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BUSINESS
August 18, 2000 | MARLA DICKERSON and NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Employment in the Los Angeles garment industry dipped below 100,000 this year for the first time since the North American Free Trade Agreement was enacted in 1994, with nearly 13,000 jobs lost since 1997 alone, according to state employment data. Also, a new analysis of state figures from 1995-1997 has found that the region began losing blue-collar sewing jobs on a large scale earlier than was previously thought.
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NEWS
August 18, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On their last day to steal the spotlight from the Democratic National Convention, activists representing a multitude of causes returned to the streets Thursday--and to the strange line dance with police that characterized a tense but mostly nonviolent week of protest.
NEWS
July 3, 2000 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ask most Angelenos to name the region's high-rent hot spots and they're likely to say the snooty shops of Rodeo Drive or the gleaming office towers of Century City. But some of the priciest commercial digs can be found in the gritty heart of the downtown fashion district, where some cramped showrooms displaying cut-rate women's clothes command rents rivaling those of Beverly Hills boutiques.
NEWS
April 14, 2000 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
Fashion Week is held five times a year at the California Mart for wholesalers and other players in the fashion industry interested in upcoming collections. The event pales in comparison to New York's Fashion Week, which is held twice a year. The Big Apple attracts international designers and stages more than 100 runway shows and an equal number of displays in showrooms, generating millions of dollars of revenue for the city.
NEWS
April 14, 2000 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES FASHION WRITER
Forget the fashion tents in New York's Bryant Park. Come with us to Soho Nightclub in downtown Los Angeles, where 10 local designers are about to send out some wickedly cool and free-spirited fashion ideas--a slice of L.A. style that the rest of the world lately seems to want.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2000
A former state deputy labor commissioner responsible for regulating working conditions in the garment industry was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison for taking kickbacks from clothing manufacturers. Howard Hernandez, 48, of Montebello also was ordered to pay $283,000 in restitution to the state. Hernandez was arrested and fired in September 1997 after investigators saw him take a bribe in a Montebello parking lot.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2000 | STEPHEN GREGORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The California Fashion Assn. is an advocacy and networking organization for the Los Angeles-area garment industry. It has a membership of 250 from all walks of the apparel world, including manufacturers, contractors, suppliers, financiers and attorneys. Executive Director Ilse Metchek recently answered three of the most frequently asked questions the organization receives. * Q: How can I access new apparel manufacturing technologies?
BUSINESS
January 15, 2000 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hub of Southern California's apparel industry--the massive California Mart in downtown Los Angeles--has been put up for sale and is expected to draw bids of more than $100 million, according to people familiar with property. Equitable Life Assurance Co., which took control of the property in 1994 in a foreclosure, is selling the complex as part of an ongoing effort to reduce its real estate portfolio. Officials who handle the giant insurance company's portfolio said they had no comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999
Immigrant workers who made name-brand clothes labored in sweatshop conditions, working long hours without overtime pay for far less than minimum wage, two lawsuits filed Thursday allege. The suits, filed in federal court, name as defendants trendy fashion house BCBG Maxazria, of Los Angeles, and clothing labels City Girl, based in Commerce, and Hobby Horse, a Chino company. Also named are the Los Angeles-area sewing contractors who were the plaintiffs' actual employers.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1999 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Claiming Los Angeles garment workers who produced high-end jackets for USC, UCLA and several other universities were cheated out of overtime pay, two legal centers filed suit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, asking for back wages and punitive damages. The lawsuit was announced at a news conference on the USC campus as part of a coordinated "labor solidarity day" in which students at 20 universities across the country demonstrated for labor rights.
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