December 4, 2013 |
Regional economies throughout the country got a boost from manufacturing and the housing recovery this fall, but overall the nation's economic growth was modest to moderate. Manufacturing, which expanded in most regions of the country, was led by gains in motor vehicle and high-tech production, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve. The survey, the so-called beige book, covers the nation's 12 regional Federal Reserve banks. The survey time period covered early October to mid-November.
December 3, 2013 |
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety will propose a plan for identifying which of the approximately 29,000 apartment buildings constructed in the city before 1978 might be potentially deadly wood frame "soft-story" structures. These buildings, supported by inadequate perimeter walls around open spaces on the ground level - such as carports - run the risk of collapsing during a serious earthquake, causing injury and death. In the 1994 Northridge earthquake, about 200 soft-story buildings were severely damaged or destroyed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 |
A recent survey of every swimming pool in the Los Angeles Basin found that Beverly Hills has the most pools and Watts has none. The digital analysis called the " Big Atlas of L.A. Pools " fills 6,000 pages in 74 printed volumes. It concludes that the typical swimming pool in Los Angeles is oval-shaped and measures 16 feet, 4 inches by 33 feet, 6 inches, though there are numerous oddly shaped pools squeezed into backyards. FULL STORY: Mappers spot all the pools in L.A. Basin The atlas found that Beverly Hills has 2,481 - the highest per capita in the region.
November 26, 2013 |
Healthcare costs for Los Angeles employers climbed 4.5% this year to $11,625 per employee, a new survey shows, and firms expect a bigger increase in 2014. Nationwide, health-benefit costs in the workplace rose just 2.1% in 2013 to $10,779 per worker, which includes employer and employee contributions for medical, dental and other health coverage. The figures come from a survey of employer health plans by Mercer, a benefits consulting firm. Full coverage: Obamacare rolls out Employers nationwide and in Southern California expect their healthcare costs to climb more than 5% next year.
November 26, 2013 |
Here's something to consider when you're Christmas shopping for that teen or young adult in your family. Yes, young people spend a lot of time reading and writing short messages on their smartphones, or listening to music and playing games on those and other electronic devices. But there's one aspect of their lives in which they prefer -- by a large margin, according to one poll -- the old-school ways: reading books. The British marketing research agency Voxburner recently surveyed more than 1,400 people, ages 16 to 24, about their media-consumption habits.
November 26, 2013 |
When should a women have her first baby? A majority of Americans said age 25 or younger would be the ideal, according to a new survey. Gallup recently polled 5,100 people and found that 58% said women should start having children in their early 20s or late teens. Only 3% of respondents said 31 or older is the ideal time for a woman to have her first child. In this teetering economy -- and with the unemployment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds hovering around 13% -- the survey sparks the question: Exactly who thinks 25 is "ideal"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 |
A growing minority of Americans believes that doctors should do anything possible to save a life, no matter what, instead of saying there are some situations in which a patient should be allowed to pass away, the Pew Research Center found in a survey of nearly 2,000 adults. In addition, an increasing number of people say that even if they were suffering an incurable disease and were in severe pain, they would not ask their doctors to halt treatment. The surge in such attitudes surprises bioethicists who want physicians and families to carefully weigh aggressive medical treatments for patients near death.
November 19, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dave Goldberg has an answer for all those corporations that have been asking for SurveyMonkey to roll out a product for business customers: It's here. On Monday the Palo Alto company began making available SurveyMonkey Enterprise. It's a major switch for the 12-year-old company. Consumers used to sign up for free or paid versions of the service that creates quick polls by visiting the company's website and creating an account. Goldberg, SurveyMonkey's chief executive, said employees at most major corporations already use the service.
November 18, 2013 |
Online lender Quicken Loans sits atop J.D. Power & Associates' survey of mortgage customer satisfaction for a fourth straight year. Quicken rated 841 overall out of a possible 1,000, according to J.D. Power, a Westlake Village market researcher. The Detroit-based lender received top ratings in all categories: the application and approval process, interactions with loan representatives, the closing experience, and level and quality of contact. BB&T Corp. of Winston-Salem, N.C., ranked second at 798 with high scores in all categories.
November 12, 2013 |
Not sure what gift to get your teens these holidays? A new survey says the iPhone is the most popular choice. Nearly 90% of teens said they want an electronic gift this year, and the most popular electronic choice is the iPhone, according to a survey conducted by Ebates.com, an online cash-back shopping and coupons website. Nearly one-third of all teens surveyed said they want an iPhone this year, and 24% said they want an Apple iPad. The third-most popular gift was the PlayStation 4, with 20% of teens saying they want the new Sony video game console.