CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has told at least five of the city's department heads that he has decided to keep them as high-level managers, part of his months-long effort to build a new administration. Garcetti, who is going through a review of more than 30 department heads, has informed Michael LoGrande, who runs the Department of City Planning, and Brenda Barnette, general manager of the Animal Services Department, that they will get to stay. He has also moved to retain Enrique Zaldivar, director of the Bureau of Sanitation; Ray Ciranna, who runs the Fire and Police Pensions system; and Laura Trejo, who heads the Department of Aging.
August 15, 2013 |
Scrubbed clean and sanded around the edges, "Standing Up" is a sanitized version of Brock Cole's '80s young adult novel "The Goats. " It's a curious entry in director D.J. Caruso's filmography, a benign kids movie in a career that launched with the edgy crime drama "The Salton Sea" more than a decade ago and has grown increasingly more accessible in the years since. Perhaps it's meant to be a work his kids can watch, but it's unclear who this blandly titled drama is aimed at - devoid as it is of humor or any real hazard and lacking the provocative undertones of its source material.
June 17, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Americans have been eating hot dogs since at least 1870, when a Coney Island restaurateur started selling sausages on long buns. In California's capital, hot-dog carts keep the tradition going with cheap, quick, lunches for state workers and tourists. But cart owners around the state are threatened with closure by health inspectors, unless lawmakers come to their rescue. That's why the Assembly Health Committee had to come up with a legal definition for "hot dog. " The proposed change to state health laws spells it out: "'Hot dog' means a whole, cured, cooked sausage that is skinless or stuffed in a casing that may be known as a frankfurter, frank, furter, wiener, red hot, Vienna, bologna, garlic bologna or knockwurst and that may be served in a bun or roll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2013 |
In the beginning, it was about losing a few pounds. Hans Svanoe, 64, would leave his house in Encino at 5:30 a.m. and walk for an hour before driving over the hill to Century City, where he works as a butler. A what? "A corporate executive butler," said Svanoe, who caters to the domestic needs of media mogul Haim Saban and his business partner, Adam Chesnoff, when they're at the office. Before that, the Norwegian-born Svanoe was a domestic for Milton Berle, who once responded to a Svanoe quip by saying: "I'll tell the jokes around here.
February 26, 2013 |
Attention all obsessive hand sanitizers: If bad design is almost as irritating as rogue bacteria, a potential solution will become available this spring. Jonathan Adler, the king of quirky, Pop home design - and an avid sanitizer, to boot - has created what he's calling the world's first hand antiseptic "cozy. " It's a stylish sleeve that slips over a 12-ounce bottle of Purell. “All of my friends are having babies, and they all have big ugly bottles of sanitizer all over the place.
November 16, 2012 |
What if someone decided to clean up Nairobi's slums and dispense with what locals call the "flying toilet," a plastic bag of feces thrown into the choked, filthy gutters? And what if that someone worked out a way to use the generated biogas as an inexpensive cooking fuel so that slum dwellers no longer needed to chop down trees for charcoal? Here in Nairobi, that someone, Josiah Omotto, head of the Umande Trust community organization, is thus far dealing with decidedly mixed results.