September 11, 2013 |
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez knew all the right things to say in his biggest speech since getting the job a few months ago. "I feel at home," Perez told the thousands of union activists gathered at the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He then spent the next 40 minutes of the keynote address pledging to raise the minimum wage, protect worker rights and look after middle-class and immigrant workers. "Nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty," he told union leaders.
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September 9, 2013 |
Elected officials from cities across southeast Los Angeles County pledged Monday evening to marshal their political power to sway regulators to shut down a Vernon battery recycler that residents fear is harming their health because of arsenic and lead emissions. "The solution ... is right here in this room," Huntington Park Councilwoman Karina Macias told a packed meeting hall at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights. "More marches. More meetings like this one. " The crowd, including several children and a woman costumed in a hazmat suit, cheered their approval.
September 6, 2013 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - After two days of summit meetings here, President Obama and other world leaders signed a lengthy declaration of prescriptions for the global economy, including pledges that placed a renewed emphasis on creating jobs as opposed to curbing deficits. The so-called Group of 20 major economies also took further steps to crack down on multinational companies that avoid paying taxes. The 27-page joint statement from the G-20, which concluded its meetings Friday, underscored the shifting momentum in growth toward the U.S. and other advanced economies.
September 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a world where conventional wisdom is that advertisements -- no matter how annoying or distracting -- must permeate every online moment to afford people access to free services, Dave Morin has very deliberately taken his own path. It couldn't be more different than the path followed by his former company, Facebook Inc., which has won back the confidence of investors and a market value that tops $100 billion by selling ever more ads on mobile devices. Morin has pledged he will never run ads on Path, the mobile-only social network for sharing your private, intimate moments with close friends and family members that he co-founded in 2010.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft, Google and other major U.S. technology companies fighting to reveal more detail about the surveillance demands by U.S. intelligence say negotiations with the government have not reached an agreement “acceptable to all.” In a blog post Friday, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said the talks recently broke down and Microsoft planned to move forward with the lawsuit filed this summer. Technology companies are on the defensive after damaging revelations that they turn over users' data to the National Security Agency's secret Internet surveillance program.
August 26, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai met Monday with Pakistan's prime minister and won a pledge of support for carrying out a joint campaign against militancy, jump-starting peace talks with the Taliban and improving economic ties. The visit, Karzai's first to the Pakistani capital of Islamabad since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was elected in May, was important symbolically. And a decision to extend talks into a second day suggested that the discussions were substantive.
August 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Silicon Valley may be best-known for its consumer technology companies. But software is definitely not just for consumers anymore. The latest entrant: Slack, a flashy new service that makes it easier for co-workers to communicate and collaborate from Stewart Butterfield, founder of a startup in Vancouver, Canada, called Tiny Speck. Companies selling software to businesses are in the midst of a renaissance here. Designers who grew up on the Web have touched off a wave of innovation, rejecting clunky software in favor of stylish, simple tools that mimic the familiar templates of Facebook and Google.
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August 12, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO--The Amber Alert that came screeching through cellphones statewide last week may have been startling or annoying, but Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) is urging Californians not to disable such alerts. The Assembly's top Democrat acknowledged Monday morning there should be improvements and better education about the emergency alert system. But the speaker insisted the cellphone alerts are crucial for finding abducted children or warning of imminent danger from natural disasters.
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August 6, 2013 |
Eggplant gardens, at least for now, are officially protected in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti told me Tuesday that he has instructed city staff to "cool their jets" after learning from this column about two citizens who'd been ordered to remove vegetable gardens from curbside strips. Meanwhile, City Council President Herb Wesson introduced a motion Tuesday to "immediately suspend enforcement of Municipal Code Section 56.08(e) in those cases where parkways are being occupied by vegetable gardens....
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July 26, 2013 |
Several top Los Angeles officials, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, are calling for changes to a policy that allows employees at the city's Department of Water and Power to collect unlimited sick pay. The policy, revealed by The Times on Friday, allows employees to take paid days off well beyond the agency's stated cap of 10 per year. Since 2010, the utility has paid $35.5 million in extra sick days, the Times investigation found. Last year, 10% of the department's roughly 10,000 employees took at least 10 extra days off, and more than 220 employees took at least 20 extra working days off. In a motion submitted at Friday's City Council meeting, Councilman Paul Koretz said the policy should be investigated "promptly and publicly.