Month: October 2019

Racing! Rick Hammerle gets a new job

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as Santa Anita suffers its second racing fatality of the meeting. It seems the racing industry can’t get enough of Rick Hammerle, the former director of racing at Santa Anita. After being dismissed by Tim Ritvo, who was then running Santa…

By JohnValbyNation October 20, 2019 0

Dedication of Tujunga intersection to Armenian American author sparks controversy

The dedication Saturday of an intersection in Tujunga to Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan, who wrote extensively about the Armenian immigrant experience in California, sparked controversy between some in the community who claimed it would overshadow the corner’s existing historical significance and others who believed the opposition was grounded in discrimination. After the Los Angeles…

By JohnValbyNation October 20, 2019 0

Founder and CEO of embattled Inspire charter schools resigns

SAN DIEGO —  The founder and Chief Executive of the embattled Inspire charter school network has resigned, Inspire officials have announced. The resignation of Herbert “Nick” Nichols on Friday comes after seven county superintendents, including those from Los Angeles and San Diego counties, officially requested a state fiscal agency to audit the Inspire network for potential…

By JohnValbyNation October 20, 2019 0

Review: At Antaeus in Glendale, 'The Abuelas' opens a family secret. Cue the tears

Stephanie Alison Walker’s “The Abuelas,” now at Antaeus Theatre Company in Glendale, is the kind of play that makes staff dramaturgs earn their keep: so much history to contextualize. A standalone companion to Walker’s “The Madres,” which ran last year at Skylight Theatre, “The Abuelas” dramatizes the repercussions of Argentina’s “dirty war” of 1976-83, when…

By JohnValbyNation October 20, 2019 0