November 17, 2013 |
The text messages and voice mails started blowing up on Ed Orgeron's phone soon after USC upset Stanford. Former Trojans coach Pete Carroll and others from the Seattle Seahawks staff sent congratulations. So did former Miami players such as Warren Sapp and Cortez Kennedy and former USC players Brian Cushing , Kenechi Udeze , Marcus Allen and Anthony Munoz and many others. "On and on and on," Orgeron, USC's interim coach, said Sunday during a teleconference with reporters.
November 10, 2013 |
Question: I'm a board director of my homeowner association, with over 500 units. Our management company has been removing association files from our on-site office and storing them in the manager's garage at his residence. There's no official "office" for the management company listed in our records, only a P.O. Box. While our management contract names the company as "custodian" of our association records, management has removed our records from the very safe, gate-guarded location of our complex to a rented residence.
November 3, 2013 |
Question: Our board directors found the lowest earthquake insurance premium is with a 20% deductible, costing our homeowner association about $20,000 annually; they voted against raising monthly dues to cover it. Our 20 units in a four-level, zero-lot-line Los Angeles complex average $650,000 per unit and the structural integrity of the building is at greater risk because of our subterranean parking. Directors argue we've got over $150,000 in reserves and around $350,000 in combined money market and certificate of deposit accounts.
October 31, 2013 |
Kentucky and its roster full of high school All-Americans is the narrow choice over Michigan State in the Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll. The Wildcats, who finished last season with an NIT opening-round loss at Robert Morris, received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member national media panel. The Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, snared 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points.
October 18, 2013 |
Call it a midterm exam. Ninth-ranked UCLA plays at No. 13 Stanford on Saturday at the midpoint of the regular season. The Bruins are 5-0 overall, 2-0 in Pac-12 Conference play, and this is the first time they have been in the Associated Press top 10 since 2005. Stanford, which is 5-1 overall, 3-1 in the Pac-12, is coming off a loss at Utah but still carries national weight. "This is a measuring stick game, for ourselves and the nation, just to see what's going on here in Westwood," said UCLA receiver Shaquelle Evans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County court last week granted a permanent injunction against six gangs in Echo Park and its surrounding neighborhoods, according to the city attorney's office. The injunction prohibits known members of the gangs from associating with each other in public, possessing firearms or narcotics, or possessing alcohol in public, officials said. It also prohibits gang members from possessing aerosol paint containers, felt-tip markers and other items that can be used to apply graffiti.
September 27, 2013 |
Question: We live in a gated community with approximately 150 joined single-story condos. We want to sell but have been told by a board director that real estate "for sale" signs are not allowed per our covenants, conditions and restrictions. He cites the CC&Rs: "No owner, tenant or other occupant of the covered property shall post any advertisement, signs, flags, banners or poster of any kind for public display, provided that with the prior written approval of the board as to size, type, color, style and location, a sign of customary and reasonable dimension may be posted to advertise a lot for sale or lease.
September 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A retired FBI agent who worked on some of the bureau's biggest cases will plead guilty to leaking classified information about the disruption of a terrorist bomb plot in Yemen in a case that sparked controversy over the government's subpoenas of reporters' telephone records. Donald John Sachtleben, 55, separately pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. The plea agreement in the leak case became public in court records filed Monday in connection with the pornography prosecution.
September 13, 2013 |
Question: As a board director I began questioning the actions of our association attorney and his law firm several years ago after expenditures to the firm were so outrageous and decisions so bad by its lawyers they culminated in our spending more on attorneys fees than the case was worth or settled for. Most owners just wanted the board to apologize, but our lawyers wanted lawsuits. Other owners were involuntarily sucked into our association's litigation vortex. They were innocent victims subjected to the firm's moneymaking machine, and allegations against owners were so outrageous most are unprintable outside of a lawsuit as they would constitute libel.
September 6, 2013 |
Question: The new board is trying to cut down unnecessary expenditures, but our homeowners association has a law firm on retainer and a management company on contract. Periodic audits unearthed what looks like duplicate and excessive billings for telephone conversations and communications between the attorney and management company owners and employees, also billings for attorney and management attendance at association activities. We have not asked either the law firm or management company to partake in these communications or activities.