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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1999
The article in praise of lobbying as an advance in the Mexican democratic process ("Lobbying as a Barometer of Democracy," Opinion, Aug. 8) illustrates crass ignorance of democracy or a genius for cynical satire. JOSEPH A. GRISPINO Lake San Marcos
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Nine o'clock on a Saturday morning might seem a tad early for an art opening, but this one, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is particularly spirited. About 200 people -- trustees, patrons, museum curators and others, some of whom have flown in from Dallas and New York for the event -- stream into the lobby of LACMA's Resnick Pavilion, where a range of works have been staged across three galleries. At one end, a dapper man in a plaid sports jacket inspects an 18 th century painting by Antonio de Torres, “Virgin of Guadalupe,” with a magnifying glass (plucked from a bowl of them at the exhibit entrance)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2001
Re "Auto Club Board" by Edwina L. Hughes, Letters to the Valley Edition, Feb. 18. It may surprise Ms. Hughes to learn that the [American Automobile Assn.] has been a political lobbying organization for most of its existence. While its current Washington lobbying staff of 12 is meager by Washington, D. C., standards, AAA uses its 43 million members effectively to work for legislation it deems necessary (and vice versa). Unfortunately, its positions most often reflect those of the automotive industry, which fights hard for more roads, fewer pollution controls and lower safety standards.
OPINION
April 15, 2014 | Patt Morrison
George Steffes was a boy standing on Wilshire Boulevard when Dwight D. Eisenhower rolled by in a motorcade, and he was mightily impressed. But that's not what got him into politics. He went to 5 o'clock Mass one day in 1966 and ran into an acquaintance who was working on Ronald Reagan's gubernatorial campaign. Steffes volunteered. He went to Sacramento as Reagan's legislative aide and has been there ever since. He helped to found the first multi-person lobbying firm in Sacramento, Capitol Partners, where he's now “senior advisor,” no longer running the firm day to day. Almost 50 years in Sacramento have given him a long view of its roller-coaster politicking, including low points like the recent indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee. The ride has left him a bit queasy.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2008
I am the author of "Obamanomics: How Bottom-Up Economic Prosperity Will Replace Trickle-Down Economics." Judging by your review ["Cartooning Obama's Economics," by Rick Wartzman, July 16], I have written one of the worst books ever and if that is the case, I owe your readers an apology. But it was not lost on me that your reviewer appeared very angry throughout the review, and for good reason. I found fault with the Bush policies of deregulation of business and Wall Street causing many of our problems today and tried to show they were a direct result of lobbying and campaign contributions on behalf of our biggest corporations.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Jamie Dimon on Tuesday defiantly defended his lobbying against some new financial regulations as he faced tough questioning by lawmakers about the bank's huge trading loss. Appearing before a congressional committee for the second time in less than a week, Dimon again said the bank was sorry for the more than $2-billion loss. But he downplayed the consequences for the company and the financial system, saying JPMorgan soon would report a solid profit for the second quarter of the year.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2010 | By Tom Hamburger and Julia Love, Los Angeles Times
When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April it created an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and a gusher for the economy of Washington, where the business of lobbying, public relations and the law is the dominant industry. Lobbying expenditure reports for the first reporting period after the April 20 blowout show that offshore drilling companies and environmental groups ramped up their spending to make their case to lawmakers and regulators on a range of energy-related issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1999 | PATRICK MCGREEVY
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to seek state legislation that would require disclosure of lobbying activity on city secession issues considered by the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission. The commission has told the city it does not have power to require groups to disclose where they get their money for lobbying and how it is spent. The commission said state lobbying rules apply only to state agencies with statewide jurisdiction.
NEWS
September 24, 1991 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader and Proposition 103 author Harvey Rosenfield released charts Monday showing that insurance industry lobbying costs in California in 1989 and 1990 exceeded $19 million, not including campaign contributions to legislators or the cost of lawyers engaged in anti-Proposition 103 lawsuits. Spending by insurers vastly exceeded lobbying costs of the California Trial Lawyers Assn., with which Nader and Rosenfield are aligned in fighting proposals for no-fault auto insurance.
