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June 10, 2008 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court has asked the California Supreme Court to help it decide if the Hare Krishna religious organization can solicit donations at Los Angeles International Airport. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday asked California's highest court to determine whether the airport is a "public forum" under state law. Though the California Supreme Court doesn't have to answer the question, the federal appeals court says an answer would help decide the outcome of the Hare Krishna group's legal challenge to a Los Angeles law barring solicitations of donations at the airport.
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July 31, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Two days after a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy allegedly kidnapped and raped a female motorist, he solicited sex from a second female driver in front of a witness, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 28, is charged with 11 counts related to incidents in September 2010, when he allegedly tried to coerce female motorists into sex in exchange for not arresting them. Sanchez faces up to life in prison if convicted on all the charges, which include kidnapping to commit a crime and rape under the color of authority.
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BUSINESS
October 23, 2005
Regarding "Bankruptcy Filers Rush to Avoid New Rules," Oct. 14: If the government is so concerned about credit card debtors going into bankruptcy, why not create a law that would discourage credit card companies from continuously soliciting via mail, telephone, Internet and television to everyone, rich or poor. Aren't such solicitations a form of entrapment? Jack Adelman Glendale
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy accused of raping women and soliciting bribes while on duty is due in court Wednesday morning. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 28, was arrested at his home Monday night without incident after a nearly three-year investigation. Sanchez, a seven-year department veteran, was most recently assigned to patrol duties at the Palmdale Station. He has been charged with 11 counts including sexual penetration under the color of authority, soliciting a bribe from alleged victims and rape under fear or distress, according to agency spokesman Steve Whitmore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1986 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County Jail inmate testified Wednesday that Robert Martin Gray Jr., charged with murder in the disappearance of his former girlfriend, Debbie Ann Lee, offered him $3,000 to kill Miss Lee the day she was last seen alive. Richard Banuelos told Municipal Judge Floyd H. Schenk that on Aug. 1, Gray offered him the money "to blow her away" because the defendant believed he had contracted AIDS from the woman and had passed it on to his parents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1985
Have you noticed how manipulative the charitable agencies have become in their appeals for money contributions? The solicitations they send out have designated spaces for $50, $35, $25 and $15 donations, and a blank space for "other"--presumably for those cheapskates who only wish to donate $10. I feel strongly that if they frown at my $10, which does not rate a space of its own, they can return my check to me. It seems likely that five people...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1989
If the barrage of junk mail, telephone solicitations and door-to-door pamphlet littering failed to "educate" the public (on Proposition M), what will? The problem wasn't education, but the growing mistrust of taxpayers who are weary of the same rhetoric from politicians in the pockets of developers and builders. Freeway commuters have seen no improvements at all from the millions of dollars already squandered, so why cough up more? BILL LAWSON Costa Mesa
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1992
I am among local residents who mistakenly thought that a donation to the Oxnard College Foundation would help to finance projects there. Instead, I read in The Times ("Fund Drive for Oxnard College Backfires," Jan. 12) that money collected will fill the coffers of an out-of-town consulting firm. I don't understand why someone out of town was hired to survey a local appeal. Through foundation funds, local solicitations and articles, couldn't the needs and valid nature of the cause have been presented to the public at less expense?
NEWS
September 15, 1991
Had KCET not been in the midst of yet another interminable pledge drive, I would have enjoyed rewatching "The Civil War" (Aug. 14). Instead, I turned to "The Elvis Files" on KTLA, curious to see if this latest titillating example of tabloid TV could be more absurd than Geraldo's visit to Capone's cellar. And it was, verily: two overblown hours of Las Vegas glitz, pompous pontification and cornball "re-enactments" plus interruptions for commercials, promotions and telephone solicitations at $2 a call.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1988
How well my family can relate to Bob Brigham's complaint about unwanted phone solicitations at dinner time (Letters, Jan. 24). Often we've said no to good causes only because we were annoyed by the interruption. But we found the perfect solution to stop such activity: Changing to an unlisted phone number. Now dinner hours are peaceful in our home. An unlisted number resulted in unforeseen additional benefits, too. Unexpected out-of-town company is a thing of the past, and our son got rid of many old girlfriends!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy was arrested Monday evening on suspicion of  crimes including rape and soliciting bribes, authorities said. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 28, was taken into custody without incident at his home in Los Angeles County by Sheriff's Department internal crime investigators, agency spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Times. Sanchez, a seven-year department veteran, was most recently assigned to patrol duties at the Palmdale Station. He was arrested on suspicion of committing 11 criminal counts including sexual penetration under the color of authority, soliciting a bribe from alleged victims and rape under fear or distress, according to Whitmore.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
In a closed-door meeting on the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot, a few dozen location scouts, agents, producers and studio executives gathered to discuss the state of L.A.'s hometown industry. Taking center stage: Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti. Garcetti held the meeting recently to solicit ideas on how he can help stem the exodus of film and TV production from Southern California. He pledged to fight runaway production and to name a film czar to serve as an industry advocate in City Hall.
