CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2009 |
Los Angeles County's second-highest-ranking employee was removed from her position, less than two weeks after The Times reported that county auditors found that she had improperly helped her son-in-law obtain a county job that was "overcompensated" by nearly $1,000 a month. Sharon Harper, a veteran L.A. County manager, was the top deputy to the county's chief executive, William T Fujioka. "She is no longer a member of my office," Fujioka said Wednesday. Under the county's civil service rules, Harper will reclaim her former position in the Sheriff's Department, where she will be part of the management staff.
November 8, 1987 |
Lynne Sharon Schwartz fixes upon the world an anthropologist's clear eye, as though the contemporary, familiar-seeming people she writes about were members of a lost tribe whose habits and ways she has documented. Her novels and stories abound in telling details--the vagaries of the emotional life pinned, like so many butterflies, to a backdrop of the factual: what she wore, how he looked, the meals that got eaten, the movies that were seen.
January 23, 2005 |
There have always been directors who have been able to push personal movies through Hollywood. Typically, someone would make an interesting small movie that got some attention. The studios would then hire him -- or, in recent years, her. Often the studios were confused by the results. Orson Welles, who came from the theater and radio, made "Citizen Kane" for RKO, which didn't know what to do with it.
December 29, 1996 |
Now, two new books are appearing to celebrate Jackie Robinson. His widow, Rachel Robinson, has written "Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait." The other, by his daughter, Sharon, is titled "Stealing Home: An Intimate Family Portrait." To judge them fairly, you do best to keep the subtitles in mind. With the help of journalist Lee Daniels and an editor, Rachel has produced a beautifully illustrated book, full of touching and poignant moments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2009 |
Los Angeles County has lacked permanent leadership for its extensive network of public hospitals and clinics for more than a year, and that appears unlikely to change any time soon. A lengthy search for a new Department of Health Services head resulted in a single finalist -- Bob Sillen, former leader of the state prison healthcare system -- but county supervisors have rejected him, aides to two supervisors said this week. Sillen arrived in Los Angeles last week for his final interviews backed by William T Fujioka, the county's chief executive.