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February 17, 2010 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Daryl F. Gates, whose controversial tenure heading the Los Angeles Police Department continues to make him a polarizing figure 18 years after his retirement, is ill with a "very serious malady," Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Tuesday. Beck did not disclose the nature of the illness, but officials with knowledge of the former chief's condition said the 83-year-old Gates has been in an Orange County hospital with bladder cancer that has spread to the bones near his hip. Gates has been receiving radiation treatments, and his doctors want him to start chemotherapy for a tumor in his bladder.
January 9, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has committed to remaining in his post for an additional year, keeping him in office at least through the next crucial Afghanistan strategy review this year. In Pentagon circles, speculation about Gates' intentions had been intense. When President Obama first announced that he intended to keep Gates as Defense secretary, some experts predicted he would stay on only for the first year of the administration. Originally appointed by former President George W. Bush, Gates is the first Defense secretary to serve under presidents of different parties.
January 11, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
China's military conducted the first flight test of an experimental stealth fighter Tuesday, apparently without informing the country's civilian leadership in advance and only hours before Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with the Chinese president to discuss improving military ties. The test flight of the J-20 fighter seemed to represent a snub of Gates from China's military establishment during his three-day visit to Beijing and to deepen questions about how much control its civilian leadership exercises over the armed forces, which have often taken a harder line on improving relations with the U.S. When Gates mentioned the test in an afternoon meeting with President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People, it was initially clear that neither Hu nor any of the other Chinese civilian officials present were aware that it had occurred, according to a senior U.S. Defense Department official.
July 29, 2010 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
The disclosure of classified reports about the Afghanistan war revealed tactics to the enemy and could endanger individuals who provided intelligence to the U.S. and its allies, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday. Gates called the disclosure of the documents a "major security breach" and said "the battlefield consequences are potentially severe and dangerous." His statements were his first public comments since the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks posted more than 70,000 war documents from 2004 to 2009 on its website Sunday.
March 26, 1991
I am appalled by the brutal beating of King. I am also appalled by The Times' swift editorial plea for Gates to resign. If we are to assume that Gates' management brought on this violent act and that the individuals involved were not independently responsible, then we must assume that Mayor Tom Bradley should also resign because of the climate of continuing unethical behavior of his appointees. Certainly leaders of this community seem to have different sets of values in this situation.
February 17, 1991 | After the killing of policewoman Tina Kerbrat, Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates made remarks that many Salvadorans find insulting. Among them was his labeling of the killer as "an El Savadoran drunk--a drunk who doesn't belong here." An editorial in LA OPINION, from which this is excerpted, calls for Gates' ouster
This is not the first time that Gates has made this type of insulting or excessive comment. These continuous rebuffs against minority groups clearly show that Gates is evidently not qualified for a position such as chief of police of a metropolis characterized by its ethnic and racial diversity. It is deplorable that Gates has sought to use (this killing) as a pretext to discredit a whole group.
Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates endorsed embattled City Councilman Hal Bernson for reelection Friday, saying he was "shocked at the attacks on Hal's record" by challenger Julie Korenstein. A Korenstein spokesman said the endorsement was improper and criticized Gates and Bernson for injecting politics into the Police Department at a time when it is under intense scrutiny because of the Rodney G. King beating.
May 9, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes, Tribune Washington Bureau
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Saturday that he wanted to sharply cut the military bureaucracy and rein in expenditures on armed forces healthcare and departmental overhead as part of an effort to tame runaway Pentagon spending. Speaking at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library here, Gates presented a roadmap for what might be his last months in office and his final major Pentagon reform push. Gates said his priority was to flatten a hierarchical military command structure and eliminate military offices and agencies that have little direct role in fighting the nation's wars.
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