CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1993 |
After suffering a 4.4% plunge in wholesale and retail sales in 1991, much of Ventura County has began to show signs of recovery from the recession with a 2% increase in sales, said a state report issued Friday. The State Board of Equalization's annual year-end report for 1992 shows taxable sales in Ventura County rose from $5.4 billion in 1991 to $5.5 billion in 1992, and some cities enjoyed increases in sales of up to 8.4%.
August 13, 1992 |
This is going to be a tough one. This time there are three of them at my front door, miniature Willy Lomans with big, expectant eyes and a box of scented candles being sold for another good cause. The little boy holding out a green candle, which smells like the dishwashing liquid I bought that made my hands break out in a rash, tells me the money will help a local youth group. "It's so kids don't have to get into trouble and stuff," he says solemnly.
October 8, 1989 |
As the lines outside the soup kitchens and inside the shelters grow, so do the neighborhood discontent and the political disenchantment. The problem has grown to the point where homeless advocates and social service workers say political pressure on elected officials is generating a backlash against street people, which is resulting in a reduction of feeding programs and other services.
May 2, 1993 |
When Slava Schoot came here from Moscow five years ago, he spoke only a few words of English. Today he has command of the language but his heavy Russian accent often makes him hard to understand. "I want to speak as properly as I can," said Schoot, 28, an actor. "People have certain perceptions about people from Eastern Europe. Just because I'm Russian doesn't mean I'm an expert on Boris Yeltsin."
May 4, 1991 |
Some were fire-bombed or harassed when Operation Desert Storm set off a backlash against Arab-Americans, but Majed Tayar was left alone. That's what's upsetting him. Syrian-born Tayar saw his business as a contractor drop off sharply when the war began and he is still waiting for it to snap back. "You think you're part of the plain old American public, then you learn otherwise," said Tayar, a garrulous man who lives in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn.
October 10, 1993 |
With four months of service under their dark-gray Smokey the Bear hats, the security guards who walk Hollywood Boulevard have found themselves face to face with shoplifters, graffiti taggers and flimflam men. That's on a good day. On a bad day they come back to headquarters bloody. "This is the closest (that) private security will ever come to law enforcement," said Danny L.
March 28, 1997 |
It was only last July that Heather Chronert answered the door of the San Diego Polo Club to find a pair of unexpected visitors: "Gentle, pale people,"--middle-aged men, she recalls, who proposed designing the club's World Wide Web site. At first skeptical, Chronert, the club's office manager, was soon won over by her visitors' "lavish, impeccable portfolio," which included among its offerings a "beautiful" site that paid homage to a famous rock star and actress: Madonna.
February 3, 1994 |
Orange County trade experts and business people, including many in the Vietnamese community, on Wednesday applauded news that the Clinton Administration apparently will lift the 19-year embargo on commerce with Vietnam. "I'm interested in exploring the opportunities," said Lloyd Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant who is president of Biomed Healthcare in Irvine.
July 2, 1996 |
California Business Week, an economics education program designed to help young people understand the American free enterprise system, will be held Aug. 4 to 9 at Cal Lutheran University. Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school are eligible to apply.
May 9, 1995 |
A group of Latter-day Saints business people has formed the Deseret Business Assn. of Ventura County. The group will meet regularly to exchange information, raise money for various causes and hear inspirational, informative speakers, according to Kevin G. Staker, president. Information: (805)482-2282.