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March 4, 2014
Re "Two L.A. fire commanders reassigned," March 1 City Councilman Paul Koretz's statement that he wasn't troubled by the fact that 24% of recent new candidates at the city's Fire Department had relatives in the officer corps could get the city sued, and cost the taxpayers money. If the 60-second cutoff time frame for applicants to submit a key piece of paperwork wasn't public knowledge, then it's not a statistical anomaly that those with relatives inside the department were the ones selected.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | Robert J. Lopez, Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended the city's firefighter recruitment program Thursday amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism, including new emails that show special recruitment workshops were organized for relatives of department insiders. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," the mayor said in a statement Thursday. The action follows a Times report last month that thousands of candidates who passed a written test were excluded from consideration for a new training class because some of their paperwork wasn't received in the first 60 seconds of a filing period last spring.
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NATIONAL
July 26, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Eight senior Department of Justice administrative employees should be disciplined for seeking jobs for their children and other relatives, and the department needs to tighten its employment guidelines after three nepotism incidents in recent years, the Inspector General's Office said Thursday. In the latest cases, the inspector general's report determined that within certain departments, a culture of “nepotism, ethical lapses and misleading statements was the result of bad behavior by individuals insufficiently impressed with the principles of fair and open” job hiring competition.
OPINION
March 4, 2014
Re "Two L.A. fire commanders reassigned," March 1 City Councilman Paul Koretz's statement that he wasn't troubled by the fact that 24% of recent new candidates at the city's Fire Department had relatives in the officer corps could get the city sued, and cost the taxpayers money. If the 60-second cutoff time frame for applicants to submit a key piece of paperwork wasn't public knowledge, then it's not a statistical anomaly that those with relatives inside the department were the ones selected.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A firefighter who married a fire captain's daughter was fired after a judge in Columbia ruled against a request to let him keep his job while he sues the city over its anti-nepotism policy. The judge denied Matt Cooper's request, saying the city's policy is clear. Cooper, 25, was told that he was going to be fired after his June 18 marriage to Brooke Lowery, 21, daughter of fire Capt. Herbie Lowery.
OPINION
July 12, 2003
Re "Nepotism Is Merely a Boogeyman," by Adam Bellow, Commentary, July 7: I too am a writer. I have written two screenplays and a nonfiction novel. I attended New York University film school with hopes of becoming a filmmaker. Never heard of me? Of course not. I do not have family in the business, and I do not know the "right people." Please tell me, Mr. Bellow, what is a talented, educated person who is not related to anybody supposed to do? And please don't flatter yourself. Nobody is "jealous" of you. Frightened, yes, as nepotism does so much more harm than good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1990
As a result of the "marriage in management" at the Child Support Division, the D.A.'s office has initiated a number of special arrangements specifically to accommodate the Troms. The plan is to remove the child support ombudsman from the office and put her in a location completely separated from the child support function. Also, a newly created classification awaits her (in order to fit in with the organizational chart that has been renovated). The dictionary defines "nepotism" as undue favoritism and/or special treatment shown to a relative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
UCI Medical Center says it is investigating whether nepotism rules were violated when it hired three relatives of the hospital's interim chief executive. Maureen Zehntner told UC Irvine officials she had a brother, sister and cousin employed at the Orange hospital after The Times reported last week that children of other top medical administrators had been hired there, university spokeswoman Susan Menning said Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
An investigation into five cases of possible nepotism in hiring at UCI Medical Center found nothing improper, university officials said Wednesday. A sixth case is still being investigated. UC Irvine's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity said it found no violations in the hiring of a sister and cousin of interim hospital Chief Executive Maureen Zehntner; the daughter of former hospital Chief Executive Dr. Ralph Cygan; and the son and daughter of medical school Dean Dr. Thomas Cesario.
NEWS
April 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
Prime Minister Turgut Ozal reorganized his Cabinet on Friday, dismissing his brother and cousin in apparent response to charges of nepotism that may have helped defeat his party in municipal elections. He fired 10 other members of the 22-member Cabinet and took personal control of the economic portfolios. Inflation, which reached 75% last year, was considered a major factor in last Sunday's election setback.
