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April 9, 2001 | JAMES RAINEY and MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An 11th-hour burst of negative advertising and one message with anti-Semitic overtones overshadowed the race for mayor of Los Angeles, drawing strong criticism Sunday from religious leaders and incumbent Mayor Richard Riordan. Outraged by the degenerating rhetoric of the race and its implications for harmony in the city on the religious holidays of Palm Sunday and Passover, Riordan demanded that the campaigns return to the high ground in the final hours before Tuesday's election.
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April 9, 2001 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Volpert is a decisive man. A full partner in a prominent Westside law firm, the 65-year-old Encino resident routinely navigates complicated legal issues, serves on corporate boards and consults with some of the most powerful people in the city. But ask him how he'll vote in tomorrow's mayoral election and he gets all wishy-washy. "I haven't made up my mind yet," he confesses, his voice laced with frustration. "I'm thinking of three candidates, Hahn, Villaraigosa and Soboroff. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2001 | MATEA GOLD and JAMES RAINEY
Becerra--After struggling to articulate a theme for his candidacy, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra in recent months campaigned on the slogan of "neighborhoods first," trying to carve out a niche for himself as an advocate for quality-of-life issues. Becerra, 43, said he wants to make every neighborhood like his Eagle Rock home, a place with a nearby police substation, grocery store and school.
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April 8, 2001 | MATEA GOLD and SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While the six major mayoral candidates fanned across the city Saturday glad-handing voters, their campaigns continued their dogfight on the airwaves, hoping to pull ahead in the closing days of what remains a tightly contested race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2001
Schools Xavier Becerra Stop busing children out of their neighborhoods; call an education summit to promote city-school collaboration; expedite the permit process to build schools faster. Kathleen Connell Streamline the permit process to build schools faster; create 60 charter schools over 4 years; start a preschool program for 4-year-olds and expand after-school programs. James K.
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April 7, 2001 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the campaign for mayor of Los Angeles entered the final weekend before election day, the race was jolted by the injection of $200,000 in radio ads paid for by the Morongo Indians that attack Antonio Villaraigosa. The tribe, which runs one of the state's largest Indian casinos in Riverside County, began airing the radio spots Thursday urging voters not to cast their ballot for the former Assembly speaker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The contest for mayor of Los Angeles is growing increasingly tense as Tuesday's election approaches, with much of the heat generated by attacks on the records of the most experienced candidates. But the assaults have not masked an essential truth: In politics, incumbency almost always provides a crucial boost. Its benefits are immeasurable: a battle-tested army of aides, ready attention from the media, and that most important political asset of all, access to money.
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April 5, 2001 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To gain insight into Joel Wachs' life, one needs to look no further than his campaign finance statements. As the city's first openly gay candidate for mayor, he has collected money from gays and lesbians nationwide. And as a longtime patron of the arts, his contributor list is packed with the names of dozens of actors, artists, singers, writers, musicians and producers--the moneyed cultural elite of Los Angeles and elsewhere. "These are the people I know," Wachs said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2001 | JAMES RAINEY and MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After several days of attack and counterattack in the campaign for mayor of Los Angeles, the six top candidates returned mostly to policy pronouncements and endorsements Tuesday, as they prepared for a debate tonight that will be their last chance to personally confront each other before election day. Businessman Steve Soboroff announced the endorsement of former presidential candidate John McCain.
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April 4, 2001 | SCOTT GLOVER MATT LAIT and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three years before Rafael Perez blew the whistle on allegedly rogue officers at the LAPD's Rampart Division, the specter of a group of problem officers, referred to at the time as the "Rampart Reapers," was raised during a closed-door session of the City Council, according to transcripts of the meeting.
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