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Senator blocks judicial post

December 01, 2007

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is blocking the nomination of former Rep. James E. Rogan to the federal bench, citing concerns about his lead role in the impeachment proceedings of former President Bill Clinton and conservative stances on gun control and abortion.

“Congressman Rogan was one of the most enthusiastic backers of impeachment — he thought President Clinton had committed high crimes and misdemeanors,” said Boxer’s spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz.

“The Senate certainly disagreed with that conclusion, as did Sen. Boxer.”

Rogan, currently a judge of the Superior Court of California, left Congress in 2000 when he lost his seat to Rep. Adam Schiff, who represents Pasadena, Burbank and Glendale.

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As a former prosecutor, Rogan was selected to be one of 13 House managers to preside over the impeachment trial of Clinton in 1998.

In what remains the most expensive House race in American history, Rogan lost the $11- million campaign to the Democrat Schiff.

In July 2006, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Rogan to serve as a judge on the Superior Court of California in Orange County and, in January 2007, President Bush nominated Rogan for a federal judgeship on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Krekorian to address state’s water crisis

Assemblyman Paul Krekorian and Jeff Kightlinger, general manager of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Water District, will discuss pressing state water issues at a public information session from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The Castaway restaurant in Burbank.

The event is full, but due to high interest in the event, Krekorian’s office and the water district are planning to host a similar session in the near future, district officials said.

Krekorian, who serves on the governor’s special committee on water, said he plans to update attendees on competing interests in Sacramento over proposed water infrastructure improvements.

“California is right now facing a real crisis in its water supply and water quality,” Krekorian said.

“The Legislature is focusing a great deal right now on infrastructure needs and planning for future water demand, so this is an opportunity for us to help provide some additional information to members of the public and the business community who have concerns about where California is in developing its water resources and for me, conversely, to draw input from them.”

Legislators have so far clashed over whether about half of the $10 billion in water infrastructure funds provided in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal should be used to create new dams and replace an existing one, Krekorian said.

Kightlinger is expected to brief attendees on the many challenges facing the state’s drinking water supply, including the ongoing Colorado River drought, the recent record-setting dry rain year, water supply and water-quality issues facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta and also address proposed solutions.


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