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December 21, 2012
Re "Calculating the cost of living," Editorial, Dec. 19 The editorial about the proposal to change to a "chained-CPI" for calculating cost-of-living increases for Social Security entirely misses the problem with using this type of calculation. It mentions that the current calculation doesn't consider the fact that if prices rise on meat, seniors on fixed incomes may replace meat with pasta. The proposed changes, however, will necessitate that seniors continually downgrade their standard of living, eventually to the point that it won't be a choice between meat and pasta but between dog food and cat food.
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SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have promoted Jim Perzik from general counsel to senior vice president of legal affairs/secretary, while hiring Dan Grigsby to fill Perzik's former position. Grigsby previously was partner and chairman of the National Sports Law Group with the law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell. "Having worked with Dan as our outside legal representative for over 30 years, we're very familiar and comfortable with him, and have the highest regard for him as both an attorney and person,” said Jeanie Buss in a statement Tuesday.
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HOME & GARDEN
May 29, 2010 | Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The e-mail alert shouted its message: "Missing Person with Alzheimer's. PLEASE HELP. " It was sent to Alzheimer's Assn. chapters and to law enforcement officials within hours after an Orange County woman disappeared while on a short trip to visit a friend. The woman had set out in her car, made a wrong turn and became confused, says her family, who asked that her name not be used to protect her privacy. During the next two days, she zigzagged her way across two states, making one wrong turn after another, putting ever more miles between herself and her home as she headed east.
OPINION
April 19, 2014
Re "All schools should have good teachers," Editorial, April 14 In response to your editorial on the effects that seniority layoff rules might have on Los Angeles Unified School District campuses with high numbers of new teachers, I would like to cite my own experience. I came to LAUSD in 2007 to work at the new West Adams Preparatory High School, losing the seniority I had accrued in other districts. Starting in the 2010-11 school year, I had to undergo the ordeal of watching the campus on which I was a founding faculty member be torn apart by layoffs.
SPORTS
March 8, 2009 | David Wharton
With a pregame ceremony that featured mothers and fathers and Coach Ben Howland giving hugs at midcourt, UCLA bid goodbye to its winningest class in school history. The designation is relative: During much of Coach John Wooden's heyday, seasons were shorter and freshmen ineligible. Still, the 20th-ranked Bruins' 94-68 victory over Oregon on Saturday added to impressive numbers that seniors Alfred Aboya, Darren Collison and Josh Shipp have amassed since arriving in Westwood.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2010 | Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance
Despite the headlines about con artists like Bernie Madoff, your chance of getting swindled out of your life savings is relatively slim. But the possibility grows as you get older. One senior in five has been taken in some form of financial con, according to a survey released last week. And half the seniors surveyed reported experiencing some degree of attempted economic exploitation, such as being pressured to buy foreign lottery tickets or being pitched with incomprehensible investments.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2012 | By Pat Benson
If you're over 50 and not finding much of interest on TV, there's a new cable channel you might want to check out. The channel, RLTV, is targeting the 99 million Americans who are older than 50 and spend $2.7 trillion a year on consumer goods, Times entertainment business reporter Joe Flint writes . RLTV has signed some big names, including  Florence Henderson , who has a talk show on the channel. News personalities Joan Lunden , Deborah Norville and Sam Donaldson also are on board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2001
After reading about a terrible tragedy in which two teens were killed while racing to a friend's graduation in Ventura, I can only shake my head when I read about concerns regarding seniors' driving. Granted that seniors (myself included) may be involved in accidents, but I cannot envision any senior guilty of road rage or speeding on an offramp to pass cars and then swinging back onto the freeway. I cannot picture seniors making dangerous lane changes without signaling or failing to stop at intersections where a stop sign is posted.
