October 6, 2012
Responding to William Fulton's Op-Ed article Monday positing a link between urban sprawl and municipal bankruptcies, reader Sidney P. Anderson of Mission Viejo writes: "As a retired taxpayer whose home has been saved by Proposition 13, I consider Fulton's argument poorly disguised apologia. He does mention pensions half-heartedly in his discussion on what empties cities' coffers, but he fails to use the word 'union' even once. He evidently does not object to this cost but blames instead a lack of tax revenue to pay for it. He is obviously not a fan of nonunion taxpayers who end up paying for these unionized government workers' generous benefits.
September 25, 2012 |
You would think there could be no downside to California's new law that requires doctors to inform women if a mammogram reveals they have dense breasts. But some doctors do have concerns about the legislation , which also requires physicians to tell patients that dense breasts are linked to a higher risk of breast cancer , that they make mammograms harder to read and that there are alternative breast cancer screening options. Here are the thoughts of three doctors with whom we spoke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2012 |
Finding a peaceful resolution to this Hollywood feud is one tall order. Hollywood "flat-landers" and development advocates are urging Los Angeles officials to increase density guidelines in Hollywood, paving the way for glitzy new skyscrapers and apartment buildings they say are necessary to house tens of thousands of future residents. But Hollywood's hillside dwellers are fighting the move. They say high-rises are unnecessary, because the population there is shrinking, and contend that new towers will only ruin the area's scenic and world-famous skyline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2011 |
If this is the season to be merry, many residents of Hollywood did not get the memo. Instead, they got a community development plan they look upon as their very own nightmare before Christmas. It happened earlier this month, when the Los Angeles City Planning Commission approved zoning changes that could make it easier to erect skyscrapers in the heart of Hollywood, forever changing the scale of a historic neighborhood with international cachet. They say the high-rises will block views, throw shadows and obscure the landmark Capitol Records building, and make already unbearable traffic even worse.
November 14, 2011 |
Whole-body vibration machines are becoming a fixture in the fitness world, but they may fall short in one area: a study of post-menopausal women who used the plates daily for a year showed no improvement in bone density. The study, released Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine , included 202 healthy post-menopausal women who had low bone mass but not full-on osteoporosis that required medication. They were randomly assigned to three groups: two that stood for 20 minutes a day for a year on a whole-body vibration plate set at a low-magnitude vibration (either 30 Hz or 90 Hz)
October 10, 2011 |
Breast density has emerged as an important risk factor for breast cancer along with other factors such as age, family history and some gene mutations. However, there is no consensus on what to do with information on breast density and on Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed proposed state legislation that would have required doctors to notify women having mammograms of their breast density. Having more high-density tissue, which has less fat, raises breast cancer risk, while having more low-density tissue lowers it. In a letter to the California state Senate, Brown said he agreed that patients need more health information.