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."
November 16, 2010
Washington is gearing up to take a more active role in regulating Internet privacy, responding to growing public concern about the amount of personal information being collected and shared without users' knowledge. There may be a role for the federal government in promoting transparency and limiting unwanted disclosures, particularly those made to government agencies. But policymakers should focus on real harms, not imaginary ones, and remember that rapidly changing technology could quickly render their strictures obsolete.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2002 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1998 |
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.
June 22, 2007 |
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.
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.
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.
May 13, 1986
The amount of uncollected federal taxes soared to $45 billion last year--a 31% increase--and the budget proposed for the Internal Revenue Service offers little hope of correcting the problem, government auditors said. The General Accounting Office cautioned Congress that requiring the IRS to share in mandatory budget cuts with most other government agencies could make matters worse. "IRS stands virtually alone on the 'revenue side' of the government," GAO spokesman Johnny C.