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March 16, 1986
So we're going to get to choose whatever telephone company we want. I will vote for any company that prohibits telephone solicitors from calling me and wasting my time. PAUL OCHSNER Azusa
May 23, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Deputy Solicitor Gen. Sri Srinivasan, a rising star in legal circles, won an easy and unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, giving President Obama his first appointee to a conservative-leaning court that decides major regulatory disputes. Srinivasan, 46, who was born in India and grew up in Lawrence, Kan., was praised as being exceptionally smart, highly qualified and even-tempered. Republicans said they had no hesitance in approving Srinivasan, unlike other Obama nominees.
December 28, 1997
The holiday season is prime time for solicitors at Los Angeles International Airport, which has tried to ban such activities. However, the efforts of the city-owned facility were thwarted when a federal court ruling this year blocked an ordinance outlawing people from seeking donations. Because the ordinance is on hold, Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, whose district includes the airport, is trying to figure out a way to uncover fraudulent solicitors whose funds do not go to the charities they say they represent.
April 10, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama, who has seen court nominees run into Republican roadblocks, may have found a winning strategy for putting a judge on the powerful U.S. appeals court here: He chose a highly regarded corporate lawyer whose resume suggests he could have been a Republican nominee. Sri Srinivasan, 46, was a law clerk for two Republican-appointed judges after graduating from Stanford University, and he worked in the George W. Bush Justice Department for five years before joining the Obama team as deputy U.S. solicitor general.
June 20, 1989
The San Diego City Council Monday placed new constraints on door-to-door solicitors by passing a law prohibiting soliciting from sundown to 8 a.m. A council committee had endorsed the idea of prohibiting soliciting beginning when it gets dark--defined legally as half an hour after sundown--but Councilman Bruce Henderson urged an even tighter policy. Henderson said many people don't want to be bothered by solicitors in the early evening, and that many elderly residents are frightened.
March 16, 1988
As executive director of a reputable agency dealing with the problems of the Westside homeless, as well as a supporter of various charity efforts, I read with interest the article concerning borderline charities preying on the tragic situation of the homeless. For those interested in helping, we urge you when donating money, to check out the agency's legitimacy thoroughly. This can be done through the city's Social Service Department. We at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) have been plagued by unauthorized storefront solicitations on our behalf.
December 8, 1986 | Karen Kucher
The Orange County district attorney's office is warning residents to be on the lookout this holiday season for charity solicitors who fail to obey disclosure laws. Under the state Consumer Solicitations Act, solicitors are required to disclose the following: - The name and address of the organization. - Whether the solicitor is a volunteer or is being paid. - The percentage of a contribution going toward the charity, or a set amount anticipated to be spent on fund raising.
May 4, 1989
A Santa Monica man has been charged in Utah with running a telephone "boiler room" that used promises of discount vacations to defraud credit-card holders. The two-count complaint alleges that Edward Kane was among several people who from June through August of 1984 helped manage Sunsets Unlimited, a Utah-based travel club in reorganization bankruptcy. To sell club memberships, Salt Lake City Prosecutor William Ryan said, Kane helped set up a boiler room office "equipped with multiple telephone hookups and a sales staff of telephone solicitors."
November 14, 2000 | Deniene Husted, (714) 520-2508
The Fullerton Police Officers' Assn. is mailing out requests for donations to help fund local adult and youth organizations. The mailers include a letter from association President John Cross, asking for a contribution to help the Fullerton Boys & Girls Clubs, East and West Fullerton Little Leagues, Special Olympics, North Orange County YMCA, Fullerton Chamber of Commerce & Downtown Business Assn. and more. Police warn residents not to give money to any phone or door-to-door solicitors.
March 13, 2005 | From Times wire reports
The Contractors State License Board is warning California residents to be wary of solicitors offering door-to-door home improvement services. Bands of fraudulent home-repair workers, often members of extended families, are moving from town to town, targeting the elderly or recent immigrants who are likely to have savings in the bank or cash on site and may not understand what is being sold.
May 12, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - By the time the Supreme Court wrapped up the last of its public arguments for this term, it had been an unusually rough first year for U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr., the Obama administration's chief courtroom lawyer. A respected, reserved corporate attorney, Verrilli also had a passion for defending inmates on death row. But he had not handled high-stakes, politically charged cases in the high court. He seemed repeatedly caught off guard when his liberal arguments were met with skepticism and even scorn from the justices, a majority of whom lean to the right.
