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THE818NOW
The Los Angeles Times | July 22, 2011
Employers in California added 28,800 jobs to payrolls in June, a surprisingly positive number amid a weak labor market nationally. The state's unemployment rate rose slightly, to 11.8%, from 11.7% the month before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday morning. Click for a state-by-state map of unemployment rates California had lost 29,200 jobs in May, due in part to manufacturing sluggishness from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The addition of jobs this month, though a surprise, is one more sign of the fickle nature of this economic recovery, economists say.  L.A. TIMES
THE818NOW
The Los Angeles Times | August 25, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown appointed an advisor, Michael Rossi, to the board of the California High-Speed Rail Authority on Wednesday. Rossi is Brown's senior advisor for jobs and business development and had a long banking and finance career prior to joining his Democratic administration. Rossi was placed in the position held until Wednesday by David Crane, who was appointed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and who also serves on the UC Board of Regents.  L.A. NOW RELATED: California gets federal high-speed rail funds
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | December 31, 2011
School principals are being forced to assume additional managerial responsibilities - even some they may not be sufficiently prepared for - amid ongoing cuts to state education budgets, according to a recently released report. A survey of 600 principals in California conducted by the San Francisco-based nonprofit WestEd found that they are taking on tasks such as fundraising, managing school facilities and site budgets without appropriate training or mentors. State funding cuts also have reduced the number of support staff, such as assistant principals and instructional coaches, who have historically taken on those peripheral jobs, according to the report.
NEWS
November 16, 2012
The film and television industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 16,000 jobs since 2004, mostly due to work migrating out of state, a new report revealed. Last year, the entertainment business generated 102,100 jobs in the county, down 14% from its peak of 118,200 jobs in 2004, according to a study released Friday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. During the same period, L.A.'s share of overall jobs in the motion picture and video category fell to 51% from 60%. (The figures exclude employment in the music and post-production industries.)
NEWS
January 25, 2000
Robert Shaffer DOWNTOWN -- Nestle USA will cut 64 Glendale jobs in what the company calls a restructuring effort to stay competitive. The layoffs are a piece of the 1% total work force reduction that will eliminate 225 of 19,500 jobs in the company nationwide. It is part of an overall reorganization of the company. The company's national headquarters are located in Glendale. Some layoffs are immediate and some will happen in the future, said Kimberly Constant, a company spokeswoman.
NEWS
March 28, 2001
Alecia Foster BURBANK -- Stating it might be "the most difficult series of decisions that the company has made in the last 20 years," the Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it will cut about 4,000 jobs worldwide. Citing a "softening economic environment" the company notified employees via e-mail that cuts would begin within the next week. "We hope to have this accomplished sometime before July," said Ken Green, spokesman for the Walt Disney Co. The cuts will be made equally throughout all levels of the company, which employs 120,000 people worldwide, Green said.
NEWS
December 9, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum As the Glendale City Council placed 20 minor amendments to the city's charter on a citywide ballot for voter approval, Mayor Bob Yousefian opened the door for a major charter change. Yousefian said that council members put in enough hours to qualify for a full-time job, and that he would support a measure to appropriately compensate council members. He said such a measure would need to come from the city's residents, but he would try to place it on the ballot if residents collected about 4,000 signatures.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | January 21, 2010
The entertainment industry’s difficulties in 2009 were capped off with an annual decline in employment of about 9,000 jobs as productions continued to be filmed in other states, raising concern about the future of the industry in the region, according to a report released Thursday. Still, good news for area economies could be on the horizon as new opportunities for local productions are expected to create up to 3,000 jobs in the area, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, which issued the report.
LOCAL
By PAUL KREKORIAN | February 28, 2009
As dawn broke over Sacramento early Thursday morning, the State Legislature wrapped up a marathon session that finally put to bed a two-year spending plan that will bridge the state’s unprecedented $42-billion deficit caused by the global fiscal crisis. The Democrats in the Legislature, along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a handful of courageous Republican lawmakers, put together a budget compromise that begins to lay the foundation for getting California working again. Much about the budget plan was difficult to support and undoubtedly will cause significant pain to many Californians.
