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April 22, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has amended two years of financial disclosure statements to belatedly report his ownership interest in a Beverly Hills property linked to an oil drilling operation. Garcetti, who has the Sierra Club's backing in his race against Wendy Greuel, signed a 20-year lease in the late 1990s that gave Venoco Inc. the right to drill under the retail property from the company's oil wells at nearby Beverly Hills High School. However, the city councilman from Silver Lake failed to report in his 2010 and 2011 disclosure filings that he co-owned the Wilshire Boulevard property, which houses a hair salon.
April 20, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Perhaps the most lukewarm performance Pop & Hiss caught last weekend at the first installment of Coachella was the Red Hot Chili Peppers' festival-closing set on Sunday night, a true punk-funk-by-numbers operation . As you make your plans for the remainder of Weekend 2, then, allow us to suggest skipping Sunday's headliners in favor of Disclosure, the British electro-soul duo scheduled to play opposite the Chili Peppers at 11:10 p.m. Sunday in...
April 10, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The state's campaign watchdog agency is supporting sweeping changes to California's political finance laws, including proposals to lift the veil of secrecy from nonprofit groups that are spending record amounts of money on political campaigns in the state. The state Fair Political Practices Commission voted Wednesday to back pending legislation that would address concerns about an Arizona nonprofit organization that contributed $11-million contribution to a ballot measure campaign fund before November's election.
February 20, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Revealing a 30-year-old family secret, retired U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) acknowledged that he fathered a son outside his marriage with the daughter of former U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt. In a story published Wednesday in the Albuquerque Journal, the 80-year-old Domenici said he and onetime Republican lobbyist Michelle Laxalt of Alexandria, Va., are the parents of Las Vegas attorney Adam Paul Laxalt. Both said they decided to announce their secret because they believed someone else was about to make the news public.
February 17, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Facing growing pressure to lift the veil of secrecy around targeted killings overseas, the Obama administration is considering shifting more of the CIA's covert drone program to the Pentagon, which operates under legal guidelines that could allow for more public disclosure in some cases. John Brennan, whom President Obama has nominated to run the CIA, favors moving the bulk of drone killing operations to the military, current and former U.S. officials say. As White House counter-terrorism advisor for the last four years, Brennan has overseen the steady increase in targeted killings of suspected militants and Al Qaeda operatives.
February 13, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers voiced doubts Tuesday that the Brown administration's proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing is tough enough to protect public health and safety - and questioned whether the state's oil regulators could be trusted to enforce it. State senators convened a joint legislative hearing to review the draft regulations, which represent California's first attempt to govern the controversial drilling process known as "fracking....
February 1, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Federal Trade Commission called on the fast-growing mobile device marketplace to do a better job of alerting consumers to what the various market players do with their personal information. It released guidelines for mobile privacy on Friday. The guidelines target major players in the industry such as Apple and Google as well as mobile app developers, advertising networks and others. Among the recommendations: asking platforms such as Apple and Google to let consumers know immediately what apps will do with their personal information and let those consumers give their permission for that data to be collected.
January 8, 2013 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON - A decision by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to consider a new rule this year requiring companies to release information about their political spending has buoyed disclosure advocates, who say such a move could be a game-changer in their quest for more transparency. If approved by the SEC, the regulation could require all publicly traded corporations to detail how much money they give for political activities, including to tax-exempt advocacy groups and trade associations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
December 29, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers are moving to curb anonymous political donations in California after a national election in which nonprofit groups secretly poured hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns. Legislators have proposed greater disclosure by donors, higher fines for violations and new powers for officials to investigate suspicious contributions to certain groups. Other measures would boost disclosure requirements for political advertising and campaign websites. The moves were prompted largely by an Arizona group's $11-million donation this year to a California campaign committee, which used the money to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-hike measure and support another ballot initiative that was intended to curb unions' political fundraising.
December 18, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Under pressure from state lawmakers and environmentalists, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration released draft regulations for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the controversial drilling process driving the nation's oil and gas boom. The proposed rules, released Tuesday, would require energy companies to disclose for the first time the chemicals they inject deep into the ground to break apart rock and release oil. They also would have to reveal the location of the wells where they use the procedure.
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