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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2007 | Michael Rothfeld, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez has appointed a former Democratic legislator to the state board that regulates accountants, despite the ex-assemblyman's sponsorship of a controversial bill last year on behalf of the accounting profession. The bill sponsored by two-term Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez (D-Norwalk) would have gutted state accounting regulations and exposed Californians to illegal tax shelters had it been passed in its initial form, consumer groups and former Atty. Gen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The Office of Independent Review, which oversees investigations into alleged misconduct by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, does a good job of making sure internal investigations and discipline are fair and has increased public confidence in the department, according to a report by the county executive. The Board of Supervisors ordered the review last month after agreeing to spend more than $3 million to fund the unit for the next three years.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Bush administration announced a mortgage industry coalition Wednesday aimed at helping homeowners avoid being trapped in a rising tide of foreclosures. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said the initiative would boost financial companies' efforts to help an estimated 2 million homeowners whose introductory mortgages with low rates are resetting at much higher rates, just as the housing industry suffers through its steepest downturn in 16 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
When Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa scaled back an $11-billion plan for modernizing Los Angeles International Airport two years ago, he promised neighborhoods near LAX that he would embrace a different aviation strategy: sending air traffic to other airports across the region. To reach that goal, Villaraigosa resurrected an obscure five-county panel on air travel that had disbanded in 2003 because of lack of interest.
WORLD
July 29, 2007 | Alex Renderos and Hector Tobar, Special to The Times
The fate of a U.N.-backed initiative to fight organized crime hangs in the balance in Guatemala, where legislators will decide this week whether to scrap a plan to create an international team of investigators to aid the country's beleaguered criminal justice system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signaled his intention to appeal a federal court decision ordering a special judicial panel to examine severe overcrowding in California's prison system. The governor's action comes a day after the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals created the three-judge panel, following the recommendation of two federal judges.
NATIONAL
July 26, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
A presidential commission recommended major steps Wednesday to overhaul the treatment of military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying that a system criticized for shabby treatment and numbing bureaucracy needed "fundamental change."
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