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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1995
Enough of this "downsizing." I'm ready for some "upsizing"! LEN ZIRALDO West Hills
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NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Michael McGough
Vaticanologists inside and outside journalism have been puzzling over the surprise appearance of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at a ceremony Saturday at which his successor, Pope Francis, installed new members of the College of Cardinals. ABC News described the event as “an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future” (the “future” referring to the presumed presence of Francis' successor among the new and veteran cardinals in attendance). But what did Benedict's presence signify?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1996
Re "Don't Downsize Productivity," by Steven Rattner, Commentary, April 18: As many businesses have downsized or are considering downsizing to stay profitable, the work force suffers. Corporate America squanders the savings from downsizing to pad their wallets and impress their investors. Meanwhile, workers after the downsizing have to work extra hard, extra long, and receive nothing extra! I agree with Rattner's claim that corporate businesses should take better care of their work forces by allowing wage increases to follow productivity growths and investing in retraining workers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2013 | By David Ng
Bloomberg, the New York-based financial news giant, is shutting down its Muse brand of cultural journalism and has laid off its theater critic. The shake-up was part of a company-wide reorganization that came down on Monday and resulted in layoffs around the newsroom. Bloomberg plans to continue to cover the arts, but with an emphasis on luxury. In an email sent to employees on Monday, Bloomberg editor-in-chief Matt Winkler said that the company has decided "to scale back arts coverage and no longer use the Muse brand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1996
Many people criticize downsizing, but it is necessary during this period of continuous technological advancement. ("Don't Downsize Productivity," Commentary, April 18.) It doesn't make sense to keep jobs that have become obsolete. However, downsizing should not exclusively target workers' jobs but should also focus on eliminating middle managerial and top executive positions that are frivolous and unnecessary. While the bottom 60% of Americans' income has fallen by 5%, the top 5% has risen by 15%. Is it ironic that top executives advocate downsizing but only when it doesn't affect their paychecks?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1993
We must turn the present budget crisis into an opportunity for reform of county government. We can restore the traditional role of county government as a human services provider and return the responsibility of public works improvements to the cities. This approach is termed "downsizing" county government. I recommend that we not give counties additional powers or means of taxation. In the case of Los Angeles County, we have found a gross misuse of public funds, including unnecessary office remodeling and extravagant use of limousines.
OPINION
September 22, 1996
"Patients Protest Planned Hospital Cuts" (Sept. 10), on Rancho Los Amigos, clearly shows the relationship between county politicians and corporate American interests. Why can't county officials be honest and tell us taxpayers the true meaning of "downsizing" and "privatization." Downsizing means mass firings (not layoffs) and privatization means selling facilities to their corporate cronies for nickels on the dollar. Downsizing means many dedicated health care workers will lose their jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1993
I am writing to correct the record regarding a recent story ("Defense Conversion Has Few Converts So Far," Oct. 11), which incorrectly characterizes legislation I authored on defense conversion. In September, the Senate unanimously passed legislation I introduced to target funds to communities "most adversely affected by reduced spending for national defense and by military base closures." This sense-of-the-Congress resolution was incorporated into the 1993 defense authorization bill, and is the first time Congress has ever gone on record to support targeting funds for defense conversion.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2009 | Denise Martin
That's 0 and 2 for Kelsey Grammer's post-"Frasier" TV career. After just five episodes had aired, ABC confirmed Wednesday that it had canceled "Hank," the network's new comedy series starring Grammer as a corporate executive who is let go in a downsizing and forced to spend more time with his family. "Hank," the weakest performer in ABC's all-new fall-comedy lineup, had been preempted in recent weeks, and now that hiatus will be permanent. Grammer's last show, Fox's "Back to You," lasted just one season.
