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March 17, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Uneasiness filled the room at an otherwise routine congressional budget hearing last week as Rep. Jackie Speier took the microphone and lit into the nation's top military commanders about a crude chain of emails. Speier, more than most in Congress, does not get intimidated when talking bluntly to Pentagon brass. She has faced tough times before: She was left for dead on the tarmac of an airfield in Guyana during a fact-finding mission 36 years ago, when followers of cult leader Jim Jones killed the congressman she was working for and hit her with five bullets.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman has announced plans to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley last week, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2006
-- Statewide 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % American Independent James D. King 23,821 100 Green Donna J. Warren 24,348 100 Libertarian Lynnette M. Shaw 13,337 100 Peace & Freedom Stewart A. Alexander 3,270 100 Democrat John Garamendi 869,577 43 Jackie Speier 772,794 39 Liz Figueroa 362,682 18 Republican Tom McClintock 1,420,147 94 Tony Farmer 96,169 6 -- -- Los Angeles County 100% Precincts Reporting Votes % Democrat John Garamendi...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman announced plans Tuesday to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Horatius A. Carney spent seven weeks in a military hospital after injuring his knee while in the segregated Army Air Forces. He first filed a disability claim in 1947. He is still waiting for a response. Lisa Scott, an Army communications specialist who served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm and Desert Shield, waited seven years for the Veterans Benefits Administration to approve her disability claim for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Ari Sonnenberg served three tours in Iraq and came home with a traumatic brain injury, PTSD and internal injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman announced plans Tuesday to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier on Wednesday castigated the U.S. militaryfor its policies in dealing with rape and sexual assault and repeated her call for legislation to fix a system she said was broken. In a floor speech, Speier (D-Hillsborough) called for passage of her legislation that would move rape and assault investigations out of the normal chain of command and put them in the hands of an impartial office. Her speech came in the same week that eight current and former members of the U.S. military filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging they had been raped, assaulted or harassed while serving, and that were targeted by superiors after reporting the attacks.
SPORTS
August 12, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The Angels would rather pay reliever Justin Speier $6.5 million not to pitch for them the rest of this season and all of next, giving the veteran right-hander his unconditional release before Tuesday's game with the Tampa Bay Rays. "We felt it was appropriate, not only [for] the organization, but for the player, to make the move now as opposed to getting down the road in the season and making the move at some point later," General Manager Tony Reagins said. By releasing him unconditionally, the Angels essentially granted Speier free agency, allowing him to sign with any club that wants him. However the Angels are responsible for the money left on the four-year, $18-million contract Speier signed with them after the 2006 season.
SPORTS
May 8, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Reliever Justin Speier blamed frustration for the meltdown in the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays during which he confronted an umpire, then members of his own coaching staff. "I was just frustrated I didn't pitch well," Speier said Thursday. "Sometimes it's an emotional game so you just sort of let your emotions out a little bit."
SPORTS
July 13, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
The Angels' bullpen will receive a huge boost tonight when right-hander Justin Speier, sidelined since May 1 because of an intestinal infection, is activated from the disabled list. Speier, who threw in the bullpen during Thursday's workout, has regained the 12 pounds he lost during his illness, when he suffered from fatigue, nausea, lack of appetite and abnormal sleep patterns, and said he feels "strong, ready to go." That wasn't the case in early June, when Speier, who had a 1.
