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June 24, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes is one of a handful of elected officials leaving City Hall next week, part of an exodus of politicians who are stepping aside because of term limits or election-year defeats. But while packing boxes and participating in farewell ceremonies, the term-limited veteran councilman has also become enmeshed in a nasty dispute with the man who will soon replace him in his Eastside council district: veteran state lawmaker Gil Cedillo. Since the May 21 election, Reyes and Cedillo have traded charges and countercharges centering on campaign money, a property deal and thinly veiled allegations of pay to play.
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January 19, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo wants to punish JPMorgan Chase for its various financial misdeeds, possibly by cutting off business with the banking giant. But as city leaders learned a few years ago when Occupy L.A. pushed for a similar divestiture from big banks, outrage can be expensive. Cedillo introduced a motion last week asking city staff to determine how much business the city pension funds and various departments have with JPMorgan Chase - one of many banks under scrutiny for the toxic mortgage schemes that triggered the recent recession - and the time frame and procedures needed to sever ties with it. In a statement, Cedillo declared, "Someone must hold them accountable.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1997
I agree with respected Republican strategist Stu Spencer (Nov. 26) on the fact that the California Republican Party is committing "political suicide" if it doesn't tone down its consistent anti-Latino rhetoric and action. However, it cannot do much as long as Pete Wilson is governor and titular head of its party in Sacramento. A special Assembly race on Nov. 18 clearly showed the extent of the problem. Some 8,000 new Latino voters were the targets of literature that consistently pointed to Wilson and that they should vote for Gil Cedillo because he would "take on" the governor if he was elected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes is one of a handful of elected officials leaving City Hall next week, part of an exodus of politicians who are stepping aside because of term limits or election-year defeats. But while packing boxes and participating in farewell ceremonies, the term-limited veteran councilman has also become enmeshed in a nasty dispute with the man who will soon replace him in his Eastside council district: veteran state lawmaker Gil Cedillo. Since the May 21 election, Reyes and Cedillo have traded charges and countercharges centering on campaign money, a property deal and thinly veiled allegations of pay to play.
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January 13, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Turnout is expected to be light in today's special election to fill the vacant seat in the 46th Assembly District, officials said Monday. Perhaps 20% of voters in the district, which includes parts of the Eastside as well as downtown, are expected to turn out for a runoff election that Democrat Gil Cedillo is heavily favored to win. Registered Democrats in the largely Latino district outnumber Republican voters 4 to 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1999
Adding to the divided endorsements among state legislators in the crowded Eastside City Council race, Assemblyman Gil Cedillo said Monday that he is supporting Juan Jose Guttierez to replace Richard Alatorre in the 14 District. "I think Juan Jose is the most appropriate given his deep roots there, his fierce and unquestionable advocacy and commitment and given his skills set that I think will grow in that office," Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) said.
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May 2, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Two candidates for Los Angeles City Council who are running in separate districts said Thursday that they are joining forces. At a news conference in Koreatown, candidates John Choi and Gil Cedillo said they will be supporting each other's campaigns because they have similar backgrounds and shared values.  Choi, who is running against Mitch O'Farrell in the race to replace mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti in Council District 13, was born in...
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November 16, 1997 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the eve of the election to replace Assemblyman Louis Caldera, candidate Gil Cedillo criticized challenger Ricardo Torres Saturday for accepting $12,000 worth of campaign brochures paid for by the National Rifle Assn. "The NRA is not welcome in our community," Cedillo said during a news conference outside his campaign headquarters in Boyle Heights. "Gangs and guns have created a critical situation here. I denounce the NRA's intervention, and I will encourage other leaders to do the same."