June 6, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
The Senate on Monday approved Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. as the U.S. solicitor general, taking over the position that opened after Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court last year. Verrilli, a deputy counsel to President Obama and former associate deputy attorney general, was approved 72-16 as federal government’s chief legal representative before the U.S. Supreme Court. He had been an attorney in private practice for 20 years, and argued 12 cases before the court.
May 27, 2011
In one sense, the U.S. solicitor general's recent admission of his office's wrongdoing wasn't really news. After all, commissions courts and investigators long ago established that various government agencies and officials fudged or withheld facts during World War II in order to sweep all people of Japanese descent — American-born citizens as well as immigrants — out of California and parts of three other Western states. Congress, the president, state and local officials and the military rode a wave of war hysteria to support the politically popular but blatantly un-American evacuation and confinement of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans.
May 24, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
Acting Solicitor Gen. Neal Katyal, in an extraordinary admission of misconduct, took to task one of his predecessors for hiding evidence and deceiving the Supreme Court in two of the major cases in its history: the World War II rulings that upheld the detention of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans. Katyal said Tuesday that Charles Fahy, an appointee of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, deliberately hid from the court a report from the Office of Naval Intelligence that concluded the Japanese Americans on the West Coast did not pose a military threat.
November 3, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Obama administration upset liberals as well as the president's two Supreme Court appointees Wednesday by arguing that taxpayers had no right to sue the government if it used tax money to fund religious schools. The surprising argument came in this term's most important church-state dispute. At issue is the constitutionality of an unusual 13-year-old Arizona law that gives individuals dollar-for-dollar tax credits up to $500 for contributions to private organizations, which in turn allows taxpayers to direct a $500 tax credit to a private organization, which in turn pays tuition for students in private schools.
October 5, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday with new Justice Elena Kagan ? but she was present for only one of the two cases being heard. Throughout the fall, the pattern will be much the same. Kagan will be deciding about half as many cases as her colleagues, the result of her previous job as the government's chief lawyer before the high court. As the U.S. solicitor general, she decided which federal cases would be appealed. Now she is obliged to step aside, or recuse herself, in all of those cases in which she played a role.
December 10, 2008 | David C. Nichols, Nichols is a freelance writer.
With both the recession and holiday season now official, "A Christmas Carol" returns to Celebration Theatre. What a difference a year makes. First seen in 2007, Jason Moyer's newly revised gay take on the immortal Dickens tale improves on itself considerably. It still concerns fashion mogul Ebenezer "Ben" Scrooge, whom returning Michael Taylor Gray plays as Miranda Priestly from "The Devil Wears Prada" possessed by Mr. Burns of "The Simpsons." Since partner Jacob Marley's death, Scrooge has abandoned goodwill, spurning charity solicitors, saying "pshaw!"
April 19, 1992
Carla Rivera's incisive article, "United Way Scandal Puts Charities Under Scrutiny" (March 30), reveals the compelling reasons why uniform reporting guidelines and standardized registration procedures are urgently needed for charity solicitation in our community. Charities for Truth in Giving is a consortium of nonprofit organizations established in 1988 to address these concerns. United Way of Orange County has taken an active and supportive role in the efforts of our task force to improve methods for validating charity requests.
June 28, 2010 | By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau
Seeking to blunt an impending Republican attack on her fitness for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan said Monday that if confirmed, she would consider every case "impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle and in accordance to the law." Kagan, tapped for the high court by President Obama in May, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on the first day of her confirmation hearing that as a justice she would listen to arguments from all sides "across every apparent political or ideological divide."
June 28, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
After more than three hours, Elena Kagan, the solicitor general of the United States, got her chance to speak directly to the panel of senators who will weigh her nomination to be the next Supreme Court justice and promised to do her best and work hard while keeping her mind open to deal with contentious issues. Kagan avoided taking any specific positions Monday on the contentious social issues on which she will likely rule, if confirmed. Nominated to become the 112th justice on the Supreme Court, she took a modest stand while promising to work impartially for justice for all. "I will make no pledges this week other than this one -- that if confirmed, I will remember and abide by all these lessons," she told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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