CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1999 |
A band of rebels has bunkered in the hills above Los Angeles, surprising hikers, campers and mountain bikers with a novel rallying cry: "You can't see the forest for the fees!" The forest firebrands are incensed over the Adventure Pass, a U.S. Forest Service program that since 1997 has charged visitors to four Southern California national forests a $5 daily or $30 annual fee per carload, using the proceeds for maintenance.
March 25, 2010 |
Zeal has replaced science and common sense at the Food and Drug Administration. Last year, the FDA attempted to block importation of "electronic cigarettes" -- an important aid to cessation of smoking -- but was enjoined from doing so by the federal courts. It also reversed a sound policy that required prior legal review of warning letters sent to companies, and it has increased the amounts of data that will need to be obtained and submitted to regulators for medical devices -- including pacemakers, artificial joints and cardiac stents -- to an extent that threatens innovation in the industry.
June 27, 1992 |
Youth teams wishing to use athletic facilities at Los Angeles Unified School District campuses may find the gates locked and doors closed beginning Wednesday. The Los Angeles Board of Education voted on Thursday to eliminate from the 1992-93 budget nearly $1.4 million that previously was earmarked for Student Auxiliary Services. Slashed was the youth services arm of that division, which provided supervision and granted use permits for athletic facilities at district campuses.
December 26, 1997 |
Jim Sanderson stepped inside the ritzy Long Beach nightclub Jillian's, ready to play, but without a dollar in his pocket. The 30-year-old stockbroker, dressed in a chic dark suit, nonchalantly sauntered past the crush at the steel-and-glass bar, past the attractive brunet playing with her empty martini glass, past the pool tables, until he reached his destination: a small ATM tucked in a dark corner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2000 |
A Los Angeles airport commissioner is floating a proposal to charge Orange County residents a special fee whenever they use LAX. The idea raised a swift and furious outcry from foes of a proposed El Toro airport, who claim the commissioner is trying to force Orange County into building a large commercial airport.
May 21, 2002 |
Medical device makers said they have reached a deal to pay user fees to U.S. regulators to shorten review times for companies' products. AdvaMed, which represents 1,100 device companies, said industry representatives negotiated an agreement on user fees with the Food and Drug Administration. Congress would have to authorize the fees before the FDA could collect them. Drug makers have paid user fees for 10 years, helping new medicines to reach the market quicker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1994
Closing the campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest is a typical bureaucratic non-solution to a perceived problem. If so many people want to use the campsites (and who are the true owners of the property) why not increase the fee for using the campsites and pay the rangers to maintain them? I have heard, and I believe, that the user fees disappear in Washington. If that is true, it is a perfect argument for decentralized control and giving the district ranger the authority and responsibility of setting and collecting user fees to accommodate the local condition and to serve the public.
March 8, 2009 |
If you're like most cellphone users, you probably think you're paying less than 10 cents per minute for calls. Think again. When you do the math, you find the average cellphone customer actually pays more than $3 per minute, according to a report being issued this week by the Utility Consumers' Action Network, a San Diego consumer advocacy group. I got a sneak peek at the report the other day. Researchers arrived at the average $3.