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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 | Jerry Gillam, Times Staff Writer
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.
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 | Co m piled by Jerry Gillam, Times staff writer
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.
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.
December 20, 2012
Re "Don't blame realignment," Editorial, Dec. 11 I disagree with The Times' assertion that it's off base to amend AB 109, the state's realignment law, to require that offenders with prior convictions for violent or serious crimes be subject to stricter supervision or sentencing requirements. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck noted that Northridge quadruple homicide suspect Ka Pasasouk "certainly would've had an increased level of scrutiny via probation or parole absent [AB]
August 28, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers sent two road-related proposals to the governor Tuesday, one that would hike fines for Californians who use a cellphone while driving and another that would exempt hybrid drivers from toll charges in car-pool lanes. The cellphone bill, SB 1310 by state Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), would increase the current fine for driving while using a hands-on phone or text messaging from $20 to $30 for a first offense, and from $50 to $60 for a subsequent offense.
August 28, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Improved government accountability and transparency were the focus of several bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday. One directs the Department of Finance to guide monitors of state agencies to ensure they are independent and objective in scrutinizing agency operations. State agencies have been required to have independent monitors keeping an eye on accounting and administrative practices since 2011. Assembly member Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) said his bill, AB 117, would help flesh out the role such monitors play.
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