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A dramatic
setup for sex
Bocanegra quits and
Mendoza is stripped
of leadership as state
Capitol is rocked by
misconduct claims.
By Melanie Mason
and Jazmine Ulloa
Jacquelyn Martin Associated Press
MICK MULVANEY, named acting chief of the consumer bureau by President Trump: “I’m not here to shut
the place down because the law doesn’t allow me to do that. That being said, we’re going to run it differently.”
Power struggle at
consumer agency
is called ‘a mess.’
By Jim Puzzanghera
came bearing doughnuts.
The other brandishing a
Two officials with starkly
different views of the job
staked claims Monday to be
the acting director of the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a dramatic
showdown over the leadership of the independent
watchdog that spilled into a
federal courtroom.
“It’s a mess,” said Ed
Mierzwinski, consumer program director of the U.S.
Public Interest Research
Group. “It creates uncertainty about the future of the
President Trump’s designee, Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office
of Management and Budget,
arrived carrying a large bag
from Dunkin’ Donuts in
hopes of soothing over potential hard feelings given
his stated opposition to the
bureau’s aggressive regulatory approach.
But he first had to walk
past consumer advocates
stationed outside the bureau’s headquarters to protest his appointment.
Before the day was over,
he had settled into his new
[See Bureau, A12]
L.A. native’s royal
flush of excitement
Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince
Harry makes her the talk of the town
By Michael Livingston,
Makeda Easter, Sarah Parvini
and Jaclyn Cosgrove
By late afternoon Monday, the blackand-red “No Trespassing” sign hanging
on Doria Ragland’s front gate was probably feeling more like a plea than an order.
On Sunday, Ragland had been living
her life in Los Angeles as a social worker.
The following day, her View Park-Windsor Hills home was swarming with reporters. A security guard in a Chevrolet
truck sat outside, handing out a note
adorned with the royal family’s Kensington Palace letterhead.
The request? Privacy.
On Monday, Ragland became
mother to the now-fiancee of Britain’s
Prince Harry. After dating for the last 1½
years, the couple got engaged this
month in London.
Meghan Markle grew up in Los Angeles, and after news broke of the royal engagement, her mother’s home was one
of many places around L.A. with a connection to Markle that were getting unexpected attention.
As Ragland’s neighbor Valerie Goodloe, 66, put it: Markle’s mother was a
“regular person” — until Monday.
Markle and the prince are used to the
glare of the British tabloids. The Daily
Mail last year ran a story titled: “Harry’s
girl is (almost) straight outta Compton:
Gang-scarred home of her mother re[See Markle, A8]
SACRAMENTO — Sexual harassment allegations
continued to roil the California political landscape Monday, as one Democratic legislator announced his immediate resignation and another was stripped of key posts
by his colleagues.
The dramatic developments set the stage for the
first legislative examination
of the issue since it engulfed
the state Capitol six weeks
ago. The focus on sexual harassment — propelled by
against Hollywood producer
Harvey Weinstein and the
#MeToo social media movement — began with an open
letter from more than 140
women denouncing a “pervasive” culture of misconduct in state government.
The missive did not identify
Teaming up to
break cycle of
homeless arrests
County, nonprofits
reach inside jails to
keep mentally ill, drug
abusers off the streets.
By Doug Smith
Facundo Arrizabalaga EPA/Shutterstock
Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle after announcing their
engagement at Kensington Palace. Why she’s one of the most unconventional figures to join the British royal family. BACK STORY, A2
any legislators or others accused of misbehavior.
In the weeks since, women came forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior by both Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra and
state Sen. Tony Mendoza.
Bocanegra (D-Pacoima)
submitted his resignation
Monday morning, one week
after The Times reported
that six women had accused
the legislator of unwanted
physical advances or unwelcome communications. He
is the first lawmaker to step
down amid the current climate of heightened scrutiny
over sexual harassment.
“One resignation ... does
not solve the problem,” Assembly Speaker Anthony
said in a statement, vowing
to continue working to
“change the climate in the
hearing to review how the
chamber handles reports
and investigations into harassment and discrimination
claims will be the first by either legislative house on the
existing reporting processes, which some women in
state politics have called in[See Harassment, A7]
A door opened, and three
men walked out of captivity
into a sun-drenched waiting
area. It’s a scene repeated
hundreds of times a day at
Los Angeles County Men’s
Central Jail.
But instead of being
greeted by family members
and friends, these men were
met by Victor Key, a case
manager for Project 180, a
downtown agency that is on
the front line of a homeless
strategy called jail in-reach.
The three men had been
arrested for felonies. A psychiatrist had diagnosed
them with mental illnesses
that contributed to their
All agreed to take a step
that could end years of
homelessness and incar-
ceration. As a condition of
probation they would enter
an interim housing program
designed to lead to permanent housing.
It’s part of a new effort by
Los Angeles County aimed
at breaking the cycle of incarceration among the mentally ill and substance abusers. By providing a small percentage of homeless being
released from jail a path
other than back on the
streets, officials hope to reduce the chronic recidivism
that has long plagued this
portion of the homeless
In a region where homelessness is on the rise and solutions remain vexing, the
program is being closely
watched and has received
infusions of both public and
private money.
After a quick briefing,
Key led them across the
street to a van. Thirty minutes later, they walked into a
freshly painted gray and orange building on West Vernon Avenue, a recently
[See Homeless, A9]
And the Grammy comes from ...
Craftsmen, not factories, make each of the trophies by hand
By David Kelly
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, left, intro-
duces new football coach Chip Kelly on Monday.
The Bruins’ new leader
Chip Kelly worked the room of reporters and
UCLA boosters like an old Hollywood hand — for
a time. Then the coach known for his evasiveness
surfaced, writes Dylan Hernandez. SPORTS, D1
Windy early,
turning mild.
L.A. Basin: 75/55. B6
RIDGWAY, Colo. — Few
places feel more removed
from the glamorous world of
the entertainment industry
than this remote town high
in the San Juan Mountains.
It’s an almost magical
land of tumbling trout
streams, turquoise lakes
and craggy peaks.
It’s also the home of the
Grammy Awards.
In a small workshop here,
John Billings and his team of
three craftsmen cast, hammer, polish and assemble
each of the little gold gramophones. There are no robots,
no assembly lines. Just century-old hammers, files and
endless patience.
David Kelly For The Times
JOHN BILLINGS, a Santa Monica native, in his
Colorado office. Each trophy takes 15 hours to make.
Billings, 71, has been making the Grammys for 41 of
the awards’ 60 years, including the upcoming awards
show. His workshop will produce 350 for the show on Jan.
28, along with about 220 Latin Grammys. Each one takes
15 hours to make.
When finished, they’re
put into a trailer and driven
to Los Angeles. Once there,
Billings picks up a load of his
signature “grammium,” a
secret zinc alloy used to
make the awards that is
smelted in suburban Los
Angeles. Then it’s back to
southwest Colorado to start
all over again.
It might seem surprising
that the Recording Academy, which hands out the
[See Grammys, A8]
TU E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 2017
Britain’s princess-to-be
is most unconventional
But Harry’s American fiancee is not the first surprising royal choice
By Christina Boyle
LONDON — Meghan
Markle is many things: an
American, a divorcee, a television actress, the daughter
of an African American
mother and white father of
Dutch-Irish descent, a Catholic and a 36-year-old, which
makes her three years older
than her fiance, Prince
All of those identities will
make her one of the most unconventional figures to join
the British royal family.
Their engagement, which
was announced Monday, has
received the blessing of both
Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and
his father, Prince Charles.
But until recently the marriage would have been out of
the question.
“She is a very different
type of royal bride,” said
Robert Jobson, author of
“The Future Royal Family.”
“She is glamorous and has
an understanding of Hollywood and the media world.
What’s more she is American
— a real-life American princess.”
So unusual is Prince Harry’s choice of bride that the
engagement had barely
been announced before conspiracy theories began to
surface. Some have speculated that the betrothal is a
way to distract the country
from arduous negotiations
around Britain’s withdrawal
from the European Union or
an attempt to improve Britain’s standing with its former colonies.
Richard Fitzwilliams said
there is likely to be intense
public interest in the wedding, and he believes
Markle’s ethnicity could also
help generate warmth for
the royals when they visit
Commonwealth countries
as part of their royal duties.
“As Markle is biracial,
more people will identify
with her,” he said. “People of
the Commonwealth will see
it as an extra bond. It’s an
international marriage. The
royal brand will be amazing.”
Here is a look at other
royal marriages that have
also garnered huge attention, and some notoriety.
Prince William
and Kate Middleton
Prince Harry’s older
brother, Prince William,
married his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton in
2011. His marriage to Middleton, a commoner like
Markle, broke with the
tradition of generations of
royals who felt obliged to
marry someone with royal
lineage or a member of the
British aristocracy.
Facundo Arrizabalaga EPA/Shutterstock
MEGHAN MARKLE is a biracial American divorcee who works as a TV actress.
She is also a Catholic and a 36-year-old — three years older than Prince Harry.
The pair met while while
studying at the University of
St. Andrews in Scotland,
and dated on and off for
several years. News of their
engagement was made
public in a similar way to
that of Prince Harry and
Markle: an official announcement from the palace, a press photo call and a
sit-down BBC interview.
Their wedding took place
in Westminster Abbey and 1
million people lined the
route to wish them well
along with tens of millions
watching the ceremony on
televisions around the
world. They were bestowed
the formal title of duke and
duchess of Cambridge and
now have two children —
Prince George and Princess
Charlotte — and a third due
in April.
William’s marriage instantly made his younger
brother the most eligible
bachelor in Britain, and
speculation has been rife
since about whom the second-born prince might
Queen Elizabeth II
and Prince Philip
Last week, the British
monarch and her husband
celebrated 70 years of marriage.
The queen remembers
meeting her future husband
in 1939, when she was 13 and
he was an 18-year-old cadet
at the Royal Naval College.
It was love at first sight for
her, even though the two are
distant relations.
They were married in
Westminster Abbey in 1947
and had four children:
Charles, Anne, Andrew and
Despite their love for
each other, there were some
who doubted how suitable
Philip was to be husband to
the then-princess. He had
no money of his own, and his
sisters had married Germans with Nazi ties.
Yet their marriage has
remained steadfast over the
years and the queen, 91, is
rarely seen at public events
without Prince Philip, 96, by
her side.
Prince Charles
and Diana Spencer
The wedding of Charles
and Diana took place at St.
Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 and
was billed as the “wedding
of the century.”
It was marked by a national holiday and wellwishers lined the streets
cheering the couple and
waving British flags. Diana
was seen as a fairy-tale
British princess, the likes of
which the country had never
She became wildly popular as a fashion icon and for
the compassion she showed
to ordinary people. During a
1987 visit to a hospital she
famously shook the hand of
an AIDS patient without
wearing gloves, helping to
break the stigma around
transmission of the disease.
She gave birth to two
sons, William and Harry.
But her marriage to Prince
Charles was deeply flawed
and cracks soon appeared.
News of his infidelity with
Camilla Parker-Bowles hit
the headlines alongside
images of Diana looking
lonely and forlorn. Her
battles with depression and
bulimia were well documented and the couple’s
marriage breakdown became the subject of relentless media reports. Diana
gave a candid TV interview
where she blamed ParkerBowles for the failure of her
marriage. “There were three
of us in this marriage, so it
was a bit crowded.”
Charles and Diana di-
vorced in 1996, and the following year she was killed in
a car crash in Paris along
with her boyfriend Dodi
Fayed. Charles and ParkerBowles married in 2005.
Prince Harry said in a
BBC interview Monday that
he thought his mother and
fiancee would have been fast
“Harry’s mission in life is
to make his mother proud,”
Fitzwilliams said. “I believe
he believes Meghan will
carry the torch.”
Edward VIII
and Wallis Simpson
Perhaps the most notorious scandal to befall the
royal family was the abdication of Edward VIII months
into his reign in 1936.
He stunned the nation by
announcing he was vacating
the throne so he could
marry an American socialite, Wallis Simpson, who was
twice divorced.
Being the British monarch meant Edward was
also the nominal head of the
Church of England, which at
the time did not allow divorcees to remarry in
church. As a result, the
establishment decided he
could not marry Simpson,
who was widely suspected of
having ulterior motives —
money and power — for
wanting to be with him.
His abdication meant
that Edward’s younger
brother became King
George VI.
The move changed the
line of succession in the
royal family and ultimately
led to King George’s daughter, Elizabeth, becoming
queen. Edward and Wallis
married in a small ceremony
and remained together until
his death in 1972.
Boyle is a special
Olivier Douliery Abaca Press
First Lady Melania Trump watches as dancers perform a piece from the “Nutcracker” on Monday amid
holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House. The first lady has opted for mostly traditional
decor for her family’s first Christmas in the executive mansion. New this year are wreaths hanging from
the exterior of every window and a tree decorated with the Trump family’s official Christmas ornament —
a gold bauble featuring the presidential coat of arms. The first lady’s office previewed the decorations after
more than 150 volunteers from 29 states spent the long holiday weekend decking the White House halls.
South Korea’s earful for the North
Loudspeakers blare
updates, aimed at
troops across border,
about the soldier who
arrived in ill health.
By Matt Stiles
SEOUL — South Korea’s
high-decibel loudspeakers
on the border with longtime
foe North Korea have at
times blasted messages intended to inform, agitate or
taunt people on the other
The nation’s latest blaring border announcement
says that one of communist
North Korea’s soldiers defected two weeks ago in a
daring afternoon escape at
the most sensitive and
closely monitored section of
the 150-mile border separating the two countries.
The messages proclaim
that the soldier — who was
shot at least four times as he
dashed over a military demarcation line and has been
treated at a hospital near
Seoul — is expected to recover from his injuries, according to South Korean
military officials. The sound
clips also say the soldier suffered from life-threatening
Officials said that while
treating the soldier’s gunshot wounds, doctors discovered that the man, 24,
suffered from tuberculosis,
hepatitis B and parasitic
worms. After days in intensive care, the soldier —
whose family name is Oh —
was to be moved to a general
recovery room.
Word of Oh’s ill health
could be an especially de-
Lim Tae-hoon Newsis
SOUTH KOREAN troops remove camouflage from the loudspeakers near the border with North Korea in
January 2016. The loudspeakers, used to inform or taunt the North, have been turned on and off over the years.
North Korea’s front-line
troops and others within
earshot of the speakers. In
the recent past, the democratic nation’s speakers
have mostly broadcast lighter content, such as South
Korean pop music.
“It’s a relatively savvy
move by whoever is pro-
gramming the loudspeaker
content, to incorporate
that,” said Nat Kretchun,
deputy director at the Open
Technology Fund, a U.S.
government-backed group
supporting free expression.
“Certainly, that is a message that forward-deployed
troops on the [demilitarized
zone] will know is true and
also one that will probably
hit home.”
Korea was divided when
Japan’s control over the
country ceased at the end of
World War II in 1945. The
messages via speakers began years after the 1953 armistice between the two nations that halted the threeyear Korean War.
Hurdles on eve of Syria peace talks
Participation by the
Assad government is
unclear after divisions
flared into the open.
By Laura King
It doesn’t usually bode
well for peace talks when the
attendance of one of the
principals is still up in the air
on the eve of the gathering.
An eighth round of
talks aimed at finding a political solution to Syria’s
grinding civil war was to convene Tuesday in Geneva, but
by late Monday, the world
body was still expressing
hopes that the Syrian government would send representatives, while acknowledging it had not obtained a
commitment from Damascus to take part.
“This is a moment of
truth for the Syria talks,”
said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric. “We obviously
think the participation of
the Syrian government is
The nearly 7-year-old
war, which has left hundreds
of thousands dead and seen
millions driven from their
homes, is at an impasse: Syrian rebel groups have been
unable to dislodge President
Bashar Assad, and even
their international allies are
acknowledging there is no
prospect of an opposition
military victory.
Despite having little leverage, negotiators from the
rebel factions are demanding that Assad step down. A
Syrian newspaper has suggested that the government
delegation would not come
to Geneva until that demand is dropped.
The tide of the war
turned in 2015, when Assad’s
powerful patron Russia intervened militarily in the
conflict. Since then, rebel
forces have lost their footholds in all major Syrian cities.
The United Nations has
sought to defer decisions on
Assad’s future in hopes of
bringing a halt to fighting
and taking the first steps
toward a political transition.
The U.N.’s special envoy for
Syria, Staffan de Mistura,
has called for U.N.-supervised elections under a blueprint backed by the Security
The bitter divisions be-
Abdulmonam Eassa AFP/Getty Images
SYRIANS navigate the rubble left by reported government bombardment in the
town of Arbin. The war has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions.
tween Damascus and much
of the international community flared into the open
Monday at a meeting in the
Netherlands of the Organization for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons, a global
monitor of the banned weaponry.
Syria’s deputy foreign
minister, Faisal Mekdad, repeated angry denials that
Assad’s government used a
nerve agent in April to attack Syrian villagers in
a rebel-held area, killing
dozens. Russia has used its
Security Council veto to
block an extension of a
joint investigation by the
U.N. and the monitoring organization.
Even as the U.N.-backed
Geneva talks appear to
founder, conditions grew
more desperate in Ghouta, a
rebel-held Damascus suburb
Activists reported more
than a dozen deaths in weekend airstrikes by government forces, and the U.N.
says shortages of food and
vital supplies have left about
350,000 people in critical
need in the enclave.
Moscow, meanwhile, is
hosting parallel talks in the
Kazakh capital, Astana,
meant primarily to carve out
“de-escalation zones” in Syria. But in a signal of its
broader ambitions as a
Mideast power broker, Russia, together with Iran and
Turkey, is calling for talks
in the Russian city of
Sochi aimed at reaching an
overall political settlement
in Syria.
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The two countries still
share a common alphabet
and a largely similar spoken
language, though Westerninfluenced words now permeate the South Korean vocabulary.
Information about the
loudspeaker locations and
their message contents aren’t generally discussed by
the South Korean government. But the messages can
be heard near Paju, a border
village north of Seoul open
to tourists — and across the
border from North Korean
artillery sites.
South Korea’s Yonhap
News Agency reported that
one message said, in part:
“We have learned about
the nutritive conditions of
the soldier who defected
through the JSA,” or Joint
Security Area. The broadcast also noted accounts of
other malnourished North
Korean soldiers.
South Korea’s defense
minister, Song Young-moo,
on Monday visited the defection site at the JSA, a United
Nations Command outpost
where soldiers from the
United States and South Korea are stationed within
yards of their North Korean
The location, sometimes
referred to as Panmunjom
for the nearby farming village, has been the site of
inter-Korean talks and visits
by tourists and dignitaries.
It’s also known for its blueroof huts and problems over
the years.
Whether the high-decibel
messages about Oh’s ordeal
will have any practical effect
on North Korea remains an
open question.
Other messages have
prompted angry responses
from the communist nation,
which heavily restricts access by its 25 million residents to outside information.
Some North Koreans do
have access to state media,
which often downplay troubling events and highlight
what the government considers successes — such as
its recent underground
nuclear detonations and
long-range ballistic missile
“provocations” by the international community, violate
United Nations resolutions
and have prompted widespread economic sanctions
aimed at North Korea,
which is led by Kim Jong Un,
the grandson of the country’s patriarch.
The tests in recent years
have also heightened tensions between the United
States, which has 28,500
troops in South Korea,
a key ally in the region, and
the North. Taunting and
disparaging statements between Kim and President
Trump in recent months
have threatened to bring the
two nations to the brink of
The loudspeakers have
been turned on and off
over the years after inter-Korean agreements, but after
an 11-year break, they came
back on in 2015 following a
land-mine incident that
maimed two South Korean
soldiers. After a few weeks,
South Korea agreed to
switch them off, but resumed the program again
after the September 2016 nuclear test.
As of Monday evening,
North Korea had yet to respond.
On other occasions, the
country’s leadership threatened to shell the speaker installations.
The speakers have not
been attacked, but the reactions have been rhetorically
vicious, said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the James Martin
Center for Nonproliferation
Studies in California who
studies North Korea’s weapons programs.
“It definitely gets a strong
reaction, which makes me
think it has an effect on morale,” Hanham said.
Stiles is a special
T U E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 2017
Pope holds talks with Myanmar general
Military leader is in
charge of security in
the area where ethnic
cleansing is occurring.
associated press
YANGON, Myanmar —
Pope Francis opened a diplomatically fraught trip to
Myanmar and Bangladesh
on Monday by immediately
diving into the crisis over
Myanmar’s crackdown on
Rohingya Muslims: He met
with the country’s military
chief, even before beginning
the official program of his
The Vatican didn’t provide details of the contents
of Francis’ 15-minute “courtesy visit” with Gen. Min
Aung Hlaing and three officials from the bureau of special operations.
It took place in the residence of the archbishop of
Yangon, Cardinal Charles
Maung Bo, who has resisted
condemnation of the military’s operations against Rohingya as
ethnic cleansing.
The general is in charge of
security in Rakhine state,
where the military’s “clearance operations” against the
Muslim minority have sent
more than 620,000 Rohingya
fleeing into neighboring
Bangladesh. Refugees there
have told of entire villages
being burned and women
and girls being raped.
Vatican spokesman Greg
Burke said only that “they
spoke of the great responsibility of the authorities of the
country in this moment of
The general’s office said
in a statement on Facebook
that he is willing to have
“interfaith peace, unity and
justice.” The general added
that there was no religious
or ethnic persecution or discrimination in Myanmar,
and that the government allowed different faith groups
to have freedom of worship.
Rohingya Muslims have
faced state-supported discrimination in the predominantly Buddhist country for
decades. Though members
of the ethnic minority first
arrived generations ago, Rohingya were stripped of their
citizenship in 1982, denying
them almost all rights and
rendering them stateless.
They cannot travel freely,
practice their religion, or
work as teachers or doctors,
and they have little access to
medical care, food or education.
Originally, the meeting
was planned for Wednesday,
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POPE FRANCIS waves to well-wishers in Yangon, Myanmar. The Vatican didn’t
provide details of the contents of his “courtesy visit” with Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.
after Francis was to have
met with the country’s civilian leader, Nobel Peace Prize
laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Vatican didn’t say why it
was moved up.
months have been subject to
what the United Nations
says is a campaign of “text-
book ethnic cleansing” by
the military in Rakhine. But
Myanmar’s Catholic Church
has publicly urged Francis
to avoid using the term “Rohingya,” which is shunned
by many locally because the
ethnic group is not a recognized minority in the country.
Francis has already
prayed for “our Rohingya
brothers and sisters,” and
much of the debate in the
run-up to the trip focused
on whether he would do so
again in expressing solidarity with the Rohingya’s
Any decision to avoid the
term could be viewed as a capitulation to Myanmar’s
military and a stain on his
reputation for standing up
for the most oppressed and
marginalized of society, no
matter how impolitic.
Burke didn’t say whether
the pontiff used the term in
his meeting with the general,
which ended with an exchange of gifts: Francis gave
him a medallion of the trip,
while the general gave the
pope a harp in the shape of a
boat, and an ornate rice
The trip was planned before the latest spasm of violence erupted in August,
when a group of Rohingya
militants attacked security
positions in Rakhine. Myanmar security forces responded with a scorched-earth
campaign that resulted in
Bangladesh, where they are
living in squalid refugee
On Tuesday, Francis begins the main protocol portion of his weeklong trip,
meeting with Suu Kyi and
other officials.
He is to deliver a speech
to her and other Myanmar
authorities and diplomats in
the capital, Naypyidaw, in
what will probably be the
speech of the trip.
Challenger leading in Honduras election
Despite returns, both
sides claim victory
in presidential race.
associated press
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The main challenger to Honduras’ president
held an unexpected lead
Monday in early election returns, but the release of updated results essentially
ground to a halt and both
sides claimed victory while
rallying supporters to the
The country’s electoral
court reported in the evening that opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla had
about 45.2% of the vote to
40.2% for conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez, with a hair under 58% of
the ballots counted.
Hernandez, an ally of the
Rodrigo Abd Associated Press
OPPOSITION candidate
Salvador Nasralla in
Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
U.S., had gone into the election predicted to win based
on his popularity for fighting
crime, but his party also
drew heavy criticism for getting a court to override the
Honduran Constitution’s
ban on consecutive presidential terms. Corruption
cases also tainted the ad-
Nasralla, a 64-year-old
sportscaster and one of the
country’s best-known television personalities, was making his second bid for the
presidency. Although he has
a reputation as a conservative, he ran as the candidate
of the Alliance Against Dictatorship, a coalition formed
with the leftist party of former President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a
military coup in 2009.
Turnout in Sunday’s vote
appeared to be heavy across
the country, with relatively
minor irregularities reported.
The electoral court’s
slowness in updating returns after announcing the
initial partial results left
many asking whether attempts were being made to
change the outcome.
Court president David
Matamoros announced that
all the votes should be tallied
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by midday Thursday. He
said the tribunal could not
give results until it had all of
the votes, but did not explain why partial results
were announced publicly
and then not updated.
Julio Navarro, a sociologist and political analyst in
Tegucigalpa, said the electoral court “keeps failing us.”
“Last night it promised
official results early and
didn’t give them to us until
dawn,” Navarro said.
Absent an official outcome, Nasralla led jubilant,
flag-waving supporters in
chants of “Yes, we did!”
“There is no way to reverse this result,” Nasralla
said. “I am the new president
of Honduras…. We defeated
the government’s fraud.”
Reynaldo Sanchez, president of the ruling National
Party, sent a recorded message to members saying it
was time “to prepare our
people to defend the triumph in the streets.” The
party’s verified Twitter account, meanwhile, trumpeted “4 more years” and a
“total victory” for Hernandez.
The president called for
his own backers to be patient and await a final result,
saying, “We are doing well.”
“May there be peace,
tranquility, and may there
be no problems,” said Luis
Lopez, a Honduran voter.
“May he who wins win, and
may he who loses acknowledge that he lost. That is
what we want.”
T U E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 28, 2017
Concerns mount over GOP tax plan
Trump urges senators
to support the bill as
they consider changes
to help more people.
By Lisa Mascaro
a renewed push from President Trump, GOP Senate
leaders on Monday scrambled to revise their tax reform plan to win over skeptics ahead of this week’s crucial vote.
Several Republican senators voiced new reservations
about the tax bill, a $1.5-trillion package that could become the most significant
achievement of Trump’s
first year in office but which
has low public support
among voters.
Some senators fear the
bill is too heavily tilted in favor of corporations and the
wealthy, and does not do
enough for small-business
owners or ordinary Americans.
An analysis Monday from
the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said
households with incomes of
$30,000 or less would end up
paying more or receive fewer
federal benefits under the
Republican proposal, confirming earlier assessments.
Also Monday, key Republican senators met with
Trump for lunch at the
White House. Afterward,
mounting concerns but acknowledged the difficulty
ahead since they can afford
to lose only two votes in the
Senate with their narrow 52seat majority.
“We always have to deal
with everybody, so it’s not
any one particular person,”
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (RUtah), chairman of the Finance Committee, told reporters at the White House.
“These are tough times;
Manuel Balce Ceneta Associated Press
GOP SENATORS, including Texas’ John Cornyn, left, and Utah’s Orrin Hatch, met with the president at the
White House to discuss the tax overhaul. Some senators say it favors the wealthy over ordinary Americans.
these are tough issues.
They’re hard to deal with,
and we intend to deal with
Trump will head to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet
with all Republican senators
about the tax plan.
Over the weekend he
called Sen. Steve Daines after the Montanan became
the second GOP senator to
oppose the tax overhaul,
putting it at risk of defeat.
Daines raised concerns similar to those of Sen. Ron
Johnson (R-Wis.) over the
bill’s treatment of smallbusiness owners, who they
argue do not benefit as
much from the bill as corporations.
“It was good to speak
with @realDonaldTrump
through these concerns,”
Daines tweeted Monday.
The Senate bill follows a
similar legislative structure
as the measure approved by
House Republicans in lowering corporate and some individual tax rates, but doing
away with many popular deductions.
Johnson and other senators have suggested one way
to improve the bill for socalled pass-through businesses would be to clamp
down on deductions for corporations and use those savings to provide more assistance to smaller firms.
“I told the president this
would be a great solution to
help out these Main Street
businesses in America,”
Daines said Monday. “He
liked the idea.”
Critics have pointed to
the ability of corporations to
continue to write off state
and local taxes. By contrast,
individuals or those filing as
pass-throughs would no
longer be able to do so under
the House and Senate bills.
Eliminating the state and
local tax deduction has been
a constant source of debate
in Congress because it
brings in more than $1 trillion in revenue over 10 years.
But eliminating the write-off
would hit residents in hightax states such as California,
who use it to lower their tax
GOP Sen. Susan Collins
of Maine prefers the House
approach, which retained
the local property tax deduction, capped at $10,000.
She is trying to reinstate
that in the Senate version of
the bill.
Collins also objected to a
provision that repeals the
Affordable Care Act mandate that all Americans
carry insurance, which the
Congressional Budget Office report estimated would
leave 13 million more Americans uninsured by 2027. She
wants that provision offset
by a separate bill that aims
to help stabilize Obamacare
insurance markets.
To make up for the lost
revenue, senators may con-
sider increasing the corporate tax rate, which under
the bills would be reduced
from 35% to 20%. Under the
Senate plan, corporate cuts
are permanent, but individual cuts expire in eight years.
“I am confident we’re
gong to get this done soon,
get it to the president’s
desk,” said Sen. Patrick J.
Toomey (R-Pa.) after the
White House meeting.
Pushing ahead on tax reform has become tangled by
other looming agenda items.
Congress must reach a
budget accord soon or risk a
government shutdown next
week, but the tax bill’s $1.5trillion price tag has raised
concerns among the Senate’s few remaining deficit
Lawmakers are also
mulling over the Obamacare
fix sought by Collins, a bipartisan deal that would
stave off rising premiums by
ensuring federal payments
to insurers that are used to
lower co-payments and deductibles for low-income
Other senators want a
year-end immigration deal
known as Dreamers, who
face deportation early next
year when Trump plans to
end a program that allows
them to stay temporarily in
the U.S. with work permits.
The tax package, though,
remains the GOP’s top priority as Republicans prepare to close out the year
with few other legislative accomplishments.
It got a boost Monday
when Sen. Rand Paul (RKy.) announced he would be
backing the package.
“This bill is not perfect,”
Paul wrote in an op-ed on “The next
few weeks in Washington will
be important. Will we keep
our word and cut taxes?”
Twitter: @LisaMascaro
Lawmakers to assess harassment rules
[Harassment, from A1]
against misconduct.
Less than an hour after
Bocanegra resigned, a Senate committee voted to suspend Mendoza (D-Artesia)
from leadership positions,
including a powerful committee chairmanship, pending the outcome of an external investigation into sexual
made by three women.
Senate President Pro
Tem Kevin de León (D-Los
Angeles) said that the suspension, along with plans to
hire an independent, outside law firm to investigate
complaints of sexual harassment, is necessary to increase the safety of employees and protect whistleblowers.
“Today, the Senate Rules
Committee showed that no
lawmaker is immune from
our zero-tolerance harassment policies,” De León said
in a statement after the vote.
“This is only one important
step — the next is a full, independent investigation led by
outside experts, with publicly reported findings.”
The Times reported last
month that Bocanegra was
disciplined eight years ago
as a legislative staffer after
another staff member alleged he groped her.
Bocanegra told The
Times in October that the
2009 incident was “something I regret and learned
from.” Three weeks later,
The Times reported that six
new women accused the
assemblyman of unwanted
sexual advances.
Hours before that story
published, Bocanegra announced his intention to resign at the end of the legislative session next year. The
protracted resignation was
greeted with skepticism,
even among Bocanegra’s
Rendon initiated a legislative investigation and said if
the accusations were found
credible, he would seek Bocanegra’s expulsion.
Lawmakers were circulating a letter demanding
Bocanegra’s immediate resignation.
accounts of your reckless and
Photographs by
Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press
ASSEMBLYMAN Raul Bocanegra sped up his resig-
nation, though he denied the allegations against him.
STATE Sen. Tony Mendoza was suspended from his
leadership posts pending the outcome of an inquiry.
SENATE leader Kevin de León says no lawmaker is
immune from “zero-tolerance” harassment policies.
predatory behavior towards
female legislative staff, campaign staff and advocates
have made you unfit to
serve.... Your offer to resign
more than ten months from
now is not acceptable,” read
the letter, obtained by The
Times. At least 35 Assembly
members from both parties
had agreed to sign it.
Bocanegra on Monday
said his original intention
was to resign immediately
but, in consultation with
“community leaders,” he de-
cided to remain in order to
avoid an expensive special
election for Los Angeles
After the holiday weekend, he accelerated those
resignation plans but struck
a defiant note about the accusations.
“Clearly, the principle of
guilty’ has been temporarily
lost in a hurricane of political opportunism among the
self-righteous in my case —
to the detriment of both the
accuser and the accused,”
Bocanegra said in a statement.
Bocanegra said in the
statement he is “not guilty”
of sexual assault or workplace harassment. A spokesman for the assemblyman
did not clarify when asked
whether he was refuting the
specific allegations reported
by The Times. A spokesperson for Rendon said the
investigation into those allegations will continue.
Meanwhile, the Senate
Rules Committee, which
oversees internal operations
of that chamber, held an
emergency meeting Monday. The five-member committee voted without comment to suspend Mendoza
as chairman of the Senate
Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and as a member of
the state Commission for
Economic Development and
the California Workforce Development Board.
Mendoza, who did not attend the meeting, has denied sexually harassing former employees and a young
woman assigned to his office
by the Senate Fellows program.
The burgeoning scandals
have increased the pressure
for legislators to overhaul
their procedures in dealing
with harassment. An Assembly subcommittee to address discrimination, retaliation and harassment prevention — originally intended
run-of-the-mill evaluation of
processes — has been tasked
with probing internal policies that have been revised
only six times since their
adoption in February 1993.
Staffers, lobbyists and
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Tuesday’s California Assembly hearing on how to
prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation
in the Capitol.
experts are scheduled to testify Tuesday on how the
chamber’s existing procedures were crafted and
how they are failing. The
hearing begins at 1:30 p.m.
Assemblywoman Laura
Friedman (D-Glendale), the
panel’s chair, said victims
believe the current system
leaves them with little recourse or confidentiality and
fearful of retaliation.
She said the state Assembly needs to establish more
warnings, revise its expulsion process and ensure a
new reporting procedure
protects victims while providing those accused with
ways to answer to the
“I think we need to make
it very clear what we expect
from high-ranking staff and
members and make it clear
when ethical lines are
crossed,” she said.
The subcommittee plans
to hold at least three special
hearings through the end of
Adama Iwu, head of government relations in the
Western states for Visa, is
among the lobbyists and
staffers demanding that the
Legislature stop investigating itself.
“Are they independent if I
hire them to investigate me
and report back to me what
they found on me?” asked
Iwu, who organized the We
Said Enough campaign to
bring attention to the issue
of sexual harassment in politics.
She and other members
of We Said Enough, some of
whom are slated to testify
Tuesday, are calling for a
confidential hotline, trauma
services for victims and
whistle-blower and anti-retaliation protections.
“Eliminating one or two
bad actors does not change
the environment,” the group
said in a statement on Twitter after Bocanegra’s resignation. “We need systemic
Twitter: @melmason
Times staff writer Patrick
McGreevy in Sacramento
contributed to this report.
TU E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 2017
Big prize comes from small town
[Grammys, from A1]
Grammys, would rely on
four guys in a 2,000-squarefoot mountain workshop for
its most prestigious award.
Oscar statuettes are
made by a New York company whose website says its
main studio bay “is as big as
a football field and four stories high.” The Primetime,
Daytime and Sports Emmys
are made in an 82,000square-foot facility in Chicago.
“I guess it’s not really our
style to go with the easiest
way of doing things,” said
Bill Freimuth, senior vice
president of awards for the
Recording Academy. “One
of the reasons artists appreciate the award is because it
is handmade and handcrafted by other artists.
Some would argue that it’s
more precious because of
Billings, known locally as
the Grammy Man, would
certainly agree.
“Every Grammy we make
is an individual,” he said.
And like individuals, imperfections can arise.
“We’ll ask each other, ‘Is it
a flaw or does it give it character?’ ” Billings said. “If it’s
flawed, we toss it. The others
we keep.”
On a recent Saturday,
Billings sat in a shadowy
room surrounded by old or
broken Grammys — one
serving as a paperweight —
doing the Los Angeles Times
crossword puzzle. The place
was quiet. A picture of musician Carlos Santana holding
a stack of Grammys looked
down from the mantel.
