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July 25, 1995 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pressure on Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to dump a commissioner leading a statewide anti-affirmative action drive was ratcheted up Monday with a public confrontation between the commissioner and a city councilman calling for his resignation. Few people noticed Joe Gelman standing at the side of the room during a City Hall news conference as Councilman Nate Holden outlined his reasons for wanting Gelman to quit the Civil Service Commission.
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February 25, 1996
During the Feb. 14 City Council discussion of the "California civil rights initiative," Councilman Richard Alarcon loudly compared supporters of CCRI to Nazis, and compared the language of the initiative itself to "Mein Kampf," Hitler's manifesto. Whether you support CCRI or oppose it, this kind of extremist rhetoric is unacceptable and should be condemned by all. As a Jew, I found his statements particularly offensive. There are legitimate arguments against CCRI, wrong in my personal opinion, but legitimate.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1992
Your article is a textbook example of journalism at its sleazy worst. By reading the headline of that article, one could only conclude that Herschensohn played a role in the scandal itself. Nothing could be further than the truth, and The Times knows this! JOE GELMAN Beverly Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1996 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to oppose a ballot initiative that would dismantle affirmative action programs statewide, calling on Mayor Richard Riordan to state his position on the controversial measure, and comparing its backers to Nazis. "This is one sick puppy we can't embrace," said Councilman Richard Alarcon, one of three Latinos on the 15-member council. "[Hitler's manifesto] 'Mein Kampf' comes to mind." But Councilman Hal Bernson refused to take a stand on the so-called "California civil rights initiative," walking out of the chamber a moment before the 12-0 vote denouncing the measure.
OPINION
February 25, 1996
During the Feb. 14 City Council discussion of the "California civil rights initiative," Councilman Richard Alarcon loudly compared supporters of CCRI to Nazis, and compared the language of the initiative itself to "Mein Kampf," Hitler's manifesto. Whether you support CCRI or oppose it, this kind of extremist rhetoric is unacceptable and should be condemned by all. As a Jew, I found his statements particularly offensive. There are legitimate arguments against CCRI, wrong in my personal opinion, but legitimate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1996 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to oppose a ballot initiative that would dismantle affirmative action programs statewide, calling on Mayor Richard Riordan to state his position on the controversial measure, and comparing its backers to Nazis. "This is one sick puppy we can't embrace," said Councilman Richard Alarcon, one of three Latinos on the 15-member council. "[Hitler's manifesto] 'Mein Kampf' comes to mind." But Councilman Hal Bernson refused to take a stand on the so-called "California civil rights initiative," walking out of the chamber a moment before the 12-0 vote denouncing the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1995 | JOHN SCHWADA and JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seeking to defuse a racially charged situation and placate an angry phalanx of Los Angeles City Council members, Mayor Richard Riordan on Thursday secured the resignation of one of his controversial commissioners--the spokesman for a ballot proposal that attacks traditional affirmative action programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1990
In Helena Cobban's column ("Strategic Ally, Strategic Myth," Commentary, Aug. 16), she attempts to chastise and categorize Israel as more of a burden in the Persian Gulf conflict than a strategic asset. Perhaps she needs to be reminded that it was Israel that made sure we would not be facing an Iraq armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons! Perhaps Ms. Cobban has a reason why she doesn't want to remember, or remind us of this? JOE GELMAN Laguna Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1993
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan on Friday appointed 21 more city commissioners to panels overseeing animal care, building codes, Civil Service rules, cultural affairs and pension funds. Appointees to the Animal Regulation Commission include two former members of the panel, Pat Bercel and Mimi Robins; Lynne Exe, a member of Mercy Crusade, and Ellen Stein, a former schoolteacher who has been active in the the Pet Orphan Program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1995
Mayor Richard Riordan's nominees to city commissions, including routine reappointees, are being quizzed on their views of affirmative action by some members of the Los Angeles City Council. The council is within its rights when it determines whether a nominee is qualified and willing to enforce city policy, including affirmative action, but asking how he or she would vote on a proposed anti-affirmative action state initiative is going too far.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1995 | JOHN SCHWADA and JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seeking to defuse a racially charged situation and placate an angry phalanx of Los Angeles City Council members, Mayor Richard Riordan on Thursday secured the resignation of one of his controversial commissioners--the spokesman for a ballot proposal that attacks traditional affirmative action programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1995 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pressure on Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to dump a commissioner leading a statewide anti-affirmative action drive was ratcheted up Monday with a public confrontation between the commissioner and a city councilman calling for his resignation. Few people noticed Joe Gelman standing at the side of the room during a City Hall news conference as Councilman Nate Holden outlined his reasons for wanting Gelman to quit the Civil Service Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1992
Your article is a textbook example of journalism at its sleazy worst. By reading the headline of that article, one could only conclude that Herschensohn played a role in the scandal itself. Nothing could be further than the truth, and The Times knows this! JOE GELMAN Beverly Hills
OPINION
September 30, 1990
In response to Robert E. Hunter's "Capital in High Fever for 'Low-Cost' War" (Commentary, Sept. 26): Hunter goes on and on about what the U.S. should not be doing in the gulf, yet he gives no realistic alternatives on how to accomplish what are widely perceived to be U.S. goals in the region. He does, however, raise some interesting questions about U.S. will. It is no coincidence that Iraq's information minister pointed out that "Iraq is willing to sacrifice over 100,000 men for this cause."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1995
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan on Friday announced his choices to serve on three of the city's most influential policy-setting commissions, including a shift of trusted confidant and trouble-shooter Dan Garcia from the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency to the Airport Commission.
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