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March 17, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California's chance to capture a piece of the budding alternative vehicle business--and find new work for its fading aerospace industry--will not go the way of former failures if a determined group of researchers and business executives have their way.
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BUSINESS
July 16, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Lisa Phillian has been a one-stop shop for hundreds of gay couples who wanted to tie the knot even before gay marriage was legal in California. Want to say "I do" on the beach? No problem - she's a wedding planner. Need a marriage license? She's also a notary and authorized by Los Angeles County to issue them. Want a special ceremony? She can even do that - she's an ordained minister. Phillian is one of scores of professionals in Southern California's wedding industry who have been uniting gay couples even when it wasn't legal to be married.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1995 | STEVEN B. SAMPLE and CHARLES E. YOUNG, Steven B. Sample has been president of USC since 1991; Charles E. Young has been UCLA chancellor since 1968
The athletic rivalry between UCLA and USC has provided extraordinary theater for Southern California and for the nation as a whole for almost seven decades. As the two football teams meet Saturday for their annual battle, Californians from San Diego to San Luis Obispo will be choosing up sides. Those of us who live here have every right to relish this exhilarating week and its wonderful spirit.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
In an estimated $1-billion boost to the Southland aerospace industry, satellite maker Boeing Co. and rocket firm Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, announced plans to build and launch four satellites for telecommunications firms in Mexico and Hong Kong. The companies' joint satellite order will help preserve high-paying engineering jobs in the South Bay and throws a lifeline to hundreds of smaller aerospace suppliers feeling an economic pinch with Pentagon and NASA budget cuts on the horizon.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2002 | James Flanigan
Thanks to its variety of small to medium companies, Southern California could hold its own or even thrive if the U.S. economy fell into a "double-dip" recession, many economic experts and businesspeople say. And they're not just whistling in the dark. The economies of the region's six counties are poised to do better than the rest of the nation in a downturn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1989
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has responsibility to control air pollution in the area. It has the power to seek court-imposed fines against polluters of from $25 to $25,000 a day based on such factors as the extent that emissions exceed legal limits, the potential danger to the public, whether the violation was intentional, accidental or due to negligence and the company's history of violations.
OPINION
August 11, 1991 | Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin is a senior fellow at the Center for the New West and an international fellow at Pepperdine University School of Business and Management.
General Motors' plan to close its Van Nuys auto-assembly plant has sparked yet another debate about Los Angeles' industrial future. Almost daily now, Angelenos are accosted by a seemingly unending parade of economic disaster stories, from aerospace shutdowns to mass migrations of local companies to other regions. Yet, as unfortunate as these developments might be, the greatest threat to the region's future lies not in the plant closings themselves.
BUSINESS
March 18, 1992 | PATRICK LEE and RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In their first glimpse at a 323-page report on the dire state of Southern California's aerospace industry, economists and business leaders on Tuesday generally agreed with the finding that the state's business climate needs fixing. But they disagreed sharply on specific proposals by the Los Angeles County Aerospace Task Force for strengthening the region's economy in light of defense cuts, with some expressing skepticism that the recommendations would do much good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1997 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The Southland's air quality board Friday adopted its most sweeping smog control regulation of the decade, requiring about 23,000 businesses to use water-based, low-polluting solvents. The rule calls for the reduction of hydrocarbon emissions by about 32 tons a day in 1999 and 40 tons daily by 2010. That is equivalent to eliminating half a million cars from Southern California roads.
NEWS
July 27, 1991 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California, goes the big lie, is a palmy oasis of leisurely business lunches, a laid-back haven where the background music is waves tumbling on the beach. Work--if you have to do any--probably takes place in a sleek office building or on glamorous movie set. In fact, the truth is more gritty than glittery: Southern California remains one of the leading manufacturing centers in the world.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Bob Kahl slips in through a side door of the vast, abandoned hangar and looks at what's left of the assembly plant where he worked for nearly 40 years. He remembers the hum of power tools, the biting aroma of cutting oil, swarms of workers plugging away on a labyrinth of yellow scaffolding. All that's left is a few piles of broken concrete and a sea of colorless dust that coats a Palmdale factory floor the size of two football fields. "Welcome to the birthplace of America's space shuttle fleet," said Kahl, 60, smiling.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
One of the most hotly sought-after military contracts in U.S. history is expected to be issued Thursday, perhaps the finale in a scandal-ridden bureaucratic nightmare that has pitted two global aerospace titans in a high-stakes competition for a decade. At issue is a $35-billion prize purse to replace the Air Force's fleet of Eisenhower administration-era aerial tankers, which refuel warplanes while in flight. The Pentagon has twice awarded the contract, only to see its decision overturned amid accusations of underhanded politics and discriminatory rule-making.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Southern California's unmanned aircraft legacy shares deep roots with another of the region's economic mainstays — Hollywood. One of the first pioneers to bridge the two worlds was Reginald Denny, a British actor during the silent era who starred as a swashbuckling leading man in steamy romantic films such as "The Price of Possession" and "Tropical Love. " A former World War I fighter pilot, Denny kept his passion for flight alive by running a model plane shop on Hollywood Boulevard in the 1930s, where he sold radio-controlled aircraft.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The cars begin rolling through the security checkpoints before dawn. Here, in a sprawling complex amid the craggy rock outcroppings of north San Diego County, 3,300 workers are building a new generation of weapons central to the military's vision for modern warfare. This is where General Atomics Aeronautical Systems makes the Predator and Reaper drones, robotic planes that can thread the rugged mountains of Pakistan, capture video images of terrorist hideouts and launch 500-pound Hellfire missiles to blast them apart.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2010 | By Mary Forgione
Ann Thompson still marvels at the sliver of ranchland she has lived on for the last eight years. "I fell in love with the house," she says of the Spanish Colonial-style home known as the DeWenter Mansion that sits in the quiet foothills of La Verne. "For my husband, it was the property. " Thompson is the most recent resident of an enduring landmark that recalls the heyday of the orange and lemon industry that brought millions of dollars to La Verne in the early 20th century. Many of the original citrus trees still surround the house at this onetime ranch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Kimi Yoshino
An actress who works in Southern California's pornography industry has tested positive for HIV, renewing county and state health officials' concerns that the adult entertainment industry lacks sufficient safety measures to prevent the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2001 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California commercial real estate is in fairly good shape to weather an economic slowdown but the era of soaring rents and plunging vacancy rates is over for now, said participants at an industry forecast conference. Vacancy rates remain extremely low in many areas, and, with a few notable exceptions, new construction has not outstripped demand, according to industry observers.
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