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BUSINESS
July 22, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Southern California's long-languishing office market finally managed to utter a convincing peep in the second quarter as stubbornly high vacancy rates dropped a smidgen. It doesn't signal that landlords' troubles are nearly over. Most markets - with a few notable exceptions - are considered quite soft, which means tenants are in a superior bargaining position. Still, overall vacancy in Los Angeles County slipped to 18.6% from 19.1% in last year's second quarter, according to real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
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BUSINESS
May 10, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Long-suffering office landlord MPG Office Trust Inc. reported a first-quarter loss Monday as the Los Angeles company struggled with debt and a weak rental market. The real estate investment trust, which owns some of the region's best-known skyscrapers including the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, finished the quarter ended March 31 with a loss of $39.5 million, or 81 cents a share. MPG turned a profit of $18.6 million, or 38 cents, in the same period a year earlier.
NEWS
May 19, 1985
A West Hollywood landlord, Letizia Gelles, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to exempt her 15-unit apartment building from the city's freeze on rents. After the city's incorporation its council voted not only to freeze the prices on rents but also rolled them back to what they were on Aug. 6, 1984. In doing so, the city denied this landlord the right to rent her apartment units at the free market-value prices, which is so fundamental in our marketplace economy and which is taken for granted by all other enterprises (such as)
BUSINESS
September 26, 1989
American Video Clearinghouse in Westlake Village said it signed a letter of intent to acquire a division of Comprehensive Leasing Corp., of Austin, Tex. Terms were not disclosed. The division provides inventory and equipment to operators of video stores. American Video Clearinghouse rents videocassette tapes by mail.
BUSINESS
December 7, 1987 | DENISE GELLENE, Times Staff Writer
Hunter's Books is closing three unprofitable stores on Christmas Day, including its flagship store in Beverly Hills, the chain's owner said Sunday. Hunter's Books owner Louis Lengfeld said in a telephone interview that the stores in Beverly Hills, Westwood and Phoenix are being closed because rents are too high. He said he decided to close the stores rather than reduce the level of customer service that has become Hunter's trademark. "We gave it a good try," said Lengfeld.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2008
Some important points are missing from the story on living in the loft. ("Lofty living pays sweet dividends," Your Money, July 27.) Rents rise every year, and in about 10 years, the current rent will double. No equity is being built up. For people with no independent means, this is more than a hurdle; it might put them into homeless category once they stop working. Few people can live on a couple of plastic bags of goods carried up, and fewer still will live without a car. Parking expense is significant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1994
Popcorn is not only a hazard to your health but to the aesthetic enjoyment of a movie. When we go to a live play in a theater, we don't have to cope with the rancid stench of popcorn oil, the crunching of teeth, the smacking of lips. That's why my family stays away from movie theaters and rents videos. G. BORDING MATHIEU Laguna Beach
BUSINESS
April 22, 1990
Regarding "Real Estate vs. Stocks: Which is Better," no argument when you buy rental property so that the rents always cover the debt service and you have tax benefits from the debt service and depreciation. However, one gives up liquidity to own real estate, which makes it sometimes totally out of the question for retirees, small pension plans, etc. Also, if the rents don't cover the cash flow or are interrupted, you have negative cash flow. That's like buying IBM stock and paying them the dividend while you hope it goes up in value.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 1986 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
If William Inge were around to see the revival of "Picnic" at the Ahmanson, he'd have one or two reservations, but, in the main, one suspects he'd be pleased. It lives up to the spirit of the hugely successful Broadway version that opened in 1953 (a version Inge himself wasn't altogether wild about), if not entirely to its letter. The discernible changes in the Ahmanson "Picnic" are so minor as to be negligible.
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