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November 12, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Fortune 500 paint company Sherwin-Williams Co. will spend $2.4 billion, including debt, to buy Mexican paint business Consorcio Comex as the real estate market shows signs of improvement. The all-cash transaction will combine the operations of the Cleveland-based giant with that of the Mexico City firm, assuming the deal passes muster with regulators .   Comex brought in sales of $1.4 billion last year by selling architectural and industrial coatings throughout Mexico, Canada and the U.S. The company has eight factories in Mexico, five in the U.S. and three in Canada.
June 19, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The film industry and the Los Angeles bicycling community reached a compromise Wednesday on the future of a controversial, bright green bike lane in downtown Los Angeles. Under a motion passed by the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, what is currently a vivid ribbon of color will be scraped off and replaced with less paint in a more muted shade. The design, which would be experimental, must still be approved by the state . "Downtown Los Angeles is undergoing a transformation," said Councilman Jose Huizar , who proposed the action.
July 12, 1989
A Culver City company was charged Tuesday with illegally transporting 150 gallons of waste paint to the Spadra Landfill in Pomona. Prestige Homes was scheduled to be arraigned July 28 on three violations of the health and safety code, including transporting hazardous waste and disposing of the waste. If convicted, the company could be fined up to $100,000. Deputy Dist. Atty.
October 2, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Playgrounds across the country are coated with hazardous lead-based paint, despite a ban in place for 18 years to protect children, said Kathleen Begala, spokeswoman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The commission tested paint from 26 playgrounds in 13 cities. Of those, 16 playgrounds in 11 cities--including Pasadena and San Francisco--had dangerously high levels of lead.
August 30, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Along old U.S. Route 66, the once-kitschy Overland Motel is crumbling, vacant lots pock downtown and, as if this remote desert outpost weren't suffering enough, the last car dealership folded up and left behind a blanket of empty asphalt. Not a pretty picture for travelers who might pull off the highway for a burger or to spend the night. Then, about five months ago, a man with a sun-stained face and paint-crusted fingernails drifted in, and the tiny old railroad town of Needles started looking a little brighter.
July 3, 1990
City and state officials Monday announced a legislative proposal calling for a ban on selling spray-paint cans to all but commercial users. Officials say the bill, being drafted by state Sen. Art Torres (D-Los Angeles), is necessary because police have been unable to arrest graffiti vandals, many of whom work in late-night teams. If the bill passes, sellers could sell spray paint to customers 18 years and older, but, beginning Jan. 1, 1991, would have to lock cans away.
January 6, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ
A business owner's plans to install a spray-painting booth has parents and teachers at a nearby elementary school concerned that fumes may waft onto campus. Steve Foeller, president of Quality Industrial Systems, a water dispenser refurbishing business at 2116 E. Walnut Ave., wants to add a 9-foot-tall, 13-by-14-foot booth to spray-paint his work. He is awaiting a permit from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
June 28, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Hospital bills piling up? Can you paint? Draw? Sculpt? Dance? Sing? Act? At Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, you can whack $40 off your health bill for each hour you spend working on a mural or offering  some other artistic service. (The AP video above tells the story.) Here's more about the program in the hospital's news release and an article in the New York Daily News. Hold up, though: You have to be an uninsured person making a living as an artist to register for the bartering program, called the Lincoln Art Exchange, the press release explains.  Actors, musicians, poets, dancers and writers can all qualify.
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