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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Richard Alatorre said Wednesday that he is taking five weeks off for surgery to correct what his aides called "very serious" stomach and esophageal problems caused by a ruptured diaphragm. The operation is scheduled for Friday, and the 54-year-old Eastside councilman expects to be hospitalized for about a week. "The councilman has had a history of stomach problems," said Luisa Campano, Alatorre's deputy chief of staff.
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OPINION
January 24, 1999
I read with great pride "Councilman Alatorre to Retire When Term Ends" (Jan. 16), on Richard Alatorre, after having been a personal witness the day before, when many friends and family of the Eastside Latino leader gathered at City Council chambers in tears as he made his announcement that he was not seeking reelection in the 14th District. To many who were the beneficiaries of this man's 28 years of service, which speak for themselves, it was a disappointment to see the Jan. 17 news analysis from Rich Connell and Robert J. Lopez, as they blatantly attacked Alatorre once again.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1986
I urge Councilman Alatorre to reconsider his proposed changes for the City Council districts, particularly Michael Woo's 13th District. This change could only divide our communities. My people could lose the only seat we have in the City Council. Please do not place Michael into a heavyily Hispanic area that would be better served by a Hispanic councilman. VICTOR S. SY Los Angeles
NEWS
January 16, 1999 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre, the veteran state and local lawmaker long a power in Latino politics and currently the target of a federal corruption investigation, announced Friday that he will retire from elected office this year. Alatorre has been counseled by his closest allies for weeks to end his 14-year council career when his term expires this summer, avoiding a tough reelection campaign in which foes would have brought up the investigation.
OPINION
July 13, 1997
"MTA Probes Charities Promoted by Alatorre" (July 7) is a despicable example of power usurpation and nonprofit mismanagement. Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre and his wife Angie contend no wrongdoing, yet numerous examples prove the contrary. Eventfully Yours [an event-planning firm] operated without a license and continued doing so even after receiving a letter stating the expiration date of the extended license. Angie Alatorre drew a $36,000 annual salary for "part-time" work.
OPINION
January 24, 1999
I read with great pride "Councilman Alatorre to Retire When Term Ends" (Jan. 16), on Richard Alatorre, after having been a personal witness the day before, when many friends and family of the Eastside Latino leader gathered at City Council chambers in tears as he made his announcement that he was not seeking reelection in the 14th District. To many who were the beneficiaries of this man's 28 years of service, which speak for themselves, it was a disappointment to see the Jan. 17 news analysis from Rich Connell and Robert J. Lopez, as they blatantly attacked Alatorre once again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1986
The despicable actions of the majority of our City Council members overriding Mayor Tom Bradley's veto of the Woo-Ferraro redistricting plan has served to complete their subversion of the democratic process. As a representative of my neighborhood group who has been involved with this politically motivated abomination from the beginning, these actions confirm the total lack of integrity of those officials we've entrusted with power. The overwhelming opposition displayed by the hundreds of Valley residents who believed in the democratic process, and who Councilman Alatorre dismissed as an insignificant protest group, has been reminded that the majority of our Los Angeles City Council represent no one's interests but their very own. It's also sad to note that these self-serving interests were reflected in Mayor Bradley's veto when he did not follow this action with any efforts to gain council support, and thereby nullifying the value of his veto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1989
The commentary by Vivien Bonzo, president of the Olvera Street Merchants Assn. (OSMA), regarding the merchants' concerns related to the proposed development reminds me of the civic leader who would expound vociferously that all children in his town should have shoes but deliberately omitted saying that the shoes would be made in his factory. A point that is never revealed in the Olvera Street issue is that OSMA instigated and brought about the Molina bill. AB 1955 is the legislation that established law and the requirement for Los Angeles to accept bids on that portion of El Pueblo known as Olvera Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Richard Alarcon is taking the unprecedented step in his state Senate campaign of sending out about 200,000 fliers, telling voters that he is not Councilman Richard Alatorre, a colleague who is the subject of a wide-ranging federal corruption probe. Caught in one of Southern California's toughest primary races, Alarcon's campaign staff said a recent poll found that up to 17.5% of voters in the San Fernando Valley Senate district confused the two men.
