CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1996
A feud over a petition drive to create a municipal government reform panel took another twist Tuesday, when lawyers for Mayor Richard Riordan suggested that Councilman Nate Holden violated the law by asking a judge to delay a ruling on the matter. Riordan and his supporters sued the city after the city attorney's office suggested that the City Council has the discretion to delay the reform measure's appearance on the ballot. U.S. District Judge Mariana R.
March 5, 2008 |
China usually doesn't like to air its dirty laundry. But when fighting a wily foe, in this case its own well-entrenched bureaucrats, the leadership isn't above a bit of guerrilla warfare. Recently, the China Youth Daily, a mainstream Communist Party newspaper affiliated with President Hu Jintao's power base, released an online survey that found more than 90% of Chinese were fed up with inefficiency and bureaucratic muddle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1996
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and his supporters submitted 300,000 signatures Wednesday to create an elected government reform panel. The campaign needs 197,000 valid signatures to qualify a measure for the April ballot but Riordan and his backers submitted an additional 103,000 to compensate for invalid or duplicate signatures that were collected. Riordan has argued that the city is governed by an outdated and inefficient government charter that was adopted in 1925.
December 28, 1997 |
Government reform of the managed-care industry will be at the top of the agenda. Expect to see a flurry of legislation in Washington and Sacramento now that federal and state commissions have issued recommendations on how to better protect consumers enrolled in HMOs and other health plans. The fate of hospital giant Columbia/HCA, the target of a sweeping federal criminal investigation, will become clearer in 1998.
January 17, 1988 |
Goh Chok Tong bristled last week as he stood before his colleagues in Parliament and promoted a plan to change the electoral system here. "I don't think we are tinkering with the system," declared the first deputy prime minister. "We are making improvements . . . based on 22 years of working it. We are trying to remove a weakness." "Tinkering"--the word used by a government official to describe the reaction of some Singaporeans to the proposed change--carries a negative connotation, Goh, the No.
September 18, 1992 |
When Andrew Manson, a white South African, and his mixed-race Danish wife moved here a decade ago, they found an oasis of racial tolerance and tranquillity. While apartheid gripped South Africa a few miles away, this tiny nation--created by apartheid's social engineers--had a black ruler, multiracial schools, mixed neighborhoods and equal opportunities for all races. But, oh, how the tables have turned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2003 |
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved reforms designed to improve the way the county notifies property owners of delinquent taxes -- changes that supporters say could help owners keep their homes off the auction block. The reforms were prompted by the experience of Terrell Dotson, an 85-year-old whose Inglewood home was sold by the county for failure to pay a $546 tax bill.
January 21, 2001 |
"Leniency to those who confess, severity to those who resist." From the political struggles of the Maoist era to the interrogation rooms of police stations today, Chinese are all too familiar with this hallmark policy of their country's legal system. After two decades of watching American TV police dramas, however, Chinese have become familiar with another phrase: "You have the right to remain silent."
September 16, 1998 |
If the Soviet Union always seemed like the terrifying embodiment of Big Brother to the West, then for years it was something of a big brother to China toward the south. Inspired by the same Marxist-Leninist ideals that first took root in Russia, Beijing alternately held up Moscow as its role model and, in times of disillusionment, its nemesis.
November 3, 1987 |
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev told the Soviet people Monday that Josef Stalin committed "enormous and unforgivable" crimes in the 1930s, and he announced that a top-level commission has been set up to investigate them and exonerate their victims. At the same time, Gorbachev praised Stalin's decision to collectivize farming and proceed with rapid, state-controlled industrialization despite the "excesses" and widespread suffering they caused.