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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 27, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Hillary Rodham Clinton sure sounds like a woman who wants to run for president. "If you really want to do something, if you believe you're the right person to do it, if you think that it could make a difference, then you have to be willing to compete, to get into the arena," she told an audience at Simmons College last week. And women in their 60s aren't too old to be effective, she added. Far from it. At that age, "women are raring to go because they feel like they've fulfilled their responsibilities, their kids are now on their own, it's now time for them to show what they can do. " Plenty of Democrats hope Clinton heeds her own words.
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 26, 2014 | By Jon Healey
Some California lawmakers worry that California is losing too many businesses to other states. State Sens. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) evidently worry that we're not losing enough. DeSaulnier and Hancock are the authors of SB 1372 , a measure that purportedly addresses one of the most talked-about (and, Democrats hope, politically fertile) problems with the U.S. economy: income inequality. Specifically, they take aim at the compensation packages that publicly traded corporations give their chief executive officers.
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
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
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.
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 26, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
In their largest demonstration yet, truck drivers who haul cargo in and out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on a limited strike Monday to protest what they contend are widespread workplace violations. The truck drivers, from some of the region's largest trucking companies, have accused the companies of illegally misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of as employees. That misclassification results in lower wages and denies them protections that employees get under state and federal labor laws, they contend.
April 24, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - It's not difficult to get a bonus if you work for the Internal Revenue Service - even if you haven't paid your own taxes. The IRS handed out a total of nearly $1.1 million in bonuses in a 27-month period to more than 1,146 employees who had been disciplined for failing to pay taxes, according to an inspector general's report. "This is outrageous," said Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas). "The IRS is essentially telling its employees: Break the law and we will reward you. " The employees were among more than 2,800 at the agency who received performance awards within one year of disciplinary action, such as suspensions or written reprimands for drug use, filing fraudulent time sheets or other misconduct, the report found.
April 24, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times travel editor
How much is it worth to you to get through airport security faster? Most people would pay about $50, according to a Harris Poll released Thursday. Unfortunately for those folks, the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, which allows expedited screening for prequalified passengers, charges $85 for five years of "fast pass" screening. The misapprehension may stem from this finding: 41% of respondents said they had never heard of PreCheck. Those are among the notions about the TSA and its procedures and programs that the survey of 2,234 adults revealed.
April 23, 2014 | By Lanier Isom
Regardless of Opinion L.A. guest blogger Charlotte Allen's ridiculously inflammatory contention that " Despite its cute graphic, Paycheck Fairness Act was evil spawn of Lilly Ledbetter ," the facts remain discouraging for women when it comes to equal pay. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, women in America earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Women of color earn even less: For African American women, the figure is 69 cents, and for Latino women, it's 58 cents.
April 23, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors' giant recall scandal looks to have a silver lining for GM dealers - millions of dollars in lucrative repair bills that their service departments can charge back to the nation's biggest automaker. The car company will pay dealers - independent businesses licensed to sell and repair GM vehicles - to fix up to 6 million vehicles recalled so far this year. The total includes 2.2 million of GM's Chevrolet Cobalt and other older vehicles equipped with a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 deaths.
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Netflix Inc. and other Internet companies may soon be able to pay for a faster road online for streaming movies and other content into customers' homes, raising concerns about who ultimately may end up with the bill. The nation's top telecommunications regulator, breaking with his agency's long-standing position, will propose new rules that would allow broadband network owners to sell a high-speed toll road for content providers, the Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday.
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 23, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is being portrayed by some as a man of principle, an iconoclast who should be admired for his willingness to stand up to the federal government. But in fact he's a petty scofflaw who seems to think that he has the right to pick and choose which rules must be obeyed. Bundy is the cattleman who grazes his herd on federal land operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, but unlike more than 15,000 other ranchers, he refuses to pay the associated grazing fees.
April 23, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Give me a two! Give me a four! Give me an eight! Now add some zeroes at the end and a dollar sign in front! That's the cheer that five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders may be using in New York State Supreme Court after they sued the team on Tuesday because they say they were underpaid. The suit alleges that the cheerleaders, the Buffalo Jills, are wrongly classified as independent contractors and are subjected to policies that violate the state's $8 per hour minimum wage law. The five women said they worked hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments.
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