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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles teachers union President Warren Fletcher said he would no longer actively campaign for reelection, clearing the path for challenger Alex Caputo-Pearl to become the next leader of United Teachers Los Angeles. In the first round of voting in March, Caputo-Pearl received 48% of the votes and Fletcher 21%. The runoff election takes place this month, with ballots set to be counted April 29. In an interview Sunday, the one-term incumbent also said that he had not formally suspended his campaign and that he would serve if he won. But Fletcher emphasized that he had accepted that an incumbent who finished so far back in a primary had little hope of winning a runoff.
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SCIENCE
April 14, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
A 15% reduction in salt consumption was likely “an important contributor” to a 40% reduction in stroke and heart disease deaths in the last decade in England, researchers said Monday. The “single largest” contribution to the decline in deaths was a decrease in blood pressure, they said. Smoking and blood cholesterol also declined over the period, 2003-11; produce consumption and body mass index rose. At the same time, there were improvements in treatment for high blood pressure and heart disease, they said in the online British Medical Journal Open.
OPINION
April 13, 2014
Re "No 'witch hunt' at Mozilla," Column, April 9 It is no wonder that bullying is a major problem at schools. Kids learn from adults. Brendan Eich was bullied into resigning as chief executive of Mozilla. Because he donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign, he was bullied by people whose personal views differed from his. The "face of a company," as Michael Hiltzik calls a CEO, should refer to the business' product or mission statement. Last time I checked, a CEO has responsibility for the overall success of an organization, and Eich is smart enough to know and abide by that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | Catherine Saillant, Abby Sewell
Bobby Shriver, the first Los Angeles County supervisorial contender in 18 years to opt out of voluntary campaign spending limits, is calling for a major overhaul of county election laws, including lifting fundraising restrictions on candidates who use personal wealth to help pay for their campaigns. Last month, the Santa Monica lawyer and nonprofit director contributed $300,000 of his own money to his effort to succeed longtime west county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political family, criticized a $1.4-million voluntary spending limit in the June 3 primary as inadequate to get his message out to 2 million constituents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
An El Monte city councilman running for an open county supervisor's seat in the eastern part of the county said he would officially kick off off his campaign Saturday at his campaign office in El Monte, with other local officials and former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin. Juventino "J" Gomez, a U.S. Army veteran and former aide to County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, is one one of three candidates running to replace termed-out Supervisor Gloria Molina in the June 3 election. Former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is widely expected to win the seat because of her name recognition and advantage in fundraising.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By John M. Glionna, This post has been updated
LAS VEGAS - With a flash of comedic timing, Hillary Clinton dodged the first controversy of her not-yet-declared 2016 presidential run after a heckler threw a shoe and a nearly half-century-old political document at the former first lady and secretary of State during a speech here. Shortly after Clinton began a keynote speech Thursday night at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries convention, a woman walked down the aisle and threw the items. She then turned around, put her hands in the air and walked away as security officers took her into custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | From Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Zeituni Onyango, an aunt of President Obama whose bid for asylum in the United States received national attention during her nephew's first campaign for the presidency and contributed to the debate over illegal immigration, died Tuesday in Boston. She was 61. Onyango had been treated in recent months for cancer and respiratory problems, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. A half sister of Obama's late father, Onyango moved from Kenya to the U.S. in 2000.
OPINION
April 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are typically reelected every four years with token opposition at most, and in former days they explained away this phenomenon by arguing that voters were so satisfied with their performance that there was a general consensus that things were going well. The lack of serious challengers, they asserted, was proof that democracy was working. That argument is so twisted as to need little serious discussion. Supervisors are consistently reelected in this county of more than 10 million people because it's nearly impossible to unseat them regardless of their performance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - A portion of the bribe money federal prosecutors say undercover FBI agents gave to state Sen. Leland Yee made its way into public campaign finance disclosures. The Times found $17,300 in contributions that match the dates and amounts, and sometimes circumstances, of payments detailed in an FBI agent's affidavit released the day the veteran lawmaker was arrested in a sting operation. According to that affidavit, the money was intended to buy influence for the New Jersey mob, secure state business, foster legislation governing marijuana dispensaries and help set up an international arms deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis officially kicked off her campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor Saturday, surrounded by heavyweights in labor and Democratic Party circles. Solis has been fundraising for nearly a year in the race to replace termed-out Supervisor Gloria Molina, but Saturday's event at her campaign headquarters in El Monte marked the beginning of the major push to win the June 3 election. She was joined by supporters including United Farm Workers Union co-founder Dolores Huerta, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo and Congresswoman Judy Chu, who praised her track record on labor and environmental justice issues.
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