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March 14, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Three community groups sued Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, demanding he restore more than $350 million in mortgage settlement funds that were used to plug state budget holes two years ago. The money - from California's slice of the $25 billion national mortgage settlement with banks in 2012 - was supposed to fund housing counseling and foreclosure relief programs. But with the state facing a $16-billion budget deficit that spring, Brown diverted it to the state's general fund and to pay down interest on housing bonds.
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March 14, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Three community groups sued Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, demanding he restore more than $350 million in mortgage settlement funds that were used to plug state budget holes two years ago. The money - from California's slice of the $25 billion national mortgage settlement with banks in 2012 - was supposed to fund housing counseling and foreclosure relief programs. But with the state facing a $16-billion budget deficit that spring, Brown diverted it to the state's general fund and to pay down interest on housing bonds.
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BUSINESS
March 12, 1990 | ALISA SAMUELS and JAMES SCHACHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California's seven largest investor-owned utility companies still have a way to go to meet a state mandate to buy 20% of their supplies and services from minority and women contractors by 1993. But legislative and industry watchdogs, although skeptical of some of the companies' figures, are meanwhile praising their efforts to meet the goals. Last year, of a total $4.958 billion in purchases, the companies spent $823.2 million--or 16.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1990 | ALISA SAMUELS and JAMES SCHACHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California's seven largest investor-owned utility companies still have a way to go to meet a state mandate to buy 20% of their supplies and services from minority and women contractors by 1993. But legislative and industry watchdogs, although skeptical of some of the companies' figures, are meanwhile praising their efforts to meet the goals. Last year, of a total $4.958 billion in purchases, the companies spent $823.2 million--or 16.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1990 | ALISA SAMUELS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Security Pacific National Bank is expected to announce today a huge community lending plan that surpasses rival Wells Fargo Bank's $1-billion, seven-year commitment, sources said Wednesday. Details of the plan will be released at a press conference today. The announcement comes exactly a month after a coalition of community groups asked the Federal Reserve Board to reject Los Angeles-based Security Pacific's purchase of 20% of Mitsui Manufacturers Bank.
NEWS
April 29, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
In a sharp rebuke to the public-interest attorneys who brought the case, a state appellate court Monday upheld the dismissal of a $15-million unfair advertising suit against Time Inc. over an allegedly deceptive offer of "free" calculator watches to woo subscribers. The panel acknowledged that Time Inc. used a "trick" to get recipients to open a subscription solicitation mailed to thousands of California households in 1984.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Security Pacific Corp. said today that it will commit an extra $2.4 billion over the next decade to low- to moderate-income housing, small and minority-owned businesses and similar programs. A coalition of community groups last month asked the Federal Reserve Board to deny Security Pacific's purchase of 20% of Mitsui Manufacturers Bank on grounds that it had neglected community lending needs in violation of federal law.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1993 | JAMES F. PELTZ
Wells Fargo Bank on Thursday pledged an additional $5 billion for affordable housing, economic development and loans to low-income Californians during the next 10 years. In 1990, the San Francisco-based bank committed $1 billion for community development in California, to be allocated over seven years. But the money was used in less than three years.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Wachovia Corp., which is acquiring Golden West Financial Corp. in a $25.5-billion deal, plans to set up its new Western region headquarters in Golden West's home city of Oakland. The deal is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter and would give Charlotte-based Wachovia its first major West Coast foothold. Wachovia, the nation's fourth-largest bank, has yet to name an executive to head the western region, which will also include Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Illinois.
BUSINESS
October 24, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Linking of Utility Executives' Pay to Minority Advances Urged: At an annual review of utility efforts to increase hiring and outside contracts with women and minorities, Robert L. Gnaizda, general counsel to the Greenlining Coalition of minority and consumer organizations, Friday called for linking utilities' CEO salaries and bonuses to improvements in these areas.
NEWS
January 27, 1989 | CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writer
Saying the poor and middle class are "ignored and excluded" by California's legal industry, a public interest attorney proposed Thursday that major law firms pay a 6% tax on their earnings to help fund legal services for those who could otherwise not afford it. At a State Bar hearing in downtown Los Angeles, Robert Gnaizda of the San Francisco-based public interest law firm Public Advocates Inc.
OPINION
February 26, 2008
Re "PUC ruling aided donors," Feb. 20 On Jan. 14, the California Public Utilities Commission cosponsored a summit designed to increase green-collar energy jobs, especially those most vulnerable in this economy. The major energy utilities are hurting for trained staff. Several utilities and community organizations contributed to the expenses of the summit. In a leap of conjecture, this article tied the utilities' contribution to a commission decision made two weeks later advancing energy-efficiency policies.
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