Lawsuit City

first_imgGranada Hills Who’s in charge? Re “Deal in LAFD-hazing suit” (Sept. 22): What has the city of Los Angeles come to? We now have our firefighters – whom we once held akin to sports figures – making a mockery of the citizens of this city. When will the L.A. City Council stand up to these lawsuits in court? Stop telling us this is the best deal for our city; it’s not. Who is being held responsible in the LAFD for these actions of supposed harassment and discrimination? What is being done to stop this type of activity within the LAFD? Corporate America changed years ago on these types of issues, but seemingly the city of Los Angeles and LAFD continue to wander through life without feeling a need for change or accountability. One has to wonder who is steering the boat. Re “Deal in LAFD-hazing suit” (Sept. 22): Thanks to Eric Garcetti for intervening and now that Tennie Pierce has succeeded in walking away with $1.43 million, $60,000 back pay plus his pension – without going to court – it leaves the door wide open for more racial and frivolous lawsuits. Come one, come all! Just this year $13 million has been paid out in lawsuits by the LAFD alone. It is no wonder we don’t have enough money to fight the gangs; it is all going to frivolous lawsuits and the high salaries of incompetent city officials. The City Council makes it so simple. Let’s all just vote yes and they will go away. At least Mayor Villaraigosa stepped in on the Pierce case, and Dennis Zine is the only council member to oppose the initial $2.7 million settlement last year. – Marianne Castro Lawson – Fred Peters Burbank Bad settlement Re “Deal in LAFD-hazing suit” (Sept. 22): The payment of $1.43 million to an L.A. fireman because he was subjected to a demeaning stunt of having to eat dog food is the most absurd political decision I have ever heard. There was no physical harm to Tennie Pierce and, according to Councilman Dennis Zine, Pierce had a reputation of being a prankster. This should have gone to court where maybe the judge would have had clearer vision and thrown the case out of court. Even if an award had been given, wouldn’t a person in his position have been delighted with $10,000? – Karen Carrington Reseda Jenna case Re “Damage done” (Our Opinions, Sept 24): In view of the news media’s constant reporting of racial conflicts throughout our nation, perhaps we should pause and reflect on two old sayings of yesteryear. “Do unto others as you wish others to do unto you” and “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names won’t hurt me.” Adherence of some degree to such statements is imperative and long overdue for solving some of our social problems; common sense should prevail. – Everett P. Harrington Glendale New homes conserve Re “H2O halt” (Our Opinions, Sept. 19): Southern California is facing a water crisis, but don’t blame home builders. They are simply responding to the demand for new housing caused by our state’s population growth. In fact, home builders are working to solve California’s water problems by working with local governments and communities to conserve water by building new homes that use far less water than older homes. But conservation alone has its limits. To ensure that California has enough water to meet the needs of current and future residents, our long-neglected water supply system must be expanded and better managed. California’s home builders are dedicated to creating homeownership opportunities while protecting the environment – a balance that cannot be compromised. The current water crisis facing the state is a difficult challenge that needs comprehensive solutions. – Robert Rivinius President and CEO California Building Industry Association A design flaw? Re “Mattel backpedals on blame” (Business, Sept. 22): Something sure smells fishy about this. I can understand design flaws in cars, TVs, and even toasters and coffee makers but what exactly is a “design flaw” in a Barbie doll? Did Mattel’s “design flaw” consist of omitting the head, or a leg, or maybe designing in three eyes. This is a simple product that has been manufactured for decades. The design has been around for a long time. We are given no details about what exactly was this “design flaw” that Mattel perpetrated. I suspect that we never will be told the details. – Leonard McGinnis Granada Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Breaking down Warriors vs. Jazz: What are the champs in for in SLC?

first_imgTonight the Warriors will face their first road test of the young season, traveling to Salt Lake City to face the Jazz.Utah, led by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, was among the NBA’s best stories last season, winning 48 games and reaching the conference semis. Now, the Jazz, who were among the best home teams last season, will be ready for the champs.Here’s your pregame rundown…Time/TV: 7:30 ET/ESPN, NBCSBA Where: Vivint Smart Home ArenaTeam Records: Warriors (1-0) Utah Jazz …last_img

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Is Cloud Computing Right for You?

