CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1986
Many of the supporters of Proposition 63 have assumed, along with S.I. Hayakawa and the U.S. English organization, that the simple act of declaring English as California's (and, ultimately America's) official language will unify the country and prevent that sort of divisiveness that occurs between Quebec and the rest of Canada. This is a poorly informed view, marked with shortsightedness and with the kind of "quick-fix" rashness that we have seen many times in American life over the last 20 years.
January 9, 1985 |
Assemblyman Frank Hill (R-Whittier) Tuesday introduced legislation that would make English the official language of California, citing the passage of Proposition 38 last November as a clear indication that Californians are becoming less desirous of a bilingual society. Hill--joined by S. I. Hayakawa, former Republican U.S.
March 27, 1986
I attended the recent San Marino City Council meeting where Kevin Forbes presented his English language resolution to the council. I was shocked by Councilman Howard Privett's diatribe against Forbes, who really should have been supported for his logical solution to preserve unity and communication in San Marino by encouraging the use of English. Privett appeared all the more ridiculous because, while only a local politician, he had the audacity to attack, in effect, the widely known and respected former U.S. Sen. S.I. Hayakawa, who leads our Official English Movement at the state level.
July 19, 1991 |
William Wesley Peters, an architect who was considered "Frank Lloyd Wright's right arm" and was formerly married to Wright's daughter and to the daughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, died Wednesday. He was 79. Peters, who died of a stroke in a Madison, Wis., hospital, was chairman of the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and senior architect, planner and vice president of Taliesin Architects Ltd., Wright's design company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1986 |
In a biting speech before one of the nation's largest Latino groups, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley on Monday assailed a November ballot initiative that would declare English the state's official language and rebuked its proponents as "evil and uninformed." Taking his first public stand on the so-called "English only" statewide initiative, Bradley predicted that its passage would have life-threatening results in a city such as Los Angeles, where many people are not fluent in English.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1990 |
Republican lawyer Helen Rowe withdrew from the special 78th Assembly District race Friday, continuing the party's bid to unify its efforts to ensure that Democrat Mike Gotch does not win election outright in next month's primary in San Diego. Rowe, one of the three Republicans in the eight-candidate race, said that her decision to drop out of the April 10 race and back fellow GOP contender Jeff Marston stemmed from the county Republican Assembly delegation's earlier endorsement of Marston.
June 29, 1992 |
California voters will fill both of the state's U. S. Senate seats in the Nov. 3 general election for the first time since California became a state in 1850. The unique twin election was triggered by the resignation of Republican Pete Wilson in January, 1991, from the U. S. Senate to take the oath of office as governor. Wilson appointed Republican John Seymour to fill the Senate vacancy through the next general election.
June 16, 1990 |
John Summerskill, who was threatened with dismissal after his low-key handling of student unrest during his presidency of San Francisco State College in the late 1960s, has died. He was 65. Summerskill died Thursday of liver cancer at his home in Belle Mead, N.J. His tenure at San Francisco was brief--1966 to 1968--but tumultuous as students began a period of protests against the Vietnam War and perceived injustices against blacks.
April 10, 1985
Paul F. Romberg, the tall, taciturn botanist who was asked by the Academic Senate at San Francisco State University not to accept the school's presidency one day after he was named to succeed S. I. Hayakawa in 1973, has died. Romberg, who ignored the request and served for 10 relatively uneventful years, was 63 when he died at a family gathering in Sebastopol, Calif., on Saturday. Death was attributed to a heart attack.