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June 20, 1989 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, Times Staff Writer
There were sympathetic snickers in some parts of town after City Controller Rick Tuttle scolded Department of Water and Power officials who had tried to dine elegantly on city expense accounts. "Outrageous," Tuttle huffed about a $1,013 lunch for 25. "Unreasonable," he raged recently, denying payment of an $879 dinner tab for 12. But Jeff Wald, for one, wasn't angry. "I laughed when I read about the DWP," says the president of television and management at Barris-Guber-Peters.
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BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By Shan Li
Expense accounts, a hallmark of corporate America that has been battered by the economic turmoil of recent years, enjoyed a rebound this year, according to one report. Certify, a company that provides software for expense account management, said total worker expenses climbed about 3% in 2013 from the previous year. That tracks with earlier signs that business travelers -- and presumably their employers -- were more willing to shell out for meals and airfare. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America In the third quarter of 2013, for example, employees spent $18.72 on average for a meal, compared with $16.72 in the previous quarter, Certify said.
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NEWS
January 7, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Nine Fresno County Elections division employees are suspected of overbilling the county more than $1,600 in questionable travel expenses, according to a report by the county auditor. "The questionable expenses include excessive mileage claimed, meals claimed for what appears to be earlier-than-necessary departure or later-than-necessary return times and unnecessary car rentals," the report said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County prosecutors have closed an investigation into the spending habits of West Hollywood Councilman John Duran, whose charges on a city-issued credit card were the focus of a nearly two-year probe. Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said criminal charges will not be filed against Duran, who charged dozens of meals to his city expense account, spending more than $7,000 at local restaurants over three years. There was "no evidence available to contradict the claim of city officials that they were conducting public business during these meals," Huntsman wrote in a letter Thursday to a person who filed a complaint against members of the City Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1994 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
City Council members can no longer charge the city for dry cleaning, baby-sitting or vehicle storage. The council on Tuesday imposed a revised, pared-down reimbursement policy that eliminates all reimbursement except mileage, parking, meals and entertainment expenses directly related to the performance of official city duties. The changes came after criticism from several residents of Mayor Norman Z. Eckenrode's expense reports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1993 | Dana Parsons
"Is this the best you can do?" Carmichael the contractor said to O'Malley of the water district. "Absolutely," O'Malley said. "How about that table over there by the window?" "You mean the one with the hot dog wrappers and the overturned salt shaker on the table?" a still puzzled Carmichael asked. "Yeah," O'Malley said. "Just brush it off onto the floor. They'll clean it up later." "Good God, there's ketchup on the seat," Carmichael whined. "How about the one in the corner instead?"
BUSINESS
December 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
Japanese companies spent a record $32 billion on entertainment and gifts in 1988, more than the government plans to spend on defense next year, the National Tax Administration Agency reported Wednesday. Total expense account spending rose by 8.7% from the previous high of $29 billion in 1987, said an agency official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1995 | CAROL SMITH, CAROL SMITH is a free-lance writer based in Pasadena
Restaurants are feeling an additional bite from the tax laws the year, more than 18 months after Congress cut the business meal deduction from 80% to 50%. Although in effect for all of last year, some travelers didn't recognize the pinch until they filed their income tax returns. Thus many in the restaurant industry are braced for even more aggressive cuts in travel meal budgets.
NEWS
December 3, 1999 | Associated Press
Paul Revere asked the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to pony up 5 shillings a day to compensate for his several weeks in the saddle working to enlist recruits to fight the British. The provisional Massachusetts government agreed to pay 4 shillings instead after such patriots as Sam Adams, John Adams and James Otis signed off on Revere's expense account, according to documents in the state archives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1992 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concerned that city lobbyists are spending too much public money entertaining officials during out-of-town trips, Los Angeles City Controller Rick Tuttle on Monday launched a review of dinner tabs and hotel charges. The financial inquiry will review expenses charged by city lobbyists in Washington, and will incorporate an ongoing review of costs incurred in Tokyo by the trade representative for the city Harbor Department, Tuttle said.
