CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2009 |
The Ft. Moore Pioneer Memorial on Hill Street is my favorite neglected corner of the downtown Los Angeles Civic Center. As far as I know, it's the biggest monument to the United States' conquest of California. I go there to feel the history. I stand under the terra-cotta soldiers and read the inscriptions honoring the troops who "helped win the Southwest" and who raised the Stars and Stripes at "the first Independence Day in Los Angeles."
April 3, 2002 |
Older wines are notoriously fickle. Some age the way you'd expect, others go off in directions not at all evident when they were young. Over the centuries, Europeans have come to understand a thing or two about how their wines age, but New World vintners are still in the learning process. This is true even with such thoroughly studied grapes as Cabernet Sauvignon. These days we know pretty well how Cabs will age, and we've learned a bit about why some vintages hold up better than others.
August 17, 2000 |
The number of older Californians without insurance coverage for prescription drugs is increasing significantly, largely as a result of diminishing coverage by HMOs, according to new data. Between 1998 and 1999, the percentage of California seniors with no prescription drug coverage rose from 25% to 34%, leaving about 1.2 million without the benefit, according to a study by the New England Medical Center.
January 9, 2000 |
Seizing on an issue dear to the elderly and aging baby boomers, Gov. Gray Davis on Monday will propose a series of get-tough sanctions for bad nursing homes, along with tax breaks and other steps to help people avoid going into long-term care facilities. The Democratic governor is offering the sanctions only three months after vetoing legislation that contained many of the same provisions--a step that incurred the wrath of activists who work on behalf of the elderly.
July 29, 1999 |
Only about one in five eligible Californians has applied for a homeowner and renter rebate that could save them up to $326, and the application deadline is looming. According to state tax officials, more than 1 million lower-income elderly and disabled people are eligible for the payments through the Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program, but so far fewer than 210,000 have applied. The deadline for applications is Aug. 31, the Franchise Tax Board said.
June 30, 1999 |
President Clinton's proposal to cover prescription drugs sounds good but how does it measure up to what the elderly now can buy on the open market? The answer is that for retirees in Southern California who buy prescription drug plans through a supplemental insurance policy, the president's plan would cost less. When fully in place in 2010, it also would offer more insurance coverage for prescription drugs than is available in all but one of today's private plans.