CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2010 |
Alarmed by soaring legal costs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a state legislator has called on the giant transit agency to review its litigation practices and finally heed the recommendations of a 2004 state audit. In a letter sent this week to MTA Chief Executive Arthur T. Leahy, Assemblyman Hector de la Torre (D-South Gate) said he was concerned that the agency's legal costs had surged more than 200% since 1995 and that MTA officials had brushed off suggestions from the state auditor to improve the oversight of contracts.
April 22, 2012
Can Lonely Planet fans give up their Bible-sized guidebooks for a teeny-tiny app? Name: Lonely Planet Country Guides Available for: iPhone, iPod Touch What it does: Get thousands of recommendations for places to eat, sleep, sight-see and more. Lonely Planet's guides to Italy, Ireland, Australia, France, Spain and Costa Rica are the first to become apps. Cost: $9.99 What's hot: The entire app is available offline, so there's no sweating data or roaming fees.
December 2, 2010 |
Sen. Richard J. Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat and a close ally of President Obama, will vote Friday to support the final recommendations of the bipartisan deficit commission, arguing that the nation's growing debt requires lawmakers to make difficult choices. Durbin announced his decision in an op-ed that will be published in Friday's Chicago Tribune . "If we don't act now ? if we pass this issue on to another Congress, another generation ? the tough choices we face now only get tougher," he writes.
May 2, 2012 |
In case you missed it, a recommendation came out last month that physicians cut back on using 45 common tests and treatments. In addition, patients were advised to question doctors who recommend such things as antibiotics for mild sinusitis, CT scans for an uncomplicated headache or a repeat colonoscopy within 10 years of a normal exam. The general idea wasn't all that new - my colleagues and I have been questioning many of the same tests and treatments for years. What was different this time was the source of the recommendations.
May 22, 2012 |
A year after a crash killed 11 and injured more than 70, the Reno Air Racing Assn. is planning to modify its race course to keep its fastest planes away from spectators, officials said Tuesday. Association director Mike Houghton said the group will ask federal regulators for permission to shift the largest course away from the crowd and to soften some of the curves. Houghton made his announcement as a panel appointed by the group released its list of safety recommendations. The association will hold its 49th annual National Championship Air Race beginning Sept.
April 21, 2002
Your revelation about the conflict of interest in Merrill Lynch analysts' recommendations does not surprise me ["E-Mails Open New Probe of Analysts," Market Beat, April 14]. In the 1960s, I was the treasurer of an investment club. As such, I received the touts from our stockbroker along with the monthly statements. Out of curiosity, I kept track of those recommendations over a period of two years. My analysis showed that if we had done the opposite of what the broker recommended, we'd have been well ahead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1991
In your editorial ("Doing Its Job or Doing a Job?" Aug. 16), you presented your views on the efforts of the City Council's ad hoc committee on the Independent Commission Report to sort through several hundred recommendations from the Christopher Commission. You stated that the Public Safety Committee was the first panel to consider the report and that, at its meeting of Aug. 9, it picked apart several significant recommendations pertaining to the selection and removal of the chief of police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2013 |
California Auditor Elaine Howle complained Tuesday to Gov. Jerry Brown that state agencies have taken no action to implement 15% of the recommendations made by her office in the last two years to cut costs, including waste and fraud, in government operations. The auditor has made 609 recommendations for improvements to several state agencies that if implemented "could realize more than $1.5 billion in monetary benefits," Howle wrote to the governor. She said agencies assert they have fully implemented 270 and partially implemented 129 of the recommendations.
June 27, 1989 |
Nearly a dozen health organizations recommended today that women have a mammogram every one to two years beginning at age 40 to aid the early detection of breast cancer. The guidelines, issued to end confusion over conflicting recommendations, call for a yearly mammogram for all women 50 and older. "We know we can save lives using this technique," said Charles P. Duvall, president-elect of the American Society of Internal Medicine. The recommendations apply only to women who have no symptoms or signs of breast cancer.