CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - It has come to this: California politics have become so one-sided that the only half-way intriguing statewide races this spring are for two largely ministerial jobs. One is secretary of state. The other is state controller. Both are pretty mundane. The secretary of state oversees elections and maintains public databases on campaign contributions and lobbyists' spending. The office also processes a lot of business-related stuff. Sounds simple. But under termed-out Democrat Debra Bowen, few things seemingly have been simple.
April 22, 2014 |
The Kings tried to reestablish their identity Tuesday and climb back into their first-round playoff series against San Jose. However, the resilient but still-flawed performance now leaves them facing an early end to their season. And, maybe, to an era. It wasn't enough that they shook off the two beatdowns they had absorbed in the first two games at San Jose and put together strong stretches Tuesday at Staples Center. Patrick Marleau's backhander off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov 6 minutes and 20 seconds into overtime gave San Jose a 4-3 victory and put the Kings on the brink of being swept out of the playoffs.
April 21, 2014 |
Robin Williams, star of the sitcom “The Crazy Ones,” sold a house this year in the Hollywood Hills for $869,000, The Times has confirmed. A brick walkway leads to the entry and a brick stoop. The tidy two-bedroom has a Roaring '20s ambience with an arched front door accented by painted bricks in a starburst pattern. Interior archways, hardwood floors, high ceilings and built-in bookcases continue the vibe indoors. The 1,318 square feet of living space includes a screening room, an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and 1.5 bathrooms.
April 17, 2014 |
Commuters at Union Station in downtown L.A. got an early look Wednesday at the first edition of the Los Angeles Register. A small group of reporters and editors wearing T-shirts stating "A New Voice in L.A. " handed out copies to commuters emerging from trains and subways on their way to work. The paper is the latest effort by Aaron Kushner, co-owner of parent company Freedom Communications Inc., to push his belief that print still sells well in the modern era of digital media.
April 15, 2014 |
It's the beginning of a new era for mall mega-brand Banana Republic . It was announced today that the brand's new creative director will be Marissa Webb , a veteran of J. Crew, who has her own casual contemporary label that is sold in stores such as Barneys New York. Webb replaces Simon Kneen, who was with Banana Republic from 2009 to December 2013, during which time the core collections became increasingly dull, and the brand lost ground to J. Crew, H&M and other specialty retailers.
April 14, 2014 |
In the late 1960s, a charismatic vice president at Ford Motor Co. decided to bring out a low-priced car that could be produced for little money while bringing in huge profits. The executive's name was Lee Iacocca, and the Ford Pinto he championed became one of the most infamous models in U.S. automotive history. Why? Because to save money, Ford released a car that could explode in even low-speed rear-end collisions. I still teach the Pinto case to my law students as an example of how profits sometimes overwhelm principle.