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February 10, 1999 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Senate leader John Burton, backed by a powerful coalition of business and labor, unveiled a plan Tuesday to issue $16 billion in bonds, the largest amount in state history, to fix California's crumbling transportation system. The proposal, introduced to help address what are widely viewed as long-neglected and swiftly deteriorating conditions, would cover everything from building new freeways and repairing local potholes to rehabilitating bus and other transit systems.
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March 26, 2000 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush collected tens of thousands of dollars in political contributions from insurance companies with business before him and used it to repay his wife for personal loans she made to her failed state Senate campaign. Political finance records show the biggest contribution came from Fremont Compensation Insurance Co., a troubled company that was aided by a Quackenbush recommendation to raise rates.
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March 11, 1999 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first hint of a potentially divisive state Senate race, two political allies are fighting for the district's high ground: the Santa Monica Mountains. On Wednesday, a key Assembly budget subcommittee recommended fully funding the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which is facing a money shortfall that could hamper preservation efforts. As it happens, the Assembly members representing the mountains, Democrats Wally Knox and Sheila Kuehl, are facing term limits.
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February 5, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis tapped moneyed interests from big oil to organized labor to gambling operations to raise $13.2 million last year--with some donations coming from entities that had bills pending in Sacramento. The governor's year-end 1999 campaign finance statement Friday showed six-figure contributions from 11 individuals and entities in the last six months of 1999. Scores of donors gave him $10,000 or more as he collected a dizzying average of $1.1 million a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1999 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assemblyman Tom McClintock (R-Northridge) has raised $112,000 to begin a long-distance run for the state Senate seat being vacated next year by veteran Simi Valley lawmaker Cathie Wright. McClintock, 42, who has formed a Senate campaign committee and padded his treasury with a flurry of Christmastime contributions, said Tuesday that he will soon formally announce his candidacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The race for the 41st Assembly District seat is barely underway but already promises to be one of the region's more unusual political battles in the coming year, pitting the general manager of a major Los Angeles City department against one of founders of Agoura Hills and an outspoken children's advocate, among others. Democrat David Freeman, the avuncular head of Los Angeles' historic Department of Water and Power, made his intentions clear to seek the seat in late summer after state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1999
Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election. Who can register: U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old at the time of the election and have been California residents for at least 29 days beforehand. If you move within 28 days of the election, you can vote by returning to your former precinct or getting an absentee ballot for that precinct. If you are in prison or on parole for a felony, you are ineligible. Register or re-register: If you have never registered to vote.
NEWS
February 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
Former Mayor Elihu Harris faces a runoff election March 30 for his old state Assembly seat. Harris, the top vote-getter Tuesday among Democrats, faces Audie Elizabeth Bock of the Green Party in March. Harris won 48.8% of the votes to Bock's 8.7%. Harris beat out fellow Democrats Frank D. Russo, a lawyer who finished with 36.3% of the votes, and Enrique Palacios, an educator who had 6.1%. Harris needed at least a majority to avoid a runoff.
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February 5, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis tapped moneyed interests from big oil to organized labor to gambling operations to raise $13.2 million last year--with some donations coming from entities that had bills pending in Sacramento. The governor's year-end 1999 campaign finance statement Friday showed six-figure contributions from 11 individuals and entities in the last six months of 1999. Scores of donors gave him $10,000 or more as he collected a dizzying average of $1.1 million a month.
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February 6, 1999 | Associated Press
Two of California's eight political parties, the 31-year-old Peace & Freedom Party and Ross Perot's 4-year-old Reform Party, failed to gain enough votes in November to retain their places on future California ballots. The Reform Party has enough registered voters to requalify for the 2000 elections. But the Peace & Freedom Party, which has 72,969 registered voters, must register more than 13,000 voters by October to retain its ballot status, Secretary of State Bill Jones said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The race for the 41st Assembly District seat is barely underway but already promises to be one of the region's more unusual political battles in the coming year, pitting the general manager of a major Los Angeles City department against one of founders of Agoura Hills and an outspoken children's advocate, among others. Democrat David Freeman, the avuncular head of Los Angeles' historic Department of Water and Power, made his intentions clear to seek the seat in late summer after state Sen.
NEWS
November 8, 1999 | GEORGE SKELTON
Voters in nine school districts turned out in landslide numbers last Tuesday to support local bond proposals. But, as happens too often in California, the electoral majority was thwarted by a tyrannical minority. Somehow, that just doesn't seem American--minority rule rather than majority rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1999
Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election. Who can register: U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old at the time of the election and have been California residents for at least 29 days beforehand. If you move within 28 days of the election, you can vote by returning to your former precinct or getting an absentee ballot for that precinct. If you are in prison or on parole for a felony, you are ineligible. Register or re-register: If you have never registered to vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1999
Following the lead of other widows of congressmen, the wife of the late Rep. George E. Brown Jr. announced Wednesday that she wants to be elected to his unfinished term. The announcement by Marta Macias Brown sets the stage for a hotly contested Sept. 21 primary featuring, among others, another Latino Democrat, state Sen. Joe Baca of Rialto. Another likely Democratic candidate is Fontana Mayor David Eshleman.
NEWS
April 23, 1999 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unexpected alliance, California's largest teachers union has joined forces with a top charter school advocate on an initiative to reduce the number of votes required for local school bond measures. The measure, expected to be qualified for signature gathering next week, would lower the votes needed for school construction, repair and technology bonds from a two-thirds majority to a simple majority: 50% plus one vote. It is backed by the California Teachers Assn.
NEWS
April 1, 1999 | JENIFER WARREN and MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A part-time community college teacher whose last campaign for office was in high school appears to have made political history this week, besting a veteran Oakland Democrat to become the first Green Party candidate in America elected to a state legislature. In an upset that spawned comparisons to Minnesota's Jesse "the Body" Ventura, Audie Bock beat former Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris by 336 votes in a race for a Bay Area Assembly seat, unofficial election returns show.
NEWS
April 23, 1999 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unexpected alliance, California's largest teachers union has joined forces with a top charter school advocate on an initiative to reduce the number of votes required for local school bond measures. The measure, expected to be qualified for signature gathering next week, would lower the votes needed for school construction, repair and technology bonds from a two-thirds majority to a simple majority: 50% plus one vote. It is backed by the California Teachers Assn.
NEWS
November 8, 1999 | GEORGE SKELTON
Voters in nine school districts turned out in landslide numbers last Tuesday to support local bond proposals. But, as happens too often in California, the electoral majority was thwarted by a tyrannical minority. Somehow, that just doesn't seem American--minority rule rather than majority rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1999 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first hint of a potentially divisive state Senate race, two political allies are fighting for the district's high ground: the Santa Monica Mountains. On Wednesday, a key Assembly budget subcommittee recommended fully funding the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which is facing a money shortfall that could hamper preservation efforts. As it happens, the Assembly members representing the mountains, Democrats Wally Knox and Sheila Kuehl, are facing term limits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1999 | JOE MOZINGO and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While voters reacted to the strong economy by approving numerous tax increases in this week's elections, they ousted at least 19 city incumbents, including the mayors in El Monte and Baldwin Park. Defying conventional wisdom that established leaders are easily reelected during good times, veteran council members in Monterey Park and incumbents in Glendora, South El Monte and Artesia also lost to newcomers. Voters in 44 cities and four school districts went to the polls Tuesday.
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