Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles Times’

What the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of “releasing” inmates really means

May 26, 2011

The United States Supreme Court ordered a massive inmate transfer to relieve California’s crowded prisons.  The Los Angeles Times stated, “The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California must remove tens of thousands of inmates from its prison rolls in the next two years, and state officials vowed to comply, saying they hoped to do so without setting any criminals free.”  Tens of thousands of inmates will be transferred from state prisons to county prisons in the next two years.  The goal is to not release them at all, but to transfer custody of them.

The United States Supreme Court ordered a massive inmate transfer to relieve California’s crowded prisons. What does this really mean for California residents?In the U.S. Supreme Court ruling and the L.A. Times, they made it sound as though prisoners would be released into society early, using the words “release” interchangeably with “transfer” when in fact, this is not the case.  Neither the U.S. government, state of California, nor Los Angeles County intends to release any prisoners early.  Housing prisoners in county jails for the time being will still cost a lot of money.  However, there are plans to build more prisons in the future.  Governor Brown proposed raising that money by extending the tax hike, which is due to expire on July 1st, 2011.  Higher taxes may be, quite literally, the price we have to pay to keep criminals off the streets.

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A Change in Google’s Management

April 15, 2011

Larry Page, one of the co-founders of Google, has made some major changes to management ranks at the Internet search giant.  The Los Angeles Times reports that Page promoted seven executives from the company to run various divisions within it.  That being said, the move was said to make an effort to “restore the sense of urgency and innovation that drove Google’s prior success.”

With co-founder Larry Page returning to his top position in Google, he has made some big changes to Google's management in an effort to restore a sense of urgency and innovation, driving forces of the company's early years.Andy Rubin, who is in charge of Android mobile phone software; Salar Kamangar, who runs YouTube and videos; Sundar Pichai, head of the Chrome Web Browser and operating system; and Vic Gundotra, who is in charge of Google’s social networking strategy, are all being promoted to Senior VP roles.  Existing Senior VPs, meanwhile, will take over various departments throughout the company.  All these changes are being made to bolster performance in parts of Google’s business that has seen little growth.

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The Festival of Books

April 11, 2011

The annual Festival of Books, which is sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, will be held on April 30th and May 1st, 2011, on the University of Southern California (USC) campus in downtown Los Angeles.  The festival is free for everyone, but there will be a charge for parking at USC’s campus.  There are several stages set up for the two-day event, from children’s books to cooking demonstrations.

If you are a bookworm and like to read books about different subjects from local and international authors, you will enjoy the Festival of Books in Los Angeles.Hundreds of authors will be there on stage, reading selections from their own books, showing their new books, or just enjoying the festival like everybody else.  Ludwig Bemelmans started the legacy of the Madeline books, authoring and illustrating these wonderful books.  His grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano, carries it on.  The Los Angeles Times has Book Prizes, as well.  The two main winners are Beverly Cleary, who won the 2010 Robert Kirsch Award.  Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon won the 2010 Innovator’s Award.  Many other authors won in separate categories such as Biography, Fiction, Current Interest, Graphic Novel, and History, among other categories.  There will be a ceremony held in honor of all the winners.  Come join the hundreds of authors and bookworms on April 30th and May 1st to enjoy this literary festival.

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