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March 28, 1999
Re "Under SOAR, Farmland May Sprout Schools," March 14. Can we make a rule? All future news articles that address potential Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources fallout issues must contain at least one paragraph discussing how the issue has already played out in established "SOAR counties" such as Napa. Granted, Ventura County contains unique sociopolitical environs, but haven't other counties up north had to establish new schools since their SOAR passage? What actual effects have they experienced?
April 27, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
The 'Spider-Man' sequel doesn't swing into North American theaters until next weekend, but the superhero flick is already sticking with moviegoers overseas. Since launching in a handful of international markets this month, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" had collected an impressive $132 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. The movie is currently playing in roughly 40 foreign markets, performing best in the Britain, Mexico and South Korea. The picture has yet to open in an additional 30 countries abroad, including major markets like Brazil and China.
May 19, 1998
The proposed Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) initiative would not restrict or take property rights, as opponents claim. SOAR would make a simple majority of the voters the authoritative body to approve rezoning agricultural and open-space land. SOAR opponents would have us believe that county residents do not know what is best for them. It apparently does not matter that the residents collectively have vastly more knowledge and experience than the handful of "experts" who currently control the rezoning process.
April 23, 2014 | By Meg James
The NBC broadcast network, after trailing in the ratings for nearly a decade, could finish the TV season in first place among viewers prized by advertisers. Comcast Corp. executives Tuesday lauded the peacock network's performance, which helped power the Philadelphia cable giant's earnings for the quarter ended March 31. This season, NBC has increased its prime-time audience among viewers ages 18 to 49 - the audience that advertisers pay a premium to reach. "The Blacklist" with James Spader and the singing competition show "The Voice" have been reliable performers.
June 7, 1998
There is something very ironic in the picture of jubilant Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) supporters wearing farmers' hats while carting their petitions to the courthouse. How many of those people are actually farmers? How many of those would be excited to see the investment [in] their land devalued? How many of those would be thrilled to know that if they could no longer make a profit in their business and would have to sell, they could not--for there would be no buyers?
August 12, 1998
Nice idea, saving open space in Ventura County. What is the price? Should government intrude into how land is used? Is it possible that limiting development will drive up prices to a point where sales of existing homes will become prohibitive? Although I live in Los Angeles, I dream of retiring to Ventura or Oxnard. That won't happen for me and many others if SOAR is passed. How far is it to Santa Maria? DON EVANS Los Angeles
September 30, 1998
Rep. Brad Sherman, indicating his support for the SOAR initiatives, was quoted on Sept. 3 as saying, "I know the difference between Van Nuys and Westlake and it should be kept that way." I oppose SOAR. Following is part of my letter to the congressman: Do you really believe Van Nuys would be as it is if it were developed under the myriad of current local, state and federal planning laws and controls now in effect? I think not. As you know, most of these laws were enacted post-1970, and most of Van Nuys developed pre-1970.
September 27, 1998
I would like to commend The Times for its attention to the potential impacts that the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources measures could have on affordable housing in Thousand Oaks and Ventura County. It is time to focus on what ballot box planning measures really do and not be taken in with simplistic answers. Richard Francis said in an Aug. 19 article that housing wouldn't be a concern if SOAR passed. He said that each SOAR measure contains "an exemption for affordable housing."
October 18, 1998
It has long been the contention of the Ventura County Economic Development Assn. [VCEDA] that county Measure B, known as SOAR, is full of dangerous loopholes and unanticipated consequences. The self-serving proponents of Measure B are proposing rigid city urban restriction boundaries [CURBs] without any financial or physical impact study or public input. Voters are asked to simply ratify schemes that will affect the county's economic and social fabric for the next 20 to 30 years by approving arbitrary and rigid boundaries around our cities.
April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
Talk of Silicon Valley losing steam was put on hold as two technology titans, Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc., tallied better-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenue. Apple's stock climbed more than 7% in after-hours trading after it reported that sales of iPhones blew past Wall Street's projections. Facebook's shares spiked 4% after it said ad revenue rose 82% year over year. Although many tech stocks slid in recent weeks, the robust financial results demonstrated that, at least for now, the underlying businesses of these two leading companies remain strong.
April 18, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - With venture capital funding reaching levels not seen since the days of the dot-com bubble, analysts say the question of whether the tech boom in Silicon Valley is on the verge of sputtering is getting harder to dismiss. Investors poured $9.5 billion into 951 U.S. start-ups during the first three months of 2014, according to the latest MoneyTree report released Friday. That's the biggest amount of investment since the second quarter of 2001, when the so-called dot-com boom was gasping its final, dying breaths.
April 17, 2014 | By David Pagel
Right now, the most beautiful place in all of Los Angeles may very well be the center gallery of Gary Lang's exhibition at Ace Gallery Beverly Hills. Eleven big, circular paintings, each a candy-colored rainbow of concentric rings, fill the space with enough visual warp and woof to make repeat visits thrilling. The setup is symmetrical: three dazzling paintings on each of three long walls and two more flanking the door through which you entered. The size of Lang's paintings matters, and it's measured in feet: 6, 9½, 11 and 13 at their diameters.
April 13, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Jack, the round-headed fictional chief executive in Jack-in-the-Box commercials, is not only a hit on television. He's also popular on Wall Street. In the last year, investors have driven the company's stock price up more than 80% - and industry analysts are bullish about the company's future. Jack in the Box Inc.'s profit was up sharply in its recently completed fiscal first quarter, as sales increased at its flagship restaurants and at the company's other brand, Qdoba Mexican Grill.
April 7, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the NCAA Championship game. The Skinny: I saw "Rob the Mob" on Sunday. While some of the cast was enjoyable -- particularly Griffin Dunne and Ray Romano -- overall I was a little disappointed in the movie about a young couple who come up with the brilliant idea to rob mob social clubs. Monday's roundup includes the weekend box office recap and a look at the legal battle over unpaid interns. Also, Yahoo wants to try the video business again. Finally, the legacy of Mickey Rooney, who died Sunday.
April 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - It can take Moscow residents two hours in dense traffic to drive the first 10 miles on the highway to St. Petersburg, in the direction of their country cottages surrounded by lakes and birch groves. Then the road's real limitations become apparent. The potholed two-lane route connecting Russia's two largest cities has never been upgraded into a proper highway. Anyone who cares to drive its entire 440-mile length - mostly truckers - will need at least 12 hours. But 5,600 miles away, the government spent more than $1 billion on less than a mile of bridge connecting Vladivostok with Russky Island, previously inhabited only by a military garrison so isolated that four soldiers starved to death in 1992.
April 6, 2014 | By Brett Berk
My Grandma Bobbie is 93 and lives on her own, in a spotless condo decorated with enviable midcentury furnishings. The daughter of a General Motors millwright, she grew up in Detroit riding the streetcar, but one of her goals was to get to the promised land - the suburbs - and preferably by car. For my grandmother, like many older people in her cohort, a car is not only a convenience or a luxury - though it is that; Grandma loved Lincolns and Cadillacs...
April 5, 2014 | By Chris Barton
Is it summer already? "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" posted blockbuster numbers in its first full day in theaters, taking in more than $37 million on Friday, according to estimates. That number builds on the $10.2 million the film pulled in from Thursday night and midnight showings, and places it on pace for a weekend gross of $90 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the latest entry from Disney'sMarvel Studios is the 3-D sequel to 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger.
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