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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.
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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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Orange County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with the creation of a civilian commission that would review misconduct complaints against county law enforcement. The board agreed to spend two months fine-tuning details of the proposal before giving final approval, a concession to the sheriff, district attorney and some board members who criticized the current version.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
Nearly four years after the worst wildfires in state history raged across Southern California, officials have yet to implement some of the key reforms developed in the aftermath of the disaster that killed more than two dozen people and destroyed thousands of homes. The state faces another potentially disastrous fire season, with the Southland recording its driest year on record. Already, there have been several major blazes this year -- far earlier than usual.
NATIONAL
May 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The lone Democrat on a White House privacy board has abruptly resigned, citing disagreements with the Bush administration over the board's role in protecting civil liberties. Lanny J. Davis, a Washington lawyer and former Clinton White House counsel, said this week he no longer believed the five-member board was sufficiently independent to provide oversight of government surveillance. Leaders of the Sept.
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