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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1991 | BILL BOYARSKY
A lot of what counts in government is symbolic. When times are tough, people want some sort of sign that officials are sharing their misery. This deep-seated feeling is one explanation for the popularity of news stories portraying the high-living practices of certain government officials.
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BUSINESS
April 30, 2012 | By Hugo Martín
In Washington, another scandal has broken over excessive spending during a business conference. But travel experts predict the effect this time around will be limited. Four years ago, it was insurance giant American International Group Inc.that was slammed for holding a lavish executive retreat at a Dana Point resort after taking billions of dollars in government bailout money. In the face of harsh criticism of excessive spending amid a recession, corporations dramatically cut back on business travel, dealing a blow to hotels and airlines across the country.
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NEWS
September 19, 1988 | Associated Press
Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.) awarded his Golden Fleece to the Urban Mass Transit Administration for sending government officials to Disney World to learn how to motivate employees, his office said Sunday. Attending the Sept. 6-9 session in Orlando, Fla., were six top UMTA officials and 47 local transit officials from around the country. They paid their own travel expenses, but UMTA paid for the $110-per-night hotel rooms and the $795 program fee for each, at a total cost of $68,160.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2012 | By Ian Duncan, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - It was a simple scam: Coleen Newton-White, a government contractor, and her husband would take General Services Administration credit cards from the motor pool at Ft. Monroe, Va., and use them to sell fuel at a discount to cash customers who pulled up to service stations five at a time. Between 2008 and 2010, the scheme netted the couple almost $300,000, according to court records. Although the gas scheme is a world away from the nearly $823,000 spent on a lavish Las Vegas-area conference put on by GSA official Jeff Neely - including a mind reader, sushi and in-room parties - it is an example of the fraud that the procurement and property management agency faces regularly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Managers of the county's $1.5-billion pension fund said Friday they will reimburse the county for thousands of dollars in expenses that they incurred while on a recent three-week European junket. Those expenses, the officials said, were mistakenly submitted to the county auditor. They included such things as opera tickets and alcoholic beverages.
NEWS
December 8, 1989 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO and JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A month before he leaves public office for a private job, Sen. William Campbell (R-Hacienda Heights) has led a weeklong legislative junket to New York City that includes a tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the agenda. As chairman of the Joint Committee on Legislative Budget, Campbell headed a delegation of six legislators--five senators and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
NEWS
January 3, 1996 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rep. Carlos J. Moorhead (R-Glendale), under fire for his plans to lead a congressional delegation on a Latin American junket that included a number of prime tourist attractions, canceled the trip Tuesday, saying it would be inappropriate to be away during critical federal budget negotiations.
NEWS
June 12, 1992 | SARA FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite growing criticism of congressional perks and a newly imposed ban on honorariums, many House members made no effort to scale back on trips to posh resorts and exotic foreign destinations at the expense of special interests in 1991, according to financial disclosure documents made public Thursday. In addition to the usual all-expenses-paid junkets to such warm-weather havens as Boca Raton, Fla.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
With temperatures dipping below freezing and relations over the federal budget stuck on zero, some members of Congress may pine for warmer places. Rep. Carlos Moorhead (R-Pasadena) is actually heading for several of them next week, at taxpayer expense. To the irritation of the White House and some colleagues who are staying at their desks during the budget impasse, Moorhead is planning to lead members of a House Judiciary subcommittee through Panama, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Ecuador.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two city councilmen have criticized their colleagues for attending a four-day convention in Las Vegas this week that will cost the city almost $16,000, including $10,000 for a booth touting Garden Grove as a garden spot for a shopping center. Mayor W.E.
OPINION
November 20, 2010
It's the economy Re "Can the economy be saved?" Opinion, Nov. 14 The conservatives say cut taxes and regulations. The progressives say invest in education, technology and infrastructure using targeted taxes and incentives. This tactical debate is insufficient because it does not address a fundamental structural problem. For our economy to be healthy, people need jobs to get money to buy stuff. There are not enough jobs because many have been exported to countries with lower labor costs and fewer regulations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2009 | Eric Bailey and Michael Rothfeld
For many who join the select club of 120 known as the California Legislature, everything changes. Once inside, they find an army of lobbyists and corporate executives at their disposal, more than eager to shower them with food, drink, travel and -- in some cases -- sex. The case of Michael Duvall, the 54-year-old Yorba Linda assemblyman who resigned Wednesday after the disclosure that he bragged over an open microphone of apparent sexual trysts,...
BUSINESS
April 7, 2009 | Roger Vincent
Shamed by images of wealthy corporateers cavorting at the expense of ordinary people, U.S. companies canceled an estimated $1 billion worth of conferences in the first two months of this year and trimmed back on others. Hoteliers are calling it "the AIG effect," after the insurance company that took a public drubbing for spending freely on corporate perks despite its financial turmoil.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2009 | E. Scott Reckard
Cries for post-bailout accountability resounded at the biggest banks Tuesday as Citigroup Inc. issued a 43-page defense of its lending, a consumer group lashed Bank of America Corp. for throwing a $10-million Super Bowl bash, and Wells Fargo & Co. canceled plans to fete its top mortgage salespeople in Las Vegas. The complaints raised questions likely to be asked more frequently as more government help for companies is doled out.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2008 | The Associated Press
Mortgage finance company Fannie Mae acknowledged Tuesday that it spent more than $6,000 on a golf outing after it was seized by the government earlier this year but said it was halting similar company-sponsored events. Dallas-Fort Worth-area television station KTVT reported Monday night that Fannie paid for 20 golfers, including several company executives, to attend a Sept. 29 golf excursion in Texas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2007 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Friday that he would travel to four cities in El Salvador and Mexico on a nine-day mission next month to promote trade and combat transnational gangs. Villaraigosa plans to start his trip May 1 in San Salvador, where he will be joined by Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton. They will meet with Salvadoran President Tony Saca to discuss ways to confront the rising influence of violent gang members who travel between the two countries.
NEWS
July 20, 2001 | ROBERT W. WELKOS and RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ron Brewington has a job that would make avid movie fans envious. On almost any given weekend, the freelance reporter and film critic can be found ensconced at some swank, four-star hotel chatting away with major movie stars such as Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington after first attending free screenings of their latest films. Furthermore, his air fare, lodging and meals are all paid for by the studio showing the film.
NEWS
June 13, 1992 | SARA FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least 59 senators pocketed appearance fees from special interest groups during 1991, the last year they were permitted to accept honorariums, according to financial disclosure documents made public Friday. While the amount of honorariums accepted by senators declined sharply over previous years, there appeared to be little--if any--drop-off in the number of junkets that senators took at the expense of special interest groups. Sen. Frank H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Four of the five Irvine City Council members leave today for an all-expense-paid, nine-day trip to Barcelona, Paris and New York City as part of their role in planning a 1,000-acre park at the former El Toro Marine base. The cost of the trip is still being calculated, but the itinerary includes two nights at the five-star Grand Marina Hotel in Barcelona. Traveling are seven members of the Orange County Great Park Corp.
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