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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1992
Reacting to the recent violence, looting and arson that gripped Los Angeles, concerned UC Irvine students will hold a forum today on the riots and the social forces surrounding them. The two-hour panel discussion will start at 3:30 p.m. in Emerald Bay Room B of the campus student center, according to Chris McSorley, a student coordinator of the event. The forum is sponsored by students in UCI's Global Peace and Conflict Studies program and the campus chapter of Amnesty International.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1991
It is fashionable these days in Washington for conservatives such as Bethell to criticize and harangue the President. Bush-bashing by the far right is so extensive that it's almost enough to make a liberal Democrat come to the President's defense. Almost, but not quite, for that's precisely the intended effect of this blunder from the right. While it's one thing for the loyal opposition to denounce Bush, it's quite another for members of the President's own party to give him such a thrashing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1991
Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez ("Lean Times Demand More Efficient Leadership," March 27) unintentionally identifies the essence of what ails political governance throughout Orange County, namely that governance has come to mean doing the county's "business" like a business. The attitude that government is run best when run like a business is widely shared by elected officials throughout the county. And yet, doing government as one does business is a far cry from the central principles of a democratic republic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1992
The daily speculation and consternation about what will happen to the supporters of Ross Perot now that he's apparently out of the presidential campaign has missed an obvious venue for their involvement: the national and state-level movement for term limitations. If it's true that the Perot campaign attracted a large number of previously disaffected, unmobilized voters then a sizable share will return to the anonymity of private life, their cynicism about American politics confirmed once again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1993
Fear not, California Democrats, the political fortunes of Pete Wilson and Bill Clinton are not inextricably linked; notwithstanding the intriguing argument made by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe in "Wilson's Hope for Second Term--a Clinton Success" (Opinion, Jan. 10). First, California's economic recovery, induced by federal policies or not, is likely to come too late to save Pete Wilson from defeat in '94. Clinton has almost twice as long to make good on his campaign promises than does Pete Wilson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1997
Kenneth L. Khachigian knows a great deal about running political campaigns for really rich white men. It's obvious from "Checchi Gets Hit Hard Right From Kickoff" (Oct. 12) that "coach" Khachigian is still nettled by the immensely expensive defeat of his client Michael Huffington in 1994. Nevertheless, no matter how disingenuous, Khachigian's advice to and about Al Checchi, a Democratic candidate for governor, should be taken seriously. Yet Khachigian's advice is not comprehensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1993
It is obvious that there is now an intensification of the controversy over the reuse of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. This is highlighted by the detailed Commentary of Mark P. Petracca; the letters from individuals in Huntington Beach, Brea, Laguna Niguel, Corona del Mar, and Laguna Hills; and in a lead article headlined as "North Calls for Truce, Urges Regional Airport Authority"; all in The Times last Sunday (Aug. 29). One major factor neglected by all of the above, that has not been fully discussed as yet is about contamination on the ground and in the air. Recently El Toro was fined $80,000 by the federal Environmental Protection Agency for ignoring such effects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1990
Thus far the debate about California's propositions to limit the terms of legislators on the editorial pages of The Times has been largely misdirected and historical. Neither supporters, such as Cal Thomas (Sept. 27) nor opponents of term limits such as Nelson W. Polsby (Sept. 27) and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe (Sept. 30) seem to understand that there is a strong American precedent for term limits that emerges from radical democratic theory and a deep aversion to the concentration of political power in the hands of professional politicians.
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