CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2010 |
A Los Angeles police officer was convicted Thursday of leaving the scene of an accident and causing great bodily injury in a June 2008 hit-and-run in which his Hummer struck two pedestrians in a Saugus parking lot. After 2 1/2 days of deliberations, a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury in Norwalk convicted William J. Skett, 36, of the felony, and he faces up to six years in prison at his Jan. 13 sentencing. Skett, while still an officer, is presently on leave. "The jurors saw the truth.
June 3, 2010 |
Major American automakers posted double-digit sales gains last month, but the industry's recovery was not strong enough to save Ford Motor Co.'s Mercury brand. Ford said Wednesday it would shut down the struggling Mercury division, which accounts for about 5% of Ford sales, later this year. Mercury's demise follows a string of famous American nameplates that have been dropped over the last year, including General Motors Co.'s Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer. Ford plans to focus on the design and marketing of its more upscale Lincoln brand — including offering a compact Lincoln sedan — to replace sales that dealers will lose from the closure of the Mercury line.
April 7, 2010
Suppliers hit by NUMMI shutdown Less than week after the shutdown of NUMMI, the auto factory's former suppliers are expected to lose at least 1,200 East Bay jobs. Just two or three of the 13 suppliers in Alameda County surveyed are likely to survive, according to a study by the Corp. for Manufacturing Excellence. If the rest close their doors, about 917 jobs, $160 million in revenue and $64 million in wages would evaporate. The county is home to 31 suppliers for the closed New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant.
February 25, 2010 |
The hulking Hummer SUV brand looks to be headed for extinction. General Motors Co. said Wednesday that it was unable to complete a deal to sell its Hummer line to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co., a Chinese industrial company. Now Hummer is expected to follow GM's Saturn and Pontiac nameplates into oblivion. GM shed those brands as part of its bankruptcy restructuring last year so that it could focus on its more successful Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands.
February 25, 2010
General Motors' tank-like Hummer is known in China as Han Ma Han Ma , which translates as "fierce horse." This week, the brand was put out to pasture by the Chinese company Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery, which withdrew its bid to buy the unit after the Chinese government refused to approve the deal. For a vehicle whose status as a symbol long ago overtook its value as a product, even its trip to the glue factory represents more than a failed business transaction. Few vehicles on the road today provoke visceral reactions like the Hummer, whose militaristic profile strikes some as a provocation and others as a declaration of independence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2010 |
L.A.'s deputy mayor for transportation, Jaime de la Vega, was waiting for me at the top of the escalator at the Universal City train station Friday morning. When I arrived, he handed me his keys, and the race to City Hall began. De la Vega was taking the Red Line. I would be driving his Hummer, so I guess you could say we'd both be traveling by locomotive. "I'll meet you in the City Hall rotunda," De la Vega said. I've spent three years kicking De la Vega around for being such a knucklehead and driving a gas-guzzling military-style vehicle in a city choked with traffic problems he's supposed to be solving.