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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 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State authorities Thursday imposed $40,000 in fines against Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) and two GOP committees after finding that the lawmaker laundered that amount of political money into his brother's 2008 Assembly campaign. The state Fair Political Practices Commission voted unanimously to uphold an administrative law judge's ruling that Berryhill committed a "serious and deliberate" violation of California's campaign finance laws. The commissioners decided in a 20-minute closed session to include in the fines the Stanislaus County and San Joaquin County Republican central committees for their role as conduits in passing $40,000 from Berryhill to his brother's successful campaign.
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 22, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
City officials are starting to pore over thousands of signatures to determine whether a proposal for a Los Angeles city health commission could make it to the ballot -- the latest step in a battle by AIDS activists who argue Angelenos need more leverage over services provided by the county. The petition calls for a 15-member commission, appointed by members of the Los Angeles City Council, to monitor how county departments provide health services to the city. It would also examine whether the city should keep contracting with the county or create a health department of its own. The proposal emerged after a court struck down an earlier bid by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to create a city health department, an idea that was vehemently opposed by city and county officials.
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 18, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles' Ethics Commission is calling for an increase in public funding available to candidates seeking city office. The city currently provides $2 for each dollar a candidate raises in primary elections, and $4 for each dollar contributed in two-way runoffs in general elections. On Thursday, the panel recommended the city match be increased to $6 in both primary and general elections. "You want to allow people to talk to constituents, not just donors, and I think that increasing the match will reduce the amount of time you have to spend fundraising," said Jessica Levinson, vice president of the commission and a professor at Loyola Law School.
April 16, 2014 | By Julie Cart
The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday postponed a controversial decision on whether to afford gray wolves protection under the state's Endangered Species Act, giving itself another 90 days to consider the matter. After listening to a spirited 2 1/2 hours of public comment in an overflowing meeting room in Ventura, the five-member commission voted unanimously to take up the issue at its next meeting in June. The decision regarding listing was prompted by the arrival in late 2011 of a young male gray wolf in Northern California.
April 15, 2014 | By Gale Holland
The state Coastal Commission has quietly revived the long-running fight over an overnight beach curfew in the city of Los Angeles. In an April 9 letter, Andrew Willis, a commission enforcement analyst, asked the city Department of Recreation and Parks to "restart discussions" toward easing the midnight-to-5 p.m. ban. Opponents of the curfew called the letter's language "weak" but said it held out the promise of modifying or toppling the 16-year-old...
April 11, 2014
An in-demand bassist who studied under Charlie Haden and has performed with a rich roster of talents that includes Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Nels Cline and Scott Amendola, Todd Sickafoose's knotted and lovely 2008 album, "Tiny Resistors," was one of the top jazz releases of that year. Finally at the cusp of delivering an encore, Sickafoose reunites an all-star band that includes violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg and drummer Allison Miller to premiere a piece dubbed "Bear Proof," a work commissioned by Chamber Music America.
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 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.
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.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
A new report on spurring job growth in Los Angeles covers the bases, but leaves Hollywood out of the picture. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission report, titled "A Time for Action," was commissioned last year by City Council President Herb Wesson and offers various prescriptions to reverse a net decline in jobs over the last two decades. The recommendations include such ideas as promoting bioscience research, establishing a regional tourism authority and combining the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.
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.
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