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November 20, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
Thanksgiving time at Wal-Mart is the public relations gift that keeps on giving for the labor movement. After facing criticism for announcing plans to expand Black Friday sales further into Thanksgiving day, forcing workers to spend their holiday with deal-seeking hordes instead of their families, the retail giant is again catching flak after employees at its Canton, Ohio, store decided to organize a Thanksgiving food drive for fellow workers....
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OPINION
April 22, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Nearly a decade ago, when Los Angeles gave a $270-million tax break to the developer of a 1,000-room luxury hotel at L.A. Live, city leaders described the deal as essential to spur downtown redevelopment and help the struggling Convention Center. Today, however, downtown is booming and its hotels are doing brisk business, yet developers continue to line up for taxpayer handouts. Four more hotel projects have been approved for tax breaks worth half a billion dollars over the next two decades - money that otherwise would pay for police and fire services, street paving and tree trimming.
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OPINION
February 22, 2009
Re "Trying to stop the bleeding," Feb. 19 Count me as a very disgusted Democrat, as I watch the handouts continue unabated. One day it's the car company CEOs; now it's the supposedly "responsible" homeowners who either contributed to the housing bubble by buying their houses during a hysterical period or took cash out of their homes to finance otherwise unaffordable lifestyles By the time this insanity stops, we'll likely be another $2...
WORLD
February 4, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- For the third consecutive day, low-income Iranian families lined up Tuesday in harsh winter weather outside government - run distribution centers to pick up free food parcels. The nationwide handouts are part of an effort by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to alleviate poverty and counter soaring consumer prices. Everyone who makes less than 5 million rials per month -- the equivalent of about $200 -- is entitled to one food basket. Outside distribution centers at the government-run department stores Shahrvand (Citizen)
WORLD
February 4, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- For the third consecutive day, low-income Iranian families lined up Tuesday in harsh winter weather outside government - run distribution centers to pick up free food parcels. The nationwide handouts are part of an effort by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to alleviate poverty and counter soaring consumer prices. Everyone who makes less than 5 million rials per month -- the equivalent of about $200 -- is entitled to one food basket. Outside distribution centers at the government-run department stores Shahrvand (Citizen)
NATIONAL
May 13, 2010 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
There's good money to be made by grounded fishermen hired by BP to protect the Louisiana shoreline from the massive oil sneaking toward its marshes and beaches. But just who gets the job is a source of brewing tensions. Every day, hundreds of fishermen pile onto boats to lay reels of white and orange booms. In St. Bernard Parish, a crew member can make $36 an hour and a captain can make $46, plus $650 a day for the use of their boats. And that tally makes David Palmer, a 33-year-old fisherman with three kids, hopping mad. "It's so messed up it's not even funny," said Palmer, a fisherman here whose turn to earn that money doesn't come until next month.
NEWS
November 24, 1994 | JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Melvin Smith sees someone doling out cash to a beggar on the streets of this college town, he dips into his pocket too. He has a handout to deliver--to the donor. It is a little red card, advising that next time, "for your safety, security and panhandling-free shopping comfort," it would be smarter to keep the coins. The money would be much better spent, the card suggests, on contributions to an established social-service organization.
