuesday. “Expecting all of
them to be ready by Saturday,” Helton said. … Cornerback Iman Marshall, who
has missed the last three
games, was a limited participant in practice.
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Fear of expulsion kept group from revealing stunt details
[USC-UCLA, from D1]
vealed a different pro-USC
message. It caused such a stir
that Sports Illustrated wrote
about the prank — without
interviewing its creators.
Barnes wrote in the email
that reporting about the
prank’s creators would be a
“tough assignment” given
“the complete secrecy with
which the clandestine group
of Trojan Squires” operated.
He explained that though
he was part of the Squires,
the prank was conceived and
executed by a small, elite unit
within the organization, operating under deep cover.
Barnes didn’t know their
“That is not to deny, however, that more than a few of
that year’s membership were
eminently qualified, by background and personality, successfully to conduct a covert
assignment,” he wrote.
The mystery endured
among the dwindling population of USC and UCLA alumni who keep score of such
pranks. There would be no
answer for 60 years.
Until now.
The saboteurs, it turned
out, were a group of eight to 10
sophomores. Since, they had
become officers in the Air
Force and Marines, or lawyers or businessmen.
One became the majority
leader of the California Assembly — “Not using pranks,”
the prankster turned politician, Walter Karabian, said.
Three of them — Karabian, Steve Marienhoff and
Mike Loshin — recently
spoke on the record about the
prank for the first time. Two
more, Dave Visel and Jerry
Van Wert, recorded a video
interview with the school, a
copy of which was provided to
The Times by Claude Zach-
Maria Aparicio
UCLA’S CARD SHOW at the 1957 game featured some pro-USC slogans, thanks to a group of USC students
that included, from left, Dave Visel, Mike Loshin, Walter Karabian, Jerry Van Wert and Steve Marienhoff.
ary, an archivist and manuscript librarian at USC.
It seems a strange, trifling
matter for the school to
record for posterity. But at a
pranks are at an ebb, lacking
the creativity or flair of past
generations, their story presents a question: Why prank
at all?
The action was part of an
escalation of hostilities that
began with USC’s stealing of
the UCLA victory bell in 1941
and culminated in a high (or
low) point: A group of UCLA
students, in 1958, renting a
helicopter, hovering over
USC’s campus and air-dropping several hundred pounds
of manure.
In 1957, on the eve of the
card prank, USC students
held a late-night rally at the
Sheraton Townhouse hotel —
except it was not a rally,
really. It was more an excuse
to wake up the UCLA players
who were staying at the hotel,
according to the Daily Trojan
newspaper. Earlier that
week, two UCLA students
sneaked onto USC’s campus,
likely intent on trickery. They
were intercepted by USC students, who shaved their
heads and one eyebrow each.
The Squires had dreamed
up the card prank a month
before. The plan required
some specialized skills and,
as Sports Illustrated wrote,
“modest amounts of petty
theft, espionage, impersonation and forgery.”
UCLA planning committee to
get the specs for the placards
and to purloin one of the master instruction cards. The
Squires also needed someone
with access to a printer.
Marienhoff ’s father ran a
printing shop. So even
though he was not a member
of the Squires, he became
part of the team, sworn to secrecy.
“It was like a CIA-type
thing,” Marienhoff said.
When the day of the game
came, seven Squires wearing
UCLA colors and with the
placards smuggled under
their shirts showed up early.
They found a spot in the upper part of the student section seven rows tall by nine
seats wide and swapped out
the UCLA cards for their own.
Only an usher was there.
Nervous, Karabian tried
to sweet-talk him.
“I said, ‘We’re really going
to kick those Trojans’ [butts]
aren’t we today?’ ” Karabian
said. “He turned to me and
said, ‘Look man, I go to USC
dental school. I’m just working here today.’ ”
They were in the clear.
The group finished, then hurried back to the USC side to
wait and watch.
When UCLA began its
card stunts, the other side of
the stadium erupted.
In a corner of the section
was a cardinal and gold rectangle, stamped like a tattoo.
For most variations, the
cards spelled out “SC.”
Other times, they were
gleefully simple: “HA,” or
just: “HI” in USC colors.
The UCLA students kept
cycling through their routine.
Eventually, someone near the
field noticed. But they
couldn’t stop it.
“The good thing about the
card stunt is you’re like a robot,” Loshin said. “You read
the instruction, you put the
card in front of your face, and
you don’t know what’s going
The secrecy persisted
even afterward. The group
was afraid of repercussions —
they’d heard that the unfortunate UCLA students in the
affected section were harassed by those who thought
they were USC plants. But
mainly the group was afraid
they’d be kicked out of school.
“Boy, were we scared,”
Karabian said.
They didn’t feel safe until
they graduated. But their
time for publicity was gone.
Most went separate ways.
About a year ago, Karabian
sought to reconnect the gang.
But 60 years had left memories fuzzy. He couldn’t recall
everyone who was involved.
Was Marienhoff the spy? No,
Visel said, it was Visel. Karabian went on a search to fill in
the blanks.
One question remained:
Why prank at all?
“Part of college life is doing things that don’t hurt
anybody and that are creative,” Loshin said.
It is hard to imagine a hostile helicopter dumping manure onto a college campus
would be met with shrugs today, but even more benign
pranks have become taboo.
That’s a shame, Karabian
says. He said his motivation
for the trick was simple.
Everybody on campus knew
USC would lose. USC was 1-7.
UCLA was 7-2. (Everybody
was right: UCLA won 20-9.)
“We were doing anything
we could to have a season
that wouldn’t be the most humiliating in history,” Karabian said.
It was a way to feel as
though they could make an
impact. The plot, he said,
“gave us hope.”
Twitter: @zhelfand
Top-ranked Tide runnin’ down a dream
There seems to be a chip
on Alabama’s shoulder these
days — and maybe that
should worry the rest of
college football.
It’s not only that the most
dominant program in the
nation over the last decade
has reclaimed the No. 1 spot
in the College Football Playoff
rankings. The Crimson Tide
also have some motivation
stemming from last season’s
loss to Clemson in the national championship game.
As senior defensive back
Anthony Averett put it:
“We’re all about finishing this
Hunger for revenge has
pushed Averett and his teammates through a string of
injuries on defense and last
week’s close call at No. 16
Mississippi State. It has
helped them remain undefeated in a season roiled by all
sorts of madness.
Another weekend of upsets forced the CFP selection
committee to reshuffle the
deck yet again Tuesday,
knocking Georgia and Notre
Dame out of the top four,
down to No. 7 and No. 8.
The latest ranking has
Alabama followed by No. 2
Clemson, No. 3 Miami and No.
4 Oklahoma.
“Many teams remain very
close throughout the rankings,” Kirby Hocutt, chairman of the selection committee, said in a statement.
“Head-to-head victories
Top 25
The third of six College
Football Playoff rankings
compiled by a 13-member
selection committee:
W-L 13. Oklahoma St. 8-2
1. Alabama
10-0 14. Washington St. 9-2
2. Clemson
9-1 15. Central Florida 9-0
3. Miami
9-0 16. Mississippi St. 7-3
4. Oklahoma
9-1 17. Michigan State 7-3
5. Wisconsin
10-0 18. Washington
6. Auburn
8-2 19. N. Carolina St. 7-3
7. Georgia
9-1 20. Louisiana St.
8. Notre Dame
8-2 21. Memphis
9. Ohio State
8-2 22. Stanford
10. Penn State
8-2 23. Northwestern
11. USC
9-2 24. Michigan
12. Texas Christian 8-2 25. Boise State
among comparable teams,
results against common
opponents and strength of
schedule remain important
points of differentiation for
many teams.”
Alabama started the
season atop the Associated
Press media poll and has
remained there for about
three months. But when the
CFP experts convened for the
first time last month, they
relegated the Crimson Tide to
No. 2 on the list that determines which four teams make
the playoff.
Given the instability in
college football this fall, it
took only a couple of weeks
for things to change.
Coach Urban Meyer, who
has watched his Ohio State
team yo-yo for the last two
months, isn’t surprised that
so much has been in flux.
“Every year I’ve been
Rogelio V. Solis Associated Press
NICK SABAN and Alabama are back on top of the playoff picture, motivated by
last year’s championship game loss, and that spells trouble for everyone else.
playoff hunt.
After Notre Dame’s blowout defeat at Miami, Coach
Brian Kelly talked to his
players about No. 11 USC,
which has won three in a row
since falling to the Irish.
“It’s really how you respond in college athletics,”
Kelly said.
Though Alabama hasn’t
needed to recover from defeat, this fall has presented
other challenges for a team
picked to return to the championship game for a third
consecutive season. Espe-
involved in college football,
there’s like what? What happened?” he told reporters.
“And it’s the nature of the
Oklahoma knows both
sides of the equation, losing
to Iowa State in early October
and then rebounding.
“I feel like we’re a little
more equipped to handle it
because it’s almost like we’ve
been through the cycle,”
Coach Lincoln Riley said.
Resiliency has become the
mantra for a number of oneand two-loss teams in the
cially troublesome are injuries to four linebackers that
have thinned the Crimson
Tide’s front seven.
It is a testament to the
program’s depth that the
defense ranks second in the
nation, surrendering 252
yards a game. And sophomore quarterback Jalen
Hurts has guided an efficient,
run-heavy attack that averages 474 yards.
“We’ve had adversity
throughout the season,”
offensive lineman Jonah
Williams said. “I think being
able to respond to that is a big
part of the character we have
here as an offense.”
The Crimson Tide should
get a break against Mercer on
Saturday but must win the
regular-season finale against
No. 6 Auburn to qualify for the
Southeastern Conference
championship game.
Coach Nick Saban has
challenged his players, asking
them: “Can you thrive on
Last weekend, playing on
the road in the cowbell din of
Starkville, Miss., the defense
made a late stop, giving
Hurts the chance to mount a
68-yard drive in the final
minute. His 26-yard pass to
DeVonta Smith with 25 seconds remaining secured a
come-from-behind, 31-24
victory over Mississippi
Afterward, Hurts and
Averett both mentioned the
title game last season, when
they held a fourth-quarter
lead until Clemson scored the
winning touchdown with one
second left.
Their coach can understand if that memory persists.
“A lot on the line. You work
all year long to try to put
yourself in that position and
you come up a little short,”
Saban said. “I think that’s
something that you never
At least not until the
Crimson Tide get another
shot at the title.
Twitter: @LAtimesWharton
Players initiating
more injury exams
staff and wire reports
The NFL’s chief medical officer
says more than a third of concussion
evaluations this season are a result of
players indicating they have symptoms, a much higher percentage than
last season.
Allen Sills said in a conference call
with reporters Tuesday that “about
37%” of the 379 concussion evaluations during the preseason and regular season have been “initiated by a
self-report.” Sills said it was about
20% to 22% a year ago.
He called that increase “a positive
Sills also said the rules for checking
for a concussion were followed properly for Indianapolis Colts quarterback
Jacoby Brissett on Sunday, when he
was allowed to return to a game after a
hit to the head. After the game, it was
determined he did have concussion
Sills says it is impossible to “capture 100% of concussions.”
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart
said on the call that the league and the
players’ union are still reviewing
whether the Seattle Seahawks properly followed concussion protocols
with quarterback Russell Wilson on
Thursday night.
