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September 19, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Officials at Patagonia Inc. consider the bonding time between a newborn and its parents as a critical stage of the child's development. That's why the Ventura-based outdoor clothing company allows up to two months of paid child-care leave for mothers and fathers in its employ. The company also offers on-site day care for about 115 children, for which it spends more than $330,000 a year to operate. Parents pay $222 to $469 each month per child, depending on the type of care required.
April 15, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Most Californians can't afford their rent. The state's affordability crisis has worsened since the recession, as soaring home prices and rents outpace job and income growth. Meanwhile, government funds to combat the problem have evaporated. Local redevelopment agencies once generated roughly $1 billion annually for below-market housing across California, but the roughly 400 agencies closed in 2012 to ease a state budget crisis. In addition, almost $5 billion from state below-market housing bonds, approved by voters last decade, is nearly gone.
The dry lake runways at Edwards Air Force Base, famous as the landing ground of the space shuttles, are cracking and sinking, apparently because the Antelope Valley's growing population is sucking ground water from beneath them, federal officials reported Thursday. During a hearing by the California Water Commission in Lancaster, officials of the Air Force and the U.S.
March 5, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Martha Groves
From the balcony of her Crescent Drive apartment, Shari Able takes in the luxurious view - a picture-postcard panorama of the homes of Beverly Hills. Her home sits above a Whole Foods stocked with organic kabocha squash and Dungeness crabs. Rodeo Drive's boutiques are a brisk walk away. But the 74-year-old is quick to warn elderly suitors who think her 90210 ZIP Code means a cushy bank account. Her federally subsidized apartment costs her roughly $200 a month, she said. "I told one guy from Long Beach, 'I live in Beverly Hills, but it's the only HUD building in Beverly Hills,'" Able recalled one morning over coffee and madeleines.
September 16, 1987
Private clubs can legitimately decide who may-- and who may not --belong to them. That is a matter of club privilege. But when the privileged deduct from their state taxes their business expenses at clubs that discriminate, it means asking all California taxpayers to contribute something to their privilege. That is unfair. Gov.
April 14, 1991
Regarding your article, "Neglect of Bright but Poor Students Frustrates Teachers" (March 28) at La Jolla High whose advanced placement exams are not subsidized by the financially strapped school district, I submit that J.M. Tarvin, the persuasive and respected principal at La Jolla High, could raise the needed $65-a-person fee for every qualified student every year by tapping the resources of the La Jolla High School Foundation--a private fund-raising organization....
February 15, 1987 | BARBARA ISENBERG
The West End's musical producers may have lower costs than their Broadway counterparts, but some rely on provincial tryouts to keep expenses even lower. Now previewing here is "High Society," a new version of the Cole Porter film musical that was tested, improved and packaged in England's Midlands.
January 2, 1994
The Times is to be commended for its editorial "There Is Room at the Inn, Alas" (Dec. 21). It is a tragedy that general relief clients have seen their checks reduced from $341 to $293 and then to the current $212 over the past year. As you mention, "That is not enough to rent a room, unless the recipient is lucky enough to get one of the few (hotel rooms) subsidized by the Community Redevelopment Agency." Luckily we just reopened the La Jolla Hotel, which was rehabilitated with agency funds.
November 6, 2012
Re "Rev. Schuller says church owes him," Nov. 2 Regarding the bankruptcy court fight over the millions left over in the Crystal Cathedral sale and bankruptcy, I would like to volunteer to testify on behalf of the taxpayers who have been forced to subsidize these mega-corporations masquerading as churches. This is an absolute scam. The whole Schuller mob has been living high on the hog for years while enjoying an outdated tax system that shielded their church from paying taxes.
August 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Hoping to end persistent skirmishing, peacekeepers moved into areas near South Ossetia's capital to separate Georgian troops and fighters in the breakaway region, officials said. Aslan Elbakiyev, a spokesman for South Ossetia's separatist government, said there were no reports of fresh fighting in the region, where nearly a week of mortar and gun fire had threatened to spiral into all-out war. The peacekeeping force includes Russian, Georgian and South Ossetian troops.
