CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 |
Passing periods at Belmont High School used to mean pushing your way through a hall teeming with students. Now, it is a leisurely stroll. The storied campus perched on top of a hill on the fringe of downtown was once the largest high school in the state and one of the biggest in the country. It was also the most crowded. Built to hold 2,500 at most, it peaked at 5,500 students. But today, it could use a few more. Over the last decade, enrollment has plummeted with the construction of nearby schools by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 |
California's population grew by roughly 332,000 people in the last fiscal year - its biggest increase in nearly a decade, according to new California Department of Finance estimates. "It's a sign that our economy is recovering," said Hans Johnson, a Public Policy Institute of California demographer. "But it's still pretty slow growth. " The estimated population rose 0.88%, exceeding 38.2 million as of July. Most of that growth was "natural increase" - births minus deaths. But those numbers stayed roughly the same as in recent years, while immigration has increased.
December 1, 2013 |
Treatment of prison inmates has finally begun to capture the attention of California's lawmakers and public, in large part because two lawsuits over constitutionally inadequate medical and mental health care resulted in a federal court order to reduce the inmate population by thousands. The Dec. 31 deadline has been pushed back to February as the state negotiates with plaintiffs in the consolidated suits, and lawmakers and the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown work through plans to devote more funding to treatment and alternative sentencing for mentally ill felons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 |
A jump in the number of Los Angeles County residents who became homeless in the last two years defied the national trend of a modest decline in the overall homeless population, according to federal estimates released Thursday. Los Angeles County's homeless population rose 15% from 2011 to 2013, to 57,737, a total second only to New York City. By contrast, the number of homeless Americans declined 6% since 2010, to 610,042, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
November 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The share of Americans moving to a new home fell this year, underscoring the lingering effects of the Great Recession and a drag on the housing market. The main factor was an unexpectedly large drop in the mobility of young adults, who account for the largest moves among age groups and the bulk of starter-home purchases. The Census Bureau reported Monday that the annual domestic migration rate - the share of the nation's population that moved - declined to 11.7% after rising to 12% last year.
November 13, 2013 |
Michal Ruminski was 6 when his father took him through a local supermarket here. The store shelves were empty, except for some bottles of vinegar, but that was precisely the point. His father wanted the young boy never to forget the deprivations of living in a backward communist state. Today, streets once patrolled by soldiers and armored vehicles now teem with trendy cafes and tony boutiques, not to mention grocery stores filled to bursting. And Ruminski, now 39, as managing partner of a venture capital firm, can provide his wife and his own 6-year-old son all the comforts of life.
November 3, 2013 |
Why do houses in Vancouver neighborhoods with a high percentage of Chinese residents tend to sell for more when the house number ends in eight? And why do they sell for less when the house number ends in four? According to a study from the University of British Columbia, when the number on the house ended in four, houses sold at a 2.2% discount. The reason, according to the study: In Mandarin, Cantonese and several other Chinese dialects, the pronunciation of the number four sounds very similar to the word for "death.
November 3, 2013 |
Never mind the conventional speculation about whether the resolution of some political standoff in Washington favors Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, "entitlement" fans or skeptics. The more fundamental question, says Benjamin Radcliff, is this: Does it make people happier or not? Radcliff is a political scientist at Notre Dame whose work places him in the forefront of what might be labeled happiness studies. His particular corner of the field looks at social policies and political outcomes.
October 31, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - From the 34th floor of the Aria Resort & Casino, a colossal hotel complex with more than 4,000 rooms and a 150,000-square-foot gambling floor, Robert De Niro surveyed what remained of the Las Vegas he once knew. "I don't even recognize the place," the 70-year-old actor said, peering out the vertiginous, floor-to-ceiling windows in his suite. "I can't even imagine how much this city has changed. When you fly in here, it just goes on and on. " Asked to point out some of the locations where he and Martin Scorsese made "Casino" nearly two decades ago - specifically, the Riviera Hotel & Casino - De Niro was stumped and shook his head.
October 22, 2013 |
Conservatives with long memories had to laugh at the recent New York Times front-page headline: "Fiscal Crisis Sounds the Charge in GOP's 'Civil War.'" That diagnosis largely hangs on the judgment of 1970s New Right direct-mail impresario Richard Viguerie, whose ears have been ringing with the thunder of Ft. Sumter for a quarter-century. Within a week of Ronald Reagan's 1981 inauguration, Viguerie was denouncing the Gipper as a traitor to the cause. The Associated Press ran a story headlined "Conservatives Angry With Reagan.