April 21, 2002
"An Rx Against Violence" (editorial, April 14) accurately depicts the landscape of treatment for mental illness in California. It is like a train wreck with bodies scattered and left to die. As a person with mental illness I pray that AB 1421 passes. While I am recovering and now working, not so many years ago I was homeless and crying out in my own pain, "Don't touch me." Should I ever become that ill again, I hope AB 1421 will be available to help me if I am too sick to help myself.
July 11, 1985
Assemblyman Dave Elder (D-Long Beach) is to be commended for introducing Assembly Bill 2537, which would provide emergency funding for the fight against mosquito-borne encephalitis. It is my understanding that AB 2537 is currently awaiting action in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Elder should be supported with his efforts toward encephalitis prevention and control in Southern California. According to a report submitted to the Board of Supervisors by Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Officer James C. Hankla, only one case of mosquito-borne encephalitis was reported in Los Angeles prior to 1983.
June 13, 2008
Re "Assembly measure is tailored for firm," June 9 The Times draws the wrong inference from my actions on AB 212. I was not trying to delay a vote on AB 212, a bill that would take away local land-use decision-making power and that could have a profound impact on city planning. I was against AB 212 from the moment I heard about it, and I voted to oppose it. My request for a report back to the council was not about delaying the vote or helping a contributor, as The Times implies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1997
In his column ("The County Doesn't Need State's 'Help' on Consolidations," May 18), Supervisor Charles Smith correctly describes the role of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) as "trying to right over 100 years of illogical city and special district boundaries in Orange County." I would further agree with Smith that the most important function of LAFCO in Orange County today is to encourage and promote the consolidation of special districts. Independent studies going back to the early 1980s have recommended reducing the number of independent special districts as a means of providing water and sanitation services in a more cost-efficient and accountable manner.
July 28, 1990 |
Gov. George Deukmejian has signed into law a bill (AB 3098) to require public and private colleges and universities to provide counseling and treatment to students, staff and faculty members who become rape victims. The legislation resulted from a 1989 interim hearing held at UCLA where testimony revealed that some higher-educational facilities do not have a system in place to assist rape victims, according to Assemblywoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles), the sponsor of the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2000
Re "Rehabilitation, Not Brutality," editorial, Dec. 27: Once again, a major newspaper cites the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn. as the impetus behind Gov. Gray Davis' "recent veto of a bill providing for community-based punishment of parole violators." The bill in question, AB 1112 by Assemblyman Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles), reflected years of CCPOA's work in the arena of intermediate sanctions of parole violators, in an effort to reduce recidivism and the number of parolees returned to custody in state prison.
October 1, 1987 |
Hate Crimes: AB 63 by Assemblyman Tom Bane (D-Tarzana) increases the potential penalties for hate crimes committed because of a victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin or sexual orientation. Hysterectomies: SB 835 by Sen. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) requires doctors to obtain verbal and written informed consent before performing a hysterectomy. Smog Devices: SB 961 by Sen. Gary K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1992
Your editorial on the proposed Ward Valley nuclear waste disposal site ("Juggling a Hot Potato Named Nuclear Waste," April 20) was timely and informative. Radioactive waste stored near our water supplies constitutes nothing less than a time bomb planted in our midst. If we want to survive the consequences of our technological advances, we must require the users and producers of these materials to recover, reuse and responsibly store them. AB 3798, my legislation to require tritium recovery, will address 99.3% of the waste stream proposed for Ward Valley, significantly reducing the potential for lethal leaks.