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December 26, 1999
Marnell Jameson must have been born in the '70s. Long before Starbucks was around, there were coffeehouses. Think back to the '50s when places like Pandora's Box in West Hollywood was there--sure it was also known for pot and good beat music that the flower children used to go to. Let's say it like it is: All those strange-sounding names are nothing more then status symbols for the snobs. Coffee is coffee, pure and simple. Give me a cup of java any day and I will add my own sugar, thank you. Redlands soon will have its snobbish Starbucks, and I don't look forward to the people it will bring here.
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BUSINESS
February 21, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
So much for the long-held notion that Americans purchase a new car and flip it every three or four years. People who buy new cars are holding on to their vehicles for a record amount of time, an average of almost six years, according to the automotive research firm R.L. Polk & Co. The recent recession has pushed people to hold on to their cars and pay off their loans. In the process, they discovered that their vehicles were more reliable than they might have expected, said Mark Seng, a Polk analyst.
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NEWS
September 3, 1989 | KATHY CHEN, United Press International
"Baby fish" that cry in the night, green-haired turtles and ancient love potions have stirred "mainland fever" in Taiwan while earning millions of dollars for smugglers and fishermen. Alternately revered as the motherland and reviled as the home of "Communist bandits," China is also seen as a source of strange and exotic items to be sold to cash-rich Taiwanese.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Aaron Patzer lives in a 600-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment in Palo Alto with an old couch and TV. His favorite shoes are hand-me-down brown leather wingtips that, at 39, are older than he is. He gets $12 haircuts. He drove a 1996 Ford Contour until he ran it into the ground at 150,000 miles. His new ride is a Subaru Outback that he bought for $29,000. You'd never know that the 30-year-old entrepreneur sold his Internet start-up for $170 million in 2009 or that he is now a top executive at Intuit Inc., the financial software company.
NEWS
March 28, 1985 | MARYLOU LUTHER, Times Fashion Editor
The Hermes scarf. The quilted Chanel handbag. The Burberry raincoat. The mink coat. The black-kid glove. The alligator pump. All these discarded status symbols of the pre-mini '60s are popping up again on the streets here as the correct and conventional school of fashion comes back into fashion.
NEWS
June 20, 1996 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES FASHION EDITOR
For many people, wearing something that lacks snob appeal is like making love with a condom--the thrill isn't quite there. If that analogy crosses the line between good and bad taste, then Tom Ford and Miuccia Prada, the typhoid Marys of the current epidemic of label fever, would undoubtedly be amused. Ford, design director of Gucci and architect of the company's latest dazzling rise, last year brought back logos with a wink and a nod to the wretched excess of previous status-bound eras.
NEWS
December 27, 1991 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES FASHION EDITOR
Imagine a time when wholesale is a status symbol and one extreme, "shop till you drop," is replaced with another--"drop shopping." "It's the end of the world," suggests New York-based retail analyst Kurt Barnard. No, it's the beginning of 1992. This new spirit cannot be pegged only to the recession, or to the fact that aging baby boomers now have houses and families to support and less cash for grown-up toys. There's another, more fundamental source: shame.
NEWS
April 22, 1992 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wendy Goldberg's Rolls-Royce is in the garage. Her jewels are in the bank. Hard times? Hardly. It's just that one day, "it all began to seem a little bit much." When William Lloyd Davis turned 50 three years ago, 300 people came to his birthday soiree. This year the real estate magnate was feted by just three guests--his kids. The menu featured osso buco. His wife cooked. Mitchell Cannold used to keep a Mercedes-Benz and a Range Rover in New York and a BMW convertible in Los Angeles.
NEWS
March 1, 1994 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the year 2003. With public transportation as slow and unreliable as ever, you're still driving to work. But you've decided to make the daily commute a little more pleasant by junking the old 1994 Ford Taurus and buying a fully loaded Chrysler sports coupe. You liked the Toyota, but it was twice as expensive. When you unlock the door, the seats and mirrors automatically adjust to your favorite position. You turn the ignition and the engine purrs.
BUSINESS
July 1, 1992 | Reuters
Volga sedans, once the status symbols of Communist Party bosses, are becoming collectors' items in Vladivostok, a gateway for used cars from Japan. "There are so many Japanese cars around that some select buyers are now in the market for restored Volgas," said a salesman for the car dealer ACFES. "Our motto is to serve the customer and keep ahead of the trend," he said. "The trend is no longer Toyota or Honda."
