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September 3, 1987
The Monterey Park and Montebello city councils, which recently agreed to cooperate on projects involving the Pomona Freeway corridor and the Operating Industries landfill, will meet together at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Prime Cut Steak House in Montebello. In July the two councils adopted identical resolutions pledging to work with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency on cleaning up the landfill and planning the future use of landfill property.
April 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
You're the mayor. A guy walks into City Hall and offers to spend half a billion bucks to revitalize property owned by the city, at no cost to the city. What do you say? If you're Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, you call it a taxpayer giveaway. This is not a knock at Tait. This is a tip of the cap toward a mayor who has been so incredibly successful in framing the debate surrounding the Angels' stadium lease negotiations that the process has ground to a dead halt. It has been six months since the Anaheim City Council voted to approve the framework of a deal designed to keep the Angels in town for the long term, and to determine how to cover the estimated $150 million needed to keep Angel Stadium up and running for the long term.
May 21, 1992
Numerous city councils in the Southeast and Long Beach areas have selected new mayors and mayors pro tem in their annual reorganizations. The selections are approved by a majority of council members. The mayor's position is largely ceremonial in most cities, although the mayor presides over City Council meetings. The mayor pro tem assumes the duties of mayor when the mayor is absent or out of the city. City Mayor Mayor Pro Tem Artesia Mary Alyce Soares James Van Horn Bell Jay B.
April 18, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Nearly a decade ago, lawmakers in Los Angeles took an aggressive step to boost the city's languishing Convention Center, granting tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks to spark construction of a 54-story hotel nearby. The strategy worked, bringing 1,000 new rooms to the sleepy neighborhood. Within a few years, hotel developers in the area had secured as much as $508 million in tax benefits over the coming decades. But as downtown continues to boom, some inside and outside City Hall say Los Angeles should be much more selective in giving out tax breaks to lure new hotels.
Britain's ruling Conservative Party on Friday celebrated sweeping successes in the nationwide voting for city council officials held the previous day. The results come a month after the Conservatives fought off a strong challenge from the Labor Party to retain power in the national parliamentary election. Prime Minister John Major, the Conservatives' leader, declared himself "extremely pleased" with the outcome of Thursday's vote, which other Tory officials termed "spectacular."
March 29, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
The City Council this week chastised student officials at Saddleback College for dropping the Pledge of Allegiance from their meeting, but declined to pass a resolution on the subject. Although they angrily denounced Saddleback Associated Student Government President Jeff Haskell, who appeared before them, they voted 3 to 2 against telling another governmental body what to do. "This has nothing to do with the flag," said Councilman Joel T. Lautenschleger said.
January 27, 1991 | DANA PARSONS
As the alarmed messenger said to the king: "The peasants are revolting!" They may not be revolting, but they certainly must seem more annoying than ever to various city councils. In Tustin, 60 citizens stormed out of a recent council meeting, vowing to boycott city businesses over an annexation dispute. In Laguna Niguel, citizens have targeted the entire five-member council for recall. In Irvine, a slow-growth group called Irvine Tomorrow regularly does battle with the council.
It was "Rick Najera Day" on July 18 in Santa Ana, though folks might have missed the one-sentence motion on the City Council agenda to honor the local playwright and actor for his increasing the "awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity." Visitors to Anaheim might have been unaware that they happened upon the city during International Cat Show Day this month.
Voters in Orange County's municipal elections appeared to rack up a number of firsts Tuesday, with early returns indicating Orange would get its first female mayor, Santa Ana its first Latino mayor, and Anaheim its first Latino councilman. And in a surprise development in Fullerton, one of three councilmen ousted in a June recall election was heading for a reelection victory.
August 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A former mayor of Escondido, who was recalled from office 31 years ago amid allegations that he conducted a council meeting while drunk and interfered with police operations, will run for City Council at age 72. Wil Mason, a State Farm insurance agent, denies being drunk or interfering with police. He said he is running for office because the council is overtaxing residents.
April 16, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Los Angeles officials are starting to get serious about freeing up $7.5 million or more in city government funds that are earmarked for visual art, performances or other cultural events, but have been wrapped tightly for years in legal red tape. The unspent funds were rendered all but useless in 2007 when then-City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo ruled that the fees developers are required to pay to fund public art had to be spent within a one-block radius of the construction project that generated the fees.
April 11, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles City Council reversed course and voted Friday to nix part of a plan that city officials said could have inadvertently boosted the pay of top city managers. The council had voted unanimously Wednesday for a salary plan to cover city workers who aren't unionized. A document prepared for the council suggested that under the plan, dozens of city department heads would get a series of pay increases over the next 15 months. Council President Herb Wesson said in a statement Wednesday that City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana had unintentionally included general managers in the document, which “was never our intent.” Wesson spokesman Ed Johnson said that if Mayor Eric Garcetti had signed off on the plan, raises would have automatically been granted to every department head.
April 4, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Production rivals New York and Los Angeles are engaged in a tug of war over the "Late Show. " A day after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti urged CBS to move "Late Show" to L.A. , the New York City Council followed up with its own charm offensive. "For 32 years, 'The Late Show' with David Letterman has been a proud part of New York City's amazing entertainment culture," New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wrote in a letter to CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves. "That is why I'm writing to urge you to keep future production and filming of 'The Late Show' right here in New York City, where the program began and where David Letterman found such great success.
March 31, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Richmond, a small industrial city north of San Francisco, on Tuesday is expected to approve one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country. City leaders will vote a second - and final - time on an ordinance that will boost the hourly minimum wage to $12.30 by 2017, up from $8 an hour currently. The vote in Richmond, a city of about 100,000 residents, would follow a spate of cities and states that have passed increases to their minimum wage. Connecticut, for instance, last week passed a law that will raise the state's rate to $10.10, the same amount President Obama is calling on Congress to approve.
March 24, 2014 | By Steven Hill
Earlier this month, Santa Clarita settled a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit, and in doing so became the first city in California to embrace innovative election rules that could point the way to a more representative politics. The lawsuit, filed last year, grew out of major demographic changes in the city. Not only had Santa Clarita grown by more than 60% since 1990; it had also seen a sharp increase in the city's non-white population, which went from 31% to 44% over a 10-year period, with Latinos now making up almost a third of the city.
March 19, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to pay $185,000 to end a lawsuit over a rear-end collision involving a city car driven by Councilman Jose Huizar. On a 14-0 vote, council members signed off on the payout to David Ceja, a former Huntington Park police officer whose vehicle was struck by Huizar's city-owned SUV in 2012. The council approved the agreement without comment. Because the settlement was treated as a consent item, lawmakers did not discuss the case -- either in open session or behind closed doors -- during the meeting.
March 4, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The L.A. City Council is expected vote Tuesday on a proposal to treat e-cigarettes like conventional cigarettes and prohibit them in nearly every workplace and many outdoor spaces. Lobbyists for the e-cigarette industry have been pushing back, and want to secure exemptions for establishments where "vaping" -- taking a drag of flavored nicotine vapor from an e-cigarette -- is increasingly popular. Backers of the battery-powered e-cigarettes portray them as a godsend for those looking to quit conventional smoking.
March 1, 2014 | By James Rainey
The debate on whether Los Angeles hotel workers should be paid at least $15.37 an hour opened last week with some less-than-expected allies for a "living wage" and some questions from City Council members about whether the proposal goes too far, or not far enough. Two of the city's business titans, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and mall developer Rick Caruso, broke from the standard business-versus-labor divide when they said in interviews they support a higher minimum wage.
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