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October 26, 2010
Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry. Steven Rattner Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 336 pps., $27
March 31, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Hoping to make Los Angeles a national leader in steering trash away from landfills, the City Council is poised to approve a sweeping and controversial transformation of garbage collection for tens of thousands of businesses and apartment buildings. The new system, which tightens city control over the commercial trash-hauling market, is expected to win approval Tuesday. Proponents say that the changes, backed by environmental and labor organizations, will keep more garbage out of landfills, cut down on truck traffic and make the industry safer for workers.
March 16, 2010
Reform plan Highlights of Sen. Christopher J. Dodd's financial regulatory overhaul proposal: Creates an autonomous consumer protection bureau within the Federal Reserve Grants the government power to seize and dismantle large firms if they're near collapse Establishes a council of regulators to monitor the economy for signs of major risks Adds new regulations for hedge funds and derivatives markets ...
March 16, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Adina Jones has spent years immersed in logistics such as financial tracking, transportation organization, nutritional direction and healthcare supervision. In other words, Jones is a mom. And until shortly before her 14-year marriage ended last year, Jones was a full-time caregiver for her three daughters. "I wanted to give them the best start I could," Jones, 40, said of her career hiatus, which began in 2006. "I wanted to be there for them in all ways. " Now, Jones is trying to reenter the traditional workforce and finding it tough.
June 28, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Air travel in the future will be faster, cleaner and less expensive if the Federal Aviation Administration's $40-billion overhaul of the nation's air control system is completed in the next seven years. That's a big if. With the federal sequestration fight in Washington, FAA officials say funding for the project could be in jeopardy. The plan, known as NextGen, replaces outdated radar-based technology with global positioning systems and digital communications to bring the country's air control system into the 21st century.
March 23, 2010
Overhaul plan Key provisions of the Senate financial regulatory overhaul proposal: Creates an autonomous consumer protection bureau within the Federal Reserve Grants the government power to seize and dismantle large firms if they're near collapse Establishes a council of regulators to monitor the economy for signs of major risks Adds new regulations for hedge funds and derivatives markets Takes away the...
July 21, 2010 | By Jim Puzzanghera
The president on Wednesday signed into law the most sweeping reform of financial rules since the Great Depression, saying, the "American people will never again be asked to foot the bill for Wall Street's mistakes." The signing ended the arduous, yearlong effort to push the lengthy bill through Congress in the face of heavy lobbying by the financial industry and nearly unanimous opposition by Republicans. And it sets the stage for midterm elections this fall, when Republicans hope to make significant inroads into the Democratic majority.
March 17, 1993
In the March 5 article, "State Says It Has No Plans To Close Hospitals," Stephen Mayberg, director of the state Department of Mental Health, says: "We haven't ruled out anything. But I think that if we come up with better approaches or strategies, I'd rather have better utilization of our facilities than less facilities. There are no plans to shut any hospital down." I wasn't convinced of anything. Better approaches or better strategies? Come on, Mr. Mayberg, you can do better than that.
February 14, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California's computer problems, which have already cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, have mounted as state officials cut short work on a $208-million DMV technology overhaul that is only half done. The project was intended to revamp the process for registering vehicles and issuing driver's licenses, with the entire overhaul scheduled to be finished this year. But state officials said they were canceling the vehicle registration component because little progress was being made.
January 3, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Another classic Southern California theme park attraction is undergoing a major overhaul. Knott's Berry Farm's Timber Mountain Log Ride will close for five months, starting this month, for a renovation of the ride's automated figures and sets and to add new scenes and characters. The log ride, which opened in 1969, is housed in an eight-story building. Riders on log vehicles float in 24,000 gallons of water and glide past mechanical figures and taxidermied animals before dropping down a 42-foot free fall.
March 9, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - You may have seen reports about a major tax reform proposal floated recently by Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. But you probably didn't see the grisly list of long-standing home real estate tax benefits that would be eliminated or sharply reduced under Camp's plan. Here's a quick overview. But first, some basics: •This is no back-of-the-napkin set of proposals. Camp and his committee - the primary tax-writing panel in Congress - have been working on this for two years.
