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November 15, 2002 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
In a showdown that pits open government against privacy concerns, courts throughout California are grappling over whether to open police reports to the public after prosecutors file them in court. News outlets and open-government advocates argue that once a judge sees a police report, the document should become public, available to anyone. Police and prosecutors, wanting the reports kept under wraps, say opening them to public view would jeopardize the safety of crime victims and witnesses.
March 21, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
The top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum refused to answer questions Wednesday after his lawyer objected to the presence of Los Angeles Times reporters at a deposition in an open-government lawsuit against the stadium's overseers. Interim General Manager John Sandbrook walked out of the deposition in the suit brought by The Times and a 1st Amendment group. The Times would not agree to exclude the two reporters or prohibit them from publishing Sandbrook's sworn answers before they are introduced as evidence in a trial.
October 22, 2004 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Gossip about the mayor and council members. Top 10 lists of the "hottest" men and women in City Hall. A blistering missive from an irritated councilman. And, amid the froth, the occasional in-depth discussion of municipal issues. In less than two months, the mysterious "4th Floor Blog" became a must-read among the ambitious, well-dressed folks who prowl the fourth floor of City Hall setting policy for Los Angeles and worrying about their place in its power structure.
July 28, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Foreign companies have been nearly shut out of Japan's construction market, despite an agreement that was to open up government contracts to outside bidders, a U.S. official said Thursday. Of the 410 government construction projects awarded in Japan last year, only four contracts were awarded to foreign companies, according to the U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
December 27, 2002
Everyone cheered last year when state officials offered to buy two large but ratty tracts of land downtown and make them parks. In a city with far too little green space, especially in its urban core, the 32-acre Cornfield next to Chinatown and the 30-acre Taylor Yard in Cypress Park will make a big difference. Community leaders and environmental activists had pried these properties away from commercial developers in a David-and-Goliath struggle and then leaned on Gov. Gray Davis to buy them.
July 21, 2009 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Nicholas
As the watchdog of the government's massive bailout of the financial sector, Neil M. Barofsky had a simple question: What had the nation's banks done with all their bailout money? Can't be answered, said the Treasury Department, because of the way banks move money internally. The department declined to put the question to the banks.
County leaders vowed Friday to keep local courts operating even as they gear up to fight an anticipated court order to provide as much as $13.9 million that judges said is needed to avert a shutdown of some courtroom operations. New budget numbers released by the county Friday indicate that only one of Orange County's six courthouses has enough money in its salary and benefits fund to pay employees through the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
When she was sworn into office 100 days ago, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina made a symbolic gesture, ordering the removal of metal detectors from the entrance to the board's chambers. "If they could lock up the front doors, if we could do everything in closed session, I think there is a majority on this board that would like it that way," Molina said in an interview last week.
May 9, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A judge ruled on Thursday that The Times could not be stopped from reporting on testimony from the top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a deposition for an open-government lawsuit. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin said that in asking the court to deny Times reporters access to the testimony and a prohibition against articles about it, the commission sought “essentially a gag order.” “This is a public matter,” Lavin said of the lawsuit brought against the commission by The Times and a 1st Amendment group, Californians Aware.
December 16, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
The state Senate secretly paid $120,000 to settle a claim by a legislative aide that she was sexually harassed by Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood), according to her attorney and government documents released this week. Senate leaders acting behind closed doors approved the payment to Fahizah Alim, who was a district coordinator for Wright, in an agreement that required "no publicity. " The document, approved last year, said the deal was made "to avoid the costs, uncertainty, and operational burden of a further dispute.
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