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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1989
Southern California, lurching toward full status as a nation state, can shake off the challenges of explosive growth only if it can tackle them on the scale of an authentic, elected regional government. This region of California alone now ranks among the top countries of the world as an economic force. Its economic vibrancy and cultural diversity begs for government that can respond to needs for transportation, clean air, waste disposal and other public services across the broadest spectrum.
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WORLD
December 16, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Sixteen people were killed in a clash between Chinese police and ethnic Uighurs near the far western city of Kashgar, one of a string of similar incidents in the ethnically divided region. The regional government's website said police were trying to make arrests at 11 p.m. local time Sunday when they were attacked by people who “threw explosive devices and wielded knives. " “The police dealt with it decisively and shot 14 thugs to death," Tianshannet, the website of the Xinjiang region, reported.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1991 | KIM KASH
The issue of regional government, debated extensively by the Legislature last year, will be discussed Wednesday by Ventura County officials and leaders of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. On the agenda for the meeting in Los Angeles will be whether Ventura County should remain part of the Southern California Assn. of Governments. The association is an advisory board that studies air quality, land development and other issues from a regional perspective.
OPINION
March 26, 2013 | By Henri J. Barkey
Iraq is on its way to dissolution, and the United States is doing nothing to stop it. And if you ask people in Iraq, it may even be abetting it. With very few exceptions, an important event in Iraq went unnoticed in the U.S. media this month. Prime Minister Nouri Maliki sent a force that included helicopters to western Iraq to arrest Rafi Issawi, the former finance minister and a leading Sunni Arab opposition member. Issawi, who was protected by armed members of the Abu Risha clan, one of post-2003 Iraq's most powerful Sunni tribes, escaped capture.
OPINION
November 21, 1999 | Xandra Kayden, Xandra Kayden, a political scientist at UCLA's School of Public Policy and Social Research, is writing a book on the political structure of Los Angeles
California state government is a testament to voters' distrust of power and politics. Proposition 140, which limits the terms of state legislators, is one example. But this antigovernment initiative may be fostering a shadow regional government, an irony that few Proposition 140 supporters would embrace. Term limits are more a reflection of voter anger at perceived abuses of power or ideological frustration than fear of old-fashioned graft and corruption.
NEWS
November 23, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Representatives of the San Francisco Bay Area's counties and cities voted to put the brakes on the creation of a regional government to control the area's air quality, transportation and land-use planning. The superagency was proposed by the Assn. of Bay Area Governments, made up of representatives of the nine counties and 95 of the area's 98 cities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1992 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena have long boasted a partnership of sorts. They share ownership of an airport, an emergency-dispatch system and have gained new political clout with a transportation coalition. Still, developers and politicians in each city compete fiercely for new business. And the relationship has had its political strains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Irvine is being required to accommodate within seven years the second-largest number of new homes by a Southland city, trailing only Los Angeles, according to a housing plan approved this month. Irvine must plan for 35,660 homes by 2014, according to the Southern California Assn. of Governments. Some would be designated for low-income families. But Irvine officials say they don't have enough land to meet those goals.
WORLD
February 4, 2013 | By Lauren Frayer, Los Angeles Times
VALENCIA, Spain - A 2009 snapshot shows the president of Spain's Valencia region cruising along in a $200,000 Ferrari. It was Francisco Camps' victory lap, after presiding over the Formula One European Grand Prix and the America's Cup yacht race. Valencia was dubbed the "California of Spain" for its gorgeous coastline, modern architecture and mind-set. Construction of upscale homes and resorts was booming. Four years later, that Ferrari photo has become an embarrassing reminder of Valencia's heady growth years - and how much has gone awry since then.
OPINION
January 4, 2013 | By David Hirst
The Baghdad newspaper Sabah published a surprising article a few weeks ago. Its editor, Abd Jabbar Shabbout, suggested it was time to settle the "age-old problem" between Iraq's Arabs and Kurds by establishing a "Kurdish state. " Never before had I heard such a once-heretical view so publicly expressed in any Arab quarter. And this was no ordinary quarter: Sabah is the mouthpiece of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. Shabbout went on to suggest a negotiated "ending of the Arab-Kurdish partnership in a peaceful way. " He called his proposal Plan B, Plan A being the "dialogue" between Iraq's central government and the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq that emerged after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
NEWS
September 14, 2012 | By Robert Greene
The California Democratic Party opposes Proposition 31 , a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot to change the way budgeting is done at the state level while reframing the relationship between Sacramento and local governments. The California Republican Party supports it. No surprise. Democrats run California and have a vested interest in retaining the status quo. In the game of politics, they're winning here. They have mastered the rules. They will resist efforts to change them.
WORLD
July 7, 2012 | By Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - At least 105 people died when torrential rains tore through southern Russia, flooding tens of thousands of homes and catching sleeping people by surprise, authorities said Saturday. "They ran out in the night with only with the clothes on their backs. My [parents] were able to save themselves and their passports," Anna Kovalevskaya, whose parents live in Krymsk, tweeted from Moscow. "The city is in panic. " Gov. Alexander Tkachev tweeted as he flew over the devastated area that "something unimaginable" had occurred in Krymsk, a city of 57,000 in the Krasnodar region about 750 miles south of Moscow.
WORLD
November 16, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
Confronting anxiety about China's growing political and economic clout, President Obama announced a strategic shift by the United States to reassert its role as the dominant military power in the Pacific as it pulls back from post-Sept. 11 wars. Speaking Thursday in the Australian capital, Canberra, Obama pledged to support the dispatch of more U.S. troops, joint training operations and military exercises in the Asia-Pacific region as the Pentagon draws down in Iraq and Afghanistan.
WORLD
May 30, 2008 | Ned Parker and Saif Hameed, Times Staff Writers
A suicide bomber killed 16 Iraqis on Thursday outside a police station in an area of northern Iraq contested by Kurds and Arabs. The bomber struck alongside police recruits in the town of Sinjar in Nineveh province. The dead included 14 recruits and two policemen, said Brig. Gen. Khalil Juboori of the provincial police. An injured policeman said the police had been warned Wednesday of a potential attack and had planned to cancel Thursday's recruitment drive.
WORLD
September 28, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
A staunch Arab nationalist, Ismail Hadidi once dreaded the possibility that his ethnically diverse city would be swallowed up by the neighboring semiautonomous Kurdish region and cut off from the Baghdad government. But the provincial councilman is also a practical man. And when he compares the chaos and violence in the Iraqi capital with the prosperity and peace next door in the three-province Kurdistan Regional Government area, teaming up with the Kurds doesn't seem like such a bad idea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Irvine is being required to accommodate within seven years the second-largest number of new homes by a Southland city, trailing only Los Angeles, according to a housing plan approved this month. Irvine must plan for 35,660 homes by 2014, according to the Southern California Assn. of Governments. Some would be designated for low-income families. But Irvine officials say they don't have enough land to meet those goals.
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