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October 18, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County politician crusading against Caltrans is a bit like 96-year-old Strom Thurmond, after 45 years in the U.S. Senate, suddenly clamoring for term limits: It's not exactly going out on a limb. Few of state Sen. Joe Dunn's constituents in Anaheim, Garden Grove or Santa Ana would argue with his contention that the state's transportation department is something less than a well-oiled machine.
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June 28, 2006 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
In a hushed hearing room packed with hundreds of people, a single state senator on Tuesday derailed the second attempt to legalize assisted suicide in California. Before he cast the deciding vote against a measure that would have allowed people with less than six months to live to get a lethal prescription, Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) said he feared such a law would eventually be expanded.
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December 14, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Toss out the Jerry Springer-fed trailer-park stereotypes. Steve Gullage is thankful for his mobile-home existence. The 77-year-old Huntington Beach resident can't complain about his spacious dining room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 26-foot porch amid boysenberry bushes, orange trees and genial neighbors. "I'm very fortunate. We have very good landlords, the rent is fair, the place looks nice," Gullage said. But he knows his experience is not the whole story.
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September 16, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Deciding it is better to switch than fight, state Sen. Joe Dunn announced Thursday that he would run for state controller next year, after abandoning brief campaigns for attorney general and state treasurer when better-known candidates jumped into the races. Dunn, 47, a Democrat from Santa Ana, terms out next year from the legislative seat he has held since 1998. Controller Steve Westly has announced he will run for governor in 2006.
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December 6, 1998 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Democrats from conservative Orange County who will be sworn in Monday to seats they won in the state Legislature symbolize the party's revival in the county and its dominance statewide. State Sen.-elect Joe Dunn of Garden Grove and Assemblyman-elect Lou Correa of Santa Ana stood united with other Democrats in the fall elections while Republicans, for the first time in nearly two decades, remained a minority in both houses and lost the governor's office.
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January 22, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bill by State Sen. Joe Dunn could mean millions of dollars to transportation districts in Orange County and three other counties that lost money in the state bailout during the recession of the early 1990s. The Orange County Transportation Authority would receive $3 million a year if the bill passes--money the state has used since 1993 to help pay for educational programs. The money would pay for 40,000 hours or 4% of the county's bus service.
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March 17, 2001 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) has been appointed chairman of a special committee to probe the increase in power prices in the state. The eight-member Senate Select Committee to Investigate Price Manipulation in the Wholesale Energy Market has tentatively set the first of its hearings for the first week in April. Dunn said the majority of state legislators want to examine the wholesale electricity market to see what part it has been playing in skyrocketing prices.
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October 19, 1998 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Waging an uphill fight to unseat wealthy state Sen. Rob Hurtt, Democratic challenger Joe Dunn has relied on the generous support of California's powerful cadre of trial lawyers. It could be both a blessing and a curse. So far, about 80% of Dunn's campaign cash has come from lawyers, who have contributed $120,000 to his campaign for central Orange County's 34th Senate District.
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September 16, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Deciding it is better to switch than fight, state Sen. Joe Dunn announced Thursday that he would run for state controller next year, after abandoning brief campaigns for attorney general and state treasurer when better-known candidates jumped into the races. Dunn, 47, a Democrat from Santa Ana, terms out next year from the legislative seat he has held since 1998. Controller Steve Westly has announced he will run for governor in 2006.
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June 5, 2001 | CARL INGRAM and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Senate Rules Committee agreed Monday to issue subpoenas to eight out-of-state power generating companies demanding documents on pricing, bidding and other aspects of electricity sales in the state. Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana), chairman of the special Senate committee that is investigating whether power wholesalers are illegally profiteering from California's energy crisis, said he expects the companies to resist. That would set the stage for a court fight, he said.
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February 5, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
State Sen. Joe Dunn has called a legislative hearing to clarify whether Caltrans plans to proceed with an automated permit system for oversized trucks to prevent accidents such as one that killed an Orange County motorist 3 1/2 years ago. Dunn, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to determine if Caltrans still plans to buy the $13-million computer system designed to streamline the permit process for oversized trucks.
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January 29, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
By buying a controversial toll road on the busy Riverside Freeway, the Orange County Transportation Authority has inherited a "white elephant" that may trigger a disaster for taxpayers and motorists, state Sen. Joe Dunn has said in a scathing letter to local transit officials. Dunn (D-Garden Grove) said he strongly questions whether the purchase of the 91 Express Lanes on Jan. 3 will result in shorter rush-hour commutes on one of the most congested highways in Southern California.
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July 10, 2001 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of a Senate committee probing suspected price gouging during the California energy crisis charged Monday that Duke Energy is refusing to allow him to make public information key to his investigation. Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) said Duke has made the price bidding information from its Chula Vista plant available to committee members and staffers. But under a federal confidentiality rule, the data cannot be made public without Duke's consent.
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June 5, 2001 | CARL INGRAM and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Senate Rules Committee agreed Monday to issue subpoenas to eight out-of-state power generating companies demanding documents on pricing, bidding and other aspects of electricity sales in the state. Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana), chairman of the special Senate committee that is investigating whether power wholesalers are illegally profiteering from California's energy crisis, said he expects the companies to resist. That would set the stage for a court fight, he said.
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March 17, 2001 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) has been appointed chairman of a special committee to probe the increase in power prices in the state. The eight-member Senate Select Committee to Investigate Price Manipulation in the Wholesale Energy Market has tentatively set the first of its hearings for the first week in April. Dunn said the majority of state legislators want to examine the wholesale electricity market to see what part it has been playing in skyrocketing prices.
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December 14, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Toss out the Jerry Springer-fed trailer-park stereotypes. Steve Gullage is thankful for his mobile-home existence. The 77-year-old Huntington Beach resident can't complain about his spacious dining room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 26-foot porch amid boysenberry bushes, orange trees and genial neighbors. "I'm very fortunate. We have very good landlords, the rent is fair, the place looks nice," Gullage said. But he knows his experience is not the whole story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
State Sen. Joe Dunn has called a legislative hearing to clarify whether Caltrans plans to proceed with an automated permit system for oversized trucks to prevent accidents such as one that killed an Orange County motorist 3 1/2 years ago. Dunn, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to determine if Caltrans still plans to buy the $13-million computer system designed to streamline the permit process for oversized trucks.
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January 29, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
By buying a controversial toll road on the busy Riverside Freeway, the Orange County Transportation Authority has inherited a "white elephant" that may trigger a disaster for taxpayers and motorists, state Sen. Joe Dunn has said in a scathing letter to local transit officials. Dunn (D-Garden Grove) said he strongly questions whether the purchase of the 91 Express Lanes on Jan. 3 will result in shorter rush-hour commutes on one of the most congested highways in Southern California.
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February 17, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to help commuters facing gridlock each day on the Riverside Freeway, state Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) on Wednesday proposed negotiations among state and local transportation officials and the owners of private toll lanes built along the freeway median. Dunn offered to serve as mediator to reach a compromise giving Caltrans freedom to improve a snarled stretch of the Riverside Freeway near the border of Orange and Riverside counties.
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February 17, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to help thousands of commuters stuck on the Riverside Freeway each day, state Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) on Wednesday proposed opening negotiations among state and local transportation officials and owners of the 91 Express Lanes. Dunn offered to mediate private sessions that would begin "as soon as possible."
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