The Los Angeles Fire Department has begun hiring for the first time since 2009, and there is tremendous demand for a job with the agency. You’d think the city would be able to select the very best candidates -- the ones with the highest test scores, the most training and expertise in medical response, which has become a significant part of a firefighter's job. Think again.
Every week more than 10,000 ex-prisoners are released from U.S. prisons, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 650,000 each year. That's more people than the entire population of Boston -- or Seattle or Denver or Washington, D.C. Today, dumb policies force too many of those ex-offenders back into a life of crime. Show More Summary
Grandiosity comes standard when you’re a third-generation one percenter like venture capitalist Tim Draper.
I’ve lived in many parts of New York City, never more than a six-minute walk from a subway stop. I’ve loved the subway since I was a child because I can read on it and be around my fellow humans, and because I can leave the driving to someone else. Show More Summary
When is a crime not a crime? Apparently when it happens on Wall Street.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer put an end to the public image catastrophe and economic wrath from Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed business owners to refuse to serve lesbian and gay customers if the discrimination was based on a “sincerely held religious belief.” Both Republican Senators in Arizona opposed the bill.
Taking all of the night's news shows together, I figure there were about 30 minutes of coverage for each tenth of an inch of rain to actually fall. But it's still early in the predicted storm cycle.
The bar for getting us to pay attention to local cougar photos keeps being raised. This new batch from the Santa Monica Mountains meets the test.
Tim Draper, the legendary venture capitalist (Tesla, Baidu, Yahoo), also dabbles in politics -- albeit at a much lower rate of return. His latest foray into the political arena is a ballot initiative to subdivide California into sixShow More Summary
The filmIt’s A Mad, Mad, Mad World was probably the last big budget screwball comedy featuring the best of the best comedians from the era. Flash forward 50 years later and some things have changed, others haven’t but George Ann Muller and Peter Scarbo hunted down the locations and reshot them today for scene [...]
My career has always been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking and domestic violence or advocating for social justice legislation. A few years ago, I was unexpectedly thrust into the public...Show More Summary
The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued its decision in Fernandez v. California, holding that a denial of consent to search is invalidated once the person denying consent to search is no longer physically present. In Fernandez, the defendant, along with four others, robbed and beat of a man as he tried to flee and call 911. Show More Summary
We all know that the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards are going to be awesome. They're going to be BIG, unbelievable, insane, magical -- wondertastic. (I know that last one isn't a real word, but it's true!) From the show to the one-hour...Show More Summary
Photo by Jay What was I doing on Friday morning sitting on a bench at a dusty street corner at the original Gateway to Malibu, Rambla Vista, between the singer Sting and the politician Bobby Shriver? We were watching a band of Chumash...Show More Summary
When I saw Ashton Lee, a 16-year-old transgender student from Manteca, California, deliver over 5,700 petitions to Gov. Jerry Brown in support of a law that makes sure he can just be himself at school, I knew I was seeing something special -- a brave, committed transgender student taking charge of his future. Show More Summary
How often does this happen: something to thank Gmail for?
I had never heard of Meyer lemons until one winter Washington weekend spent in the company of gourmands -- one of the serendipities of a migrant's life remains the endless discovery of novel foods decades after arriving to a new continent. Show More Summary
In some ways, a Tom LaDuke painting can seem like a tease. Images that are painstakingly rendered to perfection are blocked by smeared daubs of paint or confounding painted reflections, which leads me to feel both an anxiety and a thrill while looking at his work -- like a maddening itch that I am just about to relieve with a scratch. Show More Summary
A month after he was convicted of voter fraud and perjury, state Sen. Roderick Wright requested and was granted Tuesday a paid leave of absence until he is sentenced on May 16 or granted an appeal. It’s about time Wright made an exit from the Legislature – he is, after all, a convicted felon. Show More Summary
I'm otherwise occupied for the first part of today. Will be posting later.