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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1993
In response to "Tax Dollars Used for Roberti's Security," June 3: How perverse, and yet how perfectly typical, that the most vocal Senate opponent of private gun ownership, state Sen. David Roberti, has secretly arranged for a taxpayer-financed home security system. At least he's consistent in that he doesn't feel that a gun is appropriate for home defense. On the other hand, that's about all the majority of us can afford, but on the other hand, private gun ownership is the main thing Roberti is fighting.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1994
Congratulations to state Sen. David Roberti (D-Van Nuys) for his win ("Roberti Defeats Recall Effort by Solid Margin," April 13). As for the National Rifle Assn. lobby, its gloating over "wounding" Roberti has this effect on me: Can I have the address to send campaign contributions for Roberti? A man with that much grit and courage deserves my support. KAY CLARK Whittier What a great night! Starting from nothing and against Roberti reputedly spending over $590,000 and all the media parroting his fairy tales, we got twice the vote he predicted we would and we made sure this was the last time a charlatan like him will ever hold public office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1993
It is interesting to note that while state Sen. David Roberti (D-Los Angeles) is seeking a probe of LAUSD school budget decisions (Jan. 1), he fails to point out educational budget decisions made by the state Legislature. It wasn't all that long ago that California ranked near the top in the nation in per-pupil spending but now ranks 41st in the nation, more than $900 less than the national average, and half of what is spent in New York. JAMES H. BURR Tujunga
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1994 | MARC LITCHMAN, Marc Litchman is a political consultant with offices in Studio City. He is a former chief of staff for Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar). and
There is, I think, an overwhelming sense of confidence among opponents of recalling state Sen. David Roberti in Tuesday's election. Whether you're just a good Democratic Party regular or an opponent of the National Rifle Assn., the Times Poll published March 26 provided the reassurance that the gun nuts aren't going to take over our Valley. The poll showed Roberti with a comfortable 20-point lead--an affirmation to all who oppose the recall that the forces of good are, at least, in the lead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1986
After reading Sen. David Roberti's (D-Los Angeles) "emotional" comments (Times, May 28) "Flight Flares on Abortion as Senate OKs Budget," May 28), I think serious consideration should be given to requiring state senators and Assembly hopefuls to take an IQ test before their names can appear on the ballot along with the test results. Anyone who believes Planned Parenthood can be likened to the Ku Klux Klan has a serious problem. Roberti should try considering law and logic before he allows his emotions to interfere with his thinking processes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1993
After spending Saturday at the parents' summit on the breakup of Los Angeles Unified School District, I was disappointed to see such a poor turnout, especially after learning that state Sen. David Roberti used more than $90,000 in tax money sending out lavish invitations. It seems hypocritical for him to lecture those in the teaching profession about wasting money while at the same time he was throwing away enough money to pay three teachers for a year. Considering Roberti's recent back-to-back failures with both the Legislature and the public, let's hope that someone more capable will consider taking over the breakup effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1992
As a pro-choice feminist, I am encouraged by the increased numbers of women running for office this year. But I am troubled by the apparent willingness of many feminists to be swayed by rhetoric on the issue of choice. Item: Carol Rowen, running for state Senate in the San Fernando Valley against Sen. David Roberti, claims to be pro-choice. But she is unapologetically supportive of the Reagan-Bush economic policies that have been disastrous for women. In addition, Rowen has run an ad hominem campaign against Roberti so vicious it has embarrassed even Republican legislators, who have disassociated themselves from her mailers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1985
With regard to Sen. David Roberti's (D-Los Angeles) bill to provide $5 million of the taxpayers' money for a Museum of Tolerance, I wish to express my outrage at the idea. It is an obvious self-serving political ploy with a callous disregard of the public's concern about the legitimacy of expenditures of public money. Let those with the personal commitment and financial resources contribute to such projects. Don't insult the overburdened taxpayer by using his money without his permission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1988
I was delighted with your Jan. 13 editorial, "Too Much Partisanship." It is quite rational and carries a simple message to which all reasonable people certainly agree. I realize that it is a considerable policy shift for you, considering your position on Judge Robert H. Bork--who was also a candidate for a nonpartisan post, at the federal level. However, I commend the change. I wish, however, that you had been as forceful in your editorial "Hard to Say No" (Jan. 14) with regard to the appointment of Rep. Daniel E. Lungren as California treasurer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1989
In your article on gang violence, state Sen. David Roberti (D-Los Angeles) laments the rending of the social fabric in the inner city. This, he explains, is the consequence of cuts in social programs occasioned by Proposition 13 and former President Ronald Reagan. Reagan took office in 1981. Proposition 13 passed in 1978. There were already plenty of drugs, guns, and crimes in the ghetto before then, so the senator had better look deeper for root causes. Let him take as his starting point the birth dates of the hard young criminals who do the rending he complains of. They were born in the '60s and early '70s: products of the Great Society, not victims of Republican parsimony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1994
Outrage! The media's lack of balanced coverage of the recall of state Sen. David Roberti is maddening. Every time he's being interviewed he waves a gun and says, "This is what it's all about." Not true! That's a smoke screen contrived to cover up the real issues. Where are the tough questions? If guns were the only issue, why are so many non-gun-rights citizen groups supporting the recall? Here's why: Roberti voted against Proposition 13. He voted for a bill to allow property tax increases without a vote of the people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1994 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two groups seeking to oust state Sen. David Roberti in an upcoming April 12 recall election were accused Monday of violating state laws that require them to disclose who is funding their political activities. In a complaint filed with the state Fair Political Practices Commission, the Coalition to Restore Government Integrity and Californians Against Corruption were accused of failing to file two campaign finance reports each, one that was due Jan. 31, the other March 3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1994
Your editorial ("Roberti Recall: Taking Aim at Courage," Feb. 9), regarding the recall of state Sen. David Roberti (D-Van Nuys), is on the mark. Roberti was my Senate partner in the successful passage of the Roberti-Roos bill to stop the sale, manufacture and transport of military assault weapons; I know firsthand how malevolent the gun extremists can be. Now, we publicly see why gun reforms are so difficult to enact. The recall of Roberti is testament to the gun lobby's zeal in attempting to discredit and remove from the political scene voices of courage and reason.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1993
I read George Skelton's column (Dec. 2) and agree with his main point of the need for public financing of campaigns. However, I take exception with his lines about my father: "The word in those days was that the price for guaranteeing a bill's passage through the Assembly was a $10,000 contribution to the political coffer of the late Speaker Jesse M. Unruh (D-Inglewood). I never knew whether that was true, but I didn't doubt it." Frankly, that was a cheap shot at someone who's not here to defend himself from rumors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1993
After spending Saturday at the parents' summit on the breakup of Los Angeles Unified School District, I was disappointed to see such a poor turnout, especially after learning that state Sen. David Roberti used more than $90,000 in tax money sending out lavish invitations. It seems hypocritical for him to lecture those in the teaching profession about wasting money while at the same time he was throwing away enough money to pay three teachers for a year. Considering Roberti's recent back-to-back failures with both the Legislature and the public, let's hope that someone more capable will consider taking over the breakup effort.
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September 4, 1993 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tense final days of the legislative session were punctuated this week by two incidents that prompted accusations that lawmakers were assailing their colleagues with racial and ethnic slurs. In a passing remark on Friday, Assemblyman Willard Murray (D-Paramount), an African-American, told Assembly Republican Leader Jim Brulte of Rancho Cucamonga that he thought it "was very white of Mr. Brulte" to lift his objections on a procedural point.
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