July 11, 2013 |
California has had term limits in the Legislature since 1990. Boy, that's really made a massive difference in the quality of governance, hasn't it? In Los Angeles, the rules now limit City Council member to three terms in their seats, and a consequence is that where once local legislators kept a weather eye for vacant jobs in Sacramento, now it's the other way around: Sacramento legislators are looking to city seats as their next political berths. All this is by way of getting to Joel Wachs, who did what no Angeleno -- at least not of any current generation -- is likely to do. Wachs served for 30 years as an L.A. City Council member, representing part of the San Fernando Valley.
July 9, 2013 |
Joel Wachs hasn't been an Angeleno for a dozen years, but he still has his key to the city. And he feels its political tremors. L.A., where he made his political bones on the City Council, has just sworn in a new mayor - a brass ring he tried three times to grab. Only three other men served longer on the City Council than Wachs, but after 30 years as that rare political creature - a social liberal and fiscal conservative - he moved east in 2001, to head the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
May 19, 2002 |
One of Manhattan's least known architectural landmarks, the Bayard Building near Washington Square, has all but disappeared behind scaffolding while undergoing renovation. Few passersby even glimpse the vertical terra cotta moldings and ornate reliefs on the facade of the 1897 structure--much less guess that it's the only building in New York designed by Louis Sullivan, the architect known as the father of the skyscraper.
April 21, 2002 |
Joel Wachs looks peppy for a man of 63 as he stands on 7th Avenue across the street from the Manhattan hotel he called home for six months. Sliding into a restaurant booth for breakfast, he's beaming. It's not exactly what you might expect of someone who moved to New York last year in defeat, walking away from three decades of public service in Los Angeles after losing his third race for mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2001
Voters go to the polls today to fill the 2nd District seat on the Los Angeles City Council. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The three candidates are Van Nuys businessman James Cordaro, DreamWorks SKG executive Wendy Greuel and Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Panorama City).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2001 |
For the first time in three decades, 2nd District voters will elect a representative Tuesday to the Los Angeles City Council from a ballot that does not include Joel Wachs. The former dean of the council resigned in October to head an arts foundation in New York, forcing a special election and creating the first wide-open race since he was first elected in 1971.