Some people kiss the soil of Israel when they come to the Holy Land. Last month, Audrey Adler didn't so much kiss the dirt as inhale it.
Adler and a handful of other Angelenos participated in a charity bike ride for Alyn Children's Hospital in Jerusalem through some of the toughest terrain Adler has ridden.
David Grunwald is agitated. The chief executive of L.A. Family Housing Corp. grows ever more upset as he details the indifference many Angelenos feel toward the population his nonprofit group serves: the homeless and those one or two paychecks away from being on the streets. From liberal Brentwood to conservative Pasadena, most Southern California residents don't want homeless shelters in their neighborhoods and oppose the construction of high-density, affordable housing that could help thousands of families. NIMBY is alive and well here.
Jews aren't the only Angelenos dissatisfied with the Los Angeles Times. Indeed, for the first time in a generation, that dissatisfaction may actually produce something akin to competition for the most dominant newspaper west of Chicago.
Remember the fear and trepidation that accompanied the coming of the year 2000? Millennialists ran around like Chicken Little, selling us on bottled water and canned tuna, promising disaster.
It turns out they were off by a year.