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October 15, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher
The California Medical Assn. said it is suing the state, arguing that furloughing workers at the state medical board, which licenses and investigates physicians, is putting doctors and the public in harm's way. The group also accuses state leaders of illegally transferring $6 million from the doctors' fee-funded Medical Board of California to aid the state budget. -- Shane Goldmacher
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher
The California Medical Assn. said it is suing the state, arguing that furloughing workers at the state medical board, which licenses and investigates physicians, is putting doctors and the public in harm's way. The group also accuses state leaders of illegally transferring $6 million from the doctors' fee-funded Medical Board of California to aid the state budget. -- Shane Goldmacher
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- As hundreds of millions of dollars are slashed from state programs for the needy, California's new social services director is set to collect more than $343,000 in annual pay and benefits in an unusual hiring arrangement that will make him one of California's top-paid bureaucrats. William Lightbourne will be paid a $216,611 salary — tens of thousands of dollars more than is earned by Gov. Jerry Brown, the attorney general or the head of the state's Highway Patrol system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
More than 150,000 California state workers will again face unpaid furloughs, beginning in August, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday declared a financial state of emergency and ordered them to take three days off per month. Starting the second Friday in August, much of California's government, including Department of Motor Vehicles offices, will be shuttered three times a month at least until a state budget is in place. The governor's critics called the order politically motivated, intended to ramp up pressure on the Legislature to pass a budget and on unions to make concessions on their pension plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy and Eric Bailey
The California Legislature passed a measure Tuesday that would curtail the ability of insurance companies to cancel coverage for patients diagnosed with serious illnesses. The bill addresses a practice known as rescission, which was the subject of a series of articles in The Times exposing how several major healthcare companies, including Blue Cross and Health Net Inc., canceled medical coverage for sick policyholders. The practice has since been the subject of probes by law enforcement agencies in California and sparked congressional hearings.
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August 2, 2011 | Christine Mai-Duc, Washington Bureau
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) returned to Congress in dramatic fashion for the first time since she was shot in the head in January, appearing almost unannounced in the midst of voting on one of the most contentious issues of the year. The House erupted in a bipartisan standing ovation as she entered. The congresswoman, 41, who has been out of the public eye and hospitalized much of the year, stood unaided to recognize the thunderous applause. Wearing cropped brown hair, a turquoise jacket and her distinctive smile, Giffords embraced a stream of colleagues who flocked to her. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz (D-Fla.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2010
State lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a budget proposal that would close California's $19.1-billion deficit partly by: Assuming funds from Washington ? $5.3 billion Cutting public school funds ? $3.1 billion Reducing state workers' pay and benefits ? $1.5 billion Assuming tax collections based on nonpartisan budget analyst's projections ? $1.4 billion Suspending business tax break ? $1.2 billion Cutting prisons budget ? $1.1 billion Selling state buildings ?
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