CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 |
The day after San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologized for mistreating women and promised to change his behavior, the question remains: Is that good enough? Marco Gonzalez, one of the attorneys who joined with former Councilwoman Donna Frye in calling for Filner's resignation, declined Thursday to respond to Filner's apology and promises . He said he and the others will respond Friday after consulting with the women who were allegedly sexually harassed by Filner. At a Thursday news conference, Gonzalez said the next chapter in the scandal would depend on Filner.
July 12, 2013 |
Andre Ethier, model teammate. Imagine that. Ethier has done everything the Dodgers have asked of him this season without uttering a single complaint publicly. He has sat several times when they faced left-handed hitters. When Matt Kemp went down with a hamstring injury, he moved from right field to center. When Kemp returned, he went to left. When Kemp landed on the disabled list again, he moved back to center. "His flexibility has really allowed us to do a lot of things," Manager Don Mattingly said.
July 5, 2013 |
Fresh paint on the cement wall of an industrial warehouse space across from Handsome Coffee Roasters reveals two sides of Los Angeles' downtown Arts District. Graffiti tags cover one half of the wall; the other has just been coated with glossy red paint and towering gold letters: RISKR … with more letters to come. On a rickety green ladder, wearing his sponsor's blue Osiris sneakers, the artist RISK dispenses another elaborate swoosh of gold paint with his spray can. Once a street tagger, RISK, born Kelly Graval, was one of five L.A. graffiti artists featured in MOCA's 2011 "Art in the Streets" show and has fans all over the world.
July 3, 2013 |
Media mogul Barry Diller is speaking up about his recent tiff with the Federal Trade Commission involving his stake in Coca-Cola Co. The executive behind the launch of Fox Broadcasting and a former chief executive of Paramount Pictures has agreed to pay $480,000 to resolve FTC allegations that he failed to properly disclose his purchases of Coke stock between 2010 and 2012. Because the purchases brought his holdings above $63.4 million, he was required to disclose them to the FTC but failed to do so, the agency said.
July 3, 2013 |
The complaints of some homeowners about public fire rings in Newport Beach quickly morphed into a draconian proposal by regional air officials to eliminate all of the popular beach bonfire pits in Los Angeles and Orange counties. And though that proposal has since been softened, the new version still calls for removing all the rings in Newport Beach. Although coastal homeowners shouldn't have to be continually bombarded by smoke and soot, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has not come up with a persuasive rationale for its recommendation, which so far is generating more heat than light.
June 29, 2013 |
Chris Knox braces for frustration every time he steps into his new Ford F-150 truck. Mechanically, the pickup is perfect. But the MyFord Touch communication and entertainment system constantly seizes up as Knox tries to make hands-free calls from his iPhone 5. "Sometimes it works for two weeks, and then I get into the truck and it just stops," said Knox, a Torrance driver's education teacher. "I am constantly doing the master reset on the system. " The latest in-dash "infotainment" systems are turning into a giant headache for drivers.
June 28, 2013 |
Todd Gerhart, who won two Southern Section football championships as coach at Norco High, has been removed from that position, a school district spokesperson confirmed. "It was a district decision for Mr. Gerhart to not coach next season that was made for the best interest of our students," said Evita Tapia-Gonzalez, communications manager for the Corona-Norco Unified School District. Gerhart, who coached at Norco for nine seasons, was placed on paid administrative leave April 8 pending an investigation of a complaint filed by a former assistant coach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Flanked by fellow Democrats and other political allies, Gov. Jerry Brown approved California's new budget Thursday, changing very little of the $96.3-billion spending plan before signing it into law. Brown said California's finances are "in very solid shape" after years of deficits and touted increased spending on schools and healthcare for the poor. "It is a big day for schoolkids. It's a big day for Californians who don't have healthcare," Brown said. "California is the leader.
June 20, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Peace negotiations between U.S. officials and Afghanistan's insurgent Taliban movement expected to begin Thursday apparently were delayed after the South Asian nation's leader lashed out about how the talks were unfolding. President Hamid Karzai 's office on Wednesday expressed concern that his administration could be sidelined in any talks that didn't include his government as he lashed out at Washington without elaboration for what it termed “contradictory” U.S. behavior toward Kabul.
June 19, 2013 |
Chris Brown isn't backing down from neighbors peeved over a mural in front of his Hollywood Hills home, according to reports. The singer has reportedly filed an appeal with the city of Los Angeles over a citation he received after his neighbors complained about the artwork and brightly colored monster characters painted around his Hollywood Hills pad, according to TMZ . The citation was issued over "unpermitted and excessive signage" on...