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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2008 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Melanie Horwath phoned the California Tomato Board with what she assumed was a simple request. She needed promotional materials that her family's tomato packing company could display at a Salinas Valley agricultural event called Taste of the Valley. Do you have posters or recipes? she asked. We don't have that. What kind of promotion do you guys do? We don't do that kind of promotion. That's odd, Horwath thought.
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NATIONAL
April 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr said Saturday that he had formed a presidential exploratory committee and may seek the Libertarian Party nomination. The former Georgia congressman left the GOP in 2006 over what he called bloated spending and civil liberties intrusions by the Bush administration. Barr, 59, became a favorite of conservatives in the 1990s for his persistent attacks on President Clinton. He runs a lobbying and public affairs firm with offices in Atlanta and outside Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday called on Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey to explain the recent disbanding of a high-profile unit in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles that specialized in prosecuting public corruption cases. In a letter to the attorney general, Feinstein said she read about the shake-up in news accounts. The articles described how U.S. Atty. Thomas P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Two days after a Santa Ana commissioner was removed from his post, two other city commissioners who had been criticized for comments on an Internet blog are resigning. Art Pedroza and Luis Rodriguez, both members of the Housing and Redevelopment Commission, gave notice Wednesday. The other commissioner, Thomas Gordon, was removed by the City Council on Monday. The three have been contributors to orangejuiceblog.com, which has been critical of the city government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2007 | Jennifer Delson
Two days after a city commissioner was removed from his post, two other commissioners who had been criticized for comments on an Internet blog are resigning. Art Pedroza and Luis Rodriguez, both members of the Housing and Redevelopment Commission, gave notice Wednesday. The other commissioner, Thomas Gordon, was removed by the City Council on Monday. The three have been contributors to orangejuiceblog .com, which has been critical of city government.
SPORTS
December 5, 2007 | Sam Farmer and David Wharton, Times Staff Writers
The Coliseum Commission will gather for its regular monthly meeting today expecting to discuss a possible compromise to ensure USC continues to play its home football games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC's lease with the commission ended with the finish of Saturday's game against UCLA. School officials, who have submitted a lease proposal to Pasadena's Rose Bowl in case they are unable to reach an agreement to stay at the Coliseum, met in Los Angeles on Sunday with Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- A blue-ribbon panel is poised to propose a multibillion-dollar plan for overhauling education in California just as the state has become immersed in a fiscal crisis that could make its recommendations dead on arrival. The 15-member committee, appointed by Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
For months, parents on a Los Angeles Unified School District advisory council have disagreed over whether their meetings should be conducted in Spanish or English. Such arguments became so abusive that district officials canceled meetings for two months and brought in dispute-resolution specialists and mental-health counselors. But Friday morning's gathering of the District Advisory Council proved dysfunctional in any language.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
State environmental regulators have decided to let a coalition of environmental groups take part in a review of agreements with three companies that want to build coal-fired power plants in Nevada. The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection took the action a week after the coalition known as Nevadans for Clean, Affordable, Reliable Energy sent a letter to the state seeking to open the process to the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Two City Council members called Tuesday for the creation of a Citizens Oversight Committee to review the way the Department of Water and Power will spend money generated by an upcoming series of water and electrical rate hikes. Council members Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti made their proposal shortly after the council's Energy and Environment Committee took testimony about the rate hikes -- almost all of it negative -- from roughly a dozen neighborhood council leaders.
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