OPINION
September 9, 1990
Here we go again, saddling U.S. taxpayers with handouts: Forgive Egypt's debt and in the offing forgiving Israeli debts. All this amounts to buying friends and their support, ones who will come back again and again for handouts. JUNE HUGHES Laguna Hills
OPINION
January 15, 2003
Geoffrey Church, your generalizations are ridiculous (letter, Jan. 13). My liberal peers and I are not dysfunctional losers dependent on government handouts. We are hard-working, taxpaying Democrats who believe taxation should be fair and just. And please, take a closer look at where your tax dollars go. Carla Mesa Los Angeles
NEWS
April 11, 1986
Mayor Richard G. Hatcher of Gary, Ind., urged his colleagues at the National Conference of Black Mayors in Atlantic City, N.J., to create a "black common market" and stop begging for handouts from Washington. The nation's 291 black mayors can control the spending of millions of dollars in their cities and towns and ought to begin trading with one another, as the members of the European Economic Community do, Hatcher said at the 12th annual convention.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
Thanksgiving time at Wal-Mart is the public relations gift that keeps on giving for the labor movement. After facing criticism for announcing plans to expand Black Friday sales further into Thanksgiving day, forcing workers to spend their holiday with deal-seeking hordes instead of their families, the retail giant is again catching flak after employees at its Canton, Ohio, store decided to organize a Thanksgiving food drive for fellow workers....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Tony Perry
Attorney Gloria Allred urged embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign his office without asking the city to pay any of his legal fees. She was referring to a mediated deal between the Filner and the city that  sources told The Times  on Thursday had been reached in a sexual harassment lawsuit naming him and the city as defendants. At a news conference in her firm's Los Angeles office Thursday afternoon, Allred said the majority of San Diego residents agree that Filner must go. "However, his leaving the city should not leave a permanent stain on the city's reputation by the City Council facilitating the mayor's leaving by entering into a callous and unholy agreement with him," she said.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The Headwear Association is planning to give away a whole lot of hats across the country this week as part of an awareness campaign about the damage the sun can cause to unprotected skin. As part of its annual Hat Day in the Sun, the trade group is set to distribute, free of charge, thousands of wide-brimmed, sun-protection hats on Wednesday in cities including New York, Boston and Boulder, Colo. A SoCal hat handout is scheduled for Friday at the Eagle Rock Farmers Market.  The free hats are being provided by Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Co., Magid Hats, Wallaroo Hats, Korber Hats, F&M Hats and San Diego Hat Co. The group has also shared the following tips as to what makes a good sun hat: "Wide brims.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2012 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I am increasingly annoyed by the entitlement attitude of today's students. Why should the taxpayers (me) pay to educate somebody else's children? I remember when there was no such thing as a student loan. If I wanted to go to college and didn't have the money for tuition, I delayed starting college until I had worked for a year and saved up the money. Many of my friends did this, as did I. Now these kids stand around with their hands out looking for somebody to bring them their education on a silver platter.
OPINION
September 25, 2012
Re "His conservatism may be article of faith for Romney," Sept. 21 Neither the government nor the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will pay a needy church member's mortgage, but both offer food assistance. When a church does it, it's a helping hand; when we all do it (with our tax revenue), it's a handout. According to this view, a family of four with a monthly income of $1,200 (and not paying income tax) is self-reliant and taking personal responsibility if it accepts help from the Mormon Church, but it believes itself a victim if it accepts government help.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said at a campaign event Sunday that President Obama would “rather you be his slave,” yet another instance of the congressman making outrageous remarks that grabbed attention. “He does not want you to have the self-esteem of getting up and earning and having that title of American,” he said in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. “He'd rather you be his slave.” West's statements were videotaped and aired by Florida's WPTV . West, a tea party favorite, has a history of making outlandish remarks to supporters.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said at a campaign event Sunday that President Obama would “rather you be his slave,” yet another instance of the congressman making outrageous remarks that grabbed attention. “He does not want you to have the self-esteem of getting up and earning and having that title of American,” he said in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. “He'd rather you be his slave.” West's statements were videotaped and aired by Florida's WPTV . West, a tea party favorite, has a history of making outlandish remarks to supporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1990
Re "Costa Mesa Dayworker Exclusions Thrown Out" (June 23): How can the American Civil Liberties Union cite the First Amendment to the Constitution when it doesn't apply? Illegal aliens are just that. Illegal! They have no right to anything unless they become citizens. Why does everybody try to give them something (emergency medical treatment and other handouts)? The citizens of the United States can no longer afford to have illegals running around pretending to be citizens.
OPINION
April 5, 2012 | By Bill McKibben
Last week, the Senate voted on a proposal by New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez to end some of the billions of dollars in handouts enjoyed by the fossil-fuel industry. The Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act was a curiously skimpy bill that targeted only oil companies, and just the five richest of them at that. Left out were coal and natural gas. Even so, the proposal didn't pass. But that hasn't stopped President Obama from calling for an end to oil subsidies at every stop on his early presidential-campaign-plus-fundraising blitz.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2011 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
With the Occupy L.A. tent community just steps from the L.A. Mall, one might expect the underground retail center to be reaping the benefits of the growing crowd. But many merchants said it's been more of a headache than a windfall. Salim Virani said his dry-cleaning business has suffered from layoffs in recent months at nearby government facilities downtown, including Los Angeles City Hall. So he wasn't thrilled to have Occupy L.A. campers come by and ask him to clean up to 30 sleeping bags, free of charge.
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