May 9, 1996 |
Talk to business people in the San Fernando Valley about their dealings with the city of Los Angeles and they're nearly unanimous: It's a hostile place, with cumbersome rules and regulations. But ask them whether breaking the Valley away from the city would solve their problems, and their opinions become more divided: It's either a bad idea or worth a try, depending on who's talking. "I look at this [secession] as a rush to judgment," said Sy Feerst, a Canoga Park printing broker.
June 10, 1988 |
The phone rings. Jack Wagner perks up and slips a piece of paper into his typewriter. The Voice of Disneyland is ready for action. Wagner listens and carefully repeats back his assignment: "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Lady Bird Johnson as she . . . does what? Proceeds through town square for a dedication? ... Oh, a wildflower planting. Gee, I never heard of that, so she's going to plant a wildflower, is she? OK."
September 12, 1991 |
A slight majority of business people in Sierra Madre rejected forming a controversial Business Improvement District during a hearing that filled the City Council chambers Tuesday. About 50 people wearing yellow ribbons attended the City Council meeting to protest formation of the district. Written votes submitted earlier by business owners on the proposal were tallied by computer and announced. The votes were weighted according to the size of the business, and 51.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1993 |
Testing new technology as a way to nudge commuters off the highway, Caltrans has chosen Thousand Oaks as the site of its first teleconferencing center so business people can network with colleagues worldwide without leaving the Conejo Valley. The one-of-a-kind program, approved by the Thousand Oaks City Council late Tuesday, will set up a teleconferencing center in City Hall by spring.
July 6, 1995 |
In a bold attempt to stabilize the erratic ruble, the Russian government and central bank on Wednesday announced a "collar" to keep the currency from plunging below 4,900 to the dollar before Oct. 1. The move met approval from Russia's international lenders, and the finance minister said it had been cleared in advance with the International Monetary Fund.
September 11, 1994 |
Orange County's large Vietnamese American community, in helping to expand commerce with Vietnam, is becoming a brokerage center--forging deals between their home country and American companies looking to trade there. To locate scarce Vietnamese buyers, many U.S. companies are turning to Vietnamese American business people with family ties and connections in Vietnam to serve as their representatives.
May 27, 1991 |
An entrepreneur for 14 years, Sascha Wolhandler has learned to live with fear. "It's very scary when you hold people's lives in your hands. When you have to make enough money in your business to meet people's salaries, taxes, health insurance and other benefits. That's a lot of responsibility," says Wolhandler, who heads Sascha's, a Baltimore catering business. Yet entrepreneurs shouldn't back away from risk because of the fears that business decisions can arouse, Wolhandler says.
December 12, 1992 |
Businesses generally applauded President-elect Bill Clinton's choice of Carol Browner, chief of Florida's Department of Environmental Regulation, to be the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Some are concerned, however, that Browner might favor traditional so-called command-and-control regulatory policies over rules that incorporate market incentives for their enforcement.
June 13, 1995 |
If Purgatory and paradise converged, it might look like this 22-mile swath of nearly virgin Pacific Coast. Rusting beams jut from concrete skeletons on cliffs and near beaches, gray hulls of what were to be luxury villas, palm tree-ringed hotels and Jacuzzi-laced condos. The view through unfinished bay windows, though, needs no completion: pristine beaches necklaced by blue surf and wave-smashed boulders, jungle trees and cacti, fishing boats plying azure waters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1992 |
A federal judge refused to issue a temporary restraining order Friday that would have stopped police from enforcing city laws that prohibit unlicensed Venice Boardwalk vendors from selling their wares. Police recently have cracked down, issuing citations and warnings to boardwalk vendors for taking "donations" for everything from palm readings to limited-production compact discs, said plaintiff Harry Perry, a longtime denizen of the popular tourist spot.