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June 10, 1995 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county's top prosecutor and other elected officials shared a podium with youthful offenders Friday to oppose state budget cuts that could cripple the state's youth camp system, particularly in Los Angeles County. The hearing, held at Camp Karl Holton, a juvenile probation camp in the Angeles National Forest north of San Fernando, was called by Assemblywoman Paula L. Boland (R-Granada Hills) in response to Gov.
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July 31, 2011 | Alexandra Zavis
Cynde Soto dreads the arrival of yet another benefit notice. Her cash assistance has been cut four times in two years. State medical coverage is getting more expensive and no longer includes dental care or podiatry. And the in-home help she needs to take care of basics has been cut by about 20 minutes a day. "That doesn't sound like a lot to people but ... I'm a quadriplegic," said the 54-year-old Long Beach resident. "I can't even scratch my own nose. " Faced with years of recession-driven budget shortfalls, state lawmakers have made deep cuts to health and social services.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1995
Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown delivered a grim message Thursday to veterans at the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles: Plans to cut the federal deficit might mean that veterans' access to medical care would be limited. Brown had traveled to Los Angeles from his Washington office to present grants--totaling more than $1 million--to three Westside organizations that provide services to homeless veterans. However, Brown vowed again to continue lobbying for more VA funding.
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January 18, 2009 | Arianna Huffington
"On or about December 1910," Virginia Woolf wrote, "human character changed." We can be much more specific: "On Nov. 4, 2008, just after 11 p.m. Eastern, America changed" (human character remains rather intransigent).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1999 | TOM GRAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Seeking to slash overhead after suffering a sharp loss last year, Northridge Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday said it will cut the staff by about 8%--the equivalent of about 100 full-time jobs--at its Roscoe Boulevard facility. The hospital said the staff reduction, mostly in administration and other areas not related directly to patient care, began Monday. The cuts include full-time, part-time and casual positions. Northridge Hospital operates two campuses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1987
Though Rapid Transit District board members voiced what they perceived to be causes of their revenue problems, I seriously doubt they gave the causes realistic priorities. Should they poll those of us who ride the buses daily (paying for our passes up front) we would gleefully advise them to get the buses to our stops and on time. They mention bus service cutbacks. We aggravated regular riders thought they had already implemented service cutbacks. Now they want to pass out "free tokens" (Metro, Nov. 20)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2006 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
Centinela Freeman HealthSystem announced Tuesday that it will close the emergency room at Memorial hospital in Inglewood, a move that critics warn would further strain Los Angeles County's frail emergency care system. Beginning in November, patients would be shifted to the facility's sister campus, Centinela hospital, about 1 1/2 miles away, as part of a consolidation plan aimed at reducing costs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1992 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anticipating the worst from the state budget, Los Angeles County officials have tentatively earmarked 16 health centers for closure and plan to sharply reduce hospital clinic services, including prenatal care, immunizations, infectious disease treatment and adult medical services for about 200,000 poor people. The 16 include the county health centers in North Hollywood, Tujunga, Canoga Park and Valencia. Reacting to initial reports Monday, the president of the Los Angeles County Medical Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1995 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nearly three hours of hand-wringing over how to fill a $640-million budget hole, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed department heads to develop plans to reduce spending but sidestepped a decision to order immediate service cutbacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1992 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anticipating the worst from the state budget, Los Angeles County officials have tentatively earmarked 16 health centers for closure and plan to sharply reduce hospital clinic services, including prenatal care, immunizations, infectious disease treatment and adult medical services for about 200,000 poor people. Reacting to initial reports Monday, the president of the Los Angeles County Medical Assn., Dr. Marie G.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Aer Lingus warned that record-high fuel prices would force it to suspend service to Los Angeles International Airport in November. "Based on current fuel prices and the uncertain economic outlook, we expect, at best, to break even for the year 2008," Chairman John Sharman said. The Dublin, Ireland-based airline will keep its other long-haul routes to U.S. cities under review, Sharman said -- a stunning U-turn after this year's launch of routes to San Francisco, Washington and Orlando, Fla.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Metrolink service will be limited this weekend because of track work. Service will be available only between Anaheim and Los Angeles with no trains running on the Inland Empire line, the Orange County Transportation Authority said Wednesday. The work also affects Amtrak, which will have limited scheduling. Full service is expected to resume Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2007 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County supervisors put their seal on the closure of Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital on Monday, voting unanimously to shut inpatient services and promising to pay up to $16.3 million to nearby private hospitals and doctors bracing for a deluge of patients. At a specially convened board meeting, supervisors also released a 124-page report by federal inspectors that detailed dozens of errors and failures by the hospital during a make-or-break review last month.
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August 12, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Francisco Vara-Orta and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers
A day after Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital closed its emergency room, protesters filled its front lawn Saturday but patients largely stayed away from both the medical center and neighboring hospitals that would have to pick up the slack. In the morning and afternoon, only a handful of patients came to the emergency room entrance, which had signs announcing its closure and security officers on hand to redirect visitors.
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October 19, 2006 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
Some 800 employees at Memorial hospital in Inglewood received layoff notices Wednesday, as owner Centinela Freeman HealthSystem moved forward with plans to transfer medical services from the facility. A spokeswoman for the hospital group said about 150 employees would actually lose their jobs. The rest would be transferred to the system's two other campuses: Centinela, 1 1/2 miles away in Inglewood; and Marina in Marina del Rey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2006 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Memorial hospital in Inglewood confirmed Wednesday that it expects to close more departments, raising new concerns about the availability of healthcare service in and around South Los Angeles. Centinela Freeman HealthSystem, the hospital's operator, announced last month that it would close Memorial's emergency room and consolidate its local emergency care at Centinela hospital, about 1 1/2 miles away.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Yahoo Inc. has shut some Internet chat rooms after companies including PepsiCo Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Corp. pulled advertising, citing concerns that the sites were being used by adults to lure young children. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Georgia-Pacific and Pepsi said they pulled certain ads after being informed by a Texas television news station that the ads were being displayed to users of chat rooms covering topics such as pedophilia.
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October 10, 1999 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Today, as the spacecraft Galileo swoops past Jupiter's volcano-ridden moon Io collecting images and scientific data, few will be as mesmerized by the close encounter as La Verne resident Eileen Clark. The 49-year-old space buff is a mission operations analyst at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. She trouble-shoots the Galileo project, anticipating problems before they occur. Clark loves her job. In fact, she'd be thrilled to remain at JPL for years to come.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Inside the shuttle bus that snaked around South Los Angeles and made a stop at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, the fate of the troubled hospital charged the small confines with emotion. The passengers had heard about the patient deaths, the failed inspections, the seemingly constant political turmoil. To them, though, the hospital may be imperfect, burdened with a great responsibility, deeply flawed -- but it is ultimately irreplaceable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2006 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
Centinela Freeman HealthSystem announced Tuesday that it will close the emergency room at Memorial hospital in Inglewood, a move that critics warn would further strain Los Angeles County's frail emergency care system. Beginning in November, patients would be shifted to the facility's sister campus, Centinela hospital, about 1 1/2 miles away, as part of a consolidation plan aimed at reducing costs.
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