Los Angeles Is Failing California

The County's Pandemic Failures Point to L.A.'s Long-Term Problems, and the Statewide—And National—Urgency of Fixing Them

California has a huge problem that it can’t remove with a recall election.

The problem’s name is Los Angeles.

We Californians love to blame our woes on San Francisco, an easy target with its wealth, powerful politicians, and pretentious progressivism verging on parody. But in recent times, it’s been your columnist’s home base of L.A. County—home to one in four Californians—that undermines our state the most.

California as a whole can’t prosper if its biggest and most diverse metropolitan area keeps floundering. Since the early 1990s recession, L.A. has been a drag on …

We’re Here to Protect and Serve Immigrants, Not Help ICE Deport Them

The LAPD Wants Immigrants to Know Their Rights, Trust Officers, and Report Crime That Matters

Given the history of our City and our Department, the Los Angeles Police Department makes it a priority to build relationships with our diverse communities.

Since last November’s election, and the …

In South L.A., a More Approachable Police Force Has Led to a Safer Community

An LAPD Commander Returned to the Area Where He Was Born to Help Officers Get to Know the Neighbors

Here’s one big lesson from the progress we’ve seen in South Los Angeles: effective policing requires building deep relationships and real personal connections with the people whom you’re charged with …

Charlie Beck Can Make Your Parking Tickets Go Away

The Chief of the LAPD Tells All, Or At Least Some, In the Green Room

Charlie Beck has been the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department since November 2009, when he succeeded Bill Bratton. He has been with the LAPD since the late 1970s, …