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January 29, 2012
Earlier this month Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa went to Washington in his capacity as president of theU.S. Conference of Mayors and scolded the federal government for its chronic underfunding of cities. He came home in time for the release of an audit report criticizing his administration for leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money on the table. Why? In some cases, the city departments the mayor oversees simply failed to apply. Did Villaraigosa mess up? In this case, perhaps not. Let's be clear: The mayor's administration has been terrible at collecting money.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
Orange County is planning to receive about $83.2 million in federal money over the next two years to fund watershed and flood-control projects, including the massive effort to reduce the potential for flooding along the Santa Ana River. While the federal government has already authorized $45.9 million for this fiscal year, an additional $37.3 million is slated for approval with the 2015 federal budget, according to a list of recommended projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released Tuesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The California Department of Education must return a $6-million federal grant intended to help develop a database to track teacher and administrator information, officials said Thursday. The funds had been earmarked for the data system, which would have collected such information as which courses a teacher had taught and what credentials he or she held. Gov. Jerry Brown cut $2.1 million for the program from the state budget, although he did not ax any funding for a similar database for students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Hundreds of millions of dollars in government spending to promote healthy marriages seems to have had little effect on marriage and divorce trends, a new study has found. The federal government will have spent roughly $800 million on its Healthy Marriage Initiative by the end of the federal fiscal year, according to the federal Administration for Children and Families. The money, drawn from the welfare budget, has funded a range of programs to help couples have better relationships. But the initiative does not seem to have changed state marriage or divorce rates.
NEWS
March 17, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
In a mostly party-line vote, the House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would permanently bar NPR from receiving federal funds, the latest escalation in conservatives' campaign against the broadcaster. Republicans already voted to eliminate all federal support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the current fiscal year, which helps public stations buy NPR programming, but the provision was not incorporated into the continuing agreements that have kept the government funded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 | By Howard Blume
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan toned down his recent criticism of California in an interview with The Times, calling his previous threat to withhold federal funding from the state over a new plan to test students a "last resort. " "We want to be flexible; we want to be thoughtful," Duncan said. "We don't want to be stuck. There are lots of different things happening across the country. I don't want to be too hard and fast on any one of these things because I have not gone through every detail, every permutation.
NEWS
February 13, 1986
The city is negotiating an exchange of Proposition A transit tax money for Federal Aid Urban funds. Since the half-cent sales tax was set aside in 1982 for use by cities to establish public transportation systems, Cerritos has collected about $1.6 million. The city must dispose of the money by July, 1987, or lose it under terms of the transit tax legislation, Cerritos spokesman Michele Ogle said. Because Prop.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
California's budget woes are threatening to cut off money meant to help the state's small businesses survive the recession, a Small Business Administration official said Thursday. John Mark Quinn, acting head of the federal agency's western region, said state funds that match federal monies slated for small business development are set to dry up next month — barring a last-minute agreement between the Schwarzenegger administration and the Legislature. The federal allotment for the small business development programs is a modest boost for California, just $12.5 million, Quinn said.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas and James Oliphant
With little fanfare, President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order that was the basis of a deal struck with anti-abortion House Democrats, whose votes were crucial to passing the landmark healthcare overhaul. Obama, coming off a day on which he made full use of White House pageantry to sign the healthcare bill, took a conspicuously low-key approach. No news photographers or reporters were allowed into the signing ceremony in the Oval Office. Nor did the White House circulate a statement confirming that it took place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Hundreds of millions of dollars in government spending to promote healthy marriages seems to have had little effect on marriage and divorce trends, a new study has found. The federal government will have spent roughly $800 million on its Healthy Marriage Initiative by the end of the federal fiscal year, according to the federal Administration for Children and Families. The money, drawn from the welfare budget, has funded a range of programs to help couples have better relationships. But the initiative does not seem to have changed state marriage or divorce rates.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
