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A quarter-century after he charmed Woodstock with the anti-Establishment "Fixin' to Die Rag," Country Joe McDonald may be changing his tune from notes to votes. McDonald, once the lead singer for Country Joe and the Fish, is considering a run for the Berkeley City Council. "One, two, three, who are we voting for? That definitely will be my campaign slogan," he said. He joked that he was partly motivated by "the idea of having my own parking space," but said he's taking a possible race seriously.
July 13, 2005 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Vying for scraps of state revenue, the arts fought the environment in Sacramento and the environment won. A bill written by state Sen. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) had aimed to boost the cash-starved California Arts Council, the agency that makes state government grants to the arts, by an estimated $1.5 million a year. The idea: Give the arts council all the income from vanity license plates emblazoned with a special design that arts-loving motorists can purchase for an extra fee.
October 7, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers have scheduled a hearing Wednesday into the state's use of solitary confinement in its prisons, legislative action that was promised to encourage inmates to end their 60-day inmate hunger strike this summer over those practices. "The hunger strike made us look at these conditions, but they have been problematic for years,” Assembly Public Safety Chairman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) said in a statement accompanying announcement of the hearing date.
August 26, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
State lawmakers escalated their war with Inc. on Thursday with a fresh attack aimed at the Internet giant's refusal to collect taxes on its sales, which a new law requires. The legislative move would halt Amazon's campaign to put a referendum on the June ballot asking voters to overturn the state's Internet sales tax law, which took effect July 1. In a bit of legislative legerdemain, the state Senate Appropriations Committee took the language of that law, tweaked it and put it into a so-called urgency bill.
June 5, 2003 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The state Assembly has passed a bill that would postpone California's high school exit exam for two years. The action sets up a race of sorts between the Legislature and the state Board of Education, which will consider a similar proposal as early as next week. Passing the exam of math and English-language arts skills is currently a graduation requirement for students starting with the Class of 2004.
January 24, 2006 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
After taking a major role in defeating Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ballot initiatives last year, California nurses Monday proposed one that would strictly limit spending on political campaigns. The measure would ban corporate donations to candidates and to ballot-measure fights, and create a system of public financing for those running for office. Candidates who rejected the financing could accept only relatively small contributions -- $500 for legislative races, $1,000 for statewide offices.
April 21, 2004 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Backers of a bill to provide public financing of election campaigns scored a rare victory Tuesday when the controversial legislation passed its first test before an Assembly committee. Supporters said passage of the bill on a 4-2 vote in the elections committee marked the first time in more than two decades that a proposal for full public financing of elections had advanced in the Legislature. It still faces major hurdles. If it clears both houses and is signed by Gov.
August 25, 2008
Full public financing of elections is the Questing Beast of campaign reformers, those good souls who seek a way to cut the link between politicians and the businesses, unions and other groups that fund campaigns and expect something in return. The reformers' hunt is a noble one. They are attempting to rescue democracy, as it is practiced in this country, from the corrupting taint of money. They are trying to ensure that the basic unit of an election is the citizen's vote, not the donor's dollar.
October 9, 1987 | DANA NICHOLS, Times Staff Writer
Berkeley on Thursday became the first American city to mail AIDS education pamphlets to each of its 55,000 households. The glossy blue, white and gray pamphlet is a slightly modified version of one developed by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and San Francisco's KPIX television station. It explains what acquired immune deficiency syndrome is, how it is transmitted and how people can protect themselves from the disease, including the use of condoms.
Officials from five major cities went panhandling Thursday for more help for the homeless during a state Assembly committee hearing at Santa Monica City Hall. The mayors were unanimous in calling for more state and federal assistance for housing and mental health care. Cities are being asked to assume too much of the responsibility for caring for the homeless, they argued.
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