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July 31, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, the Black Eyed Peas member and occasional movie star, has a pretty good handle on being cool. And Coca-Cola Co. is betting he can transfer his hipness into a new line of recycled gear. The green-goods industry has been growing in recent years but is still struggling with a perception among many mainstream consumers that recycled products are drab-looking and overpriced. The partnership aims to sex up that image with the Ekocycle line, which will attempt to make green living "aspirational yet attainable" with partners such as Dr. Dre and New Era and products such as $349 headphones and $32 hats.
January 17, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
What do you do when it turns out a wealthy investor can't actually come up with $174.5 million as promised? If you're Beverly Ray Parkhurst, who owns the landmark Balboa Bay Club and Resort  in Newport Beach, you call off your planned sale of the company to Winston Chung of Hong Kong and entertain other offers, as the Times reported Tuesday . And with your financials improving, you may decide to hold off on a sale altogether for...
September 15, 2007 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Stuart J. Sperber, a pioneer of the practice of growing trees in wooden boxes, which enabled year-round planting and helped his Calabasas-based landscaping company develop into a nursery industry giant, has died. He was 70. Sperber, who co-founded ValleyCrest Tree Co. with his brother, died from throat cancer Sept. 7 at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, said his brother, Burton Sperber.
October 26, 2006 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
LIKE many of the immigrant men from his Mexican village, Gerardo Rodriguez was a Los Angeles gardener. But few from his village had done so much so young. The 19-year-old, who came to the United States illegally, was already his own boss. He had his own truck, tools and a small gardening route. Plus, he was learning to prune palm trees. He hadn't scaled many, but he told his friends that he liked it. Palms paid more, required more nerve and made him the focus of other men's awe.
April 24, 2008 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
The giant CalPERS pension fund is losing its investment chief to the green movement. In a surprise, Russell Read -- who has been principal investment officer of the California Public Employees' Retirement System for just two years -- told the pension system's board this week that he's leaving June 30. Read, 44, said in a letter to the board that he was quitting "to pursue my long-standing interest in environmental and clean-technology investing."
February 15, 2008 | Stephen Braun and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
The nation's economic anxieties took center stage in the increasingly rancorous Democratic presidential race Thursday as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama tilted their campaigns toward blue-collar voters in the upcoming Wisconsin and Ohio primaries. Both candidates tweaked their advertising and campaign messages to deliver stinging television ads and stress populist economic themes.
October 7, 1989 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
Robert Cornell flinches when he hears the term "water-conserving garden." "People think it means dry and dreary," or a lot of extra work for the homeowner, "but I want to dispel that," he says. "It's not so. "The entire landscape doesn't have to be (drought tolerant)," he continues, "just use water sensibly. That's why I like to call it water wise (instead of water conserving); you use it appropriately in a limited area."
April 15, 2009 | Phil Willon and David Zahniser
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday laid out a second-term agenda weighted heavily toward the creation of environmentally friendly jobs to rescue Los Angeles from its economic malaise but warned of serious pain ahead as the city digs out of a half-billion-dollar budget shortfall.
June 5, 2009 | David Kelly
Temecula's efforts to derail a proposed gravel mine near a pristine environmental reserve just outside of town were dealt a severe setback Thursday when officials voted against letting the city annex the land.
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