CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2009 |
Four and a half years ago, a Los Angeles city councilman looking to become mayor promised to take the bureaucracy into uncharted territory by helping residents get better access to cheaper prescription drugs. The LA-Rx program, unveiled in the heat of Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign, was ambitious. It was innovative. And it took a back seat to other initiatives once he won office. When Villaraigosa finally unveiled the start of LA-Rx last week, it was one of several signs that the mayor -- now in his second term -- is trying to shed a reputation for being long on promises and short on follow-through.
February 10, 2010 |
Bill Lobdell made quite a name for himself in this newsroom writing about faith gone wrong. He called out crooked ministers, fraudulent faith healers and abusive priests. Now Lobdell has launched a new journalism website with a partner who once was convicted and sent to prison for a multimillion-dollar swindle. The veteran religion writer hopes to do to crooked businesses what he did to ministers who did not live up to their calling. What has many traditional journalists agog is not just that Lobdell threw in with onetime ZZZZ Best con man Barry Minkow, but what the duo, operating as iBusinessreporting.
August 16, 2009 |
Continuing his campaign for an overhaul of the nation's healthcare system, President Obama promised his audience here in western Colorado on Saturday that his effort would create a "common-sense set of consumer protections" for Americans with health insurance. In an effort to soothe concerns amid the contentious healthcare debate, the president pledged that new legislation would ease the burdens of average consumers by capping the amount insurance companies can charge annually for out-of-pocket costs like co-pays and deductibles.
January 4, 2008
Re "A promise of unpredictability," Opinion, Jan. 2 Joseph Ellis offers Ronald Reagan as an example of a president reversing a position he took during a campaign, stating that Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire" and then negotiated an arms agreement with it. However, Reagan's "evil empire" speech was given in 1983 and can hardly be considered a campaign position. In his 1980 campaign, Reagan promised to increase military expenditures, end the grain embargo against the Soviet Union and enact tax reductions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1998
Re "Residents Keep Lobbying for Park," Nov. 3. Good luck. When we purchased our home on Richardson, just north of a very large vacant piece of land in 1989, we were assured by our real estate broker that the lot could never be used for anything other than a park or a new school. Wrong! Today the entire horizon of the lot at Bennett and Sinaloa has been blocked off, all the trees removed and a five-foot wall is being readied for 25 or so homes. So much for promises. GEORGE PEGG, Simi Valley
May 5, 2004
As someone who attended two years of community college, transferred to a University of California campus and is currently pursuing graduate studies, I was offended by the tone of "Cuts at UC Force Many to Consider Their 'Option,' " (May 2). These students should be grateful they have the opportunity to pursue an education at all. If that is their true goal, then being required to spend some time at a community college should not bother them, and should only increase the wealth and variety of their educational experience.