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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
Because local hospitals plan to stop supplying paramedic vans with medical supplies, the City Council tonight will consider raising paramedic fees by $25 per call. Residents may buy paramedic service "subscriptions" for $24 a year, avoiding the higher costs of individual paramedic calls to their homes or businesses. Those who do not subscribe are billed for service and for supplies used.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO — Let's begin with the basics: Tobacco companies are inherently evil. They peddle poison that causes cancer and addicts people to their killer products. Second, smoking is nuts. Smokers know that. Spare the lectures. Can't stop, they say. Nonsense. Millions have. They'll stop eventually when the nurse thrusts the ventilator tube down their throat. I've been blessed. Never smoked. But for much of my generation, lighting up was a rite of passage.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1997
To the delight of shoppers, rates will be cut at city parking structures in Old Pasadena. In response to complaints about the expense of parking in the San Gabriel Valley's most popular pedestrian promenade, Pasadena officials this week approved cuts that will halve the rate of late-night parking and make other reductions.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1995 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As part of a lawsuit settlement reached with the Orange County district attorney's office, Paragon Cable agreed Friday to set aside $1.77 million to reimburse customers who were forced to pay excessively high late fees on their monthly bills to keep their service. Paragon Cable's 99,000 former or current customers who were charged late fees over the past four years can file a claim for reimbursements averaging $5.05 for each late fee billing, up to three billings totaling $15.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1989
As a member of a number of small organizations which are "users" of Los Angeles County parks and gardens, I wish to protest a recent directive by the director of these facilities. After more than 15 years of participation in garden shows, bonsai exhibitions and group meetings, I have become a witness to a major decline in attendance to our affairs. Where a weeklong show would attract several thousand Los Angeles residents, we now see a major reduction in attendance due to the $3 entry fee. Now, the facility management has seen fit to enact another "user" charge of $50 and $25 to organizations which use these public garden buildings for their meetings and shows.
BUSINESS
February 7, 1995 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton's budget proposes raising $1 billion a year from a new levy on broadcasters and other users of the nation's airwaves--but the television industry appears confident it can defeat any such measure. The proposal would require that Congress pass legislation to give the Federal Communications Commission the authority to charge user fees for licenses that the agency now allocates to private companies for little or no cost.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1999
An attempt to impose a fee on parking at the Ventura Harbor, another parking fee levied on beach goers and the Adventure Pass fee imposed on national forest visitors have left me wondering why I have so dutifully been paying taxes all these years. Too often, local government officials fall back on the people rather than themselves to solve their ills. It is an easy way out to insist that only an additional parking fee--what amounts to an additional tax--will keep figures in the black.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1989
Agreeing with a recommendation by the city's Parks and Recreation Commission, the Torrance City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to increase recreational user fees by an average of 10% over the next two years. The council rejected a recommendation by the city Finance Department and the city manager to increase the fees by 30% over the same period. The Parks and Recreation Commission told the council in a report that it feared a 30% increase might make city recreational services too expensive for many senior citizens, children and low-income residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1990
Your photo (Jan. 30) showing the women being transported from the scene of an accident in Costa Mesa to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana via helicopter is a perfect example of the sad state of the health-care "system" in the county. If you are the unfortunate accident victim in the cities of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster or Costa Mesa, it is likely that you will have to be flown to Santa Ana--not only because we lack a trauma center here but also because the traffic system is too congested and unpredictable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2009 | Bob Pool
A popular golf course at the VA Medical Center in Brentwood has been closed to the public as federal investigators look into suspected embezzlement of greens fees there. The nine-hole, par-3 course -- built for returning World War II veterans by members of the Hillcrest Country Club -- has been open in recent years to others who pay $12 per round to play. But as much as $200,000 in user fees may be missing, according to some who are familiar with the course's operation.
NATIONAL
July 6, 2008 | Stuart Glascock, Times Staff Writer
A noisy fight over user fees has erupted on Idaho's scenic lakes and world-famous river rapids. It pits white-water river rafters, kayakers and canoeists against powerboaters. At issue is who pays for services such as docks, launching pads, parking lots, restrooms and search-and-rescue efforts. Motorboaters pay registration fees and gas taxes; others don't. Powerboaters complained to state officials that others were not paying their fair share of user fees.
NEWS
March 16, 2004 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
A Pasadena man named Robert Bartsch decided to take a hike in the San Bernardino National Forest last year. He also decided that, as a citizen, he owns the forest, so it should be a free hike. Enter the rangers. For seven years, the San Bernardino, Angeles, Cleveland and Los Padres national forests have been experimenting with a controversial fee program called Adventure Pass, and Bartsch was defying it.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2003 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
The Yahoo search engine continues to find black ink. Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit more than doubled to $50.8 million as revenue jumped 42% to $321.4 million. Results were powered by a boost in advertising, proceeds from companies paying to be highlighted in Web searches and fees from users for services such as larger e-mail storage capacity, online matchmaking and job listings. A year earlier, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company's profit was $21.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2002 | AMANDA COVARRUBIAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tucked against the jagged mountains of Ojai Valley lies a dusty campground with warped picnic tables and ragged barbecue pits. Red-feathered orioles sing and flutter among the ancient oak trees that grace the nearly deserted county park. Camp Comfort has remained this way for some 20 years, its fraying edges offset by the beauty of its surroundings, but change is coming as the Ventura County Parks Department places the campground at the top of its cleanup list.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2001 | JON HEALEY and P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Attempting to settle a potentially crippling copyright-infringement suit, Napster Inc. offered Tuesday to pay record companies $1 billion over five years for the right to include their music in a new fee-based Internet song-swapping service. Company executives and Thomas Middelhoff, chief of media conglomerate Bertelsmann, implored the labels to suspend their legal assault while all the parties work out a deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1992
I would like to suggest a modest proposal that Gov. Wilson might consider in light of the state budget crisis. While his proposed cuts in welfare, food stamps, renter's credits and other assistance for poor and working Californians is clearly most fair and impartial, the serious economic problems we face due to looted thrifts, junk bonds, tax cuts for the wealthy, mass corporate layoffs, etc., call for new solutions. The homeless population is presently one of the few growth sectors of our economy, and its members are definitely getting a "free ride."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2000 | KATHRYN MacLAREN
RICHARD L. BERGER Film composer, Los Angeles Between 15 and 20 new golf courses (depending on how far you'll drive to play) have become available to Angelenos in the past year or so. All of the new courses are very expensive compared with the public courses that have been played by city golfers for the past umpteen years. Golf builds character in ways that other sports don't.
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.
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