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April 22, 1993 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in two months, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi and Treasurer Kathleen Brown have sent out fund-raising pitches as each gathers support for a 1994 gubernatorial campaign. With the election more than a year off, neither Brown nor Garamendi is a declared candidate for governor. But in their pleas to campaign contributors, they make no secret of their desires to run for the state's highest office.
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April 27, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
State Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) was confirmed as lieutenant governor Monday by the state Senate. He will fill a vacancy created when John Garamendi was elected to Congress late last year. Maldonado said he planned to take the oath of office Tuesday after resigning from the Legislature and would be an activist lieutenant governor focusing on economic issues. "I'm going to work every day for jobs, jobs and jobs," he told reporters. The lieutenant governor becomes acting governor when the sitting governor leaves the state.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1991
It was with great sadness that I read your editorial ("Insurers Must Do the Right Thing," Aug. 19) urging insurance companies to knuckle under to Garamendi's interpretation of Proposition 103. Is it not obvious what Garamendi's grandstanding is all about? Cannot most people see why he selects the issues about which he clamors? Does it not appear that his primary motivation is to springboard himself to bigger and better positions? Let's not forget his alliance with Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and the California Trial Lawyers against SB 941 (no-fault insurance)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
Democrats auditioning for governor of California stepped one by one onto a Northridge stage Sunday for an opening scene of the campaign to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. There was Gavin Newsom, the hyper-caffeinated mayor of San Francisco, casting his City Hall record as a progressive model for California, if not the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1985
State Sen. John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) states in his article (March 18), "A State Tax Refund Would Shortchange Our Children," that a tax cut for California in 1986 is on the "not-so-secret agenda of Democrats and Republicans alike." Garamendi urges that the members of the so-called "new generation of Howard Jarvis" not opt for a onetime tax refund of $30 to $50 a person but rather save the projected billion-dollar surplus for "economic uncertainties." He reasons that by the year 2000 there will be 30% more people living in California and therefore we need to save the excess money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1986 | LANIE JONES, Times Political Writer
Noting that contractors at the McColl toxic waste dump in Fullerton had double-billed or overbilled the state for their work, state Sen. John Garamendi (D-Sacramento) on Wednesday proposed adding 30 auditors to the state controller's office to verify all state claims. Garamendi, a Democratic candidate for controller, said that if $684,000 is added to the controller's budget in the 1986-87 fiscal year, the additional audits probably could save the state millions of dollars in questionable claims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2006
-- Statewide 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % American Independent James D. King 23,821 100 Green Donna J. Warren 24,348 100 Libertarian Lynnette M. Shaw 13,337 100 Peace & Freedom Stewart A. Alexander 3,270 100 Democrat John Garamendi 869,577 43 Jackie Speier 772,794 39 Liz Figueroa 362,682 18 Republican Tom McClintock 1,420,147 94 Tony Farmer 96,169 6 -- -- Los Angeles County 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Democrat John Garamendi...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1990
Your editorial makes a good case for voting for Bannister. But another issue comes through loud and clear. Garamendi has been in Sacramento for 16 years. He has run for governor and state controller. And he's going to continue to try for various public offices until he gets into one in which he is incompetent. (The Peter Principle at work.) He's part of the problem, not the solution. He's got the political and fund-raising connections to trample an unknown like Bannister no matter how well-qualified for office the latter individual may be. Garamendi is an example of why we need term limitations.
OPINION
March 15, 1992
There is much to commend the Garamendi plan, but I feel I must speak up for one group of people who could literally be held prisoner in California by such a plan. I refer to present and future retirees who move out of state to stretch their retirement dollars. They are dependent upon company-provided health insurance, either as a supplement to Medicare, or in the case of early retirees who are not yet eligible for Medicare, they are totally dependent on such insurance. The Garamendi proposal is based on regional California health care centers.
NEWS
March 19, 1986 | JOHN BALZAR, Times Political Writer
California's suddenly lively Democratic election campaign for state controller has focused on a political figure who isn't even on the ballot--former Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. And the result has been a Democratic cat fight of unusual intensity. State Sen. John Garamendi on Tuesday joined rival candidate Assemblyman Alister McAlister in attacking the third Democrat in the race, Assemblyman Gray Davis, because of Davis' long service to the former governor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
Former EBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman joined the race for governor of California on Monday, setting off a battle between Silicon Valley moguls for the 2010 Republican nomination. Whitman, 52, has never run for public office but is banking on Californians' viewing her corporate background as just what the state needs to break its chronic cycle of fiscal disasters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2008 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who first ran for governor 26 years ago, announced his third Democratic bid for the office Thursday, saying his decades of experience in state government would allow him to vanquish problems that have eluded Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. "California is not a movie set, and gridlock is simply not acceptable," Garamendi, 63, said in an announcement outside the Capitol, faulting Schwarzenegger for failing to resolve the state's fiscal problems. "This is real life.
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October 30, 2006 | George Skelton
These guys should be running for governor: Democratic Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi and Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock. They'd make the race a lot more interesting -- less predictable, much closer, more focused, offering a clearer choice of views and visions. Instead, they're competing for the backup job, lieutenant governor. That's a job that shouldn't even exist.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi's office obtained more than $1 billion in legal settlements and judgments stemming from his 1991 seizure of junk-bond-laden Executive Life Insurance Co., the state auditor said Thursday. But questions about how much of that money has been returned to policyholders remain to be answered by a second report from Auditor Elaine M. Howle. That installment is still in the works. Garamendi, a Democrat running for lieutenant governor Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2006 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Disagreeing on every topic they discussed, lieutenant governor candidates Tom McClintock and John Garamendi sparred in public debate over abortion, state security, higher education, healthcare and the very purpose of public office. The cordial tone of Saturday's debate, the only one currently scheduled in this race, was in sharp contrast with the deep differences between the two candidates, arguably the most philosophically opposed in the seven contested statewide races this fall.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi said Thursday that he expected to recommend that insurance companies cut workers' compensation premiums by an additional 6.3% in January. The proposed cut would be the latest in a series of premium reductions after a 2004 legislative overhaul that stripped billions of dollars from the cost of the state's program for helping injured workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1996
Re "Garamendi Calls for End to Water Dispute," March 29: Deputy Secretary of the Interior John Garamendi was very personally attacked by the spokesperson for an angry Gov. Pete Wilson, a career politician who was forced to withdraw from a disastrous campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. At no time did Sean Walsh (Wilson's press secretary) refer to the substance of Garamendi's proposals, but rather only attempted to trash him. With sound water use a key policy issue in California, and with a Californian, a rancher and a lifetime resident of the state in a key position to help the state, why did the governor turn his lackey loose, denying the state the opportunity to work cooperatively with the Interior Department to address the serious issues raised by Garamendi?
BUSINESS
July 10, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
In a move that could presage lower auto insurance premiums for many of California's 23 million drivers, the state's fourth-largest provider has agreed to base its rates on how safely and how much its customers drive rather than primarily on where they live. The plan, to be announced today by the Automobile Club of Southern California and California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, would slice as much as $133 million from the annual bills of the club's nearly 1 million policyholders.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi ordered four big insurers Wednesday to justify their home insurance rates, saying he would order cuts if the charges were found to be too high. Garamendi said a Department of Insurance study found that the four companies -- State Farm, Allstate, Farmers and Safeco -- paid out in claims less than 50 cents of each premium dollar taken in last year.
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