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Somehow, somewhere along the line, connections had been frayed and confidence lost. Conceived in the ashes of Watts, this was supposed to be a municipal administration built to absorb ethnic shocks. In a city of so many colors, of so much wealth and poverty, it was expected to keep the peace. But on a single evening in late April, the flames that lighted the Los Angeles sky revealed that despite its multiracial hues, Mayor Tom Bradley's model City Hall was powerless to keep the lid on.
April 10, 2014 | By David Zahniser, Emily Alpert Reyes and Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti presented a long and eclectic list of initiatives in his first State of the City address Thursday, promising to reinvigorate the city's major boulevards, cut taxes for businesses, put building records online and keep a lid on rates at the Department of Water and Power. Speaking at the California Science Center in South Los Angeles, Garcetti spelled out in detail his "back to basics" agenda, which focuses on public safety, economic prosperity, quality of life and a well-run city government.
September 9, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Pope John Paul II, in Kabgayi, Rwanda, called for a narrowing of the gap between Africa's urban elite and rural poor and urged peasants in this infertile nation to redouble efforts to improve the quality of their lives. The pontiff said Rwandan peasants, who make up more than 80% of the population of 7 million, have the right to demand the same health, social and administrative facilities, including credit banking, as their urban counterparts.
December 22, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I think I have a phobia about spending money. I'm a young professional who has devoted a lot of time to building up my savings account. I also contribute sizable amounts to my 401(k) and IRA each month. I pay off my credit cards each month, and I am making larger-than-necessary payments on my small student loans. Still, I feel as if every time I spend money on something - clothing, travel, furniture, etc. - I am undoing my hard work. It makes me scrutinize every decision until I either give up or make an impulse purchase.
Alberto Limon Padilla started with a shabby clapboard store in a working-class neighborhood. He went on to build Tijuana's first shopping mall and today presides over a business empire. Aurora Pelayo came to Tijuana a penniless single mother to work in a factory. Today she is secretary-general of the Baja California Democratic Revolutionary Party. Justina and Rafael Brambila opened a street-side taco stand, La Especial, on Avenida Revolucion when they came from Jalisco in 1948.
June 24, 1990 | Joel Sappell and Robert W. Welkos, Time Staff Writers
L. Ron Hubbard enjoyed being pampered. He surrounded himself with teen-age followers, whom he indoctrinated, treated like servants and cherished as though they were his own children. He called them the "Commodore's messengers." " 'Messenger!' " he would boom in the morning. "And we'd pull him out of bed," one recalled. The youngsters, whose parents belonged to Hubbard's Church of Scientology, would lay out his clothes, run his shower and help him dress.
March 26, 1995
To pick the world's top 10 cities based on quality of life, the Geneva-based Corporate Resources Group looked at security, public services, medical and health structures and political and social stability. Boston was the highest-scoring U.S. city, at No. 30. San Francisco was 31, New York was 44 and L.A. 46. 1) GENEVA: 106 points 2) VANCOUVER: 105.29 points 3) VIENNA: 105.24 points 4) TORONTO: 105.20 points 5) LUXEMBOURG: 105.19 points 6) Zurich: 105.09 points 7) MONTREAL: 104.
December 10, 1997 | From Associated Press
The Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto, and Auckland, New Zealand, have the highest quality of life for major world cities, according to a business survey. Cities at the bottom of the survey's rankings for quality of life were Brazzaville, Congo; Baghdad; and the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.
In the seven years since they moved into their house on 2nd Street, Jim Calvillo and his family have learned to hate their next-door neighbors: three oil wells that are unwelcome companions, day and night. * "We can't even sit out in the back yard, especially during the summertime, because the fumes from the oil produced and solvents used are so strong," said Calvillo, who is also plagued by noise from the wells, which pump 24 hours a day.
October 12, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
THE scene is set for yet another knock-down, drag-out brawl between red and blue state mentalities. Two middle-age couples, one from Northern California, the other from Ohio, square off over evolution and the Bible, medical marijuana and the right of the terminally ill to end their lives. But Jane Anderson has even more profound concerns brewing in her new play, "The Quality of Life," which had its world premiere Wednesday at the Geffen Playhouse's Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theater.
