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March 15, 2010
Here's whom to contact should you want to file a complaint against a California nursing home or hospital. California Department of Public Health To contact the licensing and certification division of the California Department of Public Health, which is the state regulator for hospitals and nursing homes, call (323) 869-8500 or (800) 228-1019 for the Los Angeles district office. To file a complaint, call (800) 236-9747 or go online to the organization's Health Consumer Information Systems . A complaint form is on the information page of each hospital or long-term care facility.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
To some in Canoga Park, the Xposed Gentlemen's Club is an unwelcome neighborhood landmark. Residents complain about its sultry billboards featuring scantily clad women. The LAPD tried - and failed - to shut it down, citing complaints of violence, prostitution and drug use. There was a shooting in the parking lot last year; a man's throat was slit in the club a few years back. But the strip club has survived, and its management has made an unusual move - seeking seats on the very same neighborhood council that has been a forum for complaints about it. The owner and two employees of the club ran for seats on the council last month, and one was elected.
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NATIONAL
February 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Remember the Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her rapist when he sentenced the offender to 31 days in prison? His comments, which sparked national outrage, have prompted a formal judicial complaint against him. A prosecutor for the state's judicial oversight board has accused Judge G. Todd Baugh of imposing an “overly lenient and unlawful sentence” that “eroded public confidence in the judiciary.” The Montana Judicial Standard Commission's formal charge against Baugh of Yellowstone County was announced Tuesday after the panel received hundreds of complaints about him, including eight that were formally filed.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
It may be no surprise that the U.S.-based airline that has drawn the most complaints per passenger over the last five years is Spirit Airlines. After all, the Florida-based carrier is known for super-tight seating and dozens of fees, including charges for soft drinks and carry-on bags. But the executives at the ultra-low-cost carrier are probably not sweating the study results because another report released last week said that Spirit also had the highest profit margin of any U.S. carrier in 2013.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- China filed a World Trade Organization complaint Monday challenging U.S. anti-dumping measures on billions of dollars in goods as trade tensions escalated between the two economic superpowers. The move came as the Obama administration said Monday it was complaining to the WTO that China was illegally subsidizing exports of automobiles and auto parts. President Obama was set to announce the move while campaigning in Ohio, a key battleground in the November election and a state that has a large auto industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2001
As a former Bostonian and New York City resident, I can't understand anyone having a complaint about the Los Angeles subway system. The first time I ever rode it two years ago, it was so clean, quiet and well patrolled by police officers that it was almost like science fiction. Sure, a few extra musicians performing at various stops would be nice. But with the lack of graffiti, grime, foul odors and scary people ready to snap, as on other cities' subway systems, my only complaint about the L.A. subway is that I can't get to ride it more often!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar said through a spokesman Monday that allegations contained in a workplace discrimination complaint filed against him by a former female staffer are untrue. Huizar spokesman Rick Coca said in an email that the councilman "strongly and emphatically denies the assertions made in the claim sent to the city and intends to fully cooperate with the city in any investigation of this matter. " Coca also said Huizar was "surprised" to learn that the 2-month old complaint had been filed.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
If you have a gripe about a business, your usual first step would be to talk directly to a representative of the company. But if that fails to resolve the issue, you can ramp it up by filing an official complaint with the appropriate government agency. Here's where to go for some common consumer issues: •Contractors. The California Contractors State License Board handles complaints related to such things as poor construction work, failure to finish a job, unpaid subcontractors, building code violations and deceptive advertising.
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
A third woman has come forward alleging "aggressive and unwanted behavior" by Herman Cain during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Assn., the Associated Press is reporting. The news service says the woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation, said she considered filing a workplace complaint against Cain because of his conduct, which "included a private invitation to his corporate apartment. " She also said that Cain's sexually suggestive gestures or statements came at about the same time two of her co-workers settled harassment complaints.
