CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1987
Once in a while I think it is necessary to refute the "Big Lie" we hear constantly from our county supervisors that we citizens must vote for more of everything--water, taxes, housing, freeways--in order to avert a crisis. A good example of this is Supervisor Harriett Wieder's commentary "Stopping a Possible Water Crises" (Nov. 15). As the supervisor says, "California's population has increased by 3 million since '87. Why? Why because the supervisor-developer complex has for more than 30 years built more of everything, water, taxes, housing and freeways, in order to avert past crises of their own making.
July 11, 2009 |
The Obama administration has sent legislation to Congress designed to protect investors by bolstering the authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The proposal is part of the sweeping plan for overhauling the U.S. financial rule book that the administration is pressing lawmakers to enact to help avert another meltdown. It seeks to put investment advisors providing services to retail investors and stockbrokers under the same standards of conduct, and to strengthen rules governing the timing and quality of disclosures by investment funds.
June 2, 2005
I'm in awe of Steve Lopez. His columns are usually noteworthy. "A Twilight Concerto for Rats and Cello" (May 29), however, touched me as nothing has in months, perhaps my soul was deadened by the news of deaths by useless warfare, disease, needlessness, etc. -- all things I could do nothing about. I will no longer be able to look away and avert eye contact with those unfortunates on street corners and sidewalks, who were unpleasant to look at, different, dirty and whom I chose to not acknowledge or think about.
June 12, 1988
Carol Rossen asks about her assailant: "Why had I been chosen?" Might this suggest part of the answer: The late sociologist Erving Goffman pointed out in his book "Behavior in Public Places" that when strangers pass, we give each other "civil inattention," an odd form of politeness in which we avert our glances and do not look into each other's eyes. Additionally, inequality between genders exists in civil inattention. A male can look openly into the face of a passing female and feel safe.
December 5, 2004
The Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center opened in 1972 to serve South Los Angeles neighborhoods that had been shunned by white doctors. It was supposed to be a symbol of Los Angeles' commitment to right the wrongs that had led to the Watts riots. Three decades later, it is a symbol indeed.
April 15, 1991 |
Rocked by one last explosion, a fire-ravaged tanker holding millions of gallons of oil sank Sunday off the Italian Riviera, and experts worked to avert an ecological catastrophe in the Mediterranean. The Cypriot-registered tanker Haven appeared to have remained intact on the sandy sea bottom 1 1/2 miles offshore, and it was believed that most of the vessel's crude remained inside, officials said. The tanker held nearly 42 million gallons of Iranian crude when it caught fire Thursday.