February 5, 2014 |
Imagine you've lost your job, which doesn't take a lot of imagination in a state with 1.3 million people out of work. Now imagine your unemployment checks have stopped and you can't decipher the explanation from the state Employment Development Department. So you call the phone number on the form and it rings … and rings … and rings…. That's the reality for countless Californians who have turned to the state's unemployment office for help, only to find that the phones go unanswered.
December 28, 2013 |
In a just world, all the people who have piled on to the federal government for blowing the launch of healthcare.gov would take a look at the UPS Christmas Day screwup and swallow hard. But it's not a just world, so the lesson of how the nation's leading parcel delivery service got blindsided by an excess of Internet traffic surely will be ignored. Alec MacGillis of The New Republic reminds us of all the finger-wagging by private sector triumphalists to the effect that, unlike the government's health insurance enrollment system, commercial websites and services wouldn't have been brought down by a surge of users, especially when the key deadline was foreseen. The government needs "an Amazon-like culture," lectured Bret Stephens in The Wall Street Journal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 |
Detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 7-Eleven clerk in Highland Park that may have been the result of a botched robbery, according to police. LAPD Officer Bruce Borihahn said the fatal shooting occurred just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 5100 block of Figueroa Street. He said two men entered the store and fired multiple shots at the victim, described only as a man 35 to 40 years old. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 |
A 21-year-old San Francisco man has been charged with murder after prosecutors say he botched an attempt to rob a man selling a Playstation 4 video game console. Ronnie Collins fatally shot Ikenna Uwakah, 22, of Daly City four times in broad daylight on Dec. 1, according to a statement from the San Francisco district attorney's office. Uwakah and his girlfriend posted an advertisement listing the Playstation 4 for sale on Instagram and Craigslist and the couple were meeting with Collins to complete the transaction, district attorney spokesman Alex Bastian told The Times on Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 |
Margaret Davis of West L.A. voted for President Obama and appreciates the ideas behind the Affordable Care Act. She agrees that everyone should have access to healthcare and no one should be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. But here's the problem: She knows firsthand, as the new law of the land rolls clumsily into being, that it's not working out to everyone's advantage. "I'm a 55-year-old woman in excellent health and have a catastrophic health plan," she wrote recently to Obama and California Sens.
October 24, 2013 |
Yes, Obamacare's website debacle is a problem for the healthcare reform program and for many customers still unable to apply for and secure health insurance. But no, it's not the first time a big government program experienced birth pangs. The go-to source on how to manage the launch of a major federal undertaking, of course, is Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched dozens of such programs during the New Deal--several of them every bit as revolutionary as the Affordable Care Act. As I mentioned in a just-published interview with the New Republic's Jen Kirby connected with my book about the New Deal , the rollouts of many of these programs were not without glitches.