September 11, 2013 |
Over the last few weeks, the California High-Speed Rail Authority both lost and won fairly significant battles. It lost when a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled that its proposed funding plan violated the voter-approved law, Proposition 1A, that created the agency. The judge has set a hearing to give the state a chance to show that it can comply with the law and environmental reviews. The state scored a victory when it was decided that the Federal Surface Transportation Board has jurisdiction and would subject the project to federal environmental review rather than California's version.
September 9, 2013 |
Those watching Jenny McCarthy's debut on ABC's "The View" this morning should keep in mind one thing: She's not qualified in the least to give you advice on vaccinating your children. McCarthy, the model and TV personality who moonlights as the anti-vaccine movement's most influential (read: dangerous) voice, sells plenty of books , speaks passionately about parenting and cracks off-color jokes. She also peddles the discredited , poisonous claims that the way we vaccinate our children against the diseases that were once regular killers of children places our young ones at greater risk of developing autism -- the kind of conspiracy theorizing that will draw only more eyeballs.
August 30, 2013 |
As children return to school this fall, parents likewise return to worrying about ailments, both physical and emotional, that might befall their children on their way to - and in - the classroom. Whether it's bullying or head lice, thinking about what could go wrong can be overwhelming. But not all school-related issues are created equal. In order to maintain their own sanity and the sanity of their kids, parents should try to think objectively about what issues truly warrant their attention.
August 19, 2013 |
Samuel Adams brewer and founder Jim Koch says he hasn't forgotten how hard it was to start a small business. He's offering free coaching -- and perhaps some start-up funding -- to small Southern California food, beverage and craft brewing companies. The program, “Brewing the American Dream,” is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at downtown's L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway. Business owners who want to attend can register in advance on this link . Those who attend can participate in up to six 20-minute coaching sessions with representatives from Boston Beer Co. and the Valley Economic Development Center.
August 10, 2013 |
No matter the occasion, my friend Rafael inevitably shows up with a platter of prosciutto di San Daniele, the sweeter cousin of Parma ham, that he's purchased at Roma Deli in Pasadena. It's always perfectly sliced, the way they do it in Italy, so thin the ham almost melts on the tongue and you can taste every bit of its salty-sweet goodness. That's an example of sumptuous minimalism in a charcuterie or salumi plate. And it used to be about the only option if you wanted to put together one at home.
August 7, 2013 |
Weighing in on Time magazine's cover story on adults who choose to forgo producing offspring, The Times' childless-by-choice columnist Meghan Daum says the world needs "childfree" couples just as it needs procreators. Full disclosure: I'm the father of twin toddlers, an experience that may color my opinion of the column. And it has: Daum is spot on. Why? Because the discussion on the very personal decisions that couples and individuals make on becoming parents had started to resemble a debate, in which one side had to prove it was better than the other.
August 4, 2013
Regarding "Packing to Avoid Extra Fees" by Ellise Pierce (More for Your Money, July 21): Ridiculous article that makes a simple subject far too complicated. Below is my time-honored list of what a well-dressed woman needs for a month in a temperate climate. I always travel in early spring or late fall when the leaves are off the trees, thus affording an excellent view of the architecture. Only coat required is a raincoat with an attached hood. Then you need one pair of slacks, one skirt, one jumper or dress, one vest, five tops (one matches the skirt and the slacks and the others are turtlenecks or mock turtles in optional colors or stripes)
July 30, 2013 |
As "Game of Thrones" has grown in popularity, its characters have begun to become popular subjects for cosplay at conventions and during Halloween. But according to "Thrones" star Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, one of the most popular characters on the show, there's a very R-rated trick to make her character's costume more authentic: "Take it off. " Yes, there's copious amounts of nudity on the HBO series, more than you're likely to find at your local Halloween costume party, but she did offer a suggestion a little more realistic for would-be Daeneryses: "Just a toy dragon will definitely help take that costume from being just another costume to being a 'Game of Thrones' costume.
July 26, 2013 |
You know you shouldn't have, but you did. You got sunburned. And now you're itching to know what to do about it. Here are a few tips from Dr. Latanya Benjamin, a pediatric dermatologist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Stanford School of Medicine; Dr. Ray Jalian, a clinical instructor in dermatology at UCLA; and Dr. Stefani Takahashi, an associate professor...
July 19, 2013 |
Matthew Berry's book sure makes a lousy first impression. The ESPN fantasy guru introduces us to a league where, each year, the last-place finisher is forced to get a humiliating tattoo. Look, I'm all for tribal hazing; I went to seventh grade too. I stop short at the permanent desecration of my friends, however, even in the name of a good time. Berry's book comes at an opportune time, in the first stirrings of another fantasy season, as emails begin to shoot back and forth about upcoming drafts.