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October 17, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Most people go to Disneyland for the rides. Peter Hoffman is going there to learn how to sell rides. Hoffman, the owner of Sierra Chevrolet in Monrovia, and other Chevrolet dealers and their sales staffs are headed for classes at the Anaheim theme park and elsewhere designed to turn fast-talking car salesmen into personable Prince Charmings. They will learn such rules as a prince or princess never smokes in public. That takes the magic out of the Magic Kingdom. They will also learn that sometimes it's better to be a little bit like Dopey.
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SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Phil Jackson made his first big move since becoming president of the New York Knicks last month -- he fired coach Mike Woodson and the rest of the coaching staff. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said in a news release Monday announcing the move. “The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.
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May 24, 2011 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Even as deep federal budget cuts loomed at the end of last year, members of Congress from both parties paid taxpayer-funded bonuses to their staffs. Overall, House members spent about $21.5 million more on their office payrolls for the fourth quarter of 2010, when bonuses are traditionally paid, than they spent for the average of the three previous quarters, according to LegiStorm, a Washington group that tracks congressional pay. Defeated and retiring lawmakers paid an average bonus of about $4,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles County officials proposed a budget Monday that would pump money into reforming major problem areas, including the jails and foster care system, while expanding county medical staffs to manage the transition to federal healthcare reform. As part of a $26-billion spending plan that builds on post-recession economic improvements, Chief Executive William T Fujioka called for adding more than 1,300 positions to county government, including nurses, social workers and staff for the newly created Sheriff's Department inspector general.
NEWS
July 22, 2001 | RONALD D. WHITE
We all know them and depend on them, but like Rodney Dangerfield, the folks who work on the computer support help desks "don't get no respect. That's according to a recent article in InformationWeek, which said that IT support managers earn, on average, $26,000 less annually than other IT managers. In addition to experiencing pay disparity, help desk workers regularly deal with agitated employees.
NATIONAL
January 12, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Partisan division over lawmakers' security needs surfaced in the Capitol on Wednesday as representatives returned to work after the Arizona shootings that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including a congresswoman. Democrats suggested extra funding might be needed to beef up security in districts where lawmakers feel particularly exposed, while Republicans sought remedies that would not require additional money. Lawmakers received security briefings, and officials said the House Administration Committee was reviewing arrangements for representatives and their staffs.
NEWS
July 12, 1996 | LEON WHITESON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Staff and Lori Appel felt a powerful attraction for each other on the day they began their master's degree courses at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Playa Vista. "We started with a wild quarrel over something or other, and we've been together ever since," Lori says cheerfully.
BUSINESS
June 8, 1989
Hiring Increases Planned: More than a third of West Coast hiring executives surveyed recently said they plan to expand their middle-management and professional staffs in the next six months. Half said they plan to maintain their current staff size. The results were part of a nationwide poll by Management Recruiters International, the nation's largest search firm. Nationwide, 39.1% of the hiring officers said they planned to expand their staffs, compared to 37.4% on the West Coast. David Reiss, head of Management Recruiters in Beverly Hills, said the region was slightly behind the national average because of a big increase in hiring last year.
NEWS
September 21, 1986 | From Reuters
Israel's 11,000 hospital nurses abandoned their ward duties Friday morning, observing a six-hour strike to protest what they complain is the government's lack of interest in solving their salary demands. Minimum staffs were being maintained in intensive-care units, premature baby wards and dialysis departments. Elective surgery was postponed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1991
Your editorial ("Slicing at the Heart, Not the Fat," June 14) will give comfort to Sacramento's legislative establishment. But it is a slap in the face to the voters who supported Proposition 140. The electorate supported cuts in legislative staffing for good reason. In the decade prior to Proposition 140, around 1,000 new staffers joined the Legislature. Some staff were involved in the kind of maid-and-butler roles that your reporters have described so vividly (March 15, 1990)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district officials announced a lawsuit settlement Tuesday that will provide $60 million in pay increases, services and staff at about three dozen schools, many hit hard by teacher layoffs. But the pact fails to deal with whether instructors should continue to be dismissed based on seniority. The case of Reed vs. L.A. Unified, filed in 2010, was intended to protect a school from disproportionate layoffs during difficult economic times. Three campuses named in the suit had lost about half their faculty because teachers had less experience than those elsewhere in the system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
Their yellow, begoggled faces have covered billboards, blanketed toy store shelves, appeared in music videos and mobile games. So it's only logical that family cinema's ubiquitous, gibberish-speaking stars, the minions of "Despicable Me," now have their own theme park attraction - Despicable Me Minion Mayhem - at Universal Studios Hollywood. For the uninitiated, "Despicable Me" is an animated film series centered on Gru, a supervillain voiced by Steve Carell who, uncharacteristically for a man who makes his living trying to steal the moon, adopts three daughters from an orphanage.