California's health exchange said it would use an additional $155 million in federal grant money to address customer service woes and to boost low enrollment among the key market of uninsured Latinos. The Covered California exchange announced the injection of money from the Obama administration Thursday as it faced growing criticism for dismal service and a disappointing sign-up rate among Latinos. The state has led the nation with more than 625,000 people enrolled in health plans through mid-January, and it's a bellwether state for the national rollout of the Affordable Care Act. That large volume of enrollment, much of it coming last month, has often overwhelmed the state exchange and its participating health plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
The men accused of accidentally sparking the Colby Fire that has burned at least 1,700 acres and injured four people near Glendora could face federal charges because the blaze was believed to have been sparked on federal land, a police official said. Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab told The Times prosecutors were expected to decide Friday whether the case would be handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office or the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said investigators were still trying to pinpoint the exact origin of the blaze, but confirmed they also believe it began on federal ground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The California bullet train agency is continuing to meet its financial obligations under federal grants that are providing $3.2 billion to the project, but the state has not indicated how it will pay $180 million in required matching funds by April 1, a senior federal official told a congressional panel Wednesday. Karen Hedlund, deputy chief at the Federal Railroad Administration, said her agency has a legal obligation to continue funding the project because the state hasn't defaulted on its financial agreements with Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
California bullet train officials, responding to a judge's ruling that the project has failed to comply with voter-imposed spending controls, argued Friday that they can use federal funds to begin construction of an initial 29-mile segment of Central Valley track. The state's high-speed rail agency asserted in a legal filing that using federal funds would not trigger restrictions imposed in 2008 on use of state bond money for the proposed $68-billion, Los Angeles-to-Bay Area high-speed train.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Scott Gold, Rick Rojas and Evan Halper
JOSHUA TREE, Calif. - In the high desert of California, they came for the cactuses and the contorted monzogranite formations, for the open space, for all the reasons so many have come before - to explore; to get married; simply to think. But Joshua Tree National Park was closed Tuesday, indefinitely, so they gathered instead at a nearby cafe, to complain about their government. "The government doesn't seem to care," said Rosie Rivera, manager of the Park Rock Cafe. "It's us, the people down here, who have to pay for their disagreements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 | By Howard Blume
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan toned down his recent criticism of California in an interview with The Times, calling his previous threat to withhold federal funding from the state over a new plan to test students a "last resort. " "We want to be flexible; we want to be thoughtful," Duncan said. "We don't want to be stuck. There are lots of different things happening across the country. I don't want to be too hard and fast on any one of these things because I have not gone through every detail, every permutation.
SPORTS
November 18, 1993 | Associated Press
Federal Funds took the lead nearing the stretch and won by a neck over Dibbs N' Dubbs in the $48,000 Zany Tactics Handicap on Wednesday at Aqueduct. The victory was the third in 29 starts this year for Federal Funds, who covered one mile on the fast track in 1:36 1/5 to earn $28,800 for owner-trainer Murray Garren. Robbie Davis was the winning jockey. The winning entry returned $12.80, $5.60 and $6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
Orange County is planning to receive about $83.2 million in federal money over the next two years to fund watershed and flood-control projects, including the massive effort to reduce the potential for flooding along the Santa Ana River. While the federal government has already authorized $45.9 million for this fiscal year, an additional $37.3 million is slated for approval with the 2015 federal budget, according to a list of recommended projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 | By Howard Blume
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan toned down his recent criticism of California in an interview with The Times, calling his previous threat to withhold federal funding from the state over a new plan to test students a "last resort. " "We want to be flexible, we want to be thoughtful," Duncan said. "We don't want to be stuck. There are lots of different things happening across the country. I don't want to be too hard and fast on any one of these things because I have not gone through every detail, every permutation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
Leaders of six L.A. County cities will meet on Monday with U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) to discuss the effects of cuts in federal housing funds. The cuts were brought on by the so-called "sequester": automatic reductions in federal spending that began in March as a result of Congress' inability to agree on long-term budget cuts. Waters, and U.S. Housing & Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, will meet in closed session with mayors and city council members from Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita and Torrance.  On the agenda are reductions in funds for homeless prevention programs, Section 8 vouchers and the closure of some HUD offices.
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