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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2009 | Dan Weikel
As workers finished exploratory drilling Thursday for the planned Westside subway extension, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other elected officials said they want to speed up construction of the $4.1-billion transit project, which has been scheduled for completion in 2036. An outspoken advocate for the so-called Subway to the Sea, the mayor has long been frustrated by the project's timetable, and that was evident again when he and other officials gathered for a news conference in a UCLA parking lot. There, final soil samples had been drawn for a route that would follow Wilshire Boulevard from downtown Los Angeles to Westwood.
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BUSINESS
February 1, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
When the going gets tough, the tough buy local. That's the crux of the more than $800-billion economic stimulus bill under consideration in the Senate. It contains a "buy American" provision requiring that most stimulus-funded projects use only American-made gear and goods. The House passed its own version of the legislation last week. It stipulates that we not buy any iron and steel from pesky foreigners seeking a slice of stimulus pie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2010 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
One of Gov.-elect Jerry Brown's first official acts will be eliminating the state Office of Inspector General, a position held by former L.A. City Controller Laura Chick, who has been responsible for overseeing more than $50 billion in federal stimulus money. Brown's office said in a statement Monday that he is closing the operation, whose function mimics those of other state agencies, to save money. "Ending this redundancy will save the state's General Fund over $700,000 in fiscal year 2010-11," the statement said.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2009 | W.J. Hennigan
Executives at Quallion, a lithium-ion battery maker, believe they can provide an energizing jolt to the Southern California economy if they're able to secure a slice of the $2 billion in stimulus funds aimed at developing batteries for hybrid cars. The Sylmar company, owned by California philanthropist and serial entrepreneur Alfred Mann, has already made believers out of the California Energy Commission, several members of Congress and the city of Palmdale.
NATIONAL
April 14, 2009 | Michael Oneal and Richard Simon
President Obama announced Monday that highway projects spurred by the administration's $787-billion economic stimulus plan are coming in "ahead of schedule and under budget," but the program's early success may owe more to the depth of the economic crisis than to any newfound efficiency in Washington. State governments, facing black-hole deficits, went into overdrive to grab a share of the $28 billion for highways and bridges that was provided in the stimulus bill.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2010 | By Richard Simon
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's bid to secure federal funds for fast-track expansion of the Los Angeles region's transit system is gaining support from Washington officials who say it could serve as a national model for speeding economic recovery and reducing pollution and traffic congestion. The Obama administration and influential members of Congress are exploring ways to aid the car-clogged city with a federal loan, economic stimulus funds or other assistance so it can build 12 transit lines in 10 years instead of 30. "Everyone who has ever driven in L.A. knows that more and better transit in that region is a must, and the sooner it's in place, the better," said Roy Kienitz, the undersecretary for policy in the U.S. Department of Transportation.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
The clean-tech industry got a bit of a spark ? and a jolt ? from the elections this week. While most in the industry cheered California's election results, with the defeat of Proposition 23 and Jerry Brown's gubernatorial victory, many said they were worried about the shifting makeup of Congress, where many advocates for climate-change legislation lost their seats Tuesday. FOR THE RECORD: Green tech: In an article in the Nov. 6 Business section about the results of state and national elections on the clean-tech sector, a company name was inadvertently changed during production.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Maeve Reston
The drive to slash spending at Los Angeles City Hall is starting to crumble, as a growing number of City Council members waver in the face of angry constituents, disgruntled community groups and powerful union leaders. With a vote scheduled Wednesday on whether to eliminate 1,000 jobs to help counter the city's $208-million budget shortfall, some members have begun speaking out against the various plans to scale back services and shut the city's smallest departments. A majority of the council's Budget and Finance Committee has refused to sign off on the job-cutting plan.
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