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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As last-minute politicking intensified Tuesday, a unanimous Los Angeles City Council urged county transportation commissioners to back off their attempt to fire transit chief Franklin E. White, and African American leaders condemned the effort as "a witch hunt."
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December 21, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was the kind of public cleansing--a virtual indictment of an entire agency by its top executive--that could be delivered only by a man who knew he would soon be out of a job. Contract "fixes," election-year boondoggles, special interest "money trains"--such things had been rumored long before Wednesday. Government whistle-blowers would whisper the allegations, law enforcement agents would investigate them, and community gadflies would shout about them from the top of their soapboxes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board averted a showdown over whether to fire the agency's chief executive Wednesday, as Mayor Richard Riordan and other critics were stymied in their attempts to force an immediate vote on the emotional issue. After a 2 1/2-hour closed-door meeting that grew so heated that shouts were heard outside, the board unanimously postponed a decision on the fate of Chief Executive Officer Franklin E. White.
NEWS
December 21, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Franklin E. White's brief but tumultuous tenure as the first chief of the county's super-transit agency came to a bitter end Wednesday, hours after White issued a scathing assessment of an operation that he characterized as an out of control "money train."
NEWS
February 5, 1993 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Meeting for the first time Thursday, the county's newly formed transit mega-agency selected Franklin White, New York state's transportation commissioner, as its first chief executive officer to oversee the region's $183-billion, 400-mile rail and bus network.
NEWS
December 16, 1995 | BILL BOYARSKY
We got a lesson in secret government Friday from Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and the other Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee members who recommended firing Franklin White as boss of the MTA. The committee's recommendation, expected to be accepted by the full MTA board next week, is important to everyone in Los Angeles County, even those who don't ride the buses and trains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1994
With billions of dollars going into subway and rail construction projects in Los Angeles, how can we ensure that the public is getting a first-rate system, one that is safe and cost-effective? That's undeniably the Metropolitan Transit Authority's responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1993 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to resolve a long-standing controversy, the new leader of the Los Angeles County transit agency recommended Monday that only one headquarters building be constructed for the agency--not the two that were planned. Franklin White, head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, issued his position in a memo to Mayor Tom Bradley and the other two members of a three-member committee that will analyze the issue of building space. It was distributed to MTA board members Monday.
OPINION
October 23, 1994
Franklin White's commentary, "Transit Can't Think Short Term" (Oct. 14), is patently absurd. He claims that raising bus fares and abolishing monthly passes will relieve gridlocked streets and freeways. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board's decision to do just that prompted me to buy an old junk car last month after depending solely on the bus system for the past five years. If the gridlock I have been experiencing as a born-again driver is an improvement, it must have been horrendous when the monthly passes kept me riding the buses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under attack from Sacramento, local transit officials pledged Tuesday that they will no longer allow unlicensed engineers to make key decisions on the battered subway project, but the assurances did little to mollify one influential state legislator who called for the firing of the transit agency's chief executive. "This agency is a laughingstock in the nation," said state Sen. Richard G. Polanco (D-Los Angeles), who told a crowded hearing room that he had "lost confidence" in Franklin E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As last-minute politicking intensified Tuesday, a unanimous Los Angeles City Council urged county transportation commissioners to back off their attempt to fire transit chief Franklin E. White, and African American leaders condemned the effort as "a witch hunt."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1995 | BILL BOYARSKY
Don't expect Franklin E. White's enemies to give all the reasons they are trying to fire him as chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Rather, their motives will be hidden in a fog of double talk if, as expected, the anti-White cabal engineers his removal at a meeting of the MTA board today. That is clear from a reading of the evaluation forms filled out by a board personnel committee that recommended White's firing last week.
NEWS
December 16, 1995 | BILL BOYARSKY
We got a lesson in secret government Friday from Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and the other Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee members who recommended firing Franklin White as boss of the MTA. The committee's recommendation, expected to be accepted by the full MTA board next week, is important to everyone in Los Angeles County, even those who don't ride the buses and trains.
NEWS
December 16, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After an intense, behind-the-scenes campaign led by Mayor Richard Riordan, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee Friday recommended the firing of transit chief Franklin E. White, virtually assuring that he will become the top casualty in the battered agency's bid to rebound from a string of embarrassing setbacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1995 | BILL BOYARSKY
Last Thursday, I took the subway over to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make a condolence call on a man expected to become a major victim of the Riordan revolution, Franklin White, the MTA's chief executive officer. Most people are unaware that the Riordan revolution is taking place. Mayor Richard Riordan often appears aimless and disorganized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority averted a showdown over whether to fire the agency's leader Wednesday, opting instead to study the question as it weighs the future of the region's troubled rail and bus system. The decision leaves MTA Chief Executive Officer Franklin E. White in his $178,000-a-year job at least temporarily in the face of increasingly strident criticism from some board members over the leadership of the multibillion-dollar agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1995 | BILL BOYARSKY
Last Thursday, I took the subway over to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make a condolence call on a man expected to become a major victim of the Riordan revolution, Franklin White, the MTA's chief executive officer. Most people are unaware that the Riordan revolution is taking place. Mayor Richard Riordan often appears aimless and disorganized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1993 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his last 8:30 a.m. staff meeting before coming to Los Angeles to head the behemoth local transit agency, New York State Transportation Commissioner Franklin E. White was still trying to get to the heart of the matter. Slicing through a sea of reports on potholes, high-speed trains and the virtues of one-person snowplow staffs--all densely littered with acronyms and jargon--White tossed out piercing questions: What does this really mean? What are the consequences? Who's pushing this?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1995 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board averted a showdown over whether to fire the agency's chief executive Wednesday, as Mayor Richard Riordan and other critics were stymied in their attempts to force an immediate vote on the emotional issue. After a 2 1/2-hour closed-door meeting that grew so heated that shouts were heard outside, the board unanimously postponed a decision on the fate of Chief Executive Officer Franklin E. White.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1995 | Bill Boyarsky
Throughout recent Los Angeles history, mayors have hidden behind the commissioners they appoint to oversee the huge departments that run the city. Say, for example, the mayor wants a particular city agency to do something controversial. His commissioners get it done for him, while the mayor proclaims that the commissions act independently of him. And never should a system so free of politics be tampered with. Mayor Richard Riordan says he wouldn't have it any other way, too.
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