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 23, 2013 |
"Hell's Kitchen" Season 11 winner Ja'Nel Witt is parting ways with chef Gordon Ramsay. Less than one month ago, Fox TV audiences saw Witt raising a glass of bubbly with Ramsay after enduring the job interview from hell to land a job at the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Las Vegas . But production company ITV Studios took to Twitter Friday morning to say Witt would not fill the position: "The team at 'Hell's Kitchen' was incredibly excited...
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.
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.
May 16, 1993
A firm contracted by Los Angeles County to electronically monitor people under house arrest filed suit last week, challenging the Monrovia City Council's denial of a conditional permit to allow felons to visit the firm's office. Linda Connelly & Associates, a San Francisco-based company, asserts in its Los Angeles Superior Court complaint that council members did not base their denial on factual assertions.
January 16, 1992
Representatives of the Holocaust denial movement responded to the condemnatory Times' editorial that they were shocked--shocked!--by the editorial tone; they claim that they were simply calling for "evenhandedness," and an "open debate" with those whose "point of view" holds that the Nazis tried to exterminate European Jewry during World War II (letters, Jan. 3).