February 17, 2010 |
Basking in the popularity of Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic used an online press conference Tuesday morning to announce that that -- unlike most recession-weary arts organizations -- it will hold the course. The orchestra's 2010-11 season and the Venezuelan's second as music director will include 12 subscription weeks conducted by Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the return of Esa-Pekka Salonen and the premieres of 19 new works, 12 commissioned by the Philharmonic.
February 16, 2010 |
It is a leap in logic for the Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, to argue in his Feb. 13 Times Op-Ed article that because a parking lot has been built by Israel over part of the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem, or that power and sewage lines have been placed underground, the Muslim cemetery ceases to exist. The crux of the dilemma is a simple moral one: The Wiesenthal Center is seeking to build a Center for Human Dignity on top of a Muslim cemetery, a historic landmark and a place held sacred by many.
February 15, 2010 |
"The Hurt Locker" and "The Hangover" shared the limelight at the American Cinema Editors' 60th annual ACE Eddie Awards on Sunday evening. Bob Murawski and Chris Innis won for "The Hurt Locker" in the drama category, while Debra Neil-Fischer of "The Hangover" was honored for the best-edited comedy or musical film. The awards were handed out Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Other film editors picking up awards were Kevin Nolting in the animation category for "Up" and Geoffrey Richman in the documentary category for "The Cove."
February 11, 2010 |
A total of 315,716 U.S. homes were mired in the foreclosure process in January, a 10% decline from foreclosure activity measured in December, a real estate firm will report Thursday. That number is still 15% above the level of foreclosure activity reported by RealtyTrac in January 2009. The report by the company, which sells foreclosure information to consumers online, shows that 1 in 409 U.S. homes last month was listed in a foreclosure filing -- default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions.
February 11, 2010 |
Economists, law enforcement officials and political and business leaders all agree: A healthy economy and our civil society depend on having timely, reliable access to our justice system. But you wouldn't know it reading The Times' Feb. 10 editorial, "Rebuilding California's courts." It's true that California's aging courts infrastructure must be upgraded, which is exactly why it makes no sense to lay off 30% of Los Angeles' court employees, who collect parking tickets, criminal fines and other fees -- in other words, dollars that are necessary to retrofit aging and unsafe courthouses.
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February 11, 2010 |
Paralytic party partisanship in Sacramento can't be cured by an open primary system alone, but it could commence the treatment. That's the conclusion one can glean from a report released Wednesday night by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. "An open primary doesn't guarantee that we're going to have a more moderate Legislature, but it's more likely," says the report's author, Eric McGhee, a research fellow at the institute. "People should temper their expectations.
February 10, 2010 |
Two California gubernatorial candidates are pushing insurers and the state's two major pension funds to sell more than $6 billion worth of holdings in companies doing business in Iran. Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is expected Wednesday to ask hundreds of state-licensed insurance companies to pull money out of 50 foreign-owned corporations he said are involved in Iran's nuclear, military and energy sectors. On Monday, Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown called on the nation's two largest public pension funds, the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, to "honor the state law" requiring them to divest from companies involved with Iran.
February 10, 2010 |
The Times' Feb. 5 article on child-family reunification efforts in Los Angeles County's foster care system began with a grossly misleading headline before it was later corrected: "County to end emphasis on family over foster." The headline did not at all reflect the state laws under which the county's welfare system operates, and it sent a very negative message to readers. It reinforced the widespread perception in many communities that our child welfare system does more to break up than preserve and build families, the cornerstone of our society.
February 9, 2010 |
The lead paragraph of The Times' Feb. 7 article, "A shifting canvas in Pasadena," states that the "city has carried out a tradition of giving back in the form of art." As the founder and artistic director of the defunct Pasadena Shakespeare Company, which performed 37 critically acclaimed productions over nine seasons, my experience is not consistent with the oft-repeated claim that Pasadena is supportive of the arts (at least in any meaningful way). Indeed, it comes as no surprise to me that the artistic canvas to which The Times refers is shifting -- or in imminent danger of sinking beneath the waves.
February 3, 2010 |
In what's certain to be one of this year's most closely watched and vigorously debated Oscar battles, the lead actress category is shaping up as a fight between gossamer youth and hard-won Hollywood experience. Representing the establishment: Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren. "Julie & Julia's" Streep -- who portrays celeb chef Julia Child in the film -- is a 16-time Academy Award nominee (with two wins to her credit). And Mirren, the 64-year old costar of the Tolstoy biopic "The Last Station," is no less than a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire who claimed a lead actress Oscar for portraying her country's monarch in 2006's "The Queen."