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February 11, 1997 | NICK GREEN
Peggy Mikkelsen has attracted the most votes--and dollars--to become the next honorary mayor of the unincorporated Ojai Valley community of Oak View. The 52-year-old Navy program analyst wrested the title from current honorary mayor Jay Paddock on Saturday at a combined election, $6 awards dinner and Miss Oak View and Miss Teen Oak View pageant. The election for the honorary title in the community of about 5,000 people is used as an unabashed fund-raiser.
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December 8, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Marie Harris, a Pacoima community activist who was one of three San Fernando Valley residents who signed the paperwork that officially set in motion the Valley secession movement, died Dec. 2 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. She was 87. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said her daughter, Rolene Naveja. Leaders of the Valley's bid for cityhood chose the trio in 1998 to represent a cross-section of the region's inhabitants, said Joe Vitti, president of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment, the group that pushed for the area to break away from Los Angeles.
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OPINION
March 24, 2008
Re "Who could walk the Walk?" Opinion, March 20 Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge the honorary mayor of Hollywood? Surely you jest. Perhaps the mayor of Burbank? It's been Burbank residents, in particular the equestrians who ride in Griffith Park, who seem to have managed to get LaBonge to cater to their whims. For too many years, despite the obvious need to get kids outside and exercising, LaBonge has succumbed to the desires of non-L.A. residents who want Griffith Park's trails to remain a bicycle-free haven.
OPINION
March 24, 2008
Re "Who could walk the Walk?" Opinion, March 20 Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge the honorary mayor of Hollywood? Surely you jest. Perhaps the mayor of Burbank? It's been Burbank residents, in particular the equestrians who ride in Griffith Park, who seem to have managed to get LaBonge to cater to their whims. For too many years, despite the obvious need to get kids outside and exercising, LaBonge has succumbed to the desires of non-L.A. residents who want Griffith Park's trails to remain a bicycle-free haven.
NEWS
October 23, 1986
Television horror film hostess Elvira will be sworn in as honorary mayor of West Hollywood for the Halloween weekend. Actress Cassandra Peterson, who plays the Elvira role, will be given a key to the city in a ceremony starting at 7 p.m. Monday at the City Council chambers, 8611 Santa Monica Blvd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1993 | ED BOND
Ralph Zenger and Dick Starr, good friends who campaigned against each other to be the Sunland-Tujunga honorary mayor, share at least one trait. "I don't think either of us is a real good loser," said Zenger, an accountant with an office in La Crescenta, who will be installed as the new honorary mayor Friday. "We went after the jugular," said Starr, who will become deputy honorary mayor.
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January 19, 1995 | MARISA OSORIO COLON
The race for honorary mayor is on. San Pedro, which is part of the city of Los Angeles, has no official mayor, but every two years the San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce sponsors a contest to elect the honorary leader of the community. Candidates must be sponsored by a nonprofit organization in town, and the candidate who raises the most money for the sponsoring organization--with the group's help--is chosen mayor. The contest runs from Feb.
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March 11, 1986 | Roxana Kopetman
Sam Cooper, Brea's mayor pro tem and a longtime city official, was slated to be the city's next mayor less than two weeks before he died. To honor him, City Council members recently voted to name Cooper Honorary Mayor for 1985. "Sam was a man of the hour," Councilman Carrey J. Nelson said. "He did things for the people of Brea. Even though he knew sometimes he would not be successful, he still fought. "He believed in the City of Brea, its people and his family.
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May 18, 1986 | NANCY GRAHAM, Times Staff Writer
They're an elite group, the honorary mayors past and present on the Westside. They include such luminaries as actors Larry Hagman, Ted Knight, John Saxon, Dom DeLuise, Chevy Chase, Mark Harmon, Anthony Franciosa and attorney Paul Ziffren and KTLA executive Johnny Grant. Celebrities all, they definitely don't need the increased visibility, and most say the job is purely symbolic. As honorary mayors, they receive no pay and say they have no political clout.
