CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2009 |
It seemed like eavesdropping on a private conversation -- or reading a rival journalist's notes. But I eagerly did it anyway out of curiosity about Jerry Brown. What I found confirmed that the California attorney general hasn't changed a lot, at least in tone, since he was governor 30 years ago (1975-83). He's still argumentative, rebellious, inquisitive, self-confident, articulate, outspoken and egocentric. A reporter's dream. And it's a big reason -- along with the surname inherited from his late father, the revered Gov. Pat Brown -- that he has managed to survive 40 years in politics and now is the early front-runner to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
January 2, 2003
I had a good laugh reading the Dec. 29 commentary by Scott Gerber, "The Strong, Silent Supreme Type." Let me get this straight -- Justice Clarence Thomas' silence is somehow a strength? A strength that elevates him to the stature of Oliver Wendell Holmes? And adding insult to injury, just because Thomas has spoken out on racial issues, somehow Gerber has the audacity to compare Thomas favorably to a truly great justice, Thurgood Marshall. This "defense" of one of the least experienced, least qualified justices in modern times rings hollow.
September 13, 1988
Wife of Baby-Food Company Founder Dorothy Scott Gerber, 84, who in 1928 urged her husband to puree peas for their daughter, leading to the founding of Gerber baby foods. Daniel Gerber, who died in 1974, owned a canning company in Fremont, Mich., when his wife asked him to make vegetables easier for their infant daughter, Sally, to eat and digest. In 1941 the company name was changed to Gerber Products Co. In Fremont on Sunday.
August 25, 2009 |
Fast-money lender CashCall Inc.-- known for TV ads featuring faded child star Gary Coleman talking about his financial problems -- agreed Monday to pay $1 million to settle state prosecutors' allegations that the company ran deceptive ads and used "loan shark tactics" to collect debt from customers. CashCall specializes in making loans in as little as one day with only a signature needed to get cash. But the Anaheim company charges most customers extremely high interest rates while advertising that its rates are low, according to a civil complaint filed by the California attorney general's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2009 |
A spokesman for Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown faces disciplinary action for surreptitiously recording telephone interviews with reporters, Brown's office announced Friday. Scott Gerber, Brown's communications officer, was placed on administrative leave after the San Francisco Chronicle reported that he had taped a reporter's telephone interview with him and two others without informing her. "Mr. Gerber's recording of certain telephone conversations was done without Atty. Gen. Brown's knowledge and in direct violation of explicit directions regarding office policy," the office said in a statement to the media.
March 10, 2009 |
Two people were sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to grand theft for taking at least $700,000 from homeowners looking to prevent foreclosure, the California attorney general's office said. Rosa Conrado, 51, of San Bernardino, charged with six counts, was sentenced to 72 months in prison, and Martin Jesus Flores, 33, of Baldwin Park, got three years' probation on one count. Alejandrina Maldonado, 33, of St. Lucie, Fla., was sentenced Feb.