CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1999
As recently as last week, there was clear evidence that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its board still didn't get it. There was the agency at a meeting Sunday trying to defend to riders a decision to cancel or shorten 18 bus lines when the Hollywood leg of the Red Line subway opens later this year. This was simple logic by MTA standards. Riders won't need buses once the subway opens, the board insisted, so shut down the lines.
March 3, 2009 |
The latest refrain in Sacramento's inner wonkdom is that it's time to eliminate the "big five" system, under which the governor and the majority and minority party leaders in each house of the Legislature disappeared behind closed doors to cook up the state budget deal late last month. It is a crummy way of doing business. Once again, the budget was concocted with no review, hearings or access for any outsider (except, it seems, for a couple of lobbyists). Just five people in a room.
October 24, 2009
One purpose of the healthcare reform effort in Washington is to help more Americans obtain coverage, in part by making policies available to people with preexisting health problems. But the pending bills wouldn't end the nightmares faced by others whose insurance fails them when they need it most. The problem starts with the 35-year-old Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a federal law that regulates the pensions, retirement savings programs and other benefits provided by private employers, guilds or unions.
March 10, 2012
In a March 5 editorial , The Times opposed a bill in the French parliament that would have made it a crime to deny the Armenian genocide. The bill was proposed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, then struck down byFrance's Constitutional Council. Now Sarkozy says he wants to revive it. Reader Berj Proodian wrote suggesting that The Times may have been hypocritical on the subject: "In the past year, the L.A. Times has printed [several] editorials condemning France's law against denying the Armenian genocide.
November 2, 2011 |
I didn't see any Ruth Madoff masks on Halloween night, but it wouldn't have surprised me if I had. The wife of disgraced Wall Street Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff is Pariah No. 1 this week, followed closely by her son, Andrew. The two, along with Andrew's fiance, appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday night to promote their "authorized family biography," "Truth and Consequences. " "I have been eager, I would say almost desperate, to speak out publicly and tell people that I'm absolutely not involved," Andrew told Morley Safer.
August 20, 2010
Who knew that Laura Schlessinger was so thin-skinned? After all, this is a woman who has relished her perch as a radio shock jock. In her 30 years on the air she has offended many, blaming women for their husbands' affairs and referring to gay people as "biological errors. " Even friendly callers often get a piece of her mind. So it's a bit surprising that a fairly predictable reaction to her enthusiastic use of a racial slur has sent her scurrying out of the kitchen, so to speak. Schlessinger, better known as Dr. Laura, announced Tuesday that she was leaving her show because she wants her 1st Amendment rights back.
September 5, 2013 |
"Adore" is a twisted sexual drama about misguided affections between older women and younger men, which wouldn't be all that outrageous if not for the dicey details, so let's get right to it. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, two of Hollywood's most beautiful and most accomplished women, play mothers who sleep with each other's sons. The sons are of age, with college on the horizon. The boys, not the mothers, are the seducers. It's all very civilized, but still ... They really are still boys.
HOME & GARDEN
September 5, 2009 |
Coffee table books on gardening are generally useless, but here's a beauty queen with brains. "The Dry Gardening Handbook: Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate" by a Frenchman, Olivier Filippi, betrays an understandable fondness for the dry plants of his native garrigue , the French version of our chaparral. Yet as he pushes out beyond the south of France to places with similar climate zones, Filippi argues that drought is not a limitation but the source of untold diversity from regions in the Mediterranean, South Africa, South America, Australia and California.
November 18, 1990
The City Council on Wednesday approved plans for a 10,000-square-foot house in the Emerald Hills tract, reversing a denial last month by the Planning Commission. Commission members had said the proposed two-story Colonial-style house in the 19900 block of Tennessee Trail would be overwhelming and incompatible with other homes in the neighborhood.