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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
Nurses working at Orange County sheriff's jails are hobbled in their efforts to provide excellent medical care to inmates by significant staffing shortages, insufficient training, equipment problems and communication breakdowns, according to a grand jury report released Thursday. The grand jury review was prompted by published reports about inmate deaths that raised questions about medical care at the jails.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has asked the federal government to review its immigration enforcement priorities, warning that work-site raids on "non-exploitative" businesses could have "severe and lasting effects" on the local economy.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2008 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Think it's bad losing your job in the middle of hard times? Try calling the state for help. In January, with the unemployment rate nearing 6%, nearly 12.6 million calls were placed to the state's toll-free phone number to apply for unemployment insurance benefits. But more than three-fifths never got through. Frank Hartzell knows the problem all too well. A laid-off Mendocino County social services worker, he tried calling morning and afternoon, 45 times in December.
WORLD
April 8, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
The first to go was the English teacher. Six months later, the commerce teacher followed. The next year, 2005, the trickle turned into an exodus. By 2007, the departures from Mufakose 3 High School were like bricks in a collapsing building: math, science, accounting and many other teachers, all leaving their careers behind to work as cleaners, shop assistants, laborers in other countries. Zimbabwe's education system, once the best in Africa, is being demolished teacher by teacher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The union that represents workers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has begun sending voters copies of a DVD that portrays the agency as a system "in crisis." International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 18, which represents 8,000 DWP employees, mailed the eight-minute video along with a letter urging ratepayers to contact Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and their City Council member about the state of the nation's largest municipal utility.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2007 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
A looming "tsunami" of baby boomer retirements could decimate the management ranks and hobble productivity at many corporations unless companies intensify efforts to develop younger talent, according to a new study. Many executives are aware of the coming "gray drain," the study, by the accounting firm Ernst & Young, said. But not enough of them have taken steps to head off skill shortages and turnover that could hurt the bottom line.
NEWS
September 30, 2007 | Jeannette Rivera-Lyles, Orlando Sentinel
jayuya, puerto rico -- For 100 years, the Atienzas have grown coffee on an intensely green mountainside among the island's highest peaks. Their 340-acre plantation is one of the last strongholds in an industry that a century ago earned Puerto Rico a reputation, from Paris to Vatican City, for growing some of the best coffee in the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Sri Lankan nurses could help stem the Southland's nursing shortage by working in county health facilities, Dr. Bruce Chernof, head of the county Department of Health Services, suggested to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during an official visit Friday. Rajapaksa also met with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to discuss education, trade and homeland security.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2007 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, whose aging electrical system left thousands of residents in the dark during last month's heat wave, is bracing for yet another looming crisis: an exodus of older skilled workers. Half of the DWP's 8,100 employees will be eligible to retire within a decade, many of them veteran employees in critical frontline jobs that require years of training.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
So much for sweating out that first job after college. Like star athletes, engineering students Julie Arsenault and Emily Reasor are prized prospects for the energy industry, which is experiencing dizzying demand for engineers. Bustling oil field activity and retiring baby boomers, among other factors, have petroleum outfits large and small trying to hire thousands of engineers, and experts say the trend is expected to extend into the next decade as worldwide energy demand grows.
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