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June 26, 2010 | Les Gapay
On a recent Saturday I got two pieces of mail. One was an advertisement from a hearing aid company to alert "a select few" that a "factory trained" representative would be available for "five days only" to conduct free hearing tests. "Your problem may just be wax!" the flier informed me optimistically. But just in case, I was being offered $1,000 off the purchase of a hearing aid. I already have hearing aids, and I don't need another, so I tossed the ad in the trash. The other piece of mail was the umpteenth reminder from Chase bank, where I have a checking account, that beginning Aug. 15, if I don't sign up for debit card overdraft coverage my debit card purchases will be denied if I don't have sufficient funds.
April 14, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Stephen says there's a new mail carrier in his neighborhood, and she's fond of chatting on her cellphone. In fact, she spends so much time yakking away, Stephen says, she sometimes delivers mail to the wrong house. She also frequently uses the F-word, much to the consternation of parents in the neighborhood. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Stephen is curious: What's the U.S. Postal Service's policy when it comes to cellphones? I know how he feels.
June 15, 1997
After reading Jerry Hicks' June 5 column on the mail problem, I now know why we get our mail 2-3-4-5-6 o'clock. What puzzles me is that we've been getting our mail 2-3-4-5-6 o'clock for the last 15 years, and we've been complaining for 15 years. SID LAZAROW Orange
March 27, 2014
Re “Obama plan for NSA is widely praised, March 26 Suppose the neighbor on your right had been opening your mail since 2009 and he told you yesterday that he would only look at some of your mail from now on. Would you agree with your neighbor on the left who said he was a wonderful neighbor? No? Then why is President Obama being lauded for cutting back on the rules he established for the NSA? Ermanno Signorelli Mar Vista More letters to the editor ...  
March 18, 2006
Re "You've got (paid) mail," editorial, March 15 You are dead wrong about AOL charging fees for mass e-mails. Serious activist organizations such as environmental groups, political bloggers and social reform groups, which do not have bottomless budgets as do corporations, porn sites and newspapers, will be affected. This will curtail what little freedom of speech and information is left. It will turn the Net into just another advertisement supplement, such as Sunday newspapers. FRANK STANTON Campbell
June 5, 2007
Re "Idea rich, postage poor," Opinion, May 28 Teresa Stack and Jack Fowler correctly note that small magazines "have an outsized effect on public discourse," yet their commentary ignores the substantial editorial discounts enjoyed by all magazines. The Postal Regulatory Commission's recent recommendation preserves and fosters the continued widespread dissemination of political and cultural thought by increasing the editorial discount available to all magazine mailers. As a result of our approach, the smallest publications, those with circulations of 15,000 or less, will see lower increases than under proposals made by large publishers or the Postal Service.
August 29, 2009 | Bob Pool
Hollywood billboard queen Angelyne knows what's going to be on the next giant-sized sign she puts up in L.A. Along with her buxom-blond image will likely be a stark message to the city: "Stop hijacking my fan mail!" The Tinseltown personality best known for billboards that promote her Barbie Doll figure and her name alleges that the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency reneged on a promise to let her keep her longtime mailing address after evicting her to make way for a new Hollywood luxury hotel project.
September 1, 1988 | Associated Press
Thousands of postal workers staged a 24-hour nationwide strike Wednesday to protest bonus payments that vary by region.
April 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A postal worker is credited with saving a 1-year-old girl by catching her after she fell out of a second-story window in Albany. Lisa Harrell was delivering mail to a home when she noticed a baby in an open window above the front door. Harrell said the next thing she knew, the baby fell into her arms. Paramedics checked the baby and found no injuries. No charges were filed against the mother.
August 17, 2003
Here's a good "State of California, Believe It or Not!" I work for a corporation in Porterville, Calif. On July 1, I wrote a check for $25 and filed our annual "statement of information, domestic stock corporation" form. On Aug. 8, the check I wrote to the secretary of State on July 1 had not cleared. I called the appropriate office to see if it had received the check. The person who answered the phone told me they were just opening the mail from May 22, and it would be approximately 2 1/2 to three months before they got to July's mail.
March 10, 2014 | By James Barragan
Since becoming president of Chivas USA at the end of last month, Nelson Rodriguez has been busy trying to turn around an embattled Major League Soccer franchise. The league has affirmed that it wants the team to remain in Los Angeles, believing that there is enough room in the city for two MLS teams. For most of its history, Chivas USA has played second fiddle to the Galaxy in the Southern California market. At Sunday's season opener, which Chivas won 3-2 against the Chicago Fire, Rodriguez spoke with reporters at halftime about the team's situation and shared some glimpses into the future of the franchise.
