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May 14, 2008 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Democrat Karen Bass vowed urgent action to address California's budget crisis Tuesday when she was sworn in as Assembly speaker, the first African American woman to lead a legislative body in U.S. history. Bass struck some of the few somber notes in a joyous celebration of the occasion, telling a chamber packed with well-wishers that "we have to respond to the current economic crisis the way we would a natural disaster."
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April 8, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
When Los Angeles mayoral rivals Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti started scrambling last month to line up key supporters for the May runoff, Maxine Waters was near the top of the list for both - well worth any wining, dining or flattery that might be required. On Monday, Greuel reveled in her success in winning over the Democratic congresswoman from South Los Angeles at a joint appearance outside City Hall. It was the latest testament to the power of the black vote in the race to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher
In one of her last acts as speaker of the state Assembly, Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) quietly doled out 10% pay raises and promotions to 20 of her staff members. The raises, which Bass approved last week on her final day as speaker, come as California continues to grapple with an estimated $20-billion deficit. More than 200,000 rank-and-file state workers have been forced to take three unpaid furlough days each month, the equivalent of a 14% pay cut, to help balance the state's books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Sabino Fernandez lost his job assembling auto parts three years ago. With that, he said, he lost his ability to sustain his family. "My American dream ended because at that moment I had no excuse to share with my family about why I was not able to provide food for the table," said Fernandez, 43, a resident of Compton. "Sometimes my children don't understand what's going on. All they want is something to eat. " Fernandez was among hundreds of people from Los Angeles-area communities who gathered Saturday to share their stories of hardship and to urge local members of Congress to push corporations to help fix the economy and devise ways to put people back to work.
OPINION
December 20, 2010
Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) is known as one of the most serious members of Congress. Yet if you search for Harman's name on THOMAS, the Library of Congress' website, you come up with, amid substantive legislative proposals, these resolutions the congresswoman is cosponsoring: H.CON.RES.64: Urging the president to designate 2009 as the "Year of the Military Family. " H.CON.RES.109: Honoring the 20th anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in the nation's capital and its transition to the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure on June 6, 2009, and for other purposes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy and Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writers
Community activist Karen Bass achieved a decisive victory in the Democratic primary for the 47th state Assembly district by assembling a coalition that extended beyond the traditional base of African American voters to include Latinos and organized labor. That broader coalition, which allowed her to trounce two candidates who have long been part of the African American political establishment in the area, may signal a changing of the guard in South Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2008 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Anyone who knew Wilhelmina Bass might understand why her daughter Karen Bass, the Los Angeles Democrat elected Thursday as the next leader of the California Assembly, has devoted her Capitol career to making the state a better parent to its 80,000 foster children.
OPINION
June 27, 2009 | PATT MORRISON
Since California added term limits to the political rule book in 1990, the piece of furniture occupied by the speaker of the California Assembly has become both a musical chair and an ejector seat. We've had nine speakers in 14 years. Karen Bass is the latest, a Los Angeles Democrat and the first black woman in the job. She was elected to the Assembly in 2004. She became speaker a year ago, and she'll have to pack up and be gone next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Eunha Yi is 71 and has back problems. But with threatened cuts to state and federal healthcare programs, how will low-income seniors like herself cope? she asked. It was a question that drew applause Sunday at a town hall meeting at USC that drew a packed audience of all ages eager for answers about health coverage. "Low-income seniors don't have many assets, and affordability is a big issue for us," said Yi, a Mid-Wilshire resident who came to the meeting with a group from the Korean Resource Center, a nonprofit social service agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2010 | By Jean Merl
Confirming speculation about her political plans, state Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) said she would seek the seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Diane Watson, who appeared with Bass at a Los Angeles news conference Wednesday to give the speaker her endorsement. "This is a very, very humbling moment," Bass told community leaders and supporters who joined her outside her Mid-Wilshire-area office. "I am so proud to announce I'm going to throw my hat into the ring." If elected, Bass said, she'll have "very big shoes to fill."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Eunha Yi is 71 and has back problems. But with threatened cuts to state and federal healthcare programs, how will low-income seniors like herself cope? she asked. It was a question that drew applause Sunday at a town hall meeting at USC that drew a packed audience of all ages eager for answers about health coverage. "Low-income seniors don't have many assets, and affordability is a big issue for us," said Yi, a Mid-Wilshire resident who came to the meeting with a group from the Korean Resource Center, a nonprofit social service agency.
