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December 2, 2000 | DAN MORAIN and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Republican who won an Assembly race in November agreed Friday to give up the Inland Empire seat and plead guilty to two misdemeanor campaign finance violations. In an agreement with California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, Assemblywoman-elect Jan Leja, a former mayor of Beaumont, agreed not to be sworn in, leaving the seat vacant until Gov. Gray Davis calls a special election early next year.
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December 2, 2000 | DAN MORAIN and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Republican who won an Assembly race in November agreed Friday to give up the Inland Empire seat and plead guilty to two misdemeanor campaign finance violations. In an agreement with California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, Assemblywoman-elect Jan Leja, a former mayor of Beaumont, agreed not to be sworn in, leaving the seat vacant until Gov. Gray Davis calls a special election early next year.
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June 14, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal agents Thursday entered the investigation into the firebombing of the mayor's home that came two hours after the City Council approved construction of a factory to build window shutters. "This was a politically motivated act of terrorism," Police Detective Mitch White said. The mayor, Jan Leja, fled safely with her sleeping children as the fire burned. At Monday's City Council meeting, about 40 people opposed to the factory complained that it would generate dangerous fumes.
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March 28, 1996
Key to Election Tables * An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent candidate; a dagger (**) denotes an appointed incumbent. * A double dagger (***) indicates a race where a runoff election will be held between the top two candidates if no one receives more than half of the vote. * Elected candidates and approved measures--or those leading with 99% of precincts reporting--are in bold type. Runoff elections may be required in nonpartisan races where no candidate receives over 50% of the vote.
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December 5, 2000 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In what has become a typical changing of the guard under term limits, more than a third of the California lawmakers sworn into the Assembly on Monday were Capitol rookies. The state Senate also saw significant term limit-spurred change as 10 former lawmakers from the lower house moved to the 40-member upper chamber, after November victories assured them continued employment. In all, 31 newcomers raised their right hand as Ronald M.
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April 27, 1997 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The memory of kidnapping victim Anthony Michael Martinez was raised on the wings of 75 white doves Saturday during services based on faith--that the 10-year-old boy is saved in heaven and that his uncaught killer will ultimately be judged by God.
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December 4, 2000 | GEORGE SKELTON
It's back to school day in the Capitol--actually, the first day of school for 28 new legislators. The buzzer sounds for a new two-year legislative session. But the institution's not what it used to be. Better in some ways, worse in many. The main reason is term limits. Better because rapid turnover has generated more diversity. There will be 27 Latinos among the 119 lawmakers sworn in, according to the Associated Press. There were only seven in 1990 when California voters imposed term limits.
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April 21, 1997 | TOM GORMAN and DIANA MARCUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A small town's resolve, born of hope, to bring one of its children home alive shifted Sunday to a newer, fierce resolve, born of anger, to bring home his killer. "A bright star was taken from this community," said Mayor Jan Leja, moments after visiting the parents of Anthony Michael Martinez, bringing what consolation she could on behalf of her town. "They realize now that Anthony is with God now, the bright shining star he was with us.
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November 7, 1996
Key to Election Tables * An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent candidate; a dagger (**) denotes an appointed incumbent. * A double dagger (***) indicates a race in a district shared by two or more counties. For that reason, individual tables do not reflect the total vote. * Elected candidates and approved measures--or those leading with 99% of precincts reporting--are in bold type. Results are not official and could be affected by absentee ballots.
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April 9, 1997 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this small town of wilted shops and modest homes, no one is saying the word "or." Hundreds of determinedly cheerful volunteers are pinning yellow ribbons, faxing fliers and tacking "Missing Child" posters on every window in sight. They will keep doing it, they vow, until 10-year-old Anthony Martinez--abducted last week from outside his home--is returned to his mother safe and sound. Residents will not speak of any other possible outcome to this crisis.
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