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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1999 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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OPINION
March 25, 2010 | By Henry I. Miller
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.
SPORTS
June 27, 1992 | STEVE ELLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 26, 1997 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac
The Food and Drug Administration was sitting pretty last week, winning a significant budget increase while many other federal agencies faced the prospect of cut or frozen funding as the Obama administration confronts a 13-figure deficit. But a coalition of public interest advocates, patient groups and healthcare industry interests regulated by the FDA had a swift response: It's not enough. "We are disappointed in the president's budget request and . . . will seek to increase" the budget, said Steven Grossman, deputy executive director of Alliance for a Stronger FDA. The group lists seven former FDA commissioners and many of the largest and most influential consumer, food and pharmaceutical trade groups among its 180 members.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2002 | Reuters
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.
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