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May 6, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Fire Department assistant chief, his wife and their son were charged Monday with allegedly trying to cover up a hit-and-run crash. Assistant Chief Robert Franco, 52, and his wife, Gerri Franco, 48, were charged with one misdemeanor count each of conspiracy, giving false information to an officer and obstructing an investigation involving their 19-year-old son.
March 11, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
When it came time to make his endorsement in the hot race to succeed Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, Sheriff Lee Baca didn't pick just one candidate to fill the 2nd District seat. He picked two. His selection of both state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) and Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks -- widely considered the two leading contenders -- was not a matter of hedging his bet in the June 3 race, a Baca spokesman said.
February 21, 2008 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
One of the state's largest insurers, Health Net Inc. of Woodland Hills, sold individual policies with the promise of medical coverage while engaging in a secret and illegal scheme to drop patients if they needed expensive treatment, the Los Angeles city attorney contended in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
November 14, 2006 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles appeared to win a round Monday in its legal battle to keep dumping 250,000 tons of sewage sludge every year on farmland near Bakersfield. U.S. District Judge Gary Feess said he planned to issue a written ruling within a few days granting a preliminary injunction in favor of the city and its co-plaintiffs, including the sanitation districts for Los Angeles and Orange counties.
February 3, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Councilman Jack Weiss confirmed Thursday that he intends to run for city attorney in 2007 if incumbent City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo makes a successful bid in November to become the next state attorney general. If Delgadillo wins, Weiss said he would run for city attorney in a special election that would presumably be next year. If Delgadillo loses, Weiss said he would run in 2009 when Delgadillo is termed out of office.
January 27, 2006 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles city attorney and attorney general candidate Rocky Delgadillo, who oversees millions of dollars the city pays private law firms, can't document why his office selected many firms, according to a highly critical state audit released Thursday. The auditors also found large accounting errors in the city's calculation of how much it has paid law firms, which Los Angeles often hires to handle complex legal matters.
June 17, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Three high-ranking officials at the Los Angeles city attorney's office are resigning, the latest in a wave of management turnovers as Rocky Delgadillo enters his second term. With Delgadillo exploring a run for state attorney general, some of the marquee legal names he brought in to improve the luster of the office are pursuing more lucrative job opportunities elsewhere. They include Terree Bowers, a former U.S. attorney who has been serving as Delgadillo's chief deputy in charge of the office.
December 8, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo will get a free ride to reelection after his only opponent, Etan Z. Lorant, announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race. Delgadillo has raised more than $1 million; Lorant, an Encino attorney, has not reported raising any money. Lorant said Delgadillo's popularity and support make it impractical for a challenger to prevail in the March 8 election, but that he planned to run for the office in four years, when term limits will force Delgadillo out.
October 2, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
An appeals court Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by Deputy Dist. Atty. Lea Purwin D'Agostino that had accused City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo of not being qualified to hold office. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge who had previously found that D'Agostino, who placed third in the 2001 city attorney's race, failed to show that she was deprived of due process rights.
March 24, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Tuesday declined to file felony assault charges against USC offensive lineman Winston Justice and referred his case to the Los Angeles city attorney for possible filing of misdemeanor charges. Justice, a 19-year-old sophomore, was arrested March 3 on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly displaying a firearm during an argument in a parking lot near campus on Feb. 24. No injuries resulted from the incident.
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