August 16, 2013 |
Navy SEALS took UCLA's football team a couple of hundred yards offshore recently and dropped them in the water. If there was ever a moment for Bruins' defensive backs to ponder "sink or swim," this was it. UCLA has to replace four starters in the secondary this season. Keeping one's head above water would seem to be the first order of business. Yet the Bruins are talking about making a much bigger splash this season. "We have guys who have the mentality to be the best secondary in the nation," safety Anthony Jefferson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 |
Mayor Eric Garcetti continued his shake-up of city government Thursday, replacing four of five members on the civilian board that oversees the Los Angeles Fire Department, an agency he has identified as needing significant reform. One of the departing commissioners will be shifted to a new role as special advisor to the mayor, an unpaid position charged with guiding the ongoing overhaul of the department's ailing dispatch network and computer systems. The changes follow similar shifts at the city's police and airport commissions announced earlier this week, where all but two of the sitting members were replaced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 |
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to create an "urban village" of shops, town homes and a park and gardens to replace Jordan Downs, the notorious Watts housing project. The unanimous vote gave final approval to a series of land use and planning laws years in the making. The move clears the way for an up to $1-billion transformation of one of the city's most poverty-stricken and violent areas. The idea is to turn the often-dangerous housing development of 700 derelict units into a mixed-income community of up to 1,800 stylish new apartments, along with chain stores and new streetscapes - all designed to attract higher-income people to move into the area and live alongside some of the city's poorest.
August 13, 2013 |
UCLA is going to miss the 1,734 yards rushing that Johnathan Franklin rolled up. That's a no-brainer. What's No. 2 on the list? "A running back who can pass-block is probably the quarterback's best friend," Brett Hundley - UCLA's quarterback - said. Steve Broussard , the Bruins' running backs coach, is trying to line up Hundley's next best friend. UCLA backs have spent time working at chipping linebackers, picking up safeties and identifying cornerbacks who are on a quarterback hunt.
August 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Democrats chose Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising party star, in Tuesday's special primary to seek a U.S. Senate seat this fall, while Republicans selected Steven M. Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, N.J. Booker has drawn national attention for his efforts to improve "Brick City" and his embrace of Twitter as a form of civic engagement. He is favored to replace Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who died in June at 89. The winner will serve the remaining 15 months of Lautenberg's term.
August 6, 2013 |
PHOENIX - President Obama on Tuesday got behind a bipartisan push to replace housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new government approach to mortgage guarantees, criticizing a system that let bailed-out firms profit while taxpayers covered their bad bets. "As home prices rise, we can't just re-inflate another housing bubble," Obama told a crowd in Phoenix, a city hit hard by the housing crisis five years ago. Congress should invest in the recovery of the housing market, he said, while also working to "lay a rock-solid foundation to make sure the kind of crisis we went through never happens again.
July 28, 2013 |
Question: The board sent letters to owners saying the association is replacing wood fencing with vinyl fencing. Owners were not given a chance to vote or choose the replacement fencing. The association pays for outside fencing around individual small backyards, but says any fence replacements between neighbors' units must be paid for by the unit owners. At $600 per gate, we're told vinyl gate replacements are cheaper than wood and will last forever. The board warned owners not to put a barbecue within a foot of the vinyl fence because the fence could melt and the owner will have to pay for a new one. Do owners have to pay for fencing or gates?
July 25, 2013 |
Jeffrey Deitch's embattled stewardship of the Museum of Contemporary Art has ended with his resignation as director three years into his five-year contract. That's probably a good thing for the museum, which was under serious financial strain for most of his tenure even as it engaged in a bitter battle over the artistic direction in which it was moving. Deitch was a risky hire from the start, an innovative but untested New York gallery owner tapped for a job that traditionally goes to someone with a scholarly, curatorial background and administrative experience.
July 24, 2013 |
The Angels have removed Joe Blanton from their starting rotation, moving the pitcher who leads the major leagues in losses into their bullpen. Garrett Richards will replace Blanton in the rotation, starting with Saturday's game against the first-place Oakland Athletics. Richards has started four games this season, the last one a 10-6 loss to Oakland on April 30, and has been in the Angels' bullpen since then. Blanton, 32, is 2-13 with a 5.66 earned-run average. No major league pitcher has given up more hits, runs or home runs.
July 24, 2013 |
TORONTO - With his left ankle still swollen Wednesday, Matt Kemp was placed on the disabled list for the third time this season. "We were hoping that over 48 hours, it would get better," Manager Don Mattingly said. "It hasn't. " The move is retroactive to Monday, meaning Kemp could be activated Aug. 6, when the Dodgers play the second game of a four-game series in St. Louis. But Mattingly acknowledged he didn't know whether Kemp would be ready to play by then.