NEWS
April 22, 2004
I enjoyed Randy Lewis' "Pay for Play: Why Stop at the Fiddle Section?" (April 8). I used to play first violin in the high school orchestra and found it very funny when I first read about the Bonn orchestra episode a few weeks ago. I told my son then that the way companies are downsizing today, the orchestras will probably start hiring day laborers to play the cymbals and pay them by the hit. Here I thought I was being "original," and then...
AUTOS
November 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
When Lincoln pulls the wraps off its 2014 MKC crossover in New York on Wednesday morning, most observers will pay little mind to the two simple knobs controlling stereo volume and tuning. But such seemingly insignificant details may say more about the direction at Ford's luxury brand than the fact that this is an all-new model, or the first Lincoln fitted with a new turbocharged engine. The old-school knobs - replacing touch-screen controls that many owners hated in other Lincolns - signal that the brand is listening intently to customers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Real estate developer Casden West L.A. has agreed to chop down the size of its hotly contested commercial and residential project on the Westside, following two weeks of negotiations with neighborhood groups, a company official said Tuesday. With a City Council vote on the project set for Friday, Casden abandoned plans for both a supermarket and a Target, moves that are expected to dramatically decrease the amount of automobile traffic that the project generates. The reworked project, planned next to an Expo Line light rail station, will have just 15,000 square feet of commercial space, instead of the previously proposed 160,000, said company spokesman Brian Lewis.
WORLD
November 26, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Through most of the administration of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, the federal police agency has held a starring role, built to seven times its previous size and favored by American advisors and dollars despite persistent troubles and scandals. But President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, who is meeting Tuesday with President Obama, has already demonstrated that one of his immediate actions will be to demote the police force, raising questions about his security policies at a time of heightened deadly violence across the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By David Pagel
Necessity may be the mother of invention, especially when it's fueled by desperation. Humor helps, especially when it's devilish. These elements come together in “Canvas Panels: Part II,” Jonathon Hornedo's wickedly silly and wildly intelligent rendition of the downsizing that defines our times. Earlier this year, Hornedo got laid off. Sales of his paintings produced zero income. So he began making inexpensive, high-quality canvas panels, which he sold to other artists, who did what artists usually do with primed and stretched canvases: paint them.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Rick Ross "God Forgives, I Don't" (Maybach Music Group/Def Jam) Three stars (out of four) Speaking recently to MTV, Rick Ross revealed the inspiration for "Diced Pineapples," a track from his new studio album, "God Forgives, I Don't. " Last year, the portly, bearded Miami rapper suffered two seizures while attempting to fly to Memphis, Tenn., for a concert, and when he was leaving the hospital, Ross recalled, "the doctor told me, 'You gotta eat some more fruit, drink you some water … and just relax for a little while.'" Sound advice for the average Joe, no doubt.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Car buyers are trading down to smaller vehicles and are finding that they are just as satisfied as they had been with larger autos, according to a study by market research firm J.D. Power and Associates. In its 2012 APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Study, J.D. Power found that 27% of new-vehicle buyers during a four-month period this year replaced an existing vehicle with a smaller new auto. Only 13% went in the opposite direction during that period, while 60% purchased a vehicle in the same size class of the auto they were replacing.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Car buyers are trading down to smaller vehicles and are finding that they are just as satisfied as they had been with larger autos, according to a study by market research firm J.D. Power and Associates. In its 2012 APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Study, J.D. Power found that 27% of new-vehicle buyers during a four-month period earlier this year replaced an existing vehicle with a smaller new auto. Only 13% went in the opposite direction during that time period.
OPINION
June 4, 2012 | By Barry Krisberg
So far, the only apparent solutions to California's budget crisis are increased revenues and draconian budget cuts. Legislative leaders have pledged to examine all options to avert further crippling reductions in state funding for higher education, the court system and social support for poor and vulnerable families. They should be looking at the state criminal justice system; there are savings that could help us avoid harsher cuts. To his credit, Gov. Jerry Brown has implemented budget and policy changes that have significantly reduced the state prison population and may reclaim up to $1 billion from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
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