December 13, 2013 |
Some months after the Sandy Hook murders, Scott J. Svonkin, elected in 2011 to the Los Angeles Community College board of trustees, heard that a couple of his own campuses were hosting gun safety classes. They had to go, he decided. His colleagues unanimously agreed with him. “When I found out about it,” he said, “I decided I wanted to ban guns on our campuses. I wasn't aware of this noncredit gun class; I decided it'd be safer not to have guns on our campuses. I don't oppose people's right to own guns, but schools shouldn't be places where guns are allowed in the hands of anyone but law enforcement.” 2013 ENDINGS: Columnist Patt Morrison on what she won't miss His colleagues passed a resolution that, in the interest of a safe learning environment, banished the noncredit classes from all nine of the district's campuses; “the presence of firearms,” it read in part, “even when nonoperational and in the instructional setting, lends itself to the potential for panic and fear.” By doing so, the L.A. district bucked a trend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
A statewide Amber Alert was issued Wednesday morning for a Sunnyvale man who authorities say abducted a 1-month-old baby. The California Highway Patrol identified the man as 22-year-old Mesut Guler, who was possibly driving a tan, medium-sized 2004 GMC Envoy SUV with the license plate number 6HIL892. The SUV has an image of a large American eagle on its rear window. The missing Latino child's name is Henry Guler-Romero, according to the CHP. The Amber Alert was issued shortly after 3:20 a.m. Guler was described as being 6 feet tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Voters in the Santa Clara County city of Sunnyvale were overwhelmingly backing a host of gun safety measures Tuesday that would put the relatively safe city at the forefront of a nationwide conversation on firearms regulation. Sunnyvale's measure was passing with two-thirds of the vote. It would require residents to report lost or stolen weapons within 48 hours of the discovery and to keep weapons safely stored. It would also make it illegal to possess ammunition magazines of 10 or more rounds, and require those purchasing ammunition to provide documentation that would be kept on file by store owners for two years.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - This month, a leading advocate of stricter gun safety laws argued that momentum had not stalled in Congress and cited an "inevitable fact" as proof. "There will be another mass shooting. And when it happens, members of Congress will have a lot of explaining to do," said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That shooting occurred Monday, claiming the lives of 12 people plus the gunman at a secure facility about a mile and a half from the Capitol. Yet sponsors of gun legislation expressed doubt that the Washington Navy Yard shooting would change the stubborn political reality that led to the defeat of a bipartisan proposal in April.
July 30, 2013
Re "Congress has key state laws in cross hairs," July 28 How shameful that some Washington politicians would imperil our state's sensible environmental protection scheme by alleging its drag on interstate commerce. California's environmental quality laws are more farsighted than those of states more reliant on toxic industries. But the industry's adverse effects on the natural world don't magically vanish at state lines; neither should legitimate concerns about the environment.
July 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said he'll launch an effort this week to “refocus” the attention of lawmakers on the concerns of middle class families, dismissing what he called “phony distractions” that have left his agenda stalled in Congress. Obama will travel Wednesday to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., a symbolic venue where as a young senator he once spoke about his economic vision, for a speech that he said would serve as the “kickoff” for a series of events in the coming months aimed at “changing the nature of the conversation” in the nation's capital.