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November 2, 2005 | Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has concluded that a law that limits political donations to top county officials has "fundamental flaws" and is "nearly impossible" to enforce. In a letter to the county Board of Supervisors released Tuesday, Cooley recommended a series of changes to strengthen the voter-approved law so he can prosecute offenders.
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OPINION
July 24, 2007
Those lawyers in the Los Angeles County counsel's office are some piece of work. They reverse a policy, in place for nearly two decades, of telling the public their reasons for paying out taxpayer money to settle lawsuits against the county. They make this decision without telling anyone. Then they claim that they did it for our own good because they're our lawyers and they know best. It's a good thing Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina isn't buying it.
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September 13, 2006 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
The Zionist Organization of America asked for an investigation Tuesday into allegations that the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission violated state open meeting laws when it selected a local Muslim leader for its annual humanitarian award.
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October 24, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles County supervisors today will call for an investigation into allegations that county lawyers withheld information about lawsuit expenses and ignored measures that could have saved taxpayers millions of dollars. The man formerly in charge of tamping down county lawsuits made the claims in a recent letter after being fired by top county attorney Ray Fortner earlier this month. The confidential letter from former litigation cost manager Robert E.
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October 25, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
After heated debate, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an investigation Tuesday into allegations that the county's top lawyer misreported legal expenses paid by taxpayers. The allegations were made in a confidential letter to the board from former litigation cost manager Robert E. Nagle, who was fired earlier this month by County Counsel Ray Fortner. Nagle accused Fortner's office of delaying the reporting of litigation costs to the board and manipulating numbers.
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July 21, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barely one month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Chicago anti-loitering law aimed at disrupting gang activity, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance outlawing certain types of loitering by alleged gang members.
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October 12, 1989 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Money and politics are complicating plans for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and requiring the architect, Frank Gehry, to change his acclaimed design for the project. Plans now call for a hotel up to 40 stories high to be built next to the concert hall on the same piece of property. The County of Los Angeles, which owns the land, has been advocating the hotel plan for several years.
OPINION
July 22, 2007 | Marc B. Haefele
In the 1950s, Los Angeles County's raging growth and increasing national importance made it an essential local news beat. The Hall of Administration's news corps included dozens of broadcast, print and wire reporters from as far away as Long Beach, the Antelope Valley and San Diego. Today, because of cuts in newsroom budgets and staffs, only two wire services and two newspapers, including The Times, regularly cover a county government whose constituency totals 10.
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February 4, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County supervisors threatened Tuesday to withhold county revenues from the state to pay for local health and social services, a move they say they have been forced to consider because Sacramento's budget stalemate has left them $105.6 million in the hole. "We're declaring our own Boston Tea Party," Supervisor Gloria Molina said during Tuesday's board meeting, adding that refusing to turn over the money to state lawmakers "will make their pain more acute."
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October 6, 2004 | Jia-Rui Chong and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
A yearlong labor dispute between nurses and management at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center has escalated in recent days, with county officials accusing nurses of endangering lives by refusing to treat some patients. County officials said Tuesday that they were investigating several incidents over the last few days in which nurses refused patient assignments at the urging of union representatives who showed up at the medical wards to support the nurses.
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