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SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Raul Lara, the football coach at Long Bech Poly for 13 years, has resigned, Principal Joe Carlson confirmed on Friday. "He's tired," Carlson said. "He's had a great run. " He won 12 Moore League championships, five Southern Section championships and had a record of 142-30. He had to deal with expectations every season that the Jackrabbits should never lose. Carlson said the school will post the opening on the Southern Section website on Monday. Lara was a walk-on coach and it's uncertain whether there will be a full-time teaching position to go with the coaching job. The position will close by Jan. 7. Defensive coordinator Jeff Turley applied for the position previously and figures to be a strong candidate again.
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SPORTS
November 21, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jim Kunau has resigned as football coach after one season at Anaheim Canyon. He was previously a longtime coach at Orange Lutheran. It's the second big coaching change this school year at Canyon. Joe Hoggatt, the baseball coach for 13 years, resigned in September. He has been replaced by assistant Matt Morris. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
WORLD
November 19, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Gary Locke, the first Chinese American ambassador to Beijing, said Wednesday he will leave his post early next year to rejoin his wife and three children in Seattle. The former Commerce secretary and two-term governor of Washington said his reasons for stepping down were purely personal, revolving around the education of his children, two of whom are in high school. "We wanted our kids to have junior and senior year of high school back in the United States," Locke said in a telephone interview on Wednesday from the Beijing Capital International Airport, where he was about to fly on a trade mission to Kunming in southwestern China.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Elected leaders from across southeast Los Angeles County called Wednesday for state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) to step down amid a federal corruption investigation, saying that it is hurting their efforts to regain voters' trust after a series of scandals in the region.  At a news conference in Bell Gardens, council members from the cities of Bell, Commerce and Downey and the mayors of Downey, Montebello, Norwalk and South Gate...
WORLD
November 13, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Peace negotiators Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Shtayyeh have submitted their written resignations to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee said Wednesday. Abbas told Egypt's CBC-TV that his negotiators have resigned over the lack of progress in U.S.-brokered talks with Israel and over Israeli settlement activity, Reuters news service reported. Hanan Ashrawi, a PLO official, told a Palestinian radio station that although the executive committee was not informed of the resignation, Erekat confirmed to her that he had submitted the letter to Abbas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- In a rare break from silence, state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) on Friday criticized another lawmaker for repeatedly calling on him to resign in the face of an FBI investigation into corruption in the Capitol. Calderon does not plan to resign, said spokesman Mario Beltran. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) said on Nov. 1 that Calderon should resign from office “to allow this black cloud to be removed from over the Capitol and over the state of California.” Garcia repeated her call a couple of more times, most recently on Wednesday when she said a recommendation by Senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg that Calderon be suspended from his committee assignments did not go far enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands) abruptly announced his resignation Friday, saying that after nine years in the Legislature  his passion for the job had waned and his constituents deserve better. Emmerson's departure, effective Dec. 1, comes after a series of elections in which Democrats in the Senate won a supermajority, significantly reducing the ability of Republican lawmakers to remain a force in the upper house. “My nine years of service have been some of the most fulfilling years of my life.  It has been an honor to work alongside my colleagues in both the State Assembly and the state Senate - institutions that I hold in the highest regard,” Emmerson said in a statement posted on his website.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State Assemblywoman Christina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) called Friday for state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) to resign after a cable TV network reported allegations that he accepted $40,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent as part of a sting operation. The allegations were contained in what Al Jazeera America reported was a sealed FBI affidavit it obtained.  “It is with mixed feelings, but with strong conviction that today I ask Sen. Calderon to step down from his office to allow this black cloud to be removed from over the Capitol and over the state of California,” Garcia said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and David Zahniser, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The top executive at the Los Angeles Transportation Department is stepping down, the latest to depart under Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the mayor's office told the Times. Jaime De La Vega, who had been a major influence on transportation policy under former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will leave the agency Dec. 1 after a two-year stint as general manager. Under his leadership, the Transportation Department shifted its emphasis toward making streets more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | By David Wharton
Golf commentator Brandel Chamblee will resign from his job writing columns for Golf.com, acknowledging that he made a "mistake" when he insinuated that Tiger Woods had cheated on the PGA Tour. Chamblee addressed the issue during an interview on the Golf Channel, where he works as a television analyst. "There's no way that I could know with 100% certainty what Tiger's intent was in any of those situations," he said. "That was my mistake. " In his column for Golf.com, which is operated by Sports Illustrated, Chamblee referred to penalties that Woods drew at the Masters, the BMW Championship and a tournament in Abu Dhabi.
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