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June 27, 1996 | MIKE PENNER
While Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu sit and wait, hoping to petition their way into the Olympics, all the top American male gymnasts are entered in today's opening round of U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in Boston because for them, it's the only road that leads to Atlanta. No petition process is available to the men, according to men's program director Ron Galimore, because "our committee decided this was the best way to ensure a solid, competitive Olympic team. . . .
October 4, 1996 | JEFF KASS
Residents say they have 1,800 signatures on a petition requesting that the city not close the west-end police substation, and intend to present the document to the City Council on Monday. The city is considering closing some substations next year to centralize operations at a single downtown headquarters. Councilwoman Patricia McGuigan said she requested that the topic be raised for public discussion to let residents air their concerns.
December 31, 2009 | By David Zahniser
The push to recall the controversial head of L.A.'s firefighter union has fizzled, according to the man who was the target of the campaign over the last three months. Pat McOsker, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112, said the union's election committee unanimously invalidated the recall drive after discovering that signature gatherers had, in violation of the rules, failed to attach the reasons for the recall to their petitions. McOsker has been criticized for using aggressive tactics to lobby against reductions in firefighter and paramedic staffing, including the publication of a mailer featuring images of last year's deadly Metrolink crash in Chatsworth.
January 13, 1990
A group seeking to oust Pomona Councilman C. L. (Clay) Bryant from office has filed recall petitions it says contain more than 11,000 signatures. City Clerk Elizabeth Villarel said a recall election will be called if the verification process shows that at least 8,304 registered voters signed the petitions, filed Friday. Members of the recall committee contend that Bryant uses his office "for vicious personal attacks and character assassination."
October 30, 1986
Three petitions seeking the recall of Mayor Jack B. White and City Council members Leo King and Robert McNeill have been delivered to the Baldwin Park city clerk's office. The petitions, each with more than 4,000 signatures, were given to the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder for signature verification. The number of valid signatures needed on each petition is 2,899.
January 9, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
FBI agents took the filing petitions of presidential candidates Bob Dole and Alexander M. Haig Jr. from Republican Party headquarters Friday after reports that some signatures may have been forged. George Strake, Texas GOP chairman, asked U.S. Atty. Helen Eversberg and the FBI to investigate after reports that petitions with questionable signatures were filed to place the two men's names on the March 8 primary ballot.
April 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Opponents of water fluoridation filed a petition with election officials to stop the city from altering tap water. The Santa Barbara County Clerk's office certified that there are enough valid signatures on petitions turned in by Citizens for Safe Drinking Water to require an election on the issue. The group submitted 4,545 signatures to Santa Maria City Hall on Feb. 24. The ballot measure will probably appear in the November 2004 election.
May 8, 1986
Proponents of establishing English as the official language of San Marino have begun circulating petitions that would put the issue to voters. Kevin Forbes, leader of the movement, said he hopes to get the signatures of the required 10% of registered voters, approximately 1,350, by June 9, the city's deadline for a ballot measure in the November election.
The voter recall instructions seem simple enough: Gather at least 10 signatures of registered voters, serve a copy of the notice to the targeted elected official, and give the original to the city clerk. But even that seemingly straightforward process has ignited controversy in an ongoing political battle in South Gate.
July 2, 1986 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The author of a proposed ballot initiative that seeks to protect the rights of medical malpractice victims has sued the California secretary of state, claiming the state's requirement that only registered voters can sign petitions caused the initiative to be disqualified for the November ballot.
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