March 14, 2012 |
The nation's busiest seaport complex had a down month for cargo statistics in February compared with a year earlier, but officials blamed it in part on an early Chinese New Year's celebration that idled factories in that nation. Combined, for example, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach moved a total of 445,835 cargo containers carrying imported goods last month. That was a decline of 12.5% from a year earlier. Chinese factories traditionally close for the celebration for a week of more, said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Long Beach port.
September 11, 1994 |
Few places on Earth have been described in such rich statistical detail. But then, the Pacific Rim is an idea in search of a definition, and it needs something tangible to glue it together. That's why anyone with a stomach for numbers can discover the growth rate of its aggregate GNP, the output in megawatts of its new power plants or the purchasing power of its emerging middle class. Memorize some of this minutia and you're a Pacific Rim expert.
July 11, 2009 |
Wearing a dirty striped T-shirt, scuffed loafers and dusty cargo pants, Liu Xiuyi arrived in Urumqi last week after a 56-hour train ride that took him from the east coast to the farthest reaches of China's northwest. Like the young Americans who in the 19th century followed Horace Greeley's imperative to "Go west, young man," the 26-year-old Liu left home in search of a job, space and opportunity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1998
The California Coastal Commission will decide during the first week of February whether to approve a modest expansion of Soka University's Calabasas campus. The debate over the university's future has been ongoing since 1990, and the commission's approval is the last step in a regulatory process that has largely incorporated the concerns of local residents. The current proposal is supported by a range of groups that include the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2004 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may be headed for China and Japan later this year as part of a campaign to use his celebrity to market California and promote international trade. The Asia trip -- to last at least a week -- would follow a shorter trip to Mexico being considered for this summer. Over a three-day span earlier this month, the governor visited Israel, Jordan and Germany.
October 25, 2006
ANGELENOS DIDN'T GET to cast a vote in Panama's referendum Sunday, but it could have a major effect on what is arguably the region's most important industry. And no, we don't mean Hollywood; L.A.'s port complex is the largest in the nation, and world trade routes might be on the verge of a significant switch. Panamanians overwhelmingly supported a $5.
February 13, 1994 |
What will the economy of the future look like? No one can predict exactly how economic growth patterns will evolve. But, based on past and current trends, it's possible to project which jobs will grow--or shrink in the years ahead. * The geography of the economy will be as uneven tomorrow as it is today. A coming boom in multimedia and interactive technology, for instance, could benefit the Hollywood area and the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2012 |
The masterminds of an international rhinoceros horn smuggling ring pleaded guilty in a Los Angeles federal court to illegal wildlife trafficking, money laundering and tax evasion. The pleas Friday wrapped up the first phase of a nationwide crackdown on the lucrative horn trade to Asia. Vinh Chuong "Jimmy" Kha and Felix Kha, who have been jailed since their homes and import-export business in Garden Grove and Westminster were raided in February, probably face about five more years in prison under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
June 28, 2001 |
Sanwa, a familiar brand name in California banking for three decades, is about to disappear. Sanwa Bank California, the fourth-largest bank based in the state, is merging with the much smaller Tokai Bank of California to form United California Bank. The deal is set to be completed Monday. Sanwa and Tokai are privately owned and both banks have specialized in the relatively small market for commercial customers involved in Pacific Rim trade.
November 12, 1987 |
For Americans living in the world's most expensive city, things have gone from bad to worse when most people thought things couldn't get much tougher. In February, 1985, a dollar bought 263 yen. It has sunk steadily since then to unprecedented depths--shedding 12 more yen in the last three weeks alone. Now one dollar buys just 134 yen. Staying Home A couple with two children who want an evening out pay 1,900 yen an hour for a commercial baby sitter in Tokyo. That was a manageable $7.