October 25, 2012 |
The feature debut from writer-director Nicholas Ozeki, "Mamitas" is an adaptation of his earlier short film of the same name, and despite flashes of lively charm the expansion may not be entirely justified. Los Angeles high-schooler Jordin Juarez (E.J. Bonilla) tests well but doesn't apply himself, opting instead to put on the air of a tough-guy player. After being shot down by her cousin, he ends up talking to Felipa Talia (Veronica Diaz-Carranza), a bookish girl he wouldn't normally give a second look.
July 10, 2012 |
For years, it was an organization defined by a crazy owner, his careless vision and caustic misfortune. For years, even during their rare brushes with success, they were viewed not as an actual basketball team, but as a comedic product of a strange man's obsession, a parlor trick trotted out 82 times a years to entertain family and friends. They were never just "The Clippers," right? They were always, "Donald Sterling's Clippers," with that villainous prefix defining their perception and determining their future.
June 4, 2012 |
So far, the only apparent solutions to California's budget crisis are increased revenues and draconian budget cuts. Legislative leaders have pledged to examine all options to avert further crippling reductions in state funding for higher education, the court system and social support for poor and vulnerable families. They should be looking at the state criminal justice system; there are savings that could help us avoid harsher cuts. To his credit, Gov. Jerry Brown has implemented budget and policy changes that have significantly reduced the state prison population and may reclaim up to $1 billion from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2012 |
It's hard to tell who stole, er, embraced the pension legislation first. Was it Gov. Jerry Brown? Or Republican legislators? Either way, it was an artful heist. When GOP legislators last week adopted en masse the Democratic governor's proposed public pension reform as their own, it was like the Lakers shooting jumpers for the Clippers or cats purring alongside dogs. It's very rare — and I can't think of a similar occasion — when legislators of one party unconditionally endorse a top legislative priority of a governor from the other party.
June 28, 2011 |
Tiger Woods said Tuesday that there's "no timetable" for returning to competitive golf while he recovers from injuries to his knee and Achilles tendon. Woods spoke in Pennsylvania at the Aronimink Golf Club for the AT&T National, which he's also sitting out. For Woods, who has dominated at 73 PGA Tour events but last won one in September 2009, the decision was likely a wrenching one. "That's hard for me. I've always been very goal-oriented about when I'm going to play," he said Tuesday. But it was the right decision to make, research shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2011 |
A recent city survey found that garbage pickup is the public's favorite municipal service. No wonder: It's efficient, environment-friendly and, for most, free. Although most apartment and condo dwellers and businesses pay for garbage pickup, residents of single-family homes do not, thanks to the so-called People's Ordinance of 1919. The unusual law was spurred by civic anger over a Los Angeles entrepreneur who was charging to pick up San Diego garbage and then selling it as pig slop, reaping a large profit.