February 27, 2012 |
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.
August 15, 2012 |
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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July 26, 2013 |
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)
February 22, 2013 |
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.
January 21, 2014 |
SOMEWHERE ON THE NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE -- It is perhaps fitting that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose role after Hurricane Sandy garnered him much praise, would be inaugurated to his second term during a surprisingly ferocious snowstorm that is expected to dump a foot of snow on some areas. It is also fitting that the snow, which coated highways with a thick and unmanageable layer of icy slush, caused extremely nasty traffic jams in New Jersey: Christie has faced a slew of traffic jokes in the last week, including a duet about traffic jams by his hero Bruce Springsteen and comedian Jimmy Fallon.
August 30, 2012 |
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 |
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.
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August 31, 2009 |
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.