March 4, 2014 | By Anh Do
Nearly 120,000 letters and bills went up in flames early Tuesday when a pair of big rigs collided along the 57 Freeway in Brea. One was from a U.S. Postal Service facility in Santa Ana, where workers process about 1 million pieces of mail daily, according to officials. The letters that were burned had originated from Orange County and parts of the San Gabriel Valley and were being trucked to Ontario Airport at the time of the crash. The mail that caught fire had been marked first class, but because it was not certified, officials say they cannot track whose mail burned.
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
There's junk mail, and then there's nasty mail: San Francisco writer Lisa McIntire says Bank of America sent her a credit card offer addressed to "Lisa Is A Slut McIntire," and she posted photos of it on Twitter on Thursday. BofA tweeted her an apology and pledged to investigate. [Updated, 5:45 p.m. Feb. 6: But the problem apparently originated with an academic society that was jointly marketing with the bank. ]  McIntire, 32, told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview that she first learned about the mail in a text exchange with her mother, which she posted on Twitter.
February 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Michael Picker, the newest member of the powerful Public Utilities Commission, has a long history with Gov. Jerry Brown: He worked in the governor's mail room during his first term from 1975 to 1977. "I delivered press releases," said Picker, 62, who moved to Sacramento from Echo Park a year after graduating from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in 1974. Since then, Picker, has held a number of government jobs, most recently as an elected board member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and as senior adviser on renewable energy for Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
February 2, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Perhaps the U.S. Postal Service should commission a stamp honoring Shirley Familian. For 25 years she has been honoring mail carriers everywhere by turning canceled postage stamps into art. Friends from around the world clip the stamps from envelopes and send them to Familian, who patiently sorts them, stores them in zip-lock pages and then uses them to create fanciful designs that have a nearly hypnotic quality. She's now 93, and a three-month exhibition of her work has opened at the Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum . Titled "Shirley Familian: 19,275 Stamps," the show features 14 hanging pieces and seven stamp-covered objects, including a skateboard, an iron and a teapot.
January 30, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Yahoo said its email service recently fell victim to a coordinated cyberattack that resulted in the compromise of an undisclosed number of user accounts. The Sunnyvale, Calif., tech company announced the attack Thursday, saying it has taken immediate action to protect users who were affected by the breach by prompting them to reset their passwords. Yahoo did not say how many users were affected by the attack. Yahoo Mail is the second largest email provider -- behind Google's Gmail -- with 273 million accounts.
May 8, 1988
Dear postmaster and employees: We would like to deeply thank the Santa Ana post office workers for their efficient and heroic care with our mail. On April 14, we received several envelopes, containing our 1987 tax return, marked "Contents found loose in mails, Santa Ana, CA 92799." Apparently, our 1987 tax return, which was being mailed to us from our accountant in Southern California, was put in a large envelope and not sealed by his office. Our 1987 tax return became scattered.
November 11, 1990
It's over! My mailbox can breathe a sigh of relief. My phone may stop ringing. TV advertisements can return to showing the latest soap powder, well, for a time anyway. We tried to make informed decisions, we voted, and now we wait and see the results. I am curious, now that it's all over, will either Tom Umberg or Curt Pringle ever write to us? And after receiving four calls on Tuesday from the Umberg camp, and three from the Pringle camp, urging us to vote, I wonder if we'll ever hear from them again.
January 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
An off-and-on customer of OfficeMax, Mike Seay has gotten the office supply company's junk mail for years. But the mail that the grieving Lindenhurst, Ill., father said he got from OfficeMax last week was different. It was addressed to "Mike Seay, Daughter Killed in Car Crash. " Strange as that sounds, the mail reached the right guy. Seay's daughter Ashley, 17, was killed in a car crash with her boyfriend last year. OfficeMax somehow knew. And in a world where bits of personal data are mined from customers and silently sold off and shuffled among corporations, Seay appears to be the victim of some marketing gone horribly wrong.
January 6, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two men were arrested on suspicion of stealing hundreds of U.S. mail items including checks that were left at post office drop-off boxes in San Bernardino County, law enforcement authorities said Monday. The men were on probation and had outstanding warrants when they were arrested early Monday with unprocessed mail, opened mail, checks and burglary tools inside their vehicle, according to the Fontana Police Department. Police identified the driver as Angel Navarro, 24, and the passenger as Danny Camonte, 25, both of Adelanto.  They were arrested after an officer spotted a "suspicious vehicle" by a field next to a U.S. post office in the 16000 block of Santa Ana Avenue in Fontana, police officials said in a statement.
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