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November 5, 1992 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time since the recession began more than two years ago, Los Angeles city officials have formally acknowledged that City Hall has tended to impede--rather than promote--economic development. "Economic development concerns are addressed in a piecemeal manner, are often reactive and are administered ineffectually," begins a report by William R. McCarley, the city's chief legislative analyst.
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April 7, 2013 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Joey Bebolla spread his wares on the sidewalk of Beach Street in Watts: some plastic aquarium plants, a few used tape players, an ancient BlackBerry. A woman walking by picked up an old toy cash register, which Bebolla had cleaned up after finding it in the trash. "Give me $2," he said. "Fine, give me $1. " The woman passed on the quick discount, and put the item down. "Selling used to be embarrassing, at first," Bebolla said. "But I had to do it to survive, and now I'm used it. " Hawking fruit at freeway offramps or old clothing on driveways and lawns is a Los Angeles tradition.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1993 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city's conditional use permit system--damned last week by Mayor Richard Riordan as worthy of a Communist country--is to be overhauled to make it easier for non-controversial projects to win City Hall approval, a top Los Angeles city planner promised Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Kirsten Dunst was losing it, and Hollywood was starting to worry. During production of 2008's "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People," she and her boyfriend broke up, and director Robert Weide saw "a girl who was just right on the edge, emotionally feeling wiped out and devastated. " Perhaps it was inevitable. After all, she'd been acting for more than two decades ? and was only in her mid-twenties. She had started performing in commercials when she was 4. Her earnings were set aside for college, but she never went ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1999 | JENNIFER PENDLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A brother-sister business has its drawbacks--because too often, the business turns personal, experts say. Steffani Corri Dolivo, 32, president and owner of Generation Foods, and her salesman brother Scott Corri, 36, acknowledge that their business partnership has sometimes been rocky. But they put up with the squabbling because deep down each one knows the other "will work diligently for you and with you," said Steffani.
NEWS
November 26, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities said Monday they have cracked an international money-laundering ring that moved $500 million in Colombian cocaine cartel money through banks in five U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. More than 35 people were arrested and 30 offices and homes searched in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Miami and Providence, R.I., according to Commissioner of Customs Carol Hallett. In all, charges were lodged against 50 people by federal grand juries in the five cities.
BUSINESS
December 18, 1995 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Golf is the in thing in Koreatown. Literally. The only indoor driving ranges in Los Angeles County, and maybe in all of Southern California, are a mile apart from each other on Olympic Boulevard in the heart of the Korean American business district. And they are so popular a third driving range is going up between them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1995 | MARY MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daniel, a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, recently spent about an hour at the Twelve-n-Twelve store in West Los Angeles looking for just the right gift to give a friend who has been sober for a year. "Being sober is a celebration," said Daniel, who stopped drinking six years ago. "Although I was alive before I got clean and sober, I wasn't really able to enjoy life."
BUSINESS
November 15, 2000 | Marla Dickerson
Los Angeles gets hammered every year in the Kosmont Cost of Doing Business Survey as an expensive, high-tax, business-unfriendly place to run a company. But don't tell that to the folks at Fortune magazine, who just listed L.A. as one of its "Best Cities for Business." Los Angeles cracked the top 10, coming in this year at No. 8.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1993 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When members of the "VST" gang spray-painted their names on Van Pfister's San Fernando Valley gas station a few weeks ago, Pfister struck back in a novel way. He walked down the street with a cardboard placard on which he had drawn a plea: "VST Speak to Me." For three hours, Pfister, 53, a self-described "gringo in shorts," stood on a corner in the VST turf in his Mission Hills neighborhood, displaying his sign and talking to passersby. Finally, shortly after 10 p.m.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
Government-backed loans to small businesses were way up in the Los Angeles area over much of the last year, according to the Small Business Administration. During the nine-month period that ended June 30, lenders made 1,725 loans to small businesses in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, about 50% more than in the same period a year earlier. The dollar volume of those loans nearly doubled compared with the year-earlier period, to $850.8 million. The top SBA lender in the region during that period was Wells Fargo Bank, followed by Center Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Superior Financial Group and CDC Small Business Finance Corp.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2004 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The high-rise market is looking up. Los Angeles County's business owners appear to be increasingly bullish about the future as they expand their offices to accommodate growth. Though office occupancy changed little across most of the nation in the third quarter, the county's vacancy rate tightened to an average of 15.5%, according to a survey by real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.
NEWS
October 26, 2001 | By BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Style cable network and Toronto's FT-Fashion Television are ready to roll, buyers from the three Bs--Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel--have booked flights and local fashion designers from Santee Alley to Silver Lake are working around the clock casting runway models and finishing seams. It's six days until the start of L.A. fashion week and the buzz is reaching a crescendo. L.A.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2001 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A stable electrical supply and low rates should give Los Angeles an edge as a home for power-hungry industrial users, say real estate brokers and economic observers. Yet few if any firms are expected to relocate to the city, where high taxes and shortages of both large facilities and open space offset its energy advantage. "Yes, the power is available with no problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2001 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying he wants to get the word out that Los Angeles is friendly to business, Mayor Jim Hahn on Thursday signed six tax-reform ordinances designed to entice more businesses and jobs to the city. The measures were drafted by a committee appointed by city officials two years ago and approved last month by the Los Angeles City Council.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2001 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A family-owned noodle maker agreed Friday to comply with the Los Angeles living-wage ordinance to secure City Council approval for a bond measure that will finance its expansion in South Los Angeles. The 12-0 vote came only after an amendment in which Wing Hing Noodle Co. agreed to comply with the wage ordinance, despite the fact that it was exempt from the law because no city funds are involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to send a "spiritual message that this is the place to do business," Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan addressed San Fernando Valley business leaders last week, trying to drum up support for his proposed revision of the city's aged business tax codes. One of the main goals of Riordan's proposal, which must be approved by the City Council, is to simplify and streamline the taxpaying procedure.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2001 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles businesses will get first crack at a new program designed to slice peak power usage through sophisticated electricity meters that allow utilities to calculate bills based on when power is used. Gov. Gray Davis officially launched a program Thursday to install "real-time" electricity meters in Los Angeles in order to reduce peak electricity use by as much as 240 megawatts this summer.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2001 | JAMES FLANIGAN
What will Los Angeles Mayor-elect James K. Hahn mean for business? It's too soon to tell, but from what Hahn and his advisors say, he will be a mayor who will push economic development--with breaks for small companies and an emphasis on boosting business in poor neighborhoods. Immediately, he will go for tax relief and cutting red tape on permits and licenses for business, according to the Hahn camp.
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