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July 1, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
LYNDSEY MIHOLICH is a bride on a budget. By the time she and Mic Waugh get married in the fall, they intend to have paid off the cost of their elegant wedding ceremony and reception. To reach that goal, the couple are skipping movies and meals out, aiming to sock away the bulk of their discretionary income before the special event. And they aren't hesitating to break wedding traditions that break their budget.
January 26, 2007 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
California will become the first state to phase out the use of perchloroethylene, or perc, a chemical used by commercial dry cleaners that has been linked in studies to bladder, esophageal and other cancers.
May 26, 2006 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
California is poised to become the first state to phase out the main chemical used by dry cleaners, following a unanimous vote by the state's Air Resources Board on Thursday to develop a plan to eliminate perchloroethylene -- or "perc." Citing health risks to workers, nearby residents and businesses, the board took the action despite industry protests and a contrary recommendation by its own staff. The South Coast Air Quality Management District enacted the first ban anywhere in the U.S.
March 30, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
Trichloroethylene contamination has hit almost every state, but none more widely than California. TCE has contaminated water supplies, indoor air near cleanup projects and the air in cities all around the state. The Environmental Protection Agency has 67 Superfund sites in California with TCE contamination, and state agencies have dozens more, stretching from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the scrub of the Mojave Desert. Almost every major military base has a Superfund site with TCE contamination, including Camp Pendleton and Edwards Air Force Base.
February 22, 2005 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
When Sempra Energy Chief Executive Stephen Baum recently took stock of his years at the helm of the nation's largest utility owner, he was characteristically blunt about the milestones. "We didn't bankrupt the company," the ex-Marine said. Sempra is the parent of Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. -- two utilities that played key roles in California's 2000-01 energy crunch.
February 5, 2005 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
Long before he took possession of the White House, before he talked the issue to the top of the national radar screen, George W. Bush began making the case for personal investment accounts in Social Security. Bush was promoting private accounts as far back as his unsuccessful race for Congress in 1978, five years before a federal commission came up with a combination of tax increases and benefit cuts to avert an imminent financial crisis.
January 30, 2005
I disagree with your conclusions regarding the California Public Employees' Retirement System ("State Pension System Needs Overhaul," James Flanigan, Jan. 23). The problem with the system is not CalPERS but the politicians who grant pensions to their employees without regard to fiscal responsibility. I am retired from the city of Whittier. The city has not increased the pension benefits to general employees for more than 20 years, and as a result they have a surplus in their CalPERS account.
October 10, 2003 | From Reuters
Telecommunications company Global Crossing Ltd. could emerge from bankruptcy protection as early as next week after regulators cleared the $250-million sale of a majority stake to Singapore Technologies Telemedia, people familiar with the deal said Thursday. STT's bid to buy a 61.5% stake in Global Crossing must close by Oct. 14, under an earlier agreement. "Both parties are working very hard to meet that deadline.
October 5, 2003 | Sara Wolf, Special to The Times
The banners lining boulevards around town say it all. Emblazoned with a photograph of a couple cruising down a nighttime city street in a vintage convertible, they conjure the ultimate ride: Red leather seats. Gleaming chrome tail fins. Her blond curls tossed back midlaugh. His lips meandering down her neck. His hand caressing the long, liquid line of leg she has draped seductively across his lap -- wait a second, are those toe shoes she's wearing?
June 12, 2003 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- California sold $11 billion worth of short-term bonds Wednesday, just to keep the state solvent through August, and Democrats and Republicans quickly seized on the results of the sale to advance their arguments about whether tax hikes are needed to close the state budget shortfall. Controller Steve Westly, a Democrat, warned that the sale is the last major borrowing the state will be able to make until lawmakers agree on a plan to close California's $38-billion budget hole.
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