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Look at the evolution of the enterprise and a pattern emerges. On-premise systems evolved to meet business demands. Today, there is the option to move services off the enterprise into the cloud. This executive brief from IDC looks at how enterprises can turn their IT infrastructures into dynamic environments that can scale according to demand and better support business needs.View more documents from ReadWriteWeb.For more resources from Qwest Business, check out our Resource Center. Tags:#enterprise#RWEnterpriseSponsored Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img

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‘Nitish should apologise to people, quit’

first_imgFormer Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should apologise to the people of Bihar for not doing “anything” in the past 14 years and tender his resignation.The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief alleged that Mr. Kumar has failed to deliver on all fronts, especially on the law and order situation. “A series of murders have been committed in different parts of the State. It seems that criminals have a free run in Bihar. People are living under constant fear… The situation is worse than what it was during 15 years of that regime [of the RJD],” Mr. Kushwaha said.last_img

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Ajay Maken should learn from Gill’s mistakes

first_img(From left to right) Former sports minister MS Gill, wrestler Sushil Kumar, coach Satpal.Just A few days before the Union Cabinet reshuffle, the Press Information Bureau came out with an interesting release on how the sports ministry had sanctioned cash awards of Rs 22.57 crore to 286 sportspersons who brought laurels to the country in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.What was most interesting in this was how the sports ministry actually gave details of what each player was going to get and what would be the cheque number!While I am happy that Gagan Narang, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza and the other athletes got their dues and can now use it in the best possible way, it was a bit funny why the ministry had to put out details of the cheques!Mind you, this release was sent when MS Gill was the sports minister. As one who has believed in ‘transparency’ all along in his functioning, he had ruffled more than a few feathers. But I must admit the first thought which came to my mind when this press release was sent is why Gill was timing the release of this money just before the Cabinet reshuffle.There are various versions doing the rounds now as to how Gill was shunted out from the sports ministry. The two big theories being floating about what led to his ouster are his decision to take on the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and flexing muscles with the Indian Olympic Association, leading to a confrontation with the International Olympic Committee.advertisementI am baffled why such theories have to be floated. We all know that games in India are played not just by professional and amateur athletes in outdoor and indoor sporting arenas but in politics as well.Gill himself did not expect he would be moved out from the sports ministry but the reality is that in his two innings, he did a lot of good. The tenure and age limits for office-bearers of national sports federations had officials shivering and shuddering. But the way he came out with this rule lacked diplomacy.Today, if the International Olympic Committee is saying the Indian authorities must change their attitude and stop interfering in the autonomy of national sports federations, they are dead serious. This is the message Gill never read despite the IOC having warned them well in advance in writing. The same had been reported by MAIL TODAY in December.Cash awards for the CWG and the Asian Games medallists are very good. But this should not have been made out as if athletes who bring us glory are clamouring for the riches.Then again, as far as the dope laboratory in New Delhi is concerned, Gill did well to ensure it got accreditation from the World Anti-Doping Agency. Efforts to ensure national sports federations registered themselves with the sports ministry was also a good effort.But where Gill erred was in his approach. Everyone knows in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, he did not do a good job. Gill should know his confrontation with the Organising Committee and others involved did a lot of damage.Who can forget that he went about inaugurating CWG venues when they were clearly not ready? Then again, Gill’s gaffes were well chronicled as well. From saying Formula One is hardly a sport to pushing away champion weightlifter Sushil Kumar’s guru Satpal in full view of the media were not forgotten.What was also not forgotten was how he did not even know that Pullela Gopi Chand was Saina Nehwal’s coach.So if Gill is still wondering why he was removed from the sports ministry, it was a culmination of many factors and not just because he took on BCCI and the IOC.And even today, as the CWG mess haunts every Indian, how can Gill believe he had no role to play in it?As they say, it’s time to move on and the new man in the seat, Ajay Maken, seems ready for the challenges ahead. At 47, Maken is a young and dynamic minister who has kept track of Indian sport and the issues related to it. Maken’s media interactions seem very balanced till now and he is not talking of miracles in which India will win a dozen medals at the 2012 London Olympics.Then again, as a seasoned politician, Maken’s diplomacy is well known.When he deals with the grand old men who run all kinds of national sports federations, he has to be discerning and differentiate between fact and fiction.advertisementWhere Maken needs to be fast and prompt in taking action is in the issue of hiring foreign coaches and ensuring sport in India is promoted at the grassroot level.Even as Hockey India is conducting interviews for the coaches’ posts for the men’s and women’s teams, we cannot fool ourselves that Indian sport doesn’t need foreign coaches. From athletics to boxing, shooting to gymnastics, we need foreign coaches. We also need them in many other disciplines, even though they demand a lot of money.In professional sport, no good foreign coach comes cheap. I am sure our new sports minister will address all these issues and will also ensure we come down hard on dope cheats in Indian sport. Gill used to talk of “winning clean medals” at the CWG. That’s a philosophy which should never change.last_img read more

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