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December 24, 2010
Current plug-in and alternative-fuel vehicles eligible for a $5,000 California rebate: Honda FCX Clarity Nissan Leaf Tesla Roadster Upcoming vehicles expected to qualify : Chevrolet Volt (second generation) Ford Focus Ford Transit Connect Electric Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid Toyota RAV4 EV Tesla Model S Partial list Source: Center for Sustainable Energy
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Richard Verrier and John Horn
When filmmaker Darren Aronofsky started scouting locations for his biblical flood epic, "Noah," he had two potentially competing needs. The landscapes on which he would shoot exteriors needed at first to look like an uninhabitable wasteland, and, after the deluge, a new garden of Eden, where Noah, his family and his ark of animals could begin to repopulate the earth. The writer-director's production team considered Death Valley, deserts in Mexico and the Canary Islands. But when they visited Iceland, "Noah" found its port of call.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1993
Being a welfare recipient, as of Jan. 1, our welfare checks were reduced by 12%. At the same time our rent was increased by 6%. This is not a complaint as both seem to be in order. But Wilson asking that renters rebate checks be withheld would seem to be an easy answer to a tough question. Is the cost of liquor so high that it can't stand a five- or 10-cent raise? I think not! If I happen to receive the rent rebate, I'd probably spend it foolishly, like on a pair of shoes! JAMES GANLEY Los Angeles
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Ratepayers of Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. could be in line for more than $1 billion in refunds as part of a possible financial settlement from the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Both Edison and another party to the negotiations, the Utility Reform Network (TURN), a consumer advocacy group, confirmed that a settlement conference is scheduled next Thursday at the San Francisco headquarters of the California Public Utilities Commission.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2010 | David Lazarus
How far would you go for $4? Jon Merritt deserves some kind of prize for running a corporate obstacle course to redeem a $4 rebate he was promised for a 20-pack of Miller Genuine Draft beer. Mail-in rebates, as many of us have learned, can be a minefield of sneaky requirements and exclusions. Far be it from me to doubt the integrity of big businesses, but you almost suspect they don't really want people claiming the money they're due. Most consumers might throw in the towel when confronted by intransigent service reps or the revelation of fine-print exemptions.
REAL ESTATE
October 3, 2004
Regarding "Like It? It's From My Agent" [by T.J. Sullivan, Sept. 26]: The concept of a rebate is the return of funds from a purchase or payment made. When a buyer hires a Realtor (at no cost to the buyer) to show him/her dozens of homes and then find the right home and go through the negotiating process, the mounds of paperwork, inspections and loan process, the buyer then has lots of chutzpah to expect a rebate from the agent representing him. If an agent wants to give his/her client a gift after the fact, that's fine, but a "rebate," not so. About 80% of buyers do not buy anything.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2008
Bush's war in Iraq will eventually cost $3 trillion. That works out to about $15,000 a person, and that's how much money I could be getting as a gift from the Internal Revenue Service, instead of $600, if we pulled the plug on the war. ("Retailers hope for share of rebates," April 14.) Matthew Okada Pasadena
NEWS
June 30, 1988
The Downey City Council this week approved a redevelopment agreement to bring an Acura dealership to Firestone Boulevard. The agreement includes a rebate from the Downey Redevelopment Commission to help the developer--DCH Investments Inc.--acquire land at 7534 Firestone Blvd. DCH Investment is to buy the land from owner Naomia Sweet of Palos Verdes Estates for $1.95 million and build a $1.25-million dealership. The deal is in escrow, said Erin K. Tenner, an attorney representing DCH Investments.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Internal Revenue Service warns that many taxpayers are mistakenly trying to double-dip on last year's federal tax rebate when they file their tax returns this year -- and the IRS is catching the errors. A sampling of returns shows that 15% of early filers made mistakes in the section dealing with the rebate. The vast majority of taxpayers are ineligible for any more credits under the package. However, this year's tax returns include a section for the few taxpayers who are eligible for an additional credit.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Tired of being spurned by more appealing suitors, the city of Los Angeles is hoping new tax breaks will catch the wandering eye of Hollywood's filmmakers. On Tuesday, the City Council asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would reduce the entertainment production tax paid by companies that shoot TV shows, feature films and commercials in L.A. The city also is exploring the idea of offering production companies a rebate on the 1% portion of the state sales tax that it receives.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Blue Shield of California owes $24.5 million in rebates to thousands of small-business customers, and rival Anthem Blue Cross will return $12 million to small firms under requirements of the federal healthcare law. The annual rebates were disclosed in reports to state regulators, and the final tally from some companies may change before they are paid out by Aug. 1. The rebate is required under the federal Affordable Care Act when insurers fail...
BUSINESS
April 4, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A federal court this week ruled that two government power agencies are liable for overcharging California ratepayers by more than $1 billion during the state's energy crisis of 2000 and 2001. The California Public Utilities Commission, which has been pursuing the overcharging claims for 11 years, announced that the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Bonneville Power Administration and Western Area Power Administration sold electricity at extremely high prices.
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
In discussions of getting people to eat more produce and whole grains, price often comes up as a barrier. Rand Corp. research released Tuesday shows that offering discounts on healthful foods increases the amounts people eat - and it appears also to reduce how much foods such as cookies and chips they eat too. The researchers looked at a program in South Africa that since 2009 has provided rebates of 10% or 25% to members of Discovery Health,...
BUSINESS
February 21, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California electricity ratepayers could get rebates of as much as $1.6 billion from more than a dozen power wholesalers that allegedly manipulated the market during the energy crisis of 2000, the state Public Utilities Commission announced. The commission in a statement released late Tuesday praised an "initial decision" issued Friday by a federal administrative law judge who ruled in favor of the state in a complaint filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 2 million Californians will receive $73.9 million in rebates from health insurers as part of the federal healthcare law, according to state officials. Insurers notified government regulators in June of how much they owed customers in rebates or premium credits because they didn't spend at least 80% or more of 2011 premiums on medical care. The minimum threshold is 85% for employers with more than 51 workers. Figures released Tuesday mark the final tally for California; insurers must issue refunds by Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Responding to appeals from an array of construction unions, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $67.3-million subsidy for a new downtown hotel across from L.A. Live. The council voted 10 to 1 to provide developers of a 23-story Marriott complex on Olympic Boulevard a tax rebate equal to half of the revenue - from sales taxes, property taxes, parking taxes, business taxes, utility taxes and room taxes - generated by the project over 25 years. That money will flow to the developers, Williams/Dame & Associates and American Life Inc., in the form of a hotel tax rebate, said Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller.
OPINION
May 25, 2012
Re "Amazon set to keep share of state sales tax," May 20 To call what Amazon is getting a "rebate" is totally incorrect. A rebate is when you pay for something and get part of that back. Amazon has not payed those taxes; its customers have. A rebate would be if the customers got part of their money back. This is just a rich corporation getting money for nothing. Christopher Latham San Diego ALSO: Letters: Wall Street's casinos Letters: Killing a mountain lion Letters: Obamacare and church rights
BUSINESS
June 2, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Anthem Blue Cross owes some California policyholders nearly $40 million in rebates and nonprofit rival Blue Shield of California owes about $11 million under a requirement of the federal healthcare law. Nationwide, insurers had to notify federal and state officials by Friday of how much they owe customers if the companies failed to spend a minimum amount of customers' premiums on medical care last year. Insurers must pay these rebates by Aug. 1. The $51 million in rebates disclosed Friday by two of the state's biggest insurers will be shared among nearly 1 million customers statewide.
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