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May 5, 1995 | TIM MAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Farley the dog recently bounded into the race for honorary mayor, bolstering his campaign with a manager, press agent, posters and the usual promises. But the other candidates for the post, two men, accuse Farley, 12, and owner Michael Lucas of barking up the wrong tree. His candidacy, they assert, suggests a lack of respect for the office, which holds no formal powers and consists mostly of presiding over Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cuttings in the northeast San Fernando Valley community.
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March 17, 2008 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Bodacious billboard queen Angelyne wants to become the next star of Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Not with a bronze plaque embedded in Hollywood Boulevard's terrazzo sidewalk. But as the person who presides over Tinseltown's biggest tourist tradition. Civic leaders are searching for a new honorary mayor who can help choose Walk of Fame honorees and then stage glitzy star unveilings in a way that makes celebrities and onlookers alike feel special.
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January 10, 2008 | Mike Wyma, Special to The Times
Johnny Grant, who visited Hollywood in 1943 as a star-struck serviceman and returned to carve out a niche first as a radio and television personality and then as its honorary mayor and foremost booster, died Wednesday at the age of 84. Grant appeared to have died of natural causes, authorities said. Shortly before 7 p.m., an associate found him unconscious in the penthouse of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where Grant made his home. City paramedics declared him dead at the scene, police said.
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November 30, 2005 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
Opie the goat charmed his way out of the slaughterhouse, but he wasn't as nimble in the gruff world of desert politics. The goat was named honorary mayor of this rural Riverside County town after drumming up more money for charity than anybody else. But like any office-holder, he wasn't without enemies. Local business leaders, fearing that Opie made the more than 5,000 townsfolk look like yokels, decided he had to go.
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September 13, 2005 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
It's not easy staying on top. Especially when you're a veteran of old-school Hollywood and you're taking up the penthouse of Hollywood's hippest hotel. So when word swept down Hollywood Boulevard that Johnny Grant was about to be evicted from his digs high above the Walk of Fame, the 82-year-old jumped into the elevator and hurried down to investigate.
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November 21, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
There's Arnold. Here's Johnny. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declined an invitation to head this year's Hollywood Christmas Parade, forcing the man who invited him to lead it in his place. Hollywood Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant will serve as grand marshal of the Nov. 30 holiday processional, organizers announced Wednesday. It was Grant who suggested that parade producers invite Schwarzenegger, after the Republican's historic recall election victory Oct. 7.
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October 31, 2002 | Steve Harvey
Ihate all the last-minute mudslinging in political campaigns. And there's a lot of it going on in Hollywood, where secession proponent Douglas Carlton has accused honorary mayor Johnny Grant of living in Toluca Lake (a shocking thing to say about anyone) instead of Tinseltown. In a press release, Carlton declared himself the new honorary mayor, explaining he had unilaterally impeached Grant, who is opposed to cityhood for Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1995
In Sunland-Tujunga, a dog, yes a dog, has been nominated for honorary mayor. Doubtless, he is now the favorite among three candidates by virtue of worldwide publicity. This is providing many people with chuckles. In their minds it would be an amusing novelty if the pooch were to win this particular low-level office, the duties being easy, the pay nil and true political power nonexistent. But any drift toward canine control even at the municipal level would be a nasty business.
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April 2, 2001 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was born in the 1920s, a classmate of Art Deco styles and Good Humor ice cream. Part studio gimmick, part salute to local community spirit, the "honorary mayor" concept has endured across Southern California's political patchwork in a way that few other throwbacks to the Roaring '20s have. Legend has it that Hollywood press agents concocted the idea to generate buzz for actors and films.
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November 22, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Tinseltown's honorary mayor unveiled a thumb's-up figure of himself at the local wax museum, others across Hollywood were giving their own thumbs up Tuesday to the idea of having a real mayor for their town. A day after a secessionists were successful in qualifying for a cityhood feasibility study, many locals were saying it's about time. Studio make-up artist Ken Horn--who helped create the wax image of Hollywood's longtime ceremonial leader, Johnny Grant--said independence is overdue.
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