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November 20, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Dave Roberts , USC's vice president for compliance, said Saturday that he expected suspended tailback Dillon Baxter to be reinstated after he repays the value of a golf cart ride on campus. Baxter did not make the trip to play against Oregon State after school officials discovered that he had accepted a ride from other USC students, one of whom Roberts said is a registered financial advisor with the NFL Players Assn. Roberts said a USC compliance director saw Baxter riding on a cart emblazoned with a logo for 1st Round Enterprises.
November 19, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter did not travel with the Trojans to play in Saturday's game against Oregon State and is being held out indefinitely pending a compliance inquiry. Athletic Director Pat Haden said Friday night that Baxter had accepted a ride in a golf cart on campus Thursday and that one of the people on the cart was a student who is a registered sports agent. Haden said the NCAA, the NFL Players Assn. and USC's Office of Student Affairs had been notified.
September 2, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The board that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks voted Wednesday to cancel its search for a company to handle its golf cart rental concession, ending a seven-year bidding process that was derided as both heavily politicized and painfully slow. The commissioners, appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, voted unanimously to allow the department's unionized workforce to rent out the carts at seven 18-hole courses. Parks officials have tried three times to go out to bid. After a company was finally recommended by the department in 2008, the City Council refused to sign the contract, saying instead that parks officials should stick with the incumbent concessionaire, J.H. Kishi Co. Commission President Barry Sanders said canceling Kishi's contract — and turning the work over to city employees — would give the department flexibility if it decides in coming years to bid out all of the city's golf course operations to a single company.
August 31, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Squeezed by a continuing budget crisis, Los Angeles officials scaled back city services over the past year, reducing library hours, laying off child-care workers and taking steps to turn over several public parking garages to private companies. Yet there's one area where the city suddenly appears determined to branch out, even in a grim economy: golf carts. After trying for seven years to award a new contract for a golf cart concession at the city's seven 18-hole courses, officials with the Department of Recreation and Parks have decided they are capable of renting out the electric vehicles themselves.
August 15, 2010 | By Ken Van Vechten, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Forget the Scots. Golf was invented in America. There's a petroglyph at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico showing Kokopelli, a mystical Anasazi figure, holding a 9-iron. The descendants of the ancestral Puebloans now have run amok with the sport, and tribal golf is about as good as it gets in California. Here's a look at some favorite courses. Barona Creek Golf Club The green you play: Several years ago a wildfire threatened the Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, burning the margins of the golf course.
May 27, 2010 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
For 85 years, Trojan Battery Co., now the top U.S. provider of batteries for electric golf carts, has had a quiet existence as a family-owned and operated company. But from the calm of manicured fairways, the Santa Fe Spings firm has been thrust into the international green movement. The company's specialty is deep-cycle batteries that dole out energy in a steady stream over relatively long periods of time — just what's needed for solar power systems in remote parts of the world.
September 5, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Los Angeles golfers who have complained about deteriorating carts on the city's seven public courses may not see changes any time soon. After an intense lobbying effort, the City Council rejected the recommendation of the Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners to award a 10-year contract for cart rentals to a new concessionaire, Sherman Oaks-based Ready Golf Centers. It was the city's third attempt in six years to choose a concessionaire through a competitive bidding process.
August 30, 2009 | David Zahniser
For those who fear that government always moves at a glacial pace, the city of Los Angeles may be poised to provide a new poster child: golf carts. The Department of Recreation and Parks has tried three times in six years to hire a company to rent out electric carts at the city's seven 18-hole golf courses. Yet even that relatively mundane service is a source of discontent for high-paid lobbyists, labor activists and political operatives. Search panels have been convened. Walk-throughs have been held at the Griffith Park "cart barn," where the current city vendor shelters vehicles.
March 30, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
Jason Schmidt walks out of the Dodgers clubhouse Sunday morning, only to hear Page 2 shouting to him: "You better pitch well today." Schmidt reverses course, walks over to a golf cart and picks up a defibrillator: "I got this for you in case I do," he says. A WEEK to go in spring training and you know the Dodgers still have a pitching problem when Schmidt and Page 2 get together and Page 2 is the one throwing the high, hard ones. "Are you finished?"
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