March 2, 2014
Re "Swift LAFD hiring cutoff limits pool," Feb. 27 In 2011, Los Angeles voters passed Measure Q, which substantially changed civil service rules for the city. Measure Q eliminated a charter provision requiring the examination process, which includes interviews, to be open to all qualified applicants. The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles opposed Measure Q because of this change. Efficiency should not be allowed to trump fairness and merit in hiring. A "first applications submitted" policy with a 60-second cutoff is not fair to the applicants, who had no idea that their futures depended on being ready to hit the "send" button right at 8 a.m. It is also not fair to Los Angeles residents, who want their Fire Department to hire the best-qualified applicants.
October 27, 1997 |
In California, phlebotomists who draw blood for lab testing must be trained and issued a certificate by the training physician or clinical laboratory bioanalyst in charge of the program, according to state regulations, or they can take state-approved college or university courses or other approved training programs. Applicants to the school programs are advised to ask to see the school's approval letter from the state of California.
July 22, 2010 |
Apparently, suspicion of wanna-be doctors is higher than we thought. Last week, Booster Shots reported on a study that examined the degree to which candidates for ophthalmology residency programs fudged their resumes by exaggerating – or outright inventing – their role in medical research projects. It turned out that for one program in Little Rock, the rate of such “misrepresentations” (to put it generously) was 8.1%. Similar studies examining the truthfulness of applicants to residency programs in fields including radiation oncology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, pediatrics, radiology, psychiatry and neurology found misrepresentation rates ranging from 1.8% all the way up to 100%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1985 |
On a Saturday morning last month at a Holiday Inn on the outskirts of Omaha, Neb., Julie Kearns and Debby Simmons were passing out written examinations to 67 area residents who wanted to be police officers. Except they didn't want to be police officers in Omaha. They wanted to work in Orange County, Calif. Kearns and Simmons are Orange County sheriff's deputies. The applicants had responded to newspaper ads that Sheriff Brad Gates had run in the Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., newspapers: " . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1993 |
Female students at College of the Canyons are being offered two scholarships, one for $500 and the other for $800 to $1,000. The $500 scholarship is being awarded by Delta Gamma Society International, ETA RHO Chapter. Applicants for this scholarship must be sophomores majoring in English. Other criteria include scholastic achievement, letters of reference and school and community activities. A written essay is also required. The deadline for this scholarship is April 1, 1993.
January 14, 2009 |
Position: Island caretaker. Duties: Lazing around Australia's Great Barrier Reef for six months. Salary: $100,000. It sounds too good to be true, but it's for real. Billing it the "Best Job in the World," Queensland state tourism officials say they are seeking one lucky person to spend six months on Hamilton Island, while promoting the destination on a blog. Within 24 hours, more than 200,000 prospective applicants had clicked onto the website islandreefjob.com. While the advertisement is a publicity stunt by tourism officials, the job is genuine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1985 |
A combination of cash and sweat can translate into affordable homes for people with moderate to low incomes through a program offered by the Civic Center Barrio Housing Corp. The organization helped 20 families complete construction of homes on Raitt Street last January. A second phase of the owner-builder projects is now ready to begin and organizers are inviting applications for 21 homes.