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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
March 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MESA, Ariz. - It wasn't quite a stump speech for a David Freese Gold Glove Award campaign, but it was a ringing endorsement in the eyes of the Angels' new third baseman. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia stopped short of saying he would pull Freese for defensive purposes, at least to start the season. “We're not there yet,” Scioscia said. “We'll see where we are next week, but David is going to play third base for us, and we anticipate him playing it well.” Freese, acquired from St. Louis for Peter Bourjos in November, appreciates the support.
March 19, 2014 | By David Ng
A theater initiative aimed at encouraging people with autism to attend live performances is targeting younger children with a new offering involving a Disney Live! show at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Theatre Development Fund said on Wednesday that the April 19 show of "Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure" will be a special performance geared toward children who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. The performance at Madison Square Garden is a partnership with TDF, a nonprofit New York group that promotes theater throughout the country, and Feld Entertainment, which manages the Disney Live!
March 19, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - As part of its campaign to address climate change, the White House on Wednesday unveiled a website to serve as a one-stop location for the enormous amount of climate data housed at different federal agencies. The initiative to make the information easily accessible to communities, researchers and industries trying to adapt to global warming is the White House's latest move to deliver on a pledge President Obama made in June: to use his executive authority to confront climate change in light of congressional inaction.
March 16, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
For 14 years, Los Angeles math teacher Darryl Newhouse has run a robotics program aimed at showing inner-city students that careers in science and engineering are just as possible as ones in sports and entertainment. But when funds run short, he digs into his own pocket - often shelling out as much as $5,000 a year. That's not easy to do on a public school teacher's salary - but now Newhouse will get some help. The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education is set to announce Monday a groundbreaking initiative that will give L.A. Unified teachers access to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities through a new website featuring custom grants, training tools and the services of a grant writer.
March 13, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims unexpectedly fell last week to 315,000, the lowest level since November, as the labor market showed signs of emerging from a winter chill. The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits was down from 324,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said. Economists had projected claims to increase to 330,000. The four-week average fell by 6,250 last week to 330,500. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chairs through the years Claims have been volatile this winter since falling to near a six-year low in late November as severe weather has forced some businesses to temporarily close.
March 9, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
NEW YORK - Anderson Cadet arrived at the Varick Street courthouse in an orange jumpsuit, shackled at the wrists, prepared to fight his deportation without an attorney. In immigration court, there is generally no right to free legal counsel. Many immigrants represent themselves. But on this cold February morning, Cadet was greeted by a public defender who took on his case for free. The Haitian immigrant is a client in a yearlong pilot program, believed to be the first of its kind, that provides free legal counsel to low-income people facing deportation.
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.
March 8, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Anxious about last summer's ruling on Proposition 8, sponsors of California ballot measures are going to considerable lengths to ensure they will be able to defend them if the state doesn't. Nearly 1 in 4 proposed initiatives include language intended to skirt the ruling and avoid having a measure overturned because of antipathy by state officials, a review of the measures showed. The proposal topics are as varied as public pensions and Internet privacy, each armed with clauses aimed at turning sponsors into semi-public officials able to defend the measures if the state refuses.
February 28, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey, David Lauter and Maeve Reston
WASHINGTON - As Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to reshape the nation's healthcare system in her husband's first term as president, she got all the right advice from senior aides: Consult closely with members of Congress, build bridges with business leaders, communicate clearly to nervous voters, move swiftly. The first lady and her husband ultimately failed in nearly all those efforts, nearly sinking Bill Clinton's presidency. Thousands of documents released Friday, which detail that failure as well as other policy disputes of the Clinton White House, provide new details on what remains one of the defining chapters in Hillary Clinton's career.
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