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.
April 9, 2010
If Bill Plaschke and his ilk think that Tiger Woods is going to slit his wrists, break down and cry, bare his soul, and spill his guts with all the lurid details of his personal life — it's not going to happen. Furthermore, just because a handful of shameless celebrities and some celebrity-starved "common" folk have this obsessive need to air their dirty laundry via talk shows and reality TV does not mean this is to be expected of Tiger. Not enough remorse, apology or amends for you, Bill?
April 6, 2010 |
You could say that the West Valley League baseball opener between Chatsworth and Lake Balboa Birmingham high schools created quite a buzz. Literally. The game was suspended in the top of the first inning Tuesday when bees swarmed the field and eventually locked onto a chain-link fence down the third base line at Chatsworth. Observers found it hard to BEE-lieve. "I've heard of all kinds of cancellations, but never a bee-out," Birmingham Coach Matt Mowry said.