August 30, 1986 |
A ban on the treatment of potatoes with potentially deadly sulfites has been defeated by the Senate after opponents argued that the legislation would damage California agriculture and destroy the state's potato processing industry. The proposal, by Assemblyman Burt Margolin (D-Los Angeles), would have ended the practice of treating freshly cut, non-frozen French fries and hash-brown potatoes for use in restaurants, hospitals and schools with a family of chemical preservatives called sulfites.
September 28, 1988 |
After pioneering the use of hard-hitting direct-mail advertising in political campaigns, conservative state Sen. H.L. Richardson (R-Glendora) says he believes he has found something better--video cassettes that voters can view at home.
October 20, 1992 |
For Bob, Henry and Dan, three powerful male incumbents who collectively have 70 years of experience in the Legislature, the usually trouble-free highway to reelection has detoured into a double danger zone. First, in what is supposed to be a Year of the Anti-Incumbent, Sens. Robert G. Beverly (R-Redondo Beach), Henry J. Mello (D-Santa Cruz) and Daniel E. Boatwright (D-Concord) are running scared.
May 24, 1992 |
Reacting to public outcry over Mello-Roos taxes, which are paid by homeowners in many emerging communities to finance roads and other public facilities, a state commission is recommending changes to give home buyers more protection against abuse. The California Debt Advisory Commission has proposed limiting future Mello-Roos tax increases to 2% per year compared to 4% now.
April 16, 1986
Special tax-cut legislation for farmers designed to aid California's economically distressed agriculture industry has been signed by Gov. George Deukmejian. The bill by Sen. Henry J. Mello (D-Watsonville) will allow farmers, ranchers, citrus growers and other farming enterprises to carry over financial losses into future tax years.
March 31, 1988
The state Senate next week is expected to confirm Gov. George Deukmejian's appointment of Henry R. Agonia, formerly director of the Glendale Parks and Recreation Department, as state parks director. The Senate rules committee last week endorsed Agonia's appointment by a 4-0 vote. A vote on the recommendation was postponed in February after Sen. Henry J. Mello (D-Watsonville) requested more time to study Agonia's plans for parks within Mello's Northern California district.