CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2011 |
On his first visit to the U.S. Capitol since Republicans took control of the House, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sought this week to extend support for his 30/10 proposal, which would tap federal resources to speed construction of local transportation projects. But the key officials he spoke with offered a mix of views. The so-called 30/10 plan to build a dozen projects in a decade instead of three has generated enthusiasm from the Obama administration and Sen. Barbara Boxer, a fellow California Democrat who chairs the Senate environment and public works committee.
December 18, 2010 |
Venezuela's National Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly approved a law giving President Hugo Chavez broad discretionary powers for 18 months, a measure that opponents claim is meant to undercut their strength in the upcoming assembly session starting next month. The law gives Chavez power to govern by decree for the fourth time since he took office in 1999 and is necessary, he said, to deal with flooding that has left 40 people dead and 133,000 homeless. During the final debate, the bill was modified to give Chavez more than the 12 months of special powers he had initially requested.
November 21, 2010 |
Three weeks ago, resurgent Republicans won control of one house of Congress, beginning ? officially, at least ? in January. But last week in Washington, it felt as if they had already taken control of all of Capitol Hill. They pushed the White House and fragmented Senate Democrats toward a "compromise" on extending high-income tax cuts that looks an awful lot like a Republican victory, extending for at least a couple of years low tax rates for the embattled class that earns more than $250,000 a year.
November 6, 2010 |
The implications of the midterm Republican wave that may add as many as 65 new GOP members to the House have yet to be sorted out, but the fate of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 30/10 transit plan is one that ought to be of vital concern not only to this city but to the country as a whole. The mayor's proposal, which is supported by nearly every other elected official in Los Angeles County as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Obama administration, builds on Measure R, which was approved by two-thirds of the voters and assigns three decades of revenues from an incremental sales tax increase to fund a specified list of projects that would dramatically expand public transit.
November 5, 2010 |
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will run to lead the chamber's Democratic minority in the new Congress, she announced Friday. Pelosi announced her decision first on Twitter, and the report was quickly confirmed by her office. In a statement, she said she was “driven by the urgency of creating jobs and protecting” healthcare and Wall Street reforms, Social Security and Medicare. "As a result of Tuesday's election, the role of Democrats in the 112 th Congress will change, but our commitment to serving the American people will not,” she said in the statement.
September 2, 2009 |
The Mexican government on Tuesday proclaimed that it was making progress in its war against drug traffickers, in a state of the nation report delivered to a new Congress expected to challenge President Felipe Calderon during his remaining three years in office. The Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ruled the country for seven decades until 2000, is back in control of the Chamber of Deputies, which plays a key role in budget decisions that will be high on the agenda in coming months.