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May 9, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
As fire season creeps in with high winds and hot weather, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials are drumming up support for Proposition E, a special tax on the June 3 ballot that would help maintain current staffing levels after a portion of their budget is lost. "There is a misconception in the public about how we're funded," said Assistant Fire Chief Stephen J. Alexander, who has toured his division area speaking about the proposition.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite two failed tax initiatives in recent years, voters in the Las Virgenes Unified School District passed a $93.1-million school bond measure by a 79% majority in Tuesday's election. The last time the district was able to convince local voters that a bond was needed was in 1970. School district officials credited the help of a consultant, a better economy and a large parent volunteer effort to get out the vote for the success of the measure.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1997 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whether it is for basic municipal services or for schools, schools, schools, voters are being asked to open their wallets in nearly a dozen local elections around Los Angeles County on Tuesday. Eight school districts will try to muster the two-thirds majority needed for issuing bonds to make campus repairs, add technology and build classrooms--nearly $467 million's worth altogether.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1997 | JEAN MERL and TRACY JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One day after voters delivered a series of contrasting messages in nearly 100 local elections across Los Angeles County, campaign officials for several victorious school bond measures credited their victories to an early start, careful planning and cadres of energetic volunteers. Voters in four school districts approved more than $370 million worth of bond measures Tuesday to repair aging schools or build new campuses.
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March 6, 1997 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It seemed a taxpayer's dream come true. Empowered by two newly implemented state laws, voters in cities around Los Angeles County trooped to the polls with the clout to slash the taxes that hit closest to home. But a funny thing happened on the way to the ballot box: Voters chose not to wield their tax-cutting ax. Instead, most of the tax measures facing voters in Tuesday's municipal elections won, many by landslide margins unusual even for issues without a pocketbook impact.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1997 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Local tax measures in several Los Angeles County communities appeared to be surviving the first big test of two newly implemented tax limitation laws that give the state's voters greater power over local levies. Voters in Bellflower, Paramount and South Pasadena gave their blessing to taxes already being collected in those cities, with all votes counted in unofficial returns. And early results showed tax measures leading in Pasadena, Claremont, El Monte and Lakewood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1997
Feb. 3 is the deadline to register to vote in the March 4 elections, the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder has announced. Fifty-three Los Angeles County municipalities are holding elections on that date. Residents of Palmdale will also vote on a school bond measure March 4. The city of Los Angeles will hold its election April 8. The deadline for registering to vote in that election is March 10. To be eligible to vote, a resident must be a U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
In a city with a reputation for being unfriendly to business, economic development is the most prominent issue in the campaign for City Council seats. Incumbents Ed Corridori and Denis Weber will vie with challengers Michael Forney, Jeff Reinhardt and Jerry Wolf for three seats on the council in Tuesday's election. All five candidates say the city's bad business reputation is undeserved and believe development of quality retail and commercial ventures is the key to the city's financial future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite two failed tax initiatives in recent years, voters in the Las Virgenes Unified School District passed a $93.1-million school bond measure by a 79% majority in Tuesday's election. The last time the district was able to convince local voters that a bond was needed was in 1970. School district officials credited the help of a consultant, a better economy and a large parent volunteer effort to get out the vote for the success of the measure.
NEWS
June 4, 1997 | JEAN MERL and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In local elections ignored by near-record numbers of voters Tuesday, a high-stakes bond measure to pay for Los Angeles County's fire and paramedic services appeared headed for approval by the required two-thirds of the electorate, while labor unions won a majority of seats on a commission to rewrite the City Charter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1997 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bonita Unified School Board President Robert Olander II did not want to get reelected Tuesday, but voters in San Dimas and La Verne returned him to office anyway. Olander announced his withdrawal from the school board race last month, accusing fellow board members and School Supt. John Rieckewald of conducting business under a veil of secrecy that he could no longer condone. At the time, however, it was too late to remove Olander's name from the ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1997
Key to Election Tables * An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent candidate; a dagger (**) denotes an appointed incumbent. * A double dagger (***) indicates a race in a district shared by two or more counties. For that reason, individual tables do not reflect the total vote. Antelope Valley CCD is shared with Kern County; Las Virgenes USD is shared with Ventura County; Snowline Joint USD and Victor Valley CCD are shared with San Bernardino County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1997 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters went to the polls in nearly 100 local elections across Los Angeles County on Tuesday, deciding eight school bond measures and several municipal tax issues as well as city council, school board and special district seats. Early returns boosted the hopes of backers of school bond measures in El Segundo and Pasadena, giving them margins above the two-thirds approval needed for passage. Bond measures in the Mt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1997 | DADE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Capping an unusually costly and contentious campaign, three challengers took an early lead Tuesday in the race for the Newhall County Water District board, a small entity that provides water to about 10% of the Santa Clarita Valley. With more than a third of the votes counted, Tom Campbell, Barbara Dore and Val Thomas led Edwin Dunn, Lynne Plambeck and David Rapoport, all of whom are completing their first four-year term on the five-member board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1997 | DADE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Residents of the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys vote in 22 election contests today, with Palmdale voters electing a mayor, two City Council members and members of the boards governing the Palmdale School District and Palmdale Water District. Challenging Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford are Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Wright Carney and paralegal George Wolfe. One City Council incumbent, Jim Root, decided not to run again. Another, Terence P. Judge, is seeking another term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
In a city with a reputation for being unfriendly to business, economic development is the most prominent issue in the campaign for City Council seats. Incumbents Ed Corridori and Denis Weber will vie with challengers Michael Forney, Jeff Reinhardt and Jerry Wolf for three seats on the council in Tuesday's election. All five candidates say the city's bad business reputation is undeserved and believe development of quality retail and commercial ventures is the key to the city's financial future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1997 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
School board member Lynda Rocamora ended her candidacy for reelection Friday, citing health problems and doctors' orders to cut down on her activities. Rocamora, 47, said she suffers from "chronic, irreversible orthopedic problems and severe spinal problems," resulting in severe pain that has worsened in recent years despite ongoing treatment. The condition is not life threatening, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1997 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They had lots of volunteers, broad community support--and a good measure of plain, old-fashioned luck. Officials in the five local school districts whose voters granted them the necessary two-thirds approval for bond issues--$327 million in all--counted their blessings and told how they did it Wednesday as they prepared to make long-needed campus repairs and build new classrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1997 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The principal of Hickory Elementary School in Torrance keeps a bunch of sandbags stowed in a locker bay near the school's outdoor eating area, a hedge against the flooding that even a light rain invariably produces at the 36-year-old campus. The school's custodians regularly spend precious time and district resources cleaning up after illicit weekend parties held in poorly lighted nooks. Students wait in long lines to use the those restrooms that are still functioning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1997 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They had lots of volunteers, broad community support--and a good measure of plain, old-fashioned luck. Officials in the five local school districts whose voters granted them the necessary two-thirds approval for bond issues--$327 million in all--counted their blessings and told how they did it Wednesday as they prepared to make long-needed campus repairs and build new classrooms.
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