Billings was born in
Santa Monica and, as a
child, lived in the Rodger
Young Village in Griffith
Park, a temporary public
housing project for returning World War II veterans. “I
used to go to bed and listen
to the animals in the L.A.
Zoo,” he said, lighting a cigarette.
The family later moved to
Van Nuys, next door to Bob
Graves, who cast the original Grammy mold inside his
garage in 1958. The awards
were presented to artists at
the first ceremony in 1959 for
work done the year before.
Billings watched Graves
work and swiftly fell in love
with the process. He became
a self-taught silversmith and
later earned a degree in dental technology, learning to
make false teeth.
“Casting teeth and jewelry uses essentially the
same technique,” he said.
Billings credited his older
brother, Don, for his own
Photographs by
painstaking attention to detail.
“He was deaf and in those
days people shied away from
deaf people, so he’d spend
hours in his room building
model airplanes,” he said.
“He taught me patience.”
Graves offered Billings
an apprenticeship in 1976 to
help him make the Grammys and other molds. In
1983, after Graves died, Billings bought the business
from his widow.
During the early 1990s,
Grammy executives asked
Billings to redesign the
award so that it looked bigger on television and was
less fragile. The tone arm attached to the gramophone
bell broke easily. Billings
made it thicker and replaced
the walnut base with a metal
one. He increased the overall
size of the trophy by about
weighed in at 5 pounds.
Business was good but
Billings was weary of the frenetic pace of Los Angeles.
He yearned to escape, and in
1993 got his chance.
The late actor Dennis
Weaver, star of the television
show “McCloud,” hired him
to make the light fixtures for
his home in Ridgway. The
town, with a population of
about 1,000, has a park
named after Weaver.
“I had never been to Colorado and I went, ‘Whoa!’ ”
Billings recalled. “It reminded me of Van Nuys in
the ’50s when it had bean
fields, orchards and dirt
roads. I told my wife that
this was the place we were
going to live. She didn’t object.”
He bought a house beside
a river where he regularly flyfishes. Now he works seven
days a week making Grammys, along with other products, including the John R.
Wooden Awards given to the
most outstanding men and
women college basketball
Billings, an easygoing
man with a gray ponytail,
snuffed his cigarette and
walked into the workshop
behind his office. A sign
above read “Grammy Row.”
It felt like a time capsule.
Dusty statues of ballerinas,
old clocks and vintage gramophones sat on the shelves.
There were bundles of
iron files in cups, scorched
ladles for hot metal and a
120-year-old chasing hammer with a flat head used to
make grooves on the
A Grammy Award is
made of a base, a cabinet
and a tone arm with a bell.
Each part is cast from a
BILLINGS SHOWS the “stunt Grammys,” stand-in trophies without the winners’ names that are handed out during the ceremony and taken back later.
mold, filed and polished.
Then they are assembled
and plated in 24-karat gold.
On the night of the
awards, winners are handed
what Billings calls “stunt
Grammys,” not the final
product. Billings later gets
the names of the winners
and engraves each one on
the award.
He usually attends the
Grammy show and nominee
party. He plays bass and enjoys the company of musicians.
“I’ll never forget watching
Jack Nicholson giving Bob
Dylan — and I’m a huge Dylan fan — the Lifetime
Achievement Award,” he
said. “I started to cry be-
Excitement at a royal engagement
[Markle, from A1]
vealed — so will he be dropping by for tea?”
The tone of the coverage
angered Prince Harry so
much he issued a rare statement rebuking the media for
their disrespectful treatment of Markle. She “has
been subject to a wave of
abuse and harassment.
Some of this has been very
public — the smear on the
front page of a national
undertones of comment
pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article
comments,” the statement
What the British press
had also referred to as
“Crenshaw” is really the
more upscale Baldwin Hills
area, where her mother lives.
“They won’t be going to
the wrong address after today,” Goodloe said.
Markle has discussed her
life growing up in Los Angeles, the daughter of an African American social worker
and a white Hollywood TV
In a 2015 essay for Elle
magazine, she wrote that
people would assume her
mother was the nanny because of the color of her skin.
She said that people often
were curious about her racial background and asked
where her parents were
“While I could say Pennsylvania and Ohio, and continue this proverbial twostep, I instead give them
what they’re after: ‘My dad is
Caucasian and my mom is
African American. I’m half
black and half white,’ ” she
Growing up, Markle
spent a fair amount of time
on the set of “Married ... With
Children,” where her father
worked as director of pho-
David Kelly For The Times
JOHN BILLINGS took his Grammy workshop to Ridgway, Colo., a town of about 1,000 people, in the 1990s to escape frenetic Los Angeles.
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
MEGHAN MARKLE attended Immaculate Heart High, an all-girls campus in
the Hollywood Hills. A staff member said that the school wished her well.
“Every day after school
for 10 years, I was on the set
of ‘Married … With Children,’
which is a really funny and
perverse place for a little girl
in a Catholic school uniform
to grow up,” Markle said in
an interview with Esquire.
“There were a lot of times my
dad would say, ‘Meg, why
don’t you go and help with
the craft services room over
there? This is just a little offcolor for your 11-year-old
eyes.’ ”
Amanda Bearse, who
played neighbor Marcy on
the popular sitcom, said
Monday that she remembered Markle on the set as a
quiet and respectful kid.
Bearse, who also directed
episodes of the show, said
Markle’s father, Thomas
Markle, helped her learn a
lot about working behind
the camera, which she has
continued to do for the last
25 years.
“He was so supportive
and just really truly a lovely,
lovely man,” Bearse said. “I
am not one bit surprised he
grew such a lovely child.”
Markle, 36, attended Immaculate Heart High, an allgirls school in the Hollywood
Hills. She went on to study
theater and international relations at Northwestern
University. At Immaculate
Heart on Monday, a staff
member at the front desk
confirmed that Markle was a
graduate and said that they
wished her well.
Markle is most famous
for her role as paralegal
Rachel Zane on USA Network’s “Suits,” now in its seventh season. She has played
smaller parts in shows including “Fringe,” “CSI: Miami” and “Castle,” as well as
movies such as “Horrible
Besides acting, Markle
has been an advocate for
gender equality as part of
UN Women, a United Nations organization focused
on female empowerment.
Robert Jobson, royal editor of the London Evening
Standard, said that initially,
Markle’s title probably will
be Princess Henry of Wales.
If Prince Harry becomes a
duke, Markle then would be
a duchess.
Regardless of what her title ends up being, the L.A.
native’s life is set on a trajectory far greater than her role
on “Suits.” “Her acting will
be on the world stage with
the royals,” Jobson said in an
email. “Her on-screen acting
days are over.”
In a city filled with people
chasing fame and fortune,
the news that a local woman
was marrying into royalty
was met with pride as well as
“It’s L.A.,” said Los Feliz
resident Serena Gallegos.
“The most beautiful and
amazing people live and
come from here, so it’s not
At Leimert Park Plaza,
near where Markle grew up,
shop owner Jackie Ryan said
British royalty doesn’t mean
much to her. “Not that I
don’t think they deserve
each other, but I don’t want
to hear any more about
kings and queens and movie
stars,” Ryan said.
While sipping a coffee in
the Hollywood & Highland
Center, Renee Heck, 58, remembered watching the late
Princess Diana’s wedding in
1981. It was right after her
own wedding.
Heck, who said she casually follows the royal family,
was familiar with Markle
from her role on “Suits” and
was happy to see the prince
marry someone biracial.
“It’s a big deal to me to
know the queen is accepting
of that,” Heck said.
In an interview Monday
with the BBC, Prince Harry
and Markle discussed how
— although he had tried to
warn her of the media attention that would come with
their relationship — neither
of them truly had been ready
for it. There was a misconception, Markle said, that
because she worked in the
entertainment industry in
America, she would be ready
for how the British press
covers the royal family.
“I’ve never been part of
tabloid culture. I’ve never
been in pop culture to that
degree, and lived a relatively
quiet life even though I focus
so much on my job. So that
was a really stark difference
out of the gate,” she said.
cause I made it and felt I was
part of it.”
The awards are sturdy
but not indestructible. In
February, singer
snapped off part of her
Grammy onstage. In 2010,
Taylor Swift dropped one of
the four Grammys she was
cradling, breaking it into
pieces. She wrote “Oops” on
the side and it now sits in Billings’ office.
“If they break it, we will
repair it,” he said. “We also
refurbish old Grammys. I
did one for Ella Fitzgerald.”
But the Grammys aren’t
his top moneymaker, he
said. That honor goes to a
nickel-plated, cigar-smoking duck he made for the 1978
movie “Convoy” about an armada of truckers who confront a crooked Arizona
starred in the movie, going
by the CB radio handle
“Rubber Duck.” The metal
duck was his hood ornament.
“Convoy” was based on
the song by C.W. McCall, former mayor of nearby Ouray,
Colo., and a friend of Billings. Filmmaker Quentin
Tarantino used the same
duck in his 2007 movie
“Death Proof.”
“My son said we ought to
sell those ducks on EBay,”
Billings said. “The phone began immediately ringing off
the hook. They have become
the Holy Grail, the Maltese
Falcon for truckers to obtain.”
Billings recently hired
another craftsman to work
solely on the ducks.
The Death Proof Duck
sells for about $185. The
Grammys aren’t for sale and
Billings declined to say what
they might be worth.
Yet he’s already paid a
steep price.
His hands are battered
from a lifetime of molding.
His hearing has suffered
from the constant hammering. His arms are covered in
burns from scalding metal
and his back isn’t what it
used to be.
But Billings is holding to
a promise.
“When Bob Graves lay in
the hospital, he said, ‘I want
you to promise me you will
keep doing the Grammys
and won’t let anyone else get
them,’ ” Billings recalled. “I
said I would and I’m trying
to hang on as long as possible.”
Kelly is a special
Keeping the homeless out of jail
[Homeless, from A1]
opened crisis housing center
run by First to Serve Outreach Ministries.
The men were assigned
bunks in one of the shelter’s
mini-dorms, each holding
four to eight men or women.
That would be their home
for three to six months while
case managers worked with
them to find permanent
apartments with medical
and mental health support.
Their choreographed release from jail was arranged
by the Office of Diversion
and Reentry, an agency
within the Los Angeles
County Department of
Health Services. Although it
does not directly target
homelessness, the inmate
housing program contributes to the county homeless
initiative because its clients
are generally also homeless.
The Office of Diversion
and Reentry grew out of L.A.
County Dist. Atty. Jackie
Lacey’s 2015 report “Blueprint for Change,” addressing the treatment of the
mentally ill by law enforcement and the justice system.
“Our jail should not be
used to house people whose
behavior arose out of an
acute mental health crisis
merely because it is believed
— whether correctly or otherwise — that there is no
place else to take that person to receive treatment instead,” the report said.
The county Board of Supervisors created the office
in November 2015 and
funded it with $100 million to
start and $30 million annually.
Besides jail in-reach, the
office also operates sobering
centers and recuperative
centers for homeless people
leaving hospitals.
The office contracts for
interim beds across the city
and can draw on the county’s flexible housing subsidy
pool to place 150 former inmates in permanent housing each year.
The program’s capacity
will soon more than double.
In October it received a $10million commitment from
In a region where
homelessness is
on the rise and
solutions remain
vexing, the jail
in-reach program
is being closely
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
VICTOR KEY, a case manager for Project 180, holds the jail door open for three men who, as a condition of
their probation, agreed to enter an interim housing program designed to lead to permanent housing.
organizations including the
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and UnitedHealthcare
to subsidize housing for 250
more a year for four years.
Under a funding model
called Pay for Success, the
sponsors are lending the
money to the county and will
be reimbursed if the program meets its recidivism
and housing retention goals.
At the end of the contract,
the county will be responsible for maintaining the subsidies.
Since last fall, when jail
intake officers began recording housing status, about 190
inmates entering the jail
each week have declared
themselves homeless. Until
recently, they would cycle
through the jail like other inmates and ultimately be released to the streets.
Currently, the Office of
Diversion and Reentry deals
with a small portion of that
population: inmates who
have been diagnosed in jail
with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder.
The program’s medical
director, Kristen Ochoa, a
psychiatrist, identifies candidates for community
treatment and then petitions the court for their release with a requirement
that they stay in treatment.
Ochoa started out small
in 2015, focusing on misdemeanor offenders found to
be mentally incompetent to
stand trial.
Unlike other defendants,
they do not get speedy trials,
do their time and get out.
They receive treatment from
the jail’s psychiatric staff
and remain locked up until
they are found to have regained their competence.
Those who don’t are held for
the maximum sentence for
their alleged crime, usually
six months to a year.
Ochoa has now obtained
conditional releases for
more than 500 such inmates.
They remain under court jurisdiction until their maximum sentences expire, returning regularly to mental
health court for progress reports.
There, Superior Court
Judge James Bianco ad-
dresses each in a fatherly
“Wow, you’re doing great!
I’m so proud of you,” he told
one during a court hearing
earlier this year, then quickly
changed tone for the next.
“I want to remind you
about how badly you were
doing,” he told a woman who
was balking at taking medication. “The last thing I
would want to happen to you
is to find you in the same
condition as when you were
in jail.”
Last summer, the Office
of Diversion and Reentry
launched a supportivehousing program for a larger
population of inmates, including those who were competent to stand trial but still
Trump makes ill-timed ‘Pocahontas’ jab
His swipe at Sen.
Elizabeth Warren
comes at an event
extolling World War
II Navajo code talkers.
By Noah Bierman
WASHINGTON — President Trump used a ceremony on Monday honoring
Navajo code talkers’ service
in World War II to insult a favorite target, Sen. Elizabeth
Trump noted that Native
Americans had been in
North America longer than
other people, then segued
into a crack about Warren,
the Massachusetts Democrat who has been the subject
of controversy for her undocumented claims of partial Native American ancestry.
“We have a representative in Congress who they
say was here a long time ago.
They call her Pocahontas,”
Trump said to the elderly
Oliver Contreras Getty Images
PRESIDENT TRUMP honors Navajo code talkers in front of a portrait of Presi-
dent Andrew Jackson, known for his forced removal of Native Americans.
Trump has used the insult, which many Native
Americans find offensive,
before — tweeting or
retweeting the name 12
times. But doing so at a
White House event honoring
Native American service to
the country crosses a new
threshold for the president.
Warren, an Oklahoma
native, has credited family
lore for her belief that she
has some Native American
ancestry. But she has no
documented proof and is not
a member of any tribe.
The issue became controversial during her 2012 Senate campaign, when it was
learned that academic publications had included Warren, a former Harvard University law professor, in publications touting diversity.
Warren at one point also
listed herself as a minority in
a major legal directory.
In an interview on
MSNBC, Warren responded
that “it is deeply unfortunate that the president of
the United States cannot
even make it though a ceremony honoring these heroes
without having to throw out
a racial slur.”
The president’s press
secretary, Sarah Huckabee
Sanders, said at a White
House news briefing that
she did not think that
Trump’s use of the nickname for Warren was a racial
“What most people find
offensive is Sen. Warren lying about her heritage,”
Sanders said.
diagnosed with a mental illness.
After receiving referrals
from jail mental health staff,
judges, attorneys or custody
assistants, Ochoa diagnoses
each and recommends those
she thinks would do well in
Prosecutors and defense
attorneys review the recommendation. If they agree,
they reach a plea deal with
treatment as a condition of
probation. Case managers
then pick up the inmate for
the “warm handoff ” to the
residential facility.
More than 700 inmates
were referred for diversion
from August through September, said Corrin Buchanan, the program’s interim
deputy director. About 200
were in interim housing, and
98 had obtained permanent
Not all cases end well. Of
the three inmates released
to First to Serve that spring
day, one remains in interim
housing and one is living in
his own apartment, said
Emily Bell, Project 180’s director. The third left the program and has not stayed in
contact with a case manager.
It is too soon to judge the
program’s overall success
because recidivism rates are
measured on two years of
data, Buchanan said. A formal evaluation will be done
by the Rand Corp., examining changes in substance
abuse, recidivism and use of
public services.
So far, the two diversion
programs have reached only
a small percentage of homeless inmates. That is changing.
In July, the Board of Supervisors committed about
$3.3 million over three years
from Measure H to contract
with four agencies, including
Project 180, to do case management in the jail. It will
pay for 12 case managers,
four social workers and four
sheriff ’s custody assistants.
For now their goal is modest — making sure that every
homeless inmate is entered
in the database used by social agencies across the
county to prioritize people
for housing.
Despite past encounters
with case workers, few of
them are in the database,
outreach workers with Project 180 say.
Homeless people in encampments are often reluctant to answer questions on
the street but have an incentive when they’re in jail.
“For the most part it’s
hope,” case manager Larry
Gray said. “I remind them of
the history of their homelessness. I had a guy last
week who broke down in
tears. Just the thought of
having the opportunity to
have housing, really made
him more engaging and
more willing to participate
in the survey.”
TU E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 2017
The fight for the CFPB’s soul
President Trump moves to remake
a vital consumer protection
agency in his deregulatory image.
fter the subprime mortgage
fiasco triggered the deepest
downturn since the Great Depression, Congress pushed
through a slew of new regulations designed to prevent the country from
being waylaid again by heedless risk-taking
and profiteering by the financial industry.
For the typical American borrower or credit-card holder, the most important piece of
this package was a new Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau — an independent
agency created to combat lenders’ deceptive and predatory practices.
Led by former Ohio Atty. Gen. Richard
Cordray, the bureau imposed fines on scores
of misbehaving financial institutions. It also
withstood relentless industry opposition to
adopt rules requiring more responsible
lending, limiting overdraft fees and ushering
in numerous other protections. According
to the National Consumer Law Center, the
bureau’s actions “delivered some $12 billion
in financial relief to nearly 28 million Americans wronged by financial companies large
and small.”
Now, however, the bureau is running into
a hurdle it may not be able to overcome: an
administration that has yet to meet a regulation it didn’t loathe.
Cordray stepped down Friday, opening
the door for President Trump to appoint a
new director who’s more in tune with his deregulatory agenda. Tipping his hand,
Trump named Mick Mulvaney, his budget
chief and a sharp CFPB critic, to be the acting director while the bureau waits for the
president to nominate (and the Senate to
confirm) a permanent replacement.
Mulvaney, a former GOP congressman
who once labeled the CFPB a “sick, sad
joke,” has at least one thing in common with
Trump’s picks to lead the Environmental
Protection Agency and the departments of
Energy and Education, among other posts
— he previously sought to dismantle the entity he’s now been chosen to oversee.
Critics of the bureau complain that it has
nearly unfettered independence from Congress, as well as a director unusually well
protected from administration pressure.
And some federal judges have suggested
that the bureau is so independent, it’s
unconstitutional. But it’s worth remember-
ing why Congress created just such a wellinsulated consumer protection agency in
the 2010 Dodd-Frank act.
Bank and finance-industry regulators already had the authority to stop the sort of
fraud that inflated the housing bubble — for
instance, the flood of money for “liar loans”
and mortgages that plunged borrowers
deeper into debt every month — and then
devastated Wall Street balance sheets when
the bubble burst. But regulators weren’t focused on protecting consumers; they were
focused (poorly) on ensuring the safety and
soundness of banks, some of which profited
from predatory loans. The crash showed
that, for everyone’s sake, the industry
needed a separate regulator whose sole mission was to guard consumers.
The bureau’s detractors have found a
sympathetic ear in the House’s Republican
majority; the House passed a bill earlier this
year to let the president fire the CFPB’s director at will, while also stripping the bureau of its ability to write new rules, monitor
banks for deceptive or abusive practices,
and oversee payday lenders.
That measure will have a tough time
overcoming a Democratic filibuster in the
Senate, which means the biggest threat now
to the bureau is Mulvaney. If the Trump administration’s steps on environmental regulations, the Affordable Care Act and public
lands are any guide, Mulvaney is likely to try
to halt or reverse the bureau’s newer rules
while simply refusing to enforce older ones.
And to what end? Banks aren’t suffocating under the bureau’s rules — their profits
are booming. The economy won’t collapse if
payday and automobile-title lenders have to
stop trapping customers in debt. Requiring
simpler, clearer disclosures hasn’t hurt
mortgage lenders. Nor have the rules unduly deterred consumers from borrowing —
household debt hit a record $12.7 trillion in
the first three months of 2017. Neutering the
CFPB would only enable the kinds of practices that fed past credit bubbles, to the detriment of desperate or incautious borrowers
in the short term and the entire economy in
the long term.
Cordray sought to hold off the deregulatory onslaught Friday by picking his own interim replacement, Leandra English. All
that did, though, was set up a court battle
between English and Mulvaney over how to
interpret seemingly conflicting statutes.
There is no question that Trump still has
the power to appoint a permanent director
who’s indistinguishable from Mulvaney on
policy matters. If he’s not stopped by the
Senate, the sick, sad joke will be on us.
Battling prison rape culture
ou do the crime, you do the
time — yet for too many inmates
in U.S. prisons, jails and probation camps, it’s not simply time
spent apart from society seeking
repentance and rehabilitation. It’s days,
months, years of violent, degrading, repeated sexual abuse, perpetrated by other
inmates or by the guards who are ostensibly
there to keep order.
Two facts of inmate life are generally accepted on the outside with blasé indifference: When you’re behind bars there is a
good chance that you will be raped; and if
you tell anyone about it there is a good
chance you will be beaten or killed (if the assailant was another inmate) or laughed at
(if the perpetrator was a guard). In recent
years there have been belated efforts to deal
with sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses, in workplaces and in government offices, but rape culture in prison persists with too little public outrage or official
response. Approximately 200,000 incarcerated men, women and children are sexually
assaulted each year, according to federal authorities.
More than half of those rapes are perpetrated by guards and other prison staff.
It took decades, but Congress finally acknowledged the problem and moved to address it in 2003 with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, widely known as PREA. It took
another decade for officials to approve federal rules to implement the act, directing
state and local institutions to have on-site
monitors, to conduct audits every three
years, and to provide inmates safe avenues
for reporting abuse.
Los Angeles County runs one of the nation’s largest adult jails and has more juveniles on probation, in and out of lockup,
than any other jurisdiction. But even now,
five years after PREA rules were finalized,
the county lacks compliance officers and
has yet to conduct an audit. The Sheriff ’s
Department has conducted training and a
“test” audit, but in explaining the department’s slow progress, an official recently explained to the Board of Supervisors that
PREA is “an unfunded mandate.”
But compliance with the letter of the fed-
eral law is largely beside the point, or at least
it ought to be. The less-than-robust PREA is
too modest for a jurisdiction like Los Angeles County, with its very troubling and very
recent history of jail violence perpetrated by
deputies against inmates. Ultimately, several Sheriff ’s Department officials were convicted in the beatings or related cover-up attempts, including Sheriff Lee Baca.
That experience ought to make the
county especially sensitive to the consequences of violence against inmates. And if
that’s true of jail beatings, which might conceivably be explained away as a response to
inmate misbehavior, it ought to be even
more true of sexual assaults, which can have
no possible justification.
Yet one jail deputy stands accused of a
series of sexual assaults on inmates at the
Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood. A county probation officer pleaded
guilty earlier this year to “inappropriately
touching” two girls at a juvenile camp. Probation officers have been found in recent
years to have had sex with juveniles they
were supposed to be mentoring. Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission Executive Director Brian Williams told the Board of Supervisors that 10% to 15% of the public comments before the commission has been
By law, juveniles cannot consent to sex
with adults. Likewise, neither juvenile nor
adult inmates can legally consent to sex
with their guards. In such cases, with the
power all on the side of the guard, with no
possible retreat for the inmate and enormous fear of retaliation for reporting the
crime, sex is rape.
Supervisor Janice Hahn brought some
much-needed urgency to the issue earlier
this month, and as a result the Sheriff ’s Department is due to report on its compliance
with PREA by the end of the week. County
officials also are to offer a funding plan — in
February. But compliance with federal law
and guidelines, which is long overdue,
should be just the starting point. The ultimate goal must be an incarceration system
that temporarily suspends liberty, but not
physical safety or human decency, in the
service of justice and rehabilitation.
Ross Levinsohn
Don Bartletti Los Angeles Times
CHILDREN WALK along a trash-filled alley in the
Canadas del Florido neighborhood in Tijuana.
Red-tape rescue
Re “A failed vision,” Nov. 26
The housing disaster in Mexico is precisely what
happens when weak local, state and federal governments
are in the pockets of the powerful.
When politicians rail against “big” government, we
need to question whom they represent. The only
protection that ordinary citizens have from abuse by the
powerful is their government institutions.
We should be wary of those who try to dismantle
John Williams
After reading the
scathing expose on yet
another betrayal of the
Mexican people by its
government, I was reminded of director Alejandro Iñárritu’s plea during
his Oscar acceptance
speech in 2015.
In the speech, Iñárritu
dedicated his Best Picture
win for “Birdman” to his
fellow Mexicans and called
on his countrymen to “find
and build the government
we deserve.” Looks like it’s
just getting worse.
Linda Fell
Long Beach
The effort to provide
“affordable housing” was
plagued by “poor planning,
corruption, and a lack of
oversight ... amid government indifference and
impunity.” Building was
permitted on “marginal
land,” and “local officials
rewrote zoning laws and
approved developments
with little or no review.”
Please clarify. Was the
feature about Mexico or
Los Angeles?
Tom Keiser
Hiring robots,
not people
Re “Would tax cut bring
higher wages?” Nov. 25
The Times’ article on
whether cutting corporate
taxes will boost the wages
of American workers fails
to address critical circumstances that are likely to
lead to a devastating economic crash.
People greatly underestimate the size of the
oncoming wave in automation. We are being tickled a
little now with things like
hamburger kiosks and
self-driving cars, but all of
this is just the beginning. If
corporations spend to
increase production, they
most likely will spend it to
automate at the expense of
This will mean fewer
people will be able to afford
their products, leading to
lower corporate profits and
stock sales by wealthy
investors. The likely result
will be a severe economic
crash much like, if not
worse than, what our country experienced in 1929,
1987 and 2008.
If the GOP really
wanted to ensure that
corporate tax cuts go to
working Americans, then it
could simply condition a
corporation’s receipt of
such benefits upon proof
that it has increased wages
for workers. Better yet, it
could just give the lion’s
share of tax cuts to the
workers, who will certainly
spend it to grow the economy.
Gary Bock
Los Angeles
Jim Kirk
Lawrence Ingrassia
Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft
Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad,
Mary McNamara, Kim Murphy, Michael Whitley
Trump hatred
taken too far
Re “Dying to see the end of
Trump,” Opinion, Nov. 23
Lewis D’Vorkin
executed years ago. It is
tragic that he managed to
evade justice for all those
years while leaving many
thousands dead, raped
and ravaged in his wake.
For Mladic to be sentenced “only” to life in
prison is a travesty of justice. His trial took five
years and included the
testimony of “more than
600 witnesses, thousands
of pages of documentation
and a mountain of forensic
evidence.” Was all that
really necessary? His guilt
was so obvious that by
prolonging the proceedings unnecessarily, Mladic
was the winner.
U.N. human rights chief
Zeid Raad Hussein said
the Mladic verdict put
perpetrators of atrocity on
notice and that they could
be called to account years
later. But for what purpose? This is certainly not
a deterrent to Syrian
leader Bashar Assad.
Sherwyn Drucker
The forthcoming Republican tax reform is truly
mind boggling. One needs
only third grade logic to
counter White House economist Kevin Hassett’s
assertion that cutting the
corporate tax rate in the
U.S. to 20% and eliminating
taxes on foreign earned
profits would “keep companies from shifting profits
overseas” and “workers
here in the U.S. will have
increased demand for their
Republicans are telling
us that if given a choice
between paying no taxes
on profits made abroad
and paying 20% on their
domestic profits, corporations will immediately
jump at taking a 20%
chunk out so they can
kindly throw more money
to the American workforce.
By that rationale, if I
offer a child a candy bar
and ask her if she wants all
of the bar or for me to take
a big bite out of it first,
which will she go for?
Woodland Hills
War criminals
put on notice
Re “ ‘Butcher of Bosnia’
guilty of crimes against
humanity,” Nov. 23
Reporter Laura King’s
article rightly captures the
challenge in arresting war
The Bosnian war ended
with the Dayton peace
agreement in 1996, yet
Radovan Karadzic, the
Bosnian Serb leader, remained at large for 12 years
until his arrest in 2008, and
Bosnian Serb commander
Ratko Mladic was arrested
in 2010.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY),
like other war crimes tribunals, had no mandate for
a police force that would
implement the indictments by arresting suspects. These courts must
rely on the country’s will to
arrest war criminals. As
King notes in her article,
that will is often lacking.
Although the Clinton
administration was key to
the creation the ICTY,
officials at the State Department and those in the
human rights and justice
community all had their
concerns that the ICTY
would be used as a bargaining chip during peace talks
and might not survive.
The ICTY was groundbreaking in that it was the
first-ever war crimes tribunal to launch investigations and issue indictments during the fighting,
not waiting until the war
was over. While justice has
been terribly slow in coming, it now seems that there
is a new “fact on the
ground”: War criminals
may be able to hide, but
they will eventually be tried
and their crimes will not go
Joyce Neu
Los Angeles
The writer, founder of
the group Facilitating
Peace, traveled to Bosnia
when she was with the
Carter Center in 1994 to
help negotiate a ceasefire.
Mladic is the best example since Adolf Hitler of a
perpetrator of genocide
who should have been
Criticizing President
Trump is standard daily
fare in the media and in too
many social settings.
Therefore it was no surprise to see your op-ed
page give voice yet again to
another Trump basher.
You dropped to a new
low this time by airing the
grievances of a terminally
ill woman who accuses
Trump of hastening her
demise. Since she has
lasted way past her original prognosis, one could
argue Trump has actually
prolonged her life.
Leslie Fuhrer
Culver City
At a funeral for a close
friend I recently attended,
the deceased’s brother
stood and addressed the
crowded chapel.
His face edged with
grief, he spoke of her loving
family, many accomplishments and devoted friends.
He ended his remarks by
stating — half jokingly —
that his biggest regret was
that his sister had not lived
to see Trump impeached.
His words, and Welsh’s
brave and darkly funny
article, underscore the
extreme state of our nation. We have a president
who, on a daily basis, injures our sense of what is
just and right and exhibits
bizarre behavior that sickens our souls.
I, like so many others,
hope Welsh’s wish comes
true and Trump is removed from office. That is
something worth living for.
Susan Dunn
Valley Glen
I certainly wish Welsh
the very best.
In fact, I hope she lives
long enough to see her wish
of President Trump leaving
office fulfilled, and I'm sure
her family and friends
would love to see her survive past Jan. 20, 2025.
P.J. Gendell
Beverly Hills
My worrying, compassionate, pessimistic, stressed wife has reacted to the
Trump presidency almost
exactly like Welsh.
I have suggested that
she spend more time focusing on the beauty of the
garden and parks and the
inspirational news about
those who have overcome
adversity, and limit her
exposure to the liar she
calls, generously, “The
I make an effort to
engage in those alternative
interests, but I do catch the
latest on “Saturday Night
Live” and the shows hosted
by Stephen Colbert and
Trevor Noah. Laughter is,
in fact, the best medicine.
Lawrence Berk
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Bringing ‘us’ and ‘them’ together Pelosi’s
As a ‘sleeved out’ former
gang member proved,
everyone’s best self longs
for an end to polarization.
By Gregory J. Boyle
merica has rarely
seen more division,
polarization and disunion than at this
moment. And yet our
best selves long for connection.
Deep down, we know that separation is an illusion, that there is no
us and them, just us. We want to
remember that we belong to each
other, no matter how we voted a
year ago.
Sometimes, college professors
make their students read my book
about Homeboy Industries, “Tattoos on the Heart,” against their
will. (I’m not complaining.) Gonzaga University, in Spokane,
Wash., strong-armed its entire
freshman class into it a few years
ago, and then invited me to speak
and asked that I bring along two of
the gang members I work with.
Whenever such a chance presents itself, I pick homies who’ve
never flown before. (Recently, on
a trip to Washington, D.C., one of
them asked, “Are we flying Virgin
airlines because it is our first
time?”) When I went to Spokane, I
took Mario and Bobby.
We flew out of Burbank , where
passengers walk on to the airport
tarmac and go up stairs to get into
the planes. Of the hundreds of
first-timers I’ve traveled with over
the years, no one has ever been as
terrified as Mario. He was gasping
and flushed — and we were still
inside the terminal. Out the window I could see flight attendants
climbing the stairs, each holding
two Venti-sized drinks. Mario
emerged from his terror tunnel
long enough to ask, in a panicky
whine, “When are we gonna
I pointed to the coffee-carrying
attendants. “As soon as they sober
up the pilots.” I probably shouldn’t
have said this.
Tall and gangly, Mario may be
the most tattooed individual ever
at Homeboy. He is all “sleeved
out,” neck blackened with the
name of his gang and his entire face
covered in tattoos. I had never been
in public with him, and I watched as
people sidestepped us in the airport. Mothers pulled their kids in
tightly. The recoiling was pronounced and widespread. And yet,
everyone at Homeboy would agree
that Mario is the gentlest of men. He
calmed himself, and we got to
Spokane without event.
At Gonzaga, the auditorium was
full, maybe 1,000 people. Mario and
Bobby spoke first. Nervous (again),
hands and voices shaking, they told
their stories of violence, terror and
abuse of all kinds. Honest to God,
their words were like flames; you
had to keep your distance or get
I asked Bobby and Mario to join
me for the question-and-answer
period. A woman near the front
spoke first.
“You say you’re a father,” she
said to Mario, “and your son and
daughter are starting to reach their
teenage years. What wisdom do you
impart to them?” She recalibrated.
“What advice do you give them?”
She sat, and Mario sifted her
words, looking for a response. “I
Standing next to him, I could
feel his effort to complete his
thought. He clutched the microphone and teared up, stretching
his arm toward the woman as if he
were pleading with her.
“I just, I just don’t want my kids
to turn out to be like me.”
The woman stood again. Now it
was her turn to cry. “You are loving, you are kind,” she said, steadying herself. “I hope your kids turn
out to be like you.”
There wasn’t much of a pause
before the audience stood and
began to clap. All Mario could do
was hold his face in his hands.
A lanky, tattooed gang member
revealed his wounds in front of a
thousand strangers, who lost the
temptation to despise him and
recognized themselves in his
Suddenly, kinship — an exquisite mutuality. No matter how we
Gregory J. Boyle, a Jesuit priest,
is the executive director and
founder of Homeboy Industries in
L.A. His latest book is “Barking to
the Choir: The Power of Radical
Kinship” (Simon & Schuster).
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THE SUPREME COURT hears arguments this week on whether cellphone location data are protected by the 4th Amendment.
Should the government
get to track your phone?
By Matthew B. Kugler
and Sarah O. Schrup
f you’re one of the nearly
225 million Americans who
owns a smartphone, you
know that it is a window into
your entire life — your
friends, your financial information, your pastimes and, most relevant to the Supreme Court this
year, your comings and goings. On
Wednesday, the court hears oral
arguments in one of the most important privacy cases of the decade: United States vs. Carpenter.
The justices are being asked to decide whether the 4th Amendment’s guarantee against unreasonable searches prevents the
government from accessing —
without a warrant — the data
phone companies generate when
your phone connects to their cell
Cell tower data are created
when you call, text or access a data
plan. This means your phone is in
near constant contact with towers. Each tower covers a discrete
area and, because cell providers
now possess so many towers,
whenever you move out of one
tower’s tracking area, you move
into another. The resulting data
can form a connect-the-dots picture of where you were when, and
it can reveal a lot if someone cares
to examine it closely.
Imagine that you are recovering from an opioid addiction that
you have hidden from your
friends, family and employer.
Twice a week you drive to a support group. The police, who are investigating your doctor for overprescribing, know that you are his
patient. They ask your cellphone
provider for months of your records, which establish your visits
with your doctor and also your
regular (and admirable) rehab efforts.
Or the government could seek
to learn who has been attending
political protests or advocacygroup meetings, checking which
phones were near a particular
tower at a particular time. As the
law now stands, authorities can
often ask your cellphone provider
to release the list of every cell
tower your phone contacted without ever needing to go before a
judge to get a warrant, which
would otherwise require them to
show probable cause that a crime
has been committed.
There are those who see absolutely nothing wrong with the government being able to request, or
even require, such cooperation.
