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February 23, 1997
The maxim of most smorgasbords is that although the food is rarely any good, there is always lots of it. The same holds true for the array of bills pending or proposed in the state Legislature that deal with the politically popular notion of splitting the San Fernando Valley from Los Angeles.
July 14, 1989
Passing federal legislation promoting universal voter registration, as Jackson urges, would leave unaddressed the fundamental problems of our languishing democracy. The problems start with the Democratic and Republican parties, a corrupt set of identical twins which give the electorate a choice between two sets of candidates who ultimately sell out to the same shifting coalition of wealthy interests forming the de facto oligarchy that is the real government of our country. These social parasites are consistently able to subvert public policy to satisfy their unbounded greed while beggaring most of the rest of us. If, like the Russians, we could cast negative as well as positive votes for our candidates, I am quite sure that many more people would show interest in our elections.
May 28, 1989
It's time to go back to the drawing board for West Hollywood. Justly, there are five members on the City Council, seven on the Planning Commission and five on the Business License Commission--each unit requiring a majority vote. Why, then, is one man, Community Development Director Mark Winogrond, given sole authority, against incredible opposition, to grant an overabundance of liquor licenses? In this respect, we are now worse off than when we were under the county. I have never seen a city structure where one man aggregates so much power to himself!
May 28, 2000
Re "Troubled Complex Won't Get Officer," May 18. The Thousand Oaks City Council voted against having a full-time police officer at the Conejo Creek complex where a young man was killed on April 28. According to news reports, an earlier experiment of assigning an officer to the area was successful in reducing crime. If this is correct, it is difficult to comprehend how the majority of the council decided this was too costly. Yet this same City Council voted to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to plant trees and shrubs on a postage-stamp-size lot on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
June 13, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
When a deal was reached on the state budget, Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez gathered in the Capitol to declare victory. Missing from the press conference, says George Skelton in his Thursday column , was a fourth group that made a balanced budget possible. "Let's not forget where most of the credit belongs for a punctual, sensible budget," he writes. "It's with another, oft-maligned group: the California voters. " Two votes played a crucial role in this year's largely smooth budget process.
November 4, 2004 | From Reuters
Hungary will withdraw its 300 troops from Iraq by the end of March, government officials said Wednesday. Hungary is the first of the new European Union states that had joined the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq to announce a formal withdrawal date, although the mandate of the troops, who form a transport battalion, had been due to expire at year's end. The new withdrawal date will require a two-thirds majority vote in parliament.
September 2, 2010 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
California badly needs someone, some party, to just make a decision about a state budget and be held accountable for the consequences. The state has needed that for years. But it's impossible while a two-thirds majority vote is required for legislative passage of a budget and a one-third minority can stand in the way. Can't the governor and the two parties just get together and compromise? Figure out a solution that's acceptable to all three? One — and this is the key — that honestly balances the budget, closing a deficit projected at $19 billion?
May 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
The day after a special election last week, Republican Andy Vidak declared victory in the race for a vacant state Senate seat. He had 52% of the vote. But provisional ballots counted since then put Vidak just below the majority vote he needed to win the 16 th District seat outright. As a result, he will face the second-place candidate, Democrat Leticia Perez, in a July 23 runoff election. The secretary of state said Wednesday night that the final vote tally was 49.8% for Vidak and 43.9% for Perez in a field of six candidates.
October 5, 2011
The last time the electoral college received much attention was in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote for president while being denied victory over George W. Bush because of a second-place finish in electoral votes. Reformers hoped that discrepancy would be the impetus for approval of a constitutional amendment establishing what many Americans believed already existed: a nationwide popular vote for president. But the moment passed. Now a legislator in Pennsylvania is proposing a change in that state's election law that would bring the presidential vote there closer to the one-person, one-vote principle that is at the heart of a popular vote.
August 4, 2011
If nothing else, the extended debate over raising the federal debt ceiling, which brought the country to the brink of economic catastrophe, demonstrated that this Congress was unusually willing to risk doing extreme harm to the nation in order to score political points. Ultimately, lawmakers stepped back from the edge on that issue — but when it came to funding the Federal Aviation Administration, they jumped off a cliff. Because Congress failed to approve a temporary spending measure for the FAA before leaving town for the rest of August, 4,000 FAA employees have been furloughed, airport construction projects have been halted, 70,000 construction workers have been idled, and the federal government stands to lose roughly $1 billion in uncollected airline ticket taxes.
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