Pushing for Perks

What perks are most important to executive job seekers a company car, child care, concierge services?

According to a new study, it's health-club membership, hands down, with 58 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed in L.A. and elsewhere putting it at the top of their list.

Flextime finished a close second, followed among other things by a car, cell phone, laptop computer and child care. (Concierge service finished dead last,)

But few of those job seekers held out much hope that they would get those benefits.

"Only 8 percent (expect) health club membership, while just 24 percent expect flextime fewer than half of those who want it," said Ted Lang, senior vice president at the L.A. office of Lee Hecht Harrison, a career services firm that did the survey.

Changing Its Tune

Now hear this: the L.A. Opera has officially changed its name.

At a recent meeting, the board unanimously voted to change the moniker to hold onto your opera glasses the "Los Angeles Opera."

The company traces its roots back to 1948, when the Los Angeles Civic Grand Opera presented "Rigoletto" in a church hall in Beverly Hills. The L.A. Opera debuted in 1986 with a performance starring Placido Domingo.

But now it seems that name is a little too casual, a little too dare we say it? West Coast.

"The name Los Angeles Opera more accurately and clearly describes us," said spokesman Greg Patterson. "After all, it's not the NYC Opera, it's the New York City Opera."

Zamboniland

It's hard to believe that an ice-resurfacing machine used at skating rinks around the world is made in sunny Southern California.

But the city of Paramount doesn't want the world to forget its claim to fame the Zamboni.

In fact, plans are in the works for a plein air rink to mark that distinction. But it won't actually contain any ice.

Instead, the planned Paramount Pond at Civic Center East will feature a "rink" of poured concrete and crushed glass to make it look like real ice. And of course, there'll be a metal sculpture of a Zamboni for kids to play on.

"We're trying to create a there there," said City Manager Pat West. "We're an older, urban town. A lot of what we do as a community is to improve the aesthetics."

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