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July 28, 1992
So California's bond rating has been downgraded by Standard & Poor (July 16). It's almost a description of Sacramento's fiscal management team: substandard and poor. AL HIX, Hollywood
March 8, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
FARMINGTON, N.M. - In World War II he served as a Navajo code talker, one of the Marines who became legendary by using their native tongue to transmit messages the enemy could not decipher. Years later, to express its appreciation, the Navajo Nation built Tom Jones Jr. a house. These days the 89-year-old Jones struggles to keep warm during winter because the only heat inside his house emanates from an antique wood stove in the living room. The electricity doesn't work in his bathroom and the floor has worn away, exposing plywood beneath his feet.
February 9, 1997
Regarding "5 Customers Sue AOL Over New Unlimited Access Plan," Jan. 15: What an idiot I have been! For years I have been switching restaurants whenever I felt the service or food was substandard. All along all I had to do was to sue them to get better food and better service. RAYMOND E. CERVANTES Sierra Madre
March 5, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced Wednesday that some Americans with health insurance policies that don't meet consumer standards set by the president's new healthcare law would be allowed to keep their plans into 2017, three years later than originally envisioned. The delay, which could put off the final cancellation of some health plans until after President Obama leaves office, may have limited practical impact. Senior administration officials, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, said they believed that only about 1.5 million consumers nationwide currently were covered under such plans, about 500,000 of which were purchased by individuals and the rest by small businesses.
January 5, 1997
Regarding people living in converted garages and the letter by George Schultze (Dec. 27), am I the only one who can see a correlation between a family of eight needing to live in substandard housing and the certainty that a family of four would be better able to afford a decent residence? RICHARD LYON San Pedro
June 29, 1989 | From Associated Press
A Japanese manufacturer and Texas supplier were indicted Wednesday on charges of fraud, accused of supplying substandard nuts and bolts to the Defense Department and a nuclear power plant. Officials said the fasteners were used in civilian trucks, military vehicles and at the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in Glen Rose, Tex. But they said they do not know how many substandard parts were used, where they were used or how many were brought into the country. Government tests found that the bolts were weaker than their labeling indicated and could break under stress, said Charles Harrison, assistant special agent in charge of U.S. Customs in Houston.
March 9, 1995
As a primatologist who has participated in the Behavioral Enrichment and Jane Goodall chimpanzee programs at the L.A. Zoo since 1985, I am disturbed by articles and commentaries in The Times which inadvertently malign and undermine the dedicated effort of animal care givers and staff who are constrained to feed, clean and care for animals under exceedingly adverse conditions. They are not starving or mistreating the animals in their charge. While a history of administrative gridlock and a substandard physical facility may be responsible for the demise of the L.A. Zoo, we must support those dedicated keepers who, in conjunction with behavioral enrichment volunteers, continue their effort to counteract the substandard facility at the L.A. Zoo. ERNA TOBACK University of Sterling, Scotland
January 3, 1987
I support Physicians Who Care in their opposition to HMOs. Predictably, it will take five to seven more years for the American people to fully realize the effects of denial of free choice of doctor and the incentive to delay or block treatment. There will be more lawsuits for negligent or substandard practice. Widespread public awareness is essential and will occur. M. HUNTER BROWN MD Santa Monica
February 22, 1994
This month, the engineering professional societies celebrate the accomplishments of their profession. As a registered civil engineer with 50 years experience, I suggest that the local engineers give more attention to the local needs of this county. The quality of the planning, engineering, construction and maintenance of the fixed improvements is deplorable. The freeways and their ramps are congested. The streets and highways do not drain. The storm drains do not function properly and are stopped up when needed to function.
September 6, 1991
My Labor Day weekend musings waxed pessimistic until I read about the 48 families that the Habitat for Humanity Project has helped attain the American dream of home ownership (Sept. 1). The Defense Department is spending $30 billion a year in contracts with foreign providers. Increased taxation and the flight of manufacturers to countries with substandard conditions and cheap labor will continue to impede the American worker; one wonders who will be able to buy homes in the future.
October 28, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The star medical expert for Michael Jackson's physician began his testimony Thursday with the acknowledgment that not even he could explain the doctor's treatment of the pop star. "Let's deal with the elephant in the room here," a defense attorney said to Dr. Paul White, the most important and probably final witness for the physician. "Conrad Murray has been accused of infusing a dose of propofol and leaving his patient. Can you justify that?" "Absolutely not," White replied.