IMAGE
July 11, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
So what if 21st century concert-goers are unlikely to pack picnic baskets with fine china, linens and candelabras. When the L.A. Philharmonic launched its summer classical season, the great Los Angeles social tradition of dining at the Hollywood Bowl continued in style. "It's L.A.," said Lakers owner Jerry Buss, in his pool circle box. "As long as any of the L.A. landmarks were here, the Hollywood Bowl was here. It goes back with Grauman's Theatre and Angels Flight." Kate Edelman Johnson — whose license plate reads "K2BOWL" — said she grew up going to the Bowl with her father, producer Louis Edelman, and her mother, Rita.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2006 | Kimi Yoshino and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
Forget whether you have an ocean view or a new Lexus. A more pressing question this week in Southern California: Do you have central air conditioning? The answer in Los Angeles and much of Southern California: Probably not. Less than half of the homes in the city of Los Angeles have air conditioning, and fewer than 1 in 4 have central air, a utility survey says. Statewide, coastal areas have fewer air conditioners; inland, they're working nonstop.
HOME & GARDEN
December 22, 2005 | Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writer
FOR a select group of Angelenos, the route to grandma's didn't go over the river and through the woods, but along Sunset to a 32-story Modernist block of stucco and glass built in 1964, a singular apartment house set back from and above the storied boulevard. Throughout the 1970s and '80s, encounter anyone under 60 in an elevator at Sierra Towers, and you'd assume they were visiting an older relative. That was then.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2005 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
Li Xin knelt in a hotel room here, wearing polka-dot boxer shorts and a grimace on his face. The deputy mayor of Jining, in Shandong province, was pleading with his lover not to report him to authorities. But in the end, the 51-year-old official was exposed and sentenced to life in prison. His crime: accepting more than $500,000 in bribes, which he used to support at least four mistresses in Jining, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
OPINION
June 8, 2005
Re "The Prefix Is In," June 4: For any Westsider who feels status-threatened by losing the 310 prefix, I suggest calling this number: 1-800-GET-A-LIFE. Steve Bowerman Sherman Oaks Eleven-digit dialing seems to be one of the main objections to an overlay area code. Surely the computer geeks at the phone company can overcome this obstacle. It seems to me that with today's technology, 11-digit dialing should not be necessary when calling a number in one's own area code.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2005 | Erica Williams, Times Staff Writer
Along Vermont Avenue west of downtown, the streetscape is marked by that familiar Los Angeles mix of mini-malls, low-rise office buildings and aging Art Deco storefronts. But head north of 3rd Street and the chaotic commerce of Vermont suddenly takes on an unexpected order. A striking difference is new streetlights that look old-fashioned.
MAGAZINE
December 27, 1987 | ROCHELLE REED, Rochelle Reed is a Southern California writer.
Rolex watches. BMWs. Cuisinarts. Ralph Lauren. If you think that any of this dream gear still connotes the magical quality known as status, pack up your Vuitton luggage and head for the Midwest. Here in Southern California, status symbols change with the season, and there's nothing less status-y than last year's stuff. Today, flash a Rolex at your wrist--even the stainless-steel model--and your peers won't be impressed. Likewise for Jeeps, Guess? jeans, Filofaxes and cappuccino makers.
NEWS
July 4, 1996 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES FASHION EDITOR
For many people, wearing something that lacks snob appeal is like making love with a condom--the thrill isn't quite there. If that analogy crosses the line between good and bad taste, then Tom Ford and Miuccia Prada, the typhoid Marys of the current epidemic of label fever, would undoubtedly be amused. Ford, design director of Gucci and architect of the company's latest dazzling rise, last year brought back logos with a wink and a nod to the wretched excess of previous status-bound eras.
AUTOS
December 15, 2004 | Warren Brown, Washington Post
Whether he was falling into or out of love, the late Ray Charles had a penchant for falling into Detroit's cars when he sang the blues. Charles favored Cadillac, the standard of motorized excellence in the 1950s when he began establishing his reputation as one of the world's greatest performers of blues and country music. To get his woman, he needed that car -- the symbol of wealth, the high-powered version of manhood.
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