October 3, 2013 |
Wells Fargo & Co. has fired about 30 branch employees in the Los Angeles region who the bank said had opened accounts that were never used and attempted to manipulate customer satisfaction surveys. "We found a breakdown in a small number of our team members," said Gary Kishner, a bank spokesman for the region, which stretches from Ventura to Pomona and south into Orange County. The employees were trying to take shortcuts to meet sales goals, Kishner said. Wells Fargo, based in San Francisco, employs about 6,500 people at branches in its metropolitan L.A. region, he said.
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October 1, 2013 |
Newly appointed commissioners of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have given officials two weeks to account for millions of ratepayer dollars spent by a pair of nonprofit trusts created to improve relations between the city-owned utility and its largest employee union. DWP managers said last month that they had scant records showing how more than $40 million had been spent since 2000 by the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute, which are co-managed by the department and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. On Tuesday, new DWP commissioners appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti - who was elected this year after vowing to rein in salaries and benefits at the utility - demanded a detailed accounting of about $3 million spent by the nonprofits in fiscal 2012.
October 1, 2013 |
As pre-enrollment begins for Obamacare, Albert is exploring his options. He wants to know more about health savings accounts. Good idea. Health savings accounts, or HSAs, can be a good fit for some, but not for all. Basically, a health savings account is like an IRA for healthcare. Money you put into it isn't subject to federal taxes. It can also roll over from one year to the next if unspent. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions If you withdraw money from an HSA for non-medical purposes, there are penalties.
September 30, 2013 |
Millions of desks sit empty in elementary school classrooms because of truancy each year, costing schools billions of dollars, wasting public resources and squandering one of the country's most precious resources: its young people. We tend to think of truancy as something that starts in junior high or high school, but nationwide, about 1 in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students miss a month of school each year due to absences. In California, you could fill Staples Center 13 times over with the 250,000 students who missed 18 days or more last year.
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September 24, 2013 |
Los Angeles elected officials ramped up pressure Tuesday on the city-owned Department of Water and Power to account for more than $40 million in ratepayer money paid to two nonprofits created to improve relations between agency managers and the largest employees' union. City Controller Ron Galperin offered new details on an audit he's launching, saying it will examine the nonprofits' travel expenditures, salaries and the "rather significant and un-detailed outlays" listed on the groups' federal tax forms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has directed an estimated $40 million in ratepayer money to two nonprofit groups charged with improving relations with the utility's largest employee union, but the agency claims to have scant information on how the public funds have been spent. The Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute, controlled by DWP managers and union leaders, have received up to $4 million per year since their creation more than a decade ago after a contentious round of job cutbacks at one of the nation's largest municipal utilities.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A day after United Nations inspectors confirmed a nerve gas attack in Syria, the European Union's foreign policy chief joined many of America's closest allies in demanding that Syria's leaders be brought to justice for what U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called a war crime. That isn't likely to happen, however. In addition to Russian and Chinese objections, the Obama administration has withheld support, partly because it doesn't want to jeopardize any deal that might end the bloodshed in Syria.
September 16, 2013 |
If publicity-averse Thomas Pynchon decided to come out of seclusion, would he do it on Twitter? With an account named @PynchonOfficial? No, says his publisher. "It's a fake," Penguin Press Vice President Tracy Locke confirmed via email. The fake Pynchon Twitter account launched Sept. 3. Although it has posted only a handful of tweets, it included the sensational "'Bleeding Edge' is my last book. I'm done with fiction. T.P. " Remember: Fake. Pynchon is the 76-year-old author of "Gravity's Rainbow," which won the National Book Award in 1974.
September 15, 2013 |
One is 15, the other 16. Both have been playing quarterback since early in their Pop Warner days. On Friday night, sophomores Clarence Williams of Sylmar and Marshal Cohen of Studio City Harvard-Westlake face off in a matchup of two promising young quarterbacks on the verge of leading their respective teams to breakthrough seasons. The 6-foot-1 Williams, who grew up as everyone's can't-miss prospect playing for the Mid Valley Titans, accounted for eight touchdowns last week when Sylmar (1-1)
September 11, 2013 |
Frozen in time, Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry clutch the Stanley Cup - and each other - in a striking photograph that commands a prime display spot outside the Ducks' Honda Center dressing room. Six years and many strange turns later, the trio will reunite Thursday for the Ducks' first training camp practice at Anaheim Ice. In experimenting to see if their old bonds hold, Coach Bruce Boudreau will reassemble what was broken when Penner signed a five-year, $21.25-million offer sheet from the Edmonton Oilers in the summer of 2007.