CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1999 |
In a society where everyone from bus drivers to supermarket cashiers is subject to random drug testing, it was only a matter of time before someone approved testing for local officials. That time has come in South El Monte. The tiny San Gabriel Valley community is believed to be the first in California to approve voluntary, random drug tests for its City Council members. The council's decision has ignited a debate about whether such tests are truly voluntary for elected officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1992 |
Race is the hardest story to cover in Los Angeles. Sometimes I feel like a foreign correspondent in my own town, a far-from-home white male, walking familiar streets trying to understand the unfamiliar cultures of Asia, Mexico, Central America or black America. Occasionally, I'm confronted by racism directed at my own race. Racism. We never get away from it. I remember sending a young African-American reporter to cover a big-money political fund-raiser.
May 7, 1995 |
With hundreds of campaign workers involved and more than $1 million being spent, a suburban swath of the San Gabriel Valley has become the site of an intense political battle in the ongoing war between Republicans and Democrats for control of the state Assembly. At stake in a May 16 special election is the seat of Assemblyman Paul V. Horcher, the Republican-turned-independent who last December single-handedly thwarted the expected GOP takeover of the chamber he has served in since 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1996 |
More than a few people in Sacramento call Assemblywoman Diane Martinez (D-Monterey Park) "Miss Congeniality"--a joke about her combative approach, her feuds with legislators of both parties and her take-no-prisoners approach to her job.
January 12, 1996 |
David Dreier's alma mater was derided by some of his smug Eastern colleagues when the young congressman arrived in the House of Representatives in 1980. "I was surrounded by Ivy Leaguers--Harvard, Yale, Princeton," recalls Dreier, a San Dimas Republican who graduated from Claremont McKenna College. "I remember one of my colleagues asked me if Claremont was a community college." But Claremont McKenna, which has a healthy dose of conservatism in the air, is getting a bit more respect these days.
October 27, 1994 |
Rep. Jay Kim (R-Diamond Bar) is still under investigation for possible violations of federal election, tax and labor laws in connection with his 1992 campaign, but the congressman is running for reelection as if he doesn't have a worry in the world. Kim has not personally engaged his Democratic opponent in debate, declining to share the dais at several candidates' forums in recent weeks.
October 19, 1986 |
Although a comparatively small proportion of California's fast-growing Latino community votes, political experts say passage of a new immigration law, movement to the suburbs and other factors may increase participation as the century ends. Asians, another rapidly increasing population that is under-represented on voter registration polls, may add a more conservative element to the minority political mix if their participation increases, polls indicate.
December 23, 1990 |
San Gabriel Valley residents favor aggressive measures to solve the region's trash and pollution problems, even if they have to pay for them, a new survey shows. A study released last week by Claremont McKenna College's Rose Institute for State and Local Government shows that 40% of residents surveyed favored a proposal for trains to haul garbage to the desert.
November 10, 1994 |
Talk about negative campaigning. One foot soldier summed up the race for the Assembly's 44th District seat this way: "The whole campaign was the drunken cop versus the gambler." But, pundits say, the slew of negative mailers, billboards and cable TV spots were not the key to the 10-point victory that Assemblyman Bill Hoge (R-Pasadena) scored over Democrat Bruce Philpott, Pasadena's former police chief. "No.
October 24, 1991 |
Assemblyman Pat Nolan (R-Glendale) may win two more terms in the state Assembly, but he will not win a third and that is all right with him. Assemblyman Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) is in the same boat and he is angry about it. The term limit initiative upheld by the state Supreme Court this month, he said, puts incumbents "in the same category as felons--we can't run (for office)."