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Meg Whitman struck it rich last month when she appeared on the cover of Fortune magazine, with a headline that asked if the Republican gubernatorial hopeful can "save California." It was a flattering profile, with friends and business associates attesting...
Tags: Politics, Primaries, Education, Regional Authority, Government
In 1987, then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein set off a civic soap opera in San Francisco, performing a public Hamlet act in weighing whether to seek the congressional seat made vacant by the death of Rep. Sala Burton, widow of legendary congressman Phil Burton....
Tags: Politics, Jerry Brown, Death, Gray Davis, Regional Authority
Nearly two years before we learn the results of the 2010 governor's race, the identity of the likely winner is clear: Northern California. More than half of California's population may live south of the Tehachapi Mountains, but the state -- in matters of...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose hiking the cost of insurance for millions of California homes and businesses in the budget he unveils Thursday, with the money to be used for firefighting efforts. The proposal, a copy of which was obtained by The...
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...
Tags: State Budgets, Politics, Laws, Don Perata, Voting
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterCalifornia regulators are expected to announce today that they are seeking as much as $1.33 billion in penalties from Cypress-based PacifiCare as a result of widespread problems stemming from its takeover two years ago by healthcare giant UnitedHealth...
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...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterCalifornia's top insurance regulator has accused Blue Shield, one of the state's largest health plans, of 1,262 violations of claims-handling laws and regulations that resulted in more than 200 people losing their medical coverage. Calling the...
Tags: Health, Judges, Lawyers, Crimes, Crime, Law and Justice
ROBERT GREENE is an editorial writer for The Times.WILL PARIS Hilton bring down Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca? Is her media cachet the missing ingredient that can focus public outrage on his early release of offenders and the special treatment that talk-show hosts and bloggers claim he gives...
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former state Controller Steve Westly begin their weeklong debate by discussing what effect Proposition 93 would have on California's term limits. Later in the week, they'll debate redistricting reform, why...
Today, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Controller Steve Westly debate giving statewide officials a break on term limits. Previously, they discussed what effect Proposition 93 would have on legislators' time in office, the effect of the...
Tags: Laws, Politics, Don Perata, Transportation, Public Officials
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSACRAMENTO -- Crisscrossing the region on foot and by air to handle the most overwhelming challenge of his administration, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week has been the optimistic and omnipresent face of the wildfire response: consoler to the...
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