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June 22, 1986
I thought it might be of interest to your theatergoing readers that several box offices in town quietly add a surcharge to your bill if you pay or reserve seats by credit card. They say this is to make up for the interest the credit company charges them. What they don't tell you is that this practice is illegal according to Civil Code No. 1748.1. FRED WILLARD Los Angeles TITLE 1.3. CREDIT CARDS Section 1748.1. Surcharges; treble damages; attorney's fees and costs; venue; any sales transaction; legislative intent (New)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I had breakfast at Republique on La Brea Avenue on Tuesday, and here's how the tab broke down: Cafe Americano - $3.25 Quiche - $5 Tax - 0.77 Surcharge Healthy LA - 0.25 The last item is the one creating a little controversy at the new high-end restaurant in the old Campanile space. The owners are adding a 3% fee to every bill, which they say will pay for healthcare insurance for all their employees, from hostesses and bartenders to dishwashers and potato peelers. "This is offensive," snapped one Yelper, who called the fee "a 3% surcharge for Obamacare.
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BUSINESS
April 17, 2013 | By Shan Li
Using ATM machines out of your bank's network is getting increasingly more expensive. Those transactions tend to hit customers with two fees -- one from your own bank and the second from the ATM that takes a surcharge fee. That surcharge fee has jumped 20% to an average $2.10 last year, up from $1.75 in 2007, according to a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report. Photos: Top 10 richest people ever led by 14th century African king Banks and credit unions charged fees ranging from 45 cents to $5, according to the GAO, while independently operated ATMs charged from $1.50 to $3. (The report notes there may be fees that are far higher that were not included in their sample)
BUSINESS
June 4, 2013 | David Lazarus
Sherry Tedeschi is an avid moviegoer, typically hitting a film a week, sometimes two or three. The Beverly Hills resident usually patronizes the AMC Century City 15 multiplex so she can poke around the Westfield mall after the show. She buys packets of discounted AMC tickets at Costco. So it was with more than a little dismay that Tedeschi, 69, learned recently that, beginning July 8, her discounted AMC tickets will be slapped with a $2 "location surcharge. " Such fees are a sneaky way that ticket prices are being jacked up at a time when audiences are shrinking and average costs to catch a flick already are near a record high.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2001
Re "Firms' Use of Energy Fees Catching Heat," July 26: It's time to stop adding insult to injury by charging Californians energy surcharges on goods and services while they also suffer their own huge utility bills. I have another solution that would make our Texan president and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proud: surcharge exports. Like Texas' isolationist energy policy, and indeed as the president suggests, California businesses should simply accept that this energy problem is their own--and deal with it. So instead, let's share the pain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's political team has spent the last two months talking up the need for the Department of Water and Power to adopt a so-called carbon surcharge, one that would require ratepayers to pay more to cover the cost of renewable energy. Now, that proposal has been incorporated into a larger increase, which would also force DWP customers to pay more to cover the cost of fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, which generate much of the utility's electricity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
California electricity users have paid $700 million in surcharges for research on clean and efficient energy production, but not all of the money may have been well spent and the program should be overhauled or killed, state officials say in a new report. Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor has concluded in a review of the program that about 10% of the money collected by the California Energy Commission was spent on research not directly related to the purpose of the surcharges. Questionable grants were awarded for research on deforestation, salmon habitat restoration and "the potential impact of climate change on bird distribution," Taylor said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
For five years, all UC students have been paying a $60 annual fee to help the university finance massive refunds for past illegal tuition practices. As a result of a UC regents vote Thursday, that charge will continue for five more years. The controversy began a decade ago when students in law, medical, nursing and other UC professional schools complained that they were being forced to pay fee increases despite promises in university brochures and websites that their education costs would not rise before graduation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2001
"Edison Parent Kept $1.4 Billion in Tax Overpayments" (Feb. 10) reports that a state Assembly investigation reveals Edison diverted tax refunds to its subsidiary companies. So, if parents took their tax refund and gifted it to their needy children, would this be a crime? The real outrage should be directed toward the decades of higher electricity rates to consumers and the surcharge taxes that municipal electricity departments divert to city coffers, possibly circumventing the "no tax without a vote" requirement of Prop.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
In a major effort to create more high-tech jobs, Gov. Jerry Brown is sponsoring legislation to extend a state program that collects about $400 million a year from utility customers and invests it in renewable energy and efficiency programs. The surcharge, added to monthly electric bills since 1997, is set to expire at the end of the year, and the Legislature has only two weeks to reauthorize the levy. But because the surcharge is a tax, the bill has to be passed by a two-thirds majority of the Legislature.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2013 | By Shan Li
Using ATM machines out of your bank's network is getting increasingly more expensive. Those transactions tend to hit customers with two fees -- one from your own bank and the second from the ATM that takes a surcharge fee. That surcharge fee has jumped 20% to an average $2.10 last year, up from $1.75 in 2007, according to a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report. Photos: Top 10 richest people ever led by 14th century African king Banks and credit unions charged fees ranging from 45 cents to $5, according to the GAO, while independently operated ATMs charged from $1.50 to $3. (The report notes there may be fees that are far higher that were not included in their sample)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
For five years, all UC students have been paying a $60 annual fee to help the university finance massive refunds for past illegal tuition practices. As a result of a UC regents vote Thursday, that charge will continue for five more years. The controversy began a decade ago when students in law, medical, nursing and other UC professional schools complained that they were being forced to pay fee increases despite promises in university brochures and websites that their education costs would not rise before graduation.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint
This post has been updated -- see below for details. Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has quietly added a surcharge to some customers for sports channels separately on several of its most popular programming packages. New DirecTV subscribers who live in areas where there are more than one regional sports network (Los Angeles has four -- News Corp.'s Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West and Time Warner Cable's SportsNet and Deportes) and want those channels are being asked to pay a monthly surcharge of $3. That fee is on top of whatever portion of the costs of the channels DirecTV passes on to its customers.
