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January 18, 1990 | DAVID REYES
Organizers for a referendum against the Irvine Co.'s proposed 12,000-home development in east Orange said they feared they might not get the 5,400 signatures needed by the 5 p.m. deadline today. The drive is expected to fall short about 1,000 signatures, said Dorothy Hudacek, one of the referendum organizers. She said that signature gathering was hampered by rainy weather and "intimidation" by pro-development activists who on occasion confronted organizers and videotaped their efforts.
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BUSINESS
May 8, 1998
Consumer groups trying to reform the state's utility deregulation law say they have enough signatures to force a referendum in November. The groups say they have about 650,000 signatures, more than the 433,000 needed. They want to change the law so consumers won't be responsible for bonds used to refinance nuclear-plant debt and other obligations that utilities say would make them less competitive. They also want to double the residential rate cut to 20%.
WORLD
November 29, 2002 | From Associated Press
Venezuela's electoral council agreed Thursday to hold a nonbinding referendum on whether President Hugo Chavez should resign, but the Supreme Court later ruled against the panel's decision. The National Electoral Council called the Feb. 2 referendum in a 3-1 vote with one member abstaining, citing a new law allowing approval by a simple majority.
NEWS
April 1, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Circulators of petitions for a referendum in Oakland on the deal to bring the Raiders back to the city said Saturday they would continue to pursue their campaign, despite changes announced a day earlier in the city's agreement with the football team. Attorney Frank Russo said that 20,000 signatures have already been obtained and that the circulators have a goal of 30,000 by April 11, the submission deadline.
NEWS
February 4, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Saturday rejected a Soviet call for an international referendum on German unity and warned that any attempt to block reunification would ruin the East German economy. Kohl, addressing the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, declared that reunification is a matter for Germans themselves to decide. In recent days, Soviet President Mikhail S.
NEWS
March 20, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
South Korean President Roh Tae Woo announced this morning that a promised referendum on his record in office will be postponed indefinitely because "violent leftist forces" are trying to use it to overthrow the government. In a nationally televised statement, Roh said the "interim assessment," widely expected to be held next month, will not now take place. "I believe holding the referendum at this time cannot help the nation and the people," he said. "The people are worried," Roh said.
NEWS
November 11, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
King Hussein promised a referendum on a plan to liberalize political life in Jordan. The promise came on the heels of a national parliamentary election in which Islamic groups made strong gains and conservatives loyal to Hussein lost ground. Political parties have been outlawed in the country since 1957, but the government did not enforce the ban before and during the election. Asked if the ban on parties would lifted in any liberalization of policies, Hussein said, "This is the aim."
WORLD
December 5, 2003 | Tyler Marshall, Times Staff Writer
Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, apparently reacting to strong U.S. pressure, reassured the United States on Thursday that he would not hold a referendum on independence from mainland China. Although Chen made no commitment to scrap the plan he announced last weekend to conduct a "defensive referendum" on the island's relationship with the People's Republic, a statement released by his office late Thursday said it would not involve the unification-or-independence dispute.
WORLD
October 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
Iraq announced a curfew, weapons ban, border closings and other security measures Saturday to prevent insurgent attacks ahead of next weekend's key constitutional referendum. Two U.S. soldiers were killed in fighting in western Iraq, bringing to eight the number of American casualties in a series of offensives the military has launched to weaken militants before the Oct. 15 vote.
NEWS
December 3, 1989 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in as many months, San Diego County voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide a special state legislative campaign that has drawn national attention as a referendum on abortion. The special 39th Senate District election also will add a new chapter to the age-old debate over separation of church and state, thanks to a religious leader's controversial intrusion in the campaign: In mid-November, Roman Catholic Bishop Leo T.
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