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May 9, 2010
Question: About eight months ago, someone made an offer to buy my home. He hired a home inspector and then backed out of the deal. Now the property is back on the market, and I do not want to disclose to the next buyer that a past inspection was done. Is that OK? Answer: Withholding a previous home inspection report is definitely not OK. Disclosure laws and common ethics demand that you conceal no information that would be of concern to a buyer. If someone were to buy your home and then learn that you had hidden a home inspection report, they could take legal action against you. At the very least, it is essential that you inform buyers of all the defects listed in that report, regardless of whether you provide a copy of the report itself.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
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NEWS
January 23, 1994
In the aftermath of Monday's earthquake, anyone concerned about the condition of their home or business can look for placards posted by the city Department of Building and Safety indicating that an inspection has been done.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Gale Holland
An elementary school in Brea will be closed Monday for further safety inspections after last week's earthquake, but otherwise damage from Friday's magnitude 5.1 shaker appears to have been modest and clustered in northern Orange County, according to reports Sunday. Light fixtures and ceiling tiles tumbled down at Fanning Elementary School, said Principal Susan Metcalf, who sent an email Sunday afternoon informing the families of 460 students about the school closure. "We're still trying to determine if it's safe to open due to earthquake damage," Metcalf said Sunday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2008 | Mary Engel
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center passed a surprise inspection last week, leading federal regulators to rescind the most serious of the violations found during a review three weeks ago, county health officials told the Board of Supervisors. The earlier inspection, prompted by the December death of an emergency room patient, had found that overcrowding placed patients in "immediate jeopardy." According to federal regulators, such a finding requires urgent action. Harbor-UCLA responded by converting offices to screening spaces and hiring nurses and a physician to do triage.
OPINION
May 17, 2004
Councilman Bernard Parks' proposed ordinance requiring that male adult film actors use and wear condoms during filming is ridiculous (May 13). What city department would be expected to enforce this requirement? Certainly not the Police Department, as it does not have enough officers now to do its duties. Not the Building and Safety Department, as it is also short of qualified personnel. Without going into detail, how close an inspection would the appointed inspector be expected to perform?
NATIONAL
June 17, 2010 | By Kim Geiger and Tom Hamburger, Tribune Washington Bureau
Members of the House transportation committee castigated the Coast Guard on Thursday for being insufficiently aggressive in tracking and inspecting foreign oil drill vessels such as the Deepwater Horizon, which exploded April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 crewmen and causing the worst spill in U.S. history. Under harsh questioning, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Kevin Cook said the Deepwater Horizon, registered to the tiny Republic of the Marshall Islands, operated under a different command structure than would have been permitted for a similar vessel operating under the U.S. flag.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel, Tony Barboza and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
State regulators Sunday ordered Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to inspect its entire natural gas system, as San Bruno residents displaced by Thursday's explosion began returning to their devastated neighborhood and investigators searched for four people still missing and tried to identify the dead. The California Public Utilities Commission said it will ask PG&E to inspect its sprawling natural gas network, giving priority to high-pressure lines such as the one that exploded in a suburban neighborhood Thursday, killing at least four people and destroying 37 homes.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
U.S. airlines should be required to inspect more than 670 Boeing Co. 757s to prevent wing sections from coming off in flight, as occurred March 22 on a US Airways Group Inc. jet, a safety board said. A wing section measuring 4 by 5 feet dislodged near Baltimore at 27,000 feet on a flight to Philadelphia from Orlando, Fla. The section struck several windows, cracking one, but the plane landed with no injuries. Three clips attaching the wing section to the plane had fatigue cracks, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
NATIONAL
July 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A former city building department inspector pleaded not guilty to lying about examining a huge construction crane that collapsed days later, killing seven people. Edward J. Marquette was arraigned in Manhattan, charged with tampering with public records, official misconduct and other counts. He had been scheduled to inspect the crane, being used to hoist materials at a building site, on March 4. It collapsed 11 days later, but officials said it was unlikely the inspection would have prevented that.
