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August 16, 2004
Re "S.F. Takes Lead in New Voting Method," Aug. 9: Instant runoff voting will do more to help third-party viability than a thousand Ralph Naders. I only pray that we in L.A. will have the wisdom to take San Francisco's lead in this important voting reform. Scott Kravitz Los Angeles
January 26, 2014 | By Ravi Mattu
A couple of centuries ago, Northern California was a magnet for legions of men, young and old, in search of riches. They had heard that millions could be made by anyone who showed up and worked hard. Some did achieve great wealth, but most left with nothing more than they had when they arrived. That was the California gold rush of the mid-1800s. But now another boom is drawing in the dreamers. The technology industry, whose spiritual home is Silicon Valley and San Francisco but whose reach is global, is a bright spot.
April 12, 1992
I was appalled to see the editorial on abortion rights ("Edging the Court Out of the Way," March 9) on the same page with the editorial concerning the Irvine Unified School District's Board of Education ("Teaching Morals in the Schools"), (which states): "Schools are important tools in teaching that 'morals' and 'values' are not merely a set of beliefs . . . (but) part of a much broader set of social principles, goals and standards of conduct necessary for people to live peaceably together."
August 3, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Electric cars will probably remain a tiny niche of the auto industry until drivers see a serious expansion of charging stations. But you can't just put one on every corner next to the gas station. The cars can take hours to fully charge, which would create a big parking problem, among other issues. Even if consumers bought electric cars in droves tomorrow, the infrastructure to keep them rolling would look much different. Charging starts at home, with a charging station that can cost drivers $500 to $2,000.
November 15, 1989
Schneider's article on abortion blandly states that the issue is one of faith versus reason. I read the article curious to see how one could "reason" to a pro-abortion stance and explain the scientific facts regarding the life, humanity and early viability of the fetus as "faith." My curiosity went unsatisfied; nowhere in the article's 30 paragraphs is there any such explanation. Schneider has it backwards as is evidenced by the concentration of pro-abortion arguments onthe emotional issues of rape and incest when, in fact, 98% of the 1.5 million abortions a year in the United States involve neither.
November 15, 1992
I applaud "Bringing It All Back Home" (by Nina Easton, Oct. 26). It is the best analysis I have yet to read on the problems and the successes of the Crenshaw community. I would only add that my office continues the grass-roots letter-writing campaign to induce Nordstrom and other franchises to stop avoiding our community. I am still determined to advocate for a Metro Rail spur line that would run down Crenshaw, through Inglewood to Los Angeles International Airport. This transit artery is essential to South Los Angeles' economic viability.
April 7, 1996
I am compelled to write this response in the defense of the spirit of American capitalism. "Bottleneck Blues" (March 3) characterizes us as having " . . . not completely given up. . . ." This could not be more misleading, since we haven't given up at all and are, in fact, more encouraged than ever. Why shouldn't we be encouraged when we have demonstrated not only the project's viability for this community, but the viability of our marketing plan for our flagship Vibes beverages as well?
March 19, 1998
Your March 2 editorial regarding the coming competitive electricity market took a dim view of fundamental change that has already benefited investor-owned utility customers through lower rates. More important, your view negates the ultimate benefit of exponentially enhancing the state's economic viability, as businesses choose to remain in, or relocate to, California. Not to have embarked upon this fundamental change would have been a colossal economic disservice to this state. Until January, the people of California were paying rates 50% higher than the national average.
March 10, 1999
Re "A Door to Strengthening Social Security," Ventura County Perspective, March 7. Rep. Elton Gallegly has a point well taken on the Social Security issue. This fund has been depleted by the funding of inappropriate programs not related to the retired people of this country. All of us have an obligation to help restore the Social Security fund, not only for our immediate future, but for our children and grandchildren. To place the Social Security fund outside the catchall reach of the general fund would reduce or remove the need to increase the Social Security taxes and ensure the viability of the fund for all Americans.
The independent auditor of National Golf Properties Inc. and American Golf Corp., two Santa Monica-based companies that have agreed to merge, raised doubts about the viability of both firms in light of financial problems and a barrage of lawsuits, according to filings with federal regulators. National Golf shares fell more than 20%.
