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June 1, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
Minnesota has a new Snowbate to entice film and TV productions. The state's new Film Production Jobs Program, known as Snowbate, has been voted into law. Minnesota lawmakers recently agreed to increase annual funding for the rebate program to $10 million from $500,000 starting July 1.  Film producers also will now be eligible to receive a rebate of up to 25% for work done in the state, which is competing with dozens of other states that offer...
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February 12, 2014 | By Shan Li
Asa Lantz never thought going green would involve so much red tape. The 48-year-old wanted to slash her utility bill and help the environment by putting solar panels on the roof of her one-story Van Nuys home. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power promised her system would be hooked up within three months after it was approved in September. She's still waiting. Lantz is one of many Angelenos who complain of excessive delays and bureaucratic run-arounds when trying to get solar panels hooked to the electric grid.
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BUSINESS
March 22, 1994 | Jack Searles
Camarillo-based Power-One Inc. tossed an especially green St. Patrick's Day party last week for its 200 Ventura County employees. As a reward for a successful year, the company paid out $342,000 in bonuses--an average of $1,700 per person. That brings the bonuses received worldwide this year by Power-One's employees to $500,000. "It was the first year of our new incentive program, and we're very pleased with the way it's worked out," says Steve Goldman, Power-One's president and chief executive.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
To beat the competition, the management of American Airlines and US Airways is putting up some reward money. Under a recently announced incentive program, the company that now operates the two airlines has offered each employee a $50 bonus for each government-monitored performance category the merged carrier dominates. The two airlines have agreed to join forces and now operate under the management of the American Airlines Group. In March, the U.S. Department of Transportation is to release a ranking of the nation's airlines for on-time performance, the rate of mishandled baggage and customer satisfaction.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1995
Incomnet Inc. is in discussions with senior management at its subsidiary, National Telephone & Communications Inc., about an incentive program that might result in turning NTC into a separate public company. Also, Incomnet's stock jumped about 25% on Friday after the company's listing on the Nasdaq market was reaffirmed. In October, Nasdaq told Incomnet that its stock listing might be pulled.
BUSINESS
April 10, 1986
The auto maker said its incentive program, which offers 9.9% financing on some models and 7.7% on others, will end next Wednesday. The program had been in effect since Feb. 26. Genernal Motors announced two weeks ago that its cut-rate financing deal will end Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1998
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has expanded its Rideshare 2000 program, formerly limited to users of three congested corridors in southeastern Los Angeles County, the San Gabriel Valley and the South Bay. The three-month program, designed to introduce people to the benefits of alternative transportation, will now include eligible commuters who work in the San Fernando Valley, Glendale, Pasadena, northern Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and West Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1998
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has expanded its Rideshare 2000 program, formerly limited to users of three congested corridors in southeastern Los Angeles County, the San Gabriel Valley and the South Bay. The three-month program, designed to introduce people to the benefits of alternative transportation, will now include eligible commuters who work in the San Fernando Valley, Glendale, Pasadena, north L.A. County, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and West Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1997 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A city councilman told Parks and Facilities Supt. Michael Henderson on Tuesday to provide a full accounting of a municipal incentive program that has paid more than $39,000 to Henderson and six employees. Councilman John Zaragoza's request followed a Times story Tuesday that detailed how seven Parks and Facilities employees have received up to $6,256 each since October 1994 as members of a group called the Shared Savings Plan Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
Starting next month, Briggeman Disposal will pick up trash in 35-gallon containers under a pay-less-for-less-trash program that is expected to encourage residents to recycle more. Residents will pay $9.95 monthly under the plan approved by the City Council after a public hearing this week, according to Assistant City Manager Gerard Goedhart.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Hollywood stakeholders are calling on California to bolster its film and TV tax credit to keep its homegrown industry from permanently leaving the state. Film industry and union officials are mobilizing to back legislation this year that would substantially increase funding for the state's film incentive program and lift some restrictions to make the program more competitive with those offered by New York, Georgia and other states and countries. "The bottom line is, these countries and these states realize what production means to them, and we have to show them [lawmakers]
