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November 24, 1991
As I was signing my name on the almost blank page of voters checking in at my polling place on Nov. 6, it occurred to me that an informed populace and participation in the democratic process are two of the most important safeguards of freedom. It is a shame so many believe instead that the most important safeguard is a loaded gun within easy reach. RICHARD SLECHTA, Canyon Country
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
When three city officials were arrested trying to shake down a marijuana dispensary owner, Cudahy was branded a town where bribes were routine and elections were rigged. On Tuesday, state officials added one more indignity to Cudahy's battered reputation: a city with a staggering inability to keep an eye on public funds. In a damning audit, the state controller concluded that leaders in the working-class town used city-issued credit cards for excessive travel, meals and entertainment, mismanaged state funds and had virtually no internal controls to prevent the misuse of taxpayer dollars.
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OPINION
January 3, 2004
Re "Beef Up Livestock Rules," editorial, Dec. 28: Prior to the announcement that a single cow in Washington state had tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the California Cattlemen's Assn., representing California's $1.35-billion beef cattle industry in legislative and regulatory affairs, supported both a prohibition on the slaughter of downer cattle for food and increased surveillance for BSE. Nevertheless, strong evidence indicating that this single animal is of Canadian origin and the fact that at-risk materials did not enter the food supply demonstrate that the current safeguards against the introduction and spread of BSE in the U.S., despite any flaws, remain highly effective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- When it comes to the state budget, Gov. Jerry Brown may have one less thing to worry about thanks to a recent court ruling. A Superior Court judge in Sacramento upheld the state's push to recoup $20 million from Brentwood, part of Brown's effort to collect money from defunct redevelopment agencies. If Brentwood had prevailed, the result could have been a domino effect with more cities challenging the state and potentially blowing a big hole in Brown's latest budget proposal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1991
The March 14 article on the California Public Utilities Commission ruling on statewide 900 numbers makes it sound as if it was the first time Californians would benefit from consumer safeguards for 900 services. In fact, comprehensive consumer safeguards have been available as part of Pacific Bell's California 900 service since it was introduced in July, 1989. It should be noted that these safeguards do not apply to nationwide 900 numbers that are available to California callers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1995
The federal permit allowing the underwater sound experiment by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography required that certain safeguards be followed. After failing to follow the safeguards, Andrew Forbes, the manager of the experiment, cavalierly stated there was a "zero possibility" that the deaths of three humpback whales were related to the experiment (Nov. 16). Apparently somebody believed the possibility was greater than zero, or there would not have been safeguards required. After reading Forbes' statement, my first thought was of his colleagues centuries ago proclaiming that there was a zero possibility of the Earth being round.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1992
Terminal patients have often asked me for help in ending their lives before agony ends their equanimity. Sadly, I had nothing to offer that wouldn't jeopardize me or others legally. Passage of Prop. 161 with its excellent safeguards will supply compassionate means. I hope to call upon its provisions if and when I ever need it myself. RODERIC GORNEY MD Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA/NPI
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1986
It seems that President Reagan's team is using the liberal safeguards of the Constitution with regard to due process to great advantage. For someone from this Administration, which has protested loudly the so-called abuses of our present judicial system, to hide behind the legal technicalities of the Fifth Amendment is a clear contradiction of policy. To the casual observer, what's going on at the White House smells like obstruction of justice--a blatant attempt to stall the independent inquiry into the Iranian affair until all behinds are covered, and it stinks!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1995
As a skeptic concerning police departments' motives for giving tickets ("Not So Fast," Sept. 9), I recommend that all revenues from above a base [amount] be contributed to a charity of the hapless ticketee's choice. The police officers should not receive any overtime pay for such "safety campaigns." Without these safeguards there is a clear case of conflict of interest--more revenue to the municipalities and possibly more pay to the officers any time they feel like it! EMIL BERECZKY Anaheim
OPINION
January 28, 2002
Your Jan. 18 editorial opposing offshore oil drilling probably reflects popular sentiment, but it also represents the height of NIMBY hypocrisy. We Californians drive our cars more than anyone else and we treat unlimited cheap gas as a birthright. Yet we insist on having our delicate sensibilities shielded from any of the dirty work that makes it all possible. Offshore drilling should be permitted. Of course, there must be strict safeguards against spills, and conservation is also very important.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The "Heartbleed" software flaw that triggered alarm bells around the world could fundamentally undermine two decades' worth of efforts to persuade consumers they could trust the Web to securely handle such tasks as buying a pair of shoes and applying for a job. The discovery of a gaping hole in a piece of software that was supposed to protect personal information from hackers left websites rushing to fix the bug while consumers struggled to understand...
NATIONAL
January 17, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - President Obama proposed new safeguards for the government's vast surveillance of communications in the U.S. and abroad, adding more judicial review and disclosure requirements, but largely leaving in place programs that he said were needed to "remain vigilant in the face of threats. " In a speech Friday meant to quell concerns about U.S. spy practices, Obama said he recognized the unease many Americans have felt in the seven months since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began to reveal details about the NSA's activities.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2014 | David Lazarus
Businesses have the tools and know-how to keep our personal information safe. They just don't do it. "It's expensive," said Nick Mancini, a partner at Tech Consultants, a Woodland Hills information technology firm. And that, in a nutshell, is why big companies that should know better routinely issue red-faced notices that they've been hacked and that customers' confidential info is on the loose. Target took it on the chin again Friday when it revealed that up to 110 million customers - not just the 40 million it originally reported - may have had their names, addresses, credit and debit card numbers and other information stolen.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Worried that computer hackers attacking banks and media companies could easily shift targets, the airline industry is taking preemptive steps to ensure it doesn't become the next victim. Although the "hacking" of planes midair to bring them down is unlikely, many networks, including airline reservation systems and airport parking meters, could be vulnerable to cyberattacks, which could disrupt air travel, weaken travelers' confidence and deal a major blow to a fragile economy. "The aviator guys are getting together because they see what's going on in every other sector," said Paul Kurtz, chief strategy officer for computer security firm CyberPoint International.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - California may be on the brink of another great oil boom. It consequently could be heading into an environmental disaster. A state senator from Agoura Hills is trying to allow the first while heading off the second. Democrat Fran Pavley's oil fracking regulation bill is one of the most significant and controversial that the Legislature is fighting over in the final days of its 2013 session, scheduled to adjourn Sept. 13. Unless you have been buried 10,000 feet underground with all that untapped oil, you've probably read about fracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Remember the sneaky trick played by software makers? Download a free program and somehow it would automatically install an unwanted "search toolbar" on your computer's Internet browser. That annoying ploy hasn't disappeared on mobile phones. At least 50 million Android smartphones have downloaded a free app from the Google Play store called Brightest Flashlight Free that installs an unnecessary search feature on phones. The app activates a phone's camera light when launched - helpful.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Advocates for women prison inmates called Tuesday for state law to be changed to make sure convicts are not subject to sterilization surgery for birth control, and oversight over medical care is improved. The proposal by members of the group Justice Now was made at a legislative hearing into reports that 148 women in California prisons were given tubal ligation surgery without the required approval of a state medical committee during a five-year period ending in 2010.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation giving California consumers more protection from unfair debt-collection practices. The Fair Debt Buying Practices Act, authored by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), requires debt collectors to verify that an obligation is real before going after consumers. Similar protections already exist at the federal level, but the state bill is more specific in its requirement that collectors go the extra mile in making sure money is owed. "Completely innocent Californians have been victimized by this industry," Leno told me. "At a time when we're coming out of a deep economic crisis, this is insult to injury for many families.
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