GreaterLongBeach.com is republishing some of our best journalism of 2012, which we believe once again told this area's most-important stories in the most-compelling, insightful and comprehensible ways. Here, again, are texts from a man who spent a day in April waiting with thousands of others to enter a Job Fair in Downey.
DOWNEY – Hundreds of employees at the local branch of a direct mail company joined the ranks of the unemployed this week. About 263 employees at IWCO Direct’s office in the 7300 block of Flores Avenue were let go as part of a “reset plan,” according to a statement on IWCO’s website. According to a [...]
A year ago, I saved a nine-year-old girl from drowning. She was blue when she was pulled from the pool, and it seems miraculous she was revived. But the next day, for whatever reason---it made sense at the time---I quit the job I loved.
Airtalk, the KPCC-FM (89.3) radio show hosted by Larry Mantle, today considered the new rules approved by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 25 that could make the search for employment easier for convicted criminals and others who have gotten into legal trouble. To listen to the program via the KPCC-FM archives or via podcast [CLICK [...]
"People in line are very nice, quietly conversational, realistic, resilient. Sharing stories of their fruitless job searches, not self-pityingly, but recognizing that the sum of their stories equals a very messed-up state of affairs."
California’s disastrous unemployment rate drove the State Unemployment Fund into insolvency two years ago. It pays benefits today only because of federal loans and will have a $13.4-billion deficit by the end of this year. Failure to repay will cost California employers more than $6 billion in additional federal taxes in 2012.
How the condom actually ended up in the French onion soup isn’t clear, although speculation is that the soup was troubled and desperately seeking love. Claim Jumper is expected to leave the agreed-to dollar amount on the plaintiff's bedside table, along with a faint promise to “call you soon.”