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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.
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NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Anyone who lives or works on L.A.'s Westside knows that traffic is an equal-opportunity torturer. So, I was really hoping that the candidates vying for the City Council seat in District 11, which includes this traffic-choked area, would have some clever ideas about how to fix it. Instead, what I heard from the four candidates when they gathered at a forum to discuss this very issue sounded like: Get a bike. In all fairness, the forum was sponsored by Streetsblog, an online blog dedicated to “sustainable transportation,” and the candidates knew their audience.
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
March 7, 2013 | By Jimmy Orr
What a month. Great journalism and smart strategies for digital coverage continued in February, resulting in the biggest audience to latimes.com in the history of the site. We also recorded a 125% increase in video viewership, and L.A. Now and Entertainment set all-time records. Breaking News Nobody does breaking news better than the Los Angeles Times, and this was never more apparent than in our coverage of the manhunt for Christopher Dorner and his standoff with police.
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.
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The price of general-admission parking at Dodger Stadium will return to what it was when the Dodgers were owned by Frank McCourt. The increase from $10 to $15 is part of a plan to improve the flow of traffic into the ballpark, Dodgers President Stan Kasten said Friday. The Dodgers will continue offering $10 general-admission parking passes, but only to fans who purchase them in advance. “The main bottleneck we have is transactions at the gates,” Kasten said. “That was the first thing they wanted for us to tackle.
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