May 29, 1999
Despite the uptight review given by Kathy Foley ("New Tragedy Visited Upon Anne Frank," April 16), I took my teenage daughter to see "Anne Frank Superstar" at the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica. A friend told me it was a must-see for adolescent girls in need of a boost of self-esteem and courage. Maybe Ms. Foley had problems with the play's decision to take the higher moral ground--let us not cringe just because someone suggests that the culture surrounding the entertainment industry is awash with snake-oil salespeople.
March 19, 1997 |
StarTronix International Inc., a multilevel marketing company that sells home technology equipment, said it has laid off 47 employees to cut costs while searching for an infusion of funding. The cuts affected nearly 60% of the Irvine-based company's 82 employees. A company spokeswoman said that most of the layoff victims were customer service representatives and technical support workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1987
Los Angeles Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky's recent "idea" that it might be interesting to see what happens if the city initiated a plan to ration access to streets and freeways during rush hour traffic appears to reflect an ignorance of the income-generating requirements of one of Southern California's largest and most important population segments, namely outside salespeople. There's an old saying at the cornerstone of American business: Nothing moves until someone sells something.
May 19, 1991
I must respond to a reader's criticism of the level of service provided by the sales personnel at Home Depot. I prefer to do the repairs to our rental houses myself. Some jobs require guesswork on the amount of materials needed. At the La Mirada Home Depot, where I have spent thousands of dollars, I have never had a problem with returning any unused material with the sales receipt. I've never waited behind more than two people at the return desk. I've never purchased an item with parts missing.
June 2, 1999 |
A lot of you probably saw a story in the paper about a California legislator named Liz Figueroa and her proposed "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" bill. If this bill passes, you could pay a few extra bucks every year to keep salespeople from calling your home phone. I, personally, would prefer a law that permits phone calls from interesting strangers while blocking calls from boring friends and relations. But, hey, that's just me. Figueroa, a state senator from Fremont, is sponsoring SB 988.
June 19, 1992
I wish to respond to Gordon Monson's article "Car Buying: A Game of Truth or Dare, Minus Madonna" (June 7) regarding his experiences in buying a new car. Monson is absolutely right. The process is a total hardship; however, there are reasons for it. The public is not aware of the status of automobile salespeople in the workplace. There are exceptions, but the majority of these representatives function under the primitive conditions reminiscent of exploitative sweatshops at the turn of the century.