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November 17, 2011 | Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
With a labor dispute threatening to kill the 2011-12 NBA basketball season, restaurant owners, barkeepers and vendors near Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles are bracing for a big loss in revenue from fans who would normally crowd into the area several times a week. The deadlocked contract talks have hit particularly hard on a new Hooters restaurant that opened in July on Figueroa Street across from Staples Center to draw big-spending Lakers and Clippers fans. "We definitely opened this restaurant to be event-driven," said Hooters general manager Laura Acton, who complained that she doesn't have enough work for all of the waitresses she hired to serve NBA fans.
September 9, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
An Orange County taxi company has become the first in California to put new compressed natural gas-powered Ford Transit Connect Taxis into service. California Yellow Cab of Orange County said Thursday that it started using the first 10 of 50 Ford CNG-powered taxis it plans to put on the road by 2012. Yellow Cab of Anaheim has ordered 69 of the vehicles. The CNG taxis are already in use in Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and St. Louis. They cost about $35,000. The taxis are based on the gasoline-powered version of the Transit Connect, a small van popular as a delivery or commercial vehicle.
August 26, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Woe is the taxi driver in China. The roads are clogged with about 40,000 new cars a day, the price of gasoline has doubled in the last five years, and passenger fares have barely budged even though everything else in the country is getting more expensive. Fed up with their shrinking profit margins, 1,500 cabbies in the eastern city of Hangzhou went on strike this month demanding higher fares. "Ten years ago, taxi drivers belonged to the high-income group. Now we have become part of the low-income group," a Hangzhou cab driver told the Oriental Daily, explaining how his pay after expenses had dropped from about $730 a month six years ago to $470 today.
May 28, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Jeff Conaway, an actor who came to fame in the late 1970s as a high school greaser in the hit movie musical "Grease" and as a regular on the TV series "Taxi" but in more recent years was known for his appearances on "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew," died Friday. He was 60. Conaway was taken off life support at Encino Hospital Medical Center, said his sister Carla Shreve. He had pneumonia when he arrived unconscious at the hospital May 10, the result of "just too many prescribed drugs," and was placed in a medically induced coma, she said.
April 27, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
They aren't yellow, and they've got only two wheels, but the taxis operated by a new service in Los Angeles , Moto Limos Club, will get passengers where they need to go — even between lanes of traffic. They'll just need to gear up in a helmet and jacket and travel light. In operation since March, the members-only Moto Limos Club charges $90 an hour for a ride on the back of a Honda Gold Wing, equipped with two saddle bags and a top case. Safety gear is provided by the company.
March 30, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to grant a new 10-year contract to a taxi management firm that was found in a 2007 city audit to have mismanaged funds and committed other irregularities while coordinating cab service at Los Angeles International Airport. As part of the deal, passengers catching cabs at the airport will see the per-trip surcharge jump from $2.50 to $4. That is on top of the fare. Under the contract, the city says, LAX will experience an almost four-fold increase in revenues, from $700,000 per year to an annual average of $2.7 million.
March 13, 2011 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Travelers to Europe this year are discovering unwelcome ride-alongs: new and heftier surcharges for flights and cruises. They may even pay more to get to their U.S. gateway airport. Blame the rising price of oil, driven by widening world demand and Mideast turmoil, for much of this pain. In the last few months, British Airways has twice raised its fuel surcharges, and other European carriers also have raised theirs. Some cruise lines are adding or increasing daily fuel supplements.
February 26, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The rising Southern California-bred soprano Angel Blue is having a smashing Vienna debut ? except for an ugly encounter with a racist cab driver outside a Starbucks in the Austrian capital. Blue, who has sung several roles for Los Angeles Opera, where she trained in its Domingo-Thornton Young Artist program, was on break from rehearsals for Benjamin Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia" and needed a ride back to the venerable Theater an der Wien opera house. She hopped in a white Mercedes cab, according to the Viennese weekly magazine News, only to hear the driver snarl, "I don't drive black women.
February 13, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Twenty-five people were injured when a cabdriver drove onto a sidewalk and smashed into a crowd in San Diego's Gaslamp district entertainment zone early Saturday, police said. Although 23 people were taken to hospitals, none of the injuries were life-threatening, said San Diego police Lt. Rick O'Hanlon. The most seriously injured was a 42-year-old woman whose leg was severed when she was stuck between the cab and a metal pole. The 48-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was pulled from the cab by the crowd and beaten.
December 26, 2010 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
California's largest tribe has set its sights on obtaining a 1,200-acre slice of Redwood National Park, part of an ambitious plan to cobble together a new tribal park that could add eco-lodges, gift shops and water taxis into backcountry along the Klamath River. The Yurok Tribe envisions that its park would be managed as part of the chain of national and state parks that necklace the Redwood Coast from Mendocino County to the Oregon border, some of the most spectacular and contested landscapes in California.
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