CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2004 |
Orange County voters may be asked in November to repeal a groundbreaking political-reform law that for 25 years has restricted campaign donations to local candidates. In the absence of the Orange County law, donations would be regulated by more generous state limits that allow, for instance, married couples to contribute 10 times as much. Supervisor Chris Norby floated the idea of a repeal last week as the Board of Supervisors discussed an August deadline to put matters on the November ballot.
November 10, 2002
I wasn't surprised by what I read in your article about the "King of the Hill" writers going to Texas ("Deep in the heart of Arlen, Texas," Oct. 20). I just can't understand why people writing about Texas have to always keep writing the same old mundane stereotypes -- rednecks and barbecue, horses and trucks, twangy talk and country music, etc. Same old garbage from Hollywood. Every book and every movie, from "The Last Picture Show" to "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." When will these people find different material in Texas for a change?
October 27, 2002
The Times endorses selectively, on a case-by-case basis. Here are recommendations for the Nov. 5 election. * Measure A It's scary to imagine what Orange County's political races would look like without Shirley Grindle, the feisty, sandpaper-voiced former engineer who has made a second career of scrubbing local campaigns clean. Her latest attempt, Measure A, is downright tame in comparison with previous reforms but provides needed updates to campaign finance law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2002 |
I've mentioned recent approaches by high-tech panhandlers, including one who asked a driver if he could "spare some cell minutes" and another whose sign read, "www.any sparechange.com." But old-fashioned appeals survive. Cliff and Phyllis Kirst of Glendale spotted a street person with a sign that admitted, "I won't lie. I need beer." Speaking of handouts: In the latest issue of FHM magazine, Heidi Fleiss, once known as the Madam to the Stars, was asked by an interviewer about big tips her workers received.
February 5, 2000 |
Kevin Costner, who played pro golfer Roy McAvoy in the 1996 movie "Tin Cup," told reporters at the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach that he might have given people the wrong impression. "I represent a lot of golfers," said Costner, who is listed as a 16 handicap. "I shoot 7s and 8s all the time. I think making 'Tin Cup' put enormous pressure on me. "People thought I could play, when really it was a cutup movie."
October 20, 1996 |
Here's how my 5-iron wound up among the naked tai chi people on the first full day of the "Golf in the Kingdom" workshop: Our guru-pro, Fred Shoemaker, sets up a cage on the main lawn of the Esalen Institute so we can throw clubs into it. Oh, we hit a few balls first so he can videotape our normal swings. But the idea is to learn how much better we look when we LET GO. So Fred tells us to fling one club after another at a bull's-eye on the back of the cage. Just fling 'em. Let 'em go.