FROM Bill Gross
Design Accelerator In recent years, we've seen the rise of the Design Entrepreneur. Micro-funding sites, affordable 3D printing technology, and digital marketplaces are among innovations that make it more possible for young designers to start a small business. Art Center, together with Caltech and Pasadena’s Idealab has created a design accelerator to help students realize their entrepreneurial ambitions.
LA's New Job Czar; Pasadena Green Energy Leader's China Contract Los Angeles may be America's biggest manufacturing center, but it's also notorious as a hard place to do business. Mayor Villaraigosa has begun what he calls "a total refocusing of economic development and job creation" in the City of LA. The first step is appointment of Austin Beutner to the newly created position of First Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive for Economic and Business Policy. In an unprecedented grant of authority, he'll oversee no less than 13 city departments, including the Department of Water and Power, the Port of Los Angeles and development at the Los Angeles World Airports. Meantime, a Pasadena company has just announced " the biggest solar-thermal deal ever ," a $5 billion deal to build a massive project using California-based technology. But the project will be constructed in China.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?