Culinary Internships Give Students a Taste of Restaurant Business


Pots were boiling, pastries were baking and bodies were moving Wednesday as students at Aliso Niguel High School prepared a special luncheon to announce the start of an internship program to teach students the restaurant business.

Students spend 15 hours a week working at local restaurants as part of their Culinary Arts Department curriculum. They also may receive community college credit. The paid internships teach students all aspects of the restaurant industry, from bookkeeping and produce inventory to cooking and busing tables.

“This will really help me a lot,” said sophomore James Noonan, who aspires to be the next Wolfgang Puck.

A pilot program started last year, with the help of the Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Assn. After a year of fine-tuning, the partnership officially gets underway with restaurants ranging from the Ritz-Carlton and the Salt Creek Grill, to Mimi’s Cafe and the Macaroni Grill to the International House of Pancakes and Pizza Hut.

“I think it’s a great program,” said Cori Stewart, general manager of Pasta Bravo in Aliso Viejo, a program participant. “This is one area where you can get practical experience at

Toyota to move jobs and marketing headquarters from Torrance to Texas

About%205%2C300%20people%20work%20at%20Toyota%27s%20North%20American%20sales%20and%20marketing%20headquarters%20in%20Torrance.%20%28Anne%20Cusack%20/%20%20Los%20Angeles%20Times%29Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker’s plans.

The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota’s U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market.

North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans. About 5,300 people work at Toyota’s Torrance complex. It is unclear how many workers will be asked to move to Texas. The move is expected to take several years.

Toyota has long been a Southern California fixture. Its first U.S. office opened in a closed Rambler dealership in Hollywood in 1957. The site is now a Toyota dealership. In 1958, its first year of sales, Toyota sold just 288 vehicles — 287 Toyopet Crown sedans and one Land Cruiser. Last year, Toyota sold more than 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S.

The U.S. branch picked Los Angeles for its first headquarters because of proximity to the

They’ve Got the Beat


Sue Herera and Maria Bartiromo are two of the best-known faces in financial journalism, a world once dominated by white men in suits. Both women, in recent interviews, expressed their thoughts on the stock market, the booming demand for business news and their ever-busier lives.

Sue Herera, 41, grew up in Brentwood. Her father was a shoe wholesaler and her mother a homemaker. One of the first jobs for the Cal State Northridge journalism graduate was an internship at KNXT, before the Los Angeles TV station became KCBS. She made the leap to business reporting in 1981 when she joined start-up business channel Financial News Network, where her first beat was the highly technical futures industry. In 1989, she joined another start-up, CNBC, which has become a giant in business news. Herera anchors “The Edge” and co-anchors “Market Wrap I.”


Why business news? “When I started, I knew nothing about business news. I’d call up guys in the [trading] pits in Chicago and they would hang up on me. After four months of that they finally realized I wasn’t going away. I learned business news from the guys

Business Cards Management to Get Real Business Results

Do you realize that your business cards tell customers and clients much more than just your name, your business and contact information? Your business cards are actually similar to your sales representatives. They tell about your business, your expertise and if they are good enough, they will be able to bring business for you.

Just like a real sales person, if they are not equipped with a good sales ability and good product knowledge they will not perform well. That is why you need to equip them with those tools.

The challenge is how to get those things into a physical card? Maybe this would help.

First, I insist you to use good quality stock to print your business cards. If you use cheap-low quality stock, they will give bad impressions for you and your business, so I recommend and insist you to use good quality ones. You can add your company logo and you can tell about your business and your expertise but do not make it too much. Keep it simple and clear, and make sure it is written in readable fonts and colors.

Then you should state your differentiation. Tell your difference from the other competitors.

What Business Integration Can Do For Your Business

If technology is a medium that you use to carry out your organization’s goals, having business integration is recommended. This is especially true in an industry that is driven by fierce competition. Being able to respond immediately to customer’s demands is crucial to success. Applications such as EBI, EAI, ELI, EDI and EII have proved helpful in allowing multi-tasking.

It is common for every growing organization to constantly update its technology. As we move on to the modern era, new demands call for new products and services. In order to cope in a fast-paced market, new applications are required. Hence, you install the latest software.

Though almost application is vital to your organization’s performance, it unintentionally gives birth to a gap. The gap widens every time a new application or software is introduced. This can pose threats to the organization since the gap slows down the process of productivity.

To address this issue, business integration provides not only a technical solution. It becomes a medium to sustain or even surpass your organization’s performance. With good business integration software, you are assured flexibility in properly delivering your product or service. This puts your organization on the front line of your industry.

