June 13, 2013
Re "The Brown Act means what it says," Editorial, June 10 I applaud your fine editorial on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors' attempt, via AB 246, to do an end-run around our state's open meetings law, the Brown Act. The people aren't easily fooled. In meeting privately to discuss the state's prison realignment law with Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, L.A. supervisors broke the law, plain and simple. Requesting that Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) write a bill granting them a "special" exception to the Brown Act shows a lack of respect for the people's right to know.
March 20, 2011 |
The marble walkway leading into the California Club echoes with the ghostly footsteps of land barons, railroad tycoons and political kingmakers. So does the ostentatious front lobby of the Jonathan Club nearby. Private business clubs once were centers of power in downtown Los Angeles. You might have found rail magnate Henry E. Huntington playing dominoes and plotting his next expansion beneath the high, oak-paneled walls. Or William May Garland, the real estate developer, scheming to bring the 1932 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles.
May 1, 2012
Dear Assembly, and dear Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: You've got to be kidding. First, supervisors, some of you made angry and somewhat panicked statements, clearly intended for public consumption, about prison realignment. You foolishly claimed that the policy to transfer supervision over some felons from the state to the county was going to fill the streets with hardened criminals. Then, in September, you broke the law by discussing the situation in private. Your conversation happens to have been with the governor.
May 4, 2013 |
There isn't much David Goldberg, 44, hasn't already done. At 26 he sold his first start-up, Launch Media, for $12 million to Yahoo. Goldberg then served as general manager of Yahoo Music, and later left to work at Benchmark Capital as entrepreneur in residence. In 1999 he acquired a fledgling online survey company called SurveyMonkey and grew it into a billion-dollar business. He also happens to be married to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, whom Forbes declared to be one of the most powerful women in the world.
August 31, 2011 |
The NBA and representatives of its players' union met for six hours Wednesday in New York, with Commissioner David Stern promising more "meetings and meetings" through September to try to resolve the lockout that threatens the upcoming season. Stern told reporters there's "clearly enough time" to strike a new labor agreement that would allow the NBA's regular season to start on time Nov. 1. The meeting in Manhattan was the second between the sides since the lockout took effect July 1. Players' association President Derek Fisher of the Lakers told reporters after Wednesday's session that the union had not changed its "philosophical stance" on issues and added that "both sides [are]
February 5, 2012 |
We've all been there — staff meetings that seem longer than "Gone With the Wind. " Not only are they often bad for morale, they can also easily stray into diminishing-returns territory. Here are some tips on making meetings more to the point: •Set goals: By knowing what you want to accomplish, you can streamline the agenda, said Susan M. Heathfield, About.com's human resources expert. "The goals you set will establish the framework for an effective meeting plan. " •Distribute materials ahead of time: Giving employees handouts, charts and graphs a day or so before the meeting allows everyone to come ready for discussion.