TOOLS: Building the Basic Household Toolbox KAROL V. MENZIE and RANDY JOHNSON, THE BALTIMORE SUN. Johnson is construction manager for Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore; Menzie is Home Editor of The Sun. Distributed by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service.
An L.A. Memoir : Coming Into the City RICHARD RODRIGUEZ, Richard Rodriguez is a San Francisco-based writer and author of "Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father," from which this essay has been excerpted. The book will be published by Viking in November.
PLATFORM : Everyone's Dirty Air FATHER RODY GORMAN, Father RODY GORMAN of St. Matthias Church in Huntington Park is a leading member of the United Neighborhoods Organization. Commenting on air quality in the Los Angeles area, he told The Times: