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October 11, 2008 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, Special to The Times
California regulators have announced emergency measures to investigate the criminal backgrounds of all registered nurses in the state, days after The Times reported that dozens of nurses had kept their licenses for years despite multiple convictions.
October 10, 2008
Re "Criminal past no bar to nursing in California," Oct. 5 Your article points out that there are a number of nurses with criminal records, and gives examples. Frankly, their criminal records have nothing to do with their job performance as nurses. And it is well known that we have a shortage of nurses. Their criminal records for things like drugs or alcohol and so forth should not be used to prevent them from working. The state of California, through its excessive laws and punishments, has harassed them enough.
September 10, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday considered instituting a permanent, independent investigator to keep watch over the county's troubled hospital and clinic system. The proposal came a day after new disclosures about the level of incompetence among employees at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, 11% of whom had undisclosed criminal records. The investigator job was proposed by Supervisor Gloria Molina, who said trouble at King-Harbor developed in part because officials with the county Department of Health Services kept problems secret from the board.
September 9, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
More than 10% of the Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital employees whose backgrounds were examined by the county had criminal histories, according to a long-awaited analysis released Monday that also found the King nurses provided inferior care. The hospital had about 1,600 employees when the background checks were conducted a year ago, according to the report by the auditor-controller's department. Of those, 1,356 had their backgrounds examined, and 152 of those came back with criminal or arrest records.
July 30, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County supervisors continued Tuesday to refuse to release details about 17 employees who worked at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital despite having serious criminal histories or lying about their records. After 16 of the workers were suspended two weeks ago, Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke said one of the employees had been convicted of rape.
June 8, 2008 | From Project Sentinel
Question: I have been told by several friends that I should be performing criminal background checks on all prospective tenants. Is this legal? Answer: A landlord has a right to obtain a criminal background report and to use the results to screen prospective tenants, as long as the investigation does not exceed the limits set by state and federal law. Since a background check is considered to be a "consumer credit report," it is governed by California Civil Code Section 1785.13.
March 29, 2008 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
James Brian Sliter had every legal right to run for mayor of this gritty little city. But as a registered sex offender, Sliter learned, reality is sometimes different. A week after declaring that he was running for mayor of Wilmer because he was fed up by a local government he claims is sullied by nepotism and corruption, Sliter announced Friday that he was dropping out of the race.
December 5, 2007 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
As campus administrators worry about how to prevent violence like last spring's Virginia Tech shootings, students applying to college increasingly face queries about their past behavior: Were they ever severely disciplined in high school? Have they been convicted of a crime? Although such questions were added to a widely used college application form months before the massacre at Virginia Tech, admissions officers say that the murders made them more vigilant about students' personal troubles.
November 6, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
A top fundraiser with a criminal record for selling drugs resigned from the campaign of presidential hopeful Fred Thompson on Monday, and a spokesman for the candidate said Thompson would stop using the man's private jet for campaign travel. Philip J. Martin's resignation as chairman of Thompson's "First Day Founders" team of fundraisers came as the former Tennessee senator adopted a newly combative tone toward GOP rival Mike Huckabee during a New Hampshire campaign swing.
October 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill into law that allows district attorneys to continue to release information regarding a person's local criminal history. The law, signed Friday, allows prosecutors to release a person's name, physical description, arrest history, booking numbers and charges. Prosecutors had been releasing this information for years, until a legal opinion by the state attorney general's office held that they would have to discontinue doing so.
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