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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1990 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michelle Ellis works and lives in Mission Viejo. But home for Ellis, 23, and her 10-month-old son, Ryan, is not one of the expensive houses that have mushroomed in this sprawling, affluent South County community. It's her tan 1983 Toyota Camry parked on the street in front of the home where she works as a housekeeper during the day. Ellis is among a growing number of low-income single mothers who can no longer afford the high cost of housing and child care in South County.
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OPINION
June 8, 2013
A steady trickle of responses taking issue with reader Lori Graham's letter opposed to same-sex marriage has been coming into The Times' mailbag since the letter was published May 31. It isn't atypical for us to run pieces taking Graham's position, and the letters typically draw one or two replies. But Graham's letter - arguing that fathers and mothers have unique roles in raising a child that can't be replaced by a same-sex couple - touched a nerve. Several of the 13 readers who responded to Graham were offended that we published her submission at all, and their points are well taken.
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TRAVEL
February 1, 2004 | By Lisa Iannucci, Special to The Times
The kids may still be in school and the calendar may still say winter, but vacation time will be here before you know it. For single parents trying to fill two roles, however, a vacation may seem more like work. Travel agents, resorts, touring companies, hotels and cruises have recognized single-parent travel as a niche market and are beginning to cater to them, offering special rates and package deals and eliminating single supplement fees. "Single parents need a vacation even more so than the average parent because they are doing double-parent duty," said Brenda Elwell, author of "The Single Parent Travel Handbook" and the founder of http://www.singleparenttravel.net . "They have to take care of the children, do all the chores, take care of all the finances and be all of the emotional support to the children, so they need a vacation to just have fun. " Be prepared for the single-parent difficulties on vacation, such as an amusement park that seats only two in one car or doing something that one child wants to do and another doesn't.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sending a teenager to prom is getting more and more expensive, costing roughly as much as an international flight, according to a new survey from Visa. The outfits, the primping, the limo, the dance ticket, the after-party and sundry other expenses add up to a glittery night valued at $1,139, according to telephone interviews with 3,000 respondents. That's up from the $1,079 average last year and a 40% increase from the $807 average in 2011. The party costs more for families in the Northeast, who this year will shell out $1,528 compared to the $722 budgeted by those in the Midwest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1988
On occasion in articles The Times uses the term "broken homes." Your inference is that this is a negative experience. I believe your prejudice is showing toward what I prefer to be called "single-parent families." My four children come from what you unfortunately call "broken homes." Three are college graduates. This is not an isolated occurrence among the single people of my knowledge. Please do not use the derogatory expression "broken homes." It is prejudicial and has no valid meaning.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
On Wednesday, both Stephen Colbert and his buddy Jon Stewart spent the majority of their Comedy Central shows dissecting Tuesday night's presidential debate - focusing on buzz-worthy moments like Republican candidate Mitt Romney's unfortunate “binders full of women” comment and the candidates' heated exchange over Libya . Each, in his own way, called the night a win for President Obama: Stewart by marveling at how Romney walked...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Despite its epic title, writer-director-actor Mark Webber's sophomore filmmaking effort "The End of Love" (his first was 2008's "Explicit Ills") is an exceptionally intimate, human-scaled picture. It's also quite a special piece of work. Webber, known largely for his many indie film appearances ("For a Good Time, Call…," "The Hottest State"), stars in this poignant, semi-autobiographical tale of a recently widowed, underemployed actor, also named Mark, devoted to raising his energetic 2-year-old, Isaac (Webber's real-life son, Isaac Love)
NEWS
December 26, 1993
Mt. San Antonio College's Single Parent Academy in Walnut held graduation services for 23 single parents this month. The academy, which began in 1987, is a nine-week course on educational and career opportunities for low-income and unemployed single parents. The courses are also aimed at helping parents develop self-esteem and parenting skills. The academy provides help with child care and transportation, and classes for Spanish-speaking parents.
