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August 21, 1994
After attending the women's Visions expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center (Jane Applegate's Small Business column, Aug. 2), the plain fact is that most women have progressed no further than the new, advanced mop that stole the show. Most of the booths were unrelated to any possible new vision for women. There was an obvious lack of business and educational companies' participating in demonstrating the tools of the present and future. Visions is put on in six states. L.A. is one city in desperate need of woman retraining.
August 15, 1985
Upon reading about the downtown Los Angeles businesses and their disapproval of the expansion of homeless shelters in the area, I found in myself a tremendous annoyance. I was disgusted with the selfishness of those local proprietors. There are now 35,000-plus homeless wandering the streets of Los Angeles and its suburbs. Many of these people have lost jobs due to this economic crisis. Many of them are skilled and coherent. Perhaps instead of the "push-them-away" attitudes of the business people, they should think about setting up rehabilitation and retraining workshops, and/or hiring these people in their establishments.
January 31, 1987
The naivete inherent in some of the letters (Jan. 11) on "The Reagan Legacy" is difficult to understand. These myopic bleeding-hearts deplore the size of the defense budget because it reduces the funds available for such social programs as hot lunches for schoolchildren, more food stamps, aid to the poor, subsidies for farmers who gambled on land and lost, as well as grants and retraining for steel workers and auto workers who priced themselves out...
April 10, 1988
What a wonderful undertaking by Lockheed in South Central Los Angeles when it built its modest plant there nearly 20 years ago. ("On a Wing and a Prayer: C-5 Work Near End, Lockheed Ponders Fate of Watts Plant," March 14). And how sad that the termination of a single contract seems to spell the termination of the entire project. Unfortunately, this is not a singular event; it can and does take place in many locations throughout the country--despite the best efforts of some in Congress who have been consistently trying to pass legislation to alleviate such problems through job retraining and better planning.
January 5, 1994
I was an Southland aerospace engineer for 30 years, beginning in 1958. The Times' series on the plight of ex-aerospace workers (Dec. 19-21) should lead us to reflect seriously on the excesses of the Cold War period and hopefully learn from the experience. We were warned by Dwight Eisenhower to little avail in the 1950s of the dangers of unbridled militaristic power unleashed during World War II. In the ensuing decades, this military/industrial complex cultivated and nurtured a public hysteria against the "Red Menace" and reaped the benefits of exotic technical weapons development deemed imperative to defeat the Evil Empire.
December 2, 1986 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
The graduating class of 1987 at high schools in Huntington Beach, Westminster and Fountain Valley will have something besides "Pomp and Circumstance" and a diploma next June. Every graduate will be guaranteed. In an action believed to be the first of its kind in California, the Huntington Beach Union High School District on Monday began mailing out letters to businesses telling them that the seven high schools in the district will stand behind their products.
January 7, 1990
I was not sure whether to be amused or alarmed by Itabari Njeri's feature on "white pride" behavior retraining ("Facing Up to Being White," Dec. 28). What began with a description of another tedious support group instilling a need to recapture lost "roots" descended into one more diatribe, spoken softly, of how white Americans are solely responsible for everything wrong with the United States and can be counted on to perpetuate the social sins of the fathers. Pierre Van Den Berghe, quoted in the piece, is right.
April 30, 2008
Re "Contrarian candidate," editorial, April 26 You applaud John McCain for not pandering to ordinary people but telling them hard truths about jobs and retraining. But McCain's economic plan is still based on large tax cuts, mostly for big corporations. Why is it that promising help to ordinary people is pandering but giving aid to corporations is serious economic policy? Perhaps you should remind McCain that this is a double standard. It's time for him to tell the big players that they too need to adapt to the changing economy and that they too should stop counting on Washington to get them out of trouble.
October 6, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Local employment centers will have to start spending more of the $500 million in annual federal funding on vocational training — and less on helping the jobless write resumes, practice interviewing and search for work. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that requires local workplace investment boards to divert at least a quarter of the money for their job centers to programs that teach the jobless new skills for the changing economy. That minimum would rise to 30% in five years.
May 17, 1989 | BILL SING, Times Staff Writer
California faces a potential mismatch between the skills of its growing immigrant and minority labor force and the state's changing job needs, which could lead to higher unemployment and slower economic growth, a demographic report released Tuesday suggested. Accordingly, immigrants and minorities--who will comprise about half of the state's workers and more than 80% of its work force growth by the year 2000--must acquire increased training and education, contended the report by the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy in Palo Alto.
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