CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The musical chairs in California's Legislature continues when voters in a Los Angeles-area Assembly district go to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant seat. One of the three candidates in the contest - all Democrats - is Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mark Ridley-Thomas, who served in the Legislature before being elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The other candidates are former Culver City Mayor Christopher R. Armenta and John Jake, a real estate broker who is president of the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council.
November 29, 2013
Re "Let the governor fill seats," Column, Nov. 25 George Skelton points out a clearly regrettable waste of about $1 million that taxpayers spend every time we hold a special election because a state legislator changed his mind about doing the job he was elected to do. Having the governor appoint a replacement isn't the worst of ideas, but why not simply offer the job to the runner-up? At least the replacement would be someone who ran for the office and had the support of at least a chunk of the people.
November 25, 2013 |
If you are among America's well-to-do, you may have noticed that the airline industry has been rolling out the red carpet for you lately. For good reason. The number of affluent travelers has risen in the last few years, according to a report by the travel marketing agency MMGY Global and research firm Harrison Group. Defined as those with an annual household income of $250,000 or more, affluent travelers make up 6% of the leisure travel market, up from 4% in 2010, according to the report.
November 19, 2013 |
Albuquerque voters resoundingly rejected an antiabortion initiative Tuesday that would have banned the procedure after 20 weeks, with record-breaking turnout for a special election. The nation's first citywide measure to limit abortion lost by nearly 10 percentage points, about 55% to 45%. More than 87,000 voters cast ballots, including 50,000 who voted early or absentee. In all, about a quarter of the city's approximately 360,000 registered voters participated, a record for a special election, officials said.
November 19, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Jim Mora gathered his football team's leaders days before the Bruins played Stanford, and Ryan Hofmeister stood out in the crowd. There was tall and athletic quarterback Brett Hundley, powerful linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, massive offensive linemen Xavier Su'a-Filo and Jake Brendal, and Hofmeister, a smallish, little-known junior linebacker. Hofmeister looked around at the group he was in and "was a little flustered. " Who was out of place? Turns out, no one. Captain Crab, a nickname Hofmeister acquired because of how low he runs during drills, deserves a place with the in-crowd, say his teammates, who made him a team captain this season.
November 14, 2013 |
Friday Night Lights comes to Los Angeles, with UCLA looking for a rerun against Washington. The Bruins have beaten the Huskies seven consecutive times at the Rose Bowl. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines: Jack attack UCLA freshman linebacker-turned-running-back Myles Jack became something of a celebrity last week by gaining 120 yards in six carries, including a 66-yard touchdown, against Arizona in his debut on offense. Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian is mindful of Jack, who played across Lake Washington from the University of Washington campus at Bellevue High.