CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2004 |
William A. Mitchell, 92, a food scientist who invented Pop Rocks candy, died of congestive heart failure Monday in a Stockton care home, his daughter said. Mitchell, who worked as a chemist for General Foods Corp. in White Plains, N.Y., for 35 years until his retirement in 1976, held more than 70 patents, including inventions related to Cool Whip, quick-set Jell-O gelatin and the drink mix Tang. While working briefly for Eastman Kodak Co.
September 15, 1988 |
William L. Mitchell, who designed such cars as the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray and Buick Riviera during his 42-year General Motors career, is dead at age 76. The auto maker said the retired vice president died Monday at a Royal Oak hospital but did not list a cause of death. Mitchell, a GM vice president since 1958, retired as the head of the Design Staff in 1977.
April 22, 2011 |
The Better Business Bureau of the Southland is getting another shakeup at the top. William Mitchell, who led the organization for 26 years, has quietly resigned — for a second time — after criticism over the group's rating system for businesses and his compensation, which exceeded $400,000 a year. Mitchell previously announced his resignation in December, only to rescind it in February. At the time, Mitchell said he was needed to fend off efforts by the national Council of Better Business Bureaus to take control of the local group.
November 24, 2010 |
The executive who heads the organization's Los Angeles branch makes more than $400,000 a year. His San Diego counterpart brings in $206,000. The head of a smaller office in New York earns $175,000. Salaries at a corporation? Guess again. That's the compensation for local presidents of the nonprofit Better Business Bureaus, which issue letter ratings to businesses that are supposed to reflect how fairly they treat consumers. The organization's national president earned $335,000 in 2008, according to the latest available documents from the Internal Revenue Service.
February 8, 2011 |
The beleaguered head of the local Better Business Bureau, who resigned in December amid controversy over the group's letter-grade rating system and his high salary, has rescinded his resignation and vowed to fight to restore his reputation. William Mitchell, who made more than $400,000 in 2008 running the Southern California chapter, had resigned in the middle of an audit of the chapter by the National Council of Better Business Bureaus. But on Monday, he circulated an e-mail to his staff in which he criticized the Washington-based national council, saying executives were trying to take over the Southern California chapter and pack its board of directors with their own people.
December 27, 2010 |
The head of the Southern California chapter of the Better Business Bureau has resigned amid a scandal over the group's letter-grade rating system and controversy over his high pay. William Mitchell, a 26-year employee of the Better Business Bureau of the Southland, is leaving because of health concerns, said Bob Richardson, the chapter's director of operations. The national organization, which issues ratings to businesses supposedly based on how fairly they treat consumers, has been criticized in recent months for giving businesses better grades if they became dues-paying members.