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September 21, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy; Carolyn Kellogg; Peter Viles; Pete Thomas
L.A. NOW California voters are mad and they're going to vent their frustrations on Nov. 4, Election Day. That's the gist of a report released by the Public Policy Institute of California, which found only 23% of Californians say that they trust the federal government to do what is right always or most of the time. "They are fed up with government that they cannot trust and leaders who do not lead," said Mark Baldassare, president of the institute. "But contrary to the conventional wisdom that disgruntled voters stay home on Election Day, Californians have been registering and voting in record numbers."
November 2, 2006 | Scott Martelle and Dan Morain, Times Staff Writers
Democratic gubernatorial challenger Phil Angelides swept through two Los Angeles neighborhoods Wednesday urging supporters to look at the broad themes of the fall campaign -- and shrugged off a new poll that shows his candidacy foundering less than a week before the vote. "A poll's a poll," Angelides told reporters during a visit to the St.
May 28, 2006 | Lou Cannon, LOU CANNON is the author of five books on Ronald Reagan, most recently "Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power."
BY TRADITIONAL political standards, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should be on the ropes. His job approval ratings hover in the low 40s, historically a harbinger of defeat for incumbents seeking reelection. He has retreated from his advocacy of state government reforms since voters rejected four of them in a 2005 special election. He is seeking reelection in a dismal year for Republicans.
October 26, 2005 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Maybe it's time for Arnold to park the moving van. The migration of companies and jobs out of California during most of the 1990s -- which corporations said highlighted the state's anti-business environment -- prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to drive a moving van down the Las Vegas Strip last year, offering to help California employers "come back home." A new study by a nonpartisan group to be released today suggests that the effect of the exodus on the state's economy was overblown.
October 20, 2005 | George Skelton
Don't expect to see happy photos of President Bush with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger when the president visits Los Angeles tonight for a Republican fundraiser. The governor doesn't plan to go near the president. He's upset. Schwarzenegger is miffed because Bush is dipping into the California money pot less than three weeks before the governor's special election.
June 8, 2005
Re "Study Sees Lack of Educated Workers to Meet State Needs," June 2: The study by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that our future economy needs more college-educated workers by 2025 or we face a weaker economy. In light of this projected shortfall and the growth in the 18- to 24-year-old population, California needs to ensure that community colleges and universities have the capacity to serve all of these students. According to the California Postsecondary Education Commission, as many as 1.8 million qualified students could be turned away from California's community colleges and universities in the next 10 years unless we take action now. In order to close this education gap, the state will need to invest more in higher education, the institutions will need to be more efficient, and we need a long-term tuition and financial aid policy.
June 14, 2004
"Age Before Duty" (June 8) provided a thoughtful and balanced look at the retirement of four veteran state legislators due to term limits. However, it reflected one piece of conventional wisdom -- that term limits have caused California's Legislature to "look more like California." This deserves a closer look. Although it is undeniably true that today's Legislature includes more women, Latinos and Asian Americans (though fewer African Americans) than the body did in 1990 when our term limits initiative passed, these changes may also be the result of demographic shifts, two rounds of redistricting and the increasing electoral viability of female candidates.
October 9, 2003 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
Arnold Schwarzenegger's decisive win in the gubernatorial recall election may encourage the White House to more seriously contest California in next year's presidential election, but the state likely will remain a difficult challenge for President Bush to win, senior Republican political operatives say. The victory "improves the calculus on California," said one top GOP strategist familiar with thinking in the White House.
December 17, 1998 | From Associated Press
Former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and his wife, Sylvia, are forming a new public policy institute at Cal State Monterey Bay. The Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit educational organization with the goal of inspiring young people to lives of public service.
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