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May 7, 2010
'Casino Jack and the United States of Money' MPAA rating: R for some language Running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes Playing: In selected theaters
July 8, 2013 | David Lazarus
The business world is fond of presenting consumers with Catch-22s. Richard Leza received a real beauty from a debt collector. "They basically told me I had to prove something that doesn't even exist," he said. Here's the crux of the problem: Is it the debt collector's responsibility to prove that money is owed, or the consumer's responsibility to prove that it isn't? State and federal officials are increasingly focusing on such issues as debt collectors turn up the heat after the prolonged economic downturn.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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