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Blaming shoddy design, construction and inspection for much of the damage in the Northridge earthquake, the California Seismic Safety Commission has called for new laws requiring additional training for architects, engineers, contractors and code enforcement officials. Meeting this week, the commission tentatively agreed on the education requirements and several other recommendations. But it postponed final action on an already overdue report that Gov. Pete Wilson requested on the adequacy of current seismic construction standards.
October 30, 2013 | By James Barragan
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department failed to thoroughly investigate allegations from inmates who said they were physically abused by deputies, according to an analysis of 31 cases by the department's internal watchdog. In a 145-page report, the Office of Independent Review said the department's shoddy initial investigations made it difficult to determine whether the inmates' allegations were valid. The watchdog launched its review of the handling of the cases after the American Civil Liberties Union in 2011 released sworn declarations from 78 inmates who alleged they were abused.
October 30, 1990
Caveat emptor--when buying a politician these day, let the buyer beware. There is a very good chance that the merchandise will be shoddy. T.W. HARRIGAN, Lawndale
October 15, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
BEIJING - If you missed it, you are forgiven. Entirely. The Lakers played Golden State in an exhibition game that started at 4:30 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday, ended a few ticks before 6:45 and took place 6,000 miles from L.A. Nick Young had 18 points, Pau Gasol had 15 and the chants for Kobe Bryant started in the first quarter of the Lakers' 100-95 loss. Bryant sat in a dark suit on the bench, still recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, but it didn't stop the game-ops people from putting him on the scoreboard three or four times every quarter to the endless delight of Lakers fans.
December 7, 1986
In the Nov. 16 story on the closing of the General Motors plant in Norwood, Ohio, I could hardly believe what I was reading. The GM workers boycott a restaurant owner who owns a Volvo and ask owners of foreign cars to park their vehicles in another lot. Meanwhile, their shoddy workmanship produces cars less reliable than those made at other GM plants, and the workers have an absentee rate of 14%. They'd have helped their cause more...
May 25, 1996
Re: Kenneth Turan's review of "Twister" ("The Big Spin," May 10): He should know better. The film's musical genius is Mark Mancina not Mark Mancini. We Italians, and I'll speak for my friend Mark too, are sensitive to shoddy spellings and pronunciations of our surnames. Perhaps Turin was thinking of Henry Mancini when he wrote the review. MICHAEL MARIO DINIELLI Alta Loma
March 7, 1990
Kudos to Kristwald for her dissection of the current fad about "co-dependency," showing how sick it is. Include too her listing of similar psycho best sellers. But please don't confuse quackery and the output of fake psychologists with, as she implies, "modern psychology." Psychology, the science of behavior has nothing to do with such shoddy enterprises. F.J. McGUIGAN San Diego
September 20, 1990
So Dick Mountjoy doesn't care if Mayor Evelyn Fierro calls herself the "queen of the prom," eh? (Times, Sept. 13.) Bad enough that Mayor Fierro had to defend her legitimate right to use her title on the ballot against a baseless lawsuit instituted by Mountjoy's supporters and advanced by his party. Must we also endure his pathetically sexist attempts to dismiss this shoddy affair? JIM JENAL South Pasadena
December 13, 1986
In response to Michael Kinsley's column I find it utterly deplorable that this journalist takes pleasure in the Reagan Administration's turmoil. No matter what political persuasion left or right, to laugh at this scandal is a cop-out. Does Kinsley offer any solution to the government's problem? No! He simply latches on to the bloodiest piece of meat in a relatively scandal-free Administration. Now we know what vehemence that the bleeding-hearts have for their country. Kinsley, go write for Tass, the Russians are better suited for your shoddy journalism.
December 15, 1985
As a part-time film buff (no T&A pics or shoddy slasher cinema), I am in somewhat of a quandary as to what I should do about the latest Rocky movie. Am I to shell out six bucks, grit the teeth, put my gag reflexes on hold and admire the latest in the art of manipulative, jingoistic film-making of the Reagan '80s, or refuse to patronize this shallow Hollywood holocaust of hollow-headedness? No, wait . . . forget the whole damn thing! I'll wait for the video and rent it for a buck.
July 6, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez said the defense, rather than Stephen Fife, was responsible for the Dodgers' 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday at AT&T Park. "I let him down a little bit today," said Ramirez, who made one of the Dodgers' three errors. Whatever the case, Fife could be out of the rotation soon, as the Dodgers acquired Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins. In exchange for Nolasco and $197,000 worth of cap space they can use to sign international amateur players, the Dodgers sent the Marlins three pitching prospects: triple-A relievers Josh Wall and Steven Ames, and Class-A starter Angel Sanchez.
