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June 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Jim Gibbons, who is estranged from his wife, used his state cellphone to send more than 850 text messages in one month last year to a woman he says is a friend, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. That cost the state $130, according to documents obtained by the newspaper. The governor's spokesman said Gibbons had reimbursed the state.
February 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Port of Long Beach spent tens of thousands of dollars subsidizing the travel of spouses who accompanied harbor commissioners and staff on trips to Tokyo, Paris and Montreal despite city restrictions that ban such reimbursements, a city audit shows. The audit, which targeted five of the most expensive trips in the last two years, found that commissioners were able to get around restrictions by booking "companion tickets," which billed the spouse's flight as "free" but actually built in the costs, sometimes more than doubling the original fare.
April 15, 2001
The Letter to the Editor "Best Ways to Complain" (March 25) and the Travel Insider column 'Woe Is You? Where Weary Travelers Can Seek Redress" (March 11) raise this question: Why is there such limited recourse for travelers seeking redress? My wife was injured on a flight to Europe, ending our tour just as it began. It took 11 letters and seven months to be fully reimbursed under the terms of our trip insurance for the land cost of the tour. It took a series of letters and phone calls by us and our travel agent and nine months before our air fare was reimbursed by the airline.
February 10, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A San Fernando Valley businessman who admitted to illegally reimbursing campaign contributors during the 2011 municipal election faces a $45,000 fine from the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Juan Carlos Jaramillo, 52, has already agreed to pay the proposed penalty, which stems from his fundraising activities in support of Rudy Martinez, who lost to City Councilman Jose Huizar. The Ethics Commission must decide Thursday whether to impose the fine or seek a different penalty.
May 9, 1992
Residents who found excessively chlorinated water flowing from taps in the Hollywood area will be reimbursed for the cost of the bottled water they were forced to use, authorities said Friday. An equipment malfunction between 7 and 9 a.m. Thursday allowed highly chlorinated water from the Hollywood Reservoir to flow into the city's distribution system in an area bounded by Franklin Avenue, 3rd Street, La Cienega Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. Robert Y.
December 9, 2009
They seem remarkably similar at first, the two cases involving leaders of publicly funded educational organizations in California who, within the same week, were reported to have racked up tens of thousands of dollars in inappropriate expenses over three years. Founder Steve Barr repaid close to $51,000 to Green Dot Public Schools after an internal review initiated by the charter operator found that he had been reimbursed for inappropriate expenses and lacked the required receipts for others.
August 20, 2009 | Martin Zimmerman
The government will announce a plan as soon as today for winding down its popular but problem-plagued "cash for clunkers" program. The announcement by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood came as a New York dealership group said that hundreds of its members had stopped doing clunker transactions because of delays in getting reimbursed by the federal government. Dealers worry that the $3-billion program will run out of money before they are reimbursed for discounts given to car buyers on clunker transactions.
July 23, 1989 | JOY HOROWITZ, Joy Horowitz's last story for this magazine was "Dr. Amnio."
REMEMBERING HER DAYS AS A young girl--"No one would have accused me of being a happy child"--Leslie Abramson has an enduring memory of her favorite means of escape. After school, at the corner luncheonette, she'd buy button candies and chocolate marshmallow twists (two for a nickel) and spend hours at the comic-book racks, reading. Mad magazine was good for a giggle. But it was the spooky stuff, the horror comics like "Tales From the Crypt," that she really loved. And hated, too.
January 6, 1988 | DAVID HALDANE and ELAINE WOO, Times Staff Writers
The state was ordered Tuesday to pay up to $35 million to the Long Beach Unified School District for money spent on voluntary desegregation efforts from 1977 to 1984, a ruling that could affect dozens of school districts around California. The order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert I. Weil followed more than five years of efforts by the Long Beach district to recover the expenses of its desegregation program, which began in 1972.
December 22, 1995
So, ex-Simpson juror Anise Aschenbach wants to embarrass Judge Lance Ito for not reimbursing her for $2,000 (Dec. 14). Aschenbach should be embarrassed for only giving the people, in People vs. O.J. Simpson, a morning's worth of deliberations! Judge Ito gave her a beeper and an escort to her rental property, he provided her with a law clerk to stay on the property to receive rental applications, and he arranged for a professional real estate manager to handle the renting of this property, all at taxpayers' expense.
