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OPINION
October 11, 2009
Check out the Los Angeles Unified School District's website and you can track its encouraging progress on the new policy allowing charter operators and other outside organizations to submit competing proposals to run certain schools. When the policy was approved in August, district leaders vowed a transparent and objective process, and so far they're making good on that vow, posting updates on the website. Given L.A. Unified's history of broken promises and political motives, we're pleasantly surprised.
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BUSINESS
June 29, 2001 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three men who operated a Huntington Beach firm have been indicted on charges of bilking investors out of $2.6 million by selling them promissory notes on nonexistent car loans, federal authorities said Thursday. The men allegedly promised a 10% return on a typical minimum investment of $25,000, but kept most of the money for themselves, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Santa Ana. Those charged were Paul J. Booth, 74, and James Cunningham, 44, both of Costa Mesa, and Donald L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
The opening date for the long-awaited Expo Line has been postponed several times, and a test ride last week showed how a spot of bad circuitry and a debate over six-letter words — "subway," "tunnel" and "trench" — continue to delay the system's operation. While examining a 0.6-mile stretch of railway that dips below ground level near USC, transportation officials on Thursday argued over nomenclature. "I think it's a subway, it's not a trench. There's special ventilation requirements on a subway," said Art Leahy, head of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
The operators of busy Van Nuys Airport have agreed to dramatically reduce the number of days the main runway will be closed for major improvements. Plans call for the 8,000-foot runway to be closed for 10 days and 26 nights instead of 17 weeks — a lengthy closure that airport tenants said would hurt their operations, which have already been hit hard by the recession. Van Nuys is one of the busiest general-aviation airports in the nation, with more than 300,000 takeoffs and landings a year.
WORLD
March 16, 2010 | By Anshul Rana
The Indian government's bid to cap liability for nuclear plants, seen by U.S. reactor-builders and operators as a prerequisite for entering the Indian market, was dealt a blow Monday when the ruling coalition withdrew legislation in the face of mounting opposition. The measure would limit to about $65 million the compensation that foreign nuclear operators would be liable for in the event of a nuclear accident. It would also cap the government's liability at about $385 million and mandate that all claims be presented within 10 years.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A large parking lot across the street from Staples Center that is considered a prime site for residential and retail development has been sold for $31 million to one of the city's largest parking lot operators. The L&R Group of Companies, which operates Joe's Auto Parks and WallyPark, bought the 2.7-acre parcel at 12th and Figueroa streets from Ektornet, which manages foreclosed properties for its parent company, Swedish bank Swedbank. The asphalt-covered property in downtown Los Angeles will continue as a parking lot, said Gilead Lumer of L&R. "We didn't purchase it with a long-term plan in mind," Lumer said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Small cable operators think Viacom, parent of MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and several other networks, is trying to squeeze them. The National Cable Television Cooperative -- which represents more than 800 primarily rural cable operators and negotiates programming deals on their behalf -- charged that Viacom wants to dramatically increase the fees to carry its channels to prices that are 40 times greater than the rate of inflation. NCTC President and Chief Executive Rich Fickle said Viacom was punishing small operators because it could no longer get the rate increases it was accustomed to from bigger distributors such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV.
BUSINESS
January 15, 1986
Bank of America said it will expand a department designed to help operators of toxic-waste facilities comply with government regulations for cleanup of the sites. Bank officials said the program will help operators make arrangements for cleaning up on closure, or even after closure, of the sites. They say the department will help operators meet state and federal regulations.
NEWS
January 10, 1987 | Associated Press
The Palo Verde Unit 2 reactor will be shut down for about two months for federally mandated tests, operators of the nuclear plant have announced. Technicians began shutting down the reactor Friday.
BUSINESS
January 2, 1994 | JOHN LIPPMAN, This report was compiled by Times staff writer Donna K.H. Walters
CABLE: Operators will continue to be hotly pursued as partners and allies by telephone companies, leaving smaller cable companies to mop up market remnants and dividing operators into haves and have-nots in the rush to 500-channel systems.
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