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November 12, 2007 | Bill Boyarsky, Bill Boyarsky, a former city editor and columnist for The Times, teaches journalism at USC and is the author of the just-published "Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics."
If ethnic relations in Los Angeles seem tense now, it is enlightening to know how much worse they were in the segregated, racist L.A. of post-World War II, when Jesse M. Unruh, an overweight, angry GI Bill vet, enrolled at the University of Southern California. Eventually, Unruh went on to hold state political offices and, for a time, was the most powerful politician in California. He was part of a generation of visionaries that included former governors Earl Warren and Edmund G. Brown Sr.
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OPINION
November 12, 2007 | Bill Boyarsky, Bill Boyarsky, a former city editor and columnist for The Times, teaches journalism at USC and is the author of the just-published "Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics."
If ethnic relations in Los Angeles seem tense now, it is enlightening to know how much worse they were in the segregated, racist L.A. of post-World War II, when Jesse M. Unruh, an overweight, angry GI Bill vet, enrolled at the University of Southern California. Eventually, Unruh went on to hold state political offices and, for a time, was the most powerful politician in California. He was part of a generation of visionaries that included former governors Earl Warren and Edmund G. Brown Sr.
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NEWS
November 4, 1987 | United Press International
A sex and racial discrimination suit has been filed against the 127-year-old Olympic Club by San Francisco, which owns the land occupied by three holes of the club's golf course, site of the 1987 U.S. Open. Controversy arose during the tournament because the club, established in 1860, has no black or female members. City Atty.
NEWS
March 1, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court refused Thursday to extend the state civil rights act to bar discrimination against the poor, ruling that landlords may deny rentals to people who fail to meet minimum-income standards. The decision came in the first major review of the act by the conservative high court and marked an abrupt departure from past decisions granting broad protections even against forms of bias not specifically covered by the law.
NEWS
August 10, 1987 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
Jesse M. Unruh was emotionally eulogized at his funeral Sunday afternoon as a politician who believed that the truest function of government was to protect those least able to protect themselves, and as a "teacher" of government whose students were the state's top political figures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1987 | T.W. McGARRY, Times Staff Writer
Gloria R. Allred, the attorney who has made a career of high-profile lawsuits alleging discrimination against women, has brought an action against a health club chain founded in the San Fernando Valley, accusing it of discrimination against men. An attorney for the health club chain denounced the suit as "a perversion of the anti-discrimination laws" and an assault on women's rights to privacy, especially the rights of shy, overweight women and those who want to escape pickup attempts.
NEWS
December 3, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though she was on welfare, Muriel Jordan thought she could afford the $275 to $360 monthly rent on apartments she saw advertised in the Northern California city of Woodland in September, 1985. She learned that prospective tenants must have monthly incomes equal to three times the monthly rent. With an Aid to Families with Dependent Children benefit of only $698, she could not apply.
NEWS
March 1, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court refused Thursday to extend the state civil rights act to bar discrimination against the poor, ruling that landlords may deny rentals to people who fail to meet minimum-income standards. The decision came in the first major review of the act by the conservative high court and marked an abrupt departure from past decisions granting broad protections even against forms of bias not specifically covered by the law.
REAL ESTATE
August 30, 1992 | From Operation Sentinel
QUESTION: My friend recently signed a rental agreement she thought was month to month, but in fact is a one-year lease. Because she does not speak English, the landlord spoke with her in Spanish. The landlord showed the unit to my friend, asked her to sign a rental agreement that was written in English, and had her pay a deposit. My friend feels that the landlord misled her, and wants to terminate her tenancy with a 30-day notice. What can she do?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1986 | MYRNA OLIVER, Times Legal Affairs Writer
In a stinging rebuke for discriminating against women, Rotary International was ordered by a state appellate court on Monday to reinstate the Duarte chapter it ousted eight years ago for admitting three women members. A 49-page decision written by 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Eugene McClosky reversed a 1983 ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Max F. Deutz that had upheld Duarte's ouster and sanctioned the male-only membership of the international organization.
NEWS
December 3, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though she was on welfare, Muriel Jordan thought she could afford the $275 to $360 monthly rent on apartments she saw advertised in the Northern California city of Woodland in September, 1985. She learned that prospective tenants must have monthly incomes equal to three times the monthly rent. With an Aid to Families with Dependent Children benefit of only $698, she could not apply.
NEWS
November 4, 1987 | United Press International
A sex and racial discrimination suit has been filed against the 127-year-old Olympic Club by San Francisco, which owns the land occupied by three holes of the club's golf course, site of the 1987 U.S. Open. Controversy arose during the tournament because the club, established in 1860, has no black or female members. City Atty.
NEWS
August 10, 1987 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
Jesse M. Unruh was emotionally eulogized at his funeral Sunday afternoon as a politician who believed that the truest function of government was to protect those least able to protect themselves, and as a "teacher" of government whose students were the state's top political figures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1987 | T.W. McGARRY, Times Staff Writer
Gloria R. Allred, the attorney who has made a career of high-profile lawsuits alleging discrimination against women, has brought an action against a health club chain founded in the San Fernando Valley, accusing it of discrimination against men. An attorney for the health club chain denounced the suit as "a perversion of the anti-discrimination laws" and an assault on women's rights to privacy, especially the rights of shy, overweight women and those who want to escape pickup attempts.
NEWS
October 17, 1985
A representative of the gay and lesbian community sued Six Flags Magic Mountain today, alleging that the amusement park discriminates against homosexuals in violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act. "I called last May about renting the park for a Gay Pride Night and they denied it on the grounds that 80% of their staff are minors and they were afraid of getting complaints from their parents," Valerie Heekin, 31, told reporters at Los Angeles Superior Court.
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