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By Abraham Meltzer | July 4, 2009
On May 26, in Strauss v. Horton, the California Supreme Court held 6 to 1 that Proposition 8 lawfully bars same-sex couples from marrying . The high court’s majority opinion is harmful for two reasons: It supports group bias against gays, and it essentially removes the equal protection clause from California’s Constitution. From my perspective as a heterosexual married man with children, I believe our society will be better — for both gay and straight people — if and when consenting gay and lesbian adults are allowed to marry.
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By Allen E. Brandstater | January 7, 2009
Regarding “In Theorist misses the mark yet again,” Mailbag, Saturday: Someone does need “a refresher course in American history regarding the ‘pilgrims’ and our ‘revolutionary forefathers,’” but it’s not the Rev. Bryan Griem. Rather, it’s the author of the letter to the editor, Cynthia Cavanaugh, who’s in need of a refresher course. Cavanaugh reflects as to “why our forefathers established a separation of church and state in our Constitution.
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November 21, 2009
California’s expected deficit of $21 billion in mid-2011, projected by the California legislative analyst’s office on Wednesday, was a signal to lawmakers that the state’s spending habits remain flawed, even after recent budget fixes, they said. The state’s fiscal troubles will not end this year, with the deficit continuing to fall $20 billion short of California’s annual spending requirements unless significant budgetary changes are made, according to a report from the office.
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By: Darleene Barrientos | September 3, 2005
Several bills introduced by state Sen. Jack Scott are on their way to the governor's desk after being passed by the state Assembly this week. A bill aimed at keeping drunk drivers off the streets was passed by the state Assembly Friday by a vote of 55 to 13. Under the bill, if a driver is convicted of driving under the influence in the prior 10 years and is found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.10% or refuses to take a chemical test, police can impound the driver's vehicle for either five or 15 days.
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March 23, 2012
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) joined two other state lawmakers to introduce a measure that would begin the process of nullifying the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial decision that created “super PACs,” which have flooded unlimited corporate money into federal campaigns. The process would include amending the U.S. Constitution to deal with Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission, in which the divided Supreme Court held that corporations are due the same free-speech rights as individuals.
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June 30, 2010
I am writing to express my consternation and outrage at the conversion of the downtown Burbank, 135 E. Olive Ave., post office into a for-profit parking lot after 6 p.m. Let me get this straight: When I get off work at 7 p.m., I am expected to pay for the privilege of checking my P.O. Box mail? Apparently, no parking spaces have been reserved for postal patrons. Is that land not public property, paid for and maintained by taxpayers? What's next, having to pay a private company to drive into Wildwood Canyon or Stough Canyon Nature Center?
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By Zain Shauk | July 22, 2009
Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian has come under fire from critics of state government and constituents who say he should step down while he runs for another office. He is campaigning for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council and has already garnered some endorsements, including that of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Krekorian’s supporters have celebrated his efforts on legislation to promote in-state film and television projects and to increase green energy production.
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By Abraham Meltzer | July 4, 2009
On May 26, in Strauss v. Horton, the California Supreme Court held 6 to 1 that Proposition 8 lawfully bars same-sex couples from marrying . The high court’s majority opinion is harmful for two reasons: It supports group bias against gays, and it essentially removes the equal protection clause from California’s Constitution. From my perspective as a heterosexual married man with children, I believe our society will be better — for both gay and straight people — if and when consenting gay and lesbian adults are allowed to marry.
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By Allen E. Brandstater | January 7, 2009
Regarding “In Theorist misses the mark yet again,” Mailbag, Saturday: Someone does need “a refresher course in American history regarding the ‘pilgrims’ and our ‘revolutionary forefathers,’” but it’s not the Rev. Bryan Griem. Rather, it’s the author of the letter to the editor, Cynthia Cavanaugh, who’s in need of a refresher course. Cavanaugh reflects as to “why our forefathers established a separation of church and state in our Constitution.
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