The phone was with you in public
places. Anyone could have spotted you entering or leaving the
doctor’s office or support group.
And the records the government
is requesting were maintained by
a business for its own use. Hardly
private, right?
And yet most Americans expect their cellphone location data
will remain private. Along with 17
lawyers and legal scholars, we filed
an amicus brief in the Carpenter
case describing a mountain of research on the privacy beliefs and
attitudes of ordinary citizens. The
data show that most Americans
don’t even know their location information is being collected. And
when they find out it is, they do not
expect that it can be freely shared.
In other words, people are not
Officials want access
to the location data
generated when
you use your
The Supreme Court
should make them
get a warrant.
“knowingly” turning their location
histories over to their cellphone
providers and “voluntarily relinquishing” their privacy, as some
have argued.
That this location information
is contained in business records
shouldn’t override people’s privacy expectations. Businesses
control quite a lot of information
that the police cannot access
without a warrant. For example,
Google and Yahoo can access the
contents of their customers’
emails. But there are rules about
when and how they can do so, and
the courts that have ruled on the
question have held that the government needs a warrant to make
them turn over the contents of
emails to law enforcement. Unsurprisingly, researchers asking
whether people expect their
emails to be private also get a
strong “yes” from their respondents.
Earlier this fall, Chief Justice
John G. Roberts Jr. referred to
mathematical calculations in a
gerrymandering case as “socio-
logical gobbledygook.” Yet for decades courts have looked to social
science analyses when considering segregation, discrimination,
jury deliberations, intellectual
property and consumer protection, among other topics. These
data are particularly relevant in a
case such as Carpenter, in which
judges are tasked with determining whether a “reasonable person”
would expect his or her cellphone’s location to remain private. The justices should not
merely substitute their own views
for the actual voices of the citizens
who overwhelmingly reject unfettered access to their location information.
United States vs. Carpenter
concerns a man, Timothy Carpenter, who was not an addict
seeking relief in secret or a political protester; he was an armed
robber convicted in part on the basis of cell tower data. Surely, the
government should be able to get
this information to prove such
cases, shouldn’t it? Of course it
should. Right after it gets a search
If a warrant isn’t required for
the Carpenters of the world, it isn’t
required for the rest of us either.
And the government will remain
free to gather far more information about the behaviors and beliefs of its citizens than it should.
Matthew B. Kugler is an
assistant professor of law at
Northwestern Pritzker School
of Law. Sarah O. Schrup is a
clinical associate professor of law
at Northwestern University and
director of the Appellate
Advocacy Center.
t’s amazing how complicated
simple principles can become
when they’re inconvenient to
your team.
On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi created a
mess for herself by insisting on
NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Rep.
John Conyers Jr. deserves “due
process” in the face of a series of accusations of improper conduct.
Politically, Pelosi’s performance was a gift to her many critics.
For liberals who think she’s passed
her sell-by date as a Democratic
leader, her hapless effort will now
be exhibit A in the brief against her,
despite her subsequent efforts to
clean up the mess.
For populists on the left and
right who think the political establishment is rigged to protect members of the club, her effort to protect Conyers — and Sen. Al
Franken, who has also been accused of several sexual transgressions — while at the same time insisting that we know all we need to
know about President Trump and
Alabama Senate candidate Roy
Moore, is simply a naked partisan
double standard.
“We are strengthened by due
process,” Pelosi insists when the
topic is Conyers. But Roy Moore “is
a child molester.”
This raises the most dismaying
gift Pelosi lobbed to the mob. By
circling the wagons around Conyers and Franken (and Bill Clinton
to some extent) Pelosi is all but
guaranteeing the election of Roy
It is difficult to exaggerate the
anger among many Republicans
who believe that liberals use the
rules selectively, shamelessly invoking standards of conduct to delegitimize and destroy their enemies while exempting their own.
“Zero tolerance” for thee, “it’s complicated” for me.
It was this belief — hardly unfounded — that let millions of Republicans dismiss allegations of
sexual abuse against Donald
Trump and now Roy Moore. Every
day, conservatives angry at my opposition to Moore tell me “we” can’t
“unilaterally disarm.” If they won’t
play by the rules, why should we?
This isn’t simply a Beltway
game. Pelosi is a passionate supporter of Title IX regulations,
which have been used to dismantle
due process for sexual assault allegations on college campuses. When
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
introduced reforms to Title IX, Pelosi denounced them as “outrageous, immoral attacks on Title IX
protections” and a “shocking attack on women.” Perhaps college
students deserve at least as much
due process as congressmen?
But as someone who believes
pretty much all the accusers so far,
I’m not interested in pecking out
another column on partisan hypocrisy. These days, that’s the easiest column in the world to write.
Instead, I’d like to point to a
possible way out of this mess.
The philosopher John Rawls famously offered a thought experiment he called the “original position.” Imagine you are in some kind
of limbo waiting to be born into our
world. Hidden behind what he
called a “veil of ignorance,” you
have no idea what “kind” of person
you will be — female, male, gay,
straight, sickly, healthy, smart,
dumb, rich, poor, black, white, etc.
What rules would you want for society?
The point of this exercise is to
make you think about what fairness looks like. If there’s a good
chance you’re going to be born
poor, you might see the point of
having certain protections for the
poor. If there’s a 50% chance you’ll
be born a woman, you’ll probably
reject the model of society found in
“The Handmaid’s Tale.” In short,
the veil of ignorance allows us see
justice through the lens of self-interest.
I don’t like or agree with everything Rawls and his fans have done
with this thought experiment, but
the original position is still a useful
way of thinking about society.
We live in a moment beset by
tribalisms, from partisanship to
myriad forms of identity politics.
All of them work on the assumption that neutral rules are unfair or
unjust because my tribe is somehow especially noble or your tribe is
especially evil.
The original position is not as
original to Rawls as some believe.
In fact, it’s embedded in the very
idea of classical liberalism, because it presupposes that everybody has a right to, and interest in,
being treated with equal dignity
according to fair rules. It’s a simple
principle, but everyone wants to
make it complicated these days.
TU E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 2017
CFPB power
struggle may
create ‘chaos’
[Bureau, from A1]
office and ordered a 30-day
halt to any regulations from
the federal agency.
“Rumors that I’m going
to set the place on fire or
blow it up or lock the doors
are completely false,” Mulvaney said at an afternoon
news conference, adding
that Trump wants him to fix
the bureau so it “can protect
people without trampling on
The other person claiming to be the lawful acting
chief, bureau Deputy Director
greeted her colleagues with
an email saying she hoped
everyone had a great
Thanksgiving break. She
signed it with “acting director” after her name.
English, a bureau veteran
and supporter of tough consumer protection enforcement, spent the holiday
weekend being promoted on
Friday by outgoing Director
Richard Cordray, and then
filing a suit seeking to stop
Mulvaney from taking over.
As Mulvaney was briefing
reporters as acting director
at the agency’s headquarters, English was meeting with senators on Capitol
Hill in her capacity as acting
“Just met with Leandra
English, fellow Marylander
and the rightful Acting
Director of the @CFPB,”
tweeted Sen. Chris Van
Hollen (D-Md.).
At about the same time, a
federal judge in Washington
listened to arguments about
who lawfully should be at the
bureau’s helm. He made no
decision Monday.
“It’s creating chaos at the
agency,” Alan S. Kaplinsky,
head of the consumer financial services group at the
Ballard Spahr law firm, said
of the dispute. “Who are the
employees supposed to listen to?”
Mulvaney said he will remain as OMB director while
also overseeing the consumer bureau until a permanent director is confirmed
and sworn in. He said during
his news conference that he
would be working six-day
weeks, three days at each
The dueling afternoon
developments followed a
morning of high drama that
among CFPB staffers Monday.
“Folks asked questions,
very candidly,” he said at the
news conference. “I told
them, ‘Look, I’m not here to
shut the place down because
the law doesn’t allow me to
do that. That being said,
we’re going to run it differently than the previous administration.’ ”
Cordray, a Democrat
who submitted his formal
resignation Friday, wanted
to keep the agency running
like it had during the Obama
administration for as long as
In promoting English, his
chief of staff and a longtime
ally, Cordray told the bureau
he was trying to “minimize
operational disruption and
provide for a smooth transition.” He said English would
serve as acting director until
Trump nominated a permanent replacement and the
Trump tapped Mulvaney
for the acting leadership
post shortly thereafter.
English filed suit in U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia on Sunday,
challenging Trump’s appointment of Mulvaney as
unlawful. She requested a
temporary restraining order
blocking him from taking
the position and declaring
her the lawful acting director.
The case was randomly
assigned to Judge Timothy
J. Kelly, who was nominated
by Trump this year and took
J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press
LEANDRA ENGLISH , left, meets with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren
on Monday to discuss her fight over leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Consumers lose in
CFPB power play
It’s not just about presidential authority, it’s
about screwing over
consumers, David Lazarus says. BUSINESS, C1
his seat on the bench in September.
At the hearing, Kelly said
he hoped to have a decision
soon. But he expressed
some skepticism about
granting a restraining order
that would “enjoin the president” from filling an executive branch position.
“That’s an extraordinary
remedy,” Kelly told Deepak
Gupta, English’s attorney.
Brett Shumate, deputy
assistant attorney general
for federal programs, declined to give Kelly any assurance that English would
not be fired as the request
for a restraining order is considered. Gupta said that
worried him.
Mulvaney said he had no
plans to fire English, but
said she did not show up at
bureau headquarters on
Monday. Gupta said she did
before traveling to Capitol
Mulvaney reportedly also
sent an email to the bureau’s
staff, telling them to “please
disregard any instructions
you receive from Ms. English
in her presumed capacity as
acting director” and encouraging them to stop by the director’s office on the fourth
floor “to say hello and grab a
Trump named Mulvaney
as acting director under the
Federal Vacancies Reform
Act of 1998.
That law allows the president to designate someone
who already has been confirmed by the Senate — in
Mulvaney’s case as OMB director — to perform acting
duties until a permanent
choice is nominated and
confirmed by the Senate.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders noted the Justice
Department’s Office of Legal Counsel agreed with the
interpretation of the law, as did
the bureau’s general counsel, Mary McLeod.
McLeod sent a memo to
the bureau’s senior leadership team on Saturday that
it was her opinion that
Trump has the authority to
appoint an acting director,
and she advised agency personnel “to act consistently
with the understanding that
Director Mulvaney is the
acting director of the
Senior Trump adminis-
tration officials said the 1998
law superseded a provision
in the Dodd-Frank Act,
which created the agency in
2010, that states that the
deputy director shall “serve
as acting director in the absence or unavailability of the
But that position is disputed by English and other
supporters of the bureau.
Former Rep. Barney
Frank (D-Mass.), the coauthor of the law that bears his
name, said Monday that the
intention was for the deputy
director to become the bureau’s acting chief.
“We knew this is a very
tough job this agency has politically. To do its job, we
wanted to give it as much insulation as possible” from
the political process, Frank
said. If the intention had
been for the Vacancies Act to
dictate the process, lawmakers wouldn’t have included
the provision in DoddFrank, he said.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (DMd.), a constitutional law
professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, joined protesters outside the CFPB on
Monday. He said that English is the rightful acting director under Dodd-Frank
and that Trump is trying to
“destroy the independence
of the bureau.”
Mulvaney has been an
outspoken opponent of the
bureau, having said in a 2014
interview that it was a “joke
... in a sad, sick kind of way”
and that he “would like to get
rid of it.” He and many Republicans, including Trump,
have said the bureau has restricted consumer access to
credit by being overly aggressive in pursuing financial institutions and establishing new regulations.
The bureau has provided
consumers about $12 billion
in refunds, mortgage principal reductions and other relief from financial institutions since opening in 2011.
The bureau also played a key
role in penalizing Wells
Fargo & Co. for its creation
of unauthorized accounts.
Kaplinksy said that whoever ends up as acting director should be hesitant to
take any regulatory steps
that could be legally challenged.
“Until things get clarified
by the courts, I don’t think
they should do anything
other than to give out
donuts to their employees
and make sure they don’t
leave” for other jobs, he said.
Times staff writer Noah
Bierman contributed to this
T U E S D A Y , N O V E M B E R 2 8 , 2 0 1 7 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L I F O R N I A
high court
rules for
Justices say farmers
may have a contract
imposed on them
if union talks fail.
By Maura Dolan
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES City Council members Paul Krekorian, left, and Nury Martinez have suggested the cre-
ation of a hotline and website for people to lodge sexual harassment complaints against city workers.
L.A. sex harassment
claims tough to track
California’s highest court
decided unanimously Monday that farmers may have a
labor contract imposed on
them if negotiations with a
union fail to produce an
Court, overturning a lower
court ruling, upheld a 2002
law that permits the state to
order farmers and unions to
reach binding contracts.
The Legislature passed
the law after determining
that farmers were refusing
to negotiate with unionized
workers. The law allows either side to ask for a neutral
mediator and for that mediator to impose a contract
covering wages and working
The court said the law
provided “numerous safeguards” to ensure fairness,
including opportunities for
Monday’s ruling came in
a dispute between the
United Farm Workers of
America, founded by Cesar
Chavez, and Gerawan Farming Inc.
Gerawan owns 12,000
acres in Fresno and Madera
counties and employs thousands of workers to grow,
harvest and pack stone fruit
and table grapes.
After winning the right to
represent workers but failing to reach a contract, the
UFW asked the state Agricultural Labor Relations
Board in 2013 to intervene.
The board ordered a
[See Farmworkers, B6]
City workers have no centralized way to monitor complaints, but
two officials are seeking to simplify the reporting of bad behavior.
By Dakota Smith
With more than 45,000
employees, the city of Los
Angeles is one of the largest
employers in Southern California.
Despite its size, the city
has no centralized method
for tracking sexual harassment complaints lodged
against its workers. Nor are
managers required to report
such claims to the city’s Personnel Department.
With dozens of departments and a fragmented reporting system, two members of the City Council want
to examine the city’s process
for reporting abusive and inappropriate behavior.
Council members Paul
Krekorian and Nury Martinez have suggested that
the city create a phone hotline and website for employ-
Al Seib Los Angeles Times
RAUL BOCANEGRA accelerated his resignation
from the state Assembly on Monday over allegations
of unwanted sexual advances or misconduct.
ees and the public to use to
make sexual harassment
complaints against city
The politicians also
want a city report detailing
the number of sexual harassment
against L.A. employees over
the last five years.
“No one should ever feel
uncomfortable coming forward,” Martinez said in an
interview this month. “If we
need to fix that process,
then we need to do that.”
The lawmakers’ motion
comes as women and men
in a variety of industries
have come forward with
stories of workplace sexual
About 300 claims of sexual harassment were filed
with the Personnel Department in the last 15 years, ac[See Harassment, B5]
Scott Smith Associated Press
DAN GERAWAN, left, owner of Gerawan Farming
Inc., talks with crew boss Jose Cabello in Sanger, Calif.
Lawsuit targets
property known
for gang crime
Time to answer, Mr. Trump
Now that Americans
are facing the truth
about sexual harassment, will they hold
President Trump
accountable for his
own bad behavior?
Last year, after
Trump was heard on
an “Access Hollywood” tape bragging
about assaulting women, 16 accused
him of sexually inappropriate behavior, including voyeurism and assault.
They say he grabbed their breasts
and genitals, and kissed them without permission. Beauty pageant
contestants say he strolled uninvited
into rooms where they were naked
and vulnerable. None of the women is
hiding behind anonymity. They are on
the record. The White House spokeswoman has said they are all lying.
Their names are Cathy Heller, Jill
Harth, Temple Taggart, Cassandra
Searles, Jessica Leeds, Kristin Anderson, Lisa Boyne, Karena Virginia,
Mindy McGillivray, Rachel Crooks,
Natasha Stoynoff, Jessica Drake,
Ninni Laaksonen, Samantha Holvey,
Tasha Dixon and Summer Zervos,
who has filed a defamation lawsuit
against Trump for calling her a liar.
Snippets of their stories are featured in “16 Women and Donald
Trump,” a new 3 1⁄2-minute video
compilation by Brave New Films, the
nonpartisan, nonprofit studio that
makes short films on social justice
issues such as prison reform, gun
control and immigrant rights.
Anderson, a Southern California
photographer, was an aspiring model
L.A. prosecutors say
owners of apartment
complex enabled
‘a hotbed of terror.’
By Alene
Susan Walsh Associated Press
PRESIDENT TRUMP has been accused of sexually inappropriate
behavior by 16 women, whose stories are featured in a new short film.
in her 20s when she happened to sit
next to Trump in a Manhattan nightclub in the early 1990s. Without a
word, the real estate mogul reached
under her skirt, she said: “He did
touch my vagina through my underwear.”
Virginia, a yoga instructor and
lifestyle coach, encountered Trump
while waiting for a ride outside the
U.S. Open tennis tournament in
Queens in 1998. A total stranger, he
walked right up to her. “Then his
hand touched the right inside of my
breast,” Virginia said. “I felt intimidated, and I felt powerless.”
Brave New Films founder Robert
Greenwald said he was motivated to
revisit the accusations against
Trump after the Harvey Weinstein
exposes in the New York Times and
the New Yorker opened the floodgates on sexual harassment.
When the women first came forward, during the presidential campaign, Greenwald said, “they were
threatened and bullied and told they
were going to be sued. But it’s a different environment now.”
Many people — Democrats included — now say that Bill Clinton
should have resigned the presidency
for lying about his affair with Monica
[See Abcarian, B5]
In recent months, a police informant made a dozen
drug buys at a sprawling
apartment complex that sits
on the northern edge of
Baldwin Village. In the last
few years, authorities seized
half a dozen firearms there
and investigated multiple
shootings and robberies.
Los Angeles prosecutors
say the Chesapeake Apartments, a 425-unit complex
spread over more than 17
acres, is a longtime stronghold for a street gang called
the Black P-Stones and has
been plagued by violent
crime for decades. The gang
is so deeply entrenched in
the neighborhood, officials
said, that its members have
tattoos that reference the
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Now, prosecutors are targeting the property’s owners
and managers to curb the
crime. In a lawsuit announced Monday, City Atty.
Mike Feuer alleged that
their mismanagement has
resulted in a “serious threat”
to public safety and created
an environment in which
anyone who comes near the
property is at risk of being a
crime victim.
Feuer thinks that the
head of the complex,
Swaranjit Nijjar, should be
ordered to live on the property until the problems are
resolved. The lawsuit says
Nijjar is the chief executive
of the company that’s the
sole general partner of Pama
V Properties LP, which owns
the property.
“Negligent, callous management has allowed the
Chesapeake Apartments to
become a hotbed of terror in
this neighborhood,” Feuer
said in a statement. “We’ll
continue to hold property
owners responsible for these
harrowing conditions as we
take back our communities.”
Feuer’s lawsuit seeks an
injunction banning gang activity on the property, as well
as a string of property improvements, including secure fencing and gating
around the perimeter, an internet-connected
monitoring system accessible by the Los Angeles Police Department, improved
lighting, better screening of
tenants and the presence of
armed, licensed security
guards 24 hours a day, seven
[See Injunction, B2]
T U E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 28, 2017
Signs of hope in hepatitis A crisis
San Diego County
officials tally fewer
new cases, while death
total is unchanged.
SAN DIEGO — Though
they continue to see fewer
cases and no new deaths
have been reported since
Oct. 31, San Diego County
supervisors on Monday
chose to continue the local
health emergency status for
the region’s hepatitis A
Supervisor Ron Roberts
said that, though he considered the latest hepatitis A
report from the county
Health and Human Services Agency good news, the
emergency won’t be truly
over until new-case rates
shrink further.
“I hope that day is not
too long off,” Roberts said.
It was a decidedly more
hopeful tone than was used
in early September when
the board first declared an
emergency, pushing forward
to install hand-washing
stations and asking cities
across the region to help
increase vaccination rates
and street-level sanitation
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SAN DIEGO County supervisors decided to continue the local health emergency
status over the region’s hepatitis outbreak until new-case rates shrink further.
efforts designed to stop a
rising tide of deaths largely
among homeless and drug-
using residents.
This week, the outbreak’s tally of confirmed
and probable cases reached
561, eight more than last
week. The outbreak’s death
total remained at 20 for the
fourth straight week.
Dr. Eric McDonald, chief
of the county’s Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch, said that his
department continues to
receive reports of one or two
new suspected cases each
day. That’s far fewer than
the 28 cases that were referred during the week of
Sept. 3.
“It appears that we are
past the peak of cases, but
we are still quite a ways from
the baseline before the
outbreak when there were
only a couple of cases per
month,” McDonald said.
“That is why it is critically
important that anyone with
a known risk for hepatitis A
who is still not vaccinated
get vaccinated now.”
The county reported
that its vaccination efforts
had reached 5,000 more
people throughout the
region since Dr. Wilma
Wooten, the county’s public
health officer, reported
crossing the 100,000-shot
threshold two weeks ago.
Wooten said Monday that
it’s getting harder to find
at-risk residents who
haven’t been vaccinated.
“We are noticing that
saturation is increasing,”
Wooten said.
The county also appears
to be making progress in
clearing its backlog of suspected hepatitis A cases.
The number of cases awaiting confirmation this week
dropped to 12, down from 31
last week.
Since the beginning,
public health experts have
warned that the outbreak
has the potential to cross
over and become more
common among gay men
who are at an elevated risk
of infection. Such a crossover has been reported in
Southeast Michigan where
a deadly hepatitis A outbreak has grown nearly as
large as San Diego’s. Wooten
said that four vaccination
clinics at San Diego’s LGBT
Center were held between
Oct. 18 and Wednesday. A
mobile effort, she added, is
expected soon.
“During the first two
weeks of December, four
mobile van clinics are
scheduled at several sites in
Hillcrest,” Wooten said.
Sisson writes for the San
Diego Union-Tribune.
Owner is urged to live on property
[Injunction, from B1]
days a week.
Harold Greenberg, an attorney representing Nijjar,
said his client plans to cooperate with officials and install security cameras, hire
guards for longer hours and
improve lighting, among
other changes.
“If someone’s gang affiliated … we don’t want them in
there,” Greenberg said. “We
want clean, safe, affordable
housing. Somebody’s got to
provide it. The city can’t, the
city’s the worst slumlord.”
But Greenberg said he
will fight if the city tries to
shut down the property —
even temporarily — and
doesn’t think Nijjar should
have to live there. He added
that security guards who patrol the area say that sometimes when they call the police, officers either don’t
come or show up late.
In the lawsuit, city officials said officers face substantial risks when responding to the complex. In one incident in June 2016, a group
of more than 30 people sur-
rounded officers trying to
members. One member became combative, and the officers called for backup. The
suit said the group included
several children from the
ages of 9 to 13 who joined in
threats toward police.
Prosecutors said Nijjar
took control of the property
in December 1996. Since
then, the lawsuit said, the
LAPD has logged more than
2,900 arrests and crime reports there, including homi-
cides and rapes. Some criminal activity, including shootings, has gone unreported
because residents fear retaliation by gang members, officials said. The violence, the
lawsuit said, is “perilously
close” to two high schools, an
elementary school and a
sports complex frequented
by neighborhood youth.
City prosecutors have
long relied on legal action to
crack down on gang activity.
Since July 2013, city officials
said, Feuer has filed 98 nuisance abatement lawsuits
and secured 96 injunctions
related to specific properties
with documented gang and/
or narcotics activity, said
Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney’s
“The injunction serves as
a tool to ensure property
owners take the necessary
actions to abate the criminal
activity alleged,” he said via
Twitter: @AleneTchek
Plan aims to pressure
pot shops to pay taxes
Proposed rules would
block permit renewals
if sellers don’t give
state what they owe.
Passenger is arrested
after refusing to
explain the remains to
Angels Camp police.
By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO — California’s shift to legal sales of
marijuana for recreational
use hit a milestone last week
when the state began issuing
tax permits to marijuana
State regulators estimate the California market
could eventually generate $1
billion in taxes and fees annually. But the industry has
resisted handing over its
share of profits to the state
treasury, and the pressure is
on to reduce delinquencies
and force scofflaws to pay
up. Industry officials and
state regulators say a proposed carrot-and-stick approach to taxes may lead to
more compliance in the future.
The state is scheduled to
begin licensing the growth,
distribution, testing and
sale of recreational pot
starting Jan. 2, as approved
by voters last November.
But medical marijuana sales
have been legal and taxed
since voters approved the
Compassionate Use Act of
A 2015 state study estimated that nearly 3,100 dispensaries were selling medical marijuana in California,
and that 66% did not comply
with state tax requirements.
The delinquencies cost the
state up to $105 million annually in unpaid sales taxes, according to the study by the
state Board of Equalization.
Tax amnesty programs
have been discussed in the
past, but state officials say
they are prepared to strictly
enforce the law when the
new system begins operating in less than two
“While we encourage
maximum voluntary compliance, for those who seek
to operate outside the lawful
By Joseph Serna
Francine Orr Los Angeles Times
THE CANNABIS market could eventually generate $1 billion in state taxes and
fees annually. Above, a shop that sells smoking products in Maywood.
tax structure, we have the
personnel and resources to
go after them,” said Paul
Cambra, a spokesman for
the California Department
of Tax and Fee Administration. “As with all areas of tax
collection, enforcement is a
primary method of deterring tax avoidance and we’re
ready to enforce the law.”
Industry officials predict
some pot sellers will stay in
the black market rather
than get a tax permit and
state license to sell marijuana.
But, they add, there will
be a significant financial incentive for pot growers and
sellers to get what is known
as an adult-use permit and
pay taxes: They must do so
to obtain a valuable state license to operate in California.
“This is about making
money, and in all honesty an
adult-use permit is the golden ticket,” said Nate Bradley,
a legislative advocate for the
California Cannabis Industry Assn. “So if they are not
going to be willing to pay
their taxes, there are going
to be other people with capital investment ready to
jump in.”
After obtaining a pot sell-
er’s tax permit, retailers will
be responsible for collecting
and giving the state a 15% excise tax on the marijuana
they sell, as well as additional taxes set by cities and
The new permit is for the
more than 250 distributors
of cannabis and cannabis
products expected to operate under the new legal
system. Distributors are responsible not only for moving cannabis from farms to
pot shops, but also for collecting taxes from growers
— $9.25 per dry-weight
ounce of cannabis flowers,
and $2.75 per dry-weight
ounce of cannabis leaves.
The marijuana industry’s
past poor compliance rate
concerned state legislators,
who last year tried unsuccessfully to set up a sixmonth amnesty program
that would allow businesses
to pay delinquent taxes and
temporarily avoid penalty
payments ranging from 25%
to 50% of taxes owed.
But Gov. Jerry Brown
vetoed the legislation.
“While increasing tax
compliance among medical
marijuana businesses is important, it is premature to
create a tax amnesty before
the regulations that link enforcement to licenses are
promulgated,” Brown wrote
in his veto message.
Rules for the marijuana
industry proposed this
month would put that link in
In order to get a state license to grow, distribute or
sell marijuana, operators
must first get a state tax permit, and renewal of those
permits can be blocked if
businesses don’t pay their
“Generally, a taxpayer
that owes back taxes will
need to pay the taxes due or
make arrangements to pay
the taxes due to obtain a new
seller’s permit,” Cambra
That leverage, and the
amount of money at stake,
should be more than enough
to persuade pot firms to stay
current on their taxes, says
Aaron Herzberg, an attorney for cannabis industry
“If you don’t pay taxes,
then you are going to get
knocked out of the system
pretty quickly,” he said.
Twitter: @mcgreevy99
Becerra assails park fee proposal
By Jazmine Ulloa
WASHINGTON — California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and almost a dozen of
his counterparts have denounced a National Parks
Service proposal to increase
entrance fees at 17 popular
parks, including some in the
“We cannot let the most
popular and awe-inspiring
national parks become
places only for the wealthy,”
the attorneys wrote in a
letter last week to the acting
director of the National
Parks Service. “As Americans, we are all public landowners.”
Federal parks officials
announced the proposed fee
hikes in late October as part
of a proposal to raise money
to fix roads, bridges, campgrounds and bathrooms. In
their letter, Becerra and fellow attorneys general say facility and infrastructure improvements should not
come at the expense of park
The agency proposed a
$70 fee for each private, noncommercial vehicle, up from
the current $25 to $30. The
fee for a motorcycle would be
$50, up from $15 to $25. Visitors on foot or bicycle would
pay $30, up from $10 to $15.
The affected parks would
include Yosemite, Joshua
Tree, Yellowstone, Zion, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.
Officials have extended
the public comment period
on the increases to Dec. 22.
Becerra and his counterparts, including those in
New York, Oregon and Arizona, argue the plan could
reduce revenue through
fewer visits and comes as the
Trump administration is
proposing far greater cuts to
the agency’s budget than
what the plan is expected to
Human skull,
meth found
in traffic stop
bring in. The plan is expected to generate $70 million annually on top of the
$200 million already collected every year from entrance fees.
“For every dollar the punitive fee increase raises
from families, the Trump administration intends to cut
more than four dollars from
the National Park Service’s
budget — almost $300 million,” Becerra said in a statement. “That backdoor math
simply does not add up. It’s a
cruel deception for millions
of hardworking families.”
Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE is among the national parks that would
be affected by a proposed increase in entrance fees.
A man was arrested after
authorities found a human
skull and methamphetamines in a car that had
been pulled over in a traffic
stop in Northern California.
Joshua Davis, 41, was a
passenger in a car that
Angels Camp police pulled
over about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
The officer had stopped
the driver for rolling through
a stop sign, but recognized
Davis from an earlier encounter when Davis was
driving the car, Angels
Camp police said. When the
officer asked Davis for identification, he initially refused, police said.
When Davis did reveal his
identity, the officer learned
that he had a suspended
driver’s license, triggering a
search of the car, officials
Police say they found
methamphetamines hidden
held Thanksgiving night.
behind the gas tank door
and a human skull in a bag in
the trunk.
“Davis invoked his Miranda rights and refused to
explain how he came to be in
possession of the human
skull,” police said in a statement.
Davis was booked on
suspicion of violating his
probation, driving with a
suspended license, possessing
and disturbing human remains.
The Calaveras County
coroner will examine the
skull and try to determine an
Twitter: @JosephSerna
Newport Beach’s
sales tax revenue
hits speed bump
Fewer luxury cars are
selling; city may end
up $1.1 million short of
budgeted amount.
By Hillary Davis
Mercedes models aren’t
moving as fast as they used
to in Newport Beach.
Sales tax collections in
town appear to be ebbing
this year, partly because of a
tapering in sales of high-end
cars such as Mercedes-Benzes and Teslas.
City officials say it’s no
cause for alarm — projected
revenue is still growing year
over year, just not as quickly
as once expected.
In a report prepared this
month for the Newport
Beach Finance Committee
summarizing the performance of the city’s top three
revenue sources — property,
sales and hotel bed taxes —
city Finance Director Dan
Matusiewicz said that overall, this fiscal year’s projected general fund revenue
of $212.3 million is greater
than the $210.2 million that
was budgeted.
Projections for the city’s
No. 1 source, property taxes,
are $99 million, higher than
the $97.1 million the city
If the projection holds
true, it would be a 5%
increase over last year’s
$94.4 million, which was
itself an increase over the
$88.8 million the year before.
But sales and bed taxes,
though also growing, need
downward revisions from
budgeted amounts.
Sales taxes are projected
to hit $34.8 million — above
last year’s $33.7 million but
below this fiscal year’s
budgeted $35.9 million. The
city report attributed that to
a dip in luxury car sales,
along with an increase in
auto leases and the effects of
online shopping.
Similarly, bed taxes, also
known as transient occupancy taxes, are projected to
hit $23.1 million — above
last year’s $22.4 million but
below this year’s budgeted
$24.3 million.
The growth is slowing as
hotel renovations take many
rooms out of commission.
The Resort at Pelican Hill
and the Duke — formerly the
Fairmont — recently started
remodeling projects that
will last through June. The
Carlton — formerly the
Radisson — has been under
renovation for about a year
and is expected to be finished in May.
Matusiewicz said the recent report was intended to
give the Finance Committee
incremental information for
easy digestion.
Dixon, the committee chairwoman, said the report enables prudent planning.
Davis writes for Times
Community News.
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
A memorial is erected Monday for Daniel Navarro, who was shot to death by
a Covina police officer after a standoff Sunday night at Wingate Park.
NEWPORT officials say sales tax revenue isn’t rising
as quickly as expected. Above, a Mercedes dealership.
J O N H E NDRICKS, 1921 – 2017
Singer was ‘the poet laureate of jazz’
By Don Heckman
on Hendricks, the pioneering jazz singer and
lyricist with the vocal
Hendricks & Ross who
helped create an inventive
jazz vocal technique called
“vocalese,” has died.
Hendricks died Wednesday in New York City, his
daughter Aria Hendricks
said. He was 96.
When Hendricks arrived
on the jazz scene in the ’50s,
his mastery of “vocalese” —
an expansion of scat singing
— had a powerful influence
on the musical tenor of postWorld War II bebop. The
technique combined existing — usually recorded — instrumental jazz solos and
newly written lyrics and
often replaced instruments
with vocalists. In Hendricks’
hands, the result was seen by
his fans as rhythmic poetry.
Although vocalese was a
relatively new jazz art form,
Hendricks quickly defined
most of its significant elements in Lambert, Hendricks & Ross’ first recording, “Sing A Song of Basie,”
based on such Count Basie
classics like “It’s Sand,
Man,” “Two For the Blues”
and “Little Pony.”
Not only did Hendricks
James F. Quinn Chicago Tribune
Jon Hendricks, seen at a 2005 concert in Chicago,
helped define the jazz technique called “vocalese.”
create full band passages for
the three singers to overdub,
he also turned the solos of instrumentalists into vocal
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
a Grammy nomination. Decades later it was honored
with a Grammy Hall of Fame
award, given to musical recordings considered to have
a lasting historical significance.
Singer and pianist Carmen McRae said Hendricks
was “the greatest lyricist in
the world” and Al Jarreau
called him “pound for pound
the best jazz singer on the
planet.” Joni Mitchell, who
rarely recorded songs other
than her own, featured Hendricks’ songs on both “Court
and Spark” and “The Hissing of Summer Lawns”
Mitchell said she fell in
love with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross’ “The Hottest
New Sound in Jazz” as a
“In a way I’ve always considered that album to be my
Beatles, because I learned
every song off it,” she said. “I
don’t think there’s another
album that I know every
song on, including my own!”
Time magazine labeled
Hendricks “the James Joyce
of jazz” and Times jazz critic
Leonard Feather called
Hendricks “the poet laureate of jazz.”
As Hendricks’ visibility
grew, Duke Ellington chose
him as the featured soloist in
the premiere performance of
Ellington’s first Sacred Music Concert, and his music
guided groups like The Manhattan Transfer, New York
Voices and Take 6.
Born Sept. 16, 1921, in
Newark, Ohio, Hendricks
and his 14 siblings bounced
around before his parents finally settled in Toledo, Ohio.
His musical talents were
apparent at an early age,
and Hendricks was singing
on local radio shows by the
time he was 7. As a teenager,
he expressed ambitions to
become a drummer. But opportunities to sing in the
company of such major jazz
artists as Fats Waller, Art
Tatum and Ted Lewis convinced him that his instrument of choice should be his
After serving in the U.S.
Army from 1942 to 1946, Hendricks returned to Ohio to
study law and literature at
the University of Toledo. His
college funding fell through,
however, and he fell back on
his musical skills, playing
drums and singing with local groups.
When Charlie Parker
heard him scat singing in a
club, the great bebop saxophonist praised Hendricks’
It’s time for accountability
[Abcarian, from B1]
Lewinsky and sexually
harassing Paula Jones. Why
should Trump escape investigation?
Many Republicans have
urged Alabama Republican
Roy Moore, the “devout”
Christian and Ten Commandments obsessive, to
withdraw from the U.S.
Senate race because at least
eight women have accused
him of sexual assault or
improper advances when
they were teenagers. If they
believe he is unfit to hold
office, how can they defend
For a long time, Trump
was silent about the Moore
accusations. Then, just
before Thanksgiving, in
comments to reporters, he
gave Moore a pass. He
might as well have been
talking about himself: “He
says it didn’t happen. You
have to listen to him,”
Trump said. “I do have to
say, 40 years is a long time.”
Is it?
