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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2001 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
America's car culture capital is California. After all, we invented the SigAlert, the freeway gridlock term known around the world. We also came up with Botts dots, those little raised lane markers on most freeways. We popularized the drive-through restaurant and we have radio stations with traffic reports every five minutes. In short, Californians have always been trendsetters when it comes to anything related to driving.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2001 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
America's car culture capital is California. After all, we invented the SigAlert, the freeway gridlock term known around the world. We also came up with Botts dots, those little raised lane markers on most freeways. We popularized the drive-through restaurant and we have radio stations with traffic reports every five minutes. In short, Californians have always been trendsetters when it comes to anything related to driving.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2001
Re "A Plan to Take Phones Out of Drivers' Hands," July 10: As a freeway traveler and cell phone user, I would be willing to abide by some inane legislation regarding the use of my phone--if Assemblyman Joseph Simitian (D-Palo Alto) will submit bills to prevent the application of makeup, the reading of map books and newspapers, the playing of musical instruments, the handling of pets, changing clothes, eating, drinking and yes, even daydreaming. All of those activities have an effect on the attention span of drivers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2012 | By Chris Megerian and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO -- The accounting scandal that forced the ouster of the California state parks director and her chief deputy has highlighted a long-standing rift over off-roading on public land. The culture clash has pitted conservationists against drivers of dirt bikes and dune buggies, who have tangled over how to spend more than $100 million set aside to buy and manage land for off-road vehicles. That fund is where state accountants found more than half of a $54-million hidden surplus, the revelation that sparked the ongoing scandal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian and Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown's request for $6 billion to start construction of the California bullet train will face a difficult vote in the Legislature in the coming days, prompting some last-minute political maneuvering that could significantly alter the structure of the project. Brown is seeking approval of a long-standing plan to build 130 miles of rail in the Central Valley from Bakersfield to Madera, creating the backbone of a future rail network that would later connect with Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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November 4, 2004
District 1 Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra *--* 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Roberto Leibman (L) 10,717 3 Dave Cox (R) 203,779 63 Kristine L. McDonald (D) 111,129 34 *--* District 3 Marin, San Francisco, Sonoma *--* 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % David Rhodes (L) 7,886 3 Carole Migden (D) 196,035 68 Andrew D. Felder (R) 75,107 26 Ian J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2012 | By Chris Megerian and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown sliced $195.7 million from the budget that lawmakers sent him, disappointing fellow Democrats by taking money from child care, college scholarships and state parks and adding more to a rainy-day fund. In a series of line-item vetoes detailed Thursday, Brown brought general fund spending to $91.3 billion and the overall state budget, including dedicated funds and bond money, to $142.4 billion. The governor did not explain his vetoes publicly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2004 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Unwilling to ban the popular motorist pastime of chatting on cellphones, California lawmakers are mulling more limited measures that would forbid phone use by teen drivers while offering more lenient treatment of adults caught driving badly while talking. The new approaches come after the Legislature refused to bar drivers from using hand-held cellphones in each of the last three years, even though a 2002 California Highway Patrol study endorsed the idea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2004 | Peter Nicholas and Evan Halper, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would scale back a proposed hike in graduate school tuition and abandon strict limits on future college enrollment as part of a multiyear budget deal quietly forged with higher education leaders that will be announced today. In turn, school officials would accept a steep one-time spending cut in the fiscal year starting July 1. "This is how we move forward," Schwarzenegger said Monday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2003 | Nancy Vogel and Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writers
For those Californians who can't afford $1,000 tickets to their state lawmakers' seafood smorgasbords or Mardi Gras-themed fund-raisers, there are the old tools of democracy: letters, phone calls and faxes -- and not-so-old e-mails. By the thousands each day, ordinary Californians try to influence the 120 legislators and one governor who are weighing deep budget cuts and new taxes to cover one of the worst state budget shortfalls in the nation.
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