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California Elections 1998

NEWS
May 18, 1998 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Multimillionaire Al Checchi dipped into his own pockets to run for governor, but if he's elected, what's in those pockets could dog him for the next four years. With his vast holdings in oil and gas, banking, real estate and a 12% ownership of the nation's fourth-largest airline, many of the decisions that Checchi would make as governor could affect businesses in which he has a financial interest. In the modern era, no one with his wealth has ever sat in the governor's chair.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1998 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long Beach--California's largest city without a member of the Assembly living within its borders--may benefit from the scramble in the South Bay touched off by U.S. Rep. Jane Harman's decision to run for governor. Two members of the Long Beach City Council, Democrat Alan Lowenthal and Republican Doug Drummond, announced Thursday that they are running in the June 2 primary election for the seat held by Assemblyman Steven T. Kuykendall (R-Rancho Palos Verdes).
NEWS
April 17, 1998 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Foes of Proposition 227, seeking to take the political offensive, held news conferences in several cities Thursday to denounce the June 2 ballot measure that seeks to dismantle bilingual education in California. In Orange County, about two dozen parents and community activists drove home their point by meeting at the Santa Ana school where Proposition 227 co-sponsor Gloria Matta Tuchman teaches first grade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
City Councilman Ken Maddox announced his candidacy for the state Assembly on Wednesday, making him the second Garden Grove council member seeking the Republican nomination for the seat. Maddox, 33, who describes himself as a "traditional conservative Republican," was elected to the City Council last year. He is a DARE officer with the Tustin Police Department. "I was content with my current role as a council member and in my position as a DARE officer," Maddox said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Senate candidate Richard Katz came out swinging Tuesday during the first public forum since his opponent, City Councilman Richard Alarcon, became entangled in a conflict-of-interest controversy. Katz, a former assemblyman, accused Alarcon of taking a "sweetheart deal from a well-connected City Hall developer and lobbyist." "Something is wrong here," he said. "I think it is wrong to take a loan from a developer who does business with the city." Alarcon called the allegations "trumped up."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1998 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties will be asked Tuesday to cast "yes" or "no" votes for 11 justices on the 2nd District Court of Appeal. Their names may be unfamiliar, but they hold California's second most powerful judicial posts--the final arbiters of justice in more than 90% of appeals. Court of Appeal justices face voters in the first gubernatorial election after their appointments and every 12 years after that.
NEWS
August 19, 1998 | MARK Z. BARABAK and AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Gubernatorial candidates Gray Davis and Dan Lungren resumed their summer sparring Tuesday night with a temper-flaring, finger-pointing debate that featured their harshest exchanges ever on the touchy issues of abortion and the death penalty. The 55-minute session in the speech arts theater at Fresno State University broke little new substantive ground. But stylistically, the debate showed a more free-wheeling, aggressive side to both candidates, particularly Atty. Gen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1998 | DOUG SMITH and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
The principal of Aldama Elementary School in Northeast Los Angeles is a crisply dressed Latina who learned English in a grade school where it was the only language teachers spoke. Now, Martha Trevino Powell has no patience with people who say children need nurturing in their native tongue. "Everybody says, 'I was damaged, my self-esteem was ruined because they forced me to speak English,' " she said. But Powell has no regrets. "I speak English and Spanish. I'm grateful."
NEWS
May 26, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a typical race for state treasurer: Most Californians don't know the candidates and have little idea what the treasurer does. No matter. There's a fierce contest for the Republican nomination between Assemblymen Curt Pringle of Garden Grove and Jan Goldsmith of Poway. That's in no small part because the office has become a test pad for upwardly mobile politicians who have an eye on the state's top offices. The state's last two treasurers have run for governor and U.S. senator.
NEWS
May 21, 1998 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 1,000 pro-bilingual education teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District have signed pledges to oppose or, if necessary, disobey Proposition 227 if the statewide initiative that would dismantle bilingual instruction is approved on June 2, a teachers group said Wednesday.
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