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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1993
Rep. Waters' unseemly and false criticism of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley's leadership and tenure was inconsistent with his record and contributions to Los Angeles. In his 20 years in office, Tom Bradley has changed the face of Los Angeles, served as a role model to millions of people, not only here in Los Angeles, but across the country, and has been a dedicated, skillful and innovative mayor of all its people. If Waters can achieve during the course of her public life one-tenth of what Bradley has, she, too, may one day consider herself a successful politician.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
In the wake of last month's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, a local congresswoman has called for improvements to airport security, including the permanent assignment of armed police officers near passenger screening checkpoints. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) also urged law enforcement officials to allow airport police to have access to all airport security cameras. "I believe these recommendations will play a vital role in ensuring that all travelers and airport employees are safe in our nation's airports," said Waters, whose district includes LAX. Waters made the request on Thursday in a letter sent to John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for screening passengers at the nation's commercial airports.
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OPINION
March 2, 2004
Listening to "Democracy Now" on Monday morning (on radio station KPFK), I heard Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) indicate that former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said he had been kidnapped at gunpoint by U.S. military people. He, his security people and his wife were kidnapped to Africa. It seems that the U.S. not only actively encouraged this coup in Haiti but was leading it. Not surprising to me -- since this administration will break any and all laws to do what it wants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
Leaders of six L.A. County cities will meet on Monday with U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) to discuss the effects of cuts in federal housing funds. The cuts were brought on by the so-called "sequester": automatic reductions in federal spending that began in March as a result of Congress' inability to agree on long-term budget cuts. Waters, and U.S. Housing & Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, will meet in closed session with mayors and city council members from Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita and Torrance.  On the agenda are reductions in funds for homeless prevention programs, Section 8 vouchers and the closure of some HUD offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1992
During all the analysis of the events that have transpired around L.A. I am amazed that the emphasis is put only on creating economic opportunity for the black male. What about women? Does this mean that once (if ever) black men attain an equal economic footing with white men that women will once again be left behind and the entire women's movement will have to start all over for black women? Even Rep. Maxine Waters, herself a successful black woman, is speaking out, stressing the need for opportunities for black males.
OPINION
March 8, 2004
Re "The Unpopular Populist," editorial, March 5: Can't The Times learn? First Iraq, then Haiti, next Venezuela and after that Cuba, as our government conspires to topple governments in other countries. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) talked to Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in the Central African Republic on his cellphone shortly before his communication was cut off. According to her, he said he and his wife, who is an American citizen, were kidnapped and are now in a country where they are being held incommunicado.
OPINION
November 26, 2009 | By Brad Dickson
I'm thankful that because of advances in medicine, my unborn grandchildren should live to see the completion of the widening of the 405 Freeway. I'm thankful that Los Angeles is still more business-friendly than the planet Jupiter, although that's mainly because the surface of the latter is minus 235 degrees Fahrenheit. I'm thankful that LAUSD canceled summer school because I firmly believe that after nine months students need a break from not learning anything. I'm thankful that LAX is ranked the third-worst airport in the world because if there are two worse airports, it would seem to bolster theologians' arguments for the existence of hell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel picked up the endorsement Monday of Maxine Waters, a Democratic congresswoman with substantial sway among black voters in South Los Angeles. Waters is the latest in a succession of prominent African Americans in L.A. politics to take sides in the May 21 runoff between Greuel, the city controller, and Eric Garcetti, a city councilman. Black voters, particularly in South L.A., are one of the biggest voting blocs up for grabs. Relatively few blacks backed Greuel or Garcetti in the March 5 primary, opting instead for City Councilwoman Jan Perry, the sole African American in the race.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee is considering dropping the case against Rep. Maxine Waters, a move that would clear the way for the veteran Los Angeles lawmaker to become the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. The secretive panel on Thursday signaled that the long-running case may be nearing an end by calling an unusual public Friday session to take up the matter. Waters has been accused of improperly helping a bank linked to her husband. She has denied any wrongdoing, saying her efforts were in keeping with her longtime work to promote opportunity for minority-owned businesses and lending in underserved communities such as her South Los Angeles district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Maeve Reston, Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
