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By Charles Cooper | October 15, 2009
La Cañada Flintridge officials expressed their pleasure this week over the governor?s veto of a bill to require extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway in a tunnel to connect to the Foothill (210) Freeway. The city has become a leader in the effort to block the tunnel, expressing concern over traffic impacts and air quality issues on the increasingly crowded 210. Councilman Steve Del Guercio called the bill a ?wolf in sheep?s clothing? and said tunnel advocates have yet to establish the feasibility of the project or the true total cost.
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October 18, 2007
Money sought for improvements to Hahamongna Park The city of Pasadena is continuing to apply for and collect grant funding for recreation improvements to Hahamongna Watershed Park, which borders La Cañada Flintridge. The latest application is for $898,700 in state grant funds to repair and modify a storm drain in Berkshire Avenue that flows into the park. Pasadena already has $1.18 million for the project. The park road over Berkshire Creek will be raised and widened to allow storm water to flow under the park road and provide two traffic lanes.
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By Charles Cooper | October 11, 2007
Freshman Assemblyman Anthony Portantino felt the sting of the governor?s veto pen as his bill, AB 365, was returned without signature. The bill ordered the formation of a task force on state work force needs, to be convened by the California Postsecondary Education Commission. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) told the Valley Sun, ?Obviously I?m disappointed the governor vetoed AB 365, a bill that enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support throughout the legislative process. A recent report by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates that California will soon face a shortage of workers with the advanced education needed to sustain our economy.
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By Charles Cooper | October 2, 2008
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is rapidly clearing his desk of bills which piled up during the great budget battle, and his messages won?t be a pleasure for many legislators, including the two who represent La Cañada Flintridge. The governor used his refusal to sign bills as a stick in his effort to get the budget done. With more than 1,100 bills awaiting action, Schwarzenegger braved the threat of writer?s cramp and set to work on the pile. As of Monday, he had signed 565 bills and vetoed 278, more than the total of 214 he rejected all of last year.
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October 13, 2005
By Charles Cooper Assemblymember Carol Liu this week expressed dismay over the governor's veto of her bill extending the funding for the California Seismic Safety Commission through 2013. Most of the commission's $1.1 million annual budget is funded through an account generated by a surcharge on commercial and residential insurance policies. Two La Cañada residents, Dr. Lucy Jones and former Los Angeles fire chief Don Manning, are commission members, as is La Crescenta resident Andrew Adelman.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill to require the California Department of Transportation to begin selling the homes it owns in Pasadena, South Pasadena and Los Angeles. Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), introduced the bill in July, with the intention of compelling Caltrans to sell any homes not needed for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Long Beach (710) Freeway extension project, and then using the proceeds to fund local transportation projects.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 5, 2011
Los Angeles County will be seeing an influx of criminals as part of the state's prison realignment plan, and state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) told the LCF City Council Monday night that he is concerned about the plan's local impacts. Portantino said the plan, which will see more than 8,000 parolees and 4,000 prisoners transferred from state responsibility to L.A. County Sheriff's supervision and facilities, will result in reduced public safety. “They're supposed to be non-violent felons, but these are still folks who did some serious crimes,” said Portantino.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 3, 2012
Conditions in the 710 gap are slow and go, as Gov. Jerry Brown last week vetoed a bill that would have forced the California Department of Transportation to quickly sell some of the nearly 500 properties it owns in Los Angeles, South Pasadena and Pasadena. In his veto message, Brown said he is working to find a solution in the so-called 710 gap, where transportation officials are studying a 4.5-mile tunnel that would connect the Long Beach (710) Freeway and the Foothill (210) Freeway even as local leaders and residents raise alarms about the proposal.
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December 31, 2010
Glenn R. Watson, a lawyer who was instrumental in the formation of the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Cerritos, Industry, Carson, and who served as city attorney for many cities throughout Southern California for 50 years, died Dec. 26. He was 93. His law firm, Richards, Watson & Gershon, was formed in 1954 with the late state Sens. Richard Richards and Robert G. Beverly, and became known as a leading municipal law firm in California. Watson's first city incorporation was the city of Dairy Valley, whose boosters claimed the city had "3,500 people, 35,000 cows.
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October 1, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill to require the California Department of Transportation to begin selling the homes it owns in Pasadena, South Pasadena and Los Angeles. Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), introduced the bill in July, with the intention of compelling Caltrans to sell any homes not needed for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Long Beach (710) Freeway extension project, and then using the proceeds to fund local transportation projects.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 5, 2011
Los Angeles County will be seeing an influx of criminals as part of the state's prison realignment plan, and state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) told the LCF City Council Monday night that he is concerned about the plan's local impacts. Portantino said the plan, which will see more than 8,000 parolees and 4,000 prisoners transferred from state responsibility to L.A. County Sheriff's supervision and facilities, will result in reduced public safety. “They're supposed to be non-violent felons, but these are still folks who did some serious crimes,” said Portantino.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | October 15, 2009
La Cañada Flintridge officials expressed their pleasure this week over the governor?s veto of a bill to require extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway in a tunnel to connect to the Foothill (210) Freeway. The city has become a leader in the effort to block the tunnel, expressing concern over traffic impacts and air quality issues on the increasingly crowded 210. Councilman Steve Del Guercio called the bill a ?wolf in sheep?s clothing? and said tunnel advocates have yet to establish the feasibility of the project or the true total cost.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | October 2, 2008
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is rapidly clearing his desk of bills which piled up during the great budget battle, and his messages won?t be a pleasure for many legislators, including the two who represent La Cañada Flintridge. The governor used his refusal to sign bills as a stick in his effort to get the budget done. With more than 1,100 bills awaiting action, Schwarzenegger braved the threat of writer?s cramp and set to work on the pile. As of Monday, he had signed 565 bills and vetoed 278, more than the total of 214 he rejected all of last year.
NEWS
October 18, 2007
Money sought for improvements to Hahamongna Park The city of Pasadena is continuing to apply for and collect grant funding for recreation improvements to Hahamongna Watershed Park, which borders La Cañada Flintridge. The latest application is for $898,700 in state grant funds to repair and modify a storm drain in Berkshire Avenue that flows into the park. Pasadena already has $1.18 million for the project. The park road over Berkshire Creek will be raised and widened to allow storm water to flow under the park road and provide two traffic lanes.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | October 11, 2007
Freshman Assemblyman Anthony Portantino felt the sting of the governor?s veto pen as his bill, AB 365, was returned without signature. The bill ordered the formation of a task force on state work force needs, to be convened by the California Postsecondary Education Commission. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) told the Valley Sun, ?Obviously I?m disappointed the governor vetoed AB 365, a bill that enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support throughout the legislative process. A recent report by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates that California will soon face a shortage of workers with the advanced education needed to sustain our economy.
NEWS
October 13, 2005
By Charles Cooper Assemblymember Carol Liu this week expressed dismay over the governor's veto of her bill extending the funding for the California Seismic Safety Commission through 2013. Most of the commission's $1.1 million annual budget is funded through an account generated by a surcharge on commercial and residential insurance policies. Two La Cañada residents, Dr. Lucy Jones and former Los Angeles fire chief Don Manning, are commission members, as is La Crescenta resident Andrew Adelman.
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