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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2000 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN
Dozens of angry and concerned residents and parents are expected to pack the auditorium at Balboa Gifted Magnet School tonight to protest plans to build a 70-foot cellular phone tower across the street from the school. Suzanne Waisbren, a mother of two students at the elementary school, said parents and neighbors oppose the plan by AirTouch Communications and Pacific Bell because of potential health risks and lowered property values.
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BUSINESS
April 22, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Internet service giant America Online Inc. is blocking electronic mail sent from some Pacific Bell Internet customers as part of its fight against junk e-mail, a move that has left unwitting PacBell customers shipping e-mail into AOL oblivion for more than a week. Both companies maintain that only a "handful" of Californians have been affected--although neither would provide a figure--and that the problem most likely rests with how individual users have set up their e-mail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2000
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $250-million, five-year contract with Pacific Bell for the telecommunications giant to provide local service to county phones and link county computers into a centralized network. County officials told supervisors they had significantly toughened the county's contract with PacBell since October, when a Times report revealed that the state blamed PacBell for a spree of devastating computer crashes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Six months after yanking a $250-million contract with Pacific Bell from its agenda because of problems with the telecommunications giant's work for the state government, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is poised to approve the mammoth deal today. County officials say they have toughened their contract with PacBell and believe the deal remains the best for the taxpayers.
SPORTS
April 9, 2000 | ROB GLOSTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Crippled by arthritis so bad he has trouble standing, Willie McCovey grinned as he surveyed the Giants' quirky new bayside ballpark--with a mere 309 feet from home plate to the foul pole in right. "When I saw the right-field wall, I thought about making a comeback," the 62-year-old Hall of Famer said. McCovey spent his Giants career at wind-swept Candlestick Park. The most feared left-handed slugger of his generation, he could have caused a big splash at new Pacific Bell Park.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pacific Bell Internet Services said Wednesday that it had restored its electronic-mail service to normal operations, ending nearly a week of e-mail disruption for thousands of customers statewide. Company officials said they resolved the technical issues Monday and on Wednesday finished delivering to customers batches of e-mail that had been withheld during the company's network trouble, which began last Thursday.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tapping into an issue that has infuriated Californians, a state lawmaker proposed legislation Friday to kill a near-doubling of Pacific Bell's local directory assistance fees and restore a monthly allotment of free 411 calls for businesses. The Caller Information Guarantee Act, sponsored by Assemblyman Wally Knox (D-Los Angeles), would override a controversial November decision by the California Public Utilities Commission that cleared the way for the directory assistance changes.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The president of the state Public Utilities Commission is challenging a judge's decision to absolve Pacific Bell of deceptive advertising charges for its voicemail service and has asked the PUC to review the case. Richard Bilas, president of the five-member PUC, in a regulatory filing last week questioned an administrative law judge's Dec. 22 ruling that PacBell had not violated state law but must nevertheless take "remedial steps" to alleviate customer confusion over its voicemail pricing.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS
Can a company overturn $44 million in penalties from the California Public Utilities Commission by taking out full-page ads and lobbying state legislators? Pacific Bell hopes so. The state's largest phone company, stunned last month by a PUC decision that levied fines and called many PacBell sales practices illegal, has appealed the ruling and embarked on a publicity campaign to drum up support for the company.
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