Levine bill mandates 3 debates

first_imgBut whether that comes to pass is subject to its own debate. “Everyone’s busy. They’re all multitasking,” said Arthur Asa Berger, an author on numerous books on the media and culture. “There are so many distractions and news is so bad, people are tuned out.” Debates will continue to be ineffective, Levine said, if incumbents are able to dictate the terms. Since the 1970s, no incumbent has agreed to more than two debates, and none has been unseated in that time. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continued the tradition last year, even refining the art of limiting his exposure by holding the sole debate on a Saturday night – typically the lowest night for viewership – up against playoff baseball and college football games. His campaign advisers also carefully set the rules, requiring both candidates to sit at a table with the interviewer, giving more the impression of a friendly conversation than a back-and-forth debate. His Democratic challenger, Phil Angelides, complained – to no avail – that it signaled to voters that it wasn’t a serious confrontation. “I thought the (2006) gubernatorial debate was just an embarrassment,” said Levine, a third-term lawmaker. “We have a democracy that depends on citizens making informed decisions. If we’re not having full debates, citizens aren’t able to make informed decisions.” Levine insists his bill isn’t intended to give either party an advantage, saying that since the seat will be open, nobody knows who the nominees will be in 2010. He hopes his bill will be picked up in the spirit of reform as legislators consider bills on redistricting, term limits and campaign finance. Three debates open up the possibilities, experts say, for more insight into the character, personality and philosophies of the candidates. “It’s important because it’s one of the few opportunities where voters can decide for themselves,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of Sacramento State’s Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media. “They can watch someone answer questions without a script in front of them. They can frame how they feel about someone nonverbally. They view debates as more truthful because they know people can’t mask discomfort in a live setting.” Ned Wigglesworth, policy advocate for California Common Cause, said moving to three debates would send a clear message that the gubernatorial race is critical and that the issues are not so easily condensed into 30-second sound bites. “It would mean greater reflection among voters, greater investment in the elections,” he said. “A lot of voters want easy, clear choices, information in easily digestible forms. A lot of people would rather have information spoon-fed to them rather than take the time to do the research on candidates. Having three debates during the week at night makes it easier for them to take part.” Voters apparently want debates, even if dismal ratings might suggest otherwise. Typically, according to surveys since 1998 by the Public Policy Institute of California, nearly three-fourths of voters say debates are somewhat or very important in deciding their vote. But others see debates as a relic of a previous age, especially in this day of the ubiquitous remote control in the hands of an audience with an increasingly shortened attention span. “We’re a public that demands more connection with our political leaders,” said San Francisco State professor Melissa Camacho, an expert on mass media and culture. “Debates don’t do that, not in the way they’re structured. There have been efforts to make them more palatable, like the town-hall forums that Bill Clinton started, but they really haven’t been successful. “The problem is that the only way you can get a lot of viewers’ interest in politics is through entertainment.” Stan Statham, who is president and CEO of the California Broadcasters Association, also isn’t sure voters would tune in to more debates. He also acknowledges that it would cost stations millions in advertising dollars to air more debates. Still, Statham is ready to support Levine’s legislation. “Anything that would inspire and/or force candidates to participate in debates, we’d love it,” said Statham, a former Republican legislator who moderated the 2006 debate. “The only problem is that by the second and third debates, people are watching the fifth re-runs of `M*A*S*H.’ They’ve made up their minds.” sharmon@cc.times (916) 441-2191160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Lloyd Levine has a plan to transform California’s apathetic masses into avid political consumers – or at least better-informed ones. The Van Nuys Democrat is pushing Assembly Bill 970, which would require three debates between the two major candidates for governor. It also would create a commission that would tinker with various formats to generate greater interest. “It’s the marketplace of ideas,” said Levine, who also co-authored an assisted-suicide bill as well as measures to ban inefficient light bulbs and mandate better care of elephants. “Will it spur interest? I hope so. Some will see all three, but they’ll at least have more opportunities to see one. Those who do see all three will be more informed to make a decision.” last_img

