September 6, 2013 |
Airbnb, an online service that helps people rent rooms to travelers from around the world, has allowed hundreds of Angelenos to turn their dwellings into a potentially lucrative source of income. But the influx of short-term guests has also led some neighbors to complain about noise, traffic and other annoyances. City officials could step up enforcement of an ordinance that bans short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods, which would stop much of what's happening on Airbnb. That stricture, however, is overly broad.
May 30, 2013 |
We're No. 6! That's according to new data from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development , which on Tuesday released results of a survey measuring quality of life in 36 industrialized nations. For the last three years, the Paris-based outfit has weighed 11 criteria, including housing, income, jobs, environment, safety and work-life balance. For the third year in a row, Australia was the big winner, thanks in large part to an economy that managed to avoid the global recession of the last decade.
May 26, 2013
Re "Immigration bill moves on," Editorial, May 23 Our freeways are clogged, public services are stretched thin, schools are overcrowded and the once prized University of California system is taking a dive, and yet The Times and the senators pushing the so-called immigration reform bill are acting as if the United States actually needs more immigrants. The Times keeps this hype at a fevered pitch. The TV campaigns are relentless. I wish everyone, especially California's Democratic Sens.
February 27, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ken Goldman wasn't working at home on Wednesday. Yahoo's chief financial officer was working the room at a Morgan Stanley investment conference, making a forceful case that Marissa Mayer is improving the quality of life at Yahoo. He did not directly acknowledge - - nor did anyone ask about -- the elephant in that room: Yahoo's ban on telecommuting, which has sparked a national uproar. Mayer, the former Google executive charged with reviving the fortunes of the struggling Internet pioneer, has given Yahoo employees an ultimatum: show up at the office or lose your job. PHOTOS: 10 craziest excuses employees have used to call in sick Yahoo sought to contain the controversy on Tuesday by issuing a written statement: "This isn't a broad industry view on working from home -- this is about what is right for Yahoo right now. " Without mentioning the new policy, Goldman painted an upbeat picture of life at Yahoo with parking lots filling up early in the morning and staying full in the evening.
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February 6, 2013 |
Despite a fresh round of objections from neighborhood groups, airport commissioners Tuesday endorsed a controversial plan to push Los Angeles International Airport's northern runway closer to nearby homes for safety and efficiency reasons. The action is part of a larger modernization effort designed to keep one of the nation's busiest aviation centers - and an economic engine for the region - competitive in an era of larger jetliners and airport upgrades in major cities, such as San Francisco.
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August 29, 2012 |
For two months Stephanie Aldana's son complained of intense pain in his back and tremors in his legs. Doctors visits revealed nothing. She could do little but try to comfort 10-year-old Isaac as his feet swelled and his mobility deteriorated. Then Isaac lost sensation below his waist and an emergency MRI led to stark news: The fourth-grader had Ewing's sarcoma, a rare cancer that can attack the bones. Aldana and her husband were at a loss. How would they combat a grave illness within a vast medical system that had already proved frustrating and confusing?