April 18, 2013 |
Despite beefed-up security at airports nationwide in reaction to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, the Transportation Security Administration is standing firms in its plan next week to allow passengers to take small folding knives and other formerly prohibited items onto airplanes. On Wednesday, a TSA spokesman wrote via email that changes would go into effect April 25 as planned. Before the bombings, more than 100 members of Congress as well as flight attendants and members of the public had asked TSA Administrator John Pistole to scrap the policy.
April 15, 2013 |
In just 10 days you'll be able to carry knives onto planes. Not big butcher knives, of course, but those described as smaller than 2.36 inches long and less than half an inch in width. That relaxing of Transportation Security Administration rules in March also includes allowing passengers to carry on certain items, including ski poles, hockey sticks, golf clubs, etc. But it's the knives that have created the strongest reaction, including one from U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Los Angeles)
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April 6, 2013 |
Wendy Greuel rallied supporters in San Pedro on Saturday, saying the community was vital to Los Angeles' prosperity as she campaigned for mayor. “This is the economic engine of our entire city,” Greuel said as she rallied supporters at the headquarters of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 63, the Marine Clerks Assn. She noted that her 9-year-old son was studying a map of Los Angeles and asked about San Pedro, which is connect to the rest of Los Angeles by a thin spit of land.
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October 30, 2012 |
Willie D. Smith broke into a wide grin when he spotted Rep. Laura Richardson campaigning in his Carson neighborhood one recent Saturday. "This is so cool!" Smith, 43, exclaimed as he greeted the congresswoman, who was walking door-to-door along a well-tended stretch of Gladwick Street. "I'm telling my people to vote for you. " That's the kind of response Richardson is counting on in her tough reelection battle with a fellow Democrat, Rep. Janice Hahn of San Pedro. The two congresswomen are vying for the same seat in the wake of last year's redistricting and new primary election rules that allowed members of the same party to advance to November.
September 28, 2012
As the June primary for the newly created 44th Congressional District approached, Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) was already fighting for her political life. She was under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly pressuring members of her legislative staff to work on her campaign on government time and against their will. That troubling charge - and the resources she was forced to expend rebutting it - were the chief reasons this page declined to endorse her. When the primary was over and Richardson had earned a spot in the runoff, the committee reported that she had indeed violated congressional rules, and she accepted a rare reprimand and a $10,000 fine.
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August 10, 2012 |
Even before last week's stinging reprimand from her House colleagues, Democrat Laura Richardson's reelection bid was in trouble. She had been burning through campaign strategists and congressional staffers for months. Debts were mounting. She had finished far behind rival Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) in the June primary, under new election rules that produced several November contests between members of the same party. Hahn had also won the endorsement of California's Democratic Party, which typically furnishes money, mail ads and volunteers for its chosen candidate.