August 10, 2010
A question of pay Re "L.A. posts city employee salaries," Aug. 7 Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa makes only $232,425 a year. That's dwarfed by salaries of over $300,000 for the police chief, and the general managers of the airports and the harbor. Even the city administrative officer earns more. No wonder Villaraigosa needs freebies from the Lakers and Dodgers. At his low salary, it's a matter of survival — or becoming a couch potato, watching the teams on TV. Seriously, while Bell gave salaries beyond imagination, L.A.'s salaries aren't so far behind.
July 2, 2010
Racing to danger Re "A grim reminder of danger," June 29 Five CHP patrolmen have died in the line of duty in recent weeks. Perhaps we are reaping the fruit of tolerating drivers who shrink safety margins by flagrantly speeding, driving aggressively and distracting themselves with electronic accessories, especially here in Southern California. Driving I-5 over the Grapevine toward L.A.
August 8, 2010 |
Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday, opening the first era in U.S. history with three women serving on the nation's premier judicial bench. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered the oath at the Supreme Court just two days after the Senate's 63-37 vote Thursday to confirm her nomination and one day after President Obama hosted a White House reception in Kagan's honor. She is not expected to dramatically change the ideological balance of the court because she replaces retired Justice John Paul Stevens, a fellow liberal jurist.
August 5, 2010 |
Elena Kagan's elevation to the Supreme Court appeared virtually assured Wednesday, the second day of debate over her confirmation, as a majority of senators declared support for her nomination. Kagan, 50, the U.S. solicitor general, was tapped by President Obama in May to replace retired Justice John Paul Stevens. A floor vote on the nomination is likely Thursday, and Republicans are not expected to attempt a filibuster. For some senators, however, their decision may have consequences beyond confirming the nation's 112th justice.
May 11, 2010 |
President Obama on Monday hailed his nominee to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, as "one of the nation's foremost legal minds," but Kagan's biggest asset in upcoming confirmation hearings may be her lack of an extensive public record, providing few openings for Republicans to attack. A year after making Kagan his administration's advocate before the Supreme Court, Obama now hopes her personal skills are good enough to craft consensus with the court's conservative majority — and to win Senate confirmation to the position in the first place.
May 13, 2010
Kagan on the court? Re "Kagan is picked for high court," May 10 Elena Kagan, the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, has the least amount of experience of any nominee in the last three decades. Her judicial experience is zero, as is her real-world experience. President Obama appointed her as solicitor general, where she once argued that the federal government has the power to ban certain books and pamphlets. Responding to this argument for the majority of the court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote, "As a free-floating test for 1st Amendment coverage, that idea is startling and dangerous."