CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, teetering on the brink of financial ruin, approved a controversial deal Monday to surrender day-to-day control of the historic venue to USC. The 8-1 vote would virtually end public stewardship of the 88-year-old stadium, a jewel of its South Los Angeles neighborhood built to honor World War I veterans and financed with public money. USC has long sought control of the Coliseum, decrying the property's outdated condition as unfit for the school's Trojan football team, which plays there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013 |
For the first time since California's controversial parent-trigger law went into effect, a school district has elected not to challenge a petition submitted by parents. The Los Angeles Board of Education this week ratified a partnership between the district and a charter school to take control of the struggling 24th Street Elementary. The 2010 law gives parents increased authority over low-performing campuses, including the option to convert them to independently operated charter schools.
May 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate gave strong bipartisan approval to landmark legislation that could largely lead to the end of the nation's decades-long Internet sales tax holiday. Now the issue shifts to the more skeptical, Republican-controlled House, where the debate will revolve around one fundamental question: Does helping governments collect an existing and owed tax constitute a tax increase? The Marketplace Fairness Act, approved 69-27 Monday by the Senate, gives states the authority to require larger online retailers with no physical presence in those states to collect sales taxes that residents already are obligated to pay. Many states, including California, are expected to jump at the chance to start collecting an estimated $23 billion in total sales tax revenue that is lost to online, catalog and other so-called remote sales each year.
October 30, 2013 |
LONDON - A plan to regulate the British press as a result of the country's phone-hacking scandal was signed by Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday despite the objections of publishers who sought a court order to block such a measure. The royal charter approved by the queen and the nation's major political parties calls for the creation of a watchdog group designed to curb the type of abuses revealed by the scandal. The practices include listening to the voicemails of crime victims, celebrities, royal family members and others, such as employees or relatives of people in the news.
April 20, 2010 |
In case anybody was wondering, Kobe Bryant can still take over a game. If there were still questions about his injuries and ineptitude over the last few weeks, Bryant wanted to answer a few of them. On a night where his father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant was in attendance, a rarity, but a reality, Bryant scored 39 points and the Lakers pushed themselves away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, 95-92, in Game 2 of their first-round series Tuesday at Staples Center. It wasn't easy, the game coming down to Jeff Green's missed three-point attempt at the buzzer, but the Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2010 |
The Glendale City Council this week gave its blessing to a proposed 338,000-square-foot expansion of Walt Disney Co.'s creative campus. The plans call for a six-story office building walled largely in glass, landscaping with palm trees and a park-like area for outdoor activities. "It's a beautiful project," Councilwoman Laura Friedman, chairwoman of the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, said during a public hearing on the development. "It's going to look terrific and certainly improve the area aesthetically."
October 23, 2012 |
Ivor Davis received a call recently from the Target pharmacy near his home in Ventura. He was informed he could pick up a refill of medication for his wife, Sally, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Davis, 74, told me he and his wife like to be flexible in deciding where and when they purchase her drugs. Sometimes they refill prescriptions during visits to Seattle. Sometimes Davis crosses the border into Canada, where the usual $166 cost for Sally's pills can be cut in half. They never ask any pharmacy to refill an order until they're ready, which is why Target's call came as such a surprise.
February 17, 2012 |
The parent company of imploded Seattle savings and loan giant Washington Mutual Bank has finally gotten the go-ahead to exit bankruptcy proceedings after more than three years of brutal legal battles. Judge Mary Walrath of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware had twice rejected reorganization plans filed by Washington Mutual Inc. She OK'd the latest plan Friday after WaMu sweetened its offer to dissident creditors who had invested in the company's distressed debt. For the record, 11:02 a.m. Feb. 17: A photo caption with a previous version of this post incorrectly identified Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon as former Councilman Richard Alatorre.