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January 30, 1994
Los Angeles City Council member Zev Yaroslavsky, a career politician, decrying the influence of lobbyists on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in commentaries like the one that appeared in The Times (Jan. 16) is the pot calling the kettle black. It is not just the MTA that is floundering due to inaction, poor decision-making and questionable ethics. It has largely been while Zev Yaroslavsky has been at the helm of one of the City Council's most important committees--the Finance and Revenue Committee--that Los Angeles has seen the decline of its once nationally respected police force, the rapid rise of gangs and the overall deterioration of the city.
October 7, 1988 | LEO C. WOLINSKY, Times Staff Writer
As the Nov. 8 election nears, Carol Federighi will lock herself in her Lafayette home for several days to begin the numbing task of poring over stacks of dry legal material. As California president of the League of Women Voters, Federighi will draw on an exhaustive 120-page analysis put together by her staff to help her bone up on the jumble of initiatives facing California voters in the election. For now at least, she is as bewildered as anyone.
August 15, 2004 | Steve Lopez
Barbara Rogers, who cares for disabled people, went to Airport Honda in Los Angeles to buy a van and was told she qualified for a loan at 16%. No way, said the 60-year-old Carson resident. Her credit is good, so why the sky-high financing charge? When the dealer came down to 10.24%, Rogers bought the van. Only later did she find out she had actually qualified for a loan at 6.74%. The higher rate, which will cost her an additional $3,272 over the course of her loan, is known as the dealer markup.
November 9, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- With temperatures dropping in Sacramento, some state lawmakers are migrating to the sunny beaches of Hawaii this week for a conference at a luxury resort, subsidized and attended by special interests that lobby the Legislature. About 15 lawmakers are scheduled to attend the annual gathering in Maui, where they will stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani hotel on the tab of the Independent Voter Project, a nonprofit policy group largely funded by business and labor interests.
January 23, 2005
Re "A Man of the People ... People Who Pay," column, Jan. 19: Congratulations to Steve Lopez for taking on our macho governor in terms clear enough for even this governor to understand. What I do not understand is why The Times does not take on the governor, editorially and firmly with regard to his faux claims of attacking the "special interests" at the same time he pockets up to $6 million from those same interests. Put Lopez on Page 1 and let him go unrestrained until our politicos wake up and do what needs to be done, even as Ronald Reagan did as governor, namely raise the ante for the fat cats.
April 18, 2004 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Flip through the massive highway bill moving through Congress and you'll encounter some unexpected detours: tax breaks for the limousine industry, gunsmiths, fishing rod manufacturers, even casinos. A tax break for stores that sell alcoholic beverages appears in the same bill that includes measures to crack down on drunk driving.
March 11, 1990 | PHILLIP R. NICHOLSON, Phillip R. Nicholson is a partner in the law firm of Cox, Castle & Nicholson.
The proverbial story of the blind man and the elephant tells us a great deal about the politics of growth in Southern California. The blind man tries valiantly to identify the strange beast before him by touching different parts of the elephant. But an accurate picture of the whole animal eludes him. Likewise in growth management in our region.
March 6, 1988 | ALAN C. MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Assemblywoman Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley), vice chairwoman of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, went on a $5,171, one-week trip to London and Paris in September with other legislators, paid for by Pacific Telesis. State Sen. Ed Davis (R-Valencia), a member of the Senate Insurance Committee, took a $3,124 weekend trip to London in June with his wife and two other lawmakers, courtesy of the London-based insurance broker for the Los Angeles County Bar Assn.
June 27, 1999 | Bruce J. Schulman, Bruce J. Schulman teaches American history at Boston University. He is the author of "Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism."
The machinery of American democracy ground to a halt recently. Despite overwhelming public support for new restrictions on firearms, the National Rifle Assn. and its allies again stymied gun-control legislation on Capitol Hill. In the past, cataclysmic events and national crises allowed the nation to surmount organized interests and enact much-needed, much-demanded reform.
February 19, 1987 | MURIEL SCHLOSS
Fun is snorkeling in the Caribbean, ballooning in France, snowmobiling in Canada. It's sleeping in a tent, barbecuing and making new friends. Fun . . . is summer camp. You and your child can choose one that offers white-water rafting, theater production or hang gliding. One that emphasizes acting, painting, singing, golf, tennis or basketball.
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