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March 11, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
Jim Conran, who until this week was the director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, announced Thursday that he is running for the Republican nomination for state insurance commissioner. Conran served as director of the department for three years before stepping down. As director, he supervised an undercover investigation into fraudulent automobile repair work by Sears. The investigation resulted in Sears paying an $8-million settlement.
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June 2, 1994 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Democratic primary fight for insurance commissioner has turned nasty in the final days of campaigning, with Assemblyman Burt Margolin citing Sen. Art Torres' drunk-driving convictions and Torres accusing Margolin of taking campaign money from vested interests. Meanwhile, Margolin picked up the endorsements of Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and consumer advocate Ralph Nader.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1994 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Democratic primary fight for insurance commissioner has turned nasty in the final days of campaigning, with Assemblyman Burt Margolin citing Sen. Art Torres' drunk-driving convictions and Torres accusing Margolin of taking campaign money from vested interests. Meanwhile, Margolin picked up the endorsements of Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and consumer advocate Ralph Nader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1994
One of the most powerful statewide officeholders, the insurance commissioner has the authority to grant insurance rate increases, investigate fraud and respond to consumer complaints. The commissioner can seize insurance companies deemed to be insolvent and manage them to protect policyholders. Salary: $95,052. MAJOR CANDIDATES * Republicans: James Conran, director of the state Department of Consumer Affairs; Assemblyman Charles Quackenbush, and Wes Bannister, an insurance agency owner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1994
One of the most powerful statewide officeholders, the insurance commissioner has the authority to grant insurance rate increases, investigate fraud and respond to consumer complaints. The commissioner can seize insurance companies deemed to be insolvent and manage them to protect policyholders. Salary: $95,052. MAJOR CANDIDATES * Republicans: James Conran, director of the state Department of Consumer Affairs; Assemblyman Charles Quackenbush, and Wes Bannister, an insurance agency owner.
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May 20, 1994 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The candidates for California insurance commissioner in the June 7 primary call the job a challenge. It's more like a politician's nightmare. Outgoing Commissioner John Garamendi is bequeathing his replacement 20 major lawsuits, 600 open fraud investigations and 70 requests by insurance companies for rate increases.
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February 19, 1994 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that his campaign will focus on obtaining lower insurance rates and greater competition between insurers to benefit consumers, Assemblyman Charles W. Quackenbush (R-Cupertino) has announced that he is running for state insurance commissioner.
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February 16, 1994 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Democratic state Sen. Art Torres, promising to protect Los Angeles earthquake victims from "unfair tactics" of insurance companies, announced his candidacy Tuesday for state insurance commissioner. If elected, Torres, 47, who was born in East Los Angeles, would be the first Latino to hold statewide office since 1875 when Romualdo Pacheco was governor. "I am not running as a Latino candidate," said Torres, chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1994 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
The Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. is sponsoring a candidates' forum today for Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Garamendi and 25 others running for state and federal office in the June 7 primary. Candidates will respond to questions from a panel of VICA members and will make themselves available to the public at informational booths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1993 | RICHARD CORE
With burned-out residents desperate to rebuild from last month's fire, state officials Tuesday warned them to be careful of unlicensed, unscrupulous contractors. "They're flooding the area, not to help people, not to repair people's homes, but to rip people off," said Jim Conran, director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
NEWS
May 20, 1994 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The candidates for California insurance commissioner in the June 7 primary call the job a challenge. It's more like a politician's nightmare. Outgoing Commissioner John Garamendi is bequeathing his replacement 20 major lawsuits, 600 open fraud investigations and 70 requests by insurance companies for rate increases.
NEWS
March 11, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
Jim Conran, who until this week was the director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, announced Thursday that he is running for the Republican nomination for state insurance commissioner. Conran served as director of the department for three years before stepping down. As director, he supervised an undercover investigation into fraudulent automobile repair work by Sears. The investigation resulted in Sears paying an $8-million settlement.
NEWS
February 6, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moving to restore confidence in the state's much-criticized doctor discipline system, the executive director of the California Medical Board announced Friday that he has ordered a review of all recently closed cases that involve either a patient death or dismemberment or accusations that a physician engaged in sexual misconduct.
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March 12, 1994 | CYNTHIA H. CRAFT and JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On the last day to file for statewide races, state Sen. David A. Roberti formally unveiled his candidacy for state treasurer Friday, while San Francisco Dist. Atty. Arlo Smith made the surprise announcement that he is dropping out of the race for attorney general. Roberti, who earlier had indicated that he might seek a seat on the lower-profile State Board of Equalization, said he opted for the treasurer's race because he felt that office could be transformed into a crime-fighting unit.
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