Against the new hotel in Calabasas

At the Jan. 15, 2014 State of the City address, then-mayor Fred Gaines proudly announced that he had convened a special meeting of 60 real estate brokers and presented them with “the last handful of parcels available for commercial development in the city and we told them what we want,” urging them to “bring us a hotel. . . . […]

Global entry

Imagine two scenarios. Scenario No. 1: You arrive at the airport for your trip or vacation. You check your bag at the counter. Next stop, the TSA checkpoint where you’ll be required to remove your shoes, belt, watch, jewelry and . . . dignity. You’ll empty your pockets, take out your laptop and walk in bare or stocking feet across […]

“We Are Your Friends”

“We Are Your Friends” is a terrible title for the thinnest of stories set to music at 128 beats per minute. And that, according to DJ Cole (Efron), is the optimum rate to get an audience fully energized. But maybe not for this movie. Think of this as “remix to the rescue.” Every time the story threatens to bog down […]

Early intervention is the key when treating children with autism

Bill Burke wasn’t sure what to think when his 2-year-old son suddenly stopped speaking and making eye contact and sometimes seemed unable to hear commands. The behaviors were early warning signs of autism, signs Burke and his wife missed. “We didn’t know what those things meant,” he said. Two years later the boy was diagnosed with the disorder. “Those years […]

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