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July 9, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Flags at the state Capitol in Sacramento are flying at half-staff Tuesday in memory of a Hawthorne police officer who died Monday after a freeway crash, according to Gov. Jerry Brown's press office. Sgt. Leonard Luna was off duty and riding his personal motorcycle to pick up his police motorcycle when the crash occurred at around 5:30 p.m. Monday on the 105 Freeway near Lynwood. Luna was a 10-year veteran of the department, where he commanded the traffic bureau. He held previous positions in private security.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A group of schoolchildren chattered excitedly Thursday during a field trip to the state Capitol as state Sen. Ed Hernandez stood nearby in the rotunda, looking grim and sipping coffee from a paper cup. The Democratic lawmaker from West Covina was still trying to fathom the arrest the day before of state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on suspicion of accepting payments from an undercover FBI agent while promising him official action and introduction to an international arms dealer.
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NEWS
September 3, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tax money flowed. Democrats controlled. And term limits became an entrenched part of the fabric of Capitol life. The two-year legislative session that came to a chaotic end early Friday saw major boosts in school spending, expansion of social programs, more laws for unions, new gun controls and increased environmental protection. "We're at the table, rather than on the menu," V.
OPINION
March 5, 2014 | Patt Morrison
It's not like the days when a Willie Brown or a Jesse Unruh could all but take out a lease on the Assembly speaker's offices in Sacramento. Term limits mean Toni Atkins will have to vacate the premises not much more than two years after she takes over the gavel in June as the Assembly's next speaker. But she's nothing if not prepared. Starting in 2000, she served eight years as a popular San Diego City Council member, and in 2005, became the city's acting mayor after the incumbent resigned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
"Pacoima Pride" is going statewide. About 100 pieces of children's artwork featured in March's "Pacoima Pride" arts project will be displayed in the State Capitol annex in Sacramento starting today and running through July 29. "It's a great opportunity for people from all over the state and all over the country to see the talent we have in Pacoima," said Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar), who arranged for the Capitol display.
TRAVEL
December 13, 1987 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms of Laguna Beach are authors of "Away for the Weekend," a travel guide to Southern California.
Californians have paid for the most extensive restoration ever undertaken in this country. To see how $67.5 million of taxes was spent, take a tour of the historic state capitol. Restored to its turn-of-the-century glory in 1982, California's most important public building is also one of the grandest structures in the state. It's hard to believe that only a few years ago signs warned visitors to enter at their own risk.
NEWS
May 24, 1999 | GEORGE SKELTON
If this were basketball, they would be the Clippers. The other team would be the Lakers. If fish, they'd be the bluegill; the other species the bigmouth bass. But it's politics and they're the Republicans--the Republican Latino legislators. The dominant group is the Democratic Latino legislators. How dominant? When Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo was at the state Capitol last week to kick off a three-day California tour--escorted by Gov.
NEWS
June 17, 1994 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After only eight hours of deliberation, a federal jury on Thursday found state Sen. Frank C. Hill (R-Whittier) guilty of using his elected office to extort $2,500 from an undercover FBI agent who was part of a Capitol sting operation. Hill, an assemblyman at the time of the extortion in 1988, was found guilty on all three counts on which he was charged: extortion, conspiracy and money laundering. He faces a sentence that could exceed six years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling an apparent end to additional security improvements at the state Capitol, the powerful leader of the Senate said Thursday that safety protections for its occupants and the public are adequate. Except for installing metal detectors at entrances to the 127-year-old statehouse, Senate President pro tem John Burton said every reasonable security upgrade has been made and no more are necessary. "There is adequate protection for what you can protect against," he told reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1993 | BILL BOYARSKY
Richard Riordan's journey to the perilous halls of the state Capitol on Thursday revealed a lot about the new mayor's strengths and weaknesses. Riordan, who is a Republican, was smart enough to surround himself with Democrats when he met with the Democratic leaders of the Legislature. The meetings were to discuss state plans to slash aid to cities and counties. Republican Gov. Pete Wilson has proposed taking $2.6 billion from local government to balance his budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
The decision of Rep. George Miller to retire when his term ends could affect the political dynamic in the state Capitol. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) said Monday he will run for Miller's 11 th Congressional District seat. If he wins, that is likely to trigger Assembly members from the area to run for his state Senate seat, including Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord). “I'm running for Congress to help bring an end to the brinkmanship and gridlock in Washington," DeSaulnier said, "so that we can move forward with President Obama's agenda of creating more good paying jobs, growing our middle class, investing in our infrastructure, increasing access to healthcare, advancing the use of renewable and homegrown energy, enhancing our education systems, and making the United States a leader in innovation around the globe.” DeSaulnier had also been the biggest competitor to Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Alarmed that elected state officials last year accepted more than $200,000 in gifts, California Common Cause on Thursday proposed to overhaul the laws to reduce the ability of special interests to seek favor by providing expensive meals, lodging and travel. The nonprofit open-government group said in a 15-page analysis that gifts to elected officials last year included $41,000 for hotel and lodging, $30,000 for tickets to concerts and sporting events, and more than $100,000 in free meals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Democrat Freddie Rodriguez eked out a narrow win in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant Inland Empire Assembly seat. Rodriguez, a Pomona city councilman, won 51.1% of the vote, according to results posted by the California secretary of State on Wednesday. Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, who ran as an independent, had 48.9%. The election was held to fill the seat vacated by now-state Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona). Only 8% of the district's 177,000 registered voters cast a ballot.
