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August 21, 1991 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Capitol lobbyists are being besieged by state legislators for campaign contributions with less than a month remaining in the session--and some of them don't like it. One lobbyist reported receiving a record 74 invitations to cocktail parties and various other functions during August and September. It would cost his clients $37,504 if he were to attend each one.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy and Eric Bailey
In the midst of intense state budget negotiations, Democratic lawmakers stole away to an elegant wine-country lodge where the gourmet meals, rooms and cocktails were provided by a trio of interests with much at stake in the Capitol. Soon after the trial lawyers and the unions representing firefighters and carpenters covered the $14,000 tab, their agendas advanced in Sacramento.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy and Eric Bailey
In the midst of intense state budget negotiations, Democratic lawmakers stole away to an elegant wine-country lodge where the gourmet meals, rooms and cocktails were provided by a trio of interests with much at stake in the Capitol. Soon after the trial lawyers and the unions representing firefighters and carpenters covered the $14,000 tab, their agendas advanced in Sacramento.
NEWS
March 7, 1996 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
John Francis Foran, at 5-foot-5, vividly recalls his encounter with the Hells Angels 28 years ago. He was a state lawmaker from San Francisco, leading the uphill fight for a bill requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets. And there he was, toe to toe with Sonny Barger and a dozen burly, tattooed gang members. "You know how big I am?" asked Foran, recalling the meeting at the state Capitol.
NEWS
March 7, 1996 | BILL STALL, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
John Francis Foran, at 5-foot-5, vividly recalls his encounter with the Hells Angels 28 years ago. He was a state lawmaker from San Francisco, leading the uphill fight for a bill requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets. And there he was, toe to toe with Sonny Barger and a dozen burly, tattooed gang members. "You know how big I am?" asked Foran, recalling the meeting at the state Capitol.
NEWS
June 14, 1993 | PAUL HOUSTON
PROJECTING CALIFORNIA: Among the legions of Washington lobbyists for California interests, the acknowledged superstar is the film industry's Jack Valenti. "He not only has the means to invite members (of Congress) to the Motion Picture Assn. to see movies just out, he knows what he's talking about. And he knows when to flatter and push and when not to," Rep. Robert T. Matsui (D-Sacramento) says of President Lyndon B. Johnson's former aide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher and Patrick McGreevy
An Orange County lawmaker who inadvertently broadcast explicit remarks about his sexual conquests over an open microphone during a lull in a Sacramento hearing abruptly resigned from office this afternoon. Assemblyman Mike Duvall (R-Yorba Linda) stepped down after legislative leaders stripped him of his committee posts this morning and launched an ethics probe of his actions. "I am deeply saddened that my inappropriate comments have become a major distraction for my colleagues in the Assembly, who are working hard on the very serious problems facing our state," Duvall said in a written statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1997 | DADE HAYES
San Fernando has joined a growing list of California cities and counties to ban the small, cheap handguns known as Saturday night specials. The City Council adopted the ban Monday via a motion introduced by council members Joanne Baltierrez and Doude Wysbeek. Mayor Raul Godinez said the new law will increase public safety. "Saturday night specials have no sporting use and are involved in a disproportionate amount of crime," he said.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1999
High-speed rails and magnetic-levitation routes are grand ideas to contemplate for the future ["Time to Knock Heads and Board the Train," James Flanigan, Feb. 17]. But right now parts of the city are choking, if not to death then close to coma. At least twice a day gridlock strikes major surface routes: Highland-Franklin-La Brea, Barham-Cahuenga, Coldwater-Ventura, to name just a few. To drive from Los Feliz to Beverly Hills or Century City takes nerves of steel and the patience of Job. Freeways are clogged most of the day. And it's all going to get worse.
BUSINESS
May 31, 1998
Real competition in California's electric utility industry has a long way to go. You report that only 1% of California's electric consumers have switched so far ["In April, 36,000 Make Switch to a Different Power Provider," May 21]. But your example of a deregulation success is even more distressing: a contract signed by a drugstore chain with the unregulated affiliate of PG&E, one of California's Big Three electric utility monopolies. So far, the biggest change we've seen deregulation bring about is a proliferation of logos utilities use. You can now deal with nine Edison companies instead of one. Instead of a legislated firewall between regulated and unregulated sides of monopoly utilities, we see only a blur resulting as hands rapidly go from one pocket to another.
NEWS
August 21, 1991 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Capitol lobbyists are being besieged by state legislators for campaign contributions with less than a month remaining in the session--and some of them don't like it. One lobbyist reported receiving a record 74 invitations to cocktail parties and various other functions during August and September. It would cost his clients $37,504 if he were to attend each one.
NEWS
August 25, 1994 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Using an elementary school as her backdrop, gubernatorial challenger Kathleen Brown accused the Wilson Administration on Wednesday of mismanaging the California Lottery and cheating the state's education system out of millions of dollars in revenue.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
For the last decade, lobbyists for California manufacturers have tried unsuccessfully to get a sales tax exemption on purchases of new machinery. Such an incentive would spur investment, they argued, and boost the economy. But when the time came last week to round up the votes to pass its long-sought tax exemption, the 95-year-old California Manufacturers & Technology Assn. in Sacramento found itself on the spot -- thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown. In an effort to get rid of the state's controversial enterprise zones that provided tax credits for certain hires, the governor dangled the prospect of what he said were more effective economic development tools.
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