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September 15, 2011 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
When motorists' pocketbooks are light, Bob Little's wallet bulges. The Culver City auto mechanic is busier than ever — booked solid, he said, for a week at a time — as Americans hold on to their cars longer, making repairs that in better times might have spurred a new vehicle purchase. "We are busier than a son of a gun, and it's stressful as all hell," Little said as he leaned out the window of his wood-paneled office in the Ed Little Auto Service Inc. repair garage, named after his father.
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BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Some 140 million people plan to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday all the way through next weekend, but outdoor apparel company Patagonia Inc. said it hopes the crowds will refrain from buying all-new items. Instead, the Ventura-based retailer wants Americans to embrace repairs. Patagonia has spent the past few Black Fridays issuing statements and running advertisements urging consumers to be more conscious of the environmental footprint of their purchases. This year, it's asking shoppers to extend the lives of ripped, broken and otherwise damaged goods by fixing them up.  “There's an environmental cost to anything that's made, even if it's made environmentally responsibly,” said Vincent Stanley, who helps run marketing at Patagonia.
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BUSINESS
December 22, 1990 | Associated Press
Santa Fe Railway has announced that it is recalling 96 employees at its rail car repair shops in Topeka and 67 employees at its locomotive repair shops in San Bernardino, effective Jan. 2. Bob Gehrt, a Santa Fe spokesman in Chicago, said the workers are being recalled in Topeka to restart the company's heavy car repair program, mainly repairing jumbo covered hopper cars used to transport grain. He said those workers were furloughed last April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | Angel Jennings and Richard Winton
For 10 hours, crews combed the rubble in a charred auto mechanic shop near Compton, looking for a mother and her 12-year-old daughter who disappeared in a pre-dawn fire Monday. A search-and-rescue team pushed through "pack-rat-like" conditions inside -- carrying out piles of debris and using a plow truck to dig out of a mound of rubbish taller than the firefighters, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Scott Miller said. After numerous trips into the building with a cadaver dog, authorities confirmed that the bodies of a woman and a girl had been discovered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1990 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Against the recommendations of the Planning Commission and city staff, the City Council has rejected an ordinance that would have set stricter standards of appearance for service stations and auto repair shops. The proposal was defeated when the council deadlocked in a 3-3 vote. Councilman Miguel Pulido, whose family owns Ace Muffler Shop in Santa Ana, abstained. The new standards would have affected new businesses or existing businesses planning extensive remodeling.
BUSINESS
February 21, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed fines of more than $1 million against 109 muffler and car repair shops today for installing improper emission-control devices on automobiles. The EPA said the shops installed cheaper, less effective "two-way" catalytic converters on automobiles rather than the "three-way" converters required under federal laws to reduce air pollution.
NEWS
October 30, 1992 | BARBARA DENATALE
Whatever happened to the marcasite stone in your exquisite Victorian necklace? Missing in action? What about your grandfather's pocket watch? Stuck in a drawer when it quit ticking? There are people who specialize in making everything all right again. Look for jewelry repair shops that protect your valuables: * Insurance protection: A full-amount replacement value in case of fire, theft or any other type of damage. * Satisfaction: If not satisfied, work should be redone at no extra charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1989 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, Times Staff Writer
Thirty people have been arrested in an investigation of auto repair shops and wrecking yards that bought stolen car parts from undercover officers, Los Angeles police said Thursday. The arrests, made Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 14 such businesses, including nine in the San Fernando Valley, culminated a six-week undercover investigation, Lt. Frank A. Piersol said. The suspects were arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property, a felony, Piersol said. The investigation involved more than 100 officers, including members of the Los Angeles Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the state Department of Motor Vehicles, the state Department of Consumer Affairs, the National Auto Theft Bureau and five suburban police departments--Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, San Fernando and Simi Valley.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1987 | WARREN BROWN, The Washington Post
Many advances in automotive engineering are turning out to be burdens in car repair shops, according to a national survey of mechanics' attitudes about cars and repairs. In that light, the quality of new cars has declined rather than improved, according to the survey conducted this year by HBM-Kramer Research, a marketing research firm based in Boston. HBM-Kramer's controversial study was commissioned by Arrow Automotive Industries Inc., a major auto parts remanufacturer in Framingham, Mass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1994 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a lonely beat that Zefferino Lopez pounds, a singular life that other cops might regard as . . . well . . . funny. But if you repair appliances or electronic gizmos, you're not laughing when Lopez walks through the door of your shop. You give him the grudging respect you would a Columbo or a Kojak. Because Lopez is a policeman of sorts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
By most measures, the man known to his neighbors as "Victor" didn't have much. Until a late-night fire claimed his life a little more than a week ago, home was a cramped space in an auto repair shop in a tough South Los Angeles neighborhood. But he loved the stray dogs he had taken in, who had become his family. Victor knew a lot of people in the neighborhood, said community activist Leticia Cervantes, who met him while walking her own dogs and became his friend. "He was very polite, very nice," Cervantes said.
