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March 5, 1989
Regarding the Feb. 15 story, "Caught in a Funding Squeeze: SBA Overwhelmed by Surge in Demand for Loan Guarantees": We all are aware (or should be) that the Fortune 500 is not the source of new jobs or new ideas for America. Small businesses are increasingly the source of both. These businesses will probably be America's industrial salvation. Meanwhile, on the front page we are regularly treated to stories about the crisis in the money-lending industry. It's OK to finance leveraged buyouts.
July 13, 2009
Re " July 2 This is the best solution. However, I take issue with the characterization that businesses are unwittingly hiring illegals, because they can easily check the validity of the Social Security numbers using E-Verify. Los Angeles attorney Carl Shusterman's argument that the workers will "simply find another job" isn't valid because if companies know that they will eventually get audited, then they will avoid taking the chance of being fined or even prosecuted. As for the Chamber of Commerce, stating that Immigration and Customs Enforcement should only go after those companies that are exploiting workers and violating labor and worker-safety laws is tantamount to saying that businesses should be allowed to hire illegal immigrants as long as they pay them the minimum wage and follow OSHA rules.
June 29, 1997
Having suffered Wells Fargo's customer service misnomer since First Interstate was acquired, I am fascinated by this "innovation" to provide customer service specialists to develop relationships with business clients and "talk their language" ("Wells Opens 1st of 16 Branches for Business," June 10). My experience has brought me to the conclusion that the customer service training that has been provided to their horde of part-time employees consists of skill development in keeping a running conversation with your fellow employee about your personal life without being interrupted by the customer, taking as long as possible before you open your window, and a strong resolve not to let long lines of customers bother you. Of course, the policies of limited responsibility must be onerous, especially having to make a customer feel criminal if they deposit an extraordinary sum like $5,000.
September 28, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Forget about panic. This weekend's big closure along the 405 Freeway in western Los Angeles is prompting little more than a ho-hum and a few worries from area businesses and workers. They say they can't forget being terrorized before the spectacular traffic jams expected last year. "I don't think there will be problems," said Davis Dulnuan, manager of a martial arts school in Sherman Oaks. "People will find a way to work around it. " After warning about hyper-gridlock that never happened a year ago, city officials are once again urging people to stay away and to shop locally.
September 8, 2010 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The business community likes President Obama's proposal to accelerate tax write-offs for companies buying equipment and other big-ticket items. But it is clamoring for more — extension of all of the soon-expiring Bush-era tax cuts. Obama will tout the write-offs Wednesday when he unveils a $180-billion stimulus package. But he isn't likely to back down on his stand on continuing the marginal tax rate cuts only for households and businesses earning less than $250,000, analysts said.
June 2, 1998 | JOHN POPE
Fortunetellers and other occult-related businesses will need permits to operate in Westminster, the City Council has decided. In 1997, police began investigating fortunetelling services advertised in Vietnamese-language newspapers. According to city reports, officers found that many were operating from homes without any business permits. In addition, officials said, several prospective operators of such businesses have asked about setting up shop in the city.
July 13, 1995
An article on lesbians (Westside, July 6) that doesn't stoop to preconceived notions and titillation is a welcomed relief. I take exception, however, to the suggestion based on the closing of Little Frida's, a lesbian-owned coffeehouse, that lesbians are not capable of supporting lesbian-owned businesses. On the contrary, like anyone else with money to spend, lesbians support businesses that offer quality, consistency and value. When the new owner of Little Frida's moved the coffeehouse to its last location, she chose to hire young and relatively inexperienced help with little customer service skills.
August 24, 2003
Re "The System Needs Work," editorial, Aug. 19: Isn't this an interesting state of affairs. It seems that the best way to improve business profitability in California and prevent companies from fleeing is to use the state government to establish a regulated market with the intent of capping payouts to workers' compensation claims. Huh? Government regulation? Begged for by businesses? I guess big government and high regulation and market controls are all not so bad. But if bureaucratic regulation is so necessary to control the costs paid out by businesses toward health coverage for citizens, why is the same so evil when applied toward controlling how much citizens pay businesses for energy?
October 1, 2005
Re "Conservative conservation," editorial, Sept. 28 Why should the government provide tax breaks to the oil industry to encourage expansion of production capacity? Why do they need federal encouragement to do what any self-respecting competitor in the marketplace would do? Clearly, the profit motive is there, since the major companies are posting record profits. Tax breaks for the costs of repairing damaged refineries should not be offered because prudent businesses should have had insurance and contingency funds to cover these costs.
March 6, 1986
The Commerce Department reported that U.S. businesses spent an estimated $8.4 billion for equipment to control air and water pollution and dispose of solid waste in 1984, a 7.7% increase over the previous year. The 1984 estimate is based on a survey conducted last year of non-farm businesses.
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