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August 15, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
It's not looking good for the restaurant industry, which struggled through a slow spring season and will probably see flat traffic for the next two years. A mild winter drove more diners to eat out, leading optimistic analysts to predict that the industry was recovering after being slammed in the recession. But those hopes were dashed as the year went on and restaurant visits rose a paltry 1% in the spring from a year earlier, according to research firm NPD Group Inc. NPD analyst Bonnie Riggs cited consumers' "continuing cost-consciousness, still relatively high unemployment and economic uncertainty" as reasons for the industry's disappointing performance.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
A commuter nightmare was developing Friday in the Bay Area as authorities closed both directions of the Bay Bridge to check a suspicious device. [Updated: The bridge was reopened by the CHP. ] According to the California Highway Patrol, authorities were examining the a  device found near the Treasure Island exit. Photos showed traffic backed up both on the San Francisco and Oakland side of the bridge. There was no word on when the bridge would reopen. Here is an image aggregated from social media: BREAKING PHOTO: Traffic nightmare as Bay Bridge in San Francisco CLOSED due to a suspicious package - @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/t7PdN7odMm - NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker)
BUSINESS
February 27, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Restaurant visits have fallen across the country since the recession, and the bulk of those lost customers - 87% - abandoned independent eateries. Americans ate out 60.6 billion times last year, according to research company the NPD Group. That's down from 62.7 billion in 2008 and flat compared to 2010. Of the 2.1 billion visits lost, 2 billion would have been to independent establishments. Instead, consumers are patronizing larger restaurant chains, which have added 4,511 units since 2009.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
President Obama was a big hit on Reddit, so much so that he helped set an all-time traffic record for the popular social news website. The session , known as an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit, registered more than 4 million visits since it went live Wednesday afternoon. At one point, as many as 200,000 people were on the site at the same time, which significantly surpassed Reddit's previous high of 130,000 concurrent visitors. When asked why Obama chose to participate in the Reddit Q&A, the Obama campaign said it was a chance for the president to interact with Reddit's robust community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2009 | Anna Gorman
An Oakland police officer was shot in the foot Sunday morning after stopping a big-rig truck driver for driving erratically on a freeway, authorities said. The police were making a traffic stop on Interstate 880 north of the Oakland airport about 3:45 a.m. when the driver left the truck and fired a shotgun, hitting one of the officers, Sgt. Randy Pope said. Police returned fire but did not hit the suspect. The man got back in the truck and fled before crashing the big rig in the 3400 block of East Ninth Street, Pope said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1989
Jim Newton's article (Oct. 30) on the problems of Mission Viejo caused by the development going on around the south Orange County area is a well-expressed view of our city's concern about the traffic problem posed by this population explosion. The puzzling thing about this article, though, is how anyone can do any research, whatsoever, on this subject without underlining and repeatedly emphasizing the obvious lack of responsibility by Orange County's supervisors for permitting this development without first assuring that transportation access was adequate to cope with it. In this responsibility, our supervisors have been deplorably remiss.
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