BUSINESS
June 28, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
Handing Gov. Jerry Brown a major legislative victory, the Assembly narrowly passed controversial legislation to overhaul California's enterprise zones, which hand out $750 million a year in tax breaks to businesses. Brown's proposal, the centerpiece of his economic development strategy, all but eliminates the power of the state's 40 locally controlled enterprise zones and replaces the program with a broader, statewide series of business incentives. Lawmakers on Thursday sent the controversial bill, AB 93, to the governor's desk by a 54-16 bipartisan vote.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial plan to overhaul state enterprise zones, approved by the state Senate, now heads for the Assembly, where it faces tough sledding possibly as early as Friday. After major compromises with business groups, the bill passed 30 to 9 on Tuesday night. Three Republicans joined Democrats to give it a needed supermajority of two-thirds of the 40-member chamber. The bill, AB 93, all but eliminates the $750-million-a-year, locally controlled enterprise zones and replaces them with a broader, statewide series of business incentives.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
Minnesota has a new Snowbate to entice film and TV productions. The state's new Film Production Jobs Program, known as Snowbate, has been voted into law. Minnesota lawmakers recently agreed to increase annual funding for the rebate program to $10 million from $500,000 starting July 1.  Film producers also will now be eligible to receive a rebate of up to 25% for work done in the state, which is competing with dozens of other states that offer...
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Dan Turner
Still skeptical about solar power -- and especially about the wisdom of installing panels on your own rooftop? One can hardly be blamed, given horror stories about the difficulties in getting assistance from local utilities such as the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Yet more and more Californians are doing it anyway -- because it's paying off. The California Public Utilities Commission, which tracks solar installations statewide, on Thursday updated its ticker to show that California has now installed 1.5 gigawatts of rooftop solar, roughly equivalent to what would be generated by three medium-sized coal-fired power plants, according to clean energy expert Michelle Kinman at Environment California.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Good news emerged Monday for backers of the "Breaking Bad" bill in New Mexico. The New Mexico Senate passed a bill that would increase the state's film rebate to 30% for TV series shooting at least six episodes in New Mexico, up from 25%. The bill, intended to lure other TV series to the state - like AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" - was previously approved by the state House and now goes to Gov. Susana Martinez, who is expected to approve the...
BUSINESS
March 29, 1989 | From Times wire services
Ford Motor Co. today announced a new buyers' incentive program with interest rates as low as 2.9%, 2 percentage points lower than the program it replaces. The last time auto makers' financing companies offered interest rates as low as 2.9% was in mid-1987. Robert L. Rewey, Ford's vice president for North American sales, said the nation's No. 2 auto maker made the move because car and truck sales during the first 80 days of the year fell below projections.
BUSINESS
December 15, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
In an attempt to improve slumping sales, Chrysler Corp. today announced an incentive program on a variety of vehicles--including the first rebates on its popular mini-vans--as the nation's No. 3 auto maker tried to boost flagging sales. Chrysler announced a $1,000 rebate on the mini-vans, which, according to Chrysler Motors Chairman Ben Bidwell, have never had incentives during their six years of production.
SCIENCE
March 7, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
What's a pound of flesh worth? Dieters at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota apparently think it's worth at least five bucks. A yearlong study of incentives in dieting found that the majority of 100 obese participants met a goal of losing four pounds per month for a $20 reward -- even at the risk of losing the same amount if they failed. The study, to be presented this weekend at the American College of Cardiology meeting in San Francisco, found that 62% of those in the incentive program completed the full yearlong study, and averaged a nine-pound weight loss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
Shipping lanes along the California coast - the oceanic superhighways for Asian goods coming to America - are poised to be rerouted in order to protect endangered whales from collisions. The International Maritime Organization, which governs global shipping, has approved three proposals that would shift one lane through the Santa Barbara Channel and the approaches to the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex and ports located in San Francisco Bay. The route adjustments were recommended by the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after four blue whales were thought to have been killed by ship strikes in the Santa Barbara Channel in 2007 and an additional five whales were suspected ship-strike victims off the Central and Northern California coast in 2010.
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