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August 28, 2005 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Whenever the state Assembly votes on a bill, there's a good chance Jerome Horton will press neither the green "yes" nor the red "no" button on his desk. He says abstaining makes him powerful. "When you vote yes or no," said the Democrat from Inglewood, "it takes you out of the negotiations, and I don't ever want to be out of the game."
January 11, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
The two candidates for the 2nd District seat on the Los Angeles City Council together have spent about $1 million to compete for the $133,000-a-year job, campaign finance reports filed Thursday show. The reports show Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Panorama City) and entertainment executive Wendy Greuel had just $66,000 in cash between them as of Dec. 31, two months before the runoff for the east San Fernando Valley seat.
May 29, 2006 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
Two GOP officeholders want the right to challenge Democratic state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer in November for the job as California's treasurer -- in effect, the state's head banker, charged with overseeing tens of billions of dollars in borrowing every year. Lockyer, forced out of his current office by term limits, is unchallenged. Other Democrats cleared the field when he decided not to run for governor, and to use his sizable war chest for a treasurer run instead.
May 14, 2006 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Three wives, one husband and two brothers of Assembly members are running in the June 6 primary election to replace relatives. It's a trend political scientists ascribe to the churn of term limits and the ready-made name recognition and connections that family members enjoy. "They know the same donors and volunteers," said Barbara O'Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at Cal State Sacramento.
September 14, 2003
Anyone who has taken a car trip out of state and hit smooth riding across the border knows California's infrastructure problems are serious. Anyone who swims at Orange County's often-closed beaches knows that its sewer systems are inadequate, and in some places crumbling. The question is not whether there's a problem but how to fix it. Proposition 53 on the Oct. 7 ballot is the wrong solution because it would further hamstring the state's finances.
June 19, 2003
Two California legislators are all alone, with no one else jumping aboard, after daring to propose a compromise budget plan. Like any realistic budget in this hard-times year, the proposal by Assembly members Keith Richman (R-Northridge) and Joe Canciamilla (D-Pittsburg) is full of pain and demands for sacrifice -- yes, including tax increases and program cuts. At least it's a plan that aims to get the state through this black period and into economic recovery.
June 30, 2003
The state Legislature took the weekend off, acting like tonight's midnight deadline for finalizing a state budget is nothing. The Senate and Assembly remain where they were five months ago -- deadlocked on how to finance the current $11-billion deficit and unable to pass a workable budget for the next fiscal year. A Democratic ploy Friday to debate a Republican budget plan descended into accusations that it was a trap to discredit GOP ideas.
Six weeks before the election, Los Angeles City Council candidate Wendy Greuel has taken a fund-raising lead over opponent Tony Cardenas and picked up the endorsement of Councilman Tom LaBonge. Greuel, an executive at DreamWorks SKG, got a big boost from entertainment industry donors, who helped her bring in much of the $58,100 she collected by Jan. 19, the close of the most recent reporting period.
January 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
Assembly Speaker-elect Fabian Nunez is set to push a Southern California Edison-backed bill that would again allow "direct access," a cornerstone of the 1996 deregulation law that let consumers choose their own electricity provider. The bill, which hasn't been introduced yet, would also ensure that utilities could recover the cost of building power plants and contracting for electricity from independent generators, Edison officials and an aide to Nunez said Friday.
November 20, 2003 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
A three-way competition for the job of Assembly speaker deteriorated into a "he said, she said" affair Tuesday that complicated a long-running stalemate among three Los Angeles-area lawmakers vying for the job. Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson (D-Culver City) must leave the Legislature in December 2004 because of term limits, and he has said he will step down as speaker in March.
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