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July 17, 1993
Mayor Richard Riordan, showing that Los Angeles is "business-friendly," has persuaded at least one major company to stay here. Not bad, Mr. Mayor. This is especially good news for the city's downtown garment district. The decision by California Fashion Industries, maker of the Carole Little brand of women's clothing, will mean new investment and jobs. The company suffered $11 million in damage during last year's riots and was thinking of moving its operations, at Martin Luther King Jr.
September 3, 1995 | Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute and a public-policy fellow at Pepperdine University. He is also business-trends analyst at Fox TV
Long ignored and frequently disdained, the Southern California apparel industry has suddenly gained a notoriety it would happily forsake. Recurring reports about violence and labor-law abuses in the nether world of sewing contractors have bolstered claims that Los Angeles' top manufacturing industry is little more than a Third World sinkhole. The reports of near-slavery conditions at some sweatshops have even prompted officials to muse that the region would be better off without the industry.
July 10, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
Peering up into tree branches 100 feet above the floor of the jungle, Angela Maldonado spots a family of monkeys where someone with a less practiced eye would see nothing but a maze of brown and green foliage. "They're intelligent, charismatic creatures that express happiness, pain and grief. They make you feel what they are feeling," Maldonado said, squinting up at the rain forest canopy outside this sweltering Amazon port city. "They're a lot like us." Such empathy explains why Maldonado, a 36-year-old primate conservationist, has sought, as her lifework, to keep Colombia's night monkeys out of the hands of indigenous hunters who sell them to medical laboratories for infectious disease research.
Expanding current efforts to crack down on sweatshops in Southern California's garment industry, Labor Department officials and local manufacturers have agreed to set up a consortium to police working conditions. Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich is due to announce the details of the consortium, to be known as the Compliance Alliance, during a visit to the Los Angeles area Wednesday.
After 20 years in the mercurial surfwear business, it takes something special to impress Tom Noble. Something like the line of surf and casual wear that Irvine's Stussy Design unveiled at an apparel industry trade show here last weekend. Stussy's line, which incorporates plaids, stripes and denim, is "not (traditional) surfwear but it's what the customers want," said Noble, president of Newport Surf & Sport, a specialty store.
In the midst of a crisis with its largest loan ever, the Los Angeles Community Development Bank is turning to a new strategy to strengthen key industries instead of merely financing isolated and often-troubled inner-city companies. The shift in approach--unveiled last month--comes at a time when the federally funded bank's $10-million loan to a South Los Angeles dairy teeters on the brink of default.
December 4, 1994 | JAMES FLANIGAN
What better time than the Christmas shopping season to find surprises and possible investment bargains in the changing ways of the retail business and the defiantly vibrant apparel industry that puts clothing in the stores? The subject is especially timely in the wake of Congress' overwhelming approval of a new international trade agreement, because global trade supplies at least a third of the merchandise you see in stores. News of the season, first of all, is pretty good.
October 24, 1999 | Richard P. Appelbaum and Leonard I. Beerman, Richard P. Appelbaum is a sociology professor and director of the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research at UC-Santa Barbara. He is coauthor of "Behind the Label," about the L.A. apparel industry, to be published by the University of California Press. Leonard I. Beerman, rabbi at the Leo Baeck Temple, is co-chair of the L.A. Jewish Commission on Sweatshops
Los Angeles has the dubious distinction of being the sweatshop capital of the United States. While the apparel industry accounts for as much as 10% of the region's booming economy, its 140,000 workers labor under 19th-century conditions. Because manufacturers and retailers who design and sell clothing do not own the factories that make the clothing, they are able to maintain the fiction that these factories are independent contractors.
May 29, 2000
Your May 21 article on the relationship USC has with its neighbors couldn't be more off base. I am president of a small block club. We have directly benefited from USC's resources and generosity. The instances of USC's commitment to the community are too numerous to list, but I must name just a few that impacted us personally: 1. They provided students to teach and mentor in our after-school program. These students donated over 1,000 hours in five years. 2. USC provided speakers for several of our monthly meetings and demonstrations for the kids from karate to origami.
September 8, 1990
Once again the Los Angeles Times ("U.S. Textile Policy Is No Bargain," Editorials, Aug. 6) mounts the pulpit for a ritual bashing of the U.S. textile industry for doing nothing more than trying to stay in business and keep 2 million Americans employed. The study by William Cline that you cite is being flaunted by importing interests to protect their big mark-ups and heavy market penetration, which have little to do with keeping down consumer prices. This study is seriously flawed because it tells only part of the story.
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