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December 23, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Raves would be outlawed at publicly owned venues in California under a proposal made Wednesday by a lawmaker after the death of a teenager and scores of injuries at rave events in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Legislation introduced Wednesday by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D- San Francisco) would prohibit the dance concerts on public property, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where a June rave sent dozens to hospitals, including a 15-year old girl, who died.
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OPINION
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Many Californians are outraged that state Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick D. Wright, all of whom have been either accused or convicted of crimes, will continue to collect their $95,291 annual salaries while they're suspended from their jobs. It's a paid vacation, critics complain. On the public dime. In response, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced an amendment to the state Constitution on Friday - the same day he and his fellow senators suspended their colleagues - that would allow the Senate or Assembly to withhold compensation in the future when a legislator is suspended.
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FOOD
July 25, 1985 | NATHAN CHROMAN, Chroman is a free-lance wine writer and author who also practices law in Beverly Hills
There is no peace in the wine world today. Consumers, vintners, importers and wholesalers are at odds over California legislation that appears to restrict competition and maintain artificially high prices, such as $65 for a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne instead of the current price of $35.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California's two top legislative leaders - both Democrats - have their eyes on 2014 as California faces big challenges in continuing to improve the state's still underperforming economy. They're pleased that after years of austerity, the Assembly and Senate along with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown have stabilized the state's budget, raising revenues, keeping spending in check and even socking away money for future downturns. Even so, state unemployment remained high at 8.5% in November, despite a quickening job creation pace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Howard Blume
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that replaces current public school state standardized tests with ones aligned to new national learning goals. The governor's decision also tees up a looming confrontation with the Obama administration, which criticized the California legislation. The new law will pay for school districts to shift quickly to new computerized tests that would be based on learning goals, called the Common Core standards , adopted by 45 states.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
The National Football League's controversial injury legacy conjures images of powerfully built linebackers and fleet-footed running backs hobbled by years of brutal contact at the line of scrimmage. Few pause to consider the humbler kicker. Yet over the last six years, 64 former kickers and punters have filed claims for serious head or brain injuries against their former teams, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of California workers' compensation data.   The full article is found here . Among the filers is NFL Hall of Fame placekicker Jan Stenerud, who starred for the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, as well as all-pro performers like Morten Andersen and Norm Johnson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was the baby left in the trash bag. The little girl raped after her first birthday. And the tortured 7-month-old, her tiny face pocked by cockroach and rat bites and her body riddled with bedsores so infected that doctors had to remove part of her leg. All the incidents happened in the desert. All the parents used meth. Much as crack cocaine fueled urban violence in the 1980s, methamphetamine is driving up reports of rural child abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The nation's top education official threatened Monday to withhold federal funds if California lawmakers approved pending legislation to revamp the state's standardized testing system. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the warning as AB 484 awaits a full vote of the Assembly and state Senate. The proposed law would end the standardized exams used since 1999 and replace them next spring with a computerized system. The purpose is to advance new learning goals, called the Common Core standards, that have been adopted by 45 states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2002 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Legislation to make California the first state to regulate tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases, a suspected cause of global warming, is foundering in the Assembly amid a lobbying and advertising blitz by automakers, car dealers, oil companies and organized labor. The measure by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) has already cleared both houses by rail-thin margins and needs only final approval of the Assembly to reach the desk of Gov. Gray Davis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pro-El Toro airport forces have been quietly shopping for a legislator in Sacramento in an effort to amend state law to bar local voters from holding a special election to repeal a 1994 vote for a commercial airfield at the former Marine Corps base. The two-sentence proposal is blunt. It would revise the state elections code to prevent voters from amending or repealing in a special election "an initiative measure previously adopted by voters concerning the use of a closed military base."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | By Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Returning to the Capitol on Monday after a four-month recess, state lawmakers are set to tackle water issues, prison overcrowding and a budget debate that will be shaped largely by the state's rosier economic outlook. Other factors will also affect legislative decisions in 2014: election-year politics, internal leadership battles and a continuing federal corruption investigation into allegations that Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) accepted bribes to exercise influence on bills.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Low wages paid by the fast-food industry come with a high public cost for California taxpayers, academics and advocates for the working poor told state lawmakers. Workers at hamburger, pizza and other, mainly franchise, eateries are paid at near-minimum-wage levels, making them eligible for public assistance that totaled an average of $717 million a year in California from 2007 to 2011. The condition of low-wage fry cooks and sandwich makers was the focus of a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly labor committees Wednesday.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - It's a wrap for Gov. Jerry Brown, Sacramento's leading man. He closed out the 2013 legislative session by addressing the last of 901 bills sent him by lawmakers: signing 805 and vetoing 96 others. With a sometimes bill-a-minute voting frenzy behind them, legislators now want to slow down and think about a range of problems that dog California. Assembly and Senate committees are holding "interim hearings" around the state. Among the more engaging topics: "Human Rights, Diversity and Race Relations," "Threats to the Pacific Ocean," "Military Sexual Trauma" and "Defense and Aerospace Industry's ability to remain competitive in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Howard Blume
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that replaces current public school state standardized tests with ones aligned to new national learning goals. The governor's decision also tees up a looming confrontation with the Obama administration, which criticized the California legislation. The new law will pay for school districts to shift quickly to new computerized tests that would be based on learning goals, called the Common Core standards , adopted by 45 states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The nation's top education official threatened Monday to withhold federal funds if California lawmakers approved pending legislation to revamp the state's standardized testing system. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the warning as AB 484 awaits a full vote of the Assembly and state Senate. The proposed law would end the standardized exams used since 1999 and replace them next spring with a computerized system. The purpose is to advance new learning goals, called the Common Core standards, that have been adopted by 45 states.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
The National Football League's controversial injury legacy conjures images of powerfully built linebackers and fleet-footed running backs hobbled by years of brutal contact at the line of scrimmage. Few pause to consider the humbler kicker. Yet over the last six years, 64 former kickers and punters have filed claims for serious head or brain injuries against their former teams, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of California workers' compensation data.   The full article is found here . Among the filers is NFL Hall of Fame placekicker Jan Stenerud, who starred for the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, as well as all-pro performers like Morten Andersen and Norm Johnson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1994 | JOHN POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Area law enforcement officials are grappling with the loss of a powerful tool and lucrative source of income--the state's asset forfeiture law, which expired Jan. 1. No longer can they routinely seize cash and other property from alleged drug dealers. In the past five years the sale of confiscated assets tied to drug trafficking generated about $155 million in the state, including nearly $2 million in Long Beach.
SPORTS
June 10, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
State Assemblyman Steve Clute (D-Riverside) is sponsoring AB 694, a bill that would impose a 3% tax on professional sports tickets costing $5 or more to help finance school sports programs. The Senate Education Committee has scheduled a hearing on the bill for today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Ashley Powers
A bill that would give some sex abuse victims more time to file lawsuits, which has drawn fierce opposition from the Catholic Church, failed to get enough support Wednesday to make it out of a key legislative committee. The bill, which needed nine votes to leave the lower house's appropriations committee and go to the Assembly floor, mustered only six. Four committee members opposed the bill and seven did not weigh in after an emotional hearing that included testimony from a lobbyist who is also a sex abuse survivor.
OPINION
June 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
California's lawmakers never tire of letting members of the public know what a nuisance they are. Last year, for instance, made it optional for local governments to comply with laws requiring them to post public meeting agendas. The ostensible reason was savings: Cities, counties, school districts and other agencies complained that writing up agendas and making them publicly available were expensive, that the law requiring such actions was a state mandate, and that the state must either pay governments to comply or suspend the requirement.
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