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May 13, 2007 | Kim Christensen and Meg James, Times Staff Writers
IT was the perfect cast for an uplifting reality TV show: five orphaned siblings and the loving family friends who took them in. The story line certainly appealed to the producers of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." After learning that Phil and Loki Leomiti had opened their doors to the Higgins clan -- their former neighbors and fellow church members -- the show's executives proposed transforming the couple's modest Santa Fe Springs house into a nine-bedroom showpiece.
April 27, 2014 | Helene Elliott
DALLAS - Goaltender Jonas Hiller tried to make the best of the bad situation he had helped create through his shaky play in the last weeks of the regular season, but there were times uncertainty overtook him and despair crept in. He lost his starting job to rookie Frederik Andersen and for a while appeared to have dropped to third on the depth chart behind another rookie, John Gibson. He was the Ducks' forgotten man, left by the wayside as the Ducks forged to the top of the Western Conference and designated Andersen their playoff starter against the Dallas Stars.
January 16, 2011 | By Andrew Malcolm
You probably could never guess what problem Americans see as the No. 1 job for the No. 1 elected official to address right now: It's jobs/unemployment ? again ? still. That's been the major concern along with the overall economy across the country for way more than a year now. In his 2010 State of the Union address, President Obama asked himself: "How long should we wait?" Republican Scott Brown had just pulled off a historic Senate election upset in Massachusetts, in large part because of voter unhappiness with the president's healthcare preoccupation instead of the stagnant jobs situation.
April 27, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker's plans. The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market. North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans.
March 9, 1993
A question that puzzles me is: If President Clinton eliminates 500,000 jobs in government in order to save money and then generate 500,000 jobs to help the economy, is that not a net gain of zero? GLORIA BURRUS Simi Valley
December 29, 2012
Re “ Corporate tax rate may be lowered ,” Business, Dec. 25 Republicans have agreed that loopholes should be closed for corporations. The most egregious loophole may be the one that in effect gives interest-free loans to U.S. corporations to invest overseas. I am referring to the loophole whereby they are excused from paying taxes until the money earned is “repatriated.” If the president is willing to lower the rate to competitive levels, he should insist on changes to this tax break.
April 10, 2013
Re "To create jobs, U.S. must spend," Opinion, April 5 Dimitri B. Papadimitriou assumes that government spending creates growth. It may create growth in the drone-building industry or in public pensions, but we have to question whether that's good for the economy. Papadimitriou compares adding to our deficit to the hopeful action of a private borrower getting a home mortgage. There are important differences. A home buyer can refinance only a few times, while the government can add debt endlessly.
June 22, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez and Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Just a few years ago, California was hemorrhaging tens of thousands of jobs and had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. But on Friday the Golden State reached a turning point: Helped by a recovering housing market, its jobless rate plunged to 8.6% in May, down from 9% in April and the lowest level in nearly five years. The improved economy has cut the number of unemployed Californians to 1.5 million from a peak of 2.3 million in 2010. Economists said the latest batch of government data showed the state is creating jobs faster than the labor force is growing, a sign of true strengthening in the labor market.
May 4, 2012
Re "Japanese firm wins Metro job," May 1 With our economy so fragile, how dare L.A. County transportation planners award a contract to build rail cars to a Japanese company? We need to have the good people of California working. This was a great opportunity to employ people in our state. Those at the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority who made this decision need to be replaced. As a longtime resident and taxpayer, I'm sickened by their low regard for our workforce.
June 14, 2012
Re "School posts may be tough to fill," June 11 Regarding the search to replace three chancellors of public colleges and universities, The Times quotes Scott Himelstein, president of the community colleges Board of Governors, as saying, "I think the governor and Legislature are very clear in not wanting to consider any raises in executive compensation. " It's a great sentiment but I have zero confidence that it will happen. There will be extensive national searches, and when the final candidates are selected, the public statements will say that the salaries offered were justified and necessary to attract the best person for each of these exceedingly difficult and complex positions.
April 25, 2014
Re “Oil and gas industry generates thousands of jobs in California, report finds,” April 22 This article came straight from the industry's PR team. What good is a job if employees die from toxins or accidents? What good is tax revenue if residents are too ill to go to school or work? Jobs? Let's hire more teachers to teach science. Let's fund more public transportation. Let's invest in companies harnessing renewable forms of energy. If oil company shareholders and CEOs wised up and switched their business model from oil to sun, wind and water, our planet could thrive.
April 25, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
BEATTYVILLE, Ky. -- The story in the Beattyville Enterprise was just a few paragraphs long, tucked in the corner of the weekly community newspaper beside the lead story about a local murder investigation. But the item, quoting Sen. Mitch McConnell as saying it was “not my job” to bring jobs to the region, has become the latest flash point in the high-stakes battle between the Senate's top Republican and his potential Democratic opponent. The Enterprise, a paper so small it's accessible online only through its Facebook page , asked McConnell as he visited Lee County last week what he would do to help the area's struggling economy.
April 24, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A Los Angeles high school science teacher is returning to the classroom two months after being suspended over concerns that two students had assembled "dangerous" science projects under his supervision. Both projects overseen by teacher Greg Schiller were capable of launching small objects. A staff member at the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts had raised concerns about one of them. Both are common in science fairs. "I am very excited to be back with my students and help them prepare for the Advanced Placement tests, which are a week away," Schiller said Thursday.
April 24, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar said in a statement that he has been removed as color analyst for Cleveland's preseason games because of slurred speech. He says his removal "stems from my slurred speech impairment, which is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL. " Kosar is being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, the Browns announced Wednesday. Kosar called that decision "unfortunate," adding that doing the preseason games was "truly one of the remaining joys in my life.
April 22, 2014 | By Shan Li
The oil and gas industry creates about 49,000 jobs in Los Angeles County and billions of tax revenue in California. That's according to a new report conducted by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. and commissioned by the trade group Western States Petroleum Assn., which takes a look at the role of oil and gas on the Golden State economy in 2012. In the county of Los Angeles, more than 17,000 people are employed in oil and gas extraction, while an additional 12,000 work at gas stations, the report said.
April 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell and Steven Zeitchik
Over a 20-year career making stylized, often genre-tinged films, Danny Boyle has been known to look at a well-worn area in new and dynamic ways. With a potential Steve Jobs movie, he could be taking on a worthy subject. The British auteur is in talks to helm Sony Pictures' much-buzzed, sometimes-bumpy Jobs biopic that "The Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin has adapted from Walter Isaacson's comprehensive biography, The Times has confirmed. Boyle would replace David Fincher, the "Social Network" director who appears to have moved off the project.
April 21, 2014 | By George Miller, Rosa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter
Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agriculture and automobiles, the wisdom goes, this huge deal - in effect, a North American Free Trade Agreement on steroids - can at last be concluded. But this view obscures the many seemingly intractable problems TPP negotiators are grappling with.
April 19, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Sarah Luna wants to buy a home in up-and-coming northeast Los Angeles before it's too late. At 31, she has a master's degree and earns more than $70,000 as a court reporter and freelance editor. She daydreams about trading the Glendale apartment she shares for a little condo, maybe in Echo Park or Highland Park. Just one thing holds her back: The $700 she's paid every month since 2008, after she graduated from the University of Southern California - with $75,000 in student debt.
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