February 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to convene a meeting with the top leaders in Congress on Friday at the White House, congressional aides confirmed. The president's confab with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) will come on the day the indiscriminate across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, are set to begin slicing $85 billion in federal spending by the end of September.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2012 |
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings turned the tables on City Council members Tuesday, blaming increased 911 response times on budget cuts approved by lawmakers. "You gave us a budget," Cummings said during a nearly two-hour City Hall hearing. "We're giving you the most effective Fire Department that we can within that budget. " Cummings was summoned to appear before the council after he failed to produce a plan to improve service and response times, which have grown longer since budget cuts were ordered three years ago after the economic downturn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2012 |
Brian Cummings became the man of the moment two years ago when Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa needed more than $50 million slashed from the Fire Department. A second-generation LAFD firefighter who quit college to follow in his father's footsteps, Cummings had risen steadily in the department over three decades. An assistant chief, he helped devise a cost-cutting plan to trim engines and ambulances. Cummings, who is personable and energetic, campaigned across the city with a polished PowerPoint presentation showing that even with the cuts, the city could have 911 response times similar to those of pre-recession days, when stations were fully staffed.
November 11, 2012 |
Question: In a matter unrelated to our association, the manager of our gated community has been sued by a third party. He also has an office inside our gated community. At our board meeting he said that he had instructed our association's security guards not to let the process server in to serve him and that the party suing him had in fact attempted to serve him but left the summons with the security guard. He was laughing and said that does not mean he has been served as the guard is not "an agent" of his. One owner who has been sued in the past has been served several times by process servers, so the guards do let servers into our complex to serve other people.
November 4, 2012 |
A letdown by the Clippers on Saturday night seemed to be inevitable against the Golden State Warriors, in the second game of their first back-to-back set this season. The Clippers opened the season playing their first two games against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Lakers, opponents that brought out the best in them. But the Clippers had difficulty bringing the same intensity against the Warriors. They finally did do it, but they waited too long and dropped a 114-110 decision at Staples Center.
October 23, 2012 |
Minutes into the third presidential debate, a theme emerged: Lessons have been learned. Don't be rude to the moderator, don't be afraid to call on the fact-checkers, and don't forget to mention women's rights as often as humanly possible. Held on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's televised announcement of the Cuban missile crisis, Monday night's discussion was supposed to be about foreign policy, and for the most part it was - save for when both candidates strong-armed the narrative back to domestic shores to reiterate central arguments (Mitt Romney: I can fix the economy; President Obama: I am fixing the economy)