January 29, 1995
One year after the Los Angeles riots, city voters passed Charter Amendment 1 to allow City Hall to grant special business tax reductions or exemptions in economically depressed areas. An implementing ordinance, which would reduce business license fees through the year 2004, now sits on the desk of Mayor Richard Riordan. It has merit.
February 3, 1985 |
Whenever Samuel Benitez, who now lives in Portland, Ore., even thinks about his old job as a Los Angeles policeman, he says he starts coughing. And the closer he gets to Los Angeles, the worse the hacking gets. Benitez, 35, claims that the cough is caused by stress from working for the Los Angeles Police Department. Complaining that the cough disabled him, he recently won a lifetime tax-free disability pension of $1,480 a month, plus $51,390 in back benefits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2005
What: Statewide special election When: Today Hours: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For polling place information: Call (714) 567-7600 and follow the automated prompts or see the registrar of voters website at www.ocvote.com/polling/ polling.htm * Source: Registrar of voters Los Angeles Times
March 20, 1988
The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County applauds the recent unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors to lift the hiring freeze on Children's Service workers. The hiring of additional workers to ease the serious overloads on caseworkers and the addition of clerical staff will begin to alleviate some of the problems plaguing the Department of Children's Services. The League is supportive of manageable caseloads and sufficient personnel to deliver quality services to the children of this county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2004 |
On a warm July afternoon, an impish second-grader named Dunia Tasejo was running home after buying ice cream on her South Los Angeles street when a car sideswiped her. Knocked to the pavement, she screamed for help, blood pouring from her mouth. Her father bolted from the house to her side. An ambulance rushed her to the nearest hospital: Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. For Elias and Sulma Tasejo, there was no greater terror than seeing their 9-year-old daughter strapped to a gurney that day in 2000.
May 30, 1993
A vote for Charter Amendment 3 on June 8 would remove future city department managers from civil service regulations and require them to be more responsible and responsive. Now, covered by civil service rules, it is almost impossible to remove or even influence managers when they are ineffective or unresponsive to the changes and challenges in Los Angeles. The furor over when former Police Chief Daryl Gates would leave showed how disruptive this can be. This measure would not remove civil service protection for those now so covered but would assure that any newly appointed managers could be held to standards of performance that are necessary to see Los Angeles into the 21st Century.