October 13, 2013 |
Southern California's office market has moved ever so slightly in favor of landlords. In the just-finished third quarter of 2013, the overall vacancy rate fell a tiny bit, and average monthly rents ticked up a few cents. The slight upward shift was typical of the last several quarters. The region's office rental market stabilized after the recession, but has not picked up steam the way it did during previous economic recoveries. "This is uncharted territory," said research analyst Petra Durnin of property brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
September 20, 2013 |
California employers added 29,100 payroll jobs in August, posting one of the largest job gains in the nation but the unemployment rate still ticked up to 8.9% from 8.7% the month before, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Job gains were broad in the Golden State last month, with seven sectors adding new positions. The construction sector led the job growth in August, expanding by 7,700 jobs. The white-collar sector of professional and business services, which includes well-paying jobs such as lawyers, accountants and architects, added 6,300 jobs last month.
September 4, 2013 |
It looked a sweet deal: Citibank would give Ole 50,000 American Airlines miles if he took out a new credit card. The only catch was that he'd have to spend at least $3,000 over three months. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Ole had no problem with that. He applied for the card and, when it arrived, called to activate it. That's when he learned that the three-month clock had started two weeks earlier, when he'd originally applied for the card. Hardly seemed fair.
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August 16, 2013 |
A state senator from Nevada has joined a California lawmaker in requesting that drug maker Purdue Pharma turn over the names of doctors the company suspects recklessly prescribed its pills to drug dealers and addicts. Sen. Richard "Tick" Segerblom (D-Las Vegas) sent a letter to Purdue on Friday requesting that the company immediately provide Nevada's medical board with the names of Nevada physicians contained in a database of suspect doctors maintained by the company. Segerblom, chairman of Nevada's Senate Judiciary Committee, said he believes Purdue "has an ethical, if not legal duty" to inform state authorities of doctors who appear to be irresponsible prescribers of OxyContin, a potent painkiller that was highly prone to abuse before its reformulation in August 2010.
July 27, 2013 |
As the clock ticks toward Wednesday's nonwaiver trade deadline, Times staff writer Kevin Baxter examines where the 30 major league teams stand. (Statistics through Friday. Last week's rankings in parentheses): LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1. TAMPA BAY | Rays GM says he doesn't have any "glaring" holes to plug (3) 2. ST. LOUIS | Unlikely to be active, althoughWhite Sox SS Ramirez is an option (1) 3. DODGERS | Team went shopping early, adding Ricky Nolasco on July 6 (13) 4. OAKLAND | If A's make a deal it will probably be for a starter or maybe a second baseman (4)
June 9, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - If Shinola has any brand resonance these days, it's most likely from the phrase: "You don't know [expletive] from Shinola," a World War II-era insult referencing the shoe polish manufactured by Shinola-Bixby Corp. But the brand is back on the scene and in a big way. Founded in 1907, the original Shinola (pronounced SHINE-ola), has been defunct for decades, but the nostalgic name and trademark rights were plucked out of has-been brand obscurity a few years back and applied to a modern-day range of retro-inspired, made-in-America products, including bicycles, leather journals and now handsome wristwatches that retail from $495 to $725.