NATIONAL
November 16, 2012 | By Danielle Ryan
WASHINGTON -- On Jan. 1, 2016, the Treasury Department will begin issuing commemorative coins to celebrate Mark Twain's contribution to American literary history, thanks to a bill approved by the House on Thursday evening. Mark Twain was the pen name used by Samuel Langhorne Clemens, most famous for writing "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and other American classics. During 2016, as many as 100,000 gold $5 coins will be issued with a surcharge of $35, while as many asĀ  350,000 silver $1 coins will be issued with a surcharge of $10. Twain remains one of the best-known and widest-read authors in the world, with more than 6,500 editions of his books translated into 75 languages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2012 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Quoting from the New Testament and with his dog Sutter by his side, Gov. Jerry Brown formally kicked off his campaign Wednesday for Proposition 30. Brown cast the November ballot measure, which would temporarily raise sales taxes and impose an income surcharge on California's highest earners, as a choice between requiring the wealthiest residents to pay more and losing about $6 billion from public schools and universities. "It's about taking money from the most blessed and giving it to the schools," the governor said.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Fuel surcharges - those fees that airlines say they add to ticket prices to compensate for higher fuel costs - have increased twice as fast as fuel prices in the last year, according to a new study. What's more, most airlines have not reduced fuel surcharges since 2009, despite drops in fuel prices over that time, according to the study by corporate travel management company Carson Wagonlit Travel. Fuel surcharges can represent an increase of as much as 50% on ticket prices, depending on the airline and the destination.
BUSINESS
June 8, 1987
However, the prospect of a widespread move to raise fares is expected to rest with industry leader Texas Air Corp., which in the past has aborted similar moves by refusing to go along. TWA announced last week that it would impose surcharges of $3 to $7 on all domestic one-way tickets and $8 on international tickets. TWA said the fare increases were intended to offset jet fuel prices, which it said rose more than 20% between November and April.
BUSINESS
January 24, 1999
I am surprised by the $2 surcharge that Delta Airlines has levied on those who purchase tickets through travel agencies, through Delta's 800 number and at the airport [Delta Adds Fee to Tickets Not Bought Online, Jan. 14]. The reason given is that it costs too much to maintain the system. Isn't it part of the cost of doing business, like buying airplanes, maintaining airplanes and paying salaries? It seems logical that, with the availability of the Internet as a cost-saving device, they should reduce ticket prices $2 for customers who purchase through the Internet, instead of the other way around.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Fuel surcharges - those fees that airlines say they add to ticket prices to compensate for higher fuel costs - have increased twice as fast as fuel prices in the past year, according to a new study. What's more, most airlines have not reduced fuel surcharges since 2009, despite dips in fuel prices over that time, according to the study by the corporate travel management company Carson Wagonlit Travel. Fuel surcharges can represent a hike of up to 40% or 50% on ticket prices, depending on the airline and the destination.
TRAVEL
January 8, 2012
A pronounced omission, oui ? I was surprised after reading "Adventures on Tintin's Turf" [by Susan Spano, Jan. 1] not to have found any reference to the correct pronunciation of Tintin's name. As a retired associate professor of Spanish and a frequent visitor to France and Belgium, I noticed this. Americans pronounce it as in "Rin Tin Tin," but the correct pronunciation is more or less "Tantan," with the difficult nasal "n" at the end, as in "coq au vin," because, of course, the name is French.
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