WORLD
March 28, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A Siberian dairy plant was temporarily closed Friday after its workers had been found bathing in milk, a Russian consumer oversight agency reported. Trade House Cheeses, a dairy producer in Omsk, about 1,600 miles east of Moscow, was closed for 90 days by regional authorities for an urgent inspection after complaints resulting from photographs and a video posted by one of its employees on a Russian social network. In the photographs and video clips posted on New Year's Eve by worker Artyom Romanov, a group of undressed employees relax in a container of milk as part of their celebration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A dump truck that collided with a Los Angeles police cruiser last week in Beverly Hills, killing one officer and injuring another, was up to date on its required inspections and did not have any recent violations, California Highway Patrol records show. The truck - a 1994 Kenworth big rig - was last inspected by CHP officers from the Commercial Vehicle Section at the truck's terminal on July 31, 2012, records show. Last week, the truck skidded down Loma Vista Drive near Robert Lane before it tipped on its side and spilled a small excavator it was carrying, colliding with the police cruiser Officer Nicholas Lee was driving in the opposite direction, LAPD officials said.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Boeing Co. has notified airlines that a change in a supplier's manufacturing process may have resulted in hairline cracks on the wings of about 40 of its yet-to-be-delivered 787 Dreamliners. Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. told Boeing there was a problem related to fasteners on the 787's carbon fiber composite wing. Boeing, which has delivered 123 of the planes, said the problem may be present in a limited number of airplanes still in production, but none of its in-service fleet is involved.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The Federal Aviation Administration ordered inspections Monday of Boeing 767 jets to check for problems that could result in a "possible loss of control of the airplane," according to a notice published in the Federal Register.  Monday's order is the latest in a string of inspections dating back to 2000. The FAA is calling for inspections of the horizontal flight-control surfaces, called elevators, that help the jets climb and descend. The agency said faulty parts could result "in a significant pitch upset" and cause pilots to lose control of the aircraft.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
It's one thing to manage a rental house when it's nearby. But it's another process entirely when the rental is in a distant vacation retreat. Unfortunately, many second-home buyers find that out the hard way. According to a survey by HomeAway, an online marketplace for vacation rentals, owners spend an average of 8.6 hours a week managing their properties. That's one full workday a week. And even then, it's doubtful that the typical owner can market his vacation pad, maintain it and do all the other things necessary to have a successful rental regime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Federal jurors deliberating an excessive-force and civil rights case of a former Hollywood executive against the LAPD on Friday asked to inspect the baton of an officer he says severely beat him. The request from the eight-person jury came before the lunch break on the first day of deliberations. Brian Mulligan, a former co-chairman of Universal Pictures and onetime  Deutsche Bank  vice chairman, suffered multiple nose fractures, a broken shoulder blade and a bloody scalp after two Los Angeles police officers took him into custody in Highland Park in May 2012, he says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1992
Pardon me if I chuckle when I hear President Bush decry the perfidy of Saddam Hussein, who had the gall to refuse to admit United Nations inspection teams to the Iraqi Agriculture Ministry, which "Western officials believe has become a repository for nuclear, chemical and biological warfare documents" (July 23). Does anyone seriously believe that if a U.N. team showed up on the steps of the Pentagon demanding to inspect the "documents" therein in an effort to gain information on U.S. nuclear, chemical and biological weapons that our leader would kindly let them in?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally accused a South Los Angeles oil operation of putting the health and safety of nearby residents at risk by failing to maintain safe operations or take steps to prevent accidental releases of hazardous substances. In issuing citations to Allenco Energy Inc., the EPA said the company could be subject to fines or other measures as a result of several violations discovered during a Nov. 6 inspection of the facility. "These are troubling violations because they go to the heart of how a safe operation is supposed to be run," Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Air quality regulators say that an urban oil field blamed for chronic respiratory illnesses and nosebleeds in a South Los Angeles neighborhood is modifying its operations to prevent leaks and upgrade air pollution controls. Allenco Energy Co., which voluntarily suspended operations Nov. 22 at the request of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), plans to inspect and repair tanks, remove an open-air drain and sump from service, and upgrade air pollution control systems, South Coast Air Quality Management District officials said.
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