Thursday, March 19, 2009

Women's Job Fair Set for March 26 in Sacramento

A women's job fair will be held Thursday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Doubletree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way. The event is being hosted by .

For further information on the event and to obtain directions and a list of attendees, call (516) 433-1148.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Staples Center Job Fair Set for March 16

Don’t miss this opportunity to apply to jobs with some of the top sports and entertainment companies in Southern California, as Staples Center will host a job fair on Monday, March 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For only $30, attend the career fair and the hockey game immediately after, as the Los Angeles Kings take on the Nashville Predators.

Employers Scheduled to Attend*

  • AEG
  • LA Kings
  • LA Clippers
  • LA Sparks
  • LA Sol
  • LA Galaxy
  • Chivas USA
  • GRAMMY Museum
  • Power 106/ Movin’ 93.9
  • ESPN Radio / Radio Disney
  • High Desert Mavericks
  • US Army
For further information, visit: .

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

JOBS TO AVOID: No One with More than 5 Years Experience

Editor's note: As a public service to readers of this blog, we want to expose those who are trying to take advantage of people in these tough economic times. More to the point, we want to highlight companies and individuals who are attempting to get people to work for peanuts! Here is one such advertisement:

Beverly Hills Weekly is seeking a reporter who can cover it all from education to city council and beyond.

Beverly Hills Weekly is a community paper with a circulation of 15,000 and a readership of some of the most influential people in Southern California. We do not cover entertainment news. Applicant must be available to attend Tuesday night city council and school board meetings. B.A./B.S. degree required. (College newspaper writing experience OK) Perfect position for a recent college graduate.

This is not the position for a journalist with more than 5 years paid experience. Salary is negotiable. Southern California residents only.

Fax resume and no more than 2 clips (if available) to: (310) 887-0789 or email to Absolutely NO PHONE CALLS. NO OUT OF STATE RESUMES.

JOBS TO AVOID: $5 Per Article

Editor's note: As a public service to readers of this blog, we want to expose those who are trying to take advantage of people in these tough economic times. More to the point, we want to highlight companies and individuals who are attempting to get people to work for peanuts! Here is one such advertisement:

Reply to: Date: 2009-03-08, 7:52PM PDT

We are looking for several writers to write a variety of articles on life in Los Angeles County for a new website that aims to be a local resource to the community. We will need articles on local community events and functions, attractions, reviews of local restaurants, sports events, opinions of community, city and county politics, effects of the economy of current living conditions, the school system and children's programs, issues within the school systems that need exposure and many more topics that will help to give a diverse depiction of real life within Los Angeles County. Articles need to be between 750-1000 words and the author will be given credit for writing the articles. If you are interested please submit a 300-500 word writing sample for review to If selected we will supply you with general topics and keywords that need to be worked into the articles regularly. We are paying $5 per article. We are looking for a diverse look at life in Los Angeles so if you are a college student or senior citizen, your opinion and writing is important to us. We are looking for a number of writers who can take a list of topics and run with it. Writers will be paid electronically via paypal or by business check by mail if you do not have an online payment processor.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Gov. Schwarzenegger Promotes Businesses on Trip

Addressing the California Business Reception, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently concluded his trip promoting California business and the state’s global leadership in information communications technology at CeBIT 2009 in Hannover, Germany.

As the first official state partner with CeBIT, a technology trade fair for digital business solutions and information and communications technology (ICT), California companies were spotlighted among over 5,000 exhibitors and half a million attendees.

“As I’ve said before, California is not only the eighth-largest economy in the world - we are the high-tech capital of the world and the biotechnology capital of the world - and I’m proud to have showcased our great state here at the world’s largest technology trade fair,” said Gov. Schwarzenegger. “Especially in the middle of this difficult global economy, it’s terrific to see so many companies from California seize this tremendous opportunity to network with organizations from across the globe, sharing their innovative technologies and pumping up their businesses.”

During his two-day CeBIT Exhibition promotional tour, the Governor met with various business and elected officials including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Lower Saxony Minister President Christian Wulff and Hannover Lord Mayor Stephan Weil. In his meeting with Chancellor Merkel, discussions focused on economic stimulus and California’s desire to collaborate with other nations like Germany on climate change.

The Governor also delivered remarks at several events including CeBIT’s Opening Ceremony, where he spoke to over 2,000 audience members. The Governor also toured the CeBIT exhibition fair grounds which showcased California companies and included 27 separate exhibit halls spanning over 10 million square feet of exhibition space. Many California companies, including a state delegation of 51 small and medium-sized businesses, showcased the state’s innovative ICT in several key industries including green technology, entertainment, Internet-based services, TeleHealth, security, consumer electronics, digital content generation and distribution, aerospace, and research and technology at CeBIT 2009.

Additionally, the Germany-California ICT Summit was the star attraction of the Partner State program, giving the two entities the opportunity to step-up collaboration and stimulate increased bilateral business.

For more information about CeBIT 2009, visit at

Sacramento Bee Cutting More Than 100 Positions

The Sacramento Bee will eliminate 128 jobs, or 11 percent of its workforce, as revenue continues to fall in the staggering newspaper industry.

Among the cuts will be 29 jobs in the newsroom, 8 in advertising, 62 in circulation and 23 in production. Those surviving the cuts face wage decreases of up to 6 percent and could be forced to take a week of unpaid leave.

The layoffs are the latest in a series of cutbacks at the 152-year-old newspaper, one of 30 daily newspapers under the direction of Sacramento-based McClatchy Co.

