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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1993
Over the years I have grown accustomed to your narrow editorial focus in The Times. However, the column by Marlene Adler Marks (Commentary, June 11) represented an all-time low. Ms. Marks states that my mother, Joy Picus, has lost her moral center. Having watched my mother in public life for the last 20 years, I am used to hearing people say nasty and ugly things about her. However, I have never been as repulsed as I was when I read Mark's column. I know that if you had read the article before publishing it, you would never have allowed such a blatantly false statement to be printed about someone whose dedication to our city and whose honesty and integrity have never been questioned.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2001
Negative news always has legs. So it was when a study revealed that, perhaps, children who spend many hours in day care are more aggressive when they get to kindergarten. Those who are unwilling to recognize that the world has changed, that many mothers have to work, took great delight in pointing out that women belong at home with their children during the early years. But the real story regarding child care appeared on April 29: "Day-Care Study Notes Struggles With Staffing." It notes that the pay of child-care workers, always very poor, has gone down over the past few years and that better-educated child-care workers are being replaced by those with less education and experience.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1991 | BILL BOYARSKY
Nothing stirs a politician's juices more than the prospect of upward career mobility. Romance performs the same function for some people. A fine meal, a concert, shopping or seeing their NFL team win on Sunday afternoon does it for others. But for the obsessive souls in the business of running for public office, it's the opportunity to move up to a bigger, more powerful job. That's when eyes brighten, nerve endings come alive and blood courses through the veins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1997 | ANGIE CHUANG
A true San Fernando Valley councilwoman, Joy Picus fought hard for 16 years to maintain the idyllic suburban lifestyle that many residents see as the area's hallmark. From 1977 to 1993, the Woodland Hills resident represented the West Valley's 3rd District on the Los Angeles City Council, which extends from West Hills to Van Nuys, and includes parts of Canoga Park, Reseda, Tarzana, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.
REAL ESTATE
April 6, 1986
Los Angeles Councilwoman Joy Picus, vice chairwoman of the Southern California Hazardous Waste Authority, will be a panelist at a session of the American Planning Assn.'s national conference under way through Wednesday at the Biltmore. She will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at a panel discussion entitled "Hazardous Waste Management: Challenges for Planners."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1994 | ERIC SLATER
The Jewish temple that former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus has attended for 32 years will hold a formal celebration for her Dec. 10 to recognize her service to thousands of west San Fernando Valley residents and to the Jewish faith. Picus was a founding member of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills. A 16-year member of the City Council when she was voted out of office in 1993, she had worked on behalf of such causes as "family-friendly" workplaces, women's rights and recycling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1991 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Councilwoman Joy Picus' controversial testimony in a bitter lawsuit filed against the city by a developer brought into sharp focus last week the emerging debate over how significant a role politics ought to play in Los Angeles' planning process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1993 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Municipal politics in the San Fernando Valley in 1993 are likely to be far more competitive and volatile than usual. Change is inevitable in the East Valley where Los Angeles City Councilman Ernani Bernardi, 81, will retire from the seat he has held for 31 years. The big question is whether the 70% of the District 7 population who are Latino can elect one of their own to the seat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved forming separate panels to recommend ways to prevent drownings in city flood-control channels and to evacuate motorists from the Sepulveda Basin area during high water. Citing the drowning death of 15-year-old Adam Paul Bischoff last Wednesday, Councilwoman Joy Picus, who authored the measures, said the city must develop a systematic approach for rescuing people from flooded areas.
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June 30, 1993 | KURT PITZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Buried within the stacks of old files, plaques and mementos at the offices of two outgoing Valley representatives to the Los Angeles City Council is nearly a half century of history. The most precious stuff--the photo of Ernani Bernardi and jazz great Artie Shaw, some of Joy Picus' favorite awards and countless other personal items--will be taken home by the council members and their staffs before the new tenants move in Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1996
Re "Controller's Forceful Agenda Fuels Speculation on Run for Governor," Jan. 31: State Controller Kathleen Connell talks tough about stripping state government of waste and inefficiency, she wants to examine the state bureaucracy from top to bottom, she wants to shed government programs that don't work or that no longer meet a need or demand on the part of the public, and she thinks it's time for someone with a business background to come into...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1994 | ERIC SLATER
The Jewish temple that former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus has attended for 32 years will hold a formal celebration for her Dec. 10 to recognize her service to thousands of west San Fernando Valley residents and to the Jewish faith. Picus was a founding member of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills. A 16-year member of the City Council when she was voted out of office in 1993, she had worked on behalf of such causes as "family-friendly" workplaces, women's rights and recycling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1994
At last! Good news in the local paper. I'm referring, of course, to the eight wonderful profiles of Valley valedictorians, which appeared on May 31. The stories were compelling and inspiring, each in its own way, and captured the essence of the American Dream. From Addis Ababa to Sylmar, from Ahmedabad to Canoga Park, from Nha Tran to Granada Hills, from Zacatecas to Verdugo Hills, these young people drawing support from their families, overcame obstacles and settled for nothing less than the best.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1993 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus said Tuesday she will not run for the seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors being vacated by retiring Supervisor Ed Edelman, which strengthens the candidacy of Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky. Her decision eliminated a potential big-name opponent for Yaroslavsky, a declared supervisorial candidate widely viewed as the front-runner. Last week, another well-known potential foe, state Senate leader David A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1993
Over the years I have grown accustomed to your narrow editorial focus in The Times. However, the column by Marlene Adler Marks (Commentary, June 11) represented an all-time low. Ms. Marks states that my mother, Joy Picus, has lost her moral center. Having watched my mother in public life for the last 20 years, I am used to hearing people say nasty and ugly things about her. However, I have never been as repulsed as I was when I read Mark's column. I know that if you had read the article before publishing it, you would never have allowed such a blatantly false statement to be printed about someone whose dedication to our city and whose honesty and integrity have never been questioned.
NEWS
June 30, 1993 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sixteen years after she arrived as a San Fernando Valley homemaker-turned-politician, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus leaves her City Hall office this afternoon for the last time. But before she lugs the last files and boxes of mementos out of her second-floor suite, Picus has work to do. One of her final official actions as a city councilwoman will be to sign off on a plan to guide development in Woodland Hills' Warner Center into the next century.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1991 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal by Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus to replace the citywide Planning Commission with four local bodies would be unworkable, expensive and unnecessary, some council members say. But other members of the council say that the proposal, which Picus said is meant to make land-use planning more responsive to citizens, addresses the increasing frustration of some residents with city planning and should get serious attention, despite its shortcomings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1993 | JOHN SCHWADA and JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Embroiled in the final days of her hotly contested reelection bid, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus has pumped a $15,000 personal loan into her campaign treasury to maintain a slim fund-raising lead over challenger Laura Chick. Meanwhile, in the crowded race to succeed Councilman Ernani Bernardi, Sylmar attorney Raymond J. Magana held on to the fund-raising lead he established early in the campaign, according to campaign finance reports filed with city officials Friday.
NEWS
June 30, 1993 | KURT PITZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Buried within the stacks of old files, plaques and mementos at the offices of two outgoing Valley representatives to the Los Angeles City Council is nearly a half century of history. The most precious stuff--the photo of Ernani Bernardi and jazz great Artie Shaw, some of Joy Picus' favorite awards and countless other personal items--will be taken home by the council members and their staffs before the new tenants move in Thursday.
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