Sills also said data from the last
five years show that the injury rate per
game “is actually lower” for Thursdays than games played on other days
of the week.
Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Matt Kalil is facing criminal
charges of selling alcohol to a minor at
his Minnesota pizza restaurant, even
though he wasn’t present when the
transaction occurred.
A charging document says a 17year-old server at Kalil’s Pieology
Pizza in a Twin Cities suburb sold a
beer to a 19-year-old woman Oct. 26.
The charges say Kalil is responsible for the illegal sale because he’s the
No one else was charged in the
Lowe said. “But I choose to look forward to all that was gained.”
— David Wharton
Fox Sports partnered with a South
American marketing firm to make
millions of dollars in bribes to highranking soccer officials in exchange
for lucrative broadcasting rights to
major tournaments, the marketing
company’s former chief executive testified at a U.S. corruption trial.
Alejandro Burzaco, former CEO
of the firm based in Argentina, testified in New York federal court that Fox
and other broadcasters were involved
in a scheme to pay bribes — concealed
using offshore side entities and sham
contracts — that secured rights for
the Copa America and other events.
Fox Sports denied any involvement in bribery in a statement issued
late Tuesday. The statement said
Burzaco’s company was a subsidiary
of Fox Pan American Sports, which at
the time was under the control of a private-equity firm.
“Any suggestion that Fox Sports
knew of or approved of any bribes is
emphatically false,” the statement
said. “Fox Sports had no operational
control of the entity with Burzaco
Roger Federer, the 19-time Grand
Slam champion, guaranteed his place
in Saturday’s semifinals of the ATP Finals by defeating Alexander Zverev
7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1 in London.
U.S. Soccer is looking into the possibility of an event next summer involving teams that do not make the
field for the 2018 World Cup. The idea
of an exhibition tournament has been
floated as sort of an “NIT” tournament for soccer teams like the United
States, Italy, Chile and Ghana that
won’t be playing in Russia.
Weston McKennie scored in his
U.S. debut, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath allowed a seemingly harmless
cross to drop between his arms and
into the net and the Americans tied
Portugal 1-1 at Leiria, Portugal, in their
first match since failing to qualify for
next year’s World Cup.
High jumper getting
bronze nine years later
Christian Eriksen scored a hat
trick as Denmark qualified for next
year’s World Cup with a 5-1 victory
over Ireland in Dublin.
Chaunté Lowe, the sixth-place
high jumper from the 2008 Beijing
Olympics, has been officially upgraded to third place and will receive a
bronze medal after three competitors
who finished ahead of her had been
caught doping when their samples
were retested years later.
“Throughout her career, Chaunté
has conducted herself with class,
while also being one of this country’s
greatest athletes,” Max Siegel, chief
executive of USA Track and Field,
said in a statement. “Her story is one
of perseverance and patience being
The third-, fourth- and fifth-place
finishers — Anna Chicherova of Russia, Yelena Slesarenko of Russia and
Vita Palamar of Ukraine — are among
a growing number of athletes who
have been disqualified.
“It’s easy to look at this situation
and think about all that was lost,”
A prosecutor says the government
has 16 hours of telephone conversations by fired Auburn associate head
basketball coach Chuck Person to use
against him at trial.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert
Boone in New York made the disclosure as Person pleaded not guilty to
charges in a college basketball bribery
Frank Franklin II Associated Press
Boston’s Kyrie Irving, who suffered a facial fracture last week
against Charlotte, scored 25 points in the Celtics’ victory over the
Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. It was the 13th win in a row for Boston.
San Francisco
Green Bay
New Orleans
Tampa Bay
N.Y. Giants
Pct. PF PA
.778 296 162
.667 211 165
.444 155 223
.100 174 260
Pct. PF PA
.778 217 165
.556 244 210
.556 204 207
.333 150 194
Pct. PF PA
.778 268 165
.700 213 180
.556 197 179
.333 173 208
Pct. PF PA
.889 283 179
.556 233 205
.444 207 232
.111 150 238
Kansas City
New England
N.Y. Jets
Pct. PF PA
.667 253 208
.444 196 214
.333 167 172
.333 166 239
Pct. PF PA
.778 187 148
.444 190 171
.333 149 182
.000 143 240
Pct. PF PA
.667 205 213
.667 226 134
.333 236 241
.300 179 280
Pct. PF PA
.778 257 195
.556 184 196
.444 137 224
.400 201 222
Thursday’s Game
Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 5:15 p.m.
Sunday’s Schedule
RAMS at Minnesota, 10 a.m.
Buffalo at CHARGERS, 1 p.m.
Baltimore at Green Bay, 10 a.m.
Arizona at Houston, 10
Tampa Bay at Miami, 10
Washington at New Orleans, 10
Jacksonville at Cleveland, 10
Detroit at Chicago, 10
Kansas City at N.Y. Giants, 10
Cincinnati at Denver, 1:15 p.m.
New England vs Oakland at Mexico City, 1:15
Philadelphia at Dallas, 5:30
Bye Week: Indianapolis, San Francisco,
Carolina, N.Y. Jets
Monday’s Game
Atlanta at Seattle, 5:30 p.m.
Two-time Cy Young Award winner SOCCER
Roy Halladay was remembered as an WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
amazing husband, father, friend and PLAYOFFS
teammate who was one of the best Denmark vs. Ireland
pitchers of his generation but an even At
Denmark 5, Ireland 1, Denmark qualifies on a 5-1
better man at a memorial service in aggregate
Clearwater, Fla., that drew more than AFRICA
Third Round
1,000 people.
Group Play
Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the “Silent Captain” of the Boston Red Sox, has died.
He was 99.
At Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso 4, Cape Verde 0
At Dakar, Senegal
Senegal 2, South Africa 1
At Leiria, Portugal
United States 1, Portugal 1
College Basketball
at Seton Hall
at Pittsburgh
at Princeton
at Maryland
at Oklahoma
at Texas St.
at Northwestern
at Loyola Mary.
at St. Mary’s
at Pacific
Ball St
at Santa Clara
UC Riverside
CS Fullerton
Uc Davis
College Football
at Miami (O)
at N. Illinois
at S. Florida
Middle Tenn.
at New Mexico
at USC
at Indiana
at Georgia
Central Fla.
at Northwestern
at Michigan St.
at W. Virginia
at Wyoming
at Iowa
at Oregon
at Ohio St.
at Florida
Arizona St
at Miami
Iowa St
Mississippi St.
at Washington
at Auburn
at Okla. St.
at Colorado St.
at Penn St.
at Notre Dame
at Mississippi
at Wisconsin
at Stanford
at S. Diego St.
Line (O/U)
17 (66)
3 (491⁄2)
9 (521⁄2)
at Bowl. Green
E. Michigan
W. Michigan
Line (O/U)
20 (561⁄2)
22 (661⁄2)
at Ball St.
Line (O/U)
3 (531⁄2)
21⁄2 (56)
at W. Ky.
Line (O/U)
16 (711⁄2)
11 (50)
211⁄2 (501⁄2)
31⁄2 (641⁄2)
131⁄2 (57)
71⁄2 (43)
151⁄2 (451⁄2)
31⁄2 (551⁄2)
37 (701⁄2)
PK (411⁄2)
61⁄2 (57)
71⁄2 (42)
PK (74)
41 (56)
101⁄2 (48)
7 (59)
191⁄2 (501⁄2)
9 (541⁄2)
111⁄2 (59)
8 (67)
171⁄2 (47)
37 (68)
20 (65)
32 (661⁄2)
26 (57)
151⁄2 (46)
171⁄2 (62)
91⁄2 (52)
21⁄2 (691⁄2)
71⁄2 (40)
16 (551⁄2)
151⁄2 (56)
at E. Carolina
at Temple
at Kansas
Fresno St
at Texas Tech
Ala. Birming.
at Oregon St.
at Baylor
at Arkansas
at Vanderbilt
La. Monroe
Kansas St.
San Jose St.
at Tennessee
at Tulane
Texas A&M
Pro Football
Line (O/U)
at Pittsburgh
7 (431⁄2)
Updates at
—Associated Press
Lakers—Assigned guard Josh Hart and center
Ivica Zubac to South bay (NBAGL); called up center Thomas Bryant from South Bay.
Buffalo—Signed defensive tackle Deandre
Coleman; released defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.
Cleveland—Put linebacker Jamie Collins on
injured reserve.
Green Bay—Signed long snapper Brett
Goode; released long snapper Derek Hart.
Minnesota—Signed safety Jack Tocho to the
practice squad; released guard Willie Beavers
from the practice squad.
N.Y. Giants—Signed linebacker Akeem Ayers
(UCLA) and guard John Greco; signed wide receiver-kick returner Kalif Raymond from the practice squad; waived defensive end Devin Taylor
and wide receiver Ed Eagan; put linebacker
Keenan Robinson on injured reserve; signed
tight end Matt LaCosse and offensive lineman
Nick Becton to the practice squad.
Washington—Put running back Rob Kelley
and linebacker Will Compton on injured reserve;
signed defensive lineman Caraun Reid and running back Byron Marshall; waived defensive lineman Brandon Banks; released defensive lineman Tavaris Barnes from the practice squad.
Kings—Called up forward Andrew Crescenzi
from Ontario (AHL); traded forward Mike Cammalleri to Edmonton for forward Jussi Jokinen.
Arizona—Traded goaltender Louis Domingue
to Tampa Bay for forward Tye McGinn and goaltender Michael Leighton.
Washington—Assigned center Tyler Graovac
to Hershey (AHL) for conditioning.
Georgia Tech—Announced that guard Josh
Okogie will serve a six-game suspension and
guard Tadric Jackson a three-game suspension
after they accepted benefits in violation of NCAA
W. New Mexico—Announced the resignation
of coach Adam Clark.
At London
Surface: Hard-Indoor
Round Robin
Group Boris Becker
SINGLES—Jack Sock (8), d. Marin Cilic (5),
Croatia, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4); Roger Federer (2),
Switzerland, d. Alexander Zverev (3), Germany,
7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1.
STANDINGS: Federer 2-0 (sets 4-1, games
31-24), Zverev 1-1 (3-3, 29-32), Sock 1-1 (2-3,
28-28), Cilic 0-2 (2-4, 29-33).
Group Eltingh-Haarhuis
DOUBLES—Henri Kontinen, Finland-John
Peers (2), Australia, d. Jean-Julien Rojer, Netherlands-Horia Tecau (3), Romania, 7-6 (3), 7-6
(6); Ryan Harrison, and Michael Venus (8), New
Zealand, d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert-Nicolas
Mahut (6), France, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 10-5.
STANDINGS: Harrison-Venus 2-0 (4-1, 2621), Kontinen-Peers 1-1 (2-2, 24-25), HerbertMahut 1-1 (3-3, 20-25), Rojer-Tecau 0-2 (1-4,
Tuesday’s Results
Akron 37, Ohio 34
C. Michigan 42, Kent St. 23
Today’s Schedule
W. Michigan (6-4) at N. Illinois (7-3), 3 p.m.
E. Michigan (3-7) at Miami (Ohio) (4-6), 4
Toledo (8-2) at Bowling Green (2-8), 5 p.m.
