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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1989
Ramona Ripston's commentary "No Parent Is Safe From Headline Justice" (Op-Ed Page, June 21) presented a very misleading picture of the Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act, the new state law which makes parents responsible for the criminal behavior of their children. The purpose of this law isn't to drag parents into the public spotlight as Ms. Ripston suggested. It isn't a forum for reckless law enforcement officials to intrude into the lives of innocent families. And the suggestion that it is just a mechanism for "Headline Justice" ignores the years of work spent to develop this law and the guidelines for its implementation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2011 | Steve Lopez
Scads have been written the last few years about education reform, teacher evaluations and funding shortages. But relatively little has been written about two parties with huge control over the quality of any child's education. The student and the parent. Anyone up for a national conversation on parent evaluations? Last week, I went to South Gate for a visit with Mary Johnson, a grandmother who knows a thing or two about how parents can step it up. It was her own grandmother, in fact, who provided the early training.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1990
It is unlikely that there breathes a nervous parent of teen-agers today who doesn't at least recall years ago hearing about, or maybe even attending, one of those giant parties in a neighborhood where admission was charged at the door. But in Orange County this year, the worst fears of parents have been realized: In Los Alamitos earlier this month, the city went so far as to ban such parties after a 17-year-old host was stabbed to death.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2011 | By Emily Bryson York and Gregory Karp
The national debate on corporate responsibility played out in a microcosm at McDonald's annual meeting Thursday, when votes on shareholder proposals became a referendum on the pursuit of profit versus the question of what constitutes the public good. Critics hammered McDonald's executives not only for offering unhealthful menu items but also for marketing fast food to kids with its Ronald McDonald character and Happy Meal toys — all while boasting eight straight years of sales growth despite a deep economic recession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1989 | PAUL LIEBERMAN and ELIZABETH J. MANN, Times Staff Writers
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed suit Thursday to block further enforcement of the state parental responsibility law used this spring to arrest a South Los Angeles woman who allegedly encouraged her son's gang involvement. In bringing the Superior Court suit against Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner and City Atty. James K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1992
Disneyland may need to be more tactful in dealing with some of its guests, the so-called "locals." These are the teens and pre-teens who buy summer passes and make the theme park their summertime hangout. But there's also something missing--parental supervision--when families simply drop their kids off at the gate with no further checking on what their children may be up to during their hours away from home.
NEWS
April 4, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide the constitutionality of a novel state law that allows the prosecution of parents who willingly allow their children to become delinquents. The justices, granting a review of an appeal by Los Angeles officials, set aside a ruling last December by a state appellate court, which found that the 1988 parental responsibility law was impermissibly vague.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY, Brian Lowry is a Times staff writer. His "On TV" column appears Wednesdays in Calendar
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat who came within a few hundred votes of being vice president of the United States, visited Los Angeles recently pushing his campaign to prevent violent and sexually explicit entertainment from reaching children. Lieberman is fond of illustrating support for his efforts via an oft-told anecdote about a grateful mother who urged him to press onward.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1993
The schools don't need metal detectors; what is desperately needed is more parental responsibility, period. SAM OSTER San Pedro
BUSINESS
May 19, 2011 | By Emily Bryson York and Gregory Karp
The national debate on corporate responsibility played out in a microcosm at McDonald's annual meeting Thursday, when votes on shareholder proposals became a referendum on the pursuit of profit versus the question of what constitutes the public good. Critics hammered McDonald's executives not only for offering unhealthful menu items but also for marketing fast food to kids with its Ronald McDonald character and Happy Meal toys — all while boasting eight straight years of sales growth despite a deep economic recession.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2011 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: My son will be going to a for-profit technical school about 120 miles away from home. Unfortunately, we have not saved any money for his college education. What are our best options for borrowing to pay for his college education, which will cost about $92,000 for four years? He is not eligible for any financial aid other than federal student loans. Our daughter will graduate debt free with her bachelor's degree in December. Since we concentrated on her education first, our son kind of got left behind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
It was the girl's Sweet 16, and nearly a hundred teenagers showed up for an alcohol-drenched party at her Ojai home. Deputies summoned to break up the rowdy affair ended up rushing an unconscious teenage boy to the hospital. Then they arrested the girl's father. But the case never made it to court because authorities couldn't prove that the father provided the liquor, said Capt. Gary Pentis of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.
OPINION
November 1, 2005 | Glenn Sacks, GLENN SACKS writes about issues involving men and fathers. His website is www.GlennSacks.com.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER President Bush nominated Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court, the National Organization for Women sent out a nationwide "action alert" announcing that it is "ready for the fight" against Alito, and that he "opposes our rights." Planned Parenthood also wasted no time before blasting the nomination, saying that Alito had shown "callous disregard of battered women." How did Alito do these terrible things?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2005 | Susana Enriquez, Rich Connell and Jason Felch, Times Staff Writers
Criticism of police conduct and calls for parents to take greater charge of their children echoed in community meetings across Los Angeles on Saturday as parents, activists and police struggled to find common ground in the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Devin Brown by an LAPD officer.
OPINION
May 26, 2004
At what point do parents assume responsibility for the physical conditioning of their kids? "The Schools Go Flabby" (editorial, May 22) suggests never. What about the hours children spend watching television, playing computer games, eating junk food and generally emulating their parents' health choices? With the pressure of high-stakes testing (can't let the state think that fourth-graders are unable to graph linear equations), physical education isn't always a top priority. Still, the raising of children, including the control of their diet and exercise, has always been the responsibility of the parents.
OPINION
March 19, 2004
"Missing 3 Weeks, Santa Ana Girls Are Found Safe" (March 16) states that "although two detectives worked full time on the case and a number of patrol officers worked overtime, police said they don't expect to charge the families for the investigation." Why not charge the families? Isn't it time parents take some responsibility for teaching their children to have enough decency and/or respect for their family to not just disappear? Such basic lessons might help to avoid dumping these expensive "gone missing" cases on the taxpayers, who are expected once again to pick up the tab for overtime in addition to the waste of police personnel's valuable time.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Parental Responsibility: A New York state appeals court has ruled that Engelbert Humperdinck can't be forced to visit the teen-age daughter he's never met. "While a parent can be compelled to support his or her child, a parent cannot be compelled to care for and love and visit with the child," the appellate division in Brooklyn said in dismissing the petition of Jennifer Dorsey, 16, of New York.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2003 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) on Monday offered a plan that seeks to provide universal health care for children -- but would require many parents of kids without coverage to contribute part of the cost. Positioning himself near the center of the crowded Democratic presidential field, Edwards released a health-care blueprint that was more narrowly targeted and less expensive than plans released so far by his rivals. Edwards' proposal also asks more of the uninsured themselves.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY, Brian Lowry is a Times staff writer. His "On TV" column appears Wednesdays in Calendar
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat who came within a few hundred votes of being vice president of the United States, visited Los Angeles recently pushing his campaign to prevent violent and sexually explicit entertainment from reaching children. Lieberman is fond of illustrating support for his efforts via an oft-told anecdote about a grateful mother who urged him to press onward.
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