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November 21, 2012
Re "L.A. looks to curb unruly valet parking," Nov. 17 One sentence in this article stuck out: "Several city agencies and valet company operators and business worked together to devise the proposed rules. " Huh? I have witnessed and experienced all of the egregious valet parking behaviors detailed in the article. The most heinous behavior has been "monopolizing metered spots. " Why can valet companies use street spots in the first place? Some might ask why valets shouldn't be able to use the same meters as everyone else.
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State authorities Thursday imposed $40,000 in fines against Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) and two GOP committees after finding that the lawmaker laundered that amount of political money into his brother's 2008 Assembly campaign. The state Fair Political Practices Commission voted unanimously to uphold an administrative law judge's ruling that Berryhill committed a "serious and deliberate" violation of California's campaign finance laws. The commissioners decided in a 20-minute closed session to include in the fines the Stanislaus County and San Joaquin County Republican central committees for their role as conduits in passing $40,000 from Berryhill to his brother's successful campaign.
January 18, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
State regulators have fined a pair of Inland Empire warehouse operating companies more than a quarter of a million dollars for allowing unsafe working conditions at four San Bernardino County distribution centers. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Wednesday said it issued $256,445 in citations for more than 60 violations found during a recent inspection of warehouses in Chino. Cited were warehouse owner National Distribution Centers and its temporary staffing contractor, Tri State Staffing.
April 20, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A longtime board member of the country's largest public pension fund is in trouble again with California's political watchdog. Priya Mathur, board vice president of the $288-billion California Public Employees' Retirement System, has a penchant for not filing timely reports to the Fair Political Practices Commission. And she failed again for 2012 and 2013. Since she was first elected in 2002, Mathur, a financial analyst for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, has been fined $13,000 for five reporting violations.
April 16, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The NCAA's ongoing investigation into the Oregon football program appears to be crawling toward conclusion. It may still be months before a final verdict is rendered, but documents released Monday reveal the NCAA and the school concluded “major” violations were committed. The parties do not agree on the severity of the violations, which will necessitate Oregon appearing before the Committee on Infractions sometime this spring or summer. Oregon has proposed two years probation with a reduction of one scholarship each of the next three seasons.
September 1, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Arcadia High School early this summer self-reported to the CIF Southern Section alleged rule violations that led to the dismissal of cross country Coach James O'Brien, according to a report by the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group . In a letter to the interscholastic athletic organization, Brent Forsee, Arcadia's principal, said the alleged violations dated back to 2009 and included mandatory Sunday practices in which captains were directed to...
August 23, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The tour bus operator whose vehicle overturned on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale, injuring 52 people , has logged three moving violations this year, all of them out-of-state, federal records show. The operator, Da Zhen Bus, was cited twice in February for exceeding the speed limit in Arizona -- once by 6 to 10 mph, and again by 11 to 14 mph. A bus also was cited in Nevada in May for driving too close to another vehicle, according to records with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
September 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
Tattletales may no longer be quite as much welcomed by the PGA Tour. Four days after videotape caught Tiger Woods violating a rule at the BMW Championship, Commissioner Tim Finchem said that officials will review the increasingly common practice of players' being ratted out by video evidence and television viewers. Speaking with reporters before the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Finchem characterized such incidents as occasionally "awkward. " In particular, officials could consider whether there should be a time limit for reporting violations and whether a player should be disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard if  wrongdoing comes to light after the fact.
January 7, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Former state Assemblyman Russell Bogh has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine to the state ethics agency for exceeding a limit on the size of campaign contributions in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for state Senate. The per-contribution limit in that race was $3,900, but Bogh accepted a contribution of $11,000 in the form of an in-kind loan from Bogh Engineering, a firm owned by his brother and sister-in-law, when the company paid that amount to Public Opinion Strategies for polling services.
March 19, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera and E. Scott Reckard
Eight large banks face will be fined by regulators for foreclosure abuses, the Federal Reserve official said Monday. The banks -- EverBank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC North America, OneWest Bank, MetLife, PNC Financial Services Group, US Bancorp and SunTrust Banks -- face sanctions for "unsafe and unsound practices in their loan servicing and foreclosure processing," the Fed said. No fine amounts were released Monday. But the Fed believes "monetary sanctions are appropriate" for the banks, Suzanne G. Gillian, the agency's senior associate director in the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, told a congressional hearing in New York on Monday.  She did not say when the exact fines would be announced.
