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.
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 |
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.
July 12, 1997 |
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.