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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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OPINION
June 16, 2013
Re "Church opposes gays in Scouts," June 13 As a Baptist, I want to crawl in a hole when I read of such blatant hostility by Christians against gays joining the Boy Scouts of America. The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, just does not get it when it comes to sexual issues. Its obsession distorts and hurts religion and morality. It belittles the Bible by imposing anti-gay prejudice into it. Baptists certainly besmirch the legacy of Roger Williams, the English theologian who established the first Baptist church in America.
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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
June 12, 2013
Re "Trying to clear out the 'patent trolls,'" Column, June 9 The way federal law is carried out now, patents may be acquired for any one of three purposes: - To manufacture and market the invention. - To collect money from anyone else using the invention. - To keep the invention off the market. The last can happen when the invention threatens some entity's place in the market. The patent might be acquired at an offer-he-can't-refuse price, and then promptly put in the deep freeze.
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.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Big banks pushed fewer U.S. households into foreclosure for the seventh consecutive month in August, a real estate firm reported, though repossessions of properties already ensnared in the process hit a record. The continued convergence of the two trends — fewer notices of default filed on homes but more properties sold at courthouse steps — indicates that major lenders are meting out foreclosures in a systematic way so as not to flood the housing market with a wave of steeply discounted properties, RealtyTrac said.
OPINION
December 29, 2010 | By Andrew Cohen
Perhaps the simplest thing to say about the law in 2010 is this: Never in America were so many judged by so few with such inconclusive results. As our population rose, and Americans filed 100 million or so lawsuits, the role of the courts somehow shrank in our lives. Dozens of federal judgeships remained empty throughout the year, the victim of partisan bickering on Capitol Hill. State judicial systems were wracked by budget cuts, which forced furloughs and court closures. And our prisons overflowed even though, by some accounts, we are opening on average a new one weekly.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2010
Address: 777 Bowcreek Drive, Diamond Bar 91765 Listed for: $599,000 Size: Five bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,483 square feet Lot size: 0.16 of an acre (7,148 square feet) Features: The two-story Spanish-style house, built in 1989, has vaulted ceilings, canyon views and a three-car garage. MLS ID: 10473557 Address: 24486 Deepsprings Drive, Diamond Bar 91765 Listed for: $489,000 Size: Three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,519 square feet Lot size: 0.22 of an acre (9,670 square feet)
OPINION
August 9, 2012
Re "Sniping supes," Opinion, Aug. 6 Jim Newton gets it right in blasting the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for avoiding serious debate on term limits. He also raises a related question: Are the supervisors legislators or chief executives? The county charter is silent on the subject, and none of the supervisors raises the subject. Who is responsible for the jails, the supervisors or the elected sheriff? Should they be responsible for any corruption by the elected assessor?
OPINION
August 8, 2012
Re "Barbs over taxes grow sharper," Aug. 4, and "Romney-Reid feud heightens," Aug. 6 This issue is less about how much Mitt Romney has paid in taxes than it is about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and a complicit news media, which repeats Reid's unsubstantiated allegations with the knowledge that no journalist with a single unnamed source could report the same thing. Why should Romney bow to Reid's sleazy tactic by easily putting the matter to rest with the full knowledge that it would be impossible for Reid to prove his charges?
OPINION
May 18, 2013
Re "The gift of a great dog," Opinion, May 16 A year ago I too thought that I'd had that one great dog, that canine soul mate never to be found again. My 13-year-old shepherd had passed away, and I was heartbroken. I couldn't even consider getting another dog for months, as I knew it would not be fair to a new dog to constantly fall short in comparison. After six months, one day when I least expected it, a 6-year-old rescued shepherd came into my family's life. We love him passionately, and now he has become the best dog ever.
OPINION
May 16, 2013
Re "Journalists' records secretly collected," May 14 With any right there are associated responsibilities and restrictions. The 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms - well, not if you are a convicted felon or criminally insane. The 1st Amendment prohibits abridging the freedom of the press. I assume that does not include publishing my Social Security number or my IRA account number and password. The Associated Press' reporting of the details of a foiled terrorist plot to bring down an aircraft is not holding the government accountable.
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May 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Dynamics have shifted dramatically in California's Capitol since Gov. Jerry Brown returned two years ago - both fiscal and political dynamics. The two are intertwined. And Brown is the beneficiary. In short, because the state's fiscal health is being restored - in no small part because of Brown - he is in a much stronger position to deal with the Legislature. Essentially, the governor now needs the Legislature much less than it needs him. Brown referred to this ground-shifting in a comment toward the end of his budget news conference Tuesday.
OPINION
May 12, 2013
Re "Medical rates range off the chart," May 9 Our political leaders regularly lament the notion that ever-rising healthcare costs will eventually bankrupt our country. The question is why they treat this problem as if it were an act of God, totally beyond their power to do anything about it. In most businesses the price is based on actual costs plus overhead, profit and other items. In healthcare, the price is whatever ridiculously inflated number someone has the gall to put on the bill.
OPINION
May 5, 2013
Re "Atmospheric CO2 approaches a dire milestone," May 2 If astronomers had just discovered that a meteor would strike Earth in a few years and that its impact would make our world a radically different place than the one we have known, the article about it would be above the fold on the front page. But when scientists at UC San Diego tell us we are pumping carbon dioxide into our atmosphere at a rate that can, in a few decades, raise the Earth's average temperature and ocean levels to heights not seen in millions of years, this article only makes it to two brief columns on Page A-10 of The Times.
OPINION
May 3, 2013
Re "5-year-old shoots sister," May 2 Firearms responsibility it one of the top issues of our time. The Times' article on the 5-year-old Kentucky boy "accidentally" killing his 2-year-old sister with a rifle he received as a birthday gift included the recap of a 6-year-old New Jersey boy killed by a 4-year-old playmate. The article was relegated to Page A-13. These "accidents" are inexcusable, and it is your responsibility to be bold and advertise them as such on the front page.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2010 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
California corporations, big and small, have billions of dollars' worth of tax breaks and fees in play with a trio of initiatives on the November ballot ? propositions some observers believe may prove too complicated to voters. The outcomes of the battles over Propositions 24, 25 and 26 could help fill a hole in the state budget, an appealing factor in the tough economic times that the state and its citizens are facing. With chronic deficits and one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, the state has been looking everywhere to generate tax revenue.
OPINION
April 30, 2013
Re "Woman, 78, could lose home," April 27 Your article about the Highland Park woman whose home will be auctioned off because the county claims she is delinquent on her property taxes should bring outrage to residents of Los Angeles County. Whether Marianne Blend's taxes were paid is immaterial. What is material is that some civil servants didn't do their job and, worse, they didn't do what was right: They pushed their papers, arranged for an auction, sent people to put up a sign but did nothing to look out for the welfare of the 78-year-old woman who has lived in the house for decades.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - The market wasn't supposed to go this far, this fast. Just a few months ago, Wall Street analysts predicted this year's stock rally would level off given the strong run-up seen in the first three months of the year. They held out hope that the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 stock index might hit 1,600 by the end of the year. But the rally in equities has caught even some of the most bullish prognosticators by surprise. The broad S&P 500 begins the month of May at an all-time high, and the Dow Jones industrial average is within striking distance of hitting 15,000 points.
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