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June 12, 1994
Unemployment in California? No problem--soon we'll either all be in jail or we'll be prison guards. WALTER L. ROSS Fallbrook
April 9, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Doug Smith
Newport Beach oncologist Minh Nguyen woke up Wednesday wearing a dubious distinction: Medicare's highest-paid doctor in California and one of the top physicians nationwide. Some of his patients and fellow physicians immediately called him wanting an explanation of why newly released federal data show he got paid $11.3 million for treating Medicare patients in 2012. Like dozens of other doctors across the country, Nguyen was unwittingly thrust into the spotlight as federal officials listed for the first time what the government pays individual doctors to treat elderly Americans.
September 22, 1996
David Wise's response to the letter from Pam Johnston (Aug. 25) stopped a little short of mentioning who, in the long run, pays for judgments such as the settlement Janine Brookner received ("She Fought the CIA . . . and Won," July 21). The U.S. Treasury is not the ultimate payer. The U.S. taxpayer is. Karl V. Turner Jr. Long Beach
April 8, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama used his executive power and a hot-button issue to try to stoke support from a key election-year constituency Tuesday, as he issued two directives aimed at ensuring federal contractors pay women as much as men for equal work. Surrounding himself with female supporters at the White House, Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who talk about how much money they make. Advocates say secrecy about salaries is a major contributor to the gap in average pay between male and female workers in the United States, which the White House says means women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The president also ordered contractors to report data to the government showing the compensation paid to employees by gender and race.
October 30, 1990
Who pays for the President to travel to the various states to campaign and raise funds for Republican candidates? I phoned to ask my congressman and was told, "you do." The President's plane, Air Force One, Secret Service men, all of his entourage and equipment are very costly to use--and at our expense. All taxpayers are being made to pay for a very one-sided promotional campaign. SYLVIA SIEGLE, Laguna Hills
September 13, 2009 | Mike Penner
San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Larry English was recently asked to give back nearly $15,000 of his $9.9-million contract. Reason: The Chargers' tradition of having rookies pick up the tab for a team dinner. When the bill for the dinner arrived, it totaled $14,508.67. It would have barely cleared the $14,500 mark, but there was one order for raspberry sorbet. It might seem extravagant, but in relative terms, English got away cheaply. Shawne Merriman's rookie dinner reportedly cost him $32,000.
July 3, 1992
Well, now. The FBI reports that 58 bank robberies have taken place already this year ("Bank Robberies Occur at a Record Pace," June 19). The FBI speaks of one person who robbed three in four months and was sentenced to four years and three months. Now let's see. With today's "good time' and overcrowded conditions, he might do maybe 1 1/2 years. So it seems crime does pay after all. So let's do the right thing and get out and register and vote now. RICK GREEN Simi Valley
January 20, 1988
Ron Harris' excellent article on our eroding shorelines (Part I, Jan. 1, "Who Pays for Turning the Tide?") more accurately describes our eroding political process. Too often, land-use politics are fueled by developer contributions, perpetuated by greed and labeled "free enterprise." In reality, these policies result in publicly supported subsidies to the developers. The politicians seem unable or unwilling to consider the long-term consequences of shoreline development, so the building continues, losses occur and the public continues to pay through government subsidized insurance and/or disaster relief programs.
June 15, 1991
It might be in the public's interest to sell the Lexus and the $875,000 foundation-owned mansion that Black occupies and place that money in a trust fund. That could yield the museum an additional $90,000 to $100,000 at current interest rates, which might allow it to ease its layoffs. Black can pay for his own housing and car just like the rest of us. Compensation packages such as his for executives of public institutions should have been relegated to the museum a long time ago. SANFORD JOSSEN Los Angeles
November 13, 1988
The fiscal quandary in which the city of El Segundo finds itself should at least be instructive to others. A band of "development is always good" councilmen and landowners hoping to turn a fast buck have saddled our community with a passel of marginally occupied high-rises, traffic problems that will not go away, and a spate of large businesses that have assumed that the future will continue to be like it was under the former administration, a...
April 7, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A former Glendale councilman who pleaded guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns related to the loss of at least $304,000 from a local farmers market was sentenced Monday to one year in jail. John Drayman shook his head as he was handcuffed in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, where Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus called him a "disgraced" ex-mayor who had shown no remorse. "In common parlance, you're a crook," the judge said. After pleading guilty to the felony charges last month, Drayman was ordered to pay about $305,000 in restitution for losses tied to the Montrose farmers market.
