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Jean Harris, a feisty advocate for gay and lesbian rights and longtime Democratic Party activist who helped elect openly gay candidates in California, has died. She was 66. Harris, who had a number of serious health problems, was found June 25 in her...
L.A. NOWSan Francisco voters trickled into the polls Tuesday to choose a mayor from a pool of 16 candidates, including interim Mayor Ed Lee. Lee became the city’s first Asian American mayor when he was named to fill out the term......
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe public school enrollment of autistic children, whether born into privileged or impoverished circumstances, has gone from a trickle to a flood. Their legal rights are crashing up against strapped school budgets. Under two federal laws -- the...
California's voting districts are redrawn every 10 years, when new census figures are released. Anyone with the population data and a home computer could easily draw maps of evenly populated districts. One map is needed to show the four new districts of...
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TONY QUINN is editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of legislative and congressional elections.NINE TIMES California voters have been asked to reform the way the state draws its legislative and congressional districts, and nine times they have said no. But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seems convinced that the 10th time will be the charm. It's a...
Times Staff WritersSACRAMENTO — On a day of fierce recriminations, Republican allies and friends of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared shaken Wednesday by the collapse of his agenda in this week's special election, saying he needs to recapture the confidence of...
Early last week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's water plans looked to be headed down the path of universal healthcare. A Feb. 21 meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) raised hopes that a bipartisan water bond might surface in Sacramento. But then...
SHEILA JAMES KUEHL (D-Santa Monica) chairs the state Senate Health Committee.IF ATTENTION IS the precursor to action, something might finally be done in Sacramento about the dismal state of healthcare insurance in California. Four healthcare proposals are now before the Legislature, including one crafted by Gov. Arnold...
Times Staff WriterThis city's mayor doesn't dwell on his previous incarnations. Never mind the training to become a Jesuit priest, the gubernatorial romance with singer Linda Ronstadt or those stints with Mother Teresa and Buddhist monks. As the indefatigable Jerry...
Tags: Assault, Minority Groups, Buddhism, Restaurants, Jerry Brown
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterA massage for a lawmaker's wife. Circus tickets for his kids. Keys to a mountain cabin for the weekend. A donation to his favorite charity or one that flies him across the world on an "educational" trip. There are many ways to get a politician's...
Today, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Controller Steve Westly discuss overhauling the state's method of drawing legislative districts. Previously, they debated what impact Proposition 93 would have on legislators' time in office, the...
Proposition 91 -- Gasoline tax WHAT IT WOULD DO: Would prohibit the governor and Legislature from tapping gasoline sales tax revenue meant for transportation projects and using it for non-transportation projects WHO SUPPORTS IT: Was put on the ballot by...
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