June 30, 2013 |
Eric Garcetti was sworn in as mayor on June 28 in a private but “official” ceremony in Echo Park. So doesn't that mean he's mayor? Why not? Since when does somebody get sworn in to be some kind of public official and then still have time to wait around before taking office? He's getting sworn in again this evening just after 6 p.m., ceremonially but “unofficially.” Will he be mayor > then ? Nah. Not until midnight. Pull out your Los Angeles City Charter (you have one, right?
October 2, 2011 |
Because I wrote a book with "Atheist" in the subtitle and I go on political TV shows to hawk that book, well-groomed meat puppets frequently ask me why politicians like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are saying bugnutty Christian stuff. I have an idea why these politicians have gone all religious, but I haven't found a way to explain it in a sound bite, which is why I'm writing this. I think the whole problem comes down to the word "Christian" and what it has come to mean in my lifetime.
June 2, 2011 |
Aries (March 21-April 19): You do what you think the situation calls for, knowing what you know and using whatever resources are available to you at the time. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You have a tendency to discount your abilities and build up the abilities of another person. Put a stop to that today. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Brave people deal with problems. You should count yourself among the bravest because you rush after the thing that bothers you. Cancer (June 22-July 22)
February 15, 2011 |
The Lakers just scored a slam dunk in the Latino market. On Monday the team announced a 20-year agreement with Time Warner Cable to create the nation's first Spanish-language regional sports network, with the Lakers as its centerpiece, starting with the 2012-13 season. The groundbreaking partnership is just the latest in a series of efforts by the Lakers and the NBA as they reach out to the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. "If you're not able to connect with [Latinos]
December 10, 2010
EVENTS Holiday Walk on Melrose Holiday shopping is made fun ? or at least aggressively festive ? during the third annual walk. The streets of West Hollywood along Melrose will be filled with live music, carolers, food trucks and entertainment as retailers including Alberta Ferretti, Arcade Boutique, Beckley, Bodhi Tree Bookshop, CoCo de Mer, Costella & Donola Co-op, Gallery Aryai, Helmut Lange, J Gerard Design Studio and Kitson extend their hours...
November 12, 2010
We've got to hand it to the clever and hard-working lawyers at the state Fair Political Practices Commission. They dived into the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this year in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ? which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited sums to support or oppose candidates for office ? and emerged with new regulations that will force more big political advertisers to reveal to the public, earlier, who they are and where they got their money. There's a great potential benefit in this for voters.