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March 8, 2006 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
California's biggest labor group is preparing to throw its support today behind state Treasurer Phil Angelides in the Democratic primary for governor, a move that would fortify his standing as the party establishment's favorite in the race. But even with labor tilting his way, Angelides faces mounting financial pressure and questions among some party strategists about whether he has responded aggressively enough to the threat posed by his June 6 primary rival, state Controller Steve Westly.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2010
Top 10 donors to political causes Individuals who contributed the most money to California political candidates and ballot-measure campaigns from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2009: Steve Bing , Southern California businessman... $58,050,783 Steve Poizner , state insurance commissioner, candidate for governor ... $43,205,282 Steve Westly, former state controller, 2006 candidate for governor ... $41,728,277 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ... $25,871,398 Jerry Perenchio , former owner of Univision Communication Inc. ... $23,267,738 Meg Whitman , candidate for governor.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The chief of United Way's Silicon Valley chapter has resigned to manage the political campaign of a former EBay executive running for state controller. Greg Larson, who announced his resignation Friday, said it is hard to leave the United Way, but he couldn't turn down his friend, Steve Westly, a Democrat. Larson will leave the nonprofit in January. United Way officials said they hope to have a replacement selected by then.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2006 | George Skelton
To fully appreciate Phil Angelides' triumph over Steve Westly, it helps to recall "The Godfather: Part II." Near the movie's end, Don Michael Corleone orders a hit on his brother Fredo at Lake Tahoe. The exact spot -- the very same little marina -- was used by Westly in an attempt to whack Angelides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State Controller Steve Westly on Monday endorsed a proposed ordinance, to be voted on by the City Council today, that would discourage Wal-Mart and other large retailers from opening mammoth superstores in the city. Citing a recent UC Berkeley study, Westly said low-wage workers must rely on state-funded programs for support. "Wal-Mart may save its customers some money at the checkout stand, but California taxpayers are getting the bill," Westly said during a news conference at City Hall.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2004 | Melinda Fulmer
California State Controller Steve Westly sent a letter to Safeway Inc.'s board of directors asking them to end the 3 1/2-month-long supermarket strike. Westly, a board member of CalPERS and CalSTRS -- two of Safeway's largest shareholders -- said Safeway should not cut its workers' health benefits to compete more effectively with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a company that provides only "nominal health-care benefits."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2010
Top 10 donors to political causes Individuals who contributed the most money to California political candidates and ballot-measure campaigns from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2009: Steve Bing , Southern California businessman... $58,050,783 Steve Poizner , state insurance commissioner, candidate for governor ... $43,205,282 Steve Westly, former state controller, 2006 candidate for governor ... $41,728,277 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ... $25,871,398 Jerry Perenchio , former owner of Univision Communication Inc. ... $23,267,738 Meg Whitman , candidate for governor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1988
Congratulations on John Balzar's (Dec. 18) objective article on ex-Gov. Jerry Brown, warts and all, but give "the gong" to Dianne Klein for her (Dec. 22) one-sided puff piece for the returning Phoenix. Now, how about informing the public on the true grass-roots candidate for the state Democratic Party leadership: Steve Westly, whose Democratic leadership record is little known in Southern California. Steve is the brilliant young man who has earned the post by working his way up through the state Democratic chairs for 8 years, always an advocate of building grass-roots organization, usually against the wishes of the controlling state leadership that has led us to Pyrrhic defeats.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
California Controller Steve Westly is calling on interim New York Stock Exchange Chairman John S. Reed to release a report on former Chairman Richard Grasso's compensation to help restore public confidence. Westly, in a letter to Reed dated Tuesday, said releasing the report would show that the exchange was committed to reforms. Westly is a board member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest U.S.
