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The world will turn in Leisure World for the first time since 1972 when a major renovation of the retirement community's landmark globe is completed. Standing on a grassy knoll 32 feet above the busy Interstate 5 near El Toro Road, the giant metal orb has been a South County curiosity for more than 30 years--except at night. A target for vandals, a bank of floodlights illuminating the globe has been systematically shattered in recent years.
April 28, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
The pace of lawmaking is speeding up at the Capitol. With legislators back from spring break, rallies are in full swing on the Capitol steps; lobbyists of all stripes are packing the ornate hearing rooms and overflow crowds are watching television feeds in hallways. "There's definitely a push to get bills moving," said Sarah Swanbeck of California Common Cause, a government reform lobby. "You can feel the pressure. " Friday is the deadline for bills to get a first hearing.
November 13, 2012 | By Jon Healey
In my previous post, I described the potential for a new era of automated manufacturing in which it's easier for entrepreneurs to create products but harder for workers to find jobs on the assembly line. A contrary note was sounded, ironically, by a robotics executive, who insisted that the next generation of smart machines would make human employees more valuable, not more dispensable. The executive, Rethink Robotics' Rodney Brooks, didn't offer any concrete examples to support his argument.
April 28, 2014 | Jim Newton
It's been nine months since I took a leave from this column to complete a book project, and a lot has changed in Los Angeles during that time: Eric Garcetti, who had just taken office when I left, has built an administration, submitted his first budget and established himself as mayor. Mayors invariably are compared to their predecessors, and Garcetti at this early stage is both the heir of Antonio Villaraigosa and his welcome antithesis. Like Villaraigosa, he's liberal and hardworking; unlike Villaraigosa, he's patient, perhaps to a fault, and he's determined to manage the city, not just to imagine its future.
December 23, 2011
Love Goes to Buildings on Fire Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever Will Hermes Faber and Faber: 369 pp., $30
June 15, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - A powerful two-punch earthquake shook western Mexico early Sunday, knocking out electricity and cellular phone service in parts of this sprawling capital. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or fatalities. Initial readings put the quake at a magnitude of 5.9 at around 12:30 a.m., with the epicenter about 90 miles south of Mexico City in the northern part of Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located. It was felt with marked strength in Mexico City, swaying major apartment buildings, hotels and skyscrapers.
July 24, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - After years of building massive and lavish new government office buildings - including ones inspired by the White House, Versailles and the U.S. Capitol - China is saying enough is enough. Central authorities have issued a five-year moratorium on the construction of new government offices, training centers and hotels, the latest step in a frugality drive that also includes cutbacks on banquets, travel and other perks for bureaucrats. According to the State Council, China's cabinet, the new policy issued late Tuesday is important for “building a clean government and … maintaining the image of the Communist Party.
December 26, 2009 | By Sam Watters
Brinks must be stuffing its armored delivery trucks with Goldman Sachs' annual bonuses. The company's compensation and benefit pool for 2009 is expected to top $20 billion, an average of more than $600,000 for each of the 31,700 company employees whose jobs were saved a year ago by a taxpayer bailout. Among the questions raised by this bonanza: What will bankers do with the money? How to Spend It magazine, published by London's Financial Times, recommends traveling across India by private jet, powder skiing in wintery Japan and collecting priceless art. Donations to boutique charities are OK, but investing billions to benefit the public now in need is not on the list of 2010 spending tips.
February 14, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Doug Smith and Rosanna Xia
Santa Monica plans to spend more than $100,000 over the next year identifying buildings that would be vulnerable during an earthquake. Then property owners must show the buildings are safe or fix them. City officials said they would determine over the next few months how much time the owners have to complete the retrofitting. The survey is expected to cover hundreds of buildings, including steel office towers, older concrete buildings and wood multistory apartment houses that dot the city.
December 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 28-year-old woman was rescued in Santa Ana on Monday night after she tried to jump across two buildings and became stuck between the structures when she fell, a fire official said. The woman tried to jump from a vacant commercial building to another building near Main Street and Edinger Avenue about 6:30 p.m. when she fell between the structures and became wedged in a small space, the Orange County Fire Authoritiy said. She was stuck about five feet from the ground and was rescued by 30 firefighters, including members of a special Urban Search and Rescue team, Capt.
