A “crazy” aunt who everyone jokes about at family gatherings. A cousin who believes the government is stalking her or a teenage friend, whose world is so dark that he kills himself in his parent’s garage. Mental illness, no matter the severity, has touched most of us in one way or another. In my family, […]
I felt like a turkey sliding into an oven. Unfortunately for me, there were no candied yams, cranberries, stuffing or gravy being slathered over me. Instead, I was stuffed into a $3 million machine that took a picture of my brain. I keep having a number of health firsts lately. Maladies such as colon cancer, […]
Taking my cue from the public information office of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, I’m announcing in a press release that I saved ten hikers, two lost puppies and a cute cat in Eaton Canyon Saturday – all before I had breakfast. Before those sleepy Pasadena firefighters started flipping their morning pancakes, I had […]
Of course, I didn’t know Syed Fahad Hashmi would later be dubbed a terrorist. I interviewed him for a story about his connection to a radical Islamic group, Al-Muhajiroun, which was accused of recruiting disaffected and disenfranchised students from Britain to go fight in Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. The group was meeting with students at […]
A few months ago, after allegations that the board skirted the Ralph M. Brown Act, which governs how public entities conduct their business, before voting on a raise for the school’s president, Aguirre demanded that the board repeal the raise and start following state open meeting laws. I called Aviles, a Citrus College graduate, this […]
My brother peered out of his New York City apartment last week and gazed upon the East River 15 feet away from his doorstep. Unfortunately, the East River is usually more than a half mile away. He and his family live on the first floor and at one point, were preparing to relocate to neighbors […]
Whether it is Matthew Lin, Ed Chau, Ed Chavez or Roger Hernandez, the voters have an opportunity to decide what kind of person they want representing them.
As Groucho Marx once said, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?” I was reminded of the line after reading that West Covina approved a rolling, 25-year deal with Athens Services for trash collection. Despite better deals and unexplored options, West Covina decided to move forward. Careful stewards of taxpayer deals, […]