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November 9, 1986
What a responsive audience you have! I've already received about 1,000 requests for the special report Jerry Hulse mentioned in his Oct. 19 column. I'm fulfilling them as fast as possible, and most should have received a response by the end of October. Of course, some didn't send a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope, and I'm ignoring those for a while. However, if you get any complaints, just forward them to me and I'll fulfill, no questions asked. Many thanks for the marvelous column and the mention of my books.
April 26, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
The industrial city of Vernon in southeast Los Angeles County has long been known for its small number of residents and voters - just 42 turned out for a municipal election last year, for example. So on Friday, when city leaders and state and national elected officials announced the groundbreaking of a new apartment complex in the city, it was hailed as a good governance reform that will bring more voters to the city. The 45-unit Vernon Village Park is hailed as an environmentally conscious, energy-efficient facility that, as city officials put it, "will make the concept of a live/work community a reality in Vernon.
January 20, 2000
Perhaps a gentle prod with a free-market stick is what our governmental education monopoly needs to transform itself into a responsive and responsible industry. Bring on the vouchers. JAMES A. BJORSETH Granada Hills
April 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The nearly 13-minute 911 call in Denver that ended with the caller dead with a gunshot wound and her husband being taken to jail is being investigated to ensure the civilian dispatcher and responding officers properly handled the situation, police said. The suspected shooter, Richard Kirk, was ordered held without bond by a Denver judge on Wednesday. His wife, Kristine Kirk, reached 911 on Monday night to complain that her husband was hallucinating. She said the behavior was scaring her and their three children, according to a court document.
August 15, 1993
Many recent articles in The Times' Business section leave the impression that enforcement of Mexican ecology laws is much less stringent than in the United States. In fact, it appears that the next segment of U.S. industry to experience significant growth--perhaps replacing some of the dwindling aerospace business in Southern California--will be related to the Mexican environmental effort. Do not present Mexico as a backward country incapable of instituting meaningful environmental controls.
February 4, 1990
Almost every time one picks up a newspaper one reads of today's schoolchildren as deficient in test scores, as drug addicts or pushers, or as criminals roving in violent gangs. My experiences with children, both in high school and grade school, have been quite different. I work as a docent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and sometimes I assist at programs for Design for Sharing, a group that brings schoolchildren to the UCLA campus to see stage performances in a wide range of performing arts.
April 7, 1992
Thank you, David Glidden (Opinion, March 22), for putting in black and white one of the most salient failures in higher education today. I am currently attending an Ivy League institution that is plagued by the same teaching apathy as the UC schools. There, one course taught per year is admirable and, believe me, the price is very real. I would have completed my graduate studies one year earlier had the faculty with whom I worked been more dedicated and responsive to the educational goals of a diligent student.
January 18, 1995
Was I the only one who noticed the irony in the appointment of former Rep. Dan Glickman (D-Kan.) as secretary of agriculture (Dec. 29)? After serving his district for 18 years Glickman was voted out of office by the people who knew him best. And what's his reward? Our President promotes him to a Cabinet position. Since he wasn't good enough to represent his constituents, why is he now good enough to serve the entire country? Does the President know something more than those who had been represented by Glickman?
March 31, 1991
The strangest thing happened to me over the past few weeks. I received three, count 'em, three apparently personalized letters from Ruth Galanter's office. What a strange occurrence! For years I've placed phone calls, written letters, submitted petitions, all to no avail. Now suddenly, three responses over a period of a few weeks? Could it be that Galanter suddenly saw the light? Could it be that she finally realized the need to be responsive to community needs? Or could it be that there is an election only a few short months away?
February 21, 2008 | Jordan Rau
Timothy A. Simon's confirmation to the California Public Utilities Commission won the backing of an influential state Senate panel Wednesday, virtually assuring that the full Senate will endorse him as early as next week. All five members of the bipartisan committee endorsed Simon after supporters lauded his efforts to make utility companies more responsive to low-income people and minorities. Simon, the commission's only black member, said in testimony that he has sought "a balanced approach" between the interests of utilities and consumers.