After remarks by Magic Johnson and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, it was Wendy Greuel's turn to remind a few dozen black supporters at a South L.A. rally on Saturday that African Americans could swing the mayoral election Greuel's way on Tuesday. "They always underestimate this community," Greuel, the city controller, told the crowd outside her Crenshaw Boulevard office. "They've always underestimated me too. And what do we do? We prove them wrong. " While Greuel cast herself as the underdog in Tuesday's runoff, her rival, Eric Garcetti, warned volunteers in Westchester not to take victory for granted in a contest that remains fluid to the end. "We're ahead, but we're not winning," the city councilman told them on a break from making phone calls to voters who might need some prodding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel picked up the endorsement Monday of Maxine Waters, a Democratic congresswoman with substantial sway among black voters in South Los Angeles. Waters is the latest in a succession of prominent African Americans in L.A. politics to take sides in the May 21 runoff between Greuel, the city controller, and Eric Garcetti, a city councilman. Black voters, particularly in South L.A., are one of the biggest voting blocs up for grabs. Relatively few blacks backed Greuel or Garcetti in the March 5 primary, opting instead for City Councilwoman Jan Perry, the sole African American in the race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
In a sign of the high stakes and hardening political positions surrounding a major runway project at LAX, two of the state's most powerful Democrats have come down sharply at odds on the issue. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a foe of the plan to shift Los Angeles International Airport's northernmost runway 260 feet closer to Westchester and Playa del Rey, has gone public with her unhappiness with Rep. Henry Waxman, a colleague who supports the runway relocation. Speaking over the weekend to the Westchester Democratic Club, Waters depicted Waxman as someone who had joined "an unholy alliance" composed of organized labor and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which view the runway plan as critical to job creation and keeping the airport competitive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 | By David Zahniser
In a sign of the high stakes and hardening political positions surrounding a major runway relocation project at Los Angeles International Airport, two of the state's most powerful Democrats have come down sharply at odds on the issue. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a longtime foe of the proposal to shift the airport's northernmost runway closer to Westchester and Playa del Rey, has gone public with her unhappiness with Rep. Henry Waxman, a colleague who supports the runway shift that proponents say is critical to keeping the airport competitive.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Veteran Reps. Ed Royce, an Orange County conservative, and Maxine Waters, a South Los Angeles liberal, are about to gain higher profiles in the next Congress. Royce (R-Fullerton) is expected to be named the new chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Waters (D-Los Angeles) the top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. Their new positions will help offset the state's expected loss of influence on Capitol Hill following the defeat or retirement of a number of the delegation's senior members.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday formally ended its investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters, concluding in a unanimous decision that the veteran Los Angeles lawmaker did not break any rules in her efforts to assist minority-owned banks during the financial crisis. The 10-member panel, evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, said the lawmaker's actions did "not establish, to the standard of clear and convincing evidence, that Rep. Waters violated House rules.
NATIONAL
September 22, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - For three years, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) steadfastly maintained that during a call with the Treasury secretary in the midst of the nation's financial crisis she was looking out for the interests of all minority-owned banks - not just one with ties to her husband. She did nothing wrong, she said repeatedly. On Friday, the House Ethics Committee investigator agreed. His recommendation, expected to be approved by the panel, would bring to an end a long and often tumultuous ethics case against Waters, who was accused of improperly helping a bank in which her husband owned stock.
NEWS
September 21, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee appeared likely Friday to drop its case against Rep. Maxine Waters after an independent legal advisor concluded that there is “not sufficient evidence…to prove violations by a clear and convincing standard.” The panel received the recommendation during a rare open session, and was expected to end the case against Waters, who has been accused of improperly helping a bank linked to her husband. The committee's decision could come before the end of the day. Dismissal of the case, which has gone on for more than three years, would clear the way for the veteran lawmaker to become the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee in the next Congress.
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