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April 21, 2005 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made a bold statement Tuesday: Close the nation's borders to choke off illegal immigration. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez also made a bold statement that day: He would tie up budget negotiations unless the governor restored benefits to injured workers. On Wednesday, both made the same contrite admission: They didn't mean it. The mutual retreat came as two politicians who have been dueling for months sought to blunt a backlash over remarks they couldn't defend.
December 25, 2004 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Fabian Nunez couldn't have risen to power in the Capitol much more quickly than he did. Now, after only two years in the Legislature, he is the Democratic counterweight to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. A 37-year-old union organizer from Los Angeles who jumped ahead of a pack of candidates to lock up the Assembly speakership as a freshman, Nunez has proved himself and matured in important ways, observers say.
October 2, 2004 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
A compromise plan for building badly needed schools on the site of the Ambassador Hotel won over a prominent friend Friday: state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. At a news conference at the jampacked Berendo Middle School, Nunez made it clear that his first choice would be for the Los Angeles Unified School District, which owns the property, to level the historic hotel altogether. But the Los Angeles Democrat said he had decided to embrace a plan backed by Supt.
February 9, 2004 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Fabian Nunez, a 37-year-old former union organizer, takes charge of the California Assembly today in time to deal with a big budget shortfall, primary elections, a new governor and a public more attuned to state government than it has been in years. Nunez (D-Los Angeles) will be sworn in as the 66th Assembly speaker today. He takes a seat with the governor and other top legislative leaders at the table of the "big five," where major conflicts are often resolved.
February 5, 2004 | George Skelton
At first glance, you might figure Fabian Nunez for a legislative intern. Or, perhaps, an eager young staffer. Next Monday, he'll become the Assembly speaker -- the eighth since term limits began taking hold nine years ago. The first two speakers don't really count. They were Republican puppets of departing Speaker Willie Brown and rejected by their own party. Next came a legitimately elected Republican who served one year before the GOP lost control.
January 9, 2004 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
With a resounding "aye," the California Assembly on Thursday formally elected Fabian Nunez, a 37-year-old freshman Democrat from Los Angeles, as its next leader. The voice vote was procedural, as Nunez had informally locked up enough support in November to replace Speaker Herb Wesson (D-Culver City). Nunez will be sworn in and take charge of the 80-member body Feb. 9.
November 21, 2003 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Two of three contenders for the top post in the state Assembly dropped out Thursday, leaving freshman Fabian Nunez, a left-of-center Democrat and former union organizer, as the likely next leader of the Legislature's lower house. Nunez, 36, one of a dozen children of immigrant day laborers, is the favorite pick of current Speaker Herb Wesson (D-Culver City).
November 21, 2003 | Nancy Vogel and Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writers
People who know Fabian Nunez well warn against being deceived by his boyish face and kid-next-door demeanor. In their view, the 36-year-old freshman Democratic legislator from Los Angeles may be young and inexperienced as he prepares to become Assembly speaker, one of the most powerful political positions in California. But he is also a quick learner, a passionate advocate for the poor and a man who loves to win.
Fabian Nunez, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's highly successful political director, was named Wednesday to head governmental relations for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Nunez leaves the county AFL - CIO after a three-year stint in which labor membership has reached record highs and has exercised a newfound political impact within the city and the county.
November 24, 1994
Thumbs up to Fabian Nunez and to others like him who work on behalf of the oppressed in Pomona and neighboring communities (Nov. 3). Fabian has identified the civil rights movement of the 1990s and taken it to where no one has gone before. If we're waiting for another Cesar Chavez or Martin Luther King Jr., I hope that Fabian and others like him have the sustaining spirit within them to continue the good fight of the oppressed Latinos, especially the undocumented immigrant. As for the charge that he is divisive and extreme in his tactics, what's so radical about wanting peace and justice for the Latino worker, family and students?
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