April 11, 2014 | By Susan King
When growing up in Singapore, filmmaker Anthony Chen's family had a maid from the Philippines, a woman he and his two younger brothers called Aunt Terry. But the family had to downsize in 1997 due to the Asian financial crisis, which plummeted the stock market and caused massive unemployment. They had to let Aunt Terry go and she returned to her hometown province of Iloilo in the Philippines. In 2013, Chen's film "Ilo Ilo" based on his childhood experiences was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival.
April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius rambled and at times contradicted himself under cross-examination Wednesday during his trial for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "My memory is not very good at the moment," Pistorius said during testimony at Pretoria's High Court. "I'm under a lot of pressure sitting here. I'm defending for my life. " Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and said he mistakenly shot Steenkamp at his house last year thinking she was an intruder, acknowledged that he was weighing every implication as he responded to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. "But Reeva doesn't have a life anymore, because of what you did," Nel said to Pistorius.
April 9, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Northwestern assailed the decision of a National Labor Relations Board regional director that the school's scholarship football players are employees and can unionize in an appeal filed Wednesday with the full board. "In this unprecedented decision, the regional director set out to alter the underlying premise upon which college varsity sports is based," Northwestern lawyers wrote. The 50-page request for review repeatedly jabbed Peter Sung Ohr, the NLRB's regional director in Chicago who ruled in favor of former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and the College Athletes Players Assn.
April 9, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated as indicated below.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel launched an aggressive cross examination Wednesday of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Nel pounced when Pistorius admitted that people around the world used to look up to him as a sporting hero until he "made a mistake. " “You made a mistake? You killed a person. You killed Reeva Steenkamp, that's what you did,” Nel barked. "You killed her. Won't you take responsibility for that?"
April 6, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - When you're raking in tens of billions of dollars in profits by helping credit-elite borrowers buy homes, couldn't you lighten up on fees a little for everyday folks who'd also like to buy? That's a question increasingly being posed to government-controlled home mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their federal regulators. Though most buyers are unaware of the practice, Fannie and Freddie - by far the largest sources of mortgage money in the country - continue to charge punitive, recession-era fees that can add thousands of dollars to consumers' financing costs.
April 6, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - The recent hacking of customer data from Target Corp. computers is roiling the California Legislature. Last week, two members of the Assembly touted a bill to strengthen consumer safeguards and limit the type of information collected and retained by retailers. The measure, AB 1710, may trigger one of the year's biggest disputes over business-related legislation. "It'll be a big fight, a tough fight," said Bill Dombrowski, president of the California Retailers Assn.
December 15, 1996
In the past several months, The Times has devoted a great deal of resources to reporting various efforts to revise the structure of Los Angeles through its charter and by legislation. While this does reflect a widespread unhappiness with government as usual, the fundamental question remains that of representation. The high degree of displeasure with government rests primarily upon the view that elected officials are simply not responsive to the needs and demands of their constituents.
August 25, 2004
Re "Our Cluttered Constitution," editorial, Aug. 22: California does need to reinvent itself, but a constitutional convention wouldn't go far enough toward a real solution. Years ago, proposals to divide California into three (Northern, Central and Southern) or more states didn't get traction. Now may be the time to revisit that radical idea. The advantages are clear: smaller, more responsive government that is more accountable to the people and their common needs; an end to the monopoly of special interests that prevent true reform; a multiplicity of opportunities to create a more sustainable relationship between local and state governments; and six or more U.S. senators instead of just two. Sure, it would be messy.
April 2, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - It was a German-born Russian empress, Catherine the Great, who first annexed Crimea more than two centuries ago. Can another strong-willed German woman - who keeps a portrait of Catherine in her Berlin office as a symbol of visionary leadership - loosen Russia's renewed grip on the peninsula? Many in the West are pinning their hopes on Angela Merkel, Germany's long-serving chancellor, to stand at the forefront of a potent, united response by Europe to Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.
April 1, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday she wants to find out if GM engineering employees executed a coverup or were merely incompetent in failing to recall a defective part linked to 13 deaths. In testimony before a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel investigating why the automaker waited years to fix the vehicles, Barra said she has asked former U.S. attorney Anton “Tony” Valukas to help figure that out. Previously Valukas investigated the collapse of the Lehman Bros.
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