CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2012 |
All politics is local, a wise man once said. And you can't get much more local than your own aunt. State Sen. Kevin De Leon's 74-year-old aunt Francisca still cleans homes in San Diego, as she has for nearly half a century, since migrating from Mexico with her sister, the lawmaker's late mother, seeking the American dream. Both cleaned up for rich people, barely squeezing by from one check to the next, never with enough money to sock some away for old age. Now De Leon (D-Los Angeles)
November 10, 2009 |
In a continued housecleaning at Walt Disney Co., studio distribution veteran Mark Zoradi is leaving after 29 years. The departure of Zoradi, president of Disney's motion pictures group, follows the ousting of his former boss, Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook, in September and Miramax Films President Daniel Battsek late last month. Under the direction of Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger, the Burbank studio is being remade by Cook's successor, Rich Ross, former president of Disney Channels Worldwide.
December 12, 2007
Even as California's stem cell institute hands out a heartening new round of research grants this week, ethical lapses at the agency show that other items of business are seriously overdue. One is a blast of public light trained on its grant approval process. That will come as state Controller John Chiang begins an audit of how the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is spending money and avoiding -- or not avoiding -- conflicts of interest.
August 29, 2007 |
sacramento -- The troubled state-backed workers' compensation insurance company sent a status report to lawmakers Tuesday, stressing its "significant progress in getting the organization back on track." But the 10-page report from Jeanne Cain, chairwoman of the San Francisco-based State Compensation Insurance Fund, was silent when it came to detailing a criminal probe into what Department of Insurance officials say may involve more then $1 billion in misappropriated state funds.
June 26, 2007 |
Mexico replaced the federal police chiefs from each of the country's 31 states and the Federal District on Monday, pending polygraph and drug tests to determine whether they are on the right side of the law in the nation's foundering drug war.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2007 |
Maura Martinez spent months searching for work at clothing factories, fast-food restaurants and even a mini-market. But every employer demanded immigration papers. So Martinez headed to the Hollywood Community Job Center to try her luck as a day laborer. "If the men can find work here, I can too," said Martinez, 47, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who goes to the center several days a week. "With papers, without papers, men or women, we all come to look for work."