Conversation / WITH RAE FRANKLIN JAMES : 'Learn Budgets, Learn Finance' When Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan went on vacation this month, DEPUTY MAYOR RAE FRANKLIN JAMES found herself handling major controversies about subway construction and a proposed "camping area" for the homeless on her own. and James leaped from the obscurity of the city legislative analyst's
office to the local spotlight without ever having met Riordan before taking the job--she was recommended to him by a trusted aide. Her areas of responsibility include environmental matters and community redevelopment as well as transportation and housing. and James, 45, was interviewed at her spacious but modestly furnished
office on the 3rd floor of City Hall (down the hall from the mayor's) by KAY MILLS, author of "This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer" (Plume, 1994). and
What I've Learned : A Call for Asian Artists to Recast Image An Oscar and Tony nominee, MAKO is a founder of East-West Players, Los Angeles' premier forum for Asian American actors and writers. This summer, he directed a radio series, "Contemporary Japanese Short Stories," for KCRW-FM. He was interviewed for The Times by JAMES BLAIR.
Community Essay : An Inmate's Advice: 'Follow Through on '3 Strikes' JOHN L. ORR, Proposition 184 would reaffirm the "three strikes" law enacted in March that can impose up to a life sentence on repeat offenders. The measure is driving fear into the hearts of inmates, says JOHN L. ORR. He knows from personal observation: The former Glendale fire captain, who was convicted of arson, has been been incarcerated since July, 1992, at the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution in San Pedro. and
Doc Shows Give Wrong Health-Care Diagnosis JOSEPH TUROW, Joseph Turow is a professor of communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. He is the author of "Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling and Medical Power" (Oxford University Press). and