April 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Irish pharmaceutical giant Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals said it will pay $5.6 billion in cash and stock for a fast-growing Anaheim bio-pharmaceutical firm that specializes in treating multiple sclerosis, the companies announced Monday. The deal for Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. would give Mallinckrodt drugs that primarily treat chronic autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. Questcor's Acthar Gel, used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, accounts for most of the company's sales.
April 5, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Reginald Clarke is someone Obamacare was designed to help. The 55-year-old, who was homeless for a time, now has an apartment in Gardena and a street-cleaning job that pays him $14,000 a year. He hadn't visited a doctor in four or five years. Then, last fall, his girlfriend told him he would be eligible for Medi-Cal starting Jan. 1. "I was excited. I could go get a physical," he said. "There are a few things I need. " But joy turned to exasperation when Clarke's application, filed in December, was mistakenly rejected - and then seemed to disappear from county and state computer systems.
April 3, 2014
Re "Pay for schools leader draws scrutiny," April 1 Supt. Jose Fernandez of the Centinela Valley Union High School District, which has just 6,600 students, earned about $675,000 last year. Hired in 2008 to direct a dysfunctional and demoralized district, Fernandez claims that his leadership took the district from worst to OK. The district still suffers from chronic absenteeism. Student achievement is shamefully low, bottoming out among the roughly 80 districts in Los Angeles County, yet it has more administrators per student than districts of a similar size.
April 3, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. had agreed to pay $5.15 billion to clean up hazardous substances dumped nationwide - including radioactive uranium waste across the Navajo Nation - in the largest settlement ever for environmental contamination. The operations of Kerr-McGee Corp. - which was acquired by Anadarko in 2006 - also left behind radioactive thorium in Chicago and West Chicago, Ill.; creosote waste in the Northeast, the Midwest and the South; and perchlorate waste in Nevada, according to U.S. Deputy Atty.
April 2, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Wednesday that Republicans were "not necessarily coldhearted" in their policies but then devoted much of his speech at the University of Michigan to lampooning GOP opposition to his views on economic issues, including his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage. As Congress gears up for a debate on his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, Obama said lawmakers would have to decide between sticking with him or sticking it to working Americans.
April 20, 1985
I would like to commend the Kings for their great season. They proved how hard work can pay off without overflowing talent. Although the overmatched Kings lost to Edmonton in three games, their effort stretched the defending Stanley Cup champions to the fullest. I would also like to thank Bob Miller and Nick Nickson for their fine broadcasting and Chris Baker for his in-depth reporting. Wait until next year, Oilers. SAM LEE Los Angeles
April 18, 2009
Re "You still owe online," editorial, April 13 Voluntary tax compli- ance is based on the citizen believing that taxes are both fair in substance and able to be collected. As long as California continues to use Proposition 13 to tax me 10 times what my next-door neighbor pays, I will never consider the state's taxation system to be equitable. California therefore has no morally valid claim to any of my resources that I can avoid giving it. Until California leaves the Union and sets up customs posts on its borders, I will make my purchases wherever it is advantageous.
April 2, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
More than 450   medical marijuana shops have filed renewals to pay Los Angeles business taxes this year - more than three times as many as are allowed to stay open under Proposition D. The new numbers won't settle the debate over how many medical marijuana businesses are now operating in Los Angeles. Additional pot shops may be open but have fallen delinquent on their taxes. Some may have never registered to pay taxes at all. But the numbers provide the latest hint at what has happened since Los Angeles voters passed new rules attempting to restrict medical marijuana shops.
March 31, 2014 | By Howard Blume
New York City Chancellor Carmen Farina oversees more than a million students, 1,700 schools and a budget the size of many states. Her pay: $412,193. Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy has half a million students, 1,000-plus schools, a $7-billion budget - and made $393,106 last year. Supt. Jose Fernandez's South Bay school district has just 6,600 students, five high schools and a $70-million budget. His earnings: $674,559 last year. "I don't know of anybody, in any major city, who makes anything close to that, even with extra bonuses or compensation," said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, based in Washington.
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