NEWS
July 16, 1987
Mt. San Antonio College will introduce two special programs for low-income single parents aimed at preparing them to seek higher education and develop skills. The Single Parent Academies will begin in August and November, run about six weeks and emphasize work habits, decision-making, time management and problem-solving. The programs will be free and free transportation and child care will be provided. Applicants must contact the college by July 29 to enroll in the first academy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
Pierce College has received a $24,000 state grant to help students who are single parents pay for books, child care and transportation to school, a college representative said Thursday. The grant, which is the first awarded to the community college, will be divided among about 30 full-time students during the spring semester, said Joy McCaslin, associate dean of student services.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Americans are getting married at ever-older ages, and a new report says this trend may be partly responsible for the shrinking of the middle class. On average, brides are 26.5 years old and grooms are 28.7 when they head to the alter, according to the authors of the report, “Knot Yet,” which was released Friday by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and collaborators. Those ages represent historic highs. For college-educated men and women, delaying marriage has paid off - literally.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Despite its epic title, writer-director-actor Mark Webber's sophomore filmmaking effort "The End of Love" (his first was 2008's "Explicit Ills") is an exceptionally intimate, human-scaled picture. It's also quite a special piece of work. Webber, known largely for his many indie film appearances ("For a Good Time, Call…," "The Hottest State"), stars in this poignant, semi-autobiographical tale of a recently widowed, underemployed actor, also named Mark, devoted to raising his energetic 2-year-old, Isaac (Webber's real-life son, Isaac Love)
OPINION
November 20, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
President Obama has several stated ambitions for his presidency. He wants it to be "transformative. " He wants to unite Americans of all parties. He wants to build an economy from the middle class out (whatever that means), and he wants to help what you might call the domestic refugees of America's economic transformation. Given the principled disagreements dividing left and right in America, it's hard to see how he can accomplish these goals when it comes to conventional economic policy.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
On Wednesday, both Stephen Colbert and his buddy Jon Stewart spent the majority of their Comedy Central shows dissecting Tuesday night's presidential debate - focusing on buzz-worthy moments like Republican candidate Mitt Romney's unfortunate “binders full of women” comment and the candidates' heated exchange over Libya . Each, in his own way, called the night a win for President Obama: Stewart by marveling at how Romney walked...
OPINION
October 3, 2012
Re "French unveil 75% supertax," Sept. 29 The article forgets to mention what the French get in return for their high tax rates. All French citizens have access to nearly free medical care, and in emergencies, doctors make house calls. The French get paid maternity leave for 16 weeks and free medical leave to take care of a sick relative. Nurses visit homes for free, private day care is heavily subsidized and parents receive a subsidy for every child born. Single parents get an additional allowance.
OPINION
February 9, 2012
Re "Divided court rejects Prop. 8," Feb. 8 It really was no surprise that a panel of the liberal U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled as it did on Proposition 8, California's gay-marriage ban. But how the three judges arrived at the ruling is troubling. It really started with the California Supreme Court's ruling in 2008 that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right. Of course we know that it isn't -- and neither is marriage between a man and a woman. But by incorrectly defining the basic premise of the argument as a right -- though without support in law -- not only have the judges misapplied the law, they have opened the door to the inclusion of any number of look-alike rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1996
Irvine Valley College will help students who are single parents this holiday season through its Adopt-a-Student program, which will provide families with food baskets and gifts. People interested in helping may also donate food and toys through Dec. 11 at the college's supportive services office, 5550 Irvine Center Drive. The college will distribute the goods to families from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 18. Information: (714) 451-5243.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Welcome to Census Tract 750.03. Nestled in north Santa Ana, this is a piece of the Willard neighborhood, where neutral-colored apartment complexes, tri-plexes and four-plexes dominate the landscape. This tract also is ground zero for single-parent households — 1,711 — in a city that outranks every other in Orange County in the proportion of such households, according to the latest U.S. Census. Numbers don't tell the whole story. For in this slice of Willard, children outnumber adults, and issues of immigration and crime seep into daily life.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2009 | Martin Eichner
Question: I am a single parent with three small children. I have been renting a home for my family for six months. At first, I could make the rent payments, but two months ago I was laid off, so I was forced to stop paying the rent. I have now been served a summons for an unlawful detainer action to evict me for failure to pay rent. Is there any way I can ask the court to allow me and my children to stay in the home until I can find a job and get back on my feet? Answer: The unlawful detainer process is designed to provide a quick procedure for landlords to retrieve possession of a rental property when the tenant is in violation of the rental agreement.
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