“Mr. Trump, perhaps you
do not remember me or
what you did to me so many
years ago,” said Virginia,
who spoke at a news conference in October 2016 with
attorney Gloria Allred at her
side, “but I can assure you
that I remember you and
what you did to me as
though it was yesterday.”
As we’ve seen from the
season’s parade of grotesque headlines about
sexual harassment, entitled
men seem unable to distinguish between sexual interest and sexual repulsion. It’s
got to be some sort of pa-
Justin Lane EPA
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times
thology. I have taken to
calling this disorder “Powerful Male Pattern Blindness.”
Did Charlie Rose, who is
75, really think that the
twentysomething assistants he took to his fancy
beach home were turned on
by his open bathrobe and
naked outdoor showers?
Did Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken really
think it was funny to pose
for a photo while pretending
to grope the breasts of a
sleeping woman?
Did Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, a
bona fide champion of the
civil rights movement, really
not grasp the aggressive
stupidity of meeting a highranking female staffer wearing only his underpants?
“He wasn’t doing it to hit
on me,” attorney Melanie
Sloan told the Detroit Free
Press. “It was more like he
could do what he wanted.”
Powerful Male Pattern
Blindness strikes again.
this condition seems to be
public humiliation.
Fox News Network
founder Roger Ailes was
canned. So was Fox star Bill
Rose was fired by CBS
from his popular morning
Weinstein was ousted
from his own movie company, was kicked out of the
Motion Picture Academy
and is under criminal investigation.
Franken has apologized
repeatedly, and said he
welcomes a Senate ethics
Conyers has stepped
down from his leadership
post on the House Judiciary
On Monday in Sacramento, Assemblyman Raul
Bocanegra, a Democrat
from Pacoima, resigned
after six women accused
him of making unwanted
sexual advances. (On Tuesday, Democratic Assemblywoman Laura Friedman of
Glendale will convene the
first in a series of public
hearings about the culture
of sexual harassment in the
says President Trump
touched her breast in ’98.
Sadly, the only cure for
filed suit against Trump
for calling her a liar.
state Capitol.)
There is also a petition
asking the government
accountability group Common Cause California to
rescind an upcoming award
for former Republican Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger,
who was accused of sexually
groping and humiliating six
women in 2003, shortly
before he won his first term
by a landslide.
Could that sort of travesty happen again?
On Dec. 12, Alabama
voters will choose between
Moore and his Democratic
opponent, Doug Jones, a
former prosecutor who won
convictions against two Ku
Klux Klan members for
orchestrating the 1963
bombing that killed four
African American girls at
Birmingham’s 16th Street
Baptist Church.
Some Republican senators have already made
noise about refusing to seat
Moore if he wins. Yet only
one — Susan Collins of
Maine — has addressed the
lingering allegations against
Trump, calling them “very
disturbing” last week.
“We are suddenly living
in a very different universe,”
Greenwald said. “In a world
where people are appropriately being called out for
abusive and horrific actions,
Trump has gotten away
The powerful and entitled are being called to
account. Why should Trump
be an exception?
Managers not required to report claims
[Harassment, from B1]
cording to the city, but that
is not a full picture.
That figure doesn’t reflect
through other city administrative channels.
For instance, workers
may choose to file claims
with their department’s human
rather than the Personnel
Department. Or they can go
right to a supervisor, who
may confront a perpetrator
and deal with the complaint
Meanwhile, there’s no
city policy requiring managers to report harassment
claims in their departments
to the Personnel Department, said Bruce Whidden,
the department’s public information officer.
Equal Rights Advocates,
a San Francisco nonprofit
organization focused on
women’s rights, recommends having a centralized
place to file complaints, said
Jessica Stender, senior staff
“The idea is to have some
type of tracking system in
place to keep all the files and
documentation,” Stender
Asked about the city’s
Garcetti said his office is taking steps to improve the reporting process. After news
outlets published stories
about Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuse of women,
Garcetti asked his staff to review the city’s harassment
policies, he said.
“Sexual misconduct has
no place in our society, and I
am committed to making
sure City Hall is a place
where every employee feels
Garcetti said.
This isn’t the first time
L.A.’s leaders have sought to
overhaul the city’s sexual
harassment policies.
Martinez and City Council President Herb Wesson in
2013 proposed conducting
sexual harassment training
for all employees, not just
managers, and suggested
that training should be done
in person, rather than the
two-hour online sessions
now required.
The city currently requires roughly 10,000 managers and supervisors to
take the online training.
However, the 2013 proposal never went forward because Personnel Department officials said in-person
training would be too timeconsuming. Martinez said
this month that she is satisfied with the city’s current
training system.
To date, Los Angeles City
Hall has not been rocked
with the type of accusations
lodged at the state Capitol,
where hundreds of women
signed a letter last month
calling out a “pervasive” culture of sexual harassment
and mistreatment.
Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) announced his resignation effective Monday after The
Times published a story in
which he was accused by six
women of unwanted sexual
advances or inappropriate
planned to step down next
year after The Times’ report,
but accelerated that timeline to help those who have
been “truly victims of sexual
assaults and workplace harassment,” he said in a statement Monday.
Martinez, whose husband works for Bocanegra,
was one of those who called
on the assemblyman to resign immediately.
The harassment allegations leveled in the media,
entertainment and political
worlds, and other industries, give the city an “opportunity” to look at its own
policies, Wesson said in a recent interview.
“We want to make sure
that anyone who has been
harassed feels comfortable
and can make a complaint,”
Wesson said.
Twitter: @dakotacdsmith
singing, and advised him to
devote himself to music.
Parker also urged Hendricks to move to New York,
offering to help him make his
first contacts in the city’s
jazz community.
The introductions began
to pay off in 1952 when Louis
Jordan recorded Hendricks’
“I Want You to Be My Baby.”
A year later, Hendricks recorded “Four Brothers” and
“Cloudburst” with the Dave
Lambert Singers, setting
the stage for the foundation
of Lambert, Hendricks &
Hendricks formed the
group in 1957, and the trio
performed together until
1962, when Annie Ross left
for a solo career and was replaced by singer Yolande Bavan.
Hendricks and his family
lived and performed in Europe between 1968 and 1973.
When he returned to the
U.S., Hendricks moved to
San Francisco, where he
wrote about jazz for the
Chronicle newspaper and
formed a group called the
Hendricks Family with his
wife, Judith, and children,
Michele and Eric.
worked with the Manhattan
Transfer on their album “Vocalese,” which won seven
Grammy awards.
Hendricks began to teach
at the University of Toledo in
2000 and was eventually appointed distinguished professor of jazz studies and
granted an honorary doctorate in performing arts.
He is survived by a son,
Jon; two daughters, Michele
and Aria; and three grandchildren.
Heckman is a former Times
staff writer.
T U E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 2017
State’s high court rules for farmworkers
[Farmworkers, from B1]
binding mediation, and the
mediator eventually wrote a
contract that the board approved.
Gerawan sued, arguing
the state law was unconstitutional.
United Farm Workers
President Arturo S. Rodriguez said Gerawan must
now pay workers more than
$10 million in back wages.
“After four years of
stalling, giant Gerawan
Farming Inc. should immediately honor the union
contract hammered out by a
neutral state mediator,”
Rodriguez said in a written
The $10-million figure
was based on calculations of
the difference in hourly pay
Gerawan’s 3,000 workers received and the higher wages
they would have earned in
addition to holiday pay
under the state-ordered
contract, the union said.
“Gerawan is exactly the
kind of case lawmakers had
in mind when they enacted
the law because the company has been repeatedly
found guilty by the state of
California of multiple and
serious violations of its
workers’ rights, including
the right to their union contract,” the union said.
Gerawan said it would
ask the U.S. Supreme Court
to review and overturn Monday’s ruling.
“We believe that coerced
contracts are constitutionally at odds with free choice,”
the grower said in a written
‘After four years
of stalling, giant
Gerawan Farming
Inc. should
honor the union
hammered out by
a neutral state
— Arturo S.
United Farm Workers president
David A. Schwarz, Gerawan’s lawyer, said the
grower does not owe back
wages and that enforcement
of the contract will be decided in litigation still pending before a state appeals
A majority of Gerawan’s
workers sought and obtained an election in 2013 to
decertify the UFW as their
representative, but the state
agricultural board refused
Schwarz said.
Litigation on whether
those ballots must be
counted remains pending,
he said.
Under the contract approved by the state board,
farmworkers would have to
pay 3% of their wages to the
union, Schwarz said.
Gerawan’s workers decided to join the UFW in 1990,
Tomas Ovalle
DAN GERAWAN inspects plums at his packing plant. His company owns 12,000 acres in Fresno and Madera
counties and employs thousands of workers to grow, harvest and pack stone fruit and table grapes.
and the results of that election were certified in 1992.
Gerawan said 99% of its
current workers did not participate in that vote.
Schwarz said the UFW
“disappeared” for many
years and did nothing to represent the workers, an argument cited by Gerawan in
challenging the imposed
The state high court rejected that argument, concluding an employer may
not base an objection to
binding mediation on challenging a union’s certification as a bargaining representative.
The court cited previous
rulings and a “strong legislative policy against employer
participation in the union
selection process.”
A group that calls itself
“Pick Justice” and opposes
UFW representation said
the decision did not bar
workers from decertifying
the union.
“The Supreme Court
should order the ALRB to
count our votes from 2013,”
said Silvia Lopez, described
as the founder of the informal group.
Twitter: @mauradolan
T U E S D A Y , N O V E M B E R 2 8 , 2 0 1 7 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / B U S I N E S S
loses in
play at
L . A . AU T O S H OW
Don’t be
The White
House would
have you
believe that
the battle for
control of the
Protection Bureau is about
the rightful exercise of presidential power.
It’s about screwing over
This latest completely
unnecessary political crisis
is the result of two competing claims to the title of
acting director of the consumer agency.
Before he stepped down
Friday as director, Richard
Cordray named his deputy
director, Leandra English,
to take over as interim chief
— which the federal law that
created the CFPB allowed
him to do.
President Trump followed up by naming White
House Office of Management and Budget Director
Mick Mulvaney as acting
director — which a different
federal law allowed him to
Now we have two rival
claims to the bureau’s top
spot, a lawsuit filed by English challenging Trump’s
move and confusion overshadowing an agency that
has been at the center of
partisan bickering since it
opened for business six
years ago.
Consumer advocates
quickly lined up behind
English, who they said
would continue the CFPB’s
mission of safeguarding
people from greedy banks,
credit card companies and
payday lenders.
“Acting Director English
is rightly in that post until
the Senate confirms a new
director,” said Lisa Donner,
executive director of Americans for Financial Reform.
Conservatives defended
Trump and reiterated their
criticism that the CFPB is a
“rogue agency” with no
accountability to Congress
or the American people.
“The court now needs to
[See Lazarus, C4]
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MANY AUTO companies that sell cars and sport utility vehicles have gained sales in one segment only to lose them in another.
SUVs, trucks are hot,
sedans are not in ’17
Industrywide, prices and sales approach record highs as demand shifts
By Charles Fleming
Bill Pugliano Getty Images
THROUGH OCTOBER , sales of SUVs were up more than 350,000 units from the year-
earlier period. Above, Ford workers in Kentucky assemble a 2018 Expedition last month.
As the year draws to a close, auto companies
are again celebrating a near-record number of
cars and trucks sold and a near-record average
transaction price per vehicle.
But the news isn’t all good. In 2017, demand
for sport utility vehicles rose to unprecedented
heights, but interest in traditional passenger
cars plummeted.
Many car companies that sell both kinds of
vehicles have gained sales in one segment only
to lose them in another. Manufacturers that
lean more toward passenger cars could soon be
stuck with factories and production lines making vehicles no one wants. If the trend continues,
cars that once led sales segments could disappear altogether.
“This may mean that some successful car
models are on the chopping block,” Kelley Blue
Book senior analyst Karl Brauer said. “Basically
everything in the large sedan category is an endangered species.”
The shifting landscape will be a top concern
[See Auto sales, C4]
Health plan raises concern Faulty satellite?
Robot geek squad
is on the horizon
Directive from Trump
on a return to creating
associations alarms
California officials.
Firms are building
automated spacecraft
for on-orbit repairs.
By Pauline Bartolone
Just a few decades ago,
small businesses in California often banded together to
buy health insurance on the
premise that a bigger pool of
enrollees would get them a
better deal.
California’s dairy farmers
did it; so did car dealers and
But after a string of these
“association health plans”
went belly up, sometimes in
the wake of fraud, state lawmakers passed sweeping
changes in the 1990s that
consigned them to near-extinction.
Now, President Trump
wants to promote a renaissance of these health plans
and make it easier for them
to operate across state lines
— with less regulation. In a
[See Healthcare, C5]
By Samantha Masunaga
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
IN THE 1980s and ’90s, association plan failures hit a number of small businesses.
Above, Stoughton Printing in City of Industry provides workers coverage through
a healthcare association. CEO Jack Stoughton says it has saved him money.
Hundreds of millions of
dollars can go into the school
bus-sized satellites that
blast into orbit above Earth
and provide services including broadband internet,
broadcasting and military
But if a part breaks or a
satellite runs out of fuel,
there’s no way to send help.
and government agencies
believe they’re getting close
to having an answer: robot
The idea is to extend the
lives of satellites through onorbit satellite servicing, in
which robotic spacecraft essentially act as the AAA
roadside service trucks of
space, traveling from satellite to satellite to refuel them
and fix problems.
On a spring day earlier
this year in Greenbelt, Md.,
30 companies gathered at
NASA’s Goddard Space
Flight Center to learn about
the technology and view
hardware for on-orbit satellite servicing. They ranged
from spacecraft makers to
purveyors of robot arms and
even insurance brokers. A
second event is planned for
Industry watchers see
the heightened activity as
commercial validation for a
30-year-old idea that, until
recently, attracted only government dollars.
“I think it could be a sustainable
Carissa Christensen, chief
executive of space analytic
consulting firm Bryce Space
and Technology.
One of the first such commercial robot technicians is
[See Satellite, C6]
TU E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 2017
associated press
Americans bought new
homes in October at the
fastest pace in a decade — a
6.2% monthly increase that
reflects both the underlying
strength of the economy and
the worsening shortage of
existing homes for sale.
The Commerce Department said Monday that
new-home sales last month
rose to a seasonally adjusted
annual rate of 685,000. That
marks the third straight
monthly gain and the best
sales clip since October 2007.
Much of the sales growth
came from the Northeast
and Midwest, with the South
and West posting smaller increases.
Many buyers are turning
to new construction because
there is a shrinking supply of
existing homes for sale. But
new construction has been
unable to keep up with demand.
Potential buyers are
searching for homes amid a
healthy job market with a
4.1% unemployment rate
and attractive 30-year mortgage rates that are averaging less than 4%.
Still, the lack of properties on the market has fueled
higher prices, creating affordability pressures.
The average sales price of
a new home jumped 13.6%
over the past 12 months to
These price increases are
a sign that builders can
charge more because of the
dearth of inventory.
The number of sales listings for existing homes has
tumbled 10.4% from a year
earlier to just 1.8 million, according to the National
Assn. of Realtors.
That’s the smallest number of homes on the market
for any October since the association began tracking the
data in 1999.
New construction can offset only some of this supply
crunch. There is only a 4.9
months’ supply of newly
built homes on the market,
the lowest reading since July
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MEREDITH, which publishes Better Homes & Gardens, will pay $2.8 billion for Time Inc. Above, Time’s offices in New York City.
Deal was matter of survival
Time Inc. knew it
couldn’t shift from
print to digital on its
own, so it allowed
Meredith to buy it.
By James F. Peltz
Time Inc. decided that if
its famous magazine titles
such as Time, People and
Sports Illustrated were going to survive the wrenching
shift from print publishing
to digital viewership, the
company couldn’t do it
And so Time agreed to be
acquired by another magazine publisher, Meredith
Corp., whose titles include
Family Circle and Better
Homes & Gardens, for $18.50
a share, or $2.8 billion, which
includes the assumption of
Time’s approximately $1 billion in debt.
Wall Street applauded
the marriage and sent the
stocks of both companies
sharply higher Monday. Investors basically agreed
with the assertion by Meredith, a Des Moines, Iowa,
company that also owns 17
television stations, that the
combined company’s larger
scale and broader stable of
popular magazines would
draw more advertising dollars and other revenue in the
digital age.
Meredith will use the deal
Mark Lennihan Associated Press
TIME INC.’S famous magazine titles include Time,
People, Fortune, Sunset and Sports Illustrated.
with New York-based Time
to become “a premier media
and marketing company
with an unparalleled portfolio of national media brands
along with a highly profitable local-television business,” Meredith Chief Executive Stephen Lacy said on
a conference call with analysts Monday.
In announcing the deal
Sunday, Meredith said it
would have “leading positions in celebrity, food, lifestyle, news and sports, parenting and home content
Meredith said both companies’ boards approved the
deal, and it confirmed recent
speculation that the billion-
aire Koch brothers would
provide $650 million to help
finance the purchase.
That speculation had led
some media observers to
question whether the brothers, Charles and David
Koch, would use Time’s storied publications to promote
their brand of conservative
Meredith said the brothers would not have a seat on
its board of directors and
“will have no influence on
Meredith’s editorial or managerial operations.”
In his call with analysts,
Lacy reiterated that the
Koch brothers would not demand any control despite
their hefty investment.
“Their desire to be passive and not require a board
seat,” along with the financial terms of their investment, “without a doubt”
made the offer from the
Koch brothers the most attractive financing support
available for the merger,
Lacy said.
Rich Battista, who has
been Time Inc.’s president
and chief executive for
slightly more than a year,
will leave the publisher after
helping Meredith’s management with the transition,
Time Inc. said.
Time Inc. Chairman John
Fahey said in a statement
that Battista and the rest of
Time Inc.’s employees had
made “significant progress
transforming one of the
world’s most iconic and historically significant publishing companies into a leading
multi-platform media enterprise.”
But Fahey also said Meredith’s offer was “in the best
interests of the company
and its shareholders.”
Meredith’s stock shot up
$6.55, or nearly 11%, to $67.55
a share Monday, and Time’s
stock jumped $1.60, or 9.5%,
to $18.50 a share, in response
to the deal.
Like all traditional print
publishers, both Time and
Meredith have struggled to
replace shrinking print ad
revenue as more people consume news, videos and other
information online. Time
Inc., which was spun off from
Time Warner Inc. in 2014, has
been hard-hit as more readers migrate to digital platforms.
In the first nine months
of the year, Time Inc.’s revenue dropped 9% to $2 billion,
compared with a year earlier. The company previously
had held merger talks with
Meredith to no avail, but the
Koch brothers’ investment
apparently helped get the
deal done.
Tom Harty, Meredith’s
president and chief operating officer, told analysts
that the combined size of
Meredith and Time was an
advantage in gaining advertisers’ dollars.
“More and more marketers and agencies are consolidating budgets with partners who have the scale,
trusted brands and ability to
deliver [an] improved return
on ad spend,” Harty said.
That’s one reason why
media analyst Tuna Amobi
of CFRA Research raised his
rating on Meredith’s stock to
“buy” from “hold” Monday
and called the deal “transformative” for Meredith.
“Having so many assets
in different areas of publishing gives them the ability to
propose more solutions to
advertisers,” Amobi said,
adding that Time Inc. also is
“farther along in terms of the
online modernization of its
content than Meredith.”
Twitter: @PeltzLATimes
Weinstein quits directors guild
His resignation comes
as he faces two new
lawsuits, including one
alleging he engaged in
sex trafficking.
By David Ng
Harvey Weinstein resigned from the Directors
Guild of America on Monday
as the scandal surrounding
his alleged acts of sexual
misconduct continued to
grow with two new lawsuits
filed against the disgraced
movie producer.
One of the suits accuses
Weinstein of engaging in sex
trafficking by luring an actress to the Cannes Film
Festival in France three
years ago on the pretext of
business, only to sexually assault her in his room at Le
Majestic Hotel.
Weinstein’s resignation
from the DGA comes after
the guild filed disciplinary
charges against him in October after numerous women
publicly came forward to
accuse him of sexual misconduct, including harassment
and rape. He probably faced
expulsion from the guild, after having already been
kicked out of the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers
Guild of America.
“Harvey Weinstein re-
Dave Bedrosian Future-Image TNS
A NEW suit accuses Harvey Weinstein of luring an
actress to the Cannes Film Festival three years ago
on the pretext of business only to sexually assault her.
signed his membership from
the DGA, effective today,” a
guild spokeswoman said in a
statement Monday. She declined to elaborate.
Weinstein was primarily
a producer of movies and TV,
but he became a member of
the DGA because he co-directed the little-seen 1986
comedy “Playing for Keeps”
with his brother, Bob.
On Monday, actress Kadian Noble filed a suit in federal court in New York, alleging that Harvey Weinstein
engaged in sex trafficking
when he enticed her to his
hotel room at Cannes in 2014
under the guise of discussing a movie role. During
the meeting, the producer
pulled the actress close and
“groped her breasts,” despite her protests, according
to the complaint.
The actress says that at
one point during her meeting, Weinstein put her on the
phone with an unnamed
producer at Weinstein Co.
who told her to be “a good
girl and do whatever he
Noble alleges that Weinstein then forcibly pulled her
into the bathroom, where he
exposed her breasts, groped
her and then forced her to
masturbate him until he
ejaculated onto the floor.
The suit also names Bob
Weinstein and Weinstein Co.
as defendants, alleging that
they were “knowing, or in
reckless disregard of the
fact,” that Harvey would
force himself on her sexually.
A separate civil suit was
filed in London on Monday
by an unnamed plaintiff who
alleges that Harvey Weinstein engaged in a series of
sexual assaults, and that
Weinstein Co. is also liable
on the grounds of negligence
and possibly breach of contract. The complaint didn’t
say when or where the assaults took place, or elaborate on the nature of the assaults.
Both plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages.
A representative for Weinstein Co. didn’t respond to
requests for comment.
A representative for Harvey Weinstein said in a statement: “Mr. Weinstein denies
allegations of nonconsensual sex. Mr. Weinstein has
further confirmed that there
were never any acts of retaliation against any women for
refusing his advances.”
Sneak peak at new models
The Los Angeles Auto Show, one of the largest car shows in the world, begins Friday. More than 50 vehicles will debut at the
event. Below, we preview some of them. The show will be open to the public Dec. 1-10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Ingo Barenschee Volkswagen
Jaguar Land Rover
JAGUAR’S XF Sportbrake bridges the gap between sporty sedan and SUV.
THE VOLKSWAGEN I.D. Buzz mini-bus recalls the iconic 1960s Microbus.
Jaguar fields a ‘premium wagon’
3 electric vehicles from VW
Though the station wagon has gone to soccer mom heaven with the minivan, some companies are still building cars that try to bridge the gap between sporty sedan and sensible people mover. Jaguar offers its take on what the English call a “shooting brake.”
Has Volkswagen identified a winning combination of electric vehicles? It will try with its
trio of I.D. vehicles, designed to draw attention as the company seeks to move past the
diesel emissions cheating scandal and speed its transition into an electrified future.
What is it?: The Sportbrake is a four-door,
five-seater “premium wagon,” styled to
look like a sports car up front and a station
wagon in back. Part of Jaguar’s XF line of
luxury sedans, it’s meant to carry a load
and use the standard all-wheel-drive
system to maneuver gracefully in wet or
winter weather.
What are they?: Three electric concept
cars that will start hitting showrooms by
late 2019. The I.D. hatchback, the I.D. Buzz
mini-bus and the I.D. Crozz crossover are
spearheading Volkswagen’s major move
into electrified cars. At the L.A. Auto
Show, all three will appear together for the
first time.
Why it matters: Jaguar has seen sales soar
by almost 50% this year as buyers new to
the brand have snapped up the company’s
new F-Pace. The Sportbrake is an attempt
to go after the customer who might find
that SUV a little big or bulky and might
not be ready for the pricier Land Rover
products, but wants English sports car
styling matched with more storage and
cargo space.
What’s new?: Jaguar hasn’t been in the
premium wagon segment since it discontinued the X-Type Sportwagon in 2008.
This time around, Jaguar has loaded the
Sportbrake with considerable layers of
new technology. The car comes standard
with the drive dynamics system found on
the company’s F-Type sports cars, parallel
and perpendicular parking assist, and a
self-leveling suspension system that guarantees a sporty ride even when the cargo
space is carrying a load.
The competition: The shooting brake
category isn’t as hot as the SUV segment,
but Sportbrake cross-shoppers have a lot
to choose from, including BMW’s 3-series,
Audi’s A4, Mercedes-Benz’s E-class, Volvo’s V90 Cross Country and even Porsche’s
The details: The Sportbrake, making its
U.S. debut, gets a supercharged V-6 gasoline engine, making 380 horsepower and
332 pound-feet of torque, mated to an
eight-speed automatic transmission and
all-wheel drive.
It’s said to get from zero to 60 mph in 5.3
seconds, though probably not that quickly
with the 70 cubic feet of cargo space filled.
Jaguar is pricing the Sportbrake from
— Charles Fleming
Why they matter: The I.D.s “mark the
start of a design and technology revolution
that is going to change individual mobility
and the Volkswagen brand forever,” VW
design head Klaus Bischoff said. One
could argue that the emergence of Tesla
and VW’s diesel-cheating scandal marked
the start of this revolution, but why be a
downer? The trio marks the bold beginning of a risky strategy to push VW into a
future that it bets will be dominated by
electric, connected, autonomous cars.
What’s new?: The “happy looking” design,
as Car & Driver describes it. More fundamentally, the company’s MEB global
platform, which was created from scratch
exclusively for electric vehicles, will serve
as the basis for all of VW’s electric offerings. The company plans to introduce at
least 30 electric cars under VW, Audi and
the rest of the company’s nameplates by
2025. The cars were designed to accommodate a steering wheel that collapses into
the dashboard and front seats that swivel
toward the back passengers, ready for
autonomous driving when the technology
and the regulations allow it.
The competition: The easy answer is
Tesla. Plus all the other major auto companies introducing electric vehicles in
Tesla’s wake. Perhaps some start-ups, too.
The details: Details may change by showroom time, but the Buzz is slated for 369
horsepower with an electric motor on each
axle for all-wheel drive, with a 111-kWh
battery pack and up to a 300-mile range.
The Buzz, according to Volkswagen, recalls the VW Microbus of the 1960s but
does not mimic it. All three cars will be
“more affordable” than competitors.
— Russ Mitchell
VOLVO says its XC40 will be “among the safest, well-equipped compact SUVs.”
PORSCHE’S Carrera T is a lighter, quicker take on its heart-and-soul model.
Volvo aims for youthful appeal
A 911 for the ‘purist on a budget’
This is the 2019 Volvo XC40, Volvo’s third sport utility vehicle (the others are the larger
XC90 and XC60) and its first entry in the compact SUV market. To create it, Volvo said it
looked to architecture, art and culture for inspiration.
Porsche’s bread-and-butter vehicles are the Macan and Cayenne SUVs, but the heart
and soul of the German company is the 911 Carrera. To broaden the iconic sports car’s
appeal, Porsche is introducing the new “less weight, more performance” Carrera T.
What is it?: The Swedish automaker says
the XC40 will be “among the safest, wellequipped compact SUVs available.” The
all-wheel-drive T5 version will start at
$35,200, and next summer, Volvo will introduce the T4 front-wheel-drive version
starting at $33,200.
What is it?: Porsche’s engineers have
crafted a new 911 model that slides in between the entry-level Carrera (retailing
from about $92,000) and the spendier,
more technologically advanced Carrera S
(priced from about $106,000). The designers have shaved weight, cut comfort and
increased driver engagement by taking
out sound-deadening materials and removing things like inside door handles.
(It’s a fabric strap, instead of a metal pull,
like on old-fashioned race cars.) The result
is what Porsche calls “the lightest model in
the 911 Carrera range,” designed to
heighten “purity and focus.”
“The T is a car for the Porsche purist on
a budget,” said celebrity car podcaster
Spike Feresten, who applauds the car’s
return to simple, stripped-down driving.
“Your Saturday morning coffee blast is
going to be a lot of fun.”
Why it matters: Volvo, which was acquired
by Chinese automotive giant Geely Holding Group in 2010, needs to stay competitive in the SUV market. The XC40’s entry
in the fast-growing smaller sector is
“broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand
and moving it in a new direction,” Volvo
Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson said.
Volvo also knows that compact SUVs
are particularly appealing to younger
drivers, and it maintains that the XC40’s
body style “has a strong, structured profile
for a youthful expression.”
Consumer Reports said the XC40
“combines an eye-catching exterior, a
fresh and innovative cabin, and all the
safety equipment one would expect from a
What’s new?: The T5 version of the XC40 is
174.2 inches long and 65 inches high and
has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine
and eight-speed automatic transmission.
Volvo long has put a premium on safety,
and the XC40’s available features include
detection for vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists
and animals; pilot assist, run-off-road
protection, cross-traffic alert with brake
support and a 360-degree camera for
There’s also a dedicated cellphone
storage space between the front seats to
free up cup holders, and for general storage there are large door pockets, integrated bag hooks and a customizable
cargo area.
Although the XC40 bears a resemblance to Volvo’s larger SUVs, “distinctive
XC40 details include an upswept rear-side
window, a clamshell hood and the sort of
plastic wheel-arch cladding that has become visual shorthand for a crossover in
recent years,” Car and Driver said.
The competition: The XC40 will compete
with a range of upscale compact and
crossover SUVs, including the Audi Q3,
BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Lexus
The details: The XC40 will be included in
the automaker’s new Care by Volvo program, in which users pay a flat monthly fee
for the vehicle, maintenance, insurance,
protection services and the ability to upgrade to a new car in as little as 12 months.
Traditional purchase and lease choices
also remain available.
— James F. Peltz
Why it matters: The West Coast market is
essential to Porsche’s bottom line. Last
year, more than a quarter of the 54,000 cars
the German automaker sold in the U.S.
were sold in California. Half of those went
to buyers in L.A., who are also targeted by
a constant parade of new products from
Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini, Aston
Martin, Jaguar and even Tesla. So Porsche
always has a massive presence in the L.A.
Convention Center’s Petree Hall, and
always brings cool stuff to the show.
What’s new?: Porsche has kept many of
the entry-level Carrera’s sports car features, but has subtracted some technology
and added some performance. The T
comes with a sport suspension and optional four-wheel steering system, neither
of which is offered on the base Carrera.
The T comes standard with 20-inch wheels
and rear seat delete package, and can be
fitted with carbon fiber bucket seats.
The competition: Porsche has plenty of
company in the $100,000-sports-car category. Carrera customers could be crossshopping the Audi 8, 6 series BMW, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT or even a Nissan
GT-R. But this extra-light, almost entrylevel 911 comes with bragging rights.
The details: The new model T uses the
Carrera’s standard 3-liter flat-six engine,
which cranks out 370 horsepower and
331 pound-feet of torque. But its lower
weight makes it quicker. The T gets from
zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds, when fitted
with the Porsche PDK automatic transmission, almost half a second faster than
the stock model, on its way to a top speed
of 180 mph with the PDK and 182 mph with
the standard 7-speed manual gearbox.
The other important number? Pricing will
start from $103,150.
— Charles Fleming
TU E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 28, 2017
Energy weighs on
stocks as oil drops
associated press
A sluggish day of trading
on Wall Street finished Monday with stocks edging
mostly lower as investors
came back from the Thanksgiving holiday.
Energy stocks declined
the most after a slide in
crude oil prices. Materials
companies also declined,
among utilities and industrial stocks.
Retailers posted solid
gains on reports that the
holiday shopping season is
off to a strong start.
The Standard & Poor's
500 index slipped 1 point to
2,601.42. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up
22.79 points to 23,580.78. The
Nasdaq composite fell 10.64
points to 6,878.52. The Russell 2000 index of smallercompany stocks lost 5.85
points to 1,513.31.
Bond prices rose. The
yield on the 10-year Treasury
fell to 2.33% from 2.34% late
Losses among energy
stocks weighed on the market Monday as oil prices de-
clined. Benchmark U.S.
crude fell 84 cents, or 1.4%, to
settle at $58.11 per barrel on
the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to
price international oils, declined 2 cents to close at
$63.84 in London.
Several retailers closed
higher as the holiday shopping season moved into high
gear. Newell Brands climbed
$1.42, or 5%, to $29.79, while
Amazon added $9.83, or
0.8%, to $1,195.83. L Brands
rose $1.98, or 4.1%, to $50.34.
Traders also welcomed
the latest news on the corporate deal front.
Time rose almost 10% after agreeing to be acquired
by Meredith for $1.8 billion,
or $18.50 a share. Meredith
owns TV stations and magazines
Homes & Gardens. Time
rose $1.60, or 9.5%, to $18.50,
while Meredith gained $6.55,
or 10.7%, to $67.55.
Gold rose $7.10 to $1,294.40
an ounce. Silver added 3
cents to $17.02 an ounce.
Copper slid 4 cents to $3.13 a
The dollar fell to 111.01 yen
from 111.58 yen. The euro fell
to $1.1899 from $1.1927.
Steve Helber Associated Press
THE SHIFTING sales picture has created headaches among automakers and dealerships.
Sales of sedans slide
[Auto sales, from C1]
at the upcoming L.A. Auto
Show, which opens to the
public Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center,
where attendees will have to
hunt hard to find exciting
new sedans among the dazzling array of new SUVs and
Year-to-date sales in the
U.S., compiled by the auto
data company TrueCar, are
running slightly behind the
all-time high for 2016. Together, carmakers sold
14,175,611 cars and trucks
through October, compared
with 14,427,310 last year,
when the full-year total
ended at a record 17.5 million
vehicles sold.
Vehicles are selling for
more money too. The average transaction price for a
new vehicle in October was
$35,263, according to Kelley
Blue Book, $100 more than a
year earlier and just a tick off
the all-time high set last December. The strongest segments by far were trucks and
SUVs, which both outpaced
passenger cars. The top-selling sedan ranks only sixth
among the top-selling vehicles this year.
Through October, fullsize truck sales were more
than 100,000 units ahead of
the same period last year.
SUV sales were up more
than 350,000 units.
But those gains are largely erased by drops in other
categories — all of them passenger car groups.
Without exception, all
sedan categories were down,
from subcompact to full size,
including the premium
models within those segments.
The most dramatic declines occurred in midsize,
compact and subcompact
cars. Together, TrueCar
numbers show, car companies have sold half a million
fewer cars in those three categories in 2017 than in 2016.
“A lot of the car companies are split,” said Jessica
Caldwell, director of industry analysis for the auto research company Edmunds.
“The truck and SUV business is doing decently, but
they are struggling on the
car side.”
That could mean a limited life expectancy for cars
that a decade ago were solid
sellers for major companies.
Kelley Blue Book’s Brauer
said he saw a doubtful future
for the Hyundai Azera,
Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon.
“If my livelihood were depending on selling those
cars, I’d be worried,” Brauer
The shift from sedans to
SUVs is harder on companies that have focused more
on passenger cars. Kia,
Hyundai, Acura, Chrysler,
Buick, Dodge and Lexus
have seen their overall numbers fall substantially from
2016 to 2017, in part because
their vehicle mix leans more
heavily toward sedans.
So have Chevrolet and
Ford, leaving aside their
booming truck segments, as
their nontruck vehicle sales
have fallen by 70,000 and
100,000 units this year, respectively.
That has required some
quick pivoting. Chevrolet
was able to fast-track its affordable Trax crossover
when it saw buyers leaning
toward SUVs because it already was building the Trax
overseas for foreign markets.
“Two or three years ago,
the small-SUV segment was
almost nothing, but we saw a
hole in our portfolio and
were able to fill it quickly,”
said Steve Majoros, the company’s marketing director
for cars and crossovers.
As a result, Majoros said,
car buyers are getting out of
Cruzes and into Traxes or
out of Malibus and into
Equinoxes and Tahoes.
“We’ll take a Malibu loss if
the customer goes into a different Chevrolet,” Majoros
Toyota is seeing sales declines on its Camry and Corolla, but also is watching
sales rise for its Tacoma and
RAV4, currently the bestselling nontruck vehicle in the
Premium and specialty
car companies are experiencing a similar scenario.
Romeo, Porsche and Bentley all saw their total sales
numbers climb.
That’s largely due to the
introduction of new SUVs,
such as Alfa’s Stelvio and
Jaguar’s F-Pace, Caldwell
said, and to ongoing strong
sales of SUVs already on the
market, such as Porsche’s
Macan and Cayenne.
Major American car
brands are in a double bind.
