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May 17, 2009 | David Zucchino
Logic suggests that boutique lip balms, hand creams and shampoos that cost double competitors' brands would be among the first luxuries jettisoned by strapped shoppers these days. But low-tech Burt's Bees is making money and advertising for more workers even here among the pines in North Carolina, a state with the nation's fifth-highest jobless rate.
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October 16, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Eight years ago, elated Ventura City Hall officials had snagged Rick Cole as their new city manager, hailing Southern California's smart-growth guru as just the guy to transform their sleepy beach town into a model of sustainable, eco-friendly growth. Cole had helped revitalize Pasadena by reimagining the city's historic core, called Old Pasadena. He did the same for Azusa, applying the "new urbanism" rules of high-density, pedestrian-friendly construction as an alternative to big-box retail development and suburban sprawl.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2009 | David Pierson
Before her family bought a solar water heater, Liu Yan would bathe the way many working-class Chinese have for generations: boil water, dampen a rag and wipe away the dirt. Today, the 40-year-old mother and her family shower every day and wash their dishes with hot water. The stainless steel heater affixed to her red-tiled roof cost about $220. The device has become a symbol of China's rising standard of living and its leap into the era of clean energy. In the seaside city of 2.8 million where Liu lives in Shandong province, 99% of households use solar water heaters.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2004 | From Reuters
Computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. and British phone company BT Group will pool their strengths to target global corporate spending on telecommunications and technology, the firms announced. The companies have signed a $1.5-billion deal under which BT will manage HP's voice and data networks and call centers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Hewlett-Packard will manage BT's information technology infrastructure in Britain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2009 | David Zahniser
One of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's recently departed advisors has secured a job handling renewable energy business for an international law firm. The mayor's former deputy chief of staff, Dan Grunfeld, 49, is taking a position with the law firm of Kaye Scholer and will work in its Los Angeles office representing clients in such fields as green technology, alternative energy and compliance with environmental laws. Villaraigosa has promised to make Los Angeles "the greenest big city in America" by pushing the Department of Water and Power toward more solar, wind and geothermal energy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2010
Jerry Brown Age: 72 Born: April 7, 1938 Birthplace: San Francisco City of residence: Oakland Personal: married to Anne Gust Education: Bachelor's degree in the classics from UC Berkeley, 1961; Law degree, Yale University, 1964 POLITICS Party: Democratic Platform: Promises honesty in the budget process, no tax increases unless approved by voters and a return of authority and...
BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- California wind power generators produced a record 4,196 megawatts of electricity Sunday evening, the state's grid operator reported. That's enough power to run more than three million houses in Southern California. Sunday's record bested the previous peak production of 4,095 megawatts the previous Friday and the earlier record of 3,944 megawatts on March 3, according to the Independent System Operator, the agency that controls about four-fifths of California's high-voltage electricity network.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2009 | Todd Woody
Green-technology firms attracted the largest share of venture capital in the third quarter, with global investments rising to $1.59 billion, according to a survey released Wednesday by Cleantech Group and Deloitte & Touche. That's a 10% increase from the second quarter but still down 42% from the same period last year. Dallas Kachan, managing director of Cleantech, said that the third-quarter numbers were preliminary and that he expected total investment to have risen by 15% to 20% when the final figures are calculated.
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