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March 30, 1995 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The scene was a small, crowded community hall in Sherman Oaks and Jeff Brain, one of the candidates vying for the vacant 5th District seat on the Los Angeles City Council, took the microphone to rattle off a litany of local accomplishments. He started the Sherman Oaks street fair to raise money for area schools, he told the crowd. He was instrumental in getting a shuttle bus to run along Ventura Boulevard and headed a committee to oversee a revitalization plan for the busy thoroughfare.
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OPINION
November 13, 2002
Joel Kotkin's "new vision for the Valley" (Opinion, Nov. 10) is not new. It mimics the city of Los Angeles' long-standing general plan for the Valley with a call for high-density villages near public transport. It is a vision embraced by urban planners that doesn't square with what residents appear to want. Kotkin puts down secession advocates Jeff Brain and Richard Close for lack of a viable vision, yet their vision is one in which Valley residents make choices for themselves. Robert Krol Shirley Svorny Northridge With the defeat of Valley secession, the responsibility rests in two places: Mayor James Hahn and the City Council must give the Valley its due share of representation and services.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1998
NAME: Jeff Brain AGE: 39 HOME: Sherman Oaks PROFESSION: Real estate consultant, president of Valley VOTE * LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment has completed a petition drive to request a study on breaking away from Los Angeles. With help from paid petitioners and an extended deadline granted by the Legislature, the group gathered roughly 200,000 signatures--more than the 132,000 it needs to kick off the study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2002 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Just 10 days before the election, Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn was dogged at a city fair for seniors Saturday by a dozen sign-carrying secession supporters who said he had lied about the potential harm of a split. Hahn took his anti-secession campaign to an Encino park, where he told 2,000 senior citizens at the city-sponsored fair that Los Angeles is able to provide many services to them that smaller cities cannot afford.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders of the San Fernando Valley secession drive rallied Friday behind their standard-bearer, Jeff Brain, saying his move outside the Valley and his failure to pay taxes over most of the last 11 years are irrelevant to their campaign. But some other Valley separatists said Brain's tax delinquency and departure from the city of Los Angeles threaten to undermine the movement's credibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even with seven months remaining before the next municipal elections, the race for the 5th District City Council seat began to heat up Friday, with challenger Jeff Brain accusing incumbent Mike Feuer of failing to listen to his constituents. At a City Hall news conference, Brain accused Feuer of denying local business owners control in selection of a consultant to help establish a business improvement district in the Melrose/Fairfax area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Brain, a leading proponent of a bill to make a San Fernando Valley secession easier, is expected to announce today his plans to challenge incumbent Mike Feuer for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council in November. The announcement by Brain, a Sherman Oaks real estate broker and member of the city's Productivity Commission, was expected because he has been critical of Feuer since he challenged the councilman for the post last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ongoing battle between the mayor's office and the Los Angeles City Council over city commissioners' views on affirmative action took an odd turn Wednesday when an admitted supporter of the controversial California Civil Rights Initiative was narrowly confirmed for a spot on the little-known Productivity Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One Los Angeles, the new group fighting San Fernando Valley secession, wants to put up a Web site to trumpet its cause in cyberspace, but discovered Wednesday that its name was already reserved by archfoe Jeff Brain. Brain said he had no dirty tricks in mind last month when he registered onelosangeles.org and four other Web addresses with similar names. His intent, Brain said, was to stop other potential enemies of One Los Angeles from snatching the group's preferred Web address.
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August 3, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Brain, president of the group pushing for the San Fernando Valley's secession from Los Angeles, has failed to pay $61,000 in taxes and related charges to the city, state and federal governments, records show. And Brain acknowledged Thursday that he has not lived in the Valley since last year. Federal and state tax collectors have filed liens against Brain, to get more than $57,000 in income taxes, penalties and interest due over the last 11 years.
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July 22, 2002 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't Jeff Brain's charisma that helped get San Fernando Valley secession on the Nov. 5 ballot. Even he acknowledges that he tends to appear stiff and trips over his words. The Valley VOTE president has made other stumbles as well, embarrassing himself and sometimes clouding the message of his campaign. He owes thousands of dollars in city, state and federal taxes, debts that in some cases stretch back 12 years and continue to mount.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2002 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With visions of a smaller, more responsive and sensitive local government, proponents of breaking up Los Angeles on Saturday targeted African Americans in South Los Angeles as part of their campaign to increase support for dividing the nation's second-largest city into three parts.
OPINION
March 16, 2002
The Times' March 9 editorial "Secession, Enron-Style" raises unsubstantiated doubts about what has been an open and public financial review process. To equate the work done by the consultants, Public Financial Management of Newport Beach, to the behind-the-scenes dishonesty of Enron executives and Andersen auditors is irresponsible. The Local Agency Formation Commission has held 87 public meetings throughout Los Angeles to discuss, among other things, the financial feasibility of the three proposed independent cities in the harbor area, Hollywood and the Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2001 | STEVE HARVEY
There's talk about the San Fernando Valley seceding from L.A., but I hear very little discussion of what the new city would be called. It can't be San Fernando, since there's already a burg of that name in the vicinity. (Unless, San Fernando wants to be a good neighbor and re-christen itself San Fernandito in recognition of its modest size.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One Los Angeles, the new group fighting San Fernando Valley secession, wants to put up a Web site to trumpet its cause in cyberspace, but discovered Wednesday that its name was already reserved by archfoe Jeff Brain. Brain said he had no dirty tricks in mind last month when he registered onelosangeles.org and four other Web addresses with similar names. His intent, Brain said, was to stop other potential enemies of One Los Angeles from snatching the group's preferred Web address.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders of the San Fernando Valley secession drive rallied Friday behind their standard-bearer, Jeff Brain, saying his move outside the Valley and his failure to pay taxes over most of the last 11 years are irrelevant to their campaign. But some other Valley separatists said Brain's tax delinquency and departure from the city of Los Angeles threaten to undermine the movement's credibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1999
Re "Secessionists Oppose Bond Measure for Police, Fire," April 9. Because of the confrontational attitude of Jeff Brain and the arrogant attitude of Richard Close and some of their followers, I will do the opposite of everything these upstarts tell people in the San Fernando Valley to do. Believe me, if this Valley secedes, it will take a miracle for it to be successful. DOREEN SOLOMON, Woodland Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2000
"Official Fears Cultural Impact From Secession," Sept. 13. San Fernando Valley secession would have little if any impact on the "downtown cultural establishment." I am not surprised that Rodney Punt and other L.A. Cultural Affairs Department officials disagree. Jeff Brain of Valley VOTE was much closer to the mark regarding the Valley not diverting resources from the downtown cultural establishment. Likewise, he is absolutely on target regarding the Valley not getting a fair share of Cultural Affairs funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Brain, president of the group pushing for the San Fernando Valley's secession from Los Angeles, has failed to pay $61,000 in taxes and related charges to the city, state and federal governments, records show. And Brain acknowledged Thursday that he has not lived in the Valley since last year. Federal and state tax collectors have filed liens against Brain, to get more than $57,000 in income taxes, penalties and interest due over the last 11 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2000
I couldn't help but laugh at Jeff Brain's comparison of city secession to the civil rights and women's suffrage movements ("Secession Efforts Are Part of an American Activist Tradition," Dec. 10). These historical movements were about the individual's rights to fundamental liberties conferred upon them by the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, not a debate over whose street is cleaner or who receives better trash pickup. Forgive my cynicism, but I find it quite amusing whenever I hear wealthy attorneys and multimillion-dollar business owners touting "grass-roots" efforts.
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