They are committed to
building midsize and fullsize sedans because those
traditionally have made up
the bulk of their fleet sales to
government agencies, for example, and rental car companies.
The shifting sales picture
has created headaches at
the retail level too. Many
dealers have had to expand
their physical footprint to
accommodate new SUV
models, while also saving
room for the less-popular sedans — and keeping sufficient inventory of both types
of vehicles, in enough trim
lines and colors, to satisfy
the manufacturer and the
anticipated consumer.
“Dealers are being asked
to build these huge Taj Mahal showrooms that showcase the SUVs and the whole
lineup of cars, by manufacturers who believe they are
following the market,” said
Aaron Jacoby, who handles
dealership legal matters for
the law firm Arent Fox.
The tension between the
dealers and car companies is
exacerbated, Jacoby said,
because dealers are required every five to seven
years to upgrade their showrooms to stay current with
new models.
But the market is changing so fast that $5-million to
$10-million face-lifts may not
make sense if gas prices rise,
for example, and SUVs and
larger vehicles go out of favor.
“Dealers would like to
stay where they are until the
future is more clear, so they
don’t spend millions of dollars to service a need that
turns out to be obsolete five
years from now,” Jacoby
said. “But the here and now
is that gas is cheap and people want to buy bigger cars.”
Chevy’s Majoros advised,
however, that the current
enthusiasm for crossovers
does not necessarily mean
the end of traditional sedans.
things, but the rumors of the
midsize car’s death are
greatly exaggerated,” he
said. “These are still the
straw that stirs the drink.”
CFPB needs real leadership
[Lazarus, from C1]
quickly and forcefully reject
Leandra English’s frivolous
lawsuit and Acting Director
Mulvaney needs to get to
work to roll back the agency’s
regulations,” declared Rick
Americans for Limited Government.
In fact, Mulvaney wasted
no time Monday in bringing
the CFPB’s operations to a
grinding halt. He issued a
monthlong moratorium on
new regulatory actions and
“Anything in the pipeline
stops for at least 30 days,” he
For his part, Trump
tweeted over the weekend
that the bureau “has been a
total disaster” that has left
financial firms “devastated
and unable to properly serve
the public.”
That, of course, is total
The CFPB has returned
about $12 billion to consumers by stepping in after
banks and others behave in
abusive or illegal fashion.
Two words: Wells Fargo.
At the same time, U.S.
banks posted record profits
last year and are on track for
even more lucrative results
this year. If that’s being devastated,
should wish for similar carnage.
If Trump wanted to avoid
all this foolishness, he’d
name a permanent director
for the CFPB, rather than a
hostile caretaker such as
Mulvaney, who has made
clear where he stands by
calling the bureau “a sick,
sad joke.”
The reason Trump hasn’t
is because Mulvaney, who
has already received Senate
approval to run OMB, requires no further congressional blessing to serve as
the CFPB’s acting director.
That’s what Trump doesn’t
want: New confirmation
hearings that would allow
the truth to be aired.
He doesn’t want Senate
Democrats talking about
that $12 billion returned to
He doesn’t want anyone
talking about Wells Fargo,
Equifax and other examples
of financial firms blithely ignoring the interests of ordinary people.
He doesn’t want anyone
bringing up record bank
profits, which completely
undermine conservatives’
case that the CFPB is bad
for business.
Above all, Trump doesn’t
want it looking like his administration is interested
solely in protecting the interests of big corporations
when consumers — Trump’s
“forgotten men and women”
— struggle daily to keep from
being ripped off.
Mulvaney said Monday
that he and Trump have
other priorities on their
minds. “We both share the
belief that under the previous administration, this bureau had gone too far to
strangle access to capital,”
he said.
Access to capital? What
does he think this is, the
Small Business Administration?
and Trump haven’t seen the
latest report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New
York, which shows that consumer debt — access to capital — has reached a record
$13 trillion. I’m not saying
that’s a good thing. But it’s a
clear sign that consumer
lenders aren’t being strangled.
“American voters of all
political stripes support
strong rules for financial giants and an independent
consumer watchdog,” said
Lauren Saunders, associate
director of the National Consumer Law Center.
“People should be outraged at this attempt to ignore the law in order to side
with Wall Street over Main
Street and take a strong cop
off the consumer protection
beat,” she said.
The courts will now
straighten things out.
But if Trump wanted to
skip all the drama and controversy, which he does not,
he’d do his job, name a fulltime replacement for Cordray and defend his choice,
without resorting to hyperbole and outright lies.
Republicans say they’re
all about protecting working
Prove it.
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Tuesdays and Fridays. He
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State officials decry Trump plan
[Healthcare, from C1]
recent executive order,
Trump directed the Department of Labor to look into
ways to “allow more small
businesses to avoid many of
the [Affordable Care Act’s]
costly requirements.”
Because the plans would
do business in more than
one state, they could “figure
out a way to pull back some
authority states have,” said
Kevin Lucia, senior research
professor at Georgetown
Health Insurance Reforms.
That does not sit well in
California, where key state
policymakers warn that
weaker regulation of these
plans could destabilize the
small-employer and individual markets. Those markets
gained important consumer
protections under the ACA
and state health laws — including minimum benefit
“President Trump is trying to loosen those rules and
return us to the bad old
days” that were disastrous
for consumers, said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Tens of
thousands of consumers
were “left in the lurch” without insurance when their
associations folded, and millions of dollars in medical
claims went unpaid, he
In the 1980s and 1990s, association plan failures hit a
number of small businesses,
affecting employees across
industries. Thousands of
farmworkers suffered when
a plan created by Sherman
Oaks-based Sunkist Growers collapsed. When Irvinebased Rubell-Helm Insurance Services went out of
business, it reportedly left
$10 million in medical claims
banned a common form of
known as multiple employer
welfare arrangements, or
MEWAs, in which small
purchased health coverage in
the same way Trump is now
proposing. The plans that
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
AT STOUGHTON Printing, employees have a choice of three insurance carriers — Kaiser Permanente,
Health Net and Blue Shield — and the association acts as an intermediary between employees and insurers.
already existed at the time
could remain in business as
long as they met certain financial requirements.
Some business groups
say that these plans offer
companies flexibility in the
face of state regulations that
add cost and administrative
“Small-business owners
are being pummeled,” said
Tom Scott, California director of the National Federation of Independent Business. The looser regulations
could save businesses thousands of dollars a year, he
Still, California lawmakers said they will do everything they can to prevent
these plans from bypassing
state regulations. State Sen.
Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the Senate Health Committee, said
he will consider legislation
to ban the sale of policies
that don’t meet minimum
benefit requirements.
“I’m committed to do
everything I can to make
sure we don’t go backward to
having skinny plans in the
state,” Hernandez said.
Consumers need to be guaranteed coverage with robust
health benefits and a cap on
out-of-pocket expenses, he
Policy experts say the effect of Trump’s plan will depend on the precise details,
which are still being considered by the Department of
Labor. But Trump has suggested he wants the association plans to be treated the
same as large-employer insurance, which would free
them from regulations that
govern the benefits they offer.
Deborah Kelch, director
of the Insure the Uninsured
Project in Sacramento, said
state officials banned new
MEWAs in the 1990s because
they feared the associations
would siphon off healthy
people, leaving many small
businesses with sicker and
costlier enrollees — and
higher premiums. The legislative changes from the 1990s
helped ensure that the remaining MEWAs stayed
afloat, she said.
Today, only four MEWAs
remain in California, covering about 150,000 employees and their dependents.
The enrollees say the model
Supporters of the idea argue that the greater flexibility on benefits, plus the bargaining clout that comes
with size, would lower the
cost of these plans, providing relief to small employers
hit by rising healthcare costs
and state taxes.
“It’s very, very easy and
it’s very competitive,” said
Jack Stoughton, chief executive of Stoughton Printing
Co. in City of Industry, which
produces 12-inch record
jackets for vinyl records by
bands such as Led Zeppelin
and Wilco.
Stoughton’s employees
have received health benefits through a MEWA since
the mid-1990s.
The plan “saves me money; it certainly saves me
time,” Stoughton said.
His roughly 50 workers
have a choice of three insurance carriers — Kaiser Permanente, Health Net and
Blue Shield — and the association acts as an intermediary between the employees
and the insurers. (Kaiser
Health News is not affiliated
with Kaiser Permanente.)
The Printing Industries
Assn. Inc. of Southern California, a trade association
for printers, administers the
insurance for Stoughton’s
business. That enables him
to limit his human resources
staff to half of a full-time employee, he said.
“We want to be able to
concentrate on what we do.
We don’t want to shop
around” for health insurance, he said.
The greatest number of
association health plan
members in California are in
agriculture. Two farm trade
groups, UnitedAg and Western Growers, offer farmers
healthcare that they say
caters to their unique workforce, which includes a large
number of Spanish-speaking immigrants.
Kirti Mutatkar, CEO of
UnitedAg, which covers 700
agricultural businesses and
43,000 members through its
association, says her company doesn’t offer “cookiecutter” health coverage.
UnitedAg offers free telemedicine and 10 free clinic
visits in some of its plans,
she said. It has bilingual customer support services and
a network of doctors in Mexico. The members of the
board include UnitedAg
health plan enrollees, who
have a say in what their
health coverage looks like.
“This model works unbelievably well for us,” said A.J.
Cisney, general manager of
Rancho Guadalupe, which
grows fruit and broccoli on
California’s Central Coast.
“If UnitedAg could take their
brand of administering
healthcare to other areas, I
can’t see the downside.”
That would be anathema
to actuaries and health insurers, who worry about
competing with more lightly
regulated plans. They say
the proliferation of such
plans could undermine consumer protections and increase the potential for the
kind of health insurance
fraud that plagued many of
the old association plans.
But Scott, of the National
Federation of Independent
Business, does not believe
past is necessarily prologue.
“Times change, business
models change,” he said.
This story was produced for
Kaiser Health News, an
editorially independent
publication of the Kaiser
Family Foundation.
TU E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 2017
A RENDERING shows the robotic arms being built
for DARPA’s in-space satellite servicing program.
Geek squad
of robots is
on horizon
[Satellite, from C1]
set to launch next year, but
analysts say a mature market is still at least 10 years
away. Not only do the spacecraft and capabilities still
need to be fine-tuned, but
the space industry, which is
relatively conservative, will
want to see several demonstrations before signing on.
“It’s an environment
where you can’t make mistakes,” said Steve Oldham,
senior vice president of strategic business development
at SSL, a division of San
Technologies that has such
a project in the works.
Technology still needs to
advance to the point where
robots become capable service workers. But the number
of satellites that will need
servicing is rising rapidly.
In 2016, there were more
than 1,400 operational satellites in orbit, compared with
994 in 2012, according to a
June report commissioned
by the Satellite Industry
Assn. and written by Bryce
Space and Technology.
Many are programmable,
meaning their software can
be updated throughout
their lifespan, which can
stretch to 10 or 15 years.
NASA has started to develop some of the necessary
technology. In February, the
agency launched a sensor
called Raven during a cargo
resupply launch for the
International Space Station. Raven can track vehicles approaching the space
station, much like a baseball
catcher keeps tabs on an incoming ball long before
stretching out an arm to
grab it.
“Satellites in low-Earth
orbit are traveling anywhere
between 15,000 and 18,000
mph,” said Ben Reed, deputy division director of
NASA’s Goddard Space
Flight Center’s satellite
servicing projects division,
which developed Raven. “We
need to put our servicer
underneath it with a robotic
catcher’s mitt in the right
That division was born
out of previous missions to
maintain and service the
Hubble Space Telescope.
Astronauts aboard the
space shuttle serviced the
telescope five times, with the
last mission in 2009 focused
on replacing circuit boards
and adding new sensors.
When the shuttle program
ended, NASA’s ability to access and service space assets disappeared, Reed said.
The division is also developing refueling technologies
and is working to eventually
launch a fully robotic spacecraft that will go to a satellite
in orbit and autonomously
capture and refuel it.
The autonomous-capture aspect is important,
Reed said, because waiting
for a video signal to reach
human operators on Earth
would be too slow. The
round-trip delay between
moving that spacecraft’s robotic arm and seeing the result on video can take about
three seconds.
“We need rapid, rapid,
rapid,” he said, snapping his
fingers. “You don’t think
when you reach out your
hand to catch a set of car
tasks, such as cutting wires,
will be done telerobotically
via human operators.
NASA’s satellite servicing project division is not intended to compete with industry but rather transfer
the technology it develops to
interested parties, Reed
Rocket and satellite
maker Orbital ATK Inc.,
which was recently acquired
by defense giant Northrop
Grumman Corp., has begun
assembling a service spacecraft known as the Mission
Extension Vehicle-1. The
craft is set for launch next
year with service starting as
soon as 2019.
Orbital ATK has snagged
satellite operator Intelsat as
its first customer. The
spacecraft’s structures, solar arrays and propellant
tanks are being made in San
Diego and Goleta.
In June, satellite and
SSL announced a new business venture focused specifically on on-orbit satellite
servicing. SSL was selected
in February by the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency to be its commercial partner in a program to service satellites in
geosynchronous orbit. SSL
will build the spacecraft and
the refueling capability
while DARPA provides robotic tools and software.
The spacecraft will be
test-launched in 2021. SSL is
developing it at a facility in
Palo Alto; two robotic arms
are being built at a subdivision in Pasadena. SSL has
signed its first commercial
customer, Luxembourg satellite operator SES.
Some analysts question
‘Satellites ... are
between 15,000
and 18,000 mph.
We need to put
our servicer
underneath it
with a robotic
catcher’s mitt in
the right place.’
— Ben Reed,
deputy division director,
Goddard Space Flight Center
whether this robot geek
squad will be needed at all. A
coming boom in small,
cheap satellites could replace more expensive, large
satellites. Along with reduced launch costs, led by
Elon Musk’s SpaceX and its
reusable rockets, it could be
cheaper to launch several
new small satellites than fix
or refuel old ones.
But Christensen of Bryce
Space and Technology is
confident there will be a
need for a high-and-low mix
of satellites. She adds that
cheaper launch costs could
drive more repairs.
“If you’ve got a quarter of
a billion dollars of hardware
on orbit, it seems like it
would be useful to figure out
an application for that,”
Christensen said.
And industry officials believe orbiting robot service
workers will be essential if
and when humans begin assembling giant craft to explore the planets.
species-changing discoveries [are] what gives us the
passion to move forward every day with something that
sounds mundane,” NASA’s
Reed said.
T U E S D A Y , N O V E M B E R 2 8 , 2 0 1 7 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S
Clippers lose
Griffin but
not the game
Star forward exits with
knee injury but they
hang on as Williams
scores 42 vs. old team.
By Broderick Turner
Photographs by
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times
NEW UCLA COACH Chip Kelly dropped several John Wooden references during his introductory news con-
ference. Former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman hailed Kelly as the Bruins’ greatest coaching hire.
Everything’s looking up
for Kelly and the Bruins
Kelly may have
all the answers
but he’s keeping
them to himself
Sky seems to be
the limit for
UCLA and its
new coach
The famously
private man
who is
UCLA’s new
coach revealed something about
himself at his
news conference Monday.
He’s funny.
Chip Kelly isn’t Richard
Pryor funny or even LaVar
Ball funny, but he has
enough of a sense of humor
to crack up a welcoming
300-person room.
“Not a lot going on in L.A.
today, as I can see from this
crowd,” Kelly joked.
OK, so this was an easy
audience, made up primarily of UCLA season-ticket
holders, donors and
staffers, whom Kelly had in
the palm of his hand once he
paid homage to the likes of
John Wooden and Red
[See Hernandez, D3]
By Ben Bolch
wasted no time in pursuing Kelly.
Coaching comparison
Coach (Years)
Karl Dorrel (2003-07)...........................................................35-37
Rick Neuheisel (2008-11) ......................................................21-29
Jim Mora (2012-17)................................................................46-30
Team (Years)
Oregon (2009-12).....................................................................46-7
Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15)..............................................26-21
San Francisco 49ers (2016).....................................................2-14
Chip Kelly stood and
smiled for the cameras,
clutching the top of a UCLA
jersey bearing his last name
and No. 1 across the back.
The number connoted a
spot the Bruins have not occupied in the Pac-12 Conference in nearly two decades.
They have not finished atop
a national poll since winning
their only national championship, in 1954.
Kelly’s hiring as UCLA’s
coach, those close to the
process said Monday, was
intended to help the Bruins
reach college football’s summit once more.
championships are great,” Troy Aikman, a former UCLA and
Hall of Fame quarterback
who was a leading voice on
the search committee, said
after Kelly was introduced
on campus, “but I want us to
compete for national cham[See Kelly, D3]
PAC -12 C H A M P I O N S H I P GA M E : U S C VS. S TA N F O R D
Much improved Cardinal await
Stanford has gotten
steadily better since
its loss to USC in
By Zach Helfand
Stanford coach David
Shaw did his preliminary
preparation for Friday’s
Pac-12 championship game
against USC by re-watching
film of the first time the
teams played, a 42-24 USC
He was just as blown
away as he was in September.
“They were hitting on all
cylinders, especially offensively,” Shaw said. “I mean,
that game, you go back to
watch it again, it was just
like: Wow. Running it, throwing it, their pass protection
was outstanding. Their
quarterback was as good as
you can play the position.”
USC was the physically
dominant team. Shaw remarked at the time that
USC had run on them like
[See USC, D3]
Blake Griffin suffered a
left knee injury late in the
fourth quarter and wasn’t
around to see Lou Williams
take control of the game and
lead the Clippers past the
Lakers 120-115 on Monday
night at Staples Center.
Griffin was injured when
Austin Rivers fell back into
his knee as both players
scrambled for a loose ball
with Lonzo Ball. Griffin’s
knee twisted, leaving him in
pain and sending him to the
locker room soon after.
So he didn’t get to see
Williams score eight of his
season-high 42 points down
the stretch to help the host
Clippers win their third
straight, and beat the Lakers for the second time in as
many games this season.
After the game, the Clippers would only say Griffin
will be evaluated Tuesday,
but they did not say for what,
or if he’ll get an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
“He’s not in high spirits,”
Clippers coach Doc Rivers
said. “He’s down. Right now,
he’s where we are at, hoping
that it was just a bang and
then it hurt and then he’ll be
all right. But his spirits are
down right now, yeah.”
Griffin, who finished with
26 points, 11 rebounds and
six assists, was in the locker
room with a towel wrapped
around him. But he didn’t
tell his story to the media.
Ball had lost control of
the basketball in the middle
of the lane. Griffin and Rivers converged on Ball as he
lowered his head. Ball appeared to ram into Griffin,
forcing Rivers to in turn hit
his teammate’s knee.
Griffin tried to stay in the
game but was taken out with
3 minutes 53 seconds left
and the Clippers leading 112110 after Brandon Ingram (17
points) had scored.
“On the collision that no
foul was called, yeah, that
one,” Doc Rivers said about
how Griffin was injured.
“That’s when it happened.
You could see right when it
happened. I was yelling right
away. Lonzo was just trying
[See Clippers, D4]
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
LARRY NANCE JR. tangles with Blake Griffin in
his return to the Lakers’ lineup, earning some praise.
Latest injury
makes Clippers
hold their breath
Just when the
Clippers had
their footing
on the way to
winning their
third consecutive
game, just
when power forward Blake
Griffin was becoming surprisingly effective as their de
facto point guard by displaying uncanny vision
while he directed their
offense, Griffin’s knee was
twisted into an uncomfortable and untenable position
in a collision Monday night
and their season threatened
to unravel again.
Griffin was pushed backward in a scramble for a
loose ball with teammate
Austin Rivers and Lakers
guard Lonzo Ball, and Rivers fell onto Griffin’s left
knee. Grifffin tried to stay in
the game but couldn’t move
well and left for the locker
room with 3 minutes 53
seconds left. The Clippers
went on to complete a rally
and earn a 120-115 victory in
front of an emotionally
divided crowd at Staples
Center, but the joy of their
11th consecutive home victory over the Lakers and
20th in their last 22 against
their arena co-tenants was
muted by Griffin’s injury. He
had 26 points, 11 rebounds
and six assists, including
three-for-six shooting from
three-point range.
“It didn’t look good obviously, but we just have to
wait and see,” coach Doc
Rivers said. “Lonzo was just
trying to make a play. Lonzo
knocked somebody into
Blake. And there was a
trigger effect. What can you
Rivers, who said Griffin
will be evaluated Tuesday,
added a small but humorous laugh. He was probably
[See Elliott, D5]
It’s all good now
for Dickerson
So much for
healthy Rams
The outspoken Hall of
Famer is enjoying the
Rams’ change of
coaches and fortunes,
Sam Farmer writes. D2
Team’s injury report
takes another hit as
linebacker Connor
Barwin is sidelined by
forearm surgery. D2
The slump continues
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
THE USC DEFENSE stops Stanford running back Connor Wedington for a
short gain during a game Sept. 9 at the Coliseum. USC won 42-24.
Ducks fall behind early and lose
their fourth in a row. D6
T U E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 28, 2017
at Denver
at Dallas
11 a.m.
at St. Louis
at Detroit
at Nashville
at St. Louis
Shade denotes home game
3:30 p.m. Baylor at Xavier
4 p.m.
Northwestern at Georgia Tech
4 p.m.
Florida State at Rutgers
5 p.m.
Louisville at Purdue
5 p.m.
Radford at Vanderbilt
5:30 p.m. Maine at Georgetown
6 p.m.
Iowa at Virginia Tech
6 p.m.
Women, Connecticut at Nevada
6 p.m.
Illinois at Wake Forest
6 p.m.
Kennesaw State at Washington
8 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at California
4:30 p.m. Kings at Detroit
5 p.m.
Chicago at Nashville
4 p.m.
Miami at Cleveland
7 p.m.
Denver at Utah
10:15 a.m. Spain, Malaga vs. Numancia
11:45 a.m. England, Leicester City vs. Tottenham
Italy, Sampdoria vs. Pescara
12:15 p.m. Spain, Real Madrid vs. Fuenlabrada
4 p.m.
South American Cup, Independiente vs. Libertad
TV: CBS Sports
TV: Pac-12
TV: Pac-12
TV: FS West
R: 790
TV: beIN Net
TV: GolTV Net
TV: beIN Net
Ravens defense
is a Savage beast
wire reports
Terrell Suggs led an aggressive Baltimore defense
that kept Houston out of the
end zone for the final 51 minutes, and the Ravens went
deep in the playbook for a 2316 victory over the visiting
Texans on Monday night.
The Ravens forced three
turnovers, two in the final
five minutes. After Suggs
stripped quarterback Tom
Savage and Baltimore recovered, Justin Tucker
kicked a field goal with 2:53
left for a seven-point lead.
Anthony Levine then intercepted Savage to clinch it.
Suggs had two sacks,
Tony Jefferson had an interception that led to a touchdown, and punter Sam Koch
threw Baltimore’s biggest
pass of the game, a 22-yarder
on to set up a score.
The Ravens (6-5) are
above .500 for the first time
since Oct. 8 and are tied with
Buffalo for the final AFC
wild-card spot. Houston
(4-7) has lost four of five, going 1-3 with Savage at QB.
Witten nixes report
Jason Witten chuckled
when asked about a report
that he had expressed interest in the head coaching job
at the University of Tennessee and would walk away
from the Dallas Cowboys to
take over at his alma mater.
The 10-time Pro Bowl
tight end said he’ll be on the
field when the Cowboys play
the Washington Redskins
on Thursday night, and possibly for a few years to come.
“Coaching is something I
can see myself down the
road having one of those opportunities,” Witten said.
“But right now, I’m all in with
this team.”
Witten has a relationship
with Volunteers athletic director John Currie, who
fired coach Butch Jones two
weeks ago and then backed
out of a deal with Greg Schiano, but Witten says he
hasn’t talked with anyone at
Tennessee lately.
Siemian back at QB
Trevor Siemian is the
Denver Broncos’ quarterback again after Paxton
Lynch’s 2017 debut ended
with him in a walking boot.
Coach Vance Joseph said
Lynch will miss two to four
weeks with a high right ankle
sprain he sustained in Sunday’s 21-14 loss at Oakland.
Nose tackle Domata
Peko may miss a game for
the first time since 2009. His
123-game streak is in jeopardy because of a sprained left
medial collateral ligament
that Joseph expects will
sideline him a week or two.
The Broncos also are waiting on MRI results on defensive end Derek Wolfe’s neck
NFL suspensions
Aqib Talib and Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree
both got two-game suspensions for their fight Sunday.
Raiders receiver Amari
Cooper also might miss next
Sunday’s game against the
New York Giants, as he’s in
concussion protocol.
Injury updates
Detroit Lions safety
Tavon Wilson needs seasonending surgery on his left
shoulder, the Detroit Free
Press reported. ... San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J.
Beathard suffered a hip
strain and knee bruise, said
coach Kyle Shanahan, who
expects to decide between
the rookie and Jimmy
Garoppolo as his starter by
Wednesday. ... Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Cliff
Avril are done for the season
with neck injuries, coach
Pete Carroll said. Avril will
have surgery but Chancellor
won’t, said Carroll. ... Buffalo
Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin has torn cartilage in
his right knee, the team said.
It’s unclear if or when he’ll return. ... The New England
Patriots put tight end Martellus Bennett on injured reserve. ... Offensive lineman
D.J. Fluker (toe) was put on
IR by the Giants.
The Lions signed defensive end Dwight Freeney,
who had three sacks in four
games for the Seahawks before being waived last week.
... The Giants were awarded
linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong off waivers.
Outspoken Dickerson
is having the last laugh
Hall of Famer revels in Rams’ change of coaches, and fortunes
The public-relations
nightmare took shape a year
ago, the Monday after
Thanksgiving. The Rams
had just been blown out by
New Orleans 49-21 to drop to
4-7. The team’s inaugural
season back in Los Angeles
was careening off the rails,
and coach Jeff Fisher’s job
was in serious jeopardy.
Then, the spat that
marked the beginning of the
Rams great Eric Dickerson revealed on his Los
Angeles radio show that
Fisher had tried to scold
him on a phone call a couple
weeks earlier, telling the
Hall of Fame running back
that players and coaches,
unhappy with his criticism
of the team, were uncomfortable having him on the
sideline before games.
The tide already had
turned against Fisher, and
Dickerson wasn’t about to
mince words. Not only did
he essentially tell the coach
to take a hike, but then he
told the world about it. Two
weeks and two losses later,
Fisher was fired.
The world looks much
different for the Rams now.
They’re 8-3, among the
NFL’s hottest teams, they
have a leading coach-of-theyear candidate in Sean
McVay, and a smiling sideline fixture in Dickerson,
who was beaming Sunday
when those same Saints
came to town and saw their
eight-game winning streak
snapped with a 26-20 victory
by Los Angeles.
“Oh, man, most definitely I feel good about it,”
Dickerson said Monday
about the team’s surprising
turnaround. “If you’d have
told me this team was going
to be 8-3, I would have said,
‘No way.’ I just wouldn’t
believe it after watching last
“What I saw last year was
a team that had a really
good defense, sometimes a
great defense, and it could
have been great most of the
time, but our offense was
just so bad. It was horrible. I
called it a high school offense, and I think [running
back] Todd Gurley called it
grade school. It was so
“Do you go to games to
watch your team lose? No,
you go to games to watch
your team win. As a former
player, that’s all I wanted.”
The Rams are averaging
29.9 points a game, second
to Philadelphia’s 31.9, and
are fourth in total yardage.
They have bounced back
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ERIC DICKERSON is back on the sideline at the Coliseum and a happy Rams fan
now that Jeff Fisher is gone and new coach Sean McVay is winning games.
from each of their losses by
winning the next week, are
guaranteed their first season without a losing record
since 2006 and are on track
to make the playoffs for the
first time since 2004.
“When you go to the
facility, it’s just a whole
different vibe,” Dickerson
said. “Everybody’s laughing
and talking. It’s a good
feeling, as opposed to, ‘OK,
we played hard but we’re
gonna get ’em next week. I
saw some good things out
there.’ Nobody wants to
hear that speech every
“Every single week
you’ve got a new excuse for
getting your ass whipped,
and that’s what Jeff Fisher
was giving them. Same old
drab-ass speeches.”
Second-year quarterback Jared Goff is having a
Pro Bowl-caliber season,
and so is Gurley. The offensive line, once terrible, has
improved dramatically with
some reshuffling and the
addition of seasoned tackle
Andrew Whitworth and
center John Sullivan. The
receivers have been upgraded. But Dickerson is
most impressed with McVay.
“I didn’t know Sean; I’m
not professing to say that he
was my choice,” Dickerson
said. “I didn’t have a choice
for whoever they hired. …
When you talk to the players
on that football team, as a
31-year-old coach, they
really respect him. I don’t
care about his age. Is it
written in the handbooks
that a coach has to be 60
years old, or 55? If he’s 15
years old and they’re winning, who cares?”
Not surprisingly, Dickerson has backed off his contention this summer that
the Rams should start
backup Sean Mannion over
Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in
the 2016 draft.
“I did want to see what
Sean Mannion could do
because to me, at that time,
he was a better football
player,” Dickerson said.
“Because he’d been around
longer by two years.
“I kept saying this: ‘I
don’t want to see what
happened to Jeff George
happen to Jared Goff,’ ”
Dickerson said, invoking his
quarterback in Indianapolis
who was drafted No. 1 overall but bounced around the
NFL, never truly finding a
home. “I saw what happened to Jeff with my own
eyes, up close. They didn’t
have anyone to coach this
young kid [Goff] — no
quarterback coach, no
adequate offensive coordinator, no line. That was a
catastrophe waiting to
And now?
“I hope Sean McVay is
here with Jared Goff until
Jared is like Tom Brady,
until he’s 40 years old,”
Dickerson said. “What I’ve
seen out of Jared Goff has
been leaps and bounds.
“I didn’t expect that out
of him this year, not this
Dickerson understands
that people might be skeptical about his praise of the
Rams, seeing as they retired
his number during the
offseason and hired him as
vice president of business
development. He’s on the
payroll; how could he be
critical of the franchise?
“Forget them hiring me; I
don’t give a damn about
that,” said Dickerson, who
still holds the NFL’s singleseason rushing record (2,105
yards). “You think that
changed my life? No. I am
Eric Dickerson, no matter
what. I played for the Los
Angeles Rams, no matter
what. My name’s in the
record books, no matter
what. ...
“When I played for the
Rams, we might not have
been 13-3 or 14-2, but I’ll tell
you this: When you came to
play us, you knew that it was
going to be a tough football
game. It was never, ‘Oh,
that’s an easy win.’ Wasn’t
none of that nonsense.”
These days, he said, he’s
constantly approached by
fans who thank him for the
spat that snowballed,
playing a significant role in
the change of coaching
“A lot of fans say, ‘Eric,
you were our voice. You
would say what everybody
thought. We’d all say it, but
nobody would hear us,’ ” he
said. “I’m the voice of the
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Barwin is sidelined a few weeks
would have caught some of
those,” linebacker Alec
Ogletree said.
The Rams lose Barwin
but they could regain some
secondary strength against
the Cardinals. Cornerback
who was sidelined against
the Saints because of a thigh
injury suffered in the previous week’s defeat at Minnesota, was “90% to 95%” ready
to return, McVay said.
By Gary Klein
Rams linebacker Connor
Barwin, a veteran who has
provided performance and
leadership during the team’s
surge to the top of the NFC
West, had forearm surgery
Monday and will be sidelined a few weeks, coach
Sean McVay said.
Barwin was injured during the first half of Sunday’s
26-20 victory over the New
Orleans Saints at the Coliseum.
Rookie Samson Ebukam
will start in Barwin’s spot
Sunday against the Arizona
Cardinals at University of
Phoenix Stadium.
“You lose a lot,” McVay
said of a lineup devoid of
Barwin, a ninth-year pro,
“but in his absence, we’re
looking forward to seeing
Samson step up.”
Barwin, 31, has 25 tackles,
including four sacks, for a
Rams defense that neutralized quarterback Drew
Brees and the Saints’ highpowered offense in a win
that improved the Rams’
record to 8-3.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound
Barwin was signed as a free
agent after four seasons with
the Houston Texans and
four with the Philadelphia
Eagles. He was voted a team
captain and has started every game this season.
“You look at a guy who
was brought in here his first
year and voted a captain by
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CONNOR BARWIN , pressuring Saints quarterback
Drew Brees, had surgery Monday on his left forearm.
his teammates,” McVay said
during a news conference in
Thousand Oaks. “That says
a lot about the type of person
he is and the way he goes
about his business.”
McVay said a small plate
was inserted in Barwin’s left
forearm to aid healing. He
did not give a definitive
timetable for Barwin’s return.
Ebukam, 6-3 and 240
pounds, replaced Barwin
against the Saints. The
fourth-round draft pick
from Eastern Washington
sacked Brees for an 11-yard
loss. Ebukam also had a
sack and forced a fumble
against the Texans.
understand the nuances of
the system and what he’s being asked to do,” McVay said.
“I think he’s demonstrated
that growth.”
Barwin has been “a huge
influence” on Ebukam, McVay said.
“You look at a true mentor that really helped bring
him along,” the coach added.
“You look at the growth that
Samson has displayed, especially over the last couple
Barwin and Ebukam
helped the Rams control a
Saints offense that entered
the game ranked first in
yardage, second in passing
and third in rushing and
The Rams won without
forcing a turnover, though
they missed several opportunities for interceptions.
“Definitely could have
been 10 times better if we
Running back Lance
Dunbar, who was inactive
against the Saints because
of a knee injury, could return
to practice this week, McVay
said. Running back Malcolm Brown (knee) also is
getting close to returning….
McVay was a Washington
Redskins assistant when
Chip Kelly was the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach. McVay said he was looking forward to meeting Kelly,
UCLA’s new coach. “I’m a
fan of coaching,” McVay
said, “so anytime you get a
chance to sit down and talk
some football with some
other coaches — and there’s
a little bit more willingness
to share because maybe
you’re not in the same arena
or in the environment — that
would be something I’d love
to be able to do if he was open
to that.” … The Rams will resume practice Wednesday.
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Awaiting a health report on Novak
By Dan Woike
The Chargers need to
trust Nick Novak.
They need to trust him to
line up and knock the football through the yellow uprights. They need to trust
him to handle kickoff duties.
They need to trust that he’ll
come through when it matters most.
And, this week, they’ll
need to trust Novak when he
tells the team how he feels.
The Chargers will work
out kickers Tuesday, coach
Anthony Lynn said Monday,
as the team continues to
monitor Novak’s injured
back. He injured the back
Thursday during warmups
in Dallas, he said.
“I don’t think it’ll linger,”
Novak said. “I’ve never had
surgeries. I’ve never had
anything that made me miss
a game. Everyone has a soreness that pops up during the
season … unfortunately this
time it became more visible
because I had to take myself
out of the game. Other
games, no one noticed other
than the team and the people behind the scenes who
knew what was going on.”
Novak said he’ll know by
Thursday whether he’s healthy enough to kick Sunday
Browns, and it’ll be on the
Chargers to decide whether
to believe him.
“I consider myself tough
and it’s something I’m going
to certainly fight through,”
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Novak said. “I want to help
this team. I think this team is
doing very well. At this point
in my career, I’m in a very
good place. The last thing I
want is to ever miss a game.
This run, I think, is going to
be a fun one. I’m definitely
going to fight through.”
But trusting Novak and
his self-evaluation isn’t cut
and dry. As a kicker, Novak’s
spot on the roster is tenuous,
at best, especially considering how the Chargers have
performed at that position
this year.
The team has made
63.2% of its field-goal tries,
worst in the NFL. The team
is also a league-worst one for
six from between 40 and 49
yards. And only five teams
have attempted fewer kicks
from 50 yards or more than
the Chargers, who are one
for two.
“We need to make every
single one of them,” Lynn
said of kicks. “You have to
make 50-[yard], 50-plus field
goals in this league to win. I
was watching the games this
day to day, Lynn said.
Williams’ right knee is still
sore, Lynn said, and he
wasn’t participating during
the open period of Monday’s
practice. … Lynn said right
tackle Joe Barksdale’s foot
is sore, but he expects him to
be fine in time for Sunday’s
game with the Browns. …
Browns coach Hue Jackson
on receiver Josh Gordon,
who may make his first appearance since 2014 as he returns from an NFL suspension for failed drug tests: “I
plan for him to play and play
as much as he can handle.”
The Browns can wait until as
late as Saturday to add him
to the 53-man roster.
