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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1989 | RICHARD SIMON, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the city's redevelopment agency from siphoning off money from under-funded county programs to subsidize the private development of a shopping center near USC. At issue is the Los Angeles City Council's approval in May of a plan to expand the Hoover Redevelopment Project. The subject of a bitter neighborhood dispute, the plan calls for the removal of homes to make way for a shopping center that includes a Boys Market.
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NEWS
February 19, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Costs to build a completed Los Angeles Metro Rail system exceed previous estimates by nearly $1 billion, according to some calculations. A report by the Southern California Rapid Transit District says that officials have identified a route for the commuter line that appears to have the broadest possible community approval, and its price tag is $4.2 billion, up from the $3.3 billion that the RTD has long stated would be the system's total cost.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1995 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors might think raising fees at county-owned golf courses is par for the course, 72-year-old Harold Marzey of Pacoima is a little teed off about it. For 10 years, Marzey and three friends have been playing 18 holes at El Cariso golf course in Sylmar two or three times a week, and if the county raises the daily greens fee for senior citizens by $1, Marzey said, he might have to cut back the time he spends on the links.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1991 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a heated session marked by an angry outburst from Supervisor Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County supervisors Monday canceled a controversial "professional development allowance" they had given themselves earlier this year. The board took the action while speeding toward approval of an $11.9-billion budget. In less than 3 1/2 hours, supervisors spent all $9.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1995 | JOSH MEYER and JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The county's personnel chief told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that barring a last-minute miracle, 5,000 employees in the vast Department of Health Services will be laid off and an additional 10,000 will be demoted when the county's fiscal crisis forces most health centers and clinics to shut down Oct. 1. "Approximately one-fifth of the department is going out the door" in less than six weeks, county personnel Director Mike Henry said in an interview after the meeting.
NEWS
June 11, 1995 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As it struggles with an enormous deficit, Los Angeles County is spending millions of dollars a year on an ill-fated hospital computer system that has never really worked--and that county officials were warned would be a costly failure even before they bought it almost five years ago. By some estimates, the cost of the failed system has soared past $74 million, although county officials concede that they have yet to determine the total cost of buying, dismantling and replacing it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1993 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lifeguards at the Will Rogers Park pool in Watts specialize in saving kids--in more ways than you might think. They choose young people for summer jobs that provide a shelter from gang violence. They are role models to the neighborhood's troubled teens-agers, well-muscled father figures who also teach a killer backstroke.
NEWS
July 26, 1995 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As thousands of sign-carrying county employees, blowing whistles and chanting slogans, protested sweeping budget cuts on the streets of Downtown, the Board of Supervisors heard a stark warning Tuesday that they must move quickly to save the county's health care system from collapse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1991 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County supervisors hired seven private law firms and spent at least $6 million in fighting the voting-rights lawsuit that paved the way for today's historic election that is expected to place a Latino on the board. The bill is likely to grow by several million dollars because the county is required to pay the legal costs of the victorious plaintiffs. A review of the county's costs to date shows that $4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1999 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fraud by welfare recipients and social services officials may be costing the public as much as $500 million annually, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Grand Jury. In a blistering 58-page audit released Wednesday, the grand jury reported that "the potential for fraud . . . in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services is enormous."
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