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November 3, 2011 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
No car, no work. That's the conclusion Lisa Twombly reached as she fought to hang on to her job as a caretaker for an elderly San Diego couple. Taking the bus and bumming rides from friends wasn't cutting it, and she was repeatedly late for work. Told she'd be fired if it happened again, Twombly put down $4,000 - all her savings - on a 9-year-old Chrysler Sebring with 95,000 miles. The dealership lent her the $2,600 balance at a steep 18% interest rate. A few months later, the Sebring broke down and she got into a dispute with the dealer over who should pay for repairs.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1988
It is apparent to me that there is a humorous nature to the "no- and slow-growth initiatives" we are facing in the city of San Diego and San Diego County November elections. Why anyone would want to reduce the number of homes built or impact job availability is beyond me. I would like to propose a more appropriate method of controlling the amount of growth in San Diego County. Since much of the argument of growth relates to traffic, we should immediately suspend all automobile sales.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Nissan Motor Co. said Friday that buyers have already reserved more than 20% of the first year's production of its Leaf electric vehicle. About 6,600 U.S. consumers have paid the $99 reservation fee, and 3,700 in Japan have done the same. Nissan said it will make about 50,000 Leaf cars the first year. The automaker has said it wants to have about 40% of production reserved by December, when the car goes on sale. The all-electric hatchback will cost $32,780. But government subsidies will reduce the price for California buyers by about a third.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2009 | By Rich Connell
Nearly five years after a deadly Metrolink train wreck in Glendale intensified debate about passenger car design, Southern California's commuter rail service will soon take delivery of new high-tech, crash-resistant cars, officials announced Thursday. Two of the new-generation cars, the first of their kind in the nation, are to be unloaded from a ship in the Port of Long Beach in mid-January and will be put into service as early as next summer, agency officials said in a news conference at a Metrolink maintenance yard northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
AUTOS
October 1, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
It was a Scottish team with a French name racing British cars. In the 1950s and early 1960s Ecurie Ecosse (French for Team Scotland) was a small private racing team that took on some of the world's largest professional powerhouses -- and won. Now a collection of cars from this historic effort is headed to auction at the end of the year. PHOTOS: Ecurie Ecosse collection headed to auction Bonhams announced it would offer seven of the team's cars and one transport truck in a London auction  Dec. 1. The collection is a "definitive representation of perhaps Britain's best-loved motor racing team," James Knight, Bonhams' group motoring director said.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Chip Foose is considered by many to be the world's top hot-rod designer. His Huntington Beach company, Foose Design, modifies collector cars and builds custom cars. A hand-built creation can take up to six years and cost more than $1 million. Last year the privately owned firm posted more than $4 million in revenue. Foose, 46, also has designed sunglasses and footwear for Oakley Inc. On screen: Foose has hosted two reality TV shows for the TLC network — "Overhaulin' " and "Rides" — and is currently a judge on the Discovery Channel series "Ultimate Car Build-Off."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2013 | By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
During his nearly 40 years as a columnist for this newspaper, my late father occasionally tweaked his readers - quite disingenuously - by belittling his cat, knowing the slur would stir invective so passionate and erudite that he could fill another column without having to do much writing of his own. I had no intention of employing that device when I recently wrote - quite sincerely - in defense of motorcyclists who navigate the space between cars...
SPORTS
January 17, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Cristiano Ronaldo cried when he accepted the Ballon d'Or, soccer's most prestigious individual prize, earlier this week. But now it's the athletic training staff with his club team, Real Madrid, that is feeling a bit overwhelmed. That's because Ronaldo said he'll soon make good on a promise to buy each of the five trainers a new car of their choice. Ronaldo unseated Lionel Messi, a four-time winner, as FIFA's player of the year largely because Messi was sidelined during part of 2013 because of an injury.
HEALTH
April 10, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
In the latest chapter of an ongoing battle against traditional dealer networks, Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has taken his fight to Texas, telling lawmakers his company could sell as many as 2,000 cars next year if allowed to open its own stores. Musk testified Monday before a committee of the Texas Legislature in support of HB 3351 and SB 1659, bills  that would allow U.S.-based manufacturers of 100% electric- or battery-powered vehicles to sell directly to Texas consumers.
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