January 23, 2012 |
The Los Angeles City Council has a new president, Herb Wesson. But does a new president change anything? The council president is just one vote of 15 on that notoriously difficult to manage body. In that sense, he's not much different from his colleagues. He manages his district and votes along with his colleagues. But the president also has some additional power: He assigns members to committees and acts as the figurehead for the larger body. For years, John Ferraro used the position to establish himself as second only to the mayors with whom he served; more recently, Eric Garcetti has brought a lighter, more cerebral touch to the job and used it to launch his bid for mayor.
January 11, 2012 |
While Republican warfare shifts to South Carolina, Democrats elsewhere are flaunting unity. In the Wisconsin Senate race, which shaping up to be a major contest, Sen. Herb Kohl has formally endorsed the presumptive nominee, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, to take his place. The seven-term congresswoman “has served our state and our country with conviction, compassion and common sense, and she will be an excellent senator who will make Wisconsin proud," Kohl, who is retiring after decades in office, said in a statement.
December 26, 2011 |
At first glance, Susan and Herb Eckerling's kitchen doesn't look that bad, food-wise. A bowl of fresh fruit graces the tan tile counter, there's leftover steamed cauliflower in the refrigerator and some quick-cooking oats in the pantry. But scratch the surface and signs of poor choices and unnecessary deprivations emerge: Susan's diet is extremely short on whole grains, and neither eats much red meat - even though they like it - because they fear every cut is bad for their health.
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November 24, 2011 |
Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson made municipal history Wednesday, with his colleagues agreeing unanimously to make him the council's first African American president. That vote may appear in the history books with an asterisk. Wesson's two black colleagues, both of whom have had strained relations with him in recent weeks, did not show up — providing the only no-shows during the vote. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who for days refused to say whether he would back Wesson, called in sick Wednesday morning.
November 24, 2011
Total time: 25 minutes, plus overnight soaking time for the mustard Servings: This makes about 1¾ cups mustard. 2 tablespoons (¾ ounce) brown mustard seeds About ¾ cup (2½ ounces) mustard powder 1 cups verjus or Champagne vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/3 cup honey 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh fines herbs (a mixture of parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil) 1. Soak the mustard seeds: Place the mustard seeds and powder in a medium glass or ceramic bowl along with the verjuice.
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November 20, 2011 |
Before getting into politics, Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson went door to door selling cookware. After that, he sold tires. Then there was that stint as a bill collector, cajoling people down on their luck to make good on their unpaid debts. The powers of persuasion he developed then — and has honed since inside government — will be sorely tested in the coming months as he steps into his newest political post: president of the Los Angeles City Council. A former speaker of the state Assembly, Wesson is in line to run a 15-member body criticized by the public for getting distracted, ignoring policy details and sometimes even failing to show up. But Wesson, who lives in the Mid-City neighborhood of Wellington Square, said he intends to safeguard the council's reputation.
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November 18, 2011 |
Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti announced Thursday he is backing Councilman Herb Wesson as his successor, a move that could pave the way for the council to elect its first African American president in its 161-year history. Garcetti, who is running for mayor, said he would introduce a motion Friday calling for Wesson to become president at the council's first meeting in January. Wesson, 60, has already signaled interest in the job, and supporters hope to put six other signatures on the motion — enough to show that a majority of the council supports him. The maneuvering comes two weeks after the abrupt resignation of the council's president pro tem, Jan Perry, who said she did not like behind-the-scenes negotiations over the presidency and the upcoming process for redrawing council district boundaries.
September 15, 2011 |
A dreary November day in Umbria. On the shores of Lake Trasimeno, the holiday boats are pulled up and covered. We're visiting the frantoio of one of my favorite olive oil producers, Alfredo Mancianti, as he grinds a mound of purple-black olives into paste beneath an old stone wheel. He pops a couple of slices of bread into a beat-up electric toaster oven, rubs them lightly with just a touch of garlic, then spoons over a little golden green oil that has floated up from the crushed olives.
July 1, 2011 |
A relative newcomer to farmers markets, Country Fresh Herbs offers a gorgeous display of heirloom tomatoes, salad greens, specialty peppers, lemon cucumbers and Romanesco zucchini. But even more intriguing is the story of the family that brings this produce to market. A recent morning started stressfully for co-owner Michael Feig at his farm in Somis, with a worker involved in a car accident and a busted gasket in a backflow valve, which threatened to shut off the irrigation to his 13 acres of tomatoes, vegetables and herbs.
June 2, 2011
Herb-marinated feta cheese with za'tar-toasted pita triangles Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 as an appetizer Note: Za'tar is a Middle Eastern spice blend commonly consisting of thyme, toasted sesame seeds, marjoram and sumac. It is generally available at Middle Eastern markets and select gourmet and cooking supply stores. Za'tar toasted pita triangles Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print.