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November 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The NBA revealed the 2013-14 All-Star ballot on Friday in preparation for the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans. The Lakers are represented by Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash. Fans can vote once a day until balloting concludes Jan. 20. Voting can now be done on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, text message or online via NBA.com as well as the league's Game Time app. Tweets for a specific player must include the first and last name along with the hash tag #NBABallot. The ballot includes 120 players (60 per conference)
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SPORTS
November 15, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers had five players on the NBA's Western Conference All-Star ballot when it was released Friday. The Clippers had guards Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and sixth-man Jamal Crawford on the ballot. They also had forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan on the ballot as well. Paul is a six-time All-Star and was the game's most valuable player in 2013. Griffin is a three-time All-Star. Fans can vote for their favorite All Star on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II
Two Los Angeles City Council members are calling for their colleagues to back a statewide ballot measure that provides funding to cities for "earthquake safety improvements," including helping property owners strengthen potentially dangerous buildings that could collapse in a major temblor. The resolution, proposed Friday by Tom LaBonge and seconded by Mitch Englander, asks the City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti to support or sponsor state legislation that would help fund local seismic safety efforts.
SPORTS
November 4, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
What if the Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony and no one came? That was painfully close to the truth last July, after the Baseball Writers Assn. of America rejected all the players presented for election. There were three inductees, selected by a separate committee to represent the pre-integration era, but each of those inductees had been dead for at least 74 years. When induction day arrived, the Hall of Fame generously estimated the crowd at 2,000 -- about one-tenth the usual number.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia and David Zahniser
Two L.A. City Council members are calling for their colleagues to back a statewide ballot measure that provides funding to cities for "earthquake safety improvements," including helping property owners strengthen potentially dangerous buildings that could collapse in a major temblor. The resolution, proposed Friday by Tom LaBonge and seconded by Mitch Englander, asks the City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti to support or sponsor state legislation that would help fund local seismic safety efforts.
NATIONAL
November 1, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - A ballot measure to overturn a Republican-backed state bill that made sweeping changes to Arizona election law was certified this week as having more than enough valid signatures, but on Friday opponents vowed to challenge those signatures in court. The effort to block the measure is the latest round in a growing fight in Arizona that revolves around voter participation and allegations of fraud. Democrats contend that the Republican-led Legislature passed the measure in June as part of a bigger movement to make it more difficult for minorities to vote and third-party candidates to run in the state.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A year after Proposition 37 narrowly failed in California, the labeling of genetically engineered foods is back on the ballot in Washington state, complete with a lawsuit by the state attorney general, a barrage of ads and a stark example of money's effect on politics. I-522, as it is called, officially became the most expensive initiative battle in Washington history this week, with a not-so-Washington twist. Out-of-state money is driving the debate. Of the $33 million raised to fight the labeling effort, about $10,000 came from donors within the state - making up just 0.03% of the "no" campaign war chest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
City Hall and Los Angeles County elected leaders are warning that if voters pass a June ballot measure that forces the city to create its own health department, it will increase costs and erode essential services now provided by the county. But the officials find themselves in a quandary: Although they vehemently oppose the measure, state law blocks them from publicly financing an opposition campaign. "It's a real challenge," said Miguel Santana, the city's chief administrative officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
Five years ago, the major social issue on the ballot was Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in California until it was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. Next year, it may be a referendum on a new law involving transgender students. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing students to participate in school programs and use school facilities that match their gender identity, not their physical sex. For example, a student who was born male but is transgender and lives as a female would be able to use the girl's bathroom.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative justices signaled Tuesday that they were inclined to uphold California and Michigan ballot measures that forbid state universities from granting "preferential treatment" to applicants based on race. Oral arguments on affirmative action turned into a debate over the meaning of equal treatment under the law, with the justices sounding split along the usual ideological lines. The conservatives, agreeing with Michigan's state lawyers, said removing race as a factor led to equal treatment as required under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
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