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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Saying there is compelling scientific evidence that chromium 6 causes cancer, a panel of scientists urged state officials Tuesday to tighten standards for the chemical in water and begin immediate efforts to purge it from water supplies.
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HEALTH
September 25, 2000 | DAVID OLMOS, TIMES HEALTH EDITOR
Early next month, Daniel Zingale will mark his 100th day in office as head of a new state agency charged with policing HMOs and protecting the nearly 23 million Californians who belong to such plans. The task in front of him is a daunting one. Polls show that public dissatisfaction with HMOs still runs high. From Washington to Hollywood, HMOs make a convenient whipping boy for what's wrong with the nation's health-care system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2000 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Controller Kathleen Connell, a veteran of statewide electoral politics with a reputation for intelligence and a sharp temper, announced her candidacy for mayor of Los Angeles on Wednesday, joining a crowded field that is off to an early and expensive start. Connell, the only woman among the serious candidates for mayor, launched her campaign with three stops that emphasized the city's diversity and her commitment to tapping it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2000
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Tuesday appointed a 49-year-old Redlands resident to head the agency's local district office. Timothy A. Clark was named the new administrator for the department's Van Nuys office. Clark replaces Dale Rasmussen, who recently left the agency to take a position with the Army. Clark has been with the agency since 1988 after transferring from the California Department of Transportation.
NEWS
August 24, 2000 | JENIFER WARREN and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
He was the world-famous radical elected to the heart of the establishment. When he came to Sacramento as a lowly assemblyman nearly two decades ago, he was regarded warily as an invader and outlaw by his fellow lawmakers, some of whom even tried to expel him from the Legislature as a "traitor."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000
The 21-year-old grandson of a state senator will go on trial Oct. 12 on charges of engaging in sex with two female minors. Pomona Superior Court Judge Charles Horan set the trial date Monday and combined two criminal cases against Michael E. Mountjoy. Mountjoy, the grandson of state Sen. Richard Mountjoy (R-Arcadia), has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held on $500,000 bail.
NEWS
July 22, 2000 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis on Friday appointed a highly respected education lobbyist known for his expertise in school finance to be California's new interim secretary of education. John B. Mockler, 58, currently the executive director of the state Board of Education, will assume his new position on Aug. 1. Mockler will replace interim Secretary Sue Burr, who is joining the Elk Grove Unified School District as an assistant superintendent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2000 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the most significant consequences of California's 1990 term limits law has been the tripling of the number of Latino lawmakers in Sacramento. But one unexpected result has been the undermining of ethnic loyalties in the service of self-interest, turning political allies into rivals. Just two years ago, Assemblyman Martin Gallegos (D-Baldwin Park) was eager to help a Cal State L.A. professor named Gloria Romero win the San Gabriel Valley Assembly seat adjacent to his own.
NEWS
June 30, 2000 | From Associated Press
Brian Setencich, a former state Assembly speaker and former City Council member, was convicted Thursday of cheating on his taxes. A U.S. District Court jury found that Setencich, now a special assistant to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, filed a false tax return understating his 1996 income by $19,300. He was cleared of filing a false 1997 return. The trial was Setencich's second after a jury in February acquitted him of bribery and mail fraud, but deadlocked on the tax counts.
NEWS
June 26, 2000 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten years after California voters revolted against the imperial rule of famed Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and imposed the strictest term limits in the nation, a growing assortment of critics is arguing that the limits have hurt government and should be relaxed. From the League of Women Voters to the California Chamber of Commerce, an unusually broad spectrum of groups is calling for the change.
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