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February 27, 2009 | Richard Verrier
The Art Directors Guild said Thursday that it had put the finishing touches on its controversial merger with two smaller unions representing illustrators and set designers. The guild said it had combined the operations of the three unions and named a new 20-member board with representatives from each craft. As expected, Scott Roth will remain as executive director of the guild, which now has 2,000 members, up from 1,500.
January 20, 2009 | Richard Verrier
The board majority of the Screen Actors Guild on Monday stepped up its efforts to oust the union's executive director, taking its case directly to members. In an e-mail statement to SAG members, the majority coalition said it no longer had confidence in the leadership of Doug Allen, citing his "failed strategy" for securing a new contract for actors. SAG members have been without a contract for almost seven months.
January 10, 2009 | From Times Wire Reports
GMAC Financial Services, the financing arm of automaker General Motors Corp., said Chairman J. Ezra Merkin is stepping down, effective immediately, as it names a new board of directors. GMAC is naming the new board under terms of its approval by the Federal Reserve last week to become a bank holding company.
October 2, 2008 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Reflecting a key shift in the balance of power in the Screen Actors Guild, the union's negotiating committee Wednesday punted on authorizing a strike vote, leaving the matter up to the guild's newly configured national board. In an 11-2 decision, the union's negotiation committee recommended that the national board authorize a strike vote among the guild's 120,000 members, saying such a move was "necessary to overcome the employers' intransigence" in contract negotiations.
August 27, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Alarmed by breaches in which UCLA Medical Center employees snooped in the confidential records of celebrities including Britney Spears, Farrah Fawcett and California First Lady Maria Shriver, state lawmakers moved Tuesday to clamp hospital files shut with new oversight and stiffer penalties. Legislators also approved a bid to extend healthcare coverage to those with preexisting medical conditions. The Assembly did not meet Tuesday. But the state Senate approved a measure that would require hospitals to draft a plan to safeguard patient information and set up a new state Office of Health Information Integrity with power to review plans and violations and assess fines of up to $250,000 against people who violate patient privacy.
July 2, 2008 | Howard Blume
Monica Garcia was reelected Monday as president of the Los Angeles Board of Education, but not until after one board member alleged that politics and backroom manipulation sometimes put the interests of adults ahead of students. Garcia ascended to the presidency last year as the most senior member of a new board majority aligned with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. On the other side was Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who survived a reelection campaign in which she was targeted by the mayor's allies.
July 3, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and top officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District expect to announce a new alliance this month that would give the mayor a role in running a cluster of campuses, most likely around Roosevelt High School. The emerging partnership between these onetime adversaries comes as a new school board majority allied with Villaraigosa takes office today.
June 3, 2007
THE LAWSUIT has been dropped, the board is about to morph and almost everyone is impatient for change. So the question of the moment is: What next for L.A.'s schools? Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his new majority of allies on the board have plenty of work ahead. They must revisit lost ambitions and set new priorities for making the schools more transparent, accountable and, above all, effective centers of learning: Don't forget the audit.
May 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES schools have a few things going for them today that they didn't have a couple of years ago: a new superintendent with a fresh eye. A new school board majority eager to make changes, aligned with a (relatively) new mayor who vows to renovate the halls of education. At this point, the most regressive force in the L.A. Unified School District is its teachers union, which has wielded inordinate power via donations to school board campaigns.
June 28, 2006 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
The state Athletic Commission, which oversees boxing and increasingly popular extreme fighting bouts, will cease to exist at midnight on Friday, prompting concern among promoters, fighters, boxing fans and television industry executives about the future of the perennially troubled sport in California.
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