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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1994
Regarding the school bus lights law ("The Danger Presented by Lack of Visibility"): It doesn't seem necessary to propound on this subject with several thousand words for it to be understood. Simply put, educate the children with an unbreakable rule. Remain on the curb until the bus has proceeded at least one-half block or farther before crossing the street--at the green light or designated crosswalk. Also, if it is a hazardous area, employ more crossing guards, budgets or no budgets.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi
After decades of pursuing lock-'em-up policies, states are scrambling to reduce their prison populations in the face of tight budgets, making fundamental changes to their criminal justice systems as they try to save money. Some states are revising mandatory-sentencing laws that locked up nonviolent offenders; others are recalculating the way prison time is counted. California, with the nation's second-largest prison system, is considering perhaps the most dramatic proposal -- releasing 40,000 inmates to save money and comply with a court ruling that found the state's prisons overcrowded.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
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