CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1998 |
With 21 seats on various council-appointed commissions and boards expiring at the end of March, the city of Calabasas is looking for qualified candidates to apply for the posts. Any interested city resident may submit an application before noon on March 20.
December 17, 1995
Russians vote today in their second nationwide election since the end of Soviet rule in 1991. They are electing a new Duma, or lower house of Parliament. Its 450 members will serve for four years. Half the seats will be filled from party slates by proportional representation. A party must get at least 5% of the nationwide vote to get any seats. Forty-three parties have presented slates totaling 5,675 candidates.
March 21, 1987 |
Twenty battery-operated toilet seats have been purchased by a Los Angeles city department for a pilot program to make city bathrooms more hygienic, easier to clean and to reduce maintenance costs by eliminating the throwaway paper covers, which often are left on the floor or clog the toilets. "We are very conscious of the need to keep public facilities sanitized," said Sylvia Cunliffe, general manager of the city's General Services Department.
February 7, 2009 |
Sensing from the Rod R. Blagojevich scandal that Senate seats are a hot commodity, North Carolina state Sen. Eddie Goodall put his on EBay. His price isn't a wad of cash or cushy job. All he wants is a pair of seats to next week's North Carolina-Duke basketball game. But what's on offer isn't actually power, influence or his elected position at all. Rather, his EBay ad shows a black leather swivel chair with the Senate seal stitched into the back.
January 21, 2010 |
The $90 seat is out at Camelback Ranch this spring, and free parking is in. The Dodgers have quietly eliminated the 198-seat VIP section at their spring home, in which fans were offered such perks as preferred parking, food coupons, sunscreen and "cool, scented towels." "Based on fan feedback, we determined that premium seating in spring training wasn't necessary," Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said Wednesday. Those VIP seats were sold for $90 last spring, the highest price in the Cactus or Grapefruit leagues.
November 14, 1986
The L.A. Coliseum Commission has approved a seating renovation plan that will bring fans closer to the field without eliminating the running track. The $11-million project, which will coincide with the construction of luxury suites and be finished by the start of the 1987 football season, will include portable and retractable seats that will cover the track. The new seating configuration will add 2,000 seats between the end zones, with a total gain of 9,100 seats on the lower field level.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2001
It seems that the Bush administration promises a new era of decline in U.S. global power. By apparently abandoning the Korean negotiations, the Kyoto treaty and the ABM treaty; by keeping a low profile with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian and other global conflicts; by shunning China at every turn, President Bush is demonstrating our arrogance and sending isolationist and unilateralist signals to our allies. The president has it all wrong. In today's world, we do not gain power by standing alone in strength.
March 21, 2012 |
The Verano is a new compact sedan from that near-luxury nameplate, Buick. It's an impressive, competitively priced car; a stellar cut from the quiet and comfortable motoring cloth. A great car in many respects, the Verano is also an unmitigated failure. It's more off-key than Rosanne Barr's rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner. " It's a strikeout the size of "Gigli," Crystal Pepsi or Charlie Brown's place-kicking career. Yep, a single car is poised to both flourish and fail.
December 17, 2012 |
Do airlines deliberately withhold seats until the last minute to get you to splurge on pricier options? Along the same lines, do airlines create a false impression that a flight is rapidly selling out so you'll jump on any seat available, no matter the cost? The answers, according to the airline industry, are no and no. Travelers might have another opinion. The topic arises as airlines fiddle yet again with prices and fees. Southwest Airlines said Friday that it will start charging a fee next year for customers who miss a flight but fail to cancel their reservation.
January 4, 1986
It's about time someone commented on the idiotic National Football League rule that the game must be sold out by the Thursday preceding the scheduled Sunday game or it cannot be shown on local television. The Raiders, by playing in the Coliseum, must sell 92,516 seats to be considered sold out. The irony of the situation is that almost all of the other NFL stadiums average about 65,000 seats to be considered sold out. Most of the true competitive teams have been sold out year after year, but, because the Raiders have end zone seats that are unwanted because of distance from the field, the true L.A. sports fan is excluded from viewing the game at home.