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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2010 | By Scott Gold and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
The small and cash-strapped city of Bell is on the hook for a $35-million bond debt that voters didn't approve — and that the city can't afford to pay off, The Times has learned. The debt, which Bell took on three years ago to buy land near the 710 Freeway, is more than twice the size of Bell's annual operating budget. Come November, the city could lose the land to foreclosure. The city's hope to profit from the purchase fell apart in 2008 after city officials failed to conduct basic environmental reviews.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, are helping with a "debt retirement" fundraiser for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), who last fall won one of the most contentious -- and most expensive -- House races in the nation. Dukakis, a onetime Massachusetts governor who also helped Sherman raise money during the campaign, and his wife will be guests at a reception Thursday at a home in Studio City. Sherman defeated longtime Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
If you are a woman, Gloria Steinem is like an indispensable computer program, always running in the background of your life. You don't always remember that she's there, but without her, your life would be constrained in ways you can hardly imagine. Run for office? Lead a company? Become an engineer? Go to space? Work free of sexual harassment or live on equal legal footing with your husband? Control your own reproductive fate? So many of the rights that women enjoy -- even the most conservative women -- exist because of relentless feminists like Steinem, who, at 79, shows no signs of slowing down.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office warned the nation's public debt load is projected to hit dangerously high levels by September - roughly 70% of the nation's gross domestic product -- a milestone not seen since World War II, underscoring the crucial decisions facing Washington and the candidates in this presidential election year. The report Tuesday from the nonpartisan budget office throws into stark terms the challenges facing the U.S. economy and the dangers of congressional inaction.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
WASHINGTON -- Fix the Debt, a coalition of business executives and policymakers advocating for sweeping deficit reduction, will release its first television ad Sunday, marking a new phase in the group's efforts to influence the fiscal debate. Formed five months ago as an offshoot of the Center for Responsible Budget Priorities, the nonprofit group has assembled a roster of influential politicians - including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg--and major business leaders.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2010
Recent university graduate Amy Horwath has grasped the golden ring in this weak economy: a job in her chosen field. Just one problem: She's $50,000 in debt, mostly student loans. "Sometimes it seems overwhelming," said Horwath, 23, sitting in her small apartment, where her Cornell University diploma for hotel administration hangs on the wall. "I feel like I'm barely treading water." Horwath belongs to a generation of college graduates who traded debt for degrees. Graduating seniors leave college with an average of $23,000 in student loans, according to FinAid, a student financial aid website.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded $1.7 billion in bonds for the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, which oversees the 20-mile rail route built to speed the flow of cargo from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to retail shelves across the U.S. Moody's on Wednesday lowered ratings on the senior lien bonds to A3 from A2 and subordinate lien bonds to Baa1 from A3. It also put the ratings on a watch list for possible further downgrades....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Two alleged pimps - accused of smuggling a Mexican woman into Orange County and forcing her into prostitution to pay off the debt of an ill family member - were arraigned Wednesday on charges related to human trafficking and prostitution, prosecutors said. Victor Lara Romero, 32, and Gustavo Romero Clemente, 35, have each been charged with one felony count of human trafficking, one felony count of pimping and one felony count of pandering, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives approved legislation Tuesday to extend the nation's borrowing capacity for another year, lifting the threat of government default and ending - for now - three years of partisan fiscal battles. House Republican leaders rushed the measure to the floor after their fractious majority failed to agree on what, if any, conditions it would try to attach to the must-pass legislation. In the end they submitted a bill with no strings, leaving it to the chamber's Democratic minority to provide most of the votes for passage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2000
As a supporter of debt relief for the world's poorest countries (Oct. 19), I am happy to learn that Congress may increase the U.S. debt-relief commitment to $435 million. A victory for the pro-debt-relief coalition? Yes. But generous? No. It's less than one-fourth the cost of one B-2 Stealth bomber. PAT REIF Claremont
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