September 6, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Airbnb, an online service that helps people rent rooms to travelers from around the world, has allowed hundreds of Angelenos to turn their dwellings into a potentially lucrative source of income. But the influx of short-term guests has also led some neighbors to complain about noise, traffic and other annoyances. City officials could step up enforcement of an ordinance that bans short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods, which would stop much of what's happening on Airbnb. That stricture, however, is overly broad.
May 30, 2013 | Meghan Daum
We're No. 6! That's according to new data from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development , which on Tuesday released results of a survey measuring quality of life in 36 industrialized nations. For the last three years, the Paris-based outfit has weighed 11 criteria, including housing, income, jobs, environment, safety and work-life balance. For the third year in a row, Australia was the big winner, thanks in large part to an economy that managed to avoid the global recession of the last decade.
May 26, 2013
Re "Immigration bill moves on," Editorial, May 23 Our freeways are clogged, public services are stretched thin, schools are overcrowded and the once prized University of California system is taking a dive, and yet The Times and the senators pushing the so-called immigration reform bill are acting as if the United States actually needs more immigrants. The Times keeps this hype at a fevered pitch. The TV campaigns are relentless. I wish everyone, especially California's Democratic Sens.
February 27, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ken Goldman wasn't working at home on Wednesday. Yahoo's chief financial officer was working the room at a Morgan Stanley investment conference, making a forceful case that Marissa Mayer is improving the quality of life at Yahoo. He did not directly acknowledge - - nor did anyone ask about -- the elephant in that room: Yahoo's ban on telecommuting, which has sparked a national uproar. Mayer, the former Google executive charged with reviving the fortunes of the struggling Internet pioneer, has given Yahoo employees an ultimatum: show up at the office or lose your job. PHOTOS: 10 craziest excuses employees have used to call in sick Yahoo sought to contain the controversy on Tuesday by issuing a written statement: "This isn't a broad industry view on working from home -- this is about what is right for Yahoo right now. " Without mentioning the new policy, Goldman painted an upbeat picture of life at Yahoo with parking lots filling up early in the morning and staying full in the evening.
February 6, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Despite a fresh round of objections from neighborhood groups, airport commissioners Tuesday endorsed a controversial plan to push Los Angeles International Airport's northern runway closer to nearby homes for safety and efficiency reasons. The action is part of a larger modernization effort designed to keep one of the nation's busiest aviation centers - and an economic engine for the region - competitive in an era of larger jetliners and airport upgrades in major cities, such as San Francisco.
August 29, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
For two months Stephanie Aldana's son complained of intense pain in his back and tremors in his legs. Doctors visits revealed nothing. She could do little but try to comfort 10-year-old Isaac as his feet swelled and his mobility deteriorated. Then Isaac lost sensation below his waist and an emergency MRI led to stark news: The fourth-grader had Ewing's sarcoma, a rare cancer that can attack the bones. Aldana and her husband were at a loss. How would they combat a grave illness within a vast medical system that had already proved frustrating and confusing?
June 8, 1992 | From Reuters
Nearly 80% of companies responding to a nationwide survey have plans to relocate or expand, most in the next three years, according to a study released Sunday. North Atlanta, Dallas' northern suburbs and the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area topped the list of preferred sites, said the joint study by Ernst & Young accountants and the International Assn. of Corporate Real Estate Executives. The respondents ranked financial costs as the highest priority in determining location, the study found.
January 31, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Exercise has been touted as a good way to help prevent certain diseases and conditions, but can it be useful after the fact? Yes, says a study, which suggests that a fitness regimen can enhance the health of patients following treatment. The paper analyzed 34 studies that looked at the effect of exercise on patients who had breast cancer, as well as other types of cancer, such as prostate and lung. The various studies included aerobic, resistance and strength workouts, the average length was 13 weeks and the average number of people in each trial was 93. Most of the control groups consisted of people who were sedentary or told to do no exercise.
January 22, 2012 | Don Lee
Every summer, Volkmar and Vera Kruger spend three weeks vacationing in the south of France or at a cool getaway in Denmark. For the other three weeks of their annual vacation, they garden or travel a few hours away to root for their favorite team in Germany's biggest soccer stadium. The couple, in their early 50s, aren't retired or well off. They live in a small Tudor-style house in this middle-class town about 30 miles northwest of Frankfurt. He's a foreman at a glass factory; she works part time for a company that tracks inventories for retailers.
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