From here, where Southern California greets Mexico along steep canyons, images of a border gone awry once inflamed the nation’s immigration debate.“The place was completely out of control back then,” recalled Oscar Peña, a veteran Border Patrol agent who recently stood atop a mesa looking down on an iconic site — the “soccer field,” where U.S. authorities long struggled to hold back the assembled migrants poised to head north.The soccer field — so called because border crossers occasionally kicked around a ball — epitomized immigration police chaos, but has since reverted to a desolate and relatively serene swath of brush, bisected by two security fences, where few migrants venture.“If you look behind me now … the soccer field is barren,” said Peña, gesturing to the arid tableau below. “There’s nobody on it.” In many ways, the story of the soccer field’s transformation from a kind of … [Read more...] about What does it take to secure a border? Lessons from the wall dividing San Diego and Tijuana
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? The Harvard Business Review conducted a survey of founders of enterprises — 141 Harvard Business School alumni and 20 non-MBA — to find out. The study participants were asked to rank which skills are most crucial for entrepreneurs. The answer? They're all important. The survey revealed that "founders need to be management jacks-of-all-trades," with respondents describing a wide range of skills as crucial. The ability to build a great team was No. 1, with 88 percent of respondents calling it "high" or "very high" priority. Then came things like leadership (82 percent), team management (74 percent), selling (72 percent) and marketing (71 percent). Here are some insights and ideas from the survey that … [Read more...] about Here’s what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, according to Harvard MBAs who have been there
Heidi sustained an injury to her tooth as a young child and did not receive proper dental care. As a teen, she became self-conscious of her broken tooth and rarely smiled. If she caught herself smiling, she would quickly cover her mouth with her hand. Her foster parent noticed how much it bothered her and scheduled a dental appointment. Several months later, I was sitting with Heidi on the porch, talking about school, summer plans and how much she had accomplished in the past few months. She smiled about one of my comments. It was unexpected and nice to see.Â I commented, "You have a really pretty smile." Heidi's eyes teared up and, having forgotten about her previously broken tooth, I asked if she was OK. As a tear slipped down her cheek, she replied, "Nobody has ever told me I look pretty." In this moment I realized how the diligence of one foster parent could make a tremendous impact on a child. Could you be the one to make an impact on a child? Will you be the one who teaches … [Read more...] about Do you have what it takes to be a foster parent?
Utahs Governors Office of Economic Development has long encouraged Utah cities to become more business friendly by ensuring that city regulations and ordinances make it easy for companies to open and conduct business. Last year, the Governors Office formalized this commitment by creating an award for cities that met a specific set of business-friendly criteria. The city of Cottonwood Heights and its Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore immediately signed on. "When the Governor first came out with the award, I said I want to get itthat being recognized as a business-friendly city is an important message to send. Our … [Read more...] about What does it take to be a business friendly city?
