December 14, 2011 |
The NCAA's plan to give athletes a $2,000 stipend might be in trouble. The legislation, passed in October, now faces an override challenge at the annual NCAA convention in January, a decision that could create an unusual discrepancy between recruits who have signed national letters of intent and those who have not. David Berst , the Division I vice president of governance, acknowledged Wednesday that about 1,000 players signed with schools...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2011 |
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a law that makes it harder for city council members in California to improperly pad their paychecks, a response to the financial scandal that rocked the city of Bell. In recent years, some officials in the working-class Los Angeles suburb earned more than $100,000 annually for part-time jobs by receiving stipends for serving on various boards and commissions that sometimes met for just minutes at a time, often during council meetings. On Monday, Brown signed AB 23, which requires city officials to announce, when holding simultaneous or back-to-back meetings, how much those attending will receive in stipends.
July 3, 2011 |
The safety net at LAX became significantly smaller last week when the city of Los Angeles, which operates the airport, ended a $400,000-a-year relationship with the Travelers Aid Society and absorbed the management of the volunteers who run and staff the information booths. The change, which went into effect Friday, does not substantially alter how the information program works: Red-jacketed volunteers will still assist travelers in navigating one of the nation's most daunting airports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2010 |
The parents of popular Cal State Fresno Student Body President Pedro Ramirez always talked a lot about el sueño Americano ? the American Dream. He was to study hard, get good grades and claim the prize, but it wasn't until that night in their kitchen when the high school valedictorian was filling out university applications that they told him a missing detail ? he wasn't a United States citizen. He was born in Mexico. He came to this country when he was 3 years old. Now, an anonymous tip to the college newspaper has forced Ramirez to publicly expose his secret and has put this son of a maid and a restaurant worker into the thick of a debate on immigration and education that has reached a boiling point in recent weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2010 |
Unable to obtain insurance, Maywood announced this week it would lay off nearly all its employees, disband its Police Department and entrust all municipal operations to the neighboring city of Bell. But Bell may have problems of its own. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday it is investigating why council members of the small, working-class city are paid nearly $100,000 a year for a part-time job. In a June 8 letter to Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, David Demerjian, who heads the district attorney's Public Integrity Division, said a review of city records showed that council members each received $8,083.25 per month.
October 11, 2009
Ironic and typical that a story about unsung artist Jack Kirby ["A Credit to His Name," Sept. 27] would be accompanied by a photo of Stan Lee, his more-famous co-creator of many of the most recognized Marvel comic book characters that are now worth billions to Disney. While Lee is, in my opinion, the Mastermind of the entire Marvel Universe, Jack Kirby, his most prolific artist, was essential to the success of the company by conceiving and designing characters, devising multi-issue story lines, creating the visual style followed by other staff artists and pushing the creative boundaries of the entire medium.