December 21, 2010
When the state budget is $28 billion in the red with all the easy cuts already made, it's hard to argue with Gov.-elect Jerry Brown for eliminating the Office of the Inspector General, which is run by former L.A. Controller Laura Chick. Chick was tasked with ensuring that California's $50 billion in federal stimulus funding was properly spent, but Brown said her office was "redundant" because the job could easily be assigned to the already established Bureau of State Audits, state Controller's Office or governor's Department of Finance.
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November 18, 2010 |
The U.S. trustee and creditors in the Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy proceedings have questioned spending at the Garden Grove-based megachurch, which has long kept its finances under wraps. In documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana, the trustee and the creditors concluded that the church paid at least three insiders for what appeared to be redundant duties. They also question the six-figure housing allowance paid to Chief Financial Officer Fred Southard, which allowed him to largely avoid federal income taxes, according to tax documents filed in court.
August 21, 2009 |
As the state that once embodied the American dream has devolved into an American nightmare, Californians have begun looking for ways to rescue their state from its own dysfunction. We are awash in constitutional proposals, some sensible (eliminating the Legislature's two-thirds-vote requirement for passing a budget or raising taxes; abolishing term limits), some not (enacting a flat tax). In this spirit of reinvention, then, permit me a few modest queries: Why in the world do we have a two-house Legislature?
September 16, 2008 |
Most of the things that make up the "Star Wars" universe these days -- movies, TV shows, toys and video games -- are lacking the magic that made the original trilogy of films so incredible. Gone are the spectacle and awe. Instead, we get halfhearted disappointments (such as the current "Clone Wars" animated movie). Sadly, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is no exception. It should be an amazing story bridge between Episodes 3 and 4 and one that boasts groundbreaking new artificial intelligence and gaming technology.
August 14, 2008 |
Spot Runner Inc., a Los Angeles-based advertising company that has raised at least $111 million in funding from media heavyweights, said Wednesday that it had laid off about 50 workers but planned to hire about 60 as part of a reorganization.
April 16, 2008 |
Early in the revival of "Klub" at the Actors’ Gang, a peroxide-blond actress with a balloon chest is told by her director that her nose looks crooked. She nonchalantly pulls a power drill from her tool kit, aims it at her face and performs her own rhinoplasty. After the messy operation, she turns to the audience with a gigantic smile as if to say, "Is that better?"