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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1999
So the rich folk in Coto de Caza have cast their votes against an elementary school behind their gates (March 4). It seems they don't want any hoi polloi on their side of the gates. Never mind that hundreds, probably thousands, of the "rest of us" are admitted daily to clean their homes, clean their pools, trim their lawns and look after their brats. Do these people feel a kinship with their guardians? Do they know the name of even one of their gatekeepers? Trust me--the rest of the world laughs at people who live behind gates.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1994
I recently read the terrible news on the economic downfall that the Dana Point Harbor stores and restaurants have been experiencing since they installed the parking gates. I love it! I have lived in that area for over 20 years and was furious when they installed the gates. I decided I would not buy a thing from any of the stores or restaurants that are within the harbor area. It would be my own personal boycott, but after reading the article, it seems a lot of people have the same idea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1991
I am writing in response to allegations made by newly appointed Police Commissioner Melanie Lomax with regard to the statements made by Gates concerning the killer of Tina Kerbrat (Metro, Feb. 13). Free speech is a right granted to us all. This includes our chief of police. For Lomax to call Gates' remarks "racist," impinges upon the rights of all of us to express the truth. One has to wonder if the same statements were made by Mayor Tom Bradley if any clamor would have been raised by Lomax.
WORLD
March 9, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is not opposed to military action to protect rebels in Libya, including a no-fly zone, but he wants to explore the possible consequences of intervening in the crisis, his spokesman said Wednesday. Gates "has not staked out opposition to any particular course of action," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters traveling with Gates. Morrell was addressing questions about Gates' position on creation of a no-fly zone that have arisen since he warned Congress against "loose talk" of such a move and noted that any effort to patrol Libyan airspace would probably have to be preceded by a bombing campaign to neutralize its air defenses.
NEWS
June 2, 2002
Re "Communities Say Keep Out--by Bluffing," May 28: We moved into a gated community after I stared a burglar in the eye. We were also tired of beer cans and liquor bottles being thrown on our lawn, and cars roaring by with mufflers blaring at all times of night. The constant stream of peddlers pounding on our door wore us down. We get none of that now. It is tomb-quiet behind our gates, and we love it. Our neighbors came here for the same reasons. People seem to think that they have a right to bother anybody anywhere.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Washington Bureau
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned Friday that the U.S. should avoid future land wars like those it has fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, but should not forget the difficult lessons it has learned from those conflicts. "In my opinion, any future Defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should 'have his head examined,' as General MacArthur so delicately put it," Gates said in a speech to cadets at West Point.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A Ventura County man has rammed his car into the gates of the Playboy Mansion twice in the last two weeks, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The latest incident occurred Tuesday night, when the man allegedly drove his car into a front gate of the famous home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner. Lt. John Romero said detectives are still investigating but believe both incidents involve an "ongoing dispute." He did not elaborate or release the suspect's name. Authorities allege that the man also crashed into the gate last week.
NATIONAL
January 15, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today that he has forwarded recommendations to the Army for disciplinary action against supervisors of the accused Ft. Hood shooter. An official familiar with the investigation said Thursday that five to eight Army officers are expected to face discipline for failing to take action against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan over a series of behavioral and professional problems in the years leading up to the Nov. 5 rampage at the Army base in Texas. Gates declined to discuss specifics of the case against Hasan, citing the criminal investigation.
NATIONAL
May 1, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes, Tribune Washington Bureau
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress on Friday that he strongly opposes any immediate legislative attempts to repeal or alter the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Gates supports the eventual repeal of the ban. But in a letter to the House Armed Services Committee, he said that before Congress acts, he wants the Pentagon to first finish its review of the effect of any potential changes and develop an implementation plan. Changing the law before the assessment is complete, Gates wrote, "would send a very damaging message to our men and women in uniform that in essence their views, concerns and perspectives do not matter on an issue with such a direct impact and consequence for them and their families."
BUSINESS
March 11, 1987
Gates Corp. will sell its 64.8% interest in Gates Learjet Corp. to a partnership to be formed by Cobey Corp. of Boston and Bear, Stearns Acquisition Corp. IV. The agreement calls for 7.8 million shares of Learjet common stock held by Gates to be sold for $6.50 per share in cash, or $50.9 million. In addition, the partnership has agreed to assume $23 million of Learjet debt, the company said.
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