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March 14, 2005 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Victor Andersen hasn't spent much time away from his anvil, forge and belt drive for 60 years. The century-old appliances are more than the tools of his trade. They are what give one of few remaining blacksmiths in the Southland a reason to wake up every morning just before 6 at his home in Orange. They encourage this 72-year-old grandfather to get to his shop in Tustin by 7 a.m. They are what keep him there seven days a week until at least 4 p.m.
April 25, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles lawmakers gave the green light Friday to spend $10 million to repair broken sidewalks next to parks, libraries and other city facilities. Despite public demands for stepped-up sidewalk repairs, the action previously had been delayed because council members were concerned about how the spending might figure in negotiations to settle a related lawsuit. But with the 2013-14 budget year drawing to a close in two months, and chances increasing that the funds might not be spent as promised, the council decided to move forward.
May 2, 2010 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Unearthing gorgeous jewelry in Los Angeles is easy. From big-name brands — think Cartier and Tiffany — to independent boutiques such as Roseark and Des Kohan, there's no shortage of retailers dealing in covetable baubles and watches. But selecting a skilled artisan to replace a dislodged ruby or rebuild a fragile engagement ring is a prospect fraught with potential disappointment. Send your grandma's prized diamond-encrusted brooch to the wrong guy, and it could come back greatly altered — beyond repair.
April 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kent Bazemore underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn peroneus longus tendon in his right foot. Bazemore was injured Apr. 6 in a 120-97 loss to the Clippers. The surgery was performed at Stanford University Medical School by Dr. Kenneth Hunt.  The 6-foot-5 guard/forward is expected to recover fully before next season. The Lakers acquired Bazemore in a February deal sending Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors.  Through 23 games, starting 15, Bazemore averaged 13.1 points and 3.1 assists while playing 28.0 minutes a night.
November 20, 2009
Torii Hunter will undergo surgery on Monday in Dallas to repair a sports hernia, an injury the Angels center fielder expects to fully recover from by the start of spring training next February. The nine-time Gold Glove Award winner originally suffered the right groin injury in late May when he crashed into the wall at Dodger Stadium. He aggravated the injury several times in June before going to the disabled list for five weeks from July 10 to Aug. 16. "It was getting better after the season, but it was going so slow, I decided to get it checked out," Hunter said Thursday by phone.
June 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple says the new MacBook Pro with Retina is the next generation of notebooks. Apple touts it as its greatest computer. But Apple also made it nearly impossible to repair . The new Retina MacBook Pro is the talk of the tech world right now for its incredible computing power, its ultra-thin size and its amazing display. The computer went on sale immediately after being unveiled and goes for $2,199 at its cheapest price. And one company has already taken it apart and checked out its insides.
March 3, 2010 | By Nathaniel Popper
In a video on a new Citibank blog, the company's chief executive sits against a white backdrop and owns up to the bank's role in the financial crisis. "It's clear that we made some mistakes coming into this environment, and we have to acknowledge that," the Citigroup CEO, Vikram Pandit, intones over fluttering piano notes. "We have to take responsibility for what we didn't do correctly." The simple, almost austere blog, which the Citigroup Inc. unit began promoting last week in magazine and newspaper ads, is part of a strategic shift by the financial services industry.
October 4, 1998
Please! It's hard enough when our city's elected officials attack Los Angeles public schools, but now a young writer who didn't even graduate from L.A. Unified is criticizing the district for its handling of repair funds ("School Repairs Are Too Little, Too Late," Sept. 13). Hasn't anyone stopped to ask what the impact of all these negative articles is on the students? . . . My classmates at Sylmar High School now have air-conditioning and a new gym floor, thanks to Proposition BB. At our school, no repair is too little or too late.
January 24, 1993
Backbay Drive will be closed to all traffic for two to three weeks as workers attempt to clear debris from the recent storms and make repairs. The three-mile road along the ecological reserve between Jamboree Road and Eastbluff Drive suffered major flood damage and was the sight of several mudslides, police said. Cars, bicycles, and pedestrians are all banned from the road until further notice.
March 5, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Two defense contractors and a corporation have been found guilty of being part of a fraud and bribery scheme involving phony payments for the repair of military aircraft at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado. Robert Ehnow and Joanne Loehr, owners of Poway-based companies, were convicted Monday of showering Navy officials with gifts and cash in exchange for millions of dollars in payments for work supposedly done on planes at the Fleet Readiness Center. Loehr's firm, Centerline Industrial Inc., also was convicted.
April 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
After several years during which they provided no money for sidewalk repairs, the City Council and then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last year set aside $10 million to begin addressing the backlog of busted sidewalks in Los Angeles, especially those that have led to trip-and-fall claims. But today, the $10 million hasn't been touched. In January, the city's Bureau of Street Services proposed using one-third of the money to repair broken sidewalks associated with injury claims, one-third to fix those with heavy pedestrian traffic and the final third for a 50/50 program in which property owners would cover half the cost.