Arizona St. 90, San Diego St. 68
Long Beach St. 95, San Francisco St. 70
Pepperdine 107, Cal Lutheran 82
UC Irvine 91, Chapman 52
Gonzaga 106, Howard 70
Sacramento St. 74, Notre Dame de Namur 53
Portland 89, Walla Walla 52
E. Washington 67, Stanford 61
Portland St. 111, Willamette 60
Army 92, John Jay 43
Boston College 73, Sacred Heart 53
Dartmouth 78, Emerson 43
Duquesne 77, VMI 61
Fairfield 64, Loyola (Md.) 52
Monmouth (N.J.) 80, Lehigh 72
NJIT 96, Lafayette 80
Rutgers 70, Cleveland St. 38
St. John's 80, CCSU 55
Syracuse 71, Iona 62
Connecticut 72, Stony Brook 64
Villanova 113, Nicholls 77
Yale 86, S.C. State 54
Alabama 86, Lipscomb 64
Columbia 87, Longwood 77
Cumberlands 90, Johnson (Tenn.) 51
Davidson 108, UNC Wilmington 81
Fisk 65, Bethel (Tenn.) 55
Flagler 87, Shorter 74
Florida St. 87, George Washington 67
Furman 76, Elon 67
Georgia 74, S.C. Upstate 65
Kentucky Christian 102, Midway 69
Liberty 79, Wake Forest 66
Life 65, Martin Methodist 62
Louisiana Lafayette 113, Louisiana College 58
Memphis 70, Ark. Little Rock 62
Mercer 86, Jackson St. 58
Milligan 85, Truett McConnell 84, OT
Montreat 89, Tenn. Wesleyan 88
N.C. State 95, Bryant 72
Tennessee 84, High Point 53
Augustana (S.D.) 97, Peru St. 94, OT
Bradley 61, Delaware 53
Chicago St. 101, Silver Lake 51
Concordia (St. P.) 85, North Central (Minn.) 51
Duke 88, Michigan St. 81
Grand Valley St. 96, Olivet 64
Hillsdale 87, Urbana 54
Indiana-East 80, Indiana Wesleyan 79
Kansas 65, Kentucky 61
Kansas St. 72, Mo. Kansas City 51
Miami (Ohio) 73, Wright St. 67
Minn.-Crookston 104, Oak Hills 68
Minot St. 91, Mayville St. 46
N. Illinois 85, Green Bay 65
Purdue 86, Marquette 71
S. Dakota St. 94, Alabama St. 63
Sioux Falls 90, Wis.-Superior 49
Spring Arbor 75, Indiana-Kokomo 70
Toledo 72, Ohio Northern 62
Waldorf 78, Mount Mercy 68
William Penn 122, Nebraska Christian 73
Youngstown St. 134, Franciscan 46
Georgia St. 75, Rice 54
Houston Baptist 108, Arlington Baptist 67
Lamar 66, Coastal Carolina 60
Sam Houston St. 72, Hardin-Simmons 56
Texas 78, New Hampshire 60
Texas Tech 83, Maine 44
Air Force 93, Canisius 79
Colorado 89, Denver 62
Colorado St. 80, Winthrop 76
New Mexico 103, Omaha 71
Utah Valley 84, Idaho St. 71
Weber St. 110, West Coast Baptist 45
No. 3 Baylor 86, Central Arkansas 55
No. 4 South Carolina 94, No. 15 Maryland 86
No. 5 Louisville 90, Toledo 55
No. 6 Notre Dame 78, Western Kentucky 65
No. 12 West Virginia 101, Sacramento St. 47
New Mexico 88, No. 16 Marquette 87
DePaul 111, No. 21 Oklahoma 108, OT
San Diego 72, S. Utah 59
San Diego St. 58, Cal St. Northridge 55
Santa Clara 68, UC Santa Barbara 63
Nevada Las Vegas 73, UC Irvine 54
Cal St. Bakersfield 74, Fresno Pacific 60
Portland 71, Utah Valley 64
Baylor 86, Cent. Arkansas 55
North Texas 64, Texas A&M International 38
Oklahoma St. 91, Wichita St. 67
Prairie View 116, Arlington Baptist 73
Stephen F. Austin 72, Coppin St. 59
TCU 64, SMU 58
E. Washington 65, Air Force 63
New Mexico St. 85, Texas Permian Basin 58
Utah St. 92, Dixie St. 72
Conference Finals
First Leg
Tuesday: Toronto at Columbus, 5 p.m.
Second Leg
Wed., Nov. 29: Columbus at Toronto, 4:30.
Western Conference
First Leg
Tuesday: Seattle at Houston, 7 p.m.
Second Leg
Thu., Nov. 30: Houston at Seattle, 7:30.
At Houston—Par 72
Champions Golf Club—6,022 yards
Third Round
UPPER BRACKET: Courtney McKim, Raleigh,
N.C., d. Mallory Hetzel, Virginia Beach, Va., 4 and
3; Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, Fla., d. Meghan
Stasi, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1-up; Shannon Johnson, Norton, Mass., d. Dawn Woodard,
Greenville, S.C., 2 and 1; Olivia Herrick, Roseville,
Minn., d. Eleanor Tucker, Savannah, Ga. (157),
20th hole.
LOWER BRACKET: Kelsey Chugg, Salt Lake
City, d. Lauren Greenlief, Ashburn, Va., 3 and 2;
Hayley Hammond, Mooresville, N.C., d.
Thuhashini Selvaratnam, Sri Lanka, 2 and 1;
Marissa Mar, San Francisco, d. Julia Potter, Indianapolis, 1-up; Amanda Jacobs, Portland, Ore.,
d. Martha Leach, Hebron, Ky., 3 and 1.
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
Duke’s Allen takes over
in battle of top teams
associated press
Grayson Allen — Duke’s
lone senior — scored a career-high 37 points, freshman Trevon Duval had 17
points and 10 assists, and the
top-ranked Blue Devils beat
No. 2 Michigan State 88-81 in
the Champions Classic on
Tuesday night in Chicago.
The Blue Devils (3-0) lost
Marvin Bagley III to an eye
injury midway through the
first half, but Allen made five
three-pointers and scored 23
points in the second half to
help make up for the absence of the freshman phenom.
Miles Bridges, Jaren
Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward
each scored 19 points for the
Spartans (1-1), who blocked
12 shots. Duke coach Mike
Krzyzewski improved to 12-1
in his career against Michigan State.
Charles Rex Arbogast Associated Press
DUKE GUARD Grayson Allen, who scored 37 points,
collides with Michigan State guard Cassius Winston.
No. 4 Kansas 65, No. 7
Kentucky 61: Svi Mykhailiuk
scored 17 points, and Devonte Graham hit the clinch-
Top 25 scores
No. 1 Duke
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 4 Kansas
No. 7 Kentucky
No. 5 Villanova
No. 17 Gonzaga
No. 19 Purdue
ing free throws for the Jayhawks (2-0) in the second
game of the Champions
Classic in Chicago. Kansas
coach Bill Self moved into a
tie for second with Roy
Williams on the Jayhawks’
all-time wins list at 418. Kevin
Knox led the Wildcats (2-1)
with 20 points.
at No. 5 Villanova 113,
Nicholls 77: Mikal Bridges
set career highs with 23
points and four blocks, and
the Wildcats (2-0) set a
school record with 13 blocks.
Donte DiVincenzo added 20
points for Villanova, which
shot 58%. Zaquavian Smith
scored 25 points for the Colonels (1-1).
at No. 17 Gonzaga 106,
Howard 69: Freshman Zach
Norvell Jr. scored 18 points
and freshman Corey Kispert
added 13 as the Bulldogs
(2-0) held the Bison (0-3) to
30% shooting.
No. 19 Purdue 86, at Marquette 71: Isaac Haas, a
7-foot-2 center, scored 22
points and the Boilermakers
(3-0) outscored the Golden
Eagles (1-1) 30-12 in the paint.
Carsen Edwards had 15
points, while Vince Edwards
added 10 points and eight rebounds for Purdue.
Eastern Washington 67,
at Stanford 61: Bogdan
Bliznyuk scored 23 points
and the Eagles (2-1) ended a
losing streak against Pac-12
teams at 21 games. The Cardinal (2-1) got 20 points from
Reid Travis.
at Pepperdine 107, Cal Lutheran 82: Six players
scored in double figures for
the Waves (1-1), who scored
100 points for the first time
since Jan. 8, 2008. Because of
rules differences between
divisions, this was a real
game for Pepperdine but an
exhibition for Division III
Cal Lutheran.
at UC Irvine 91, Chapman
52: Tommy Rutherford
scored a career-high 19
points on nine-of-12 shooting
and Jonathan Galloway and
Brad Green added doubledoubles as the Anteaters
dominated the Division III
Panthers. Irvine gets a
stiffer challenge in its next
two games: at Kansas State
and Arizona State.
at Long Beach State 95, San
Francisco State 70: Bryan
Alberts scored 18 points,
making six of 12 three-pointers, and the 49ers (2-0) got a
strong effort from their
bench. Long Beach State
also won the rebound battle
by a 51-32 margin.
UC Santa Barbara at
Pittsburgh ..................... 4 p.m.
UC Riverside at
Loyola Marymount .... 7 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton at
St. Mary’s ....................... 7 p.m.
Chancellor: ‘We take seriously any violations of the law’
[UCLA, from D1]
not been determined.
It was not clear whether
the resolution of the case in
China came as a result of insufficient evidence or a negotiated deal involving President Trump, who intervened
on the players’ behalf last
week with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One on
Tuesday, implied that there
had been some type of misconduct involving the players.
“What they did was unfortunate,” Trump said. “You
know, you’re talking about
very long prison sentences. ...
They do not play games” in
Trump credited Xi with assisting in the matter, saying
the Chinese leader “has been
terrific on that subject. But
that was not a good subject.
That was not something that
should have happened.”
UCLA prevailed in the
Pac-12 China Game without
the three freshmen, beating
Georgia Tech 63-60 in a somewhat disjointed performance
during both teams’ season
opener. The Bruins used only
eight players while struggling
to put away an opponent who
was also shorthanded because of its own disciplinary
concerns involving two suspended players who received
improper benefits.
Ball, Riley and Hill were all
expected to be an important
part of UCLA’s improved
When: 8.
Where: Pauley Pavilion
On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 570.
Update: Central Arkansas (1-1) split its first two games,
getting thumped by No. 24 Baylor 107-66 before winning its
home opener against the University of the Ozarks 99-51.
Point guard Jordan Howard leads the Bears, averaging 23.0
points per game. Guard Mathieu Kamba (11.0) is the only
other player on the roster who is averaging double figures in
— Ben Bolch
Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times
THE UCLA PLAYERS couldn’t avoid all the cameramen and reporters upon
returning to Los Angeles, and they were bombarded with questions.
depth this season. Ball and
Riley came off the bench during the exhibition victory over
Cal State Los Angeles on
Nov. 1 and Hill did not play because of knee soreness.
The No. 21 Bruins will play
their home opener Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion
against Central Arkansas.
Ball, Riley and Hill are scheduled to deliver statements to
the media several hours before the game on campus
without taking questions.
