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February 22, 1994 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one thought the idea would take off. In fact, when Marilyn Lewis proposed that the county coroner's office sell souvenirs to raise money for the department she had a ready defense: "I'm a secretary, not some marketing whiz. What do I know?" But after People, Newsweek, Life, CNN and "Good Morning America" ran stories, take off it did.
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August 4, 1999
In the wake of a stinging report alleging rampant welfare fraud in Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to have the grand jury monitor the welfare agency's attempts to combat financial abuse. The change in oversight actually is weaker than that recommended by last year's grand jury, which issued its report in June.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crime may be dropping at record rates, but Los Angeles County's taxpayers are not feeling it in their wallets. The Sheriff's Department is seeking a $120-million boost in its budget, in part to put 259 more deputies on the streets, even though calls for help are down 5% this year. Similarly, the district attorney's office wants to increase its budget by 10%, to $200 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crime may be dropping at record rates, but Los Angeles County's taxpayers are not feeling it in their wallets. The Sheriff's Department is seeking a $120-million boost in its budget, in part to put 259 more deputies on the streets, even though calls for help are down 5% this year. Similarly, the district attorney's office wants to increase its budget by 10%, to $200 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lax financial procedures may lead to bad records and insufficient monitoring of the Los Angeles County district attorney's $300-million budget, according to an audit released Monday. County auditors concluded that some financial procedures that Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti's office had claimed were in place in fact were not.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1998
MTA and state transportation officials on Tuesday averted a cash flow shortage and potential work stoppage on the North Hollywood subway project under an agreement to divert $40 million from other uses. Under the proposal approved Wednesday by the California Transportation Commission, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will redirect savings from delayed Red Line projects and other areas to cover the costs of North Hollywood subway construction contracts through the beginning of June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1998 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Confronted by an "alarming" $62-million cost overrun in projected overtime expenditures, the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday stepped up its oversight of the practice, which already consumes $173 million in an annual budget stretched as tightly as a drumhead. The board unanimously adopted a motion by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky that will require county department heads to submit reports every three months on exactly how much they are spending on overtime and why.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1997
A bill calling for tougher fiscal scrutiny of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has passed the state Assembly and is now on its way to the Senate. The legislation--by Assembly Majority Leader Antonio R. Villaraigosa (D-Los Angeles)--calls for rigorous fiscal controls over the department, subjecting it to more periodic audits and requiring closer accountability to the county Board of Supervisors. It passed the Assembly by a 44-30 vote.
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August 7, 1995 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like paupers squeezing every penny, Los Angeles County officials say an unprecedented lack of ready cash early in the fiscal year is forcing them to take extraordinary measures to make sure they don't run out of money--and into bankruptcy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1995 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the middle of another 13-hour day of coddling newborns, examining 50 older children and explaining heart defects, ear infections and other ailments both serious and minor to anxious parents, Dr. Ramasamy Mahadevan still manages a small smile. For 16 years, he has worked at the county clinic at High Desert Hospital in Lancaster--the only pediatrician between Santa Clarita and Bakersfield who cares full time for indigent children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti's insistence that his child support office is improving, it remains the least effective such operation in California, according to a new numbers from the state's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. This is the second year in a row the state has ranked its 58 child support units, charged with collecting money for families which are mostly on welfare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lax financial procedures may lead to bad records and insufficient monitoring of the Los Angeles County district attorney's $300-million budget, according to an audit released Monday. County auditors concluded that some financial procedures that Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti's office had claimed were in place in fact were not.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1998 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County government got a grim reminder Tuesday of the financial problems that once pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy when its health director reported that his department has fallen up to $212 million short of its promised savings. The shortfall is more than just a budgeting headache because it indicates that overhauling the health department will be more difficult than county officials believed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1998 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, already under fire for its neglected bus system and costly subway project, is getting flak from the California Highway Patrol for reducing the hours that tow trucks patrol freeways looking for stranded motorists. Traffic experts have lauded the service, saying that the speedy removal of stranded cars from the road reduces rubbernecking and traffic congestion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday he believes the state must set some priorities for how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority spends its money in the wake of disclosures that the transit agency has amassed $7 billion in debt. Reacting to stories in The Times that described the agency's borrowing--nearly all of it for rail construction--the Los Angeles Democrat said the MTA must find ways to improve the bus service used by more than 90% of its riders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1998
MTA and state transportation officials on Tuesday averted a cash flow shortage and potential work stoppage on the North Hollywood subway project under an agreement to divert $40 million from other uses. Under the proposal approved Wednesday by the California Transportation Commission, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will redirect savings from delayed Red Line projects and other areas to cover the costs of North Hollywood subway construction contracts through the beginning of June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1995 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a day of startling disclosures underscoring the depth of the county's budget crisis, its top health official conceded Friday he has no comprehensive contingency plan for how to close hospitals and treat sick and injured patients if severe budget cuts are ordered. Robert C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1995 | JOSH MEYER and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A bitterly divided Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted Thursday to give financially desperate Los Angeles County a one-time infusion of $50 million--far less than what some county officials said they had hoped for to help save their health care system from collapse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1998 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Confronted by an "alarming" $62-million cost overrun in projected overtime expenditures, the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday stepped up its oversight of the practice, which already consumes $173 million in an annual budget stretched as tightly as a drumhead. The board unanimously adopted a motion by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky that will require county department heads to submit reports every three months on exactly how much they are spending on overtime and why.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1997 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County's ailing rail transit system was in intensive care Thursday. Whether it survives could depend on the bitter pill administered by its doctor, MTA chief executive Julian Burke.
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