CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2012 |
Nine months after this former Navy town emerged from bankruptcy protection, its Police Department is about a third smaller than at its peak. The Fire Department has been slashed by nearly a quarter, and the median home price has dropped almost 70%. Half of the downtown storefronts are vacant. But when Shannon O'Hare looks at Vallejo, what he sees is "a dream come true. " A year after the city filed for Chapter 9, the artist and his wife bought their first house together here -- a three-bedroom post-Victorian -- for $142,000.
November 10, 2011 |
Each year I keep a running log to track restaurants slated to open each month. When this January rolled around and I started my new list, I fully expected the pace of openings to slow to a trickle. That hasn't happened. Instead, despite the curdled economy, L.A.'s restaurant scene this year has busted out with new energy and invention. And it continues to inspire the entire country. I can't tell you how many New Yorkers and even, gasp, San Franciscans have told me that Los Angeles is now their favorite eating town.
March 10, 2010 |
A wealthy philanthropist has kicked in $5 million in seed money. A top management consultant has come up with a business plan. A renowned university will lend not only its students but research help. And the budding endeavor has a chief executive who will pull down $400,000 a year and one of the world's most prestigious newspapers ready to give its future news offerings a home. When the Bay Area News Project launches its website in late spring or early summer, it will be just the latest -- and perhaps the most ambitious -- nonprofit venture among a string of similar start-ups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2010 |
New businesses opening in downtown Huntington Beach can cut beer pong out of their possible entertainment lineups. City leaders recently voted to ban alcohol games for new businesses or those renewing their entertainment licenses. Beer pong has been a form of entertainment at a number of establishments in Surf City, where aficionados tested their accuracy and alcohol tolerance in a satellite tournament during the World Series of Beer Pong in 2008. Beer pong starts out with partially filled cups of beer arranged in triangles on opposite sides of a table.
November 26, 2009 |
It's tough to talk to Bonnie Fuller without getting an earful of Hollywood gossip. "This is similar to what went on between Jen[nifer Aniston] and John [Mayer]," she says casually in conversation. Later on: "Look what's going on with Cindy Crawford and her nanny experience. . . . When Miley [Cyrus] was slamming the 'New Mooners,' we disagreed." Fuller isn't name-dropping, though. She's talking business. The former editor of celebrity, fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Star, Us Weekly, Marie Claire and Glamour is shifting from print into the hyper-competitive realm of online celebrity news in one more effort to create a media brand for women -- this time as a digital venture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2009 |
For a moment two years ago, Los Angeles officials thought they knew how many marijuana dispensaries the city had: 186. That's how many registered to operate under the city's moratorium. The city quickly lost control, and the number soared: 500, 600, 800, now perhaps 1,000. On Tuesday, the City Council will grapple with a question it has barely debated since the number started to rise: How many is too many? Councilman Jose Huizar, whose district includes Eagle Rock, one of the first neighborhoods to recoil from the influx of dispensaries, has suggested a cap of 70. The proposal is one of more than three dozen amendments the council will weigh when it resumes debate on its proposed medical marijuana ordinance.