Receiver Mike Williams,
who left Thursday’s game
because of a knee injury, is
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past weekend, and they’re
hitting from 55, 56, 57 to win a
Lynn said the team
would prefer to have a healthy Novak on the roster, but
if not, they won’t be unprepared like they were on
Thanksgiving when punter
Drew Kaser had to kick for
the first time in his career.
“I wouldn’t count that
out, having two kickers on
the roster right now. I would
not count that out because
we need an insurance policy,” Lynn said. “What happened last week, I don’t want
that to happen again.”
Kelly wins crowd
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FORMER UCLA QUARTERBACK Troy Aikman, left, said it didn’t take much convincing to land Chip Kelly,
who was “excited about UCLA from the very first first moment I spoke with him.”
Kelly’s deal fell into place quickly
[Kelly, from D1]
Kelly made no grandiose
promises during a lively
news conference before
more than 300 donors, season ticket-holders and media inside a swanky Pauley
Pavilion club room. The
coach known as an offensive
innovator offered a host of
one-liners but few specifics,
except to suggest he intended to win right away.
“We’re going to open up
next year and we’re not going to say, ‘In two or three
years when we get our guys
in here …’ ” said Kelly, a former Oregon coach who
signed a five-year, $23.3-million contract with the Bruins. “I met with my guys today and I’m excited about
those guys that are currently part of this program.”
UCLA could have as
many as nine starters on offense and defense back from
the team that awaits its bowl
fate after finishing the regular season 6-6 overall and 4-5
in the Pac-12. Among those
mulling his future is junior
quarterback Josh Rosen,
who probably would be a top
pick in the NFL draft if he decided to forgo his final season of eligibility.
Kelly said he met with his
players Monday morning
but would not be involved in
bowl preparations other
than to support players or
interim coach Jedd Fisch as
needed. Fisch and the current staff will remain
through the bowl game but
face uncertain futures.
Kelly dropped one of several John Wooden references
when asked about his new
coaching staff.
“There was a great coach
that once said, ‘Be quick but
don’t hurry,’ ” said Kelly, referring to the legendary
UCLA basketball coach who
won 10 national titles in his
final 12 seasons. “And that’s
really the philosophy that
we’re going to follow.”
Asked whether he would
use the same hurry-up-andtire-out-the-defense scheme
he ran at Oregon, Kelly
quipped, “No, those players
have all graduated.”
Aikman hailed Kelly, who
turned 54 on Saturday, as
UCLA’s greatest coaching
hire. It came only six days after the abrupt firing of coach
Jim Mora, who went 46-30 in
six seasons but won only 10 of
his final 27 games.
Athletic director Dan
Guerrero said that Mora’s
dismissal before the end of
the season allowed UCLA to
pursue Kelly, who also met
with Florida about its coaching vacancy. Kelly was
widely considered the most
coveted college coaching
candidate in the nation after
going 46-7 in four seasons at
Oregon from 2009-2012.
Guerrero said he first
met with Kelly on Nov. 20 in
San Francisco as part of a
UCLA contingent that also
included senior associate
athletic director Josh Rebholz and chancellor Gene
Wasserman also was part of
UCLA’s search committee.
“He was excited from
Day 1,” Aikman said of Kelly,
“so there wasn’t a big sell. He
was excited about UCLA
from the very first moment I
spoke with him.”
Kelly’s hiring was consummated Friday, though
school officials waited until
Saturday to announce the
move because they did not
want to distract players and
coaches from the Bruins’
against California.
Kelly said his vision for
what he wanted to achieve in
his return to coaching after
spending the last year as an
ESPN analyst following four
seasons in the NFL closely
aligned with that of UCLA
“Sometimes it’s a lot easier,” Kelly said, “when everybody’s already rowing the
boat in the right direction.”
Guerrero said that UCLA
spoke with former Oregon
players and two NCAA enforcement officials while vetting Kelly, who was issued an
18-month show-cause penalty in 2013 over a recruiting
violation that landed the
Ducks on probation for
three years.
Kelly said Monday that
he accepted “full responsibility for what happened”
and was already working
with UCLA officials to make
sure there would be no repeat of the transgressions.
Guerrero cited former
Neuheisel’s spotless compliance history with the Bruins
following his firing from
Washington over alleged dishonesty in participating in
basketball pool as reason to
believe Kelly would follow
reached a $4.5-million settlement in a wrongful termina-
tion suit against the NCAA
and Washington.)
“As you know, I hired a
coach that previously had a
history of NCAA issues and
he came here and was a compliance dream,” Guerrero
said, “so I don’t anticipate
any issues in that regard.”
Guerrero said the $12million buyout that UCLA
gave Mora wouldn’t have
been possible early in his
tenure as athletic director,
which started in 2002; funds
from the school’s record
$280-million deal with Under
Armour and its new media
partnerships made the
transaction possible.
Guerrero acknowledged
that UCLA expected a return on its investment
through increased seasonticket sales from an energized fan base.
“There have been spikes
already that we’re very
pleased to see,” Guerrero
said, “but of course it’s a long
process and we’re hoping
that we get a lot of folks who
may have dropped off back
into the fold.”
Considering that Kelly
went 33-3 in conference
games while at Oregon, the
biggest uptick UCLA expects might be in the win column.
“If you look at Chip
Kelly’s record in this conference,” said Cade McNown,
the last Bruins quarterback
to play in the Rose Bowl, on
Jan. 1, 1999, “it’s pretty hard
to argue that he’s not going
to be successful in this conference again.”
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Sanders. Nonetheless, the
54-year-old coach had
enough one-liners to dispel
the notion that he was socially awkward.
His opening remarks
took nearly 41⁄2 minutes. He
said, “That’s the longest I’ve
talked in my life.” Laughs.
Kelly quipped that because housing in Los Angeles is expensive, he would
like to make arrangements
to live at the on-campus
Luskin Conference Center
hotel, which is within a
short walk to the football
offices and practice field.
“We could put ‘Luskin’ on
our backs on the sideline or
something,” he said.
That joke got a standing
ovation. As I mentioned,
this was an easy crowd.
This glimpse of his playful side was about the extent
of what was revealed. When
it came time to discuss
anything more serious than
a joke, Kelly was as guarded
as he was portrayed at his
previous jobs.
Kelly was particularly
evasive when asked about
what the Bruins’ offense
would look like.
Kelly is best known for
the up-tempo offense he
implemented at Oregon,
which became a national
championship contender
under his four-year watch.
Opponents had trouble
defending Oregon’s attack
because they had little
exposure to it, both in
games and in practice. But
Kelly’s ideas spread around
the country, forcing defensive coordinators to adjust.
Will Kelly have to adjust
back? Or can he still run
something similar to what
he did at Oregon?
He wouldn’t say.
“The game of football
comes down to fundamentals, and can you block, can
you catch, can you make
cuts?” Kelly said.
Follow-up questions
were answered similarly,
with Kelly saying schemes
should be determined by
player personnel and that
he was too unfamiliar with
the Bruins’ roster to have
any idea of what the kind of
offense they might run.
Inquiries about expectations got similar answers.
“The only expectations
you can have is what people
do on a daily basis,” he said.
As for why he wanted to
resume his coaching career
at UCLA, Kelly didn’t really
answer that, either. He
spoke about aligning himself with the right people
and how the school was the
“right fit,” but no details.
Kelly figures to be able to
maintain a lower profile in
Los Angeles than he would
in, say, Gainesville, Fla.
Asked if that factored into
his decision, he made a
wisecrack. “I know I’m not
the prettiest face in L.A.”
Kelly wasn’t any more
open when asked about
junior quarterback Josh
Rosen, who is expected to
declare for the upcoming
NFL draft. Kelly said he
spoke to Rosen briefly Monday morning, but offered no
indication of whether he
would try to talk him into
staying for his senior year.
“I told him when I met
with him, ‘I certainly want
to be a resource to you,’ but
it’s going to be Josh and his
family’s decision,” he said.
Kelly will have direct
access to the Southern
California’s traditionallyrich player pool, but how
much of that will remain off
limits because of UCLA’s
admission standards? The
coach steered the conversation away from the question.
“I agree with them,” he
said of the school’s academic requirements. “That’s
part of the school. It’s not
fair to a student-athlete to
bring someone to your
campus if they’re not going
to be successful academically. That’s a lose-lose.”
Kelly pushed back
against the idea that Rosen
lacks the mobility to play for
him. He pointed to the
success Nick Foles had with
the Philadelphia Eagles
under him in 2013.
He was also defensive
about his reputation as a
reluctant recruiter.
“I don’t know where that
came from,” he said, pointing to how Oregon recruits
Arik Armstead, DeForest
Buckner and Marcus Mariota became first-rounders.
What Kelly didn’t dispute was that as affable as
he was at times, he didn’t
enjoy speaking to reporters.
“I should be back in the
building right now working,
not doing this,” he said. “I
know there’s a part of the
job where you have to represent the school. I get that.
But I just don’t enjoy talking
about myself.”
Kelly showed up in Westwood largely shrouded in
mystery. That didn’t change
Monday and it probably
never will. If his welcoming
party was any indication, he
won’t be the kind of coach
who will ever be loved or
loathed because of his personality. His reputation will
be defined almost entirely
by his won-loss record.
Maybe that’s what he wants.
It’s hard to tell. He won’t say.
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Championship game will show whether USC has grown
[USC, from D1]
few other teams ever have.
USC, in other words, played
Stanford-style football better than even Stanford.
Not long before Shaw’s
film study, USC quarterback
Sam Darnold went out to
dinner with his girlfriend at
halftime of Stanford’s game
against Notre Dame on Saturday. When he left, Stanford led 14-10, but the game
was anyone’s.
Partway through dinner,
he received a text from his father with the final score: 3820. Stanford had scored the
game’s final 21 points.
“I was just like, ‘Whoa,’ ”
Darnold said. He returned
home to watch the highlights. Stanford, he said, had
physically dominated Notre
Dame, a team that phys-
ically dominated USC not
long ago.
whooped Stanford. Notre
Dame smashed USC. Stanford pounded Notre Dame.
The progression reflects
a topsy-turvy season of college football, but more crucial for USC, it shows how far
Stanford has evolved from
its lopsided loss to to the
Trojans. Friday’s championship game will be a referendum on whether USC has
similarly grown after what
was likely its best performance of the season.
In the first meeting, USC
played almost flawlessly.
Darnold had just five incompletions.
rushed for 307 yards.
“And then,” Shaw said,
“they’ve had some rough
The next week, USC
rushed for only 71 yards in
regulation and overtime
against Texas. In fact, USC
wouldn’t break 200 yards
rushing in a game for six
Meanwhile, Stanford followed its loss to USC with a
shocking loss to San Diego
State, and “everyone shoveled dirt on us,” Shaw remarked on the field after
Saturday’s game. “We were
Then, quietly, Stanford
improved. The defensive line
that USC exposed made
some schematic tweaks,
USC coach Clay Helton said.
Mostly, though, it just got
better. In the last five games,
Stanford has allowed 3.9
yards per rush. Notre Dame
managed just 3.5, 4.5 yards
fewer than what the Fighting Irish averaged against
The biggest change has
been at quarterback. Keller
Chryst completed 15 of 28
passes for 172 yards against
USC. K.J. Costello, of Santa
usurped the role. He has had
only two passes intercepted
all season. Behind Costello,
the offense developed from a
one-trick pony, with running
back Bryce Love, into a diversified attack.
“You saw exactly the m.o.
of what David would love to
have,” Helton said. “A fabulous run game with a
quarterback that hits his
shots down the field.”
Has USC made similar
Shaw said he has noticed
a trend.
USC has recently returned to pounding the ball
on the ground, he said. In the
last four games, the Trojans
have averaged 255 rushing
yards per game.
Otherwise, USC has been
inconsistent, despite reaching 10 wins.
The lurchy progress puts
extra pressure on the championship game. Anything
less than a win will likely be
greeted with disappointment of unusual intensity.
Swann has made clear that
he wants USC to play for
USC, now a longshot for
the College Football Playoff,
has never won a Pac-12 title
since the league expanded.
Quick hits
Helton offered a vote of
support for offensive coordinator Tee Martin, whose
name has surfaced as a candidate for the open Tennessee coaching job. “Tee is going to be an exceptional
head coach,” Helton said.
Martin said he would not
comment on any job rumors.
… Defensive end Rasheem
Green (shoulder sprain) did
not practice. Tight end Tyler
Petite (shoulder sprain) and
running back Velus Jones
(sprained ankle) were limited in practice. All are listed
as day to day. … Outside linebacker Porter Gustin (broken toe) will not play Friday,
Helton said.
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TU E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 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 topseeded team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team
would play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of
several tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast).
1. Houston
2. Golden State
3. San Antonio
4. Portland
5. Minnesota
6. Denver
7. New Orleans
8. Utah
9. Oklahoma City
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14. Sacramento
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2. Detroit
3. Cleveland
4. Toronto
5. Philadelphia
6. Indiana
7. Miami
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Doc Rivers is facing
a challenging season
By Broderick Turner
When asked if this was his
most challenging season in
his five years as coach of the
Clippers, Doc Rivers didn’t
“Oh, definitely as a Clipper coach,” Rivers admitted.
His team started 4-0 and
then fell down hard.
through a nine-game losing
streak before winning their
last two games before hosting the Lakers on Monday
night at Staples Center.
In the middle of it all, the
Clippers saw point guard
Patrick Beverley go down
with season-ending right
knee surgery.
Starting small forward
Danilo Gallinari is out with
a strained left glute and
starting guard Milos Teodosic is out with a plantar
fascia injury to his left foot.
Neither is expected back
“It’s kind of tough,” Rivers said. “It really may depend on what we’re trying to
do. When you’re trying to win
it and you’re not winning,
that’s really frustrating, but
you’re winning a lot of
The Clippers won 50-plus
games in each of Rivers’ first
four seasons, topping out at
57-25 during his first season
in 2013-14.
They never got past the
second round of the playoffs,
but the Clippers did win
games during the regular
But Chris Paul forced his
way to the Houston Rockets
over the summer via trade.
J.J. Redick signed with the
Sue Ogrocki Associated Press
DOC RIVERS says this has been his most difficult
time so far in five seasons as Clippers coach.
Philadelphia 76ers and Jamal Crawford was traded to
the Atlanta Hawks, before
he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Clippers ended up
with nine new players in the
process, and it hasn’t always
been easy.
“Right now, you’re just
trying to build a good
basketball team,” Rivers
said. “We started out like we
were going to and then all
this happens. I just know
that there is another day.
There’s a next day and you
coach to that day. You got to
coach your guys to believe
that and that’s how I’ve always been.
“I’ve gone through far
worse as a coach. … With this
group right now, let’s get
healthy and let’s see what
we’ve got. But I love coaching the young guys, too. It’s
nice that they get to play.”
Staying positive
The last two wins by the
Clippers gave Blake Griffin
a sense that this team will
and can compete.
He liked what he saw at
Atlanta and Sacramento.
“We can play with anybody,” Griffin said. “I think
in the last 11 games we’ve
had, we’ve really only have
not been in maybe two of
them, at least in the fourth
quarter or last five minutes.
So we can play with anybody
no matter how banged up we
are. The next man just has to
just step up.”
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Drummond puts on
show against Celtics
Andre Drummond had 26
points and 22 rebounds, both season highs, and Tobias Harris
scored 31 points to lead the Detroit
Pistons to a 118-108 victory over the
Boston Celtics on Monday night.
It was the Celtics’ first loss in
Boston since their home opener.
The Pistons have won three of their
last four games.
Marcus Smart scored 23 points
and Kyrie Irving had 18 points and
nine assists for the Celtics, who
have lost two of four games since a
16-game winning streak.
The score was tied 100-100 with 5
minutes 36 seconds to play before
Drummond scored eight consecutive points.
at San Antonio 115, Dallas 108:
LaMarcus Aldridge had a seasonhigh 33 points and 10 rebounds and
the Spurs celebrated Tony Parker’s first game of the season. Parker
had six points and four assists in 14
minutes in his first appearance
since tearing his right quadriceps
tendon May 3 against Houston in
second round of the playoffs.
at Clippers 120, Lakers 115
— associated press
Connghton ..25 7-9 0-0 0-2 2 4 17
Vonleh........31 2-3 4-6 2-12 0 6 8
Nurkic ........30 5-12 2-4 1-9 6 1 12
Lillard ........37 10-20 11-11 0-1 5 0 32
McCollum ...39 4-15 2-2 0-7 2 4 12
Turner.........20 4-10 2-2 0-3 1 1 10
Napier........18 2-5 0-0 0-2 2 1 5
Davis .........17 2-4 0-0 2-7 0 3 4
Harkless .....15 1-4 1-1 0-1 0 2 3
Layman ........3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
37-83 22-26 5-45 18 22 103
Shooting: Field goals, 44.6%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 7-21 (Connaughton 3-4, McCollum 2-5, Napier 1-2, Lillard 1-6, Layman 0-1,
Turner 0-1, Harkless 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team
Turnovers: 9 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Harkless,
McCollum, Turner). Turnovers: 9 (Lillard 3, McCollum 2, Nurkic 2, Davis, Vonleh). Steals: 10 (Harkless 3, Napier 3, Layman, Lillard, Turner, Vonleh).
Technical Fouls: coach Trail Blazers (Defensive
three second), 8:25 first.
Griffin.........36 9-21 5-6 1-11 6 2 26
W.Johnson ..29 2-7 0-0 0-1 0 5 4
Jordan........30 3-4 3-3 2-9 0 4 9
Rivers.........37 7-16 4-5 3-8 6 2 19
L.Williams...37 12-21 14-14 0-4 3 2 42
C.Williams ..16 3-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 7
Dekker .......14 2-4 2-2 2-6 0 0 6
Thornwell ....11 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 3
Harrell........10 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 0
Evans...........8 2-5 0-0 0-0 2 0 4
Reed............6 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 3 0
41-85 28-30 10-44 19 22 120
Shooting: Field goals, 48.2%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 10-28 (L.Williams 4-8, Griffin
3-6, Thornwell 1-1, C.Williams 1-2, Rivers 1-6, Evans 0-1, Dekker 0-2, W.Johnson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 17 (17 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 3 (Dekker, Reed, W.Johnson). Turnovers: 17
(Jordan 5, L.Williams 4, Griffin 3, Rivers 3, Evans,
Reed). Steals: 7 (Dekker, Evans, Jordan,
L.Williams, Rivers, Thornwell, W.Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.
32 30 27 26— 115
34 26 27 33— 120
Hardaway Jr.38 6-18 2-4 1-4 1 3 16
Porzingis.....33 6-16 8-9 3-7 1 4 22
O’Quinn......24 4-8 0-0 3-11 3 1 8
Jack...........20 2-7 0-0 0-3 3 0 5
Lee............35 5-9 4-5 0-0 2 1 14
Ntilikina......20 3-11 0-0 0-1 1 2 6
McDermott..20 2-2 0-0 0-3 0 3 4
Hernangmz .15 2-5 1-2 4-9 1 3 5
Beasley ......14 3-7 1-2 2-7 0 2 7
Sessions ......7 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 2
Thomas ........5 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 0 0
Noah ...........2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2
Dotson .........2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
35-88 16-22 14-51 14 20 91
Shooting: Field goals, 39.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 5-15 (Hardaway Jr. 2-5,
Porzingis 2-6, Jack 1-1, Thomas 0-1, Ntilikina 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 13 (13 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 3 (Hernangomez, Noah, Porzingis).
Turnovers: 13 (Hernangomez 3, Porzingis 3, Jack 2,
Sessions 2, Beasley, Ntilikina, O’Quinn). Steals: 3
(Hardaway Jr., Lee, Porzingis). Technical Fouls:
coach Knicks (Defensive three second), 3:22 first
30 23 37 13— 103
New York
23 14 27 27— 91
A—18,086. O—Scott Foster, Jason Goldenberg, James Williams
A—18,409. T—2:15. O—JB DeRosa, Gary Zielinski, Bill Kennedy
Pacers 121, Magic 109
Gordon.......39 5-10 2-2 2-6 2 2 16
Simmons ....34 6-14 5-6 1-3 1 3 21
Vucevic.......36 7-17 0-0 3-12 3 5 16
Fournier......36 5-15 1-2 0-2 4 3 12
Payton........26 6-8 2-2 2-3 5 3 15
Ross ..........25 3-11 0-0 0-5 3 2 7
Augustin .....21 4-6 2-3 0-1 4 2 11
Speights.....12 3-7 1-1 1-1 0 2 9
Biyombo.......7 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 2
40-92 13-16 10-35 22 23 109
Shooting: Field goals, 43.5%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 16-41 (Gordon 4-7, Simmons 4-9, Speights 2-4, Vucevic 2-5, Augustin
1-2, Payton 1-2, Fournier 1-6, Ross 1-6). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 14 (27 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 9 (Gordon 4, Vucevic 3, Biyombo, Ross).
Turnovers: 14 (Payton 4, Simmons 3, Vucevic 3,
Augustin 2, Gordon, Ross). Steals: 4 (Gordon, Payton, Ross, Speights). Technical Fouls: None.
Bogdanovic .37 7-13 6-7 0-3 0 2 22
T.Young.......29 1-9 0-0 2-5 5 0 2
Turner.........30 6-13 3-4 1-4 0 1 18
Collison......27 2-7 2-2 1-2 2 2 7
Oladipo ......33 11-14 0-0 0-6 5 5 26
Joseph .......30 3-5 0-0 0-7 3 1 9
Sabonis......26 5-7 8-9 3-8 5 2 19
Stephenson 23 7-11 3-4 1-8 5 5 18
42-79 22-26 8-43 25 18 121
Shooting: Field goals, 53.2%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 15-26 (Oladipo 4-6, Joseph
3-5, Turner 3-5, Bogdanovic 2-4, Sabonis 1-1,
Collison 1-2, Stephenson 1-2, T.Young 0-1). Team
Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 14 (14 PTS).
Blocked Shots: 8 (Oladipo 4, Turner 2, Collison,
Stephenson). Turnovers: 14 (Oladipo 5, Stephenson 3, Sabonis 2, Turner 2, Bogdanovic, Collison).
Steals: 7 (Collison 2, Oladipo 2, T.Young 2,
Stephenson). Technical Fouls: None.
25 25 34 25— 109
33 24 28 36— 121
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
at Houston 117, Brooklyn 103:
James Harden scored 20 points in
the first quarter and finished with
37 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. When he took a break with
1:28 left in the first quarter, he was
outscoring the Nets 20-17.
Ingram .......22 6-10 5-9
0-5 1 5 17
Nance Jr. ....29 4-7 1-1
3-8 0 5 9
Lopez.........16 2-8 1-2
0-1 1 4 5
Ball ...........26 1-7 0-0
2-5 7 4 3
Cldwll-Ppe ..37 12-28 0-0
2-6 1 1 29
Clarkson .....25 8-12 0-0
2-8 5 0 17
Randle .......24 2-5 7-10 0-3 1 5 11
Hart...........21 2-3 0-0
1-3 1 2 5
Kuzma........19 5-7 2-2
1-2 3 2 15
Brewer........10 2-4 0-0
1-2 2 1 4
Bogut...........6 0-0 0-0
0-0 1 0 0
44-91 16-24 12-43 23 29 115
Shooting: Field goals, 48.4%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 11-30 (Caldwell-Pope 5-11,
Kuzma 3-5, Clarkson 1-1, Hart 1-1, Ball 1-6, Brewer
0-1, Ingram 0-1, Lopez 0-2, Randle 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 16 (16 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 5 (Lopez 2, Ingram, Nance Jr., Randle).
Turnovers: 16 (Ingram 4, Ball 3, Kuzma 3, Randle
3, Clarkson 2, Caldwell-Pope). Steals: 10 (Nance
Jr. 4, Caldwell-Pope 3, Brewer 2, Ball). Technical
Fouls: None.
Crowder......20 0-4 2-2 0-2 0 3 2
James ........31 12-22 3-4 2-13 6 0 30
Love...........24 4-12 3-3 2-3 2 4 13
Calderon.....22 0-1 0-0 1-1 5 4 0
Smith.........27 4-6 0-0 0-3 1 1 11
Green.........27 6-12 2-2 4-10 3 0 14
Wade .........24 5-12 4-7 1-4 5 1 15
Korver ........21 3-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 9
Frye ...........18 4-5 2-2 0-3 2 4 12
Shumpert .....6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Osman .........4 1-2 0-0 0-5 0 1 2
Holland ........4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3
Zizic.............4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
41-85 16-20 10-45 25 21 113
Shooting: Field goals, 48.2%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 15-37 (Korver 3-5, Smith 3-5, James
3-7, Frye 2-3, Love 2-7, Holland 1-1, Wade 1-2, Calderon
0-1, Crowder 0-3, Green 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team
Turnovers: 11 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Wade 2, Green).
Turnovers: 11 (James 3, Crowder 2, Wade 2, Calderon,
Green, Love, Zizic). Steals: 7 (Calderon 2, Frye 2, Crowder,
Korver, Love). Technical Fouls: None.
BROOK LOPEZ scores just five points with one rebound in 16 minutes against
DeAndre Jordan, who also has an off night with nine points and nine rebounds.
Caldwell-Pope scores 29 as
Lakers lose another to rival
[Clippers, from D1]
to make a play, but usually
when you go in that hard,
they call it. But I think Lonzo
knocked Austin into Blake
and it was a trigger effect.”
Williams had 14 of his
points in the fourth quarter
and carried the offense when
Griffin went out, scoring all
of the Clippers’ points in the
final four minutes. He finished 14 for 14 from the line,
giving the Clippers the edge
(28 of 30 free throws overall)
in an otherwise evenly
matched game.
The Clippers have been
guards Patrick Beverley
surgery) and Milos Teodosic
(foot injury) and scoring forward
(strained left glute).
“We’ve just got to continue to push,” Williams said.
“We’ve dealt with injuries
this entire season so far.
Once Blake went down, we
understood the next guy
had to step in.”
Williams was the main
guy, going 12 for 21 from the
field, four for eight from
three-point range.
“He saved us,” Doc Rivers
said. “He literally won the
game for us.”
The Clippers have defeated the Lakers 11 straight
times when they have been
the home team.
Indeed, the teams view
these confrontations as
more than just regular
games on the schedule, no
matter what any of them say.
It’s about being in the
same city of Los Angeles
that the Lakers have always
It’s about sharing the
same Staples Center arena.
It’s being in the same Pacific
And it’s about a rivalry
that overall has been lopsided in favor of the Lakers.
The teams went at each
other Monday, the Lakers
getting a season-high 29
points from Kentavious
Caldwell-Pope and just
three points from Ball.
DeAndre Jordan yelled
and talked trash to Ball after
the Clippers center was
called for an offensive foul
taken by the rookie guard
late in the second quarter.
It was the Clippers who
did the most complaining.
Griffin and Jordan argued
every slight, every foul called
or not called.
However, the team put
that competitive spirit into
their play, rallied to take the
lead and then held on after
losing Griffin.
Twitter: @BA_Turner
Trail Blazers 103, Knicks 91
Cavaliers 113, 76ers 91
Sacramento 110, at Golden State
106: Bogdan Bogdanovic made a
go-ahead bank shot with 12.6 seconds left to lift the Kings, who
ended a losing streak at Oakland
at eight games. The Warriors’
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant
sat out because of injuries. Golden
State went 0 for 7 from the floor after Klay Thompson’s three-pointer
with 3:11 left.
at Indiana 121, Orlando 109: Victor
Oladipo scored 26 points, Bojan
Bogdanovic had 22 and the Pacers
sent the Magic to their ninth loss in
a row. Orlando cut the deficit to 9591 but Indiana put together a 13-0
run that lasted nearly three minutes.
A—12,501. O—Washington, Garretson, Forte
Cleveland 113, at Philadelphia 91:
LeBron James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the
Cavaliers, who won their eighth
game in a row. James scored the
first nine points on the way to 22 in
the first half. Joel Embiid had 30
points and 11 rebounds for the
Portland 103, at New York 91:
Damian Lillard scored 32 points
and the Trail Blazers wrapped up a
five-game trip with a third consecutive
Porzingis returned from a onegame absence and scored 22 points
for the Knicks.
Covington ...27 1-11 0-0 0-4 4 2 2
Saric..........30 4-9 0-0 6-10 0 2 8
Embiid .......32 11-24 8-9 5-11 0 4 30
Redick........36 4-16 2-2 1-2 3 0 11
Simmons ....35 5-11 0-0 3-8 2 3 10
McConnell ..27 5-8 0-0 1-6 3 1 11
Bayless ......21 1-4 2-3 0-1 1 2 4
Lwwu-Cbrrot 11 4-8 3-4 2-5 1 1 12
Johnson .......8 1-1 1-2 4-5 1 3 3
Holmes ........4 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0
Korkmaz .......4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
36-96 16-20 22-53 15 18 91
Shooting: Field goals, 37.5%; free throws, 80.0%
Three-point goals: 3-28 (McConnell 1-2, LuwawuCabarrot 1-4, Redick 1-4, Bayless 0-1, Holmes 0-1, Embiid
0-2, Korkmaz 0-2, Saric 0-3, Covington 0-9). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 12 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1
(Saric). Turnovers: 12 (Simmons 4, Covington 3, Redick 2,
Embiid, Luwawu-Cabarrot, Saric). Steals: 6 (Simmons 3,
Covington, Holmes, Redick).
29 24 33 27— 113
22 23 28 18— 91
A—20,527. T—2:06. O—Lane, Blair, Wright
Kings 110, Warriors 106
Labissiere ...15 4-7 1-1 1-4 1 3 9
Temple .......30 4-7 4-5 1-3 3 3 14
Randolph....21 4-11 3-4 2-6 2 1 11
Fox ............23 3-7 0-0 0-4 4 3 6
Hill ............30 6-10 0-0 2-2 1 1 16
Cauley-Stein29 8-9 3-4 3-8 6 3 19
Mason........24 5-10 2-2 1-3 4 0 14
Bogdanovic .21 4-7 4-5 0-2 3 1 12
Carter ........17 2-4 0-0 1-3 2 0 4
Hield..........15 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 5
Koufos .........9 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
42-79 17-21 11-36 27 15 110
Shooting: Field goals, 53.2%; free throws, 81.0%
Three-point goals: 9-17 (Hill 4-5, Mason 2-2, Temple
2-4, Hield 1-2, Carter 0-1, Randolph 0-1, Bogdanovic 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 13 (14 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Cauley-Stein 2, Labissiere 2, Carter, Temple).
Turnovers: 13 (Temple 3, Bogdanovic 2, Cauley-Stein 2,
Fox 2, Labissiere 2, Hill, Randolph). Steals: 7 (Carter 2, Fox
2, Cauley-Stein, Randolph, Temple). Technical Fouls:
Casspi........30 4-7 0-0 0-4 1 3 9
Green.........38 4-15 2-4 0-4 8 0 14
Pachulia .....14 1-4 1-2 3-3 4 1 3
McCaw .......33 5-8 4-4 0-3 7 1 16
Thompson...32 7-20 2-2 1-5 2 4 21
Iguodala.....25 4-5 1-2 1-3 3 0 11
Livingston ...17 5-6 0-0 1-1 1 4 10
West ..........16 4-6 0-0 0-7 1 0 8
Young.........12 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 0 8
McGee .........8 1-1 0-0 0-0 3 1 2
Bell .............6 2-2 0-0 3-5 0 1 4
Looney .........4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
40-80 10-14 9-36 31 15 106
Shooting: Field goals, 50.0%; free throws, 71.4%
Three-point goals: 16-37 (Thompson 5-12, Green 4-11,
Iguodala 2-3, McCaw 2-5, Young 2-5, Casspi 1-1). Team
Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 14 (25 PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Bell, Livingston, McCaw, McGee, Thompson,
West). Turnovers: 14 (Young 3, Green 2, Iguodala 2, McCaw 2, Pachulia 2, Looney, McGee, Thompson). Steals: 9
(McCaw 4, Green, McGee, Pachulia, Thompson, West).
Technical Fouls: None.
27 26 30 27— 110
Golden State
27 28 27 24— 106
A—19,596. O—Derek Richardson, Tony Brothers,
Leroy Richardson
Rockets 117, Nets 103
Booker .......20 2-4 0-0 0-3 2 1 6
Harris.........28 4-11 0-0 0-4 1 1 10
Zeller .........16 4-6 1-1 1-1 3 1 10
Dinwiddie ...31 6-14 0-1 0-4 7 2 14
LeVert ........29 6-14 1-2 0-2 6 3 13
Kilpatrick ....28 3-12 4-4 0-6 2 2 12
Whitehead ..27 10-16 3-4 0-3 3 5 24
Acy............20 2-6 3-3 1-6 0 1 7
Mozgov.......19 3-3 1-2 2-6 0 1 7
Allen ..........18 0-0 0-0 2-8 0 2 0
Carroll..........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
40-86 13-17 6-43 24 19 103
Shooting: Field goals, 46.5%; free throws, 76.5%
Three-point goals: 10-39 (Booker 2-2, Harris 2-6, Dinwiddie 2-8, Kilpatrick 2-8, Zeller 1-2, Whitehead 1-5, Acy
0-3, LeVert 0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 13
(24 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Mozgov 2, Booker, Zeller).
Turnovers: 13 (Whitehead 5, Harris 2, LeVert 2, Allen,
Booker, Kilpatrick, Mozgov). Steals: 5 (Booker 2, LeVert 2,
Whitehead). Technical Fouls: coach Nets (Defensive three
second), 5:37 third
Anderson....26 5-9 0-1 0-2 1 1 13
Ariza ..........28 4-9 0-0 0-6 0 2 11
Capela .......27 8-12 4-5 2-6 3 4 20
Harden.......35 13-20 3-4 0-10 8 2 37
Paul...........30 1-7 1-1 3-6 14 1 4
Gordon.......28 5-15 1-1 0-4 1 2 12
Tucker ........20 3-5 0-0 0-2 1 4 9
MbhaMoute 20 1-4 3-4 0-1 2 1 6
Black .........15 2-4 1-4 3-5 1 2 5
Brown ..........1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Weber ..........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Williams .......1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
42-86 13-20 8-42 31 19 117
Shooting: Field goals, 48.8%; free throws, 65.0%
Three-point goals: 20-50 (Harden 8-13, Tucker 3-4,
Anderson 3-7, Ariza 3-7, Mbah a Moute 1-3, Paul 1-4,
Gordon 1-10, Black 0-1, Brown 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11.
Team Turnovers: 15 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Capela 2,
Harden 2). Turnovers: 15 (Harden 4, Black 2, Capela 2,
Tucker 2, Anderson, Ariza, Gordon, Mbah a Moute,
Williams). Steals: 8 (Harden 2, Mbah a Moute 2, Paul 2,
Tucker 2). Technical Fouls: None.
26 29 25 23— 103
43 23 30 21— 117
A—16,189. T—2:02. O—Barnaky, Stafford, Ford
Spurs 115, Mavericks 108
Barnes .......35 3-14 6-6 1-8 4 2 13
Kleber ........12 2-2 0-0 1-5 0 1 5
Nowitzki......25 4-7 2-2 0-4 2 3 11
Matthews....32 7-12 0-0 0-2 2 3 19
Smith Jr. .....28 9-17 0-0 1-1 5 1 19
Harris.........25 5-8 0-0 0-5 1 1 13
Barea.........22 7-12 0-0 1-4 7 1 16
Ferrell ........20 0-6 0-0 0-1 3 3 0
Powell ........20 3-5 4-9 0-5 1 1 10
Mejri ..........15 1-2 0-0 0-5 0 3 2
Cleveland .....0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
41-85 12-17 4-40 25 19 108
Shooting: Field goals, 48.2%; free throws, 70.6%
Three-point goals: 14-32 (Matthews 5-6, Harris 3-4,
Barea 2-3, Kleber 1-1, Nowitzki 1-3, Barnes 1-4, Smith Jr.
1-5, Powell 0-2, Ferrell 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Team
Turnovers: 11 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 11
(Ferrell 3, Barnes 2, Matthews 2, Smith Jr. 2, Barea, Nowitzki). Steals: 7 (Powell 4, Barea 3). Technical Fouls: None.
