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OPINION
July 19, 2008
Social workers and lawyers crowd into a courtroom that is closed to the public and decide the fate of an abused or neglected child. This foster parent or that one? Separated from siblings or together? In contact with parents or cut off? The notion that a dependency court judge would listen to these arguments and make decisions about the child's life without allowing the child to speak -- perhaps without even allowing the child in the room -- is absurd.
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October 3, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by several state and local officials Friday at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to announce California's application for $4.7 billion in federal money to fund a high-speed rail line. Schwarzenegger said Californians would match the federal grant dollar for dollar with state and local funds, including money from the high-speed rail bond. "It's disgraceful for America to be so far behind in terms of infrastructure," Schwarzenegger said, referring to international high-speed rail projects.
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December 18, 2009 | By Eric Bailey
California won a reprieve Thursday from a federal threat to undercut funding that has kept nearly 700,000 children from being yanked off a state health insurance program for the working poor. Cindy Mann, director of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told state officials in an e-mail that her agency would delay a final decision on the issue until at least mid-2011. That will allow the state's Healthy Families program to continue operating under a plan adopted by the Legislature in September and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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November 7, 2009 | Bettina Boxall
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger went to a scruffy field in the San Fernando Valley on Friday to sign two pieces of water legislation passed earlier this week. The setting was the Tujunga well field of the San Fernando Valley aquifer, part of Los Angeles' water supply. One of the bills the governor signed establishes a statewide program to measure groundwater elevations. The other adds 25 state enforcement officers to track down illegal water diversions. Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the remaining parts of the water package in the coming days, including an $11.1-billion bond that will go before voters a year from now. Surrounded by state lawmakers and local officials, he informally launched the bond campaign.
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November 11, 2008 | Dan Morain, Morain is a Times staff writer.
Forty-three Democratic legislators, including leaders of the California Senate and Assembly, filed a brief Monday urging the California Supreme Court to void Proposition 8. Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and incoming President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg signed the friend of the court brief, filed with the state Supreme Court. No Republican legislator signed the petition, though Gov.
OPINION
June 8, 2008 | Raphael J. Sonenshein, Raphael J. Sonenshein, a political scientist at Cal State Fullerton, is the author of "Politics in Black and White: Race and Power in Los Angeles."
While Barack Obama was making history by claiming the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, Mark Ridley-Thomas was creating some historical ripples of his own in the 2nd District race to replace retiring Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. In a surprise showing, the state senator outpolled the favored Bernard C. Parks, 45% to 40%, in Tuesday's primary and, in so doing, dealt at least a temporary setback to Los Angeles' traditional African American leadership.
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July 16, 2009 | Evan Halper
Efforts by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders to reach agreement on a package to wipe out the state's $26.3-billion deficit stalled Wednesday night. Despite earlier consensus on how to close most of the gap, some nagging final issues stopped them from completing their work. They ended talks just after 10 p.m. "I hate to describe it as a setback," said Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), referring to the talks, "but it is definitely a stall."
OPINION
July 2, 2009
The message of the failed May 19 special election appears to have been received by pretty much no one in Sacramento. Fuss-budgeting went on, deadlines notwithstanding, as if it were still August or December 2008. The result: California entered its new fiscal year with no cash in hand and a growing multibillion-dollar deficit.
OPINION
September 5, 2009
So you wanted to keep up with the Legislature this year but got distracted? Don't worry. Anything important gets replayed or rescinded during the session's final week, which begins Tuesday. In the works are some good resolutions (domestic violence funding) and some bad ones (another bid at offshore oil drilling). In our last episode, the state Senate approved drilling off the Santa Barbara coast to help balance the shrinking budget, then adjourned. The Assembly rejected the drilling plan, expunged the record to shield members' votes from public scrutiny, passed a budget that didn't match the Senate version, sent it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and left town.
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August 16, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
California's 80,000 foster children -- nearly 27,000 in Los Angeles County -- are underserved by deeply stressed courts and government agencies, and the hearings that decide their living situations often last no more than 15 minutes, according to a report released Friday.
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