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October 14, 1997 | Patrice Apodaca, Patrice Apodaca covers economic issues for The Times
Financial institutions have been increasingly recognizing the potential of Southern California's ethnic and minority communities. One of the latest efforts to foster economic development in those communities is a $77-million, three-year pilot program launched by Merrill Lynch, the Greenlining Institute and the Orange County Alliance. The program is taking a three-pronged approach to investment in ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
October 20, 1995 | TIM MAY
In a rare move, officials from the San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley region of the United Way have stopped providing funding to the Home Visitation Center, a nonprofit outreach agency that has provided food and clothing to some of Pacoima's poorest residents since 1979. Last month, a United Way volunteer committee charged with reviewing the center's status ruled that the Home Visitation Center did not comply with administrative, management and oversight criteria required by United Way.
A federal judge's decision gutting the county's laws aimed at preventing charity fraud was long overdue, according to critics, who maintain that the right to free speech includes nonprofit fund-raising and that local regulations were widely considered excessive. But in a national debate sparked by the Jan. 14 ruling, others predicted a chilling effect on openness and honesty that could eventually undermine philanthropic groups' credibility.
November 15, 1997 | EDWARD M. YOON
Dozens of 486 and 386 computers, laser printers, software, typewriters, desks, chairs, file cabinets, overhead projectors and enough stationery to stock Staples were free for the taking by 60 West Valley schools and not-for-profit organizations that attended the L.A. SHARES "free shopping spree" Friday and Thursday.
July 14, 2004
Re "Trading Tomorrow to Eat Today," July 12: I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I have been living in Los Angeles for 15 years. I am now an American citizen and I have worked with nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles advocating to maintain the federal nutrition programs that help many hungry people in America. The contents of the article about what Ethiopia is facing is what I have been reading since I was in high school. What struck me is that foreign aid groups spend so much money feeding the starving that they never have enough left to prevent the next famine.
December 23, 2003 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
When a woman is beaten by her husband or boyfriend, she may not be the only victim. There are the children, who, if they haven't been attacked themselves, may suffer the emotional trauma of watching their father beat their mother. They may come to think that violence is an appropriate way to solve problems, or at least the way you're supposed to relate to the opposite sex.
July 30, 1994
Your article "Charities Find L.A. Is a Challenge" (July 20) paints only part of the philanthropic picture. The survey neglected to measure the significant contributions of volunteers and in-kind donations, which are worth their weight in gold to the nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles. Without these kinds of contributions, the Venice Family Clinic would not have been able to function as the largest free clinic in the country, now in its 25th year. Volunteer medical professionals alone provide over half the clinic's 51,000 annual patient visits made by the working poor and homeless.
January 1, 2004 | Stanley Allison, Times Staff Writer
All things considered, Mike McKenzie was one of the lucky ones. He had bounced around the foster care system since infancy. Finally, when he was 14, he was put in the care of the man who became his father, Pete McKenzie, 72, of San Clemente. In that household, with five brothers, two others from foster care, he became a permanent part of a family, with a role model whom he credits for shaping him into the person he is today. "He was exactly what I needed," McKenzie said of his dad.
July 29, 1990 | JACK ADLER
Some consumers are discovering that a growing number of travel agencies are likely to charge for some types of services that were once "free." Travel agents derive their income from commissions--usually from airlines, cruise lines, hotels and car-rental companies. But they don't make money from reissuing airline tickets, handling frequent-flier coupons and delivering tickets.
Sunday marks the six-month anniversary of the disastrous magnitude 6.8 Northridge earthquake. Damaged freeways are operable, but still being repaired. Most homes and businesses either destroyed or damaged in the Jan. 17 quake are in various stages of reconstruction. But telltale rubble lies here and there in the streets, still waiting to be picked up. Many damaged apartments and condominium complexes--some in ruins--stand vacant.
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