CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2010 |
Los Angeles County supervisors Wednesday called for fundamental changes in the Probation Department after allegations that employees used department credit cards and gift cards to purchase flat-screen televisions, DVD players, video games and other items that have since gone missing. The department's new chief has asked the district attorney's office to look into the allegations against probation employees to determine whether they involve criminal wrongdoing. Donald H. Blevins, who took over the agency two months ago, promised Wednesday to "clean up" an operation that he said "lacks accountability, has substandard management practices, lacks internal control, and operational oversight."
October 16, 2013 |
The gift-giving season may be muted this year, as Americans, spooked by the government stalemate and ongoing economic weakness, plan to spend less on presents and other holiday preparations, according to the National Retail Federation. More than 6,000 consumers told the trade group that they will likely spend $737.95 each on gifts, decor and greeting cards -- 2% less than the $752.24 they shelled out last year. Nearly 80% of shoppers said they intend to spend less overall during the season.
June 18, 2012 |
Apple's annual back-to-school academic discount is back for the summer, giving students, parents and school faculty and staff members something back when they purchase a Mac or iPad. Those who qualify for the deal will get a $100 gift card when they buy Mac and a $50 card for buying an iPad. The gift cards can be used in the iOS App Store, iBookstore and iTunes store as well as the Mac App Store. Students in college or heading to college, parents buying for college students, and faculty and academic staff members at any grade level can partake in the offer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2013 |
Los Angeles officials on Tuesday revealed details of the city's upcoming gun buyback day, the first held after similar events in December yielded record numbers for some area municipalities. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced that residents can anonymously turn in firearms May 4 and receive up to $100 of Ralph's gift cards for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons. Authorities will collect weapons at four locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day: The Los Angeles Fire Department Academy, 1700 Stadium Way; a South L.A. park-and-ride parking lot, 1300 West Pacific Coast Highway; the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7900 South Western Avenue; and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple, 14750 Sherman Way. Though the event is usually held in the spring, the December shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school prompted officials across Southern California to host buyback days at the end of the year.
December 20, 2012 |
The swamped malls, crowded parking lots and frantic delivery companies say it all: Christmas crunch time is here for the two-thirds of Americans who still haven't finished their holiday shopping. That's 132 million people trying to figure out last-minute gifts, according to a holiday poll conducted by Consumer Reports from Dec. 10 to 17. Of the respondents, 14% have yet to start shopping. And 17 million people - 9% of the total - will still be scrambling on Christmas Eve. So far, the average American has spent $340 on presents.
December 29, 2004
The longest lines at the mall during last week's pre-Christmas shopping crunch didn't feature people hauling merchandise but rather waiting to exchange one form of currency -- American dollars -- for another -- those nifty store cards. Some malls even set up kiosks where you could get cards redeemable for everything from manicures to meals. Once considered the cop-out gift of a lazy shopper, gift cards moved ahead of clothing this year as the most popular present.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 |
A gun buyback event held over the weekend in East Los Angeles yielded 152 weapons, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said this week. The cache of weapons exchanged for gift cards to Target or Ralphs included several assault rifles as well as handguns, shotguns and standard riles, the department said. The event was held Saturday at Belvedere Park, one of several such sessions that encourage residents to turn in guns, no questions asked, in exchange for gift cards or in some cases cash.
January 3, 2011 |
Dear Karen: I want to make more overseas sales in 2011. Do I need a foreign distributor? Answer: It certainly helps, said Kathleen Brush, an international business consultant based in Seattle. "Finding a good local partner in the country you're targeting will help you understand business and legal details you would have tripped over," she said. Brush recommended using the Gold Key Matching Service offered by the U.S. Commercial Service. "They do credit checks, criminal checks, they walk you through the distribution process and advise you about what you need to look for" in any country where you want to start selling, she said.
January 10, 2009 |
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted on charges that the Democrat accepted illegal gifts as mayor and City Council president, including travel, fur coats and gift cards intended for the poor that she allegedly used for a holiday shopping spree. A grand jury indicted Dixon on 12 counts, including four of perjury and two of theft over $500. She was also charged with theft under $500, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and misconduct in office. State prosecutors, who have been investigating City Hall corruption for nearly three years, said Dixon received holiday gift cards that were to be distributed to needy families, but which she used instead to buy an Xbox, PlayStation 2, camcorder, clothes and other merchandise.