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October 10, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
The City Council is accepting applications for two of its advisory committees. Members are needed for the Child Care and Youth Services Committee, which makes recommendations to the council on issues that affect young people. The committee is working on a directory of child care and teen services. There are three openings. Also needed are members for the Redevelopment and Residential Rehabilitation Committee, which advises officials on housing issues.
October 2, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Big changes could be coming to the Southern Section boys' and girls' basketball playoffs this spring. A basketball advisory committee gave overwhelming support on Wednesday to creating an Open Division for the upcoming playoffs. Now it will be up to Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod to decide whether to accept the reommendation. The strong support means it's likely to be accepted. Currently, there are 12 division championships. That would not change. The Open Division would replace 3AAA for boys and girls.
January 31, 2001 | Tami Min, (714) 966-7410
Eleven people were appointed this week to a committee that provides input to the Orange County Transportation Authority on promoting public transit and communicating with commuters who have special transportation needs. OCTA board members made the assignments to the 28-member Special Needs in Transit Advisory Committee on Monday, after receiving more than 1,400 applications from throughout the county. The appointments are for staggered three-year terms.
February 23, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
A panel of medical experts voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to endorse the controversial weight-loss drug Qnexa, clearing the way for the Food and Drug Administration to approve a new prescription obesity medication for the first time since 1999. The FDA will issue a final ruling later this year, but the agency typically follows the recommendations of its advisory committees. The 20-2 vote in favor of Qnexa was a surprising reversal from 2010, when the same advisory committee decided that the drug's risks of heart problems and birth defects outweighed its weight-loss benefits.
June 29, 1986 | Juan Arancibia
The City Council is seeking applicants for eight posts in various advisory committees. Laguna Beach residents may apply by July 10, said City Clerk Verna L. Rollinger. All applicants will be interviewed by the council at the July 15 meeting at 6 p.m. The unpaid positions fill current vacancies that expire in January, but committee members may be renominated for an additional one-year term. Applications are available at the city clerk's office, 505 Forrest Ave., or by calling (714) 497-3311, Ext.
The city is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on three citizens' advisory groups. Two seats are available on the Parks and Recreation Commission, which advises the City Council on development plans in the city, as well as on the maintenance of parks and recreational facilities. Three positions are open on the Human Affairs Committee, which advises the council on needs within the community.
July 2, 1993 | TOMMY LI
Crescenta Valley sheriff's officials are asking for residents to help form a new law enforcement advisory panel. A similar committee formed last year folded earlier this year. That committee did not fare well because of a lack of organization, said Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Lt. Bob Dixon. "We really didn't have a cohesive plan together (for them)," he said.
June 24, 1993 | KURT PITZER
Trying to increase civilian input, sheriff's officials are planning a citizens advisory committee for residents of unincorporated areas served by the Lost Hills/Malibu Station. Applications will be accepted until July 16 for the committee, recommended in last year's Koltz Commission report on excessive force in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Stations in other areas of the county reportedly are setting up similar panels. "We want to hear the community's ideas," said Lt.
October 26, 1990 | SHANNON SANDS
In its first meeting, the North Tustin Advisory Committee selected officers and voted to meet at in North Tustin instead of Santa Ana as county officials had requested. The five-member committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors is responsible for advising the county on proposed land development projects in North Tustin. In a cost-cutting measure, the committee was created to replace an elected body, the North Tustin Municipal Advisory Council.
July 2, 1993
Can California live without the Tear Gas Advisory Committee, the Common Form Committee and the Acarine Mite Science Advisory Panel? It will have to, because these groups and 60 others were abolished in the new state budget. The 63 boards and commissions were largely moribund, so savings to the state will be minimal.
October 10, 2011 | Alana Semuels
In another public demonstration of concern about the struggling economy, President Obama will meet in Pittsburgh on Tuesday with the business and labor leaders he has chosen to counsel him on job creation. But many of the chief executives have cut American jobs and adopted tactics that weaken organized labor -- even as their businesses post record profits. The executives are members of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which Obama created in January by appointing 26 leaders of companies including American Express, Comcast and Intel.
August 5, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Physicist John H. Marburger III, who served as President George W. Bush's science advisor at a time when most researchers considered science to be under attack by the government, died July 28 at his home in Port Jefferson, N.Y. He was 70 and had non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He also served as dean of USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, as president of State University of New York at Stony Brook and as head of Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. "Jack Marburger was a superb advocate for science, a visionary leader, and a highly skilled administrator who successfully led three vital institutions," said Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., the current president of Stony Brook.
June 16, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
A controversial and often risky corner of the municipal bond market should be subject to more oversight, according to a new report by an advisory committee appointed by the Internal Revenue Service. The report released Wednesday said the IRS has provided insufficient rules and guidance for issuing so-called conduit bonds, an increasingly popular way for private entities to access low-cost, tax-free municipal bond financing. State and local governments are paid fees to issue these bonds on behalf of companies or nonprofits for projects to boost economic development.
March 11, 2011 | By David Karp
It is not very often that meetings of the Certified Farmers Market Advisory Committee are the stuff of high drama. But such was the case Thursday at a meeting in Sacramento at which the committee voted to recommend a substantial increase in fees paid by market vendors, in order to fund a more effective market enforcement program. The vote is the latest step in a process started last November in the wake of news reports of rampant cheating at Southern California certified farmers markets.
November 18, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee Wednesday recommended that the agency extend approval of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil for protection against anal cancer in males and females ages 9 through 26. The agency is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisory committees, but it generally does so. Anal cancer is relatively uncommon, striking about 5,000 Americans each year. About 90% of cases are thought to be caused by HPV. Gardasil protects against four of the most common strains of HPV. It is already licensed for protection against cervical cancer in women and against genital warts in both sexes ages 9 to 26. The new indication was based primarily on a clinical trial conducted among 4,065 men, 602 of them gay. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either three doses of the vaccine or a placebo.
October 27, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee on Wednesday recommended that adolescents receive a booster shot of the meningitis vaccine at age 16 because the effects of the vaccine fade more quickly than had been anticipated. [ Updated Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.: The original version of this story incorrectly said that it was an FDA advisory committee that made the recommendation.] Researchers had originally thought that the benefits of the vaccine persisted for at least 10 years, but new evidence presented to the committee Wednesday suggests that its benefits begin to wane after five years.
Residents of three small unincorporated areas in Long Beach, Cerritos and Lakewood who say they have no one locally to address their concerns about law enforcement and crime will soon have a sympathetic ear. The Lakewood sheriff's station is setting up a six-member citizens advisory committee to take up various law enforcement issues in the communities, including any concerns about the way the areas are patrolled.
July 15, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac and Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Faced with conflicting and less-than-conclusive scientific evidence, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended Wednesday that the controversial diabetes drug Avandia remain on the market — but with tighter supervision and increased warnings about the danger of heart attacks. Advisory recommendations are not binding and the FDA is expected to take at least several weeks to consider its response, but the panel's expression of increased concern is likely to further reduce doctors' reliance on what was once the drug of choice for treating Type II diabetes.
June 9, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac, Tribune Washington Bureau
A federal health panel is considering changes to a long-standing ban on blood donations by most gay men amid a growing body of evidence that the sharpest restrictions may no longer be necessary. Some lawmakers are calling for a fresh look at the policy, and key gay advocacy groups and organizations representing hemophiliacs and other heavy users of blood products also have narrowed their differences over the need to adjust rules for donors. At issue in a two-day hearing starting Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services' Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability will be the quarter-century-old donor policy, which bars any man who has had sex even once with another man since 1977 from ever giving blood.
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