San Diego County Posts 8.6% January Unemployment Rate

The numbers continue to be grim in the job market for San Diego, as the county's unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in January, an increase from a revised 7.5 percent rate in December and above the year-ago estimate of 5.1 percent, previously noted by the California Employment Development Department.

Trade, transportation and utilities marked the largest decline — 8,400 jobs — while retail lost 6,200, mostly in general-merchandise and clothing stores.

The hospitality sector did away with nearly 5,000 jobs, 91 percent of which were in restaurants and bars. Professional and business services removed 4,500 positions.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Look Coming on March 9

GOCALIFORNIA will be unveiling a new look come Monday.

With many of us dealing with a troubling economy, GOCALIFORNIA will now focus on business-related articles. We will look at how California companies are doing, what the best and worst places are to look for work in the state, how the budget crisis is impacting residents, where the housing market is best and worst, and so on.

We also plan to profile businesses statewide and provide columns from financial experts on how best to make it through these difficult times.

Thank you for reading, and we look forward to unveiling a new beginning Monday!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Coming Soon.....

GOCALIFORNIA has not forgotten about you.

We are working on some new formats for coverage and will be unveiling them soon.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Father of 'Heroes' Actress Pleads No Contest in Assault

The father of "Heroes" actress Hayden Panettiere has pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor battery after assaulting his wife on Aug. 11.

Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel sentenced Alan Lee Panettiere, 49, to 24 months probation, ordered him to complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and ordered him to pay $400 in fines. The judge also issued a protective order requiring that the defendant not harm or annoy the victim.

Panettiere was arrested in August after he allegedly assaulted his wife at their West Hollywood home.

7 Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at L.A. Home

Seven bodies were discovered in a Los Angeles home early Tuesday morning, victims of an apparent murder-suicide.

According to authorities, the father, who fatally shot his wife, five children and himself in the Wilmington section of Los Angeles, forwarded a note to KABC-TV noting that the couple had just been fired from a medical center and that the shootings were planned.

The man claimed that prior to the firing, an administrator told the couple they should not have come to work and told them, "You should have blown your brains out," KABC-TV reported.

The note went on to say that the husband and wife worked as medical technicians at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center.

Police reported that the victims included two sets of twins and an 8-year-old girl.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Prostitution, Marijuana Seen as Possible Money Fixes

Legalizing prostitution and marijuana could be the ticket out to decreasing the state's present $41 billion deficit, according to some financial pros.

According to David Lazarus, a financial writer for the Los Angeles Times, both pot smoking and prostitution are very popular "sins" that, if legalized and taxed, could produce millions or even billions in extra revenue for California.

A number of Lazarus's financial industry colleagues have backed the proposals, though there is more positive energy for the marijuana side than the prostitution side.

In order for these ideas to make progress, they both would have to go before the voters as ballot measures.

Companies Sued Following Naval Accident

Seven companies are being sued by relatives of three sailors who died when a helicopter crashed off the San Diego coast during a Navy training mission. The companies manufactured and sold the aircraft and its parts.

The lawsuit alleges that several parts of the MH-60S helicopter were defective and caused the crash in January 2007, which killed four people in all.

Named in the lawsuit are the helicopter's manufacturer, Sikorsky Aircraft, and other companies that manufactured components for the aircraft: Alcoa, Pacific Scientific, Hi-Shear Corp., Parker-Hannifin Corp. and General Electric.

The helicopter departed for the training exercise Jan. 26, 2007, from the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, some 50 miles from shore.

The victims were Lt. j.g. Laura J. Mankey of West Hills; Lt. Adam Dyer, 28, of Lafayette, La.; Petty Officer 1st Class Cory Helman, 27, of New Richmond, Wis.; and Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Will, 29, of Warren, Mich. They were members of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 assigned to the North Island Naval Air Station.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Man Tries to Drown Police Dog Before Arrest

Carlsbad police reported Sunday that a drunken-driving suspect who fled on foot into a lagoon refused to surrender and attempted to drown a police dog before being arrested.

Lavar McKiernan, 34, who was to be booked on charges of felony driving under the influence, felony evading causing injuries, and attempting to harm a police dog, was moved to Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside, where he was being held under guard Sunday morning.

According to authorities, just before 1 a.m. Sunday, Carlsbad police Officer Samantha Alexander tried to stop McKiernan at Carlsbad Boulevard and State Street, near the Army and Navy Academy, after his vehicle reportedly nearly crashed into three parked cars

McKiernan drove off with Alexander in pursuit, rear-ended a vehicle and ran into a telephone pole before heading into the Buena Vista Lagoon west of Carlsbad Boulevard, about a half-mile from where the chase started.

Other Carlsbad police officers, assisted by an Oceanside police dog and the San Diego Police Department's Able helicopter, pursued McKiernan to the lagoon, where he was spotted hiding in about 4 feet of water.

After being given several opportunities to surrender, police went into the water along with the dog to arrest the suspect.

McKiernan attempted to drown the dog, who was not injured, three times before he was arrested.

Man Arrested After More Than 200 Dead Animals Found

Police in Temecula have arrested a man on suspicion of animal cruelty for allegedly mistreating his dogs and cats. According to authorities, more than 200 of the animals were discovered dead on his property.

Authorities say that Elisao Gilbert Jimenez, 66, was taken into custody Friday after a search of his residence in the 39000 block of Liefer Road showed a number of dogs and cats "in poor health."

Deputies were dispatched to Jimenez's home to assist Department of Animal Services officers with a vicious dog, and when they looked in the back of the suspect's property, they discovered more than 200 dog and cat carcasses.

Animal Control Officers reported discovering 204 dead animals in plastic bags in different stages of decomposition. They also located more than 82 dogs and nearly three dozen ferel cats.