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August 13, 2003 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to avert a strike, the state attorney general's office is expected to seek a court order today extending labor talks between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its mechanics union. A state lawyer will petition a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to order a 60-day cooling-off period during which the union could not strike and the agency could not lock out its workers. Such petitions are generally granted, observers say.
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October 8, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every mechanic knows that a rough idle means trouble. So union President Neil H. Silver knew what to do last week when his get-back-to-work request backfired--leaving some of his 1,860 mechanics, who had been idled by the Los Angeles bus drivers' strike, agitated and fuming. All but a handful of those belonging to Silver's Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1277, refused to follow their leader's request to cross striking Metropolitan Transportation Authority drivers' picket lines.
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July 24, 2000 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a love-struck suitor, Kevin Finkel's eyes twinkled as he gazed at the sleek, silver-clad body. "This made up my mind," he said, nodding toward the 1950s-era Lockheed T-33 jet trainer languishing in a mustard-yellow steel airport hangar. "I love getting dirty," Finkel shouted, paying little heed to the deafening whine of a nearby Gulfstream III. Like 150 classmates enrolled at a little-known school at Van Nuys Airport, the 23-year-old Northridge resident said he has discovered his calling.
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October 3, 2000 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT and RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's supervisors and mechanics broke with striking bus drivers Monday and announced that they will return to work today. It was not immediately clear whether the two groups' return to work will allow the transit agency to resume at least reduced bus and Metro Rail service. During the last public transit walkout, in 1994, supervisors crossed picket lines and managed to keep some buses and Metro Rail trains operating.
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July 8, 1992 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chatsworth ceramics manufacturer Don Franklin was looking for an auto mechanic to fix his problematic '63 Ford Ranchero when he heard a radio ad for (800) FIX-A-CAR. Although Franklin admits he's skeptical about auto repair shops and 800 numbers, he decided to call because several independent mechanics and two Ford dealers had no success fixing his vehicle. "I found a great dentist like that, through (800) DENTIST, about three years ago," he says.
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June 21, 1998 | JULIA SCHEERES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In South-Central Los Angeles, they called him B.T., short for Big Time, a reference to the amounts of crack cocaine he sold and the shiny gray Cadillac he drove. Kent Lewis, 38, still uses that handle, but now only to describe how his life has changed. Big Time.
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March 20, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a contraption called a water-based parts washer that helped Albert Orellana realize his years-long goal. He already recycled oil. He sent off air filters to be mashed up into new products. He even reused paper towels. But the acquisition of the parts washer, this $1,600 machine that cleans the day-to-day grease on pistons and rods without toxic gasoline solvents--that was the clincher.
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January 8, 1998 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just wait until beleaguered Los Angeles gardeners get wind of Gody Sanchez's solution to the leaf blower controversy. It's a pollution-free, whisper-quiet leaf blower built from common car parts that may have enough power up its nozzle to sweep the blower ban debate right out of City Hall. Sanchez, a Van Nuys auto mechanic, surprised gardeners in the fifth day of a hunger strike outside the mayor's office when he showed up late Wednesday and strapped on his homemade leaf blower.
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October 14, 2003 | Kurt Streeter and Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writers
Metropolitan Transportation Authority mechanics went on strike early today, stranding many of the approximately 400,000 passengers served daily by the bus and rail system in Los Angeles County. Mechanics union leader Neil Silver set up a picket line at midnight Monday at an MTA bus maintenance facility in the San Fernando Valley. He told mechanics to get ready for a protracted strike.
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June 4, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
An insurance fraud sting targeting auto body repair shops in Orange County ended with the arrest of 53 mechanics Wednesday and Thursday, including Richard Evans, who once appeared on the Speed Channel reality show "Chop Cut Rebuild." Evans owns Huntington Beach Bodyworks. The Orange County district attorney's office conducted 152 covert investigations from January to May in Operation Straight Body, which targeted repair shops that had received consumer complaints over the last three years, authorities said.
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