October 21, 2010 |
California corporations, big and small, have billions of dollars' worth of tax breaks and fees in play with a trio of initiatives on the November ballot ? propositions some observers believe may prove too complicated to voters. The outcomes of the battles over Propositions 24, 25 and 26 could help fill a hole in the state budget, an appealing factor in the tough economic times that the state and its citizens are facing. With chronic deficits and one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, the state has been looking everywhere to generate tax revenue.
July 26, 2012
Dirty Projectors with Wye Oak Where: The Wiltern When: Sat., doors open 8 p.m. Tickets: $26.50 to $34 Info: http://www.livenation.com
August 18, 2012
Re "High-speed aircraft fails test flight," Business, Aug. 16 The Pentagon has spent upward of $2 billion to drop several expensive machines into the Pacific Ocean - all so that maybe, someday, we can launch air-breathing missiles from halfway around the world to blow something up. Maybe, if the technology ever works. Someday. Meanwhile, the Republicans want to end federal subsidies to the Corp. for Public Broadcasting (about $400 million in 2011), turn Medicare into a voucher system so seniors can buy health insurance, and repeal the Affordable Care Act so insurance companies don't have to cover people with preexisting conditions.
August 28, 2012
Friday will be Robin Roberts' last day on "Good Morning America" before she goes on medical leave to receive a bone-marrow transplant, the show confirmed Monday. "I can't imagine not getting up and being here," Roberts said in a discussion with co-anchors George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. The donation is coming from her sister, Sally. In advance of Roberts' departure, "Good Morning America" this week is featuring stories of people afflicted by MDS, the rare blood disorder Roberts was diagnosed with this spring.
October 20, 2011 |
Reporting from St. Louis — For a team that led the majors in hitting this season, it wasn't much of a rally: a couple of squib hits, a stolen base, an error and a scoring fly ball off the bat of a one-legged outfielder. But it might prove to be the rally that saves the season for the Texas Rangers, who scored on a pair of ninth-inning sacrifice flies Thursday to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in Game 2 of the World Series, evening the best-of-seven series heading back to Texas for Game 3 on Saturday.
November 7, 2010 |
Like many of my fellow Californians, I awoke Wednesday morning, rubbed the sleep from my eyes, and discovered that our state had seceded from the union. Anti-incumbent tidal wave? We reached back 27 years to find an incumbent governor to embrace. Small government? By passing Proposition 25, we started to unlock the manacles preventing the state Legislature from actually passing a budget in the year it's supposed to take effect. Removing the dead hand of regulation so the private sector can pump up its job-creating chest and bellow?
August 1, 2012
Re "Deficit debate driven by the wealthy," Column, July 29 Your readers are entitled to better than Michael Hiltzik's column on deficit reduction, which substitutes invective for rational discussion. The Simpson-Bowles plan may not be the best possible for deficit reduction, but to dismiss it out of hand is absurd. The plan was considered by a bipartisan committee of 18 members chosen by the president and Congress. It was approved by 11 of the 18 members of the commission.
October 7, 2012
A prominent perch on Catalina Location: 103 Maiden Lane, Avalon 90704 Size: Seven bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,170 square feet Published on: July 4, 2010 Listed then for: $3.9 million Listed now for: $3.295 million Reduced: 15.5% Plenty of room for company Location: 671 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades 90272 Size: Six bedrooms, 71/2 bathrooms, 8,296 square feet Published on: Dec. 4, 2011 Listed then...
August 19, 2012
Re "Assange gets political asylum from Ecuador," Aug. 17 In 1998, the British government faced a Spanish court's request to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet for the assassination, torture and exile of thousands of people. Pinochet was not extradited. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's treatment byBritain's current conservative government offers a sharp contrast with Pinochet's case. Assange never assassinated or tortured anyone, yet he is facing potentially harsher punishment than Pinochet ever would have.