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August 21, 2010 | By Mary Forgione
Ann Thompson still marvels at the sliver of ranchland she has lived on for the last eight years. "I fell in love with the house," she says of the Spanish Colonial-style home known as the DeWenter Mansion that sits in the quiet foothills of La Verne. "For my husband, it was the property. " Thompson is the most recent resident of an enduring landmark that recalls the heyday of the orange and lemon industry that brought millions of dollars to La Verne in the early 20th century. Many of the original citrus trees still surround the house at this onetime ranch.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2013
Book on pope in works It seems like the smoke had barely cleared from the Sistine Chapel before news came that a book about the new pope is on the way. The as-yet-untitled book about Pope Francis - heretofore Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, now the first pope from the Americas - is to be published by Image Books, a Catholic-focused imprint at Random House. The publisher plans for it to "give readers an insight into the spiritual vision of the new pontiff with a look at his most inspirational teachings on God, Jesus, marriage and family, life, prayer, religious freedom, and more.
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BUSINESS
July 24, 2010 | By Darrell Satzman
A stately traditional home with Spanish Colonial elements and a historic pedigree is the centerpiece of this oak-shaded estate in the hills of San Marino. Designed by noted residential architect Roland E. Coate, the home was built in 1926 for Annie Wilson, daughter of pioneering Southern California businessman and politician Benjamin Wilson, for whom Mt. Wilson is named. The gently sloping 1-acre-plus property was once part of the vast holdings of George S. Patton, father of the famed U.S. general, according to real estate historian Tim Gregory.
OPINION
March 14, 2013
Re "OneWest is said to be exploring a sale," Business, March 9 The current value of OneWest Bank is nearly twice the $1.55 billion investors paid to buy it in 2009. Those great profits, of course, ignore the $13 billion bath the public took when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over IndyMac in 2009, the bank that became OneWest. Privatized profits, socialized losses. Tell me again about too much bank regulation. Kelley Willis Venice ALSO: Letters: Tell that to Thatcher Letters: The Wal-Mart moviemaker Letters: Doctors, drugs and addicts
BUSINESS
August 21, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
The Small Business Administration offers a variety of assistance, including online workshops, seminars and classes. The agency also has step-by-step instructions for starting a business, including tips on market research and creating a business plan. The main national website has links to local SBA district offices throughout the country. Try them at http://www.sba.gov . Click on the tab labeled Small Business Planner for tips on what you may need to know before you start. If you have hit a snag in developing your business or need advice from someone who's been there, try an organization called Score.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2012
Jackson brothers to tour Almost three years after the death of Micheal Jackson, his brothers are set to go back on tour. It will be their first tour together in nearly three decades. The Jacksons have announced plans for a summer trek, dubbed the Unity Tour 2012, that will mark the first time Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson have toured together since their Victory Tour in 1984. Kicking off June 18 in Louisville, Ky., the 27-date jaunt will include a stop in L.A. July 22 at the Greek Theatre.
OPINION
June 7, 2012
There are reasons not to extract too many lessons from Gov. Scott Walker's convincing victory in the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday. For one thing, he faced a weak opponent in Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and for another, he vastly outspent Barrett to win by 7 percentage points. Most important, voters seemed to understand that a recall wasn't the right remedy for Walker's actions. As California was forced to learn the hard way, the recall is a better device for removing a governor who has engaged in misconduct than for punishing one over policy disagreements.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2012
'Hope Springs' MPAA rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes Playing: In general release
BUSINESS
October 10, 2010 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
Most stock mutual fund categories scored double-digit gains in the third quarter, lifting 2010 returns back into the black. Equity markets worldwide surged in September as investors regained confidence in the global economy, or at least stopped expecting an imminent cataclysm. The average domestic stock fund, which had been down 4.7% year-to-date at the end of June, was up 5.3% as of Sept. 30 after rallying 10.5% in the quarter, according to Morningstar Inc. In a survey of 170 professional investors nationwide in late August, financial advisory firm Russell Investments found that 57% believed that stocks were undervalued.
OPINION
December 8, 2012
Re "Rethinking Prop. 13," Editorial, Dec. 6 Proposition 30 raises taxes on everyone, landed and landless. That's fair. Nevertheless, the only part of Proposition 13 that should be revisited is the two-thirds vote requirement to legislate taxes. The 1% cap on the purchase price must be left alone. In California, property changes hands so often that there is no shortage of revenue. To go back to the days of levying taxes based on current market value would increase costs of administration and would be unfair to those who don't flip houses for sport.