NATIONAL
July 2, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The official in charge of investigating potential misdeeds at the Department of Homeland Security is under investigation on allegations of nepotism, abusing his position and covering up details about a Secret Service prostitution scandal. Senate investigators are looking into allegations that Deputy Inspector Gen. Charles K. Edwards was "susceptible to political pressure" and that he changed and withheld information for reports on the misconduct of U.S. Secret Service agents who hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, during a visit before a 2012 presidential trip, according to a letter two senators sent to Edwards on June 27. "Numerous" complaints from fellow employees allege that Edwards improperly employed his wife, Madhuri Edwards, as a supervisory auditor in his office, that he arranged for her to telecommute from India for seven months, and that he took "retaliatory action" against people who objected, according to the letter from Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who chairs the oversight subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the subcommittee's top Republican, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
SPORTS
February 2, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Hunter will be Houston's problem Hit the parties, pretend to play defense and decide the fate of the longtime chief of their labor union. The agenda for All-Star weekend received a somber addendum this week for members of the NBA players' union who will participate in their league's midseason showcase Feb. 17 in Houston. The union must determine whether to fire Billy Hunter after the head of the organization was placed on indefinite paid leave after a scathing report that disclosed dubious business practices and nepotism.
NATIONAL
July 26, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Eight senior Department of Justice administrative employees should be disciplined for seeking jobs for their children and other relatives, and the department needs to tighten its employment guidelines after three nepotism incidents in recent years, the Inspector General's Office said Thursday. In the latest cases, the inspector general's report determined that within certain departments, a culture of “nepotism, ethical lapses and misleading statements was the result of bad behavior by individuals insufficiently impressed with the principles of fair and open” job hiring competition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2012 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
There was no shortage of candidates to serve as traffic and planning commissioners in Garden Grove last March. More than 40 residents with university degrees and backgrounds in real estate, construction and traffic engineering applied for the 12 positions. Despite the number of volunteers and a city policy designed to limit nepotism, two people with family ties to the council — the son of the mayor and the husband of a councilwoman — were given seats. In May, Mayor William Dalton and the four council members arbitrarily named a planning commissioner to fill a vacant council seat, appearing to go against a voter-mandated advisory policy on how vacancies are to be filled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2011 | By Gretchen Meier, Los Angeles Times
Burbank officials are considering an anti-nepotism policy that would prohibit family members of City Council members and the city manager from being hired. The draft policy, which is being fine-tuned by the Burbank Civil Service Board, could also extend to department chiefs, although that provision has yet to find consensus. Commissioners plan to send the draft policy to the City Council this summer. The board's chairman, Nathan Schlossman, said there are familial employee relationships within every city department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Discontented Compton residents announced Thursday that they have launched a recall campaign against their mayor and several other elected officials, citing allegations of misappropriation of public funds, nepotism and voter deception. Activists said Mayor Eric J. Perrodin, Councilwoman Lillie Dobson, City Atty. Craig J. Cornwell and City Clerk Alita Godwin have been served notices of intent to circulate a recall petition. "We have been watching and telling people what's going on," said Joyce Kelly, a recall organizer.
NEWS
December 26, 1992 | JOHN F. HARRIS, THE WASHINGTON POST
A spokesman for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said this week that he knows of "nothing unusual" about the hiring of Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's goddaughter as a deputy director of the agency. The selection of Rita R. Henderson drew scrutiny after a report in the Charlottesville Daily Progress said she got the job at Wilder's insistence. A written offer to another applicant was withdrawn, the newspaper said. Thomas L.
WORLD
August 4, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
For many Chinese, he's a curious conundrum, an emerging national figure with some serious public relations issues. The only grandson of Mao Tse-tung, the Great Helmsman himself, Mao Xinyu's bloodlines ooze political royalty. Yet instead of praise, the 40-year-old faces ridicule as a pudgy underachiever shamelessly riding the coattails of the relative many consider this nation's greatest statesmen. When state media reported this week that the younger Mao had become the youngest officer to reach the rank of major general in the army his grandfather co-founded eight decades ago, critics unleashed another barrage of vitriol.
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