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February 7, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The crowded Democratic primary race for the 41st Assembly District is shaping up to be one of the more quirky of the season, pitting a nationally respected manager of a public agency who moved here two years ago against three established, home-grown public servants with state-level ambitions. Four Democrats, two Republicans and a Libertarian are vying for the seat of Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), who is running for the state Senate.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Democratic primary for the 41st Assembly District is shaping up to be one of the quirkier of the season, pitting a nationally respected manager of a public agency who moved here two years ago against three established, home-grown public servants with state-level ambitions. Four Democrats, two Republicans and a Libertarian are scrambling for the seat being vacated by Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), who is running for the state Senate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may come down to a matter of style in the race between Democratic Assemblymen Jack Scott and Scott Wildman, who are vying for Adam Schiff's state Senate seat. Do voters want Scott, a genteel former college president with a soft Texas twang, or do they want Wildman, a hyperkinetic, attention-grabbing former fourth-grade teacher? The winner of the March 7 Democratic primary for the 21st State Senate district will likely face a tough fight against well-funded Republican Paul Zee.
NEWS
December 1, 1999 | JIM NEWTON and BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Political agendas and personal conflicts have conspired to delay the planning of next year's Democratic National Convention, a signature moment for Los Angeles that is being overseen by men so used to having their own ways that President Clinton himself has been called upon to prod them into working together. There are still months to go before the convention is scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles.
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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.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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