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POLITICAL LANDSCAPE:Schiff offers surveillance law

January 06, 2007

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who represents parts of Glendale and Burbank, joined Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake on the first day of the 110th Congressional session to propose legislation that would modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in order to accommodate technological changes and new threats.

Directly pertaining to President George W. Bush's domestic surveillance program, the "NSA Oversight Act" would maintain court supervision over electronic surveillance on the home front.

Surveillance of terrorist activity should be targeted and aggressive, but must also pay heed to the constitutional rights of American citizens, Schiff said.


The proposed legislation would extend the amount of time that government agents can initiate urgent surveillance without obtaining a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court warrant from 72 hours to seven days.

The bill would also bolster Surveillance Act court staff to facilitate faster consideration of warrant applications, requiring a 24-hour turnaround for all applications.

Dreier introduces three new bills

Rep. David Dreier, whose district includes Glendale and Burbank, introduced three bills on Thursday that were aimed at enhancing United States border security and meeting local needs of the foothills.

The Illegal Immigration Enforcement and Social Security Act would amend existing law to enforce restrictions on unauthorized aliens working in the United States.

Dreier's Inland Empire Water Recycling Initiative would authorize $30 million to produce about 100,000 acre-feet of recycled water to replace expensive imported water.

The funds would be given to the Inland Empire Utilities Agency and the Cucamonga Valley Water District.

The third bill would authorize adding $50 million to the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund, which was created to finance the area's Water Quality Authority to clean up perchlorate contamination in the Valley.

Forum offered for candidates, public

Vanguard, a local advocacy group, will present a City Council candidates' forum from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale.

Residents will have the opportunity to meet and greet the incumbents and their challengers and become better informed for the April 3 elections.

Several community members have declared an intent to run for the council, on which two seats — Mayor Dave Weaver's and Councilman Rafi Manoukian's — will be up for grabs.

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