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 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.
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."
August 27, 1987 |
Alexander Hugh looked harried as he sat in his office, holding a bulging packet that contained nearly 500 bad checks that have been passed at his Pasadena discount food store in the last 18 months. Last year, Hugh's Daisy Farms Discount Food store on North Fair Oaks Avenue was stuck with $15,000 in bad checks--enough to wipe out more than a week's worth of profits. "We work 12 to 14 hours a day to survive," he said. "Then these people come and break our backs."
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2000 |
I was with my nephew at a restaurant when a young woman with multiple gang-like tattoos responded to a child who was with her in angry and obscene language. I quietly made a comment to her, not only for my 8-year-old nephew's sake but for her children, that this was not acceptable. She turned around and responded very angrily, with profane shouts and ridicule. People who were around us heard her clearly. There were business people, families, restaurant workers. Nobody said anything.
June 12, 1986 |
Small business people in Hollywood who fear that they will be ousted as part of the redevelopment of the community will meet today to strengthen their effort to stay in business. The meeting is being organized by Doreet Rotman, owner of Snow White Coffee Shop. She calls herself a "minority of one" on the 25-member Hollywood Project Area Committee, the community advisory group formed to help start the Hollywood Redevelopment Project.