UCLA coach Steve Alford and
athletic director Dan Guerrero are also expected to
speak with reporters.
Although they escaped
punishment in China, the
players could be disciplined
by their school. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a
statement expressing relief
over the players’ return but
acknowledging that the
school was assessing the matter to determine any punishment.
“I want to be clear that we
take seriously any violations
of the law,” Block said in his
statement to the UCLA community. “We remain one of the
world’s top academic institutions in large part because of
our values and standards,
which we work hard to infuse
throughout our campus community.
“When members of the
UCLA family fail to uphold
these values, we review these
incidents with fair and thorough processes. In this particular case, both Athletics
and the Office of Student Con-
duct will review this incident
and guide any action with respect to the involved students. Such proceedings are
confidential, which limits the
specific information that can
be shared.”
The freshmen had spent
most of the previous week inside a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou after being questioned
by authorities over allegedly
shoplifting from a nearby upscale mall.
Dressed in black athletic
pants and light jackets with
blue UCLA backpacks slung
over their shoulders, the players exited through the departures level of the Tom Bradley
terminal upon their return
Tuesday. They eluded about
15 reporters and cameramen
perched above the ramp
where international passengers typically enter the arrivals area on the lower level.
But the players could not
escape another 15 or so journalists and paparazzi who
thrust microphones into their
faces and made references to
LaVar Ball, LiAngelo’s father,
as well as Lonzo Ball, the Lakers rookie who is LiAngelo’s
older brother. Riley held his
right arm over his eyes to
shield them from the glare of
Accompanied by Chris
Carlson, the UCLA associate
athletic director who oversees
basketball, and Doug Erickson, the team’s director of
basketball administration,
the players remained silent
amid repeated inquiries from
the paparazzi who walked
alongside them on their way
out of the terminal and into an
uncertain future.
Staff writers Brian Bennett
and Jessica Meyers
contributed to this report.
W E D N E S D A Y , N O V E M B E R 1 5 , 2 0 1 7 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R
to shut
Cinefamily will close
in the wake of sexual
harassment scandal
and investigation.
By Mark Olsen
Genaro Molina Los Angeles Times
“I WANT to make everyone who sees it have the potential to love it the way I love it,” Stephen Chbosky says of his YA film “Wonder.”
‘Wonder’ struck
Stephen Chbosky wants his YA film’s antibullying message to resonate
BY TRE’VELL ANDERSON >>> Stephen Chbosky’s name is already synonymous with young adult literature. But since the publication of his celebrated coming-of-age novel, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” in 1999,
Chbosky has earned yet another reason for recognition.
Having written and directed the “Perks” adaptation, as well as adapting
“Rent” and this year’s live action mega-hit “Beauty and the Beast,” he’s
seemingly mastered the task of interpreting material conceived for younger
audiences without alienating older moviegoers.
“I want to make everyone who sees it have the potential to love it the way I
love it,” he said.
His latest foray into that territory is the family drama “Wonder,” which he
co-wrote and directed. Lionsgate releases the film nationwide Friday, with
an eye toward drawing audiences of all ages over the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Wonder,” based on the book of the same name by R.J. Palacio, follows August “Auggie” Pullman, a young boy born with a facial deformity; “Room”
star Jacob Tremblay plays Auggie. After home[See Chbosky, E11]
THE FILM , based on the book “Wonder” by R.J.
Palacio, stars Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts.
This year should have
been a celebratory one for
the Cinefamily, marking the
10th anniversary of an organization founded in 2007
that had grown to become
one of the best known spaces
for repertory and independent film exhibition in the
Instead, in the wake of a
scandal, the board of directors of the Cinefamily has
decided to permanently
shut down the organization
and dissolve the board.
“The damage caused to
the organization by the conduct of some and the crippling debt now facing The
Cinefamily are, in the
Board’s view, irreparable,”
read a newly released statement from the board, citing
an “exhaustive analysis of
the organization’s current
operational, reputational
and financial status.”
“There was no reasonable way forward,” said Rory
Miller, an attorney at the
firm of Glaser Weil who has
been consulting with the
board and represented the
organization before the recent controversy.
As previously reported in
The Times, in late August
anonymous emails accusing
members of Cinefamily leadership of sexual harassment,
a toxic working environment
and, most seriously, rape,
circulated online. Executive
director and co-founder Hadrian Belove and board
member Shadie Elnashai resigned on Aug. 22.
The loose, freewheeling
atmosphere that made
Cinefamily feel special for
audiences had, according to
many, also led to friction and
an increasingly fraught environment for the mix of volunteers and paid staff. After
the anonymous emails circulated,
emerged of a difficult workplace in which alleged harassment and mistreatment
of staff, particularly female
employees and volunteers,
went unchecked due to the
organization’s overall lack of
structure and accountability.
As former employees and
volunteers began airing
their grievances online and
in the media, the organization suspended operations
on Aug. 26.
The Cinefamily board re[See Cinefamily, E8]
Raising a wall to lift border views
Marcos Ramirez fits
the Oceanside
Museum of Art into
immigration narrative.
Jenny Graham
His crowning
Jim Abele, left, with
Mark Capri, is strong
in “King Charles III,”
now in Pasadena. E6
LACMA raises
admission price
The museum will
charge L.A. County
adults $20 and
out-of-towners $25. E3
Horoscope .............. E12
TV grid .................... E14
By Carolina A.
On a rugged patch of the
U.S.-Mexico border near
San Diego, news crews from
all over the world have documented the rise of eight border wall prototypes that
have materialized, like looming works of land art.
Another wall, roughly 60
miles north, has received far
less media scrutiny. It is
crafted from 61 panels of corrugated metal bound together by steel beams. And
in its crude, rusty aspect, it
evokes the metal border
fence that began to materialize along the international
border near San Diego in the
1990s in an effort to curb illegal immigration.
Except this wall is a work
of art. It’s currently obscuring the facade of the Oceanside Museum of Art.
Titled “Of Fence,” the
work is an installation by
artist Marcos Ramirez,
known as “ERRE,” and is
part of the group show
takes the dynamism of the
U.S.-Mexico border as inspiration for works that explore
issues of cultural, economic
and political exchange.
On a sunny afternoon
late last week, Ramirez, in
work clothes and a tool belt,
wielded various power tools
as he erected “Of Fence.”
The artist, who was born
[See ‘Of Fence,’ E10]
Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times
“ERRE,” a.k.a. Marcos Ramirez, uses the Oceanside Museum of Art as his canvas.
Highlights of the week
ahead in arts, music and
“Chasing Mem’ries: A
Different Kind of Musical”
Geffen Playhouse, L.A.
Through Dec. 17
“Between Riverside
and Crazy”
L.A. Theatre Works
8 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 3 and 8 p.m.
Sat., 4 p.m. Sun.
“Bernstein on Stage”
New West Symphony
Valley Performing Arts
Center, Northridge
8 p.m. Friday
“Refuse the Hour:
William Kentridge”
Center for the Art of Performance
at UCLA Royce Hall
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
“Noon to Midnight”
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Noon Saturday
prices to rise
By Deborah Vankin
The cost of general admission to the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art is going up. Or down. Depending
on how you look at it.
The museum has, over
the last seven years, charged
$15 for adult general admission and $25 for special exhibition admission (which
includes entrance to the rest
of the museum). Starting
Thursday, LACMA will
charge Los Angeles County
adult residents $20 for general admission and will include special exhibitions in
that price. The fee will be $25
for visitors who live outside
of L.A. County.
“I’ve never liked the extra
price for special exhibitions.
We put some of the biggest
efforts into the ticketed exhibitions, and ironically,
they’re the ones that are the
most inaccessible, price
wise,” LACMA Director
Michael Govan said in an interview, citing the current
special exhibition “Chagall:
Fantasies for the Stage.”
“Attendance will shoot up
for ‘Chagall’ as soon as we
change it because a lot of
people just don’t pay the extra for the special shows.”
The new pricing structure, Govan said, “makes it
much more accessible and
simplifies the explanation of
what’s on view. And the way
we’re going to compensate
for that is charge a higher
[general admission] price
for tourists. The idea is to
give more benefit to the taxpayers and charge a little bit
more for tourists — and it
should all even out.”
About 20% of LACMA’s
audience is tourists, Govan
said. A different pricing
structure for out-of-towners
is not uncommon. At the Art
Institute of Chicago, general
admission is $20 for Chicago
residents, $22 for Illinois
residents and $25 for everyone else.
The new general admission prices at LACMA are in
line with other major muse-
ums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
York ($25) and the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art ($25) but higher
than some other L.A. institutions. The Hammer Museum, which had charged $10,
instituted free admission in
2014. The Museum of Contemporary Art charges $15
general admission. Admission to the Getty is free
(though parking is $15 for
most visitors).
Like many museums,
LACMA will continue a
tiered system: In-county
seniors and students will
pay $16 (an increase from
$10), for instance. The museum said it has programs allowing free entry, such as its
NexGen program, where
children under 17 attend for
free with a guardian, and
Free After Three, in which
L.A. County residents get
free general admission after
3 p.m. on weeknights.
“Last year we had 1.5 million visitors to LACMA, and
750,000 of those people
didn’t pay admission,” said
Govan, who included in that
tally visitors who paid for
museum membership.
LACMA will continue to
charge an additional fee for
exhibitions that the museum is calling Timed-Entry
Experiences. Past examples
include James Turrell’s Perceptual Cell “Light Reignfall” or the interactive “Rain
Room” exhibition. TimedEntry Experiences often
have limited capacity and
are priced differently. Adult
nonmember admission to
“Rain Room” was $30; for
“Light Reignfall” it was $35.
Ticket revenue constitutes a small portion of
LACMA’s budget.
“Most years it’s about
10%,” Govan said. “In the
past it has ranged, depending on what the special exhibitions were. But the average contribution these days
to the operating budget is
about 10%.”
Center Theatre Group
will announce Wednesday
the addition of three productions to its 2018-19 season, including the 9/11 musical
“Come From Away.”
Irene Sankoff and David
Hein’s show, which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse
before going on to become a
hit on Broadway, joins the
previously announced “Dear
Evan Hansen,” the six-time
Tony Award winner.
The other two additions
to the lineup are Lincoln
Center Theatre’s revival of
William Finn and James
Lapine’s “Falsettos,” as well
as “The Play That Goes
A stinking
Rotting bananas are central to Colombian artist’s
haunting statement on American corporate greed
By Sharon Mizota
Three shows join
CTG next season
By Jessica Gelt
John Kiffe
“MUSA PARADISIACA,” by Colombian artist José Alejandro Restrepo, is on display at LAXART.
Wrong,” which CTG artistic
director Michael Ritchie described as “a madcap murder mystery.”
The remaining two productions of the season will
be announced later.
“Come From Away,”
which was nominated for
seven Tony Awards, centers
on some of the 7,000 airline
passengers grounded in a
small Canadian town following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The revival of “Falsettos,”
which originally opened in
1981 at Playwrights’ Horizons, received five Tony
nominations, including best
musical revival.
Twitter: @jessicagelt
Matthew Murphy
“COME From Away” is joining CTG’s 2018-19 roster.
Walk into “Video Art in Latin
America” at LAXART and you’ll wonder: Why does it smell like rotten bananas in here?
