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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 14, 2012
The entertainment and construction industries in the greater Glendale-Burbank area took a beating during the recession, but professional and technical services have been mostly shielded from the protracted economic downturn. Jobs in computer programming, legal services and consulting now make up the fourth largest source of employment in the region, according to a Verdugo Workforce Investment Board report on the local economy this week. Legal jobs experienced a big bump, up 18% from before the recession that took hold at the end of 2007, partly due to the firm LegalZoom moving its headquarters to Glendale, said Don Nakamoto, executive director of the workforce investment board, a nonprofit supported by government funding that operates the Verdugo Jobs Center.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 26, 2013
Since the height of the recession, Glendale has spent roughly $33 million on parks improvements, but officials wouldn't have been able to accomplish that feat during those lean budget years if not for outside sources such as state and federal grants. When the city spent $860,000 to improve restrooms at New York, Carr, Glorietta and Pelanconi parks, a state grant foot the bill. The roughly $1.2 million seismic upgrades on the historic Le Mesnager Barn at Deukmejian Wilderness Park was paid for by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a preservation group, and a grant from Los Angeles County.
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By Patrick Azadian | March 22, 2008
Many experts predict the coming of a recession quite soon. Recession and depressed economy always remind me of President Jimmy Carter. He was a nice guy with good intentions. I wonder if he was the right man in the wrong times. He had a lot to deal with, including but not limited to a slumping economy, high gas prices, the anti-American revolution in Iran, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan as well as below-par American vehicles. At least the American car industry has dusted itself off and is providing a stiff competition for the foreign automakers.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | August 7, 2009
GLENDALE — Mayor Frank Quintero got some friendly boos from officials of other cities Thursday when he spoke about Glendale’s friendly business environment at the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.’s annual luncheon. He flaunted Glendale’s continued commitment to not imposing taxes and fees on businesses and pitched the city as a destination with all the amenities that companies want and need. But the city has struggled to attract new tenants during the recession to its cluster of downtown buildings, some of which have high vacancy rates, even as motion picture camera giant Panavision recently expressed interest in moving to Burbank.
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By Jason Wells | January 19, 2009
Any hopes that the recession might bring more bargain hunters to the monthly swap meet at Glendale Community College have yet to be realized as buyers cut back on even the thriftiest of sales, vendors said Sunday. It seems that in hard times, even a $3 pair of used shorts is considered a discretionary expense to be analyzed and haggled over. “We’re asking a very low price, and [buyers] want it for even less,” vendor Baula Reynoso said. Her daughter, Paula, said overall business was way down compared to even a few months ago. “I think a lot of people are just sticking to the necessities,” she said.
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January 22, 2011
For a shopping area that's been hanging on after seeing the business end of a protracted recession, the city clampdown on sidewalk advertising boards in Montrose Shopping Park seems like kicking someone when they're down. Government rules and codes should be purposeful, which is why merchants along Honolulu Avenue in Montrose are understandably upset that officials invoked the ban on sidewalk signs for the area that has already seen at least two storefronts suffocated by the recession.
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By Ron Kaye | September 26, 2011
The trial of six Italian seismologists and a government official for manslaughter due to their failure to provide warnings of a devastating earthquake after a series of smaller ones has sent a tremor throughout the world's scientific and political communities. For all the condemnation being heaped on the Italian prosecutors, they might be on to something in holding the scientists and government officials accountable for “negligence and imprudence” for telling the public they had nothing to fear.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | October 21, 2009
SOUTH GLENDALE — Business at Glendale Harley-Davidson was on the rise three years ago when it was one of few area motorcycle dealerships to open seven days a week, but the recession has forced the store to backtrack. The dealership switched to a six-day schedule this week, closing on Monday following a year when sales have dropped about 25%, General Manager Emily Vindeni said. Slumping sales has forced the store to cut about a fifth of its staff in the last year and it seemed logical to reduce working hours as revenues slipped during the recession, Vindeni said.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | October 22, 2009
SOUTH GLENDALE — Business at Glendale Harley-Davidson was on the rise three years ago when it was one of few area motorcycle dealerships to open seven days a week, but the recession has forced the store to backtrack. The dealership switched to a six-day schedule this week, closing Monday following a year when sales have dropped about 25%, General Manager Emily Vindeni said. Slumping sales has forced the store to cut about a fifth of its staff in the last year. It seemed logical to reduce working hours as well when revenues slipped during the recession, Vindeni said.
