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September 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- A prominent government affairs firm and its high-profile employees have agreed to pay $40,500 in in fines for failing to register the workers as lobbyists. The fines will be paid by California Strategies LLC and Jason Kinney, former lawmaker Rusty Areias and Winston Hickox, who are partners in the firm. The state Fair Political Practices Commission investigators concluded that Kinney, Areias and Hickox qualified as lobbyists but failed to register with the state and disclose their lobbying activities.
September 6, 2013 |
Everyone in L.A. lies about his or her age, says the author of the book "Career Comeback - Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want. " "This is the most youth-oriented city on the planet, where you're only as old as your cosmetic dermatologist makes you look," says Lisa Johnson Mandell (no relation to the writer of this story). "This might be the only city where people use professionally Photo Shopped head shots not just for acting, but on their LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages, and of course on their online dating profiles.
August 20, 2013 |
The Times' editorial page on Sunday called for the Metropolitan Water District to adopt a package of ethics reforms that was on a committee agenda Monday and before the full board Tuesday. It passed. Members of the district, which is made up of 26 cities and water agencies, adopted the measure by a vote of 64%. Members' votes are "weighted" by their size based on the number of customers they serve. Members include the city of Los Angeles. And also the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which made the news this year in connection with an FBI raid on the office of state Sen. Ron Calderon . One of his brothers, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, has been a consultant for the Central Basin District.
August 1, 2013 |
Currently, all federal judges are required to obey a Code of Conduct for United States Judges . There's just one exception: the Supremes. For Supreme Court justices, following the code of conduct is voluntary. Or, as Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. put it in his 2011 year-end report , all members “consult” the rules and “in this way, the code plays the same role for the justices as it does for other federal judges.” For several years now there have been legislative efforts to require that high court justices adhere to the same rules set forth for all other federal judges; and today, a group of Democratic legislators are behind a renewed effort to address this disparity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A government watchdog Tuesday sought a congressional investigation into California Rep. David Valadao's efforts to halt the state's high-speed rail project, saying the freshman failed to tell colleagues that the project could affect the property values of his family's Central Valley farmland. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch a probe into whether the Republican lawmaker "abused his position … to benefit his and his family's financial interests.
July 11, 2013 |
It is easy to get absorbed "In the Fog," Sergei Loznitsa's gritty treatise on the art of war. Set on the Russian western front in 1942, the skirmishes between German occupiers and the partisans rage somewhere off-screen. Loznitsa's film, based on the Vasili Bykov novel that gives the film its name, examines what combat does to men in the moment, in the mind, without ever taking us to the battlefield. Using three of the region's rural poor and a single event, the film spins into a philosophical examination of how such conflicts create accidental martyrs, guilt-ridden sinners and weak-willed betrayers out of ordinary men. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 Intimate in the telling, sweeping in the implications, Loznitsa has created an unusually incisive film.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- A top advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown was appointed Friday as executive director of the state's campaign watchdog agency. The state Fair Political Practices Commission voted in closed session to name Erin V. Peth as the commission's top executive officer. Peth's appointment after a nationwide search increases Brown's reach at an agency that enforces campaign finance and conflict-of-interest laws against elected and appointed officials. He also appointed two of the five members of the commission, and its general counsel worked for Brown when he was state attorney general.
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June 22, 2013 |
Maria Elena Durazo was angry. As Los Angeles' reigning labor boss, she had packed the City Council chambers with dozens of union members, expecting action on an initiative that could eventually help large hotels modernize, creating and preserving jobs. Business interests were wary, knowing that as part of the proposal, Durazo also hoped to increase pay for hotel workers. Durazo thought she had an ally in Councilman Paul Koretz, who would propose that the city study wage increases.
June 21, 2013
Re "Plan would protect chimps in captivity," June 12 My truncated quote in this article misrepresents my position on using chimpanzees for research and how listing them as an endangered species will affect this work. I care deeply about the welfare of captive chimpanzees and do not condone anything being done to a chimp that would be ethically unacceptable for humans. But human and chimp diseases are very different, and we need to understand how and why. So a complete research ban could be damaging to chimps and to their preservation in the wild.
June 15, 2013 |
As prisoners continue to wage a hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, a pointed opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine argues that military physicians who oversee such feedings are guilty of aggravated assault and should refuse participation. "Force-feeding a competent person is not the practice of medicine; it is aggravated assault," wrote George Annas, a professor of medical law and ethics at Boston University and lead author of the article.