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August 2, 1997 | Reuters
Ann Stock, the White House social secretary, will leave her post next month and be replaced by Capricia Marshall, an aide to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, it was announced Friday. Stock has served since 1993.
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April 24, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The former top watchdog for the Homeland Security Department rewrote reports and slowed investigations at the request of senior staff for then-Secretary Janet Napolitano, a review conducted by Senate staff found. Charles K. Edwards, who was acting inspector general for Homeland Security from late 2011 through early 2013, considered aides to Napolitano to be friends, socialized with them over drinks and dinner and, at their urging, improperly made changes to several investigative reports, according to the Senate review released Thursday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
A San Jose school secretary was charged Monday with two felony counts of embezzling nearly half a million dollars that middle-school students had raised to fund yearbooks and school plays. Barbara Jo Price, 44, was charged with grand theft in the disappearance of funds from Bret Harte Middle School over the last six years, said Santa Clara County Deputy Dist. Atty. John Chase. She was being held in a San Jose County jail.
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April 23, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Stirred up by a series of Capitol scandals, four candidates for California secretary of state clashed at a forum Wednesday over who is best suited to restore voter faith in state government. Candidates Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Pete Peterson and Derek Cressman also challenged one another's ideas for reducing the corrupting influence of big money in state government. The event sponsor, the Sacramento Press Club, did not invite the three other candidates for the job . State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima)
NEWS
April 27, 1988 | BETH ANN KRIER, Times Staff Writer
It's a dicey issue, one you can bet is not likely to be discussed much today as bosses celebrate National Secretaries Day by treating their assistants to top-drawer lunches, adorning their desktops with flowers and otherwise rewarding them for their loyal service. The issue unlikely to be dissected is loyalty iself--a subject traditionally governed by unspoken agreements.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1988 | NIKKI FINKE
There's one scene that was filmed for "Working Girl" that viewers will not get to see. In it, Wall Street female executive Katharine Parker, who is throwing a party for her fellow executives, lifts up her skirt, hands a can of static-free spray to her secretary and orders imperiously: "Spray me down. I don't want to go to my party clinging." That, says screenwriter Kevin Wade, happened to a woman he knows while she was working for a Hollywood studio executive.
NEWS
July 31, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
In a sampling of the nation's secretaries at a convention in Los Angeles, a majority judged fellow secretary Fawn Hall to have acted improperly in destroying government documents on orders from her boss. A total of 69% of the 120 secretaries responding to the written survey by the Office Professional magazine answered "yes" to the question: "In your opinion, did Fawn Hall, secretary to Lt. Col. Oliver North, do anything improper in the conduct of her job?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1993 | HELAINE OLEN
Most secretaries aren't expected to both type and cope with homeless people wandering into their office. But then, most administrative assistants don't function as aides to church leaders. In recognition of the special burdens church secretaries face daily, Chapman University is sponsoring its 10th annual Church Secretaries Seminar today.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1990 | Times Staff Researcher Melanie Pickett
You should be especially nice to your secretary this week. And not just because this happens to be Professional Secretaries Week but also because secretaries are already in short supply and demand for their services is growing. Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16.9% increase in secretarial jobs nationwide by the year 2000. In Southern California, demand is even stronger.
NEWS
May 2, 1985 | RHONDA GIVENS, Times Staff Writer
When she was 8 years old, Wilhelmina Geurin contracted polio and was paralyzed from the neck down. Now, at 43, she types 137 words a minute and has been named "the Most Intelligent Secretary in California." Geurin was selected over 370 other secretaries who participated in the first such open competition sponsored by Remedy Temporary Services and held during April at the employment agency's 24 offices. "I am so overwhelmed by all of this," Geurin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It has come to this: California politics have become so one-sided that the only half-way intriguing statewide races this spring are for two largely ministerial jobs. One is secretary of state. The other is state controller. Both are pretty mundane. The secretary of state oversees elections and maintains public databases on campaign contributions and lobbyists' spending. The office also processes a lot of business-related stuff. Sounds simple. But under termed-out Democrat Debra Bowen, few things seemingly have been simple.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
  SACRAMENTO -- The decision by the Sacramento Press Club to exclude from a debate three of the seven candidates for secretary of state led Tuesday to a call by one watchdog group for all contenders to boycott the event. The protest action was proposed by the nonpartisan Independent Voter Project, headed by former state Sen. Steve Peace and former Assemblyman Jeff Marston. The debate scheduled for Wednesday features state Sen. Alex Padilla and former Common Cause director Derek Cressman, both Democrats, as well as former Fair Political Practices Commission Chairman Dan Schnur, running as a “no party preference" candidate, and Republican Pete Peterson, executive director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The arrest of a front-runner in the race for California secretary of state on corruption charges has made ethics a key issue for the seven candidates still in the contest. State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) quit the race after his arrest last month on charges of taking payments in exchange for official favors and conspiring to illegally traffic in firearms. He has pleaded not guilty. As the remaining candidates focus on the best way to clean up Sacramento, Yee's stumble has thrown the June primary competition wide open.
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April 11, 2014
By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli WASHINGTON - President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, saying there was "no manager as experienced and as competent" to oversee the next phase of his signature healthcare law. "Sylvia was a rock, a steady hand on the wheel" as the administration dealt with the government shutdown last year, Obama told a...
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April 10, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Kathleen Sebelius, who helped guide the rocky and controversial rollout of President Obama's landmark health law, has resigned as Health and Human Services secretary after more than five years. In her place, the president plans as soon as Friday to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, according to a senior administration official. Sebelius was not pressured to resign, the official said. But she leaves after presiding over the disastrous launch of the health law's online insurance marketplaces last fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Chip Brown, the owner of a downtown Los Angeles cupcake shop, said he was reading a tribute to his late brother, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, when former President Bill Clinton pulled up outside the business Thursday. It was the 18th anniversary of his brother's death in a plane crash in Croatia on a trade mission. Clinton, as it happened, was stopping across the street at Baco Mercat for lunch with actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. Brown walked across South Main Street, greeted Clinton and reminded him it was the anniversary of the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1989
A secretary who had been fired from her job at a Century City law firm returned with a gun Friday but surrendered without incident after a lawyer coolly excused himself and summoned authorities, police said. Rone Ellis, about 35, was booked at the West Los Angeles Division on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Detective Steve Osti said Ellis readily complied when officers ordered her out of a 34th floor office at Sidely & Austin, 2049 Century Park East.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 1989 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Depending on whom you believe, movie producer Don Simpson of "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop" fame may be a nightmare boss who used cocaine in the office, forced his secretary to make his dates with prostitutes, and screamed at the secretary for the least misstep, real or imagined. Or Monica Harmon, the secretary in question, may simply be a vengeful ex-employee who rifled her boss's files, then spread "false and malicious" gossip to squeeze money from Simpson and his partner Jerry Bruckheimer.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Thanks to state Sen. Leland Yee's alleged attempts to broker illegal gun deals for campaign contributions, candidates for California's secretary of state are suddenly getting a lot of attention and news coverage. Yee is out of the race, although his name will still appear on the ballot in the June primary. But his scandal is giving some candidates an opportunity, if they choose to use it. On Tuesday, Dan Schnur called a news conference in Sacramento in which he denounced lawmakers for failing to pursue meaningful reforms after the recent ethics scandals among legislators.
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