Los Angeles schools may have been too focused on distributing iPads at the launch of the district's $1 billion program and not focused enough on using them effectively in the classroom, according to a recent study by an outside firm. The review found that just one out of 245 classrooms surveyed used the iPad curriculum.
A pop-up turned permanent restaurant in Los Angeles has been named the country's Best New Restaurant of 2013 by Bon Appetit, but the eatery wasn't always a clear winner. Alma, the brainchild of 26-year-old Ari Taymor, opened in a lighting-fast two weeks and struggled to fill tables in the beginning. Now, diners line up for the three- to five-course tasting menu that changes nightly depending on what is produced in the eatery's half-acre garden near Venice beach.
Over the next five years, David DeMarinis plans to expand Loard's Ice Cream with 25 to 50 new shops around the Bay Area, which may include up to 10 stores in San Jose. Loard's first Silicon Valley location opened in Umbarger Square last year.
Robert F. Sharpe Jr., president of ConAgra's commercial food business, is set to retire in 2011; Paul T. Maass has been named president of the group. Upon retirement, Sharpe will serve as senior adviser to ConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin.