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June 8, 1989 | ESTHER SCHRADER, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to head off opposition to a major expansion project, officials of the Sport Chalet sporting goods store in La Canada Flintridge this week dismissed an architect whose designs were criticized by residents and promised to build a more appealing project. Sam Allen, chief executive officer of the store, told more than 100 people at a City Council meeting Monday that he has replaced Van Nuys architect Donald Picken with the Glendale firm of Feola Deenihan Archuleta Architects.
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NEWS
June 8, 1989 | ESTHER SCHRADER, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to head off opposition to a major expansion project, officials of the Sport Chalet sporting goods store in La Canada Flintridge this week dismissed an architect whose designs were criticized by residents and promised to build a more appealing project. Sam Allen, chief executive officer of the store, told more than 100 people at a City Council meeting Monday that he has replaced Van Nuys architect Donald Picken with the Glendale firm of Feola Deenihan Archuleta Architects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2010 | By Sam Allen, Nicole Santa Cruz and Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
After nearly a decade of steadfast denials, three interrogations and two inconclusive polygraph tests, the man who last saw 20-year-old Lynsie Ekelund alive led detectives to a tree-dotted Santa Clarita hillside last week and indicated where to start digging. He had done a construction job there, police said, and it was where he had buried her. Tearing into the hillside with a backhoe Wednesday, investigators unearthed a blue sneaker. They got on their knees and continued searching with small shovels and handheld buckets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2010 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, whose $787,637 salary prompted widespread outrage, received an unusually lucrative package of benefits that increased his annual compensation to more than $1.5 million, according to city records reviewed by The Times. Rizzo's benefits package for this year, which covers time off, retirement and medical and other types of insurance, shows he was entitled to vacation and sick leave that totaled more than 28 weeks a year. Bell's interim city attorney said Saturday that Rizzo's compensation package raised serious questions and that the city planned to investigate who approved the perks and whether they are legal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2010 | By Hector Becerra, Sam Allen and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has launched an inquiry into a contract created last year between the city of Vernon and an energy firm owned by the wife of the then-city administrator, marking the second outside investigation into potential wrongdoing in the industrial city. The probe comes after The Times reported last month that through the first half of this year Donal O'Callaghan received $243,898 in consulting payments through Tara Energy Inc., a company headed by his wife Kimberly McBride.
BUSINESS
April 4, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Trader Joe's Founder Quits Sport Chalet Post: Joe Coulombe, the colorful founder of the gourmet food chain, resigned as interim president and chief executive of La Canada-based Sport Chalet after less than two months on the job. Coulombe had replaced Sam Allen, who resigned after 11 years with the company. Coulombe was brought in to help rebuild the 17-store chain, which expanded rapidly during the last few years but posted a small loss in fiscal 1994.
BUSINESS
February 27, 1987
In order to slash operating costs by $32 million annually, Toledo, Ohio-based Owens-Illinois Inc. is offering all 2,000 of its salaried administrative employees incentives to quit. The severance offer includes early retirement for workers 55 and older and those aged 50 and over with more than 30 years of service. "If not enough people accept the offer, then there will be involuntary cutbacks," company spokesman Sam Allen said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2010 | By Sam Allen and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
Top administrators in Vernon, already among the highest-paid local officials in the state, racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in city-paid expenses on first-class flights, luxury hotels like the Ritz Carlton and limousine service, records reviewed by The Times show. The records, which cover 2005-2010, detail lavish travel expenses billed to the city by its top executives, including then-city administrators Donal O'Callaghan and Eric T. Fresch. Some of the trips occurred as recently as this year, when the city laid off employees and canceled the life and health insurance benefits of city workers' spouses and children because of budget problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2010 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
This summer was supposed to see a milestone in L.A. transit. The Expo Line, billed as the L.A.'s first rail system into the Westside since the Red Car trolleys disappeared decades ago, was supposed to be whisking commuters between Culver City and downtown Los Angeles. But instead, a series of delays has pushed the opening of the first phase of the rail line to next summer. And even then, only part of the line will be open and trains won't reach the Westside. Officials are trying to decide how long that segment will be, and they face what they admit are two unsatisfactory options: opening Expo as an approximately 51/2-mile line from downtown to Crenshaw Boulevard, or having it run about two miles farther west to La Cienega Boulevard.
BUSINESS
August 6, 1999
* Sport Chalet founder and Chairman Norbert Olberz turned over executive control of the company Thursday to Craig Levra, president and chief operating officer since 1997. Olberz had acted as interim CEO after the departure of Sam Allen in 1995. At the company's annual shareholder meeting, Olberz passed the title to Levra, who has helped lead Sport Chalet to eight straight quarters of record sales and profits. Sport Chalet, based in La Canada Flintridge, operates 21 sporting goods stores.
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