CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2012 |
In the wake of this week's passage of a state tax measure, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy said Friday he will ask the Board of Education to restore a full 180-day academic calendar and rescind all planned employee furlough days for the current school year. The success of Proposition 30 on Tuesday means that school district budgets across the state are protected from $5.4 billion in cuts that had been scheduled to take effect. Teachers union officials had called on the L.A. Unified School District to restore full pay for employees and to bring back a full school year.
October 9, 2012 |
Now that that the temperatures aren't so gnarly at the beach, you might want to head to Ventura on Saturday for the first Ventura Oysterfest to celebrate our favorite mollusks. According to the news release, the idea is to “show off the best of what's local: exceptional cuisine, great music, crated beers and outstanding local wines.” To provide the oysters, the organizers have called on oyster farms up and down the California coast. Those attending include the Jolly Oyster , Drakes Bay Oyster Co. , Tomales Bay Oyster Co. , Pickleweed Point Oyster Co . and Carlsbad Aquafarm . Plying the crowd with noshes will be Ventura County restaurants the Sidecar , Osteria Monte Grappa , Twenty88 Food & Drink , Ventura Meat Co. and more.
September 9, 2012 |
YUCATÁN PENINSULA, Mexico - What's the Mexican drug-war body count now? 47,000? Ever since the killings began to escalate in late 2006, I've been visiting the country less and choosing spots more carefully. But the Yucatán Peninsula was an easy call. One of the safest and most rewarding places in Mexico these days is the same steamy, lizard-ridden Maya stamping ground where ritual sacrifice was once business as usual, where the alleged apocalypse - the end of the Maya calendar - is barely 100 shopping days away.
July 9, 2012 |
St. Etienne “Words and Music by St. Etienne” Casablanca/Universal Earlier this year when Madonna, 53, released her middling, trend-chasing dance pop record “MDNA,” one of the major criticisms was her seeming disinterest in making music for her own generation, or in dealing honestly with life after 50 and the ways in which she's adjusting to middle age. If she has any aesthetic guts left -- “MDNA” suggests she doesn't --...
July 9, 2012 |
Haley Reinhart “Listen Up!” 19/Interscope This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Debuts from former “American Idol” contestants can be filed into two categories: record label-issued blandness, or wholly authentic to the contestant America spent weeknights voting incessantly for. Thankfully, the first collection from Season Ten finalist Haley Reinhart falls into the latter....