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Pet groomer is trimming back expenses

In recent weeks, Newman has been polling her industry clients about the odds of a strike. The Burbank entrepreneur counts among her customers movie and TV executives as well as writers, directors, grips and gaffers.

"They pull up in Rolls- Royces, Volkswagens and pickup trucks," said Newman, who opened her business on Victory Boulevard 39 years ago.

Newman is petrified about another strike. In 1988, her Hollywood clientele "didn't come in for their regular appointments." Her business eventually recovered, she said, but "you never make up for what you lose."

Newman is pinching her pennies. "You just have to tuck in your wings and realize you might be in for a dry spell."

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Claudia Eller

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