NEWS
July 12, 1997 | RICH CONNELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As an Eastside group Friday defended the integrity of Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alatorre, the powerful politician was coming under scrutiny on a new front: from the city's Ethics Commission. Roughly 60 supporters rallied on Alatorre's behalf after disclosures in The Times that two charities he has championed are under investigation for steering money to an event-planning firm founded by his wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1998 | RICH CONNELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alatorre on Wednesday denied as "absolutely untrue" allegations that he repeatedly used cocaine with a contractor and convicted narcotics offender while helping him obtain local government contracts. Responding to a story in The Times, the veteran Eastside lawmaker told reporters at City Hall that the newspaper's story was based on unreliable sources and amounted to an "outrageous" attack on his character.
NEWS
June 3, 1998 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre repeatedly used cocaine with a friend and convicted narcotics offender while aggressively helping him obtain government business, according to allegations contained in court documents and supported by interviews. Alatorre's ties to Julian G. Carrasco date back more than 20 years, when the waste hauler and demolition specialist pleaded guilty to possessing and intending to distribute heroin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1998 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan received the resignation of Airport Commission President Daniel Garcia on Thursday, but he still declined to press embattled City Councilman Richard Alatorre to step down from the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. According to sources close to the mayor and councilman, however, Alatorre has discussed with Riordan the possibility of leaving the agency, which he serves at the mayor's pleasure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Richard Alarcon is taking the unprecedented step in his state Senate campaign of sending out about 200,000 fliers, telling voters that he is not Councilman Richard Alatorre, a colleague who is the subject of a wide-ranging federal corruption probe. Caught in one of Southern California's toughest primary races, Alarcon's campaign staff said a recent poll found that up to 17.5% of voters in the San Fernando Valley Senate district confused the two men.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Richard Alatorre said Wednesday that he is taking five weeks off for surgery to correct what his aides called "very serious" stomach and esophageal problems caused by a ruptured diaphragm. The operation is scheduled for Friday, and the 54-year-old Eastside councilman expects to be hospitalized for about a week. "The councilman has had a history of stomach problems," said Luisa Campano, Alatorre's deputy chief of staff.
NEWS
December 23, 1997 | RICH CONNELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre, struggling to purchase a new home last year, received a wide range of help from associates of a businessman with a multimillion-dollar deal being championed at City Hall by the lawmaker, a Times investigation has found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1998 | RICH CONNELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alatorre on Wednesday denied as "absolutely untrue" allegations that he repeatedly used cocaine with a contractor and convicted narcotics offender while helping him obtain local government contracts. Responding to a story in The Times, the veteran Eastside lawmaker told reporters at City Hall that the newspaper's story was based on unreliable sources and amounted to an "outrageous" attack on his character.
NEWS
June 3, 1998 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre repeatedly used cocaine with a friend and convicted narcotics offender while aggressively helping him obtain government business, according to allegations contained in court documents and supported by interviews. Alatorre's ties to Julian G. Carrasco date back more than 20 years, when the waste hauler and demolition specialist pleaded guilty to possessing and intending to distribute heroin.
OPINION
July 13, 1997
"MTA Probes Charities Promoted by Alatorre" (July 7) is a despicable example of power usurpation and nonprofit mismanagement. Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre and his wife Angie contend no wrongdoing, yet numerous examples prove the contrary. Eventfully Yours [an event-planning firm] operated without a license and continued doing so even after receiving a letter stating the expiration date of the extended license. Angie Alatorre drew a $36,000 annual salary for "part-time" work.
NEWS
July 12, 1997 | RICH CONNELL and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As an Eastside group Friday defended the integrity of Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alatorre, the powerful politician was coming under scrutiny on a new front: from the city's Ethics Commission. Roughly 60 supporters rallied on Alatorre's behalf after disclosures in The Times that two charities he has championed are under investigation for steering money to an event-planning firm founded by his wife.
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