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October 7, 1990 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There sat Republican nominee for state controller Matthew (Kip) Fong in a banquet room full of GOP campaign check-writers, listening to his mother being denounced as "negligent." Fong is the only candidate for high state office in California--perhaps in the nation--whose mother is drawing political fire of her own. In this case, the mother, March Fong Eu, the veteran secretary of state, is seeking reelection to a fifth term.
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February 19, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
A computerized payroll system that has left thousands of local public school and community college employees improperly paid will be adopted by state government next year despite its many problems. The payroll system, to be phased in starting next January, would help the controller's office generate paychecks for more than 290,000 state employees. The office pays most state workers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1986
The news media and the Congress have been critical of military retired pay and yet Sen. Alan Cranston gets an annual pension of $43,196 for serving only eight years as California state controller. The taxpayers of California are being ripped off by the state government pension system, which badly needs revision. C.V. RUZEK Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2006 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Rich gambling interests and a Silicon Valley software giant are using their wealth to transform an otherwise sleepy statewide campaign into a major partisan battleground. With separate million-dollar infusions, a group of casino-owning Southern California Indian tribes and the software company Intuit are changing the complexion of the race for California state controller. In the process, they are underscoring the power of the post, which has vast sway over state tax policy.
BUSINESS
July 19, 1985 | JANE APPLEGATE, Times Staff Writer
After failing to negotiate a compromise with its bankers over a $67-million note, Landsea Oil Co., an Irvine petroleum importing and marketing company, recently filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. Landsea Oil Co. and its subsidiaries import, blend and trade petroleum products. The company, which operates an oil terminal in Martinez, Calif., reported about $221 million in gross operating revenues for the year ended March 31, 1985.
OPINION
March 16, 2002
The Times' March 9 editorial "Secession, Enron-Style" raises unsubstantiated doubts about what has been an open and public financial review process. To equate the work done by the consultants, Public Financial Management of Newport Beach, to the behind-the-scenes dishonesty of Enron executives and Andersen auditors is irresponsible. The Local Agency Formation Commission has held 87 public meetings throughout Los Angeles to discuss, among other things, the financial feasibility of the three proposed independent cities in the harbor area, Hollywood and the Valley.
NEWS
July 4, 1998 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Complaining that her colleagues on a public pension board are trying to curtail her ability to raise campaign funds, state Controller Kathleen Connell has asked the courts to strike down reforms that prohibit many businesses from contributing to members of that board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2006 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Rich gambling interests and a Silicon Valley software giant are using their wealth to transform an otherwise sleepy statewide campaign into a major partisan battleground. With separate million-dollar infusions, a group of casino-owning Southern California Indian tribes and the software company Intuit are changing the complexion of the race for California state controller. In the process, they are underscoring the power of the post, which has vast sway over state tax policy.
BUSINESS
April 18, 1995 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Quantum Health Resources Inc., one of the nation's fastest-growing companies, is slowing down these days as it looks for new business and tries to mend fences with the state over its Medi-Cal billings. The high-flying health-care company, a specialized pharmacy that provides in-home therapies and services to people with lifelong disorders such as hemophilia, will likely maintain healthy gains in revenue this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
Republican Tom McClintock and Democrat Steve Westly remained locked in a too-close-to-call race Friday as ballots continued to be counted from their Nov. 5 election for state controller. With an estimated 243,000 votes still to be tallied, Westly held a 21,309-vote lead over McClintock -- 3,211,783 to 3,190,474, a margin of only 0.3%. Westly said his calculations indicated that when the count is finished, probably next week, he will win narrowly.
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October 15, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
In the race for controller, both major candidates have held responsible positions in state government but neither is a household name. However, the job that John Chiang and Tony Strickland seek is a platform that has launched a number of notable careers in California politics, including those of former Gov. Gray Davis and the late Sen. Alan Cranston.
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September 23, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
The race for state controller -- California's powerful chief financial officer -- pits a former legislator against a tax expert, two candidates who agree only that California's $131-billion budget should be free of waste and fraud. A lawyer with a degree in finance, John Chiang, 44, is running on his 10 years of experience as a member of the Board of Equalization, a state panel that administers a variety of tax programs. A Democratic Party activist, he is the board's chairman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2006 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
As the primary campaign nears its end, the race for the Republican nomination for state controller has grown testy. The main candidates are former state Assemblyman Tony Strickland of Moorpark, an anti-tax crusader who hopes to rally the party's core conservatives, and state Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, a moderate who has been known to reach across party lines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick said Thursday that she will not run for state controller next year, choosing instead to finish city projects that include the formation of a fraud and abuse strike force in her office. "It is important to me that I stay and oversee this critical arm of my office during its infancy," Chick said in a statement. Chick, a Democrat, is dropping out of what is shaping up to be a formidable field. Other Democrats planning to run are state Sen.
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September 16, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Deciding it is better to switch than fight, state Sen. Joe Dunn announced Thursday that he would run for state controller next year, after abandoning brief campaigns for attorney general and state treasurer when better-known candidates jumped into the races. Dunn, 47, a Democrat from Santa Ana, terms out next year from the legislative seat he has held since 1998. Controller Steve Westly has announced he will run for governor in 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
Republican Tom McClintock and Democrat Steve Westly remained locked in a too-close-to-call race Friday as ballots continued to be counted from their Nov. 5 election for state controller. With an estimated 243,000 votes still to be tallied, Westly held a 21,309-vote lead over McClintock -- 3,211,783 to 3,190,474, a margin of only 0.3%. Westly said his calculations indicated that when the count is finished, probably next week, he will win narrowly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2006 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
As the primary campaign nears its end, the race for the Republican nomination for state controller has grown testy. The main candidates are former state Assemblyman Tony Strickland of Moorpark, an anti-tax crusader who hopes to rally the party's core conservatives, and state Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, a moderate who has been known to reach across party lines.
NEWS
February 1, 1997 | Associated Press
State Controller Kathleen Connell has dropped a lawsuit she filed in December against the California lottery, officials said Friday. The lottery had called the suit silly, political and an unnecessary burden on taxpayers, but Connell had said the suit was necessary for proper, independent scrutiny of the lottery by her auditors. With the dismissal of the suit, both sides claimed victory and disagreed with each other's assessment of where the issue stands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2002 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
In vivid contrast to their fortunes nationwide, Democrats in California hovered Wednesday on the cusp of sweeping all statewide offices, a feat no political party has pulled off since 1946. Republicans' lone hope of avoiding a shutout was the race for state controller, in which conservative state Sen. Tom McClintock remained on the heels of Democrat Steve Westly with as many as 700,000 ballots yet to be counted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2002 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
One candidate is a driven career politician without many friends. The other is a wealthy businessman who is using his own money to help bankroll his first run for public office. If the race sounds familiar, it's not. The candidates aren't running for governor; they want to be state controller -- at least for now. The politician is not Gov. Gray Davis. Rather, he is one of the Legislature's most outspoken conservatives, state Sen.
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