OPINION
January 11, 2006
Re "GOP Puts Lobbying Scandal in Bull's-Eye," Jan. 9 Putting Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) in charge of the House's lobbying reform is like putting Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) in charge of a seminar on ethics in the House. Let's reframe the term by calling it "elected officials breaking gift rules." The lobbyists are going to do their jobs in getting our representatives to vote in their clients' interests. If a lobbyist offers more than the $50 gift allowed to a member of Congress, then it is up to the elected official to know the law and turn the gift back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer and Joel Rubin
A gunman walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station lobby Monday night and opened fire, wounding one officer in an exchange of gunfire. The male suspect, who was not identified, was wounded when two officers returned fire inside the West Bureau Traffic lobby in Mid-City, police said. The officer was hit multiple times, with several of the rounds striking his vest and one bullet passing through his left arm, Cmdr. Dennis Kato said. He was in stable condition, Kato said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
As details of state Sen. Leland Yee 's alleged crimes trickled out, advocates associated with gun-rights groups jumped on the possible ironies. An affidavit filed in federal court in San Francisco by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua said there was probable cause to believe that Yee had conducted various crimes, such as engaging in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms. Yet Yee, a prominent figure in California's Democratic legislative majority, had crusaded against guns and violent video games for years.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Jon Healey
The Supreme Court took up the question Tuesday of whether for-profit corporations had the right to exercise a religion, and the answer seemed clear from the justices' questions: closely held corporations do. That bodes well for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, the companies challenging the Obama administration's requirement that their health insurance plans cover contraception. But that may not be the deciding factor in the case. Just as important are whether the federal government can show a compelling interest in providing easy access to contraception, and whether the mandate is the least-restrictive way to promote that interest.
OPINION
March 25, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider a proposition that will strike many Americans as bizarre: that large, for-profit businesses can refuse on religious grounds to comply with a federal mandate that they include contraception in their employee health plans. Three companies - Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores with 13,000 full-time employees; Mardel, a bookstore chain; and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet manufacturer - are challenging the mandate. The businesses say it would require them to cover forms of contraception that the owners regard as equivalent to abortion - and thus offensive to their religious faith.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A challenge to part of President Obama's healthcare law that hits the Supreme Court on Tuesday could lead to one of the most significant religious freedom rulings in the high court's history. Four years ago, in their controversial Citizens United decision, the justices ruled that corporations had full free-speech rights in election campaigns. Now, they're being asked to decide whether for-profit companies are entitled to religious liberties. At issue in Tuesday's oral argument before the court is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide workers a health plan that covers the full range of contraceptives, including morning-after pills and intrauterine devices, or IUDs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected. Please see below for details.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear 90 minutes of oral arguments in a case that will determine whether bosses who have religious objections to birth control can deny their female employees the contraceptive coverage to which they are entitled under federal law. We're not talking about bosses who are nuns. Or bosses who run parochial schools, or Catholic-affiliated hospitals, or other explicitly religious organizations. We're talking about bosses who own secular, for-profit businesses -- crafts stores, in the case of Hobby Lobby, and kitchen cabinet makers, in the case of Conestoga Woods.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
Washington's political gridlock has at least one advantage: It allowed businesses and interest groups to reduce their lobbying spending last year, the first time that's happened in more than a decade. Overall lobbying expenditures were $3.27 billion in 2011, down from $3.51 billion the year before, according to a preliminary analysis of disclosure forms by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. It marked the first time since 1999 that year-over-year lobbying spending dropped in Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Jasmine Elist
When Lilibet Snellings moved to Los Angeles at age 22, she quickly became a "slash": a writer/editor/actress/model/waitress/Box Girl. One night every week, Snellings would go to the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, put on a pair of white boy shorts and a matching tank top and crawl into a large glass box in the hotel lobby. While in the box, she could do whatever she wanted - write, check e-mails, read, listen to music - as long as she ignored the hotel guests who would curiously point at the human art installation in front of them.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday will propose the first major revamp of nutrition labels in more than two decades, an update that would emphasize calorie information, include the amount of added sugars and revise serving sizes to reflect how people really consume food. The revision is aimed, in part, at addressing serious public health issues, including obesity and other chronic diseases. Administration officials believe the new labels could lead consumers to make more healthful food choices and encourage the food industry to reformulate some products, particularly those with high amounts of added sugar.
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