- Newsmaker:State Issues Fishing Ban off Channel Islands
Some 500 people attended a meeting of the State Fish and Game Commission in Santa Barbara last night. Many, including sport and commercial fishermen, were angered by the Commission-s creation of America-s third largest underwater park off the Channel Islands, complete with a ban on fishing. Melinda Burns, senior environmental writer for the Santa Barbara News Press, reports on the Commission-s precedent setting decision.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Republican Nominee for State Insurance Commissioner
We tried to set a debate between the major candidates for state Insurance Commissioner. Democrat John Garamendi-s campaign declined each date, refused to suggest another, and finally stopped returning our calls. Republican Gary Mendoza was ready to talk any time. The former state corporations commissioner and deputy to LA Mayor Richard Riordan, vows to get companies scrambling for business rather than customers struggling for coverage.