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November 12, 2000 | OSCAR C. JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Monrovia, voters are so opposed to government debt--and taxes--that until last summer only one city bond measure had passed since the Eisenhower era. It was quite a surprise when a special bond issue raising taxes to buy 600 acres of foothill open space was approved by voters. "I had no clue this would happen," said Stephen Miller, president and co-director of the Foothills Wildlife Conservancy, which led the effort to preserve the foothills. "I couldn't have dreamed this up." But it is real.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2000 | OSCAR C. JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Monrovia, voters are so opposed to government debt--and taxes--that until last summer only one city bond measure had passed since the Eisenhower era. It was quite a surprise when a special bond issue raising taxes to buy 600 acres of foothill open space was approved by voters. "I had no clue this would happen," said Stephen Miller, president and co-director of the Foothills Wildlife Conservancy, which led the effort to preserve the foothills. "I couldn't have dreamed this up." But it is real.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2000 | CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters on Nov. 7 will decide whether to approve a ballot measure that, if passed, could clear the way here for California's first Wal-Mart Supercenter--although company officials say they have no immediate plans to build one in the state. Wal-Mart's Supercenter outlets offer full-service grocery and auto repair shops, in addition to the clothing, housewares and electronics found in its traditional stores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN and CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Local voters cast ballots not only on the meatier issues Tuesday, but on a few quirky ones as well--like deciding whether a Wal-Mart should be built in Palmdale, or letting a few kids switch to a more desirable school district. Burbank voters approved a measure that will give them the final say on expansion of their regional airport, and owners of 55 homes in Woodland Hills overwhelmingly agreed to join the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than a week before the election for Los Angeles County district attorney, one wild card remains: a mysterious memo written by a deputy district attorney in 1997 that appears to have sounded an alarm on the Rampart police scandal more than a year before it was uncovered. The memo, by Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Kraut, has never been made public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2000 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With no primary to winnow the field of 16 to two, the Los Angeles County assessor's race is a cavalry charge of candidates in a mad dash for the $141,000-a-year job. County government insiders see the main contenders as acting Assessor Rick Auerbach, 52, and former Assessor John Lynch, 63, but they quickly point out that in a field so large, any candidate could capture the winner-take-all sprint. "A nobody buried deep in the bureaucracy could win," says one observer. "It's a real crapshoot."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2000
Thousands of Los Angeles County voters who applied for absentee ballots may not get them in time for Tuesday's election because of an undetermined mail glitch, officials said. Absentee voters who have not received the forms are urged to go to the registrar's main office in Norwalk today, Sunday or Monday to vote or pick up replacement ballots, said Registrar-Recorder Conny McCormack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2000 | By ZANTO PEABODY,
Los Angeles County voters will cast their ballots today at 4,926 polling places for party nominees for president, the U.S. Senate and House, the Legislature, district attorney and a variety of hotly debated state propositions. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Elections officials are counting on a solid turnout among the county's 3.8 million registered voters. Nearly half of a record-high 419,487 absentee ballots had been returned through Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2000 | By MITCHELL LANDSBERG,
You thought Bush vs. McCain was nasty? Try Garcetti vs. Cooley. The two opponents in the runoff for Los Angeles County district attorney woke up Wednesday full of vitriol and launched the sort of bitter, personal attacks on each other that could scorch the political landscape between now and November. "Under Gil Garcetti," challenger Steve Cooley said hoarsely at a news conference, "money talks and felons walk, and that will end when I'm district attorney of Los Angeles County. "Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It takes no great stretch of political imagination to guess where the race for Los Angeles County district attorney is heading. It will not be a pretty place. Both campaigns have conducted their own polls, and both agree: The campaign between now and Nov. 7 will be about defining--or redefining--the electorate's sense of challenger Steve Cooley's identity. The question is: Who can do it first and most convincingly? Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sun hadn't yet peeked over the San Gabriel Mountains when Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti began campaigning Sunday, barely six hours after he quit trolling for votes the night before. Arriving at the Burbank studios of KROQ-FM (106.7), Garcetti was, as usual, impeccably groomed, freshly shaved, his cheeks pink and his eyes bright. It was 6:30 a.m.
NEWS
November 5, 2000
All of the major candidates and most of the campaigns for statewide propositions have Internet sites. Here is a sampling of some other election-related sites: Nonpartisan sites: * California Online Voter Guide: www.calvoter.org/2000 (Presented by California Voter Foundation.) * The Democracy Network: www.dnet.org * League of Women Voters of California: www.ca.lwv.org (Has links to www.smartvoter.org, the league's election Web site.) * Los Angeles Times: www.latimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2000 | GRACE E. JANG and HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hanging inconspicuously at the end of Tuesday's ballot, Measure Q may be decided by fewer voters than any other in Los Angeles County. The 120 residents of an 11-acre sliver of exclusive real estate in the San Fernando Valley have the sole right to decide whether they will leave the Los Angeles Unified School District for the highly regarded Las Virgenes district, which includes the adjacent city of Calabasas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every once in a while, an election comes along that offers a choice between two candidates so philosophically and stylistically polarized that it represents a referendum on the very nature of the office they seek. The race for Los Angeles County district attorney is not quite one of those campaigns. But it's close. The two candidates, incumbent Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti and his challenger, Head Deputy Dist. Atty.
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November 5, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG and EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It has been 60 years since a district attorney of Los Angeles County was elected to more than two terms. Gil Garcetti could break that streak if he wins reelection to a third term Tuesday--but it's a big if. Garcetti is widely viewed as vulnerable to a challenge from top Deputy Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, who finished first in a three-way primary election March 7 and has led Garcetti in every poll conducted since then.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a last-minute effort to stave off a well-financed challenge to their power, two county supervisors Friday began bankrolling an ad campaign urging voters to reject an initiative on next week's ballot that would expand the Board of Supervisors. The radio ad urges voters to defeat Measure A, saying it would not improve services and would benefit only politicians. That is a reference to the support for Measure A by state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2000 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti's two challengers in the March 7 primary election criticized the county's top prosecutor Tuesday night for his handling of the Belmont Learning Complex fiasco and Rampart police scandal and for not attending the debate. "The fact that Gil Garcetti is not here tonight speaks loudly, . . . " said candidate Barry Groveman. "It's indicative of the problem that prompted both of us to run."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2000
Monday is the last day to register to vote for the March 7 primary election. Who can register: Under California law, people entitled to vote must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old at the time of election and California residents for 29 days before the election. If you move within 28 days of the election, you can vote by returning to your former precinct or by obtaining an absentee ballot for that precinct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2000 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With no primary to winnow the field of 16 to two, the Los Angeles County assessor's race is a cavalry charge of candidates in a mad dash for the $141,000-a-year job. County government insiders see the main contenders as acting Assessor Rick Auerbach, 52, and former Assessor John Lynch, 63, but they quickly point out that in a field so large, any candidate could capture the winner-take-all sprint. "A nobody buried deep in the bureaucracy could win," says one observer. "It's a real crapshoot."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the end, some sort of ceremony seemed in order--medals given, bouquets strewn, a curtain call or two. But the 15th and final debate between the candidates for Los Angeles County district attorney ended rather unceremoniously Thursday, with KCET-TV Channel 28 moderator Val Zavala calling a halt just as things between Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti and challenger Steve Cooley were starting to get hot.
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