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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThis is not a typical California election. The voter pamphlets arrived with late holiday cards, like wonky season's greetings. The presidential candidates showed up to actually meet voters, not just pocket checks from the state's bountiful fundraising...
Even though the healthcare reform bill passed by the Assembly was negotiated with a Republican governor, ABX1-1 is very much a Democratic proposal at heart witness its significant expansion to cover 3.6 million uninsured Californians, including 800,000...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterHe has prided himself on thinking big, and used his larger-than-life persona to advocate grand visions for California's future. But as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger begins his fifth year at the helm of the state, he is hemmed in by the past, staring at a...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSoftening his past opposition to changes to California's term-limits law, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is endorsing a Feb. 5 ballot measure that would allow many sitting lawmakers to run for office again this year rather than be forced to leave the...
California has a reputation as a haven for diploma mills, for-profit trade schools that charge thousands of dollars for questionable training that doesn't bring students the prosperous careers as chefs, beauticians and lab techs they had expected. The...
Tags: Corporate Crime, Fraud
Today, Spence and Cole discuss what California cities should and will do to fight climate change. Yesterday, they debated the cultural divide behind policy disagreements; Wednesday, the proper role of the attorney general, Tuesday, citywide general plans,...
The challenges of mental illness Re "Schizophrenia takes a daughter away," Column One, Dec. 29 Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating illnesses, and inadequate research funds, inadequate facilities and inadequate insurance programs -- not to...
At some point, you would think that California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez would get the message: Golden State voters like legislative term limits just the way they are, thank you very much. But as The Times noted in its story, "Nuñez pushes a...
Tags: Referenda, Elections, Politics, John Burton
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAs a slumping housing market threatens California's economy, state lawmakers gave a first, key approval to a bill aimed at preventing foreclosures of homes financed with sub-prime mortgages. The measure by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland)...
No, really, how bad could it be? How seriously should we take the state's latest budget crisis if a clutch of lawmakers, including the chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee, is spending the emergency session in India? What kind of buy-in from...
California is seen as a national, even worldwide, pioneer on environmental issues such as fighting global warming and pursuing renewable energy. But somewhere along the trail, the state has broken a couple of wheels on its Conestoga wagon. Four other...
It's not over. The 2008-09 state budget is so late, and so lame, that it won't really be finalized until next year -- if then. Its passage Friday and expected signature by the governor early next week provide some relief to the clinics that were about...
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