February 4, 2014 |
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Wendy Greuel's congressional bid Tuesday, saying her background made her the best candidate for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. “Wendy Greuel is the right choice, right now,” Villaraigosa said in a written statement. “The Wendy Greuel I know is a champion for women, a champion on the environment and something near and dear to me, a huge champion on transportation and traffic relief.” Villaraigosa's backing of Greuel is notable because he declined to weigh in on the testy mayoral contest to elect his successor in 2013, a race that Greuel ultimately lost to Eric Garcetti.
February 3, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A Kuwaiti detainee at Guantanamo Bay is mounting a novel legal challenge to win his release, arguing in a federal lawsuit that he should be freed when U.S. combat troops pull out of Afghanistan because international law stipulates that prisoners of war be returned home once a conflict is over. The lawsuit is the latest attempt in a 12-year struggle by the Odah family of Kuwait to secure the release of a dozen Kuwaiti young men who were captured in Afghanistan after the Sept.
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February 2, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Councilman and mayoral candidate David Alvarez stood and applauded when acting Mayor Todd Gloria, in his state of the city address, proposed raising the minimum wage in San Diego beyond the scheduled statewide increases. Councilman Kevin Faulconer, Alvarez's opponent in the Feb. 11 election, remained seated, hands folded in his lap. He later told reporters that raising the minimum wage could be bad for business and lead to elimination of jobs. Differences over economic issues illustrate the divide between Alvarez, a Democrat, and Faulconer, a Republican, as the hurry-up campaign to find a successor to the disgraced Bob Filner enters its final stretch with prickly debates and dueling TV commercials.
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January 31, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO--Democratic state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who thus far faces no major opposition in her 2014 reelection campaign, raised just over $2.5 million in political contributions in 2013, state election records show. Her biggest supporters included the legal community, labor unions and Hollywood benefactors, including actress Halle Berry and movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, according to a campaign finance report filed Friday. As of Dec. 31, Harris' campaign had $3.1 million in her campaign account.
January 28, 2014 |
The great Mexican writer José Emilio Pacheco died on Sunday of a heart attack at the age of 74. This week he was remembered in his native Mexico City with funeral services worthy of a head of state. Pacheco, born in 1939, burst on to the Mexican literary scene in the 1960s and '70s with several poetry and short-story collections. His 1981 novella “Las batallas en el desierto” ("The Battles in the Desert"), based largely on his own middle-class Mexico City upbringing, was a love poem to a smaller, more innocent metropolis that was later wiped out by explosive growth.
January 25, 2014 |
KIEV. Ukraine -- In a desperate bid to stop the violence in Kiev and to keep his job, embattled Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich offered the prime minister's job late Saturday to opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk. The president also offered the position of deputy premier for humanitarian issues to another opposition leader, former world heavy weight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko. The announcement was made to reporters by a Yanukovich aide after a long day of talks with the opposition leadership and amid renewed clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police in downtown Kiev.
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January 21, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari announced Tuesday that he is running for governor, arguing that the status quo is failing millions of Californians and staking his campaign on his ability to create jobs and improve public schools. "I'm running for governor of California to strengthen California families, so that every kid in California gets a good education, and to create a lot of good jobs," the 40-year-old Republican told hundreds of people at a lunch at Cal State Sacramento.
January 19, 2014 |
The 49ers and Seahawks have never met in the postseason, but they have developed quite a rivalry in the NFC West. Their all-time series record is 15-15, and San Francisco has won five of the last seven meetings. However, Seattle has won four of the last five at home, outscoring the 49ers, 139-58, in those games. Road warriors Much of the talk surrounding this game will be about San Francisco's recent struggles in Seattle. But 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh is comforted by the way his team has played away from home lately, winning three consecutive road games, including against Green Bay and Carolina.
January 16, 2014 |
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado announced Thursday that he was dropping out of the governor's race to spend more time with his family. “I know today California can do better. But after having traveled all over the state and giving it my all I have concluded that now is not my time,” Maldonado said, according to prepared remarks. “It's time to step away for a while, and spend more time with my family and stay a little closer to home helping my community, as an active private citizen.” Maldonado's announced in April that he was considering running for governor, but his campaign hit rocky patches immediately.