February 20, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Tesla Motors Inc. reported another good-not-great quarter, renewing concerns about its ability to quickly churn out enough electric vehicles to sustain the company for the long term. The company plans to ramp up the introduction of Tesla Model S cars to consumers worldwide, saying it was "on a journey" this year to expand the line and turn profitable, Chairman Elon Musk and Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja wrote in a letter to shareholders Wednesday. "Our intention is not to make customers wait six months for a car," Musk said in a call with analysts.
December 11, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
When it opened during the 1990s, Orange County's $2.4-billion tollway system was touted as an innovative way to build public highways without taxpayer money. Today, the roads offer smooth sailing for gridlock-weary commuters willing to pay the price. But far fewer people are using the turnpikes than officials predicted, which means the highways generate far less revenue than expected to retire their debts. There have long been questions about the long-term financial viability of the San Joaquin Hills and Foothill-Eastern corridors.
September 18, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
In private remarks to donors, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney questioned the viability of a two-state solution to the Israel Palestinian dispute, a longtime staple of official U.S. policy, saying that Palestinians don't want peace, according to a video released Tuesday. Saying that he was “torn” over the matter, Romney told donors in Florida at a fund-raiser in May that he has long been concerned “that the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish,” according to the recording, which was released by Mother Jones magazine .  Tuesday marked the second day that Romney was dogged by his unscripted comments at the fund-raiser.
August 7, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK — Knight Capital Group's lifeline may have headed off the Wall Street brokerage's collapse, but it did not allay questions over the firm's future. The Jersey City, N.J., brokerage, whose business processes 10% of all U.S. stock transactions, received $400 million of new capital from a consortium of private equity funds and other major financial players. It will keep Knight in business after suffering massive losses last week when a software glitch sent out a stream of unintended trades.
April 6, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Five months after going public with much fanfare, daily deals site Groupon Inc. is facing fresh doubts on several fronts concerning its credibility and long-term viability. Despite initial consumer frenzy over its business model that zaps coupon bargains straight to email boxes, the 3-year-old company has been bedeviled by competition, a lack of profit, questions over its accounting practices and a plunging stock price. Doubts over the operation were heightened last week, when Chicago-based Groupon unexpectedly revised its financial results for the fourth quarter, saying it had overstated its fourth-quarter revenue by $14.3 million.
November 5, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Government troops opened fire Friday on demonstrators across Syria, opposition activists said, killing at least 20 people and raising new questions about the viability of an Arab League-brokered peace accord designed to end the almost 8-month-old conflict. The opposition called the attacks a violation of the fragile pact that Syria and other Arab nations signed Wednesday in Cairo. "The Syrian regime breaks its promises," proclaimed banners held aloft by protesters in the northwestern province of Idlib and seen on amateur videos broadcast by Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite TV network.
September 30, 2000 | Reuters
Auditors for Iwerks Entertainment Inc. have raised substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern, according to its annual report. Shares of the Burbank-based entertainment company were down 13 cents to close at 44 cents on the Nasdaq Small-Cap Market. The company said its independent auditors cited such factors as significant operating losses and a large accumulated deficit, while noting that Iwerks' financial condition continues to worsen.
July 26, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
After a week touring scorching Iowa in his RV, Tim Pawlenty suited up Friday in a "2012" jersey, laced up his black skates and glided onto an ice rink northwest of Des Moines. Before a line of cameras — more than most of his events drew last week — he played pickup hockey with his brother, his Iowa state chairman and some local kids. The presidential candidate wrestled some opponents — adult ones — for the puck against the boards. He took a few missed shots at the goal — once diving and landing flat on the ice. But he also scored, drawing cheers from the bleachers.
November 27, 2010 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
This summer, the small city of Maywood made national headlines when it laid off most of its workers, disbanded the Police Department and contracted most city services to the neighboring city of Bell. Maywood's move was quickly overshadowed by the salary scandal in Bell, which resulted in the indictments of eight current and former city officials on charges of public corruption. Now Maywood is working to extricate itself from Bell and rebuild its own city government. But an examination into how Maywood found itself in this position offers a window into the struggles of this group of small, largely working-class communities that straddle the 710 Freeway southeast of downtown L.A. Maywood's problems have their roots in an effort seven years ago to provide police services to another neighboring city, Cudahy.
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