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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.
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.
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.
April 24, 2013
Re "A tax everyone can love," Opinion, April 21 If folks are leery of paying taxes to cover the actual costs of burning oil, there are two things they can do to mitigate the effects of the carbon tax that Doyle McManus discusses in his column. To start, our national fleet of vehicles is grossly inefficient. In 2012, the average fuel economy for new cars sold in the U.S. was about 24 miles per gallon. This problem is compounded by inefficient driving - hard accelerations, speeding and accelerating toward a stop rather than coasting.
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 . 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.
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)
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?
August 18, 2012
Re "High-speed aircraft fails test flight," Business, Aug. 16 The Pentagon has spent upward of $2 billion to drop several expensive machines into the Pacific Ocean - all so that maybe, someday, we can launch air-breathing missiles from halfway around the world to blow something up. Maybe, if the technology ever works. Someday. Meanwhile, the Republicans want to end federal subsidies to the Corp. for Public Broadcasting (about $400 million in 2011), turn Medicare into a voucher system so seniors can buy health insurance, and repeal the Affordable Care Act so insurance companies don't have to cover people with preexisting conditions.
September 13, 2012
Early color film revived The earliest movies known to be shot in color have been revived by film archivists, who on Wednesday gave an audience at London's Science Museum a glimpse at cinema's first attempts to show us the world as we see it. The obscure film segments were long considered failed prototypes, blurry flickers of color seen by no more than a handful of people before being consigned to an archive. But the National Media Museum in the northern England city of Bradford said digitization had effectively rescued the footage, unlocking remarkably modern-looking images created more than a century ago. The scenes, screened at the Science Museum, ranged from roughly five to 40 seconds and showed a parrot, a London street scene, and three smiling children sitting around a table covered with a burgundy cloth batting at a goldfish bowl with large sunflowers.
August 1, 2012
Re "Deficit debate driven by the wealthy," Column, July 29 Your readers are entitled to better than Michael Hiltzik's column on deficit reduction, which substitutes invective for rational discussion. The Simpson-Bowles plan may not be the best possible for deficit reduction, but to dismiss it out of hand is absurd. The plan was considered by a bipartisan committee of 18 members chosen by the president and Congress. It was approved by 11 of the 18 members of the commission.
April 20, 2013
Re "Abortion's darkest side," Opinion, April 16 Jonah Goldberg draws the conclusion that late-term abortion (and, in fact, any kind of abortion) is an issue of morality first and foremost. As Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell's clinic proves, women who are desperate to end a pregnancy will submit to dangerous, unsanitary conditions and disreputable practitioners. States that make abortion illegal or virtually impossible to obtain can expect to see many similar clinics and practitioners and many more deaths, both of early- and late-term fetuses and the women determined to abort them.
April 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 43-37, Spurs 58-21. Record vs. Spurs: 0-2. Update: The Spurs have struggled lately, going 5-5 as injuries sidelined Tony Parker (neck and ankle) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring). Parker, though, returned Friday and had 22 points and 10 assists in a 108-101 victory over Sacramento. The Spurs are half a game behind Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference.
April 12, 2013
Re "At work in America," Letters, April 10 Attorney Vanessa Ticas asks to "bring back" a humane business approach. I am sympathetic to her basic view, but she ignores world history and the instincts of mankind. When in history was there a prevailing tendency to use a humane approach in business? It wasn't apparent in the American South during slavery. It wasn't apparent when my grandmother was put in a sweatshop at age 8, depriving her of the chance to ever learn to read or write.
April 10, 2013
Re "Britain's 'Iron Lady,'" Obituary, April 9 This story seemed a straightforward obituary until I read the paragraph that stated that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was often "brutal and belittling toward her own political allies. " The example was minister Michael Heseltine's outburst, "I hate you! I hate you!" It struck me as odd that a man getting his feelings hurt proved anything. I laughed when I considered whether a woman politician shouting the same would have merited mention in any male leader's obituary.
April 6, 2013 | By Don Lee and Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Poor job growth and a large exodus of unemployed workers last month stifled weeks of upbeat economic data and marked a sobering reality check, signaling that hiring was likely to remain weak in the coming months. Employers added a paltry 88,000 net new jobs in March, the smallest number since June and just one-third of the gain in February. Retailers, manufacturers and finance companies shed jobs over the month, an indication that consumer spending may be softening as workers grapple with higher payroll taxes and sluggish wage growth.
April 5, 2013
Netflix's 'Development' The Bluths will be back just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Netflix said it will premiere 15 new episodes of the cult hit "Arrested Development," starring Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, on May 26 on its online streaming service. With the next day being a national holiday, fans of the show will have two full days to binge on the new episodes. Created by Mitch Hurwitz, "Arrested Development" follows the adventures of the dysfunctional Bluth family after their fall from grace and high society.
October 7, 2012
A prominent perch on Catalina Location: 103 Maiden Lane, Avalon 90704 Size: Seven bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,170 square feet Published on: July 4, 2010 Listed then for: $3.9 million Listed now for: $3.295 million Reduced: 15.5% Plenty of room for company Location: 671 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades 90272 Size: Six bedrooms, 71/2 bathrooms, 8,296 square feet Published on: Dec. 4, 2011 Listed then...
April 4, 2013
Re "Garcetti, Greuel gingerly hug city worker unions," March 28 Bob Schoonover, president of SEIU Local 721, is quoted in the article as describing the public and private retirement programs as two lifeboats, one with a leak. Private 401(k) plans go up and down with the investment tides. But those smaller plans let their owners know exactly where they stand so they can make informed decisions. It is the public employee plans that are underfunded. Theirs is that "leak" that requires taxpayers to endure ever-increasing fees while receiving fewer benefits.
April 2, 2013
Re "Kim is making the U.S. nervous," March 30 At the end of World War I, the Allies so crippled Germany that widespread unemployment and economic dislocation led to the rise of the Nazi regime. We have spent years employing similar tactics in North Korea. We supply food that doesn't get to the hungry yet so isolate North Korea that one of its biggest sources of currency is its sale of weapons and military technology, the very things we are trying to contain. This isn't a call for appeasement, and North Korea has a history of not living up to its commitments.
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