CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1989
This letter is in response to your editorial "Split Allegiances" (Aug. 2). In my opinion, the Bureau of Land Management has done a good job on limited funds managing our vast desert areas. It is not easy to administer the diverse needs of mining, grazing, recreation, ecosystem protection, etc. Perhaps the real question is whether we want to use our desert resources responsibly or simply close large areas to all but the fortunate few, strong enough to put on a backpack and trek into an environment that can vary 50 degrees in an 8-hour period.
January 15, 2011 |
A Palm Springs home once owned by the late film star William Holden is listed at $1,495,000. The post-and-beam Midcentury Modern house has a tongue-and-groove ceiling, terrazzo floor and glass walls. Sitting on nearly an acre of land encircled by ficus trees, the nearly 5,000-square-foot house includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a detached guest casita. A wet bar sits poolside. There are two double garages. Holden, who died in 1981 at 63, lived in the house for 18 years.
March 13, 2011 |
Every Wednesday afternoon, my colleague Douglas Burton-Christie and I try to conjure the desert in a classroom at Loyola Marymount University. We are both bona fide desert rats, but we come to the "land of little rain," as Mary Austin once called it, from very different places as we teach an interdisciplinary seminar called Into the Desert. I'm in the English department and have long written of the deserts along the U.S.-Mexico border and the drama of the migrants who try to cross.
October 27, 2009
Operation Gatekeeper started in October 1994, focusing federal border security efforts on the five-mile stretch from the Pacific Ocean to San Ysidro. Within three years, the budget of the old Immigration and Naturalization Service -- since split into two agencies -- doubled to $800 million. The number of Border Patrol agents also doubled, along with the miles of fencing. Underground sensors nearly tripled. In the 15 years since its inception, Gatekeeper, now shorthand for all federal enforcement efforts at the Mexican border, has had a range of consequences, some expected and others grimly surprising.
September 27, 2009 |
Desert A Novel J.M.G. Le ClÃ©zio, translated from the French by C. Dickson Verba Mundi/David R. Godine: 352 pp., $25.95 When Horace Engdahl, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, criticized the American literary establishment for its insularity last fall, I couldn't disagree with him. A small handful of non-Anglophone novelists do steal their way into stateside dinner-party conversation each year, but for the most part, we...
July 11, 1986 |
Three aftershocks rattled through the desert today where residents were shaken by Tuesday's moderate earthquake, but no damage or injuries were reported.