March 19, 1986
Victoria Station of Larkspur, Calif., said its negotiations with lessors, lenders and other parties to restructure certain obligations are taking longer than hoped and probably won't be wrapped up in the near term. Victoria Station, which has posted losses during the last three years, said that revenue has continued to decline. The restaurant company said it might have to consider "other alternatives" if progress isn't made on the restructuring and if revenue doesn't improve.
March 26, 2004
Re "State Seeks to Reopen Done Deals," March 22: It is the height of irresponsibility for the state Legislature's chief attorney to cast doubts upon the enforceability of multiyear pacts with labor unions. If California lacks the authority to enter into multiyear obligations to pay its workers, then it also lacks the authority to enter into multiyear obligations to repay bonds -- and presto, we're back in the most desperate fiscal crisis in this state's history. Michael W. Boggs Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1985
Re the article (Nov. 25), "Lottery Can 'Pay Off' With a Bad Feeling, Too": The article said, "Several $1,000 and $5,000 winners have lost every dime" to the controller's office. It seems to me the winners lose nothing. Instead, they won the ability to repay student loans, past state income taxes, child support and other unpaid obligations--obligations each has consciously made. They won their money in the form of debt relief and their creditors received past due payments in the bargain.
May 22, 2005
Regarding "United Airlines Cleared to Shed Pension Plans" (May 11): After tightening bankruptcy laws for ordinary citizens, our government apparently is going to aid a major company's mugging of its personnel. By defaulting on its pension system, United Airlines suddenly has a huge advantage over airlines that are trying to meet their obligations to their workers. Meanwhile the U.S. government will pick up the tab -- in the billions -- to pay pennies on the dollar to United's employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2000
Once again the annual jury summons has appeared in my mailbox. Each time, larger, longer, more complicated and with less flexibility. Financial hardship is no longer a viable reason to be excused. If financial hardship is to be given consideration, you must supply annual income and monthly expenses. I'm not applying for a credit card here! It appears I'm begging to maintain my existence and fulfill my financial obligations. I'm not looking for an excuse not to serve, I am asking our government to find a solution to this "fleecing" of American citizens.
May 19, 2005
Re "Faithful Are Carving Niche in the Workplace," May 15: Corporate America is making a huge mistake by making concessions to evangelicals who, like all of their fundamentalist soul mates (including the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Saudi Wahhabi Muslims who perpetrated 9/11) will stop at nothing to spread their intolerant vision of how society should function. Anyone who thinks these fanatics will be content with the current workplace accommodations is mistaken. They don't want to be part of the mainstream; they want to take over.