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October 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Proponents of a ballot measure to restrict ballot measures call it a financial necessity. Opponents say it would be a near-crippling blow to a form of direct democracy that Arizona has used since statehood. Under the proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot, no initiatives that raise taxes or require new spending could take effect unless they're approved by a majority of registered voters. That is a much higher hurdle than the current requirement -- that an initiative get approval from a majority of voters casting ballots.
April 27, 2014 | By Laura W. Brill
Last year's Proposition 8 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court changed the lives of many same-sex couples and their families in California for the better. But the political fallout from that decision is also having a profound and worrisome effect on the state's initiative process. The reason has to do with the nature of the court's action. The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 itself. Rather, it decided an issue of standing, concluding that the initiative's backers had not been directly harmed by a lower-court ruling that the law was unconstitutional and that they therefore lacked standing to appeal that ruling.
August 2, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Backers of a ballot measure that would require parents to be notified before an abortion is performed on a minor acknowledged Friday that the 15-year-old on which "Sarah's Law" is based had a child and was in a common-law marriage before she died of complications from an abortion in 1994.
April 25, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A grass-roots group that has been railing against Los Angeles' parking ticket policies has agreed to team up with Mayor Eric Garcetti to look at changes to the enforcement system. Steven Vincent, founder of the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative, said Garcetti invited members of his organization to participate in an official city working group. The panel, Vincent said, will look at an array of possible changes, such as reducing certain fines, expanding parking hours in key locations, making no-parking signs less confusing and halting the practice of using ticket revenue as a tool to balance the city's budget.
October 20, 1997
Peter King (column, Oct. 15) correctly asserts that California's most controversial initiatives are emotional responses to state problems. But emotion isn't a good substitute for reasoned legislation, and leaving the courts to sort out the details is expensive, lengthy and unsatisfactory. Let's use initiatives the way they're intended: as a wake-up call to the Legislature to address the problem. Let's change the system so that a passed initiative doesn't become law but goes to the Legislature, which can work with the proposal and perhaps tone down the more extreme (and court-challengeable)
December 12, 2011 | By Harold Meyerson
Californians seem to have had it with the underfunding of their schools. With tuition rising every semester to close the gap created by legislative budget cuts, the state's fabled higher education system — the University of California, the California State University and the community colleges — is pricing out tens of thousands of middle-class students. At the K-12 level, the Golden State ranks 42nd among the states in per-pupil spending, and is almost certain to fall even lower if, as seems likely, an additional $10 billion is whacked from state spending.
June 16, 1988
California Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti's quote, "Typical California. They make decisions pretty much independent of us" in reference to the campaign finance initiatives (Part I, June 9) goes a long way toward explaining why there are so many public-initiated ballot measures. Turn that quote around and have a typical voter's remark, "Typical California elected officials. They make decisions pretty much independent of us." C. TROPILA Fountain Valley
November 9, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
One day after Ohio voters resoundingly rejected the state's new collective bargaining law, Democrats and their allies in organized labor said Republicans have reason to worry about more fallout to come from that party's overreach. The GOP meanwhile is pointing to results of another initiative on the Ohio ballot, offered by Republicans as a rebuke to President Obama's healthcare reform, as just as powerful a rejection of Democrats. What's the day after election day without a healthy serving of spin?
May 15, 1996
An Arcadia citizens group will turn in an initiative petition that, if it qualifies for the November ballot, would let voters decide whether they should approve any changes to the use of the grounds at Santa Anita Park. The prospective ballot measure comes in the wake of Santa Anita's controversial plan that it recently withdrew for a $100-million entertainment center in the horse racing track's 120-acre parking lot.
June 12, 2005
Regarding "Touting Initiatives, Eschewing Principles," Golden State, May 26: Since we are all so busy, I am glad that columnist Michael Hiltzik has simplified Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's upcoming initiative campaign by explaining it in one article. The three initiatives are designed to decrease state government spending, shake up an entrenched state Legislature with new redistricting and make teachers more accountable through delayed tenure. This is why we sent Arnold to Sacramento.