OPINION
April 13, 2006
On reading the April 11 article about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's backing the greenhouse gas strategy, I was struck with how pleased I was and startled at my own response because I am a Democrat and have voted that way all my life. However, that does not preclude my recognizing that we are all in this together, that global warming affects each of us. If a Republican governor is taking a good political position that will show the rest of the country that we cannot wait for the Bush administration to act, I want him to know that I am totally supportive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2006 | Seema Mehta and Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writers
Squabbling to the end, Steve Westly and Phil Angelides stormed across the state in a final burst of campaigning Monday as millions of Californians mulled their choice in today's Democratic primary for governor. The combination of a tight race and an unusually high number of late-deciding voters added suspense and, for the candidates, urgency to the campaign's closing hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2006 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
With the brutal Democratic primary for governor drawing to a close Tuesday, rivals Phil Angelides and Steve Westly are battling over the same question that has convulsed the party nationwide: Would a liberal or a moderate stand the best chance in the fall? Withering character attacks have obscured the ideological contrasts between Angelides, the state treasurer, and Westly, the controller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2006 | George Skelton
It's all Sen. Dianne Feinstein's fault. That's what I figure. Well, maybe not all of it. But if Feinstein had run for governor three years ago in the Gray Davis recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger would not have dared. That's my guess. We would have been spared that wasteful, costly, divisive special election last year. And Feinstein, 72, would now be a shoo-in for reelection -- not for the Senate, as she is, but for the state's highest office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2006 | Robert Salladay and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
Frantic for even the smallest margin of victory in the Democratic primary for governor, Steve Westly and Phil Angelides crossed the state Saturday sniping at each other and searching for a convincing message to turn uncommitted voters their way. As if to shore up their own credentials, each took aim at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man they hope to battle after Tuesday's primary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2006 | Robert Salladay and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
Phil Angelides worked the aisle of a crowded Southwest Airlines flight Friday, trying to squeeze out a few more supporters as the Democratic race for governor spun through its closing days without a clear leader and with a record number of undecided voters. "Great to meet you. Tell all your friends," Angelides said to his fellow passengers as the jet descended to Los Angeles International Airport.
OPINION
June 2, 2006
Re "Getting Voters Fired Up Is Half the Battle," May 29 I am a lifelong liberal Democrat, and I am pained by the filthy campaigns of gubernatorial candidates Phil Angelides and Steve Westly. How can anyone even consider voting for either of them after the deluge of muck we've been watching on TV? Have politicians no decency left? I even thought of voting for Arnold Schwarzenegger. But no, I guess I'll sit this one out. First time in 40 years. ROBERT KLEIN Malibu By now, if you're like me, you have reached the point where you wonder either where the "clean primary race" has gone or how the two Democratic candidates have avoided going to jail for the stuff each claims about the other in those nasty ads. The incumbent actually starts to seem the saner choice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2006 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Democratic gubernatorial rivals Steve Westly and Phil Angelides each tried to raise new doubts about the other's integrity Monday as they scurried to Memorial Day campaign stops hundreds of miles apart. After paying tribute to the war fallen at San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio, Westly opened the day's ethics clash on a bus ride across the Bay Bridge to Oakland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2005 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
Whoops: Call it an oversight. The campaign manager for state Controller Steve Westly said Friday the controller didn't mean to imply that his chief rival in the race to become the Democratic nominee for governor in 2006 is a "slimy developer." Never mind that the Westly camp e-mailed to Democrats across the state an anonymous quote in a newspaper saying as much about state Treasurer Phil Angelides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2006 | George Skelton
Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly agree on a lot, but they're hardly two peas in a pod. They'd make strikingly different governors. Democratic voters do not face a choice without meaning in Tuesday's primary election. It has been commonplace to attribute the unusually high number of undecided voters in the gubernatorial primary to the candidates' similarities on hot-button issues. And it's true, they measure up pretty equally on a range of litmus tests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2006 | Michael Finnegan and Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writers
In its closing days, the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination has evolved into two parallel contests. There is the tawdry one seen by millions of Californians in TV commercials: a brawl between rivals Phil Angelides and Steve Westly over corruption and environmental misdeeds.
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