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October 23, 2012
Re "Hometown heartlessness," Column, Oct. 19 As a past resident of Costa Mesa and more recently a volunteer at the Someone Cares soup kitchen, I am incensed at the cruelty of Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever's threats to close the kitchen. The place is run professionally by the staff and loads of volunteers, many of whom may have crossed county lines. Every day you can count on these folks to give so many of the community's needy a hot meal and some compassion. Maybe Bever should visit the kitchen or lend a hand and talk to community members before he calls the place a nuisance and wants it shut down.
April 27, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz, 61, is president and a director of the LA84 Foundation, the charitable organization that runs off an endowment of surplus funds from the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In the three decades since those games, LA84 has donated more than $214 million to more than 1,100 Southern California youth sports programs, providing opportunities for more than 3 million children. DeFrantz has spent nearly half her life with the organization, formerly known as the Amateur Athletic Foundation.
June 28, 2012
Re "New wave, new target?," Opinion, June 25 Despite Gregory Rodriguez's excellent points concerning the connection between high socioeconomic status and bigotry, I take issue with his retelling of one writer's simplistic assertion that Jewish philanthropy is motivated "by a desire to defuse envy over the income disparity between the Jewish and Gentile populations. " Generosity is a built-in Jewish value. Every Jewish kid learns of tzedakah - that charity is an obligation.
April 23, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police are expected to shut down sections of road between Los Feliz and Griffith Park on Sunday morning as waves of cyclists take to the streets to raise awareness about hit-and-runs. The event, Finish the Ride, was created after local resident Damian Kevitt, 37, was hit by a van and dragged nearly a quarter-mile onto the 5 Freeway near the L.A. Zoo last February. Last year, Los Angeles logged more than 21,000 hit-and-run crimes, including more than 1,200 injuries and 41 deaths, according to Los Angeles police statistics.
October 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Last year, Alex Groth and Kevin Jennison wanted to help charities and donate money to causes they cared about, but as busy and financially strapped college kids, they felt like they couldn't do anything that'd make much of an impact. So instead, they invented a way to donate money to charity just by surfing the Web. Groth and Jennison, both of whom now work for a start-up in Silicon Valley, created Tab for a Cause, an app for Chrome or Firefox Web browsers that will automatically donate fractions of a cent to charity each time someone opens a new tab. That may not seem like much, but those pennies can add up when you think of the number of tabs each person opens up each day. It works this way: The app replaces the blank pages that come up when you open new tabs to go to a website with special pages designed by the team at Tab for a Cause.
December 20, 1992
Quoting from "Charity Putting Its Faith in House of Hope" (Dec. 3): "There are up to 4,000 homeless women and children in Orange County on the streets, but only 300 beds available at any one time to take care of them." This represents only a small segment of homeless throughout our great nation. How can President-elect Clinton promise to rescind the Bush Administration policy of repatriation of Haitian refugees with so many of our citizens being neglected? What happened to "Charity begins at home"?
July 26, 2013 | By August Brown
Kanye West may believe he is a god, but somehow Jay Z just upped him in the ontological battle over each's greatness. This particular flame war started in 2012, when singer and longtime civil rights activist Harry Belafonte told the Hollywood Reporter that " I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities," he said. "But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example.
August 10, 2000
Re "Housing Plan for S.F. Teachers to Be Overhauled," Aug. 7: Speaking as an educator with 10 years' experience teaching in both private and public schools, I feel that most teachers do not want charity. We would prefer a salary and the respect for our profession that reflect our high level of education and the constant ongoing training that teaching requires. We should be able to buy a house, pay our fair share of taxes and not live on the edge of poverty. ELAINE C. WHITE Los Angeles
June 18, 2005
The article about the Montalban Foundation having its status suspended for not filing required reports with the state of California ["Montalban Foundation Out of Business, for Now," June 15] was disturbing. Co-founder Jerry Velasco asked, "Why didn't anybody tell us about this?" Actually, it is the job of the leader of a charity to know such things. The other officers and the members of the board of directors should also know that they have legal obligations to the state and federal governments when they operate a tax-exempt nonprofit.
October 31, 1994
Re "Penny Here, and There," editorial, Oct. 22: I agree with your editorial. While cleaning the carpet at my rental, I find pennies enough for a Pepsi. Why am I picking up pennies? I'm a property owner with a Depression mentality. Yet it's my luck to lack a penny and have to break a dollar. I remember when five pennies could buy a burger, another five a Coke. Now a penny can't even buy a Tootsie Roll--a fistful might. Years ago, Congress wanted to do away with the penny.
