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June 23, 2008 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Days after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, John W. Murray Jr. was on the phone, cold-calling the head of facilities at devastated Cal State Northridge. He identified reconstruction needs and outlined his minority-owned firm's capabilities, including relationships with larger players. The quick action and solid credentials earned the firm a $15-million contract to help reconstruct the school.
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June 23, 2008 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Days after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, John W. Murray Jr. was on the phone, cold-calling the head of facilities at devastated Cal State Northridge. He identified reconstruction needs and outlined his minority-owned firm's capabilities, including relationships with larger players. The quick action and solid credentials earned the firm a $15-million contract to help reconstruct the school.
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August 13, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials moved closer Friday to establishing a ratepayer advocate at the DWP, and asked that the city-owned utility hold off on rate hikes until the advocate has been appointed. Earlier this summer, Department of Water and Power General Manager Ron Nichols said an annual increase of about 5% for water and electricity rates would be needed for the DWP to comply with new environmental requirements and protect its credit rating. Nichols said he hoped the new rate structure could go into effect by November.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Lori L. Anding drew what she considers the short straw when she and Marlene Gomez were setting up their small business that uses independent linguists to provide translation services. When it came to dividing up responsibilities, Gomez got accounting and production. Anding ended up with sales -- an area she just doesn't like. "I find salespeople very annoying, so I have a huge problem if I am really trying to sell translations," says Anding, 44, co-owner of Axiom Translations in Torrance.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
To a small-business owner, the federal government can seem as remote and aloof as the Great Sphinx of Egypt. Working to change that is Nicholas N. Owens, the new head of the Office of the National Ombudsman at the Small Business Administration. "Small business should know we have the ear of the federal agencies, that there is transparency through our office for small businesses," said Owens, who joined the SBA last year.
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