September 5, 2009 |
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.
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.
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 |
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.
August 9, 2009 |
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 |
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.
December 2, 2010 |
Staggered by the loss of more than a third of its season subscribers since the economy went bad, FCLO Music Theatre (formerly Fullerton Civic Light Opera) will likely be forced to reduce or cancel its 2011 season, Griff Duncan, who has run the company for nearly 39 years with his wife, Jan, said Thursday. Since debuting in February, 1972, FCLO has been a fixture on the Orange County scene, staging its own productions of Broadway musicals and occasional new works in 1,300-seat Plummer Auditorium.
May 14, 2008
Re "Teachers wanted -- elsewhere," May 10 It's unfortunate that good teachers are leaving California. What's also unfortunate is the state's refusal to admit what a drain on school budgets the cost of educating illegal immigrants has been. In the Southern California school I work for, we stand to have $40,000 allotted for our general fund in the 2008-2009 school year. Contrast that with the budget for the English learners program -- about $90,000. Until the root problem is addressed, California's schools will continue their downward slide.