January 22, 1999 |
In their biggest show of force to date, 400 members of Los Angeles' high-tech community turned out for the inaugural meeting of Zone Club, a group that aims to help Southern California become another Silicon Valley. But some of the sentiments expressed at the event, held Wednesday night at Ciudad restaurant in downtown L.A. and co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, underscored the amount of work it will take to achieve that goal.
October 16, 1998 |
In the deserted, weed-covered lots of Los Angeles' urban core, Tim Draper sees fertile ground for a thriving high-tech community. And Silicon Valley venture capitalist's vision for a high-technology center is as broad as the 19-square-mile area--from South-Central to East L.A. to Dodger Stadium--that he's targeting. In this unlikely area, Draper is leading an effort to invest at least $25 million of federal funds--and perhaps an equal amount of private capital--in high-tech start-ups.
February 28, 2014 |
This week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi indicated that Democrats would attempt to pass a proposed federal minimum wage hike using an obscure House parliamentary procedure. Called a “ discharge petition ,” the tactic brings a bill - in this case, a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over two years - directly to the floor of the House, bypassing the Republican-controlled committees that have so far blocked such a vote. The reason is simple: The GOP disapproves of the minimum wage, but with most Americans in favor of raising it, House Republicans would rather not cast that vote ahead of the midterm elections.
November 5, 2000 |
One of the clearest lessons of the 2000 campaign is that high-tech money is fast becoming the mother's milk of politics. Perhaps less obvious is that, in California, it is also becoming the mother's milk of policy. Reams have been written about the emergence of high-tech moguls as major contributors to both Republicans and Democrats, and about candidate pilgrimages to the money mecca that is Silicon Valley.
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April 16, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to split California into six states is crazy. "Ridiculous. " "Laughable. " Also, you concur that this bird will never fly. Not only would the plan need to be approved by California voters, Congress and the president would have to sign off, too. "Do you really think Democrats would ever allow anything to disrupt the 55-electoral-vote advantage they get every four years?" from California, reader Kurt wrote.
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August 5, 2001 |
Forget those venture capitalists and billionaire tycoons hosting lavish fund-raisers from La Jolla to Manhattan. The single biggest donor to Democratic Gov. Gray Davis' campaign fortune now happens to be Gov. Davis' campaign fortune itself. A fund-raising snowball, Davis' treasury is so big it's gaining heft just by rolling forward.
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September 8, 2003 |
It was not yet 8 a.m. at Buck's restaurant, the legendary Silicon Valley networking nexus and breakfast joint. Already, Jamis MacNiven, Buck's irrepressible owner, was in full recall spiel, navigating his big frame from booth to booth -- from venture capitalists hunched over kiwi strawberry blintzes to unemployed techies desperately scouring the dining room for opportunities.
September 2, 2003 |
Joel Boblit started buying and selling action figures on EBay in 1997. This year, he expects to sell $3 million worth of G.I. Joes, Transformers and Zoids. That's good news for EBay Inc., right? Wrong. Boblit is on the front line in the coming clash between two Internet titans that are winning customers and making money on the Net. Boblit uses EBay, the world's biggest Internet auction site, only for clearing out inventory from his online store.
November 15, 2005 |
GOV. ARNOLD Schwarzenegger is making a high-profile trade trip to China this week. It's supposed to benefit you and me by opening up Chinese markets for California goods. But the guest list is a dead giveaway: Of the 80 businessmen, government officials and others accompanying the governor, about two dozen are big-bucks Schwarzenegger supporters who have together contributed more than $2.5 million to his campaign committees.