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May 10, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Six months after voters approved new taxes to fund clean energy projects, Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers remain at odds over how to spend the money on improving energy efficiency at public schools and community colleges. Brown, who is scheduled to release his revised budget on Tuesday, is expected to tweak his original plan to distribute the money based on how many students are in each school district. But Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) believes the governor isn't doing enough to ensure the new taxes are spent wisely.
September 26, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
In a final push before the case goes to jury, an attorney for Michael Jackson's family on Thursday said that entertainment powerhouse AEG cared little about the pop star's career and used him only to make money. In his two-hour-long rebuttal, Brian Panish told jurors that executives for the concert promoter gave misleading testimony during the nearly five-month trial and cared little about the truth. Panish conceded that Jackson bore some responsibility for his death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol but that jurors should find AEG was 80% at fault and the singer 20%. Jackson died in June 2009 after he was given propofol in his rented Holmby Hills mansion by Dr. Conrad Murray while rehearsing for his 50 comeback concerts in London.
June 22, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Should Congress use scarce gas tax funds to try to coax states into cracking down on distracted driving? That's the question before the House, which will vote next week on whether to seek to keep $78 million in "legislative candy" out of a new transportation bill. Under the Senate transportation bill, states would receive additional funds if they outlaw texting from behind the wheel, prohibit drivers under age 18 from using cellphones of any kind while driving and take other actions to combat distracted driving.
May 16, 2013 | By Maria Elena Durazo
The media coverage and much of the public perception of the Los Angeles mayor's race have relentlessly focused on the money Los Angeles' labor movement is spending to elect Wendy Greuel, and on the wages and benefits of city and other employees that could be affected by the outcome of the mayoral runoff. That is the primary prism through which most journalists view the unions' role in the race. Talking about who contributes what to which campaign - and who benefits - is a fair discussion.
December 29, 1994
I can only pray that the Republicans in Congress do a better job of managing the nation's money than the Republicans here in Orange County did with our money. STANLEY ESKIN Laguna Hills
September 7, 1999
California taxpayers need to be especially diligent this month or our elected officials may attempt to give away taxpayer money to billionaire football owners. The NFL doesn't want to put a team in the Los Angeles area without having taxpayer money involved because of the precedent it would set. If other cities saw that Los Angeles got a team without spending taxpayer money, the NFL is worried that other cities might refuse to give welfare to them, as well. If any elected representative offers to give the NFL one cent of taxpayer money, every California voter must threaten him or her with recall.
April 21, 1996
Do you suppose that as people who live in a marketplace-, consumer- and product-driven society, we'll ever figure out that how we get and spend our money is equal in significance to how we vote? BILL COLESON Camarillo
September 26, 2012 | Doyle McManus
Here's a short list of Democrats who secretly hope Mitt Romney gets his presidential campaign turned around fast and gives President Obama a run for his money: Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic Senate candidate in North Dakota; Jon Tester, the Democratic senator from Montana; and Rep. Shelley Berkley, the Democratic Senate candidate in Nevada. Why? Because they're all in close Senate races - and they're all worried about a potential flood of Republican money into their states if Romney's campaign begins to look like a losing proposition.
March 18, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Fiona Henlon still relives the shock of the letter that arrived three years ago. Citing a breakdown in its payroll system, Los Angeles County health officials explained that they had mistakenly paid the registered nurse an extra $6,200 over a two-year period. And the government was demanding the money back. Henlon, 45, said she hadn't realized that she'd received the added money because she has no set schedule and her paychecks fluctuate. "It is unfair," she said. "They made an error, and we are going to suffer for it. " Henlon is one of roughly 600 relief nurses used to fill county hospital staffing gaps who officials now say must repay a total of $1.8 million.
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