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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha, Times Community News
A series of tire slashings on luxury cars and SUVs early Saturday in northwest Glendale was a "random act" of vandalism, according to police. In some cases, all four tires were slashed on the high-end cars, most of which were parked in home driveways and on the dimly lighted streets of Vista Drive, West Mountain Street, Grandview and Winchester avenues, and Cumberland and Kenneth roads, according to Glendale police. One of the cars, a Cadillac CTS, belonged to City Manager Scott Ochoa and had all of its tires slashed.
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NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Susan Denley
French luxury children's label Catimini plans to celebrate the grand opening of its new Beverly Hills boutique with a family-friendly event from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Kids can enjoy a balloon artist, coloring station, popcorn and juice while adults sip champagne, munch on snacks and, of course, shop. The two-level store at 9511 S. Santa Monica  Blvd. contains clothing, accessories and shoes for boys and girls from newborn to around age 14. Regular store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Arizona home builder Taylor Morrison Home Corp. has agreed to purchase a swath of coastal Orange County land, kick starting a long-stalled development that fell victim to the recession. The builder, in a deal announced late Tuesday, said it would buy nearly 200 acres in San Clemente and start construction next year. The 308-home Marblehead development has been in the works for decades. It faced stiff opposition from environmental groups, which sought to save one of the last open spaces along the Southern California coast.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
At this year's Comic-Con International, Warner Bros.  set up a VIP-only tent so packed with luxury that some of those allowed in said it reminded them more of the Cannes Film Festival than the annual gathering of geek fans. There was little indication outside that there was anything special about the white tent that sprouted up for the first time this year. Located in between the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H, where the most popular panels for movies and TV shows are held, and the "Extra" stage where Warner touted many of its TV shows in an outdoor setting, it was surrounded by shrubbery.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Luxury retail chain Saks Inc. reported an unexpected fiscal third-quarter profit, its first in more than a year, after it reduced inventories and expenses to counter a sales drop. Net income was $1.93 million, or 1 cent a share, in the quarter ended Oct. 31, compared with a loss of $43.7 million, or 32 cents, a year earlier, New York-based Saks said. Revenue declined 8.5% to $631.4 million. Sales at stores open at least a year fell 10%. Revenue has dropped as consumers crimped luxury spending amid job losses and lower home values.
NEWS
September 29, 1985
Luxury is fun! I do hope you will feature more and more homes of elegant opulence, of drop-dead decor. I much prefer to peek through the windows of a simply marvelous mansion than a boring, bourgeois bungalow. (Actually, the former provides many more decorating tips I can endeavor to emulate. I know for a fact that real people abide therein and thoroughly enjoy them.) Not all of us dine in our BVDs. Eunice Blauk Beverly Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1992
I would like to respond to the article Aug. 21 ("Gallegly Tries to Save Oil Museum") regarding the closing of the Unocal Museum in Santa Paula. It is unbelievable that Rep. Gallegly regards a mere building to be more important than the loss of jobs. Unocal for the last year has been terminating employees by the hundreds under the guise of having to pay down the debt that they incurred beginning with the proxy fight with T. Boone Pickens in the mid-1980s. As stated in the article, Unocal spent at least $2.5 million on refurbishing the building for its 1990 centennial celebration.
AUTOS
April 15, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Lexus is jumping into the suddenly crowded field for compact luxury SUVs. Toyota's luxury division will welcome the all-new NX compact crossover SUV later this month at the Beijing Auto Show. The vehicle will serve as an entry-level crossover, smaller in price and stature than the company's wildly popular RX. In addition to entering a new segment, the NX marks the the first time Lexus has used a turbocharged engine. PHOTOS: 2015 Lexus NX compact crossover The NX 200t will come with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, Lexus said.
NEWS
September 6, 1999 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a chic new restaurant recently opened here, it seemed natural that the East Hampton Star, a venerable weekly that has covered this resort town since 1885, would review it. But even the restaurant critic couldn't get into Maya's, a pricey newcomer with a branch in St. Bart's and a celebrity A-list that seemed to materialize overnight. "I wasn't able to get a table for two weeks," said food writer Sheridan Sansegundo, "and that shows you how much the Hamptons have changed.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
In the next six months, half of American consumers said they'll buy luxury goods - just nothing too extravagant, according to a new report. Restrained purchases are key, according to a survey from consulting company Accenture. Out of more than 2,000 adult consumers, 53% said they'll likely pick up specialty food or drinks while 48% indicated future splurging on fancy clothing and 48% predicted spending on high-end personal care items. “Consumers want a taste of luxury in their everyday lives and are willing to spend a little extra for the experience, but the emphasis is on small items,” said Tom Jacobson, an Accenture managing director, in a statement. “They may think twice about purchasing a new handbag, but shop for a wallet as an alternative.” Quality is the most important element in a luxury acquisition, followed by price and trailed by brand name, according to the report.
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