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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
As Democrats and Republicans in Washington remain deadlocked over a compromise to avoid automatic, across-the-board cuts to the federal budget starting Friday, state lawmakers in California could not even agree on an advisory resolution urging Congress to avoid the reductions. Assembly Joint Resolution 14 passed the Assembly this week on a 54-13 vote, with Republicans making up all of the opponents. The measure requests Congress to "act immediately to avert federal spending cuts known as 'sequestration' to protect the California and national economies.
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SCIENCE
November 12, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Congressional sequestration budget cuts have reduced federal grants and delayed research projects, restricting the nation's ability to innovate and grow, according to a survey of organizations representing 300 research universities. The across-the-board cuts, which began in March, have had a "devastating impact" on academic research, scientific advances and investment in medical and technological study, according to the survey's respondents. The Assn. of American Universities,  the Assn.
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BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Shan Li
Meat inspectors who will be furloughed under the automatic spending cuts that went into effect last Friday -- known as sequestration -- will continue to work for at least "several" more months. That's according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who at a House Agriculture Committee hearing Tuesday said that notices are being sent out to unions this week notifying them that furloughs are possible. Worker notification is a required step before any such cost-cutting measures go into effect.
OPINION
September 22, 2013
Re "Patt Morrison Asks: Howard 'Buck' McKeon," Opinion, Sept. 18 Patt Morrison notes that Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon's (R-Santa Clarita) "campaigns have benefited from the district's aerospace and defense industries. " So when he asks for better funding for the military as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is he representing actual Americans or his contributors? This brings to mind the fox guarding the chicken coop. Even with sequestration, the U.S. will have a military many times more powerful than that of any potential adversary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The Navy's famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration squad has canceled the rest of its 2013 performances, including dates this fall in San Diego, Ventura and San Francisco, Navy officials announced Tuesday. The move was caused by the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, officials said. "This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them," the Navy said in an official statement.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- With just a few days to go before new government spending cuts are set to take effect, what are the chances that another eleventh-hour action will avert the latest impending hit to the economy? Very little, according to a survey of economists released Monday by the National Assn. for Business Economics. The group said that nearly 60% of economists now expect the so-called sequestration, which will slice about $85 billion from the federal budget, to begin March 1 in full or partial form.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to decide Friday whether to shut down 14 air traffic control towers in Southern California as part of the agency's efforts to trim $600 million because of the federal government's so-called sequestration. As many as 238 towers could be closed nationwide, with 23 in California. The Southland could lose towers at airports in Palmdale, Pacoima, Victorville, Oxnard, Fullerton, Lancaster and elsewhere that handle civil, commercial and military flights.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | By Shan Li
Now may be time to hoard the bacon and load up on steaks. The White House put out a warning that sequestration -- or the steep, automatic spending cuts set to take effect in March -- may result in furloughing every meat and poultry inspector for two weeks, effectively shutting down a major part of the U.S. meat industry. Factories are required to get inspection approval before shipping out their meat. So no inspectors means no beef, pork, poultry or egg products can be processed and delivered to stores during that time.
OPINION
August 27, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Even as the Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park rages on, the U.S. Forest Service already has exhausted its firefighting budget for the year, which had been reduced by sequestration cuts. Not that the agency will stop fighting wildfires, but overtime and hiring will be trimmed. This isn't a sane fire policy for an era of climate change, which is predicted to cause drier conditions in the Western United States and already has expanded the length of the fire season. At about 150,000 acres and counting, the Rim fire hasn't made major inroads on the park, but it has burned vast expanses of adjacent forest and treasured recreational land.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
California's defense industry is bracing for a $3.2-billion hit with the federal budget cuts that are expected to take effect Friday. But myriad other federally funded programs also are threatened, and the combined effect is expected to slow the momentum that California's economy has been building over the last year. As the state braces for pain from so-called sequestration, there are warnings of long delays at airport security checkpoints, potential slowdowns in cargo movement at harbors and cutbacks to programs, including meals for seniors and projects to combat neighborhood blight.
