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January 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
If purchased directly from the manufacturer , the new Moog Sub Phatty will set you back $1,099. But synth nuts curious about the keyboard maker's new model can get a sense of its sound for free, thanks to a composition Moog commissioned from L.A. beat whiz Flying Lotus. Titled "Such a Square," the 90-second track (and an accompanying video by Flying Lotus collaborator Adam Fuchs) was posted Monday on YouTube, and not surprisingly it's a dizzying electro-jazz excursion that shows off the fuzz-toned capabilities of what Moog calls its "grittiest" synth ever.
April 11, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are like the Coke and Pepsi of U.S. maritime transportation. They seem similar, they dominate the competition but they have a long history of less-than-friendly rivalry. Now, an independent commission's proposal to merge the neighboring harbors is being met with skepticism. The L.A. 2020 Commission, made up of prominent business, labor and civic leaders, on Wednesday unveiled a series of recommendations that included merging the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
April 11, 2004
Regarding "Discounts Getting a Little Tougher to Find, but They're Out There" (Travel Insider, March 28): We own and operate a full-service travel agency and take pride in providing the best value to our loyal clients. Staff writer Jane Engle suggested that travelers looking for a discount should ask for discounts from travel agents because they "get commissions from each sale they make." Yes, we do receive commissions from some tour operators and cruise lines, none from airlines, and chase commissions due us from hotels and car rental firms.
April 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Christopher Hubbart has had a hard time trying to find a place to live, and no wonder. He's a serial rapist who assaulted women in the 1970s and '80s, was convicted and released, only to rape again. He was committed indefinitely to a mental facility until such time as he was determined by authorities to no longer be a threat. There was such a determination last summer, and it was upheld by a California court, but Hubbart waited while officials hunted for a place in Los Angeles County where he could live.
March 19, 1995
Your Feb. 19 Travel Insider column was right on target ("Fare Warning: Infrequent Fliers May Be Hit With Fees"). The information should greatly assist your readers in better understanding what has recently occurred with the airlines' move to cap commissions. It is always refreshing to read an article when the writer obviously has knowledge of the topic. DONALD E. RUSH Owner, Peters Travel Service Simi Valley This is how a travel agency works: The client calls an agent for round-trip tickets to Chicago on Airline "D."
September 26, 2004
Regarding "2 Cruise Lines Try to Simplify Rates by Halting Rebate Ads" [Travel Insider, Sept. 12]: The solution to this widespread problem is simple: Reduce agents' commissions, which run from 10% to 16%, to 7%. Then there wouldn't be enough profit for agents to split the commission with customers. My experience has been that most travel agents are just order-takers, knowing little about the product they are selling. They don't earn the huge commissions most cruise lines pay. Gordon Froede Cheviot Hills
July 19, 1992
As chief executive of one of the nation's largest securities arbitration firms, and the only one managed by former securities industry executives, I am constantly appalled at the slipshod manner in which brokerages serve their clients, "Investors at Risk--the Dark Side of the Brokerage Business" (July 1). Such brokerages have the attitude, and I write from firsthand experience, that they can hire a big producing broker, fully aware that he is a problem broker with a past record of complaints and arbitration awards against him. Motivated by the problem broker's commissions, instead of the customer's welfare, they are all too willing to look the other way in order to show bigger bottom-line profits, despite customer complaints.
July 16, 1992
The City Council decided last week to merge the Parks and Recreation and Human Services commissions. The 3-2 vote Thursday will create the Recreation and Human Services Commission. Its seven members will be appointed July 23. Consolidation of the two five-member commissions was proposed by Councilman Jim Kelly last month to save money. Commissioners are paid $75 monthly. Council members Raul Pardo and Vera Valdiviez dissented.
October 15, 1995
Sept. 11's "Nice Work if You Can Get It" was a very enlightening article. The state of California is facing a serious financial dilemma. Because of this, health facilities in Los Angeles County are closing, school programs throughout the state are being reduced and law enforcement hiring is being curtailed. Yet there are jobs within the state government paying an annual salary from $87,305 to $103,178 for one to two hours of work a month. If the California legislators are serious about cutting the fat, let's start where it won't hurt--the board and commissions of the state of California.