Chambers of commerce

first_imgAgoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, 30101 Agoura Court, Suite 207, Agoura Hills 91301; (818) 889-3150. E-mail: info@agourachamber.org. Web site: agourachamber.org. Contact: Executive Director Alex Soteras. Arleta Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 341365, Arleta 91334; (818) 830-0900. E-mail: arletachamber@aol.com. Contact: President Jose Bonilla. Calabasas Chamber of Commerce, 23564 Calabasas Road, Suite 101, Calabasas 91302; (818) 222-5680. E-mail: info@calabasaschamber.com. Web site: www.calabasaschamber.com. Contact: President Carol Washburn. Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park 91303; (818) 884-4222. E-mail: cpwhchamber@bizla.rr.com. Web site: cpwhchamber.org. Contact: Executive Director Nora Ross. Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce, 10038 Old Depot Plaza Road, Chatsworth 91311; (818) 341-2428. E-mail: chatsworthchamber@socal.rr.com. Web site: www.chatsworthchamber.com. Contact: CEO Nanette Phelan. Encino Chamber of Commerce, 4933 Balboa Blvd., Encino 91316; (818) 789-4711. E-mail: kirsten@encinochamber.org Web site: encinochamber.org; Contact: CEO Kirsten Chung. Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, 17723 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills 91344; (818) 368-3235. E-mail: email@granadachamber.com. Web site: www.granadachamber.com. Contact: Executive Director Mark Serino. Mid Valley Chamber of Commerce, 7120 Hayvenhurst Ave., Suite 114, Van Nuys 91406; (818) 989-0300. E-mail: info@midvalleychamber.com. Web site: www.midvalleychamber.com. Contact: CEO Nancy Hoffman Vanyek. San Fernando Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 990, San Fernando 91341; (818) 361-1184. E-mail: sanfernandochamber@yahoo.com. Web site: www.sanfernando.com. Contact: Executive Director Ana Pena-Arteaga. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, 9401 Reseda Blvd. Suite 100, Northridge 91324; (818) 349-5676. E-mail: info@nvrcc.com. Web site: www.nvrcc.com. Contact: President Wayne Adelstein. Pacoima Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 330249, Pacoima 91331; (818) 834-9860. E-mail: pacoimachamber@pacoima.net. Contact: President Antonio Pizano. Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, 16133 Ventura Blvd., Suite 700, Encino 91436; (818) 464-3484. E-mail: rbccinfo@yahoo.com. Web site: www.regionalblackchambersfv.info. Contact: President M.C. Townsend. Reseda Chamber of Commerce, 18210 Sherman Way, No. 107, Reseda 91335; (818) 345-1920. E-mail: akr1920@aol.com Contact: Executive Director Ann Kinzle. San Fernando Valley Black Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 330220, Pacoima 91333-0220; (818) 890-6005. E-mail: sfv-bc@sanfernandovalleyblackchamber.org. Contact: Chairman Zedar E. Broadous. Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce, 14827 Ventura Blvd., Suite 207, Sherman Oaks 91403; (818) 906-1951. E-mail: chamber@shermanoakschamber.org. Web site: www.shermanoakschamber.org. Contact: Executive Director Alan Ehrlich. Sylmar Chamber of Commerce, 13867 Foothill Blvd., No. 104, Sylmar 91342-3038; (818) 367-1177. E-mail: sylmarchamber@verizon.net. Web site: www.sylmarchamber.biz. Contact: President Cheri Blose. Studio City Chamber of Commerce, c/o CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Editorial Building 2, Suites E & F, Studio City 91604; (818) 655-5916. E-mail: admin@studiocitychamber.com. Web site: www.studiocitychamber.com. Contact: Executive Director Esther Walker. Sunland/Tujunga Chamber of Commerce, 8250 Foothill Blvd., Sunland 91040; (818) 352-4433. Web site: www.stchamber.com. Contact: Executive Director Nancy Raper. Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce, 8133 San Fernando Road, Suite A, Sun Valley 91352; (818) 768-2014. E-mail: info@chambersunvalleyca.org. Web site: www.chambersunvalleyca.org. Contact: Executive Director Jesse Dizon. Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 2312, Toluca Lake 91610; (818) 761-6594. Web site: www.tolucalakechamber.com. Contact: President Roy P. Disney. United Chambers of Commerce, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 208, Sherman Oaks 91403; (818) 981-4491. E-mail: debischultze@unitedchambers.org. Web site: www.unitedchambers.org. Contact: President Debi Schultze. Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, 6369 Bellingham Ave., North Hollywood 91606; (818) 508-5155. E-mail: info@noho.org. Web site: www.noho.org. Contact: Administrator Patti Lippel. Winnetka Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 2051, Winnetka 91306; (818) 998-3833. E-mail: tallent@instanet.com. Contact: President Pauline Tallent. Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1, Woodland Hills 91365; (818) 347-4737. E-mail: info@woodlandhillscc.net. Web site: www.woodlandhillscc.net. Contact: Executive Director Tina Lyn Firestone. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Ham reject Lazio’s £10m offer for striker – but will sell for right price