The gallery’s contribution to the
constellation of exhibitions known as
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a
sprawling survey of video from the
1970s to the present. Deftly curated by
the Getty Research Institute’s Glenn
Shtromberg, it is designed to be experienced on multiple levels, one of
which is unexpectedly olfactory.
That sickly sweet aroma, edged
with the tang of decay, comes from
“Musa Paradisiaca,” a large installation by Colombian artist José Alejandro Restrepo. (The title is the Latin
name for a type of edible banana.)
Quietly dominating the central
gallery is a hanging garden of banana
tree stems, each one studded with
bunches of bananas. The fruit are in
various stages of decay, but most are
little more than shriveled black nubs.
In the large, darkened gallery, the
stems are a haunting presence, like
chunks of meat hung up to cure, or
more disturbing, hanging bodies.
This last association turns out to
be apt. Dangling from the bottom of
several stems are tiny cathode ray
tubes, one per stem. The screens are
turned downward, and the only way
to see what’s playing is by looking into
a small, round mirror positioned on
the floor. It takes a moment to find
the right viewing angle, which often
involves placing one’s face in awkward proximity to rotting fruit. The
reflected video image feels fugitive:
small, partial, grainy in black and
white. A small shift in position, and it
disappears from view. Still, it doesn’t
take long to recognize that it’s documentary footage of dead bodies.
The bodies are those of banana
plantation workers who went on
strike or protested exploitative labor
practices. One such strike in 1928 and
1929 resulted in killings by the Colombian military. The Colombian government ordered the attack, but it was
José Alejandro Restrepo
THE WORK, part of “Video Art in Latin America” at LAXART,
encapsulates the tangled histories of Los Angeles and Latin America.
‘Video Art in
Latin America’
Where: LAXART, 7000 Santa Monica
Blvd., Los Angeles
When: Through Dec. 16; closed
Sundays and Mondays
Info: (323) 871-4140,
José Alejandro Restrepo
protecting the interests of an American firm, the United Fruit Co., and by
agenda of the U.S.
Restrepo’s strung-up, decaying
bananas are a palpable, physical reminder of the death toll. They also
make a statement about the rotten,
greed-fueled agendas behind one of
our most popular fruit. The work is an
encapsulation of the tangled histories
of Los Angeles and Latin America,
histories that Pacific Standard Time:
LA/LA is designed to unearth.
THE PIECE includes video im-
ages reflected in floor mirrors.
W E D N E S DAY , N OV E M BER 15, 2017
Penn to
pen his
first novel
Sean Penn, the celebrated actor and activist,
will release his debut novel
next year, a “darkly humurous” tale titled “Bob
Honey Who Just Do Stuff.”
Atria Books, an imprint
of Simon & Schuster, will
publish “Bob Honey Who
Just Do Stuff ” in March. The
novel is based on an audiobook Penn released last year
Pappy Pariah.
According to a news release from Atria, the novel
“tells the picaresque story of
Bob Honey, a middle-aged,
divorced, disillusioned man
living in a nondescript
house on a nondescript
street in Woodview, California.”
“Bob Honey” will be the
first novel from Penn, who
won Academy Awards for
his roles in the films “Mystic
River” and “Milk.”
— Michael Schaub
C.K. film loses
global partners
The fallout continues for
Louis C.K. as several foreign
distributors have opted not
to move forward with the release of “I Love You, Daddy”
in the wake of C.K.’s sexual
“As much as we acknowledge Louis C.K.’s creative
and performing talent, releasing the film in the Middle
East and North Africa would
mean condoning this type of
behavior and forgetting the
damage it has caused and
still causes to the victims regardless of gender,” Front
Row Filmed Entertainment
Chakra said in a Tuesday
French distributor ARP
Selection has also dropped
the film, which means it no
longer has any international
— Libby Hill
Eve joins cast of
CBS’ ‘The Talk’
Grammy-winning rapper
and actress Eve is adding
talk show host to her résumé
by joining CBS’ daytime talk
show “The Talk.”
The performer made her
official debut Tuesday, after
previously appearing as
guest cohost last month.
The artist, whose real
name is Eve Jeffers Cooper,
is replacing Aisha Tyler, who
recently left “The Talk” to
concentrate on her directing
and acting career.
Eve joins Julie Chen, Sara
Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne
and Sheryl Underwood on
the CBS daytime show.
— Gerrick Kennedy
Comic’s ex-manager under fire
Top industry player
Dave Becky is met
with scrutiny amid
Louis C.K. scandal.
By Meredith Blake
Louis C.K.’s fall from
grace last week was swift.
And now the fallout is extending to his ex-manager,
Dave Becky.
Last Thursday, the New
York Times published a
report in which five women
accused the Emmy-winning
comedian of sexual misconduct. Within a day, C.K. was
dropped by his management company 3 Arts Entertainment, his publicist and
his booking agent. FX, the
network that carried his
critically acclaimed series
“Louie,” as well as a number
of other C.K.-produced comedies, cut ties with him, as
did HBO and Netflix. Film
distributor the Orchard
bailed on plans to release
C.K.’s “I Love You, Daddy,”
about a TV writer whose
teenage daughter is seduced
by an older, famous director.
It took Hollywood barely
a day to make a clean break
with arguably the most influential comedian of the
last decade, whose admitted
habit of masturbating in
front of female colleagues
had long been a subject of industry whispers.
But much as the allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein cast unwanted attention on showbiz allies such as Quentin
Tarantino and Matt Damon,
the news about C.K. raised
questions as to how powerful
industry players — most notably, C.K.’s former manager
Becky — may have enabled
the comedian’s behavior or
helped to keep it under
On Monday, Deadline
broke the news that Pamela
Adlon, who co-created her
FX television show “Better
Things” with C.K., was firing
Becky as her manager.
The move came after comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov told the
New York Times that after
C.K. took off his clothes and
masturbated in front of
them in an Aspen hotel room
in 2002, Becky allegedly told
the two women’s manager
that he “wanted them to
stop telling people about
their encounter.”
Becky, who denied to the
New York Times that he’d
made any threats, did not respond to a request for comment from the Los Angeles
Times. But on Monday, after
C.K. released a statement on
Goodman and Wolov were
telling the truth about their
encounter — and expressing
regret “that this has brought
negative attention to my
manager Dave Becky who
only tried to mediate a situation that I caused” — Becky
issued an apology.
“I profoundly regret and
am deeply sorry for not lis-
Beth Dubber FX
PAMELA ADLON , who co-created her FX television show “Better Things,” above, with disgraced comedian
Louis C.K., announced that she was dropping her manager Dave Becky, who had earlier cut ties with C.K.
tening to and not understanding what happened to
Dana and Julia,” Becky said
in his statement. “If I had, I
would have taken this event
as seriously as it deserved to
be, and I would have confronted Louis, which would
have been the right thing to
There were other ramifications for the two female
comedians after the 2002 incident. Goodman and Wolov
told the New York Times
that following their encounter with C.K., they
“took themselves out of the
running” for projects Becky
was involved in — which are
Though not that well-
known outside showbiz circles, Becky is one of the most
powerful figures in comedy,
with A-list clients including
Kevin Hart, Amy Poehler,
Issa Rae and Aziz Ansari.
Via 3 Arts Entertainment,
the management and production company that employs Becky, he is an executive producer on some of
TV’s most celebrated comedies — including “Baskets,”
“Master of None” and “Difficult People.”
He’s had a hand in a number of shows praised for their
portrayals of women, including
“Broad City,” “Insecure” and
Adlon’s “Better Things.”
Becky addressed his in-
fluence in his statement on
Monday: “In hindsight, I was
operating blindly from a
one-sided place of privilege…. I have come to realize
my status wielded an atmosphere where such news
[about C.K.’s misconduct
with women] did not reach
me, or worse yet, that it
seemed such news did not
matter to me. It does. It matters tremendously.”
A manager with an ability
for identifying and nurturing talent, Becky told Variety in 2012 that “the types of
clients that I have had the
most success with all seem
to have a few things in common: They are hard-working, dedicated good people,
inside and out.”
brought social media scrutiny to Becky and even some
of his clients. “Every comedian who works with Dave
Becky needs to fire his ass
right now. Full stop,” said
Women and Hollywood
founder Melissa Silverstein
on Twitter.
A few prominent figures
in the tight-knit comedy
world have spoken out about
C.K. in recent days, most notably Adlon, Tig Notaro and
Marc Maron, who discussed
his thoughts on the news
during his most recent
“WTF” podcast. “He’s my
friend … [but] there’s no way
to defend it. There’s no way
to apologize for him about
it.” Comedian John Mulaney
and “The Good Place” show
runner Michael Schur, both
3 Arts Entertainment clients, also spoke out on social
But many other noteworthy and typically outspoken stars have remained
silent, even as calls for them
to fire Becky have grown.
Ansari, whose “Master of
None” character once confronted a subway masturbator in an episode dealing
with the everyday sexual
harassment faced by women, has dodged questions
about C.K. in the past and
has said nothing on Twitter
since the news broke Thursday. His representative did
not respond to a request for
comment from The Times.
Nor did representatives for
Poehler or Rae.
In its Friday statement
severing ties with C.K.,
3 Arts Entertainment said it
was “committed to ensuring
a safe and secure environment for our staff, clients
and the community at
“We are doing a full internal review regarding this situation and are taking additional steps to strengthen
our processes and procedures while engaging with
our staff to address any concerns about harassment or
abuse of power. This behavior is totally unacceptable in
all circumstances and must
be confronted and addressed.”
Becky, for his part, says
he is assessing how to move
forward: “I am going to take
time to reflect on this, to educate myself daily, and to
strive towards a more enlightened path. I want to ensure that all voices around
me are heard, and that everyone is treated respectfully and empathetically.
More than anything, I want
to create an environment
that is a better, safer and
fairer place.”
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
Strong lead powers this royal winner
British leaders are in
conflict in Pasadena
Playhouse’s excellent
‘King Charles III.’
British playwright Mike
Bartlett’s “future history
play” that was nominated
for a Tony Award last year,
begins with the funeral procession for Britain’s longest
ruling monarch: Queen Elizabeth II (who, I hasten to
add, is still thriving today
with her corgis, pocketbooks
and unusual hats).
Death has thrown the
royal family into a tizzy. I
don’t have to tell you much
about this gang. Most of you
know egg-heady Charles
and unshowy Camilla, dependable William and glamorous Catherine (who goes
by Kate) and, of course, hotwater Harry better than I do.
But the play, written in a buttery blank verse, isn’t all that
interested in the gossip
that’s regularly splashed on
the cover of the Daily Mail.
The charade of politics is
the focus here. A governmental crisis arises when
scrupulous Charles refuses
to accept that his function as
king is purely ceremonial.
Out of fear of abridging democracy, he declines to sign
a bill that places restrictions
on the press.
