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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn named Jon Mukri on Wednesday to head the Department of Recreation and Parks, as Mukri's outgoing predecessor warned that the mayor had not provided the agency with adequate support or resources. Mukri, a veteran manager who has headed the city's General Services Department since January 2000, is to take over an agency where a hiring freeze has left 22% of the positions vacant. The department, which manages 387 parks, has 2,285 authorized positions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn named Jon Mukri on Wednesday to head the Department of Recreation and Parks, as Mukri's outgoing predecessor warned that the mayor had not provided the agency with adequate support or resources. Mukri, a veteran manager who has headed the city's General Services Department since January 2000, is to take over an agency where a hiring freeze has left 22% of the positions vacant. The department, which manages 387 parks, has 2,285 authorized positions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2010
Los Angeles World Airports General Manager Gina Marie Lindsey — $326,855 Police Chief Charlie Beck — $307,290 Harbor General Manager Geraldine Knatz — $300,964 City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana — $256,803 Mayor Antonio Villariagosa — $232,425 Recreation and Parks General Manager Jon K. Mukri — $229,074 City Atty. Carmen Trutanich — $214,546 Planning Director Gail S. Goldberg (retired) — $212,829 L.A. Zoo General Manager John Lewis — $210,908 City Librarian Martin Gomez — $210,000 Controller Wendy Greuel — $196,667 City Treasurer Joya De Foor — $181,530 The 15 City Council members — $178,789 Source: Database posted by City Controller Wendy Greuel.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2005 | Don Shirley
Shakespeare Festival/LA is scrambling to find the money to pay for a new venue for its free downtown performances this summer, in the wake of a decision by the Department of Recreation and Parks to withdraw city funding for the use of Pershing Square, the organization's venue since 2000. The festival's producing artistic director, Ben Donenberg, said that finding a venue is less a problem than finding the money to pay the show's running costs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A plan to merge six security forces in Los Angeles, including park rangers and the library police, was recommended Friday by two City Council panels that concluded it would result in safer parks and city buildings. Security units currently operated by the Library, Convention Center, Recreation and Parks, Zoo, El Pueblo and General Services departments would be merged into a new Office of Public Safety in the General Services Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1998 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years after City Councilman Joel Wachs declared war on $1.80 legal pads, $300 answering machines and $24 computer diskettes, the City Council on Tuesday approved a new purchasing system aimed at saving taxpayers millions of dollars a year. Wachs, who called the city's current purchasing system "wasteful and inefficient," said the new approach will ensure that the city pays the lowest prices for its $800 million to $900 million in purchases every year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The city of Los Angeles has badly neglected its parks system, with the failure to maintain the city's 54 swimming pools causing six to close and 24 to fall into serious disrepair, according to an audit released Monday by the city controller. The audit also estimates it would cost $78 million to properly restore the city's golf courses, a challenge made more difficult by the lack of a master plan for the maintenance and renewal of park facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Low-income neighborhoods of Los Angeles have dramatically less access to parks and recreation resources than more affluent communities, and parks throughout the city remain severely under-policed, the city controller's office found in an audit released Thursday. In the second of the controller's three audits of the Recreation and Parks Department, the agency was faulted for not asking the public what services it wants and for not adequately evaluating programs.
OPINION
May 29, 2004
Jon Mukri was a boy in 1957 when a sparkling new swimming pool opened at the Mar Vista Recreation Center, not far from his house. Mukri learned the breast stroke there; he hung out with buddies on stifling July afternoons. Even now, the timbre of his voice changes from formal bureaucrat to gosh-shucks kid when he remembers those summers poolside. Mukri is now general manager of Los Angeles' Department of Recreation and Parks, overseeing 387 city parks and 59 pools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2009 | Jason Song
A group of about 150 volunteers gathered Saturday to clear a portion of the Los Angeles River in Van Nuys. Among their finds: lots of plastic grocery bags, hundreds of cigarette butts, a baseball and, at least for some, a newfound appreciation for the waterway. "You should go over there. It's really pretty," said Kiya Villareal, a 16-year-old from Sherman Oaks who was there with her family. "They have bamboo and water." The event was organized by the Friends of the Los Angeles River and underwritten by a $50,000 donation from Aquarius Spring, a bottled water branch of the Coca-Cola Co.; it supplements the Friends of the Los Angeles River's annual clean-up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2013 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Councilman Bernard C. Parks unveiled six security cameras at Jackie Tatum Harvard Recreation Center on Thursday, an issue that stalled in the City Council for months until a youth volunteer was gunned down in the park. The installation of the cameras marks the second phase of a multi-year project to revamp the South L.A. park, once a popular hangout for a Bloods street gang. Parks started pushing for cameras last year after he discovered reputed gang members were intimidating park workers, blocking residents from using the city-owned space and shooting music videos in the park after it was supposed to be closed.
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