June 5, 2000 |
It's a law enforcement truism. Any time you get two cops together over a cigarette you're going to hear complaints about the honchos who run things downtown. But the exchange on a recent afternoon carried more than the standard bitterness when a plug of a Fresno cop asked senior U.S. Border Patrol Agent John Crockford how many illegal immigrant lawbreakers he takes off the streets every month. Crockford, a white-haired man of 48, guessed it was between 70 and 80. "What do we do when you're gone?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000
The Federal Aviation Administration will be moving 16 more air traffic controllers to the understaffed tower at Los Angeles International Airport, but there is no indication that the transfers were a response to the high number of runway incursions there. There are 48 authorized positions for certified controllers at the tower, but there currently are only 34 certified controllers and four trainees at LAX, according to FAA spokesman Mitch Barker.
March 28, 2000 |
In the three years since Kristina Miller became a teacher at Alexandria Street School north of downtown Los Angeles, she has been bounced from grade to grade like a penny on a kettle drum. The fact that she has been reassigned three times in her brief career is no reflection on her abilities as a teacher. Rather, it's because she ranks 74th out of 87 on the school seniority list.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1999
A Superior Court judge on Thursday certified a class-action lawsuit by 119 former Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers, who allege that their seniority and qualifications were overlooked when they started working for the Sheriff's Department. The MTA's police force was merged into the Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department in 1997.
September 5, 1999 |
Question: About a year ago, we took out one of those 125% mortgages at 11.25% interest on our home. We used the money to pay off our credit cards and other high-interest rate loans. The payment relief was wonderful, but now we must sell our home due to a job transfer. Our problem is how to sell our home, which has a mortgage that's way above its market value. There is no way we can pay the lender about $40,000 more than our house is worth.
December 1, 1998 |
A white teacher accused of racial insensitivity for reading a book titled "Nappy Hair" to her black and Hispanic pupils requested a transfer out of her Brooklyn school district, saying she fears for her life. "I can't take the fear and wondering every day what might happen," Ruth Sherman said.
November 3, 1998 |
Reacting to low oil prices and the effects of the sale of nonstrategic assets, Occidental Petroleum Corp. is cutting 80 jobs at its Westwood headquarters and transferring 150 other workers to its recently established Oxy Services subsidiary. The corporate staff will shrink to fewer than 190 after the moves are complete, down from 443 at the beginning of the year, according to a letter sent to headquarters employees last Tuesday by Occidental Petroleum President Dale R. Laurance.
September 27, 1998 |
Faced with child-care emergencies, growing workloads and other demands on their nerves and time, many American workers are resorting to an old ploy: They're playing hooky. The comeback in absenteeism in many American workplaces is reflected in a new survey showing that unscheduled no-shows shot up 25% over the last year, hitting the highest level since 1991.
August 21, 1998 |
Seventy-two Lucky Stores workers over the age of 40 are suing to stop the chain from transferring them from a recently closed Fullerton warehouse to warehouses in Irvine and Buena Park. The suit, filed in Santa Ana Superior Court, does not list any dollar damages. The employees allege that they would lose their seniority and be forced to accept jobs that are too physically demanding.
August 9, 1998 |
The commanding officer of an air squadron involved in the deaths of 20 Italian skiers was relieved of his duties and reassigned, the Marine Corps said Saturday. The military says an EA-6B Prowler from the squadron of Lt. Col. Richard Muegge was flying too low and too fast on a Feb. 3 training mission when it severed two lift cables in the Italian Alps, dropping the gondola carrying the skiers to the ground.