CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2012 |
George Perez started at the bottom of Cudahy city government, cleaning toilets as a $6.50-an-hour a janitor. He was ambitious, though, and in eight years was elected to the City Council. Six years later, with no college education or management training, Perez was running the southeast L.A. County town as city manager. He became the embodiment of power in the working-class immigrant city along the 710 Freeway. His up-from-the-bootstraps story made him a hero to some - a kind of "Mr. Cudahy," with a tattoo of the city seal on his right leg to prove it. He served as emcee at town hall meetings, where door prizes such as blenders, fans and heaters were raffled off. When people came to City Hall to complain, Perez sometimes met them personally.
August 9, 2012 |
Some documentaries just make you feel good about the world and the people in it, and "La Source" is definitely one of those. Directed by Patrick Shen, "La Source" opens with its subject, Josue Lajeunesse, a lead janitor at Princeton, receiving the university's prestigious Journey Award, given to someone exemplifying the spirit of Martin Luther King and in this case making the problems of others his own. Lajeunesse is an immigrant from the...
June 18, 2012 |
The prosecution in the child sex-abuse case against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky rested on Monday, turning the proceedings over to the defense. For its first witness, the defense called former Penn State assistant coach Dick Anderson. Before the prosecution formally ended its presentation, one of the charges against Sandusky - relating to Victim 7 - was dropped. It was thrown out because the state statute did not apply in the years the witness said he was abused.
February 17, 2012 |
Outer space is about to get its first janitor satellite. Engineers from the Swiss Space Center at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne announced this week that they soon will begin work on CleanSpace One, a prototype for a line of brand-new satellites whose sole mission will be to remove defunct satellites from orbit. If the prototype is successful, the EPFL hopes to create a family of "de-orbiting" satellites so that humanity can practice in space what the Boy Scouts preach here on Earth - take only pictures (or data readings)
November 22, 2011
It isn't just that some of the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination occasionally seem divorced from modern reality; it's that they're determined to re-fight battles that most of us thought had ended roughly a century ago. A case in point is newly inaugurated front-runner Newt Gingrich, who in a talk Monday at Harvard University denigrated federal child labor laws that date back to the 1930s. "It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods in trapping children … in child laws which are truly stupid," Gingrich said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2011 |
Rosa Ayala has been arrested seven times, endured three hunger strikes and marched in so many protests, she long ago lost track. As the 67-year-old janitor was interviewed for an oral history project on Saturday, she sat proudly in a chair dressed from head to toe in her union's symbolic red and told her story. "I fight for our union's cause because it comes from deep inside of me," she said, an audio recorder a few inches away. "We will never be satisfied until we have respect and fair wages.