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August 4, 1993 | RICH SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Restaurateurs opposed to the new Los Angeles ban on smoking in their businesses filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the city of depriving voters of the right to decide the issue at the ballot box. A court hearing is not expected until Thursday. The long-contested ban went into effect Monday when city officials determined that a coalition of restaurant owners had failed to gather enough valid signatures in a drive to put the issue before voters.
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January 6, 2013 | Howard Blume
Two would-be candidates for the Los Angeles school board have accused a campaign consulting firm -- run by two contenders for city office -- of botching their efforts to get on the ballot for the March primary election. One of the school board aspirants, Scott Folsom, filed a complaint with the district's attorney's office last month alleging fraud and possible forgery. Franny Parrish, the other would-be candidate, said she would comply with any probe into the firm, Henry, Law & Associates.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2007 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- A high-stakes political battle may be coming to a shopping center near you. On one side are a union and a racetrack owner asking people to sign petitions that would undo Indian gambling deals. On the other are Southern California tribes hoping to thwart them by persuading people not to sign -- or to withdraw their names.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Signature gatherers and protesters may be ejected from privately owned walkways outside a store, but labor unions may picket there peacefully, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday. The state high court unanimously agreed that private walkways in front of stores, unlike public areas in shopping malls, are not open forums accessible to anyone who wants to assemble to express a view. But the justices split, 6 to 1, in upholding two state laws that prevent courts from issuing injunctions against peaceful labor pickets on private property.
NEWS
April 13, 1992 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to gather signatures for state ballot measures. But how about an unemployed aerospace project engineer, such as Robert Freiman of Woodland Hills? These days, the bespectacled Freiman trolls the entryway of a busy San Fernando Valley supermarket, making ends meet by hitting up registered voters for signatures aimed at qualifying initiatives on school tuition vouchers and welfare reduction for the November ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2009 | By David Zahniser
The push to recall the controversial head of L.A.'s firefighter union has fizzled, according to the man who was the target of the campaign over the last three months. Pat McOsker, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112, said the union's election committee unanimously invalidated the recall drive after discovering that signature gatherers had, in violation of the rules, failed to attach the reasons for the recall to their petitions. McOsker has been criticized for using aggressive tactics to lobby against reductions in firefighter and paramedic staffing, including the publication of a mailer featuring images of last year's deadly Metrolink crash in Chatsworth.
OPINION
February 10, 2004
Re "Counties Bill State for Recall," Feb. 8: The Republicans threw a party and the counties got stuck with the tab. Send the bill to Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Vista). He paid for the army of signature-gatherers without whom there would have been no recall. He can afford to pick up the $43-million tab. Len Gardner Laguna Woods
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1994
I would not disagree with those who say that maybe people want another trash dump in Ventura County. But the tactics of two of the signature gatherers I saw lead me to believe that there has been some distortion about the purpose of the Weldon Canyon petition drive. I go in and out of the Oxnard post office daily and to my knowledge, the topic of a dump was never mentioned, only concerns about recycling. Then, in front of Walmart, I saw the same thing being done: One lady mentioned the dump, and the petition gatherer changed the subject to a recycling idea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1997 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The acrimony surrounding the petition drive to recall Councilwoman Elois Zeanah has spilled into the city's streets, with groups on both sides of the emotional issue clashing at supermarkets all over town. Residents For Slow Growth, a committee formed to fight the recall of the slow-growth councilwoman, on Monday accused rival group Yes! Remove Elois Zeanah of lying to residents and breaking state election laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1996 | TRACY WILSON and JULIE TILSNER
Paid signature gatherers will hit the streets today to qualify a referendum aimed at overturning the Ventura City Council's approval of the Buenaventura Mall expansion. Petitioners have only 28 days to gather the 6,026 signatures needed to force a July special election. "It is going to be fairly difficult," said Eric Lambert, campaign manager for the group backing the referendum drive. "[But] I am confident we can do it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Bonnie Haviland is the kind of voter Los Angeles city workers are hoping will help them stop former Mayor Richard Riordan's push to switch new employees into 401(k)-type retirement plans from the current taxpayer-backed pensions. The Tarzana grandmother thinks younger generations shouldn't have to worry about a retirement tied to the ups and downs of the stock market. That's why Haviland, 72, refused Saturday to sign a petition seeking to put Riordan's pension measure before voters next May. "I'm already retired so I don't have to worry," she said outside of a Vons supermarket, where a paid signature gatherer calling himself "Ace" had asked her to sign Riordan's petition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Outside a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake, a man in sunglasses and flip-flops called out questions to bag-toting shoppers. "Do you support medical marijuana?" he asked. "Well did you hear what City Hall just did?" An army of signature-gatherers has hit Los Angeles streets in recent weeks in a drive to repeal a recent ban on marijuana dispensaries. If activists can collect the roughly 27,400 names required within the next three weeks, a referendum to overturn the ban would go before voters in March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