NATIONAL
September 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
DENVER - In an acknowledgment of the breadth of destruction that has visited his state, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Thursday the appointment of a business executive to oversee the state's recovery from catastrophic flooding, which he framed as "a race against the onset of winter. " Jerre Stead, the e xecutive chairman of IHS Inc., a global information company, will become the state's so-called Chief Recovery Officer as Colorado contends with roughly 2,000 lost homes, 200 miles of destroyed state highways and scores of bridges damaged or destroyed across the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It's a new era in Sacramento - a markedly improved one, so far. Watching the lawmakers, you don't cringe nearly as much. They're actually getting things done in the state Capitol. You can set aside that old label "dysfunctional. " Even if some things they're doing aren't to your liking - and some certainly aren't to mine - the mechanisms of governance are churning. Gridlock has been broken. The transformation was apparent in the legislative session that adjourned for the year Thursday night, especially in the final days.
NEWS
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Hall
The death of Sister Sheila Walsh, believed to have been the first Roman Catholic nun in the nation to be a full-time registered lobbyist, reminded me of how many other activist nuns have contributed so forcefully and significantly to the causes of the poor (or, as Sister Sheila preferred, the less stigmatized “people living in poverty”), the homeless, the victims of warfare. Nuns dedicate their lives to service in the name of God, and that service can be -- and should be allowed to be -- more than pastoral.
NEWS
June 19, 1993 | JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writer
The Assembly has granted final approval to a resolution prohibiting smoking in all areas of the state Capitol controlled by the Legislature. A 47-10 vote was cast on the measure (ACR 27) written by Assemblyman Phillip Isenberg (D-Sacramento). There was no debate. It previously passed the Senate on a 23-3 vote and goes into effect immediately.
NEWS
June 6, 1988 | ARMANDO ACUNA, Times Staff Writer
It's called the Shadow Program, and its premise is simple: Any citizen who spends a day following a state assemblyman around will come away with a better understanding of the baffling inner workings of the Legislature. So far Assemblyman Lloyd D. Connelly (D-Sacramento), the program's creator and lone practitioner, has squired about 800 citizens around the capital--including a Presbyterian minister who later became his wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
It turns out Elmo is more popular than Pitbull among staffers at the state Capitol. Companies that lobby state government have filed reports listing the gifts they gave state workers during the three months ending June 30 and, as usual, AT&T, is one of the biggest givers. Legislative staffers accepted 13 free tickets from AT&T to a concert by rapper Pitbull  at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The tickets were worth nearly $2,000 But there was one show that was more popular.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Flags at the state Capitol in Sacramento are flying at half-staff Tuesday in memory of a Hawthorne police officer who died Monday after a freeway crash, according to Gov. Jerry Brown's press office. Sgt. Leonard Luna was off duty and riding his personal motorcycle to pick up his police motorcycle when the crash occurred at around 5:30 p.m. Monday on the 105 Freeway near Lynwood. Luna was a 10-year veteran of the department, where he commanded the traffic bureau. He held previous positions in private security.
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