NEWS
July 24, 2012 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON -- Television watchers may be surprised to learn that a large share of the sharp-edged campaign commercials clogging the airwaves right now are not technically political ads. The vast majority fall under the broad category that the Federal Election Commission deems “issue ads” - spots that stop short of calling for a candidate's election or defeat. They are the form of choice for conservative advocacy groups such as Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, which together have already declared ad buys amounting to $115 million this cycle, according to a tally by the Sunlight Foundation . INTERACTIVE: Election 2012 'super PAC' spending That's because as nonprofit “social welfare” organizations, these groups cannot make political activity their primary purpose - otherwise they risk having their tax status revoked and being forced to disclose their donors, as political organizations like "super PACs" must.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location. Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California that have offered to host the Sriracha factory. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale and decide if their communities would complain about the odors that arise during production.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performance, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also found that airline performance improved in 2013 over the previous year. The ratings report was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University and was based on data collected by the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Tim Logan
Dozens of tenants are being forced to vacate a South Los Angeles building amid complaints that the city should have acted sooner to help people relocate from the squalid and dangerous apartments. In recent years, the Hoover Street commercial building was converted into dozens of apartments, prompting a complaint to the city six months ago. But when the city ultimately forced the building to be vacated, its tenants were given little time to leave. A Los Angeles Fire Department order said they had to be out by Friday, citing "unsafe buildings" and "structural hazards.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Robert James Talbot Jr. considered himself a revolutionary seeking to create a different society by robbing an armored car, killing police and even blazing a bloody path though a service at a mosque where he would shoot men, women and children at prayer, officials said. Talbot was ordered held without bond Wednesday at a hearing in Houston, Angela Dodge, a spokeswoman for Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Texas, said in an email. Talbot, 38, of Katy, Texas, was arrested last week , but government terror experts gave new details at Tuesday's hearing on what they said were his plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A church deacon who said he tumbled into a "dark and muddy" grave during a funeral service is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Alfonso Valles alleged in the legal claim that he suffered a broken arm and other injuries when he landed at the bottom of a 6-foot grave at the San Gabriel Mission cemetery. Valles was standing on top of a platform during the summer of 2012 at the San Gabriel Mission cemetery when, “without any warning whatsoever,” the platform collapsed, according to court documents filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Ten Southern California surgery centers once affiliated with the defunct 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign are suing UnitedHealth Group Inc. to get reimbursed for hundreds of Lap-Band weight-loss procedures. The lawsuit comes amid federal and state investigations into allegations that the surgery centers defrauded UnitedHealth Group and other insurance companies, according to a government affidavit and a demand letter filed in two federal court cases. The 1-800-GET-THIN ads once blanketed Southern California freeway billboards and broadcast airwaves, but the campaign was halted after the Food and Drug Administration said the ads failed to disclose adequately the risks of weight-loss surgery.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2012 | By Tina Susman
Federal agents have threatened to seize from Sotheby's a 10th-century Cambodian sandstone statue, alleging the auction house planned to sell it despite warnings that looters had stolen the piece from its rightful place, adorning an ancient temple in the former Khmer kingdom. Court documents filed Wednesday in New York say the Duryodhana statue -- listed as the "Defendant in rem" in the complaint -- was apparently torn from the Prasat Chen Temple in  Koh Ker in northern Cambodia sometime in the 1960s or early 1970s, when the Asian nation was engulfed in civil unrest.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim is punching back at an advocacy group that's been criticizing him across the country and on the steps of the California Capitol building. Slim's Miami-based subsidiary, TracFone Wireless Inc., on Monday filed a complaint with California's political watchdog agency against an organization called Two Countries One Voice. The group has been protesting and pressing for legislation that could slow the expansion of TracFone's pre-paid cellphone network in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
As details of state Sen. Leland Yee 's alleged crimes trickled out, advocates associated with gun-rights groups jumped on the possible ironies. An affidavit filed in federal court in San Francisco by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua said there was probable cause to believe that Yee had conducted various crimes, such as engaging in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms. Yet Yee, a prominent figure in California's Democratic legislative majority, had crusaded against guns and violent video games for years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The history of politics is littered with unorthodox and illegal schemes to raise campaign cash, but the method allegedly used by Sen. Leland Yee stands apart. A criminal complaint released Wednesday says the San Francisco Democrat wanted donations in return for connecting an Italian gangster from New Jersey with an international arms dealer. The gangster was an undercover federal agent. Although Yee is better known as a gun control advocate in the Capitol, the complaint says he talked tough about having shady contacts who could obtain automatic weapons.
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