September 16, 1990 |
Gov. George Deukmejian has vetoed a bill that would have set California's first ergonomic standards to protect workers who use video display terminals. The legislation (AB 955), authored by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica), would have required all employers to make sure newly purchased VDTs--along with the desks and chairs used by operators of the machines--complied with existing guidelines of the American National Standards Institute.
April 18, 1989
Jan Hornbeck, an interior designer known for her people-oriented office buildings, died Sunday of complications following surgery in Tijuana, Mexico. She was 68. Hornbeck's sister, Betty Bruce of Costa Mesa, said that although the designer had been battling cancer since 1973, she entered Centro Medico del Mar on March 24 for surgery unrelated to that condition. A 1941 graduate of the Chicago Academy of Arts and a daughter of a theater owner in Shawnee, Okla., Hornbeck credited her early exposure to the visual arts with sparking an interest in improving the environment of office workers.
November 14, 2012 |
“Slipped Disc: A Study of the Upright Walk,” by prominent German playwright Ingrid Lausund, is the debut of Green Card Theatre, a new company dedicated to bringing playwrights from around the world to the attention of Los Angeles audiences. The play, a guest production at Son of Semele, is the first of Lausund's 30-odd plays to be produced locally. And although the aim of Green Card is definitely an admirable one, the present production disappoints. Perhaps something was lost in Henning Bochert's somewhat prolix translation, but despite a crisp staging by director Christopher Basile, the play is so philosophically dense that meaning gets stranded on the shoals of artistic pretention.
February 19, 2001 |
A few minutes ago, someone nearby was making a very loud hammering noise. Grr! But while everyone appreciates that loud sounds are stressful, what about the low hum of normal office noise? The rustling of papers to my left, the clicking of keys to my right--the hum of the fax machine and a distant discussion at the desks across the way. What are those noises doing to people's health and work productivity? According to Cornell University psychologist Gary Evans, maybe a lot.
October 18, 2012 |
A free Amazon.com service that makes content-sharing easier on multiple Kindles could bring students one step closer to shedding their heavy backpacks. Called Whispercast , the service creates a single point to purchase and distribute Kindle e-books to students and office workers with wireless Internet connection. Amazon announced the launch Wednesday. A teacher or administrator can register students to the classroom's Kindles, sort them into groups by subject or grade level, then distribute readings accordingly.
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January 1, 1994 |
Nearly a month after a gunman went on a deadly shooting spree at the Oxnard unemployment department, the newly remodeled office is slowly returning to normal. Seventeen of the office's 50 full-time employees have returned to work, including some who hid under desks when gunfire erupted at the jobs office on Dec. 2. Unemployed computer engineer Alan Winterbourne shot three people to death and wounded four others inside the North C Street office.
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December 21, 1993 |
Last year, employees at Kinko's Northwest corporate offices in Ventura each forked out about $15 to buy gifts for each other, then threw a party at the home of one of their executives. This year, they scaled back on the fun. Instead of having a party just for themselves, the company's 30 employees are throwing a party this week for 22 needy and abused children, where one worker will dress as Santa Claus and hand out gifts purchased by the office.
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May 23, 1990 |
Electricity was cut to 4,416 customers Tuesday when an underground conduit plug exploded in southeast Ventura, catapulting a manhole cover into the air. Teachers at Montalvo School dealt with the power outage by taking their students into the afternoon sunshine to continue rehearsals for a springtime dance festival.
June 12, 2013 |
Two window washers were rescued 46 floors above street level Wednesday afternoon after their scaffolding collapsed outside a skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. Before firefighters removed part of a window and pulled the workers inside, the two workers were calmly awaiting rescue from opposite sides of a scaffold that appeared to have buckled in the center. Two rescuers at Hearst Tower, on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, laid atop the lip of the roof staring down at them. One worker chatted on his cellphone as rescuers milled about on the roof of the avant-garde skyscraper.
July 28, 1987 |
Modern automobile assembly plants were once labeled "gold-plated sweat shops" by the late union leader Walter Reuther because almost every motion of the hard-pressed workers was controlled minute by minute by rapidly moving assembly lines. Distressingly, our high-tech society has allowed employers to impose that sort of rigid discipline on millions of once comparatively independent office workers. Computers can monitor every motion of office workers--every second of every working day.