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June 19, 2006
If Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa believes he can achieve his plan to take control of the Los Angeles Unified School District through a "bipartisan coalition" (June 16), why doesn't he simply ask for a vote of the people? TOBIN MILLS Los Angeles
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2007
RICHARD CROMELIN's review of the Flaming Lips-Gnarls Barkley show at USC's Galen Center was far too kind ["This Crew Knows How to Throw a Party," Jan. 2]. To say that the sound was "inconsistent" is a monumental understatement. The acoustics at the venue are the worst I have heard at any music venue in Los Angeles, perhaps anywhere. JEFF LEIT Los Angeles NICE overall wrap-up of the Lips concert, but I think Cromelin was a little soft on the failings of the arena.
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OPINION
February 25, 2006
I was surprised to read about City Councilman Herb J. Wesson's proposal to rename a short portion of a street in Los Angeles after the late attorney Johnnie Cochran (Feb. 20). There is already a street named Cochran running through the city's 10th District, which he represents. I know because I live on it. Renaming this street for Cochran makes much more sense than creating another, confusingly similar street name nearby. ANTHONY SBARDELLATI Los Angeles It's great that a school's being named after the late Johnnie Cochran.
HOME & GARDEN
November 23, 2006
RE " A Piece of Solitude on Loan" [Oct. 19]: We own a small two-bedroom, 900-square-foot home in Westchester, a dog, two fast-growing pre-teens, and at the moment are trying to make it on one income. Desperately needing to remodel, I called an architect this summer to see how we could add, at the minimum, another bath and bedroom. His reply to us was that our house does not "lend itself to evolution." I thought that comment was beautiful and sad all at the same time, and this is the same reaction I have to your article on the Mahs' house as a writers retreat.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2005
WHAT a great article on "Peggy Archer" and her life as an electrician in the film industry ["A Voice for the Techies," Dec. 4]! Her comment about runaway production totally coincides with my thinking: How can producers (or directors or movie stars) whine about the cost of filming in Los Angeles while living in $5-million mansions in Beverly Hills? If they cut their salary by 10%, they could cover the cost of a terrific union crew and be home with their families at night. Half of a star's $10-million salary could finance an entire movie!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2007
RICHARD CROMELIN's review of the Flaming Lips-Gnarls Barkley show at USC's Galen Center was far too kind ["This Crew Knows How to Throw a Party," Jan. 2]. To say that the sound was "inconsistent" is a monumental understatement. The acoustics at the venue are the worst I have heard at any music venue in Los Angeles, perhaps anywhere. JEFF LEIT Los Angeles NICE overall wrap-up of the Lips concert, but I think Cromelin was a little soft on the failings of the arena.
FOOD
October 11, 2006
THANKS for your honest evaluation of Giorgio Baldi ["Old Style With Lots of Attitude," Oct. 4]. You hit the nail on the head -- largely mediocre food at ridiculous prices. The last time I was there was six years ago, when I took an out-of-town friend who is an Italian wine importer. After that dinner, he coined the term "getting Giorgio Baldi'd," referring to any experience involving a particularly over-priced dinner with rude wait staff. LEE E. OHANIAN Los Angeles THE last time we visited this restaurant was about a year ago. After waiting 45 minutes for an 8:30 p.m. dinner reservation, we were seated at a table adjacent to the foyer.
HOME & GARDEN
November 23, 2006
RE " A Piece of Solitude on Loan" [Oct. 19]: We own a small two-bedroom, 900-square-foot home in Westchester, a dog, two fast-growing pre-teens, and at the moment are trying to make it on one income. Desperately needing to remodel, I called an architect this summer to see how we could add, at the minimum, another bath and bedroom. His reply to us was that our house does not "lend itself to evolution." I thought that comment was beautiful and sad all at the same time, and this is the same reaction I have to your article on the Mahs' house as a writers retreat.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1991
In response to Wolfhawk Martinez's letter Oct. 20 about the origin of the term Indians , here's some information from Edward Abbey's "The Fool's Progress" (1988) regarding Christopher Columbus: Abbey writes that "Columbus knew he was nowhere near India" and that he was so charmed by the people he found in the Caribbean--so sweet, happy, blessed --he called them Los Gentes en (or in ) Dios , meaning "the people in God." This is what Columbus wrote to Ferdinand and Isabella, Abbey reports, and the name Indios stuck, becoming changed by usage to Indians . JAMES A. CAMPBELL Culver City
NEWS
August 30, 1992 | FRANK CLIFFORD and RICH CONNELL and STEPHEN BRAUN and Andrea Ford, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Somehow, somewhere along the line, connections had been frayed and confidence lost. Conceived in the ashes of Watts, this was supposed to be a municipal administration built to absorb ethnic shocks. In a city of so many colors, of so much wealth and poverty, it was expected to keep the peace. But on a single evening in late April, the flames that lighted the Los Angeles sky revealed that despite its multiracial hues, Mayor Tom Bradley's model City Hall was powerless to keep the lid on.
