FROM David Lazarus
What has the CFPB accomplished? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created after the 2008 financial crisis as a way to keep lenders, banks, and other businesses in check. Over the past six years, it’s aimed to make sure consumers are treated fairly when it comes to credit cards, student loans, payday loans and mortgages.
Protecting yourself in the wake of the Equifax data breach Hackers stole personal information, including social security numbers, of 143 million people. That means more than half of the US population is likely at risk of the Equifax hack.
Who owns your personal info online? A Pasadena internet company offers an easy way to find phone numbers, social media accounts and addresses for pretty much everyone. But what if that information is wrong? Do you have a right to have your information taken down?
Will airline service ever be great again? The "back of the bus" has turned into the back of the plane — with discrimination based on class, social status… and money. When airlines sell more seats than a plane will hold, they're allowed to force one paid passenger to give up a seat to another. Video of a doctor dragged screaming down the aisle or United Airlines plane is evidence of an increasingly common practice. And First Class isn't immune. With just four main carriers left because of consolidation, passenger service is a casualty of the drive for profit and America's increased wealth inequality.
Why internet speeds are so slow in LA It’s not your imagination that internet speeds are slow, despite companies advertising fast speeds. In New York State, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing Charter Communications - the company that owns Spectrum - formerly Time Warner Cable. Spectrum is also the biggest cable provider in southern California.
Food Truck Safety: Public Health Problem or False Alarm? Gourmet food trucks are the toast of neighborhoods all over Los Angeles, from Venice to downtown's Grand Park. But only 60% have those signs with letter grades from food inspectors, and the ones that do may not have received them recently. LA Times consumer columnist David Lazarus followed up on a complaint from a reader who said she and her husband got sick after heating hot dogs from a cart in West LA.
Public Transportation in a Time of Budget Cuts Los Angeles Times business columnist David Lazarus doesn't ride public transit to work every day but, in today's paper, he wrote that he would — if it were more "user-friendly." After a week of trying it while his car was in the shop, he says, "it's almost as if dozens of entities" in the regional network "are conspiring to make the system as unwelcoming as possible."
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."