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By Ruth Sowby | January 21, 2014
The red-carpeted "Spectacular Event" at Recess Eatery equaled anything Hollywood could turn out. The restaurant on North Brand was bathed in klieg lights and scurrying paparazzi. Last Wednesday, more than 50 hungry visitors acted like Hollywood VIPs as they sipped and supped on the unique appetizers by Recess proprietor Chef Sevan Abdessian . The fare included succulent lamb chop lollipops, ahi tuna sashimi sticks, mini-vegetable quiches and truffle popcorn, all topped off by rich chocolates from Glendale's Mignon Chocolate.
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By Alexandra Duncan and Sameea Kamal | November 29, 2013
In his home in Los Angeles among several wood and porcelain cat statuettes, 85-year-old Jerome Joseph sat next to his modest collection of about 100 books and his cat, Takei, which he describes as the best cat in L.A. His small cache at home belies the estimated 100,000 volumes in his shop on Brand Boulevard in Glendale. Joseph opened Brand Bookshop 27 years ago with his business partner, Larry Mullen, a science fiction enthusiast who suggested the idea back when bookstores were still thriving.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 26, 2013
Since the height of the recession, Glendale has spent roughly $33 million on parks improvements, but officials wouldn't have been able to accomplish that feat during those lean budget years if not for outside sources such as state and federal grants. When the city spent $860,000 to improve restrooms at New York, Carr, Glorietta and Pelanconi parks, a state grant foot the bill. The roughly $1.2 million seismic upgrades on the historic Le Mesnager Barn at Deukmejian Wilderness Park was paid for by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a preservation group, and a grant from Los Angeles County.
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By Ruth Sowby | November 14, 2012
Recess on North Brand is offering the gimmick of all restaurant gimmicks. But with this one everybody wins. Executive Chef-Owner Sevan Abdessian was the first Los Angeles resident to win a spot on the Food Network's popular New York-based “Chopped” show. Thursday-night customers also win with $30 delicious practice dinners including appetizer, entrée and dessert. On Nov. 8, about 30 hungry patrons enjoyed food, wine and conviviality. As on “Chopped,” a mystery basket of four ingredients accompanied each course.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 14, 2012
The entertainment and construction industries in the greater Glendale-Burbank area took a beating during the recession, but professional and technical services have been mostly shielded from the protracted economic downturn. Jobs in computer programming, legal services and consulting now make up the fourth largest source of employment in the region, according to a Verdugo Workforce Investment Board report on the local economy this week. Legal jobs experienced a big bump, up 18% from before the recession that took hold at the end of 2007, partly due to the firm LegalZoom moving its headquarters to Glendale, said Don Nakamoto, executive director of the workforce investment board, a nonprofit supported by government funding that operates the Verdugo Jobs Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rebecca Bryant | November 13, 2011
The Great Recession officially ended in the summer of 2009. So diners have flocked back to restaurants, filling tables and tip pockets, right? It depends on who you ask. Some restaurants have hung on to their low prices to try to keep customers coming through their doors, others have turned to social media outlets like Groupon, and others are just trying to hold on until the holidays, hoping to get a boost from winter shoppers. At La Cabañita, a Mexico City-style restaurant in Montrose, the still-sluggish economy isn't keeping diners away.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 10, 2011
Danny Baca has applied to dozens of jobs and always hears the same line: “We'll get back to you.” But they don't. The Glendale resident is one of several local veterans who are struggling to find employment. The jobless rate in October for those who served during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is 12.1% , compared to the civilian rate of 9%. This disparity, which has lasted for several months, has stirred the political pot in the days leading up to Veterans Day. On Thursday, the Senate passed part of President Obama's jobs plan that gives a tax credit to companies that hire veterans . The bill is now pending before the House.
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By Ron Kaye | September 26, 2011
The trial of six Italian seismologists and a government official for manslaughter due to their failure to provide warnings of a devastating earthquake after a series of smaller ones has sent a tremor throughout the world's scientific and political communities. For all the condemnation being heaped on the Italian prosecutors, they might be on to something in holding the scientists and government officials accountable for “negligence and imprudence” for telling the public they had nothing to fear.
NEWS
January 22, 2011
For a shopping area that's been hanging on after seeing the business end of a protracted recession, the city clampdown on sidewalk advertising boards in Montrose Shopping Park seems like kicking someone when they're down. Government rules and codes should be purposeful, which is why merchants along Honolulu Avenue in Montrose are understandably upset that officials invoked the ban on sidewalk signs for the area that has already seen at least two storefronts suffocated by the recession.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | January 18, 2011
BURBANK — The number of passengers who used Bob Hope Airport continued to drop last year, but the rate of decline was less sharp than in 2009, when the economy was tanking. From January 2010 through November, about 4.1 million passengers traveled through Bob Hope Airport — a 2.6% drop from 2009, according to a report to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. With one calendar month left uncounted, airport officials on Monday said the silver lining was that 2010 did not see the double-digit drops in passenger counts that dominated 2009.
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