AUTOS
June 11, 2013 | Ronald D. White
California remains one of the nation's three most expensive states for car repairs, according to a new analysis by CarMD. The finding is based on what it costs, on average, when a driver's "check engine" warning light appears. CarMD's state-by-state ranking of repair costs was based on detailed analysis of 161,350 repairs on model year 1996 to 2012 vehicles last year Damage from Hurricane Sandy might have helped New Jersey rank highest at an average cost of $392.99. California ranked second among states in 2012.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
If you need to take your car in for repairs, California laws and services can help keep you from getting ripped off. In some cases, the state will even send an inspector to check the work. Here are five things to know: •License: Before going to a repair shop, check whether it has a valid license. Go online to the Bureau of Automotive Repair website at http://www.bar.ca.gov and click on Verify a License in the Search and Look Up Tools under the General Information tab or call (800)
BUSINESS
March 7, 2012 | By Jasmine Elist, Los Angeles Times
For a recent episode of the TV series "Modern Family," Raul Ojeda crafted a pair of shoes covered in red sequins for actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson. His character, Mitchell, shows off the shoes for a "Wizard of Oz"-themed birthday party he throws for his partner, Cam. A decade ago, Raul Ojeda was working as a shoe shiner. Now the 29-year-old is leaving his own footprint in Hollywood, supplying custom-made shoes to stars such as Steve Carell and Sally Field. Ojeda is the owner of Los Angeles-based Willie's Shoe Service, a shoe repair shop that has been providing footwear to the entertainment industry since 1956, when Willebaldo "Willie" Rivera opened a small business across from Paramount Pictures on Melrose Avenue.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Credit cards — At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has halted a telemarketing campaign that allegedly sold bogus credit cards and drained money from victims' bank accounts. Operating as Platinum Trust Card and Express Platinum Card, the businesses offered credit cards with a limit of up to $9,500 for an advance fee of $99 and a monthly charge of $19. The company said the cards could be used at any business that accepted Visa or MasterCard, but they actually could be used only at an online store the business promoted.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2011 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
When motorists' pocketbooks are light, Bob Little's wallet bulges. The Culver City auto mechanic is busier than ever — booked solid, he said, for a week at a time — as Americans hold on to their cars longer, making repairs that in better times might have spurred a new vehicle purchase. "We are busier than a son of a gun, and it's stressful as all hell," Little said as he leaned out the window of his wood-paneled office in the Ed Little Auto Service Inc. repair garage, named after his father.
NEWS
July 8, 1992 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chatsworth ceramics manufacturer Don Franklin was looking for an auto mechanic to fix his problematic '63 Ford Ranchero when he heard a radio ad for (800) FIX-A-CAR. Although Franklin admits he's skeptical about auto repair shops and 800 numbers, he decided to call because several independent mechanics and two Ford dealers had no success fixing his vehicle. "I found a great dentist like that, through (800) DENTIST, about three years ago," he says.
BUSINESS
June 16, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The problems for Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s auto repair centers expanded beyond California on Monday as New Jersey officials accused the chain of recommending unnecessary car repairs. New Jersey Consumer Affairs Director Emma N. Byrne said employees at six Sears auto centers in the state recommended unneeded repairs that ranged in cost from $30 to $406 during 12 inspections of undercover state cars. She said the cars had disconnected alternator wires, a $10 repair.
OPINION
April 4, 2011
In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study examining fatal accidents in which a car's air bag should have deployed but didn't. The most common reason wasn't poor manufacturing by automakers. It was that the air bag was simply missing, never replaced after a previous crash. The numbers weren't large, averaging 51 accidents a year nationwide over the five years studied. But that doesn't mean there's no cause for concern. Who knows how many more cars are on the road without air bags?
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