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January 22, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - So the state of the state's governor is static - at least until he is safely reelected. Until the election year blows over, Gov. Jerry Brown is stationary - in a crouch, protecting himself politically, satisfied with the status quo. In his 30th year in elective office - 12th as governor, after failing in three bids for the presidency and one for the U.S. Senate, and growing up watching his politician father - Brown is instinctively cautious...
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April 19, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
A controversy-riddled water district involved in a federal corruption investigation is in danger of losing its insurance, a political black eye that could have implications for the agency and its 2 million customers. The Assn. of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority has recommended to its board that it drop the employment liability insurance for Central Basin Municipal Water District, citing the circus-like atmosphere at the agency. The authority insures hundreds of water districts across the state, and this would be only the second time in its 35-year history that it canceled coverage for a water district.
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OPINION
February 9, 1992
Rumor has it that the Republican Party is planning to trade David Duke to the Democrats for Jerry Brown and three other political liabilities to be named later. PAUL PUMPIAN, Sunland
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Margie Beskau would seem to have a strong lawsuit against General Motors for millions in damages. Eight years ago, her 15-year-old daughter, Amy Rademaker, died in a Chevrolet Cobalt - one of the cars the automaker has now admitted had a deadly safety defect. A faulty ignition switch shut off the car, leaving its teenage driver without power steering, brakes or air bags. But Beskau probably will never collect in the civil courts, legal experts say, because GM has been absolved of all responsibility for crashes before the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy and federal bailout.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1985
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based airline continued scaled-down operations with three of its jets after filing for reorganization under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The cutback in service, to seven cities from 12, left hundreds of passengers stranded. Others who booked flights before the filing were stuck with tickets that Northeastern International Airways refused to accept. The 3-year-old company said it had about $28 million in assets and about $48 million in liabilities.
BUSINESS
January 5, 1994
Irvine's Helionetics Inc. said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to purchase assets and assume liabilities of New York-based Kerby Saunders-Warkol Inc., doing business as JWP Mechanical Services, a subsidiary of JWP Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. JWP Mechanical Services maintains and repairs high-technology and energy-saving products. Helionetics makes power equipment and computer products for the health-care and defense industries.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner alleges that the former owners fraudulently misstated finances of the newspaper's parent company, leading him to significantly overpay when he bought it last year. The previous owners of Freedom Communications, however, contend that the fraud claims are unsubstantiated and are being used as a pretext to avoid paying them money still owed to close the deal. The dispute surfaced in a lawsuit filed late last month by former Freedom shareholders.
NEWS
December 26, 1994 | ART PINE and GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Charles County treasurer's job did not look all that difficult in 1974 when Thelma Bowie first considered running for the office, so she took a shot at it. To no one's surprise, she won. With a high school diploma--and 24 years of experience as a staffer for retiring Treasurer Franklin Winkler--Bowie was reasonably familiar with the basic routine: Collect the taxes that people send in and then put the money in the bank--into "safe" certificates of deposit.
OPINION
February 20, 1994
Will some lawyer tell me how I can get God into court? He needs to be sued for product liability. HERMAN GOLD Westlake Village
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1986
Last Thursday state Insurance Commissioner Bruce Bunner began acting as a state insurance commissioner should. He expressed concern about major insurers' reluctance to write liability policies for California cities, even after the passage of Proposition 51 in the election two days earlier. He asked the Legislature to give him authority to require the industry to insure municipalities through an assigned-risk plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Party hosts who ask guests to pay a cover charge to defray costs may be held legally responsible if an underage drinker becomes intoxicated and hurts himself or others, the California Supreme Court decided Monday. In a unanimous ruling, the state high court said a cover charge amounts to a sale of alcohol, and state law creates liability for those who sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated minors. The decision is most likely to affect student parties, where underage drinking and cover charges are common.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Party hosts who ask guests to pay a cover charge to defray costs may be held legally responsible if an underage drinker becomes intoxicated and hurts himself or others, the California Supreme Court decided Monday. In a unanimous ruling, the high court said a cover charge amounts to a sale of alcohol, and state law creates liability for those who sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated minors. The decision, which overturned two lower court rulings, is most likely to affect student parties, where underage drinking and cover charges are common.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: All owners in my association received a letter from the board's vice president along with photos showing everything that's wrong in our building. Some things that were listed as "wrong" have been dormant for dozens of years, and still this high-rise has not fallen down and his issues do not pose a liability. Some things have been deliberately tampered with by the vice president so he could say that they are "wrong. " Now that he has sent this list to all owners, what are the ramifications if we want to sell our units?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - So the state of the state's governor is static - at least until he is safely reelected. Until the election year blows over, Gov. Jerry Brown is stationary - in a crouch, protecting himself politically, satisfied with the status quo. In his 30th year in elective office - 12th as governor, after failing in three bids for the presidency and one for the U.S. Senate, and growing up watching his politician father - Brown is instinctively cautious...
SPORTS
November 25, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
VANCOUVER, Canada - Ten former NHL players have claimed in a class-action lawsuit the league was negligent in withholding and misrepresenting information about the consequences of repeated blows to the head, contributing to players' brain injuries and neurological disorders. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks compensatory and punitive damages in addition to a court-supervised, league-funded medical monitoring program to diagnose and treat head injuries.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
JPMorgan Chase & Co. said the $13 billion settlement it reached with the Justice Department, state attorneys general and other agencies erased most of its potential liability in the sale of faulty mortgage investments that fueled the 2008 financial crisis. "Today's settlement resolves actual and potential civil claims by the Department of Justice, several state attorneys general, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the National Credit Union Administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency relating to residential mortgage-backed securities activities by JPMorgan Chase, Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual," the company said in a news release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1993
I agree with Michael J. Lieder of Cypress (Voices, July 12). . I too was recently rear-ended by an uninsured motorist. The young lady said "don't do anything and my daddy will fix it." Well, daddy can't fix everything and certainly not the damage done to my car or my physical condition. I like Lieder's suggestion that because it is law for everyone to have insurance that a minimum amount of liability insurance be paid in full to the date of registration at the time of registration renewal.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner alleges that the former owners fraudulently misstated finances of the newspaper's parent company, leading him to significantly overpay when he bought it last year. The previous owners of Freedom Communications, however, contend that the fraud claims are unsubstantiated and are being used as a pretext to avoid paying them money still owed to close the deal. The dispute surfaced in a lawsuit filed late last month by former Freedom shareholders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Four Los Angeles schools, scheduled to receive iPads in this first rollout of the tablets, have pulled out of the initial phase, saying that they want to wait at least until security and other issues are resolved. The rejection apparently is temporary - the schools still want the tablet computers - but their stance underscores ongoing problems faced by the L.A. Unified School District as it attempts to provide every student with a tablet over the next year. Separately, a state legislator is calling for an oversight hearing to review the $1-billion project, which is funded by school-construction bonds.
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