Posts Tagged: TV

News

Mental health care: From the snake pit to the streets

Illustration of a person suffering from mental illness. (Image: GrAl, via Shutterstock)

The modern history of mental-health care in California begins more than half a century ago with passage of the landmark 1967 Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, an ambitious — but ultimately disastrous —  overhaul of a draconian “system” of hoary old mental hospitals throughout California. Most of the hospitals were closed, but the “community care” that was to take their place never materialized.

Opinion

Wanted, now: More competition in the TV marketplace

A television screen surrounded by viewing options. (Photo: Haywiremedia, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: We all adjust our individual habits in response to positive changes in the marketplace – the ubiquity of smartphones means I now text more often then I call, and consume news on my phone rather than my laptop.  These habit changes are generally a good thing – companies are encouraged to invest in new products and services that satisfy consumers changing demands.

Analysis

Serious business: seducing the California voter

California voters on election day casting their ballots in Los Angeles. (Photo: Josephn Sohm, via Shutterstock)

ANALYSIS: This, too, shall pass: There will come a day in the not-too-distant future when we’ll be able to sit down in front of our television sets or computer screens without being subject to political campaign commercials. Hallelujah!

News

Sanders, Clinton pony up for final stretch

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at a presidential candidates debate. (Photo: Joseph Sohm, Shutterstock.)

Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders plan on spending about $2 million combined on TV ads in California as their primary election campaigns hit the final stretch. Clinton began her effort Thursday, with about $940,000 committed so far in those three communities. Sanders began the day before.

Opinion

Workers, not billionaires, key to public pension parley

OPINION: Public employees have shown they are willing to do their part to help balance government budgets. We may not have liked the pension system overhaul Governor Brown signed in 2012, but once it became law our union leaders helped to implement the changes, which will amount to a reduction of more than $77 billion to public workers’ retirement and health care benefits.

News

Top tales: 2013’s key political yarns

State Capitol, Sacramento. (Photo: David Monniaux)

For the followers of California politics, non-election years usually are yawns. Not so 2013: One would be hard pressed to find a year with more hot-button events fraught with statewide political ramifications. Here’s our roundup of the year’s top tales, a subjective compilation to be sure but one which was fun to put together. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

News

Tax credit: Lights, camera, action

California’s TV and film tax incentive appears as popular as ever, despite a rash of negative news coverage of an FBI undercover sting of a state senator in which an industry tax break figured as a lure. “The FBI could have picked any topic from any industry to mount a sting,” Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, D-Los Angeles, said recently at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual State of the Industry Conference.(Photo: Stan Rudich)

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