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March 28, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California has lumber taxes, tire taxes, Internet sales taxes and insurance taxes. Now some companies are losing sleep over a proposed mattress tax. Two bills making their way through the Legislature would make the Golden State the first in the nation to charge a recycling fee on new mattresses. The idea is to require the industry to reclaim the springs, wood and fiber from millions of old mattresses that plug landfills and clutter Southern California streets every year.
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October 10, 1993 | MICHELLE LOCKE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — Acting on nearly 200 proposals, state lawmakers Thursday advanced measures that would increase fines for texting while driving, allow voter registration on election day and restrict the ability of law enforcement to track people through their cellphones. The Senate passed and sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would require law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before searching for someone's location and movements based on data in the person's cellphone or other wireless device.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown raised the ire of bicyclists, Chinese-food chefs, Republicans and some pet lovers Friday as he announced action on dozens of proposed laws. Brown outlawed the sale of shark fins, despite protests from some Chinese American leaders who saw the move as an assault on Asian culture; vetoed a controversial bid to restrict how motorists pass bicyclists; and decided not to require microchip tracking of some dogs and cats. Among the 57 bills he approved were several intended to increase the safety of natural gas pipelines and one that requires all ballot initiatives to be decided in November general elections, which typically draw greater numbers of liberal voters than June primaries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
December 7, 2005
AS IF THE RESULTS OF LAST month's special election weren't convincing enough, there is new evidence that the public is fed up with Sacramento. The Public Policy Institute of California surveyed 2,002 voters in the 12 days after Nov. 8 and, in various ways on various issues, it's clear: They're not happy. More than three-quarters of them, or 76%, don't like the way the governor and Legislature are working together. Three-fifths thought the special election was a bad idea.
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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.
OPINION
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.
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