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April 20, 2001
Re "John Ferraro, Longtime City Council Leader, Dies," April 18: I was sorry to read about John Ferraro's death, but as his constituent, I was alarmed that he has not participated in council meetings since December. Who has been representing the 4th District? If Ferraro had resigned because of his serious illness, we could have participated in the April primary and June election at no additional public expense. DIANE KRAVIF Los Angeles
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December 19, 2010
Dick Hoerner Fullback was part of L.A. Rams' 'Bull Elephant' backfield Dick Hoerner, 88, a Los Angeles Rams fullback who was a member of the 1951 NFL Championship team, died Saturday at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton after a stroke, said his wife, Kathy. Hoerner, 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds, played for the Rams from 1947 to 1951 and was part of the team's famous "Bull Elephant" backfield that also featured "Deacon" Dan Towler and Paul "Tank" Younger.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2001
A vigil service for Los Angeles City Council President John Ferraro will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Brendan Church, 310 S. Van Ness Ave. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony will celebrate a funeral liturgy for Ferraro on Monday at 10 a.m., also at St. Brendan. The burial will be private. Ferraro, whose 35-year tenure made him Los Angeles' longest-serving council member, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters go to the polls today for a runoff election between Beth Garfield and Tom LaBonge, who have waged costly and bitter campaigns for the 4th District seat on the Los Angeles City Council. The polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The only item on today's city ballot is the 4th District seat, which was held for 35 years by John Ferraro until his death in April.
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April 18, 2001 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Ferraro, the affable Los Angeles city councilman whose quiet politicking during 3 1/2 decades at the center of city government helped bring Southern California the 1984 Olympics and removed a controversial police chief after the 1992 riots, died Tuesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. The council's president and grand old man was 76.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles leaders paid their last respects to John Ferraro on Monday at a funeral Mass conducted by Cardinal Roger Mahony, who described the late City Council president as an "extraordinary leader" who had the vision and courage to help elevate his city to greatness. A crowd of nearly 1,000 filled St. Brendan Catholic Church, Ferraro's parish, to hear Mayor Richard Riordan and others praise the 35-year councilman for his steadying hand at City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1985 | JANET CLAYTON, Times Staff Writer
The mayoral election debate between incumbent Tom Bradley and Councilman John Ferraro had just ended. The two men shook hands, although their sharp exchanges had been a touch personal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a black shroud covering his chair and the Los Angeles City Council chambers packed for the occasion, John Ferraro was remembered Wednesday for his warmth, political savvy and humor. In an emotional tribute a day after his death, officials recalled Ferraro's 35-year career on the council. Some of the testimonials were tearful, but more often they were delivered with humor. Ferraro was cited for his work on the 1984 Olympics and improving the Los Angeles Zoo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A deeply divided Los Angeles City Council began Tuesday to consider whether to approve a binding legal agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, and it quickly became clear that the fate of police reform may rest on the decision of an unlikely duo--the council's oldest and most respected member, John Ferraro, and its youngest and most untested, Alex Padilla.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1991
City Council President John Ferraro ("Ethics Panel Hears Recital of Complaints," A1, April 20) is offended because people think he should not take presents from people who do business with the city. I don't receive gifts of wine or boxes of apples and only my sons and my wife buy me lunch. What does John Ferraro have that I don't have? CARLYLE SMITH, Sun Valley
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Former state Sen. David Roberti, a runner-up in last week's Los Angeles City Council election for the 4th District, endorsed Tom LaBonge on Thursday. "He will make a good councilman, and he ran a positive campaign. That is something I appreciate," said Roberti, who finished third among 10 candidates in the Sept. 11 election to fill the seat vacated by the death of John Ferraro. A former Ferraro aide, LaBonge faces attorney Beth Garfield in an Oct. 23 runoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters in the Los Angeles City Council's 4th District head to the polls today to elect a successor to the late John Ferraro. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The 4th District is the only contest on the ballot. With 10 candidates spending more than $1.2 million on a blizzard of campaign mail, many contenders and observers believe it is likely no candidate will get more than the 50% of the vote needed to win the seat outright.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beth Garfield, a labor lawyer who once led the Los Angeles Community College District board, held onto her sizable fund-raising lead Friday in the race to replace the late John Ferraro on the Los Angeles City Council. Garfield has raised more than $500,000 in her bid to represent the 4th Council District, but two-thirds of the money came from loans she made to her own campaign. In the last two weeks, she has been outpaced in the money marathon by two other top contenders, former state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council ordered Wednesday a special election on Sept. 11 to fill the council seat of the late John Ferraro, a race that has already attracted eight candidates, including former state Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti. Even before Wednesday's council action, fund-raising papers had been filed with the city by hopefuls such as Roberti, Los Angeles Community College Board member Beth Garfield, and former Ferraro aide Tom LaBonge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles leaders paid their last respects to John Ferraro on Monday at a funeral Mass conducted by Cardinal Roger Mahony, who described the late City Council president as an "extraordinary leader" who had the vision and courage to help elevate his city to greatness. A crowd of nearly 1,000 filled St. Brendan Catholic Church, Ferraro's parish, to hear Mayor Richard Riordan and others praise the 35-year councilman for his steadying hand at City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles leaders paid their last respects to John Ferraro on Monday at a funeral Mass conducted by Cardinal Roger Mahony, who described the late City Council president as an extraordinary leader who had the vision and courage to help lift his city to greatness. A crowd of nearly 1,000 filled St. Brendan Catholic Church, Ferraro's home parish, to hear Mayor Richard Riordan and others praise the longtime councilman for his steadying hand at City Hall.
NEWS
March 5, 1985
Councilman John Ferraro, who is challenging Mayor Tom Bradley in the April 9 Los Angeles city primary election, sued the Southern California Rapid Transit District for refusing to display all of his paid advertisements on all of its 1,800 buses. Ferraro claimed the RTD permitted bus cards reading "John Ferraro is fighting to keep your bus fare at 50 cents," but rejected the other half of the ad, which stated: "Tom Bradley is raising your bus fare to 85 cents."
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April 23, 2001 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was another interminable City Council debate in the spring of 1978 as L.A. struggled to capture the 1984 Olympic Games on the city's terms, and, as usual, John Ferraro, the Council president, was in a decisive booster's position. As The Times' Olympic reporter, along about 11:30 a.m., I walked up to Ferraro's seat at the front of the Council Chambers and asked what he thought would happen in the closely divided body.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2001
Re "John Ferraro, Longtime City Council Leader, Dies," April 18: I was sorry to read about John Ferraro's death, but as his constituent, I was alarmed that he has not participated in council meetings since December. Who has been representing the 4th District? If Ferraro had resigned because of his serious illness, we could have participated in the April primary and June election at no additional public expense. DIANE KRAVIF Los Angeles
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