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November 4, 2012
Re "Overthinking affirmative action," Opinion, Nov. 1 I was admitted to UCLA Law School in 1987, when it had an aggressive and effective affirmative action program. I take issue with most of white America's view that affirmative action lowers the bar for minorities in the admissions process, selecting us over "better qualified" applicants. What qualifications are we talking about? I was a single mother in college and worked 40 hours a week. Thus, I had at least 55 hours a week that were unavailable for study, even though I also carried a full load and consistently had a high grade-point average.
December 18, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca maintained a special hiring program that granted preferential treatment to the friends and relatives of department officials, including some candidates who were given jobs despite having troubled histories, according to interviews and internal employment records reviewed by The Times. The program, known as "Friends of the Sheriff," has been in existence for at least eight years. Some high-ranking sheriff's officials injected themselves into the vetting process to lobby for favored job candidates, records show.
July 4, 1985 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
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: " . . .
March 14, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
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.
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 While the advertisement is a publicity stunt by tourism officials, the job is genuine.
November 3, 1985 | Andy Rose
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.
May 23, 2010 | By Martin Eichner
Question: After weeks of viewing potential apartments, my boyfriend and I finally found a place we both love. When we paid the application fees and turned in our application, the rental agent threw a wrench into the process. He said that because we were not married, each of our incomes would have to be equal to or greater than three times the rent in order to qualify. I tried to point out that this requirement was unfair, but the agent said company policy was very clear for unmarried couples.
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