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October 12, 2013
Re "Talks raise hope in budget impasse," Oct. 11 The sweeping impact of the government shutdown continues to be felt within our communities, both locally and across the United States. The return of civilians this week to support the military did not include all affected civilians. Aerospace Corp., located in El Segundo directly south of Los Angeles International Airport, just announced a partial shutdown affecting almost 60% of its workforce, or about 2,000 employees, most of whom live in Southern California.
April 22, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The beleaguered operator of a Vernon battery-recycling plant announced the temporary layoffs of nearly all of its employees Monday, weeks after air-quality regulators shut down its operations over air pollution concerns. Exide Technologies said in a statement that it had issued notices to 104 hourly employees and 20 managers at the facility that they could be laid off within 60 days. The plant, which has been a source of community outrage since regulators announced last year that its arsenic emissions posed a danger to more than 100,000 people, has been idle since last month.
October 3, 2013
Re "Shutdown already making itself felt," Oct. 2 I am a 80-year-old American, and I am ashamed of my country. In the past I have voted Republican, as I have always have thought self-sufficiency and hard work would make us great. Now, I am leaving my party with the goal of voting out the selfish ideologues who are trying, with little success, to run our country. Are these people thinking of the thousands of Americans and foreigners around the world who can no longer visit our national parks?
April 5, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Whether it's the opponent's top scorer or the Ducks' mood, defenseman Ben Lovejoy has proven in his breakout season he has a firm handle on it. A confluence of greater maturity and an appreciation of the disparity between Lovejoy's prior NHL job and the confidence boost from Ducks' leadership has created a productive and unselfish shutdown defenseman. "He can skate, defend, plays hard all the time," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "When we play a team with a No. 1 line that's very fast, he's always against that team - might be the only one who can catch 'em. "He's brought a lot of stability to our defense.
July 9, 2011
The 405 shutdown By midnight Friday, all lanes and ramps will be closed along a 10-mile section of the northbound 405 Freeway, between Interstate 10 and the 101 Freeway. Southbound lanes will be closed from the 101 Freeway to Getty Center Drive. The freeway and all ramps are not scheduled to fully reopen until 6 a.m. Monday, July 18. Additional information on the closure and alternative routes can be found at and Traffic condition updates are available at
October 4, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Add it to the long list of things affected by the government shutdown: vehicle recalls. With the shutdown entering its fourth day on Friday, the number of recalls has slowed to a trickle, with only one automaker opting to announce a recall voluntarily. Traditionally, announcing vehicle recalls is the duty of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an arm of the Department of Transportation. Like many government-funded entities, NHTSA has had to dramatically curtail its operations since the federal government shutdown on Tuesday.
October 10, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Let's try to get this straight.  House GOP leaders are now offering to extend the federal debt limit by a princely six weeks, placing the new deadline at Nov. 22, the Friday before Thanksgiving. They're not offering to end the government shutdown, which is causing mounting pain in the American economy. (The latest indicator: a surge in unemployment claims , with far uglier numbers yet to come.)  They would also forbid the Treasury from using "extraordinary measures" to stave off default after Nov.r 22. In other words, cognizant of the catastrophic effects of a default, they would make it harder to avoid.
October 4, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Kevin Drum lists them as succinctly as one could hope. The key point to remember is No. 1, as I pointed out here : Whatever happens, the ridiculous and economically devastating sequester survives. Reach me at @hiltzikm on Twitter , Facebook , Google+ or by email . MORE FROM MICHAEL HILTZIK A way to make Wall Street pay its fair share How obscene is the CEO/worker pay gap? Why public employees should have the right to strike
October 1, 2013 | By Evan Halper
They had come a long way to see the giant pandas. Several thousand miles, in fact. But when Muscovites John Boyko and Corina Naraevskaya strolled up leafy Connecticut Avenue to the entrance of the National Zoo Tuesday, they were confronted with a locked gate and a large white sign: “All Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo are closed today due to the government shutdown.” “We are a little bit shocked,” said Naraevskaya. The couple's prospect for a glimpse of the cuddly giant animals chomping on bamboo looked grim for this trip.
