May 4, 2013 |
"OK, start!" calls the man with the clipboard, nodding toward a portable clock. That's my cue. Compass in hand, I dash out of the starting gate and up a grassy slope to the west of Lake Balboa, on a race toward … well, I'm not sure. Somewhere between here and the lake is an orange-and-white flag that marks my first goal of the course. I'll have to find my way there by map. I'm one of about 100 local adventure seekers who have gathered at the Encino park on a cloudy mid-April morning to take part in orienteering, a competitive sport based on outdoor navigation.
September 23, 2012
Re "El Monte lifeguards still in the deep end," Sept. 20 This was my impression of El Monte: It is the town where novelist James Ellroy's mother was murdered in 1958, and it was the subject of an amusing song by Llyn Foulkes and the Rubber Band in the 1970s. Comes now a young, exuberant crew of lifeguards who enjoy their jobs, doing absolutely no harm and entertaining more than 1.5 million people worldwide. You can't buy that kind of positive publicity. And Mayor Andre Quintero's response?
September 13, 2012
Re "Tackling AEG," Opinion, Sept. 10 Jim Newton's Op-Ed column begins with a promising, to-the-point headline, one that implies that the interests of the people of Los Angeles are in conflict with developer AEG's. But in his second paragraph Newton writes, "AEG, the developer, has so successfully courted influence over the years that it's hard to drive a hard bargain. " Why say it so politely? What Newton must actually mean is, "AEG owns Los Angeles; it has paid off so many officials for such a long period of time that there is no one left to defend the city's interests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2012 |
Stacy Matulis doesn't see how one politician could represent everyone in the newly proposed 4th Los Angeles City Council District that stretches from the trendy neighborhoods northeast of downtown to the heart of the San Fernando Valley. She would know. The 33-year-old greets many of the baristas in her Silver Lake neighborhood by name, but she's also lived among the rows of strip malls in the Valley and teaches yoga to millionaires in their sprawling mansions in the Hollywood Hills.
March 24, 2011 |
A foodie rite of passage here in Los Angeles is to walk the pupusa mile: that stretch of Beverly Boulevard where Koreatown's northeastern fringe pans to a scramble of auto services, a hostess club or two, and Central American restaurants and bakeries. This is the old-guard Salvadoran restaurant row, but these days a new wave of restaurants is revealing a wealth of regional dishes beyond that well-trod corridor. The pupusa may be El Salvador's national dish, but Sonsonate Grill , El Santiagueño and Mis Raices , located in two lesser-known Salvadoran enclaves — between the Vernon-Main neighborhood and Jefferson Park in central L.A., and an area straddling Lake Balboa and Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley — are showcasing recipes worthy of their greatest culinary symbol, the delectable izote flower.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2010 |
Administrators have overwhelmingly approved a deal that would shorten the school year this year and next, officials announced Tuesday. The pact will reduce the number of employee layoffs in the Los Angeles Unified School District and, with other measures, forestall some class-size increases. Administrators will forego two days of pay next year when students are not in school. The agreement will shorten the school year from 180 to 175 days. Negotiations with L.A. Unified also resulted in the preservation of eight small elementary schools that would have been closed, said Judith Perez, president of Associated Administrators of Los Angeles In addition, the district backed down from mandating part-time principals at 34 elementary schools with fewer than 300 students, she said.