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September 2, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sears, Roebuck & Co. is expected to announce today that it will reimburse unhappy customers under a settlement of charges that it systematically ripped off consumers at its 70 auto repair centers in California, The Times has learned. The agreement is expected to allow Sears to remain in the auto repair business in California, where it is the largest single operator of repair shops.
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December 2, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
If someone comes to your door selling home security systems, be wary: They could be breaking the law and they could be trying to scam you, according to the state Department of Consumer Affairs. Key things to know: • Anyone selling home alarm systems door-to-door in California is required to have passed a criminal background check and have been licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. But in reality, warned the consumer agency, many sellers have done neither.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1997
The California Department of Consumer Affairs is seeking to revoke the license of an El Monte beauty college and has informed more than 1,000 of the school's students that they will be denied entrance to manicurist and cosmetologist examinations, officials said. State inspections of Tam's Beauty College campuses in El Monte and Garden Grove in August and October of 1996 found unclean facilities, vermin infestation and a lack of textbooks, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2004 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
A Democrat-led Senate panel on Wednesday approved Charlene Zettel as the state's top consumer regulator over the objections of critics who assailed her voting record when she was in the Assembly. Zettel told lawmakers she would be a forceful advocate as director of California's Department of Consumer Affairs, which regulates 230 professions, including contractors and auto-repair shops.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1998 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The firm that audited Orange County's books before its unprecedented bankruptcy sued the state of California on Friday for allegedly conducting a "tainted" investigation aimed at helping the county collect damages from the accountants. The lawsuit was filed in Sacramento Superior Court on behalf of the accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick LLP and one of its accountants, Margaret J. McBride.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1990 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Department of Consumer Affairs said Thursday that it has revoked the license of an Orange County television repair shop owner guilty of consumer fraud. Margaret Brown, who operated the TV Shop repair businesses in Garden Grove, Brea and Irvine, lost her license to operate them after investigators with the state Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair in Los Angeles determined that there was "a pattern of abuse" in the company's repair practices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1992 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Reseda man convicted last year of operating a motor home repair shop without a license was charged Tuesday with similar new violations following an undercover investigation by state inspectors, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2004 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
A Democrat-led Senate panel on Wednesday approved Charlene Zettel as the state's top consumer regulator over the objections of critics who assailed her voting record when she was in the Assembly. Zettel told lawmakers she would be a forceful advocate as director of California's Department of Consumer Affairs, which regulates 230 professions, including contractors and auto-repair shops.
SPORTS
November 7, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An administrative law judge has overturned the dismissal of Marty Denkin, former state boxing official who was fired 2 1/2 years ago amid charges that he had accepted bribes from boxing managers and promoters. Denkin was the California Athletic Commission's assistant executive officer in charge of the Los Angeles office when he was fired from the $40,000-a-year job. He appealed and was given a four-day hearing by the State Personnel Board last January before Judge Byron Berry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON and DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wiping tears from her eyes and clutching a post for support, Vonsheena Flannagan leaned over the fence around Woodlawn Cemetery in Compton and tried desperately to spot her mother's grave. "That's where she's supposed to be," Flannagan said Wednesday, pointing to a tidy row of headstones. "But we don't know for sure." The 25-acre cemetery was shut down Tuesday by state inspectors who reported finding pieces of bones and caskets scattered across its grounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON and DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wiping tears from her eyes and clutching a post for support, Vonsheena Flannagan leaned over the fence around Woodlawn Cemetery in Compton and tried desperately to spot her mother's grave. "That's where she's supposed to be," Flannagan said Wednesday, pointing to a tidy row of headstones. "But we don't know for sure." The 25-acre cemetery was shut down Tuesday by state inspectors who reported finding pieces of bones and caskets scattered across its grounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2000 | MILES CORWIN and JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
State inspectors shut down Woodlawn Cemetery in Compton after they found human bone fragments and casket pieces scattered about the grounds, the Department of Consumer Affairs said Tuesday. The inspectors also discovered that the 120-year-old cemetery "had unlawfully converted single burial graves to multiple graves, disturbed previously interred remains and then failed to properly reinter all of the remains. . . ," according to a Department of Consumer Affairs statement.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1998 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The firm that audited Orange County's books before its unprecedented bankruptcy sued the state of California on Friday for allegedly conducting a "tainted" investigation aimed at helping the county collect damages from the accountants. The lawsuit was filed in Sacramento Superior Court on behalf of the accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick LLP and one of its accountants, Margaret J. McBride.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1997
The California Department of Consumer Affairs is seeking to revoke the license of an El Monte beauty college and has informed more than 1,000 of the school's students that they will be denied entrance to manicurist and cosmetologist examinations, officials said. State inspections of Tam's Beauty College campuses in El Monte and Garden Grove in August and October of 1996 found unclean facilities, vermin infestation and a lack of textbooks, officials said.
NEWS
July 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
Gov. Pete Wilson signed a bill Friday that, after months of negotiations, shifts regulation of 2,200 private trade schools from an independent council to the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Republican governor said it will "maintain critical student protections, while reducing the regulatory burden on schools operating in a responsible fashion."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN
A San Clemente psychologist has been placed on probation for five years by the state Department of Consumer Affairs, which charged him with gross negligence and inappropriate treatment, such as hitting a patient with a pillow, officials said Tuesday. Mark A. Johnson did not contest the charges, according to the board. His probation requires that he undergo psychological evaluation, engage a practice monitor for five years and complete 20 hours of course work annually.
NEWS
October 14, 1994 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rhonda Bolden has a good idea of what bugs California consumers. They're worried about failing an auto smog check. They wonder if the roofer who submitted the ridiculously low bid can be trusted. They bought a hearing aid that squawks, but the dealer won't take it back. And they're tired of being bounced from one department to the next in the labyrinth of state regulatory agencies as they seek help. "Some people really feel like they've hit a brick wall.
NEWS
June 11, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Department of Consumer Affairs today will seek revocation of Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s license to perform automobile repairs in California, charging the nation's second-largest retailing chain with systematically bilking consumers, state officials said Wednesday. The move could put Sears out of the auto repair business in California, where it runs 70 automotive repair centers and is the largest single operator of auto shops.
NEWS
April 26, 1996 | Associated Press
The state Department of Consumer Affairs proposed abolishing seven of its 32 licensing boards Thursday and deregulating 14 occupations or products. The boards recommended for elimination regulate cemeteries, funeral directors, barbering and cosmetology, court reporters, interior design, landscape architects and tax preparers. The announcement of the department's recommendations to the Legislature--which must approve them before they become final--adds details to one part of Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1995 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the state Cemetery Board's last meeting Wednesday, Assemblyman Willard H. Murray Jr. (D-Paramount) released a preliminary report recommending sweeping changes in the way private cemeteries are regulated in California. The report comes after a summer of cemetery scandals, during which several Southern California graveyard operators were accused of raiding maintenance trust funds and committing other, sometimes gruesome, misdeeds, including digging up bodies and reselling burial plots.
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