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BUSINESS
September 10, 2006
Regarding "Cleaner Diesel Fuels Concerns," Sept. 1: Your main focus appears to be on possible bad consequences of the switch to clean diesel fuel. However, it is indeed "really a big deal," as the spokesman for the California Air Resources Board said, for our air quality when diesel vehicles go from burning as much as 500 parts per million of sulfur to 15 parts per million. Even more significant is that ultra-low-sulfur fuel opens the door for modern, super-efficient diesel engines for passenger cars.
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OPINION
October 26, 2003
Re "Can L.A. Survive?" Opinion, Oct. 19: When speaking of making Los Angeles "sustainable" or connecting "the region's remaining nature with the home we've made," please don't forget that Los Angeles is the absentee landlord of more than 200,000 acres in the Owens Valley -- a de facto water and land colony. Sustainability and connection with nature must exist in our valley for the sake of environmental justice. In the Owens Valley we suffer the death of a thousand cuts as the L.A. Department of Water and Power continues to steamroll our weak rural county.
TRAVEL
November 29, 2009 | By Jay jones
As bartender Michelle Dell-Colli is fitted for her new uniform, she appears ready to burst at the seams, not because it's too tight but, rather, from the excitement of working in an environmentally progressive enterprise. "When the Mirage opened, it set the pace for luxury and great service," said Dell-Colli, a former employee there who starts work Dec. 16 at Aria Resort & Casino. "CityCenter showcases a green development." All four of the buildings scheduled to open in December -- Aria, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental and Vdara -- have earned the vaunted LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2006 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
When Toyota Motor Corp. moved one of its divisions into an environmentally friendly, or "green," building in Torrance three years ago, it expected to save on its energy bills. The building offered natural lighting, electricity-generating rooftop solar panels and water recycling. But something else also happened. Employee morale jumped while absenteeism fell. The overall energy and worker productivity savings more than offset the added cost of making the facility environmentally friendly.
HOME & GARDEN
June 6, 2009
The article about the new Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in downtown Los Angeles ["LAPD Green: Does New Garden Keep in Step With Eco-Aware Times?," May 23] missed a couple of salient points, not just for "conservationists," as Emily Green wrote, but for all human beings dwelling within our city. The LAPD landscape is what we landscape design professionals call green outside, brown inside. About 800,000 to 1 million gallons of water annually are required to keep three-quarters of an acre of Marathon turf lawn healthy, if maintained at a height of 4 to 7 inches.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The biggest independent advertising agency headquartered in California, Rubin Postaer & Associates, has agreed to move its offices to the Playa Vista neighborhood in one of the largest leases in the region this year. The ad agency, now in Santa Monica, will pay about $200 million over 15 years to occupy most of a former post office distribution center that has been converted to offices on Jefferson Boulevard adjacent to the Playa Vista development. Rubin Postaer will join a growing cluster of creative and tech businesses taking over a former industrial district south of Marina del Rey. Other firms that have recently signed large leases in Playa Vista are Fox Interactive Media, which oversees News Corp.'s Internet properties including My Space, and technology company Belkin International Inc. "We like what's happening down there," said Vince Mancuso, chief financial officer of Rubin Postaer.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The 480 apartments coming to market in Pasadena don't look much different from the competition, but they do smell different. Smoking isn't allowed anywhere on the premises. Developer Sares-Regis Group wants a coveted LEED certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council that means the property meets certain environmental standards. Among the standards is good air quality, and one way to achieve it is to make sure smoke doesn't wend its way from one apartment to another. That means that tenants and visitors who feel compelled to light up can be seen indulging themselves across the street from the eight-acre Westgate Apartments complex, said Nathan Carlson, director of development at Sares-Regis.
NEWS
February 22, 2012 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. President Obama's recent stay at the eco-friendly Element Hotel in Summerlin, Nev ., has inspired a deal.  Apparently, the president suggested that his staff might want to miss their flight to stay an extra night, which led Element to resurrect an extended stay deal that has been popular with business travelers. The deal:  Element By Westin is offering a “stay three, stay free” deal in which guests get a free fourth night when they check in on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday into any of the 10 eco-oriented Element hotels.
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
What is it about Airstream design that continues to engender such passion more than 80 years after the trailer first appeared? Is it the alluring, streamlined aluminum shell? The cozy interiors? The nostalgia for a simpler era? “It's a part of American culture that transcends time,” said architect Matthew Hofmann, 29, who last month opened an Airstream hotel consisting of four tricked-out trailers parked midtown at the Santa Barbara Auto Camp   off De La Vina Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
Downtown Los Angeles is finally getting its new federal courthouse, and it's going to stand out amid the aging government buildings in the Civic Center. A 550,000-square-foot courthouse - planned for the southwest corner of Broadway and 1st Street, across from the old county law library and the Los Angeles Times building - will feature a bright, serrated facade and a structural design that allow the structure to appear to float over its stone base, officials said. It will have a public plaza along 1st Street near recently opened Grand Park.
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