March 3, 2013
Voting may be the ultimate act of optimism. If it can't help, why bother? People who go to the polls are investing in the future of their city, asserting by their action that there is a choice to be made and that the choice is consequential. But voting counts regardless of who prevails. The victors cannot help but take careful note of just who put them in office, and who can keep them there if they perform well - or throw them out if they don't. A high turnout sends the message that voters are on duty and paying attention, regardless of how much money was donated by interest groups looking for favors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2012 |
Forrest N. Shumway, a law-trained businessman who expanded his uncle's Signal Oil & Gas Co. from a local operation into one of the country's most powerful, diverse business conglomerates, has died. He was 85. Shumway, who helped engineer the merger that created Allied-Signal Corp. while also serving on USC's board of trustees, died of complications of cancer at his La Jolla home on Dec. 4, said his son Garrett. Born March 21, 1927 in Skowhegan, Maine, Shumway joined the Marines after high school and went on to get his bachelor's in political science and a law degree, both from Stanford University.
October 4, 2012
The politicians who oversee the Los Angeles community colleges just won a large measure of protection from voters and other inconveniences of democracy thanks to a bad bill that on Saturday became a bad law. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2572, a bill deceptively modest in its language but astonishing in its audacity. It's a kind of incumbent protection plan for entrenched members of L.A.'s Community College District Board of Trustees, and it comes to their rescue in the wake of last year's revelations of massive waste and corruption in district construction programs - and just as voters may be ready to focus on the ineptitude of the elected trustees who oversaw it. Under the new law, runoff elections are swept away, supposedly to save money, and an incumbent can now keep his or her seat (and yes, a challenger can now get elected)
July 16, 2012 |
Following a week in which John Baldessari, Catherine Opie and Barbara Kruger all resigned from the board of trustees at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, Ed Ruscha has also resigned, leaving no artists remaining on the museum's board. The artist's wife, Danna Ruscha, posted the following comment on the Facebook page of L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight, beneath a piece he wrote on the pivotal role of artists in shaping MOCA historically and the warning sent by the current exodus: "Christopher Knight, Ed has resigned.
June 30, 2012 |
The leaders of the Museum of Contemporary Art's board of trustees said Friday that chief curator Paul Schimmel resigned and was not fired, as The Times and other news outlets had reported. Board co-chairs Maria Bell and David Johnson said that Schimmel announced his resignation to both of them Monday. "Paul wanted to resign, we reported that to the board, and the official resignation came through today," Bell said. "This is something that has been a general discussion for some time," said Johnson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2012 |
Once again addressing the controversial issue of executive pay, a panel of the California State University Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to freeze state-funded pay for new campus presidents but allow individual college foundations to raise funds to boost those salaries. The nonprofit campus foundations would be able to augment taxpayer-funded pay for new executives up to 10% above that of their predecessor. The policy would be reviewed in 2014. Four members of the Special Committee on Presidential Selection and Compensation meeting in Long Beach voted for the change, with one member absent.