CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 |
The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to tighten the rules for who can vote in neighborhood council elections after complaints that an overly broad definition of community stakeholder had allowed outsiders to manipulate results. The new rules mark an ongoing attempt to refine the neighborhood governance system, struck in the late 1990s after the San Fernando Valley secession movement to give residents a stronger voice in city politics. Previously, anyone could vote in a neighborhood council race just by displaying a receipt for a latte from around the corner, as proof of having a vested interest in a community - a "Starbucks stakeholder.
December 16, 2013 |
Question: In looking recently at Enterprise's car rental rates in the Los Angeles area, I notice that it stipulates that the car must remain in California, Arizona and Nevada. I chose another agency that did not have such a restriction. Do they have a tracking device in the vehicle? What are the consequences if I travel to other areas? Also, when I returned a different rental car, this one in Portland, Ore., the agency told me to bring a gas receipt from a station within five miles of the airport to show that the tank was filled.
September 17, 2013 |
Garrett has noticed that a number of receipts he receives from stores include a sweepstakes offer. He could win a prize or some cash by filling out a survey or jumping through some other corporate hoop. He wants to know: Are these things legit? Pretty much, as long as they're from a well-known retailer. A number of top merchants, including Walgreen and Wal-Mart, have used receipt sweepstakes as a way to reach out and touch customers. The retailers say they do award prizes to people, although your chances of winning may run about one in a million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2013 |
In the debate over who should be the next mayor of Los Angeles, who would you suppose argues for elimination of a business tax to kick-start economic growth? Not the one-time investment banker who dropped out of the race early and says killing the business tax would leave a huge hole in the city treasury. Not the lone Republican in the field, who wants more modest business tax reform. Not a City Council fiscal hawk, also a candidate for mayor, who says cutting the tax could leave the city with a $400-million shortfall.
December 31, 2012 |
Batman, James Bond, teenage vampires and a team of superheroes helped propel domestic movie ticket sales in 2012 to a projected all-time high of $10.8 billion, reversing a slump that saw attendance drop to a 16-year low last year. Box-office receipts are likely to be up 6% compared with last year, as is attendance, which is on track to hit 1.36 billion, according to Hollywood.com. That's much-needed good news for the film business, though this year's attendance figure is far from record-breaking - in 2002, 1.6 billion showed up at the box office.
December 10, 2012 |
Three women who dined at Chilly D's Sports Lounge in Stockton, Calif., received a bill identifying them as "fat girls," and a server at the restaurant located inside the Cameo Club Casino has been suspended, says Fox News. The women had dinner at Chilly D's last week and were shocked to see that "fat girls" had been typed in on the receipt by a restaurant staffer, according to the report. "I got the bill, and I was like, 'Why does the receipt say fat girls?'" said one of the diners, Christina Duran.