January 5, 2014 | By George P. Shultz, Scott W. Atlas and John F. Cogan
As the acute problems of the Affordable Care Act become increasingly apparent, it also has become clear that we need new ways of ensuring access to healthcare for all Americans. We should begin with an examination of health insurance. Insurance is about protecting against risk. In the health arena, the risk at issue is of large and unexpected medical expenses. The proper role of health insurance should be to finance necessary and expensive medical services without the patient incurring devastating financial consequences.
December 19, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Toward the end of September, I found myself in a meeting room at Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York with planners from a variety of book fairs (Miami, Trinidad, Texas, Australia) discussing audience and cooperation and outreach. It was the morning after the Brooklyn Book Festival, which had drawn tens of thousands, and the atmosphere was upbeat, marked by excitement, even relief. Economics remained an issue (how to attract and pay for writers, how to advertise and promote) but there was no lamenting, no sense that things might be shutting down.
October 8, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Facing the prospect of a prolonged federal government shutdown, Gov. Jerry Brown will soon need to decide if the state will shoulder the cost to keep running federal programs used by millions of Californians. State officials say there's no guarantee that critical social services in California - such as food stamps, subsidized school meals and nutrition assistance for pregnant women and infants - could run without interruption in November. The Brown administration has not yet said if it plans to plug the gaps for social programs at the end of the month.
September 22, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Of the many issues hanging over the proposal to burrow enormous tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and replumb the hub of California's water system, the one most likely to make or break the $25-billion project is money. Just who, exactly, is going to pay for it? The San Joaquin Valley irrigation districts and urban water agencies in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area that get water supplies from the delta have promised to pick up most of the tab, with federal and state taxpayers paying the rest.
September 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING - If Nicole Zhou reflects how the Chinese feel about Apple Inc.'s latest iPhones, the technology giant may have a huge struggle on its hands winning consumers over in the world's biggest smartphone market. One day after the Cupertino, Calif., company unveiled two new iPhone models - the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back - 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a Samsung Galaxy S4 instead.
August 2, 2013 | By Christopher Goffard
A 38-year-old Aliso Viejo woman is charged with setting fires in her taxpayer-subsidized residences, fraudulently collecting the insurance money, and cheating on welfare. Authorities said that in August 2009, Andrea Michelle Robinson set a fire in a bedroom of the Rancho Santa Margarita home where she was living while her 12-year-old daughter was asleep in another room, and collected $25,000 in insurance for the damage. In 2011 and 2012, authorities said, she set fires at her residences in Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel.
August 30, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD
To ensure the service level at the Camarillo Library remains steady through next June, the City Council has again approved a contract to subsidize a portion of the library's annual cost of staying open. The council voted late Wednesday to spend $60,000 to pay for 11 extra hours in the weekly schedule. The city had already included the money in its current budget.
December 30, 1993
Malibu will receive state and federal funds to help offset the $426,968 cost of cleaning fire-damaged land, City Manager David Carmany said. He said the Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state Office of Emergency Services will foot all but $27,752 of the bill for clearing streams and storm drains, stabilizing hillsides and erecting retaining walls, and checking dams and barriers.
August 2, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
The movie "42" arrived in theaters this spring swaddled snugly in the American flag. Studio marketers declared the film to be "the true story of an American legend. " With good reason: It's hard to find a more uplifting sports story than Jackie Robinson's battle against racism on his way to becoming one of the greatest ballplayers in history. "42" evoked its bygone era by filming extensively in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The filmmakers collected millions in subsidies from those states' taxpayers, who proudly followed the production via local newspaper stories detailing its step-by-step progress from location to location.
June 28, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Richard Winton and Frank Shyong
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies harassed and intimidated blacks, Latinos and other residents in the Antelope Valley, the U.S. Justice Department has concluded after a two-year investigation. Federal officials found a pattern of sheriff's deputies using unreasonable force, intimidation and "widespread" unlawful detentions and searches. Many of the findings involved residents who received low-income subsidized housing. The allegations mark another setback for a troubled department that is also the subject of a federal investigation into deputy misconduct and brutality in the jail system.
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