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April 1, 1988 | S. J. DIAMOND
It's a sure attention-grabber--a "Notice of Involuntary Lien" from the county recorder, warning the "debtor" of a possible lien against his property and suggesting that he contact the claimant or an attorney. It's particularly frightening to the homeowner, who was only trying to fix up his house and now must fear losing it. Such claims may be filed by the homeowner's own contractor, trying to force him to pay a disputed portion of the bill.
August 2, 2013 | By Lew Sichelman
Thinking about refinancing? A second lien may affect whether you can. If you've taken out a second lien on your home, it is subordinate to your primary mortgage and must be dealt with. It can't be ignored, and it doesn't matter whether it's a home equity line of credit, a home equity installment loan or any other kind of loan. "You have one of two options" when dealing with subordinate financing on your house, says Scott Stein, president of Xetus, a technology company that helps mortgage originators manage second liens.
April 3, 1991
A buyer of property cannot be held responsible for an improperly recorded IRS lien unless he knows that the property was transferred fraudulently in the past, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled. The ruling by Judge Gary L. Taylor clarifies an IRS code about how much a buyer must know about a property's history before he can be held responsible for the back taxes, David Gauntlett, attorney for the plaintiff, said Monday.
December 26, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Lindsay Lohan has put a dent in her outstanding tax debt, paying off the nearly $94,000 she owed for 2009 and tossing some change at the bill still looming for 2010. Lohan reportedly used the $100,000 she was gifted by Charlie Sheen -- which, incidentally, she finally did thank him for, according to TMZ . She was blaming her perceived lack of manners on a broken phone and missing contacts, the website said, sending a written thank-you note and flowers after she saw his comments asking for at least a text to acknowledge his gift.
December 25, 1992 | From Associated Press
Martin Mittlemark may win the prize for the most original holiday gift idea for 1992: tax liens on property owned by Donald Trump. Mittlemark, president of Municipal Liens Inc. of Tinton Falls, N.J., isn't joking. The liens are certificates comparable to other types of securities, backed by the properties as collateral. They can pay the equivalent of double-digit interest rates, far better than investments in Treasury bonds or bank deposits.
December 5, 1990
Despite homeowner protests, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to impose liens on about 200 properties in Rancho Palos Verdes to pay for landslide abatement work. The board's decision to form an improvement district in the Abalone Cove landslide area was the first step toward issuing $10 million in revenue bonds that will be guaranteed by the liens.
February 15, 1985 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
A lawsuit and liens totaling more than $7.7 million have been filed by building contractors against Hollywood Park, which says it has withheld payments because of dissatisfaction with work done in a $30-million improvement program at the track. C.E. Harger, a vice president and operations manager for the Turner Construction Co., the general contractor for the Hollywood Park project, said Thursday that his firm has filed two liens totaling $6,343,456 against the Hollywood Park Operating Co., Inc.
Wells Fargo Bank filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court here to lift a week-old lien on its California real estate holdings. The lien prevents Wells Fargo from selling any of its California real estate holdings with a clear title. A hearing on the appeal is scheduled for this afternoon. The disputed lien was obtained Dec. 27 by Ted Hays, a 78-year-old former developer who won a $700,000 Superior Court judgment against the bank on Sept. 14.
July 23, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
A $4.2-million expansion planned for the 70-year-old San Fernando Community Hospital depends on the outcome of negotiations between city and hospital officials over a lien held by the city on the hospital property. Phil Boozer, the hospital's chief financial officer, said the hospital gave the city a "reversionary right" that allows it to take title to the hospital in seven years in return for lending its name to a municipal bond issue that financed the hospital's last expansion in 1978.
February 22, 1989 | BILL SING, Times Staff Writer
The secretary of state's office said Tuesday that it temporarily misplaced records of about 20,000 liens against commercial property in California, resulting in lenders receiving incomplete information about the credit-worthiness of potential borrowers. The records--temporarily lost because of a computer foul-up--have since been retrieved and restored, said Don Swails, an assistant division chief in the secretary of state's office in Sacramento.
November 4, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
Culver City Councilman Andy Weissman won reelection last spring while touting his role in helping secure employee pension and benefit reforms that put the town on a "sounder financial footing. " In his personal affairs, however, he has been struggling to gain his own balance: Weissman, now mayor, owes the federal and state governments at least $550,000 in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest, according to liens filed with the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder's office. The tax liens - some of which were filed against Weissman and his wife - cover federal income taxes and either state personal income tax or state corporate taxes, as well as federal payroll taxes, the documents show.
