CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2012 |
Local transit officials Tuesday outlined plans to permanently repair the flawed intersection of two light-rail lines in downtown Los Angeles that had raised safety and maintenance concerns. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority asserts that the repair should prevent further problems at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street, the busiest junction in Metro's 87-mile rail network. Officials plan to slightly narrow the width between the rails along 15 feet of track where the popular Blue Line curves to merge into the recently opened Expo Line before the route heads into the Metro Center station.
December 8, 2012 |
Republicans scoffed when President Obama demanded the power to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally in his first formal "fiscal cliff" offer to the GOP. And at first, I thought he was just staking out an extreme position for negotiating purposes. But Obama said again in the days that followed that he wasn't kidding: He wants the debt ceiling lifted unconditionally . He's right. Washington's finances need fixing, but the debt ceiling is the wrong tool for the job. Worse, it's irresponsible fiscal policy.
December 7, 2012 |
When it comes to homeland security, we've been seduced for more than a decade by a "preemptive" mandate that directs us to catch terrorists before they strike next. Where law enforcement once investigated crimes to determine who was responsible and how they could be prosecuted, it now also gathers intelligence to prevent potential future crimes. This mandate, however, has been characterized by a distinct absence of actual terrorist plots. Instead, we've seen an increasingly familiar pattern - the most recent case in the last few weeks involved four young Southern Californians who were arrested in a case built largely by a well-paid informant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2012 |
Carlos Santana. Johnnie Cochran. Al Gore. The parents of City Councilman Tony Cardenas. It's a diverse group with at least one thing in common: Los Angeles public schools bear their names. The Los Angeles Unified School District's decade-long school building program is winding down after about 100 campuses have been named. As district officials replace such temporary generic names as South L.A. Area New High School No. 3 with permanent monikers, the process has become political, controversial or just plain wacky.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2012 |
Ricardo Sepida gets emotional when he sees his son-in-law in a Navy uniform. Even aircraft carriers make him misty-eyed. There is no better country than the United States, says Sepida, an immigrant from the Philippines. Yet despite possessing a green card for 40 years, Sepida has never become an American citizen. Life got in the way, as he raised two children, worked a full-time job as a biomedical technician and ran side businesses on the weekends. "I was so busy at work, I had so many things to do and I'd forget about it," said Sepida, 61, of Sylmar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2012 |
Teen actress Ariel Winter of "Modern Family" will remain with her sister under temporary guardianship, and a trial has been scheduled to decide her future home, a judge ruled Tuesday. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said a county Department of Children and Family Services report found that allegations that Winter's mother emotionally abused her were substantiated, while the department found physical abuse allegations inconclusive. The judge on Oct. 3 temporarily stripped Chrisoula Workman of custody of her daughter.
October 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - No matter what happens on election day, it's already clear the 2012 campaign has ushered in a new political order. "Super PACs" and tax-exempt advocacy groups - on track to spend roughly $1 billion on federal races, an unparalleled sum - are poised to expand their influence even further. Amid the white-hot final weeks of this election, outside groups are already plotting their next targets: the year-end battle over the federal budget, the 2014 congressional races and a possible fight over the next Supreme Court nominee.
October 17, 2012 |
Amazon.com Inc., the online retailer that has many bricks-and-mortar companies on the defensive, said it will hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees nationwide for the holiday shopping season. That's more than double the 20,000 full-time workers that Amazon usually has staffing its 40 fulfillment centers around the U.S. But with a surge of Christmas orders expected in the next few months, the hiring push is necessary, said Dave Clark, vice president of global customer fulfillment for Amazon.
October 2, 2012 |
HENDERSON, Nev. - Campaigning for Mitt Romney in Nevada, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called the GOP presidential nominee's position on the so-called Dream Act kids “logical.” In an interview published Tuesday, Romney told the Denver Post that he would honor visas granted to some young immigrants under an executive order announced by President Obama in June. In August, the administration started the program to grant work permits and two-year deportation deferrals to illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.
September 11, 2012 |
KARLSRUHE, Germany - In their eye-catching red robes and caps specifically designed to evoke Renaissance Italy, Germany's supreme court justices have long demonstrated a flair for the theatrical. But even they would probably never have cast themselves as leading actors in a nail-biting drama whose highly anticipated denouement could seal the fate of Europe's - and possibly the world's - economy. In a hushed courtroom Wednesday, the judges are expected to deliver a landmark ruling on whether Germany's participation in a permanent European bailout fund is in line with the country's constitution.