There are many integrating

Broad coalition of small businesses, working parents and seniors calls on Oregon legislature to stand up to Wall Street pressure on retirement security

(Salem, Ore.)— The Retirement in Reach coalition (a broad group of organizations representing approximately 900,000 Oregonians) today attacked “Wall Street financial interests” that are fighting HB 3436B. In a press conference held at the Oregon State Capitol, the coalition called on the Oregon Legislature to pass the bill to create a task force to study ways to increase retirement savings for working Oregonians.

“This is a classic battle between Main Street and Wall Street,” said Deborah Field, co-owner of Paperjam Press in Portland and Executive Team Member of the Main Street Alliance of Oregon, an organization representing more than 1,200 small businesses around the state. “We support creating low-cost, simple ways for our employees to save for retirement, and HB 3436B is the first step. Opposition to this bill has been dominated by Wall Street lobbyists and big businesses and we want to be clear: they don’t speak for us.”

HB 3436B, passed by the Oregon House of Representatives on Monday, creates the Oregon Retirement Savings Investment Task Force, which includes representatives from employers, the financial services industry, the public and the State Treasurer. The task force is charged with developing recommendations for an Oregon Secure Retirement Plan—which would be available

Growing old can be risky business

Managing money can be difficult at any age. For older adults, changes in physical condition and life circumstances can lead to changes for the worse in financial behavior, putting their well-being in danger. Now those changes have been given a name: age-associated financial vulnerability.

Two experts in elder abuse coin the term and explain the concept in an opinion article published in the Oct. 13 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. They also call for research to identify and help older adults at risk from age-associated financial vulnerability, or AAFV for short.

They define the condition as “a pattern of financial behavior that places an older adult at substantial risk for a considerable loss of resources such that dramatic changes in quality of life would result.” To be considered AAFV, this behavior also must be a marked change from the kind of financial decisions a person made in younger years.

“For example, if an older adult gives his or her neighbor $10,000, this many be a sign of AAFV. However, if the older adult has given large sums of money to those in need throughout his or her adult lifetime, then the $10,000 gift in old age may not

Afghans Flee To Europe in Droves

Redwan Eharai’s journey ends where it began: in Afghanistan, in the city of Herat. Eharai, a 15-year-old boy, is carrying the heavy body of his mother Sima up the hill to the cemetery, together with neighbors and relatives. He and his mother had set out from Afghanistan together, headed for Germany. Now he is standing at her grave

She died at the border between Iran and Turkey, struck in the head by a bullet fired by an Iranian police officer.

Hundreds of people have now come to say their goodbyes. When she was still alive and urgently needed help, no one was there for her, says Eharai, as he looks into his mother’s grave. Despite his stubble, which makes him look almost like a grown man, he currently seems more like a child.

His family is poor — Eharai’s father died of a brain tumor five years ago, and Sima, his 43-year-old mother, suffered from depression. She had trouble sleeping and cried a lot. In Afghanistan, being a widow without an income, and with three children, is like being buried alive, says Eharai — you have no rights at all.

Instead, Sima Eharai decided to leave Afghanistan and go to Germany with three of

Merkel Under Fire as Refugee Crisis Worsens

For almost three quarters of an hour, it was as though there was no refugee crisis in Germany. Last Monday, Angela Merkel was in Nuremberg for a town hall discussion with a specially chosen group of conservative voters. A moderator in a light-colored, summer suit directed the proceedings as Merkel chatted about everything “that is important to us.”

Initially, the focus was on those things that used to be important to Germans — up until roughly eight weeks ago. Things like vocational education, the country’s school system and the difficulty German companies have in competing with companies like Google and Apple.

It was like a trip back in time — back to Germany’s recent past, when the country was happier and untroubled. But then Christine Bruchmann, a local business leader, abruptly steered the discussion back to the issue that has dominated Germany in recent weeks. Bruchmann wanted to know if Merkel was concerned that the huge numbers of refugees currently arriving in the country could disrupt societal balance.

The German chancellor took a deep breath before launching into a sober analysis of the job she has done in the past two months. Unfortunately, her conclusion was not particularly rosy.

She knows, Merkel said, that

Interview with New York Times Editor Baquet

SPIEGEL: Mr. Baquet, your colleagues at the New York Times tell stories about you punching holes in the walls at the office when you get upset. Is this true?

Baquet: (laughs). Once was when I was Washington Bureau chief. I got angry at a decision made by New York not to put a story on the front page. I punched a hole in the wall of my office. Now that I am in New York, now that I’m the one who makes those decisions, I think I was obviously wrong and overreaching. The other one was after Jill Abramson, my predecessor, and I had an argument. I don’t think I punched a hole in the wall, I think I only slapped it. That was also immature.

