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July 11, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Jeffrey Deitch has made it official: He'll be stepping down after a stormy three years as director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. The MOCA board said it had launched a search for his successor. Deitch told the board of his decision to leave at its meeting Wednesday, according to a MOCA statement. "He will stay on to ensure a smooth transition and the successful completion" of a campaign begun in March to boost MOCA's endowment to $100 million, the statement said. The statement said the campaign is "expected to close this fall.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1999
Re "In TV Interview, Wachs Reveals That He Is Gay," Nov. 13: How could it be "natural and appropriate" for a dedicated public servant like Joel Wachs to feel that he must wait until he's 60 years old before he can safely reveal his sexual orientation? Contrary to Scott Seomin's claim that "when any public official comes out, it sends a wonderful message . . . to gay closeted youth struggling with their sexual orientation," Wachs' announcement actually sends a dismal and disturbing message to gay kids: Our society is still so intolerant that you'd better stay hidden until well after you're eligible to join the AARP.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
As a leader in the search for a successor to Jeffrey Deitch as director at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Joel Wachs is no newcomer to MOCA. As L.A. City Council president in the early 1980s, he negotiated the long-term lease under which MOCA pays $1 a year to occupy the cavernous city-owned former warehouse and police car repair building in downtown's Little Tokyo that is now known as the Geffen Contemporary. After a remodeling by architect Frank Gehry, it opened in 1983 as MOCA's first exhibition space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1997
Re "Sports Arena Is a Winner for City and Taxpayers," editorial, Oct. 10: Maybe it's been so long since a local elected official went to bat for the voters that you don't recognize the behavior. Does Joel Wachs' stubbornness in the face of peer pressure from the City Council, mayor, cardinal and The Times look like "grandstanding" to you? Maybe you should get out of the luxury boxes, and check out the view from the bleachers. Looks like a home run from here. It is disturbing that the sight of a guy trying to respond to his constituents' wishes looks suspect to The Times.
OPINION
July 9, 2013 | Patt Morrison
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs will discuss the Universal Studios expansion plan tonight at a special meeting of the Cahuenga Property Owners Assn. The $1-billion expansion project proposes an additional 3.3 million square feet of studio, office and retail space on the 415-acre site. Universal scaled down its original plan by 44% because of public opposition to the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1998 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs, long known as a pro-police politician, carried his personal fight against crime to a new level Thursday, when he teamed up with a Sparkletts water deliveryman to help officers arrest an alleged intruder. Wachs was having a cup of coffee just before 9 a.m. when he heard breaking glass and discovered a man trying to get into his Studio City home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1997 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joel Wachs is at it again. The veteran Los Angeles councilman, who has earned a reputation as City Hall's most tenacious fiscal watchdog, has sunk his teeth into what he says is another example of government waste. But unlike previous cost-cutting crusades, such as his efforts to consolidate city warehouses or modernize an antiquated purchasing system, this holy war has put him at odds with some of the city's most powerful business leaders and his closest allies in City Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1993 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
Of the 52 candidates for mayor of Los Angeles, only one--City Coucilman Joel Wachs--counts the art community as a major source of support. And his mayoral campaign reaches well beyond Southern California. A coast-to-coast spate of fund-raisers for Wachs includes everything from cocktail parties sponsored by Los Angeles' cultural movers and shakers to a gathering of New York artists in a TriBeCa restaurant.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
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.
OPINION
July 9, 2013 | Patt Morrison
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2002 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
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.
MAGAZINE
April 21, 2002 | ERIC PAPE
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 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar), DreamWorks executive Wendy Greuel and businessman James P. Cordaro filed papers Monday to run for the City Council's 2nd District seat, vacated last week by Joel Wachs. Potential candidates have until Friday to file declarations of intent to become candidates in the special election, to be held Dec. 11. The candidates then must file nominating petitions with the city clerk to be placed on the ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 30 years on the Los Angeles City Council, Joel Wachs said goodbye Friday to his colleagues, who praised him as a voice of independence and integrity at City Hall. Wachs is moving to New York City, where he will serve as president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Although he is leaving, the council maverick said he has great confidence in the future of Los Angeles. "It's grown up," he said. "It's a great international city. It's the center of culture and commerce.
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