March 13, 1986 |
The French cost of living declined 0.2% in February from the preceding month, its first decrease in nearly 20 years, according to provisional figures issued Tuesday.
June 6, 1985
The outbreak, which made thousands of Midwesterners sick, cost American Stores $3.5 million, the company said. The costs included closing its Jewel subsidiary's Hillfarm Dairy in Melrose Park, Ill., American Stores said. Jewel was acquired by American Stores last November. The salmonella outbreak, first reported March 29, affected an estimated 17,000 people in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - One of the state's biggest technology endeavors, a $371-million overhaul of the government payroll system, is beset with problems and "in danger of collapsing," according to the state controller's office. The company hired for the project is in over its head and may be unable to deliver on its promise to update a payroll system so old that even simple salary adjustments can tie it in knots, the controller's chief administrative officer said in a letter. The state has spent at least $254 million so far on contractors, staff salaries, software and more for the system upgrade, which is five years overdue and has nearly tripled in cost since lawmakers authorized it in 2005.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - As California positions itself at the vanguard of the national healthcare overhaul, state officials are unable to say for sure how much their implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act will cost taxpayers. The program, intended to insure millions of Americans who are now without health coverage, takes states into uncharted territory. California, which plans to expand coverage to hundreds of thousands of people when the law takes effect in 2014, faces myriad unknowns.
February 15, 2012 |
One of Jeanne Torres' first purchases after she graduated from college was Kings season tickets, and she has remained loyal through nine years of good and bad. But the San Pedro graphic designer's fanaticism and finances were tested this week when she learned the two seats that each cost her $33.50 per game this season could cost $40 next season following a sweeping price rescaling at Staples Center. "There's a big difference between what your heart wants to do and your brain wants to do," Torres said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2012 |
When it comes to California's plans for high-speed rail, scads of people have strong opinions. But that shouldn't be a surprise. As I noted in Wednesday's column, voters in 2008 approved a 520-mile train route that was supposed to cost $33 billion and be completed in 2020. Since then, not 10 feet of track have been laid, the estimated cost has tripled and the completion date is now 2033. And those are just guesstimates. Readers by the hundreds weighed in after that column.
June 23, 2011
Ojai Valley Lavender Festival Where: Libbey Park, 205 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. Free parking with shuttle to venue available at 821 W. Ojai Ave. When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Cost: Free Info: http://www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org U-Pick Lavender Where: New Oak Ranch, 9599 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 31. Cost: $5 per bunch Info: (805)
July 21, 2012 |
When it's time to meditate, sit comfortably, focus your attention … and reach for your smartphone? More and more people are doing just that, ifApple's iPhoneApp Store is any indication - a search for "meditation" results in more than 1,000 possible downloads. But isn't the point to unplug? The guidance offered in these apps "allows you just to let go and stop worrying about whether you're doing it right," says Stephan Bodian, a psychotherapist in Tucson and the developer of the Mindfulness Meditation app. "You can just relax and let yourself be led. " Plugging in to a meditation app - having turned off the phone's ringer and other functions, of course - could have a host of benefits.
June 21, 2013
Oscars Outdoors Where: 1341 Vine St., Hollywood When: Friday-Saturday through Aug. 24; gates open 6:30 p.m., movies begin at sunset Cost: $5 Info: http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/outdoors/index.html Eat|See|Hear Where: Various locations When: Saturdays through Sept. 14; music begins at 7 p.m., movie at 8 Cost: $10 Info: http://www.eatseehear.com Cinespia Hollywood Forever Cemetery Where: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. When: Saturdays (occasionally Sundays)