Archive for November, 2010

Is Mayor Villaraigosa Really Trying to Wreck the City’s Civil Service System?

Readers of this column should know I don’t have any inside information about the mayor’s views on civil service. This column reflects only what I’ve learned in roughly thirty years as a Trouble-Finder at City Hall. Here’s what I know. When Antonio R. Villaraigosa was elected mayor of Los Angeles, Section 541 of the City […]

Talk with Jackie

Talk with Jackie

By Belle’s Daughter Life is Good I want to talk about living. David wears a T-shirt that says, “Life is Good.” It is. There are depressed people who need help to understand that life is good. It’s true. Some local talent knows how to live the good life and creatively make it better for others. […]

Ask The Expert

Dear Mr. Lamoureux, My wife continues to use the word cement when she should be saying concrete. Please explain the difference so I can show it to her and settle this once and for all. Thank you, Dean D. Hi Dean, Well, I want to be careful about getting in the middle of a family […]

Travels in Baja

Travels in Baja

I’d never be hired for The Travel Channel Andrew Zimmern’s job. But recently, I made a contribution to his art, by tasting grasshopper and cricket. I opted to skip the octopus. While dining with a group of travel writers at La Diferencia, a picturesque Tijuana restaurant, we were privy to some surprising delights. We were […]

Universal’s Evolution Plan

By Frank Barron Our much needed economic recovery is getting support from NBC Universal. The “evolution plan,” developed by NBC Universal, is a 20-year blueprint for the 391-acre Universal City property. The aim is to support the motion picture and television business on the lot, and keep entertainment jobs in Los Angeles in the future, […]

L.A.-Based TV Show Focus in the Mix with Denise Ames

L.A.-Based TV Show Focus in the Mix with Denise Ames

Denise Ames is the news anchor/host of Focus in the Mix with Denise Ames, a television show featuring interviews with fascinating personalities, from rock stars and actors to other well known people. Ames covers news and entertainment with the greatest of ease, making her audience as comfortable as her celebrity guests, while asking both soul […]

Envy Nutrition’s Grand Opening

Envy Nutrition’s Grand Opening

By Laura Routsong Terri Hardin-Jackson is known in TV commercials as one of the Foster Farm’s chickens. Following Foster Farm’s philosophy that plumping is neither desirable nor healthy in chickens, Terri decided that the “plumping” on her own body was not healthy. She changed her habits and discovered that when she fed her body proper […]

En Route to India

I leave for India today. I’ve spent the past few days running around like a crazy person getting ready for my fourth trip to India. I say this with extreme pride because India is, aside from Spain, my favorite place on earth. I’m opening a new orphanage and a school for slum children in Faridabad, […]

A Noise Within Receives Large Challenge and Grant

A Noise Within Receives Large Challenge and Grant

A Noise Within (ANW), Los Angeles’ critically acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, has received a $1 million “Patron To Patron” challenge, a $200,000 Eisner Foundation grant and a $500,000 Ahmanson Foundation grant during the last six weeks for its new theatre under construction in Pasadena, announced Board of Directors President Terry Kay. As the company […]

International Model Graces Hollywood Red Carpets

International Model Graces Hollywood Red Carpets

Donna Rowe is a Filipino/Italian beauty new to the Hollywood scene. However, in her short span in Tinsel Town she has mesmerized many super powers and received many film and TV offers. But the sultry actress/model prefers to take things into her own hands. She is the co-executive producer for a new Web series that […]