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  • East Ventura Bound

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If you're looking to move into a new home in Los Angeles, good luck. Last month, the median sale price for an L.A. home jumped 10 percent to $213,000, setting an all-time record for L.A. County.

    But if you're looking to move into a new home in Oak Park, say your prayers. Finding a...

  • Why Synagogues Are Going Broke

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Unemployment hit a 30-year low in April and the economy is, if not booming, at least bouncing. So why is it that so many synagogues, even in wealthy areas, are struggling? Perhaps it is because members fail to understand that dues only go so far, according to Sylvia Moskovitz,...

  • The Big Leagues

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Bonds: They're not just for bar and bat mitzvahs anymore.

    That's the message the State of Israel Bonds organization wants to get across in announcing its new floating rate offerings. Rather than being seen as a quasi-charity and feel-good gift for 13-year-olds, the...

  • Crisis of Confidence

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak looks nervous these days, it's because his famous luck seems to be running out. He modeled himself after another lucky politician named Bill Clinton, and now he's paying for it.

    Barak has never hidden his admiration for Clinton's political skills....

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  • Credibility Gap

    By David Landau

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak and his closest political allies have been scrambling to limit the damage to their government following a scathing report on the financing behind Barak's election campaign last year.

    The effort at damage control comes as Barak needs all the public support he...

  • Going After Generation Next

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    There's a bit of dialogue that Ben Younger wrote for his first film, "Boiler Room," that sums up the slippery morality of the hotshot young stockbrokers whose world he examines:

    "My father once asked me where my work ethic is. Looking back now, I realized that wasn't the problem. I...

  • Wall Street’s Wild Ride

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Times' front-page article that reported the Aug. 31 stock market plunge referred to the drop as "a financial bloodbath," then, a few sentences later, cautioned that the "tumble wasn't a crash." The following week's edition heralded the biggest one-day point gain ever,...
  • Special Business Section

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Tiger in the Valley

    A remarkable economic recovery is reshaping the business landscape north of Mulholland

    By Wendy J. Madnick, Valley Editor


    John Rooney, president of the Valley Economic Development Center.

    The best thing about business growth in the San Fernando Valley these days is the ability to write...

  • Changing Lives, Making Peace

    By Julie G Fax

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Illustration from "Painting with Passion," 1994. Photo-illustration by Carvin Knowles

    Losing My Religion

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I have decided to get a divorce, and we have amicably worked everything out -- finances, custody, etc. What has become acrimonious and ugly are our...

  • L.A.‘s Ultimate Power Broker

    By Joel Kotkin

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..

    For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...

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