The conflict is almost
mathematically worked out
by Bartlett. When I saw
“King Charles III” in New
York, I admired its ambition
and facility but left feeling
that the play (which won the
Olivier Award) was, as the
British say, too clever by
The fine-grained production that opened at Pasadena Playhouse on Sunday,
however, has elevated my
opinion. Michael Michetti’s
staging doesn’t try to oversell the drama. The iambic
pentameter isn’t delivered
with percussive éclat but
spoken with conversational
formality. These largerthan-life figures are inti-
Jenny Graham
JIM ABELE, left, is Charles, Mark Capri is a press secretary, Dylan Saunders is Harry and Laura Gardner is
Camilla in “King Charles III,” Mike Bartlett’s Tony-nominated “future history play” at Pasadena Playhouse.
Charles III’
Where: Pasadena
Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino
Ave., Pasadena
When: 8 p.m. WednesdaysFridays, 2 and 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m.
Sundays; ends Dec. 3
Tickets: $25-$96
Info: (626) 356-7529, www
Running time: 2 hours, 45
mately approached. They
actually seem not-too-distantly human.
“King Charles III” is a
talk play, but you can hear
the characters thinking. Jim
Abele, in one of the finest
performances I’ve seen this
year, reveals the inner workings of Charles’ noble mind.
The Prince of Wales’ conscience is visible in the way
his stare keeps narrowing
into a squint.
In one sense, the longstanding heir to the throne is
miscast as king. Charles, an
intellectual, might be better
suited as a curator of the
British Museum or a leader
of an architectural or environmental advocacy group.
His integrity is pretty much
disqualifying for the game of
modern politics: Like Lillian
Hellman, he cannot and will
not cut his conscience to fit
the year’s fashions.
Mr. Evans (a polished J.
Paul Boehmer), the British
prime minister, wants his bill
rubber-stamped. The media, in his view, have run
amok. “We cannot risk another murder case/Where
phones belonging to the
dead are hacked,” he explains to Charles, not understanding why a man whose
first wife was killed escaping
the paparazzi would have
any objections to hemming
in the tabloid vultures.
“You do not think a principle is here/At stake, that
something vital to our sense/
Of freedom, both as individuals/And country whole, is
being risked?” Charles inquires. He’s not impressed
when Evans responds citing
For Charles, the people
want their elected leaders
“standing up/And making
choices they themselves
cannot.” He decides to meet
with the head of the opposition (Carie Kawa, capably
taking on the role that is designated as male in the
script). This breach of tradition — Elizabeth never felt
the need to give equal time
to the prime minister’s opponents — raises alarm bells
and ushers Charles into a
fray he’s not ideally equipped to handle.
Meanwhile, Harry (Dylan
Saunders), his ginger good
looks marred by a perpetual
hangover, is desperate to escape the rituals of mourning
the family is supposed to observe. During a night on the
town, he meets Jess (Sarah
Hollis), a feisty art student
with skeletons in her closet.
Her dubiousness about him
makes this uncommon commoner even more irresistible. Before you know it,
Buckingham Palace has two
media firestorms to snuff
out: the standoff between
Charles and Parliament and
a more salacious scandal involving nude pictures of
Harry’s new girlfriend.
Kate (Meghan Andrews),
the canniest of the royal
crew, decides it’s time to
take matters into her own
hands. A master of image
management, she enlists
husband William (an appealing Adam Haas Hunter) to confront his father before his stubborn actions
undo the monarchy. William
is very much his father’s introverted son, but Kate is a
force to be reckoned with
mother, Diana, who haunts
the palace). As Charles’ authority
Camilla (Laura Gardner)
can only protest from the
The second half of the
play is not quite as gripping
as the first, as Kate’s rise necessitates Charles’ fall.
Some of this is endemic to a
plot that grows exceedingly
chatty. But it’s also an acting
issue: Abele’s Charles is
more compelling than Andrews’ Kate is commanding.
When he’s shunted to the
side, the play seems like a
country without a ruler.
To her credit, Andrews
doesn’t turn Kate’s wiliness
into outright villainy. The
contours of the character
are softy etched. Such modesty and restraint are humanizing, but at the cost of
some theatrical crackle.
Still, the production is a
resounding success. David
Meyer’s set creates a posh
ambience with wooden pillars and handsome carpeting. Elizabeth Harper’s
lighting and Peter Bayne’s
original music and sound
design manufacture the
necessary pomp and circumstance. Alex Jaeger’s
costumes elegantly sort out
the characters.
But it’s Abele’s performance in the title role that endows “King Charles III” with
tragic gravity. That there’s
no place for Charles’ dignified leadership is a loss that
touches us deeply on this
troubled side of the pond.
Through his resonant acting Abele reveals that integrity, in art as much as in politics, can exist only when
heart and mind respond as
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
shuts down
for good
[Cinefamily, from E1]
tained Giles Miller, a principal at the firm of Lynx Insights & Investigations, to
conduct an investigation
into the allegations. The investigation included establishing a hotline for complaints, full access to the
Cinefamily’s email server
and internal documents and
interviews with current and
former employees.
The board’s final statement comes at the conclusion of that investigation.
Though they found no evidence to support the allegation of rape, the inquiry did
uncover “breaches of acceptable behavior alleged to have
happened at Cinefamily offices and events; a climate
that discouraged employees
and volunteers from reporting distressing workplace incidents and/or made them
feel unheard if they did so;
and critical lapses in communication from the executive management to the
Due to the board’s limited financial resources, the
investigation could go only
so long; the board and Giles
Miller acknowledge there
may still be victims who have
not come forward.
“From the beginning and
throughout this, the board
was very clear that they
wanted to fully investigate
all these allegations of bad
acts,” Giles Miller said in a
recent interview with The
Times, “whether it be rape or
sexual assault, or whether it
be a toxic, dysfunctional environment at the theater.”
“I think it’s important
that the public know that a
good faith investigation was
entered into by the board
and was initiated by the
board and supported by the
board,” he added. “And it did
get to a place where there
were findings — not conclusive findings, but findings
that I think the board was
able to work with [to make
their decision].”
The 16-person board is
currently made up largely of
industry professionals including Amazon Studios
executive Ted Hope, filmmaker Phil Lord, screenwriter Michael Bacall, filmmaker Katharine O’Brien,
agents Bec Smith and Liesl
Copland, producer Albert
Berger and Cinespia’s Alia
Penner and John Wyatt.
The allegations against
Cinefamily emerged shortly
before the recent wave of accusations involving harassment and abuse among powerful figures in the entertainment industry. The ensuing
weighed into the board’s decision regarding the future of
the organization.
As attorney Rory Miller
said, “The investigation,
though incomplete, showed
how deep the problems were.
Even though the rape claim
wasn’t supported, it’s not
possible to know everything
that may have happened. No
one wanted to proceed with
that uncertainty. In light of
the conversation that was
happening in the industry,
no one was confident to
vouch that everything was
now fine.”
grown to be involved in
events at venues all around
the city, such as the Vista
Theatre in Los Feliz and the
Theatre at Ace Hotel in
downtown Los Angeles, but
its main exhibition space
and office remained at the
Silent Movie Theatre on
Fairfax Avenue.
The building is owned by
brothers Dan and Sammy
Harkham, who bought it in
2006 and co-founded the
Belove. (Dan Harkham was
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
THE SILENT MOVIE Theatre in L.A. was home to Cinefamily. The theater’s landlord plans to renovate it.
According to the statement released by the Cinefamily board, the Silent Movie Theatre “will be closed
and renovated by the landlord.” A source close to the
Harkham brothers said they
are committed to having the
space remain a venue for
repertory film exhibition
and are considering whether
to again start something on
their own or take on an outside partner.
The shutdown of a
screening venue within the
carefully calibrated ecology
of the Los Angeles exhibition
scene has already been felt
as some programs have
moved to other venues in the
“I’m sure the people who
were devotees are feeling the
loss of it, but it doesn’t mean
that a space like that won’t
exist again,” said Maggie
Mackay, board chair of the
Vidiots Foundation, the currently shuttered longtime
Los Angeles video store that
is itself actively looking to
move further into the programming and exhibition
The mobile screening series Acropolis Cinema had
previously held a number of
events at Cinefamily and in
the immediate wake of the
email scandal in August
moved an event from Cinefamily to the Downtown Independent. They have since
put on other screenings
there as well. The French
film series known as La Collectionneuse that screened
at the Cinefamily has also
moved east, relaunching at
the Zebulon venue.
Jordan Cronk, founder of
Acropolis Cinema, noted,
“I’d say cinephilia has firmly
shifted east in the wake of
As to the impact of Cinefamily’s demise on the
broader scene in Los Angeles, Gwen Deglise, programmer at the American
Cinematheque, said, “I feel
that the city is healthy,
because there are a lot of
places to go, there is a lot of
Even the statement from
the board shutting down
the Cinefamily attempts to
reach out to the community
that sprang up around the
venue, with an eye toward
the future.
After declaring the Cinefamily “a unique institution”
marked by a “film-loving vitality,” the statement concludes with, “We hope a new
organization will emerge
that reflects the positive
spirit of the film community
and finds a way to again celebrate the best of cinema in a
healthy environment.”
A transition team is being
established to finalize the
Cinefamily’s financial and legal affairs after the board
dissolves. Yet the immediate
aftermath of the end of Cinefamily will likely still be raw
and emotional.
As attorney Rory Miller
put it, “No one is happy, including the Board. They
joined Cinefamily and contributed their time, energy
and money because they
loved it just like everyone
else. They were hopeful they
could save it, but the issues
became too immense.”
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
a ‘scar’
[‘Of Fence,’ from E1]
and lives in Tijuana, has
watched the border harden
over his lifetime, evolving
from a barbed-wire fence to a
corrugated metal barricade
to layers of wall made from
metallic mesh and pillars.
“It’s a really ugly scar on
the landscape,” Ramirez says
of the border wall. “It doesn’t
allow wildlife to go through.”
In fact, it almost prevented his art from getting
through. The artist had
prepped the panels at his studio in Tijuana. Getting them
through customs at the border took three days (two
more than anticipated) and
it delayed the installation of
the work considerably.
“I don’t believe in borders,” he says. “Especially on
a land that used to belong to
that people. Like, ‘I’m going
to take half your house and
then I’ll build a wall so you
can’t even look at it.’ ” The
border wall, he notes, ignores
the dynamic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico —
especially in California, once
part of Mexico.
Alessandra Moctezuma, who
organized the exhibition,
knows the relationship intimately. Living in San Diego,
where she teaches at Mesa
College, Moctezuma is from
Mexico City and regularly
crosses the border to visit
family members in Tijuana.
“There is an interdependence of the two cultures,” she
says. “We rely on each other
— labor, culture, economics.
[Ramirez] wants people to
connect those dots.”
Ramirez’s wall evokes
other things too.
“This is a military community, really close to Camp
Pendleton,” he says of the
Oceanside Museum of Art
“OF FENCE” by Marcos Ramirez covers Oceanside Museum of Art’s exterior.
Where: Oceanside
Museum of Art, 704 Pier
View Way, Oceanside
When: Through Jan. 28
Oceanside location. “I hope it
will make you inquire, ‘Is this
the border fence, or is this
one of the training fences
from Camp Pendleton?’
“It’s like, you don’t want
people to climb those walls,”
he adds, gesturing toward
the southern border. “But
you train your men to climb
these walls.”
The “unDocumenta” exhibition brings together the
work of six artists — three
men and three women, from
both sides of the border — to
explore issues of politics, labor and culture at the border.
