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 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.
August 12, 2009 |
For entrepreneurs wondering when California might become more business-friendly, Nevada has an answer: When pigs fly. In a series of aphorism- laden ads running this week on TV, on radio and in print, the Nevada Development Authority once again is trying to lure businesses from the Golden State, this time by comparing the California budget to a swine and lawmakers to monkeys. "If the Legislature doesn't stop monkeying around, you can kiss your assets goodbye," says a voice-over in one spot, which features a monkey making spitting sounds at the camera as cartoon bananas fall from the sky. It's just the latest attempt by neighboring states to lure jobs and tax revenue by highlighting California's reputation as a high-cost, highly regulated place to do business.
June 25, 2009 |
Marla Maples has what appears to be an extremely bright green mole on her cheek. Actually it's just a benign laser beam, straying onto her features as she stands inside the lobby of Hollywood's venerable Vine Theatre. Technicians are hurriedly turning the 1937 movie house into the new permanent home of Laserium, which is returning to Los Angeles beginning Friday after seven years of being officially unplugged.
June 23, 2009 |
The El Monte factory stopped operating just a few weeks ago, but already it feels abandoned, an appropriate setting for a "Terminator" movie. The dusty clock on the wall is frozen at 7:00. Below it, the deep pits that once held molten steel are now empty, and the parts created there wait in hundreds of boxes to be shipped off across the country or turned into scrap.