first_img1 Enner Valencia in action for Colombia Lazio have tabled a £10m offer for West Ham forward Enner Valencia, according to reports in Italy.West Ham are on the lookout for a new striker this summer and with the likes of Andy Carroll ahead of Valencia in the pecking order, the Hammers could be open to allowing the Ecuadorian to depart this summer.However, according to Sky Italia, the Hammers are set to reject Lazio’s original offer and would like at least £13m for the 26-year-old.Valencia’s 2015/16 season was plagued by injuries but he still did enough to impress Lazio in the 24 appearances that he did make.The ball is now back in Lazio’s court and they are expected to return with a higher offer later this week.last_img

WHY ESB WOMAN SANDRA HAS HER HEAD IN THE CLOUDS!

first_imgMost people who know ESB employee Sandra Connolly might not realise she has a head for heights.Sandra touches down!Sitting behind a desk at her Letterkenny office may not inspire images of her being a bit of a daredevil.But Sandra proved she has guts too when she jumped from a plane at more than 10,000ft to land at Carrickfin Airport last week. Sandra’s tandem parachute jump was in aid of a number of charities including MS Ireland, Little Angels, SNAP and Crumlin Children’s Hospital.Sandra managed to raise €2,030 in total with her charity jump.   WHY ESB WOMAN SANDRA HAS HER HEAD IN THE CLOUDS! was last modified: August 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charityparachute jumpSandra Connollylast_img read more

DONEGAL HAS FOURTH HIGHEST ROAD DEATHS THIS YEAR

first_imgDonegal has the fourth highest number of road deaths so far this year.The scene near the fatal collision at Kinnegear Rathmullan on Saturday morning where two lost their lives and two were injured.Photo Francis DiverA total of eight people have died on the county’s roads in 2013.Dublin is the most deadly county so far this year with 13 people perishing on the capital’s roads. The next most lethal area is Galway with 10 deaths is Galway followed by Kildare with nine fatalities on its roads.The latest fatal road crash in Donegal recently claimed the lives of young Letterkenny men Shaun Graham and Matthew Crawford outside Rathmullan. DONEGAL HAS FOURTH HIGHEST ROAD DEATHS THIS YEAR was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalroad deathslast_img read more

SENSATIONAL EASTER MUCKABOUT OVERNIGHT COURSES AT GARTAN

first_imgDue to the popularity of their ‘Muckabout Camps’ Gartan Outdoor Education Centre have decided to run two more camps over the Easter holidays.Great mini-adventures await your children where they get to learn new life skills and make new friends doing everything from building their own rafts to kayaking on Gartan Lake….AND staying overnight.Gartan is running a two-day Muckabout Camp on tomorrow for 2 days – the 15th – 16th and again next week, on Tuesday 23rd until Wednesday 24th April. (Cost €70). For more information log on to www.gartan.com or call 07491 37032 to reserve a place.The 2 day MUCKABOUT stay at Gartan15th – 16th & 23rd – 24th AprilTuesday 10.00 Obstacle course, a real blast, and VERY mucky Raft Building – learn the ropes and build your own! Climbing Wall FUN-damentalsWednesday –  Kayaking with a difference!! Try orienteering on the lakeMountain bikingLearn really KOOL mountain biker skillsArchery & Orienteering 16.00 Home again!! With all your wet, dirty stuff ☺Includes the overnight, breakfast, 1 x lunch & dinner !Take packed lunch with you for Day 1 please!MAD PRICES for these new courses! Get a group of 10 or more together and we’ll give you 10% discount.SENSATIONAL EASTER MUCKABOUT OVERNIGHT COURSES AT GARTAN was last modified: April 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:gartanGartan Outdoor CentreMuckaboutOutdlast_img read more

