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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2001
A Pacific Bell worker slipped while climbing a wrought-iron fence at a Sherman Oaks home Monday morning, impaling his left leg on an iron spike, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. Firefighters sawed the spike from the fence to get the man down, fire officials said. The 31-year-old Winnetka man was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where surgeons removed the spike, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2000 | Deniene Husted, (714) 520-2508
The city will get an additional $13,000 or so a year to spend on parks and recreation, under an agreement approved last week with PacBell Wireless. The City Council voted to allow the telecommunications company to remove a lighting pole at Valley View Sports Park and replace it with one that includes a cellular antenna on top. PacBell will pay the city $1,100 per month to rent the pole, with all proceeds helping to fund parks and recreation.
NEWS
November 23, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, elizabeth.douglass@latimes.com
Pacific Bell next month will begin selling reverse directory information to 411 callers who have a phone number and want to retrieve the corresponding name and address of the person or business. Should privacy-conscious Californians be concerned? Two consumer advocacy groups say yes. PacBell says no. Either way, PacBell's 7.5 million residential customers--a majority of whom have unpublished numbers--should be aware of the new service, how it works and the potential ramifications.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The quality of Pacific Bell's residential telephone service has dipped markedly and customer dissatisfaction has more than doubled in the years since California's dominant phone company was taken over by SBC Communications, according to a complaint filed Thursday by a state consumer agency.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2000 | Elizabeth Douglass
A Public Utilities Commission member has proposed up to $10 million in fines for Pacific Bell involving a 3-year-old case about marketing and sales abuse. The latest fine proposal, by PUC member Richard Bilas, is one of three starkly different opinions under consideration by the commission, which is scheduled to vote on this matter Thursday.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS
A member of the five-person California Public Utilities Commission issued a revised opinion ordering changes in some Pacific Bell marketing practices and imposing fines totaling more than $2 million. In doing so, Josiah Neeper revised his earlier opinion, which did not include penalties. However, Neeper maintains that PacBell's sales programs did not mislead customers into buying extra services.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS
The California State Conference of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People will step up its Internet presence and provide more electronic services to its members through a $96,000 grant from Pacific Bell's charitable foundation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2000 | GAIL DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Upset that their cities are the only two in Ventura County without high-speed Internet access, Ojai and Fillmore officials are accusing Pacific Bell of discriminatory practices that they say hurt their abilities to attract new businesses. "It is our belief that our communities are effectively being 'red-lined' based upon population and income levels . . . and long-term business development potential," states a draft letter by city officials to the telephone company.
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