September 26, 2013 |
Oil extracted from massive new fields in North Dakota and other states is rolling into California in growing quantities aboard long-haul freight trains, paralleling a surge in crude moving on rail across North America. More than 200,000 barrels of crude per month were imported into California this summer, a fourfold increase from early 2012, according to data compiled by the California Energy Commission. Though the total amount is still small, it marks a little-noticed departure from the state's reliance on its own declining oil patches, the Alaskan North Slope and foreign nations, led by Saudi Arabia.
September 23, 2013 |
CASPER, Wyo. - These are boom times in the resource-rich Cowboy State, courtesy of an oil explosion whose ripples can be felt across the land. Good-paying blue-collar jobs in the petroleum and natural gas fields are as plentiful as pickups here, and the unemployment rate - 4.6% in July - remains far below the 7.4% national average. But critics worry that the prodigious oil output includes a potential byproduct. Despite such fast-dollar success, heavy reliance on a single industry known for its dramatic downturns could one day help paint the state into a precarious financial corner, they say. Many fear the day when Wyoming's oil market fails, as it last did in the mid-1980s, exposing a fundamental flaw in the state's job picture: The lure of the oil dollar has prompted teenagers to skip college, or abandon high school, for the petroleum fields - many without a Plan B if things go bust.
September 22, 2013 |
Sometimes, employers aren't looking for a long-term, committed relationship. That's where On Assignment Inc. comes in. The Calabasas firm provides skilled employees - many of them in the technology field - to companies looking for temporary workers. Its profits come from charging employers about 30% more than it pays the workers. That markup is used in part to pay the temporary workers' employment taxes and benefits. As the U.S. economy improves and the jobs picture brightens, employers increasingly are turning to On Assignment for workers.
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September 4, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - California may be on the brink of another great oil boom. It consequently could be heading into an environmental disaster. A state senator from Agoura Hills is trying to allow the first while heading off the second. Democrat Fran Pavley's oil fracking regulation bill is one of the most significant and controversial that the Legislature is fighting over in the final days of its 2013 session, scheduled to adjourn Sept. 13. Unless you have been buried 10,000 feet underground with all that untapped oil, you've probably read about fracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing.
September 1, 2013 |
If any player wants to be considered best in Southern California, pay attention to what Long Beach Poly's John Smith does. He'll be the standard if you expect to be No. 1. In his season opener against Crenshaw, Smith caught five passes for 78 yards. He also ran three times for 37 yards. He had a 32-yard kickoff return. He had punt returns of 22 and 38 yards. He also was a safety on defense. Poly won, 28-15. "Everyone gives Poly their best game, and we knew Crenshaw would be tough," he said.
August 18, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - In a surprising turn, the tech industry is in a slump even as the U.S. economy picks up steam. The announcement Thursday that Silicon Valley giant Cisco Systems, which sells networking and telecommunications equipment, plans to cut 4,000 jobs is the latest sign of a slowdown that has sucker-punched high-tech firms. After a remarkable six-year boom set off by the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007, tech companies of all shapes and sizes are finding growth slowing, and even contracting in some cases.
August 14, 2013 |
Will success spoil San Francisco? Or, is too much of a good thing a bad thing? Seems the tech boom that is fueling the Bay Area's economy is also creating a San Andreas-like “let them eat cake” fault line in Baghdad by the Bay, pitting Silicon Valley's nouveau riche against, well, S.F.'s nouveau poor. As Times reporter Jessica Guynn wrote Wednesday: Fueling the growing rift is a common belief that the vast wealth being amassed by the tech industry is not spilling over into the community.
August 7, 2013 |
A powerful story of triumph and tragedy - and the infamous moment that encapsulated both - gets a stirring workout in the colorful, absorbing documentary "The Good Son: The Life of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini," directed by Jesse James Miler, based on the book by Mark Kriegel. Early-1980s sports icon Ray Mancini grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, idolizing his father, 1940s' top-ranked lightweight contender Lenny "Boom Boom" Mancini, and devoted to his older brother, Lenny Jr., who also briefly boxed.
August 1, 2013 |
In Spanish, the long-dead Jorge Luis Borges is a minor Internet star. The Argentine short story writer, who died in 1986, left behind an unlikely legacy on YouTube and other sites: audio recordings and videos of his lectures, many recorded in Buenos Aires during a famous series of talks in 1977. If you understand Spanish, you can listen to Borges expound on topics such as Dante and the Divine Comedy , Buddhism , and his own blindness. Each talk offers a taste of Borges' unique voice, at once erudite and filled with a sense of wonder.