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August 24, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of grocers, liquor store owners and national beer and wine makers moved to halt Los Angeles' clampdown on outdoor liquor advertising Monday, filing a lawsuit in federal court that asks a judge to declare the restrictions unconstitutional and to strike them down.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2012 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to amend the city's daytime curfew law, which allowed police to ticket students who arrived at school after the start of class, even if they had not intended to be truant. During an hour-long discussion, more than 30 people criticized the rule as financially crippling — fines and court costs could surpass $800 — and criminalizing to students who, though tardy, were trying to attend school. Many of those fined came from low-income families that could ill afford such costs.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1999
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors and the L.A. City Council are to be commended for the courage they have shown since Jan. 1 in adopting sane gun policies. Al Martinez's Feb. 9 column, "A Mingling of Voices," speaks to the community sentiment regarding this issue. The leadership shown by L.A. Councilman Mike Feuer and Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky, Gloria Molina and Yvonne Brathwaite Burke should serve as a model for other local legislators and the state representatives. Every day in 1997, 10 people sustained injuries severe enough to cause death or extended treatment in a level one trauma center in L.A. County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Tour guide David Lewis was headed toward the Hollywood Hills homes of actors Charlize Theron and Laurence Fishburne and rock star Billy Idol when he and his 14 passengers were pulled over by police in front of game-show host Bob Barker's house. Motorcycle Officer Timothy Rolsen sized up Lewis' 2008 Ford E-350 open-top van and the tourists inside. He decided they were 1,800 pounds too heavy to be on Outpost Drive. As the passengers looked on dumbfounded, Rolsen handed Lewis a traffic ticket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1997
Concerned about noise and air pollution, Los Angeles last week joined more than 40 California cities in restricting gas-powered leaf blowers. In one of the most aggressive local laws, Los Angeles enacted an outright ban on the blowers within 500 feet of any residence. Offenders--gardeners and homeowners--can be fined up to $1,000 or sent to jail for as long as six months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1995 | ANTONIO OLIVO and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Lawyers for civil rights organizations said Wednesday that police officers in Los Angeles and Santa Monica have intentionally deprived criminal suspects of their constitutional rights by continuing to question them even after they request the chance to consult with a lawyer. Those allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday.
BUSINESS
May 14, 1990 | CHRIS KRAUL, SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUSINESS EDITOR
The attraction for most of the 1,800 foreign companies that have set up manufacturing plants in Mexico is the cheap cost of labor. But a growing number of Southern California furniture makers hear another siren call: more lenient environmental laws. During the past two to three years, at least 40 Southern California furniture makers have relocated or made plans to open plants, called maquiladoras, in the Tijuana area, a migration that is still gathering steam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1990 | TIM WATERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To hear Los Angeles Police Sgt. James Gordon tell it, a cop can get awfully lonely working a beat from behind the wheel of a squad car. "I worked patrol a long time and I never had people talk to me," said Gordon, a policeman for eight years. "You are in a bubble in that car." This month, Gordon and several of his fellow officers at the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division in San Pedro left their cars behind and began patroling on bicycles.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2009 | Lisa Girion
A tactic used by insurance companies to deny expensive behavioral therapy to autistic children has been deemed illegal by a Los Angeles judge. In a preliminary ruling, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant found that Kaiser Permanente's refusal to pay for a child's autism treatment because the provider was not licensed by the state runs counter to California's Mental Health Parity Act. That act requires insurers to cover care...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Tour guide David Lewis was headed toward the Hollywood Hills homes of actors Charlize Theron and Laurence Fishburne and rock star Billy Idol when he and his 14 passengers were pulled over by police in front of game-show host Bob Barker's house. Motorcycle Officer Timothy Rolsen sized up Lewis' 2008 Ford E-350 open-top van and the tourists inside. He decided they were 1,800 pounds too heavy to be on Outpost Drive. As the passengers looked on dumbfounded, Rolsen handed Lewis a traffic ticket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials could be forced to scale back a law intended to level the playing field in elections in which wealthy candidates spend large sums of their own money. Candidates for city office who agree to a limit on their campaign spending are currently eligible to receive public money, securing a dollar in taxpayer funds for every dollar they raise from private individuals. Those so-called matching funds provide a financial boost to candidates who run against politicians who tap their own fortunes to finance their campaigns, are backed by well-financed special interests, or both.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2009 | Lisa Girion
