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January 30, 1994
Times columnist Mike Downey has been voted California Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Assn. It is the fifth time in the last six years Downey has won the award. Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully was voted California Sportscaster of the Year. National winners were Chris Berman of ESPN and Peter Gammons of the Boston Globe. Elected to the NSSA Hall of Fame were sportscaster Pat Summerall and writers John Carmichael of Chicago and Edwin Pope of Miami.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- California's parks are being dragged down by stagnant leadership, inadequate resources and a failure to serve the state's growing population of young Latinos, according to a draft report from an independent commission created to examine the troubled park system. The California Department of Parks and Recreation “has not been able to keep pace with the times and now faces significant system-wide financial and organizational challenges,” the report says. “These challenges place at risk the system's continued viability, as well as the public's trust and confidence in the Department charged with caring for the state's natural and cultural resources.” The report , which will be worked on throughout the year, is scheduled to be presented to the Parks Forward Commission next week.
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SPORTS
October 6, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY
To USC defensive coordinator Keith Burns, the worst aspect of the loss was the receptions by Cal tight end Tony Gonzalez, the basketball/football player from Huntington Beach. "Overall, I credit Cal for great game planning," he said. "They executed in key situations and we didn't. "But what hurts me more than anything was Gonzalez hurting us like he did. We knew they'd throw to him, we worked on that all week. . . . They still threw to him and we couldn't stop it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
State health officials reported Friday that California influenza deaths this flu season have doubled to 95, with an additional 51 cases likely to be confirmed next week. That would put this year's number of flu fatalities so far at 146. At this time last year, nine deaths had been confirmed, and only 106 were confirmed by the end of the season.  "So far we have a much more severe season," said state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez in a conference call with reporters Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
California electricity users have paid $700 million in surcharges for research on clean and efficient energy production, but not all of the money may have been well spent and the program should be overhauled or killed, state officials say in a new report. Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor has concluded in a review of the program that about 10% of the money collected by the California Energy Commission was spent on research not directly related to the purpose of the surcharges. Questionable grants were awarded for research on deforestation, salmon habitat restoration and "the potential impact of climate change on bird distribution," Taylor said.
BUSINESS
April 5, 1990 | JANE APPLEGATE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Entrepreneurs looking for opportunities in California might consider getting into the apparel industry, starting a biotechnology firm or opening a temporary help agency, according to an economic report released Wednesday by Wells Fargo Bank. These areas are particularly attractive for future growth, but small businesses throughout California are thriving, according to Douglas Freeman, executive vice president of the business banking group at Wells Fargo.
NEWS
March 26, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The quality of life for California's children has steadily declined in the last four years as more and more young people have been forced to cope with poverty, child abuse and violence, a report released by an advocacy group concluded Thursday. Nearly three-fourths of the state's children live in communities where violent crime is worse than the national average and where homicide has become a major cause of teen-agers' deaths, the report found.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
In a setback for supporters of California's popular film tax credit program, a new government report has thrown cold water on claims about the credit's return to taxpayers. A study released by the California Legislative Analyst's Office concludes that the credit program "appears to result in a net decline in state revenues. " Enacted in 2009, the program offers a credit of 20% to 25% toward qualified production expenses. California allocates $100 million annually toward the credit, which can be applied to offset income or sales tax liabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- California's parks are being dragged down by stagnant leadership, inadequate resources and a failure to serve the state's growing population of young Latinos, according to a draft report from an independent commission created to examine the troubled park system. The California Department of Parks and Recreation “has not been able to keep pace with the times and now faces significant system-wide financial and organizational challenges,” the report says. “These challenges place at risk the system's continued viability, as well as the public's trust and confidence in the Department charged with caring for the state's natural and cultural resources.” The report , which will be worked on throughout the year, is scheduled to be presented to the Parks Forward Commission next week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
State health officials reported Friday that California influenza deaths this flu season have doubled to 95, with an additional 51 cases likely to be confirmed next week. That would put this year's number of flu fatalities so far at 146. At this time last year, nine deaths had been confirmed, and only 106 were confirmed by the end of the season.  "So far we have a much more severe season," said state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez in a conference call with reporters Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