FEATURES
By Ani Amirkhanian | August 1, 2007
Montrose resident Don France is no stranger to the working world. The 83-year-old began working when he was 14 and didn't retire until he was in his late 70s, he said. France's first position was a custodial job at a combination tavern, service station and grocery store. When he moved to California from Oregon after World War II, France worked many different jobs. At various times he was a newspaperman, a taxi cab driver, an ambulance driver, a salesman and restaurant manager.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
Glendale Community College educators said this week they are confident they are meeting the demands for the workforce needs of the region. Don Nakamoto, executive director of the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board, told college officials that Los Angeles County officials predict a 3% growth in jobs in the area through 2014. He urged college officials to keep informed on local employers' needs in order to better train students to meet demand. “Without the employers there at the table telling us what their needs are…we're kind of working from the workforce side and education side in a vacuum, pretending to know what employers need,” he said.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 19, 2014
Atop a 100-foot-tall fire truck ladder, a new recruit with the Glendale Fire Department on Monday hooked his belt to the ladder, leaned back and extended both arms freely into the air as part of an exercise. And it was only the first day of training. "[The exercise] is a confidence builder so that you could trust the equipment and help you overcome any fear of heights," said Capt. Brian Richey, one of three instructors who are shaping a batch of 16 new recruits into the city's newest firefighters.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 15, 2014
The March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance under Covered California is fast approaching, and for one branch of case workers, it's crunch time to help people get signed up. Rasheedah Scott is one of three certified enrollment counselors at the Verdugo Jobs Center, a title she earned through a training program to specifically assist individuals in joining the state's healthcare exchange set up as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. ...
NEWS
February 7, 2014
I moved to Glendale last summer from Ohio, where water is plentiful, and have been observing with interest the water situation here in California where Gov. Brown just declared the state to be in an “extreme drought” situation. I'm trying to do my part for conservation by not running the dishwasher unless it's really full or washing that extra load of laundry. So, I was surprised yesterday when taking my daily walk to see a home sprinkler system watering the street and sidewalk with a broken sprinkler system.
NEWS
February 7, 2014
Hey, drivers, a few things about “blinkers,” otherwise known as turn signals. First, the control is usually on the stem of the steering wheel. I suspect they are an option on Mercedes, BMWs and other luxury cars because they are so seldom used on those models. My guess is that they are a very expensive option on Range Rovers, Escalades and Humvees because I cannot remember ever seeing them used on these models. Second, this blinker contraption is supposed to be used whenever you turn, change lanes, pull out of a parking space, pull into a parking space, pull over to wait for a parking space, etc. So, when you are sitting there in the middle of the street giving no indication as to your intention and someone beeps at you, try using your turn signal.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 11, 2014
For those who have never had health insurance - and must get it now due to the Affordable Care Act - understanding health care plans can be confusing. That's where Verdugo Jobs Center comes in. The government-funded employment organization is offering free enrollment counseling for people who are trying to sign up for Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange related to what's known as Obamacare. “People who have not had health insurance before. They don't know what a plan is, what an HMO is, what a PPO is,” said Lori Kurdoghlian, a program manager at the center.
NEWS
By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | December 20, 2013
The last employees left Technicolor's 40,000-square-foot lab in Glendale on Friday, as the film and post-production giant shifts into the digital age and shutters its local operation, where employees processed film. The closure cost 39 people their jobs in an area of the city known as the “Creative Corridor,” which spans 700 acres sandwiched between Los Angeles and Burbank, said Claude Gagnon, president of Technicolor Creative Services. Technicolor Inc. moved about 100 film-processing jobs to Glendale in March 2011 , calling its proximity to DreamWorks Animation and Disney's Creative Campus along the corridor - “a bright spot in an otherwise stagnant economy” at the time.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
A big thank you to the following people with the city of Glendale who worked miracles getting the K-rails removed from under the 5 Freeway at Sonora Avenue. As everyone living in this area knows, Caltrans has completely abandoned any and all work of the freeway widening project for several months. Thanks to: Laura Friedman, the one city council member who took up my cause. Scott Ochoa, city manager, who actually cared enough to email me, not once, but three times! And actually listened and understood.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
The Americana at Brand is looking for help over the holidays and is hosting a job fair on Thursday to find employees who can fill those positions. The job fair will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the park in the Americana. Caruso Affiliated, owner of the Americana, stated in a release about the job fair that it is looking to hire customer service employees to fill concierge ambassador and Santa House helper positions. For more information on the positions, visit CarusoAffiliated.com . -- Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @Daniel_Siegal . ALSO: Roof tent is no circus for tenants in Glendale Stengel Field Stadium will be demolished Glendora police chief named Jewel City top cop  
NEWS
August 30, 2013
Twelve Oaks Lodge, an assisted-living facility in La Crescenta, is closing at the end of October . I have lived here just one year but it is a wonderful place and the residents here do not want to leave. Can't something be done to save it? About 50 residents will be uprooted and the employees will be without jobs. It just doesn't seem right. Norma Bowman La Crescenta
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