September 23, 2013 |
Mayor Eric Garcetti probably thought he would face no opposition when he threw his support behind an idea to rename a street near Dodger Stadium after Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully . Well, a dissenting voice has emerged. Scully's. At Scully's request, the Dodgers issued a statement Sunday night on his behalf pooh-poohing the idea. “The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said in the statement.
September 22, 2013 |
It's a climate puzzle that has vexed scientists for more than a decade and added fuel to the arguments of those who insist man-made global warming is a myth. Since just before the start of the 21st century, the Earth's average global surface temperature has failed to rise despite soaring levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases and years of dire warnings from environmental advocates. Now, as scientists with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gather in Sweden this week to approve portions of the IPCC's fifth assessment report, they are finding themselves pressured to explain this glaring discrepancy.
September 21, 2013 |
If you ask Solar Decathlon director Richard King why the average person might want to swing by the U.S. Department of Energy's biennial competition when it opens in 12 days, he answers with a question of his own: "Where else can you see 20 houses so inspiring, side by side?" Indeed, on Sept. 23, 20 teams consisting of students from 30 schools as diverse as Stanford, El Paso Community College and the Vienna University of Technology begin assembling the most unusual housing tract to hit Orange County.
September 20, 2013 |
It's not surprising that the Annenberg Foundation's plans for an expansive interpretive center in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve has stirred controversy. The cherished 640-acre reserve that stretches from Westchester to Marina del Rey has passionate advocates who often disagree on the best course for its restoration. One element of the Annenberg plan that has come under fire is an animal adoption and care facility. That would be a welcome service in almost any other location in the Los Angeles area, but it doesn't fit into a preservation scheme for Ballona and should not be part of a final design plan.
September 13, 2013 |
The gig: Lyndon Rive, 36, chief executive of SolarCity Corp., a company co-founded in 2006 with his older brother, Peter, that helped popularize a new direction in residential solar power development. The San Mateo, Calif., company installs solar panels for homes, businesses and government entities. But instead of selling the panels to the customer, SolarCity usually retains ownership of them and sells the electricity to the client. That cuts out much of the upfront cost involved with going solar.
September 12, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Eagles have an even higher gear, and Coach Chip Kelly is determined to find it. Yes, the team that tore off 53 plays in the first half of Monday's 33-27 victory at Washington - more than the 49 plays the Carolina Panthers ran all game in their opener - is capable of going even faster. "I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you," Kelly said this week. "I'm not joking. We've got to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn't get the ball to the officials.
September 8, 2013 |
A proposed bill to overhaul California's standardized school testing system includes some provisions that are bold and forward-looking. After all, there is no point in continuing with the old tests of student progress in English and math this year when teachers are supposed to be preparing for the switch to the new Common Core curriculum in the 2014-15 school year. But in other ways, AB 484 is a step backward. The complicated bill, pushed by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord)
August 26, 2013 |
So dreams came true when former boy band 'N Sync reunited at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. The throwback to millennium glory happened during former frontman Justin Timberlake's 15-minute medley performance for the annual Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. "I don't deserve the award, but I'm not going to give it back," Timberlake said during his acceptance speech. "Half of the Moon Men I've ever won, I won with those four guys. So above all else, I'm going to share this - we can keep it at my house - but I'm going to share this award with them.
August 23, 2013 |
In the final days before their legislative deadline, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow some noncitizens to serve as jurors. AB 1401 is now in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill applies to lawful permanent immigrants -- people with what used to be known as "green cards. " They need have no intention of becoming citizens. When AB 1401 began its journey through the Capitol, The Times' editorial page weighed in against it. We still oppose it. "Just as citizens, and only citizens, have the power to elect their executive branch leaders and their delegates to the legislative branch," we wrote, "citizen jurors have the final check on at least some judicial branch decisions....
August 21, 2013 |
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced a partnership called Internet.org designed to deliver Internet access to the billions of people around the globe. Whether it's born out of noble intentions to create a more equitable world or simply to expand Facebook's addressable market, I'll leave others to debate. The initiative is noteworthy because it raises some important issues about the way the Internet potentially divides us socially and economically, a subject that all too rarely gets discussed. It's an ambitious idea.