CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2009 |
As workers finished exploratory drilling Thursday for the planned Westside subway extension, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other elected officials said they want to speed up construction of the $4.1-billion transit project, which has been scheduled for completion in 2036. An outspoken advocate for the so-called Subway to the Sea, the mayor has long been frustrated by the project's timetable, and that was evident again when he and other officials gathered for a news conference in a UCLA parking lot. There, final soil samples had been drawn for a route that would follow Wilshire Boulevard from downtown Los Angeles to Westwood.
February 1, 2009 |
When the going gets tough, the tough buy local. That's the crux of the more than $800-billion economic stimulus bill under consideration in the Senate. It contains a "buy American" provision requiring that most stimulus-funded projects use only American-made gear and goods. The House passed its own version of the legislation last week. It stipulates that we not buy any iron and steel from pesky foreigners seeking a slice of stimulus pie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2010 |
One of Gov.-elect Jerry Brown's first official acts will be eliminating the state Office of Inspector General, a position held by former L.A. City Controller Laura Chick, who has been responsible for overseeing more than $50 billion in federal stimulus money. Brown's office said in a statement Monday that he is closing the operation, whose function mimics those of other state agencies, to save money. "Ending this redundancy will save the state's General Fund over $700,000 in fiscal year 2010-11," the statement said.
July 13, 2009 |
Executives at Quallion, a lithium-ion battery maker, believe they can provide an energizing jolt to the Southern California economy if they're able to secure a slice of the $2 billion in stimulus funds aimed at developing batteries for hybrid cars. The Sylmar company, owned by California philanthropist and serial entrepreneur Alfred Mann, has already made believers out of the California Energy Commission, several members of Congress and the city of Palmdale.
April 14, 2009 |
President Obama announced Monday that highway projects spurred by the administration's $787-billion economic stimulus plan are coming in "ahead of schedule and under budget," but the program's early success may owe more to the depth of the economic crisis than to any newfound efficiency in Washington. State governments, facing black-hole deficits, went into overdrive to grab a share of the $28 billion for highways and bridges that was provided in the stimulus bill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2009 |
Vice President Joe Biden toured a low-income housing project Friday in South Los Angeles and announced that the federal government will offer nearly $100 million in stimulus funds to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint and other health hazards from low-income homes. "This is a particular plague that adversely hurts children under 6," Biden told a crowd of residents and community leaders gathered in the courtyard of the Esperanza Community Housing Corp. He was joined by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles)
February 21, 2009 |
President Obama named a North Dakota nurse and expert on rural health to run the government's community clinics program. Mary Wakefield, 54, will lead the Health Resources and Services Administration, which oversees some 7,000 community clinics that serve low-income and uninsured people. It also runs the government's Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, providing medical care and medications for 530,000 low-income patients. Wakefield most recently directed the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota.