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April 18, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Occidental College has hired two former sex crimes prosecutors to complete an extensive review of the university's handling of sex abuse cases amid allegations that officials don't take such cases seriously. The university announced the review Thursday after a group of Occidental students, faculty and alumni filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging that the school failed to protect women from sexual assaults. Flanked by six current and former students, attorney Gloria Allred said the complaint outlines violations of Title IX, which bars sex discrimination at schools.
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BUSINESS
April 15, 2013 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The nation's fourth biggest oil company, Occidental Petroleum Corp., is primarily involved in oil and natural gas exploration and production. It is also a major manufacturer of oil-related chemicals. The Westwood company said its domestic production of oil and natural gas rose to the equivalent of 475,000 barrels of oil a day at the end of 2012, setting a record for the ninth straight quarter. But Occidental's stock performance hasn't been as good as that of others in the industry.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2013
The company: Occidental Petroleum Corp. Headquarters: Westwood Ticker: OXY Employees: 12,300 Leadership: Executive Chairman Ray R. Irani, Chief Executive Stephen I. Chazen 2012 revenue: $24.2 billion 2012 net income: $4.6 billion Stock price: $83.39 at Friday's close 52-week range: $72.43 to $93.78 P/E ratio: 12, based on 2013 earnings estimates Dividend: 64 cents a...
BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
For several days, Occidental Petroleum Corp. has been roiled by speculation that its CEO search was really a power play by Executive Chairman Ray Irani to push out his onetime protege, Chief Executive Stephen Chazen. On Monday the Westwood company's board of directors took the unusual step of saying there is "no fight at the top" of the oil and gas producer, but made clear that the two men who have run Occidental for the last decade were on their way out in one way or another. The board's statement, billed as unanimous, went on to say that the 78-year-old Irani played no role in the February decision by independent directors to identify a successor for Chazen, 66. Chazen acknowledged Monday that he didn't ask to leave Occidental but said, "I respect the board's decision to seek a new generation of leadership.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Occidental Petroleum Corp. reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, sending its stock up on Wall Street. The Westwood-based company, already the biggest producer of oil inside the U.S.,  said its domestic production of oil and natural gas rose to the equivalent of 475,000 barrels of oil a day, setting a record for the ninth straight quarter. Occidental's fourth-quarter net income, reduced by $1.1 billion in after-tax charges, fell 79% to $336 million, or 42 cents a share,  from $1.63 billion, or $2.01 a share, a year earlier.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2012 | Bloomberg News
A World Bank arbitration panel ordered Ecuador to pay Occidental Petroleum Corp. $1.77 billion to settle a contract dispute. The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, known as ICSID, said Ecuador breached Los Angeles-based Occidental's contract by failing "to accord fair and equitable treatment. " Ecuador Atty. Gen. Diego Garcia said Friday that the South American country "categorically rejects" the decision and may seek its annulment. Ecuador stripped Occidental of its oil concession in 2006 over an alleged contract breach, prompting the company's complaint to the panel.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
In a computer room crammed with students, freshman George-Michael Bluth is conferring with his dad, Michael, about his ambitious plans to create a social media website. The scene, featuring actors Michael Cera and Jason Bateman, was set at UC Irvine but played out on the campus of Occidental College, where the crew of the TV series “Arrested Development” spent two days last week filming around the campus. Occidental College is perhaps best known as the school once attended by President Obama.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Crude prices fell by more than 29% between late February and late June, and that was enough to ensure that the oil companies would see lower second-quarter profits compared with 2011. But in an economy that is still struggling to gain momentum, the industry is still posting numbers that many other businesses would love to have. Occidental Petroleum, for example, posted a second-quarter net profit of $1.3 billion, or $1.64 a share, the company announced in a statement. That was a decline of 27.7% compared with the $1.8 billion, or $2.23 a share, the company earned a year earlier.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Exxon Mobil Corp.andOccidental Petroleum Corp.said second-quarter earnings took a hit from lower oil and natural gas prices, a pattern that analysts expect to be repeated throughout the energy industry. But in an economy that is struggling to gain momentum, the oil business is still posting numbers that many others would love to have. Exxon Mobil, in fact, reported record profits, but it needed the help of asset sales to do it. Analysts said the stage for this week's earnings reports was set when oil declined nearly 9% and natural gas plunged 46% during the quarter compared with year-earlier prices.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Occidental Petroleum on Friday announced that former Goldman Sachs managing director Cynthia L. Walker will officially become an executive vice president and its chief financial officer on Aug 6. Walker, 35, in a 12-year stint with Goldman Sachs provided clients with strategic advice in high-profile energy industry transactions as a senior member of the Global Natural Resources Group located in Houston. Walker also served as a member of Goldman Sachs' Mergers and Acquisitions Group.
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