In the parking lot of a closed Pasadena restaurant, a handful of tea party volunteers huddled under a tent to escape a sudden downpour of rain. They were there to gather signatures to repeal AB 131, or the California Dream Act, which gives illegal immigrants access to state financial aid at public universities and community colleges. The rain smudged their signs, they were shouted at by a driver who called them racist, and the turnout was lower than they'd hoped. But they were undaunted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2011 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Democrats in the Legislature are trying to make it harder for Californians to pass their own laws at the ballot box, saying the state's century-old initiative process has been hijacked by the special interests it was created to fight and has perpetuated Sacramento's financial woes. In the waning weeks of this year's lawmaking session, legislators will push bills to raise filing fees, place new restrictions on signature gatherers and compel greater public disclosure of campaign contributors.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2011 | By Andrea Chang and Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Amazon.com Inc. is giving bricks-and-mortar retailers yet another reason to fume. As the online giant begins its quest to overturn a new California law requiring it to collect sales taxes just like its Main Street competitors, its signature gatherers are heading to popular shopping areas to obtain the 500,000-plus signatures the company needs to get the measure on next June's ballot. Petition workers are swarming popular commercial hubs including Larchmont Village in Los Angeles, Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena and the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego as well as Ralphs, Trader Joe's, Target and other major retailers — many of which have lost sales to Amazon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt
Oil companies and conservative activists poured nearly $1 million last week into their campaign to place an initiative on the November ballot that would delay enforcement of California's global warming law. The effort, which also sought to enlist "tea party" activists, came as organizers failed to meet their original goal of gathering the 433,000 necessary signatures by Friday. But with the infusion of $930,000 to pay signature gatherers, bringing the total to $1.9 million, "We will all do what it takes to win," said Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Marysville)
OPINION
November 3, 2003
Mark Ridley-Thomas and Erwin Chemerinsky's call for a revamping of the recall process misses the point (Commentary, Oct. 29). They should have said that the 124-year-old state Constitution "is deeply flawed and needs to be fixed in a sensible, fair and nonpartisan manner." Several years ago the memberships of the League of California Cities, the California Contract Cities Assn. and the Local Government Commission voted unanimously to call for fundamental constitutional reform, but the efforts of the Constitutional Revision Commission were quietly buried without discussion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2008 | Martha Groves
The Beverly Hilton's contentious plan to refurbish the aging hotel, add a 12-story Waldorf-Astoria and build as many as 110 luxury condos has moved a step toward approval. The Beverly Hills City Council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to approve a development agreement for the project at Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards. But the council delayed its final vote on a zoning change. The postponement was necessary, Mayor Barry Brucker said, to satisfy the concerns of citizens who plan to circulate a referendum petition that would place the project on the ballot for a community-wide vote.
OPINION
February 14, 2010 | By Joe Mathews
Afew weeks ago, a statewide ballot initiative petition signed by a California voter named Michael Ni was delivered -- quietly and without fanfare -- to the clerk's office in San Mateo County. Strange as it may sound, this is no exaggeration: Ni's John Hancock may reshape American politics forever. Ni did not sign his name on a piece of paper. His signature was electronic. He wrote his name on the petition (a measure to legalize and tax cannabis in California) using the touch screen of his iPhone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2009 | By David Zahniser
The push to recall the controversial head of L.A.'s firefighter union has fizzled, according to the man who was the target of the campaign over the last three months. Pat McOsker, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112, said the union's election committee unanimously invalidated the recall drive after discovering that signature gatherers had, in violation of the rules, failed to attach the reasons for the recall to their petitions. McOsker has been criticized for using aggressive tactics to lobby against reductions in firefighter and paramedic staffing, including the publication of a mailer featuring images of last year's deadly Metrolink crash in Chatsworth.
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