CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 |
From dysfunctional technology to disaffected voters, California's next top elections official is going to have his or her hands full. But all of the six men who have filed paperwork to run for secretary of state so far said at a candidates forum this week that they could solve those problems and more. The event, co-hosted by the ACLU of Southern California, the League of Women Voters of California and the California Endowment, was the first of four such sessions planned around the state.
March 2, 2014
Re "Swift LAFD hiring cutoff limits pool," Feb. 27 In 2011, Los Angeles voters passed Measure Q, which substantially changed civil service rules for the city. Measure Q eliminated a charter provision requiring the examination process, which includes interviews, to be open to all qualified applicants. The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles opposed Measure Q because of this change. Efficiency should not be allowed to trump fairness and merit in hiring. A "first applications submitted" policy with a 60-second cutoff is not fair to the applicants, who had no idea that their futures depended on being ready to hit the "send" button right at 8 a.m. It is also not fair to Los Angeles residents, who want their Fire Department to hire the best-qualified applicants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- California's refusal to let former state prison inmates vote while they serve community probation terms is under challenge by civil rights groups. On behalf of groups including the League of Women Voters of California, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California and the San Francisco-based Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against California Secretary of State Debra Bowen. The Alameda County Superior Court lawsuit alleges Bowen wrongly told county election supervisors in 2011 that former state prisoners remain ineligible to vote until they finish their probation sentences.
January 29, 2014 |
Like almost all of the State of the Union speeches before it, Tuesday's was visually dominated by men: The television screen filled most of the time with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in dark suits and medium-blue ties; next to Biden, Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner, in a dark suit and pale green tie. Occasionally, the camera would move to the audience, more mixed but still suffused with dark suits. Only during Nancy Pelosi's brief tenure as House speaker, when she was one of the big three dominating the screen, has it been any different.
January 28, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Republicans accused of waging a "war on women" attempted to send a message to the nation with the selection of Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top woman in GOP leadership and a mother of three, to deliver the party's response Tuesday night to President Obama's State of the Union address. The House GOP, though, will send another message just hours before the president visits the House chamber -- voting on a bill called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act, which seeks to expand a prohibition on the use of federal dollars to pay for abortions.
October 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Not long ago, California was so deep in crisis that top officials pleaded with Washington for a financial bailout. A lot has changed. Now, in the wake of the federal government shutdown, many in Washington are looking to California for guidance. Over the last several years, California has upended its entire system of electing politicians. The state has become a national pioneer in efforts aimed at creating a more moderate, responsive body of elected officials less inclined to dig partisan trenches.