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October 21, 1990
Attorney Janice Fogg stated in "Trading Down May Boost Value" (Letters, Sept. 30), ". . . an increase in property taxes can be avoided by filing a claim with the assessor's office under Proposition 60. . . ." Legally that's sound advice. However, senior citizens who qualify may be faced with the assessor's total disregard. For example, more than two years ago, this reader qualified for Proposition 60 tax benefits. Following innumerable telephone calls, personal visits and certified mail to the assessor's office, the only response was last June when I received an election folder stating the great job accomplished by the tax assessor.
February 28, 2004
I am very disappointed in the behavior of Pete Carroll with respect to Mike Williams. Mike Williams' future is in pro football, he will be a top-10 pick and he is certainly physically ready. Given these facts, there would have been absolutely no benefit to Williams in staying at USC for another year as an unpaid "intern." Of course, there would have been a huge benefit to Pete Carroll, and that is why he was so selfishly and shamelessly hard-selling Williams to stay at USC for another year.
July 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - Mike Trout received some sound advice before playing his first game in Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday night. “Don't run into the wall full speed,” the Angels center fielder said. The walls of the 99-year-old park, known as the “Friendly Confines,” are anything but friendly. Behind the lush, green layer of ivy on the fence is solid brick, one of several challenges for those who have never played in Wrigley. Another is the wind, which often blows out but sometimes can swirl or gust violently, wreaking havoc on fly balls and popups.
January 8, 2010 | By Meg James
The gig: President of Dick Clark Productions. Orly Adelson oversees the production and distribution of the company's TV shows, including "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," the Golden Globes, the American Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, "So You Think You Can Dance?" and " Shaq vs." The company has about 50 employees. "Primarily, my job is to resolve problems. . . . If there is no problem, then nobody needs me. That's the idea of hiring good people." Coming to Hollywood: After serving as a lieutenant in the Israeli army, then earning degrees in sociology and musicology from Hebrew University and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, "I met a man who was an American in the [entertainment]
September 26, 2004
Regarding "Anaheim's the Latest of NFL Footballs," Golden State, Aug. 30: In his assessment of the National Football League's new flirtation with Anaheim, Michael Hiltzik offers the city some very sound advice: Don't be fooled into thinking the NFL's sudden interest means the city of Anaheim has a leg up on the competition. The NFL loves to jerk that chain of football-hungry cities. How better to cause the three publicly identified venues -- Carson, the Rose Bowl and the Coliseum -- to up the ante than by throwing in a fourth and highly competitive venue, Anaheim, into the mix?
January 19, 1998 | MARTIN MILLER
Save for the resulting pitter-patter of little feet, some folks might just forget all about their pregnancy. Now you can preserve your most beautiful expectant shape forever with something called the belly mask. Basically, it's a pa^pier-mache mold of your naked torso. A company called In Honor of Pregnant Women sells a complete kit for $65. (Visit their Web site at be warned: Like getting pregnant, you need a "helper" to make the mask.
December 19, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Is it too soon to be advocating for new gun control measures? It isn't for President Obama, as he showed Wednesday with his announcement of a task force on the issue to be headed by Vice President Joe Biden. But some people want to use the old “haste makes waste” argument to delay action. SLIDESHOW: The 10 trigger-happiest states in America Take Times Op-Ed columnist Jonah Goldberg, for example, in his piece Tuesday, “ Mourn first, then act ,” about the Newtown, Conn., shootings.
February 3, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Was it Superman's, Spider-Man's or Socrates' uncle who said, "With great power comes great responsibility?" Regardless, it would have proved sound advice for the suddenly telekinetic teens at the center of the raw, electrical charge of "Chronicle. " Thankfully, it's wisdom the filmmakers took to heart. This mind-and-fork-bending sci-fi saga comes from the freaky imaginations of director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis, who've packed their feature debut with smartness. Don't let its DIY sensibility fool you: "Chronicle" is ultimately telling a meta-story, built around the age-old conundrum - if you had superpowers that would let you do just about anything, would you do good or evil?
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