February 6, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - In a rare bipartisan agreement, congressional leaders have settled on a plan to fix Medicare's system for paying physicians, potentially ending years of uncertainty that often held up fees for doctors who care for the nation's senior citizens. The proposed fix still must be paid for, requiring lawmakers to come up with as much as $150 billion in savings from elsewhere in the budget. But there is optimism on Capitol Hill that the federal government will finally replace a dysfunctional 17-year-old system designed to control Medicare spending by limiting annual increases in physicians' reimbursements.
November 14, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - The "closed" signs at the national parks have been down for weeks but states still don't know whether they will be reimbursed by federal taxpayers for their costs of reopening landmarks such as the Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty during the partial government shutdown. "This a federal responsibility," Utah Gov. Gary Herbert told The Times on Thursday, saying his state stepped in "because of dysfunctionality in Washington" and it's time for the U.S. government to reimburse his state "for the goodwill of the people of Utah.
June 23, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
When the California Public Employees' Retirement System told its Anthem Blue Cross members it would pay only up to $30,000 for a knee or hip replacement surgery, some patients shopped around for a cheaper hospital. What may be more surprising is that about 40 higher-priced hospitals in the state cut their surgery prices significantly to avoid losing patients. That response accounted for about 85% of the $5.5 million CalPERS saved over two years, researchers at UC Berkeley found, with the rest of the savings coming from patients opting for lower-cost hospitals.
June 14, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A Beverly Hills-based property developer is under investigation for allegedly using his daughters and two of his firm's attorneys to launder illegal campaign contributions to Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, according to a search warrant obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The warrant comes as the district attorney's influence-peddling investigation focuses on whether commercial property owners who contributed to Noguez - and received significant property tax breaks - violated the law by hiding the true source of campaign money to the assessor.
May 31, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
The state agency responsible for protecting Californians from toxic contamination has spent more than $145 million over the last 25 years cleaning up hazardous waste sites but failed to collect reimbursement from the companies responsible for the pollution, according to information provided by the agency Thursday. The Department of Toxic Substances Control has never tried to collect more than $100 million in cleanup costs from polluters, an agency memo shows. In addition, the department has billed companies $45 million for cleanup costs that they have not paid, Director Debbie Raphael said.
May 9, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The overseers of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum concealed from the public independent reports of lax financial controls and widespread spending abuses at the taxpayer-owned stadium that included sloppy accounting of hot dog sales and excessive perks for managers, records show. Problems detailed in the reports by two independent audit and consulting firms compounded money woes that leaders of the Coliseum Commission cited as a chief reason they decided to turn over stewardship of the two-time Olympic venue to USC. The Times obtained the reports through the court as part of a pending lawsuit the news organization filed against the commission, alleging that the panel has violated the California Public Records Act and open-meetings law. The commission refused to release the reports when The Times first inquired about them in 2011.
August 16, 1998
According to your Aug. 11 editorial, you consider it a bad example for the House Oversight Committee to reimburse Robert K. Dornan because he lost his case. On the contrary, you set a worse example by not recognizing the fact that Dornan did not lose the case because there was ample proof of extensive voter fraud. And no doubt that there was much more than could be proved. At the outset of the investigation it was a given that voter fraud would be difficult to prove. Especially suspect are the absentee ballots that are cast.
January 11, 1987 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
While the rest of the college football world frets over such fluffy matters as a playoff system, drug tests and the Boz, folks here are preoccupied with a real stomach-churning issue--capital punishment. Southern Methodist University, the most flagrant sinner in college sports, is being fitted for a noose. The institution that gave football Doak Walker, Don Meredith and Eric Dickerson is facing the athletic equivalent of the death penalty, a two-year suspension from football competition.
May 7, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles airport commissioners took additional steps Tuesday to halt a dramatic decline in passengers at LA/Ontario International Airport, including potential cost reductions for airlines and incentives that might encourage them to add service. Inland Empire officials, who are trying to wrest control of Ontario from Los Angeles, immediately criticized the measures, saying that they were too little and too late to lure flights back to what used to be one of the fastest-growing regional airports in the nation.
December 13, 2012 | By Maura Dolan and Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - In a potential windfall for the state, a federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday that California may cut reimbursements to doctors, pharmacies and others who serve the poor under Medi-Cal. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals overturned injunctions blocking the state from implementing a 2011 law that slashed Medi-Cal reimbursements by 10%. Medi-Cal, a version of Medicaid, serves low-income Californians. The ruling could make it harder to find doctors for as many as 2 million new patients who could become eligible for Medi-Cal under President Obama's healthcare law - a possible 25% expansion of the program.
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