January 29, 2014 |
What happened with Mike Moser in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. What happened was, after a freshman season spent languishing near the end of UCLA's basketball bench, Moser transferred to Nevada Las Vegas and had a breakout first season. The forward averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels as a sophomore in 2011-12, and even though he was slowed by elbow and hip injuries last season, he was a productive reserve, averaging 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. But then he decided to move again - this time closer to his family in Portland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - A union effort to increase salaries for workers caring for the country's elderly and disabled threatens to backfire in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown wants to limit their hours. A change in federal rules set for next year entitles nearly 2 million home aides nationwide to overtime pay. But Brown, in an effort to keep a lid on costs, has proposed a cap on the time they work in the state's taxpayer-funded home care program for low-income Californians. The proposal, part of the governor's latest budget plan, could particularly affect disabled people who receive more than 40 hours of assistance a week.
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January 18, 2014 |
Francisco Morataya drives a vanload of empty bottles and cans to Victar Recycling Center in Echo Park every week or so to supplement his wages as an office janitor. The 61-year-old Eagle Rock resident had been making $200 per load, enough to pay his daughter's cellphone bill. But that was before a new state law tightened the redemption rules, making it harder for people at the economic fringes to scrape by. Now his take is only $50 to $60, Morataya said. "It's really bad," he said this week, flinging plastic bottles into a garbage bin. "I can't help my daughter.
January 16, 2014 |
Low-income Californians will be soon eligible for what has become to many an essential part of daily life: a cellphone . Participants in the state's LifeLine program for low-income consumers will soon have access to reduced-cost smartphone service with voice, data and text capabilities, state regulators decided Thursday. After two years of deliberations, the five members of the California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to include wireless phones among the kinds of handsets available through the LifeLine program.
January 15, 2014 |
Every January, one or two USC football players with eligibility remaining opt to make themselves available for the NFL draft. It was not a major concern. The Trojans simply replaced those players with other future pros and moved on without worry. Not in 2014. New Coach Steve Sarkisian must deal with the departure of five key players and a final season of NCAA penalties that limit USC to 75 scholarship players and prevent the Trojans from replacing ones who leave early for the NFL. "That was probably the biggest piece of the sanctions that's the hardest piece to swallow," Sarkisian said Tuesday.
January 7, 2014 |
Pepperdine's men's basketball program is on an upswing, in part because a former UCLA player has found a new love for the game. The Waves are 10-6 overall, 3-1 and tied for second place in the West Coast Conference. Their only conference loss came at San Francisco, when Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said his team had an inexplicably bad second half. The good-news story for the Waves is that of Brendan Lane , a 6-foot-9 forward who played at UCLA, graduated in three years and decided to transfer and use his final season of eligibility at Pepperdine.