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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2008 | Phil Willon, Willon is a Times staff writer.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will refund $160 million that it overcharged other government agencies for more than a decade, the state attorney general's office announced Monday.
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OPINION
June 1, 2003
Re "State Agency Tries to Stop Condo Sales," May 23: The taxpayer might be better served if, rather than accepting a state grant of $300,000 to do the sleuthing, the Coastal Commission were assigned some of those on county administrative leave for that task. Always the excuse seems to be a lack of funds. Maybe it's more often a lack of imagination, inventiveness and (perish the thought) cooperation in and between government agencies. Gene Dahlgren Fullerton
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1987
Compton's column concerning the protection of property rights was like a breath of fresh air in this day of regulatory oppression, mindless bureaucracy, and out-of-control government. The recent holding of the U.S. Supreme Court on private property taken for public use was likewise encouraging. When a judge of Compton's long experience complains of the abrogation of individual rights by government agencies, it is time for us to reflect on our heritage. I am reminded of the line from the Declaration of Independence that gets to the heart of the matter, "He has erected multitudes of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2002 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four government agencies, including Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Unified School District, have joined in a $600-million complaint against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power alleging that the public utility deliberately inflated the electric bills of government agencies operating in the city.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc.'s big push to supply email services to governments around the country is running into headwinds both from federal agencies and its marquee client, Los Angeles City Hall. More than a year after the city awarded Google a $7.2-million contract to provide email for its 30,000 employees, Google has been unable to meet crucial security requirements, preventing nearly half of city personnel from moving to the new system, according to city officials. The city's controller has launched an inquiry, and City Council members have held closed-door meetings to confer with attorneys, raising the possibility of legal action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
Twenty service agencies that help find employment for disabled residents of the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys recognized 36 companies and government agencies Friday for providing work to those who are mentally and physically handicapped.
OPINION
June 22, 2013
Re "State backs off public records plan," June 21 Gov. Jerry Brown was right to withdraw his proposal to allow local government agencies not to comply with key provisions of the California Public Records Act. When I was the Los Angeles County district attorney from 1992 to 2000, my office received many public record act requests from reporters, public organizations and private citizens. They were often viewed as burdensome and potentially embarrassing. But clearly this law is a crucial part of the checks and balances that any vibrant democracy needs.
NATIONAL
June 22, 2007 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
For the last four years, Vice President Dick Cheney has made the controversial claim that his office is not fully part of the Bush administration in order to exempt it from a presidential order regulating federal agencies' handling of classified national security information, officials said Thursday.
BUSINESS
September 28, 1997
To quote Michael Boskin's former boss, "There he goes again." I'm sick of economists like Boskin lambasting the government every chance they get ["U.S. Economy Does Better When Government Butts Out," Times Board of Advisors, Sept. 14]. Of course government agencies are less efficient than their private counterparts. But if Boskin means by his insinuation that "government is best which governs least," he can't get away with that without a challenge. He says that government must be limited to what they need to do and what they can do well.
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