CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 |
The central committee of the Democratic Party in San Diego County opted Thursday night not to join several prominent Democrats in calling for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign over allegations of sexual harassment. The decision came at a three-hour, closed-door meeting at a local union hall that was described as intense by committee Chairwoman Francine Busby. In the end, on a split-vote, committee members decided there is not yet enough evidence supporting the allegations to justify calling for the 70-year-old Democrat to resign, Busby said.
June 22, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - California voters would be asked to decide the fate of the state's controversial enterprise zones in November 2014 under a proposal Friday by the head of the state Democratic Party. John Burton, a former state Senate president pro tem, jumped into a legislative battle over the zones by unveiling a proposed ballot measure to outlaw the zones. The 27-year-old enterprise zone program currently provides mainly large corporations but also small businesses with about $700 million a year in credits they can use to reduce the taxes they pay the state.
April 28, 2013 |
Abel Maldonado, the Republican iconoclast most recently famous for his brief stint as California's appointed lieutenant governor and his unsuccessful run for Congress last year, is making noises about running for governor in 2014 against Jerry Brown. Will putting up a Latino face for the state's top office reverse more than two decades of rejection for the GOP by the fast-growing Latino community? Can even a Latino Republican win Latino votes in California? Both history and the data tell us not to bet on it. I know and like Maldonado, the son of a migrant farmworker, and consider him a smart, decent, charming fellow.
April 14, 2013 |
A Democrat elected Sunday to a leadership post in the California Democratic Party was asked last summer to leave the Democratic National Convention, where he was a delegate, after falsely claiming that he was a member of Congress and being threatened with arrest at the delegation's hotel. Sergio Carrillo, who currently works for Wendy Greuel's mayoral campaign, was elected as a regional director for Southern California in an uncontested race during the state party convention in Sacramento.
December 24, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The crowd in the Upper West Side bookstore practically cooed when the mayor of Newark, looking like the college football tight end he once was, strode into a book signing and gave the audience a bashful smile. Cory Booker, here because he wrote the forward to a book about homelessness, spent the next half-hour talking about his father's roots in poverty and the kindness of humankind, throwing in references to friends such as entertainer Tyler Perry and author Alice Walker, and, presumably because this is New York, using some Yiddish.
December 12, 2012 |
LANSING, Mich. - I'm a 60-year-old lawyer and part-time law professor. Chanting slogans is not my preferred method of discourse. But on Tuesday, I was in the streets of Lansing marching and chanting myself hoarse. I make my living as a labor arbitrator. I've spent the last 20 years sitting as a neutral third party in disputes between employers and unions. It is an adversarial system, and discussions are often heated. But the system works because the parties meet as equals. It wouldn't work if either party were able to dominate.