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January 17, 1999 | ROBERT A. JONES
Last week, Gov. Gray Davis toured the frozen citrus groves of the San Joaquin Valley, personally cutting into a lemon as it hung on the tree. The lemon's interior showed itself to be desiccated and worthless. A disaster, the governor said, and he was right. The recent freeze has destroyed most of the orange crop and virtually all the lemon crop north of the Tehachapis.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1999 | ROBERT A. JONES
Last week, Gov. Gray Davis toured the frozen citrus groves of the San Joaquin Valley, personally cutting into a lemon as it hung on the tree. The lemon's interior showed itself to be desiccated and worthless. A disaster, the governor said, and he was right. The recent freeze has destroyed most of the orange crop and virtually all the lemon crop north of the Tehachapis.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The high-performance Porsche that "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker was riding in was traveling up to 93 mph when it crashed and burst into flames, killing him and the driver, an L.A. County Sheriff's investigation found. The rate of speed was determined using surveillance videos and electronic data retrieved from the car's computers with the help of the carmaker. That would mean that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by Walker's friend, Roger Rodas, was traveling about twice the 45 mph limit when it crashed Nov. 30 on a curvy road in a Santa Clarita business park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1994 | ALLEN THARPE, Allen Tharpe is the managing partner of Tharpe & Howell, a Los Angeles-based law firm. His clients include the current owner of the Northridge Meadows apartments, where 16 people died in the Northridge earthquake
California authorities are rightly seeking to assess blame for the devastation that killed and injured so many of our neighbors in the Northridge earthquake in January. Investigators are trying to learn why purportedly reinforced freeways collapsed and why building inspectors are finding a pattern of faulty construction and design in destroyed and damaged buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1994 | ALLEN THARPE, Allen Tharpe is the managing partner of Tharpe & Howell, a Los Angeles-based law firm. His clients include the current owner of the Northridge Meadows apartments, where 16 people died in the Northridge earthquake
California authorities are rightly seeking to assess blame for the devastation that killed and injured so many of our neighbors in the Northridge earthquake in January. Investigators are trying to learn why purportedly reinforced freeways collapsed and why building inspectors are finding a pattern of faulty construction and design in destroyed and damaged buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Peter Taylor, the UC system's chief financial officer and executive vice president, said Tuesday that he is leaving the university to run a Los Angeles-based education foundation that will focus on helping low- income students succeed in K-12 schools and college. Taylor, who was with the university headquarters for five years and was credited with helping UC weather the state financial crisis, will become president in April of a $150-million foundation being funded by the Educational Credit Management Corp.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | By Ronald D. White and Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Tesoro Corp. won federal and state clearance for its purchase of BP's Carson refinery, Arco stations and other assets for $2.4 billion, an acquisition that would further concentrate the state's fuel-making capacity into only two players - Tesoro and Chevron Corp. The twin actions Friday were immediately blasted by consumer advocates as a disaster for California consumers, who already pay some of the nation's highest gasoline and diesel prices. Tesoro and Chevron would control more than half of the refining business in California, which the activist groups contend would allow the two companies to influence what customers pay at the pump.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Corina Knoll and Francine Orr
Mary Virginia Jones, 74, who was serving life without parole for her role in a 1981 murder, was freed from prison late Monday. Jones walked out of Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood around 11 p.m. to big hugs from family and friends, who shared tears and laughter. Patricia Elder, who calls Jones her "spiritual mother" because of her guidance during their time in prison together, hugged Jones tightly, as others discussed plans for meals and church services. MORE: The story of 'Mother Mary' Earlier Monday, Judge William C. Ryan ordered Jones to be released after USC Law School's Post-Conviction Justice Project argued that Jones' abusive boyfriend had forced her at gunpoint to help rob and shoot two drug dealers, one of whom died.
OPINION
September 13, 1992
Gov. Wilson's policies will be an economic disaster for California. In the short term, his deep cuts in state spending will make the recession worse. In the long term, his deep cuts in schools and universities will deny California the skilled workers and new technologies on which its economic future depends. In the 19th Century the Republican Party built this country up with lavish federal support of railroads and agricultural colleges. Today, Republicans like Wilson are tearing this country down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1992
Joel Kotkin's piece "Leading Our Economic Revival With a White Flag" (Opinion, Jan. 19) contained a number of positive observations about California's economy. We at the California Chamber are also stressing "What's Right With California" to give a more balanced perspective than the gloom and doom of the national media. When we do suggest reforms in our workers' compensation programs, litigation climate and the bureaucracy, we are trying to retain jobs in California in the face of an onslaught of recruiting activities from other states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint Assistant Auditor Controller John Naimo as interim head of the county's audit department. Current Auditor-Controller Wendy Watanabe is retiring after 25 years with the county. She was appointed head auditor-controller in 2009, making her the first woman to hold the position. The department is tasked with monitoring and administering the county's $25-billion budget, including setting fiscal policies, administering the county's payroll, apportioning property taxes, auditing county departments and vendors, and conducting fraud investigations.
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September 14, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday signed legislation allowing California to join 47 states in a pact to provide rescue responders and other resources to disaster locations. California's firefighters had balked at the Emergency Management Assistance Compact out of fear that they would have less legal protection and reduced death and disability benefits if they were hurt while assisting in another state.
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