May 9, 2011 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the Lone Star State's recruiter-in-chief, is aiming to take advantage of a political fight over the future of the tiny industrial city of Vernon. Perry has sent dozens of emails to some of Vernon's approximately 1,800 employers, telling them that a bill backed by California Assembly Speaker John Perez could eliminate many of the tax and operating-cost advantages they enjoy in the manufacturing enclave southeast of Los Angeles. "As the state of California continues to support legislation that causes undue burden and taxation on companies doing business in the Los Angeles area, I invite you to consider your future in America's new land of opportunity: the state of Texas," Perry wrote.
July 29, 2002 |
There's no shortage of stories about Starbucks moving into a neighborhood and putting a mom-and-pop shop out of business. What's harder to find is someone like coffee roaster Pedro Gavina, president of Vernon-based F. Gavina & Sons Inc., who thinks the Seattle-based giant has been good for his business. Starbucks Corp.'s rapid expansion in the 1990s, while felling many smaller merchants, stirred a huge appetite for gourmet coffee among middle-class Americans. That has helped F.
July 26, 1998 |
The Irvine office of Diedrich Coffee's "chief coffee officer" looks like the dorm room of an overenthusiastic World Cultures major. The couch has the rump-feel of a garage-sale bargain. A travel poster of a Mayan ruin hangs on one wall. A miniature hand-painted Costa Rican oxcart sits beside his desk.