September 30, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
Newt Gingrich can't be serious. Of all the people in the world who ought to be wary of a federal government shutdown, it should be former House Speaker Gingrich, whose political career flamed out spectacularly after he orchestrated two federal shutdowns over a budget impasse with then-President Clinton.  In an essay published Monday , the co-host of CNN's “Crossfire,” has urged House Republicans to stick to their guns and allow the federal government to close down in order to teach the president a (flawed)
March 14, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano and W.J. Hennigan
WASHINGTON - A week after one of the most advanced commercial aircraft ever built vanished with 239 people aboard, an international effort involving fleets of ships, planes and satellites appears to be chasing fragmentary data and theories centered on a potentially longer flight far west of the jet's intended destination. As Saturday dawned in Asia, that search had veered more decisively into new areas: U.S. ships are concentrating on waters west of Malaysia, where the Boeing 777 flight originated, while investigators sought to determine why onboard transponders had apparently been turned off manually.
March 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The partial government shutdown in October was largely to blame for a 3% drop in visitors to America's national parks in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The country's 401 parks, historic sites and recreation areas drew 273.6 million visitors in 2013, about 9 million fewer than the previous year, according to the report. The 16-day government shutdown, sparked by a budget dispute in Washington, was responsible for reducing the visitation numbers by about 7.9 million, the report said.
March 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martin, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The government shutdown in October was largely to blame for a 3% drop in visitors to America's national parks in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The country's 401 parks, historic sites and recreation areas drew 273.6 million visitors in 2013, about 9 million fewer than the previous year, according to the report. The 16-day government shutdown, sparked by a budget dispute in Washington, was responsible for reducing the visitation numbers by about 7.9 million visitors, the report said.
March 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The 110 Freeway was closed at the 405 Freeway in Carson because of flooding, Caltrans District 7 announced on its Twitter feed shortly before 6 p.m. The storm that hit Southern California on Saturday is expected to drop nearly 6 inches on downtown Los Angeles - and more in the mountains and hillside areas - by the time it moves on toward the Midwest and Northeast. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for parts of Glendora, Monrovia and Azusa. In downtown Los Angeles, a large hole swallowed a chunk of street in the 200 block of North Broadway.
February 18, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
United Airlines' computer systems shut down briefly Tuesday, delaying takeoffs and frustrating passengers. The system problems that began in the morning represented the latest malfunction for the nation's third-largest carrier since United switched over to the computer systems of merger partner Continental Airlines starting in 2012. In a statement, the airline said: "This morning we experienced intermittent issues with our passenger service computer system, causing some flight delays.
February 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
As if the 405 Freeway hasn't broken our hearts and made us weep enough in the four years it's been under construction, it's now poised to make us miserable on Valentine's Day night and Presidents Day weekend. At 10 p.m. Friday, workers will start closing onramps and offramps, and by 1 a.m. Saturday, all lanes on the northbound 405 between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard will be shut down, making this no freeway of love for romantic revelers. Over the next 80 hours, three out of five lanes will be closed during the day and all five will be closed late at night.
October 16, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
As the shadow of the shutdown passes, it's proper to be reminded again that this fight involved spending levels that are materially suppressing economic growth and hampering the recovery.  Specifically, the deal soon to be voted on leaves the sequester in place, at least until Jan. 15. This was a sadly predictable outcome of the standoff, as we noted at the outset . True, it does provide for further negotiation and debate on the sequester, but...
January 24, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
House Speaker John A. Boehner called last fall's government shutdown a “very predictable disaster” that he warned his fellow Republicans to avoid, but ultimately went along with it at the behest of colleagues intent on a standoff with President Obama over his healthcare law. Making his “Tonight Show” debut Thursday, the Ohio Republican told host Jay Leno that the episode reflected the challenges he faces leading an often rambunctious House...
January 15, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON  -- The bitter partisan feud over the proper size of government came to a temporary truce Wednesday as the House easily approved a $1-trillion spending bill to avert another federal shutdown. Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) corralled his often restless Republican majority to support the bipartisan accord, which is expected to be approved by the Senate later this week. The measure, approved 359 to 67, will fund almost every aspect of federal operations for the remainder of the fiscal year, through Sept.
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