SPIEGEL: What did you fight with her about?

Baquet: I can’t remember. We had a disagreement, but we had disagreements all the time. That does not mean that we fought a lot. The number one and the number two editors have disagreements.

SPIEGEL: Your colleagues say it was about buzz; about the New York Times needing more popular stories to capture attention on the web.

Baquet: Jill did like for stories to capture a little buzz, and I don’t

Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms

When Bernd Lange talks about the advantages of a free trade agreement with the US, he often cites the example of the VW bus. The hippy favorite has been the target of a 25 percent tariff since 1964, a punitive move after the European Economic Community raised levies on imported chicken, shutting the Americans out of the market. Sales have been hampered for decades as a result. But if the levy were significantly reduced, its price tag would plunge.

Lange is a classic car enthusiast — and the chair of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade, which focuses on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty. But despite the possible benefits for Volkswagen, the Social Democrat has had little choice but to emphasize the negative aspects of TTIP during his public appearances. In Europe’s leading exporting nation, broad swathes of the population are opposed to the free trade agreement. You can even find anti-TTIP flyers in many churches.

The main sticking point is special rights given to investors, who would be able to challenge countries in special international dispute settlement panels that bypass national courts. It’s a pill that even those who believe in the deal are having difficulty swallowing.

Social media editor, Business and Sports reporters announced

Stacey Leasca

Stacey Leasca has been named social media editor.

Stacey will work with Jimmy Orr to direct our social media strategy across the newsroom. She and her team will work with writers and editors in all sections to enhance the reporting process, assist with breaking news coverage, increase reader engagement and expand the audience for our journalism.

Stacey joined us last April and quickly became known through her lively coaching sessions, entertaining videos and fun blog posts.

Before joining The Times, Stacey was social media editor at GlobalPost, an international news outlet based in Boston. There she organized and contributed to several in-depth reporting projects, including “World Wide Weed,”  “The State of AIDS” and coverage of the London Olympics.

Stacey spent several years as a print reporter for various newspapers and magazines. She’s produced and hosted many videos for several news outlets as well.

Stacey has bachelor’s degrees in education and English from the University of Rhode Island, and a master’s degree in digital and multimedia journalism from Emerson College.

Tim Logan

Tim Logan has joined the Business staff as a reporter covering housing and residential real estate.

Tim has an impressive background in business reporting, a keen knowledge of real

Can this man save the music business

Lucian Grainge, chairman of Universal Music Group, greets Yuna, a 27-year-old… (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles…)

Lucian Grainge has a vision for the future of the music business that bears scant resemblance to the traditional record company playbook.

He is putting songs on smartphones in Africa, reviving moribund American record labels and making Lorde into a Grammy-winning global sensation. Above all, he wants to forge new partnerships with his industry’s erstwhile adversaries — the technology firms that have upended the way people get their music.

Skeptics question whether anyone can reverse the decline of an industry that has seen global sales plummet from $28 billion in 1999 to $16.5 billion in 2012. But if anyone can save the music business, it might be Grainge. As chairman of Universal Music Group, the biggest of the three remaining major record companies, few rival his influence in determining how people will listen to music, and how they will pay for it.

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“He’s the great hope for the music business,” said Irving Azoff, manager of the Eagles, Christina Aguilera and other acts. “He started as a song plugger and a publishing guy. He understands the entire

Online storage service Box is courting Hollywood, music industry

SAN FRANCISCO — Aaron Levie, the 29-year-old chief executive of Box Inc., walked the red carpet at the Oscars this year in a dark suit and tie, pressed white shirt and his trademark neon blue sneakers.

“I asked about the sneaker dress code,” said Levie, who like many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs doesn’t like anything slowing him down, least of all a pair of dress shoes. “Apparently it was not a problem.”

It was the movie industry’s biggest night and Levie didn’t waste any time talking up cloud computing to Hollywood stars including Harrison Ford.

“He seemed to get it,” Levie said of the 71-year-old actor.

Levie, whose 8-year-old company is gearing up for the most hotly anticipated technology initial public stock offering to come out of Silicon Valley this year, has been spending a lot of time in Hollywood lately.

With sales growing threefold last year, the entertainment industry has become one of the largest markets his company serves. Levie is looking for an even bigger jump this year.

He has been meeting with movie studios, talent agencies and music labels to get a better sense of what the industry wants from a cloud computing company.

