July 21, 2011 Thousands of assaults occur each year at California's state psychiatric hospitals. Last year, a staffer was killed at Napa State Hospital. Employees there demonstrated, demanding greater safety. Now, protests have spread to a hospital near Los Angeles, where workers say it's not if you get assaulted, it's when.
June 17, 2011 President Obama took his licks from progressives who are meeting at the Netroots Nation Convention, the annual gathering of liberal bloggers and other social media activists. Despite some gains, panelists agreed it hasn't turned out so well for progressives on health care or financial reform or the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
April 19, 2011 There has been a dramatic increase in violence at California's state psychiatric hospitals. A patient at Napa State Hospital died there last week, less than six months after an employee was killed. The state's secretary of Health and Human Services has lifted a hiring freeze to add more clinical and security staff.
April 8, 2011 Atascadero State Hospital in central California was built to treat criminals who are mentally ill. But since 2006, assaults on staff have risen markedly. Employees blame the increase on a federally enforced plan that they say requires them to spend more time on paperwork than treating patients.
April 7, 2011 When a psychiatric technician at Napa State Hospital was murdered last fall, allegedly by a patient, staffers began going public with their safety complaints. More than 80 percent of the patients at the hospital arrived by way of the criminal justice system — deemed either not guilty by reason of insanity or just too dangerous to be paroled.
April 1, 2011 In the 37 years since Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, the Watergate scandal has become synonymous with the abuse of power nearly everywhere — except at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. That changed this week, when the library unveiled a new, unvarnished look at that notorious chapter in American history.
March 21, 2011 West Los Angeles is home to one of the country's largest Japanese communities. This past Sunday, the congregation at the historic West Los Angeles United Methodist Church gathered to raise money for earthquake and tsunami victims in their homeland, Japan.