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May 21, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
As residents in the Oklahoma City area grappled with the aftermath of the massive tornado that wiped out homes and businesses in its 20-mile path of destruction, killing at least 24 people, relief organizations solicited donations to help. By and large, the charities expressed a preference for donations of money rather than goods. Monica Diaz of the Red Cross in Los Angeles said donating money "allows us to get the items that are needed the quickest faster. " PHOTOS: Powerful tornado slams Oklahoma Donations to the Red Cross will be added to the organization's disaster relief fund, a pot used for disaster aid across the country, not just for the Oklahoma tornadoes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Wearing high heels, skinny pants and a tight top, a 52-year-old man dressed as a woman allegedly repeatedly asked for sex from a teenage boy in front of a Simi Valley hardware store, and was later arrested, police said. The boy was riding his skateboard through the parking lot when he was approached by the suspect,  said Simi Valley police Lt. Tony Anzilotti. The boy rebuffed the suspect's repeated advances and told the suspect he was 15, Anzilotti said, but the suspect persisted and gave the boy a phone number, then left.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner wants his Republican troops to think deep thoughts. As House Republicans prepare for the next budget showdown with President Obama, the Ohioan, in a letter to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, drew on history and morality as he solicited their views on the party's next move. “Our purpose in calling for a balanced budget is a noble one,” the speaker wrote to his GOP colleagues, who are on a two-week spring recess. “I urge you to engage your constituents during the spring work period and to bring the input back to Washington so it can inform our discussion about next steps.” Boehner's outreach serves a practical and political purpose during this lull in the budget wars.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON -- Leaders of Organizing for Action, President Obama's new nonprofit advocacy group , are courting his top campaign bundlers to be part of a high-dollar fundraising network that will help finance the work of the nascent organization. During a swing through the Bay Area and Los Angeles this week, OFA Chairman Jim Messina and Executive Director Jon Carson met with members of the Obama campaign's National Finance Committee and told them there will be a similar structure in place to support the work of the nonprofit group, which is set up as a 501(c)
NEWS
December 9, 1987 | Associated Press
Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams testified today before the special federal grand jury investigating the sale of U.S. arms to Iran and the diversion of profits to Nicaraguan rebels. Abrams, who came under criticism last year for misleading the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about U.S. solicitations for foreign donations to the Contras, appeared at the grand jury with his private attorney, W. DeVier Pierson.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2009
Re: David Lazarus' consumer column "Tossing out junk mail's defense," April 8: I thought it ironic that the first two paragraphs answered the question at the end. Count me as one of those people who appreciate getting direct-mail solicitations. Like Marcy Clarke, I dump most of mine too. But like her, every once in a while I happen upon something that's interesting. And, really, how hard is it to toss a piece of unwanted mail, or hit the delete button for unwanted e-mail?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2013 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A former deputy Los Angeles city attorney, convicted of soliciting sexual favors from an 18-year-old defendant in exchange for promising to help her avoid jail time, was among 128 people pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. In 1990, George Schwartz received a one-year sentence in Los Angeles County Jail for the crime. Weeks ago, his name was added to the growing list of those who have received official forgiveness from Brown. The full list was released Friday. In April, the governor commuted the potential life sentence of Shirley Ree Smith, who was convicted in 1997 of killing her grandson, saying he had "significant doubts" about her guilt.
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