August 17, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
When Bill Buck accidentally cut off the tip of his finger at his Duarte cabinet workshop two years ago, he headed to Huntington Memorial Hospital's emergency room. He assumed his insurance company would sort out the $12,630 bill from the plastic surgeon, Jeannette Martello. But Martello wasn't satisfied with the $3,500 insurance reimbursement, so she returned the check and filed a lawsuit against Buck, his wife and his business for the full amount, according to the state attorney general's office.
March 31, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Convicted campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee cut a destructive path across California's political landscape, allegedly pilfering millions in political funds from Democrats in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. And on Friday, a high-profile Los Angeles-based political consultant publicly leveled his own accusation against Durkee, saying she stole more than $1 million of his family's personal money. The consultant, John Shallman, was one of Durkee's closest colleagues and is currently advising candidates for Los Angeles mayor, city attorney and district attorney.
May 22, 2011 | By Melanie Hicken, Los Angeles Times
A subcontractor for Advanced Development & Investment Inc. — an affordable-housing developer under federal investigation for alleged fraud — has filed a nearly $100,000 lien against former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman's condo for unpaid remodeling work, according to paperwork filed with the county. Glendale-based National Fire Systems & Services filed the lien April 25 with the Los Angeles County recorder, saying Drayman failed to pay a $98,222.48 bill for the renovations made after a water pipe burst in the residence.
March 8, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Council candidate Stephen Box did not pay thousands of dollars in taxes on time in 1994, 1995 and 1999, according to liens filed against him with the L.A. County registrar-recorder. According to the liens, Box failed to pay a total of $11,813 in federal taxes in 1994 and 1995, and $2,691 in state taxes in 1999, some of which may have been subsequently paid. Another lien was filed against him in 2008 in connection with a small-claims-court case over an alleged nonpayment of $2,618 to Capital One bank.
February 13, 2011 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
Under the Sun The Letters of Bruce Chatwin Selected and edited by Elizabeth Chatwin and Nicholas Shakespeare Viking: 554 pp., $35 Bruce Chatwin was the King of Wanderlust. Born in 1940 in England, he was stricken with two addictions: the need to travel and the need to write. These letters, from his first week at boarding school in 1948 (to request stamps from his parents) to his death from AIDS-related illness in 1989, map a too-short life, fully lived. Benin, Tierra del Fuego, Nepal, Sardinia, Afghanistan, Mauritania.
The Supreme Court dealt a setback to California's 440,000 construction workers Tuesday, letting stand a ruling that forbids their pension and benefit funds from using traditional mechanics' liens to recover delinquent contributions from contractors. Lawyers representing the trust funds, which provide retirement and health benefits for construction laborers, said that "millions, perhaps billions of dollars" in contributions could be threatened by the court actions.
July 20, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
Out more than $400,000 for clearing debris from lots burned in the massive Oct. 27 fire, the city is considering placing liens on fire victims' property tax bills if they don't pay for the cleanup. The City Council, responding to what Deputy City Manager Cindy King called a "rather critical issue," will hold a public hearing Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to consider the assessment and allow property owners to protest the charge.
December 26, 2010 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Reporting from Hanoi ? The classroom at the Vietnam National Academy of Music could be almost any place in the world where piano is taught. The furniture and lighting are institutional. The walls have soundproofing. There is a long table for instructors and a decent grand. Down the hall, though, hangs a wacky photo of Ho Chi Minh in band master whites cheerfully conducting an orchestra. Seated at the studio's table one day last March was a tiny woman, under 5 feet tall and 92 years old, the matriarch and grande dame of Vietnamese music and a founder of the academy.
November 14, 2010 | By Lew Sichelman
A legal tactic that forces lenders to either pay up or get out of communities governed by a homeowners association has now been sanctioned by three courts in Florida. And it couldn't come soon enough for the millions of associations struggling with the effect that nondues-paying owners are having on their communities. The strategy, which has national implications because it is not based on state law, has become necessary because financially strapped owners aren't the only ones who are failing to pay their fair share of the cost of running their communities.
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