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November 20, 1997 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A concerted campaign effort by organized labor and others that targeted newly enfranchized Latino voters helped boost union organizer Gil Cedillo to an upset primary victory in Tuesday's 46th Assembly District special election, political observers said Wednesday. Cedillo outpolled Los Angeles school board member and fellow Democrat Vickie Castro by a 2-1 margin to win his party's nomination for the Jan. 13 runoff election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2013 | Laura J. Nelson
The 1st District City Council race has garnered more than four times the money of previous races there, buoyed by the deep pockets and independent spending of labor and business leaders. In the runoff to replace council member Ed Reyes in the district near downtown Los Angeles, a combined $1.97 million has been raised on behalf of former Sacramento lawmaker Gil Cedillo and Reyes' chief of staff, Jose Gardea, according to campaign finance reports. The election almost ended in the primary: Cedillo received 49.32%, less than 1% shy of winning outright.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Two newly elected members of the Los Angeles City Council are veteran Sacramento lawmakers whose campaigns got large boosts from special interest contributions. Former state Assemblyman Gil Cedillo and state Sen. Curren Price (D-Los Angeles) won election Tuesday, beating candidates with more local experience because of their jobs as City Council aides. Cedillo and Price could be joined on the council by a third statehouse veteran if former Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez wins a runoff election July 23 against school board member Nury Martinez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2013 | Laura J. Nelson
The 1st District City Council race has garnered more than four times the money of previous races there, buoyed by the deep pockets and independent spending of labor and business leaders. In the runoff to replace council member Ed Reyes in the district near downtown Los Angeles, a combined $1.97 million has been raised on behalf of former Sacramento lawmaker Gil Cedillo and Reyes' chief of staff, Jose Gardea, according to campaign finance reports. The election almost ended in the primary: Cedillo received 49.32%, less than 1% shy of winning outright.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Two candidates for Los Angeles City Council who are running in separate districts said Thursday that they are joining forces. At a news conference in Koreatown, candidates John Choi and Gil Cedillo said they will be supporting each other's campaigns because they have similar backgrounds and shared values.  Choi, who is running against Mitch O'Farrell in the race to replace mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti in Council District 13, was born in...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Colleagues dismissed him as "one-bill Gil. " Fellow Democrats labeled him politically toxic. But the tenacious Los Angeles legislator ultimately triumphed, keeping a promise to his dying wife. Capitol insiders knew about Assemblyman Gil Cedillo's pledge to his wife, Ruby Oliva, just before she succumbed to cancer. They may not have known how the conversation began. She essentially was telling him to go out and meet people and enjoy a social life. "My lovely wife was like admonishing me, telling me, 'Look, don't just sit in the room and cry forever,' " he recalls.
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February 25, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- A Los Angeles lawmaker has launched another bid to obtain drivers' licenses for illegal immigrants. Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), who has made several past attempts and is serving his final year in the Legislature, said Friday that he was encouraged by comments from Police Chief Charlie Beck and Sheriff Lee Baca in favor of licensing the undocumented. "As we are now hearing from the police chief and the sheriff, public safety has to be primary, and we have to take politics out of public safety," Cedillo said.
OPINION
July 25, 2011
Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) has spent much of his legislative career trying to persuade lawmakers to grant financial help to undocumented immigrant students attending state colleges or universities. Until recently, his proposals stalled. Some opponents argued that extending such benefits would encourage more illegal immigration and displace deserving students who are in the U.S. legally. Others said such efforts would give false hope to students who would be ineligible for jobs once they graduate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
State Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) announced legislation Friday aimed at addressing long-running problems he called a threat to public health and to the safety of those living on the streets of Los Angeles' skid row. Cedillo, who spoke at a news conference amid the homeless on San Julian Street, said the package of half a dozen bills aims to crack down on crime while reducing chronic homelessness among addicts and the mentally ill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2004 | George Skelton
State Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) has been down the same road for six years and always has been stopped short of his goal: driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. So it's probably time to change directions. Assuming a driver's license is the only goal of Cedillo and other Latino legislators -- and not a government photo ID that can open the door to other privileges of legal residency -- the senator should follow Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's lead.
OPINION
December 11, 2010
Making ends meet Re "Cedillo fighting Capitol pay cut," Dec. 8 Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, a Los Angeles Democrat, and some of his colleagues might better use their resources and save the state's money by recognizing that his purpose as a legislator is public service, not self-enrichment. If there is an issue with the ruling reducing legislators' incomes, let it be dealt with without squandering more funds on legal interpretations. In the meantime, should he and his fellow public servants find themselves unable to get by on a mere $95,291 a year plus perks, they should talk to someone working full time in retail and find out how to make do on 20% of that amount.
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