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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.
February 15, 2012 | Helene Elliott
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.
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: 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)
October 23, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district officials acknowledged Tuesday that they understated the cost of providing iPads to students, but also said the deal could ultimately save millions of dollars. The L.A. Unified School District hopes to provide a tablet to every student and teacher, and, for months, has reported the cost as $678 per device. But a revised budget released Monday found that the tablets could cost as much as $770. The previous amount, officials said Tuesday, did not include taxes and a mandatory recycling fee. Once those costs are added in, the price rises to about $744, said Daphne Congdon, a district information technology administrator.
February 4, 2012 | Steve Lopez
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.
December 25, 2012 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
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.
December 21, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
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.
April 6, 2014 | Jeremy Rifkin
Airbnb is all the talk on Wall Street. Its thirtysomething founders were nearly broke six years ago. Now it seems likely they will soon become billionaires. Their company, which connects 600,000 apartment dwellers and homeowners in 160 countries with millions of people seeking cheap lodging online, is closing a new round of private funding, and it is expected to be valued at $10 billion or more by the end of April. In one night alone during 2013, Airbnb boasted 250,000 guests staying in its members' apartments and houses.
April 15, 2014 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
The media have become fond in recent years of glamorizing stay-at-home moms as elite career women who have “opted out” of the workforce so they can put family first. Finally , the Pew Research Center has provided the reality check we've needed. “The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999,” Pew's new report finds. The primary reason: economics. The cost of child care and the lack of job opportunities are forcing women to stay at home rather than go back to work after having kids.
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