October 14, 2009 |
The nation's bellwether technology sector is kicking into gear as businesses and consumers boost their spending on computers and electronics. Shipments of semiconductors are on the rise. Some companies are hiring. Tech stocks outperformed the market all summer. And U.S. exports to China, including technology products, have climbed 33% since January. That's good news for California, home to hundreds of companies that make the software, chips and switches that power many of today's bestselling computer and electronics devices.
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June 23, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Mimi Walters, an Orange County Republican, landed at the center of an ethics investigation after she helped a firm owned by her husband collect cash from the state prison system. Now at least a dozen subcontractors - dentists and pharmacists hired by two of David Walters' companies to treat inmates - say the firms owe them more than $120,000 in back payments. The workers have filed complaints in court and with the state labor commissioner.
April 19, 2013 |
Southern California is a hotbed of young and innovative companies, but you wouldn't know it by following the money. Venture capital funding, the lifeblood of start-ups, has fallen sharply in the region this year, according to a report released Thursday. Southern California companies raised $507.6 million from venture-capital investors in the first three months of the year, a 42% decline from the nearly $880 million in the first quarter of 2012. The data were compiled by Dow Jones VentureSource.
November 29, 2010 |
Dear Karen: My business was incorporated by an online service on the last day taxes were due for the year. Had it waited one more day, I could have saved $800. Answer: Your experience shows that dates matter when it comes to filing legal documents. And, although online services can be convenient and inexpensive, it is incumbent on the entrepreneur to research details or hire a professional to help. "Online formation companies are very good at getting the documents prepared and filed with the secretary of state," said Deborah Sweeney, chief executive of MyCorporation in Calabasas.
October 4, 2009 |
With debt-burdened American consumers cutting back in response to the recession, many U.S. companies are increasingly looking outward, toward fast-developing countries such as China, India and Brazil. But instead of seeing these nations primarily as cheap producers of goods to sell to Americans, U.S. corporate leaders see them as potential customers for American products and services. That shift, which has been underway for several years but has intensified sharply during the downturn, comes as vast numbers of families in these emerging economies are moving into cities and spending like never before to improve their living standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2010 |
Back when feuding couples had equity in their homes and investments worth fighting over, Scott Sagaria made a good living as a divorce lawyer. But the recession cut deep into his family law business, causing the San Jose practitioner to redirect his talents. Now he makes a good living as a bankruptcy attorney. Like solo and small boutique law practitioners across the country, Sagaria has been better able to adapt to a shifting legal landscape than Big Law firms that had to shed more than 4,600 lawyers nationwide last year.
June 12, 1988
R.H. Lindeman Architectural Associates and Pelke & Associates have relocated to shared facilities at 1815 W. 213th St., Torrance.
October 4, 1987
PHH Design Group, at 716 S. Olive St., is the new firm name for Walker Associates and Neville Lewis Associates.
November 8, 1987
The 64-year-old Dippell Realty Co., 107 N. Larchmont Blvd., has merged with Ramsey-Shilling/Better Homes & Gardens, a firm with offices in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.
May 31, 2013 |
For years, politicians and labor unions have pilloried Wal-Mart and other large employers for paying workers so little that many qualify for government health insurance at taxpayers' expense. Now critics fear the public will get stuck with an even bigger tab as California and other states expand Medicaid as part of the federal healthcare law. That has California lawmakers taking aim at the world's largest retailer and other big firms. Legislators, backed by unions, consumer groups and doctors, are calling for fines that could reach about $6,000 per full-time employee who ends up on Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor and others.