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March 5, 2011 | By Paul Pringle, Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
A company co-owned by the vice president of a Los Angeles community college collected more than $500,000 for working on a public construction program that she oversaw on her campus, records and interviews show. The company, M. Delvin & Associates, was paid to provide building inspectors for projects at Mission College in Sylmar, beginning in 2009. Billions to Spend: Complete Coverage At the time, Karen Hoefel, who owns the company with her husband, Michael Delvin, was the college's vice president of administrative services.
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November 27, 2010 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
A laundromat operator hands over her life savings to a company supposedly building Rose Parade floats. A married welder falls for a beautiful woman, who beats him up because he won't give her $60,000. An old lady is left empty-handed after she pays $100,000 for a chest of gold nuggets she's told have been unearthed on a construction site. In the insular Chinese world of the San Gabriel Valley, swindlers find easy prey in the steady flow of new immigrants, vulnerable to the predators lurking in their midst.
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August 3, 1992 | LESLIE KNOWLTON
On May 17, 1987, Gene Ackley was carried by friends from a sea of wine bottles in a Gardena motel room to the safe harbor of a Costa Mesa white clapboard house. There--with the help of fellow alcoholics at Charlie Street, a free 10-day program run entirely by volunteers--he came off a three-week blackout bender into the beginning of a new life.
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August 10, 1994
A 30-year-old construction worker was electrocuted Tuesday night when he came in contact with a 480-volt power line while restoring the interior of an office building, authorities said. The man, who has not been identified, was working with three other employees of Laguna Hills-based Tri-Star Restorations at a building in the 18600 block of Jamboree Road, near Dupont Drive, Irvine Police Sgt. Jim Lowder said.
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March 2, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
A construction worker suffered a broken left arm Monday when several tons of metal piping fell off a flatbed truck and struck him at a construction site at Holy Cross School in Ventura, officials said. Rafegio Barrios, 36, was being treated at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura after the 1:20 p.m. incident at 21 E. Main St., behind the San Buenaventura Mission, fire officials said. In addition to his broken arm, he injured both forearms, a nursing supervisor said.
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September 1, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You might think that some things are just too big to steal. But size doesn't mean everything when it comes to crime. Just ask Diana Rummell, Los Angeles' resident expert on the growing problem of heavy-construction equipment theft. "It's getting worse," said Rummell, executive director of the Construction Industry's Crime Prevention Program of Southern California. "Right now our stats for this year are higher than they were last year, for the first six months."
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