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December 2, 1990 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Wiley Price pumps iron. He drives a Lotus. He is a Dallas County commissioner. He is black. He is angry. And he is the man who has brought the simmering racial tension in this city to near-boiling. Say what you will about John Wiley Price, there is no halfway about him. He has a radical's mind and a showman's disposition, a flare for just the right quote to get him on the evening news and in the morning papers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day after the Los Angeles City Council voted to create an advisory governmental reform panel, four council members lashed out Wednesday at Mayor Richard Riordan's efforts to personally finance the election of a competing group. "The mayor continues to use his pocketbook and continues to use his colleagues to disrupt this council as it tries to get itself together," said Councilman Mike Hernandez, who joined council members Ruth Galanter, Rita Walters and Rudy Svorinich Jr.
NEWS
September 12, 1993 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton signed orders Saturday designed to reduce federal red tape, cut payrolls and improve government services to taxpayers--and, hopefully, to boost his popularity among Texas voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking a key step toward reforming local government, a Los Angeles City Council panel recommended Wednesday creating a 15-member appointed commission with a $300,000 start-up budget to rewrite the city's 71-year-old charter. If approved by the entire council next week, the citizens panel could draft a new charter for the April 1999 ballot that backers say would streamline government and give citizens more power to decide local issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
The second of two commissions charged with forging a new Los Angeles City Charter approved a hard-fought compromise version Saturday, taking one of the final steps toward putting a far-reaching government reform proposal before voters in June.
WORLD
December 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers sent a blunt message to Beijing on Wednesday with the rejection of a government reform plan that lacked a timetable for the Chinese territory to become fully democratic. Some analysts and lawmakers predicted that the move probably would deepen Beijing's distrust of pro-democracy legislators in the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1995 | From Associated Press
Stepping up the Clinton Administration's campaign to save the Commerce Department, Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown suggested Wednesday that it would make more sense to expand the agency than kill it. Testifying before a House subcommittee, Brown said abolishing the department and moving its surviving components elsewhere would cost taxpayers money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD and RENE LYNCH
Ballot statements by supporters and opponents of three March 26 measures paint starkly different pictures of how the proposals concerning El Toro marine base and government reform would affect the county. Measures T and U deal with establishing a charter, or specific set of laws, to govern the county in the wake of its bankruptcy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Council members blasted Mayor Richard Riordan Friday for employing a controversial former deputy mayor to consult on his campaign to create a government reform panel. Mike Keeley, an attorney who acted as Riordan's chief operating officer, resigned in May after admitting he had leaked confidential information to lawyers on the opposing side of a contract dispute with the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to recharge supporters for the 1994 elections, Ross Perot urged an enthusiastic crowd of more than 2,400 Friday to fight military intervention in Haiti and to push for government reform, a balanced budget amendment and payment of the national debt. "You made a difference in 1992. You're making a difference now. . . .
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