Aldridge......37 13-19 7-7 2-10 3 3 33
Anderson....33 4-10 4-6 0-10 5 2 12
Gasol .........34 9-14 4-4 1-6 4 2 25
Green.........33 4-6 2-2 0-5 5 1 12
Parker ........14 3-7 0-0 0-0 4 1 6
Mills ..........28 4-10 2-2 0-2 5 2 12
Forbes........19 4-8 0-0 0-1 0 1 11
Ginobili ......16 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Lauvergne.....9 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0
Murray .........5 0-1 0-0 0-3 1 0 0
Paul.............3 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 2
Bertans ........2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
43-82 19-21 4-43 27 16 115
Shooting: Field goals, 52.4%; free throws, 90.5%
Three-point goals: 10-24 (Gasol 3-4, Forbes 3-5, Green
2-3, Mills 2-7, Paul 0-1, Anderson 0-2, Ginobili 0-2). Team
Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 10 (13 PTS). Blocked Shots:
5 (Aldridge 3, Green 2). Turnovers: 10 (Anderson 3, Bertans
2, Ginobili 2, Mills 2, Lauvergne). Steals: 7 (Aldridge 2,
Anderson 2, Gasol, Green, Paul). Technical Fouls: coach
Spurs (Defensive three second), 6:25 first
23 30 22 33— 108
San Antonio
21 25 31 38— 115
A—17,918. T—2:05. O—Ken Mauer, Josh Tiven, Scott
Pistons 118, Celtics 108
Harris.........34 11-16 4-4 3-8 0 2 31
Johnson......34 3-11 0-0 0-3 2 4 7
Drummond .39 10-12 6-8 2-22 6 2 26
Bradley.......37 5-14 1-2 0-0 5 4 13
Jackson......28 7-10 4-4 0-0 7 3 20
Smith.........19 3-8 2-2 0-1 3 1 8
Kennard .....16 3-8 0-0 0-1 0 0 7
Tolliver........15 1-3 2-3 1-1 1 1 4
Moreland......8 0-0 0-0 2-4 2 2 0
Galloway.......4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2
44-85 19-23 8-40 26 19 118
Shooting: Field goals, 51.8%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 11-25 (Harris 5-6, Bradley
2-3, Jackson 2-4, Kennard 1-4, Johnson 1-5, Tolliver 0-1, Galloway 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team
Turnovers: 8 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Jackson,
Johnson). Turnovers: 8 (Drummond 3, Bradley 2,
Jackson, Johnson, Kennard). Steals: 8 (Drummond 4, Bradley 2, Galloway, Tolliver). Technical
Fouls: coach Pistons (Defensive three second),
9:59 second.
Morris ........22 5-11 0-1 0-4 2 4 13
Tatum.........34 3-7 2-2 1-3 4 5 10
Horford.......33 5-8 0-0 0-5 3 3 11
Brown ........32 4-10 0-2 0-6 1 2 9
Irving .........35 6-16 5-7 0-4 9 5 18
Smart ........31 8-13 1-4 0-3 6 2 23
Rozier ........19 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 3
Baynes .......12 3-3 0-0 2-6 1 0 6
Theis..........10 4-4 4-5 1-2 0 2 12
Ojeleye.........6 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 3
40-77 12-21 5-36 27 23 108
Shooting: Field goals, 51.9%; free throws,
Three-point goals: 16-33 (Smart 6-9, Morris
3-5, Tatum 2-4, Ojeleye 1-1, Rozier 1-2, Brown 1-3,
Horford 1-3, Irving 1-6). Team Rebounds: 10. Team
Turnovers: 17 (26 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Horford
2, Morris, Tatum). Turnovers: 17 (Irving 6, Smart 3,
Baynes 2, Morris 2, Horford, Ojeleye, Tatum, Theis).
Steals: 2 (Horford, Ojeleye). Technical Fouls: None.
31 29 26 32— 118
23 34 29 22— 108
A—18,624. O—David Guthrie, Tony Brown,
Haywoode Workman
T U E S DAY, N OV E M B E R 28, 2017
Grizzlies dismiss
embattled coach
staff and wire reports
The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach
David Fizdale on Monday, with the
team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth
quarter of an eighth consecutive loss.
General manager Chris Wallace
announced the move. Associate head
coach J.B. Bickerstaff was named interim head coach.
Gasol, given a maximum deal by
the Grizzlies in July 2015, sat throughout the fourth quarter of a 98-88 loss to
the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Gasol
leads the Grizzlies in points, rebounds
and assists, and he was an All-Star in
Fizdale’s inaugural season.
But the center spent plenty of time
after the game making it clear to reporters how upset he was at sitting
out a full quarter.
“It's a first for me, trust me, and I
don’t like it one bit,” Gasol said.
Galaxy are rebuilding
Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times
LARRY NANCE JR. of the Lakers and Clippers forward Blake Griffin fight for a loose ball
during a game Monday at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 120-115.
Nance returns to starting
lineup against Clippers
By Tania Ganguli
It happens sometimes, but
Luke Walton isn’t a coach who
believes in a player losing his
starting job because of an injury.
So when Larry Nance Jr.
healed from the broken hand he
suffered on Nov. 2, he took back
the spot he earned in training
camp and became the Lakers’
starting power forward again
when the Lakers played the Clippers on Monday night.
“It’s their decision, they’re the
coaching staff, whatever they
think is the best thing for us to
win is what’s most important,”
power forward Kyle Kuzma said,
who had started while Nance was
sidelined. “… To me it doesn’t
really matter. I proved I can play
against second-unit guys, firstunit guys, same thing. I learned
more patience in the first group
playing against starters, but it’s
still basketball, still got to put the
ball in the hoop.”
The Lakers hoped Nance’s rebounding and his effort and production on defense would offer a
boost and they felt that they got
“I thought Larry was probably our best player tonight,”
Walton said after the game.
He liked how Nance battled
Clippers star Blake Griffin.
Nance finished with nine points
and eight rebounds while Kuzma
finished with 15 points, two re-
bounds and three assists.
Superlative rookie
Shot selection
Count Clippers coach Doc
Rivers among Kuzma’s fans.
“He’s been terrific,” Rivers
said. “Right now he may the
leader for rookie of the year, or
one of them. At least he should be
in the running.”
Rivers takes a lesson about
scouting from Kuzma’s rise.
“It’s a great example of scouting, there should be something,
there should be an article about
that,” Rivers said “… The head
coaches didn’t get to see him … I
didn’t get a chance to see Kuzma
all year, so I didn’t have any negative thoughts about him. I go to
the predraft camp and I’m sitting by Magic [Johnson] and
Rob [Pelinka] and a couple of
other guys, they didn’t see him all
year because they didn’t have the
job, so their first look at him, I
don’t know if you know the first
game in Chicago … I remember
walking right to our scouts saying, Holy Goodness, this guy’s
amazing. Then all the scouts, not
only ours but the scouts, ‘Nope,
you should have seen him in college.’ Because they had all the
negative stuff and so you dismiss
and that’s what, I guarantee you,
all those teams did. In some ways
the Lakers probably were fortunate that their two guys didn’t
have all the baggage. They saw
the positive stuff, it’s the way the
league works, he’s carried it on.”
In the closing minutes of
Monday’s game, the Lakers had
several opportunities to even the
score or take the lead. But
missed jumper after missed
jumper thwarted them.
Shot selection is something
the Lakers have worked on, and
Walton has asked for smarter
shot selection from his players all
His opinion on the players’
shot selection late against the
Clippers was mixed.
“We had some good looks and
then we forced some,” Walton
said. “I wish we had the old timeout rule because I would have
definitely used a couple more of
them tonight. But it looked like
even when it was a one, threepoint game, we kind of started to
panic a little bit. When we did
that we didn’t get great looks.”
His players didn’t share the
opinion that their shots were
forced. Point guard Lonzo Ball
said the real issue came defensively. Kentavious CaldwellPope, who finished with a season-high 29 points, wasn’t concerned either.
“I think we just, we were just
trying to win the game,” Caldwell-Pope said. “If we were forcing shots, we didn’t think we were
forcing shots. We thought it was
wide open. We took them with
great confidence.”
Griffin’s knee to be evaluated
[Elliott, from D1]
more inclined to cry, and with
good reason.
Griffin had been settling into
his role as point guard, playing
with the smarts of someone who
has been a pure point guard all
of his life. Someone like, say,
Chris Paul.
But Paul and the Clippers
went through a rancorous divorce last summer and his replacement, Patrick Beverley, is
out for the season following knee
surgery. Out of necessity the
Clippers turned to their franchise player to save them — and
to do it as a point guard, not
Griffin’s natural power forward
It’s not unprecedented to
have a big man at the point
guard spot, and Philadelphia’s
Ben Simmons is establishing
strong rookie-of-the-year credentials there this season. Griffin is continuing the evolution of
the position, the big man playing
the smaller man’s game and
bringing the extra dimension of
size and strength.
His performance Monday
showed that it can work, though
there will be some pitfalls for
him and the Clippers if he continues there long-term.
“Chris is a point guard. Ball is
a point guard but a lot of the
guards now are two-way guards
— they’re scorers and passers.
That position has kind of
changed,” Rivers said before the
game. “I still love the pure point
guards when you can get one but
when you don’t, it’s all about
your ball movement. And so the
more passes you have the better.”
Speaking of Ball, the Lakers
rookie had another poor shooting night, going one for seven,
including one of six on threepoint attempts, for three points,
with seven assists.
The Clippers had a lot of that
ball movement Rivers wanted,
but it didn’t always go in the
right direction. They committed
17 turnovers, three by Griffin.
And as odd as it was to see Griffin as a point guard, it was all too
familiar to see him moaning and
complaining to the officials time
after time. He’s supposed to be
their go-to guy, their face, their
foundation, now that Paul is
gone. He hasn’t been that franchise-lifting player to this point
of his career with better talent
than the Clippers have now. If he
was ever going to carry the franchise, this was the time.
To his credit, he has expanded his game to include
consistent and frequent threepoint shooting. He was three for
six from three-point range Monday and has hit at least one
three-point shot in 19 consecutive games. His total of 41 threepoint baskets is three more than
he made last season.
Speaking before the game,
Doc Rivers was optimistic about
Griffin’s ability to adapt to the
point guard spot.
“He’s clearly the guy every
team’s trying to load up on and
that’s new. He’s trying to figure
that out, like trying to figure out
how to move the ball. He’s got to
trust guys that he’s never seen
before. Or in some cases and
never played with,” Rivers said.
“It takes a lot. And I think over
the last couple games he’s kind
of gotten to a really good place
there where he’s moving the ball,
he’s attacking when he needs to
attack, and that’s been better for
us as well.”
Now, Griffin and the Clippers
wait to see the extent of the
damage done to his knee.
“He’s not in high spirits. He’s
down,” Doc Rivers said. “Right
now he’s where we are at, hoping
it was just a bang and that it
hurt and that he’ll be all right.”
Their season might depend
on it.
Twitter: @helenenothelen
The Galaxy, coming off the worst
season in franchise history, embarked
on their third massive offseason rebuild is as many years by declining
contract options on 13 players, including captain Jermaine Jones, a former
national team midfielder. Also released were all three goalkeepers and
four homegrown players, among them
forward Jack McBean.
The team picked up the options on
midfielder Emmanuel Boateng, forwards Bradford Jamieson IV and Ariel Lassiter and defenders Daniel
Steres and Dave Romney.
The Galaxy are also expected to
pursue new deals with midfielder
Baggio Husidic and defender Ashley
Cole when their contracts expire at
the end of the year.
Among the players under contract
for next season are midfielders Jonathan dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget
and Romain Alessandrini; forwards
Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi
Zardes; and defender Michael Ciani.
The Galaxy struggled to an 8-18-8
record in 2017, finishing last.
— Kevin Baxter
Tennessee athletic director John
Currie defended the process of his
coaching search and vouching for the
character of Greg Schiano a day after
negotiations between the two parties
broke down amid a public backlash.
Currie acknowledged that the
Ohio State defensive coordinator was
a leading candidate for the Volunteers'
coaching vacancy without explaining
why the sides parted ways. The deal
fell apart after heavy criticism from
fans, state lawmakers and gubernatorial candidates.
Their complaints stemmed from
Schiano's background as an assistant
at Penn State during Jerry Sandusky’s tenure as the Nittany Lions'
defensive coordinator.
Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years
in prison for his conviction on 45
counts of sexual abuse.
Three North Dakota State players
have been dismissed from the football
team amid the FCS Playoffs for a violation of team rules. Coach Chris Klieman announced the dismissals of
freshman backup wide receiver Sean
Engel, senior defensive back Darren
Kelley and freshman third-string
quarterback Henry Van Dellen.
Backup receiver Dallas Freeman was
suspended for this weekend's game
against San Diego, also for a violation
of team rules. ... Iowa State and coach
Matt Campbell agreed to a new sixyear deal worth $22.5 million. ... Rice
fired coach David Bailiff, athletic director Joe Karlgaard announcing the
dismissal two days after the Owls finished the season 1-11. ... Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer is no longer the
offensive coordinator at Brigham
Young, the school announced. ...
Texas running back Chris Warren III
is leaving the program and will transfer to another school for his senior
The Big West announced that it
will add Cal State Bakersfield and UC
San Diego as the 10th and 11th members of the conference.
In a blow to the credibility of Russia’s denials that it operated statebacked Olympic doping, an IOC judging panel endorsed a key whistleblower and the investigator who exposed the plot. Orchestrated cheating
at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games was “a
conspiracy which infected and subverted the Olympic Games in the
worst possible manner,” an International Olympic Committee commission prosecuting a slew of Russian
cases said. ... Luis Bedoya, former
president of Colombia’s soccer federation, testified that a sports marketing
executive told him that up to $15 million in bribe money was available for
South American officials from Qatari
interests ahead of the vote to decide
the site of the 2022 World Cup.
UTEP’s Floyd retires after loss
Texas El Paso coach Tim Floyd announced his retirement Monday after
the Miners lost to visiting Lamar 6652.
“I’m done,” Floyd said, according
to the El Paso Times. “This is my last
game as a coach.”
Floyd, 63, coached at USC from
2005 to 2009.
Texas El Paso is 1-5, having lost five
in a row.
Cal State Northridge at California.....7
UC Santa Barbara at San Francisco.7
Cal State Los Angeles at LMU .......7:30
at No. 11 Cincinnati 83, Alabama
State 51: Gary Clark had 14 points for
the Bearcats (7-0), who kept the Hornets (0-7) winless.
at No. 18 Virginia 49, Wisconsin 37:
Kyle Guy scored 17 points and the
Cavaliers (7-0) beat the Badgers (3-4)
in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
UC Riverside at No. 7 UCLA.................7
1. Connecticut (31)........5-0
775 1
2. Texas........................5-0
723 2
3. Notre Dame...............6-0
698 6
4. Louisville ..................6-0
695 4
5. South Carolina...........6-1
611 3
6. Mississippi St. ...........6-0
610 7
7. UCLA........................5-1
609 5
8. Ohio St.....................7-1
569 9
9. Baylor.......................5-1
557 8
10. Oregon .....................5-1
470 10
11. West Virginia .............6-0
446 11
12. Tennessee .................6-0
428 12
13. Florida St. .................6-0
380 13
14. Duke ........................5-1
351 16
15. Maryland ..................5-2
324 15
16. Stanford ...................4-3
310 14
17. South Florida.............6-1
259 17
18. Texas A&M ................4-1
215 19
19. Missouri....................5-1
207 23
20. Kentucky...................6-0
174 22
21. Oregon St..................3-2
166 18
22. Michigan...................4-1
107 25
23. Marquette .................2-2
101 20
24. California ..................3-2
66 21
25. Villanova...................5-0
56 Others receiving votes: Green Bay 31, Arizona
St. 26, Oklahoma 25, New Mexico 19, Iowa 17,
Michigan St. 16, DePaul 8, Syracuse 6, Minnesota 5, Oklahoma St. 5, Kansas St 4, Georgia 3,
USC 3.
Pts. Pv.
1. Duke (65).................8-0 1,625 1
2. Kansas .....................5-0 1,531 3
3. Michigan St. ..............5-1 1,481 4
4. Villanova...................6-0 1,435 5
5. Notre Dame...............6-0 1,297 13
6. Florida......................5-1 1,272 7
7. Kentucky...................6-1 1,179 8
8. Wichita St. ................4-1 1,134 6
9. Texas A&M ................6-0 1,130 16
10. Miami ......................5-0 1,001 11
11. Cincinnati .................6-0
972 12
12. Minnesota.................7-0
929 14
13. North Carolina ...........5-1
922 9
14. USC .........................4-1
681 10
15. Gonzaga ...................5-1
666 17
16. Baylor.......................5-0
576 22
17. Louisville ..................4-0
568 19
18. Virginia.....................6-0
510 19. West Virginia .............6-1
418 23
20. Arizona St. ................6-0
383 21. Xavier.......................5-1
370 15
22. Texas Tech.................6-0
247 23. TCU..........................6-0
133 24. Alabama...................5-1
128 25
25. Creighton ..................5-1
124 Others receiving votes: Seton Hall 87, Nevada
61, UCLA 56, Purdue 56, Arizona 34, Washington St 25, Texas 22, Arkansas 17, Tennessee 14,
Providence 9, Northwestern 8, Rhode Island 6,
St. Mary’s (Cal) 5, Georgia 5, Oklahoma 3, UNLV
2, Vermont 1, Texas Arlington 1, Maryland 1.
Conference championships
Western Conference
Nov. 21: Seattle 2, Houston 0
Thursday: Houston at Seattle, 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Conference
Nov. 21: Toronto 0, Columbus 0
Wednesday: Columbus at Toronto, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9: at higher seed, 1 p.m.
Friday's schedule
Louisville vs. Akron, 4 p.m.
Indiana vs. Michigan State, 4 p.m.
Saturday's schedule
Stanford vs. Wake Forest, 2 p.m.
Fordham vs. North Carolina, 3 p.m.
Friday's schedule
Duke vs. UCLA, 4:30 p.m.
Stanford vs. South Carolina, 2 p.m.
Sunday’s schedule
TBD, 9 a.m.
Pts. Pv.
Ravens 23, Texans 16
Houston........................7 3 3 3—16
Baltimore......................0 17 0 6—23
First Quarter
Hou—L.Miller 4 run (Fairbairn kick), 8:49.
Second Quarter
Bal—Ja.Allen 10 run (Tucker kick), 11:10. Bal—
Collins 8 run (Tucker kick), 6:44. Hou—FG Fairbairn 25, 1:48. Bal—FG Tucker 53, :07.
Third Quarter
Hou—FG Fairbairn 36, 4:35.
Fourth Quarter
Bal—FG Tucker 31, 10:54. Hou—FG Fairbairn
37, 8:36. Bal—FG Tucker 49, 2:53.
First downs ..........................20
Total Net Yards....................303
Passing .............................237
Punt Returns .....................2-21
Kickoff Returns ..................3-67
Interceptions Ret. ................0-0
Comp-Att-Int ................22-37-2
Sacked-Yards Lost..............2-15
Punts ............................4-43.5
Fumbles-Lost ......................2-1
Penalties-Yards ..................6-36
Individual Leaders
RUSHING: Hou, L.Miller 17-51Bal, Collins 16-60
PASSING: Hou, Savage 22-37-2-252. Bal,
Flacco 20-32-0-141 RECEIVING: Hou, Hopkins
7-125Bal, Wallace 5-48
San Francisco
Green Bay
New Orleans
Tampa Bay
N.Y. Giants
8 3
7 4
5 6
1 10
9 2
6 5
5 6
3 8
8 3
8 3
7 4
4 7
10 1
5 6
5 6
2 9
Pct. PF PA
.727 329 206
.636 266 212
.455 203 278
.091 187 284
Pct. PF PA
.818 271 195
.545 294 264
.455 232 261
.273 177 252
Pct. PF PA
.727 322 222
.727 248 207
.636 265 230
.364 223 262
Pct. PF PA
.909 351 191
.455 248 270
.455 258 276
.182 172 267
Kansas City
New England
N.Y. Jets
6 5
5 6
5 6
3 8
9 2
6 5
5 6
0 11
7 4
7 4
4 7
3 8
9 2
6 5
4 7
4 7
Pct. PF PA
.545 272 236
.455 249 202
.455 225 261
.273 197 280
Pct. PF PA
.818 258 193
.554 236 187
.455 199 215
.000 166 289
Pct. PF PA
.636 242 269
.636 269 168
.364 283 285
.273 195 300
Pct. PF PA
.818 325 220
.545 224 260
.364 228 257
.364 174 289
Monday’s result
at Baltimore23, Houston 16
Thursday’s schedule
Washington at Dallas, 5:15 p.m.
Sunday’s schedule
Cleveland at CHARGERS, 1 p.m.
RAMS at Arizona, 1:15 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Green Bay, 10 a.m.
Minnesota at Atlanta, 10 a.m.
San Francisco at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Detroit at Baltimore, 10 a.m.
Denver at Miami, 10 a.m.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 10 a.m.
Houston at Tennessee, 10 a.m.
Kansas City at N.Y. Jets, 10 a.m.
New England at Buffalo, 10 a.m.
Carolina at New Orleans, 1:15 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at Oakland, 1:15 p.m.
Philadelphia at Seattle, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 4
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 5:30 p.m.
Friday's schedule
First round
Cal Poly vs. Denver, 5:30 p.m.
USC vs. Central Arkansas, 7 p.m.
UCLA vs. Austin Peay, 8 p.m.
Stanford vs. CS Bakersfield, 7 p.m.
TU E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 2017
Ducks go under early
Offense struggles
to put puck in net
Blackhawks score
three goals in the first
period against Gibson
and the rout is on.
By Curtis Zupke
associated press
CHICAGO — Alex DeBrincat had three goals and
an assist, Patrick Sharp
stopped a scoring drought
at 16 games and the surging
Chicago Blackhawks beat
the Ducks 7-3 on Monday
“Pucks were bouncing
my way today,” DeBrincat
said. “It’s cool to get that
over with.”
DeBrincat, who turns 20
on Dec. 18, became the second-youngest player in franchise history to record a hat
Roenick by four days. He has
nine goals and three assists
in 11 November games.
The banged up Ducks
dropped their fourth consecutive game. Ryan Kesler,
Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick
Eaves remain out because of
long-term injuries, Rickard
Rakell sat out for a second
game in a row because of an
upper-body injury and defenseman Brandon Montour left midway through the
third period, favoring his
right side as he skated off the
Chris Wagner had two
goals for the Ducks and
Jakob Silfverberg had a goal
and an assist.
John Gibson made 18
saves on 22 shots before he
was replaced by Ryan Miller
in the second period.
“To tell the truth, I
thought it was a mercy pull,”
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images
DUCKS GOALIE Ryan Miller sprawls to make a save against the Chicago Black-
hawks. Miller replaced John Gibson in the second period and gave up three goals.
said. “I told him, we’re not
going to leave any goaltender in that situation where
we’re going to leave you
hanging high and dry like
“We didn’t think that we
were playing very well in
front of him and I felt that
they both should share in
the responsibility of the
Chicago grabbed control
with three goals in the first
period. Sharp beat Gibson
on a one-timer at 8 minutes
scored his eighth of the season and Brandon Saad
made it 3-0 when he stole the
puck from Derek Grant and
banked one in off the left
post with 1:49 left in the period.
“We played pretty well
last game and we think it’s
going to be easy,” Wagner
said. “I don't know why we
wouldn’t be mentally ready.
There’s no rhyme or reason.
It’s not going to get any easier. We might as well start
competing now in the right
DUCKS ....................................0
Chicago ...................................3
1 — 3
1 — 7
FIRST PERIOD: 1. Chi., Sharp 3 (Hartman, DeBrincat), 8:57. 2. Chi., DeBrincat 8 (Schmaltz, Seabrook),
16:22. 3. Chi., Saad 9 (Panik, Rutta), 18:11.
Penalties—Grant, ANA, (tripping), 3:14.
SECOND PERIOD: 4. Chi., Anisimov 11 (Schmaltz,
Kane), 4:15 (pp). 5. DUCKS, Silfverberg 6, 6:14. 6. Chi.,
DeBrincat 9 (Sharp, Hartman), 7:49. 7. DUCKS, Wagner
3 (Silfverberg, Cogliano), 9:19. 8. Chi., DeBrincat 10
(Kane, Keith), 14:14 (pp). Penalties—Gibson, ANA,
served by Perry, (tripping), 2:16. Bieksa, ANA, (roughing), 13:42. Panik, CHI, (slashing), 13:42. Fowler, ANA,
(high sticking), 13:53. Rutta, CHI, (interference), 19:34.
THIRD PERIOD: 9. DUCKS, Wagner 4 (Ritchie, Lindholm), 1:33 (pp). 10, Chi., Schmaltz 4 (Kane, Murphy),
5:48. Penalties—Hartman, CHI, (tripping), 1:57. Kane,
CHI, (slashing), 15:47. Ritchie, ANA, (slashing), 15:47.
SHOTS ON GOAL: DUCKS 7-8-14—29. Chi. 16-13-6—
35. Power-play Conversions—DUCKS 1 of 2. Chi. 2 of 3.
GOALIES: DUCKS, Gibson 7-9-1 (22 shots-18 saves),
Miller 2-0-3 (13-10). Chi., Crawford 11-7-1 (28-25).
Att—21,619 (19,717). T—2:22.
Here’s what we learned around the NHL the last week:
Ovechkin is a man of his word
Golden Knights aren’t folding
The Capitals’ high-scoring winger was so touched by the
courage of 13-year-old Alex Luey, who plays hockey with a
prosthesis after losing part of his leg to bone cancer, that Alexander Ovechkin said if he scored a goal last Saturday it
would be for the youngster. Ovechkin did that and more, recording his 20th career hat trick in Washington’s 4-2 victory
at Toronto.
Luey read the starting lineup in their locker room and was
given player-of-the-game honors. Ovechkin included the boy
in his postgame interviews and gave him a Hockey Night in
Canada towel. Kudos to Ovechkin and to the Capitals for recognizing they can impact lives in so many ways.
Improbably, they’ve won five straight games and hold a
two-point lead over the Kings atop the Pacific Division with
two games in hand. They ended a sequence of three games in
four nights with a 4-2 victory at Arizona on Saturday by scoring a short-handed goal, an even-strength goal, and a powerplay goal in a span of 102 seconds.
Center “Wild” Bill Karlsson leads them with a career-best
13 goals; remember, the Columbus Blue Jackets traded a 2017
first-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick and the contract
of injured forward David Clarkson to Vegas in exchange for
the Golden Knights’ agreement to take Karlsson in the expansion draft instead of players the Blue Jackets valued
more, such as forward Josh Anderson and goaltender Joonas
The Golden Knights likely will fade at some point but
they’re fun to watch now.
Predators enjoying November
With points in five straight games (4-0-1) and a 9-2-1
record this month with two games left, the Nashville Predators are hitting stride. Pekka Rinne became the NHL career
shutout leader among Finland-born goaltenders when he
earned his 45th shutout last week, against the Blues at St.
Louis. The previous leader was Miikka Kiprusoff.
Center Kyle Turris is settling in with the Predators, who
acquired him from Ottawa earlier this month. He has two
goals and five points in eight games.
Sabres still struggling
Buffalo inched closer to the bottom of the standings after
losing three of four games and eight of nine long-term. The
Sabres are 3-7-2 this month, ranking last in the league at 2.29
goals scored per game and 29th in goals against (3.42)
through Sunday’s action. They played well Saturday in Montreal but lost when Carey Price, back from a 10-game injury
absence, made 36 saves in a 3-0 victory.
“This isn’t a league that’s built on moral victories,” center
Jack Eichel told the Buffalo News. Yet, coach Phil Housley
believes success is within reach. “You can say what you want
to say,” he told the News after the loss to Montreal, “but if we
continue to play this way moving forward we’re going to get a
lot more wins.”
— Helene Elliott
DETROIT — The Kings’
offensive binge at the start of
the season was like the unveiling of a shiny new car,
with all the modern accessories. But the upkeep was
unrealistic, at least for 82
games, and the team’s latest
spell might represent lifting
the hood on an older, used
The Kings have scored 14
goals in their last eight
games and ranked 21st in the
NHL in scoring before leaving Monday on a four-game
trip. It’s a steep dropoff from
the 27 goals they scored in
their first six games, and
perhaps a reversion to their
previous identity as a team
that needs to win low-scoring games with goaltender
Jonathan Quick.
Their 2-1 victory over the
Ducks in a shootout on Saturday offered more proof,
center Anze Kopitar said.
“We do find a way, and it’s
almost like those are the
types of games that really
bring you out of the funk
you’re in,” Kopitar said. “But
now we have to bring that
energy, emotion, desperation, whatever you want to
call it.”
The low-scoring mentality was hammered into the
Kings under former coach
Darryl Sutter. That DNA is
still there, first-year coach
John Stevens said as he recognized the offense drying
up. Defense is a sore point
for Stevens, who had a blunt
assessment when asked why
he has frequently shuffled
his defensemen pairs.
“I think we need more
from that group,” he said,
“and I think that would settle the pairs down a little
Stevens mixed up his
lines Monday in the aftermath of Andy Andreoff ’s absence. Andreoff didn’t travel
with the team, Stevens said,
and needed “rest, recovery”
after he was knocked out of
Saturday’s game in a fight
with Kevin Bieksa.
Andreoff suffered no broken bones, Stevens said.
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cleared unconditional waivers and his contract was terminated. The Kings signed
defenseman Austin Strand
to a three-year entry level
contract. The Red Wings are
4-3-4 in their new home, Little Caesars Arena.
San Jose
St. Louis
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N.Y. Islanders
N.Y. Rangers
Tampa Bay
Alex DeBrincat had three goals and an assist, and Patrick
Sharp ended a 16-game scoring drought.
Roberto Luongo made 23 saves to become the second
goalie to win 200 games with two different teams.
Sidney Crosby redirected Kris Letang’s shot past Brian
Elliott 1:48 into overtime.
Carey Price made 37 saves, and the Canadiens ended
the Blue Jackets’ win streak at six games.
Linemates Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Kyle
Connor each had a goal and two assists.
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here to
African actor
Bambadjan Bamba
reveals that he’s
By Tre’vell Anderson
Bambadjan Bamba has
only the fondest memories of
growing up in the African
country of Cote D’Ivoire. But
in 1993, after that nation’s
first president, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, died and it became politically unstable,
Bamba’s family fled to the
United States. At 10, America
became his new home.
Twenty-five years later,
however, the actor perhaps
best known for his recurring
role on NBC’s “The Good
Place” doesn’t quite feel like
an American. Sure, he’s perfected the accent. But since
high school, he’s carried a secret burden he’s ready to reveal: He’s undocumented.
Bamba, one of an estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the
U.S. according to Pew research, told few of his citizenship status — until now.
Motivated by the Trump
administration’s efforts to
rescind the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, the
“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Suicide
Squad” and “Black Panther”
actor is breaking his silence.
“Immigrants are not
criminals,” said Bamba, 35.
“We’re not here to take away
your jobs. We’re here to give
Mexicans or Latino. We’re
black too. We’re from the
Middle East, from Asia too.
[See Bamba, E3]
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
“VIRGIN OF SORROWS,” circa 1750, by Nicolás Enríquez, reveals itself to be a carefully wrought depiction of a life-size statue.
Colonial splendor
There’s never been a comprehensive show of 18th century New
Spanish art. Until now: LACMA’s superb ‘Painted in Mexico.’
BY CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT ART CRITIC >>> To get an idea of just how
bold and ambitious painters were in 18th century Mexico, an era of unprecedented splendor in the colony of New Spain, look no further than the very first
painting at the entrance to a smashing new exhibition at the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art.
Juan Rodríguez Juárez and his brother, Nicolás, were leading artists in
Mexico City early in the century. Juan’s monumental “Ascension of Christ”
(1720), a painting on wood panel nearly 10 feet tall, is dominated by a life-size
figure in windswept blue and crimson robes, seen from below as he levitates
into the misty, cherub-filled heavens. It was one of four commissions for the
chapel altar of an important Jesuit residence.
The Virgin Mary and the apostles are shown clamoring at the bottom of
the scene, down where a mortal viewer of the miraculous event would also
stand. St. Peter is there, imploring a golden-haired angel dramatically
dressed in billowing white.
The angel is key: Responding to Peter, he gestures upward toward the ascending Christ, whose right foot is standing on the angel’s muscular left wing.
Don’t fret, the messenger seems to caution Peter; all is well. He is lofting
the risen savior skyward on his wing.
An angel, of course, has two of those handy appendages. Along the top edge
of the equally powerful right wing, the artist has chosen to affix his signature
in elegant script. “Joannes Rodrig. Xuarez inventor et pinx. Anno 1720,” it
says — invented and painted by Juan Rodríguez Juárez in 1720.
“Invented” may be the understatement of the year. The juxtaposition of
signature and angel’s wing paired with the central Christian miracle of Jesus
riding the other wing is an extraordinary act of supreme, dare I say “divine,”
artistic self-confidence. The painter metaphorically [See LACMA, E4]
Walk a
mile in
Director Iñárritu
wants his VR project
to spark a connection.
By Carolina A.
Six months after giving
birth to an unusual project
— the virtual reality exhibition “Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible),” which won a special Oscar on Nov. 11 at the
Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — director Alejandro G. Iñárritu remains
impassioned by the artistic
and social issues it raises.
The piece, part three-dimensional art installation
and part 360-degree virtual
reality film, depicts the perilous desert crossing made by
migrants from Mexico into
the U.S. — journeys that can
end in death or in a Border
Patrol detention cell.
The VR film’s narrative
[See Iñárritu, E3]
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ready to party
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Time’s Cuban music
and arts celebration
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Christ” (1720) is among the works in the exhibit.
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T U E S DAY , N OV E M BER 28, 2017
Meyers is
set to host
the Globes
Seth Meyers is on board
to take a closer look at the
2018 Golden Globes.
After speculation last
week that he had secured
the gig, NBC released a
statement Monday announcing the news.
“As he does every night
for us in late night, he will be
taking a closer look at this
year’s best movies and television with his unique brand
of wit, intelligence, and mischievous
Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.
The Golden Globes are
set to air live on both coasts
from the Beverly Hilton on
Jan. 7.
— Libby Hill
CBS ending
Piven drama
“Wisdom of the Crowd,”
the Jeremy Piven-led crime
drama on CBS, is not receiving a full-season pickup at
the network.
The series, which airs
Sundays at 8 p.m., will wrap
its run after its initial 13-episode order concludes, which
likely means the under-performing drama is canceled.
The show, which stars
Piven as a tech visionary
who launches a crime-solving app to solve a murder,
ranks as the lowest-rated
freshman drama on the network. It averages around a
1.0 rating in the advertisercoveted demographic of
adults ages 18 to 48 and 7.4
million total viewers.
The decision not to extend the show also comes in
the wake of Piven facing accusations of sexual harassment by multiple women.
— Yvonne Villarreal
Weinstein suit
filed in Britain
A woman who worked in
the film industry has filed
the first civil claim in Britain
against Harvey Weinstein,
alleging a series of sexual assaults by the producer and
seeking personal injury
damages to exceed $400,000.
The Weinstein Co. in the
U.S. and the U.K. are also
named as “vicariously liable” for the alleged assaults
and subsequent psychological damage, which are said
to have occurred in the
course of the woman’s employment.
Personal injury lawyer
Jill Greenfield, who has requested anonymity on behalf of her client, told the
BBC that she expected a
criminal case to go along
with the civil suit, although
the woman hadn’t yet filed a
report with Scotland Yard.
— Christie D’Zurilla
Photographs by
Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times
SHANNON MADDEN , top, and Jess Labrador of the rock band Chasms lost a sibling and many friends in last year’s Ghost Ship fire.
Music is a ‘life raft’ for Chasms
The rock duo found
solace in playing
shows while dealing
with personal tragedy.
By August Brown
A few weeks ago, Shannon Madden of the L.A. experimental band Chasms
went to see “Mother!,” the
latest film from director
Darren Aronofsky. She’d
watched Aronofsky’s “Black
Swan” with her brother,
Griffin, years ago, and they
both had a thing for his dark,
surreal movies. She thought
he’d want to know all about
the new one.
“I just started casually
texting him to tell him I was
going to see it,” Madden
said. “It didn’t feel like it’d
been a year.”
Griffin Madden was one
of the dozens of young artists and music fans who,
nearly a year ago, died in the
fire at underground Oakland art space Ghost Ship.
The scope of Chasms’ loss in
the fire was especially staggering: Griffin, other friends
and collaborators like Cash
Askew and Cherushii, dozens of DIY-scene peers, and
the feeling that their hometown of the Bay Area was a
hopeful place to live and
make music.