OPINION
March 11, 2013
Re "Burned by 'the nasty effect,'" Opinion, March 7 There is a simple solution to the stream-of-sewage comments that now accompany electronic versions of The Times and other news blogs. When a person writes a letter to the editor to The Times, the person's name, address and telephone number must be included. There are no such requirements for online comments. Unedited rants from anonymous nutjobs pepper the discussion boards of online articles. As Meghan Daum points out, these nasty comments are fast becoming must-read parts of electronic news and are negatively shaping our opinions of the articles they accompany.
OPINION
March 7, 2013 | Jim Newton
The first round of the mayoral election ended Tuesday much the way it began, with Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti fighting for the lead while facing the complicated task of defining themselves to voters and assembling a majority in an exceptionally diverse city. Both candidates have logical routes forward for the runoff, and both can look to historical precedent for proof they might win. Greuel can take heart from the election of 2001, when Jim Hahn came in second in the first round of the election but rebounded to victory in the runoff after moderates who'd voted for other candidates in the first round picked him over Antonio Villaraigosa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2013 | By Maeve Reston and James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
The top three Los Angeles mayoral candidates began an aggressive final push Saturday to get out the vote for Tuesday's primary contest, swooping in to Little League games, house parties and campaign phone banking operations - warning that the outcome could come down to a few votes because a low turnout is expected. At a contentious debate Friday night, City Councilwoman Jan Perry and Councilman Eric Garcetti railed against record-breaking spending by labor-backed groups on behalf of City Controller Wendy Greuel.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2013 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
The toll from the Eurozone debt crisis mounted in January. The Eurozone's jobless rate climbed to a record 11.9%, from 11.8% in December, as the 17-member single-currency bloc continues to grapple with recession and the effects of stringent government cutbacks, according to figures reported Friday. By comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 7.9% in January, and its highest since the Great Depression was 10.8% during the 1982-83 recession. The Eurozone's population is about 317 million, similar to the U.S. The U.S. jobless rate for February will be released March 8. Within the Eurozone, jobless rates varied widely.
OPINION
February 22, 2013
Re "Obama pressures GOP to stave off 'meat cleaver' cuts," Feb. 20 As the next fiscal cliff deadline of March 1 approaches, when deep automatic federal budget cuts will come into effect, maybe it's time for someone to inform President Obama that the election is over. There's no need for him to continue campaigning. He needs to do the job we elected him to do. Instead, we get rhetoric and sound bites. Obama's most recent public recital took place Tuesday when he invited first responders and other civil servants to the White House, where he informed the nation that if sequestration happened, "people will lose their jobs.
OPINION
February 17, 2013
Re "For Hagel, opposition from GOP is personal," Feb. 15 Despite the fact that a Cabinet nomination has never in history been blocked by a minority filibuster, Republicans are filibustering Chuck Hagel's appointment as secretary of Defense. Alexander Hamilton, one of the most conservative of the Founding Fathers, decried minority rule in the Federalist Papers. Several Republican senators announced their opposition to filibustering a Cabinet nomination, and yet the Republicans filibustered anyway.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2012
What annual televised sporting event is more popular with female viewers than males? The Kentucky Derby. NBC's coverage of last Saturday's race — won by the dark horse I'll Have Another — gathered 14.8 million viewers, up 2% from last year, according to Nielsen. It was the third-most-watched Derby in 23 years. Even more noteworthy: 51% of viewers age 18 or older were women, making the Derby the only annual sporting event that draws more female than male viewers. The most-watched Derby in recent years was the 2010 race won by Super Saver, which was watched by 16.5 million viewers.
OPINION
February 17, 2013
Re "Obama sells economic ideas, but GOP resists," Feb. 14 This is weird. Even though the GOP was soundly defeated in the last election, its elected officials continue to think they had a really good strategy to take back the White House. Their plan was to attack the president and his ideas and hope that everyone would say, "Yeah, Barack Obama is bad, so I'm voting for Mitt Romney. " So here we are: Obama is back in the Oval Office, and the Republicans are attacking and obstructing without offering anything of substance.
OPINION
February 16, 2013
Re "Pay on rise as city tax sought," Feb. 14 As a civilian city employee, it behooves me to point out a few things. Employees paid for by the city's general fund must take mandatory furlough hours. I haven't received my full annual salary in years. And our modest raises have been canceled out by higher healthcare contributions. Finally, police and fire personnel get the largest raises, best benefits and are exempt from furloughs. Rest assured that many civilian employees consider this unfair and inappropriate in light of the city's dire financial situation.
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