CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1993 |
General-relief recipients who must work for their benefits will in a few months join San Fernando city workers picking up trash and removing graffiti. The city of San Fernando became the latest in a group of public and nonprofit entities to agree to use workers provided under the county's Workfare Program, which requires about 50,000 single adult women and men to work nine hours a month in exchange for monthly benefits of $293.
August 11, 1988 |
Nurses employed by the city of San Francisco approved a tentative agreement with the city by a slim 320-307 margin, union officials announced late Wednesday. The nurses, whose pay was frozen as part of the city's budget cutbacks, won an 8% pay raise for 1989. "The closeness of the vote means that management will have the next year to straighten out the (staffing) situation at San Francisco General Hospital.
July 2, 1992
Bell Gardens, which has one of the highest unemployment rates among Southeast-area cities, has started an employment bank to help residents find jobs in nearby businesses and offices. City officials say they hope that Work Force-Bell Gardens will help to solve one of the city's most persistent problems by bringing together people who need work with those offering jobs.
December 12, 2001 |
LaTatia Taylor spent 11 years on the welfare rolls, working "little jobs" but never earning enough to make it on her own. In this economy, the mother of two living in South-Central Los Angeles might have good reason to worry: Many former aid recipients have found themselves on the low-wage fringes of the job market, facing layoffs and slashed hours. Instead, Taylor is up to her calves in cement most days, fixing sidewalks for the Los Angeles Department of Public Works' Bureau of Street Services.
June 20, 1992 |
Allison Meadow, an 18-year-old student at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, keeps getting offers for summer jobs, even though she has a good one at a clothing store in the Topanga Plaza shopping center. "Everywhere I go, people try to recruit me," said the ebullient senior, who is saving for college. "People come in my store, (and) when I go into other clothing stores, people ask me if I want to work for them."
May 4, 2010 |
The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is not likely to change pro-oil attitudes in southern Alabama — where gas rigs sprout in the middle of Mobile Bay, drilling platforms are visible from the beaches and the energy industry is a top employer. Residents are comfortable living side by side with refineries, pump-jacks and the acrid smell of sulfur, a byproduct of natural gas production. And in an effort to capitalize on the opening of the eastern gulf to new deepwater exploration — a federal initiative put on hold in the wake of the BP disaster — local businesses had even launched an "Offshore Alabama" campaign.