FROM Chris Tilly
American Apparel and Manufacturing in L.A. Dov Charney, the founder and former CEO of American Apparel, built a brand partly around the fact that his clothes were made here in L.A. It was a great idea. But these days, American Apparel is in trouble. It emerged from bankruptcy in February but its stock is still trading for about a dime. Last week, the company laid off 500 workers. It says it will improve its manufacturing process and maybe even outsource making some of its hipster wear. Is American Apparel a cautionary tale for other companies that want to manufacture products locally and pay the people who make them a living wage? Or a story of bad management?
Could LA's 'Promise Zones' Spur Gentrification? During last week's 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, the Obama White House announced what it calls " Promise Zones " in five American cities, including Los Angeles. Zones include Pico-Union, Westlake, Koreatown, East Hollywood and Hollywood. But there's concern that they could do harm than good for poor people.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."