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December 21, 2003
Re "Newport Home Must Be Cut Down to Size," Nov. 27: Where's the common sense that should be dispensed by the City Council? Rather than have these homeowners spend some $100,000 to tear down their third story, why aren't they levied a fine? This could be between the architect and homeowner (and, perhaps, the city inspector, who should have caught this height limit problem during routine inspection). A fine of some $20,000 to $50,000 could aid recent fire victims. Sharon Larsen San Diego
February 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC Inc. asked U.S. regulators to reconsider a proposed $1.43-million fine for airing a television drama that showed a woman's bare buttocks, saying the broadcast wasn't indecent. The scene of actress Charlotte Ross from the show "NYPD Blue" as she prepared to shower was "entirely nonsexual," ABC told the Federal Communications Commission. The network said the proposed fine of $27,500 against each of 52 stations was contrary to precedent and decency standards.
June 29, 1997
Re "2nds Crawl By," June 18: It is a rare thing nowadays to see a brilliant bit of prose turn up in a newspaper article, something good enough to be read slowly and aloud. J.R. Moehringer's article celebrating the last day of school for Miss Gizzi's second-graders is that good, and Miss Gizzi and her class are awfully lucky to have had this last day celebrated by so fine a writer. ROBERT NEWSOM UCI English professor
January 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Maui snorkel tour company could be fined more than $670,000 for damage to coral reefs when its boat sank off the tiny island of Molokini, among the state's top snorkeling and scuba diving sites. Officials say the fine against Maui Snorkel Charters is the largest penalty ever proposed by the state in such a case. They say it is warranted because of the damage the boat caused to the coral reef as well as the company's irresponsible actions while the vessel sank on Sept. 29, 2006, and during its recovery two days later.
April 27, 1989
The Immigration and Naturalization Service said it served notices of substantial fines against two Northern California companies--including a sea urchin processing plant--for the improper hiring of illegal aliens. A fine of $65,000 was assessed against San Francisco Uni Products Inc., a sea urchin processing plant in Ft. Bragg. It was the second largest penalty served in the region, said Bill Carter, chief agent of the INS Border Patrol. Another notice of intent to fine was served against Casa Orozco, a Mexican restaurant in Livermore, assessing the eatery $19,250 for failure to prepare proper forms for workers.
January 14, 1992
An Encino attorney said Monday that he will ask a Ventura County judge to reconsider a $1,000 fine imposed on the lawyer for improperly delaying a murder trial. James E. Blatt was ordered to pay the penalty after the Ventura County district attorney's office charged that he had deliberately scheduled other cases to conflict with the trial of Scott M. Kastan, which had been set for Nov. 16. Among the reasons, according to court papers, was Blatt's desire to attend the Dec.
April 8, 1993 | CHRIS BAKER
UCLA nose guard Bruce Walker, charged with two misdemeanor weapons violations, was fined $405 and ordered to perform 35 hours of community service after pleading no contest to disturbing the peace in the Beverly Hills Municipal Court on Wednesday. In lieu of the fine, he has the option of doing an additional 40 hours of community service. Regardless, he must perform the 35 hours, 17 of which must be spent in a hospital emergency room. Judge Charles G.
December 1, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
The news of the day is not that tennis fined Serena Williams. It is that tennis did something. For many, including this typist, the action was a shocker. Not the size of the fine, the existence of one. This is a sport that tiptoes around its superstars like lion trainers at the zoo during feeding time. Outbursts such as Williams' tirade of intimidation against a lineswoman in the semifinals of this year's U.S. Open usually send the mice in blazers scurrying to the basement. Tennis runs via a dysfunctional collection of Grand Slam officials, men's and women's tour officials, men's and women's tournament directors and players' agents.
May 31, 1989
Officials in Avalon are upset over what they call a "grossly unfair" fine of $35,000 levied against the city for sewage discharge violations by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, even though the fine is less than the board initially recommended. In a March hearing, the board had recommended a fine of $100,000 but reduced that on appeal after considering the city's ability to pay and Avalon officials' stated intent to keep the Avalon waste treatment plant in compliance, said David Gildersleeve, the board's supervising engineer.
July 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A McDonald's Corp. franchisee will pay a $1-million fine after pleading guilty in Las Vegas federal court to felony immigration offenses for giving false Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants. The charges follow an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, who say management of Mack Associates Inc. knowingly hired illegal immigrants in Reno-area McDonald's restaurants. The Justice Department released details of the plea agreement late Wednesday. Two officials of the company face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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