HOME & GARDEN
October 23, 2010
RESOURCES GUIDE Fall means back to school for kids and young adults. But hundreds of programs in the Southland are open to seniors, too. And relatives who are concerned about keeping their elders healthy ?mentally and physically ? should encourage them to participate. Research indicates that as long as people stimulate their brains by learning and trying new things, intellectual growth continues, even at an advanced age. The easiest courses to drop into are held at senior and community centers, often sponsored by city recreation departments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2001
There is good news for seniors in the city of Ventura. Our City Council has decided to take a good hard look at the overwhelming need for senior transportation and set about relieving the situation. All Ventura seniors are urged to seize this opportunity to relay the importance that transit plays in our daily lives. As we grow older and less able to be self-reliant, the ability to get out and socialize becomes ever more important. With the growing glut of traffic on our streets and highways, good mass transit is the only reasonable solution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Jason Song
Jonathan Lee stood by the large prints of Ein Liz, a female action figure he'd spent the better part of a year creating. The Art Center College of Design senior hoped his pieces would catch the eye of one of the hundreds of possible employers who would inspect students' work during the annual graduation show last week. The 25-year-old admitted to feeling nervous but tried to temper his expectations as representatives from Disney and Google approached his display. He plans to send resumes later.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The walls of Alice Herman's home are covered in photographs. Herman and Sylvia Purdue, her partner of 45 years, smile in scenes from birthdays and hospital rooms. In black-and-white photos from their younger days, their hair is teased, their makeup flawless. After Purdue died a few years ago, Herman was left with two cats and enough money for two months' rent. Years of Purdue's hospital bills had chipped away their savings. Because Purdue died before the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last summer, Herman could not receive Purdue's Social Security benefits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Wildflowers bloomed in a tiny garden - some red, purple and pink. Together, Jennifer Bonilla and Hailey Ordonez tended the patch in South Los Angeles, where the high schooler and the preschooler kept the flowers alive. Fourteen years separated the girls, but relatives noticed striking similarities - their coils of brown hair, their spunk. This week, not far from their garden, Hailey, 4, sat near burning candles, a crucifix and flowers as visitors looked at pictures of her aunt Jennifer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
A decision by a federal appeals court Wednesday could allow for changes in water deliveries to irrigation districts that hold senior rights to Sacramento River supplies. The unanimous opinion by an 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned two previous rulings that found the federal government lacked discretion to alter water contracts with senior irrigators in the Sacramento Valley. The new decision sends the matter back to a district court for further consideration, leaving both sides in the nearly decade-old case unsure of the ultimate outcome.
NEWS
April 14, 2014
Julie K. Xanders is the assistant general counsel/West Coast media of Tribune Co. and serves as senior vice president, legal for the Los Angeles Times. Xanders joined Times Mirror in 1993 as corporate counsel for Times Mirror Cable. She was promoted to assistant general counsel in 1995 for Times Mirror, associate general counsel in 1997, deputy general counsel in 1998, and senior vice president and general counsel for the Los Angeles Times in August 1998.  Prior to joining Times Mirror, Xanders worked for four years in private practice with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as an associate attorney.  Born in San Francisco, Xanders earned a doctor of jurisprudence from Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley)
OPINION
April 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It's nice to know that tens of millions of extra dollars will go to 37 low-income schools after the Los Angeles Unified School District settled a class-action suit on behalf of students. But the lawsuit, undertaken by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups, was never about money; it was about policies that require teachers with the least seniority to be laid off first when there are staff reductions. So although the added funding will help attract and retain teachers for a few years, the lawsuit fell short of its original aim of doing away with the "last-in-first-out" policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2000
Agustin Gurza's Sept. 26 article about the loneliness of the long-lived seniors touched the heart of this 80-plus-year-old "geezeress." After years of watching movies and TV that glorify youth, beauty and sex appeal, Americans, when regarding their elders, can no longer see the wisdom, kindness and experiences behind the wrinkles and white hair. In fact, they can no longer see us at all. However, the joke is on them, because inevitably they are we. As they regard us, so will they be regarded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1999
Re "Hauser's Concept for 'Granny' to Simplify Computer Use," March 23. I just love the quote of Dave Stetler, director of business development for the Hauser consulting firm: "It's beyond the scope of people age 65 and upward." It is obvious that Mr. Stetler hasn't done his homework or a market survey. Being 65 qualifies me not to understand the computer, but I am somewhat computer-literate and get on line with my kids and grandkids as well as friends across the country. It isn't just seniors who are confounded by the computer, it is most everyone beyond school age. Just imagine buying a car in six different parts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district officials announced a lawsuit settlement Tuesday that will provide $60 million in pay increases, services and staff at about three dozen schools, many hit hard by teacher layoffs. But the pact fails to deal with whether instructors should continue to be dismissed based on seniority. The case of Reed vs. L.A. Unified, filed in 2010, was intended to protect a school from disproportionate layoffs during difficult economic times. Three campuses named in the suit had lost about half their faculty because teachers had less experience than those elsewhere in the system.
OPINION
April 6, 2014 | By Brett Berk
My Grandma Bobbie is 93 and lives on her own, in a spotless condo decorated with enviable midcentury furnishings. The daughter of a General Motors millwright, she grew up in Detroit riding the streetcar, but one of her goals was to get to the promised land - the suburbs - and preferably by car. For my grandmother, like many older people in her cohort, a car is not only a convenience or a luxury - though it is that; Grandma loved Lincolns and Cadillacs...
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