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June 15, 2000 | ASHLEY DUNN and P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amid the din of million-dollar parties and free employee BMWs that have come to define the excesses of the "dot-com" era, the quiet voice of frugality is being heard. Fiscal reason has been an oxymoron in high-tech centers around the country since the dawning of the "new economy." With billions of dollars being thrown around, spending big was an easy way to get attention and seem successful.
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NEWS
May 29, 2000 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of the nation's biggest companies, with their outsize appetites for political influence, are helping foot the bill for the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. The dollars--including a substantial amount from corporations dealing with the federal government--are crucial for the financing of the most extravagant act of political theater here since John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic Party nomination for president in 1960.
NEWS
May 26, 2000 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The black Aztec eagle, symbol of the United Farm Workers of America, is quietly extending its wings beyond the fields of rural California to touch the skylines of America's cities. With little fanfare, the labor organization and its affiliates are looking to expand their growing radio network in cities such as Las Vegas, where gambling, not agriculture, is the cash crop. They are acquiring and rehabilitating low-income urban housing in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.
NEWS
May 23, 2000 | DAVID G. SAVAGE and MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The fate of the Clinton administration's plan to force a 10% reduction in air pollution nationwide will be decided next year by the Supreme Court. The anti-smog rules, if put into effect, would make breathing easier for millions and spare thousands from asthma and respiratory ailments, the administration says. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it would cost American business at least $46 billion a year to comply with the standards. Last year, a U.S.
NEWS
May 22, 2000 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, Ronald Brownstein's column appears in this space every Monday
Future historians are likely to consider it a sign of the times that ABC has decided to air "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" no less than four nights a week this fall. This is an era when the money culture is overshadowing the public culture, when the government seems enfeebled and the free market robust.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
Banks were much more cautious about lending to businesses in the last three months, citing some uncertainties about the economy's outlook, the Federal Reserve said Friday. At the same time, consumer demand for home mortgage loans continued to decrease, reflecting higher interest rates, according to the Fed survey of loan officers from 57 large domestic banks and 21 U.S. branches of foreign banks.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
If fundamentals matter once again on Wall Street, investors will have plenty to focus on this week, in the form of first-quarter corporate earnings reports. Whether those reports will help stabilize the market after last week's plunge is anyone's guess, but the numbers are, at least, expected to be robust.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Prices U.S. businesses paid for imported goods rose in March as costs for oil and other raw materials increased, a sign companies can no longer rely on cheap imports to hold down costs, government figures showed. The import price index increased 0.3% last month after surging 2% in February, the Labor Department reported. Excluding petroleum, import prices increased 0.2% after a February gain of 0.3%. Prices for industrial supplies including metals, chemicals and building materials rose 2.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2000 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
Nearly three-quarters of major U.S. companies keep tabs on their employees' telephone and computer use, including review of e-mail, Internet practices and computer files, according to a survey by the American Management Assn. The AMA, which surveyed more than 2,100 companies, said growth of employee surveillance has been "explosive" in the last two years. The number of firms with surveillance programs has doubled since 1997, when the management development organization began the annual survey.
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