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For Ed Frost, empty pesticide containers have become a symbol of all that's wrong in government. Because anywhere he puts them, someone starts to holler. Water quality inspectors want them stored inside, out of the rain and off the ground. But fire code enforcers want them kept outside, since state law prohibits trash inside buildings. "We're just being regulated to death," said Frost, manager of Oxnard Pest Control. And Frost intends to do something about it.
February 12, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
A war over trash is about to break out at Los Angeles City Hall. And the ensuing lobbying is expected to be long and costly, with the outcome potentially affecting residents, businesses, workers and a quarter-billion-dollar-a-year industry across the city. The opening clash is set for Monday, when labor and environmental groups will square off against waste haulers and business interests to determine how trash is picked up from tens of thousands of the city's businesses and large apartment buildings.
July 13, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
A key Los Angeles panel voted Thursday to oppose a plan to ban large chain stores in Chinatown, despite pressure from labor-allied groups who are fighting Wal-Mart's effort to expand in the area. On a 5-2 vote, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission adopted a recommendation against the ban written by officials in the city's Planning Department. Planners determined that a ban would not conform to city policies and could hurt the neighborhood's economy. They also said a ban was not needed because there has not been a proliferation of new chain stores in the area.
December 9, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau
President Obama's advisors are confident that liberals dismayed by his agreement to extend tax breaks for the wealthy will forgive him by the time the 2012 election kicks into gear. But the current backlash on the left may intensify the immediate challenge Democrats face in building a new campaign finance apparatus to challenge Republican-allied outside groups that flexed their muscles in this year's midterm election. Democratic operatives are already laying plans to set up new independent expenditure committees that can raise unlimited funds, and hope to enroll early contributors to establish a beachhead for the coming campaign.
July 13, 2011 | By Kim Geiger and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times
President Obama's reelection campaign raked in $86 million in the second quarter of the year, far eclipsing the amounts raised by his Republican opponents and bolstering his accounts for an ongoing clash with well-funded GOP-allied groups. The haul highlighted the fundraising advantages of incumbency: The entire field of Republican candidates is expected to report raising about $35 million. Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, touted the tally in a video message to supporters released Wednesday.
December 19, 1985 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writer
In what it termed a "major acquisition," Los Angeles-based National Medical Enterprises said Wednesday that it has acquired First Allied Group's 19 long-term care facilities for more than $34 million in cash and assumable debt. First Allied of Gloucester, Mass., operates 12 facilities in Maine, five in Florida and two in Massachusetts, with a total of 1,706 beds, according to Neal Elliott, president and chief executive of Hillhaven Corp., NME's suburban Washington-based nursing home subsidiary.
September 7, 1992 | From Bloomberg Business News
The start of three separate probes by Hong Kong authorities in the last three weeks into the affairs of eight local companies shows they're taking an increasingly tough stance over alleged violations of company and securities laws, analysts said. Some believe the timing of the crackdown may be related to the arrival in Hong Kong of the British colony's new governor, Chris Patten.
March 18, 1985 | Associated Press
A dissident Lutheran minister, out of jail less than two weeks, led a curbside service outside his padlocked church Sunday and later was arrested with six supporters as they tried to enter another Lutheran church. The seven were arraigned and released on their own recognizance after a hearing before Magistrate Sally Edkins. Police said the Rev. D.
October 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A former Congolese militia leader and army general accused of masterminding the massacre of 200 villagers was taken into custody Thursday at the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Germain Katanga was the commander of the Patriotic Resistance Force in the lawless Ituri region of northeastern Congo when his fighters went on a rampage in Bogoro village in February 2003, prosecutors at the war crimes tribunal have said.
May 19, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. said it will begin a $1.5-billion tender offer for Allied Group Inc., offering a 69% premium in a rare hostile takeover in the insurance industry. Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide, the sixth-largest U.S. property and casualty insurer, said it will offer Allied investors $47 a share. Allied shares soared $14.56 to close at $42.31 on the New York Stock Exchange. Nationwide wants to buy Allied to increase sales through independent agents in the Midwest.
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