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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1993
Taxing ammunition to pay for health care (Nov. 4) is an idea that's right on target. JEAN ASKHAM Fullerton
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July 4, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A memorial service will be held Friday in Fullerton for Jean Askham, a longtime activist with the League of Women Voters and president of the Orange County chapters, who died June 30 of complications from a stroke. She was 75. Askham, of Fullerton, joined the league in New York in 1965 to push for passage of local school bonds, said her daughter, Barbara Askham of Albany, N.Y. "She was always a crusader," her daughter said Monday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994
Thanks for highlighting the Central Orange County League of Women Voters' appeal for new young members in Newswatch ("Less Gray?" Jan. 8). Unfortunately, the word "Central" was dropped from the name, leaving the impression that our countywide ranks have dwindled down to about 100 old-timers. We'd like all those prospective members out there to know that the Orange County league actually has 700 members enrolled in its four area groups. Wherever you live in the county, you'll be able to find active, enthusiastic women and men who see the nonpartisan league as a source of solid information which gives them a channel for constructive action in their communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1997
As one who has tried to help people register to vote for more than 35 years, I take strong exception to Ira Mehlman's proposal that we tighten registration and voting procedures ("It's Too Easy to Vote, Not Too Hard," Commentary, Jan. 6). I remember the bad old days filled with bureaucratic obstacles to voting and yearlong residency waiting periods. Mail-in registration has been working smoothly here for 20 years, but only about half the states allowed it. Since registration has become more accessible nationwide through "motor voter," 12 million more people have been added to the rolls.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1996
The California initiative process urgently needs reform, as Judy B. Rosener so clearly explains ("Take the Initiative to Reform the Process," Dec. 1). But Ms. Rosener is a wild and crazy optimist if she thinks Gov. Wilson--or "Wanna-be Gov." Dan Lungren--will propose or accept changes in a system they have manipulated so effectively to their political advantage. Corporations tired of pouring money into the defeat of specific initiatives after they qualify for the ballot might be better off spending their dollars on a year-round campaign to persuade voters to stop signing every petition that's put under their noses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1997
As one who has tried to help people register to vote for more than 35 years, I take strong exception to Ira Mehlman's proposal that we tighten registration and voting procedures ("It's Too Easy to Vote, Not Too Hard," Commentary, Jan. 6). I remember the bad old days filled with bureaucratic obstacles to voting and yearlong residency waiting periods. Mail-in registration has been working smoothly here for 20 years, but only about half the states allowed it. Since registration has become more accessible nationwide through "motor voter," 12 million more people have been added to the rolls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1988
The Times recently reported that the Orange County Fair Campaign Practices Commission was not convened to hear a complaint about an allegedly false Measure A ad because Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp says such commissions infringe on freedom of speech. Orange County has a weak commission indeed if it can be derailed so easily. The public interest would have been better served if Registrar of Voters Don Tanney had called the commission into session, and its findings had been publicized before the election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A memorial service will be held Friday in Fullerton for Jean Askham, a longtime activist with the League of Women Voters and president of the Orange County chapters, who died June 30 of complications from a stroke. She was 75. Askham, of Fullerton, joined the league in New York in 1965 to push for passage of local school bonds, said her daughter, Barbara Askham of Albany, N.Y. "She was always a crusader," her daughter said Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO
Consideration of a plan to change the way county supervisors chose companies for lucrative architectural and engineering projects was postponed Tuesday until Jan. 27, angering the president of the League of Women Voters. Jean Askham told supervisors they repeatedly have postponed dealing with the county's policy on procurement. "It looks as if you're unable or unwilling to deal with an issue that is pretty important from the public's point of view," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1996
Jean Askham of the League of Women Voters looks to a day when women will hold 50% of the seats in Congress and in state legislatures ("Orange County Voices," Aug. 25). To do this, they will have to win broad support by running on issues that command widespread interest. Two of today's noteworthy political leaders show how to do it. In New Jersey, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman ran on a promise to roll back tax increases pushed through by her predecessor, James Florio. She carried out her promise, cutting the state income tax by 30%. As a result, while still in her first term, she was already described as a suitable nominee for vice president.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1996
The California initiative process urgently needs reform, as Judy B. Rosener so clearly explains ("Take the Initiative to Reform the Process," Dec. 1). But Ms. Rosener is a wild and crazy optimist if she thinks Gov. Wilson--or "Wanna-be Gov." Dan Lungren--will propose or accept changes in a system they have manipulated so effectively to their political advantage. Corporations tired of pouring money into the defeat of specific initiatives after they qualify for the ballot might be better off spending their dollars on a year-round campaign to persuade voters to stop signing every petition that's put under their noses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994
Thanks for highlighting the Central Orange County League of Women Voters' appeal for new young members in Newswatch ("Less Gray?" Jan. 8). Unfortunately, the word "Central" was dropped from the name, leaving the impression that our countywide ranks have dwindled down to about 100 old-timers. We'd like all those prospective members out there to know that the Orange County league actually has 700 members enrolled in its four area groups. Wherever you live in the county, you'll be able to find active, enthusiastic women and men who see the nonpartisan league as a source of solid information which gives them a channel for constructive action in their communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1993
Taxing ammunition to pay for health care (Nov. 4) is an idea that's right on target. JEAN ASKHAM Fullerton
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1988
The Times recently reported that the Orange County Fair Campaign Practices Commission was not convened to hear a complaint about an allegedly false Measure A ad because Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp says such commissions infringe on freedom of speech. Orange County has a weak commission indeed if it can be derailed so easily. The public interest would have been better served if Registrar of Voters Don Tanney had called the commission into session, and its findings had been publicized before the election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1999
The El Toro airport problem is now being compounded by another anti-airport initiative masquerading as the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative, which is winding its destructive way through the signature-gathering process to get on the March 2000 ballot in Orange County. The initiative, which can pass with a simple majority vote, would require a two-thirds super majority vote of the people before any airport could be built or an existing airport expanded. In an apparent effort to get support from people who don't care one way or another about an airport at El Toro, the initiative also requires a two-thirds vote for construction of large jails and hazardous-waste landfills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1995
Re: "Maybe It's Time We All Worked as a Team to Right the Ship" (Op-Ed, Oct. 22) by Connie Haddad and Jean Askham. I truly agree with their thoughtful reflections and observations about Orange County and our nation. It's time we all got involved in politics and the home front. There are no simple solutions to the major financial woes facing Orange County and our country. As they pointed out so clearly, the anti-tax, anti-government mood in the country is not helpful to anyone. The indifference toward the political arena doesn't solve anything.
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