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March 14, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
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.
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.
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.
May 15, 2004 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
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 | Researched by ADAM S. BAUMAN / Los Angeles Times
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.
November 12, 1987 | Associated Press
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.
June 7, 1994
Trade between Asia and the Americas evolved from silk and silver in the 17th Century to aircraft and automobiles today. Where once the routes were few and hazardous, plied by galleons and clippers, today they are countless and routine, plied by giant containers and supertankers. HISTORIC TRADE ROUTES Circa A.D. 1600 Route: Manila to Acapulco to Callao, Peru. Major products: Silver from Mexico. Silk from China; re-exported to Callao * Circa A.D.
December 11, 1988 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
California trade with Asia involves more than goods. Asian art, music and dance also are making their way here, accompanied by cultural mavens who, like their counterparts in the business world, are frequently living their lives on both sides of the Pacific. Within that group is Robert E. Singer, 40, curator of the newly opened Pavilion for Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
February 7, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
More than $10 million in counterfeit iPods, iPhones and other items have been seized from a sophisticated downtown warehouse operation in a theft case begun by Los Angeles Port Police. "This was a well-funded operation, and the counterfeits looked very authentic," said Ron Boyd, chief of the approximately 200-member L.A. Port Police force, adding that a buyer might not have noticed anything awry until he or she got home and tried to hook up with iTunes. Investigators said they thought that the shipment was designed to get Apple Inc. lookalike products into the market during the recent buzz over the Consumer Electronics Show.
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