April 3, 2012 |
Javier Guzman, a 25-year-old industrial engineer, eased his SUV toward the curb on a recent Sunday as a masked state police officer in the middle of the road signaled him to pull over. Guzman rolled down his window, greeting the officer with a " buenas tardes . " "Do you live here? Where are you coming from?" the officer asked. "I live here, this car is mine," Guzman replied. He had nothing to hide, yet began coughing nervously. The officer, dressed in black, from combat boots to ski mask, circled the vehicle.
January 23, 2012
In 1993, Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitled employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in four situations: because of the birth of a child; when an employee adopts a child; when an employee must care for an ill relative; or when the employee himself has a "serious health condition. " Congress explicitly included public agencies in its definition of employer, but the state of Maryland has asked the Supreme Court to shield it from a suit filed by a state employee who was fired after he asserted his right to sick leave.
January 26, 2011 |
A president's annual message to Congress often contains a laundry list of legislative proposals, an acknowledgement of the nation's challenges, and requisite appeals for bipartisan cooperation. More often than not, the presidential address drags on for the better part of an hour. But one single climactic line tends to reflect the moment in time, and it usually begins: "The state of our Union is ?" Sometimes it's a simple declaration, often just: "strong. " But presidents have often embellished, or taken a different course.
October 5, 2010
It's estimated that a third to a half of voters nationwide are expected to cast early ballots. Here's a rundown of when early voting begins by state: Already voting: Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming Week of Oct. 3 : Arizona, California, Indiana, Montana, Wisconsin Week of Oct. 10 : Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia Week of Oct. 17 ...
June 3, 2012
Re "Park closures don't add up," Column, May 28 A couple of weeks ago, I led an interpretive walk in one of our state parks for a class of at-risk children. For many of them, this was their first trip to see the ocean. For all of them, it was their first walk in the backcountry, the place where nature still rules. It was a rewarding day for me and a worthwhile experience for them. Their eyes were as wide as saucers and their questions never stopped. Yet this is the type of experience that will disappear in California if Gov. Jerry Brown's penny wise and pound foolish park closure plan goes into effect.
May 16, 1986
The latest California Poll shows large numbers of voters in both parties are undecided on the state controller's races to be decided in next month's primary. Among Democrats who had an opinion, state Sen. John Garamendi was favored by 24% of the voters, while Assemblyman Gray Davis was favored by 15% and Assemblyman Alister McAlister by 9%. But 52% of all registered Democrats were undecided. Among Republicans who had an opinion, state Sen.