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April 2, 1989 | JOEL SAPPELL, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Fire Department Inspector David Castaneda was asking a lot of coy questions, letting his eyes wander across desktops and snapping Polaroid pictures of the hired help, who were not smiling. From a back room in the cramped Wilshire Boulevard office of T.H.I.S. Corp., a man emerged, grabbed Castaneda's elbow and shoved him outside, slamming the inspector's arm against the door. Castaneda, dressed in uniform, managed to get a shot of him, too.
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March 15, 1990 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-ranking Los Angeles County health official has been fired for keeping secret his business dealings with a notorious slumlord while he served on a government task force that was attempting to criminally prosecute the slum operator. Francisco Gutierrez, chief sanitarian in the county's Environmental Health and Public Health programs, was fired Feb. 28 for "conflict of interest, dishonesty, deceit (and) serious failure to exercise sound judgment," according to the letter of discharge.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles real estate investor who told The Times that his signature had been forged on two deeds notarized by Ben Karmelich, president of Highland Federal Savings & Loan Assn., has changed his mind and signed an affidavit saying the signatures were genuine after all. "Upon checking my records, there was absolutely no fraud or forgery," Syed Mouzzam Ali said in the sworn statement. "I signed the two deeds."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles real estate investor who told The Times that his signature had been forged on two deeds notarized by Ben Karmelich, president of Highland Federal Savings & Loan Assn., has changed his mind and signed an affidavit saying the signatures were genuine after all. "Upon checking my records, there was absolutely no fraud or forgery," Syed Mouzzam Ali said in the sworn statement. "I signed the two deeds."
NEWS
July 31, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
Highland Federal Savings & Loan Assn., a 21-year-old thrift with 10 local branches, is the lender of first--and sometimes last--resort for some of the city's worst slumlords. Its president, Ben Karmelich, and board of directors have repeatedly made exceptions to their own lending policies to give large, sometimes risky loans to slumlords, their companies and their agents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1990 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-ranking Los Angeles County health official has been fired for keeping secret his business dealings with a notorious slumlord while he served on a government task force that was attempting to criminally prosecute the slum operator. Francisco Gutierrez, chief sanitarian in the county's Environmental Health and Public Health programs, was fired Feb. 28 for "conflict of interest, dishonesty, deceit (and) serious failure to exercise sound judgment," according to the letter of discharge.
NEWS
July 31, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
For more than a decade, many of Los Angeles' worst old slum apartment buildings have been commodities on an insider's trading block. While immigrant tenants live in squalor in the aging structures, behind-the-scenes investors have developed sophisticated financial devices that drain the buildings of thousands of dollars in cash rents and virtually condemn them to further decay. Those who stand to make the greatest profits do not need to step inside the door.
NEWS
August 20, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
A high-ranking health inspector who was a member of Los Angeles' slum housing task force in the mid-1980s owned a slum building at the time and also acted as a paid front man for a major city slumlord, according to city officials and court records.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
CB Richard Ellis Services Inc., the largest U.S. commercial property broker, is cutting 160 jobs and reducing bonuses to senior management as part of a plan to save money as leasing activity and property sales slow. The measures will help the El Segundo-based company save $35 million to $40 million over the rest of the year, said spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick. The job cuts amount to about 1.6% of the company's work force of 10,000. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1992 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tenants living in 11 Los Angeles slum properties will receive $1.7 million in a partial settlement of a lawsuit brought by the city attorney and public interest lawyers against slumlords and their business associates. The settlement is the third-largest damage award in a slum case in state history, Deputy City Atty. Stephanie Sautner said Friday.
NEWS
August 20, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
A high-ranking health inspector who was a member of Los Angeles' slum housing task force in the mid-1980s owned a slum building at the time and also acted as a paid front man for a major city slumlord, according to city officials and court records.
NEWS
July 31, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
Highland Federal Savings & Loan Assn., a 21-year-old thrift with 10 local branches, is the lender of first--and sometimes last--resort for some of the city's worst slumlords. Its president, Ben Karmelich, and board of directors have repeatedly made exceptions to their own lending policies to give large, sometimes risky loans to slumlords, their companies and their agents.
NEWS
July 31, 1989 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
For more than a decade, many of Los Angeles' worst old slum apartment buildings have been commodities on an insider's trading block. While immigrant tenants live in squalor in the aging structures, behind-the-scenes investors have developed sophisticated financial devices that drain the buildings of thousands of dollars in cash rents and virtually condemn them to further decay. Those who stand to make the greatest profits do not need to step inside the door.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1989 | JOEL SAPPELL, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Fire Department Inspector David Castaneda was asking a lot of coy questions, letting his eyes wander across desktops and snapping Polaroid pictures of the hired help, who were not smiling. From a back room in the cramped Wilshire Boulevard office of T.H.I.S. Corp., a man emerged, grabbed Castaneda's elbow and shoved him outside, slamming the inspector's arm against the door. Castaneda, dressed in uniform, managed to get a shot of him, too.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2002 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Ivan Illich, a social scientist and onetime Catholic priest who railed against modern technology, the education system and standardized health care, died Monday at his home in Bremen, Germany, at 76. The cause of death was not known. Illich's numerous books and articles earned him a reputation as a crank and a visionary whose first allegiance was to the past. He saw modern technology as oppressive, claiming, for example, that cars enslaved society and that bicycles were a faster way to travel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1999 | Cecilia Rasmussen
It was Frank Capra meets film noir and it happened, of course, in Los Angeles: The hero was a courageous, square-jawed teetotaler; the heavy, a bootlicking gunman out to frame the good guy. Though it sounded, even then, like something straight out of the movies, their encounter produced the juiciest scandal ever to rock City Hall. Councilman Carl I.
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