April 27, 2014 | Bob Pool
He grew up on the sea. So maybe it's only natural that Dillon Griffith still has some salt water in his blood. Which would help explain why the 82-year-old retired heavy-duty mechanic has spent the last 37 years -- miles from the ocean -- meticulously assembling a 64-foot boat in the backyard of his Sun Valley home. The "Mystic Rose" has slowly taken shape on quiet Arminta Street, a project so ambitious that it has passed through the generations with his children, in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren lending a hand along the way. When the boat is finally ready for its christening -- by August or September, he hopes -- it will take a 32-wheel trailer and a CHP escort just to get it to the water.
April 27, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker's plans. The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market. North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans.
April 24, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
HORLIVKA, Ukraine - Yelena Rybak sat quietly next to her husband for an hour under their carport, alone and for the last time. She touched his battered face and stroked his cold hands, as if the warmth of her fingers might still wake him. Then it was time for the young, bearded priest, who arrived with several dozen relatives, friends and sympathizers. They escorted Yelena and 42-year-old Volodymyr from the gray-brick house through a wooden fence and onto a narrow street of buckling pavement.
April 23, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
In a dark little room called the Whiskey Kitchen, the four rockers who collectively call themselves Off! are nearly done with basic tracks for a new album, "Wasted Years. " Most of it has been recorded to tape on this Sunday before Christmas, and the sound is raw and snarling, and growing heavier with each take. Crowded into one corner with his amplifier is Dimitri Coats, shaking his auburn curls and slashing at a white electric guitar in a Circle Jerks T-shirt. Most of the songs are done in one or two passes, but they're about to make a rare third try on the song "Meet Your God. " "We've done the majority of our critical listening in the moment," says Coats, who also produces the band's albums.
April 23, 2014
The historic Los Angeles Times Building, located at 1st and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles, opened in 1935 and at the time was the largest building in the western U.S. designed and occupied entirely as a daily newspaper publishing operation.  Gordon B. Kaufmann designed the Times Building, which won a gold medal at the 1937 Paris Exposition for its Moderne architectural style. Kaufmann¿s other works include Hoover Dam on the Arizona- Nevada border and, locally, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and the Athenaeum at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
April 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a mission to show U.S. support for Ukraine's embattled interim leaders as pro-Russia gunmen took over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin's top diplomat blamed Washington for the mounting crisis. Biden was to meet Tuesday with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, as well as civil society leaders in Kiev, the capital, before flying back to Washington.
August 21, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia, Doug Smith and Rong-Gong Lin II
A Los Angeles councilman's call for the city to consider creating an inventory of thousands of so-called soft-story apartments that could collapse during a major earthquake is already generating debate. This first-of-its-kind list would apply to buildings in Los Angeles built before 1978 with at least two stories and at least five units. Councilman Tom LaBonge 's proposal marks the first significant seismic safety effort in Los Angeles in years. It comes four months after San Francisco passed a landmark law forcing owners to strengthen about 3,000 soft-story apartment buildings.
October 1, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A group of 11 buildings at UC Berkeley remained without power Tuesday after an outage and explosion on campus the night before prompted an evacuation. The explosion rocked the campus at 6:30 p.m. Monday, about two hours after a power system failure, said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof. Four people suffered minor burns. Mogulof said the blast and fire north of California Hall was probably caused by the theft of copper wire from an off-campus electrical system. That theft was discovered last week and reportedly repaired Sunday.
April 19, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A 28-year-old man who worked at a call center inside the Los Angeles Times building was being held for a mental health evaluation Saturday after he allegedly made threatening statements and handed his supervisor a pillowcase containing ammunition rounds, authorities said. The incident prompted a lockdown of The Times building Friday night as police searched the structure. The suspect, Matthew Lowes, is an employee of VXI Global Solutions, which rents space in The Times building. Lowes was reprimanded by his supervisor Friday afternoon and left the building, according to Norma Eisenman, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
April 18, 2014 | Times staff reports
Police were called to Los Angeles Times late Friday evening after someone made the report of a gunman in the building. UPDATE: Man in custody after shooting threat at L.A. Times building Multiple officers responded, and areas of the building were locked down. One woman reported that a co-worker had shown her a bag of bullets and said he was depressed. There were no confirmed reports of shots fired. No other details were immediately available. ALSO: Baby died in SUV while neighbors worked just a few feet away FBI: Man suspected of brutally killing his family may be in L.A. area Box of newborn kittens accidentally shipped from L.A. to San Diego
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