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December 4, 2012
What exactly Public Works Commissioner Andrea Alarcon did on the night of Nov. 16 remains under investigation. But this much is known: Her 11-year-old daughter was found unattended at City Hall that night, and Alarcon did not come to pick her up until 2 a.m., after the girl had been taken to the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division. Moreover, it's not the first time that Alarcon's capacity as a parent has come into question. Last year, she was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, and authorities charged her with child endangerment as well because her daughter was in the car. She has pleaded not guilty in that case, and has not been charged with anything in the most recent incident.
November 21, 2012
Re "Sheriff's officials swapped bloody photos," Nov. 17 Assuming these two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies actually did exchange bloody photos accompanied by texted jokes, is there any conceivable reason why they both shouldn't immediately lose their jobs? I don't care whether or not they broke the official rule on bragging about brutality. These deputies have betrayed the public trust and revealed a phenomenal lack of judgment. There are plenty of capable men and women out there who could do the job well without having to beat someone up and make a joke out of it. Bart Braverman Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Valet violations Letters: Romney's gifts keep on giving Letters: No peace, but plenty of blame in the Mideast
March 29, 2012
Coliseum games Re " Coliseum probe brings three arrests ," March 23, and " Coliseum case widens; six charged ," March 24 What explains the fact that a newspaper usually is the originating source that produces an investigation into financial irregularities or other illegal activity? Why is it not a city, county or state agency - which, theoretically, employ people whose job it is to prevent or uncover precisely this type of wrongdoing? If our government agencies are so incompetent, why do we bother paying for multiple layers of bureaucracy?
December 28, 2011
The panel that oversees the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum had an opportunity in 2007 to work out a long-term lease and management agreement with the stadium's primary tenant, the University of Southern California, and this page urged the commissioners not to miss their chance. The Coliseum was still making money at the time, but the university was threatening to leave, and without USC football as a guaranteed big ticket every other Saturday each autumn, the commission would have been hard-pressed to turn a profit.
September 28, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
He came to their rescue when they were between a rock and a hard place. So it's fitting that Hugh Hefner will be honored with a boulder for helping the Trust for Public Land acquire Cahuenga Peak, the mountaintop next to the Hollywood sign. Leaders of the trust said Tuesday they plan to place plaques on large boulders to thank the Playboy magazine founder and two others who stepped up at the last moment to donate $1 million each to acquire the peak from its Chicago-based owners.
August 28, 2011 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
President Obama's initial response to Hurricane Irene showed how thoroughly elected officials at all levels have absorbed the lessons of Hurricane Katrina six years ago. Now — with the role of government already an issue in the 2012 campaign — the recovery phase offers Obama an unexpected opportunity to restore at least a measure of public trust and goodwill at a time when being a part of the federal government has threatened to become a...
March 3, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The anger that many Americans felt about government has substantially eased, with much of the decline attributed to a mellowing among Republicans and those in the "tea party" movement, according to a Pew poll released on Thursday. The change in anger hasn't shifted peoples' feelings about the need for political compromise, with a majority saying they prefer politicians who stick to their positions. That is about the same as last September, before the midterm elections that gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives and greater influence in the Senate.
February 7, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
When bread shortages swept Egypt in 2008, the government didn't rely on the free market or its own warehouses, but turned instead to army bakeries to churn out millions of flat loaves to calm the angry masses. A few months later, as fire raced through the upper house of parliament, soldiers helped put out the flames. The nation's military has been an enduring force for stability and the quiet power behind President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. That tanks and smiling soldiers are now spread across the capital and accepted by anti-government protests is a testament to the army's unique role in keeping the public trust while remaining loyal to one of its own, an embattled 82-year-old president.
January 16, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Newly elected state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said Saturday that reviewing the civil case against current and former city officials of Bell was one of her priorities, but that she had yet to determine how her office would proceed. Her predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown, filed a sweeping civil lawsuit last summer and vowed to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly pilfered from city coffers in a "civil conspiracy" to defraud the public. That lawsuit, which was filed against former City Administrator Robert Rizzo and seven others who have also been criminally charged with misappropriation of public funds, has since been dealt a number of setbacks.
November 7, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Its deep-throated engines temporarily squelched, the Thunderbird idles in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe, a few hundred yards offshore from Crystal Bay, Nev. A rubber dinghy sidles up to the elegant 55-foot speedboat. Terry Clapham, one of the inventors of laser vision surgery and an avid boater, climbs aboard the much bigger yacht. As he greets fellow passengers on the aft deck and settles into a chair, Clapham is served champagne in a flute adorned with the Native American thunderbird symbol, the speedboat's logo and that of the secluded lakeside lodge of the same name.
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