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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | October 24, 2012
The number of hate crimes committed in Los Angeles County rose 15% last year after falling to a 21-year low in 2010, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission announced Wednesday. The commission's annual report on hate crimes documented 489 incidents in 2011, up from 427 the previous year but far below the peak of 1,031 in 2001. Last year also saw more than 220 other incidents involving animosity toward victims' race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation that were reported to law enforcement but did not meet the legal definition of a hate crime.
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November 20, 2008
Letters to the Editor Portantino sends word of thanks Dear Friends — Ellen and I extend our deepest appreciation for the support I received from La Cañada Flintridge on Election Day. This is an amazing community. It was an honor to serve on the City Council and as mayor and it continues to be a tremendous honor to serve the 44th Assembly District. Thank You, — Anthony Portantino , La Cañada Flintridge Marriage is clearly nature’s formula The paucity of a relevant argument for same sex marriage by its proponents is quite stunning.
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By Mary O’Keefe | December 11, 2008
With the first black president-elect, the United States has made a leap forward in dealing with extreme prejudice, but to think that intolerance over race, gender or sexual orientation is history would be wrong. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Chief of Field Operations Region One Neil Tyler, hate crimes and prejudicial thinking is still very much a part of our society. According to reports, L.A. County hate crimes increased by 28% in 2007, while the rest of the nation showed a decrease.
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September 29, 2010
The government is debating whether or not to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the U.S. military's 17-year-old policy prohibiting openly gay and lesbian servicemen and women from serving in the military. Some say that the military would benefit from the repeal. But others like Gen. James Amos, President Obama's nominee to become commandant of the Marine Corps, said changing the law would "weaken morale," according to a story on NPR News. What do you think? Should Don't Ask, Don't Tell be repealed?
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By Mary O’Keefe | October 18, 2007
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has extended its temporary injunction to block NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech from requiring employees to comply with extensive background checks. ?The court extended it to the first week of December,? said Virginia Keeny, attorney for the JPL employees. ?We feel very positive about it. The decision means that the Ninth Circuit did find that the hardship weighed against our clients and that serious constitutional questions were raised.
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By Mary O’Keefe | January 17, 2008
Lawyers for Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees who are suing NASA/Caltech are now preparing briefs for their next court appearance on Feb. 15, as their case moves into the discovery phase and on to district court. On Friday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals came back with a decision in favor of the JPL employees and against NASA/Caltech. ?We did get a decision in the employees? favor from the Ninth Circuit upholding the preliminary injunction,? said Virginia Keeny, one of the attorneys for the scientists and engineers.
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March 6, 2004
March is National Professional Social Work Month, and I'd like to tell you and your readers more about how the social work profession is playing a vital role in our local community. Professional social workers make a meaningful and humanitarian contribution to our La Crescenta, La Cañada, Glendale and Montrose communities and in communities throughout the world. The theme of this year's campaign - "The Power of Social Work: Pass It On" - is intended to help the general public better understand the profession of social work, how it provides for individuals who need help, and how this process benefits everyone in society.
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By Mary O’Keefe | October 11, 2007
Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees who object to “invasive” background checks are holding their collective breath for a ruling expected Friday that will either extend an injunction or require them to comply with the ordered checks. The JPL engineers and scientists have been on a legal roller coaster since Oct. 3 when a federal judge denied their request to block the checks. It was then reviewed Oct. 5 by three judges who sit on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and a temporary injunction was granted.
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By Mary O'Keefe | January 14, 2008
  On Friday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals returned a decision in favor of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees and against NASA/Caltech in an ongoing court battle over security background checks. The case began in August 2007 when employees from JPL/Caltech were required to submit to background checks in accordance to a Bush Administration executive order. The 28 employees who brought the suit claimed that the background checks violated their constitutional rights.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | October 24, 2012
The number of hate crimes committed in Los Angeles County rose 15% last year after falling to a 21-year low in 2010, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission announced Wednesday. The commission's annual report on hate crimes documented 489 incidents in 2011, up from 427 the previous year but far below the peak of 1,031 in 2001. Last year also saw more than 220 other incidents involving animosity toward victims' race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation that were reported to law enforcement but did not meet the legal definition of a hate crime.
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September 29, 2010
The government is debating whether or not to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the U.S. military's 17-year-old policy prohibiting openly gay and lesbian servicemen and women from serving in the military. Some say that the military would benefit from the repeal. But others like Gen. James Amos, President Obama's nominee to become commandant of the Marine Corps, said changing the law would "weaken morale," according to a story on NPR News. What do you think? Should Don't Ask, Don't Tell be repealed?
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By Mary O’Keefe | December 11, 2008
With the first black president-elect, the United States has made a leap forward in dealing with extreme prejudice, but to think that intolerance over race, gender or sexual orientation is history would be wrong. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Chief of Field Operations Region One Neil Tyler, hate crimes and prejudicial thinking is still very much a part of our society. According to reports, L.A. County hate crimes increased by 28% in 2007, while the rest of the nation showed a decrease.
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November 20, 2008
Letters to the Editor Portantino sends word of thanks Dear Friends — Ellen and I extend our deepest appreciation for the support I received from La Cañada Flintridge on Election Day. This is an amazing community. It was an honor to serve on the City Council and as mayor and it continues to be a tremendous honor to serve the 44th Assembly District. Thank You, — Anthony Portantino , La Cañada Flintridge Marriage is clearly nature’s formula The paucity of a relevant argument for same sex marriage by its proponents is quite stunning.
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