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January 7, 1988
Duarte will officially launch its long-term strategic planning effort with an orientation meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday at Duarte High School, 1565 E. Central Ave. The city hopes to use the planning process, copied from larger municipalities, to find ways to capitalize on its strengths and overcome its weaknesses over the next 20 years.
October 2, 2013 | By Meg James and John Horn
Rick Finkelstein, a longtime Universal Pictures executive who was featured in a documentary about injured athletes after he was paralyzed in a ski accident, died Tuesday of cancer, the studio said. He was 64. Finkelstein, known for his sharp mind and business acumen, for years led the studio's home video and television distribution. He most recently was in charge of the studio's strategic planning and anti-piracy efforts. He also was the studio's representative on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Assn.
October 7, 1995 | TIM MAY
Owners of fledgling businesses who are committed to growth and creating jobs can qualify for an extensive, 10-week training program funded by the city of Los Angeles and sponsored by the Valley Economic Development Center. Topics covered in the free course range from strategic planning, marketing, sales and operations to financing and leadership. Participants also receive one-on-one professional business consulting, said Wilma Berglund, vice president of VEDC.
September 26, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu Los Angeles Times
Staples Inc. is speeding up store closures, shaking up management and boosting its online business as the office-supply chain implements a multiyear plan to cut costs. The Framingham, Mass., company is looking to save $250 million annually by the end of fiscal 2015. At that point, Staples said, it intends to have shaved its retail square footage 15%. For now, the chain is looking to accelerate the shutdown of 15 U.S. stores. By the end of its fiscal year, Staples said it expects to have 30 net store closures and 30 downsized or relocated stores in North America.
September 1, 1994 | BILL BILLITER
Pupils and parents in the Huntington Beach Union High School District already are reaping a profit from the school system's new "strategic planning." One of the goals of the district's newly implemented planning system was to have consultants guide teachers and staff in how to apply for federal and state grants. The district implemented that planning last year by paying $30,000 for the service of two grant-writer consultants. The result, according to Supt.
July 23, 1999
* Martin Cortes has been named director of strategic planning for CKE Restaurants Inc. in Anaheim. Since joining the company in 1996, Cortes has held several positions, most recently manager of strategic planning. Before joining CKE, he was a financial analyst for Vons Cos. Inc. In addition, Darcy Rebella has been appointed director of education and training. Rebella joined the company in 1996 as manager of education and training.
October 13, 1998
Joseph Huggins, manager of the Gold Coast Small Business Development Center in Ventura, calls strategic planning one of the key elements to business success. Unfortunately, he says, it is also one of the elements lacking in the operation of most small businesses. Huggins will conduct a strategic planning seminar Nov. 6 to help local entrepreneurs chart a long-term course of operation.
U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher's meeting Monday with Syrian President Hafez Assad earned barely a shrug of the shoulders from Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who once set peacemaking with Syria as his government's top priority. "It repeats itself," Rabin said when reporters asked what he thought of Christopher's first meeting with the Syrian president since June. "Every time Christopher is on his way to Syria, the Syrians set preconditions for continuing the peace negotiations."
August 19, 1998
You may think you've planned sufficiently if you have a business plan, but you need even more. Developing a strategic plan will give you an overview of your company, its environment and its long-term goals. "A strategic plan is the big picture from 30,000 feet and a business plan is on the ground," said Debra Esparza, owner of Esparza & Associates, a Long Beach small-business consulting firm. "But they go together because a business plan is often used to put the strategic plan in action."
January 8, 1990 | JUDITH FISCHER
In Southern California, a savings and loan institution collapsed and thousands of people lost their life savings. In Northern California, a freeway overpass collapsed and dozens of people lost their lives. A variety of factors contributed to these disasters, but the lack of strategic planning in the California Legislature may also have played a part.
February 22, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wants to shrink the seized housing-finance giants gradually and create a new market for mortgage-backed securities to help the private sector. The recommendations came in a new strategic plan for Fannie and Freddie submitted to lawmakers Tuesday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which has overseen the companies since they were put into government conservatorship in 2008 to avoid their failure. Fannie and Freddie have almost single-handedly kept the housing finance market afloat in recent years.
February 8, 2010
The City Council's foot-dragging last week on the city's budget crisis, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's directions to staff to act quickly on job cuts, were both less than they appeared. More is required, and quickly, from city leaders. Los Angeles must come up with more than $200 million in spending cuts or additional revenue between now and June 30 if the city is to remain solvent. The city's top budget officer, Miguel Santana, proposed job and program cuts, but the council, instead of adopting them or any comparable alternative package, took even more money off the table and actually increased the size of the shortfall by several million dollars.
September 12, 2009 | Doug Smith
Though Metrolink has made many safety improvements, a year after the devastating Chatsworth crash, it is still far from completing three major recommendations from a panel of experts, officials reported Friday to the commuter rail's governing board. The public agency has not undertaken a thorough assessment of its management organization or completed a strategic plan, and its board of directors has not gone though a self-assessment of its performance, said Linda Bollinger, facilitator for the peer review panel set up in the wake of the Chatsworth crash that killed 25 and injured 135 one year ago. "Frankly, a lot of the one-shots that are the easy things -- filling positions -- have been done," said Peter Cannito, retired president of Metro-North Railroad in New York, who co-heads the panel.
May 11, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
South Africa's new president named his Cabinet on Sunday, moving the widely respected finance minister to a new position that will still give him a role steering the economy on a course intended to reassure international investors. The decision to shift Trevor Manuel, who had become the emblem of South Africa's impressive economic performance over the last 13 years, was a delicate matter for President Jacob Zuma.
February 3, 2009 | David Zahniser
A consulting firm that warned Los Angeles officials last fall that a solar energy measure on the March 3 ballot was "extremely risky" sent an apology to the city's Department of Water and Power weeks later, voicing alarm that its comments may cause it to lose out on a city contract. P.A. Consulting Group privately warned the City Council's top policy advisor that the DWP might have to impose major rate hikes to implement the solar proposal, which later became Measure B.
October 5, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
The gig: Levin is chief executive of GYL, a Santa Monica technology investment portfolio focused on digital media companies and video game platforms. He serves as a board member for online virtual world Habbo Inc.; in-game advertising company Double Fusion Inc.; Power Challenge, a maker of multi-player sports games; and game developer Mind Control Software Inc.
Signaling a modest uptick in its economic fortunes, Los Angeles public television station KCET Channel 28 on Tuesday adopted a projected budget of $42.7 million for fiscal 1995 beginning July 1. For the first time in recent years, the station has not had to struggle to stay in the black. William H. Kobin, president and CEO, said that "as the station celebrates its 30 years of service during 1994, it is well positioned for the future, as a result of a decade of ongoing strategic planning."
February 10, 2008
Iraqi militants strapped explosive belts onto two mentally disabled women last week, sent them into two crowded Baghdad markets and blew them up. Authorities said the two women had Down syndrome and may not have understood what they were about to do. Their belts were detonated remotely, 20 minutes apart, killing dozens. Neither the Islamic nor the Western worlds have come to grips with acts of such evil.
February 8, 2008 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
The Air Force's top officer on Thursday presented a new strategic plan for the service that warns the U.S. cannot ignore "ascendant powers" seeking to challenge American military superiority as it fights low-intensity wars elsewhere. In his new plan, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the Air Force chief of staff, did not name specific countries as potential challengers. But at a formal presentation, Moseley singled out military spending in Russia and China, noting both are rising at a rapid clip.
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