NATIONAL
September 3, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. - Engineers think that three of the bridges closest to Dave Wisler's home are about ready to collapse. One, a picturesque one-lane structure built in 1893, became so perilous it was closed last summer, and the county doesn't have the money to fix it. Another bridge, just down the road, is well-known for the concrete that chips off the bottom as children play in the creek below - it's currently under repair. Traffic was diverted to a third bridge nearby, but some drivers noticed a worrying humming noise as they drove over it, and their windows rattled.
OPINION
August 27, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Even as the Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park rages on, the U.S. Forest Service already has exhausted its firefighting budget for the year, which had been reduced by sequestration cuts. Not that the agency will stop fighting wildfires, but overtime and hiring will be trimmed. This isn't a sane fire policy for an era of climate change, which is predicted to cause drier conditions in the Western United States and already has expanded the length of the fire season. At about 150,000 acres and counting, the Rim fire hasn't made major inroads on the park, but it has burned vast expanses of adjacent forest and treasured recreational land.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2013 | Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The 149 air traffic control towers that were scheduled to close this summer because of federal sequestration will remain open until at least September, government officials said Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration said legislation approved by Congress last month allows the agency to transfer funds from other accounts to keep the towers open until the end of the fiscal year. The towers, run by contract workers, operate at small airports such as Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego, Riverside Municipal Airport, Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, Oxnard Airport, Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville and Fullerton Municipal Airport.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
So that's how you get this Congress to spend money: You cramp their vacation plans. The House on Friday passed legislation that will end the furloughing of air traffic controllers. And what got these famously contentious representatives off their duffs? Here's a hint from my colleague Lisa Mascaro's story : Final passage of the quickly arranged stopgap measure came as lawmakers were boarding their own flights out of Washington for a weeklong recess. Yes indeed: Step right this way to board, congressman, for another on-time flight to get you home.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2013 | By Hugo Martín and Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Sequestration is starting to frustrate air travelers. About 400 flights were delayed Sunday because of air traffic controller furloughs, the Federal Aviation Administration said, and a few more interruptions were reported Monday at Los Angeles International Airport and several East Coast airports. But because of light traffic and good weather, the nation's air travel system operated without serious problems. The FAA warned Monday that more delays are on the horizon when air traffic is heavier and severe weather puts pressure on understaffed air traffic control facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Howard Blume
Some flights headed into LAX were delayed more than three hours Sunday night because of air traffic controller furloughs required by sequestration cuts, a federal aviation official said Monday. As part of $600 million the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to cut as part of the sequestration -- the deep budget cuts Congress agreed to when it failed to reach a broader budget agreement -- air traffic controllers are taking one unpaid day off each pay period. Groups have sued to stop the furloughs but that has not stopped them from taking effect.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Research into cancer, Alzheimer's disease and influenza may lose crucial funding even as scientists say they are on the cusp of medical breakthroughs. Deep federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, could lead to diminished funding for medical and scientific research, making some scientists question whether they should stay in the United States. If the cuts continue, scientists said, the United States could see promising graduate students going to countries investing heavily in scientific research.
NEWS
January 15, 1995 | STEPHANIE SIMON and RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
To anybody else, it would have been a dream vacation: An all-expense-paid, two-week stay at the Los Angeles Hilton. Maids to do the laundry, chefs to cook the food. Bellhops to tote the bags and a chauffeur to drive the van. But to Carolyn Walters--a juror sequestered to deliberate in the Reginald O. Denny beating trial--the free getaway became a gilded hell. Every luxury merely intensified the suffocating sense that she was trapped.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The operator of LAX is “very concerned” about the impact the air traffic controller furloughs will have on flight delays, a Los Angeles World Airports spokeswoman said Monday.  As part of $600 million the  Federal Aviation Administration  is expected to cut as part of the sequestration -- the deep budget cuts Congress agreed to when it failed to reach a broader budget agreement -- air traffic controllers are taking one unpaid day off...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Due to the automatic cuts mandated by the sequestration budget deal, the Navy has cancelled plans to send ships to community events in Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and Seattle. For the same reason, the Navy will not reposition any ships from San Diego bases to be part of San Diego Fleet Week. "We are prioritizing funding for operations, training and maintenance," said a spokesman for the San Diego-based 3rd Fleet. "As a result of that, we have canceled ship visits to Portland Rose Festival, Seattle SeaFair, and Los Angeles Navy Days.
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