The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf named John Dawson, a former Dunkin' Donuts executive, as its new CEO. He becomes CEO next year.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf named a prominent Dunkin' Donuts executive as its new CEO on Wednesday.
John Dawson will take over the reins as CEO of the Los Angeles-based coffee and tea chain on Jan. 1. Dawson last served as global development officer for Dunkin' Brands, where he oversaw day-to-day operations for franchising, development and construction. He was key in Dunkin's rapid expansion and will be an asset to Coffee Bean, analysts said.
"To recruit John Dawson, one of the best people in the business is a real strategic coup for Coffee Bean," said Burt Flickinger, III, managing director for Strategic Resource Group, a retail consulting firm. “John has been a big part of Dunkin’ Donuts success in keeping prices low, in keeping sales high and making money based on volumes."
Dawson's experience could play a big factor in Coffee Bean's plans to expand in Southeast Asia and Southern California. He said in a statement he looks forward to leading the company to its "next phase of growth."
A McDonald's employee smiles as a protester shows her sign that reads, "workers need living wages, not living in poverty." A group of protesters dropped off a box of signed MoveOn.org petitions at the Melrose and Vermont McDonald's the day before national SEIU rallies demanding higher wages for fast food workers.
Workers at the Melrose and Vermont McDonald's look as protesters drop off MoveOn.org petitions to the manager. Fast food companies have been pressured to pay their employees a living wage, on Thursday December 5 SEIU and other groups plan to hold protests and walk-outs to demand fair pay.
A McDonald's patron watches protesters outside the Melrose and Vermont location as they drop off petitions the day before national protests. Fast food chains have been under increasing pressure to pay their employees a living wage. The SEIU and other groups have planned a nation-wide protest and walk-out for December 5, 2013.
Workers at some fast-food restaurants in dozens of U.S. cities -- including Los Angeles -- plan to strike for one-day on Thursday. This is their second nationwide demonstration in five months. The workers are calling for an increase in minimum pay to 15 dollars an hour -- and for the right to join a union.
Twenty-three-year old Sonia Roldan lives with her parents in East Hollywood , and works 20 to 25 hours a week at a Los Angeles McDonalds while studying full time at Cal State Northridge. Her pay: $8.89 per hour. It amounts to paychecks of about $350 every two weeks, and she says almost all of that goes directly to cover expenses.
"I end up with $50 at most which I have to stretch out for two weeks until the next paycheck,"says Roldan. "Fifteen dollars [per hour] would make a change. I would be able to stress less about working too hard and be able to pay my bills on time."
A U.S. judge's ruling could effect the bankrupt city of San Bernardino, which is in mediation with its largest creditor, the California Public Employees' Retirement System.
When a city files for bankruptcy, it’s hoping to get relief from its financial obligations.
Public pensions have always been seen as the one thing that’s untouchable, but that could change after a judge ruled Tuesday that Detroit can make cuts to – or impair – its pension plans.
“This is a huge deal,” said Karol K. Denniston, a San Francisco-based bankruptcy lawyer who usually works on the side of cities. “The world has shifted because one judge in a federal court bankruptcy system has found those obligations can be impaired.”
Denniston says overnight, the decision weakened the hand of pension holders.
“Monday night you were like, ‘In California, I have very strong vested rights in my pension obligations,”’ said Denniston. “When you woke up Tuesday morning, you heard a judge say those are contract obligations and can be impaired.”
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Head coach Steve Sarkisian looks out from the bench during the third quarter of the game on October 6, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-21.
Give half a million dollars to the Trojan Athletic Fund and you get four prime seats at every football game and year-round parking on campus. A million dollar donation will get you reserved parking at the Coliseum. Some donors, such as USC law school alum Arthur Barens, even get the ear of university administrators.
“I wouldn’t say they seek my input, but they’re certainly used to be being put on by alumni wanting to express their point of view, hoping it will make a difference,” said Barens.
During the week, Barens is a lawyer in Century City, and come Saturday, he’s a rabid SC fan.
“If they play 13 games a year, I try to go to 13 games a year,” Barens said.
The influence of high-value donors to USC's athletic programs arises as the university announces the hiring of Steve Sarkisian to coach the Trojans.
Victor Farfan is Mayor of the city of Hawaiian Gardens, home of the casino by the same name.
Governor Jerry Brown was in Southern California Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of the Hawaiian Gardens Casino, the economic mainstay of the city by the same name.
Hawaiian Gardens is more a middle class poker club than a high-end casino, but with a staff of more than a thousand workers, it is the largest employer in the small city southeast of Los Angeles.
Five months ago, the Hawaiian Gardens City Council approved a $45 million project to build a new and bigger Hawaiian Gardens casino and replace the large tent structure that sits just off the 605 Freeway.
In attending the groundbreaking ceremony, Governor Brown joked that the poker club business was in his blood.
"My grandfather had two poker clubs in the city of San Francisco which I don’t think they were quite legal at the time," the Governor said to laughs, "This was the 1930s."