OPINION
December 20, 2010
Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) is known as one of the most serious members of Congress. Yet if you search for Harman's name on THOMAS, the Library of Congress' website, you come up with, amid substantive legislative proposals, these resolutions the congresswoman is cosponsoring: H.CON.RES.64: Urging the president to designate 2009 as the "Year of the Military Family. " H.CON.RES.109: Honoring the 20th anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in the nation's capital and its transition to the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure on June 6, 2009, and for other purposes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
A state panel that governs legislative pay will review policies that allow lawmakers to receive per diem checks even for days when they are not in Sacramento. Chuck Murray, chairman of the California Citizens Compensation Commission, called for the inquiry in response to a Los Angeles Times report that Assemblywoman Karen Bass (D- Los Angeles) collected $141.80 per day this year for 29 days she was not in Sacramento. Four of the six commissioners who attended their annual meeting Wednesday questioned the practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2010 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
The California legislative and congressional district races on this week's primary ballot fell mostly into two categories: those whose lopsided party registration means they were all but decided Tuesday and those in which November runoff battles are looming. A few fit in a third category: still too close to call. Because the Legislature drew many political districts in California to favor one major party or the other, most of the contested primaries Tuesday are in the first group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2010 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Open seats and brisk primary challenges to some incumbent officeholders made for a handful of lively contests for congressional and legislative seats Tuesday, including the Democratic primary in a race to succeed former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. In that race, Holly Mitchell, head of a child care advocacy group, with most of the vote counted Wednesday morning narrowly defeated Reginald Jones-Sawyer, an asset manager for the city of L.A., in a crowded race. Bass, termed out of the Assembly and running to succeed Rep. Diane Watson (D- Los Angeles)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Since Karen Bass announced her bid for Congress in February, the former speaker of the state Assembly has been missing from the chamber she once led more than she has been there. Bass nonetheless continued to collect the tax-free per diem payments that lawmakers are given to cover expenses associated with attending legislative sessions. Since mid-February, the Los Angeles Democrat has missed more than 60% of Assembly sessions, spending much of the time in her district. She was in the Capitol all last week and cast hundreds of votes as lawmakers raced to meet a key legislative deadline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2010 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Open seats and brisk primary challenges to some incumbent officeholders made for a handful of lively contests for congressional and legislative seats Tuesday, including the Democratic primary in a race to succeed former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. In that race, Holly Mitchell, head of a child care advocacy group, with most of the vote counted Wednesday morning narrowly defeated Reginald Jones-Sawyer, an asset manager for the city of L.A., in a crowded race. Bass, termed out of the Assembly and running to succeed Rep. Diane Watson (D- Los Angeles)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2010 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
As termed-out former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D- Los Angeles) focuses on her campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives, a competitive Democratic primary race is on to succeed her. In her economically and ethnically diverse Westside-Southwest Los Angeles district, Holly Mitchell and Reginald Jones-Sawyer are generally considered the front-runners. Also among the five Democrats on the June 8 primary ballot is Ed Nicoletti, a businessman and home builder from Westwood, who is campaigning hard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2010 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
The contest to succeed Congresswoman Diane Watson seemed all but settled even before it officially began. In February, when Watson, 76, a Los Angeles Democrat, announced her retirement plans and endorsed then-Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) a few days later, the congresswoman in effect cleared the field of strong competitors. She helped avert the type of bruising battle that marked her first campaign for the House seat nearly 10 years ago. At that time, the unexpected death of Democratic Rep. Julian Dixon touched off a contentious succession scramble that featured some of Los Angeles' best known African American politicians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2010 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
As termed-out former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D- Los Angeles) focuses on her campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives, a competitive Democratic primary race is on to succeed her. In her economically and ethnically diverse Westside-Southwest Los Angeles district, Holly Mitchell and Reginald Jones-Sawyer are generally considered the front-runners. Also among the five Democrats on the June 8 primary ballot is Ed Nicoletti, a businessman and home builder from Westwood, who is campaigning hard.
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