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November 6, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
The top United Nations official in Afghanistan on Thursday issued an unusually pointed warning to President Hamid Karzai to enact major political reforms or risk losing the support of the international community. "There is a belief among some that the international commitment to Afghanistan will continue whatever happens because of the strategic importance of Afghanistan," Kai Eide, the U.N. special representative, said at a news conference. "I would like to emphasize that this is not correct.
March 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Last year, after it was revealed that the National Security Agency was indiscriminately scooping up records of Americans' telephone calls under an expansive interpretation of the Patriot Act, President Obama urged the public to relax. "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls," he said. As for the so-called metadata that was being vacuumed up and stored by the government - the source, destination and duration of calls - the president assured the nation that the program was free of abuses and subject to aggressive oversight.
September 19, 1990
Prop. 128 is our chance to enact several important laws the people obviously support. TOM ARMBRUSTER Irvine
March 26, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Dozens of students rallied at a meeting of the California State University governing board Wednesday, chanting and hoisting signs that urged the chancellor and trustees to roll back "success fees" that are raising costs on many campuses. More than 100 students marched in front of the police-guarded entrance of the chancellor's Long Beach office shouting, "We got 99 problems and student debt is one," and "No cuts, no fees, education should be free. " Campuses in San Diego and Fullerton recently joined nine others in enacting the fees to help pay for more classes, faculty hiring, counseling and other services.
July 4, 1999
I wonder if the Supreme Court will uphold the rights of any state that might want to enact restrictive gun laws. EARL EAGER ALBERT Temple City
June 16, 1998
Some readers complain about the appeal to the courts to overturn the proposition to curb bilingual education, arguing that the will of the voters should be the final say. I disagree. State voter initiative measures such as this are a means to enact laws, bypassing the traditional method--the state Legislature and the governor. But the U.S. and state constitutions clearly specify the roles and responsibilities of the three branches of government, the legislative, executive and judicial.
February 7, 1989
Speaking for myself and others I know of our no vote on Proposition 104 was not a rejection of no-fault per se. It was a rejection of the self-serving proposal from the insurance industry. I am pleased to see Assemblyman Patrick Johnson's (D-Stockton) legislation on no-fault auto insurance. I only hope our Legislature will now do what they should have done in the first place and enact sound legislation to properly serve the voters of this state. I.W. LYONS Glendale
July 11, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The Obama administration has sent legislation to Congress designed to protect investors by bolstering the authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The proposal is part of the sweeping plan for overhauling the U.S. financial rule book that the administration is pressing lawmakers to enact to help avert another meltdown. It seeks to put investment advisors providing services to retail investors and stockbrokers under the same standards of conduct, and to strengthen rules governing the timing and quality of disclosures by investment funds.
June 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Congress enacted a massive $290-billion farm bill for a second time after a clerical error in the first bill threatened delivery of U.S. food aid abroad. The Senate voted 80 to 14 to override President Bush's veto of the legislation, more than the two-thirds majority necessary to enact it. Bush vetoed the bill for a second time earlier in the day and the House voted 317 to 109 to override it a few hours later.
February 19, 1989
The Times recently carried a story about a man who was shot because he was afraid to stop when pursued by an officer. According to friends, he had a suspended license and no insurance. He "couldn't afford insurance." Will our legislators ever wake up and enact laws that require proof of insurance when a car is registered? Why are we so behind New York state, where this law has been in effect for years? If our legislators had any sense, they would see that the law covering this was enacted.
March 5, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Join Times staff writer David Zahniser for a L.A. Now Live discussion at 1 p.m. today on the decision by city officials to treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes and ban their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces. The decision came Tuesday after an impassioned debate at the City Council . While many have embraced e-cigarettes as an alternative to regular smoking, there has been a backlash against the smokeless cigarettes as their popularity grows. Part of the decision includes a ban on using e-cigarettes in outdoor dining areas of restaurants and at city-sponsored farmers' markets.
