CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2012 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- Federal oversight of prison healthcare in California is nearing an end, a judge said Tuesday, six years after he ruled that abysmal medical conditions were contributing to an inmate death every week. U.S. District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson said Tuesday that healthcare in state lockups has improved significantly since he seized control of the system, a move that has cost taxpayers billions of dollars. "While some critical work remains outstanding — most notably on construction issues — it is clear that many of the goals of the receivership have been accomplished," Henderson wrote in a three-page order.
March 3, 2011 |
One of the largest industrial buildings near John Wayne Airport in Orange County has been purchased out of receivership by Alliance Commercial Partners for $23.1 million. The building at 2001 E. Dyer Road in Santa Ana had been used as corporate headquarters by GT Bicycles and 3 PL Global. It is now mostly empty. Alliance paid about half of the previous sale price for the building, said Bob O'Neill, director of acquisitions for the Lakewood, Colo., real estate investment company.
October 19, 2010 |
In his Oct. 12 Times Op-Ed article, "Fixing Bell," respected Ventura City Manager Rick Cole calls on Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown to request a court-appointment receiver to manage the troubled Los Angeles County city. One of the online comments to the article says, "While you're at it Jerry, appoint one for the state as well for the recent budget fiasco. " Exactly. The state is not a model of governance for California. Bell should not expect salvation from Sacramento. The solution for Bell is within view, as residents are in the process of recalling four discredited City Council members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2010 |
The arrests of most of Bell's elected leaders Tuesday brought cheers and dancing in the streets in the small, working-class city, but added to the already deep uncertainty about its future. With four of Bell's five City Council members facing corruption charges, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to push for a court order to seize authority from them and turn day-to-day management over to an appointed receiver. Run for nearly two decades under the tight control of City Administrator Robert Rizzo, who was among those charged Tuesday, Bell now faces a possible recall election and an effort by state Atty.
July 30, 2010 |
In the uncapped gusher of municipal corruption pouring out of the tiny city of Bell, only one thing is surprising: that it's taken this long to be noticed. For decades, the municipalities of southeast Los Angeles County have been notorious. Many of them are too small and too poor, cut off from resources in neighboring cities because of archaic boundary decisions made 100 years ago. They were destined, by accidents of history, to be vulnerable targets for opportunists to seize and exploit.
April 28, 2009 |
Isaac Larian, the outspoken entrepreneur who made a fortune off the popular Bratz dolls, was ordered by a federal court judge late Monday to hand control of his company to a temporary receiver. In addition, MGA Entertainment Inc., based in Van Nuys, can no longer produce or distribute the sassy dolls. That's because U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Larson in Riverside also lifted his stay of an order giving archrival Mattel Inc. control of the Bratz assets.