March 8, 1998
If your reader from Pacific Palisades really believes that most real estate agents routinely sell $600,000 homes and make $36,000 commissions, I'm surprised she isn't in the business. Of course, she would not have paid vacations, paid sick leave, paid retirement benefits, paid health and life insurance, etc., etc. She would not have weekends off and she would have to put in at least a 12-hour day to be successful. She would have clients calling from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to ask about today's showing or check on their offer or escrow.
April 9, 2014 | By David Zahniser and James Rainey
Three months after it painted L.A. as a metropolis stumbling into decline, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission offered 13 recommendations Wednesday that it said would attract jobs and "put the city on a path to fiscal stability. " The group of prominent business, labor and civic leaders called on elected officials to enact a wide-ranging series of policy initiatives: increasing the minimum wage, combining giant twin harbors into a single port, altering oversight of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and bolstering efforts to promote regional tourism.
April 8, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday called for a public hearing to question LAPD officials about patrol officers who tampered with voice recording equipment in patrol cars. Commissioner Robert Saltzman said he wanted to hear from senior police staff about how the case was handled and the decision not to investigate to find out which officers were responsible for the deception. He said he also wanted an explanation for why the department failed to immediately notify the commission when the vandalized equipment was discovered.
April 3, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It was well known for many years that Japan's "scientific whaling" program was a sham, designed to get around the international moratorium on hunting whales. Almost no research on the animals came from Japanese scientists; instead, whale meat kept showing up in restaurants and school lunches. Finally, Australia, a whaling country until 1978 and now an avid opponent, called Japan's bluff over the hundreds of whales it killed each year in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary surrounding Antarctica.
April 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., indicted by the federal government for criminal behavior stemming from a Bay Area natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, still faces more trouble. In the next few months, PG&E will face the likelihood of a fine from the California Public Utilities Commission as high as $2.25 billion for its role in the September 2010 disaster in the city of San Bruno. On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced that a grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 alleged violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act involving poor record keeping and faulty management practices.
March 31, 2014 | By Bill Whalen
Now that the California Senate has voted to suspend three of its members, all accused or convicted of criminal wrongdoing, legislators hope the issue will quickly vanish. And that's precisely the problem with this action. Giving three senators a "time out" - with pay - allows the rest of the members a chance to express outrage, genuine or feigned. However, it doesn't begin to address a larger question: Are these merely three bad apples, or is the larger orchard that is California's Legislature rotten to its core?
March 12, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
The Federal Trade Commission has launched a civil investigation into Herbalife Ltd., the Los Angeles-based nutritional-products maker said Wednesday. Herbalife did not disclose any details of the probe, but it has been waging an ongoing battle against a hedge fund manager's allegations that it is running a thinly disguised pyramid scheme. The company reiterated its long-stated position that its business model is sound and said it would cooperate with the inquiry. "Herbalife welcomes the inquiry given the tremendous amount of misinformation in the marketplace, and will cooperate fully with the FTC,” the company said in a statement.
May 7, 1989
Beverly Delott's letter (April 16) seems to miss clarification of one vital and singularly important fact: "real estate commissions are negotiable. " KEITH F. BIGGAR Los Angeles
December 2, 2001
Actors, like Jason Behr, use the legal constraints placed upon personal managers only when it is convenient for them ["Talent Managers' Role Debated," Nov. 12]. They expect their managers, in return for 10% to 15% commission, to introduce them to agents, producers and talent executives like me. They expect their managers to provide career guidance and open doors when their agents, who may represent hundreds of actors, may not have the time and energy to do so. They expect their managers to be accessible to them day and night, and in the case of Marv Dauer, to invest 91/2 years of hard work in developing their client's career before they see a penny of profit.
February 25, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to ask the newly appointed inspector general of the Sheriff's Department to work with interim Sheriff John L. Scott to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department. The officials will look into how such a body could be structured and weigh in on whether they advise creating it at all. They will report back to the board by the end of June. The supervisors also asked the county's attorneys to look into what steps would be required to create a commission with legal authority rather than a purely advisory body.
February 24, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Santa Ana's longtime mayor is under investigation for his relationship with an auto parts business owner, to whom the mayor sold a piece of downtown property and then voted in favor of giving the auto parts store an exclusive city contract. As part of his real estate transaction, Mayor Miguel Pulido also purchased a Westminster home from the auto parts business owner for about $230,000 below fair market value, according to property records. Pulido later sold the home for a $197,000 profit.
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