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March 19, 2013 | Steve Lopez
The long-running love-in between Wendy Greuel and public employee unions continued Tuesday, with the mayoral candidate from the San Fernando Valley bagging an endorsement from the powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Which raises a question: Is Greuel's labor embrace going to backfire with Valley conservatives, whose votes she might need in order to beat Eric Garcetti in the May 21 runoff? FULL COVERAGE: L.A.'s race for mayor "I think you're going to find that a majority of conservatives will not vote in that race," said Gary Aminoff of the San Fernando Valley Conservatives Meetup Group, an offshoot of the Valley GOP club.
March 22, 1990 | AL MARTINEZ
This is not a subtle town. Its people drink Corona beer from the bottle and eat chili dogs. They celebrate important events by dining at Chinese restaurants in which food is ordered by the number. Sometimes they order No. 4 with the chicken chow mein, sometimes No. 11 with egg foo young. But they never order bird's nest soup and they never use chopsticks. I mention that by way of explaining the current bewilderment at the turn of events that may bring the Raiders back to Oakland.
January 22, 1989 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms are free-lance writers/photographers living in Laguna Beach.
A castle is what lures travelers here for the first time. After that, they come back just to relax in this friendly country village. Not that Cambria is a remote rural crossroads with only cows and cats to keep you company. Scenic Pacific Coast Highway is the heavily traveled path to its door. A stream of cars is always headed just up the road to Hearst Castle, one of California's most popular attractions.
April 15, 2012 | BILL PLASCHKE
The show tune unfurls grandly from the Roland Super Spinet organ out across antique Dodger Stadium, momentarily and splendidly turning a game of baseball into a ride on a calliope. You hear the familiar melody and think of one person, the composer of Chavez Ravine, the keeper of the Dodgers soundtrack, the franchise's most enduring three names since Pee Wee Reese, the organist known as Nancy Bea Hefley. Listen closer. Listen close enough to hear past her sophisticated chords to the Southern twang of a man standing by her side and softly asking, "Everything OK, dear?"
June 21, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
After the news broke that actor James Gandolfini had died, media outlets everywhere scrambled to put him, and his beloved character Tony Soprano, into cultural context. But if you wanted to understand the importance of the man and the show, all you had to do was listen to sports radio. Even as the NBA Finals moved toward a thrilling and decisive Game 7, ESPN sportscasters were talking about nothing but Gandolfini's death, reminiscing about "The Sopranos" with the tones of sorrowful obsession usually reserved for the passing of an iconic coach or star athlete.
May 7, 1993 | CHARLES LAVE, Charles Lave is a professor of economics at UC Irvine.
Dumb things get repeated, some so often they become the "truths" we use to interpret the world. Take "California's love affair with the auto." Please. Where is the evidence for this love affair? Californians own fewer vehicles than the national average: .73 vehicles per person versus .75 nationally. We use less fuel in a year: 520 gallons per person versus 560 nationally. And we drive less: 8,400 miles versus 8,500 miles. So how did this "love affair" phrase get started?
Santa Monica Playhouse's more middle-aged audiences can always count on a few chuckles from a new Jerry Mayer comedy. The third in the series, "A Love Affair," is no exception in the chuckle department. But it's also the weakest effort yet from this Westside jester. Mayer's work appears to be nakedly autobiographical, and never more so than in "A Love Affair."
May 22, 1985
Just as I was beginning to believe that your editorial writers had suppressed their anti-gun fanaticism in pursuit of more creative journalistic endeavors, I abandoned all hope when I read your editorial (April 28), "Trying to End a Love Affair." Your generalization that a majority of Americans want gun control certainly cannot be validated by the defeat of Proposition 15 by an overwhelming majority of California voters in 1982, and the lack of enthusiasm that gun control proposals have been met with from residents of other states.
When Boris Becker returned to Church Road one more time to start this fortnight, rackets in hand, the sentimentalists rejoiced because he was back at Wimbledon, back where he belongs. But when he won his first three matches--starting with a back-from-the-dead, five-set thriller in the first round--Becker's fans slid a little closer to the edge of their chairs. Could Becker really come out of semi-retirement and win here one more time?
October 30, 1994 | DANA PARSONS
Say, we really had them going, didn't we? Those chumps. We really convinced them we cared about them. Did they really take all that lovey-dovey talk seriously? Talk about gullible, sheesh. It's not like we'd never heard a come-on before. What do they think we are, stupid? (Pause for hysterical sobbing and pounding of fists on tabletop.) Who are we kidding? We've been nailed again, played for suckers. WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING? This was supposed to be hockey season, remember?
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