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April 27, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sprint, the nation's third-largest long-distance company, is teaming up with a government agency and one of the industry's leading critics to develop a program that would teach new Asian and Latino residents how to use the telephone. Sprint will finance the effort, which includes a $35,000 contribution for San Francisco-based Consumer Action to develop and distribute fact sheets on such topics as using 911 and how to protect yourself against telephone fraud.
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March 9, 1999 | LIZ PULLIAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A consumer group is turning the tables on banks' chief complaint against credit unions, saying bankers receive far more in federal subsidies than their nonprofit rivals. The study, to be released today by San Francisco's Consumer Action, contends banks receive two to five times as much in federal benefits as credit unions, even after adjusting for banks' far greater asset size.
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BUSINESS
November 16, 1989 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lower-rate credit cards have become scarcer for Californians than a year ago, a consumer group has found. In a survey to be released today, Consumer Action in San Francisco found that only 16 cards with annual percentage rates of 16% or less were made available to Californians by out-of-state financial institutions. That was down from 27 cards a year earlier.
NEWS
June 30, 1995 | CONNIE KOENENN
San Francisco's Consumer Action, which has long been distributing educational materials to about 600 social service agencies in Los Angeles, now has an outreach office here. "We opened our office at 523 W. 6th St. about a year ago, but we are just starting to establish a presence for community action," says director Cher McIntyre. "It's difficult when you are starting from scratch in a city this size, where the needs are so great."
BUSINESS
November 11, 1987 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
A San Francisco-based consumer group charged Tuesday that US Sprint used "misleading and deceptive advertising" in claiming that AT&T customers pay "up to 50% more" for long-distance telephone service than do Sprint customers. The group, Consumer Action, took issue with statements contained in brochures mailed last month to prospective customers.
BUSINESS
June 7, 1990 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Advertised pay-per-call "900" phone information numbers often employ deceptive marketing tactics and ultimately cost consumers more than expected while providing less information, according to a national survey of 144 such phone lines to be released today.
NEWS
February 20, 1991 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shopping around for low-interest credit cards now that you can't write off card-interest debt on your federal income taxes? You'll have to hunt harder this year for bargain rate cards. There are still some bank cards in the 14% to 16% bracket available--the national average rate for all credit cards, including department stores, is 18.8%--and diligence in searching for such cards can pay off, banking advisers insist.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1999 | LIZ PULLIAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A consumer group is turning the tables on banks' chief complaint against credit unions, saying bankers receive far more in federal subsidies than their nonprofit rivals. The study, to be released today by San Francisco's Consumer Action, contends banks receive two to five times as much in federal benefits as credit unions, even after adjusting for banks' far greater asset size.
BUSINESS
November 20, 1990 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Low-interest-rate bank credit cards are becoming more difficult to locate, according to a survey to be released today by Consumer Action, a San Francisco group. Out of the 59 banks, thrifts and credit unions that Consumer Action surveyed, only three California institutions offered credit cards with rates at or below 16%, down from nine two years ago. And this year the consumer group was able to find only nine out-of-state companies offering low-rate cards, compared to 20 in 1987.
NEWS
June 30, 1995 | CONNIE KOENENN
San Francisco's Consumer Action, which has long been distributing educational materials to about 600 social service agencies in Los Angeles, now has an outreach office here. "We opened our office at 523 W. 6th St. about a year ago, but we are just starting to establish a presence for community action," says director Cher McIntyre. "It's difficult when you are starting from scratch in a city this size, where the needs are so great."
NEWS
June 30, 1995 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ken McEldowney gets to work by 6:30 a.m. He eats lunch at his desk, and always orders the same thing: half a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat with lettuce and tomato. "It's much faster," he says. "They start making it when I come in the door." That means he doesn't waste time getting back to his job as executive director of Consumer Action, the San Francisco-based organization whose double emphasis on technology and diversity is a model for consumer organizations.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1994 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A California consumer action group is urging concert-goers to reject a proposed settlement to a 1992 antitrust class-action lawsuit against Ticketmaster, claiming the pact does nothing to address the escalating cost of ticket service fees. Under the terms of the settlement, Ticketmaster and Bay Area Seating Service Inc. (BASS) acknowledge no fault, liability or wrongdoing, but are required to give away an estimated $1.5 million in tickets to charitable organizations.
BUSINESS
April 27, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sprint, the nation's third-largest long-distance company, is teaming up with a government agency and one of the industry's leading critics to develop a program that would teach new Asian and Latino residents how to use the telephone. Sprint will finance the effort, which includes a $35,000 contribution for San Francisco-based Consumer Action to develop and distribute fact sheets on such topics as using 911 and how to protect yourself against telephone fraud.
NEWS
February 20, 1991 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shopping around for low-interest credit cards now that you can't write off card-interest debt on your federal income taxes? You'll have to hunt harder this year for bargain rate cards. There are still some bank cards in the 14% to 16% bracket available--the national average rate for all credit cards, including department stores, is 18.8%--and diligence in searching for such cards can pay off, banking advisers insist.
BUSINESS
November 20, 1990 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Low-interest-rate bank credit cards are becoming more difficult to locate, according to a survey to be released today by Consumer Action, a San Francisco group. Out of the 59 banks, thrifts and credit unions that Consumer Action surveyed, only three California institutions offered credit cards with rates at or below 16%, down from nine two years ago. And this year the consumer group was able to find only nine out-of-state companies offering low-rate cards, compared to 20 in 1987.
BUSINESS
June 7, 1990 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Advertised pay-per-call "900" phone information numbers often employ deceptive marketing tactics and ultimately cost consumers more than expected while providing less information, according to a national survey of 144 such phone lines to be released today.
NEWS
June 30, 1995 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ken McEldowney gets to work by 6:30 a.m. He eats lunch at his desk, and always orders the same thing: half a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat with lettuce and tomato. "It's much faster," he says. "They start making it when I come in the door." That means he doesn't waste time getting back to his job as executive director of Consumer Action, the San Francisco-based organization whose double emphasis on technology and diversity is a model for consumer organizations.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1994 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A California consumer action group is urging concert-goers to reject a proposed settlement to a 1992 antitrust class-action lawsuit against Ticketmaster, claiming the pact does nothing to address the escalating cost of ticket service fees. Under the terms of the settlement, Ticketmaster and Bay Area Seating Service Inc. (BASS) acknowledge no fault, liability or wrongdoing, but are required to give away an estimated $1.5 million in tickets to charitable organizations.
BUSINESS
November 16, 1989 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lower-rate credit cards have become scarcer for Californians than a year ago, a consumer group has found. In a survey to be released today, Consumer Action in San Francisco found that only 16 cards with annual percentage rates of 16% or less were made available to Californians by out-of-state financial institutions. That was down from 27 cards a year earlier.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1987 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
A San Francisco-based consumer group charged Tuesday that US Sprint used "misleading and deceptive advertising" in claiming that AT&T customers pay "up to 50% more" for long-distance telephone service than do Sprint customers. The group, Consumer Action, took issue with statements contained in brochures mailed last month to prospective customers.
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