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March 17, 1998 | PATRICE APODACA
The World Trade Center Assn. of Orange County, faced with the loss of a federal grant and a rent hike, is seeking a partner to help it continue its services. The organization, part of a nonprofit franchise system that includes more than 300 offices worldwide, supports foreign trade through educational programs and other assistance to local businesses. But the $2.
May 2, 2013 | By Matea Gold, Chris Megerian and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Early last month, state lawyers and election officials around the country dialed into a conference call to talk about how to deal with the flood of secret money that played an unprecedented role in the 2012 election. The discussion, which included officials from California, New York, Alaska and Maine, was a first step toward a collaborative effort to force tax-exempt advocacy organizations and trade associations out of the shadows. The unusual initiative was driven by the lack of progress at the federal level in pushing those groups to disclose their contributors if they engage in campaigns, as candidates and political action committees are required to do. "There is no question that one of the reasons to have states working together is because the federal government, in numerous arenas, has failed to take action," said Ann Ravel, chairwoman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, who organized the call with officials from about 10 states.
In what is rapidly becoming the hottest mayoral race in recent history, Mayor Fred Hunter is trying to turn Councilman Tom Daly's job as an executive for a builders trade association into a key issue in the campaign. Hunter, as well as City Council candidate Bob Zemel, has been questioning whether Daly has violated a state law that says elected officials must abstain from voting on any project that would financially benefit them or their employers.
March 25, 2012 | By Meg James and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles is casting itself in a leading role in advertising. For the first time in its 95-year history, the American Assn. of Advertising Agencies is holding its annual conference in Los Angeles. The event's title, Transformation LA 2012, acknowledges the city's rising profile as a major advertising hub. Although the region's ad community has produced award-winning television spots for years, advertisers increasingly are focusing on integrating their messages into digital media, video games and music videos.
February 17, 1989 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
While they have to share credit with some expensive outside political consulting help and $2 million in campaign contributions that came mostly from the building industry, John Erskine and Gordon Tippell won a national award from Professional Builder Magazine for helping defeat last year's slow-growth initiative at the polls. Erskine is executive director of the Building Industry Assn.
September 22, 1989
Birtcher, the Laguna Niguel-based developer, has been named Developer of the Year by the National Assn. of Industrial and Office Parks. The award will be presented in October at the trade association's conference in San Francisco. The Arlington, Va.-based trade association called Birtcher "one of the West Coast's premier developers." The family company began 50 years ago as developers of tract homes.
December 15, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Justice Department has closed an antitrust investigation of Caterpillar Inc. without challenging the company's policies on sales of spare parts, the company said. . . . A group of discount brokers, dissatisfied with Wall Street's trade group, is organizing its own trade association, executives at the firms said.
March 11, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
The union representing NFL players pushed away from the negotiating table and decertified Friday, an extreme measure that leaves the federal courts to determine the immediate future of the nation's most popular sports league. By decertifying -- dissolving itself as a union -- the NFLPA has cleared the way for individual players to file antitrust lawsuits against the league, which likely could be barred from locking out those players. After decertification, a group of players that included three of the NFL's most popular quarterbacks -- Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees -- filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league in U.S. District Court to prevent a lockout.
November 8, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The ink isn’t even dry yet on the midterm election results when one of the key issues, how to stimulate the economy, returned on Monday to the political arena. In remarks prepared for delivery at a trade association convention in Phoenix, Sarah PalinĀ  warns againstĀ  the recently announced Federal Reserve policy to buy $600 billion in Treasury bonds. Excerpts of her speech were leaked to National Review Online. “The Fed hopes doing this may buy us a little temporary economic growth by supplying banks with extra cash which they could then lend out to businesses,” Palin will argue.
October 20, 2009 | Jim Puzzanghera and Claudia Eller
For all the rumblings in Hollywood that Dan Glickman was miscast as the industry's top Washington lobbyist, the next head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America could well be closer to his technocrat mold than to the suave celebrity of the man who made the job famous: Jack Valenti. That's because, with Glickman disclosing Monday that he'll step down next September, the movie industry knows it has evolved since he took over in 2004 as MPAA's chairman and chief executive. Preventing piracy of movies and TV shows dominates the trade association's lobbying agenda, and the desire for a glitzy face in the nation's capital has lessened as the major movie studios have become divisions in larger media conglomerates with sometimes competing agendas.
December 31, 2006 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
The old sports adage says there's no "I" in "team." But for the information technology industry, there's no "team" in "IT." Unlike most major industries, high tech has no all-encompassing trade association to push its agenda at the White House and on Capitol Hill. Instead, about two dozen groups represent all or parts of the industry, with enough acronyms for a heaping bowl of alphabet soup: AeA, BSA, CCIA, CEA, EIA, SIA, SIIA, ITAA, ITIC and USIIA, to list some.
September 17, 2006 | Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune
They called it the "Congressional Cruise Series," featuring lovely evenings on a luxury yacht with "two large staterooms ... a deluxe entertainment center and an airy comfortable salon." They billed it, unabashedly, as a way for lobbyists to develop relationships with influential politicians. By all appearances, the National Marine Manufacturers Assn.'
June 28, 2003 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
Is it a player or a pawn? Deciphering the role of the International Men's Tennis Assn. in the power play going on outside the lines in professional tennis isn't easy, even for the fledgling players-only trade association. "The IMTA has created a lot of reaction and action," said Henri-James Tieleman, the administrative director of the group. "But if you ask if the players' lives are being affected and changed for the better, no. We haven't achieved what we could achieve yet."
While home prices were going up a little in most parts of the state during December, they fell 6.5% in Orange County compared to a year ago. The median price of an existing home in the county was $229,120 in December, the California Assn. of Realtors said Friday, compared to $245,050 in December, 1989. Sales slipped nearly 19% during the year, the trade association estimated. The figures exclude new homes, a much smaller share of the housing market. Across the state, home prices rose 2.5% to $192,930 in December from $188,180 in December, 1989.
June 14, 2003 | Lisa Dillman and Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writers
It has been years since the words strike, boycott or work stoppage have been mentioned in professional tennis, but an e-mail indicates the simmering conflict between the ruling bodies of the sport has brought those words into the dialogue. The recent attempt and failure, for the moment, of the ATP to secure more money from the Grand Slam tournaments -- its opening proposal was a $50-million request -- has led to questions about the organization's next move.
October 26, 2002 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
An ocean away from the most volatile parts of their region, leaders of Pacific Rim governments meeting here this weekend are expected to adopt an ambitious U.S. plan to dry up financing for terrorists and strengthen security procedures for air travel and shipping. The plan would require the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group, or APEC, to send passenger lists to one another ahead of the arrivals of aircraft and ships.
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