CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Under a pro-business Republican mayor, it was a no-brainer: allocating millions of dollars each year to buy national advertising for the tourism industry - a major economic driver in this vacation mecca. Then Bob Filner got elected, and he had questions: Why couldn't Sheraton and Hilton buy their own advertising? And why should the cash-strapped city lavish funds on an industry that pays low wages to bottom-rung employees like maids and bellhops? The new Democratic mayor also thought the city attorney should provide him with legal guidance on the matter in private, not in front of reporters.
May 16, 2011
'Freedom Riders: American Experience' Where: KOCE When: 9 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-PG-LV (may be unsuitable for young children with advisories for coarse language and violence)
May 16, 2011 |
In the cavalcade of American history, there are some stories that can't be told too often. Our collective memory is appallingly short, and it is useful to be reminded that not only are we a work in progress, but also that progress, in the sense of more things improving for more people, can be bloody work. Entrenched interests like to stay entrenched, securing the status quo by means of "the law," which has been written or rewritten to their satisfaction, and the brute force that backs it up. Such was the state of some of the nation in May 1961, when 13 men and women, black and white, ages 18 to 61 — and including a young John Lewis, now a respected congressman from Georgia — boarded two buses in Washington, D.C., and headed south.
May 3, 2011
Bolton Colburn is leaving the Laguna Art Museum after 24 years — including the last 14 as its director. His resignation, effective May 13, is voluntary, Colburn and Robert Hayden III, president of the museum's board, said Monday, and reflects no internal friction at the seaside institution that's devoted to California art. Colburn, 57, began his museum career in the early 1980s at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (now the Museum of...
April 24, 2011 |
As the bus leaves Atlanta, Dennis Climpson is eager for conversation. He wants to talk about college football this Sunday morning, but I have a question for him. "Have you ever heard of the Freedom Rides?" I ask. Fifty years ago next month, a group of 15 passengers travels the same route. Like us, they were blacks and whites sitting together on buses, then a violation of segregation laws. Climpson, 48, says he hasn't heard of the protests, but he's intrigued. As Interstate 20 passes by, he turns to his smartphone to check Wikipedia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2011 |
The movement that brought Kenyatta McLean, 21, and Robert Singleton, 75, together at a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute Saturday began in the summer of 1961, when college students were recruited to become "Freedom Riders" and streamed by bus into the troubled South to push for abolition of racial separation laws. With the 50th anniversary of those historic rides approaching, McLean was introduced to Singleton and his wife, Helen, at the Culver City Senior Center. The meeting spurred a cross-generational dialogue about the role of civic engagement and the forms it takes in the era of Facebook and Twitter.