May 14, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Finally, a small cadre of busybody bureaucrats has discovered a way to bring this divided country together. Thank you, IRS, for pulling off what no politician has been able to do. Mortal political enemies on both sides of the aisle agree: The IRS badly misstepped when it singled out for scrutiny groups with the words “tea party” and “patriots” in their names who had applied for tax-exempt status. That is a Nixon-worthy no-no. Regardless of whether this practice simply represented a shortcut in the agency's larger effort to evaluate the flood of applications for tax-exempt status in 2010 and 2011, as the agency maintains, it's a ham-fisted way of doing business.
March 25, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND - Uh-oh. Another sham-mockery. Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't go ballistic after this game, but the Lakers certainly imploded during a 109-103 loss Monday night at Oracle Arena. As teams try to build momentum and magnetism heading into the playoffs, the Lakers showed neither while losing a third consecutive game. Not that they seemed especially worried about that. "I'm terrified," Kobe Bryant said, sarcastically, of the suddenly sagging Lakers. "Do I look terrified?
February 20, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
PRETORIA, South Africa - Prosecutors on Wednesday unveiled what seemed damning testimony against Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend. But as the day wore on, the defense savaged the state's case, portraying the investigation as bumbling and shoddy. Laying out what is likely to be the basis of their case, prosecutors said at Pistorius' bail hearing that a witness heard what sounded like a quarrel shortly before model Reeva Steenkamp was fatally shot the night of Feb. 13. Another neighbor heard a shot, a woman's scream, then more gunshots, they said.
October 14, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Proposition 37, the ballot measure mandating the labeling of genetically modified food that is also known as the "right to know" initiative, is narrowly running ahead of the opposition, according to the latest opinion polls. But even if the measure goes down - and it's the target of a $35-million publicity attack by agricultural and food industry interests - the campaign behind it will mark an important milestone in politics: the deployment of weapons-grade junk science. Of course, ignorance and anti-intellectualism are not new phenomena in our elections, nor in the political processes of other lands, dictatorships and democracies alike.
September 26, 2012 | STEVE LOPEZ
Bob Rosebrock and I sat under a tree on the West Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs property, discussing his pet peeve: How the country is failing its veterans. There was plenty to talk about. Nearby was the gleaming $253-million California Veterans Home, opened with great fanfare more than two years ago, with local politicians lining up to take bows. But today, in a region with an estimated 8,000 homeless veterans, many of whom can't get access to care, roughly four-fifths of the 396 rooms are empty.
February 11, 2001
Re "Dicey Dance: The 55/22," Feb. 5: Unsubstantiated and empty excuses for delays from Caltrans engineers do nothing to convince those of us who are experienced victims of Orange County's five decades of freeway construction. We have all seen excellently executed projects, such as the Santa Ana Freeway widening, and yet have been discouraged again and again by the kind of shoddy planning exemplified in the state Costa Mesa Freeway project. Daily, thousands of us are angered as we approach the 55 on Chapman and Katella avenues after long backups only to find not a single construction worker in sight.
December 3, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Patrick Swayze is angry about tabloid reports that say he doesn't have long to live. The actor, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year, issued a statement Tuesday saying that so far he is winning his fight against the disease and responding well to treatment. Says Swayze: "They're reporting that I'm on my last legs and saying goodbye to my tearful family! . . . It's upsetting that the shoddy and reckless reporting from these publications cast a negative shadow on the positive and good fight I'm fighting."
October 29, 2011 | By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Nearly two years before Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca acknowledged that jailer brutality was a problem, his command staff raised alarms about excessive force used on inmates in the nation's largest jail system, according to confidential memos reviewed by The Times. The documents contain disturbing evidence of misconduct in the jails, including cases in which deputies used unnecessary force, then escaped punishment because of shoddy investigations by supervisors. One of the reports audited more than 100 violent encounters with inmates and found that deputies crafted narratives "dramatized to justify" force.
October 19, 2011 | By Michael Finnegan and Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Community College District is moving to fire an Irvine contractor accused of shoddy workmanship and fraud in the construction of a Valley College classroom complex that became a symbol of problems with the district's $5.7-billion campus rebuilding program. In a letter released Tuesday, the district launched proceedings to bar the contractor, FTR International, from campus work for up to five years. The district cited "substandard work" by FTR on its $48-million contract to build the Allied Health and Science complex at Valley College . The district also said FTR filed a "false and fraudulent" report on the project with the state architect, which oversees school safety.
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