September 24, 2004
With the L.A. County medical trauma system in crisis, placing an article about James Fuhrman ("Ethics Watchdog Drops Chase in W. Hollywood," Sept. 21) on the front page and the story about King/Drew Medical Center back in the California section defies belief. Fuhrman's impact on this community has been minuscule by any standard, at best resulting in a reduction in meal expenses charged to the city by officials. This story belongs on the comics page; Fuhrman is a joke, not real news.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2004 |
Could that be the sound of champagne corks popping at West Hollywood City Hall? If so, don't bother reporting it to the city's ethics watchdog as a waste of tax money or misuse of municipal property. West Hollywood's self-appointed "ethics commission" is leaving town, much to the relief of those who work -- and some say play -- in city offices.
November 5, 2008
Re "West Hollywood dealt a blow on 'Tara,' " Oct. 31 It's no surprise that West Hollywood has lost in court again in its quest to build so-called affordable housing in one of the most expensive cities in L.A. County. Had the city done the right thing from the beginning and built the housing on a noncontroversial lot, there's no doubt the matter would have been closed years ago. Instead, residents' tax dollars have been spent on legal fees. That is money that might have been better spent building affordable housing elsewhere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2001
I've just returned from Rio de Janeiro, where they do bike lanes right. Instead of putting an unprotected and exposed bike lane on each side of the street, they put both bike lanes on only one side of the street--between the parked cars and the sidewalk. The bike lanes are separated from the parked cars by a small mini-median, about four inches high and four inches wide. This way, bicyclists are nowhere near fast-moving cars, nor do they have to worry about parked drivers opening their doors, delivery trucks blocking the bike lanes, etc. To accomplish this requires taking away just four inches of street width.
January 6, 2002
Indiana: C.L. Gottlieb, Santa Monica--The Rathskeller, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis 46204; (317) 636-0396, fax (317) 630-4652, www.rathskeller.com. "Hearty German food in festive surroundings. Founded in 1894, the city's oldest restaurant still in operation." Dinner entrees about $17-$21. Thailand: James Fuhrman, West Hollywood--Trinity City Hotel, 425/15 Silom Road, Soi 5, Bangkok; 011-662-231-5050, fax 011-662-231-5417.
April 28, 2004
Re "You're Gay, You Pay," April 25: There are many rights and tax benefits unfairly granted to heterosexual couples simply because they take advantage of what states offer by having a "legal" marriage. The U.S. Constitution does not address marriage. It seems unreasonable for the state to only offer marriage tax benefits to those of opposite genders. The fair solution would be to simply outlaw all state-performed marriages. There should be no tax benefit to being legally married. Banning all state marriages would fairly resolve this problem.