September 22, 2004 |
The House of Representatives approved legislation to impose criminal penalties on bootleggers who use company "authentication devices" to dupe consumers into buying counterfeit software, movies and other products. The bill, passed by voice vote, is supported by Microsoft Corp., Walt Disney Co. and other companies that want law enforcers to have the ability to fight the growing theft of their holograms, special inks and other authentication devices that are then attached to counterfeit goods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1997
A state Assembly committee hearing next week will investigate the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's involvement in a proposed plan to financially bail out the Grand Central Square project in downtown Los Angeles. Kevin Murray, the Culver City Democrat who is chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, announced Monday that the panel will take up the matter at a Nov. 19 meeting at MTA headquarters.
June 12, 2005 |
Sacramento was apparently feeling a little green during the first days of June, judging from the willingness of the Assembly and Senate to act on two solar-power bills. The Senate passed a bill, introduced by Sens. Kevin Murray (D-Culver City) and John Campbell (R-Irvine), that would encourage the creation of 1 million solar energy systems by requiring utilities to subsidize such efforts and new home builders to offer solar roof panels as an option.
May 15, 1994
Trinity Baptist Church is hosting a public forum for candidates running for state offices today that will feature panel discussions with candidates for the 47th state Assembly District. The forum will be held at 1 p.m. in the church's J.L. Caston Fellowship Center, 2040 W. Jefferson Blvd. Gubernatorial candidates Tom Hayden and John Garamendi are scheduled to attend, as well as secretary of state candidate Gwen Moore, Supt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1998
A bill that would have allowed Westwood Village developer Ira Smedra to begin construction on Glendon Avenue without waiting for adjudication and payment of claims filed by affected property owners was voted down in the Legislature this week. After hearing lengthy testimony against the legislation, which would have amended state law governing pedestrian malls, the Senate Local Government Committee voted against it.
October 11, 1992
I applaud the efforts of health care workers to make children's hospital stays more positive ("It's Super Mario to the Rescue," Sept. 22). However, I was absolutely stunned by the irony of the statement made by Oswaldo Espinoza, coordinator of the Starlight Express program at County-USC, that his hospital "eliminated the Duck Hunt game, the one with the gun (as) we didn't want to promote a lack of respect for living species." Just what are the Nicaraguan soldiers that pediatric patient Kevin Murray blew away "with the touch of a button"--non-living species?
May 22, 1994
Five Southwest-area community groups are sponsoring a public forum Thursday for candidates running for state and local offices. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Frank Parent Elementary School Auditorium, 5354 W. 64th St. The Baldwin Hills Estates Homeowners Assn., United Homeowners Assn., Ladera Heights Civic Assn., View Park Community Council and Crenshaw Neighbors Inc. are sponsoring the forum.
March 12, 1995
A local social service coordinator and lifelong area resident has been chosen as the new Watts field deputy for Los Angeles City Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr. Symone Starr-Parker, former director for social services and youth development at the Watts-based Westminster Neighborhood Assn., will begin work Monday as Svorinich's chief community liaison in the northernmost portion of his district. She will help coordinate city services and work with residents to address local concerns.
August 12, 2002
Re "Billboard Fight May Change State Landscape," Aug. 6 and "Senate Tables Billboard Plan," Aug. 7: Under the smokescreen that the plan would give cities more control over billboards, it would actually allow hundreds of these visual polluters on our freeways and highways statewide, where they are not allowed at present. Assembly Bill 2087, carried by Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach), which actually passed the Assembly, is the work of the same billboard lobbyist who tried to put billboards on L.A.'s freeways last year but, fortunately, failed.