What's it like to be a chef in Los Angeles these days? This is, of course, an open door of a question: It can mean a thousand things to a thousand cooks. Running a restaurant has never been an easy job, whether you have a fine dining palace or a family storefront, whether you're cooking food with its origins in Middle America or thousands of miles away. So we thought we'd ask the folks behind the stoves at six L.A. restaurants, from a Skid Row diner to an upscale Vietnamese-French restaurant, to a restaurant that hasn't even opened yet to a family-run Indian place whose chefs just finished popping up at Coachella. It's a long conversation, both in these pages and in this city, and we'd love to continue it. These interviews have been edited for length and clarity. Esdras Ochoa Ochoa is the chef at Salazar, a Sonora barbecue restaurant in Elysian Valley, and Mexicali Taco & Co, a taqueria in downtown L.A. Estras Ochoa is chef and owner of Salazar. (Mariah Tauger / For The Times) Ten … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a chef in Los Angeles in 2017? We asked a few of them
In a lively panel Friday at Pitzer College, education leaders and experts on race, immigration and civil rights gathered before dozens of students and professors to discuss the future of liberal arts education in today's political climate. "We do have an obligation to create a safe space here, but we will have differences in opinion. We have donors who have threatened to withdraw their resources because we are 'breaking the law' — which we are not," said Melvin Oliver, Pitzer's new president, who in November became one of the first to declare a college as sanctuary. "So this is the situation that we find ourselves in... we are going to have to take grave stances that may cost us." Oliver said that in the days after Donald Trump was elected president, he confronted "all the legal limitations" of what it means to be a sanctuary college. He and fellow panelists talked about how schools could support their more vulnerable students by establishing DREAM centers, developing … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a ‘sanctuary campus?’ Two college presidents weigh in
Close to two weeks later, Subira was making progress, albeit slowly, but then took a turn for the worse. He was taken to a local veterinary specialty clinic for a CT scan that revealed additional issues, including low-grade pneumonia, and the need for a blood transfusion. The next day, March 28, two other gorillas from the zoo's troop were anesthetized to donate for the sickly gorilla's transfusion. Another physician for humans was called in. Dr. Robert Lyon of Dallas Anesthesiology Associates was present throughout the treatments and advised on sedation. Subira had lost so much weight and was so sick that he barely moved, unlike the feisty, active gorillas Lyon had previously worked with. "Most of the gorillas, they'll let you know they're not happy to see you," Lyon said. "He just kind of laid there. He could barely pick up his head." Though gorillas and humans have similar anatomies and gene structures, there are critical differences that care providers have to take into account. … [Read more...] about What does it take to save a gorilla’s life? The Dallas Zoo hospital knows Dallas Zoo
What does it take to earn a Silver Knight award? It takes the courage to tackle Islamophobia, the stamina to run a triathlon and the kind of academic dedication that gets you accepted to Harvard. It takes a heart big enough to serve foster kids, artistic talent that breaks barriers and the will to learn more than a dozen languages. In other words, it takes a rare blend of stellar grades, selfless service and superior talent to win a Silver Knight — the prestigious, 58-year-old prize awarded annually by the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald to outstanding high school seniors. On Wednesday, 30 students from Miami-Dade and Broward counties proved they have what it takes. They were named 2016 Silver Knight winners in a glitzy ceremony at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami. “We’re here to honor you, the high school seniors who go above and beyond making a tremendous impact on our community,” said Miami Herald President and Publisher Alexandra Villoch. … [Read more...] about What does it take to win a Silver Knight? These top students have the answer, and the statue
Many Americans got their first, confusing glimpse of the country’s complex immigration system when President Donald Trump announced he was temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. and suspending the nation’s refugee program. Here’s a look at the system: WHAT IS A GREEN CARD? A green card is a permit given to immigrants who are approved to be in the country indefinitely and become known as permanent residents. Obtaining a green card can take decades and involves a meticulous process. Some people never receive one. About a million people are granted permanent residency in the U.S. each year. A little less than half of them are sponsored by relatives who are American citizens, according to William Stock, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Stock says sponsors and applicants undergo interviews, criminal background checks, medical screenings and fingerprinting. The process takes at least a year for … [Read more...] about Q&A: What does it take to be a legal immigrant in the US?
Many Americans got their first, confusing glimpse of the country's complex immigration system when President Donald Trump announced he was temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. and suspending the nation's refugee program. Here's a look at the system: WHAT IS A GREEN CARD? A green card is a permit given to immigrants who are approved to be in the country indefinitely and become known as permanent residents. Obtaining a green card can take decades and involves a meticulous process. Some people never receive one. About a million people are granted permanent residency in the U.S. each year. A little less than half of them are sponsored by relatives who are American citizens, according to William Stock, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Stock says sponsors and applicants undergo interviews, criminal background checks, medical screenings and fingerprinting. The process takes at least a year for the spouse of a U.S. … [Read more...] about What does it take to be a legal immigrant in the US?