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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1992
I bought bumper stickers that said: "I Had a Job During the Bush Administration." But I don't know anyone to give them to. LYNDA KING Orange
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BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Robin is buying a new car. Like all car buyers, she's done her best to haggle the price down. Now, she says, she's being told that she has to pay sales tax on the full sticker price of the vehicle, rather than the discounted price. Robin asks: Is that kosher? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions When you buy a cellphone in California, you're taxed on the full retail value of the device instead of the much lower subsidized price you actually pay. As for cars, I had to check on this one with the State Board of Equalization.
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NEWS
July 21, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE
It's difficult to tell sometimes when you've had too much sun, but a new product called SunSpots may help change that. Manufacturers of the 1-inch, bandage-like sticker claim they can reveal how much sun exposure a wearer has received. Each SunSpots sticker contains radiochromatic materials that change color upon exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. The sticker is placed on the skin and covered with the sunscreen the user normally wears.
TRAVEL
September 8, 2013
Question: My husband flew to Denver to participate in a bicycle trip around Yellowstone Park. The round-trip airfare was $422. He suffered a fracture of the pelvis. To get him home from Cody, Wyo., the airline charged us a total of $1,362. I am so stunned that I don't quite know what to say. To me this is a total rip-off, and I really need someone to explain to me why this is OK. Anne L. Stowell Los Angeles Answer: I can explain why this happened, but I cannot explain why it's OK unless I channel the greedmeisters at many U.S. airlines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Time was when "beach bum" was a phrase of endearment in laid-back Ocean Beach. No more. This normally quiet neighborhood is being torn by a dispute over the recent emergence of a beach subculture of unkempt young males sleeping in doorways, urinating in public places and panhandling aggressively. The flash point was the appearance of bumper stickers proclaiming: "Welcome To Ocean Beach. Please Don't Feed Our Bums." The stickers — sold at a local landmark business, The Black, better known for the sale of bongs, posters and jewelry — are flying off the shelves and cropping up on shop windows and cars around town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1992
I can sympathize with Kimber Jerrils' experience with a pro-choice bumper sticker, but not with her reaction: removing the sticker. We brave people in the pro-choice bumper-sticker crowd have been followed to our cars in public parking lots, had our cars keyed, epithets screamed at us and the finger flipped at us by "Christians" concerned about our morals. We have also had people wave at us, honk encouragement and give the thumbs-up sign. It's unfortunate that Ms. Jerrils ran into two hateful fanatics on the first day of her bumper-sticker use. I would encourage Ms. Jerrils to get another pro-choice bumper sticker and display it proudly.
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Saturday's California Cook column about different ways to cook artichokes drew a lot of reader response. Everyone, it seems, loves artichokes. Well, not everyone, or at least not all artichokes. A couple of readers complained about getting artichokes that looked and tasted different than the ones they had been getting. “What used to be tender and delicious is now tough and flavorless, or worse -- outer leaves with no meat, hearts that never get tender until they are waterlogged and just bad tasting,” wrote Curtis Horton. “Also the heart is thin, instead of meaty.  It adds up to very little food and a ton of waste.” I took the complaints to Kori Tuggle, who works for Ocean Mist , the growers cooperative that accounts for most of the artichokes grown in the United States.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1990 | MIKE BOEHM
If the record industry really wants to protect America's impressionable youth, it should adopt a new cautionary sticker that goes something like this: "Warning--cliched lyrics. Contents devoid of original thought or vivid expression. This music may induce mental torpor." They could launch the campaign by slapping a big sticker on Whitesnake.
OPINION
August 6, 2005
Re "Shut up and drive," Opinion, July 31 I know we at times encounter individuals who are ugly and unpleasant to deal with on the road, but we have to take the opinionated bumper-sticker view with a different approach. This is L.A.; everyone is craving attention. Whether it's a phase, a belief or a right, people want to be heard. Even though at times we could get the finger, the look, the "F"-off attitude, we have to look the other way and let it fly. L.A. is a dangerous place to take one's reaction to heart.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1987
Colman Andrews' snide comment concerning the "Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Meat" bumper sticker he saw on a "dusty little Toyota" (Would it have been more valid placed on a Mercedes?) reveals a totally unenlightened and narrow-minded perspective on vegetarianism (Restaurant Notebook, Nov. 22)! Andrews should realize the ranks of vegetarians are growing astronomically and his comment has greatly offended numerous readers. There are many reasons why meatless diets are gaining popularity--health, religious, philosophical, cultural, etc., but whatever the reason, those of us who do not eat meat have the same right to make our views known as proponents of any other bumper sticker persuasion.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
During surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, an anesthesiologist decorated a patient's face with stickers while the patient was unconscious - giving her a black mustache and teardrops under her left eye - and then a nurse's aide snapped her photo. The 2011 incident has prompted a state investigation and a civil lawsuit by the patient against the hospital and the doctor over the alleged breach of medical privacy. Torrance Memorial said in a statement that this "breach of professionalism regrettably did occur" and those involved "demonstrated poor judgment" while caring for Veronica Valdez, 36, who worked at the hospital for 13 years before the surgery.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
In an effort to juice up tepid sales of its 2014 Chevrolet Volt, General Motors Co. will slash the sticker price by $5,000, to $34,995, including shipping. The price cut makes the plug-in hybrid Volt more competitive with other rechargeable cars, including rival plug-in hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and all-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf. Most of the big car companies have reduced the prices of their rechargeable vehicles this year because consumers have been slow to adopt the technology.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Good grief, Charlie Brown! The "Peanuts" character and his pals are joining the social network Path. The San Francisco start-up has struck its first brand partnership with the "Peanuts" gang, still one of the most powerful brands in entertainment marketing which, like beloved global icons such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, has remained relevant to new generations. Starting Friday, Path users can attach virtual stickers of Linus, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy and, of course, Charlie Brown, to messages they send friends on Path to convey thoughts and feelings more expressively than with a few typed words.