September 22, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
No fewer than 70,000 bridges across the country need repair, but the example President Obama highlighted Thursday stands out in one convenient political respect: It connects the states of the two Republican lawmakers who have the power to bottle up his jobs package. Obama stood before the Brent Spence Bridge and issued a challenge to House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, prodding them to pass a jobs bill meant to create work for idle construction workers.
March 3, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Council members voted Wednesday to pursue a city investigation into whether a prominent housing developer may have bilked the city out "substantial public funds" when it built dozens of apartments for low-income families in neighborhoods such as Chinatown and South Los Angeles. Advanced Development and Investment Inc. is already the subject of a federal investigation that began after a court-appointed receiver alleged the company had falsified the invoices it had given to Glendale officials, made potentially improper gifts to public officials and built potentially substandard housing.
January 24, 2011 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
An Aurora Las Encinas Hospital employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the owners of the Pasadena mental hospital, alleging that top company officials have defrauded the federal government by providing "minimal, substandard care" to patients. The lawsuit, filed last year under seal in U.S. District Court, recently was made public. The suit marks the latest in a series of complaints about care at the psychiatric hospital known for decades as a destination for wealthy and famous patients seeking mental health help and treatment for alcohol and drug abuse.
September 4, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
This year's summer movie season is coming to an end and, if you're like me, it's hard not to say good riddance. As Shakespeare would have put it if reviewing films had been his line of work, for critics the warm weather months are "the summer of our discontent. " I say this despite the fact that there have been some truly memorable motion pictures this summer, even ones from major studios. If you go to movies with any regularity you know that any season that produces both "Toy Story 3" and "Inception" has got to have something going for it. And, of course, there have also been the good smaller films that more and more often come out in the summer as distribution companies realize that counterprogramming can work and that audiences don't necessarily stop thinking when the weather gets nice.
May 11, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Officials at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar acknowledged Monday that they had launched an investigation into possible leaks of patient information and had warned staff not to speak to the media after reports in the Los Angeles Times about allegations of substandard care in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. Carolyn Rhee, the county-run hospital's chief executive, said county Health Department policy is "that our employees not talk directly to the media." "We have people who do that," she said.
August 16, 1990
Steve Lidell's splendid response (Times, Aug. 9) to Thomas Militello's letter was most provocative. The Los Angeles Heat should be a regular feature in the main sports section. The team represents Los Angeles, not the South Bay. The Heat front office has maintained a remarkably low profile, while being forced to have the team develop its talents on a narrow playing surface with an omnipresent gale blowing directly along it. These young professionals deserve better. It is always easy to criticize any management, but one wonders how many fans have shown up--more than once--due to apparent poor liaison with the media.
June 19, 1988
Assessing their defeat, supporters of Measure A identified the "deceptive advertising" of their opponents but overlooked a flaw in their own strategy. Their refusal to put any provision in Measure A that could have countered its possible harmful effects on the supply of low-income housing is symptomatic of something more fundamental. Supporters said Measure A would protect their "quality of life." Yet the very quality of life for these relatively affluent county residents depends on dumping Orange County's worst social problems in Santa Ana or other inner-city areas, then pretending that appallingly overcrowded substandard housing--with woefully inadequate public works, schools, parks and amenities, as well as the resulting epidemic proportions of crime, drugs and gang violence--do not exist.
May 6, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County officials have placed two staff members at Olive View- UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar on paid leave after allegations that they had participated in a makeshift beauty salon atop medical equipment in the ward for high-risk newborns, according to county officials. The county this week also opened an investigation into broader allegations that doctors, nurses and staff at the neonatal intensive care unit put babies at risk through substandard care. The allegations were contained in two anonymous complaints received by the commission that accredits the facility.
August 15, 2009
For two years, immigration advocates petitioned the federal government to institute legally enforceable standards for the nation's 300 detention centers, where immigrants facing deportation suffer from substandard medical care and deprivations of due process -- cloaked by secrecy that shrouds much of the immigration system and the centers in particular. The George W. Bush administration, true to form, shrugged off those appeals. Then, in June, a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to respond to the petition.
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