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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2000
Backers of a campaign to expand the giveaway of condoms say they have gathered enough signatures to put a mandatory distribution program on the citywide ballot. The measure would require that all businesses that derive more than half of their income from serving alcohol offer free condoms and safe-sex literature to patrons. The measure specifies that at least 500,000 condoms, which will be purchased by the city, be given away each year.
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NEWS
August 8, 1999 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fuel for California's revved-up initiative process has long been a ready supply of unskilled, unemployed workers eager to spend hot Saturdays in front of the grocery store collecting petition signatures for up to $2 apiece. But now, in a sign of the hot economy, that labor force has been reduced to a trickle, sending waves of panic through firms trying to get enough signatures by the end of August to gain a berth on the March 2000 primary ballot. "I guess I should've seen it coming . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1998
The refusal to allow signature-gatherers from Valley VOTE at the Van Nuys Airport show shows the arrogance of our City Council and the bureaucrats they hire. When we do something wrong, ignorance of the law is no excuse and we have to pay the penalty. Government officials should be judged by the same standards. The Van Nuys Airport show problem should not be swept under the rug. We should find out who gave the order and how high up on the advancement ladder this person was. No one, elected official or bureaucrat, is above the law. Now let us see the City Council do something about this problem except talk it to death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Fernando Valley activists blamed Los Angeles city officials Monday for possibly torpedoing a petition drive that might lead to secession, as their fight over Valley independence spilled into federal court and was resurrected in the California Legislature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Fernando Valley activists blamed Los Angeles city officials Monday for possibly torpedoing a petition drive that might lead to secession, as their fight over Valley independence spilled into federal court and was resurrected in the California Legislature. If the petition drive fails, it will be because officials at the city-owned Van Nuys Airport illegally ousted signature gatherers from a popular air show in July, said Richard Close, chairman of Valley VOTE, the group leading the campaign.
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 7, 1995 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County taxpayers group opposed to building a commercial airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station has gathered enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative aimed at blocking the project, the county registrar of voters said Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supporters of a ballot initiative guaranteeing that all Proposition 172 sales tax revenue be spent solely on public safety agencies have collected enough valid signatures to force a special election, officials said Thursday. A total of 47,437 signatures on petitions calling for the ballot measure have been certified, about 3,000 more than needed for a special election, County Clerk Richard Dean said. "I think that is probably a record in terms of the numbers," Dean said.
NEWS
April 9, 1995 | LINDA FELDMAN
It's just a neighborhood Brentwood eatery, but in only a month more than 1,500 people have signed a petition to keep Marjan open after the deli's lease was not renewed. And if the deli is closed, hundreds more loyal patrons threaten to boycott the Brentwood Country Mart, where Marjan's owners--Richard and Jean Solomon--have been doing business for the last 21 years. This could be war, Brentwood style. It's really about the family atmosphere the Solomons have created over the years.
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