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February 20, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Talking about money is always difficult. But for Latinos in the Los Angeles area, it appears to be especially unpleasant. According to a new survey, Latinos say they feel more comfortable talking about sex with friends or family members than they do discussing their finances. About 41% of Latinos in L.A. and Orange counties say it's difficult to talk about personal finances, according to a survey by Wells Fargo. Only 38% say the same thing about sex. PHOTOS: Top 10 Southern California companies In fact, local Latinos prefer discussing death, religion and taxes to finances, according to the poll.
February 18, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Talk about a Holy War. Paramount has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release debunking a survey and a resultant Variety story about the faith-based community's skepticism for the studio's upcoming  tentpole “Noah.” In a fittingly biblical turn, the drama was upped when the group fired back. But neither side seems to be reading entirely from a good book. Here's the back story: On Monday a group called Faith Driven Consumers released a study about the March 28-opening Darren Aronofsky film starring Russell Crowe, noting that “Noah faces rough seas.
February 14, 2014
Join Los Angeles Times staff writers Rong-Gong Lin II and Doug Smith for a discussion at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the latest news in Southern California's effort to prevent damage and the loss of life should there be a major earthquake. Santa Monica recently announced plans to become the first city in California to inspect concrete, steel and wood-frame buildings and require seismic retrofitting for those deemed vulnerable during a major earthquake. The move comes after a series of reports by The Times detailing how  more than 1,000 old concrete buildings in Los Angeles and hundreds more throughout the county may be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake.
February 14, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Doug Smith and Rosanna Xia
Santa Monica plans to spend more than $100,000 over the next year identifying buildings that would be vulnerable during an earthquake. Then property owners must show the buildings are safe or fix them. City officials said they would determine over the next few months how much time the owners have to complete the retrofitting. The survey is expected to cover hundreds of buildings, including steel office towers, older concrete buildings and wood multistory apartment houses that dot the city.
February 13, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Money worries are killing romance right when we need it, on Valentine's Day. The holiday means pricey dinners and sparkly gifts, an outlay of cash -- and added financial stress -- for many Americans. For those wanting to add some romantic sizzle, money worries are a cold shower. PHOTOS: For Valentine's Day, monogamous animals A recent survey shows money-related stress may be snuffing out sexual desire.  A majority of Americans surveyed in the Harris poll, conducted for financial data company Yodlee , thought about money more often than sex -- 62% of those 18 and older.
February 6, 2014 | Michelle Maltais
Think the job market is in the toilet? For some, that's absolutely right. They are looking for a job while doing their business.  This insight comes courtesy of a survey by the Polling Co. on behalf of Jobvite out Thursday highlighting where and how people are looking for work. They asked a sample of 2,135 adults about their approach to job opportunities. Two things that were increasingly becoming go-to tools for job searches, according to the survey: mobile devices and social media. Of those surveyed, 43% used their mobile device to find work.
February 5, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Tesla, the California-based electric brand behind the Model S, stormed into the top five automotive brands in a recent survey by Consumer Reports, the organization announced Wednesday. The company rounds out a group led by Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet as the automakers that ranked highest in overall brand perception. Tesla ranked 11th in last year's survey. Rounding out the top 10 this year were Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Cadillac and BMW. The annual survey by Consumer Reports asks people about seven factors they consider when buying a car, weighing them from most important to least: quality, safety, performance, value, fuel economy, design and technology.
January 30, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Los Angeles tech professionals fared well last year, on average earning a 4% pay raise that boosted salaries to $95,815. That outpaced the U.S. average, according to a survey by Dice, a career website for technology and engineering professionals. Nationally, salaries for technology professionals rose 3% year over year to $87,811. The survey also found that 36% of L.A.-based tech pros got an average annual bonus of $8,165. That was lower than the U.S. figure: Nationally, 34% of tech professionals received a bonus totaling $9,323 on average.
January 29, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown is more popular than he has been among California voters than at any time since retaking the governor's office in 2011, a new survey has found. The Public Policy Institute of California poll shows Brown's approval on the rise, even as state voters appear to be souring on President Barack Obama. The survey found 60% of the state's likely voters give Brown positive marks more than three years into his third term as governor. Brown has not yet said whether he will seek an unprecedented fourth term later this year, but he is widely expected to run. Brown holds large leads over one of his announced Republican candidates for the job. In a head-to-head match-up, he holds a 53-17% lead over Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.
January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
On the field, the Seahawks are known for causing turnovers, but off the field, the teams' fans are the ones who are fumbling their devices. Smartphone users who are rooting for the Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII are 46% clumsier than users who are rooting for the Broncos, according to a survey conducted this month by SquareTrade , a San Francisco company that sells device insurance. According to the survey, nearly 25% of fans rooting for the Seahawks have had a cellphone accident within the last 12 months.
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