January 4, 2010 |
Even with its decision Monday to move its headquarters out of Los Angeles, Northrop Grumman Corp. will remain one of Southern California's biggest private employers, with about 27,000 people on its payroll locally. The aerospace giant's major facilities here include robotic-aircraft units in Rancho Bernardo and Palmdale, a satellite division in Redondo Beach and a factory in El Segundo where major components of the F/A-18 fighter jet are built. Northrop also operates a number of classified research and development centers for the government in various undisclosed locations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2009 |
Appointees of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are at odds over a plan to lure a garment factory to South Los Angeles, sparking a debate over just how far the city should go to attract jobs in a dismal economy. With unemployment at double-digit levels, the Community Redevelopment Agency has offered to give a real estate company two industrial buildings that were purchased by the city in 2007 for $2.7 million. Pacific Center Place agreed to fix up those buildings and lease them to D&J Sportswear, an apparel company looking to relocate from South Gate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2009 |
Los Angeles officials are close to completing a deal that would relocate a metal finishing company that has long been the bane of a poor neighborhood -- the final piece of an ambitious quarter-billion-dollar plan to bring affordable housing to a pocket of South L.A. The company, Palace Plating, has become symbolic of the enduring troubles that followed South L.A.'s slapdash development. Opened in 1941, it's the type of factory that drew thousands of working-class families to the city during the boom years of World War II. Yet it was wedged onto a narrow street next to homes and across from 28th Street School, which soon became one of the largest elementary campuses in the nation.
December 10, 2009 |
New Mexico is determined to stay in the Hollywood limelight. Much to the chagrin of California, New Mexico has emerged as a major draw for movies and TV shows in recent years. Credit a generous 25% film production rebate, favorable climate and an aggressive film office. Now the state that bills itself as "Hollywood's Newest Home" is ratcheting up the competition. With the support of a $10-million economic development grant from the state, developers are about to break ground on a major production studio just outside Santa Fe, the state's capital.
December 8, 2009 |
The Jacksonville Jaguars have an inside track on an NFL playoff berth, one of the league's most marketable stars in running back Maurice Jones-Drew and play in a sun-splashed region filled with passionate football fans. Then why, in winning Sunday for the seventh time in 10 games, did the Jaguars draw a home crowd of just 42,079, the smallest in franchise history? It's a confounding problem, one that happens regularly, and eventually could lead to the Jaguars' leaving for Los Angeles, even London, or perhaps playing part of their schedule in Orlando.
September 4, 2009 |
Maria Sharapova says she's happy the World Tennis Assn. event that has been held at the Home Depot Center for the last seven years is moving to Carlsbad starting next year, despite losing a geographical advantage. Sharapova lives in Manhattan Beach, which is much closer to Carson than the new venue of La Costa. "I love La Costa as well," she said after her 6-2, 6-1 win at the U.S. Open over 17-year-old Christina McHale at Arthur Ashe Stadium. "One of the pitfalls that we had was that it was all the way in Carson," she said.