January 30, 2014 | David Lazarus
Moira Hahn, like many consumers, always took it for granted that businesses wanted as much of her personal information as they could get. She didn't really start thinking about how such practices could come back to bite her until she became one of the millions of Target customers recently warned that her sensitive data could be in the hands of hackers. Credit and debit card numbers of as many as 110 million Target shoppers, along with their names, addresses and other info, were jeopardized after the company's databases were accessed after Thanksgiving by identity thieves.
January 15, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday ordered those who live and work in the city to reduce their water use amid historically low water levels on the American River and a discouraging forecast. Described as a "Stage 2 water shortage plan," the new rules require those who live and work in the city to reduce the water use by 20% to 30%, the Sacramento Bee reported . The move came one day after Gov. Jerry Brown  told reporters in Fresno on Monday that his administration would soon declare that California is officially in the midst of a drought.
October 13, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A constitutional challenge to Michigan's ban on college affirmative action, which comes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, has given California defenders of race-based admissions a second chance to contest the 1996 ban adopted by the state's voters. The Michigan constitutional amendment was modeled on California's Proposition 209, and it forbids the state's universities to give "preferential treatment" to any applicant based on race. "The wording is identical.
October 12, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
PAYSON, Utah - There's a good chance that the fresh tart cherries Southern Californians find at their grocers originated from Robert McMullin's orchards at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. The third-generation farmer provides 90% of the fresh sour cherries found in Southern California. The hard-to-find fruit is prized by bakers and cooks. McMullin shook his head when he recalled how much fruit went unpicked during this year's July harvest. "We lost $300,000 on that deal because we didn't have enough guys to pick," he said.
September 27, 2013
George Bignotti Chief mechanic for 7 Indy 500 winners George Bignotti, 97, who set a record as the chief mechanic for seven winners of the Indianapolis 500, died in his sleep of natural causes Fridayin Las Vegas, his daughter Mary Mendez said. As a mechanic, Bignotti won the Indy 500 with drivers A.J. Foyt in 1961 and 1964, Graham Hill in 1966, Al Unser in 1970 and 1971, Gordon Johncock in 1973 and Tom Sneva in 1983. Bignotti also holds the record for most wins overall in Indy-car history with more than 80 victories.
March 15, 1998
The term limits initiative was too vague in defining time in office, and so it is going to court for interpretation. The test case happens to be former Assemblywoman Doris Allen (March 4). Her situation may seem unusual, but any number of scenarios could have raised this legal issue. Unfortunately, initiatives end up in the courts all too often because they are poorly written or include legally questionable provisions. We should rely less on initiatives and more on elected representatives who enact laws by the painstaking legislative process.
January 26, 1997
Every so often another editorial or article appears depicting the very real toll zero tolerance and standardized punishments regarding illicit drug use have exacted on our society ("When Sentencing Laws Don't Do Justice," Jan. 19). This country's apparent obsession with punishing drug use is vastly more damaging than the drug use itself ever was. There seems to be a complete dearth of common sense when it comes to this issue. We are spending billions of dollars a year in punitive measures while cutting rehabilitation prospects with mindless abandon.
August 6, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Monday on “The Daily Show,” John Oliver harshly condemned Southern Republicans for enacting strict new voting restrictions in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 . Following the controversial decision , which struck down a key provision of the landmark civil rights bill requiring federal approval of changes to voting laws in states with a history of racial discrimination, the GOP had, according...
July 11, 2013 | David Lazarus
The woman in the TV commercial is identified as Julie, a mother of two. She's sitting on a bench in a nice yard containing a kids' play structure. A little boy swings in the background. "Two years ago," Julie says, "my son Caleb began having seizures. The medical care he received meant the world to me. Now I'm paying more attention. "I have some questions about Obamacare," she continues. "If we can't pick our own doctor, how do I know my family is going to get the care they need?
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