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January 29, 1986
Los Angeles-based Unocal named three new corporate vice presidents: Neal E. Schmale, budgets, planning and economics; Darcel L. Hulse, corporate engineering and construction, and E. William Cole Jr., head of the company's Washington office. Additionally, Claude S. Brinegar, 59, executive vice president-administration, was appointed chief financial officer, replacing Philip Blamey, who retired.
April 27, 1989 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times staff writer
If your salary is good, and pay raises come with regularity, you probably owe it to the county's high cost of housing and low unemployment rate. Those are the factors that cause local companies to fork over better-than-average pay raises to executives. County firms are in the top quarter of U.S. companies in the amount they budget for merit raises--annual performance-based pay increases. A recent study by TPF&C, a worldwide personnel consulting firm, has surveyed budgets for merit raises set aside by 1,500 companies in 25 U.S. regions.
July 8, 2011
Ham-fisted yet pandering, and fiscally irresponsible too, AB 114 perpetrates an abuse of state power that could wreak budgetary havoc in local school districts. But in that case, why hasn't the news been filled with details of this bad-government bill as it wended its way through the Legislature? Because it was hurriedly and secretively passed, quite literally in the dark of night, with no committee hearings and almost no public notice, and then quickly signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
August 9, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
The holidays are months away, but already consumers are worrying about their budgets. According to a survey by Bigresearch, more than 1 in 3 consumers (36.2%) said they would spend less this holiday season than last year. Just 2.7% of consumers said they would spend more, and 26.1% plan to spend the same. (Other totals: 29.1% say it's too early to know, and 5.8% don't celebrate the season.) Among those planning to spend less, most (69.1%) said they would slash their overall budgets.
August 18, 1991
Sure, movies cost. But when are we going to stop judging films by their budgets rather than their true merits? There always has been and always will be ego projects in Hollywood. The ill-fated "Ishtar," which when viewed without bias is actually quite entertaining, was sunk not by poor quality but in part by bad press regarding its budget. The public never got a chance to like it or not; it flopped before it even came out. And what of great films with greater budgets that make a great thud?
November 29, 1992
Lee calls $34 million "the average cost to make a movie . . . chump change." Chump change! Even when the outlandish budgets of "Terminator 2" and "Hook" are averaged into the feature film pot, the average cost is closer to $22 million. I am a post-production supervisor. We struggle every day with $8-million to $12-million budgets, which seem to be the norm with all the cost cutting imposed upon us recently. Spike is living in the cream of the business, and he's whining. As long as his movies show a profit, he'll stay in the cream.
May 5, 2005 | From Reuters
Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc. said that first-quarter earnings jumped 41% as advertisers committed more of their budgets to reaching U.S. Latino consumers. Los Angeles-based Univision said quarterly profit outpaced analysts' estimates at $44.5 million, or 13 cents a share, up from $31.6 million, or 9 cents, a year earlier. Revenue grew 23% to $433 million from $352.9 million.
July 8, 1999
"Ranks of Homeless Children on the Rise, Study Finds" (July 1), about the situation of the homeless in our country, was truly depressing. It brought back unpleasant memories of the Depression years. And this in a country with a booming economy? But perhaps I have the wrong perspective on life. Apparently Congress (and the American people?) thinks it's more important to station soldiers all over the world and to increase military budgets every year. Perhaps I should be consoled by the statement that "God loves poor people; he has made so many of them."
August 19, 2000
I read Ellen Baskin's article about the display at the Design Center showing the process of production design for film. I was surprised that neither she nor the designers putting the exhibition together never mentioned the important role of the set decorator but rather toss all different tasks and crafts under "interior decorating" ("Even in Hollywood, It's Location, Location, Location," Aug. 12). The role of the set decorator is to take the designer's ideas, drawings and phrases and bring those items, colors and "personal touches" to the set--usually within constricting time frames and budgets.
March 23, 2003
Finally a Weekend Escape ("Staking a Quiet Corner of Stark Anza-Borrego," March 16) that does not raise my blood pressure as high as the costs of previous escapes. I don't know the demographics of the average Times reader, but I feel that most Weekend Escapes are not in line with most budgets. Catharine Hamm's article on London ("London in a Weekend Whirl," March 16) was great, and I was almost out of breath with her on the whirlwind trip. That was a worthwhile weekend escape. Steven Steffek Simi Valley
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