SPORTS
March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
With a lineup built around Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers might have more offensive firepower than any team in the National League. But catcher A.J. Ellis said that if they win the World Series this year, the primary reason will be the same as it was for any of the franchise's previous titles. "Like all the great Dodger teams of the past, it's going to be the pitching that carries us," Ellis said. The franchise's fundamental philosophy remains the same, which is reflected in the Dodgers committing about half of their record $250-million payroll to pitching.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By Shan Li
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Wednesday it is hiring more workers and simplifying applications for customers who install solar panels on their roof. The efforts come as the utility faces criticism from many Angelenos who complain of long waits and bureaucratic hurdles when trying to get solar systems hooked to the power grid. The utility has doubled its staff for processing applications, and will also hire more workers to man its hotline, the LADWP said in a Wednesday statement.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + The Dallas Stars' medical staff acted quickly and decisively in treating forward Rich Peverley after he collapsed on the bench last week because of an irregular heartbeat. He will undergo a heart procedure and will sit out the rest of the season, but the medical personnel on duty at the American Airlines Center saved his life. + Kudos to New York Islanders forward John Tavares for reaching out to Jake Lotocki, an 11-year-old Winnipeg boy who was rudely heckled for wearing a Tavares jersey to a recent Jets game.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Not even during the days of Tom Meusborn when he was winning eight City Section championship as coach of the Chatsworth Chancellors did he have a pitchng staff that pulled off the feat of the Chancellors this past week. It started on Tuesday, when sophomore Josh Garcia allowed two hits in the first inning against No. 1-ranked Harvard-Westlake, then no-hit the Wolverines over the final five innings in a 1-0 loss. On Thursday, four Chatsworth pitchers held tough in a 3-3, 10-inning tie against another strong Mission League opponent, Alemany.
NEWS
May 28, 1988 | Associated Press
The government will sell its limousines in a cost-cutting drive that also requires agencies to reduce staffs by up to 50%, a state-run newspaper reported Friday. The black Tatra limousines, symbols of prestige in Communist Czechoslovakia, will be sold to the public, the daily Rude Pravo said. It did not say how many limousines would be put up for sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1990
The effort by The Times and other major metropolitan dailies to hire more minorities is a good one. An even better goal is for dailies to provide the type of service to readers and advertisers needed in the African-American and Latino communities. The newspaper industry goal to have news staffs reflect the African-American and Latino percentages in the population within the next decade is hypocritical. Editorial staffs are under pressure to recruit more minority reporters and editors, while advertising and circulation staffs are under the gun to capture the so-called "upscale" market.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  - The Angels' most intriguing start of the spring could come Monday, when Joe Blanton takes his next turn. If Blanton turns in a second consecutive strong performance, the Angels might have to consider whether they can afford to get rid of him. That might sound ludicrous, given how poorly Blanton pitched last year. But the Angels appear short on pitching depth. Without Blanton, the Angels' depth chart would have seven starters. Of the 30 major league teams, only the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers did not use more than seven starters last season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Deirdre Edgar
Announcing a promotion and two recent additions to The Times' staff: Stacey Leasca Stacey Leasca has been named social media editor. Stacey will work with Jimmy Orr to direct our social media strategy across the newsroom. She and her team will work with writers and editors in all sections to enhance the reporting process, assist with breaking news coverage, increase reader engagement and expand the audience for our journalism. Stacey joined us last April and quickly became known through her lively coaching sessions, entertaining videos and fun blog posts.
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