CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2000
Re "It's the Law: Count on It," editorial, April 5: The Times accuses Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of failing to obey the Constitution regarding the census and the objection some people have to answering a lengthy census questionnaire. The census is solely a head count of people in the U.S. for apportioning representatives to the House of Representatives. It is not a head count to dole out money to people. There is no constitutional authority for forcible wealth transfer programs such as Social Security, Medicaid, farm payments, NEA, the departments of Commerce and Education, HUD, various grants and other forms of welfare.
December 9, 2012 |
Big Soda spent big bucks. That's how it defeated ballot measures to create soda taxes in two California towns. In Richmond, in the Bay Area, and in El Monte, east of Los Angeles, the measures would have added a penny-an-ounce tax on soda. Had the taxes passed, they were projected to raise millions of dollars aimed at funding local recreation and nutrition activities to fight childhood obesity. To bury these towns in an avalanche of billboards, mailers and ads, the American Beverage Assn.
May 20, 2005
Re "Gov. Readies Special Election to Attack Legislature, Unions," May 17: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will hit the road again to mine the GOP faithful to raise millions for his special elections. Why will only Republicans give for the special elections; do they have something to gain? I hope the redistricting initiative passes so we'll finally be able to vote minority Republican obstructionists out of office -- the conservative anti-taxers who for 14 years blocked passage of California's budget.
March 3, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hopped into his trusty military Humvee on Tuesday and set out again to save the people from injustice. After assailing the Legislature for sitting on its hands, the governor zoomed to an Applebee's restaurant in Sacramento to get customers' signatures on initiative petitions to put his government reform proposals on a special state election ballot this fall. It was a great photo op and a powerful message to the Legislature to get moving.
May 18, 2006
FOR EVERY REASON THOSE OF US outside the Beltway have to complain about Washington -- and we have many -- Washingtonians can do us one better. Since the adoption of the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution in 1961, the almost 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia have been allowed to vote for president, but otherwise they have no say in the federal government that is their hometown's biggest tourist attraction.
May 8, 2012 |
Those long commutes so typical of Southern California may be doing more than boring you and raising your fatigue level: They also raise your blood pressure and make you fatter, researchers reported Tuesday. For higher blood pressure, the effects kick in at about 10 miles, while for obesity they show up at about 15. Those who traveled the farthest to work every day were also those who were least likely to get adequate exercise. They probably also were more likely to eat fast food and to snack in the car, and were more highly stressed.