FOOD
October 11, 2006
THANKS for your honest evaluation of Giorgio Baldi ["Old Style With Lots of Attitude," Oct. 4]. You hit the nail on the head -- largely mediocre food at ridiculous prices. The last time I was there was six years ago, when I took an out-of-town friend who is an Italian wine importer. After that dinner, he coined the term "getting Giorgio Baldi'd," referring to any experience involving a particularly over-priced dinner with rude wait staff. LEE E. OHANIAN Los Angeles THE last time we visited this restaurant was about a year ago. After waiting 45 minutes for an 8:30 p.m. dinner reservation, we were seated at a table adjacent to the foyer.
OPINION
June 19, 2006
If Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa believes he can achieve his plan to take control of the Los Angeles Unified School District through a "bipartisan coalition" (June 16), why doesn't he simply ask for a vote of the people? TOBIN MILLS Los Angeles
OPINION
February 25, 2006
I was surprised to read about City Councilman Herb J. Wesson's proposal to rename a short portion of a street in Los Angeles after the late attorney Johnnie Cochran (Feb. 20). There is already a street named Cochran running through the city's 10th District, which he represents. I know because I live on it. Renaming this street for Cochran makes much more sense than creating another, confusingly similar street name nearby. ANTHONY SBARDELLATI Los Angeles It's great that a school's being named after the late Johnnie Cochran.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2005
WHAT a great article on "Peggy Archer" and her life as an electrician in the film industry ["A Voice for the Techies," Dec. 4]! Her comment about runaway production totally coincides with my thinking: How can producers (or directors or movie stars) whine about the cost of filming in Los Angeles while living in $5-million mansions in Beverly Hills? If they cut their salary by 10%, they could cover the cost of a terrific union crew and be home with their families at night. Half of a star's $10-million salary could finance an entire movie!
NEWS
November 13, 1996 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young men were offered all the advantages their wealthy parents could provide: family money, connections, Catholic school educations in San Diego and the ability to pass with ease on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border. But today, some of Tijuana's most prominent families are bracing themselves as these privileged native sons are described by authorities as hit men for Tijuana's alleged cocaine godfathers, the Arellano Felix brothers. In an unusual statement filed recently in U.S.
OPINION
May 29, 1994 | Jorge C. Aguiniga, Jorge C. Aguiniga, a former lecturer in political science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is completing a book on assassination conspiracies in Mexican politics
If history is a guide, the assassination of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio will turn out to be the result of a conspiracy. Indeed, last week, the father of the accused assas sin, Mario Aburto Martinez, implicated two Mexican federal security officials in the slaying. Fearful of reprisals, Aburto's mother and other relatives are seeking political asylum in America. When it comes to political terrorism in Mexico, it seems there is no lone gunman.
OPINION
May 29, 1994 | Jorge C. Aguiniga, Jorge C. Aguiniga, a former lecturer in political science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is completing a book on assassination conspiracies in Mexican politics
If history is a guide, the assassination of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio will turn out to be the result of a conspiracy. Indeed, last week, the father of the accused assas sin, Mario Aburto Martinez, implicated two Mexican federal security officials in the slaying. Fearful of reprisals, Aburto's mother and other relatives are seeking political asylum in America. When it comes to political terrorism in Mexico, it seems there is no lone gunman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1993 | RICHARD CORE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange County continues its roller coaster ride on the annual Money magazine list of livable places this year, screaming down to 185th place in the nation and ninth in California. On its list of 300 cities and metropolitan areas, the magazine relegated Orange County well behind the likes of Fargo, N.D. (52nd), Wausau, Wis. (80th) and Kokomo, Ind. (83rd).
NEWS
October 25, 1992 | Mary Anne Perez / Times community correspondent
Yes, I will be voting. If you're an American citizen, you have to vote. It's very important. I've been here 13 years. I came from the Philippines and most of my friends and relatives here from the Philippines vote. We have a big family--six sisters and two brothers--and we're not that political. We don't talk about politics but we vote. I've been voting Republican since I started voting, but now I'm voting Democratic.
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