April 30, 1990 |
After a recount of votes, John K. Van de Kamp on Sunday belatedly--and by the skin of his teeth--won the endorsement of the California Democratic Party in his campaign for the governorship. At the same time, he prepared to wrap up his costly, time-consuming and elaborate ballot initiative preparations for the general election in November, freeing him to concentrate on his neck-and-neck June primary election race with Dianne Feinstein.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996
Prop. 215 is a big joke on the people of California. Anyone who voted for this proposition, which allows the so-called medical use of marijuana, is either a desperate pothead or was greatly misinformed. Now that 215 has passed, we'll see "patients" swarming like locusts to their nearest physician, getting their prescriptions (fake or real) and using them to grow pot for big, easy profits. The temptation will definitely be there. I'm sorry to say the people of California were duped into passing 215 by those "heartbreaking" but misleading Prop.
August 23, 2011 |
Scores of California hospitals, under pressure to reduce infections that kill an estimated 12,000 patients every year, say they have managed to cut costs and save lives through an initiative that has nurses and doctors redoubling efforts to prevent deadly germs from taking root. The three-year campaign is bringing together 160 hospitals across the state with the aim of reducing an estimated 200,000 hospital-related infections in California that add $600 million to healthcare costs every year.
October 24, 2011
Californians tend to feel the same way about their initiative system as they do about Congress or the Legislature: They blame the collective body for a host of ills, but they like their own representatives just fine. Likewise, voters frequently express impatience with the onslaught of election-day measures, but they will vigorously protect their right to sign a petition or vote for a particular measure they believe is crucial. So how can California simultaneously wrest back some control over the initiative process and keep intact what has become virtually a birthright: the people's power to adopt laws and constitutional amendments at the voting booth?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- Democrats in the Legislature are trying to make it harder for Californians to pass their own laws at the ballot box, saying the state's century-old initiative process has been hijacked by the special interests it was created to fight and has perpetuated Sacramento's financial woes. In the waning weeks of this year's lawmaking session, legislators will push bills to raise filing fees, place new restrictions on signature gatherers and compel greater public disclosure of campaign contributors.
August 31, 2011
Hurricane watch Re " Irene takes last swipe at Northeast ," Aug. 29 "Damned if you do, damned if you don't. " Some people actually seem disappointed that the federal and local governments went overboard in their warnings that Hurricane Irene could be a major disaster for the United States — but wasn't. I for one think that is exactly one of the reasons we have a federal government: to protect citizens from potential disasters. A job well done. Steve Binder Oxnard Whenever there's a big windstorm, trees are uprooted and power lines are pulled down.