The analysis suggested that the desire for more home goods was related to consumer trends of spending more time at home during the recession.
Reid weighs in on nations’ talks
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), in a recent letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urged her to meet with concerned groups about U.S.-backed Armenian-Turkey protocols that could call into question the validity of the Armenian Genocide.
The accords, signed Oct. 10, were facilitated with the help of multiple third parties, including Clinton.
The protocols, which were meant to establish active bilateral relations between the countries, have drawn criticism from activists and politicians opposed to a provision that would establish a commission to examine historical records related to the Armenian Genocide.
But Reid raised questions about the accords in his letter, dated Oct. 20.
“I am sure you are aware that this agreement has raised concerns in the Armenian community inside the United States,” he wrote. “I have received many letters from Nevadans who do not support the creation of an international commission to examine the historical record on the genocide and who believe that the agreements are unfair to Armenia.
“Given the serious nature of the community’s concerns, I felt it was important to raise them directly with you. The commission is particularly sensitive to the Armenian American community since the Armenian Genocide has never been recognized by Turkey.”
Antonovich opposes proposed fee increase
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich announced his opposition Friday to a fee increase proposed by Southern California Edison, which serves La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta residents, to repair power lines damaged by wildfires.
“It is unconscionable for Edison to place an additional burden on its customers to fix lines damaged by fire — when the company refuses to reroute its own lines from high-fire areas,” Antonovich said in a statement.
In a letter sent to the state Public Utilities Commission, which will vote on the proposed rate increase, Antonovich criticized the utility for not adequately working with communities on new transmission projects and urged the commission to deny the utility’s application.