April 7, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
[This post has been updated, as explained below.] If you believe that a great deal of corporate charity is only for show, not about serious concern for the beneficiaries of philanthropy, the restaurant chain Chili's has just provided a data point to support your view. (It's a view we share .) Chili's announced Monday that it canceled a nationwide "Give Back Event" on behalf of the National Autism Assn., a group that promotes the wholly discredited and disreputable idea that child vaccinations are an important cause if autism.
April 7, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Surely, members of New York City's police and fire departments had the best of intentions when they agreed to take part in a charity hockey game on Sunday. But that goodwill fell to the wayside late in the second period of the annual event at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, as a massive, bench-clearing brawl erupted between the two teams. “It was reminiscent of the old-time Rangers-Flyers games in the mid-'70s,” an NYPD cop who was on hand told the New York Post.
April 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
If only New York had a large, disciplined group of government employees whose job it was to prevent giant fights. Law and order was briefly suspended on the ice at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday when hockey players from the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York got into a bench-clearing brawl with one another during a charity game. The combat was well documented on social media by the crowd of fans in attendance, which both howled with boos and roared with delight, adding chants like "Dun-kin' Do-nuts!"
April 5, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
How much legwork does pop stardom require? Next weekend Aloe Blacc will appear along with some of music's buzziest acts - OutKast, Haim, Skrillex, Lorde - at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the idyllic annual gathering near Palm Springs that for many artists serves as proof that they've arrived. On a recent afternoon at USC's Galen Center, though, Blacc found himself somewhat deeper in the record industry's promotional trenches. The L.A.-based soul singer was rehearsing for an appearance on Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, and as he conferred onstage with his young collaborators - two dozen excited schoolchildren with whom he was to perform his song "The Man" - crew members installed miniature geysers designed to spew the network's trademark green slime.
March 30, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
As often happens when the financial demands on government social programs rise, there's been a lot of talk lately about the need to return to the traditional American system of community and faith-based help for the needy: charity, not government handouts. One hears this most often from fiscal conservatives such as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who spoke on the radio not long ago about how suburbanites shouldn't drive past blighted neighborhoods and say, "I'm paying my taxes, government's going to fix that.
March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 St. Louis Rams receiver Austin Pettis, an Orange Lutheran grad, is hosting a charity basketball game on March 28, followed by a free camp for middle school and high school athletes on March 29. Here's the link to sign up for the camp. All proceeds from the basketball game and a silent auction go toward supporting the Austin Pettis Foundation, whose mission is to "broaden life experiences of inner-city, underprivileged and disadvantaged youth by raising money for them to attend various sports camps.
December 19, 1994
In the era that I grew up (1930s and 1940s), charity was a part of everyone's life. Those that had, gave, and those that were in need, received and gave thanks. In those days my family received more than they gave and we were always thankful for the help we received. As I grew older and became more successful in life, I found out how the givers felt when they actively donated time or material things to a person, family, or charitable organization. Call it satisfying one's ego, but one feels something special when actively donating to a charity you believe is helping those in need and who are grateful for the help.
November 29, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Charitable donations hit a notable high-water mark in California last year. According to a report released Thursday by the state attorney general's office, a little more than half of the dollars collected by commercial fundraisers in 2011 actually found its way to the charity that hired them. That's the first time since the state began reporting these figures in 1997 that less than half of the contributions were lost to fundraiser overhead and profits. But that's the average, not the rule, when it comes to commercial fundraisers.
February 26, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Seth Rogen visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday not to discuss the legalization of marijuana, nor to shoot the third season of Netflix's "House of Cards . " No, Mr. Rogen went to Washington to make a case for Alzheimer's disease research. Yeah, we're just as surprised as you are. The "This Is the End" star, 31, who serves as an Alzheimer's Assn. celebrity champion, addressed a Senate committee about the neurodegenerative disorder and opened up about the plight of his mother-in-law, Adele, his authenticity punctuated with self-deprecating humor during a hearing about the rising cost of Alzheimer's.
February 26, 2014
The Northern California couple who found rare gold coins in eight tin cans buried on their property said they will donate some of the proceeds to charity. John and Mary came upon the $28,000 in U.S. gold coins last year on their daily walk. When they realized what they had found, they dug a hole in their wood pile, placed the 1,400 coins in bags and boxes in an old ice chest and buried them again. The pair had walked the path on their gold country property for years before they spotted the edge of a rusty can peeking out of the moss last February.
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