Two new studies find that the low wages paid to fast food workers are costing US taxpayers billions annually in public assistance. It's an interesting addition to the debate over the minimum wage, and yet another blow to the idea that government subsidies are mainly paid out to people who are lazy o ... More >>
The LAFD has become a huge mobile health clinic. And that's simply unsustainable
It costs taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. But the feds say they're finally trying to crack down
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.] Only a few short weeks into the new year and the GOP is busy. The president's recent inaugurati ... More >>
Protesters delivered a petition to City Hall today calling on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to step down from the Committee to Fix the Debt.Angela Garcia Combs, who launched the petition last week through MoveOn.org, printed out about 14,000 signatures and dropped them off at the mayor's office at ... More >>
Did you play the presidential drinking game on Wednesday night? Well, even if you think you did, you probably didn't -- mainly because if you're reading this then chances are you're still alive and not the victim of massive, massive case of alcohol poisoning. I mean, we get it, no one really plays ... More >>
The Supreme Court's ruling today upholding the healthcare reform law will have a major effect close to home. In Los Angeles County, some 2.2 million people do not have health insurance. Thanks to the ruling, 1.7 million of them will have access to coverage, according to a statement from Mitchell Kat ... More >>
Sure, history has turned a corner for African Americans. There's that one president. (And he might just get reelected if gas stays below $8 a gallon). There's multimillionaire Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry. And basketball sensation Jeremy Lin. Wait. He's what now? Oh, you get the picture. But UCLA ... More >>
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide
Joseph Kishore, an actual socialist.Socialism returned to the United States in an odd way three years ago when pundits took to the airwaves to scream about gulags and breadlines, but the talking heads never actually explained what Socialism as a political ideology stood for. What better way t ... More >>
Do undocumented migrants steal jobs from American workers?
Karen Apricot New Orleans/FlickrFood stamps accepted. We've told you before. Food stamps are hotter than the flames that hissed around that truck of yams on I-5 Thursday morning (where was a marshmallow avalanche and a dusting of brown sugar when you needed them, right?). If you require fu ... More >>
Nearly 29 percent of residents of L.A. County younger than 65 didn't have health insurance at some point last year, according to a new UCLA study. That's a staggering 2.7 million people and was significantly higher than the statewide average of 24.3 percent. Researchers blame the recession, ... More >>
The other photos we might have used were too unpleasant A new study from UCLA researchers has one in four California having never seen a dentist. There's a lot of illuminating, and heartbreaking findings in the study, published in the journal Health Affairs. There were significant dispariti ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big
Mississippi on the left; we're on the right. A new report from from the Trust for America's Health confirms it: We're not as unhealthy as the rest of really unhealthy America. Sure, we're pretty unhealthy, but for now let's take in the good news and celebrate with a Double Down. California ... More >>
Arnold.Facing a near $20 billion state deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is holding health-care and programs for needy children hostage in an effort to get the federal government to kick in nearly $7 billion. Of course, don't call it a bailout. Under Schwarzenegger's budget plan, which he ... More >>
Microstipends for parentless youths got slashed by Arnold. Will kids fight back?
Don't put too much stock in this panic-inducing documentary
After Mondayís postmortem, why are so many crucial questions unanswered?
So why do Californians despise Bush and embrace Arnold?
John Kerry and the Democrats reclaim patriotism
And the importance of SB2
Supreme Court weighs in on the hazards of medicating defendants
Will L.A. Countyís top public doctor be remembered as the man who resuscitated health care for the poor or left it gasping for air on the operating table?
UCLA's William Cunningham takes a scholar's approach to overhauling public health ó and getting condoms handed out in church
The perils and possibilities of war
Bill Fristís long record of corporate vices
Immigration lessons from the first U.S. war with Iraq
DHS's right paw doesn't know what its left is doing
W. on the verge of power, America at the edge of the abyss
The Weeklyís recommendations in the November general election
Itís nonsense to send people with colds to ER
How Bill Bradley Learned to be a Principled Liberal, but not how to Campaign, and how Al Gore Learned to be a Terrific Campaigner, while Trashing his Party's Historic Principles.
Filipino-American veterans continue their push for WWII benefits
Governor Stands in the Way of Decent Wages For Health-Care Workers
Germaine Greer on Hillary, male aggression, foreplay in the '50s and more
American liberalism at century's end
Mickey Mouse Mafia still kicking
U.S. arms dealing leads Project Censoredís list of the Top 10 underreported stories of 1997