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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
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
The California state controller's office announced Tuesday that it will review plans by Orange County's largest toll road agency to merge the operations of the financially ailing San Joaquin Hills turnpike and the successful Foothill-Eastern tollway.
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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November 5, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
The California state controller's office announced Tuesday that it will review plans by Orange County's largest toll road agency to merge the operations of the financially ailing San Joaquin Hills turnpike and the successful Foothill-Eastern tollway.
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 3, 2002 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Sen. Tom McClintock, a Republican running for state controller, joined the ranks of career politicians attacking their entrepreneurial opponents Wednesday, questioning Democrat Steve Westly's dealings when he was an executive at EBay Inc. Westly, who quit EBay almost two years ago to run for controller, scrambled to respond, convened a news conference to defend his former company and to call McClintock "confused" and "clueless about how the stock market works."
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November 19, 2002 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
Republican Tom McClintock conceded defeat Monday in his Nov. 5 contest for state controller against millionaire Democrat Steve Westly, as a relative handful of votes gave Democrats a sweep of every statewide office. Capping one of the closest races for a constitutional office in California history, McClintock made the announcement as Westly clung to a lead of only 21,027 votes (or 0.3%) in their seesaw contest to become the state's chief financial officer.
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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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