“We are

American Express sells half its business travel division

With business travel spending expected to rise this year, American Express Co. announced plans to sell half its business travel division and create a separate venture.

American Express will give up 50% ownership of its global business travel division in exchange for an investment of $900 million from a group led by New York investment firm Certares.

The ownership will be shared with Certares, Qatar Investment Authority, BlackRock and Macquarie Capital, according to American Express.

The business will operate as a separate venture under the American Express Global Business Travel brand. Bill Glenn, formerly president of global commercial services at American Express, will be president and chief executive of the venture.

The company provides travel services — flight, hotel and car rental reservations, among other services — for business travelers.

In a statement, Glenn said the investment will “accelerate our growth by funding meaningful advances in technology, analytics and service excellence that will benefit suppliers, partners and our global customer base.”

With the U.S. economy on the mend, spending on business travel is expected to rise in 2014, according to the Global Business Travel Assn. Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the national trade group for business travel

Opponents of allowing cellphone calls on planes gain powerful ally

If you’re against letting airline passengers talk on cellphones, you’ve gained a powerful ally.

The Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the world’s business travelers, submitted its opposition last week to a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to lift a ban on voice calls on planes.

The group, which represents about 6,000 travel managers, called onboard calls “detrimental to business travelers.” The association even quoted folk singer Pete Seeger, who borrowed heavily from the book of Ecclesiastes when he wrote “there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.”

Although the U.S. Department of Transportation has already received hundreds of comments in opposition to in-flight cellphone calls, business travelers carry extra influence.

In 2012, business travel was responsible for $491 billion in spending, or 3% of U.S. gross domestic product, according to a new study by the travel association.

The business travel group released its report on the effect of business travel on the same day that the federal government closed its 30-day period for accepting comments on the cellphone ban.

The Department of Transportation collected 1,752 comments. Based on a survey of the comments, the business travel group agrees with

Yelp’s tactics feel nefarious and fishy even if they’re legal

Among the frequently asked questions on Yelp’s website, there’s this: “Will Yelp remove or reorder bad reviews if a business pays for sponsorship?”

And the answer: “No. You can’t pay us to remove or reorder your bad reviews — it’s just that simple.”

It’s not that simple, at least if you listen to the many small-business owners who say Yelp routinely uses bad reviews and competitors’ ads as leverage to get merchants to cough up some cash.

“They continually harass you and strong-arm you to get you to pay for their service,” said Randy Boelsems, 64, who runs a boating supply company in Fountain Valley.

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And if you don’t play ball, he said, it’s likely that negative reviews about your company will be featured more prominently than positive ones.

Such criticism isn’t new, though it appears that Yelp has found new ways to lean on business owners. Earlier this week, I wrote about an Alhambra jeweler who said that after he canceled his Yelp ad, a saleswoman for the site contacted him to warn that competitors’ ads would now appear with his listing.

“She said that for $75 a month, she could

Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc.’ is a thoughtful look at Pixar

Animation giant Pixar uses technology only as a means to an end; its films are rooted in human concerns, not computer wizardry.

The same can be said of the new book “Creativity, Inc.,” Ed Catmull’s endearingly thoughtful explanation of how the studio he co-founded generated hits such as the “Toy Story” trilogy, “Up” and “Wall-E.”

Catmull was a 1970s computer animation pioneer (university classmates included Netscape co-founder Jim Clark), but his book is not a technical history of how the hand-drawn artistry perfected by Disney was rendered obsolete by the processing power of machines.

Rather, he uses Pixar’s triumphs and near-disasters to outline a system for managing people in creative businesses — one in which candid criticism is delivered sensitively, while individuality and autonomy are not strangled by a robotic corporate culture.

“Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration,” written by Catmull with Los Angeles writer Amy Wallace, was published by Random House.

Some of the advice flirts with cliche: Staff must be allowed to fail, and so on. But the tips are anchored persuasively in strong examples. The key question of how much failure should be tolerated is

Bars showing Pacquiao Bradley fight must pay big or else

Saturday night is fight night, with the highly anticipated rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley set to be broadcast on big screens across the nation.

As thousands of fans traipse into bars and restaurants to catch the big fight, a small army of corporate detectives will be lurking in the background, hoping to catch something else.

Paid by the promoters of the closed-circuit televised event, these sleuths will be on the lookout for bar owners who show the Pacquiao-Bradley fight without paying the commercial rate, which dwarfs the fee to watch in your living room.

Pay-per-view promoters go to great lengths to punish piracy by business owners. They have filed thousands of lawsuits against bars, restaurants, taquerias and barbershops for illegally airing boxing and Ultimate Fighting Championship matches to large audiences.

