February 4, 1998
State Sen. John Vasconcellos, who has spent the last several months pondering a bid for governor, reluctantly pulled out of the race Tuesday. The man who made his national name by encouraging self-esteem said that in the end he did not have it in him to beg for the money he needed to run a campaign. "I didn't have the stomach to get on the phone and beg," the Silicon Valley Democrat said. "My life is too precious."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1985
After slashing more than $1.7 billion in proposed legislation before my Assembly Ways and Means Committee, I was infuriated to pick up The Times (June 26) and read the headline: "Assembly Panel Goes on 2-Hour Spending Spree." In those two hours we approved about $160 million in legislation--less than 10% of the amount sought by various legislators. Now think about it--how does "Assembly Panel Goes on $1.7-Billion Slashing Spree" sound? Catchy and accurate. Picky? Maybe.
December 13, 1989 |
Saying that Californians should invest in peace, the powerful and colorful chairman of the Assembly's budget-writing committee proposed a novel package Tuesday under which the state would provide $150 million in foreign aid to Eastern Europe and open a trade office in Warsaw.
August 23, 1989 |
After two separate bills were stalled until next year, Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) said Tuesday he will sponsor a voter initiative for 1990 that would stringently regulate atmosphere-damaging chemicals in air conditioners. Hayden's bill, which would have prohibited the sale of chlorofluorocarbons in small cans and require it to be recycled under strict guidelines, was held over by the Senate Natural Resources Committee. "(The committee) has got to be crazy to do this," Hayden said.
May 24, 1995 |
At first, Assemblyman John Vasconcellos was hesitant to carry a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use. But he changed his mind, and now believes that the decision may have saved his life. "Life's most curious in how our choices, our friends, determine our lives," Vasconcellos wrote, explaining his experience. Vasconcellos, a Santa Clara Democrat and one of the few remaining unabashed liberals in the lower house, asked AIDS researcher and specialist Dr.
March 19, 1987 |
The Democratic chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday proposed raising state taxes by $1 billion to provide new financing for education and health programs. Going against a 10-year trend of tax cutting, the plan unveiled by Assemblyman John Vasconcellos of San Jose is the first proposal for a general tax increase since unsuccessful efforts in 1983, when the state faced a $1.5-billion deficit.