Flex alerts: Ways to conserve power and stay cool

Jessica Roy 2020-08-18 03:37:41 A heat wave has settled over California, and with it, a power shortage the governor described as “unacceptable.”Rolling blackouts could be necessary over the next 72 hours while state officials work to mitigate the deficit.The California Independent System Operator issued a statewide flex alert on Thursday and another one on Sunday. It declared a Stage 3...

Op-Ed: What Josie and I learned from Wilbur the pig, Marmota and life and death in a small garden

Christopher Ketcham 2020-08-16 15:30:35 In the evenings I have been reading to Josie, my 8-year-old daughter, from E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web,” and she has taken to watching, repeatedly and obsessively — four times in a row this past week — the 1973 animated film version of the book, which happens to be one of the most important works of advocacy...

You can change careers and fix your finances — even during a pandemic. Here's how

Times Staff 2020-08-15 21:28:00 Millions of Americans lost their jobs this year due to coronavirus. and many students who graduated this spring entered an uncertain job market. Whether you're looking to switch careers or wondering how to make your new financial reality work for you, we've got tips for what to do next. Plus, we've got inspirational stories from those...

L.A. Affairs: How I got my boyfriend to propose

Annie Greenawalt 2020-08-15 19:30:27 I was working at a commercial real estate company and dating a man who was married to his job and lacked a sense of fun. After two years of this, I told him I was going to venture out and start dating other people. He didn’t seem to mind. About a week later, I met Rob....

How the COVID-19 economy has changed late career job hunting

Jeanette Marantos 2020-08-15 05:13:54 Hey boomers, it’s not your imagination. Finding a job in today’s COVID economy is harder than ever, especially for “older Americans,” i.e. workers 55 and older. Let’s start with the grim statistics (just to get them over with).According to the “Older Workers Report” released Aug. 5 by the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis ...

COVID-19 layoffs: How to recover after losing your job

Jeanette Marantos 2020-08-15 02:51:00 If this was television, the time would be around 10 a.m., and you’d be sitting in a darkened bar, staring into your third or fourth Scotch, wondering how to go home and tell The Spouse you’ve lost your job. A bit clichéd perhaps, but a lot more plausible than the reality of 2020, the year that...

12 fun kids’ face masks for the COVID-19 pandemic

Lindzi Scharf 2020-08-15 00:41:55 With in-person school just starting for many children, face masks have become the new backpacks in terms of being necessities for at least 2020 and 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children 2 and older “wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in your household.”As the world adjusts...

Amid COVID-19, director builds customized planter boxes

Jeff Spurrier 2020-08-14 23:20:07 In March, when the pandemic closed down the economy, commercials director Raúl B. Fernández used the free time to build his wife a pair of planter boxes for their Mount Washington home. Friends on his soccer team asked for some, and he built a few more.Then he put a picture of the boxes on the...

Nike returns to the Kobe Bryant sneaker game in a big way

Adam Tschorn 2020-08-14 22:35:43 Nike, which hasn’t had a Kobe Bryant signature sneaker in its merchandise mix since the basketball player’s death in a helicopter crash in January, plans to honor the accomplishments and the life of the retired Laker with five new versions of the Kobe V Protro sneaker silhouette and a re-issued basketball jersey, all of which...

7 tips for changing jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Nicole Santa Cruz 2020-08-14 19:30:24 After Danielle Richardson was furloughed in March from her job as an optometrist, she slowed down and thought about what she wanted to do with her time away from work.Richardson had been nursing a fledgling wellness company on the side, one that focused on retreats and experiences. But that was a no-go during stay-at-home orders....