The consequences can be severe. Loren Minnis said it contributed to the downfall of his business.

After investigators found that his Lake Elsinore bar had showed a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight without paying the commercial rate, the closed-circuit promoters sued.

Minnis said his brother, a co-owner, paid $23,000 to settle the lawsuit, then closed the bar.

“You’re in the first year with the bar, and all

What business travelers like is not always what they buy

Business travelers prefer flying Seattle-based Alaska Airlines over any other carrier, but Delta and United Airlines carry the most business travelers in the U.S.

Business travelers also love the gourmet sandwiches at Jimmy John’s eateries, but most of their expensed meals are eaten at Starbucks or McDonald’s.

These are among the findings of a new report by Certify, a Portland, Maine-based expense management company that processes 1.5 million business expense transactions each month.

Certify analyzes how much and where business travelers spend company money. But the firm also asks road warriors to rate the businesses they frequent while on the road.

Of all the food expense reports analyzed by Certify, the greatest number were at Starbucks (5.3%), followed by McDonald’s (2.8%). But Jimmy John’s got the top ranking, 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5, even though it did not make the top 10 for total expenses.

Nearly 21% of all airline expenses were for flights on Delta, with 14% for flights on United, according to Certify. But when business travelers were asked to rank airlines, Alaska got the top score of 4.6, followed by Southwest with 4.3.

The top-rated businesses may not always be those

No rest in the debate over Sabbath business hours in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — The crowd that gathered at the recent grand opening of Cinema City hadn’t come for the movies. They were there in droves to protest a government regulation that keeps the 19-screen cineplex closed each week from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

“Jerusalem, wake up!” the protesters chanted as security guards blocked them from entering the lobby. “Nonreligious people are equal too!”

The demonstration was the latest skirmish in Jerusalem’s long-running “Sabbath wars,” which for decades have pitted the city’s secular Jewish population against its ultra-Orthodox community over whether shops, theaters and other public spaces can remain open on the Jewish day of rest.

“I don’t tell people when to go to the synagogue, and they shouldn’t tell me when to go to the cinema,” said Laura Wharton, a city councilwoman whose left-leaning Meretz party led the protest outside the cineplex, which was built on city land and is barred from opening on the Sabbath by a provision written by an ultra-Orthodox city lawmaker. “You have a small, vocal minority telling the rest of the city what they should do.”

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Bill seeks to ease California’s affordability housing crisis

Most Californians can’t afford their rent.

The state’s affordability crisis has worsened since the recession, as soaring home prices and rents outpace job and income growth. Meanwhile, government funds to combat the problem have evaporated.

Local redevelopment agencies once generated roughly $1 billion annually for below-market housing across California, but the roughly 400 agencies closed in 2012 to ease a state budget crisis. In addition, almost $5 billion from state below-market housing bonds, approved by voters last decade, is nearly gone.

A state bill seeks to replace some of those funds and create more than 10,000 low- and moderate-income homes annually through a $75 fee for recording real estate documents. But the proposal has drawn criticism from some in the real estate industry who say it unfairly saddles homeowners and businesses with added costs.

“It disproportionally burdens one segment of the society with something that should be borne by the entire population,” said lobbyist Alexander Creel of the California Assn. of Realtors.

The bill, SB 391, would replace a portion of lost funds, $300 million to $720 million annually, depending how many documents are recorded. Those involved in a sale are exempt from the $75 fee.


Novartis, GSK announce multibillion-dollar overhaul of drug businesses

Swiss pharmaceutical titan Novartis AG on Tuesday announced an overhaul of its operations that involved several multibillion-dollar deals with GlaxoSmithKline intended to allow Novartis to focus on its oncology business and boost profitability, the companies said.

The spate of deals follows recent consolidations in the pharmaceutical industry with large price tags, including the $5.6-billion acquisition of an Anaheim specialty drug firm by Irish pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt this month. More are expected to be announced in the coming months.

Novartis said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire GSK’s oncology products for $14.5 billion, and an additional $1.5 billion if it reaches a certain development milestone. Novartis would also have opt-in rights to GSK’s current and future oncology research and development pipeline.

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As part of its agreement, Novartis will divest its vaccines business, excluding its flu business, for $7.1 billion plus royalties. The companies said $5.25 billion of that would be paid upfront and the remaining in installments based on certain milestones.

The companies also announced a joint venture to run a consumer healthcare business, of which Novartis will own a 36.5% majority share. The venture will combine the companies’ well-known products, including