A tactic used by insurance companies to deny expensive behavioral therapy to autistic children has been deemed illegal by a Los Angeles judge. In a preliminary ruling, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant found that Kaiser Permanente's refusal to pay for a child's autism treatment because the provider was not licensed by the state runs counter to California's Mental Health Parity Act. That act requires insurers to cover care...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1999 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of grocers, liquor store owners and national beer and wine makers moved to halt Los Angeles' clampdown on outdoor liquor advertising Monday, filing a lawsuit in federal court that asks a judge to declare the restrictions unconstitutional and to strike them down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1999
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors and the L.A. City Council are to be commended for the courage they have shown since Jan. 1 in adopting sane gun policies. Al Martinez's Feb. 9 column, "A Mingling of Voices," speaks to the community sentiment regarding this issue. The leadership shown by L.A. Councilman Mike Feuer and Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky, Gloria Molina and Yvonne Brathwaite Burke should serve as a model for other local legislators and the state representatives. Every day in 1997, 10 people sustained injuries severe enough to cause death or extended treatment in a level one trauma center in L.A. County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1995 | ANTONIO OLIVO and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Lawyers for civil rights organizations said Wednesday that police officers in Los Angeles and Santa Monica have intentionally deprived criminal suspects of their constitutional rights by continuing to question them even after they request the chance to consult with a lawyer. Those allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday.
NEWS
January 25, 1994 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Philip Morris U.S.A., the nation's largest cigarette manufacturer, and some Los Angeles area restaurants plan to sponsor a November ballot initiative that would abolish local anti-smoking ordinances in California, The Times learned Monday. The initiative, called the California Uniform Tobacco Control Act, would place the responsibility for regulating smoking in the hands of the Legislature, and invalidate smoking bans in Los Angeles and more than 100 other cities and counties.
NEWS
January 25, 1994 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Philip Morris U.S.A., the nation's largest cigarette manufacturer, and some Los Angeles area restaurants plan to sponsor a November ballot initiative that would abolish local anti-smoking ordinances in California, The Times learned Monday. The initiative, called the California Uniform Tobacco Control Act, would place the responsibility for regulating smoking in the hands of the Legislature, and invalidate smoking bans in Los Angeles and more than 100 other cities and counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1991 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Leysen might be called the Col. Tom Parker of the metaphysical world. Just as Parker is credited with shrewdly marketing Elvis Presley into a multimillion-dollar musical commodity, the gray-bearded Leysen says he can mass-produce psychics. He mentions the name of one very well-known psychic-to-the-stars whose career he claims to have launched. Then he shakes his head and says her inflated ego ruined her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1991 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Leysen might be called the Col. Tom Parker of the metaphysical world. Just as Parker is credited with shrewdly marketing Elvis Presley into a multimillion-dollar musical commodity, the gray-bearded Leysen says he can mass-produce psychics. He mentions the name of one very well-known psychic-to-the-stars whose career he claims to have launched. Then he shakes his head and says her inflated ego ruined her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1990 | TIM WATERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To hear Los Angeles Police Sgt. James Gordon tell it, a cop can get awfully lonely working a beat from behind the wheel of a squad car. "I worked patrol a long time and I never had people talk to me," said Gordon, a policeman for eight years. "You are in a bubble in that car." This month, Gordon and several of his fellow officers at the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division in San Pedro left their cars behind and began patroling on bicycles.
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