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January 24, 2007
Re "Transit boss' SUV is too big to ignore," column, Jan. 21 Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's transit boss, Jaime de la Vega, continues to drive a big pig Hummer to City Hall. Maybe Steve Lopez should now call for the resignation of de la Vega from the mayor's staff. Our mayor and his senior staff are supposed to set an example regarding policies encouraging gas-efficient vehicles, global warming, use of public transit, etc. De la Vega is setting a terrible example for other elected public officials and their staffs, who are trying to help us reduce traffic congestion and drive automobiles that produce reduced emissions, which helps our fight to reduce global warming.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Police this week released video of a hit-and-run crash near downtown L.A. earlier this month that seriously injured a mother and her 2-year-old son. KTLA reports the video shows a Hummer striking the woman's car before speeding off.   The crash on Oct. 10 was near the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Burlington Avenue in Pico-Union. A Los Angeles Police Department investigator told KTLA that the driver of the Hummer slowed down but did not stop after the crash. The mother and her son are recovering from their injuries.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Police this week released video of a hit-and-run crash near downtown L.A. earlier this month that seriously injured a mother and her 2-year-old son. KTLA reports the video shows a Hummer striking the woman's car before speeding off.   The crash on Oct. 10 was near the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Burlington Avenue in Pico-Union. A Los Angeles Police Department investigator told KTLA that the driver of the Hummer slowed down but did not stop after the crash. The mother and her son are recovering from their injuries.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
The closest thing there may be to a certainty in Southern California business (death and taxes aside) is that there will always be a Casa de Cadillac . We're speaking, of course, about the big auto dealer that has occupied the same location on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks since 1948. The business is part of the memories of generations of Valley residents, the towering plate-glass front wall of its showroom an enduring artifact of not only the Southern California car culture of the '50s but Art Moderne "Googie" architecture.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
General Motors Corp. said several outside parties were interested in buying its Hummer brand, known for its huge, rugged vehicles that come with poor fuel economy. Detroit-based GM said in June that it would review the brand for a potential sale in an era of $4-a-gallon gasoline.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
General Motors Corp., looking to raise cash as U.S. sales slump, said it started distributing financial information to potential buyers of its Hummer sport utility vehicle unit. The automaker "has had interest from a few parties," a GM spokeswoman said.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
General Motors Corp.'s treasurer said the automaker planned to sell its Strasbourg, France, manufacturing operation and its Hummer truck brand, and it may announce more asset sales later this year. GM's Walter Borst said the assets under review were worth $2 billion to $4 billion. GM and other automakers have faced liquidity problems as losses have mounted and U.S. sales have declined. GM announced a plan in July to cut $10 billion in costs and raise an additional $5 billion through asset sales and borrowing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A man who crashed his Hummer into a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car has been arrested on felony drunken driving charges, authorities said Sunday. George Angulo, 45, of Los Angeles allegedly ran a stop sign and struck the patrol car about 5:10 p.m. Saturday near West Avenue 36 and Portner Street in Glassell Park, police said. The two officers in the vehicle were injured and taken to a hospital. One of the officers was treated and released, but the other officer stayed in the hospital awaiting surgery for a broken leg, said Karen Smith of the LAPD.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2009 | By Matt Zapotosky
The call went out on a website and over Twitter, and hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings, tired of being cooped up, gathered in Washington's northwest quadrant Saturday for a little restless indulgence. Snowball fight! People squealed as they hurled balls of snow across the largely deserted road. Then, a snowball or two slammed into a Hummer. The driver, a plainclothes police detective whom Washington police refused to identify, got out, drew his gun and exchanged angry words with revelers, according to video footage and witnesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2010 | Steve Lopez
I'm not going to take it personally that the day the mayor of Los Angeles couldn't make time for me because he was too busy on flood watch, he had time to tape a segment for the soap opera "All My Children." Antonio Villaraigosa and I may get together as early as this week, I'm told. Unless of course "Days of Our Lives" calls. In the meantime, I've got other news to report out of City Hall. Let's start with a sign of progress. Jaime de la Vega, the mayor's transportation deputy, is no longer commuting to work in a Hummer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2010 | Steve Lopez
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
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.
OPINION
January 11, 2005
In the Jan. 10 story, "Newest Gut Bomb in Burger Wars Is Audacity on a Bun," the Wienerschnitzel's ad rep is quoted as saying, "People are fed up." That pretty much seems to be the issue, doesn't it? Jeanie Riddell La Canada Flintridge Hardee's has done it! It's created the culinary equivalent of a Hummer. Now the driver can easily dual-task -- be obscene and obese. Marge Allen Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2010 | Steve Lopez
I'm not going to take it personally that the day the mayor of Los Angeles couldn't make time for me because he was too busy on flood watch, he had time to tape a segment for the soap opera "All My Children." Antonio Villaraigosa and I may get together as early as this week, I'm told. Unless of course "Days of Our Lives" calls. In the meantime, I've got other news to report out of City Hall. Let's start with a sign of progress. Jaime de la Vega, the mayor's transportation deputy, is no longer commuting to work in a Hummer.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2009 | By Matt Zapotosky
The call went out on a website and over Twitter, and hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings, tired of being cooped up, gathered in Washington's northwest quadrant Saturday for a little restless indulgence. Snowball fight! People squealed as they hurled balls of snow across the largely deserted road. Then, a snowball or two slammed into a Hummer. The driver, a plainclothes police detective whom Washington police refused to identify, got out, drew his gun and exchanged angry words with revelers, according to video footage and witnesses.
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