CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1994 |
Don't hold a seat on "The Price Is Right" for those Los Angeles city purchasing agents. City Councilman Joel Wachs, announcing a review of the way the city buys supplies, said his staff found better deals than the city gets just by going across the street from City Hall to an office supply store. Some examples: Legal pads that cost taxpayers $1.80 each, went for only 20 cents retail. A box of computer diskettes set them back $24.99, compared to $6.59 that the man on the street would pay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1994 |
A Los Angeles City Council committee investigating waste in City Hall heard city employees complain Wednesday about a burdensome purchasing process and prices for supplies and equipment that are up to twice the retail price. On its first day of testimony, the Government Efficiency Committee heard several stories of waste, ranging from a camera offered to narcotics investigators for nearly twice the price at a retail store to computer discs sold to the city at six times the retail price.
February 7, 1990 |
Hewlett-Packard is to laser printers what Mike Tyson is to heavyweight boxing--the unquestioned champion. Hewlett-Packard's line of LaserJet printers dominates the desktop page printer market with more than 2 million sold. But during the past two years, IBM has been preparing itself in Lexington, Ky., to emerge as a new contender. IBM recently introduced the 4019 laser printer, which not only lists for $100 less than the H-P LaserJet Series II but boasts lower operating and maintenance costs.
April 19, 1990 |
After being plagued for years by a shortage of controllers, Chicago's air traffic control center has enough people, but members of the controllers union said Wednesday there's another problem: not enough chairs. During one shift last week at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in suburban Aurora, one controller sat on a wooden box because no more chairs were available, a union spokesman said.
December 25, 1990 |
Bowing to concerns of businesses, Mayor Art Agnos of San Francisco has agreed to sign compromise legislation that will double the amount of time businesses have to comply with groundbreaking computer-safety standards.