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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1999 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police said Thursday that they are looking for two gangs of takeover robbers who have hit a dozen or more textile warehouses in the central Los Angeles area in the last year, stealing more than $2 million worth of Lycra--a popular synthetic fiber produced by the Dupont Co. and used in a wide variety of clothes.
BUSINESS
October 8, 1999 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Liz Claiborne, intent on clothing women up and down the fashion spectrum, said Thursday that it has agreed to buy the Los Angeles-area maker of Laundry clothing, a high-end label of trendy dresses and sportswear. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Laundry, led by designer Shelli Segal, joins an expanding collection of brands at Claiborne aimed at garnering younger shoppers who are willing to pay handsomely for their clothing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1999
A former state labor inspector has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he shook down Korean sewing contractors in the garment district for $45,000, the U.S. attorney's office announced. Howard Hernandez, 48, admitted Tuesday to taking the bribes for helping garment manufacturers avoid more than $283,000 in fines over a six-year period. The Montebello resident will be sentenced Jan. 24 for conspiracy, extortion and tax fraud.
BUSINESS
October 6, 1999 | LEE ROMNEY and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Vernon-based maker of lingerie is counting on it. Shirley of Hollywood is one of eight small, local companies sending representatives to South America this weekend as part of a weeklong trade mission to drum up foreign sales. The trip will take the firms to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, where they'll meet with potential buyers and trading partners, as well as U.S. government trade officials in those countries.
BUSINESS
September 10, 1999 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As garment manufacturers fend off lawsuits over offshore sweatshops, state lawmakers reached an agreement Thursday to help guarantee that garment workers in California are paid when their employers go out of business. Manufacturers who design clothing and hire contractors to produce their lines must ensure that workers get paid if the contractors go belly up, under a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday and headed for approval in the Assembly.
NEWS
August 20, 1999 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walking down a Los Angeles street or at an Ozomatli concert, you might spot someone wearing a T-shirt with the picture of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata or a "Brown Pride" graphic. "It's urban wear with a cultural twist to it," explains Anthony Cruz-Gonzalez, founder of Montebello's Trueroots Streetwear & Clothing Co. The 27-year-old, who works out of his Montebello home, is one of a handful of small L.A.
NEWS
July 21, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you take the nickel tour of Arnold Lorber's textile plant in Carson, bring a phrase book. Make that several. On the shop floor, Lorber chats with workers in staccato Spanish, one of nine languages he has mastered in 50-plus years in the textile trade. He introduces a visitor to his Russian computer expert, a German dyer and an Israeli plant manager. He then touches the keypad of a sophisticated fabric finishing machine programmed in four languages: English, Italian, German and Spanish.
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