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February 8, 2001 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's around midnight in the basement of the Los Angeles County coroner's office, the grim, blue-gray loading and receiving zone for the region's dead. Sitting at a long white table, the county coroner's assistants are passing around a carton of malted milk balls and joshing while Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place to Go" issues from a small radio near a steel crypt crowded with bodies.
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November 2, 2001 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is investigating a former county planner who allegedly issued hundreds of illegal certificates allowing land to be developed without undergoing the usual environmental and other reviews, according to records and interviews. District attorney's officials Thursday confirmed that they are investigating Emmet Taylor, who business records show owns a real estate consulting firm in Fullerton.
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January 14, 1995 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After several lengthy legal battles following the loss of his job, whistle-blower Allen M. Weil is going to be compensated for what he believed was a bad deal between a computer company and his former boss, the county Office of Education. "I was a computer person who was interested in seeing that the taxpayer got a fair return for their money," Weil said after a settlement was reached this week in Norwalk Superior Court.
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August 8, 2001 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two years after becoming the largest group of doctors to unionize in decades, physicians who work for Los Angeles County face a massive cut in their benefits. Under a package approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, the doctors will lose the popular "megaflex" benefits, in which workers receive a cash bonus they can pocket, use to buy their benefits or boost their pensions.
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July 13, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call them malcontents or dismiss them as cranks. Cling hard to the notion their complaints are groundless. Even insist that everything they have to say is motivated by petty politics. Do all of those things and you've still got to wonder what is going on in the district attorney's office these days. One veteran prosecutor recently won a partial judgment in her personnel complaint against the office; all that remains is for a jury to decide how much money she should receive.
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March 4, 1997 | CHUCK PHILIPS and ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two men assaulted five years ago by rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight say that prosecutor Lawrence M. Longo urged them to accept a settlement in a civil suit that undermined the criminal case against Knight.
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June 5, 1990 | PENELOPE MC MILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former supervisor of a Los Angeles County animal shelter in Baldwin Park pleaded no contest Monday to a felony charge that he prepared false documents concealing the fact that court-ordered community service work assigned at the shelter was not being performed. Jaime Meraz, 44, a Chino resident who is a 20-year employee of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, entered his plea before Municipal Court Judge Rand Schrader, who set sentencing for July 2 in Superior Court.
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September 11, 1990 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state agency has accused Los Angeles County of denying a promotion to a veteran Latino employee because he had complained about discrimination in the Parks Department. In a civil rights complaint filed last week, the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing accused the county Parks and Recreation Department of "discriminatory retaliation" against employee William De La Garza "because he opposed practices forbidden by the Fair Employment and Housing Act."
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December 7, 1994 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appellate court has found that two Los Angeles transit investigators appear to have been fired in 1990 for raising allegations of an agency cover-up and confronting their boss about it. The state 2nd District Court of Appeal, in a ruling issued last week, refused to throw out several key claims made by the investigators.
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September 7, 1988 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
One of Los Angeles County's highest-ranking black executives was awarded a $90,000 settlement Tuesday stemming from a discrimination complaint alleging he was victimized by racial discrimination and denied job benefits. The Board of Claims granted the payment to Edgar H. Hayes, director of the Data Processing Department, who filed a federal lawsuit last January seeking $1 million in damages from the county.
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March 15, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge unsealed an indictment Wednesday accusing four employees of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and four others of conspiring to commit grand theft by participating in a credit card scam. Charged were Deputy Jesse Zuniga, 57; and Twin Towers jail custody assistants Christopher Coleman, 34, and Tirrell Thomas, 27, both of Los Angeles, and Meko Goodley, 26, of South Gate.
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March 9, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight people--including four Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employees--have been indicted on a variety of felony charges stemming from a credit card scam allegedly involving workers at the Twin Towers jail, sources familiar with the case said Thursday. The defendants received letters this week, informing them of the charges and ordering them to surrender to the Sheriff's Department before facing arraignment next week, law enforcement sources said.
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February 8, 2001 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's around midnight in the basement of the Los Angeles County coroner's office, the grim, blue-gray loading and receiving zone for the region's dead. Sitting at a long white table, the county coroner's assistants are passing around a carton of malted milk balls and joshing while Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place to Go" issues from a small radio near a steel crypt crowded with bodies.
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November 16, 2000
As 120 county pharmacists completed their third two-day walkout, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has barred most from further job actions. Judge Dzintra Janavs granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday barring all pharmacists based in county hospitals from striking until Dec. 5, when the judge is scheduled to hear additional arguments on the matter. Pharmacists in county clinics can continue job actions.
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October 19, 2000 | CARLA HALL and EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Out of the pearly morning fog they barreled down city streets, like knights in shining armor, like the cavalry--the buses of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority were back. After enduring a 32-day strike that forced bus riders to walk, scramble for car rides or pay expensive cab fares, the arrival of the buses--giving free rides, no less--was practically a religious experience. "Oh, praise the Lord!" said Norma Spearman, 61, boarding a bus headed eastbound on Venice Boulevard.
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October 19, 2000 | PETER H. KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most people in Los Angeles, it would seem, could afford to dismiss the strike by Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus drivers and train operators as a mere irritant, an annoyance. There were complaints of more sluggish freeway commutes, of domestic help gone missing, but not much more. The big city transit strike that nobody noticed--this would be the story line most commonly attached to the 32-day shutdown of the nation's second largest bus system.
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November 3, 1990 | JOHN H. LEE
An elevator operator was crushed to death Friday at the Hall of Justice jail in downtown Los Angeles when she was caught between a descending car and a building floor. Doris T. Sims, 64, of Los Angeles, suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene on the 10th floor of the county building where she worked a manually operated freight elevator for eight years, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Sims would have turned 65 in January, sheriff's officials said.
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April 8, 1999 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has agreed to pay about $325,000 to a whistle-blower who was laid off and then reinstated with back pay after alleging that she was persecuted for exposing the agency's waste, fraud and abuse. Under terms of a secret settlement, Amelia Earnest, a buyer and contract administrator with a dozen years on the job, agreed to leave the MTA and to drop her lawsuit against the agency, said Assistant County Counsel Steven Carnevale.
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October 16, 2000 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Susan Bouman Paolino is suing Los Angeles County--again. This time it's not the Sheriff's Department she's after, it's Parks and Recreation. Paolino, the onetime deputy whose sexual harassment suit against the sheriff led to a sweeping consent decree, is an attorney now. Among her clients are two Los Angeles County lifeguards, who are suing because they allege they were sexually harassed.
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October 14, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The union representing 47,000 county service workers whose series of walkouts ended abruptly this week said Friday that it was making progress at the bargaining table, yet may need to use unspecified "activities" to wring more concessions from the county. Union spokesman Mark Tarnowsky said he did not know what form the "activities at our work sites and elsewhere" may take next week. "I can't be more specific because we haven't figured out the details," he said.
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