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July 24, 1992
The head of a Pacoima legal center that represents poor people has resigned after admitting he embezzled nearly $400,000 to feed his gambling habit, officials said. James Steven Carroll, 40, stepped down July 14 as executive director of San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services. Lew Hollman, acting executive director of the center, said Carroll returned $50,000. He said Carroll has not been arrested or charged because the center has not filed a complaint.
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October 30, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who needs lawyers? Lots of people don't want one, or can't afford one, and they flood the courts, showing up representing themselves in matters from divorce to landlord-tenant disputes, adding to the inefficiency of an already overburdened court system. This week, Los Angeles County will open a self-help center at the Van Nuys courthouse at which would-be litigants without lawyers can get information, guidance and lots of hand-holding--almost everything but outright legal advice--for free.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services has been sending out vans of staff members to shelters and disaster assistance centers to help low-income earthquake victims with their problems tapping into relief programs. "It's nice that they care enough to come and find out what's going on," said David Shawn Perry, 21, an unemployed store clerk who described his problems to a paralegal from the Pacoima-based legal services organization at the Mason Recreation Center shelter in Chatsworth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who needs lawyers? Lots of people who don't want or can't afford them end up flooding the courts, representing themselves in matters from divorce to landlord-tenant disputes and adding to the inefficiency of an already-overburdened court system. This week, Los Angeles County will open a self-help center at the Van Nuys Courthouse, where would-be litigants without lawyers can get information, guidance and lots of hand holding--almost everything but outright legal advice--for free.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Two Valley groups that started a project to assist the uninsured poor will sponsor a free kickoff event Saturday to launch their health project. Valley Organized in Community Efforts, or VOICE, and San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services Inc. will celebrate the official start of the Vida Health Project at the event featuring participating families, health care providers, community leaders, food and music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA
Los Angeles city officials are recommending restoration of a $190,000 city grant to a poverty law center whose director resigned after admitting he embezzled more than $400,000 from the agency over several years. The grant was suspended after Steven Carroll, 40, stepped down last month as director of Pacoima-based San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1993
The former director of a Pacoima legal aid center that represents poor people pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he embezzled more than $260,000, admitting he used the money to feed his gambling habit. James Steven Carroll, 41, who resigned last July as head of San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money and two counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley group that helps victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders against their abusers has received a federal grant allowing it to expand its operations for the first time in three years, the agency and Rep. Howard Berman announced Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Carmen Espinoza of Pacoima learned a hard lesson two years ago when she took her eldest child to the emergency room of a county hospital after he complained of stomach pains. The hospital took him in, concluded the pains were nothing serious, and promptly released him. Days later, however, the real pain hit the Espinoza family, one of many San Fernando Valley families too poor to afford medical benefits. "They sent me a bill for $900," Espinoza recalled. "They didn't even give him a pill!"
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July 8, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first task facing the new director of the largest legal aid center in the San Fernando Valley is to try to recover about $150,000 embezzled by the former chief. Neal S. Dudovitz, the new executive director of San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, said the agency is considering suing Coast Federal Bank in Granada Hills to recover the funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley group that helps victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders against their abusers has received a federal grant allowing it to expand its operations for the first time in three years, the agency and Rep. Howard Berman announced Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Carmen Espinoza of Pacoima learned a hard lesson two years ago when she took her eldest child to the emergency room of a county hospital after he complained of stomach pains. The hospital took him in, concluded the pains were nothing serious, and promptly released him. Days later, however, the real pain hit the Espinoza family, one of many San Fernando Valley families too poor to afford medical benefits. "They sent me a bill for $900," Espinoza recalled. "They didn't even give him a pill!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Two Valley groups that started a project to assist the uninsured poor will sponsor a free kickoff event Saturday to launch their health project. Valley Organized in Community Efforts, or VOICE, and San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services Inc. will celebrate the official start of the Vida Health Project at the event featuring participating families, health care providers, community leaders, food and music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services has been sending out vans of staff members to shelters and disaster assistance centers to help low-income earthquake victims with their problems tapping into relief programs. "It's nice that they care enough to come and find out what's going on," said David Shawn Perry, 21, an unemployed store clerk who described his problems to a paralegal from the Pacoima-based legal services organization at the Mason Recreation Center shelter in Chatsworth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1993
The former director of a Pacoima legal aid center that represents poor people pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he embezzled more than $260,000, admitting he used the money to feed his gambling habit. James Steven Carroll, 41, who resigned last July as head of San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money and two counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first task facing the new director of the largest legal aid center in the San Fernando Valley is to try to recover about $150,000 embezzled by the former chief. Neal S. Dudovitz, the new executive director of San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, said the agency is considering suing Coast Federal Bank in Granada Hills to recover the funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of a Pacoima legal center that represents poor people has resigned after admitting he embezzled nearly $400,000 to feed his gambling habit, officials said Wednesday. James Steven Carroll, 40, stepped down July 14 as executive director of San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, a 25-year-old nonprofit, publicly funded agency that represents about 10,000 poor people annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1993 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former director of a Pacoima legal aid center that represents poor people pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he embezzled more than $260,000, admitting he used the money to feed his gambling habit. James Steven Carroll, 41, who resigned last July as head of San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money and two counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1993 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former director of a Pacoima legal aid center that represents poor people pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he embezzled more than $260,000, admitting he used the money to feed his gambling habit. James Steven Carroll, 41, who resigned last July as head of San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money and two counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA
Los Angeles city officials are recommending restoration of a $190,000 city grant to a poverty law center whose director resigned after admitting he embezzled more than $400,000 from the agency over several years. The grant was suspended after Steven Carroll, 40, stepped down last month as director of Pacoima-based San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services.
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