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May 28, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After almost 40 years in city government, James D. Ruth has learned that you can't please all of the people all of the time. And there were moments over the last four months when it seemed the city manager couldn't please anyone. Not Walt Disney Co., which was angling to purchase minority financial interest in the California Angels and take over operation of a renovated Big A. Not some City Council members, who openly accused Ruth of selling the store to Disney.
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January 14, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to reorganize Orange County's government structure, a change that the county's top executive said will save money and streamline government. James D. Ruth, the county's executive officer, told supervisors that the plan will give him more time to focus on larger issues by reducing from 17 to seven the number of top managers who report directly to him.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anaheim City Manager James D. Ruth, the one-time aspiring baseball player who instead devoted his career to public service, announced his retirement Friday, leaving behind a largely reinvigorated city. In his 11 1/2-year tenure, Ruth helped shepherd major projects including the Arrowhead Pond sports arena, a second Disney theme park and an expanded convention center. At 65 and with a history of heart problems, Ruth said, "It's time for me to step aside."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
James D. Ruth, Orange County's interim chief executive since Feb. 4, will hold the job for at least another year. Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved his new contract through 2004 at $200,000 a year. Ruth said he will focus on reorganizing government for greater efficiency and oversight, dealing with state budget cuts and renegotiating 12 labor agreements that expire June 24. Supervisors said Ruth brings continuity and stability to the job despite his short tenure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1993 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the corner of James D. Ruth's desk is an audiocassette tape titled: "When God Doesn't Make Sense." It was sent by a local friend who knows the 56-year-old city manager is still struggling with the loss of his 28-year-old son, who died last summer while battling a rare and painful disease. "That's why I love Anaheim," said Ruth, his eyes moistening with tears as he pointed to the tape. "I've got a lot of wonderful friends here and a lot of wonderful support."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
James D. Ruth, Orange County's interim chief executive since Feb. 4, will hold the job for at least another year. Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved his new contract through 2004 at $200,000 a year. Ruth said he will focus on reorganizing government for greater efficiency and oversight, dealing with state budget cuts and renegotiating 12 labor agreements that expire June 24. Supervisors said Ruth brings continuity and stability to the job despite his short tenure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON
Councilman William D. Ehrle has called for City Manager James Ruth to return recently approved increased severance benefits, claiming that the City Council was not informed of Ruth's application for a city of Los Angeles job while he was negotiating his Anaheim benefits increase. "I'm asking that he rescind his agreement with the city (of Anaheim)," Ehrle said Thursday. "I think it was wrong for us not to know that he had made an application for a job in another city."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1991 | TERRY SPENCER
City Manager James Ruth, with the backing of a City Council majority, refused Tuesday to surrender his recently improved severance package despite calls by Councilman William D. Ehrle and several city residents. Ehrle argued that the package should be rescinded because Ruth failed to tell council members that he had applied for a city of Los Angeles job while negotiating the increase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
The Anaheim Museum will honor City Manager James D. Ruth at a benefit dinner Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Anaheim Marriott hotel. Bill Marshall, museum administrator, said Ruth was selected as the honoree because of his support of the nonprofit, privately funded museum over the past six years. "His efforts on behalf of the museum have vastly improved the relationship between the city and the museum," Marshall said of Ruth, who became the city's top administrator in 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ
City Manager James D. Ruth returned to work Monday for the first time since undergoing multiple bypass surgery Aug. 6. Ruth, 60, worked for "only a couple of hours on the advice of his doctors," said city spokesman Bret Colson. "He will gradually increase his workload as he is able." Blockages in six arteries were discovered during a routine physical exam in July. Although the blockages required immediate action, there was no permanent heart damage, Colson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anaheim City Manager James D. Ruth, the one-time aspiring baseball player who instead devoted his career to public service, announced his retirement Friday, leaving behind a largely reinvigorated city. In his 11 1/2-year tenure, Ruth helped shepherd major projects including the Arrowhead Pond sports arena, a second Disney theme park and an expanded convention center. At 65 and with a history of heart problems, Ruth said, "It's time for me to step aside."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
The city will enter the new year with a big bang: expansion of the convention center, neighborhood improvements in the west end and completion of a renovated baseball stadium in April, to name a few of the major undertakings. "It's going to be a very busy year requiring a lot of coordination and managing of projects," City Manager James D. Ruth said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
The Anaheim Museum will honor City Manager James D. Ruth at a benefit dinner Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Anaheim Marriott hotel. Bill Marshall, museum administrator, said Ruth was selected as the honoree because of his support of the nonprofit, privately funded museum over the past six years. "His efforts on behalf of the museum have vastly improved the relationship between the city and the museum," Marshall said of Ruth, who became the city's top administrator in 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ
City Manager James D. Ruth returned to work Monday for the first time since undergoing multiple bypass surgery Aug. 6. Ruth, 60, worked for "only a couple of hours on the advice of his doctors," said city spokesman Bret Colson. "He will gradually increase his workload as he is able." Blockages in six arteries were discovered during a routine physical exam in July. Although the blockages required immediate action, there was no permanent heart damage, Colson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After almost 40 years in city government, James D. Ruth has learned that you can't please all of the people all of the time. And there were moments over the last four months when it seemed the city manager couldn't please anyone. Not Walt Disney Co., which was angling to purchase minority financial interest in the California Angels and take over operation of a renovated Big A. Not some City Council members, who openly accused Ruth of selling the store to Disney.
SPORTS
February 13, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Anaheim city officials, hoping to have the Seattle Seahawks to anchor their proposed Sportstown complex, had their first meeting with team owner Ken Behring over the weekend. Mayor Tom Daly and City Manager James D. Ruth met with Behring but would not reveal details of the meeting. Daly described it as a "get-acquainted chat." "He was very cordial," Daly said. "Obviously, the first order of business for him is clearing up the situation in Seattle."
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February 13, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Anaheim city officials, hoping to have the Seattle Seahawks to anchor their proposed Sportstown complex, had their first meeting with team owner Ken Behring over the weekend. Mayor Tom Daly and City Manager James D. Ruth met with Behring but would not reveal details of the meeting. Daly described it as a "get-acquainted chat." "He was very cordial," Daly said. "Obviously, the first order of business for him is clearing up the situation in Seattle."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
The city will enter the new year with a big bang: expansion of the convention center, neighborhood improvements in the west end and completion of a renovated baseball stadium in April, to name a few of the major undertakings. "It's going to be a very busy year requiring a lot of coordination and managing of projects," City Manager James D. Ruth said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1995 | GREG HERNANDEZ
City Manager James D. Ruth, who for the last four months has been working as a private consultant for a proposed theme park in Northern California, said Friday that he has no immediate plans to leave the city to become more involved in the venture. Ruth has been working some nights and weekends as a consultant for a proposed 1,600-acre project in Tehama County which would include shops, restaurants, live theaters and a convention center. "I obviously have a very full plate in Anaheim," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1993 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the corner of James D. Ruth's desk is an audiocassette tape titled: "When God Doesn't Make Sense." It was sent by a local friend who knows the 56-year-old city manager is still struggling with the loss of his 28-year-old son, who died last summer while battling a rare and painful disease. "That's why I love Anaheim," said Ruth, his eyes moistening with tears as he pointed to the tape. "I've got a lot of wonderful friends here and a lot of wonderful support."
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