NATIONAL
March 17, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Uneasiness filled the room at an otherwise routine congressional budget hearing last week as Rep. Jackie Speier took the microphone and lit into the nation's top military commanders about a crude chain of emails. Speier, more than most in Congress, does not get intimidated when talking bluntly to Pentagon brass. She has faced tough times before: She was left for dead on the tarmac of an airfield in Guyana during a fact-finding mission 36 years ago, when followers of cult leader Jim Jones killed the congressman she was working for and hit her with five bullets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO — This is a story of two politicians who share private horrors, a special bond and, now, a rare honor. Paul N. "Pete" McCloskey, the former eight-term Bay Area congressman, led six bayonet charges as the head of his platoon while in Korea. The holder of two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and the Navy Cross, he returned home to dedicate his public life to fighting for peace and the environment. Now 84, with a square face and shock of white hair, McCloskey prefers not to recount the battles that twice left him wounded, telling a documentarian not long ago that recounting his experience would be "unseemly" braggadocio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Horatius A. Carney spent seven weeks in a military hospital after injuring his knee while in the segregated Army Air Forces. He first filed a disability claim in 1947. He is still waiting for a response. Lisa Scott, an Army communications specialist who served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm and Desert Shield, waited seven years for the Veterans Benefits Administration to approve her disability claim for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Ari Sonnenberg served three tours in Iraq and came home with a traumatic brain injury, PTSD and internal injuries.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier on Wednesday castigated the U.S. militaryfor its policies in dealing with rape and sexual assault and repeated her call for legislation to fix a system she said was broken. In a floor speech, Speier (D-Hillsborough) called for passage of her legislation that would move rape and assault investigations out of the normal chain of command and put them in the hands of an impartial office. Her speech came in the same week that eight current and former members of the U.S. military filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging they had been raped, assaulted or harassed while serving, and that were targeted by superiors after reporting the attacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2010 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Standing at the crater that marks ground zero of the gas explosion that recently devastated this community, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) announced legislation Monday that would mandate stricter regulations of gas pipelines nationwide. Among other requirements, the Pipeline Safety and Community Empowerment Act of 2010, which Speier plans to introduce Tuesday, would require the installation of automatic or remote shutoff valves in areas of high seismic hazard and on pipelines in other areas deemed high risk.
SPORTS
August 13, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
A day after being handed his unconditional release, reliever Justin Speier returned to Angel Stadium on Wednesday to publicly express his gratitude to the team's owner and former general manager. "I want thank Arte Moreno and Bill Stoneman for signing me . . . giving me an opportunity to pitch for the Angels," he said. "It's been a glorious, glorious experience and I've built a lot of relationships along the way." Speier, who became a free agent after two stellar years with the Toronto Blue Jays, signed a four-year contract with the Angels in November 2006 worth $18 million.
SPORTS
April 10, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
In the ninth inning Tuesday, Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians absolutely crushes a pitch from the Angels' Justin Speier for a game-winning home run. In the ninth inning Wednesday, with a four-run lead, two out and none on, Speier hits Hafner with a pitch. "It didn't look too good, did it?" Cleveland Manager Eric Wedge said. Wedge said he did not know whether to categorize the plunking as intentional and retaliatory.
SPORTS
August 16, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND -- Manager Mike Scioscia had no choice but to pull struggling reliever Jose Arredondo with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning of a one-run game Friday night, but replacing him with Justin Speier seemed like a huge gamble. Speier, the erstwhile setup man whose 1-5 record, 5.33 earned-run average and 11 home runs yielded in 49 innings reduced him to more of a mop-up role, gave up a game-winning three-run home run to Seattle's Wladimir Balentien on Wednesday night.
SPORTS
August 12, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The Angels would rather pay reliever Justin Speier $6.5 million not to pitch for them the rest of this season and all of next, giving the veteran right-hander his unconditional release before Tuesday's game with the Tampa Bay Rays. "We felt it was appropriate, not only [for] the organization, but for the player, to make the move now as opposed to getting down the road in the season and making the move at some point later," General Manager Tony Reagins said. By releasing him unconditionally, the Angels essentially granted Speier free agency, allowing him to sign with any club that wants him. However the Angels are responsible for the money left on the four-year, $18-million contract Speier signed with them after the 2006 season.
SPORTS
July 1, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Justin Speier was in danger of being released in early May when the veteran reliever, coming off a dreadful 2008 season in which he went 2-8 with a 5.03 earned-run average, had an 8.18 ERA in his first nine appearances. But a rash of bullpen injuries spared Speier, and the right-hander has made the most of his second chance.
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