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December 10, 1995 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Van Gogh behind her may be prized for its painterly lines, but Andrea Van de Kamp is also a virtuoso in cultivating lines--receiving lines, in her case. Tonight she works one like a pro, framing the door of Sotheby's new Wilshire Boulevard exhibition space with graciousness and, more to the point, a killer memory.
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April 2, 2011 | By Hector Becerra and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
A prominent attorney who was hired by Vernon to do an independent audit of its scandal-tainted City Hall criticized city officials for misleading him into cooperating with a promotional ad he thought was a newspaper story. The ads, which appeared in several newspapers this week, show two photos of former state Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp and include an interview in which he discusses the report he was commissioned to write about the industrial city south of downtown Los Angeles.
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February 9, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
The embattled city of Vernon said it will announce today that it is hiring two prominent outside attorneys to conduct an ethics review of its municipal government, which has come under fire from lawmakers who are pushing to have the town disincorporated. The hiring of former state Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp and Robert M. Stern, former general counsel of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, is the latest move by Vernon in its battle against legislation that would break up the industrial city south of downtown L.A. Vernon has been mired in several public corruption scandals in recent years, including the indictments of two city administrators and the conviction of the city's longtime mayor.
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August 3, 1988
The Assn. for California Tort Reform, a group representing insurer and business groups, sued state Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp in Sacramento Superior Court seeking a change in the ballot summary he has prepared for Proposition 100, an initiative backed by the state's trial lawyers. The suit contends the summary should make clear that one section of the measure prohibits any future regulation of attorney fees. A later section, however, would leave the Legislature free to set such fee limits.
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May 21, 1988 | Times Wire Services
State Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp on Friday said he is concerned about the U.S. Army's plan to ship dangerous germ warfare toxins through the mail, and he called for further environmental study before the plan is put into action. The U.S. Army plans to establish a biological warfare testing center in Dugway, Utah, where dangerous toxins, such as anthrax and botulism, would be shipped via registered mail to 103 research stations nationwide, Van de Kamp said at a Los Angeles news conference.
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March 31, 1988 | Associated Press
A continuing decline in burglaries, due in part to new sentencing laws, caused major crimes in California to decline in 1987 for the first time in three years, Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp said Wednesday. "We haven't reached the millennium, but in the major violent crimes that we're all so concerned about, we've had a leveling-off period and there may even be a reduction," Van de Kamp said at a news conference. He released a preliminary report showing a 1.
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March 9, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
California Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp has sent U.S. Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III a letter counseling against an attempted federal takeover of the Teamsters Union, it was learned Tuesday. The Justice Department is considering filing a lawsuit seeking temporary stewardship of the union under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) on grounds of alleged Teamster ties to organized crime.
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July 15, 1989 | JOHN BALZAR, Times Political Writer
Bringing his campaign for governor to life after laborious weeks of planning, Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp made a leap for the high ground on government ethics Friday, proposing a ballot initiative to limit terms of state officeholders and the money that flows to them from special interests. He called state government a "swamp" of mighty special-interest influence.
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October 1, 2004 | Joy Buchanan, Times Staff Writer
After two terms as state attorney general and a run for governor, John Van de Kamp will become president of the State Bar of California this month. While other lawyers have gained recognition in the position, sometimes using it as a springboard to judgeships and other prominent positions, Van de Kamp said he simply wants to serve the legal community and the public. "I'm not ready to go out and play golf for the rest of my life. I'd rather do something constructive," he said.
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December 10, 1995 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Van Gogh behind her may be prized for its painterly lines, but Andrea Van de Kamp is also a virtuoso in cultivating lines--receiving lines, in her case. Tonight she works one like a pro, framing the door of Sotheby's new Wilshire Boulevard exhibition space with graciousness and, more to the point, a killer memory.
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June 24, 1993 | ANDREW LePAGE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The owners of the BKK landfill have hired former state Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp in what is expected to be a massive legal battle with the city of West Covina, which sued the dump this week to force its closure. At this point, "you gotta get ready for war," said BKK President Ben Kazarian, who aims to keep the landfill open as late as 2006, although the city wants it closed by 1995.
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November 19, 1992 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concerned about dwindling government monies for public schools, the Pasadena Educational Foundation on Wednesday launched a drive to raise a projected $1.5 million for city schools and urged residents to attend an "Educational Summit" tonight to discuss how the system might be improved. Former California Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp, a Pasadena resident and graduate of John Muir High School, agreed to head the fund-raising drive because of his concerns for community schools.
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July 19, 1990 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state attorney general sued five companies in Orange and Los Angeles counties Wednesday, alleging that they failed to adequately warn an estimated 3 million people that their plants emit a cancer-causing chemical. The lawsuits are the most sweeping allegations against companies so far stemming from Proposition 65, the groundbreaking anti-toxics measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 1986.
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June 13, 1990 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Attorney General John Van de Kamp filed a consumer protection lawsuit Tuesday against the maker of Hefty brand plastic trash bags, alleging that Mobil Chemical Co. used false advertising to sell its so-called degradable bags. The action, filed in San Diego Superior Court, alleges that Mobil has misled the public with untrue claims that its plastic bags are good for the environment and that the plastic breaks down when exposed to the elements.
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July 17, 1987 | Associated Press
Asian-American leaders on Thursday charged that state Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp's report on organized crime foments racism by exaggerating Asian involvement in gang activity. A coalition of Asian-American groups from across the state joined to rebuke the attorney general for last week's report, which identified Asian gangs as a major organized crime movement on the rise.
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April 17, 1990 | CATHLEEN DECKER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson can only hope that the coming election brings him better news than did his tax man: The Republican candidate for governor had to pay $50,476 in income taxes by Monday's deadline, according to copies of his tax returns. Wilson's payment stemmed from taxes owed on the late-1989 deferred sale of properties owned by his wife, Gayle, the senator's campaign spokesman, Bill Livingstone, said.
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April 9, 1990 | COLLEEN M. O'CONNOR, Colleen M. O'Connor is a San Diego historian who has written on the Nixon-Douglas race. and
The California campaign for governor has dredged from political memory the infamous Senate race of 1950 between Richard M. Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas. Former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein has compared a television ad aired on behalf of her opponent in the Democratic primary, Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp, to the smears against Douglas. But what was it like back then? That 1950 race still ranks as one of the most hate-filled in California--and U.S.--political history.
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