The show is part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
exhibition series. Its title
nods as much to issues of immigration as it does to the
world of high art: a combination of “undocumented” and
“Documenta,” the every-fiveyears exhibition held in Kassel, Germany.
The show, which was
planned well before last
year’s presidential election,
couldn’t come at a more poignant political moment. The
border was a defining issue of
the presidential campaign.
And building a border wall
has been a defining issue of
the Trump administration.
In recent years, the border has become a hotly debated topic for commentators and artists. This fall, the
French street artist known
as JR created installations
along the border in Tecate
and Tijuana: the former an
image of a giant toddler
looming over the wall, the latter a cross-border picnic.
seeks to go deeper than a
one-off event.
“For these artists, the border has always been important,” Moctezuma says.
Moreover, the border has
ingrained itself in the psyche
of U.S. and Mexican communities in different ways.
“When you are in Mexico,
[the border wall] is integral,”
she says. “It is right there.
The city goes against it. You
can touch it. You can paint it.
And because it’s present, you
can act on it.
“But on the U.S. side, it’s
actually hard to get up close
to it, because of the militarization.”
The exhibition features a
piece by Mexican-born artist
Ana Teresa Fernández, who
in 2012 painted over a section
of the border wall on the
coast to make it appear invisible from the Tijuana side. By
covering the columns in blue
paint, the wall blended in
with sky and ocean — making
it seem as if there were a momentary gap.
“Ana Teresa, she literally
embraces [the wall] in her
work,” Moctezuma says.
“She has to rest her body
against it to paint. It becomes
part of who you are.”
Other works in the show
get at the exchanges that
happen between the U.S. and
Mexico — wall or no wall.
Dominic Paul Miller collaborated with a labor rights
group to create a piece with
maquiladora workers in Tijuana. Together they crafted
a series of abstract drawings
inspired by the patterns of
circuitry boards, which are
manufactured by Mexican
workers for American companies in Tijuana.
“It is,” says Moctezuma,
“about the dynamics between the two countries.”
Likewise, an installation
by Tijuana’s Omar Pimienta
looks at cultural issues that
bind the two countries.
One early sketch of the
Statue of Liberty by its creator,
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi,
featured Liberty standing on
a pyramid, an architectural
form favored by pre-Columbian cultures. Pimienta used
that drawing as inspiration
for a series of Liberty statues
that stand on pyramids.
“It’s this idea of the U.S.
being built on the indigenous
and the pre-Columbian,”
Moctezuma says. “If you had
built the statue according to
Bartholdi, that’s what it
would have looked like.”
Ramirez has spent much
of his career engaging issues
of the border. In the 1990s, he
placed a two-headed Trojan
Horse sculpture called “Toy
An-Horse” on the San
Ysidro-Tijuana border crossing — a nod to mutual exchange and invasion. Last
summer, for a project titled
“DeLIMITations,” he and
artist David Taylor mapped
and marked the boundary of
the 1821 U.S.-Mexico border,
when areas such as California, Arizona, Texas and even
pieces of Kansas were still
part of Mexican territory.
(That work was shown at the
Museum of Contemporary
Art San Diego.)
This spring, he teamed up
with artist Margarita Garcia
Asperas for an installation
and performance titled “Re/
flecting the Border.” For that
event, a dinner table was
placed on the Mexican side of
the border wall and a meal
was served. A mirror placed
up against the wall reflected
the impromptu dinner party
back on itself — giving it the
appearance of a cross-border
dinner party. (A work that
serves as important precursor to JR’s border picnic, held
six months later.)
Ramirez hopes his work
— both the installation on
the museum’s facade and the
two smaller border-themed
pieces he has in the show —
will get viewers to think
about the dynamics of exchange over separation.
“As they are demolishing
the one in Berlin, we are
putting this up here,” he says
of the border wall. “And that
barrier is not going to hold
anybody. The people in Central America and Mexico,
their resources are being taken. Where did that wealth go?
It came here. It went to Europe. So people come here to
get a share of that.”
Moctezuma says it can
seem hopelessly utopian to
think of dissolving the border
between the U.S. and Mexico
at a time when 30-foot border
wall prototypes are being
built near the international
“But think of Europe.
They got rid of their borders,”
she says. “You couldn’t have
imagined that 50 years ago.”
Meanwhile, Ramirez is
resolutely practical about
the possible uses of his work.
What will he do with all
those corrugated metal panels when the exhibition
comes down early next year?
He laughs: “I’ll take it
back home and make a roof
out of it.”
A compelling rise and fall
‘A Dying King’ is a
exploration of the
last shah of Iran.
By Gary Goldstein
The fascinating story of
how a single case of lymphatic cancer may have led
to the 444-day Iran hostage
crisis is skillfully recounted
in the documentary “A
Dying King: The Shah of
Writer-director Bobak
Kalhor, using a trove of
strong archival footage plus
commentary from doctors,
professors and former diplomats, traces the rise and
fall of the last shah of Iran,
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
He reigned from 1941 until
early 1979 when, due to severe political unrest, he abdicated the throne and was
exiled into a nomadic existence that took him and his
family to Egypt, Morocco,
the Bahamas, Mexico and
the United States.
The shah’s man-withouta-country status was the result not only of opposition
from Islamic insurgents to
his modernizing, pro-Western policies but the fact that
Reza had been secretly receiving treatment abroad
for lymphoma, which had
caused his ruling and decision-making abilities to suffer. This domestic instability paved the way for revolt
and the naming of theocrat
Ayatollah Khomeini as
Iran’s supreme leader.
The film then follows the
shah as, guided by conflicting physicians and restrictive political forces, he ricocheted from nation to nation undergoing a series of
medical missteps. These included a botched spleen re-
Aziz Rashki Associated Press
THE LAST shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, in Tehran in March 1954.
moval by noted surgeon
Michael DeBakey.
When the Iran hostage
crisis broke out in November
1979, student revolutionaries
used the ailing shah as a bargaining chip: If then-U.S.
President Carter helped
extradite the shah to Iran,
Iran would free the American hostages. That never
Instead, it led to a failed
military rescue by the U.S.,
sanctions against Iran, and
it contributed to the political
demise of Carter and the
fraught relationship that
continues today between
America and Iran.
As for the shah, he died in
July 1980 of a type of cancer,
the film posits, that might
have been remedied under
more normal conditions.
Kalhor’s concise if lowkey narration helps the story’s many facts and facets
unfold with clarity and context. Ultimately, though, it’s
the stranger-than-fiction
nature of this eye-opening
tale that makes the film so
vital and involving.
‘A Dying King:
The Shah
of Iran’
In English and Farsi with
English subtitles.
Not rated
Running time: 1 hour, 26
Playing: Laemmle
Music Hall, Beverly Hills;
starts Thursday at
Laemmle Town Center 5,
Writing for 2 sets of viewers
[Chbosky, from E1]
schooling him for a number of
years, his parents, played by
Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, enroll him in school,
where he must cope with being physically different from
his peers. The film also stars
Izabela Vidovic, Mandy
Patinkin and “Hamilton”
Tony winner Daveed Diggs.
When Chbosky was 12, he
wanted to be two things, a
baseball player and a writer.
Fast forward a decade or so
and after deciding he was
probably too short for Plan
A, he graduated from USC’s
screenwriting program and
soon after wrote, directed
and starred in his first film,
“The Four Corners of Nowhere.”
Though the movie was accepted
Chbosky wasn’t fortunate
enough to get a big deal from
the film festival, and “financial ruin” commenced. But all
hope was not lost: He landed
an agent, who got him a job as
a screenwriter.
Eventually, he revisited a
script he’d began writing in
“I wrote 70 pages just to
get to ‘I guess that’s one of the
perks of being a wallflower,’ ”
he said. Chbosky mulled on
that line for a number of years
before completing the novel,
which would go on to become
a New York Times bestseller.
“After a bad breakup and
a worse rebound, on a Saturday morning, heartbreak
fueled the art,” he said.
At the time, he “certainly
hoped to” direct the film
adaption one day — the book
even has images in it “planting seeds” for the big screen.
MTV wanted to launch a TV
show based on the book, and
Fox wanted to buy the movie
rights with Chbosky writing
the screenplay, but he said, “a
little voice told me to hold off,
get more experience and
learn how to do this.
“And I did.”
That puts Chbosky in rare
company, which includes
Ethan Hawke and Stephen
King, of authors who’ve also
written the screenplays and
directed the film adaptations
of their work.
Such particular experience reassured Palacio when
Chbosky signed on to revamp
Steve Conrad and Jack
Thorne’s original “Wonder”
script, not only as a fan of
“Perks” but also as a fellow
“When he and I sat down
for our first dinner meeting,
I realized we had the same
vision for the movie,” she
said. “He knew ‘Wonder’ so
well and was so reverential
and complimentary of it. He
wanted to keep the themes of
John Bramley Summit Entertainment
THE MOVIE adaptation of “The Perks of Being a
Wallflower” starred Logan Lerman, Emma Watson.
the book intact, and that’s
what appealed to me, his love
for the written work.”
At the core of the novel is
an antibullying message and
hope for people to be kind to
one another despite their differences. Chobsky wanted to
ensure that that sentiment
translated into the film and
the production.
“This material and being
around these kids made all
of us be better people and
better artists,” said Chbosky,
noting that he instituted a
particular rule while filming.
“I said that I would make it
through without once yelling
or raising my voice. If we were
going to make a movie about
kindness, we would be kind.”
The theme of kindness
also made its way into the
film’s marketing, with the social media hashtag #ChooseKind used for promotion.
Chbosky’s admiration for
the book is so intense that he
cites it as one of three “immortal classics in American
literature for this age group.”
The other two are “To Kill a
Mockingbird” and “The Outsiders.”
“In terms of the books
that I know and am so completely confident will be
taught in schools 75 years
from now, ‘Wonder’ is on that
list,” he said.
This sentiment informed
his adaptation, and because
he’s a genuine fan, he knew
what the book’s devoted
community of readers would
want to see in the film.
“If you do an adaptation
and you read the book, try to
write the adaption from what
you remember of the book,”
he said of his rule about do-
ing adaptations. “What you
remember is the core story.”
But writing “Wonder” was
a little “complicated,” he admits.
“Because ultimately, it
had to be simple enough for a
child to understand but not
so simple that the parents or
grandparents would be
bored,” he said. “That’s a fine
line to walk.”
Roberts, who first read
the book a couple years after
its 2012 release, believes
Chbosky accomplished that
very task.
“It is more than one could
wish for to have a director
also be an accomplished
screenplay writer and novelist,” she said. “It was the
perfect combination of talents to lead this book
so gently to the screen.”
With its sentimental story
line and easy access to its
characters’ emotions, “Wonder” will be seen by some
some viewers as a tear-jerker,
while others might label it
a crowd-pleaser. But driving
Chbosky in all that he creates is a goal of providing
comfort to people, the same
way films such as “Dead Poets Society” and “The Breakfast Club” had an effect on
“I want to make a certain
group of people’s favorite
movies,” he said. “And there’s
a difference between best
and favorite. Ideally, it’s
‘The Wizard of Oz’ or ‘Godfather’ and it’s both, but if I had
to pick, I’d pick a favorite
every time.”
