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January 14, 2011
John Dye Actor best known for 'Touched by an Angel' John Dye, 47, an actor best known for his role as Andrew in the long-running CBS-TV series "Touched by an Angel," was found dead Monday at his home in San Francisco, the San Francisco medical examiner's office confirmed. His brother Jerre told the Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis, Tenn., that Dye died of a heart attack. Dye became a regular on "Touched by an Angel" in 1995 for its second season and starred opposite Roma Downey and Della Reese as heavenly messengers sent to help humans through difficult times.
January 13, 2011
Some of Los Angeles' elected leaders are suffering one of their periodic bouts of forgetfulness, this time about what it means to have or avoid a conflict of interest. Over at Los Angeles County, Supervisor Don Knabe thinks it's no big deal that he regularly takes action on matters before him that could benefit clients of his son, lobbyist Matt Knabe. Neither the supervisor nor his lobbyist son makes any apologies for those issues; each says he is merely doing his job. At Los Angeles City Hall, Councilman Dennis Zine showed a tad more sensitivity when he quietly recused himself from a matter before the council that would affect a client of his girlfriend, also a lobbyist.
March 1, 2010
Los Angeles began February with revenues falling drastically short of projections, a $212-million budget gap that must be closed by June 30 and the prospect of a budget hole in the coming fiscal year of $484 million. It begins March the same way. But as this page noted a month ago, the City Council's appearance of inaction can be deceiving. The council voted to put off job cuts while it began a 30-day period of its own unique and frequently irritating brand of political theater, speechifying and group therapy, allowing the 15 members to at last confront fiscal reality and take necessary steps to prevent immediate insolvency.
November 26, 2008
In the economic collapse now engulfing virtually all Americans, the troubles facing the city of Los Angeles are hardly unusual. Tax revenues are pinched by a slowing economy -- when fewer properties change hands, the city's document-transfer tax revenue falls; when fewer tourists visit, fewer tourists pay hotel taxes; when businesses' receipts shrink, business tax revenue falls off -- while costs for fuel and other supplies remain the same or even grow.
August 13, 2008
At the core of the City Charter that Los Angeles voters adopted in June 1999 was one simple goal: to allow the people to hold their elected representatives more completely accountable for their official actions and for the operations of city government. It would be troubling, to say the least, if the charter's enhanced accountability turned out to be so feeble, so vaporous that it could be circumvented by simply moving around the pieces on the city organization chart. Now City Atty.
July 27, 2008 |
Los Angeles was sold to 20th century America as the city of sunshine, health and happiness -- the favored place of suburbs, swimming pools, tans and movie stars. But if you needed one number to encapsulate the extravagant promise of L.A., you cited the city's population and marveled at its phenomenal rate of growth. That number was the measure of what we wanted to be and how much this place was desired. It was the one number that defined us.