AUTOS
March 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
With gas prices continuing a steady upward climb, you may be headed to the dealer in search of something less thirsty at the pump. But which cars' sticker price gives you the most bang for your buck? We asked Edmunds.com to look at the vehicles with the lowest sticker price per fuel-economy rating. The math was simple: divide the car's base price by its EPA rating for combined fuel economy. The result gives a look at how much each mile per gallon will cost you. Photos: Top 10 cars with lowest cost per mpg Topping the list is Ford's C-Max Energi.
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Saturday's California Cook column about different ways to cook artichokes drew a lot of reader response. Everyone, it seems, loves artichokes. Well, not everyone, or at least not all artichokes. A couple of readers complained about getting artichokes that looked and tasted different than the ones they had been getting. “What used to be tender and delicious is now tough and flavorless, or worse -- outer leaves with no meat, hearts that never get tender until they are waterlogged and just bad tasting,” wrote Curtis Horton. “Also the heart is thin, instead of meaty.  It adds up to very little food and a ton of waste.” I took the complaints to Kori Tuggle, who works for Ocean Mist , the growers cooperative that accounts for most of the artichokes grown in the United States.
SPORTS
January 16, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
Popularity has its price. When Kings fans began to look at ticket prices for Saturday's season opener against Chicago, some registered their discontent via email and/or Twitter. Prices were listed by the team starting in the neighborhood of $155. But the game is sold out, which means the secondary market is surging. At StubHub, for instance, a quick review showed a range from $199 (up high in Section 320) to one ticket down by the glass for nearly $1,500. The Kings recognize the emotions of the issue.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2003
I want to applaud Patrick Goldstein for his excellent article on "The Cooler's" struggle with the Motion Picture Assn. of America ("Arguing Their Case Against NC-17," July 1). As a filmmaker, I sympathize with "The Cooler's" plight and feel that the article illustrates the prejudice the MPAA displays against independent films not connected to studios that finance the MPAA. The punitive, stigmatizing NC-17 should be used only as a rating of very last resort. An R rating is a formidable and restrictive tool that gives sufficient warning to filmgoers about content and yet lets the film enjoy a regular release pattern.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1998
This morning [Nov. 3] I overheard this exchange between a precinct worker and a voter turning in his completed ballot at the polling place at Monlux Elementary School in North Hollywood: Worker: "Would you like a ['I Voted'] sticker? You ought to at least get a little something for your effort." Voter: "Thanks, but I already got what I came for." "And what was that?" "A voice." DAVID WHITTAKER North Hollywood
TRAVEL
November 20, 2012 | By Myscha Theriault
If you're traveling solo, maybe you can justify paying a bag fee to check your suitcase. But if you're a family of four and you're flying, say, on United from LAX to Washington's Dulles for the upcoming holidays, you'll pay $25 a bag for each family member's first bag, $35 for each person's second. If you're a family of heavy packers (or you have an infant who requires extra gear), those costs can add up quickly. Those fees don't do your wallet any good, but they do help the airlines: In 2012, revenue from ancillary fees (that includes bags)
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
FREE COOKIES: At the Village Bakery & Cafe in Atwater, anyone who comes in with an "I voted" sticker gets a free "I voted" cookie.  3119 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, (3230) 662-8600, www.thevillagebakeryandcafe.com . HALF-OFF WINE: Show your "I voted" sticker or ballot receipt at Bodega Wine Bar and get half off any bottle of wine. 260 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 793-4300; 814 Broadway, Santa Monica (310) 394-3504; www.bodegawinebar.com . FREE FRIES & ONION RINGS: With any purchased item on the menu at Burger Lounge , an "I voted" sticker gets you a free "Half and Half" order of onion rings and twice-fried French fries.
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