All lost in one night.
After the Ghost Ship
tragedy, the duo of Madden
and singer-guitarist Jess
Labrador moved to L.A. to
start over. Their headlining
show Nov. 30 at Zebulon isn’t
their first in L.A. since the
fire, but it is a reckoning with
how art and grief and hope
intermingle as time moves
“The fire happened in a
place where people had
gathered to share music
with each other,” Madden
said. “I’m still figuring out
how to reconcile with that.”
When the band first got
news of the fire a year ago,
Madden said she turned her
phone off for days to mourn
her brother and figure out
what to do. She and Labrador each woke up to hundreds of texts and e-mails
and didn’t know how to start
answering them.
“People just didn’t know
how to connect with us,”
Labrador said of the overwhelming confusion and
sadness in their scene in the
days that followed. “Our old
lives were so tapped out. We
needed to feel like we had
something to look forward
They agreed that playing
music was the best — maybe
the only — way to keep some
kind of normalcy after a loss
that nearly unmade the
world for them.
In January, the duo
opened for black-metallers
Deafheaven and noise-rockers Health at the Echoplex,
just weeks after Ghost Ship.
For fans who knew their circumstances, it was a remarkable set, just because
they played it.
“We played shows the
week of the fire. We didn’t
know what else to do with
ourselves but play, ” Labrador said.
MADDEN’S brother, Griffin Madden, died in the
Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. He was 23.
Where: Zebulon, 2478
Fletcher Drive
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Cost: $8-$10
“Ever since the fire, our
attitude has been to play our
... off,” Madden added.
“There’s something about
being on the road, sleeping
head-to-toe and having a
shared purpose. We gravitated to these songs as a life
Chasms’ 2016 album, “On
the Legs of Love Purified,”
was released just weeks before Ghost Ship. Songs like
“Black Ice” and “Beyond
Flesh” were already elegiac
productions, centered on
Labrador’s high, pure voice
and oceans of distortion and
reverb. Live, the two play like
conjurers, coaxing enormous sounds from their
guitars while locked in a
trance onstage.
But after Ghost Ship,
their music’s liminal sadness turned into something
else. Their songs now had a
feeling somewhere between
comfort and freedom, a kind
unveiling about what music
really meant to them when
everything else seemed destroyed.
They’ve been writing
again in recent months, and
at their label Felte’s showcase Thursday at Zebulon,
they’ll play some new music
inspired by the hypnotic
space of dub reggae and the
techno moods that Ghost
Ship fans went looking for
that night.
“It’s definitely made me
feel more like ‘Make whatever you want to make, you
have nothing else to lose
anymore,’ ” Labrador said.
In the meantime, though,
their proximity to Ghost
Ship means that music and
pain are woven together for
them, in both practical and
mysterious ways. Like many
DIY showgoers now, they’re
compulsive about noting the
fire exits at venues and questioning promoters about
safety. In a time when gunmen can kill 58 at a country
festival in Las Vegas or 89 at
a show in Paris, death seems
to haunt live music, and
Chasms feels that acutely.
But they also recognize
the fire as a symptom of a
larger problem of cities failing its artists, its poor and its
young people.
“Ghost Ship was an expression of the desperation
to put on shows there,” Madden said. “If there’s a way to
improve spaces, cities have
to allocate the funds. They
can’t co-opt this case for
their own agenda. Make
spaces safer but not at the
expense of music.”
For them, even if they
don’t believe L.A. is much
superior in that regard, it is a
clean, hopeful break with
the recent past. The move
put some distance between
them and just about the
worst thing that could happen. And on Nov. 30, they’ll
step onstage and play those
songs again, with so much
still left to look forward to.
about music that makes
people do whatever it takes,”
Madden said.
Twitter: @augustbrown
VR project confronts border plight
[Iñárritu, from E1]
involving a surreal confrontation with Border Patrol
agents was inspired by the experiences of actual immigrants the filmmaker located
through Casa Libre, a notfor-profit shelter in downtown Los Angeles. “Carne y
Arena” includes filmed portraits of each migrant (and
one Border Patrol agent) at
the end of the installation,
rendered by Oscar-winning
cinematographer and frequent Iñárritu collaborator
Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki.
It was to these immigrants — and those from “all
corners of the world” — that
Iñárritu dedicated the new
statuette in his acceptance at
the Governors Awards gala.
Sitting over coffee in a
sunny meeting room at the
Los Angeles County Museum
of Art, where “Carne y Arena”
has been on view since July,
Iñárritu said winning the special Oscar was in some ways
more meaningful than his
previous four wins for “Birdman” and “The Revenant.”
In part, that’s because the
special Oscar is given only
when there is a “deserving recipient.” The last special Oscar was in 1995 for Pixar’s
“Toy Story,” the first computer-animated feature film.
“It was an acknowledgment more than an award,”
Iñárritu said. “And it was not
about me. It was something
bigger than any of us.”
“Carne y Arena,” which
debuted at Cannes in May,
pushes the boundaries of
technology and form. Academy President John Bailey
said Iñárritu’s VR opened
“new doors of cinematic perception” and connected viewers to the “hot-button political and social realities of the
U.S.-Mexico border.”
On Thursday, Iñárritu
Michael Govan for a public
discussion about the project
at the museum. Ahead of the
talk, Iñárritu took time to discuss why “Carne y Arena” has
been so important to him.
“There is so much blah,
blah, blah and so much
tweets and nobody is interested in going to the root of
why these people are leaving
their homelands, their families, their culture,” he said,
putting themselves at risk,
“putting their lives at risk,
their kids’ lives at risk.”
What inspired you to make
“Carne y Arena”?
When I did “Babel,” there
was one thing happening on
the radio at that time in
Tijuana. There were like 20
immigrants; they were crossing. A woman broke her
ankle and she was with her
son of 11 years. [The group]
had to abandon her. She
stayed behind with the son.
She was very worried about
Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times
“SOMETIMES we have to create a virtual reality to talk about reality,” says filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu of his exhibition at LACMA.
‘Carne y Arena’
Where: Broad
Contemporary Art
Museum at LACMA, 5905
Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
When: Ongoing
Admission: $30 ($25 for
LACMA members) plus
$15 general admission.
Tickets sold out through
Feb. 11
radio and the father is saying,
“I’m thankful that I could at
least bring back my daughter
to have a burial with her.” The
guy was still thankful about
it. It just broke my heart.
At the end of “Carne y
Arena,” when the police point
at you, you see a yellow towel
with squares hanging in the
mesquite and there’s some
white shoes. That’s my little
homage to that woman.
Neil Kellerhouse
THE PERILOUS desert journey of migrants is at the
heart of “Carne y Arena,” which won a special Oscar.
the son. She said, “You have
to run.” The kid leaves half a
bottle of water with his
mother. And I always remember this: He left a little
towel with yellow squares on
the face of the mother. And
she had these white shoes.
These people are so unprepared, that they cross with
wedding shoes.
The boy went to find help
and was captured by police.
He said, “My mom is there!”
They laughed at him and
sent him back to Oaxaca.
His grandfather — the
father of the mother — was
working in the United States.
He had a visa. [He] came
down. Nobody listened to
him. Three days later, a radio
station has mercy on him
and they tell his story. The
authorities began to move.
And they found the woman
— they found the bones of
the woman. And they bring
the bones, the towel and the
shoes and that’s how they
recognize her.
I heard the story on the
The exhibit occupies a series
of environments — one
evokes the Border Patrol’s
chilly holding cells, another
looks like the desert border.
Why was creating that setting important to you?
VR, even at this level, was
not enough. The sensorial
part of the piece was essential
in giving people an understanding. The breeze and the
sand in your feet. Your body
doesn’t lie.
When you feel the cold in
the first room, when you see
the actual shoes of these
[immigrants], you are touching reality. You are touching
the life of a person through an
object, not through an idea.
Then I take you into the
virtual reality. But, still, I’m
touching you with things:
with the sand, with the air.
At the end is the more
status quo piece, and that is
where you go into the intellectual process.
And by that, you mean the
immigrant testimonials?
That was so difficult. We
shot that the day after
Trump won. I said to them,
“Don’t tell me with words, tell
me with your eyes what you
are feeling.” There are so
many things going on inside
of it. Then I said, “Now tell
me with words.” None of
them insulted the president.
They are just saying things
like, “We are very sorry that
they think we are bad people.” “We hope God will
change the heart of this
man.” They were very noble.
You’ve said that working in
VR was like working in a
“completely new grammatical language.” How so?
It doesn’t belong to any of
the conventional mediums.
It has a little bit of theater. It
has a little bit of physical
installation. It has a documentary element. It has an
animation element. It has a
film element. It has a pictorial element. It is fed by many
media or expressions.
The language of film gives
you a fragmented reality. If I
shoot two guys in a restaurant talking, you have to
imagine the other 360 degrees. Your brain fills in the
rest. In virtual reality, I have
to give you a multidimensional thing. I have to build
the whole thing. It ends the
dictatorship of the frame.
And [the viewer] is not pas-
sive. You are absolutely actively deciding where to go. I
can try to manipulate you,
but I will have no control. In
cinema, I have the control.
Doing virtual reality for
me was a big question philosophically. How many great
journalists and documentaries have been talking
about this problem? But if I
would have done a small
documentary, nobody would
have cared. We are insensitive
to reality. Sometimes we have
to create a virtual reality to
talk about reality.
What are some of the ways in
which you have seen people
engage with the piece?
There are people who dive
into the sand and start
yelling, people who start
trying to protect the kid.
Most people go on their knees
when the police point at
them. There are other people
who try to help the people.
The piece says a lot about
who you are.
How did you approach the
politics of the issue?
One of the things that I
didn’t want for this piece is to
become political. Politics and
politicians have kidnapped
our reality. Everything is
black or white. This is about
talking about humanism. I’m
trying to say, “This is not
about right or left. It’s more
complex.” People have ideologies and ideas. Their reality
is narrow. It becomes very
dead. It becomes a box. So I
want people to see, to feel
with their skin, to walk a mile
in somebody’s shoes.
Bamba talks life as an undocumented actor
[Bamba, from E1]
We’re your neighbors, your
doctors, the teachers of your
children, and sometimes
we’re on TV in your home,
characters that you love.
We’re just one of you.”
In an exclusive interview,
The Times spoke with
Bamba about “overcoming
fear,” how his citizenship status affects his job and what he
hopes audiences will take
away from his coming out.
task and really forced him to
sign that executive action. I
was supporting it in the way
that I could, but there’s
always this shadow of fear
like, “Oh, my God. If I come
out [as undocumented],
what can happen? I may
never work in Hollywood
again. I could be sent back
home and there’s a war!”
What made you come out as
I felt like God was telling
me, “This is your time to do
it. You have to do it.” I look at
my daughter and I’m like, “If
I don’t do it, and DACA gets
canceled, I could be separated [from her].” I’d rather
go out fighting.
All these kids that have so
much less than I do, they’re
standing up. They’re sleeping in front of the White
House or in front of their
congressman’s office. I’m
sitting here being scared. But
we’re done with fear. We’re
here to stay. Let’s push. Let’s
fight, because nothing is
going to be given for free.
Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times
ACTOR BAMBADJAN BAMBA , who was born in
When did you find out you
were undocumented?
My whole childhood was,
“Hey, we’re in America. We’re
trying to get asylum. There’s
a war in Africa.” It wasn’t
until I started applying for
college that I realized I
couldn’t get financial aid. I
had to have a conversation
with my parents, and they’re
like, “Oh yeah.… The asylum
case didn’t work out, but
whatever you want to do, we
will support.”
I got into [the Conservatory of Film and Dramatic
Arts] and they helped me
pay for it. I drove yellow cabs
Cote D’Ivoire, came to the U.S. at age 10.
in New York City to make the
tuition and just kind of did
what needed to be done. I
always knew that [acting] is
what I was called to do,
someway somehow. I figured
if I kept working hard at it, if I
keep doing the right thing, if
I’m super successful, then I’ll
become a citizen eventually.
The Obama administration
established DACA in 2012.
What do you remember
about that moment?
My whole adult life has
just been this limbo. You
hear on the news one day
about immigration, “Bush
might pass something.”
Then, we [were] all holding
our hearts. We’re all praying.
We’re all fasting. We’re all
trying to help any way we
can. Then nothing happens.
You feel this despair like,
“Oh, my God. We’re in this
again.” But you keep going.
Then Obama promises
that in his first year of office
he’s going to do something,
[but] doesn’t. There were
some brave undocumented
immigrants that held him to
What went through your
mind when President
Trump announced his
intentions to rescind
“We’re back here again.”
[Being undocumented] is
like this thing you want to
forget, but you keep getting
reminded of. And it’s not just
a simple reminder; you’re
having nightmares. I have
friends who had nervous
breakdowns the day before
they’re supposed to go see a
judge. You’re just here to go
to school. Your parents can’t
pay for the school. Next thing
you know, you’re undocumented, and you’re a criminal, and you’re sent to jail.
It’s a little different when
you’re black and you’re an
immigrant because the cop
doesn’t care that you’re an
immigrant at first. You’re
just black. When he finds out
you’re an immigrant, he’s
like, “Oh, OK. I got you now.”
I speak with an American
accent now. I’m an actor, and
it works when you have both
accents. No one thinks in
their wildest dreams that I’m
undocumented. Black immigrants really don’t have that
much support ... and for
people from the Caribbean
or Africa, there’s a shame
culture around being undocumented.
Since the new administration, people are scared to
go to the little Jamaican
restaurant because there are
raids. They’re scared to take a
certain street because of
raids. There’s all this fear
that’s being perpetuated. We
just can’t be scared anymore.
Has your citizenship status
affected any opportunities
for you in Hollywood?
For one, a lot of work is in
Canada or otherwise outside
of America. I’ve had auditions
before … and imagine you’re
in the room trying to book a
role, but in the back of your
mind you’re like, “Man, if I
book this, how am I going to
travel? How am I going to
come back?” It’s like you’re
always stuck with this decision that you kind of have to
make. My biggest fear is
you’re on set shooting, and
they come out, “Hey, stop
shooting. Stop shooting. He
doesn’t have papers.” That
happened to a friend of mine
when he did have papers.
Sounds like a perpetually
anxious situation to be in…
A job that I just did, we
shot on Friday. It was beautiful, and the director liked me.
Everything was great. On
Saturday, they’re like, “We
don’t understand this paper.
Where’s your visa?” I’m like, “I
don’t have a visa. I’m DACA.”
“ What’s DACA?”
You try to break it down to
them. They’re freaking out,
calling [my manager] like,
“Oh, my God. I’m going to
lose my job. I’m going to get
fired because he’s already on
It’s such a controversial
issue, but people know nothing about immigration.
Hopefully coming out, especially to Hollywood, would
help demystify it a little bit.
There are so many people in
Hollywood who are immi-
grants. I don’t know how
Hollywood would function
without immigrants. Again,
I’m coming out to say, “Hey,
my colleagues, my friends,
it’s great to say ‘I’m with
DACA. I’m with the Dreamers,’ but we need more concrete action. Call your representatives.” America really
has to stand for immigrants.
I’m surprised — but also,
not really — by that because
we often look at Hollywood
as being this very liberal
place. Celebrities are literally out here wearing “We
Are All Dreamers” shirts.
How does that make you
feel as someone who’s been
in this industry for over 10
years now?
I know they’re supportive
of immigrants. It’s just frustrating when people are
scared when they see these
documents. Yes, the immigration system is complicated, but people are here
working legally. Booking the
job is the hardest part, so
your documentation afterwards should be simple…
What do you hope audiences take away from now
knowing your story?
At the bottom line, this is
an immigrant nation. It was
founded by immigrants.
America said, “Bring me
your poor. Bring me your
downtrodden. Bring me all
those who are being persecuted, and they will have a
safe place.” That’s still valid
today even though the immigrants that are coming are
not all from Europe anymore. I believe America has a
responsibility to those words
and those ideals.
TU E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 28, 2017
Images from Los Angeles County Museum of Art
JESUS sprawls in a lush field of flowers in Miguel Cabrera’s “The Divine Spouse,” circa 1760, part of LACMA’s “Painted in Mexico” exhibition on Spanish colonial art.
A remarkable look at Mexican art
[LACMA, from E1]
lofts himself and his art into
the celestial stratosphere, following the wondrous example of his savior.
The LACMA exhibition,
“Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790:
Pinxit Mexici,” is filled with
eye-popping pictorial moments like this.
The body of a martyr
floats in a river, buoyed by radiant bursts of flame at the
extremities, holding him up
like fluorescent jellyfish. A
crumpled and flagellated
Christ, his lacerated back exposing bloody ribs, stares
straight out to meet a viewer’s
appalled gaze, even as a cherub fluttering above him covers his eyes in squeamish
A serene line of black-clad
priests adores a snowy white
lamb, asleep on a hovering,
gilt-edged crimson Bible, its
hoof tucked in between pages.
Making a visual gash or
wound, not unlike the one in
the crucified Christ’s side, it’s
no doubt a beastly bookmark
for the Gospel of John 1:29:
“Behold the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the
In several works, the conceptual layering typical of
18th century painting in New
Spain gets dizzying. “Virgin of
Sorrows” by Nicolás Enríquez
and “Christ of Ixmiquilpan”
by José de Ibarra slowly reveal themselves to be carefully wrought, highly specific
depictions not of people but
of life-size statues standing
on altars.
Unlike the gray statues
painted on the wings of many
European altarpieces in deft
imitation of carved stone,
these are in living color.
Mary’s red-velvet dress is
pierced by a jagged sword
thrust into her heart, while
Jesus’ butterfly-style loin
cloth is magnificently embroidered with gold thread.
Sculptures dressed in actual
clothing, these effigies of
mother and son are statues
that were themselves believed to have performed
Heaping piety atop zeal,
the painters made devotional
images of devotional objects.
Their figures are life size, but
in Mexico,
Pinxit Mexici’
Where: LACMA, 5905
Wilshire Blvd., L.A.
When: Through March 18;
closed Wednesdays
Info: (323) 857-6000,
JUAN Patricio Morlete Ruiz’s “Portrait of Doña
María Tomasa Durán López de Cárdenas,” circa 1762.
Enríquez and Ibarra have
given us monumental stilllife paintings.
Speaking of remarkable
inventiveness, the exhibition
is exciting because we are literally witnessing the invention of an entire art history.
There has never been a
comprehensive show of 18th
century New Spanish art.
The era begins in 1700 with
the death of Spain’s Charles
II — also known as Carlos El
Hechizado, or Charles the
Mad — and the transfer of
power from Habsburg to
Bourbon rule. The show, a
herculean effort that took six
years to pull off, is a first.
It was organized by
Katzew and three co-curators: Jaime Cuadriello and
Paula Mues Orts in Mexico
City and Luisa Elena Alcalá
in Madrid. More than 100
paintings are at LACMA,
ranging from small oils on
copper medallions worn as
nuns’ habit décor to a monumental oval altarpiece 13 feet
tall and 10 feet wide.
More than half of them
needed extensive conserva-
tion work to be suitable for
travel and display. (The altarpiece had been rolled up and
hidden away for decades.)
Fortunately, the curators had
the help of a Mexican bank.
Banamex, whose exhibition space in downtown
Mexico City is where the
show had its debut over the
summer, was LACMA’s coorganizer. In the spring, the
show travels to New York’s
Metropolitan Museum of
Art, thanks to the foresight of
former Met Director Tom
Campbell. Among the most
important presentations in
the ongoing Pacific Standard
Time: LA/LA initiative, it is a
shining example of why the
Getty-sponsored program is
so critical.
Many of these works have
never been seen outside the
churches and other religious
settings for which the majority were made, others are in
collections and many have
never been published. The
catalog is a brick — 512 profusely illustrated pages with
often superlatives texts — a
book destined to become a
standard reference.
Exceptional talents like
Miguel Cabrera and José de
Páez are not unknown, but
neither are they known well.
Even basic biography is
scant — arguments still rage
over the year of Cabrera’s
birth and his ethnicity —
while the social and cultural
contexts within which they
and their often-extensive
workshops practiced their
art are complex.
The art of New Spain was
toppled by the War of Independence, starting in 1810,
then sent into oblivion by the
1910 Revolution. And not
without reason: Revering the
art of the Spanish Viceroyalty
was beyond the pale in the immediate aftermath of an epoch when brutality reached
epic proportions.
A crossroads between Europe and Asia, Mexico was
the economic driver of North
America courtesy of international trade. The export of tobacco from Mexico’s fields
and gold and silver from its
mines merged with fortuitous
geography, which funneled
imported Chinese and Indian
goods to the courts of Europe.
For decades, “real” Mexican art has been either preColumbian or Modern —
Aztec and Mayan or Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. That
“other stuff” made during the
centuries in between languished — unstudied, unloved, romanticized as provincial derivatives of European art, venerated for its religious but not artistic significance and, in many cases,
hidden away or even sold for
export so it would not be
“Painted in Mexico” is an
important marker in the on-
going transformation of that
status. It’s a deeply absorbing
show — partly because the
art’s formal qualities are
strangely contemporary.
As an artist friend put it,
the space in New Spanish
painting often seems more
digital than analog.
All Baroque art is theatrical, but in Europe, the pageant takes place on an airy,
unfolding stage. Take Peter
Paul Rubens’ “The Elevation
of the Cross,” a seamless
spectacle of supremely heroic
figures straining under the
crushing physical weight of a
body nailed to timber in a
tour de force of illusionistic
A century later in Mexico,
Antonio de Torres’ version is
only superficially similar. The
diagonal heave-ho of crossraising remains central, but
he pushes the action to a foreground plane, where it skims
lightly across the surface of
the canvas. Background figures seem to occupy the same
shallow plane. Airiness gives
way to cloistered order.
Who was there on Golgotha, what was happening,
which figures are important,
which are ancillary — the
Torres painting is less a replication of what the artist’s eye
could see than a record built
around what his mind knows.
Think of it as Colonial Conceptualism — an idea-art, albeit with closed religious and
political answers to life’s mysteries rather than expansive,
open-ended questions.
For painting, one result is
the emphatic decoration of a
Jesus is a languid odalisque sprawling in a lush field
of flowers. A 10-panel screen,
meant for a bedroom, unfolds
amorous flirtations in a garden. God is shown as an artist
wielding a brush to paint the
Guadalupe on Juan Diego’s
cloak, his palette spotted
with roses instead of paint.
Mexican Baroque art depends on the imaginative
elaboration of surface rather
than of space — even to the
extent that writing text on a
picture became a common
preoccupation. A huge 10foot-wide “Allegory of Faith”
attributed to Páez is an expanse of pictorial compartments and ascetic symbols
surrounded by voluminous
text: Nearly one-quarter of
the surface — maybe 35
square feet of canvas — is cursive writing that venerates a
Carmelite friar’s journey to
the Holy Land.
Art and text have been
around for a long time. But
not until Allen Ruppersberg
transcribed Oscar Wilde’s
novel “The Portrait of Dorian
Gray” onto 20 raw canvases
in 1974 had I seen so much
text in a painting.
The elaboration of space
in European Baroque painting makes sense for a culture
busily pushing out into physical space to colonize the
globe. As one of those colonies, however, New Spain had
no such agenda. Like any bureaucracy, it was instead inventing flowcharts, managing complex information and
consolidating clout.
Surface elaboration revs
up into flabbergasting overdrive in portraiture. Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz conjures
an astonishing array of
sumptuous textures — rich
velvet, delicate lace, rouged
skin, brittle glass or tile,
sumptuous brocade, powdered hair, glinting gems and
glowing pearls — into an exquisite portrait of a young
aristocrat about to take her
vows as a nun. Such elegant,
sundry decoration sanctifies
her social station, while signaling all the worldly splendor she is about to give up as
she heads into the asceticism
of convent life.
Morlete Ruiz is one of seven artists — together with the
Rodríguez Juárez brothers,
Ibarra, Cabrera, Páez and
Manuel de Arellano — who
stand out among the show’s
two dozen painters. Yet they
all provide worthy and essential context for an extraordinary artistic era just
coming into focus. “Painted
in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit
Mexici” is a remarkable curatorial achievement, one of the
most memorable exhibitions
of the year.
Visa snag nearly halts Cuban festival
Embassy problems in
Havana complicated
the process, but all
headliners will appear.
By Randy Lewis
Bringing artists to the
U.S. is never an easy task. It’s
all the more challenging
when those artists live in a
country under embargo by
the federal government. The
promoter of this weekend’s
Cuban music and arts component of the arts festival Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA
found that out the hard way.
A few months ago, the
process of acquiring visas for
more than two dozen Cuban
smoothly, said event curator
Betto Arcos, who has been
promoting world music performances in Los Angeles for
years and hosted the “Global
Village” world music program for seven years on
KPFK-FM (90.7).
The musicians — hip-hop
artist Telmary, Afro-Cuban
jazz drummer Yissy Garcia
and tres guitarist Pancho
Amat, plus their bands —
had submitted petitions for
visas through the Department of Homeland Security.
All but three of 26 applications were approved.
But after a mysterious series of incidents deemed
“specific attacks” causing
hearing loss and other unexplained illnesses for numerous Americans posted in Havana, more than 20 U.S. Embassy employees were called
home from Cuba in September.
One result was that the
process of granting visas
slowed to a trickle.
Even though their visas
had been approved, the musicians Arcos was trying to
bring to Los Angeles were unable to acquire them in Havana, putting the three-day
“Cuba: Antes, Ahora/Cuba:
Then, Now,” festival that
opens Thursday in jeopardy.
Through a series of creative moves and with assistance from John Feeley, the
U.S. ambassador to Panama,
all three headline performers
have procured their visas and
will appear as scheduled at
the festival’s free Friday night
program, Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours, which
will fill the Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion with sound and visual installations, art displays,
film screenings and live music, as well as at Saturday
afternoon’s free Rumba
Dance Party + Jam Session
in Grand Park.
Garcia, however, is bringing only about half the members of her regular nine-piece
band, Bandancha, and Amat
will travel solo, performing
with an L.A.-based Cuban
ensemble that specializes in
the same traditional son music that Amat plays at home.
“Yissy Garcia, just by
chance, was on tour in Argentina, and we got them to stay
a little longer,” Arcos said.
Larisa Lopez
perform at PST’s Cuban art and music celebration.
Jack Vartoogian Getty Images
CUBAN MUSICIAN Pancho Amat will not be able to
bring his band to the U.S. for Pacific Standard Time.
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CUBAN RAP ARTIST Telmary was able to get visas for about half of her band.
Cuba: Antes,
Ahora / Cuba:
Then, Now
When: Wednesday through
Where: The Music Center
(various locations), 135 N.
Grand Ave., Los Angeles
Admission: Free-$87
That’s when he put in a call to
ambassador Feeley, whom
he’d met years earlier in
Washington, D.C., before the
diplomat was appointed to
his post in Panama in 2015.
Feeley helped Garcia and her
five-piece group get appointments at the U.S. Embassy in
Buenos Aires in time to get
their visas in hand before returning to Cuba.
For Telmary, who performs with an eight-piece
band at home, Arcos said,
“We didn’t know what we
were going to do — we don’t
have the money to fly to anywhere, and that’s eight people.”
Telmary, however, volunteered to use some of the fee
she would get to perform in
the U.S. to travel with several
of her band members to
Mexico. She was able to get
her visa and those of about
half her band from the U.S.
Embassy there. She’ll perform this weekend with additional support from three
L.A. musicians, two of whom
are Cuban.
“The biggest news,” Amat
said last week, “is that I just
got word this morning [from
Feeley] that Pancho is on his
way to L.A. The U.S. Consulate in Santo Domingo in the
Dominican Republic has approved his visa. I just
screamed with joy. He is a
tower of music and has seen
the entire history of the mu-
sic of Cuba over the last 50
Amat, however, is coming
alone, even though in Havana his band includes a guitarist, two percussionists, a
bassist, two singers and a
trumpeter in addition to himself on the tres.
The tres has six strings
like a standard acoustic guitar, but they are strung in
three pairs, each doubling
notes an octave apart, akin to
the more common 12-string
guitar. The tres, which is native to Cuba and originated
in Guantanamo, can cut
through the sound of a large
ensemble to add a shimmering, vibrant dimension to the
overall sound.
Through a bit of serendipity, Amat will perform with an
L.A.-based son ensemble led
by another Cuban tres player: San Miguel, who immigrated to the U.S. years ago.
“Pancho was his teacher
and mentored him in Ha-
vana,” Arcos said. “I told him,
‘We can’t bring your band,
but I want you to come.
You’re the man. I really want
you to be here.’ He said,
‘What am I going to do?’ I
said, ‘I want you to play with
San Miguel’s band.’ And he
said, ‘Yeah — I’m in.’ ”
Each group highlights a
different strand of Cuban
music, fulfilling Arcos’ mission in putting a varied Cuban music and arts program
It opens Thursday at the
Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City,
which is featuring an exhibition about Cuba. At 7 p.m.
Arcos will conduct a ‘Then,
Now’ question-and-answer
session with Amat, followed
by L.A.-based Cuban flutist
Danilo Lozano interviewing
Garcia, then African American composer and musician
Dexter Story in a talk with
On Friday, all three bands
will perform at the Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion from 11
p.m. to 3 a.m., also featuring
guest DJs. Saturday’s jam
session in Grand Park downtown will be led by a rumba
group from Havana with appearances by Garcia, Telmary and Amat and other
The festival concludes
Saturday night when Cuban
dance ensemble Malpaso
performs at the Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion with musical accompaniment from the
New York-based Afro Cuban
Jazz Band led by Arturo
Arcos expressed disappointment over the Trump
administration’s recent decision to pull back on the steps
former President Barack
Obama had taken to improve
relations with Cuba, after
nearly 60 years of the cultural,
trade and travel embargo imposed after Fidel Castro’s
populist Revolution installed
a communist government on
the island in 1959.
“This administration has
aligned itself with the conservative side of the Cuban
American community, but
it’s not a monolithic community,” said Arcos, who is Mexican. “The majority of Cubans
living in the U.S. don’t want
the embargo to continue, because they’ve seen that it
doesn’t work.”
That debate is likely to
continue in the years ahead,
but for now Arcos’ focus is on
what’s looming this weekend.
“The main thing here is it
will give people an impression of what Cuba is,” he said.
“It’s much more than most
people think about it, and
they’re going to get a chance
to see it all. It’s going to be a
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TU E S DAY , N OV EM BE R 28, 2017
By Frank Stewart
When I watched today’s
deal in a money game, South
was Tom Webb, known to us
all as “Tangle” because he
encounters more blocked
suits and entry woes than
anyone else in my club.
West led a spade against
3NT (North’s double was
negative), and Tangle won
with the queen. He took the
A-K of diamonds and then
the 10 and nine, but the suit
was blocked. So Tangle tried
to return to his hand by leading a heart to his king.
West took the ace and led
the deuce of clubs, and East
won with the nine and returned a club to the king and
ace. Declarer next led dummy’s jack of hearts, but West
won, and the defense got two
more clubs for down one.
Tangle got tangled up, as
usual. To make 3NT he can
lead the six of spades at
Trick Two, pitching a diamond from dummy.
If West returns the king of
spades (no other lead is better), Tangle discards another blocking diamond from
dummy and takes the ace.
He can cash the A-K of diamonds and four more diamonds to land the contract.
Question: You hold: ♠ K
10 8 7 4 3 ♥ A Q 8 ♦ J ♣ K 8 2.
You open one spade, your
partner bids two hearts, you
raise to three hearts and he
tries four clubs. Now what?
Answer: You raised to
three hearts because partner’s response promised five
or more hearts. His four
clubs shows the ace and
slam interest, and since you
have good trumps, you can
encourage. Bid four dia-
monds. To cue-bid a singleton is unusual but smart.
South dealer
Both sides vulnerable
♥ J 10 9 3
♦ A 10 9 8
♠ K 10 8 7 4 3
♣ Q 10 9 4
2 NT
3 NT
All Pass
Opening lead — ♠ 7
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How grief circles can help
By Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19):
Loyalty is what happens behind people’s backs when
there’s every opportunity to
be disloyal.
Taurus (April 20-May
20): To pretend faults don’t
exist only invites attention
to them. Plus it denies you
the chance to exploit the asset inside every fault.
Gemini (May 21-June 21):
An emotional wind change
will happen. The dynamics
shift, and you’ll have to adjust to get comfortable.
Cancer (June 22-July 22):
Suddenly your domestic
needs are not in competition
needs, and you are able to
freely commit to the projects
that will take you where you
want to go.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Your assessment about
what you see is accurate. You
cannot be deceived, unless
you deceive yourself.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Feelings grow without any
help from your intentional
mind, and suddenly you’re
there thinking about someone else more than you think
of yourself.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23):
The one standing in your
way is a trainer whose opposition gives you all the practice you need to overcome resistance and grow into your
strongest, best self.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21):
Get a little more ambitious,
assertive or even aggressive
about creating and seizing
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): It wouldn’t be fair to
have to give when so many
around you don’t bother, but
“fair” never was a hard-andfast rule in this world.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Every personality revolves around its own story.
You’ll probably evolve it to
the next level of telling it too,
as you realize there’s more
than one way to look at this.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): A change of opinion
could signify growth and intelligence. But if the change
was made strictly to gain the
approval of another, that’s
not a good sign.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March
20): If you let another person
encourage you and push you
to the next level you’ll get
there much faster than if you
would have merely nudged
yourself on.
Today’s birthday (Nov.
28): The exceptional way
you’ve handled difficult circumstances in the past will
open rare opportunities to
you. A kindhearted influence comes into your life early
in 2018. What you see in February will change your mind
and set you on a new trajectory. Your lucky numbers
are: 8, 20, 44, 1 and 16.
Holiday Mathis writes her
column for Creators
Syndicate Inc. The
horoscope should be read
for entertainment.
Dear Amy: I’ve recently
been diagnosed with breast
cancer and have focused my
emotional bandwidth on my
family, my health and curing
my cancer. I have a huge support system that includes
family and friends. One of
my close friends is having
trouble coming to terms
with my diagnosis.
This friend called a few
nights ago sobbing and looking to me to help her feel better about my diagnosis and
my long-term prospects. My
diagnosis isn’t as good as it
could be, but it’s also not as
bad as it could be. I did my
best to help her understand,
and then changed the subject.
Is there a gentle and polite way to explain the “grief
circles” to her that’s nonconfrontational?
I could really use some
help, as I have months and
months of work concentrating on my health ahead. I’d
like to kindly and gently explain to my friend that I cannot be the person making
her feel better about my illness.
Your suggestions?
Not Dead
in California
Dear Not Dead: “Grief circles,” otherwise known as
“ring theory,” conceptualizes the important idea
that, when dealing with
tough or tragic times, it is
important for the person at
the center of the circle
(that’s you) to preserve her
strength by only dealing
with the person most intimately involved in her care.
This might be a spouse, family member or friend. Other
relationships arrange outward in concentric rings.
This is called the “kvetching
The person at the center
of the ring (you) can say anything (complain, cry, howl at
the moon) to those in outer
rings, but those in outer
rings should limit their own
needs, fears, and statements
and focus only on being helpful.
Understand that ring
theory is mainly for you — to
give you permission to react
the way you want to during a
time when you need to preserve your strength.
In short, you are not supposed to be worrying about
how to be gentle and polite,
comforting your friend
through your crisis.
You could say, “I understand that this is hard for
you, but I can’t help you
through this. I’ve got too
much on my plate. I hope
you understand.” Encourage her to contact someone
else in an outer ring when
she is upset.
Dear Amy: I’m in my early
20s, and I always wanted to
be in a relationship.
Lately, I’ve been feeling
that whenever I get a guy’s
number, I feel like the guy
only wants to use me for one
thing. I know two guys who
want to use me.
I met up with one guy last
year. He has a girlfriend, but
he’s using me as a side chick.
There is also a guy I met last
month. He has a girlfriend,
too, and wants to use me as a
side chick. I have no idea
how to tell them that I don’t
want to be used anymore.
What do I do?
Done Being Used
Dear Done: The fact that
you don’t know how to tell
these men what you want
means that they have all of
the power.
Your neediness is showing. Neither of these guys is
good for you, so you would
benefit from a personal and
relationship reset. When you
reveal your own positive values, respect will follow.
Ditch them both and
read “How to Be an Adult in
Relationships: The Five
Keys to Mindful Loving,” by
David Richo (2002, Shambhala).
Send questions for Amy
Dickinson to askamy@
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