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November 11, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Dropping his bid for a state Assembly seat, attorney John Birke announced this week that he is entering the race for the 19th District state Senate seat. The 31-year-old Chatsworth Democrat said he will oppose state Sen. Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley) in her bid for reelection in the district that includes Chatsworth, Northridge and Castaic, as well as Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks in Ventura County.
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January 15, 1997 | DADE HAYES
A Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that Cal State Northridge officials cannot use a newly drafted computer policy to prohibit students from using the campus Internet computer server to express political views. CSUN senior Christopher Landers, 32, is suing the university over the October blocking of his Internet site promoting the state Senate campaign of Democrat John Birke, who eventually lost to incumbent Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley).
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October 31, 1996 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state Senate candidate on Wednesday lost a court bid to reinstate an Internet web page through Cal State Northridge's computers that featured a picture of his opponent's face morphing into a skeletal death mask. John Birke, an attorney and Democratic candidate in the 19th Senate District, failed to win a court order that would have temporarily restrained the university from blocking his campaign web page that he wants restored before Tuesday's election.
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January 9, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Cal State Northridge students could soon be faced with a new computer policy--created in the wake of a controversy surrounding a politically themed Internet site. University officials drafted the document in December, primarily to clarify that university computers are to be used for academic purposes and school business only. Next week, Superior Court Judge Diane Wayne is expected to rule on student Christopher Landers' request for a preliminary injunction to suspend the new policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Cal State Northridge students could soon be faced with a new computer policy--created in the wake of a controversy surrounding a politically themed Internet site. University officials drafted the document in December, primarily to clarify that university computers are to be used for academic purposes and school business only. Next week, Superior Court Judge Diane Wayne is expected to rule on student Christopher Landers' request for a preliminary injunction to suspend the new policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1997 | DADE HAYES
A Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that Cal State Northridge officials cannot use a newly drafted computer policy to prohibit students from using the campus Internet computer server to express political views. CSUN senior Christopher Landers, 32, is suing the university over the October blocking of his Internet site promoting the state Senate campaign of Democrat John Birke, who eventually lost to incumbent Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley).
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October 6, 1996 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She's on the Republican right, he's on the Democratic left. Their only common ground is that they both like to rumble--verbally, that is. "Sure I'm feisty," said state Sen. Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley). "I guess I browbeat everybody. I'm very careful, though. I don't push things I don't believe in." John Birke, a Chatsworth attorney and her Democratic challenger, also considers himself confrontational and combative.
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October 20, 1992 | LEONARD FEATHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fifty world-class jazz musicians and hundreds of fans are assembled aboard this ship to celebrate the 75th birthday Wednesday of John Birks (Dizzy) Gillespie. Unfortunately, the guest of honor, who was scheduled to be aboard the cruise, couldn't make it. Gillespie's doctor told him that the emotional and physical strain of a weeklong tribute could cause a relapse. The jazz giant has been recuperating from major intestinal surgery last spring.
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September 24, 1999
Lawyer Daniel Gonzalez, who lost a bid for Congress last year, announced Thursday that he is running to replace veteran state Sen. Cathie Wright, who is leaving office because of term limits. Gonzalez, 43, becomes the first Democrat in the March primary race for a seat that Republicans have held since the early 1970s. Two prominent Republicans--Northridge Assemblyman Tom McClintock and Ventura County Supervisor Judy Mikels--have announced that they are in the race.
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October 13, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Two Democratic candidates have entered the race for a state Assembly seat representing portions of the West San Fernando Valley and eastern Ventura County. Jon Lauritzen, a Canoga Park High School teacher, and John Birke, a San Fernando Valley attorney, have joined the race in the Republican-leaning 38th District. The candidates are vying for a seat now held by Assemblywoman Paula L. Boland (R-Granada Hills). Boland's district stretches from Granada Hills to Simi Valley.
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October 31, 1996 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state Senate candidate on Wednesday lost a court bid to reinstate an Internet web page through Cal State Northridge's computers that featured a picture of his opponent's face morphing into a skeletal death mask. John Birke, an attorney and Democratic candidate in the 19th Senate District, failed to win a court order that would have temporarily restrained the university from blocking his campaign web page that he wants restored before Tuesday's election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1996 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She's on the Republican right, he's on the Democratic left. Their only common ground is that they both like to rumble--verbally, that is. "Sure I'm feisty," said state Sen. Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley). "I guess I browbeat everybody. I'm very careful, though. I don't push things I don't believe in." John Birke, a Chatsworth attorney and her Democratic challenger, also considers himself confrontational and combative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Dropping his bid for a state Assembly seat, attorney John Birke announced this week that he is entering the race for the 19th District state Senate seat. The 31-year-old Chatsworth Democrat said he will oppose state Sen. Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley) in her bid for reelection in the district that includes Chatsworth, Northridge and Castaic, as well as Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks in Ventura County.
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October 20, 1992 | LEONARD FEATHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fifty world-class jazz musicians and hundreds of fans are assembled aboard this ship to celebrate the 75th birthday Wednesday of John Birks (Dizzy) Gillespie. Unfortunately, the guest of honor, who was scheduled to be aboard the cruise, couldn't make it. Gillespie's doctor told him that the emotional and physical strain of a weeklong tribute could cause a relapse. The jazz giant has been recuperating from major intestinal surgery last spring.
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November 3, 1996
19th State Senate District State Sen. Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley) is making a bid for her final four-year term allowed under term limits. She faces Democrat John Birke in the Nov. 5 election. John Birke Age: 32 Occupation: Attorney Residence: Chatsworth Party: Democrat Education: Bachelor's degree in communications, UCLA; law degree from UC Berkeley Background: A native of Northridge, Birke has been practicing law for seven years, specializing in patents, copyrights and trademarks.
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March 7, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Former Pierce College acting President Mary Lee has resigned as chairwoman of the Valley Industry & Commerce Assn., association officials said Wednesday. Lee, who had been elected chairwoman six months ago, stepped down Feb. 29 because she is no longer affiliated with Pierce College, said Marvin Selter, VICA vice chairman. An election will be held for a new chairman on Monday at a regularly scheduled meeting of the association's executive committee, Selter said.
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