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October 1, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Charging that a limousine service is being run out of their neighbor's home and is driving down the property values on their Calabasas cul-de-sac, seven neighbors won a judgment last week in small claims court. Sara Hyman, one of the seven neighbors on Park Antigua, said the dispute with Max's Limousine and Transportation Service has been going on for a year, and, although the city of Calabasas warned homeowner Judy Marino to stop conducting business from the property, she had not complied.
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BUSINESS
January 20, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The big winner in this year's Hollywood awards season: the local economy. Hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into hotels, restaurants and limousine companies as Los Angeles hosts the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Academy Awards and related events. The money pumped into the Southern California economy comes at a welcome time. The awards season that stretches from January to March falls within a typically slow period for tourism around the country.
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NEWS
May 28, 1988 | Associated Press
The government will sell its limousines in a cost-cutting drive that also requires agencies to reduce staffs by up to 50%, a state-run newspaper reported Friday. The black Tatra limousines, symbols of prestige in Communist Czechoslovakia, will be sold to the public, the daily Rude Pravo said. It did not say how many limousines would be put up for sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - A limousine fire that claimed the lives of five women en route to a bridal party in early May was "accidental in nature" and no criminal charges will be filed, law enforcement officials said Monday at the end of a three-month investigation. The car was carrying two more passengers than was legal, officials said during a news conference, adding that the state would fine the livery company $7,500 for failing to operate it safely. However, the extra passengers were not determined to have played any part in the blaze.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1989
A so-called bandit limousine service accused of evading safety regulations for almost three years while operating five limos and a Rolls-Royce in the Los Angeles area has been ordered to pay $25,000 and to operate under a strict court order, according to City Atty. James K. Hahn. Under terms of a Superior Court judgment filed Tuesday, Montebello-based Embassy International Limousine Service and its owner, Michael A.
BUSINESS
July 10, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two former owners of Ultra Limousine, the now-defunct Brea manufacturer of glitzy limousines that included queen-size beds, hot tubs and swimming pools, have been indicted on seven counts of income-tax evasion, federal authorities said Thursday. Carl Vincent Bergeman, 41, and Kraig Kavanaugh, 32, both of Yorba Linda, are to be arraigned July 27 in federal court on charges that each of them evaded individual income taxes in 1985 and 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1992
To drive home its point that Police Chief Daryl F. Gates should retire this month as he once said he would, an anti-Gates coalition Friday parked a stretch limousine outside police headquarters and offered to have him chauffeured home. The offer was made by members of the Coalition for Police Accountability, who called into question Gates' motives for remaining in office now that the Police Commission has chosen his successor. Gates most recently said he intends to leave in June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1992 | JULIO MORAN
The owners of a Van Nuys limousine company have been charged with misdemeanor theft after more than a dozen customers complained that they had been overcharged or had prepaid for limos that never showed up. Granada Hills residents Alexander Kamenetsky, 56, and his son, Leonard Kamenetsky, 22, who own Deja Vue Limousine, face a Nov. 9 arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court on charges of grand theft, attempted grand theft and making false and misleading statements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1990
In what several veteran investigators called a first, gang members used an expensive new weapon in a gang attack--a limousine. Police said Wednesday that several street-gang members stole a dark blue limousine late Tuesday night and used it to spray gunfire at a home near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, killing one man and wounding three others. No arrests were made.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1990
Gang members riding home from a funeral Thursday used two rented limousines as vehicles for a drive-by shooting that resulted in the wounding of a man, police said. It was the second time this week a limousine was used in a gang-related shooting. The unidentified victim was taken to Brotman Medical Center in Culver City and treated for a gunshot wound to the foot, said Police Sergeant Bob James. No one has been arrested, James said.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Honeybee Hyatt slides into her 2013 Cadillac Escalade, giddy for a night on the town. With its white leather seats, seven-spoke wheels and rear-view cameras, it's the ultimate in sport utility vehicles. But this time Hyatt doesn't want to drive it. Her chauffeur for the night is Josef Wojtkow, the owner of Your Car Our Driver, one of a handful of Southern California companies that will drive you in your own car. They are an offshoot of traditional chauffeur services, giving clients with high-end vehicles all the perks of a driver but without the limo or town car. In Southern California, where image is everything and car culture rules, wealthy folks such as Hyatt are revving up a cottage industry catering to people who don't want a full-time driver, but who need rides to the airport, say, or in this case, a concert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Legal residents who are not citizens would be able to serve as volunteer poll workers during California elections under legislation approved Monday by the state Senate. Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) introduced the measure to address a shortage of bilingual poll workers and increase civic engagement by residents who are ineligible to vote because they are not yet citizens. “As our country moves closer towards comprehensive immigration reform, it is important for states to create opportunities for lawful permanent residents to participate in our democratic process and encourage them to continue on the pathway towards citizenship," Bonta said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Two recent fires involving limousines in California have resulted in new safety legislation in Sacramento. Sen. Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) introduced a bill Monday that would require two exit doors in the rear portion of a limousine to allow quick evacuation, and at least two windows that can be pushed out for escape in an emergency. Five women were killed May 4 when a fire engulfed a limousine on the San-Mateo-Hayward Bridge. Most of the victims were nurses heading to a hotel bridal party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Lee Romney
A limousine that erupted in flames on a Bay Area bridge, killing five women, was not required to have fire extinguishers on board, said an official with the state commission that oversees the limo company's licensing. A spokesman for the state Public Utilities Commission, which regulates limousines, said the 1999 Lincoln Town Car was not out of compliance by not having fire extinguishers on hand Saturday when it caught fire on the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge. Five women died in the flames; four other women in the party and the driver escaped.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Lee Romney
The rear passenger doors were locked on a limousine that caught fire on a Bay Area bridge, fatally trapping five of its passengers, the husband of one of the victims said. John Balon told the San Francisco Chronicle that one of the limo's survivors, Nelia Arrellano, 36, said the limo's doors were locked when the women tried to escape a fire that appears to have begun in the rear of the vehicle. Balon's wife, Jenni, 39, was one of five women who died in Saturday night's fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A survivor of the Bay Area limousine fire that killed five women said one of her friends got stuck trying to escape and that the limo's driver initially ignored pleas for help. In an interview with San Francisco's ABC7 News, Nelia Arellano sobbed uncontrollably and said limo driver Orville Brown seemed to disregard her pleas when she first told him the limousine was filling with smoke, and that he then did nothing to help. "He doesn't want to listen," cried Arellano, who said she was telling him, "There is already a fire.
NEWS
March 21, 1985 | PAUL FELDMAN, This column is by Times staff writer Paul Feldman. and
On one hand, a chauffeur's life can be an inviting experience. "You dress nicely, you drive a nice car and you get paid," says expert Sherrie Van Vliet. But imagine the grief if you turn a corner too quickly and your passengers spill Perrier on their Guccis. "Believe me," said Van Vliet. "That doesn't go over too well." Van Vliet, who spent more than five years driving and renting out limousines, currently teaches the rights, wrongs and lefts of the chauffeuring business to prospective drivers.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1989 | PAUL RICHTER, Times Staff Writer
They call the limousine trade a service business, which means that on any given day a limousine driver may be asked to paint his car purple and cruise the city dodging teen-agers who are trying to smooch his right fender. That job was given to Fleetwood Limousine Ltd. a couple of years ago when pop star Prince wanted to lease a limo for three months to publicize his "Purple Rain" album.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The night started out on a high note with nine women, including a newlywed, out celebrating Saturday in the Bay Area. A limousine driver with LimoStop Inc. picked up the women in Oakland and was going to drop them off about 40 miles away at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City. But as the white 1999 Lincoln Town Car crossed the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, the passengers noticed smoke coming from the back of the vehicle, said San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault.
WORLD
December 27, 2011 | By John M. Glionna and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
On a snowy, overcast day, North Korea bid farewell to "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il and ushered in a new era of leadership Wednesday under his chosen successor and youngest son. But as so often happens with the secretive state, the funeral services were kept largely away from the prying eyes of foreigners. How the son handles himself will provide a signal of his capabilities to lead North Korea. His goal will be to show that order has been maintained and that the affairs of state go on, experts say. PHOTOS: World reaction to Kim Jong Il's death North Korea's government-controlled media have in recent days bestowed numerous titles on Kim Jong Un, an apparent paving of the way for his assuming command.
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