April 23, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
A Celine tote for $220? A Carolina Herrera shirt dress for $255? And shopping for a good cause too? No, you're not dreaming. The items are available to buy at and as part of a new capsule collection launched to support the private-sector-led charity initiative Born Free Africa , with the goal of ending mother-to-child HIV transmission by Dec. 31, 2015. Kenya-born, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu collaborated with 22 fashion designers on the Born Free collection, including J. Crew's Jenna Lyons, Miuccia Prada, Tory Burch and Isabel Marant.
April 15, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
NBCUniversal is unveiling an initiative to produce original video that will be featured on the company's digital platforms and national video-on-demand and will be promoted on its TV networks. The initiative will debut first on channel websites, Hulu and video-on-demand. It is designed to connect advertising brands with consumers. In many cases, the development of original series will be in direct collaboration with advertising partners. Creative teams from NBCUniversal cable and broadcast networks, as well as its Creative Innovation Agency, will work closely with top production teams from around the industry to create programming for viewers who frequent its digital platforms daily.
April 9, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Northwestern assailed the decision of a National Labor Relations Board regional director that the school's scholarship football players are employees and can unionize in an appeal filed Wednesday with the full board. "In this unprecedented decision, the regional director set out to alter the underlying premise upon which college varsity sports is based," Northwestern lawyers wrote. The 50-page request for review repeatedly jabbed Peter Sung Ohr, the NLRB's regional director in Chicago who ruled in favor of former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and the College Athletes Players Assn.
April 8, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
In an effort to cast a wider comedy net, NBC is taking things to the online playground. The network announced Tuesday an initiative called "NBC Comedy Playground," a national campaign that the network describes as a way to invest in "new cutting-edge comedy" outside the traditional developement model. Beginning May 1, aspiring comedy writers from across the country can submit their show ideas in video-form presentations, to be considered for digital and network comedy shows.
April 4, 2014 | By David Wharton
Concluding a three-day visit to Japan, Olympic inspectors expressed satisfaction Friday with early preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. The four-man contingent visited a number of existing and potential venues and held discussions with the host country's organizing committee. "Tokyo 2020 has successfully undertaken a number of important steps on its seven-year Olympic journey," said John Coates, chairman of the coordination commission for the International Olympic Committee.
April 4, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
TrueCar .com, the Internet car-shopping company backed by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen and insurance giant USAA , plans an initial public stock offering. The Santa Monica company has grown rapidly over the last year by offering a platform for car shoppers to get an “upfront” price from dealers, thereby avoiding most of the haggling that occurs in auto shopping. TrueCar's revenue jumped 68% last year from 2012, to just under $134 million, but the company has never been profitable.
August 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The deadline passed Thursday for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic lawmakers to strike a deal to avert a fight over initiatives in the Nov. 8 special election. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez said that if the governor and he could reach agreement in the next few days, Secretary of State Bruce McPherson might allow the results to be placed on the ballot. But McPherson said that would be too late.
November 8, 2000
Re "Cure for the Initiative," editorial, Nov. 5: Prior restraint remedies like constitutionality tests and ballot argument reviews as fixes for the initiative process raise the question of who is going to perform these tests. The existence of neutral parties, even in the judiciary, is a fantasy. The major concern is that any changes would be used to keep initiatives off of the ballot altogether. Most issues dealt with by initiatives would never have been addressed by the state Legislature and would probably have been kept off of the ballot as initiatives if they had a prior-restraint vehicle.
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee
TAIPEI, Taiwan - For decades, relations between Taiwan and its giant neighbor China have been one of the great success stories of the ending of the Cold War. Slowly but surely, the two nations have pulled back from half a century of bellicose confrontation and in recent years embraced a level of political and economic cooperation that seemed to promise new riches for both. But today, for many Taiwanese, the bloom is off the rose. This disenchantment lay behind the outbreak of angry protests from Taiwanese students that are in their third week.
March 28, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
After seven years of guarding inmates in Los Angeles County jails, Sheriff's Deputy Guadalupe Lopez was transferred to the East L.A. Station to continue her career working in patrol. It was there, she says in a lawsuit filed this week, that she encountered a rogue group of deputies called the "Banditos. " The Banditos, she says, sport matching tattoos and try to coerce female deputy patrol trainees like her into performing sexual favors. In the 19-page lawsuit, Lopez contends that she was assigned a training officer who was known as the "Godfather" and was a leader of the group.
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