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April 18, 1999
Re "Secessionists Oppose Bond Measure for Police, Fire," April 9. Because of the confrontational attitude of Jeff Brain and the arrogant attitude of Richard Close and some of their followers, I will do the opposite of everything these upstarts tell people in the San Fernando Valley to do. Believe me, if this Valley secedes, it will take a miracle for it to be successful. DOREEN SOLOMON, Woodland Hills
March 25, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A Senate panel Tuesday advanced one of the three competing proposals for water bond measures, but lawmakers acknowledged that more negotiations will be required to reach a consensus on what to put before voters. Lawmakers have two months to approve a bond measure that would replace an $11-billion water bond currently on the November ballot that is viewed by many as too large and too full of pork projects to win voter approval. “If we miss the June 26 deadline, then we are stuck with the current bond, which is destined for failure,” warned Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood)
May 18, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
The Ventura City Council is poised to adopt a resolution Monday night declaring its support for an $81-million school bond measure scheduled to go on the ballot in June. The measure is the outgrowth of an intense five-month effort by city officials, residents and the Ventura Unified School District to prepare a long-range plan to deal with school overcrowding. On Jan. 13, the City Council and the board of education held a joint meeting to adopt that plan.
November 5, 2013 | By Howard Blume
A $1-billion plan to put an iPad into the hands of every Los Angeles student and teacher could prove difficult to financially sustain after about three years, based on figures provided by the L.A. Unified School District. The district's description of funding options emerged during a Board of Education meeting Tuesday at district headquarters. Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy has called the technology upgrade an essential academic initiative. He has also noted that new state tests are supposed to be taken on a computer.
May 28, 1992
The Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on June 3 to discuss a proposal to put a $29-million bond measure on the November ballot. The measure would fund a number of safety and modernization projects, including expansion of the college library, asbestos removal and improvement of handicap access. The 7 p.m. hearing will be held in the Boardroom, located next to the student cafeteria at 1900 Pico Blvd.
Legislative negotiators reached tentative agreement Monday night to place a $1.9-billion bond measure for public school construction on the June 2 ballot. The pact, reached by Republicans and Democrats from the Assembly and Senate, is to be voted on today by both houses. Also on the agenda and expected to be approved is a $900-million bond measure for new higher education buildings. Although Gov. Pete Wilson and legislative leaders had hoped to reach agreement on about $6.
June 14, 1990
Voters in November will be asked to approve a $75-million general obligation bond measure to help repair buildings in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, an action the school board authorized this week. The bonds, which would require approval by two-thirds of the voters, would be used to make the schools structurally safe, to bring each campus up to a state of good repair and to modernize the classrooms. Many of the schools are more than 50 years old.
June 9, 1998
Compton Unified School District's advisory board of trustees will hold a public hearing today to discuss whether to place a school bond proposal on November's election ballot. "There is no question that our schools desperately need to be upgraded and modernized," said Gorgonio Sanchez Jr., the board's president. "What we need to find out now is whether there is enough community support to get the two-thirds vote needed."
Saying he believes that a massive bond measure package needs more analysis and time to build community support, Mayor Richard Riordan called Wednesday for a blue-ribbon panel to recommend a comprehensive ballot measure. The mayor's proposal, which he made in a letter sent to City Council members Wednesday, essentially preempts the work of a council committee charged with deciding on the bond package. That panel, which met for the first time Tuesday, is scheduled to meet again this morning.
With surprisingly little opposition, lawmakers Thursday authorized a statewide vote in November on a $995-million water bond measure, and Gov. Pete Wilson quickly signed it into law, calling it "truly historic legislation." The bulk of the water bond money--$600 million--would be used to restore the environment in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
August 15, 2013 | By Phil Willon
SACRAMENTO -- Assembly leaders on Thursday annnounced a retooled water bond proposal to address the state's long-term water supply needs as well as protecting critical habitat, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The $5-billion bond proposal is a leaner version of the $11-billion bond measure that lawmakers pulled from consideration in 2012 after it was criticized for being weighed down with pork barrel projects. A 2010 version of the bond measure also was scuttled because of concerns that, in the midst of the nation's economic meltdown, it would fail at the ballot box. The state Senate already has held hearings on the water bond and is expected to consider its version in the near future.
January 16, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council abandoned plans Tuesday for placing a $3-billion street repair bond measure on the May 21 ballot, opting instead to consider it in a future election year. Councilmen Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino, who had proposed the bond, said they would spend more time communicating with the public about the proposal before trying to send it to voters. "We're going to continue working on this, obviously," said Buscaino, whose district stretches from San Pedro to Watts.
January 15, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Support for a $3-billion bond measure to fix deteriorating streets across Los Angeles is itself starting to crumble at City Hall, with City Council members backing away from efforts to get it onto the May 21 ballot. Four council members - Paul Krekorian, Bernard C. Parks, Jan Perry and Dennis Zine - said they were unprepared this election year to support the measure, which would boost property taxes over a 20-year period. All four said there had not been enough analysis or outreach to neighborhoods.
October 22, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
GUADALUPE, Calif. - Vacant, century-old storefronts stand as bricks-and-mortar tombstones in this once-booming little farm town on California's Highway 1, where flatbeds piled with strawberries rumble by, rarely having to hit the brakes at crosswalks. Thrashed by the recession, officials here ran out of ways to cut expenses or boost tax revenue. So the town named after the patron saint of Mexico is throwing a Hail Mary. The mayor and City Council crafted a Nov. 6 ballot measure to change the city's name to Guadalupe Beach - even though the Pacific Ocean is nearly five miles to the west.
September 5, 2012 | Alana Semuels
It may have had fewer memorable turns of phrase than Barack Obama's speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention, when the little-known state senator from Illinois spoke of "the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him too. " But the speech by Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio and the first Latino to give a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention, was just as much in the spotlight Tuesday...
August 27, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Across the street from the Hollywood Trader Joe's, the sidewalk is so buckled that a small briefcase could be stored underneath the concrete. A second, in Boyle Heights, juts so high above the curb that it could be a skateboard ramp. A third, on Hoover Street in Silver Lake, has so many cracks it looks more like a mosaic than a public walkway. Los Angeles has made zero progress in recent years in reducing the $1.5-billion backlog of repairs to its battered, broken and buckled sidewalks.
A San Gabriel citizens group, worried that a proposed high school would mean a loss of homes, increased traffic and higher taxes, has challenged a special election for the approval of bonds to build the school. In a complaint lodged with the governing board of the San Gabriel Unified School District on Monday, the Save Our Homes committee claimed that it was denied the chance to submit arguments on the sample ballot.
July 15, 2012
So much for the Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012. Earlier this month, lawmakers pulled the $11-billion bond measure off the Nov. 6 ballot because the time wasn't right, which is another way of saying there was no way voters were going to approve a multibillion-dollar bond this year, and in the course of defeating it they were more likely to prowl for other tax or spending measures to reject, like the temporary sales and...
July 6, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — The state Legislature on Thursday pulled an $11-billion water bond measure off the fall ballot, delaying it until 2014. Democratic lawmakers said that asking voters in November to approve new debt to improve the state's water system would jeopardize Gov. Jerry Brown's $8-billion tax measure, which voters will consider then. "We are faced with a tax levy in November," said Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis). "It would be disastrous to have [the borrowing] on the ballot.
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