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September 26, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu Los Angeles Times
Staples Inc. is speeding up store closures, shaking up management and boosting its online business as the office-supply chain implements a multiyear plan to cut costs. The Framingham, Mass., company is looking to save $250 million annually by the end of fiscal 2015. At that point, Staples said, it intends to have shaved its retail square footage 15%. For now, the chain is looking to accelerate the shutdown of 15 U.S. stores. By the end of its fiscal year, Staples said it expects to have 30 net store closures and 30 downsized or relocated stores in North America.
August 14, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
Paul Caldera's morning routine as groundskeeper at Los Encinos State Historic Park includes unlocking the gates at 10 a.m., raking pepper tree leaves and feeding the ducks that fly in each morning to lounge in a shady spring-fed pond. Then he clears the pond drains of debris and checks on the resident geese, including one Caldera calls "Bad Boy" because, he said, "it tries to bite my ponytail." "This job is my livelihood. It's a way of life. I feel at home here," said Caldera, 41, who landed the job nearly two years ago. Nodding toward dozens of ducks and geese preening at the water's edge, he added, "those are my babies."
January 10, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Nursing homes are shutting down across the country – but not in a uniform pattern that spreads the burden evenly across all sectors of society, according to a new report. Researchers from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and Drexel University in Philadelphia examined government data on nursing home closures in the U.S. between 1999 and 2008. During that decade, 2,902 nursing homes went out of business, eliminating 184,264 beds. Though new facilities made 87,362 additional beds available in that period, the net loss of 96,902 amounted to a 5% reduction in total supply.
October 24, 2011 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A portion of Wilshire Boulevard and adjacent 6th Street were closed Monday afternoon in the Hancock Park area because of a fundraising visit by President Obama. The closures of the major east-west thoroughfares helped snarl rush-hour traffic and affected public transportation in the area. The closures were roughly from South Muirfield Drive to South Hudson Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that bus lines 20 and 720 on Wilshire Boulevard and lines 28 and 728 on Olympic Boulevard would detour along Beverly Boulevard between Western Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.
March 8, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The L.A. Marathon, being held Sunday morning, usually bring concerns about traffic and street closures. But this year, there is an added issue: The beginning of daylight saving time. Clocks should spin forward at 2 a.m. Sunday. Tracey Russell, the marathon's chief executive, told The Times' Rene Lynch Friday that marathon officials have been doing everything possible to get the word out to competitors: "Remember to set the clocks forward an hour. " RELATED: Hey L.A. Marathoners: Don't forget to change the clocks!
February 8, 2008 | Nardine Saad
The westbound side of the 91 Freeway from Serfas Club Drive to Weir Canyon Road will be shut down Friday at 10 p.m. to about 9 a.m. Saturday because of construction, Caltrans announced Thursday. In conjunction with the westbound closures, four lanes of the eastbound 91 will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m. Saturday. Eastbound 91 will be closed from 11 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday at Weir Canyon Road to Serfas Club Drive. The westbound 91 will be open Saturday night. "Coming past the 57 eastbound, there's nowhere to go," said Caltrans spokeswoman Shelli Lombardo.
November 21, 2009 | By Tina Susman
There on the left is the plush booth where Dustin Hoffman's character shocked his -- or would that be her? -- agent into ordering a double shot of vodka in the film "Tootsie." Paul McCartney once strolled solo through the revolving door, sat at the shiny bar and ordered a margarita in a martini glass. Years ago, an unknown named Madonna might have checked your coat. The Russian Tea Room, with its rich red and deep green decor, still reeks of glamour. But some things have changed.
December 12, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Motorists entering one of the busiest gateways between Los Angeles and Orange counties will be hit hard over the next three years by a $277-million freeway project that requires a series of road closures, including one of the main portals to a veterans' hospital and a major state university. The work will be done in two segments, and lane and street closures are to be sequenced to minimize some of the traffic impacts. When completed in 2014, the so-called West County Connector project built by the Orange County Transportation Authority will create a seamless link between carpool lanes and ease rush-hour bottlenecks on the 405, 22 and 605 freeways.
September 28, 1987
The U.S. Forest Service, which earlier this month closed 280,000 acres of fire-ravaged Klamath National Forest, said additional closures will be necessary in the wake of brush and timber fires that devastated hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California. Forest spokeswoman Chris Allen said the exact boundaries of the new restricted area were to be determined during a meeting among officials from the Forest Service, state Department of Fish and Game and Siskiyou County.
July 30, 2009 | Maura Dolan
A policymaking body for California's courts decided unanimously Wednesday to close all courthouses on the third Wednesday of every month in response to budget cuts. The closures, approved by the California Judicial Council, will begin in September and continue through June. They are expected to save $85.4 million. In addition, judges will be asked to take voluntary furloughs one day a month, resulting in a 4.62% pay cut. Chief Justice Ronald M.
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