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By Barbara Diamond | February 5, 2009
State Sen. Tom Harman Tom Harman installed new officers and directors of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce at the annual dinner Jan. 30 at Tivoli Too. “It is a pleasure to be here this evening,” said Harman, who represents Laguna in the state legislature. However, Harman has not always been pleased with Laguna and his selection by the chamber to officiate raised some eyebrows. Harman opposed the Caltrans sale of the day labor site to Laguna for the state-appraised price of $18,000, which he pretty much characterized as highway robbery in an editorial made available to the media in January 2008.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | December 22, 2006
Laguna Beach's Day Labor Center has been under fire from anti-illegal immigration groups for more than a year, but one local official who has targeted illegal immigration as his top priority supports the center. State Sen. Tom Harman believes the Laguna Beach Day Labor Center should continue in operation — but should not serve illegal immigrants. Harman is on common ground with David Peck of the Crosscultural Council, the nonprofit group which operates the Laguna Beach Day Labor Center.
NEWS
April 21, 2006
Laguna Beach voters did not turn out in droves for the April 11 open primary for the state's 35th District Senate seat, won by Assemblyman Tom Harman, who squeaked past Diane Harkey in preliminary count. Democrat Larry Caballero ran unopposed to represent his party in the upcoming election. Harkey will pay for a recount. According to the unofficial results, 3,689 ballots were cast in the primary, a mere 20.78% of Laguna's 17,752 registered voters. The biggest turnouts in town were in Three Arch Bay and Top of the World and those barely topped 25% of the registered voters.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | June 4, 2008
Republican voters far outnumbered Democrats in Tuesday's primary race for local legislators. In the primary runup to the November presidential election, Republican incumbent John Campbell will face Democrat Steve Young and Libertarian Don Patterson in the race for the 48th Congressional District. None of the candidates had any opponents in the primary. With all precincts counted, Campbell had 40,457 votes; Young had 18,786 votes, and Patterson had 272 votes. In the 35th State Senatorial district, incumbent Tom Harman, a Republican, and Ginny Mayer, a Democrat, were uncontested in their respective primary races.
NEWS
By TOM HARMAN | January 12, 2007
Sen. Tom Harman released the following statements upon hearing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2007 State of the State Address and proposed budget: Tonight, the governor painted a very optimistic picture of the future of California. I support the concept of many of his proposals but maintain a sense of wariness in regard to how we will pay for such extravagant plans. Government has an obligation to be fiscally prudent with taxpayer dollars: minimizing waste, inefficiency and mismanagement, and increasing accountability.
NEWS
March 12, 2009
State Sen. Tom Harman has introduced legislation designed to strengthen the ability of voters to defend statewide ballot initiatives from what Harman called “politically motivated legal actions.” “SB 617 preserves the rights of Californians to have their voice heard when an initiative is passed and subsequently challenged in our courts,” Harman said. Currently a court has sole discretion as to which interested parties can intervene in a case challenging the constitutionality of an initiative passed by the people.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | November 8, 2007
AeA, the nation’s largest high-tech trade association, has awarded Sen. Tom Harman its Orange County High Tech Legislator of the Year Award for 2007. This award recognizes Harman’s contributions to support the recovery of the high-tech industry in California during the 2007 legislative session.   "Sen. Harman emerged this past year as a leading voice against technology bans," said Roxanne Gould, AeA’s senior vice president of California Legislative Affairs.
NEWS
January 25, 2008
We have to agree with those who feel betrayed by Sen. Tom Harman and his insistence that Laguna Beach should pay more — a lot more — for the strip of land on which the Day Labor Site sits, or not buy it at all. Harman’s threat to use his legislative powers to derail the city’s acquisition of the parcel is not making him many friends in Laguna Beach — at a time when he is running for reelection. In a bit of convoluted thinking, Harman argues that city taxpayers will be “fleeced” if the city spends $18,000 to purchase the Caltrans right-of-way that has been declared surplus.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | May 2, 2008
State Sen. Tom Harman has been appointed Republican Caucus Whip, the third-highest position in the Republican Caucus. As Whip, Harman will be chiefly responsible for ensuring the enforcement of proper procedures and rules on the floor of the Senate. “It is an honor to have been selected to serve in this leadership role on behalf of my colleagues and I remain fully committed to providing my seatmates the highest level of steadfast protections that they have come to depend on in the past,” Harman said in a written statement to the press.
NEWS
May 5, 2006
Monday's "Day Without an Immigrant" went almost unnoticed in Laguna Beach. With the exception of one or two restaurants and the Day Labor Center ? which closed so employees and laborers could attend the demonstrations ? it was business as usual in the hotels and dining spots that make up the backbone of the city's economy. But the issue of immigrants was apparently on the minds of city voters who tipped the scales in favor of Tom Harman over Diane Harkey. In the aftermath of Harkey's narrow loss to Harman for the Republican nomination for the 35th State Senate seat, some believe that Harkey lost votes in Laguna when she spoke out saying that the city's day labor center should be shut down.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 5, 2009
State Sen. Tom Harman Tom Harman installed new officers and directors of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce at the annual dinner Jan. 30 at Tivoli Too. “It is a pleasure to be here this evening,” said Harman, who represents Laguna in the state legislature. However, Harman has not always been pleased with Laguna and his selection by the chamber to officiate raised some eyebrows. Harman opposed the Caltrans sale of the day labor site to Laguna for the state-appraised price of $18,000, which he pretty much characterized as highway robbery in an editorial made available to the media in January 2008.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 22, 2006
Laguna Beach's Day Labor Center has been under fire from anti-illegal immigration groups for more than a year, but one local official who has targeted illegal immigration as his top priority supports the center. State Sen. Tom Harman believes the Laguna Beach Day Labor Center should continue in operation — but should not serve illegal immigrants. Harman is on common ground with David Peck of the Crosscultural Council, the nonprofit group which operates the Laguna Beach Day Labor Center.
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