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.
August 3, 2012 |
The Dodgers'Jerry Hairston Jr. is among a group of major leaguers whose ability to play capably at multiple positions enhances their value to their teams. A look five other top utility players: Jeff Keppinger, Tampa Bay Rays Keppinger has played in 27 games at third base, 18 at second base, and also has played first base and designated hitter. He has been especially effective against left-handed pitchers, batting .426. During his career, he's played every defensive position except for center field and catcher.
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.
April 7, 2013 |
Finally, there's legislation that proposes reasonable solutions to the tortuous procedure for firing the worst teachers in California. The teachers who routinely screen movies instead of giving instruction, who denigrate their students, ignore them, harass them or even physically abuse them - yet who can appeal the firing process for years, during which the schools still must pay their salaries. Several reform-oriented bills went overboard to fix this. Under one, teachers suspected of abusive behavior would have had no avenue to appeal their dismissal.
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.