Twitter: @TrevellAnderson
W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
By Frank Stewart
Cy the Cynic says that
sometimes trying to reason
with partners only makes
things worse.
At four hearts South
drew trumps and let the jack
of diamonds ride. East took
the king and led the jack of
spades, and West took two
spades. South ruffed the
third spade, but though he
threw one club on a high diamond in dummy, he still had
a club loser. Down one.
“Cold if the ace of spades
or king of diamonds is right,”
declarer shrugged.
The Cynic had been
growled. “Lead a diamond
toward your jack.”
“Some people you can’t
reason with,” Cy muttered.
If East has the king of diamonds, he must take it.
Then South loses two
spades but gets two club discards on dummy’s high diamonds. If West had the king
of diamonds, he couldn’t attack spades, and South
could discard a spade on the
diamonds, losing only three
Question: You hold: ♠ 7 3
2 ♥ K J 9 3 ♦ A Q 5 2 ♣ A 5.
Your partner opens one
heart. The next player passes. What do you say?
Answer: A raise to three
hearts is treated as invitational to game (or, in a few
partnerships, preemptive).
Since this hand is strong
enough to force, you need a
way to tell partner. Many
partnerships use a 2NT response as an artificial forc-
ing raise, also showing balanced pattern. Other partnerships use a different bid
such as 3NT.
North dealer
Both sides vulnerable
♠ J 10 9 6
♦ 10 7 6
♣ Q 10 8 4
♥ A Q 10 8 7 2
All Pass
Opening lead — ♥ 5
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Sister sleeps in her yard
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
Recently, something might
have happened between you
and another person that, in
one way, signaled that one of
you understood what the
other was going through.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): Your experience of the
world is unique and all
yours. So don’t be surprised
when they don’t seem to be
on the same page.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
Maybe the job is getting repetitive. Or maybe your life
is getting repetitive. But
something will break the cycle.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Things today will be the
same as yesterday, and yet
you’re a lot different.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Whatever led you to your
love, you’ll follow it again and
again. It’s not because you
think it will lead to your love;
it’s because you know it will
lead to your rapture.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Oh! The same old questions
will come again and again,
but you don’t have to give
the same tired answers.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
Your responsibilities will be
more fun than you anticipated they would be. Involve
people who share your sense
of humor.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
If someone picks up on the
details and tries to make a
case, that may be sound in
theory, but theory is not
practice. What’s real is
what’s going on.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): If you can resolve
the historical, you can resolve the present.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): What you wouldn’t give
for a clean slate. It’s the wish
of everyone: So just start
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Running into an ex is
only fun if you happen to be
looking even better than you
were. It’s why you give extra
effort to the mirror today.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): Someone is being super
mean to you. This goes way
back. It’s not about you, but
that doesn’t make it any easier not to take it personally.
Stand strong. The cosmic
forces are with you.
Today’s birthday (Nov.
15): You are strong on your
own, yet you’ll also have a
hero in your life this year. In
2018, you’ll make a trade that
improves your lot. Also, you
may be willing to give something up for love, but not
everything! A brush with
fame has a lesson in it. You’ll
be building a team in February. Pisces and Capricorn
adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 33, 39, 19, and 14.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment. Previous
forecasts are at
Dear Amy: I allowed my
sister, her dog and her friend
to stay at my house instead
of being homeless and sleeping on the street. The problem is, they are both alcoholics and will not try to get
help or try to get a job to pay
some kind of rent.
I asked them both to
make other living arrangements. They decided to
sleep outside my house on
the ground. This breaks my
heart and makes me angry
at the same time.
What can I do to solve this
issue without calling in the
Sad and Mad
in California
Dear Sad and Mad: Loved
ones of people in the throes
of addiction draft on hope,
but looking for a surefire solution to this will test the
strength of that hope. If your
sister was basically homeless when she landed with
you, I wonder how realistic it
was for you to expect some
sort of turnaround.
There is no real solution
here but only a process of
you deciding what you can
and will tolerate. When the
prospect of losing shelter
provides no incentive to
grasp at recovery, you know
that things are about as bad
as they can get.
If you want these people
off of your property, you will
have to ask them explicitly
to leave and give them a certain deadline. If they won’t
leave, then you will have to
call the police. There might
be a shelter nearby where
they could find beds (although the drinking and the
dog might preclude this).
One alternative might be
for you to get them a tent or a
secondhand camper, to at
least shield them from the
should look into any possible liability regarding having these campers living on
your property.
This is a very tough and
sad situation for all of you.
You are not in a position to
police their drinking, and
you don’t seem to have
enough leverage to force
your sister into recovery.
This does not mean that you
should be forced to watch
her heartbreaking downslide, however. How your sister chooses to live is up to
her. You gave her an opportunity, and now she will have
to scramble to find another.
I hope you will get yourself to a “friends and family”
support group, such as AlAnon ( Being
around others who are walking this path will help.
Dear Amy: I just moved in
with my boyfriend, and I’m
kind of starting to feel like
maybe it was a bad idea. He
is always at work, and I only
get to see him for a couple of
hours when he gets off work;
but then he’s exhausted.
Now he’s trying to get a
second job, and I’ll never see
him. I feel like he doesn’t care
if he sees me or not. I feel like
I’m not important to him
and that he couldn’t care
less if he sees me. I’ve tried to
tell him this, but his answer
is, “I gotta make money, bills
need to be paid!” What
should I do?
Lonely Girlfriend
Dear Lonely Girlfriend: I
have the perfect solution to
both your loneliness and the
financial needs in your
household: Get a job.
whether you work, but it
sounds as if this relationship
is more or less your full-time
occupation. If you stepped
up more, your partner might
be able to pull back more.
Ultimately, living together might not be the answer for you. If it feels like a
bad idea, then maybe it is.
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W E D N E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 15, 2017
The Blacklist Tom (Ryan
Eggold) is missing and Liz
(Megan Boone) retraces
his last steps before he
disappeared to try to find
him in the crime drama’s
fall finale. 8 p.m. NBC
Riverdale Archie and Jughead (KJ Apa, Cole
Sprouse) try to stop a
dangerous alliance from
forming. 8 p.m. KTLA
Speechless Holland Taylor
(“Two and a Half Men”)
guest stars in this new episode as Maya’s (Minnie
Driver) mother, who visits
for Thanksgiving. 8:30
p.m. ABC
SEAL Team A CIA agent is
taken captive by terrorists, and Jason (David
Boreanaz) is sent on a rescue mission. Max Thieriot
also stars and C. Thomas
Howell reprises his guest
role. 9 p.m. CBS
Modern Family Jay (Ed
O’Neill) heaps praise on
members in a Thanksgiving toast, but some feel
guilty, knowing stories of
their triumphs are exaggerated. Ty Burrell, Julie
Bowen, Sofia Vergara,
Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson also
star. 9 p.m. ABC
Star A tragedy casts a long
shadow over the music label, making the presence
of a top recording star
(guest star Teyana Taylor) on one of the women’s
songs crucial. 9 p.m. Fox
Iron Chef Showdown San
Francisco’s Hiroo Nagahara takes on Los Angeles
chef David Schlosser. 9
p.m. Food Network
Queen Sugar The drama
wraps up its season in a
new 90-minute episode in
which Charley (DawnLyen Gardner) puts her
relationship with Remy
(Dondre T. Whitfield) in
jeopardy as she enacts her
plan to save her business.
9 p.m. OWN
South Park Jimmy and Timmy’s science project has
caught the attention of
some very important people and could have far-reaching implications that
may save the world and
might even win first prize
in this year’s science fair in
this new episode of the
animated comedy. 10 p.m.
Comedy Central
Bettina Strauss CW
ARCHIE (KJ Apa) tries
to keep the peace in a
new episode of the CW’s
“Riverdale” on KTLA.
You’re the Worst Gretchen
(Aya Cash) spends the
day with Boone (Colin
Ferguson) to distract herself from thinking about
her time with Jimmy
(Chris Geere) the previous night in the season finale. 10 and 10:30 p.m. FXX
The A Word Joe (Max
Vento) starts at a special
schoolin Manchester. Lee
Christie also star. 10 p.m.
Beyond a Year in Space A
continuation of the 2016
special “A Year in Space,”
this new special begins
with Commander Scott
Kelly’s return to Earth
and documents what was
learned about how space
travel affects the body. 9
p.m. KOCE
The Parent Trap (1998) 8:20
a.m. Showtime
King Arthur and the
Knights of the Round Table (2017) 9 a.m. TMC
Loving (2016) 11 a.m. HBO
Shrek 2 (2004) 4 and 10 p.m.
CBS This Morning Jordan
Peele; Rabbi Steve Leder.
(N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today Julia Roberts; Gal
Gadot (“Justice League”);
the Radio City Rockettes
perform.(N) 7 a.m. KNBC
Good Morning America
Vanna White; Charlie
Puth performs. (N) 7 a.m.
Good Day L.A. Skeet Ulrich;
a performance from “So
You Think You Can
Dance.” (N) 7 a.m. KTTV
Megyn Kelly Today Joely
Fisher; Dermot Mulroney;
Katherine Schwarzenegger. (N) 9 a.m. KNBC
Live With Kelly and Ryan
Gal Gadot; Gary Oldman
(“Darkest Hour”). (N) 9
a.m. KABC
The View Hari Kondabolu.
(N) 10 a.m. KABC
The Wendy Williams Show
Cyndi Lauper. (N) 11 a.m.
The Talk Saoirse Ronan.
(N) 1 p.m. KCBS
Dr. Oz Valerie Bertinelli. (N)
1 p.m. KTTV
The Doctors Parents of bullies may face jail time. (N)
2 p.m. KCBS
Steve Charlie Weber. (N) 2
p.m. KNBC
Harry Leslie Odom Jr. performs. (N) 2 p.m. KTTV
Rachael Ray (N) 2 p.m.
Dr. Phil A wife and mother
says she is madly in love
with a man she has never
met. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Kim Kardashian West;
Imagine Dragons performs. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC
The Real Kyle Anfernee. (N)
3 p.m. KTTV
Charlie Rose (N) 11 p.m.
KVCR; 12:30 a.m. KOCE
The Daily Show Elaine
McMillion Sheldon. (N) 11
p.m. Comedy Central
The Tonight Show Gary
Oldman; Gigi Hadid; Darryl Strawberry; Macklemore performs. (N) 11:34
p.m. KNBC
The Late Show: Stephen
Colbert Jordan Peele; Alia
Shawkat; Paul Mecurio.
(N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS
Jimmy Kimmel Live Colin
Farrell; Patton Oswalt;
Bishop Briggs performs.
(N) 11:35 p.m. KABC
Tavis Smiley Former press
secretary Alton Miller;
Carmen Ejogo. (N) midnight KOCE
The Late Late Show Kim
Kardashian West; Ludacris; Amy Shark performs. (N) 12:37 a.m.
Late Night Jeremy Irons;
Journalist Rich Eisen;
Jessica Ladd; Michel’Le
Baptiste performs. (N)
12:37 a.m. KNBC
Last Call Gilbert Gottfried;
Dressy Bessy; Janina Gavankar. (N) 1:38 a.m.
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