April 15, 2014 | By Jason Song
Jewel Wade remembers the tense atmosphere at Compton Community College in 2006, when it was rumored the school would close. "The whole school was kind of depressing because nobody knew what was going on," Wade recalled Tuesday. State officials did strip the school of its accreditation and turned the campus into a satellite of a nearby two-year college. The $25-million library, which had been set to open in 2007, was found to be plagued with code violations and sat unused for nearly seven years before finally opening late last month after undergoing extensive renovations that cost an additional $4 million.
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A homeless man convicted of trespassing at Selena Gomez's home was charged Monday with stalking and violating a court order to stay away from the former Disney star. The charges filed against Che Cruz come just days after he pleaded no contest to trespassing at Gomez's home, after which he was sentenced to 45 days in Los Angeles County jail and ordered to stay away from the star's home. Cruz, 20, was arrested March 30 inside a bathroom of a guest house on the property being purchased by Gomez, 21, authorities said.
April 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., indicted by the federal government for criminal behavior stemming from a Bay Area natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, still faces more trouble. In the next few months, PG&E will face the likelihood of a fine from the California Public Utilities Commission as high as $2.25 billion for its role in the September 2010 disaster in the city of San Bruno. On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced that a grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 alleged violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act involving poor record keeping and faulty management practices.
April 1, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was indicted Tuesday on a dozen felony counts connected to the massive 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and ravaged a San Bruno, Calif., neighborhood. The utility was charged with violating federal pipeline safety laws, including failing to identify all potential threats to the aging, high-pressure line that sparked the disaster and not maintaining proper repair records, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
March 28, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
A Vernon battery recycler under fire for contaminating nearby homes with lead and threatening the health of more than 100,000 people with its arsenic emissions is in trouble once again for emitting more than the permitted level of lead, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. As a result, the agency will order Exide to curtail its operations by 15%. On March 22 and 23, an air monitor on the northeast side of the Exide Technologies plant, near the Los Angeles River, picked up lead levels that were high enough to cause the outdoor air concentration to exceed 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter based on a 30-day average - a violation of rules designed to protect public health.
March 26, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The World Trade Organization on Wednesday said that China's restrictions on the exports of rare earths -- raw materials commonly used in the manufacturing of electronics -- violate trade rules. China had argued that the restrictions, which included export duties and quotas, were in place to conserve exhaustible natural resources, but other countries disagreed. The United States two years ago complained to the World Trade Organization about the restrictions, arguing that they artificially raised the prices of rare earths for other countries and gave preferable pricing to Chinese manufacturers.
March 29, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
A former mine official has pleaded guilty to conspiring to impede mine safety enforcement at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, where 29 workers died in a 2010 explosion. Gary May, 43, of Bloomingrose, W. Va., admitted Thursday to concealing health and safety violations, using code phrases to give advance warning of inspections and ordering a mine examination book to be falsified. His actions, while he was superintendent of the mine, were intended to mask safety violations, including poor airflow and accumulation of explosive coal dust, two factors that have been deemed causes of the deadly explosion.
December 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you are a parent who lets your kids scream and go nuts on a plane - congratulations - you top the list of most annoying etiquette violators in the air. Parents who travel with loud kids are considered more annoying than passengers who kick the back of seats and travelers with nasty odors. Even fliers who take off their shoes and socks in the airtight cabin are less offensive, according to a survey of 1,001 Americans by the travel website Annoying children and their parents were ranked by 41% of those surveyed as the most annoying airplane etiquette violators.
March 25, 2014 | By Luke O'Neil, guest blogger
This week a video emerged online of a man BASE-jumping from the top of New York's 1 World Trade Center. The video is a lot of things: Thrilling and frightening. Extremely stupid also comes to mind. Yet another way of looking at it is as a grave desecration of hallowed ground, a veritable slap in the face to our collective national pain. That's the response the Port Authority, which owns and operates the building, had to the video, and to the news that the four men involved in the jump had turned themselves into police on Monday . “The Port Authority joins the NYPD in condemning this lawless and selfish act that clearly endangered the public,” the agency said in a statement . “One of the jumpers worked construction at the WTC and violated the spirit of respect and reverence for this sacred site that almost all connected with the WTC project feel.” James Brady, Kyle Hartwell, Marco Markovich and Andrew Rossig, three of whom parachuted from the top of the country's tallest tower in September, have been charged with felony burglary, misdemeanor reckless endangerment and misdemeanor jumping from a structure.
March 24, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
The troubled Central Basin Municipal Water District violated the state's open-meeting laws when it created a $2.7-million fund in virtual secrecy, an investigation by the agency's attorneys concluded. The fund, created for a groundwater storage project, was managed without public hearings or notifications, and records related to it were among those subpoenaed by federal prosecutors. The subpoenas came after an FBI raid on the Sacramento offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello)
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