April 15, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
When Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his first budget this week, he proudly announced that he was doubling funding to fix broken sidewalks from $10 million to $20 million. There's just one problem: None of the money that was budgeted for this year has been spent so far. And it remains unclear how much of it will be used before the budget year comes to an end June 30. Any unencumbered money will be swept back into Los Angeles' general fund. City officials said they held off on sidewalk spending because of a lawsuit filed by disabled residents who assert that broken sidewalks infringe on their rights to public access.
April 12, 2014 | By Craig Nakano
Oberon lost his thumb while in Los Angeles. With no warning, pop - it just fell off. Such are the dangers when you're a character in the Bristol Old Vic's latest production with the Handspring Puppet Company. The collaboration that turned skeletal steel and leather into "War Horse" is at it again, this time creating illusions for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" through Wednesday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with little more than wood and rubber bands. The rudimentary puppets in the show do get bashed and occasionally broken, said assistant stage manager Andy Guard, who performed emergency Oberon finger reattachment during the first week "Midsummer's Night" played in L.A. Some are essentially blocks of wood with no mechanical function, but others flutter and fly, as animated as the actors running onstage.
April 7, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A concrete support for a Metro Gold Line bridge that spans the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles has "visible cracks" and will be repaired, transportation officials told The Times on Monday. The damage is cosmetic and does not put Gold Line passengers at risk, said Bryan Pennington, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's executive director of engineering and construction. He added that drivers on the 101 Freeway and any nearby pedestrians do not need to worry about falling debris.
March 31, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and Jim Puzzanghera
As General Motors Co. heads into congressional hearings examining its failure to fix a deadly safety defect, the automaker has moved swiftly to burnish its safety credentials by recalling millions of vehicles. GM said Monday that it will set aside $750 million in the first quarter to pay for repairs even as it recalled an additional 1.5 million vehicles. The car company has now called back about 5 million vehicles in the last two months to fix problems including faulty power steering systems, oil leaks and fractured axle shafts.
March 18, 2014 | By David Zahniser
One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again - this time by tying the money to the repair of the city's deteriorating network of streets. Two high-level City Hall policy advisors recommended Tuesday that lawmakers place a half-cent tax hike on the November ballot that would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years. The proceeds, they said, would pay to fix the most severely damaged roads and sidewalks. Passage of a tax could add momentum to Mayor Eric Garcetti's "back to basics" campaign, which focuses on upgrading basic services.
January 16, 2012 | By Jean Koch, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It was a November evening when darkness comes early, and my husband and I were going to our grandson's birthday party. The entrance to the house was unlit and the walk was bumpy. We had almost reached the gate when I made my grand fall, missing a step and landing on my left hip on the concrete. Many hands helped me up, but I was unable to put weight on my left leg. After a glass of wine, I felt no pain. So it was on with the party. The next morning I had a light breakfast: one tangerine from our tree, one poached egg and a cup of decaf.
August 12, 2009 | Judith Graham and Janet Hook
Far from the hue and cry over healthcare legislation that is erupting at town halls across the country, many senior citizens are quietly confused about what an overhaul might mean for them. And the opinions they form in the coming weeks may well prove crucial. Seniors are an influential group of voters who bring a unique perspective to the topic: They already have guaranteed healthcare under Medicare, and they also are the heaviest users of medical services. On a recent afternoon, a group of people in their 80s and 90s at a Denver retirement complex voiced some of the same questions about healthcare that are circulating in living rooms and senior centers throughout the country.
March 17, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
In its latest reaction to a mounting safety scandal, General Motors Co. recalled 1.5 million more vehicles and set aside $300 million to pay for repairs. The move follows the automaker's apologies over delays in fixing a deadly ignition switch problem. The new recalls - for unrelated issues, mostly involving air bags - stem from a top-to-bottom safety review ordered by GM's new chief executive, Mary Barra. GM released a video of Barra's frank comments to GM employees Monday, hammering home the gravity of the automaker's mistakes.
February 27, 2014 | By Howard Blume, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Maintaining Los Angeles Unified campuses will be difficult because of staffing and funding shortages combined with repair backlogs, aging buildings and more than 100 new schools, officials said Thursday. During a meeting of a committee that oversees the spending of school construction bonds, the grim picture was illustrated by two contrasting photos. The first showed the school district plumbing team from the 1990s. Squeezing into the frame are 23 people. That present-day team, photographed in January, numbered 10. In the meantime, district property has increased substantially, from about 53 million square feet in 2001 to about 67 million square feet, according to the facilities division.
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