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April 21, 1995 | CHRISTINA LIMA
Santa Paula officials have created a committee aimed at lobbying officials against making cuts in county services to Santa Paula residents. In addition, the Santa Paula City Council has agreed to send letters inviting mayors and supervisors throughout Ventura County to participate in the committee. The committee, which is expected to include residents and elected officials, will review the county's proposed budget cuts for 1995-96 and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.
August 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
AOL Inc. on Friday plans to lay off 350 employees who work for the tech company's Patch local news websites, Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong said in a conference call with AOL staff. An additional 150 workers could lose their jobs by October, but are being retained temporarily while Armstrong searches for ways to inject outside money into the not-yet-profitable operation. AOL has Patch websites for 900 communities. Armstrong has said 60% of them do well. The 40% of them that don't are being shuttered or are in limbo.
October 7, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The city is considering laying off a maintenance worker, reducing tree-trimming and cleaning services and slashing most operating expenses to chop spending by $58,000. Those cuts, coupled with expenses deferred to next year's budget, should bring the total savings to $100,000, city officials said. The cuts mean the city's seven employees will have "to do more with less," City Manager Fred Maley said this week. The council will take formal action on the budget cuts Oct. 31.
February 14, 2013 | By Hugo Martín and Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The combination of American Airlines and US Airways will create the world's largest airline. And, if critics are to be believed, it will also cause world-class headaches for customers. If previous airline mergers are any guide, melding the two carriers into a behemoth with more than 100,000 employees is likely to lead to reservation glitches, union tension, higher fares and cuts in service to smaller, less-profitable cities. During the announcement of the $11-billion deal Thursday, chief executives of US Airways and American promised an idyllic marriage that will benefit consumers and shareholders.
A day after activists protesting Republican social service cuts kept House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) from delivering a speech, he lashed out at liberals, who, he said, charge that "if you don't give every child a Ferrari you're cheating them." Defending House GOP initiatives against a mounting campaign of criticism, Gingrich blamed Democratic policies and their defenders for creating and sustaining "a mess" that "needs to be replaced."
February 14, 1992 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL
Ventura County department heads will have to lay off 19 employees and cut services to save $2.8 million in the latest round of budget-slashing measures ordered by the Board of Supervisors, officials said Thursday. The layoffs and service reductions are part of a 2% across-the-board budget cut designed to make up for revenue losses in the upcoming year due to the recession. Last year, most departments cut 5% of their budgets and froze hiring to save the county $6.6 million.
December 4, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
Councilman Ralph H. Bauer, elected mayor by his council colleagues Monday night, warned that residents might have to live with cuts in city services while new economic development plans take root. "The community needs to understand that they may have to give up some things, in terms of certain conveniences, in order for us to put together an effective economic plan," Bauer said during a 50-minute speech at the Monday council meeting.
March 28, 1986 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Anticipating up to a $12-million loss of federal aid next year, the Southern California Rapid Transit District board on Thursday ordered cutbacks in service on 13 bus lines scattered throughout Los Angeles County. The cutbacks will be implemented June 30 and will primarily affect weekend service. They involve less than 1% of the system's passenger boardings.
August 24, 1985 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
Reductions in service on seven San Fernando Valley bus lines, plus elimination of the only two lines that link Ventura County to the Valley, are among cuts under consideration by the Southern California Rapid Transit District. RTD officials, saying they must cut service because of reduced federal subsidies, have targeted 51 lines throughout Southern California for elimination or reduction in service beginning in December.
County workers, labor representatives and community activists on Friday rallied against proposed cuts in county services and offered an alternate spending plan they say would avoid deep cutbacks and layoffs. About 150 people gathered at a South-Central Los Angeles health clinic to denounce the proposed closure of dozens of pools, parks, libraries and clinics as a way of closing a $400-million to $500-million gap in the county's $14.7-billion budget.
December 4, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings turned the tables on City Council members Tuesday, blaming increased 911 response times on budget cuts approved by lawmakers. "You gave us a budget," Cummings said during a nearly two-hour City Hall hearing. "We're giving you the most effective Fire Department that we can within that budget. " Cummings was summoned to appear before the council after he failed to produce a plan to improve service and response times, which have grown longer since budget cuts were ordered three years ago after the economic downturn.
July 27, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Saying that both federal and local officials have mostly ignored their calls for transportation reform in Los Angeles, the Bus Riders Union on Wednesday called on President Obama to help restore about 1 million hours in bus service cuts made over the last several years. Hundreds of people led by the group rallied outside City Hall and loudly chanted: "President Obama, enforce, restore, expand our civil rights. " They danced and played drums, urged Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to take up their cause, and derided the Federal Transit Administration for not recognizing what they say are clear civil rights violations by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority caused by the service cuts.
December 5, 2011 | By Melanie Mason
The U.S. Postal Service is seeking to slow down its delivery rate, the agency announced Monday, in an effort to help save $2.1 billion a year and fend off possible bankruptcy. The proposed plan, which would go into effect next spring, would relax delivery standards for first-class mail, so that it would arrive within two to three business days, largely doing away with overnight delivery for stamped mail. The delivery delay would be a byproduct of the closure of 252 mail processing plants - more than half of the total, a change the Postal Service announced in September.
December 5, 2011 | By Melanie Mason and Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Snail mail may get even slower, starting this spring. The U.S. Postal Service said a plan to save $2.1 billion a year and fend off possible bankruptcy would effectively put an end to almost all overnight delivery of first-class letters and postcards. Delivery would take at least two to three business days. The postal service's decision to relax delivery standards for first-class mail follows its determination in September to close 252 mail processing plants, about half its total.
September 28, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- California's precariously balanced state budget, already teetering in the continuing economic upheaval, came under further siege Tuesday as two groups announced lawsuits challenging the spending plan. School officials, including those at the L.A. Unified School District, said they would file suit Wednesday alleging that Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators illegally manipulated California's voter-approved education funding formula to shortchange them by $2 billion.
September 15, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
The U.S. Postal Service is considering shuttering more than 250 mail-processing facilities and downsizing its national transportation network, the first of what are likely to be major operational changes aimed at keeping mail delivery economically viable. The steps outlined Thursday, which the Postal Service described as "sweeping," would probably end overnight delivery of first-class mail but save the cash-strapped organization $3 billion a year. "We are forced to face a new reality today," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement.
February 14, 1985 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
The Southern California Rapid Transit District on Wednesday raised the basic bus fare from 50 cents to 85 cents and imposed an across-the-board increase for freeway commuters, the elderly, handicapped and students. RTD President Nikolas Patsaouras said the RTD board members, who are faced with losing $43 million in local tax subsidies later this year, chose the 85-cent fare rather than a 75-cent hike, which the staff had proposed. The fare increases take effect July 1.
September 19, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
US Airways Group Inc., the only U.S. carrier to charge for sodas, coffee and tea, said its new policy has cut cabin congestion and the time flight attendants spend serving drinks. The attendants, who initially opposed the program, would "riot" if the airline tried to return to the old system of free nonalcoholic beverages, President Scott Kirby said Thursday at a Calyon Securities conference in New York.
June 29, 2011 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
Wielding wooden batons, iron bars and firecrackers, scores of militant youths on Tuesday clashed with police in central Athens, targeting the Finance Ministry and other symbols of Greece's austerity efforts as Parliament debated hugely unpopular budget cuts. The clashes morphed out of a 48-hour nationwide strike that saw hundreds of thousands of Greeks walking off their jobs and spilling into the streets to protest a proposed austerity regimen deemed necessary for securing further financial support from international organizations.
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