March 6, 2011 |
We've all heard that government paperwork is a drag on productivity and a backdoor tax on the economy. Here's a case where it may actually be helping to improve people's lives. The paperwork at issue is a questionnaire of up to 38 pages nursing homes now have to fill out for every resident upon admission. The form has to be filled out again periodically during the resident's stay, and again upon the resident's discharge, no matter whether he or she is being sent home to live with family, or sent to a hospital by ambulance in the middle of the night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2010 |
When David Bloom of Los Angeles shipped to Iraq in 2005 with the U.S. Army Reserves, the last thing he expected to find there was a wife. But the first time he set eyes on an Iraqi woman named Zee, who worked for U.S. forces as a translator, Bloom told a buddy he was going to marry her one day. Marriage, as we know, can be a complicated undertaking. All the more so when international complexities and military rules are thrown in. Here now, just in time for Memorial Day, is the saga of Sgt. Bloom, 41, and 24-year-old Zee, who asked that I not use her last name because of concerns about her family's safety in Iraq.
August 23, 2009
Re: "Billing fraud crackdown is dealt setback," Aug. 19: Workers' compensation insurers don't want to send notices to injured workers to check whether the workers received all the medical services insurers are being billed for. They say the "high cost of increased paperwork" makes sending notices "prohibitively expensive." As if billions of dollars being funneled through these insurance companies to pay fraudulent claims isn't "prohibitively expensive"? Katie MacMahon Orange
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 |
For thousands of people seeking coveted spots at the Los Angeles Fire Department last year, it all came down to April 22. They had passed a written exam and a grueling physical agility test and now had to turn in their paperwork, which officials would use to help determine who got jobs. The applicants were told certificates showing they'd passed the physical fitness test "would be processed in the order it was received" beginning at 8 a.m. that day. The onslaught of records came via email and fax, but also from those who had lined up at the city's downtown personnel office to get their forms stamped.
November 6, 2010 |
JPMorgan Chase & Co. plans to lift its 40-state freeze on home foreclosures later in November but said it would take several months to redo improperly filed paperwork. The company, the No. 3 U.S. mortgage lender, imposed the freeze on about 127,000 delinquent home loans last month to assess whether they were being handled correctly. The loans were made in states that require court orders for foreclosures and states with relatively complicated nonjudicial processes, but not in California and other states with streamlined procedures.
March 4, 2014 |
After a five-year hiring freeze, the Los Angeles Fire Department is beginning to select its next generation of firefighters, and it is finding that there is tremendous demand for the jobs. Last year, 70 open slots at the fire academy drew 13,000 applications. Some 6,500 candidates passed the written exam and were invited to submit paperwork showing they had passed the physical fitness test. With such a huge pool of applicants, the LAFD should have picked the very best - those with the highest test scores and the most training, and experience in emergency medical response, which has become a significant part of a firefighter's job. But that didn't happen.