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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1986 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
An initiative that would sharply reduce commercial development in Los Angeles and that is likely to draw powerful political forces into pitched battle has qualified for the November city ballot, officials said Friday.
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BUSINESS
February 26, 2008 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has halted a ballot initiative drive that would have empowered authorities to seize the license plates from vehicles belonging to drivers who had no auto insurance. Poizner launched the campaign late last year, saying strong action was needed to take off the road the estimated 25% of drivers who fail to comply with California's mandatory auto insurance law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1986 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, Times Staff Writer
San Diego police officers Friday overwhelmingly ratified a tentative two-year contract and immediately agreed to stop supporting their June ballot initiative asking for a $10-million pay increase next year. City officials have warned that the measure could lead to budgetary chaos at City Hall. By a vote of 939 to 299, members of the San Diego Police Officers Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1994 | PHYLLIS W. JORDAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The firm pushing to build a landfill at Weldon Canyon turned in nearly twice the required number of petition signatures Monday to put the question to Ventura County voters this fall. But opponents, charging that Taconic Resources misled county residents to secure the 32,994 names, vowed to use any legal means necessary to keep the initiative off the November ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2005 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
The pharmaceutical industry is suing to block a possible ballot initiative that would force manufacturers to lower prescription drug prices for many Californians. The lawsuit asks Sacramento County Superior Court to prevent elections officials from counting and verifying petition signatures that were submitted Tuesday by a coalition of consumer groups and labor unions aligned with Democrats. The signatures must be certified to qualify the measure for the ballot in case Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Ventura County voters decide if a dump should be built in Weldon Canyon, county supervisors should first study the environmental and economic impact of a proposed March ballot initiative and then hold a public hearing to discuss the findings. That is the recommendation being made by the city of Ojai in a letter sent to supervisors this week. The board is scheduled to discuss the Weldon Canyon ballot initiative at its Nov. 7 meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Calling public safety government's most important job, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday signed a package of bills increasing prison terms for many sex offenders and barring them from loitering near schools and parks once they are released. The measures, signed seven weeks before voters will decide on a ballot initiative offering similar provisions, also require that sex offenders deemed high-risk by authorities wear electronic tracking devices while on parole.
NEWS
November 29, 2000 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A consumer advocacy group announced a proposed ballot initiative Tuesday that would allow a takeover of the multibillion-dollar electricity industry in California by the state government. The plan, offered as a solution to the current crisis in electrical energy and the threat of higher rates next year, calls for reregulation of the industry and a windfall profits tax on excessive utility rates.
NEWS
October 12, 1989 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Two leading candidates for governor are taking the pledge--the pledge not to try to waltz their way around California's new and confusing campaign spending laws. This curious phenomenon arises because of the intertwining of campaigns for high office and campaigns for ballot initiatives during this upcoming election cycle. Both Democratic Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp and Republican U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson have chosen to link their 1990 campaigns for governor with grass-roots ballot proposals.
NEWS
August 1, 1993 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charging that the UC Board of Regents is dominated by political insiders with no public accountability, a coalition of UC students, staff members and professors are launching a ballot initiative drive today to require that nine of the 18 members now appointed by the governor be chosen in statewide elections instead. The group also seeks to reduce regents' terms from 12 years to four, with a three-term limit.
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