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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1995 | BERT ELJERA
The City Council has decided to rejoin the League of California Cities because of the bankruptcy that recently hit Orange County. "We need to get involved, be at the table, so to speak," said Councilman Mark Leyes on Tuesday, moments before the council voted 3 to 2 to rejoin the league after dropping out last year. Garden Grove was one of only two California cities that were not members of the league. But with the county's bankruptcy filing Dec.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2012 | Catherine Saillant and Tony Perry
Landslide victories on ballot measures to cut pension costs in two major California cities emboldened reform advocates, who said they expect a flurry of copycat initiatives and increased support for Gov. Jerry Brown's long-stalled push to curb the state's obligations to its employees. In San Jose, nearly 70% of voters Tuesday approved a plan that gives workers the choice between increasing their pension contribution to 13% of their pay, currently 5% to 11%, or switching to a lower-cost plan with reduced benefits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2011 | Hector Tobar
Christina Cortez was once Miss Montebello. But the city won't be naming her Most Popular anytime soon. Now 38, a mother of two and a telephone company sales manager, Cortez is making a lot of enemies in her hometown. She's on the Montebello City Council now, and often on the losing end of 4-1 votes as the city spirals down a financial rabbit hole. She freely admits to making a pest of herself on the council dais, mostly by demanding answers to questions that don't have easy answers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1987 | STEPHANIE O'NEILL, Times Staff Writer
More than two dozen local government leaders took their battle for the "home rule" power of cities to the state capital last week in an attempt to preserve local bans on the sale of alcohol and gasoline at the same places. And although the local officials won some minor concessions, Glendale Mayor Ginger Bremberg said her city, and more than 30 other California cities that have imposed similar bans, will most likely lose the fight. A measure by Assemblyman Gary A.
NEWS
April 30, 1987 | STEPHANIE O'NEILL, Times Staff Writer
Glendale Mayor Ginger Bremberg took her battle for the "home rule" power of cities to the state capital last week in an attempt to preserve Glendale's year-old ban on the sale of alcohol and gasoline at the same places. And although she won some minor concessions, Bremberg said Glendale--and more than 30 other California cities that have imposed similar bans--will most likely lose the fight. A measure by Assemblyman Gary A.
OPINION
October 1, 2012 | By William Fulton
The recent bankruptcies of Stockton and San Bernardino have again highlighted the fragility of many California cities' finances. In each case, the burden of public pensions has been blamed for the financial problems. However true that may be in the short run, the pension blame game masks another, deeper problem for the state's taxpayers: the hidden but crushing cost of sprawl. It's true that pensions are an increasingly visible strain on city budgets. As a former mayor of Ventura - a city that is not going bankrupt - I can attest that rapidly rising pension costs are a huge problem that must be dealt with aggressively.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY and DANIEL YI and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California cities are among the most crowded in the nation, as high housing prices and a chronic apartment shortage have forced families to double up and homeowners to rent bedrooms and garages. Crowding detailed in the latest U.S. census can be seen especially in largely Latino cities that have become major ports of entry for poor immigrants seeking a better life.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
A leading measure of home prices in the biggest American cities posted strong year-over-year growth in November. The S&P/Case Shiller 20-city index rose 5.5% from the same month a year earlier, rising in 19 out of the 20 metro areas tracked by the gauge. According to the index, from October to November, prices declined 0.1% -- a normal seasonal slowdown. The data are the latest indication that home prices continued to rise through the end of last year as housing inventory dwindled and demand surged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After retiring from his post as police chief in Long Beach, Bill Ellis entered the world of temp workers. No, he's not in the typing pool. Ellis became temporary police chief of West Covina for several months in 1998 and then worked a similar stint last spring in Manhattan Beach. More temporary positions may be ahead for him, all arranged through an unusual agency that helps California cities and counties fill high-end, but short-term, vacancies with retired government executives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1997
Laurann Cook is the mayor pro tem of Fountain Valley and current president of the Orange County chapter of the League of California Cities. In other words, she is a staunch supporter and propagandist for Orange County cities (Orange County Voices, Sept. 21). Cook says hundreds of millions of dollars in city revenues have been shifted to the state in recent years. And she's basically right. But what she conveniently fails to mention is why the state took the money. The fact is that most of the money shifted from the cities to the state ended up coming back to the same community from whence it came.
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