June 19, 2013 |
Los Angeles' Metro rail system has finally grown up, so it should be no surprise that it would start treating Angelenos like transit adults and demand that riders pay a fare (and make up to $9 million annually in the process). Starting today, the Los Angeles County Metropolitican Transportation Authority is finally beginning to phase out its well-meaning but financially flawed honor system (I can only imagine what New Yorkers thought of that), which practically invites fare evaders to take a free ride.
December 11, 2012 |
Every time I see someone walk through the subway turnstiles to board a train without using a Transit Access Pass card, I shake my head. “Not fair,” I think. Why am I paying $1.50 every time I want to ride the subway or light-rail lines when clearly, I could be doing this for free and probably get away with it? A $250 ticket is a scary proposition, but on my weekend trips on the Purple and Blue lines, I have yet to see someone get caught for evading the fare. The threat of being caught seems less and less likely with every trip.
November 6, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Officials in New Jersey's third-largest county say they will not be able to process the majority of more than 3,000 faxed or emailed ballot applications by the end of election day. That means some Garden State voters displaced by super storm Sandy - hundreds in Essex County alone - may not be able to vote by the time polls close Tuesday evening, unless the state extends deadlines. Eight election officials have been processing the faxed and emailed applications, said Christopher Durkin, the Essex County clerk.
January 4, 2012
A stadium sellout Re "Tracing Coliseum's fiscal decay," Dec. 31, 2011 If Californians ever needed further evidence that politicians should never be entrusted with money or assets, the stories about the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission are it. Members of the commission, two-thirds of whom are already on the public payroll, had trouble making just one meeting a month. It follows that they failed to notice business practices that let employees dig freely into the Coliseum cookie jar, while commissioners were feted with nice dinners and free tickets.
October 14, 2011 |
If you're in the mood for some feathery fluff of the happy-sappy-and-not-wholly-unpleasant sort and need a break from snark, there is "The Big Year. " This weirdly whimsical family comedy about competitive birders stars Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin, and, yes, the humor is exactly as nerdy as that sounds. Did you hear the one about the pink-footed goose …? When toning down a comic trio that leans toward edgy to PG-lite, the humor that results is more of the mildly mirthful bland, um, brand.
January 31, 2010 |
Until recently, the closest thing I'd come to a cooking class was watching the demo station at Trader Joe's. After seeing "Julie & Julia," I felt inspired to get in touch with my inner Julia Child. But who has the time and money to fly to Paris and study at Le Cordon Bleu? It was on my weekly trip to the farmers market that I learned about the Philo Apple Farm Cooking School, 120 miles northwest of San Francisco in the bucolic Anderson Valley wine country. Karen Bates, whose parents founded the French Laundry in Napa Valley in the late 1970s, offers, on the family-run farm, weekend cooking classes that focus on organic, seasonal ingredients.