June 5, 2010 |
Tuesday's California primary election represents a first — two initiative measures that were conceived and financed by individual companies. The fate of these propositions, analysts say, could determine whether other companies follow suit. Proposition 16 is being pushed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which has provided 98% of the $46 million in campaign financing for the measure, according to the secretary of state's office. The measure would make it harder for municipalities to launch utilities to compete with corporate providers such as PG&E.
July 8, 2012 |
2312 A Novel Kim Stanley Robinson Orbit: 576 pp., $25.99 As the author of the "Mars" trilogy, among other novels, Kim Stanley Robinson has established a superlative reputation for science fictional extrapolation. In his vibrant, often moving new novel, "2312," Robinson's extrapolation is hard-wired to a truly affecting personal love story. By the year of the book's title, humankind has (just barely) survived global warming, in part because of terra-forming technologies that have made possible the colonization of Mars, Mercury and Venus.
April 22, 1989
The Mercury group of insurance companies will implement an average 8% auto insurance rate increase statewide on policies renewed after May 1, the company's chairman, George Joseph, said Friday. Joseph said it was the first general increase by Mercury, one of the state's top 10 sellers of auto insurance, in about a year.
June 8, 2008
I read the two letters that appeared after my interview with The Times concerning Mercury auto insurance and my being fortunate to speak with its chairman, George Joseph. ("The word has yet to trickle down," May 25) The authors of the letters whined that the story was a waste of time. I disagree. Mr. Joseph provided a service I never thought possible -- calling me personally to talk about Mercury insurance rates. If you want something done, always go to the top. Liz Brown West Los Angeles
August 12, 2011
SPARKS TONIGHT VS. PHOENIX When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: WNBA.com Live Access. Records: Sparks 8-13, Mercury 13-9. Record vs. Mercury: 1-1 Update: The Sparks ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-66 victory against Tulsa on Tuesday even though they shot only 41% from the field. The Shock is in last place in the Western Conference and has the lowest field-goal percentage in the league (38.8%), whereas the Mercury is third in the West and leads the league in shooting (46.9%)