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December 19, 1999
"Panel Election Poses Test for CRA Project," Dec. 14. Shame on Councilman Alex Padilla. He was voted to the City Council to represent his constituents, not to be a lobbyist for the wealthy developers and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) bureaucrats. I find it disturbing that he has ventured into his community to gather votes for individuals who are pro-CRA. For the past six months, he has been asked by members of his community to get more involved in the issue, but he avoided the conflict by telling people, "Let the process work."
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March 8, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY and SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even though he faces no opponent, Councilman Alex Padilla has still raised more than $148,000 for his reelection campaign in the 7th Council District. That's more--much more, in some cases--than many lesser-known candidates struggling to capture other Valley seats. Padilla launched his campaign last year anticipating some type of challenge, said his spokesman, David Gershwin. But even after no rival stepped forward, Padilla's fund-raising machine continued to grind.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2000
Re "A Recent History of the Valley," Jan. 2 It was appalling to see J.D. Crowe's drawing of Councilman Alex Padilla as "the scarecrow in search of a . . . clue," and Dorothy chiming in with, "You don't need a brain . . .." Padilla, an MIT graduate who has dedicated himself to public service, has used his brain to get a new police station and a new fire station for the northeast Valley. He has also used his brain to begin the process of building a home for a Youth Opportunities Program in Pacoima that will provide alternative education, job training and hope to young people throughout the Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2000
Even though I still work and was raised in Pacoima, I must be one of the outsiders against the CRA [Community Redevelopment Agency] that Councilman Alex Padilla referred to at the last meeting held at the Boys Club. Yes I'm an outsider; I'm an outsider to the process. Padilla is my voice in community matters, but he can't hear me. He seems to hear only what the CRA mandates. I work seven days a week in my market located in the heart of the CRA target area. I wasn't invited to ride on the buses the day the PAC [Project Area Committee]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1999
Re "Plan to Redevelop Valley Area in Jeopardy," Nov. 1. I find Councilman Alex Padilla's response to the [Community Redevelopment Agency's] plans a bit ironic. He ran for office on the basis that his youth would offer the district a new vision. Well, I think someone needs to inform the youngster that advocating growth by using public funds that end up in the hands of private developers is as old as the hills. If Padilla is not careful, he'll end up being an ingredient in the CRA's bureaucratic soup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2000
Even though I still work and was raised in Pacoima, I must be one of the outsiders against the CRA [Community Redevelopment Agency] that Councilman Alex Padilla referred to at the last meeting held at the Boys Club. Yes I'm an outsider; I'm an outsider to the process. Padilla is my voice in community matters, but he can't hear me. He seems to hear only what the CRA mandates. I work seven days a week in my market located in the heart of the CRA target area. I wasn't invited to ride on the buses the day the PAC [Project Area Committee]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY and SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even though he faces no opponent, Councilman Alex Padilla has still raised more than $148,000 for his reelection campaign in the 7th Council District. That's more--much more, in some cases--than many lesser-known candidates struggling to capture other Valley seats. Padilla launched his campaign last year anticipating some type of challenge, said his spokesman, David Gershwin. But even after no rival stepped forward, Padilla's fund-raising machine continued to grind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing new threats to a proposed redevelopment project in the northeast San Fernando Valley, City Councilman Alex Padilla proposed Monday to prohibit the city from forcibly taking residential land in the area. Opponents of the 6,835-acre northeast Valley redevelopment project area have focused their attacks on eminent domain, the Community Redevelopment Agency's power to force homeowners and businesses to sell their properties. "It has been a lightning rod," Padilla said.
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July 29, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The city attorney's office announced Friday that it would not file charges against Felipe Fuentes, the chief of staff for Councilman Alex Padilla. Fuentes was the subject of a citizen's arrest in April after he allegedly pushed a Padilla campaign aide who was being fired. A hearing was held last month.
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March 17, 2000 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
Volunteers will search out trash and graffiti to eradicate Saturday as part of a sixth cleanup sponsored by Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla and the Northeast Community Improvement Assn. Community volunteers will meet at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Vaughn Street at 8 a.m. and work until 11:30 a.m., picking up trash and painting over graffiti.
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May 23, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing new threats to a proposed redevelopment project in the northeast San Fernando Valley, City Councilman Alex Padilla proposed Monday to prohibit the city from forcibly taking residential land in the area. Opponents of the 6,835-acre northeast Valley redevelopment project area have focused their attacks on eminent domain, the Community Redevelopment Agency's power to force homeowners and businesses to sell their properties. "It has been a lightning rod," Padilla said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2000
Re "A Recent History of the Valley," Jan. 2 It was appalling to see J.D. Crowe's drawing of Councilman Alex Padilla as "the scarecrow in search of a . . . clue," and Dorothy chiming in with, "You don't need a brain . . .." Padilla, an MIT graduate who has dedicated himself to public service, has used his brain to get a new police station and a new fire station for the northeast Valley. He has also used his brain to begin the process of building a home for a Youth Opportunities Program in Pacoima that will provide alternative education, job training and hope to young people throughout the Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1999
"Panel Election Poses Test for CRA Project," Dec. 14. Shame on Councilman Alex Padilla. He was voted to the City Council to represent his constituents, not to be a lobbyist for the wealthy developers and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) bureaucrats. I find it disturbing that he has ventured into his community to gather votes for individuals who are pro-CRA. For the past six months, he has been asked by members of his community to get more involved in the issue, but he avoided the conflict by telling people, "Let the process work."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1999
Re "Plan to Redevelop Valley Area in Jeopardy," Nov. 1. I find Councilman Alex Padilla's response to the [Community Redevelopment Agency's] plans a bit ironic. He ran for office on the basis that his youth would offer the district a new vision. Well, I think someone needs to inform the youngster that advocating growth by using public funds that end up in the hands of private developers is as old as the hills. If Padilla is not careful, he'll end up being an ingredient in the CRA's bureaucratic soup.
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