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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
The young inmates in a Los Angeles County juvenile detention facility are an ocean apart from the most powerful man in the world's largest church. But this week, they were linked in an Easter Week rite of healing and humility 2 millennia old. Pope Francis chose to celebrate Holy Thursday by sinking to his knees to wash and kiss the feet of a dozen youth inmates in an Italian juvenile jail - breaking from the tradition of performing that ritual with priests in the ornate cathedrals of Rome.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Inmates leading California's largest prison protest ended a two-month hunger strike Thursday without winning major concessions on solitary confinement conditions - their main grievance - but with the promise of legislative hearings on the issue. The strike, which began with 30,000 inmates refusing meals and ended with about 100, drew international attention to California's use of prolonged prisoner isolation. It was orchestrated by a few inmates in isolation at Pelican Bay prison near the Oregon border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
September 17, 2013 | By Anthony York
Just after 9 on Monday night, Gov. Jerry Brown's legislative secretary Gareth Elliot picked up the phone and called a Hollywood studio executive. Elliot wasn't pitching a new movie. He was calling to tell Scott Budnick, an executive producer of "The Hangover" film franchise, that the governor had signed a bill giving juvenile offenders serving long sentences the right to parole after 15 years -- a measure that Budnick had been pushing in the Capitol halls in the final week of the legislative session.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Lawmakers frustrated by a state prison hunger strike that has lasted for seven weeks said they would take on the debate over solitary confinement. "The impasse needs to be broken," Senate Public Safety Chairwoman Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) said Friday as she and her Assembly counterpart Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) announced that they would hold hearings this fall on conditions in California's highest-security prisons. Hancock said she seeks legislation addressing overcrowding in California's prisons and a lack of rehabilitation programs, in addition to policies on the use of solitary confinement.
BUSINESS
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.
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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