In a setback for supporters of California's popular film tax credit program, a new government report has thrown cold water on claims about the credit's return to taxpayers. A study released by the California Legislative Analyst's Office concludes that the credit program "appears to result in a net decline in state revenues. " Enacted in 2009, the program offers a credit of 20% to 25% toward qualified production expenses. California allocates $100 million annually toward the credit, which can be applied to offset income or sales tax liabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
California officials Monday filed documents in U.S. District Court opposing extended federal oversight of two state mental hospitals, arguing that new leaders have already taken measures to improve patient care and safety. The state attorney general's filing came in response to a scathing U.S. Justice Department portrayal last month of Napa State Hospital and Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk. Federal attorneys faulted the hospitals for preventable suicides, nursing errors, improper use of restraints and unchecked violence.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
California is on track to meet an ambitious goal of putting solar panels on up to 3 million Golden State homes by 2016, according to a new report by an environmental group. The $3.3-billion initiative, which provides subsidies to homeowners, has spurred the installation of 800 megawatts of rooftop panels over the last five years. That's the energy equivalent of two gas-burning power plants. With the prices of photovoltaic panels plummeting, California's installations are expected to triple over the next five years, helping the state reach its goal of 3,000 megawatts of rooftop solar by 2016.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A new independent assessment of California's high-speed rail project warns that the $43-billion effort — thought to be one of the nation's most developed — has inadequate management and a governing structure in need of sweeping reform. In a report released Tuesday, the state Legislative Analyst's Office also said funding uncertainties and conditions attached to almost $3.5 billion in assistance from the Obama administration further threaten the proposal as it heads into its first phase of construction in the Central Valley.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Venture capitalists spent the first quarter of the year dousing the clean-tech industry with more money, hiking investment in solar and other green companies. Though the number of deals fell to 69 from 79, companies raised $1.1 billion in the first three months of 2011 compared with $743.3 million in the same period last year, according to a report released Monday. The top 10 deals alone drew more than 60% of the total haul; the two largest accounted for 18% of nationwide investment, according to Ernst & Young and data from Dow Jones VentureSource.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
California electricity users have paid $700 million in surcharges for research on clean and efficient energy production, but not all of the money may have been well spent and the program should be overhauled or killed, state officials say in a new report. Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor has concluded in a review of the program that about 10% of the money collected by the California Energy Commission was spent on research not directly related to the purpose of the surcharges. Questionable grants were awarded for research on deforestation, salmon habitat restoration and "the potential impact of climate change on bird distribution," Taylor said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A new independent assessment of California's high-speed rail project warns that the $43-billion effort — thought to be one of the nation's most developed — has inadequate management and a governing structure in need of sweeping reform. In a report released Tuesday, the state Legislative Analyst's Office also said funding uncertainties and conditions attached to almost $3.5 billion in assistance from the Obama administration further threaten the proposal as it heads into its first phase of construction in the Central Valley.
SPORTS
January 27, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER and MIKE DOWNEY and BOB OATES and Associated Press
Is it really Super Bowl week in South Florida? Maybe it's because people are expecting a blowout in Super Bowl XXIX Sunday, or maybe it's because people have experienced too many blowouts in the past. Or maybe it's merely an off year for off-field highlights and low lights. Whatever the reason, things have been as calm around here as the waters in Biscayne Bay. No ugly riots, no ugly incidents, no ugly media mob scenes and only a few inane questions.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2010 | James Rainey
When we last checked in on Patch.com , the fastest-growing news outfit in America was staffing up and making the most robust media foray into suburbia in years. Patch this week opened its 600th hyper-local website, in the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. The sites, which provide basic news coverage and ask readers to bolster reportage on their towns, have opened in 105 California communities, with more launching every day. The remarkable thing about Patch, besides its explosive growth in recent weeks (it had 565 sites just one week ago)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2009 | Evan Halper
State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown closed his inquiry into the unauthorized tape recording of his and some staff members' conversations with reporters, saying the tapings were done only by a rogue lieutenant who quit after his actions were revealed. The findings, released Monday evening, follow former communications director Scott Gerber's acknowledgment that he secretly taped interviews with reporters from The Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Associated Press that were conducted with Brown and other justice officials.
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