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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered his final State of the City address last week, and as these speeches go, it was fairly typical. He boasted of progress in environmental protection and public safety, both genuine hallmarks of his work and legitimate...
When I met them at their home on election day in March, Don and Prudy Schultz of Van Nuys had a Wendy Greuel sign planted in their frontyard. But today, it's gone. Don jerked it out of the ground as if it were a weed, and got rid of it. "Just wanted...
Tags: Local Elections, Fishing, Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti, Elections
Sandy Valdivieso and her husband intended to fly from Los Angeles to Dakar, Senegal. They ended up almost 7,000 miles off-course in Dhaka, Bangladesh. How something this bizarre could happen illustrates how a single mix-up on an airline's part can...
In recent years, Prime Healthcare has built a reputation as a take-no-prisoners company willing to run roughshod over patients and employees alike in its quest for profits — $283 million on revenue of $1.6 billion in 2010, according to a financial...
Herman Nash is his name, and the 44-year-old former Manual Arts running back has earned a special place in the history of West Hollywood Pacific Hills basketball. He took over running the team on the night of March 2, after Pacific Hills defeated...
Robert Kennedy was a young Bill Rosendahl's hope for the White House, but Kennedy's rival, Hubert Humphrey, practiced the "happy warrior" style of politics that represents the principles Rosendahl has embraced. As he leaves the Los Angeles City Council...
Tags: Entertainment, Journalism, Voting, Elections, Dianne Feinstein
When I woke up Saturday morning I felt strange. I quickly realized it was because my Swiss relatives had left the day before to head back to Switzerland, and I missed them, and missed the Schwyzer-Dutsch they spoke. My son Tony took them to LAX. He was...
Few tensions more regularly complicate the political life of Los Angeles than those between neighborhood residents and "outsiders" wanting to alter those neighborhoods for what they see as the larger good. Those stresses underscored the conflict over the...
Of all the scam artists to set foot in Los Angeles, one of the most notorious was A. Victor Segno, who duped thousands of people around the world into sending him $1 a month to belong to his Segno Success Club. In return, he promised to send out brain...
Illegal drugs by the tons are smuggled into California each year by sea, by land and by air. Cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin are either produced in or pass through Mexico, where 50,000 people have been killed in the last six years in an...
Recognize this pattern? Brag brag brag Bait for compliment Self-promote Promote someone else so as to be able to self-promote later Brag Wax indignant about political issue on which everyone you know agrees with you Bait again Brag...
Tags: Social Media, Olive Garden, Sports, Golf
For the most part I love surprises. I especially enjoy running into people I haven’t seen in a long time. My most recent surprise was getting to meet the daughter of my roommate for the first time. Her mother, Barbara, and I met when we shared a...
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