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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Under fire for spending $82 million annually on gang-prevention programs without measuring how effective they are, the City Council agreed Tuesday to form a panel of academics to suggest evaluation methods. The City Council also agreed to create a steering committee, including the mayor, city administrative officer and city attorney, to determine which anti-gang programs should be funded in the coming fiscal year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton has appointed an advisory group, including former City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, to help implement reforms recommended after the Rampart police corruption scandal, officials said Tuesday. In addition to Miscikowski, the group will include police union President Bob Baker, policing expert Merrick Bobb, civil rights attorney Connie Rice and top LAPD command officers.
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December 7, 2006 | The Associated Press
PRESIDENT BUSH'S RESPONSE President Bush's remarks Wednesday after receiving the report of the Iraq Study Group, as transcribed by the White House: I just received the Iraq Study Group report prepared by a distinguished panel of our fellow citizens. I want to thank James Baker and Lee Hamilton and the panel members for spending a lot of time on this really difficult issue. And I thank you for coming into the White House today to give me a copy of this report.
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December 7, 2006 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Now that the Iraq Study Group has issued its report, the word bandied about by both parties Wednesday on Capitol Hill was "change." "We are at a point where we know that what we're doing now is not working, and we need a change of course," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a staunch administration ally. "There is a broad consensus of that." "This report that was delivered today represents another major blow at that 'stay-the-course' policy.
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December 7, 2006 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
His hair was a touch thinner, the skin on his face less taut. At one point Wednesday, James A. Baker III joked that he was presiding over a "bunch of has-beens" as he unveiled the findings of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel of former government officials charged with charting a new course for the United States in Iraq.
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December 7, 2006 | Doyle McManus, Times Staff Writer
Some bipartisan commissions try to move public opinion on contentious national issues. Others try to help Congress find compromise solutions to thorny problems. The Iraq Study Group, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.), had a different, and unusual, goal: persuading President Bush to change his mind about staying the course in Iraq. "This is highly unusual," an advisor to the group said Wednesday after the panel released its report.
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December 6, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
A presidential advisory commission created two years ago to monitor the effects of anti-terrorism measures on civil liberties held its first public hearing Tuesday amid criticism from advocacy groups that the panel was a paper tiger and indications that its members were wrestling with their watchdog role. The four-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was urged to take a more aggressive tack in checking the power of the Bush administration in its handling of the war on terrorism.
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November 30, 2006 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
A blue-ribbon study panel on Iraq completed deliberations Wednesday and announced plans to release a report next week that is expected to reject both a large U.S. troop increase and a quick U.S. withdrawal. The final report of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, to be issued Wednesday, will be what those close to the group described as a centrist document that offers a blunt critique of Iraq's worsening situation while calling for a continued -- though not indefinite -- American commitment.
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