February 2, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Michael Picker, the newest member of the powerful Public Utilities Commission, has a long history with Gov. Jerry Brown: He worked in the governor's mail room during his first term from 1975 to 1977. "I delivered press releases," said Picker, 62, who moved to Sacramento from Echo Park a year after graduating from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in 1974. Since then, Picker, has held a number of government jobs, most recently as an elected board member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and as senior adviser on renewable energy for Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 |
Perhaps the U.S. Postal Service should commission a stamp honoring Shirley Familian. For 25 years she has been honoring mail carriers everywhere by turning canceled postage stamps into art. Friends from around the world clip the stamps from envelopes and send them to Familian, who patiently sorts them, stores them in zip-lock pages and then uses them to create fanciful designs that have a nearly hypnotic quality. She's now 93, and a three-month exhibition of her work has opened at the Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum . Titled "Shirley Familian: 19,275 Stamps," the show features 14 hanging pieces and seven stamp-covered objects, including a skateboard, an iron and a teapot.
January 30, 2014 |
Yahoo said its email service recently fell victim to a coordinated cyberattack that resulted in the compromise of an undisclosed number of user accounts. The Sunnyvale, Calif., tech company announced the attack Thursday, saying it has taken immediate action to protect users who were affected by the breach by prompting them to reset their passwords. Yahoo did not say how many users were affected by the attack. Yahoo Mail is the second largest email provider -- behind Google's Gmail -- with 273 million accounts.
January 19, 2014 |
An off-and-on customer of OfficeMax, Mike Seay has gotten the office supply company's junk mail for years. But the mail that the grieving Lindenhurst, Ill., father said he got from OfficeMax last week was different. It was addressed to "Mike Seay, Daughter Killed in Car Crash. " Strange as that sounds, the mail reached the right guy. Seay's daughter Ashley, 17, was killed in a car crash with her boyfriend last year. OfficeMax somehow knew. And in a world where bits of personal data are mined from customers and silently sold off and shuffled among corporations, Seay appears to be the victim of some marketing gone horribly wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 |
Two men were arrested on suspicion of stealing hundreds of U.S. mail items including checks that were left at post office drop-off boxes in San Bernardino County, law enforcement authorities said Monday. The men were on probation and had outstanding warrants when they were arrested early Monday with unprocessed mail, opened mail, checks and burglary tools inside their vehicle, according to the Fontana Police Department. Police identified the driver as Angel Navarro, 24, and the passenger as Danny Camonte, 25, both of Adelanto. They were arrested after an officer spotted a "suspicious vehicle" by a field next to a U.S. post office in the 16000 block of Santa Ana Avenue in Fontana, police officials said in a statement.
December 18, 2013 |
With Focus Features restructuring and shifting its identity toward the mainstream, "Dallas Buyers Club" represents the last Oscar hurrah for the division's James Schamus-led era that gave us great movies such as "The Pianist," "Brokeback Mountain," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Lost in Translation" and "Moonrise Kingdom. " And Focus is clearly going out swinging. The studio just mailed DVD screeners of "Dallas" to the 105,000-plus voting members of SAG-AFTRA, making sure its movie will be the first to arrive in Screen Actors Guild Awards voters' mailboxes.