O.C.'s Prospects for Recovering Damages PHILIPPE JORION, Philippe Jorion is a professor of finance at the Graduate School of Management at UC Irvine. He is author of "Big Bets Gone Bad: Derivatives and Bankruptcy in Orange County," (Academic Press, 1995)
Local Councils Make an Impact LAURI FLACK, Lauri Flack is a professional facilitator, community organizer and chair of the Westside Community Council in Ventura
Some Resolutions for a New Holiday Season ALLISON JOHNSON, Allison Johnson, who lives in Aliso Viejo, is co-author of "Your Self-Confident Baby," to be published in January by John Wiley & Sons Inc. She may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
When Remodeling Becomes a 'Dig' KATHY PRICE-ROBINSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES. Kathy Price-Robinson is a freelance writer who has written about remodeling for eight years. She can be reached at: KathyPrice@aol.com
Another New Year's List Bruce McCall, Bruce McCall is a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He is author of a memoir, "Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Canada."
The MTA Makes a Right Turn: Will It Stay on Course? James E. Moore II, and Harry W. Richardson and Peter Gordon, James E. Moore II is an associate professor of civil engineering and urban planning at the University of Southern California. Harry W. Richardson and Peter Gordon are professors of urban planning and economics at the university
Daniel Hillis Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt, a contributing editor to Opinion, is director of the JSM+New Media Lab. He spoke with Daniel Hillis at the technologist's offices at Disney Imagineering in Glendale
Blame It All on Prop. 13 MARK BALDASSARE, Mark Baldassare is a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. His boook, "When Government Fails: The Orange County Bankruptcy," will be published next year by the University of California Press