March 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The first day you fast, says Eliseo Medina, your stomach begs you to reconsider. The second day is worse. "Your body starts asking for food," the 68-year-old local activist told me about his fast for immigration reform. "It becomes more difficult and you wonder if it's worth doing this. " But Medina's commitment is an extension of the work he began almost half a century ago, shoulder to shoulder with Cesar Chavez. So there was no letting up last fall, as he made his appeal outside the halls of power in Washington, D.C. When his stomach growled, he drew strength from fellow fasters as they joined hands and prayed.
March 8, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
General Motors Co.'s lumbering full-size SUVs are dinosaurs from a bygone era, but don't expect them to go extinct just yet. Despite flagging sales, each delivery brings in piles of cash for GM. "These vehicles are minting money for them," said Dave Sullivan, an analyst at AutoPacific Inc. "It's one of the biggest profit margins in the industry. " GM makes at least $10,000 per full-sized sport utility vehicle sold, he estimates. (Not to mention the windfall for the nearest gas station.)
March 6, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Join Times staff writer Larry Gordon for an L.A. Now Live online chat at 12:30 p.m. on  the major overhaul coming to the SAT college entrance exam.  Starting in 2016, students will no longer be required to write an essay and will not be penalized for wrong answers. However, they will no longer be allowed to use calculators as much as they want. About 1.7 million high school students take the test each year and The College Board's announcement Wednesday sent ripples through education communities across the nation.
March 5, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
In a major overhaul of the SAT college entrance exam, students starting in 2016 will no longer be required to write an essay, will not be penalized for wrong answers and will not be able to freely use calculators. The College Board announcement Wednesday shook up a test that is taken by about 1.7 million high school students annually and, though its influence has been waning, remains a major factor in college admission decisions nationally. The shifts, officials said, are part of an effort to better align the 88-year-old exam with what students learn in high school and to get away from any advantages they may gain from expensive private tutoring.
March 3, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
A private consulting report released Monday calls for sweeping changes to the Los Angeles Fire Department, including an overhaul of how the agency handles 911 calls and responds to hundreds of thousands of medical rescues each year. The recommendations include filling nearly 200 positions now held by sworn firefighters with civilians, including employees working in the LAFD's 911 call center. Consolidating the emergency call center with one operated by the police department also should be considered, the report says.
September 1, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown, whose personal lobbying efforts helped close a complex deal to overhaul California's $17-billion-a-year workers' compensation insurance system, is praising both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for their overwhelming support. "I commend the Legislature for an extraordinary workers' compensation reform bill that helps injured workers and averts an imminent crisis of skyrocketing rates," Brown said just before lawmakers adjourned for the year at midnight Friday.
September 20, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Hopes for a sweeping immigration overhaul suffered another serious setback Friday , when two key Republican lawmakers ended their collaboration with a bipartisan House working group. Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Sam Johnson (R-Texas), who had been working with a bipartisan immigration group for years, blamed their departure on President Obama, saying they did not trust that if Congress developed new immigration laws, the administration would adhere to them. “The bottom line is -- the American people do not trust the president to enforce laws, and we don't either,” Carter and Johnson wrote in a joint statement, pointing to the White House's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law that has undergone adjustments, as an example of the administration's selective approach to enforcing laws.
February 27, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
A top House Republican unveiled an ambitious plan to overhaul the tax code Wednesday, taking aim at long-protected loopholes for mortgage interest deductions, corporate jets and Wall Street pay. The plan would also lower top rates to 25% for most individuals and corporations from 39.6% and 35%, respectively. The wealthiest households, those earning more than $450,000 a year, would have a 35% tax rate. But it has little chance of passage. The White House cautiously welcomed the effort, but top Republican leaders -- including House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)
February 26, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- A top House Republican unveiled an ambitious tax code overhaul Wednesday, taking aim at long-protected loopholes for mortgage interest deductions, corporate jets and Wall Street pay, while promising to lower top rates to 25% for most individuals and corporations. But it has little chance of becoming law. The White House cautiously welcomed the effort, but top Republican leaders in Congress, including House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
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