CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2008 |
A new reform group is proposing several fixes to Sacramento's red-ink budget writing. And one fix doesn't require a vote of the people or even legislators. It requires only intellectually honest and civil discourse. "Just a personal observation," says former Washington insider Leon Panetta, co-chairman of the group called California Forward. "Part of the problem across the street [at the Capitol] is that they don't spend a lot of time talking to each other."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2003 |
Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday appointed Leon Panetta, the former White House budget director and chief of staff under President Clinton, to lead a bipartisan panel that will advise the governor and lawmakers on reshaping California's shaky fiscal structure. Panetta said he hoped to assemble a team of experts to make recommendations before the governor's next State of the State speech, scheduled for January.
December 17, 1998 |
Former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and his wife, Sylvia, are forming a new public policy institute at Cal State Monterey Bay. The Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit educational organization with the goal of inspiring young people to lives of public service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1998 |
Confronted with a cloud over UC Irvine's cancer research programs, Chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone has ordered his senior staff to review the activities of a UCI scientist implicated in the use of unauthorized cancer treatments, officials said Friday. Cicerone's concerns include questions raised over the conduct of former UCI cancer specialist John C. Hiserodt and contained in a three-page report filed Dec. 8 by Dr. Yutaka Kikkawa, chair of pathology at UCI Medical Center.
December 11, 1998 |
Newly released documents show that a cancer-stricken Florida girl was given experimental treatments in a UC Irvine program after intervention from higher officials, and that two cancer doctors conducted "clandestine" research to help her.
January 26, 1998 |
Former White House chief of staff Leon E. Panetta has launched a brief, intensive exploration of his chances of winning the California governorship, his wife, Sylvia, confirmed this weekend. Panetta, who represented the Monterey-area congressional district before joining the Clinton administration as budget director in 1993, returned to his home state last January. His ambitions regarding the governorship were placed on hold until last week, when U.S. Sen.
April 3, 1997 |
In her mind, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has the sketch of a campaign plan and she has an issue, education. She has the desire to be governor and the confidence she can "make a difference." But she still does not have the commitment to run. Nor does she have a deadline for deciding, even though in only two months, under California's new campaign finance law, candidates can resume raising money for the 1998 race.
March 19, 1997 |
Saying voters are fed up with the high cost of politics, former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta indicated Tuesday that if he runs for governor, he might take an unorthodox route to sidestep the need to raise huge amounts of campaign cash. Harking back to an era before expensive 30-second TV ads dominated statewide politics, Panetta said at a press conference here that "it might make sense to kind of run a race the old-fashioned way, which is basically to do small fund-raising . . .
January 19, 1997 |
When Leon E. Panetta became Bill Clinton's chief of staff in 1994, he found a president whose time was wasted in pointless meetings, a staff with no clear chain of command, a White House that literally had no organization chart. "People were just walking in [to the Oval Office] and doing meetings," Panetta recalled. "You would have free-for-alls in there, and it was consuming [Clinton's] time." "You've got to put some order in the place," Clinton told him. So Panetta cracked down.
November 21, 1996 |
Leon Panetta soon will walk away from his job as President Clinton's chief of staff and begin to think seriously about running for another position: governor of California. He won't dally. "Any decision like that ought to be made by late spring or early summer," he says. And Sen. Dianne Feinstein should adopt "the same time frame. I know she's talked about waiting until early '98, but if she's serious, she ought to do it sooner."