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November 24, 1999 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday announced he will step aside next spring and back his friend and fellow Democrat Bob Hertzberg to succeed him as the lower house's second successive leader from the Los Angeles area. Villaraigosa, a former union organizer who has been speaker for nearly two years, displayed some wistfulness about giving up the high-profile post to focus on his bid to win election as mayor of Los Angeles in 2001.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With Antonio Villaraigosa's announcement Tuesday that he will step down as Assembly speaker next spring to campaign for mayor of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley is virtually assured of reaping political benefits as one of its lawmakers is elected speaker for the first time in a quarter century.
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November 21, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
Larry Houlgate is a university professor from California's central coast who is presently on a sabbatical leave in the south of France. He and his wife have been living in the Provence region since September, in a quaint rented house. Their village is so small that it appears on few maps. Houlgate spent two years preparing for this getaway. He is writing a book and won't return to his San Luis Obispo home until the end of March.
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October 14, 1999 | TED ROHRLICH and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One day last summer, state Sen. Richard Polanco was probably about as close to heaven as a machine politician can get in California. With Gray Davis as the first Democratic governor in 16 years, a patronage feast was underway. And the man in charge of the seating was a young lawyer-lobbyist whom Polanco recommended for the job. Polanco had a staffer place a call to the man, Dario Frommer, whose assignment was to vet Davis' potential appointees. Three minutes later, Frommer called back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1999
Lawyer Daniel Gonzalez, who lost a bid for Congress last year, announced Thursday that he is running to replace veteran state Sen. Cathie Wright, who is leaving office because of term limits. Gonzalez, 43, becomes the first Democrat in the March primary race for a seat that Republicans have held since the early 1970s. Two prominent Republicans--Northridge Assemblyman Tom McClintock and Ventura County Supervisor Judy Mikels--have announced that they are in the race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now that the sun has set on that rollicking rite of fall in Sacramento--the frantic deal making, lobbying and maneuvering that cap the annual legislative session--San Fernando Valley lawmakers look back with satisfaction, boasting more successes than failures. As might be expected for a Democrat-controlled Legislature working with a Democratic governor for the first time in 16 years, Democrats, who make up the bulk of the local delegation, appeared happier than Republicans. But working with Gov.
NEWS
September 12, 1999 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What makes California's governor act the way he does? Elected as a Democrat last November, Gov. Gray Davis often performs more like a moderate Republican. Of the 14 measures he vetoed in his first eight months or so in office, 13 were from his own party. On crime and punishment, he is virtually indistinguishable from his GOP predecessor. Democratic legislators have groused repeatedly about the purposeful way in which Davis has pursued a middle course.
NEWS
September 12, 1999 | MARK GLADSTONE and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Liquor flowed and tongues loosened as Democrats celebrated the end of the 1999 lawmaking session with their annual bash. The butt of most of the jokes was their own Democratic governor, Gray Davis. In a year that was supposed to be a celebration of Democratic Party dominance, the evening of satire took on a strangely hard edge. In skits inspired by 1960s and '70s TV sitcoms, the Democrats, including at least five male legislators in drag, skewered Davis for rejecting their bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assembly Democrats, as expected, revived legislation Wednesday to protect bus workers in case new transit zones, including one proposed for the Valley, are spun off from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The action came in response to a move by Republicans to stall the controversial bill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Hertzberg buzzes over to a bookcase and proudly displays the type of innovation that embodies his philosophy of government and, he believes, will help him become the next speaker of the California Assembly. It is an encyclopedic set of training manuals--legislative Cliff's Notes for the hordes of freshman lawmakers now populating the lower house.
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