CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2010 |
As legislators rush to bring more transparency to the salaries of city officials — like the eye-popping compensation enjoyed until recently by administrators in Bell — they're balking at passing a law that would make it easier for the public to find out their own pay. A measure that would legally compel lawmakers to post their salaries, and the salaries they pay staff, on the Internet has stalled in the state Senate. Leaders of the upper house said Thursday that they may instead address the issue through an internal rule, which can be changed much more easily, and with much less public fanfare, than a state law. As the struggle over legislative pay disclosure played out in the background, lawmakers approved several other proposed laws, including a stiff new rule meant to protect hospital patients from radiation overdoses and a ban on alcohol sales from self-service lines in grocery stores.
August 5, 2010 |
Stepping up her fight against ethics charges, Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles) asked the House Ethics Committee on Wednesday to make public the details of the case against her and expedite her trial. Waters has come under scrutiny for her actions involving a bank with ties to her husband that received federal bailout funds. But the Ethics Committee has not revealed the charges against her or the findings of its investigation. Although a report released this week found "substantial reason" to believe that Waters may have violated ethics rules, the committee is not due to make public the charges or release the findings of its investigative subcommittee until Congress returns from its summer recess in September.
July 18, 2010
Question: I live in a house with a cottage, which I had been renting to my sister and her family until they moved out of state. I am a single mother with a young daughter and cannot pay my mortgage without the rental income from the cottage. For our personal comfort and safety, I'd like to place an ad stating my preference for a female tenant. I know that there are laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender, but I don't think those laws should apply to someone like me who is just renting out a cottage.
July 10, 2010 |
The consummate public servant, Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D- Texas) can now be summoned by his constituents 24/7 with the click of a remote. Cable subscribers in Ortiz's district and five others can watch up to 30 minutes of on-demand programming from their legislators, just as they view reruns of their favorite shows and movies. A new service called MiCongress offers members of the House of Representatives the chance to buy their own personal cable channels for an average of $2,000 a month.
March 20, 2010 |
The House Rules Committee began its work Saturday morning as Democrats kicked off a weekend of parliamentary maneuvering, lobbying and arm-twisting in the healthcare debate ahead of showdown votes set for Sunday. President Obama will meet in the afternoon with House Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, about 24 hours before the House is set to begin voting on a healthcare insurance overhaul, the centerpiece of his domestic agenda. Democrats are close to the 216 votes they need in the House.
March 9, 2010 |
She takes none of it for granted. Not the sales figures, the fame, the fortune, the fact that her name pops up on bestseller lists with the frequency of freakishly popular scribes such as Stephen King and Mary Higgins Clark. If you're inclined to trust what Jodi Picoult says -- and if you're not, then you're the kind of cynic who probably isn't interested in her or her books, anyway -- she is still, after 17 novels and 18 years on the job, just as humble, wide-eyed and hardworking as she was at the beginning of her career.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2009 |
The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it had voted unanimously to establish panels to investigate whether Southern California congresswomen Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson had violated the law or broken House rules. In its statement, the committee said it was looking into whether Richardson had received a "gift" or "preferential treatment" from Washington Mutual after her Sacramento house was sold at a foreclosure auction, only to have the lender take it back and return the two-story house to her. It also said it was investigating whether the Long Beach Democrat failed to list real estate, liabilities and income on her financial disclosure forms.
August 30, 2009 |
Renting out a room in his home was both a financial necessity for Christopher Paulsen and a hedge against loneliness. "It was like empty nest syndrome, and I thought I could use a few bucks to offset costs," said Paulsen, 48, whose youngest son left home here last year. Paulsen placed an ad on Craigslist and got many responses. He chose an AmeriCorps volunteer to take over the room for a year in his two-bedroom town home in this small town at Lake Tahoe. "I don't want to raise kids over again, but this means I have someone around the house and helps pay the bills," Paulsen said.
November 24, 2008 |
The dozen men who gather every Monday night in a nondescript West Palm Beach office building -- including a 36-year-old machinist, a 59-year-old engineer, a 45-year-old handyman -- share a common label: registered sex offender. Most go to mental health counselor Ben Taylor's weekly 90-minute sessions as part of court-ordered therapy. But talk frequently turns to the hodgepodge of residency restrictions for sex offenders.
September 28, 2008 |
Question: When we moved in, our landlord gave us a yearlong lease that had just the basics. It also had a paragraph saying that we agreed to abide by the "House Rules," which could be changed at any time. Last week, our landlord gave us a new set of rules. They've reduced the pool hours, are charging for parking and have doubled the late fees. We feel that the landlord shouldn't be able to impose these changes mid-lease. What do you think?