Report: Raiders signing kicker Matt McCrane with Mike Nugent injured

first_imgThe Raiders are signing kicker Matt McCrane, NFL Network first reported, since Mike Nugent suffered a hip injury in Sunday’s 28-20 loss to the Dolphins.McCrane is an undrafted rookie who spent preseason with the Arizona Cardinals and hit all four of his field goal attempts, including kicks from 53 and 54 yards. McCrane attended Kansas State from 2014-17, where he hit 57-of-66 field goals (86.4 percent) and 133-of-134 extra points (99.3 percent).Nugent, who became Oakland’s starting kicker …last_img

World Cup boost for business confidence

first_img9 July 2010The Business Consumer Index (BCI) rose by 2.8 index points to 84.8 points in June, says the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci).In May, when the index stood at 82, only four sub-indices were positive and this improved to six sub-indices in June with three sub-indices being neutral. Since March this year the BCI has exceeded the level of the corresponding month in 2009.Harnessing momentum“The 2010 Fifa World Cup™ tournament raised positive sentiment domestically and internationally. The success of the tournament could boost domestic business confidence despite indications that the global economy may suffer a depressed economic outlook for the medium term,” said the Chamber.It further added that if the momentum provided by the tournament which draws to an end this week is appropriately harnessed and directed, then longer term economic benefits could be realised.“The thrust must be channelled in the direction of economic success and a business environment that augments and enhances business confidence.”Global recovery ‘fragile’The Chamber also raised caution about the direction in which world economies are headed, even with the global recovery appearing to be under way. It said that though the global recovery appeared to be under way, it remained fragile.In addition, the fiscal policy adjustments in Britain and the Eurozone caused distress.Sacci also noted the deterioration in the current account of the balance of payments in the first quarter 2010.“Exports declined and imports increased at a stage in the business cycle where it should not happen. It is now accepted that rand strength may have contributed to this situation,” it said.Job lossesJob losses, Sacci said, were a concern. In the first quarter of 2010, 79 000 people lost their jobs and indications are that jobs are going to continue being shed in the second quarter of 2010.“These job losses occurred against wage rate increases more than double the inflation rate. With administered prices increasing by more than inflation, a wage rate more than double inflation and the weakening exchange rate, higher inflation can be expected in the medium term,” said Sacci.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Wheat scab update for late May

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wheat is now flowering in parts of central Ohio and will continue to flower in more northern counties later this week and into next week. According to the FHB forecasting system (http://www.wheatscab.psu.edu/), the risk for scab was low in central and northern Ohio for fields flowering earlier this week.Although it rained fairly consistently in mid May, conditions were relatively cool last week, which likely reduced the risk of the scab fungus infecting the wheat spikes. Scab develops best under moderate to warm temperatures and humid conditions. Continue to keep your eyes on the weather and the forecasting system over the next week or so as there is rain in the forecast and warmer temperatures.Fields flowering at the end of this week or early next week (May 25-30) may still be at risk for scab. Prosaro and Caramba are the two fungicides recommended for head scab control. Stay away from the strobilurins when the risk for scab is high as they have been linked to higher grain contamination with vomitoxin. Click on the links below to see updated factsheet # PLPATH-CER-06 for more on head scab of wheat and barley and factsheet # PLPATH-CER-03 for guidelines on how to use and interpret the scab forecasting system.last_img read more

Bump 2.0 Is Live, Adds Social Networks, Wireless Photo Transfer

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Bump, the innovative mobile app that lets you exchange contact information by bumping your phone together with someone else’s, just announced the availability of version 2.0 in the iTunes app store. The app is newly redesigned and has added some features that are simply awesome.The app uses your phone’s location and accelerometer features to send a signal to the Bump server whenever the app is running and your phone shakes. If Bump detects that two users have their phones jostled in the same place, at the same time, the service presumes those two people want to exchange contact info. It’s a great little system, and with the new version users can do even more. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Users can now connect on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. They can even opt to see who they have connections in common with on those social networks. They can send photos from their phone’s photo albums to each other – how cool is that? The company says you can share calendar events between bumpers, too, but I haven’t figured out how to turn that on yet myself.Bump has already proven itself the easiest way to replace business cards – and actually save peoples’ info – between smartphone users. Now it’s even more powerful. The company opened its mobile data sharing API to the world in February, but there’s something to be said for advanced features right inside one single app.Bump 2.0 is an upgrade to the existing app, or can be downloaded via iTunes at this link. Bump 2.0 for Android will be released later this Summer, the company says. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more