OPINION
May 24, 2012
Re "GOP hopefuls could sidestep tax orthodoxy," May 19 Hooray for the candidates who are willing to stand up to Grover Norquist by refusing to sign his anti-tax pledge. We need more brave souls in the GOP who want to compromise rather than obstruct. As for those Republicans who have already signed the pledge to never vote for tax increases, I challenge you to do your part: refuse to take a government salary, benefits or use expense accounts. Doing so won't cost voters anything if you support a tax increase because you can say you eliminated an expense.
WORLD
May 20, 2009 | Henry Chu
Battered by a scandal over politicians' expense accounts, the speaker of Britain's House of Commons bowed to the inevitable and announced his resignation Tuesday, becoming the first person to be forced from the post in more than 300 years. In a terse statement lasting just 30 seconds, Michael Martin told his fellow lawmakers in Parliament's lower chamber that he would step down June 21. "Since I came to this house 30 years ago, I have always felt that the house is at its best when it is united.
WORLD
May 16, 2009 | Henry Chu
Forget the fat-cat bankers with their million-dollar pensions. The people who have even the most reserved of Brits spluttering with outrage today are the politicians who ordered the moats on their country estates cleaned and who bought hundreds of sacks of horse manure (presumably for gardening purposes) -- and tried to charge taxpayers for it. It's all part of a snowballing scandal in Britain that is fast leaving promising political careers in tatters.
NATIONAL
September 9, 2008 | From the Washington Post
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a per diem allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business. The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. Her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife. Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by the Washington Post.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
The state judicial commission announced Wednesday that it is investigating allegations that Orange County Superior Court Judge Kelly W. MacEachern filed false and misleading expense claims for a legal conference in San Diego. MacEachern, a former prosecutor elected to serve on the bench in 2003, could be removed from her seat, censured or admonished if the Commission on Judicial Performance determines she lied about her participation in courses during last year's conference.
OPINION
February 8, 2007
ALMOST NOBODY, until this week, said a bad word about the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. A darling of royalty and rock stars, it has been seen as one of the world's most effective and important anti-poverty organizations, raising billions of dollars to fight deadly diseases in poor countries.
NEWS
June 10, 1993 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Louis Byrd is under fire for traveling to Gabon in Central Africa at city expense to attend a summit on economic and human development in that region. The nine-day trip, which included brief stops in New York City, Morocco and Senegal, cost $3,957, according to city documents. Byrd said he met some of Africa's most influential leaders during the five-day summit, including the presidents of Benin, Botswana and Nigeria. Among those who spoke at the event were the Rev.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By Shan Li
Expense accounts, a hallmark of corporate America that has been battered by the economic turmoil of recent years, enjoyed a rebound this year, according to one report. Certify, a company that provides software for expense account management, said total worker expenses climbed about 3% in 2013 from the previous year. That tracks with earlier signs that business travelers -- and presumably their employers -- were more willing to shell out for meals and airfare. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America In the third quarter of 2013, for example, employees spent $18.72 on average for a meal, compared with $16.72 in the previous quarter, Certify said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
David L. Brewer, the retired Navy vice admiral selected to become Los Angeles' next education chief, agreed Monday to a four-year contract that will pay him $300,000 per year. The agreement, which has been signed by school board President Marlene Canter and is expected to be ratified today by a majority of the seven-member board, also provides Brewer with a $3,000 monthly housing allowance, a $45,000 annual expense account, an automobile and an extensive benefits package.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2006 | Paul Pringle and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
During the last two years, Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona continued to bill thousands of dollars to his election committee for unitemized expenses, despite earlier legal concerns about the lack of detail on spending reports, campaign documents show. In 2004 and 2005, the sheriff did not disclose how he spent more than $20,000 of his roughly $36,000 in claimed "officeholder costs."
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