December 19, 1987 |
A state commission voted narrowly Friday to raise California's minimum wage to $4.25 an hour, the highest in the nation, in an action that drew loud cheers from laborers who took an all-night bus ride from Los Angeles to be here for the decision. The 27% increase, approved by a 3-2 vote of the Industrial Welfare Commission, will take effect July 1. The rise will make the state's minimum wage higher than the federal minimum, which has been $3.35 an hour since 1981.
August 19, 2002 |
If you didn't know any better, you might think the trouble began when a beloved, bespectacled waiter named Gilberto got fired. But in truth, the storm over this antique French eatery had been gathering for years. Maybe the fracas was inevitable. How could Galatoire's, a last bastion of French Quarter gentility, expect to slip gracefully into another century? When machine cubes took the place of hand-chipped ice, the clientele griped. When the dress code weakened, they groused.
August 12, 2010 |
This is Beverly Hills?, I wondered, oh so many years ago when a friend took me to lunch in a sweet little house with a fireplace on South Beverly Drive. Chez Mimi later moved to Santa Monica, and Urth Caffé now dispenses soy lattes and iced green tea from that rose-covered cottage. Back then (and now), South Beverly Drive didn't seem fancy at all, more like a small-town Main Street where you'd find shops selling nightgowns and one-piece swimming suits, baseball cards and birthday gifts.
January 14, 2014 |
MAKENA STATE PARK, Hawaii - After a record year of attacks across the Hawaii archipelago, sharks were not far from Colin Dececco's mind as the sun went down on the long white strip of sand here on a recent Sunday evening. He and his daughter had had a close encounter with a reef shark while swimming around the rocky cove at the north end of Makena's Big Beach that morning. Now, watching a spear fisherman haul in his catch as they strolled by the same spot at sunset, they heard a splash at the edge of his net. It was an 8-foot tiger shark, one of the most aggressive shark species in Hawaii's waters and the likely culprit for many of the 14 attacks in 2013, eight of which occurred around Maui, near Makena's beaches and elsewhere.
January 7, 2001 |
The first and only time Dominic Shambra met with the man who would ruin his life, he was unimpressed. * A veteran of more than 35 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Shambra had seen them all: gadflies, geeks, hysterical parents packed into gymnasiums to protest the closure of neighborhood schools. You listened, nodded and then moved ahead. Now Shambra had a new job, one set up outside the brutish and unwieldy educational bureaucracy.
March 3, 1989 |
What's the protocol when the people occupying the table that you've reserved for 7:30 arrive 45 minutes late for their 6 o'clock reservation? Should the management ask them to leave--or keep you standing around while the latecomers finish their meal? What if one of the people in your party really wants to go up to the table and tell these people that her baby sitter has to leave early and that if they are so rude as to eat dessert she won't have time to do the same?
December 6, 1990 |
Does anybody remember the 12.5 million tomato seeds that were carried on the space shuttle Columbia in order to study the effects of long-term space exposure on living tissue? We just heard that school children in West Lafayette, Ind., were given some space-exposed seeds and raised tomatoes that were served in the school cafeteria. So what are they like? (And what about the remaining 12,499,900 space tomato seeds?
May 19, 1990 |
A waiter fired from a restaurant was awarded $60,000 in back wages by a jury that found he was the victim of AIDS discrimination. A judge must still approve the Thursday verdict.