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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
July 26, 2012
Dirty Projectors with Wye Oak Where: The Wiltern When: Sat., doors open 8 p.m. Tickets: $26.50 to $34 Info:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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